Thursday, June 30, 2011

It's too hot to have meetings

Today is supposed to be warm. Not quite as warm with the humidity as yesterday, but still rather close. Naturally, I have the problem of figuring out how to look smart and professional, all while contending with the heat and Regina's infamous wind. 

What makes it all harder is the fact that I've already made a list of what I want to wear for the two weeks that we're away. With all these outfits pulled together, I just want to slip into one of them! I also really want to wear my maxi dress, but it seems it had a bad run in with a pair of scissors. Ooops.

While I initially decided against going for a skirt (since I'd be walking the windiest intersection -- in my opinion -- in Regina), I literally threw caution (in skirt form) to the wind.

And today's dress your best? My side. When I'm not happy about squishy bits in front or back, my sid awyas gives me a silhouette that reminds me that consistency and size are two very different things.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Variations on a theme

Yesterday, I dressed for heat, and when I walked out of work, the temperature was nice - not too hot or too cold. Today, I was smarter - I thought I'd check the hourly forecast so I could see if I could get away with pants or a longer sleeved shirt, if the temperature wasn't going to skyrocket until much later in the day. While that may have been the case yesterday, it certainly was not today. Hello, 31 degrees by noon, not to mention the type of humidity that makes you feel like you've peed your pants. It's the one time when I take solace in the windy nature of this province.

Unfortunately, the office I work in enjoys its air conditioning. I rarely turn on my air conditioning, unless Scott demands it (demanding more closet space? air conditioning? I make him sound like a tyrant! Ha!) Going to work means allowing someone else to control my temperature. Sigh. If there was ever a time for layers...

My outfit today is not that different from yesterday's in pieces: a dress (of the spring/summer variety) and a jacket with not-full-length-sleeves. However, the silhouettes are different, and if I must say so, I like this one better. I find this dress makes me look freakishly long and lean so I tend to avoid wearing it without something to break it up.I love how the light green of the dress, the light blue of the cami and the pink in the jacket details really work together to bring their colours out. This has to be my favourite example of colour mixing for the work place - conservative but still bright!

And today's "dress my best"? It's my hands! I feel like I'm cheating off of A from Academichic for this one, since she mentioned it the other day, but it was on my list! My hands are small. My ring size? 2 3/4. Needless to say, my engagement ring wasn't sized when Scott proposed. Most people don't believe him when he tells them. Most people don't believe me when I tell them, either. I've had people size me, and still not believe it (often, the lowest they'll agree to size it is a 3). But small though they be, they can hammer on keys when typing, manipulate needles when knitting and open jars (they're kind of freakishly strong for their size).

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Two outfit day

The downfall to working half days? You are blogging the outfit that you've already taken off, and some days, you just want to be like: "Ya, that's old news. I've gotta tell you how much I love the shorts I'm wearing now!"

But you'll have to wait a week or two until I'm on my honeymoon and will be pre-scheduling posts.

Instead, you get the dress and jacket and shoes that made me feel frumpy. The first two are a touch large on me, so while I think they're still passable, maybe together they weren't the best choice for my brain. The shoes, being flats, only compounded the problem. But work is over now, and I can look at the pics and pretend I'm happier with them.

And while the jacket does obscure it, I love my collarbone. I inheritted it from my grandmother, who views hers with disdain. I, however, love the straight line of it.

Monday, June 27, 2011

I still love these shoes. However, they pushed me back over the 50 shoe mark. It makes me nervous, given the reduced amount of storage at our new place, but the front closet is twice the size, so I'm hoping that if stuff has to go, it's not the shoes. I'm a little begrudging about the closet space from last week, not so much because of the request, but simply coming to grips with the fact that I've met/exceeded our closet space. While portable closets are an option, my love of clean, open spaces is greater than my need for clothes.

 I've got a headache today, and I've sort of reached my maximum patience for waiting to get to work on my thesis. It's still within the reasonable realm of time for being in committee so I don't have a reason to complain, I just function best when being productive.

Today, to keep with the Dressing My Best plan, I'm going with my back. It wasn't warm enough to go without the hoodie, but none the less, it still works. I know it has some freckles and moles, but it's strong, and it's mine!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Butterfly Army

I love these capris. Last night, when we had returned from 17 million errands (just when we thought we were done, we realized we forgot yet ANOTHER thing... ugh), I couldn't handle the short shorts any more (why can't muscles just always be flexed? Why do they have to turn to jelly when you relax?), so I threw these capris on.

I remember buying these at Walmart in 2006, the same trip I bought my gladiator sandals. Both were under $20 combined, and both were smart purchases. Sure, I've had more use out of the sandals but every year I throw these capris on, I can't believe I've forgotten how comfortable they are. And how handy it is to have lots of pockets.

