Friday, October 8, 2010

How I wore it: it's the time of the season

New Englanders! Wonderful news! As I went about my day yesterday, I saw so many cute young women wearing cute boots! Everywhere! With every sort of outfits! Office clothes, jeans, fun dresses ... it's finally time, my fellow Americans! It's official boot season

And I, for one, am thrilled.

Yesterday was my weekly tutoring gig and oh boy did I need to get out of the house. Apart from the gym and emergency baking supply shopping, I hadn't left the house since Sunday, nor - more importantly - put on make-up since then. Three days without wielding eye-liner, people: that's probably a new record for me. Thank goodness for Thursday or all my personal grooming habits would just fall by the wayside. Anyway, since yesterday was a legitimately cool autumn day, I knew I wanted to wear skinny jeans with boots. So I wore one of my favorite outfits, which I've already featured, quite recently too: black boots, grey tunic, and grey boots:

The only difference is that I'm wearing my first ever pair of grey boots, and my second ever pair of really cool boots, my suede slouch boots that I bought in July of 2008. I love these boots; I think they have the perfect shape. If they hadn't been suede, I probably would never have gone crazy in my grey boots quest and bought two more pairs. Then again, I wouldn't own my grey Fryes, so... Anyway, I remember the first time I wore this exact same outfit: it was on a Friday in September or October of 2008 and I was teaching in a tiny middle school in New York City, my hometown. I was so excited to finally wear my grey boots for the first time and I thought that the outfit would be perfect with the alternating blocks of grey (top), black (pants), and grey (boots). I even wore the outfit with the exact same jewelry I'm wearing above (more on that below) and I just felt so cool and hip. I think this is why it's such a a go-to outfit for me: I really don't think you can go wrong with pairing grey and black, especially if grey boots are involved in the mix. What do you guys think?

Since it was legitimately cool out, I had to wear something over my outfit and I decided not to go with my usual options of cardigan or grey bomber jacket. I fished out an old corduroy blazer that I bought in the fall of 2007, that I hadn't worn since that year, when I still lived in Philly with my husband (in my favorite apartment building ever in my favorite neighborhood ever. Sigh.):

Forgive the outerworldly halo: that should teach me to pose in front of my lamp. Bottle green corduroy! I think there's something so rich-looking about a good thick green corduroy. It's very Louis Garrel in 'The Dreamers,' no [no good picture of his green jacket that wasn't filthy]? Anyway, my green jacket was perfect for the temperatures hovering in the low-mid 60s and I really liked the effect of the shorter jacket with the longer tunic.

Let's talk accessories. For very neutral-heavy outfits, I like colorful jewelry. I decided to go with a set of pink!

Yes, that's a ring, pendant, and earrings made with the same stone from the same store, bought at different times. My mother bought me the pendant on a trip to Buenos Aires many years ago, I can't remember when the earrings were bought, and I chose the ring on a trip to Buenos Aires in 1999. They're from a now-closed (alas) store there called, I think, El Arco and the stone is called rosa del inca, or rhodochrosite in English. It's considered the national stone of Argentina and I, for one, adore it. I love that pink, candy-floss color. Before I got engaged, I used to wear five silver rings (four on my right, one on my left) daily. The pink one above was the one I wore on my right index finger every day. Once I got engaged, I would sometimes wear a fun ring on my right hand, but I definitely stopped the bohemian ring thing (although my brother still sometimes calls me Ringo). Now that I'm married to a Greek and we got (re-)married in the Orthodox church, I wear my wedding and engagement rings on my right hand and - as you can see above - the pink ring, when I wear it, now has shifted to my left index finger. Good story, huh?

So that was my Thursday evening! While there are no dastardly plans tonight, tomorrow is another Date Day for my husband and me, so I hope that it all goes smoothly and that I wear something cute!

Green blazer: Gap
Grey tunic: American Apparel, remixed
Black jeans: Bulldog by Urban Outfitter, remixed
Grey suede boots: Penny Loves Kenny, via DSW, remixed
Pink & silver jewelry: boutique in Buenos Aires


  1. First, the wearing of rings on the right hand in the Greek Orthodox tradition is a new piece of trivia for me - neat!

    Second, I'm jealous of the New England boot weather. I used to live in New England (not too far from where you are now, I believe), and I could be wearing boots but I up and moved.

    Third, love the rhodochrosite. It's the state mineral where I live now and every once in a while when I'm hiking I spot a little flash of it in the surrounding rock.

    Fourth, I may have just read your entire blog while eating homemade chocolate chip cookies. It made for a lovely evening.

  2. Mmmm...chocolate-chip cookies. I mean, oh, thanks for the nice comments! Yeah, some stuff in the Orthodox church is "opposite" from the Western tradition: the rings, for example, and also we do the cross backwards too.

    It must be so nice to be hiking and see pink!

    Anyway, thanks again for the kind words. It means a lot to me!