My Week in Review: Week 28

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Yacht Club. I was just a visitor.

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My baby did the week’s photoshoot. Isn’t she pretty ??

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We stayed for the sunset.

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In theory this black knit tunic was going to be very sleek and chic. Ha. Not so much.I look like a big black blob with a head. It went back.

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Yup. Happy Fall.

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Weekend getaway in the mountains.

Another week down.

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My Week in Review: Week 27

Whoa. I think I lost a week somewhere. Does that ever happen to you?? I can’t seem to account for the week since I last posted here. Was I asleep? Was I binge-watching The Walking Dead? I obviously wasn’t blogging! I’ve hit a clothing dead-end. Sorry about the dearth of outfit posts lately. I’ve just started ordering a few things for fall so hopefully I’ll have some new outfits to show soon.

Sometimes the only way I can remember what I did last week is by looking at the pictures on my phone.

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I watched a sunset. Shocker. Sometimes I think sunsets are my salvation. This one was particularly dreamy.

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Turnip King.

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Found a place I’d never even heard of before. I love when that happens.

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And returned to an old favorite, Welwyn Preserve. For the…you-know-what.

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Cat in the Box.

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The current read. It’s okay. I’m maybe a third of the way in and hope it picks up in…compellingness. Is that a word? If you know what I mean, it’s a word now.

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A dress I liked that did not fit. More on that in the next blog.

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Who sees the barn owl face?

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Yet another sunset. I hope you like sunsets as much as I do cuz there are a lot of them. I’m constantly on the hunt for new and different locations from which to shoot them. I especially like sunsets over the water cuz then I can also listen to the sound of the water as I watch the sun set and the sky change.

Maybe not everyone realizes that the “after” sky is often better than the sunset itself. If there’s any sort of nice color in the sky at all (and usually clouds), then you should really give it 30 minutes. You’ll find the sky and colors just get better and better. I see so many people snap their shot of the sun touching the horizon and then jump in their cars and drive off…and they’re missing the best part 😦

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Turning around from the colorful sky above…I saw these pier cats.

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Harvest moon. I usually catch sight of these while I’m driving, but for once I planned ahead and managed to be at the right place at the right time. Next time I need to borrow a longer lens…and I want something better in the foreground. It’s so hard to know exactly where it’s going to come up but….therein lies (one of) the challenges of photography!

Do you remember what you did this week? Am I the only one who forgets??

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I’m really going to try and remember this week!!!

I Wore the Same Dress to Work All Week…and the World Didn’t End

I don’t even think anyone noticed! Maybe the girls I share an office with *noticed,* but they’re both too nice to say anything 🙂  But I do think the point is that maybe we don’t need as many clothes as we think we do – unless you wear really striking or outrageous things, most people don’t even really notice.

I wore the invisible black dress (MAN am I getting my money’s worth of that thing!!!) all week to work (granted it was a 4-day work week due to Labor Day Monday, but I wore the dress Monday, too – I just don’t have a picture), just accessorized differently every day. So the OUTFIT looked different even though the base was the same. And I did wash it in the sink Wednesday night…not that I’m rolling around in the dirt at work (usually), but I do spill food on myself a lot (I call my boobs “food catchers,” cuz that’s where stuff ends up).

And WHY did I do this, really? After a week’s vacation, one of the most annoying things to think about when returning to work is “WHAT AM I GOING TO WEAR???” And I just thought it would be so lovely to wear my favorite, most comfortable, easiest to accessorize dress every day, so I thought I’d do this little experiment and see if anyone noticed, said anything, whatever. And it was a success!

Tuesday I wore the dress sleeveless with black floral sandals.

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Wednesday I wore a thrifted flax linen shirt over top.

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Thursday was Kimono #1 with a druzy pendant necklace from Charming Charlie.

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And Friday was Kimono #2 and flats

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So, the next time you’re in a quandary about what to wear and you’re tempted to wear an item from the day before…trust me, no one’s going to notice. Or care.

Now I’ve got to get ready to go to a fundraiser tonight…AND FIGURE OUT WHAT I’M GOING TO WEAR!!!

Plus Size Summer Outfit Review

I know, I know, I’m the leading proponent of SUMMER’S NOT OVER but…there will not be any new summer OUTFITS this year, so I feel I can do this now.

I think I did pretty well with my summer clothes shopping this year, I kept my “want” list tightly edited and really didn’t get anything that I wasn’t happy with or didn’t get a lot of wear out of. Usually there’s at least a couple duds that I have buyer’s remorse over. My only complaint is that I never got as *many* items as I wanted. My wardrobe is the opposite of many people’s, in that I don’t have too MUCH stuff, I have too little. Which is why the outfit posts got pretty spare for the past month, because I’ve already shown everything!

