Thursday, June 25, 2015

How I wore it: smoothie date!

I'm not going to apologize profusely AGAIN for being out of touch for several months. I'll just apologize a little, but with the caveat that I think this is the new me: I don't want to give up blogging yet, but I don't think I'll the most regular cat as I continue...

I'm now on summer vacation, which is lovely. The school year was tough on a lot of us, and the end of the school year was tough on my school. However, it was bittersweet, as I watched the seniors - the group of kids with whom I started working at my school - graduate after our four years there together: I was even asked to hand out some diplomas, so that was super-special for me.

Now that it's summer, some plans are afoot. I've been biking a lot (more to come, as we're off to pick up our bikes from their yearly tune-up in a couple of minutes!) and working a fair amount on a huge document that I have to edit for work - I'm getting paid extra, don't worry! I've read some Sanskrit, but I'm saving the bulk of it for when we go to Greece next week. Oh, yes! We're going to Greece next week for PRETTY MUCH THE REST OF THE SUMMER, so that should be a thing. We didn't go last year, for almost the first time, so Baby Boots and I will have a much-needed catch-up (my husband went over New Year's). We have a wedding to go to, dates to go on, and walks to take, so I hope to be documenting more on the other side of the pond, since I have a ton of new clothes to show y'all.

But let's get back to today. This morning, I went on a smoothie date with a beloved colleague: she just started working at our school last September, but we quickly became friends. She's not an American citizen, so her visa situation is a little iffy at the moment, but we decided to make the best of it and get some smoothies (and take a long walk, and end up at my place to snuggle my kitty) while we at least were in the same city. Since I knew I couldn't be bothered with biking or anything, I thought I'd go fancier than my usual grubby outfits these days (I'm not wearing all the stuff I want to pack to Greece to keep it fresh):


Blast from the past, huh? All stuff I used to wear a lot before - and maybe even in the same iteration! God, this grey top (a tunic, but tucked into my skirt today) used to be a favorite, huh? About five years ago, I wore it ALL THE TIME, especially when my leggings craze kicked in (that seems to be going strong, still). While I still get a thrill every time I see this tunic in my dresser, I must admit that - while I love it - I rarely wear it these days. Just goes to show that even old favorites can fall out of favor a little bit.

On that note, I've noticed that my own tastes are changing for the moment. While I still like good waist definition as much as always, I've been gravitating toward more relaxed silhouettes, some examples of which I'll be packing to Greece. I don't know why - it's not the most flattering thing on me, but I think as I get more comfortable with my body, I'm more curious to experiment with shapes that I like, but that I've just never liked on me. It should be interesting... 

Oh, see my new glasses? I got them about a month and a half ago and never documented them for you! I LOVE THEM and so does everyone around me, but I'm still working on how to make them really sing on my face. Wear my hear up more? Down more? More stuff? I don't know right now, but I'm loving them all the time. I think that - while I had a nice break with my Ray-Ban Clubmasters and there's nothing to say I won't go for them again in few years - my face just looks better with an all-around thicker frame. You'll see them in more detail, I'm sure, in the future. Thanks, Warby Parker! 

Well, looks like it's time to get ze bikes! Bye for now!

Grey tunic: American Apparel, remixed
Linen skirt: Gap, remixed
Houndstooth shoes: Target, remixed

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

How I wore it: meh

Hey, all.

I really liked my outfit today and it got its usual seal of approval from my fashionista advisee (the pants, which you will see below, I've worn three times in not-very-different iterations), but the photographic version is sadly limited...


Meh, right? I love these pants, which I ordered from the Gap: they are a nice, thick fabric with a big, pleated waist and cropped at the hem. I love them on and I loved them in the picture online: they remind me of Bianca's whole look, but when I tried to photograph them today, not so much... Between the camera being above me (stumpifying and not able to show the cropped quality) and the light issues (columns of black!), you can't really see them. Sorry.

I took a sideways mug shot version of my outfit and it's almost worse:


You can see where the pant hits me on the leg, but you can also see that I have a phantom pot belly as the pants are a smidge too big on me. Yay for losing weight healthily, though, right?

