Sunday, April 26, 2009

Date with Scott

Well, this is not the outfit that I had planned. There were two issues with the outfit I'd planned. First of all, I 'd washed the dress, but hadn't ironed it. And second of all, I had some nasty bruises on my legs from helping a friend move, that prevented me from showin' some knee. Didn't love the outfit with the cardigan, but I had misjudged the weather and was very happy to have had it.

Just a reminder I'll be away for the next week or so - don't expect any posts until Thursday at the earliest!

- C

Friday, April 24, 2009

Winnipeg Trip

Don't you hate when a outfit looks better in hypothetical realms than in real realms?

Today's outfit, for my trip to Winnipeg, was comfortable. Boyfriend sweater, white shirt, red belt (stolen from mom and the 70s), J2 jeans, and my yellow shoes.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Two outfit day!

I always forget: "WEAR COMFY SOCKS WITH KILLER BOOTS". It was a hard lesson, but I'm glad I learnt it during the day rather than at night. To work I wore my wine coloured skirt from Jacob with a purple striped shirt. I liked the flirty hems on both, so I hope they worked together. Of course, I wore them with the killer boots which hurt my feet so badly. Of course, I was also really tired from a bad night.

To the English club wind up, I'm wearing my J2 Jeans, a corally salmony pink shirt, a white hoodie, and my argyle shoes. Nice, simple, with a touch of nerd.

Of course, I had fun with the pictures, because I had little else to do but nap today after work / haircut but before party.

(I had a weird nightmare last night that I was in charge of killing vampires wearing Krusty masks).

Monday, April 20, 2009

Back into a schedule?

I discovered that my bad moods correspond with large periods of unscheduled time. As such, I was very much excited to be working, and surprisingly, that excitement turned into a lot of productivity. While that's good for my boss, I generally like to be nearing the end of a contract with a lot of work to do, and thus be able to give them a legitimate reason to extend me. Since Wednesday will be my last day in the office on this contract, and about half way through the day I should finish my current project, I better hope I can scrape by out of the goodness of past work ethic, and not the pile of contracts sitting on my desk.

I bought the yellow shoes for the sole purpose of this dress. I knew I'd get more wear out of them because yellow is very in right now, and work well with lots of thing. However, once i discovered that the dark colour in the dress was navy and not black (it's less obvious in person than in the picture), I had the issue of shoes to wear with it - brown didn't seem right, and I didn't have any navy shoes. I could have got some cute navy shoes instead of the yellow ones, I just loved the idea of a pop of colour.

Apparently, though, they made me pop all over everyone's radar today at work. I think the shoes could only have gained a bigger impact if it had been grey outside.

And since I'm keeping myself busy to keep the recession depression at bay, I'm going to study all afternoon, and then help Scott clean his apartment. His roommate moved out over the weekend, and our mutual friend, Jill, will be moving in, so it will be nice to have her move into a clean apartment. I love the idea of simple black t shirts, so I love this one. Plus, it makes me look super thin.

And I know I said I'd stop wearing these jeans, consdiering how wide they make my hips (seriously, look at them compared ot how thin the shirt makes me look), but they're for cleaning!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Quill Party

Last night was my last Quill related activity. I had been in a good mood when I woke up, but that slowly dissipated through the day, until I found myself wrapped up in a blanket, creeping on facebook becuase that was the only thing that didn't make me want to cry. Needless to say, I just wasn't feeling the fashion bug. I had planned what I was going to wear, so I put it on, and took some pictures. One can out clear, but you couldn't see my awesome shoes, but I ended up having to wear socks with theshoes because it was so cold, so you get the clear one, even though, in all honesty, the fuzzy one is how I felt. Wow, I've really been sucky these days.

But today is going to be better, damn it! The minute I start feeling blue (even if it's pale blue, and not grey blue), I'm going to hit the gym - which is only a punishment because it feels so frickin' cold.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Where are you spring?

I'm feeling like a rollar coaster. Not only is the weather up and down, and my "busy" and "bored" meter oscillating, but my moods are definitely all over the place. I woke up this morning feeling like I could concur the world. And then work happened. While there were definitely specific details relating to the plummet of my good mood, complaining about them won't help, but be assured, it was all for reasons beyond my control.

In any event, my impending unemployment is looming more and more overhead, and my enthusiasm for the job postings is waning greatly. While I had set aside tonight to start planning my capsule wardrobe for when I take off to training in a week and a half, I just can't get excited over it. In fact, I'm dreading the packing, which I had thus far been using every ounce of will power I had to prevent myself from packing far too early.