So I’m going to review my favorite outfits, and why they worked so well…and share one or two of my least favorites and why they got a little less wear than the others. I like to review like this, it helps me in shopping for NEXT season, in this case FALL WINTER, making note of lessons learned through success *and* failure…and what I might want to do differently next time.

My very favorite item was this black sleeveless swing dress from Asos Curve, “The Invisible Dress.” I’ve had it since March and it’s gotten a TON of wear, has washed well (hand washed cold water, hung to dry) and looked good both on its own and with secondary pieces over top. I would be very happy with this exact dress in navy and taupe and grey and…yeah.

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My second favorite item was this navy and white stripe dress from Rainbow. It was $12.99. Come on. I wore it tons as well, until I broke it 😦  I’ll explain that in an upcoming post.

My two other favorite dresses this summer were Denim 1 and Denim 2.

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Old Navy Pintuck Trapeze Tencel Dress 

I had a bit of internal fashion struggle before I could wear this one to work because it seemed so nightgownlike to me. If I didn’t have to go to a workplace every day, this dress would be on heavy repeat. Because it IS like wearing a nightgown!

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Rachel Roy Tencel High-Low Dress

This one was definitely more work-friendly, but if I had to choose (which I never did!) I would let this one go and keep the nightgown one.

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And a perennial favorite for like 10 years, seriously (though this may be it’s last summer)…this Target Mossimmo dress.

Some other summer faves were from Gwynnie Bee…

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Sangria Blue Dipped Floral Dress
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Alice & You Dress in Ditsy Floral Print

And moving away from dresses, the is the year I discovered I love tunics over leggings…and this was my favorite outfit of that type.

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Olive green sleeveless tunic from Bobeau via Nordstrom Rack. When it was still a little cool I wore this crochet knit black duster/cardi from Avenue, and as it got warmer and I learned the SO WHAT IF MY ARMS ARE FAT philosophy, I wore it sleeveless.

So what do *most* of my favorite items have in common? NO WAIST. No elastic or seam or belts. I feel so much better in a swing or trapeze style dress…no futzing all day with an elastic waistband or feeling like a maternity case when my belly protrudes out below an empire seam. They’re more challenging to find, but for me, worth the time and effort.

My *least* favorite purchase for summer was this sagey green knit dress from BooHoo…

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I fell for the color and the super-soft stretchy knit fabric…but see how the elastic empire waist right under my boobs makes my stomach appear to be BURSTING with child?? Ha. Not the look I’m going for.

So this fall I will be looking for leggings, tunics or oversized sweaters and blouses, and waistless dresses.

I think it’s valuable to assess at the end of each season and consider what worked for you and what didn’t, to avoid costly mistakes in the future.

What were your fashion failures and successes this summer?

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My Week in Review: Week 24

As weeks go, this one was okay…my last week of work before VACATION (ahhh…and the angels sang from on high)…and missed two days due to kidney stone stuff…dog-sitting my landlord’s dogs while they’re in Portugal…and having evening outings with my girlfriend who’s staying with me while she looks for an apartment on Long Island.

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I went to my niece’s (really my ex’s *other* daughter, but niece is easier) 16th Birthday/Cousins Party…and got to see my baby for a bit. Isn’t she a pretty baby?? I saw a lot of my ex’s family that I haven’t seen in over 20 years. Wow.

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We went out for $2 Taco Night (but no tacos for me, just a sad pile of soggy steamed vegetables….excuse me I mean a GRILLED VEGETABLE TOWER – which is what they were calling it on the menu. Uhm…no). ANYWAY, we did a little photo-shoot beforehand along the dock…and there were DEER. I really shouldn’t be so excited, there are deer everywhere in Suffolk county (eastern half of Long Island). People refer to them as rats there are so many. But I still think they’re pretty and I still get excited to see them.

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On Tuesday I took Caleb to work with me for a little rest. He thought the deflated bounce house made a good dog bed.

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I went on a little road trip to pick up some invitations from the printer for our upcoming Wine Tasting…and saw this front yard. I’m practicing being less judgmental so I’ll just leave this here and not say a word.

I am truly a horrible person.

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Then our way to Beach Hut for $12 drinks, we stopped at my friend Jen’s house to check in on her cats Bowie and Jameson while they’re in Thailand (is everyone away but me??). Jameson made himself scarce but Bowie is my new best friend. He greeted us at the door and performed tricks for us on command.

