…. they’re too small. They’re going back.
The right boot won’t even go on.
Ah well…. there will be others… someday. Keep trying…
I was super conscious of my outfits all week – I wanted to put forth an effort every day. It was fun!
It was a fun week!
I accidentally, yes ACCIDENTALLY, fell into two new pair of jeans today. I was killing time at a sporting goods store that has neat jeans and I went there for tops. Well, they had “Kut from the Kloth” jeans on sale and I peaked just because Nordstr.om R.ack has this brand and I wanted to compare prices. The first one I grabbed (Farrah boot cut) was $25 – marked down from $82. They were my size – the only 6’s in the bunch. I figured, what the hell… and I grabbed them.
Then, I went to my neighbor’s for the kids to play, and she’d ordered the wrong length of G.ap jeans. She has to return them by mail so asked if I wanted to buy them off of her (we do this a lot!). I said I’d try them because they were 27’s and I figured they’d be too small (she’s always pawning stuff off on me and I’m always polite and say I’ll try it, and then get rid of it myself or tell her it didn’t work out for me). I LOVE G.ap Long and Lean jeans, but I truly thought they’d be too small.
I tried both pair of jeans on at her house and her advice was to keep them both – because, “they look good and they were $25! And show Hottie the G.ap ones and just bring them back if he doesn’t like them.” Sounded reasonable. I brought them both home.
In the privacy of my own home, I of course re-tried them on and took pictures. I need to know what you guys think. The first pair, Kut from the Kloth, were truly $24.99. The second pair, the G.ap Long and Leans, are $52 (or so she thinks – we’ll sort it all out if I keep them).
Are they worth keeping? Be honest.
… that people like to see what their friends are wearing. I know I do. I know that when Josey posts a Sti.tch F.ix post, I hop right on over to check it out. When Chon puts up a “What Chon Wore” post, I’m all over it! I have a preschool mom friend who has such great fashion sense, that I stalk her FB page to see if she’s posting pics of anything that I should be considering. I think I get most excited about people’s fashion posts, simply because I have limited fashion sense and I need ideas. And I love seeing others pull off what I don’t think I can.
This morning at preschool drop-off, I was in my running clothes because I like to run my 5 miles with Bryson right after dropping Matthew off. The weather is perfect right now and I just can’t get enough of it! All the moms know I’m a runner, so they always ask where I’m headed, how far I plan to go, and how long it will take me. Most of the moms are dressed for the day, so I take in their attire and make mental notes for myself. Today, the friend I mentioned up above, was wearing a cute sleeveless dress. I thought to myself, “see, that makes perfect sense and you have something like that at home!” After my run, you can bet I showered and pulled out my dress – and I felt so good and so COMFORTABLE for the rest of the day. We went to the park for an hour and I felt great!
Now that fall is around the corner (or is it here? I think it may be!), I took an inventory of what I have to wear. I’m sort of excited about changing things up and adding some more flattering pieces to my wardrobe, and I thought it wise to not only take note of what I have, but record it here for when I get the bug to buy more. I tend to buy too much of one thing (as you’ll see when you get to sweaters below…) and a place to come back to for some perspective is necessary.
I needed jeans that fit, and I’ve spent a small fortune on 3 pair in the last week. There is one more pair I’ll buy in a week once I can spend my Ga.p C.ash (redemption start 9/19 for those of you holding coupons!), and then I’ll have 5 pair of jeans that fit me correctly. Here is what I have so far:
The jeans I’ll be getting, or so I plan to be getting, are the Ga.p Reso.lution Slim Straight jeans. They fit ridiculously well and I really liked them, especially for $70 (but they’ll be $35 with G.ap C.ash). In all honestly, I’m itching for a pair from BR, but their jeans are so damn expensive that I can’t justify buying 2 pair in a month. G.ap jeans are just fine, especially for a 5th pair to just finish up the weeks throughout fall, winter, and spring.
Ok – onto shoes. I have said this before, but I’ll say it again, I have horrible feet to fit and when I find something that fits, well, I buy them. I learned at a very early age that my shoe budget must be higher than the average gal because my size is usually only made by high-end shoe makers (my parents bought me fabulous shoes while I was under their roof because they both had impossible feet to fit – and they felt sorry for me and wanted me to have shoes that fit correctly). It turns out, I have quite a few pairs of boots (with one on the way – WHERE ARE THEY ALREADY??) which isn’t a bad thing. I have NO dressy shoes (but am constantly looking) and just a few pair of casual shoes. I need more in the realm of casual flats/slip-ons and definitely a pair of black strappies for dressy occasions.
As you can see, I love my boots, and I need a few more lower profile shoes. I found some today that are $150 (of course they are) so I’ll skip them and head to D.SW this week to see what they have (and probably leave in tears, like I almost always do).
Coats. I love coats. I used to buy jackets like they were tops – I moved back from Chicago with tubs full of jackets and coats. It was pathetic. BUT – now that I’m smaller, I’ve gotten rid of almost everything and am left with just these three coats. I’d like to add a pea coat to the mix this year.
I don’t think I need anymore coats, even though I’d like one. I’m skipping it this year unless I find a great pea coat on a major sale.
For dresses, I have very few that fit. I have a formal skirt and top that are beautiful, but on the verge of being too big and I’m not sure the cost to alter them will be worth it. I have two casual dresses, one being the one I wore today, and the other being a gray one just like it (I buy in bulk – it’s ridiculous).