Ugh, what can I say? Sometimes things look better in person than in poorly-placed cameras. Sometimes things look better mentally/shop windows than in execution.

I still love these pants, though.

As a PS, though, how boss would this outfit look with my new glasses that should be coming soon? 

Chambray shirt: J Crew Factory [online], remixed
Black pants: Gap (online)
Houndstooth shoes: Target, remixed


Monday, May 4, 2015

How I wore it: cool cat

Folks, it is GORGEOUS outside! 80 degrees and sunny! I have today off, as it's the last day of our final little break between school units (our next one is in five weeks and it's SUMMER VACATION!) and I got all my grading done on Saturday evening. I've had a tough few days - my husband's best friend from Greece came to visit for a business trip and he is the HOUSEGUEST FROM HELL. So I thought that today would be a welcome lonely day.

It's only a little past 2:30 PM as I write this: plenty of time to get in a bike ride before strolling to pick up Baby Boots and then going to a playground with her.

But earlier today I had to go to the dentist and decided to look cute(...-ish) while doing so. Behold!


Ah, yes, my old red skirt workhorse, a Beatles tee, and my newish (about two months old) Chucks. Pas mal, n'est-ce pas? 

Say good-bye to those glasses soon. On Friday I went to the Warby Parker store in Boston to put in an order for the glasses of my dreams. The store was beautiful and a perfect glasses-buying experience: I called it "an Apple store for glasses" to my husband. It was full of Beautiful People and Beautiful Glasses. I kind of...want to work there. As always, as soon as I start mentally cheating on my current specs, those specs start to look real good to me. Oh, well. If I miss them, I can just get new lenses for them next time I go to my optometrist. 

Back to the outfit: 20-year-old me would've LOVED this outfit. Honestly, this is kind of how I dressed a lot when I was 20. I definitely bought the skirt that year and I paired it a lot with tees and bright sneaker. Okay, plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. 

(lots of French today. Sorry. Did I mention that I also teach French?)

Anyway, that's all on my end. I'm pretty psyched about the weather and it's supposed to stay lovely throughout the week. My family and I are going to Maine (Portland area) for the first time on Friday afternoon for the weekend and we're very excited! I'll keep you posted on everything!

Beatles tee: Old Navy (online), remixed (?)
Red skirt: Dickies brand, from store called Guacamole in Philly, remixed
Chucks: Chuck Taylors store






Thursday, April 23, 2015

This decision is important

Last month, my husband and I went to our usual optometrist for our yearly eye appointment. My prescription has changed a tad, but I don't have insurance for new frames. I was looking at some frames (Prada and Persol), one of which was my husband's favorite (the Pradas), and one that I liked, although so similar to my current green Ray-Bans. Since I was eaten up by indecision AND I didn't have insurance for new frames, I let it go.

Fast forward a few weeks and I am consumed by covetousness for new glasses. The issue is that I love my current Ray-Bans and I honestly thought that they would be my glasses for life, but the truth is that I like a little change every once in a while. And I wanted to go back to a thick frame (I think it's more flattering on me) and I wanted to play with a light tortoiseshell look. Well, I spent all of last weekend researching frames online and I finally - as I told y'all - decided to go for a free trial from Warby Parker to see if the ones that I liked online would translate into a good look on my face. The worst that could happen, I figured, is that I wouldn't like them and I wouldn't have spent any money on that decision. No big deal either way, especially considering that I still am quite fond of my current frames.

So I chose all tortoiseshell frames (most light, but one dark, as they didn't have any other option) and they all arrived yesterday, which I found out right after writing my last post. Tremblingly, I tried them on and...

... Crap. I liked them all. Man, I really must be jonesin' for a change. But the pair that I was most in love with, well, it went well. And I think that something is in the cards. But let me show you, because, yay! Pictures!

So before we start, here's the baseline: me in my current specs, hair not done in any special way, soon after coming home from work/bike ride/daycare pickup. Enjoy:


Magical.

