An Episcopal Blazer Enters the Catholic Church {What I Wore Sunday}

This is what I wore today:

Ralph Lauren blazer infinity scarf pencil skirt brown boots

I went on an exhaustive search for the perfect blazer earlier this Fall.  The one I went with was a stretchier, more casual number (without gold buttons *sniff sniff* ).  I mostly was concerned with finding a tailored yet comfy everyday jacket.  I figured it would have to do for dressier use, as well, because I wasn’t about to buy a second blazer. 

THEN I found this baby at the Episcopal church’s rummage sale.  Gold buttons!  Ding ding ding!

Maybe it would better if it were more fitted and a little less boxy?  It’s hard to find fitted blazers that are wide enough for my shoulders, though.  Just reading descriptions of jackets that are a “shrunken” style gives me the willies because they are so uncomfortable for me.

My life: vale of tears, etc. What can I say?

Ralph Lauren blazer infinity scarf pencil skirt brown boots

Linking up with FL&P today.  Happy Sunday everyone!

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Polka Dot and Stripes, Again: What I Wore Sunday

This is what I wore today:

striped J. Crew boatneck tee, polka dot skirt, pink cardigan, brown boots, Warby Parker Northcote

It’s basically a replica of what I wore several months ago, but with a newer striped shirt:

IMG_1464Girl 1 left the pattern mixing to me for once.  I found her a Sunday outfit we both agree on.  (I realized, once we were at Mass, that I had put it on her backwards, with the little flower pinned to the back instead of the front.  Gah!  But it’s not obvious.)

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Linking up with FL&P today.  Happy Sunday everyone!

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Polka Dots, Denim, and a LBD: What I Wore Sunday

This is what I wore today:

polka dot scarf, denim jacket

Scarf from Walmart; everything else: old.

I’ve been wanting to replicate this outfit for a while:

The girls were running around with balloons during my photo shoot.  Such are the trials of the fashion model mom. 😉

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Linking up with FL&P today.  Happy Sunday everyone!

 

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Pattern Mixing To the Extreme: What My Daughter Wore Sunday

I’m co-hosting What I Wore Sunday at Fine Linen and Purple today, so click over and check it out!

The real outfit to see today, however, is Girl 1’s.  Once Girl 1 decides what she wants to do (or wear), there’s no persuading her otherwise barring a knock-down, drag-out battle of wills.  As we lacked time for said battle of wills, this is what she wore.

She posed with hands on hips and ankles crossed, without any prompting.

She posed with hands on hips and ankles crossed, without any prompting.

 

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We got a lot of bemused looks, but she was happy and self-confident as could be!

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What I Wore Sunday: Clothes For Fickle Weather

Any other SAHMs out there interested in writing about your style struggles and successes (or work-from-home moms, or part-at-home/ part-outside-the-home working moms)?  I’m in the market for guest posts.  I am usually at the top of Google’s search results on this topic, if you can believe it.  But there’s only so much material I can generate on my own (ahem).   Let’s discuss: thisfelicitouslife @ gmail dot com.

Last week the weather was hot and I wore this, but I was quite warm with the cardigan and all:

blue skirt, pink cardigan, teal tank with sequins

And today is rainy and wet and I wore this and it was just right.

IMG_4176 Trench coat, green Old Navy polka dot sweater

Aaaaaaand that’s all I’ve got.  Happy Sunday everyone, especially all of you linking up at at FL&P today!

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On Getting Dressed In the Dark {WIWS}

Today I had plenty of sunlight while getting dressed, and here’s what I wore:

Lands' End blazer

Lands' End blazer

Last week, though.  Heh heh . . .

So, Saturday I was talking with some friends and we all agreed on loving to wear navy blue.  Except, I noted, that it’s harder to find things that coordinate because so many articles of clothing come in black.  Then someone pointed out that it’s now okay to wear navy blue with black.  Then I noted that you have to make it look like you did it on purpose (Shana says it so it must be true), whereas I would just look like I got dressed in the dark.

Well.  Somehow this completely escaped my mind when, not twelve hours later when I found myself, literally, getting dressed for Mass in the dark.  I didn’t remember it until I got to church and noticed I had put on my black pencil skirt, instead of my navy one.  Paired with the navy blue blazer, it was just . . . smashing.

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Eh, probably no one else noticed.  But still.  Embarrassing and a little ironic.  And, even now, I still have this song stuck in my head:


You’re welcome.

Okay, happy Sunday everyone, especially all of you linking up at at FL&P today!

