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Friday, February 1, 2013

Windy and Casual

It was so windy when we took these pictures. And to be honest, this is just a casual Friday outfit that I normally wouldn't feature as it's nothing special. But I think a lot of women tend to own more casual wear than the dressier stuff I typically show. And it's Friday!

I'm also thinking it's time to clean out the closet again. Let me know if you'd be interested in a 'Shop my Closet' blog post. Otherwise, it's going on eBay.

Last night my friend from work and I headed to the mall after work. She wanted to get her hair cut and I took her to my salon. She really loved her cut, which I'm glad. I then tried to break her out of her shell and get her to buy some colored jeans, patterned dresses, etc. She did end up buying the last of the J. Crew lace sweatshirts hanging in clearance. It looked perfect on her! I exposed her to Zara as well. She then spotted a Trina Turk dress in Nordstrom in bright turquoise. It was gorgeous but they didn't have it in her size. I kept making suggestions to break her out of her comfort zone and felt pretty good about my choices for her when the sales girl would look at me and nod her head in agreement. And it wasn't a sales thing. She wasn't pushing any clothes on us. It was a "yes, she's right. The color and the shape look right for your figure." But for some women, it's just so hard to picture themselves in color. And if you don't feel good about what you're wearing, no matter how good others think you look, you'll never feel confident and comfortable in the outfit.


{Tank: Stylemint | Jacket: Thom Browne for Target/Neiman Marcus | Jeans: Sears | Shoes: Rock & Republic}


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19 comments:

  1. oh yes, a 'shop my closet' blog post would be excellent!

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    1. I'll sort through my closet this weekend to see what I can part with.
      Niki

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    2. i would be interested as well. tho i have a major issue with paypal. the only times (2) i have ever had issues with on line theft came after-1. i opened my paypal account and, 2. when i changed my password after i was hacked the first time. so maybe you would be open to alternative payment methods? :-)

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    3. Keri - Paypal is preferred but check would be ok as long as it clears first.
      Niki

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  2. Casual but the Chanel type blazer gives it some polish! Really nice.

    You are right about breaking out of the shell. I follow my type of style for quite a long time but have always been very reluctant about colours - it even came to "no colour at all" but only black, white and camel in my closet.
    Now I have reached a stage where I desperately need some colours - probably it also has to do with the dark and dull season of which I am so fed up.

    Annette
    Lady of Style

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    1. About 5 years ago, I owned so much black and dark clothes (and a dozen banana republic stretch cotton button downs) that I couldn't differentiate between what pants were what. I only started adding color in 2011 and it felt odd at first. But it grew on me pretty quickly.
      Niki

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  3. I'm on the fence about shell breaking...Sometimes I think that I should try something that I see (usually trendy) but then realize whatever it is won't get worn. That said, I think my 'shell' is pretty full of color/style...WOW! toot my own horn!! I found styles/shapes/colors that work well for me and I pretty much stick to them. High waist trousers and pencil skirts for work, variety of colored high heels and then my frye boots and boyfriendish jeans on weekends with casual blazers...not exciting but I know what I look good in to. So, a me me me comment.

    Yes, please let me shop your closet!!! We'll start with the blazer you have on right now!

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  4. I love this, I really love this! Look at your focus on textiles Garments.Beautifull shoes design...............

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  5. Cute. Cute. Cute.

    I didn't buy this jacket when it was available....dang...but I did hit up Banana Republic, and get a similar version. = ]

    Julie

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    1. I purposefully think of you when I style this jacket with anything, Julie. Your liitle voice "don't make it look patriotic" keeps popping into my head. This looks a little patriotic but not too bad.
      Niki

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    2. Not bad at all. I like it. I plan to wear mine with stripes, as well. My jacket is a different color....so.....maybe a different country will feel honored. : ]

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  6. Feel like I have found my style sister--but you are the more stylish one! I looked at your Pinterest boards and in addition to that JCrew lace printed sweatshirt, I would like to be first in the line for those D&G patent lace-up boots!! And the R&R plaid loafers. And the list goes on. I don't care if you clean out your closet this year or in 10 years--I'll still love them! I'm crazy about blazers, patent leather, any kind of menswear-inspired shoe and vintage earrings.

