Some Sunday outfits of late

Happy Mother’s Day!

In case you’re interested, here are some Sunday outfits I’ve worn lately.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a nap to take and brunch to digest. ūüėČ



Pinspiration from MK of Outfit Posts:

Past weeks (why do I tilt my head for photos? ¬†I’m self conscious about this now):







Linking up with Fine Linen & Purple for WIWS.

What I Wore Sunday + Sunday Pet Peeves

This is what I wore today:


Shirt from Conversation Pieces (gift from my husband); sadly not recommended; already pilling after one washing. ¬†ūüė¶

And what I wore last week:


Sweater from Kohls (now sold out). ¬†I had some Christmas Kohls credit and couldn’t resist this sweater. ¬†Not my color + hand wash only + sheds on everything < very soft +¬†polka dots!

And here’s my pet peeve of the week: pew end squatters.*

People who get to church early and stake out a spot at the end of the pew.  Would it really kill you to scoot over to the middle?  Do you really enjoy having me and my young children stepping back and forth across your lap and over your toes, multiple times throughout the hour?  Seriously.

I get that some people are elderly and/or have limited mobility, and they have a right to the end of the pew.

It doesn’t help that, in our parish, we have many pious people who kneel and pray after Mass for a long time. ¬†That’s fine and dandy, but please ~¬†look around you~ to see if you’re blocking in your neighbor as you close your eyes and have visions and levitate and whatever you want to do for the next fifteen minutes. ¬†Otherwise you encourage the pew-end squatters.

Regardless, if a family with young children approaches the pew, just scoot over.  Offer it up.  Otherwise, the most charitable thought I can muster is to assume you have irritable bowel syndrome.

The end.

Linking up with FL&P today.

*I should add that today we sat next to a very gracious lady who was¬†not a pew end squatter. ¬†And I’m very grateful to her.

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More Style Mishaps + What I Wore Sunday

This is what I wore today:


But actually I kept my coat on all through Mass, so the overall look was more like this:


Which reminds me: I have a tough time figuring out outerwear.  Growing up in Florida, a coat was something I needed only a few weeks out of the year.  I never thought of it as part of my outfit, just something to throw on to keep warm, like a blanket.

Fast forward to first year of law school, and I’m wearing a red, bulky Lands’ End parka with my black skirt suits. ¬†Not the cute, quilted, fitted parkas I see around nowadays. ¬†Just big, bulky, functional. ¬†Fortunately, I caught on and bought myself a dressy wool overcoat (still red!) before I entered the working world.

Okay, so fast forward some more to a few weeks ago.   I went to a Christmas concert with a friend, and the night was cold and rainy.  I got it stuck in my head that I had to wear the trench/ rain coat, and not my standard wool overcoat.  But, I was afraid I would be too cold in just the trench plus my standard church/ dressy uniform of pencil skirt + cardigan/ sweater.  (Plus most of my sweaters are showing their age, and they seemed a bit shabby to wear to the concert).

So, I wore this:


but also put on this my new-to-me blazer, over the sweater and under the raincoat.

This blazer has an identity issue.  Worn with navy, it looks black (as in this outfit from a few weeks ago):

Ralph Lauren blazer infinity scarf pencil skirt brown boots

But worn with black, it is definitely, definitely navy. ¬†I didn’t realize this until I already was at the concert, looking like a color blind Hogwarts dropout:


I was going for something like this:

But I think my look was more:


And I don’t like the logo thingy on the pocket, anyway. ¬†So this thing is going up on Ebay. ¬†(Maybe it will find a nice Catholic owner who will take its newly-converted self to Mass every week? ¬†ūüėČ

The whole experience left me yearning after a dress, something that (a) is long sleeved and warm, (b) is dressy enough to wear to church, concerts, parties, etc., but (c) is casual enough to wear with flat boots, and (d) doesn’t cost anything. ¬†Ha! ¬†So, yeah, I’ve been doing a lot of browsing online:

Links available here.

Links available here.

Probably the most frugal/ versatile thing to do is buy a non-shabby sweater.  But part of me just wants a new dress.

But even a warm dress might not be warm enough with just a trench coat. ¬†I can’t figure out how to do outwear. ¬†I just don’t get it.

What about you? ¬†What’s your go-to outfit when it’s wet and cold but you still need to dress up? ¬†Do you prefer dresses or separates?

Linking up with FL&P today.

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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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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.