I have my eye on this dress at An.n Tay.lor, but the 6 seemed too big and they didn’t have a 4 to try on, so I’m waiting to see if they get one in. I am thinking of getting this for Hottie’s formal holiday party and dressing it up with some nice strappy shoes. We shall see…
For nicer tops, the types I’d wear out on date night, I have plenty. PLENTY. I bought a bunch while I was in KC in January and I regret one of them, just because it snags easily and I never wear it because of that. The last thing I need is more tops like these.
OK – so here is where it gets embarrassing. SWEATERS. I have always, ALWAYS, been a lover of sweaters. Wool sweaters, warm sweaters, thin sweaters, cotton sweaters, fair isle sweaters (I DO need a new one of these!), turtleneck sweaters, V-neck sweaters, etc. I have never been able to resist purchasing beautiful, warm, cozy sweaters. I think all of my spending money in college went to my sweater collection (I still have a few of those – do you remember when J Cr.ew did holiday sweaters every year???) and once I was making real money, it just got worse.
After getting thinner last fall, I was desperate for sweaters that fit and weren’t too big. G.ap had a killer sale and I bought heaps of them. HEAPS. Then BR put out the most delicious line of sweaters and I just had to have one. Then I found Nord.strom Rack and they had a couple of gorgeous sweaters that I could not leave behind. And then we went to Seattle and there were some fun, lighter weight sweaters that we bought in preparation for this fall (Hottie cannot resist buying me sweaters either, and the Seattle sweaters were all his idea). I have NO BUSINESS buying sweaters this year unless they are truly special – like a gorgeous fair isle sweater from Da.le of N.orway (hint, hint, Hottie!).
So I’m just going to stop justifying my obsession and put the inventory out there. Please don’t judge me.
So that’s it! That is what I have for the fall and winter. I think I need tops of the non-sweater variety and a pair or two of casual flat shoes. Please weigh in though on what you think is missing, and if there’s something you see that you are thinking, “she cannot wear that!” please tell me. We’re all friends here!
Ha! Did you EVER think you’d see a title of mine with “fashion” in it?
But this isn’t what you think it is.
So I can admit, out loud, that I have lost quite a bit of weight. People will ask how much I’ve lost, and I say, “not much, about 40 pounds,” and they react with bulging eyeballs and sometimes an eye roll. It’s not that I think this is easy to do or no big deal, I just don’t think of myself as this thin person (I don’t think I’m fat, or even big… I just think I’m normal). I also don’t make a big deal of it because I was very fit before we went through infertility, fertility treatments, then pregnancy, then nursing, etc. Before all of that, I was consistently weighing in at 150-155 pounds for years. So being normal/thin again isn’t new to me, but it is new to everyone who met me after the infertility hit (so all of Hottie’s work friends, because he started there after we’d tried to get pregnant for a year, and all of my mom friends, because they met me post-babies, and all of my blog friends). I am a super woman to almost everyone we know.
But I’m not. I’m just me. I’m the me who throws myself into the things I’m committed to, and fitness happens to be one of those things.
I weigh 140 pounds right now, less than I did when I was very fit for years, and less than I weighed when I graduated high school. This is by far the healthiest I’ve ever been in regards to weight, muscle tone, endurance, body fat, BMI, cholesterol, etc. I look in the mirror and I’m happy with where I am right now, no need to lose an ounce more (I was told today by Hottie’s two female coworkers to stop dropping weight, which annoyed me but I understand it).
So with this body that has been this way for over a year now (a year ago, I weighed 153.4 pounds and was running again consistently), I have decided to start dressing like a mom who is fit and healthy, and not like a mom who wants to cover up everything.
I had to enlist some help. I am no fashion guru – I’m far from it, actually. I’ve never had any fashion sense at all and I’ve always been very “vanilla.” Jeans, solid shirts and sweaters, practical shoes, etc. In my defense, I have very limited shoe options because I’m an 11.5 narrow (and 12.5 narrow with pretty bad over-pronation in running shoes = $160 a pair), so pretty strappies take MONTHS to find. But that’s my only defense – it’s time to step it up.
I have 2 pair of skinny jeans in my closet and it’s time to make them the norm, but what about shoes? Ugh. I decided to take the boys to Nor.dstr.om Ra.ck to shoe shop the other night while Hottie was out-of-town (I prepaid them with cake pops – they did great!), and I brought home two pair. I quickly put them on with my jeans and sent the pics to my friend, Chon, who I trust immensely with fashion sense. She gave me the green light and I wore the sneakers last night to dinner – Hottie said I looked cute. I wore them again today at preschool drop-off and I felt very with-it, put together, etc. I looked like the hip preschool mom, which is the goal after all 😉
I also went to onli.nesho.es.com the other night to see what kind of sales they were having and they had Frye boots as their banner ad. I had just seen some Frye handbags and boots over the weekend at a local store so I thought this was maybe a sign. I checked out a bunch of discount sites for the best deal (I’m not paying $400 for boots) and after deciding that yes, I do like them, I went to the store to try them on. They are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn. I signed up for Sak.sof.f5th emails to get a $30 off $150 coupon code – and I just ordered them today! $170 shipped to my door (they are $370+ normally). If they’re as awesome as I think they’ll be, I’m ordering another pair next month. I will be all stocked up on boots after these cute little booties!
Here are the boots I just ordered – I am super excited!
So… I’m on my way to dressing more like a gal, less like a slob. I do need a smaller pair of jeans, yes I know, Chon! 😉