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    1. Thank you and welcome! I wish I could get to my D&G boots but they are in storage until our CT house sells and we can buy a place in St Pete.
      Niki

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  7. I hope the house sells quickly--I've only been through that once and I remember the day of the closing being nostalgic but a total relief--it's time to make NEW memories. I mentioned how much I love blazers, etc. and the funny thing is this: from Nov-Apr I usually look pulled together and somewhat stylish. But when the heat & humidity combo hit in May, I'm a disheveled mess until the end of Oct. I know it gets pretty hot (but not quite as humid, I think) in St Pete...it will be interesting to see how you handle it. Thanks for being such a fun read.
    Elizabeth

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    1. I can't wait until closing. I can't wait until we actually receive our first offer. Are you a Florida girl as well? I've been thinking of doing a post on Florida fashion (or lack of). Let's just say that during the hot months, photo shoots will be very quick to minimize the drenching sweat. Right now the weather is perfect. However, I know at the end of March, beach season starts. When I lived in CT, I worried about the time change and digging through the snow to get out to the garden to shoot the pics. So I think every place has its challenges.
      Niki

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  8. Digging through snow! I'm in South Louisiana's Cajun country--one inch of snow and the place shuts down. I lived in ATL for a good while (college took a while!) and a few years again after I married. I've never really lived in a place with real "winter." I'm always hot and dream of moving north, but have a feeling it would be a shocking adjustment to deal with snow. One of my friends here is originally from Boston and she moved south because "you don't have to shovel rain."

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    1. At least you get snow. I'm sure it's not often, but it was never an option for all of my life growing up in FL (except the freak two times when I was young). After college I took a job where I could travel just so I could see the rest of the country. Back in 2007/2008, my motives for moving up north were very selfish. I don't think my hubby (then boyfriend at the time) really wanted to move back up north being as he's from Iowa originally. And I knew we had to get out of there before this winter rolled around. I didn't think he would survive another winter. He's a sun lover and I like light. The hardest adjustment for me (and people did not believe me when I told them this up there) was the time change in Nov. I couldn't stand driving home from work every night in darkness. In FL, it doesn't get dark in the fall/winter until 6pm. Up north, it's 4pm. I also couldn't get used to not being able to come home and take a walk around the neighborhood. There's no leaves on most of the trees, it's pitch black, there's no one out in the neighborhood talking to each other - just an errie, cold wind. The first snow is great. Each year I'd jump up and down like a little kid and go out in it. Then you have to dig out your car, bundle up, and hope the roads are plowed and no black ice is waiting for you to slip on. Two degrees is mighty cold. Most days during the winter it was in the 20s and 30s. We lived by the Sound and the wind was bone chilling cold. If you are used to living in Cajun country, you're in for a food culture shock. We have a ton of restaurants in FL - everything you could want.
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    2. CT is very mom and pop/diner/Italian oriented. Broccoli Rabe is on every menu, even chinese ones. After a while hubby and I just got tired of going to new places and having bad food so we stuck to chain restaurants. Summers in CT were very pleasant but it rained more than it does in FL. Rain up there lasts for 3 days, whereas in FL, the black clouds roll in early afternoon looking ominious, big thunderstorms and crashing rain last about 30 mins, and then the roads steam up and the sun comes back out. That happens all summer long. It's humid and sticky and a lot of times unbearable. The landscape is beautiful up north and being close to NYC was very nice. I miss being able to hop the train and go into the city. Our first year up there, we went about every two months. It's expensive, though. $50 roundtrip train ride for hubby and I. Then taxis and food. The shopping is outstanding, the food is hit or miss. It's a fun city to be in but after our last 14 hour concert (it was a bus ride from Manhattan to NJ, nosebleed seats, downpour rain and no taxis available, etc) we were pretty much done with the city. We've thought about keeping our house and being snowbirds but I'm not sure I want to live up there, even for a couple months of the year. I would miss my family too much, miss the sunshine (I was Vit D deficient up north with the rain and very common cloudy days), miss the ease of getting around and the convenience of having everything about 10 miles away. Don't mean to deter you. I had an interview in Long Island, Shelton CT, and Boston. I chose CT because Boston was even colder than CT and more expensive to live. Plus, my first choice was Chicago but felt that I needed to let hubby near NYC if I was going to drag him up north. I think it was a good move for us as it let hubby and I be alone and have that time all new relationship need w/out the influence of family and friends. But we stayed a bit too long. I'm much happier being back in FL now. I've done more with new friends down here in 7 months than I ever did in the 4 years up there. It was very hard to meet people. In Tampa/St. Pete, there is always something happening on the weekends. In CT, you had to jam all outdoor events, festivals, etc. into 4 months because that's about all you got before it got cold again. I also missed the year round cooking outside and the outdoor dining. I once tunneled a pathway to my grill in Jan because I wanted a damn steak! LOL! If you do move, go up and check it out during winter. Make sure you can handle it. Don't just go do fun things either. Go to the grocery store or run errands. Shovel some snow. Go try the food (the pizza was awesome up north). And stand outside of a neighborhood and listen to the silence and ask yourself if you can handle 4-5 months of that.
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