So feeling in the mood of utter disappointment and discouragement, I'll pretend to put the sunny side up, and find some fun way to spend the evening, even if it's watching some guilty pleasure movies and having a princess night.

In any event, the best part of the day was that I was wearing my new jeans. They're Joe Fresh J2, and fit like a glove. I kept going to pull up my jeans (a habit acquired from the old faded stretched out ones), but they were always right where they were supposed to be. I've never loved a pair of jeans this much!

The shirt, however, needs some work. It's designed to be tied at the side, but I think I'll alter the ties so it can be tied behind my back. it just is a neater, better fitting look.

And the shoes - I got these on sale at Payless back in the day, and I still love them. As much as I love the sparkly top, it's the embroidered back that makes me happy! They're not the ideal shape, but they're an awesome splash with jeans.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

What would Stacy and Clinton say?

The other day, I refused to let my mother go to yoga wearing Crocs. While she claimed "but I'm just wearing them from the car to the studio, and back!", my defense was "What would Stacy and Clinton say?!" You see, my mother and I are avid viewers of What Not To Wear, and while sadly my mother did not follow their advice, (never use the excuse of "no one will see me" because someone always will), I thought that I was a much better student (yes, student of a television: shut up, Scott, I know I tell you to disregard everything you see on it becuase it's "just a box").

However, today I made a detour on the way to the gym. It isn't strange to stop some place, like work (for 7.5 hours) or school (for a few hours) between my home and the gym, which generally means bringing my gym clothes with me. However, given my relative unemployment, and uneducatedness these days, I was already in gym clothes.

"It's ok" I rationalized, I'm going to the "active wear" section of Zellers, any way. It's not the classiest place, so it won't matter. But then I discovered I couldn't get what I wanted there. I had to go to Sport Chek. On the exact opposite side of the mall.

So I have no entered a lovely shameful place, but have resolved that if Stacy and Clinton saw me powerwalking through the mall in my gym clothes, the silver lining is that there is $5000 waiting for me somewhere - right?

(Though I do wonder what they'd say about my $19 jeans and $14 shoes I picked up today at Superstore... I love you, Joe).

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Classes have ended, and even exams are winding down, so for the next two weeks, posting will be sporadic at best. After that I'll be away for a work thing, so if I do take outfit pictures, they'll be late. And hopefully, if I get a new contract, I'll be working and posting full time at the beginning of May.

Of course, that sounds all positive, but I'll admit - after 20 years in school, and having been looking for a job for 3 months in a less than optimistic economy, most of the enthusiasm rests in the words and not in me. Tonight was actually my first "free night" without the impending thought of "I should be....", and it was rather unnerving, and not as relaxing as I always dreamed it would be. It seems a "vacation" is only a vacation when it's followed by a solid source of income.

In any event, I'm actually doing ok. I didn't take a picture of what I wore to the last Quill board meeting (jeans, shirt, hoodie, sneakers), but I will post my pics of yesterday.

The first pic is me before my morning exam - wearing the most comfortable jeans, and, of course, my school hoodie. I was a little tired, considering I'd had nightmares the entire night before. As always before an exam.

I had an 8 hour break before my next exam. After Scott took me out for brunch (the joy of having class with him, and thus exams with him, is that we both need time to debrief afterward), I showered and got ready for an afternoon of studying with him at the library. So for the remained of the day, I kept my comfy jeans (I swear, I'll buy a more flattering pair when I get my income tax return), added a basic white t, and my new cardigan.

Tomorrow's big event is a doctor's appointment (yes, I am already that bored that going to the doctor is an event - though the last time I saw him, I ended up getting a number of unnecessary tests because he mis-located my liver), so I'm not thinking I'm going to get all dressed up, especially since the plan is to get to the gym after that. However, I work Friday (yeah!!!), so I'll probably get out of my "comfy clothes" for that.

Sunday, April 12, 2009


I had a super Easter-y outfit planned, until I realized it was raining. As a result, I decided to go with a different Easter-y theme... things I got for Easter!

I got my fabulous "boyfriend" cardigan, and some polka dotted "wellies" - oh Joe Fresh, how I love you.

Spent the evening at Scott's parents' place, celebrating his youngest brother's 18th birthday. Oh, he's so young!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday

Good Friday seems about as much of an oxymoron as the Fortunate Fall, however, it was good as we had the Driedger family gathering in Carman. For the occaission, I sported my only decent looking jeans (I can't wait for my income tax return), my embroidered cotton shirt, and my brown short sleeved blazer. Even though I like having my arms covered for warmth, there wer upwards of 40 people there, so it was rather warm, meaning I was rather comfy, albeit tired.