Yes, I wear that dress A Lot.

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After two days of pain and pain-killer withdrawal, I finally felt up to a little art lesson with my friend Debbie. She’s an amazing artist. She can draw and paint ANYTHING. I can sketch a pretty decent cube. And therein ends my artistic talents. But we practiced some basic concepts like shadow and…other things. Mostly I just dipped my paint in stuff and made blobs on the paper. My favorite thing is the little blob of wavy sea grass at the bottom of the page. I might become a wavy sea grass artist. But I won’t quit my day job just yet.

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Made it back to work for The Last Day Before Vacation (cue angels), wrapped up some things I’d been working on…then to celebrate we headed down to Northport for some music in the park with snacks and wine. And iced tea. That I spilled as soon as we got there.

And now it’s Saturday and The First Actual Day of Vacation. But I’ll save that for y’all for next week.

What are *you* doing for vacation?

My Week in Review: Week 23

Whirl. Wind. This week has been a whirlwind. Not bad, just BIZZY. I have a houseguest. And her dog. And was finishing up some projects at work. And starting on new ones. And some other things. And thinking about OTHER other things. So my brain has been on overdrive. I need a little veg out time soon to re-charge. One more week til vacation. Then…NOTHING. I want a whole lot of NOTHING on vacation 🙂 Sleeping late. Napping in the afternoon. Reading in the air conditioning. Sitting on the beach listening to the surf. Yup. That’s The Plan.

But here’s some of this past week…

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The dogs liked the beach.

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Inspirational greeting card sky.

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The hushed pine forest.

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Photo shoot in 9million degrees.

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Watermelon gazpacho. Yum. Made by someone other than me. Even yummier.

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Nautical spirit day at work. Have you seen my missing white sneaker?

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Dusk at the beach.

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Puppy-sitting at work.

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$12 Long Island Iced Tea. They’re STRONG. Yay.

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Floating lanterns at a beach wedding we happened upon.

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Photobooth at Sibling Day work. I’ll have some cajun fries with that, please.

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HORSE!!!

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I went to this laser light show in the 70s and again last night. I believe I have filled my lifetime quota.

 

My Week in Review: Week 22

I write with the scent of a marble pound cake baking in the oven. I haven’t baked in a LONNNG time, but I’m seeing an old friend today and this is a peace offering. So I’ve been up since dawn. I’m looking forward to tomorrow when I have (so far!) No. Plans.

Last week I had a nice beach day with a friend. I like getting there before Anybody Else so I can pick The Perfect Spot and then the other 1000 people have to work around ME.

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I bought a bag. Cute right? It’s just like a fun weekend bag.

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This was on the impulse buy shelf along the check-out line at TJ Maxx. I managed to control myself and left it there.

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This week’s dress from Gwynnie Bee. Not a good fit. Sent it back, unworn. NEXT!!!

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I was getting ready for house-guests so had to make a trip to the ugh laundromat. This lil fella went along for the ride.

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Company’s here! This is Nora, 9-month-old Border Collie. You’ll be seeing a lot of her 🙂

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Made it to the end of the week and this was my reward. Ahhh.

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Thyme-garlic roasted mushrooms and asparagus. And a blackberry mojito. Goodnight.

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How was YOUR week??

 

My Week(s) in Review: Weeks 19 & 20

The weeks are passing so quickly…I’ve been so busy I feel like I haven’t had much time for fun things…and a sad event stopped me from posting last week. I lost my puffy kitty, Madison. I really got him for my daughter for her 11th birthday, but she moved out and away from us 6 years ago when she left for college and then the world beyond, so in my heart he is really mine. But shortly after his 16th birthday in March, he started for the first time to really age…and then in the last week his body just gave up and out and he passed away quietly in the comfort of his own home. He was a sweet kitty, a good kitty…and my apartment and life feel a little emptier without him.

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I had a couple photo shoots…

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My daughter helped me move a pile of stuff to storage so there’s a little more breathing room in the apartment…

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I have not really *mastered* Snapchat, but I do have fun playing with the photo filters.

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I have a friend at work who likes to rename people. He calls me Black Betty (after the 1977 Ram Jam song “Old Black Betty”) but he originally dubbed me “Sweaty Betty,” which I did not much care for. So it was funny to see a band playing at the beach last week by that name!

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I have not been in much of a picture-taking mood lately, so things are sort of passing by unseen…and unremembered.

Do you ever feel like life is sort of passing by you and you’re not quite keeping up with it?