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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Battle of the Blazers (and Cardigans) {7QT}

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As I mentioned last week, I’ve been on the lookout for a navy blazer for this year’s fall/winter momiform. ¬†I have a navy corduroy blazer that I turned to often last year. ¬†I would grab it and go whenever I needed to throw on a jacket, just like I would have worn a windbreaker in years past.


^^ The poor picture quality above disguises the fact that . . .


^^ it is faded and just looks . . . sloppy.

 I bought it second-hand for $12 and wore it a lot so I feel ready to trade up.


  • Navy blue (my new, go-to neutral)
  • Stretchy enough to avoid rips when I wrangle the kids
  • Gold buttons

So here’s how it went:

— 2 —

Up until taking photos for this post, I thought this blazer was the one:

Banana Republic Faux Double-Breasted Blazer       (no longer available)

I bought it in a Tall and ordered a size up, because I thought I wanted an oversized “boyfriend” fit. ¬†(I’ve been smitten with the idea ever since I saw how Mary could turn an everyday outfit into a date night outfit just by throwing on her blazer¬†here.)

I don’t know if it’s the double row of buttons or my broad shoulders or what, but I don’t think this works for me.


although it did pass the stretch and reach test:


and the karate chop test:


— 3 —

Another blazer I tried is this one from Forever 21¬†(or “Love 21;” is there a difference?):

Nautical Button Blazer from Forever 21

It’s not terrible but not great either:

Nautical Button Blazer from Forever 21

Nautical Button Blazer from Forever 21

and its 2% spandex content is not enough to pass my flexibility  standards.


— 4 —

I like this Anne Klein blazer from Lord & Taylor:


but it also doesn’t pass the stretch test, and is best for those with this type of lifestyle:

and anyway it’s no longer available so who cares.

— 5 —

The winner is this knit number from Lands’ End:


It’s hard to see here (it was dark out by this point in our photo shoot), but it’s the same one that Erika has here.

No gold buttons. ¬†Boo! ¬†But maybe I’ll sew some on?

Aaaand it’s no longer available. ¬†I bought it on super-duper clearance. ¬†But¬†these are similar and Lands’ End is running a 30% off promotion through August 26:

— 6 —

I’m procrastinating on more important priorities as I write this, so I put together a little collection of other blazers that seem to have mom-friendly stretch potential (click on the image to go to the Polyvore page with links to each item):

Potentially mom-friendly blazers

Potentially mom-friendly blazers

— 7 —

Finally, I found a cardigan I really like: the¬†American Eagle Solid Boyfriend Cardigan (not to be confused with the “Lightweight Boyfriend Cardigan,” which I don’t like so much).

American Eagle Solid Boyfriend Cardigan

American Eagle Solid Boyfriend Cardigan

American Eagle Solid Boyfriend Cardigan

American Eagle Solid Boyfriend Cardigan

American Eagle Solid Boyfriend Cardigan

American Eagle Solid Boyfriend Cardigan

Tee hee, the names of those cardigans gave me this visual like:

“Solid boyfriend”

“Lightweight boyfriend”

Heh heh . . . ahem.

Anyway,¬†American Eagle is running a 40% + free shipping promotion through Labor Day, so I thought I’d share.

Have a good weekend! Thank you, Jen at Conversion Diary, for hosting today’s¬†link up!

Fall Momiform Preview {7QT}

— 1 —

In the Fall a young mom’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of . . .

— 2 —


Katie Holmes blazer

(I can’t figure out how to insert it on this page, but you can see my Pinterest board here.)

— 3 —

And cardigans:


(Style board here.)

— 4 —

And the Rule of Three.

Rachel defines the Rule as wearing three pieces: a top, a bottom, and an accessory (like a scarf).

Elsewhere (can’t find a link) I’ve read it defined as three pieces on your top half: a top, a sweater or blazer or something, and an accessory.

Rachel’s Rule of Three is all I can handle in the heat of the summer (top, bottom and a necklace).

But once the weather allows, I do like the way a jacket spiffs up my mom uniform:

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— 5 —

And to dark-wash, straight-legged jeans (edgier-than-I Shana says they’re cool, so they must be).

I just bought a pair of these.

LOFT curvy straight-leg jeans

They aren’t as tight as they look in the picture. ¬† I’ll report back once I’ve worn and washed them. ¬†But I wanted to let you know that they’re 40% off through 8/18/13 (promo code: FRIENDS).

