Sunday, May 1, 2011

How I wore it: spring in the city

Yesterday was my husband's and my long-awaited day to hang out, go shopping, and generally celebrate our good fortune for the upcoming months. We're both so happy and relieved that I'll be working starting in September, that we'll have two paychecks again, that I'll (barring horrific German bureaucracy) have a Ph.D. to my name, that we'll be in Greece in less than two months...

We're mostly excited about the double paycheck. Let's be honest. And how better to celebrate that excitement than by buying stuff with what we have NOW?!

So out we went. We started at DSW (I desperately wanted flat oxfords. I didn't find any.) and made our way up Newbury and Boylston Streets for shopping fun. Since the day started out breezy, but ended up lovely and sunny, I wanted to reflect the beautifully changing seasons by not wearing anything too heavy or dark:

The darkest elements on my body are my hair and glasses! I built my way up with this outfit: I wanted to wear my fun, light, striped jeans and then I thought that wearing a crisp white button-down on top would be fun. Some pattern mixing with the shoes, and a fun choice of (Greek) jewelry, and I was on my way.

Anyway, as I mentioned, we went to DSW to search for some cute oxfords. They were not found. So, instead, I dragged my poor husband to the Steve Madden store and ended up ordering these:

Those would be the Steve Madden Tsunamii rain boots in navy. I'd originally wanted the olive, but they didn't have it in my size. They didn't have any in my size (10) in-store, actually, so I had the navies ordered. I've been enjoying this fall/winter's Steve Madden collection, with its contrasting zippers, a lot this year, and I'm excited to have my very own, utilitarian boot with such a fashion. Check out the back!

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Fun, right? I can't wait to wear them in the rain. They're supposed to come to my home this week (I hope by Thursday, cuz it's supposed to rain then and I have tutoring!), but they'll have use for a long time in this part of the world. I'd actually been wanting rain boots for many months, now. I usually wear my blue Fryes in bad weather, always feeling guilty. These'll go a long way to allay my guilt. They're also totally appropriate for work. Yee-ha! 

White shirt: Brooks Brothers, gift from mom, remixed
Olive top (barely visible beneath): Express, remixed
Jeans: Express, remixed
Buffalo plaid flats: American Eagle by Payless, remixed


  1. Aw, yay! That sounds like a fun-filled day of celebratory shopping. :)

    And I love your outfit. I have almost identical pants, and I'm totally going to style them with a crisp white shirt a la this outfit.

  2. It was a fun day, although I can't wipe away the residual guilt of "Can we afford all this?" And thanks for the nice words! You're makin' me blush!