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Dress, Cardigan, Sweater, Boots and Thoughts on WIWS

Here’s what I wore to Mass today:

I’m linking up with the ladies at FL&P today.  It’s been a while.  The number of bloggers participating in the What I Wore Sunday linkup has declined, and that makes me sad.  It’s been such a fun activity.  I’ve gotten some great outfit ideas and, more importantly, met some great bloggers.  Bloggy friendships aren’t the same as real-life friendships, but I still think they enrich my life.

At the same time . . . I wonder if anyone feels the same way I do: that it’s a bit weird to keep posting pictures of oneself week after week.  I don’t mean to fish for compliments.  I really don’t.

I don’t think less of others when they post outfit shots, so why should I feel uncomfortable with it myself?  I don’t know.  When you put together a nice outfit, I like to read about it on your blog.  So when I put together a nice outfit, I like to blog about it.

Just don’t feel like you need to leave a compliment if you don’t want to.

Really.

Happy Sunday!

Weekend Badness and Goodness {WIWS}

Badness:

Breaking Bad (season 1)

^^ Now that it’s received a Jenprimatur, Pat and I started watching Breaking Bad on Netflix.  I’m only two episodes in but OMG, it’s kind of like Flannery O’Connor wrote a television script and got the Coen Brothers to direct and produce it.  Mom, if you’re reading this: I think you’d love it.  Dad, not so much.  Similarly, Pat was not so into it.  Too much darkness, he says.  But I liked it.  That bathtub thing in the second episode?  I was like, “Yes!  That is AWEsome!”

More badness:

morning glories

^^ Damned deer, ate my morning glories  . . .

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^^and got into our trash.  I think they’re frustrated that they can’t use our backyard as a daycare anymore like they did before we finished our fence.  The fawns can’t jump over it.

Goodness:

Check out the Jack O'Lantern crocs!

Check out the Jack O’Lantern crocs!

^^ Girl 2 is getting to be almost as opinionated as Big Sis re: her clothes:

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^^ and her shoes. Especially the shoes.  This was the view from over my shoulder in the minivan this evening.

More goodness:

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^^ Storytime with Uncle Nick

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^^ Healthy, paleo-ish chocolate tart (stay tuned for the recipe, coming later this week).

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^^ Sisters “sharing” not-quite-so-healthy frozen custard

Shirt, shoes, skirt and necklace are from LOFT (old)

Shirt from Target, shoes here; skirt and necklace are from LOFT (old)

^^ What I wore to Mass on Sunday.

Thanks to the ladies at FL&P for hosting today’s link up and to Mary for her Weekend Diaries link up!

What Does One Wear To a Backstreet Boys Concert? {WIWS}

And will anyone else tailgate in their minivan??

I’m adding these to my list of questions I’d never thought I’d ask.   But here’s what I wore:

All pieces are akin to the oldest Backstreet "Boy": Old.

All pieces are akin to the oldest Backstreet “Boy”: Old.

I went out with my husband’s sisters and brother-in-law to celebrate the eldest sister’s second 29th birthday.  I love these girls, and let me tell you, we are PARTY PEOPLE!

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BSB concert

Yeow!

Here’s what I wore earlier in the day to Mass:

Kohl's Chaps Knot-Front Empire Dress

It looks surprisingly similar to what I wore the week before:

Chaps Knot-Front Empire Dress Kohl's

I love this dress.  Kohl’s still carries it, though only in solid colors now.  Highly recommended (but I cut out the shoulder pads).  You could even breastfeed in it because of the way the panel is sewn in.

Backstreet Boys and breastfeeding attire.  All in one post.  Life is a wild and crazy ride, folks.

Thanks to the ladies at FL&P for hosting today’s yesterday’s link up and to Mary for her Weekend Diaries link up!

Mastering the Tied Shirtfront Look {WIWS}

A few weeks ago I wore this:

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Trying to achieve this look (shown here by my sister Martha; betcha’d never guess she was six months pregnant in this shot!):

But I wasn’t quite satisfied with the result.  I tried again this week, buttoning one less button, so that the shirt tied higher and more snug around the waist (Stacy and Clinton are always right: define the waist, define the waist, define the waist!).

chambray button-down pencil skirt tied front

Better, I think.

I tried it out with my leopard print scarf a few different ways but decided I liked a simpler look best.

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By the way, this was the lighting in the photo originally:

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Before

chambray button-down pencil skirt tied front

After

I am a complete novice at photo editing, but I love what I learned to do so far, just by fiddling with the editing tools in Windows Live Photo Gallery.  Bonus question: what have I erased completely from the edited shot?

Thanks to the ladies at FL&P for hosting today’s link up!