¬†I’m not crazy about LOFT’s quality lately, but I’ve heard good things about their curvy skinnies. ¬†These curvy straight-legs are slim-fitting enough to tuck into boots. ¬†But they aren’t so tight as to create a “piano leg” effect on those of us with thighs that are . . . um . . . voluptuous.

The look on Pat’s face was priceless when he read the tag on my jeans once: “Curvy straight. . . . ¬† Curvy . . . straight?”

— 6 —

Stacy and Clinton say that the most flattering jeans for most people are straight-leg or trouser styles.  Always in dark wash.  Always.  I agree.

So why is it that these are so hard to find, and everywhere I turn I see (1) bootcut jeans and (2) skinnies with (3) whiskering, fading, light-wash, blah blah blah? The fashion industry is against us, I tell you. ¬†They create unflattering trends that we won’t feel good in, making us eager to try whatever the next trend is.

— 7 —

Blazer, cardigan, jeans and possibly some new shoes. ¬†I think I’ll have to limit my Fall wardrobe additions to that. ¬†Oh, never mind, scratch the shoes. ¬†What I need most is a new bag. ¬†My current one is pitiful to behold. ¬†We’ll see what ye olde budget allows ¬†. . . .

Have a good weekend! Thank you, Jen at Conversion Diary, for hosting today’s¬†link up!

A Call To Arms For Religious Liberty + What I Wore Sunday

Before the frivolity begins, please take note that the deadline for submitting comments on the latest version of the HHS Mandate is tomorrow, Monday, April 8, at midnight.  This mandate requires employers that are not churches or religious orders per se, to facilitate providing contraception, sterilization and early abortifacients, without a co-pay, to female employees and the daughters of employees.  

Anyone can submit a comment. ¬†Just follow this link:¬†!docketDetail;D=CMS-2012-0031. ¬†While you’re at it, go to Women Speak for Themselves, and sign the open letter to President Obama, HHS Secretary Sebelius, and Members of Congress.

So anyway, I was going to wear this today:


Pat politely indicated that he doesn’t like the belt-over-a-jacket look. ¬†He also said “Wear whatever the hell you want,” or something to that effect. ¬†But, eh, I compromised:


The sunlight was not cooperative.




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Have a blessed Divine Mercy Sunday! ¬†Thanks to the ladies at¬†Fine Linen and Purple for hosting today’s link up!


What I Wore Sunday, Gaudete Edition

Happy Gaudete Sunday everyone! ¬†It’s What I Wore Sunday time!

I just couldn’t resist. ¬†I had to wear pink:


I love the colors in this jacket, which I found at a thrift store:


The cut is a little old lady-ish though. ¬†Someday I’d like to have it altered to fit more like this:


Someday maybe.  Here are my boots:


More interestingly, check out what’s behind my boots: yes, our Christmas tree! ¬†Finally! ¬†We went and cut one down after Mass. ¬†We haven’t decorated it yet; perhaps tonight after the girls are in bed. ¬†I brought out a box of some Christmas decorations a few days ago. ¬†I left the girls alone with the box for about 30 seconds. ¬†Sure enough, when I came back, Girl 1 had dumped out a box of little ornaments all over the floor (not fragile ones, fortunately), and Girl 2 was gnawing on a Christmas light bulb. ¬†Not making that mistake again.

Here are some pics of our expedition:

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Pat and I were listening to a live stream of this presentation by Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, last night (recording should be available on the website later). ¬†He mentioned that some people try to reduce Christ’s mission to a teaching one, leaving out the whole dying-for-our-sins part. ¬†I was reminded of that during the Gospel today when John the Baptist says,

“He who has two coats, let him share with him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.”¬†Tax collectors also came to be baptized, and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?” ¬†And he said to them, “Collect no more than is appointed you.”¬†Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Rob no one by violence or by false accusation, and be content with your wages.” ¬†As the people were in expectation, and all men questioned in their hearts concerning John, whether perhaps he were the Christ,¬†John answered them all, “I baptize you with water; but he who is mightier than I is coming, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. ¬†His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into his granary, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”¬†So, with many other exhortations, he preached good news to the people.

If all we needed was a teacher, John the Baptist would have sufficed. ¬†But he didn’t.

Okay, that’s my profound theological insight for the day! ¬†Enjoy your Sunday everyone!

For more Sunday finery, check out the link-up at Fine Linen and Purple.  Thanks as always to Kendra and Emily for hosting the fun!