So first up, the Preston frames in gimlet tortoise. Now I actually tried these on two years ago, when Warby Parker kindly sent me some frames to play with and talk about (first pair). I liked them then and I liked them now. Here's how I look now in them:


... Fun, right? Although they're smaller than what I tend to like on me, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I did like them on. My husband was "eh" on them. 

So then I tried on the Durands in woodland tortoise, which looked promising online. They certainly delivered, with a deeper lens, but a thinner overall frame:


I call this pose "douchey scholar"

Yay, am I right? I liked these. Nothing hugely special, but definitely workable in a pinch and I wouldn't mind wearing these babies for a while. I was pretty happy with these.

The next pair is actually quite similar, the Haskell in burnt lemon tortoise, but there's something about them that I liked even more:


... I don't know. Slightly bigger? Slightly more pronounced shape? When I tried them on in front of the mirror yesterday, I definitely exclaimed aloud over them. These were a super good contender for me and - if I hadn't liked any of the other ones - I would've definitely gone for these. 

However, I reeeeeeally liked the next pair, the Duval in whiskey tortoise. These were the ones that only came in this color and in blue and my time for blue glasses is over. Behold:


In the words of the kids these days, yaaaaaas! I liked these. Their angular quality reminded me of what I love about older-style glasses and my old Wayfarers. I mean, right? So at this point I knew that I would have to make a difficult decision, but I also knew that there was no doubt that I was getting a pair of new glasses. 

I had saved my favorite (online) pair for last, the Kimball in marzipan tortoise. Every time I saw a picture of these frames, either on the site directly or in the margin of my Facebook feed (because of ads), I would drool over them a little. When I showed them to my husband online, he also dug them. So here they were, finally in my hot little hands.


Simply put, yes. What I'd been wanting for the past few weeks were large light tortoiseshell frames. That's exactly what these are. I think that this look is much more "me" than what I've been currently doing for the past two years. Granted, a lot of my enthusiasm comes from the fact that I wanted to like these so badly, but, damn, son! I LOVE them! And they're my clear winner, although I like them so much that I'm worried about making the wrong choice ("Do I really like them that much? Yes, right? Hey, why aren't you answering me?! This is IMPORTANT!"). 

More importantly, though, what do y'all think? Any clear winners for you? Any words of wisdom? I turn to you, internet friends... 






Wednesday, April 22, 2015

How I wore it: she comes in colors

Hello, all!

While enthusiasm is again high, let's see what I can do here.

I stayed home from work yesterday to take care of a minorly ill Baby Boots. Today we had a baby-sitter, but I had to rush home from work in a cab (no biking, and it was perfect weather, too! Boo!) to make sure the baby-sitter could get to her rehearsal on time...

Anyway, since I realized I wouldn't be biking, I decided to go in a pencil skirt - I don't know. This combo spoke to me and I went for it:

Those were not the pajamas Baby Boots was wearing when I left the house this morning

I decided to pull on my newest Fluevogs and wear a color combo that I enjoy, dark blue and forest green (the first time I wore this anchor top, I wore it with my dark green pants). In terms of tights, the best ones I could think of were these royal blue dealies, which I'm not sure how well that worked out, but oh, well. 

I don't really like this grey cardigan I'm sporting (despite being made with some silk!), but it gets the job done. I think I ordered it last year around this time, or maybe even later in the spring/early summer because I've always wanted a plain, light, grey cardigan. This one checks all the boxes, but it's very unstructured/non-stretchy (it's hand-wash, too, so it never really "snaps" back into shape after getting washed). It's super unflattering on me, but it's one of those things that I bought more for usage than for style. Because of that, I don't mind scrunching up the sleeves, which I tend to do all day long.    It looks awful buttoned, let me tell you that for darn sure...

Anyway, that's it on my end. I'm a little distressed, personally. Right after I wrote my post the other day, I got an e-mail from my contact at the university where I want to teach offering me some part-time Hindi courses...that meet in the morning. So I can't really take them without quitting my job, and it's not worth it for two sections. GRRRRR.