My Week in Review: Week 18

The summer was sort of getting away from me and I realized I wasn’t getting out in the evenings as much as I would like, so I’ve been making myself turn off the computer and get outside more after work.

Last Sunday Caleb and I went to the local college athletic field…I sat in my beach chair and read, while he meandered around looking for snacks in the grass. It was a big sky. Then campus security kicked us out. We’re real trouble, my dog and I. Good to keep riff-raff like us out.

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The next morning when I got up, Caleb couldn’t. He couldn’t stand up or walk without my being a human sling for him and lugging him outside to potty and back inside to eat. He’s had Lyme disease twice before so I figured this was that again and I made an appt at the vet.

He puts on his best I’m a Big Brave Dog act at the vet’s office always, so the dr doesn’t usually see what I see. But they did some tests and then we just had to wait.

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The next day he was even worse, in addition to appearing as though he’d had a stroke, listing to one side, being unable to get his balance/footing, falling over…he was anxious and agitated and restless…the look in his eyes was heartbreaking as he seemed so confused and scared. I was afraid he was going to die overnight.

But he was still with me in the morning, the testing had come back positive for Lyme Disease, we went to pick up the antibiotics, and within 24 hours he was SO much better. Not BETTER, but relatively better. Calmer, able to settle down and rest…but still losing his balance and falling over.

I know wonderful people…and over the course of the next day at work, a little pile of gifts appeared on my desk: a nonslip mat for Caleb to lay on, some cucumbers from a friend’s backyard garden, and a Hello Kitty cuz…Hello Kitty.

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I got to spend one evening at a quiet beach with Caleb and my daughter. We ate dinner there and watched the sunset. Caleb had to stay tethered to us to keep him from wandering off and falling down.

I did a couple photo shoots…

I received my first order from Lovesick.com. I was very excited as Lovesick is an off-shoot of Torrid, which has a great range of sizes…but a little more on the “boho” side. I got this dress in a 3x, the largest size available at the time, which from Torrid would have been just right or a little large…and it was too small. Too short and too small. I also ordered a kimono…but they sent the wrong one, sadface…and given the week’s vet bills, I just returned it without trying to get the right one sent to me. I do see that since my order was placed, they have expanded their sizing up to 5x, yay, so I’ll give them another shot in the future because I really like their styles.

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I appreciated the color combinations in the border along the front of the bank.

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And Friday night I met up with a friend for a sunset show…

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It was a stressful week, with the dog’s condition, and trying to get all my work done while distracted…but things are calmer now and hopefully the coming week will be a more peaceful one.

How is your summer going?

Sometimes

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Sometimes an outfit post is just an outfit post.

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Sometimes the hills are alive.

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Sometimes I’m ready for my close-up.

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Sometimes the wind can be a jerk.

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Sometimes I look like an escaped mental patient* from the 1950s.

My Friend Who Shall Remain Nameless and I went down to the beach to do outfit pictures but THAT DARN WIND had us seeking higher ground. This is one of those outfits that has me going I REALLY NEED TO GET A FULL-LENGTH MIRROR. Lately, in the absence of said mirror, I have been taking full-length cell phone selfies with the timer. I think that image is even better than a mirror. Sometimes while looking at your picture in your mirror you can sort of rationalize your way into believing you look better than you really  do. You move this way and that, you smile, you inject a little personality into the reflection and you feel prepared to leave the house thinking, “I’m looking pretty cute today.” And then you see a PICTURE. And it’s like those dreams where you’re at school naked and you’re all WHY DIDN’T ANYONE TELL ME I FORGOT TO GET DRESSED THIS MORNING cuz you suddenly realize that it looks like you’re wearing a nightgown to work???

It’s really a very sweet little dress. It’s not the dress’ fault. I’m sure if a willowy blonde with protruding hip bones wore it with a tiny black leather motorcycle jacket, it would be all over the street style blogs as The Only Dress You’ll Need This Summer. And it was delightfully comfortable. The thinnest lightest silky poly, sleeveless loose-fitting shift. The print was adorable. But now that I’ve seen the photographic proof, I feel I should make a disclaimer to everyone I saw yesterday, “I WAS NOT WEARING MY NIGHTGOWN, I SWEAR.”

Fortunately I did not invest money to OWN this dress, I merely rented it from Gwynnie Bee and now I can send it back and get something more appropriate for wearing outside in the general population.

What I’m Wearing:

* I hope “mental patient” is not one of those newly politically incorrect terms. I don’t mean anything derogatory towards them. I apologize if I’ve once again made an inappropriate and tactless comment (making inappropriate and tactless comments is my special gift).

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