Last Day of Classes

I figured since it was the last day of classes, I should pull out something that I adore but won't weather through spring and summer. I felt comfortable for most of the day in my sweater dress, jeans, and blue cami - though switching the boots that I'd worn for far more comfortable ballet flats pretty early on.

The colours just made me happy - even more happy when I discovered my lunch time drink (which, for the record, is not a habit in which I indulge) matched too!

I'm surprisingly tired - I got my usual amount of sleep last night. However, today I had my final class (so sad) of my undergraduate career, my last day at the Quill, and the visit of my friend and most frequent blog visitor, Allison from Windsor.

Good night.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Casual Week?

Despite the fact that more and more days end up with me studying in sweats and hoodies, I just haven't had the energy to get dressed when I do go out. And as such, I'm doubly critical of what I wear when I see it at the end of the day. There are the usual issues: the pantyhose / belt / no time for gym combination always makes me feel a little plumper than I'd like, even though it doesn't seem to show. I'm tired of my shoes, and I want to go shopping for new ones. And today, for some reason, the belt itself was pissing me off. And it didn't help when our photo editor saw me, his first reaction was "Whoa! That's a big buckle". Plus, after a day of cleaning up the Quill (I signed up for dishes, not recycle!!!), the clothing proved to be a poor choice.
Tomorrow will be better, right?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Walking shoes

I went for practicality today in my outfit. I needed something that would be great for my first walk to school this spring.

Overall, I'm not enthused.

And my legs hurt.

Definitely taking the car tomorrow!

Monday, April 6, 2009


It's finally feeling like spring today - I made it from my car to work, out for coffee, back to the office, and to my car without having to change my shoes.

Of course, making the trek across the parking lot at Scott's did make them rather mucky.

Simple outfit today, just a shirt, some trouser jeans and a jacket for warmth in the office. I couldn't do anything too complex - I only had about 3 1/2 hours of sleep last night and even trying to put on my shirt was confusing me (it has a zipper at the side...)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

What colour is it?

I thought up this outfit to wear three of my most underworn casual items. However, when I hung them on my door last night before bed, something just didn't seem right.

The morning, I realized the "Brown" was more of an army green. But looking at them in my bathroom light, it still worked.

So on and off all day, I went from loving to hating the look depending on the light.

Sigh, when will I learn?

It's a pretty casual weekend I've got going on, so don't expect any posts until Monday!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Where did spring go?

I was really happy to have a spring-type outfit to wear today when I woke up, yet again, to snow. Sigh. In any event, my day was cheered by the bright pink of it all. Then clouded by my initial dislike of the outfit. Then, at work, I caught my reflection leaving the bathroom, and thought I looked damn cute. And then at the Quill, I felt frumpy. However, I got lots of complements, so that's good. And it was rather comfy all day - and by all day, I mean from 8:30 when I left home until 10 at night when I return. So glad this is the last deadline day for the Quill.

In any event, I'm not loving the skirt. It feels very full, and it was all the more full today, especially on the sides, as I ended up cinching it it about 2 inches to make it fit. Odd. Very odd. I could have sworn I put on weight. Maybe I'm just squishier.


And we're at post #75, which means that we review the pieces that hit the maybe pile in the last closet clean-up! I have decided that the green sweater is staying, since I'm planning on wearing it tomorrow. The grey pants go into the Alter pile to change the waistband and the black shirt stays in rotation, until I can replace it.

This time, cuts are from the shoe department. Yes, this hurts me greatly, however, it's necessary.

The immediate cuts (though I am already regretting one) are: two pairs of black mary janes (because having 3 pairs is ludicrous). They have such chunky heels. Alas, I guess I'll turn my tax return into more classic black pumps to replace them... sigh! The brown ballet slippers are too flashy/trashy and were inexpensive. I can see me pulling these out when weather gets nice again, however. But they are a cut, and I'll follow through.

The maybe pile, well, there are some issues. I love the black pair and the brown plaid, but they just don't fit correctly. I have very narrow heels and they slip around to much. They can stay in rotation if I find GOOD heel-paddy thingys. The moccasins? I have a love hate relationship with them, and I can't remember the last time I wore them, though I'm wondering if that's more due to my lack of brown pants, than anything else.