Hopefully my Warby Parker free trials (supposed to come tomorrow!) will make me feel better about everything. I think you'll be surprised by the ones I chose to try on...

Grey cardigan: Gap (online)
Anchor tank top: J Crew Factory (online), remixed
Green pencil skirt: Old Navy (online), remixed
Blue tights: Gap (online), remixed
Boots: Fluevog, remixed

Monday, April 20, 2015

coming out of hibernation

Yikes.

Sorry, all.

It's been a while, huh?

I think I can be forgiven, though, no?

In the months that I've been absent, a lot has happened.

Namely, the Boston area was walloped by its snowiest winter ever. EVER. Let me get that through to you. I've had five snow days. It has snowed and snowed. I basically wore my yeti-Sorels every single day. I went to school in two pairs of pants more than a few times. Gross.

In the meantime, I also chaperoned a school trip to Quebec (for just two nights), went to my yearly nerdfest (academic conference), this year in New Orleans, gave a talk at an illustrious local university that has made noises about hiring me in the future, and continued living my life.

The weather has started to get a lot better over the past couple of weeks, so I've started tentatively biking again. I even commuted via bike twice last week! Of course, now it's rainy and will be so forever, so who knows when the next time will be.

In the meantime, my husband and I bought a hardcore rowing machine, so I've been keeping relatively in shape with that. It's a good excuse to watch 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' every night, which was my favorite show back in the day, but I haven't watched since it finished.

Do y'all remember that a few years ago, I was just down in the doldrums and felt myself to be in a fashion rut? Cutting off my hair helped a lot, but I got bored again and then I had no time to think about it because I got pregnant and got a job quite precipitously. Well, I'm back in the rut.

I desperately want to do something new to my hair, but I don't know what. I'd love to chop it again, but it's too expensive to maintain. I kind of, but don't, want new glasses. So I actually today ordered a free five-pair trial from Warby Parker again to see if I can find a relatively cheap way of changing my look.

So that's what's up! I hope to start posting more again...

Friday, January 23, 2015

How I wore it: second day at school

Yay for Friday! I will admit to having been at an emotional/psychological low point over the weekend, but this week really picked up: I got my hands on some books that I've been wanting for YEARS (I spent way too much money on them, but they're MINE. As soon as they ship from England.); I've been reading some really delightful Sanskrit; my draft for the talk I'm giving next month is going well (I think); I discovered a band that I didn't know (The Devil Makes Three) and I'm loving listening to them. Life...is pretty rad.

Today promised to be the last nice-ish day before it gets snowy and deadly cold again. So I decided that I'd wear my new Fluevogs again, but this time with a more unusual pant silhouette:

How good is Baby Boots' mustard sweater?!

Despite my having turned on every light in the house, you still can't tell that I'm actually wearing my new Fluevogs, but I promise you I am. I liked wearing my short new boots with my forest green ankle pants - I think it added some much needed balance to these particular pants. I love them, but they're definitely not the most flattering article of clothing I own. In the mirror, I think they look great, but when I see photos of myself, it's...not great. Especially, as usual, my generous thighs. I think the boots balanced out the whole shebang. 

The striped top with the charcoal cardigan was just a bit of fun and nonsense. 

While we're on the subject, my Fluevogs continue to get more and more comfortable, although they by no means are the shoe I'd choose to take a long hike in. Today I had a "normal" winter day: I walked a couple of miles from home to the train station, then (after a full day of work) from the school bus stop to daycare, then from daycare back home. I was definitely ready to get the boots off my feet by the end of the day, but there was no pain at all. The leather, I hope, will mold around my foot and be like buttah soon. 

Funny story: I have a couple of colleagues who are big Fluevog fans. I showed one of them my new boots today and she fell in love - she's planning to copy me and try to get a pair over the weekend...

All right, mes amis. I'm off to lounge in bed, as I have to be up early tomorrow... Happy Friday!

Charcoal sweater: Gap, remixed
Striped top: Old Navy (online), remixed
Green pants: Old Navy (online), remixed
Boots: Fluevog, remixed