Wednesday, August 4, 2010

How I wore it: it doesn't count if you don't photograph it

Geia sas, paidia!

Today I spent the majority of my day in my nightshirt, screwing away at more IKEA products (oh, after furniture shopping, it took a week to get delivery because of a truckers' strike: live your myth in Greece!), but we had to hurry up and get dressed and pretty in the afternoon, because my little sister-in-law returned home to Athens after a few months abroad. So I pulled on a dress I've worn before:

(complete with new shoes and bag!)

I have a secret to tell: I wore this exact same outfit (including jewelry, although I styled my hair differently) on Monday, two days ago. We went out for a long walk on a beautiful marina and I wore this exact same dress, with this exact same bag, with these exact same shoes, with the exact same...well, you get the picture. However, I didn't photograph it, so what better chance to do so than today, when I got all dolled up only for a few hours?

I actually wanted to tell a "color story" with this outfit. Obviously, with a light blue dress, I wanted to bust out the turquoise sandals. However, wearing turquoise jewelry with all of this would've been a little too much, no? So I wore my old favorite carnelian set and added on my pink ruby ring. The ring (and, in today's version, the hairband) went nicely with my new pink bag. Ta-da! Lots of colors, not too clown-like!

Here's a closer look at the important jewelry of the day:

Amazing. Also, I still can't get over how much I love that damn ring.

In the airport, I picked up a new friend:

Yup, a stuffed basset hound. Yes, you've seen a picture of me with a stuffed octopus in the past. Yes, I LOVE stuffed animals (my favorite, of course, being a fifteen-dollar walrus that I ordered through Amazon last year). And, yes, I shelled out almost fifty euros to buy a commemorative souvenir basset hound from the Eleftherios Venizelos airport. His name is Hector. What of it? The guy at the counter asked me how old I was. He guessed twenty-two, but I decided not to tell him that I'd be twenty-nine in a couple of days and that this was a present to myself...

(see what I did there?)

I still feel the hot flashes of age-inappropriate shame.

Hairband: CVS, remixed
Blue dress: Ann Taylor Loft, remixed
Turquoise sandals: Nine West, remixed
Pink bag: Nine West
Carnelian jewelry [necklace and earrings]: gift from my husband's family, from the store Byzantino in Athens, remixed
Pink ruby ring: gift from my husband from a jewelry store in Hamburg, remixed


  1. That ring is really fantastic! Your husband did well! You look fabulous in that blue dress, too.

    And I feel you about spending most of your day in pjs putting together furniture. We finally got the last bookcase assembled yesterday!

  2. Thanks very much! I heart that ring with a passion that is a little frightening. I monitored a school bus full of really little kids for the school I worked at last year, and this ring was always a big favorite with the kindergarten girls...

    Having moved once in the spring in MA, and now with setting up our Athens apartment? I'm looking forward to a few years without IKEA.