Today my Dress my Best feature is my feet. They're little. They're cute. They can still fit into kids shoes, which doubles my shoes choices!!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

It's summer!

Hello all you new people coming to see me!  The traffic around here has been insanely awesome!!! I know you're here, so let me know who you are!!

Last night, Scott finally broke down and admitted that my hogging of the hanging space was getting to him. We were out for beer and nachos, discussing the issue of storage at our new apartment (we're essentially losing a full closet. Ugh. This will be difficult), and he said he was going to insist on more space in the little bit we'd have. I reluctantly agreed (marriage trumps wardrobe). When we got home, I did discover that there is a good 2 foot space left in the closet we share... notably on his side!  But none the less, what my baby wants, my baby gets (I don't actually call him my baby, and typing that felt really weird, and pedophilia-ish).

This morning I was yet again reminded of the mass amount of clothes I must have. I spent 10 minutes looking for a pair of shorts that I swore I hadn't given away (highwaisted denim dark wash with no back pockets and vertical slit pockets in the front, bought in 2001). Apparently they are no longer in my possession. Sure, I could blame it on the changing of seasons, but how much stuff do I have that I could forget that I didn't have those (wonderful... though I'm guessing they didn't fit or something) shorts any longer?

Instead, you just have to deal with these shorts. I am very self conscious in shorts, in a way I'm not with dresses or skirts. I think it's because I have inner thigh issues. But these shorts, so long as I'm standing, are fabulous, because they remind me that I have narrow hips. Sure, my torso may be narrower, and thus make my hips seem a little bigger, but I certainly do not have a right to join the ranks of "I hate my hips".  They're not childbearing hips (and Scott wonders why I'm all about the "stolen" aka adopted babies...), and they may get sore and stiff in winter, but give me summer and a sundress, and they're about the best!

Oh, and who am I stealing from today? Meagan Mae, Hillary and Taylor were all wearing variations on a theme on Tuesday - red/orange and blue. I commented to each of them that I loved, but was a little afraid of the colours. Of course, I'm always one to conquer my fears, so I knew I had to steal their colour scheme! I added green (and went with red instead of orange, as I did orange with this jacket for Thanksgiving)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Another day, another hope for an early morning post.

Sal from Already Pretty wore an outfit similar to this on Monday, and I'm thinking the theme of this week will be stealing outfits from bloggers. (We'll pretend my outfit on Monday was ripping off Tania from What would A Nerd Wear).I've already got the orange / red / blue outfit lined up for tomorrow, having seen three lovely examples of it yesterday (check back tomorrow to see you).

It is more casual than I usually aim for work, but I'm just not feeling it lately. It's too cold for skirts and barelegs. I'm tried of my shoes. And for some reason, my brain has decided sandals are not appropriate for work. (Pumdals are ok. Peep toes are ok. Despite the presence of sandals in office, and my reliance on them last summer, I just can't bring myself to wear them). Everything just says "winter" in my mind. I contemplated brightening this up, but I kind of liked the unaccessorized look.

Of course, now looking at the pictures, I look rather shapeless. Derp. Sal definitely wore is best. Anyway, it does remind me of how long I am... and so that will be my dressing my best feature today!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Stealing the look

First of all - I'm on the hunt for newer, smaller blogs to follow. Why do I want newer smaller blogs when I'm so obviously behind on following the "Big Ones"? Relationships. I totally appreciate the bloggers who have hundreds/thousands of followers when they reply to comments left, but lets be honest - it's impossible to develop good relationships with them simply because they just don't have the time. So recommend a friend's blog... your blog... the blog of someone who comments on your blog!

Secondly, I sit down every Monday night to write a blog post with the vain belief that a) I know what I'm going to wear, and b) I'll have time to take, edit and post pics before work. It never happens. But if I had everything ready to go before work, I wouldn't have been able to tell you about this story! All day, I noticed people checking out my knees. While knees are rather odd body parts, by the end of the day, I began to think "You know, I do have rather decent knees as far as knees go. Sure, I'm not overthrilled with the little "bump" above the knee cap, but I earned that bump... that's the muscle which controls the movement of my knee, and it took 6 months of physio to get that working. Maybe I should really be proud of my knee" Then, when I got home the first thing Scott says to me is: "Wow, that bruise under your knee looks really gross and yellow".  Evidently that's where everyone's attention was focused!

I stole this outfit idea from the outfit Taylor from It's My Cardi wore yesterday. While Taylor went a bit more mint on her colours, but I've been wanting to get more use out of this yellow belt. Stop by and check out her version!!

Monday, June 20, 2011

I love these shoes. I didn't think I could love a casual shoe as much as I love my black sneaks' but these "let's pretend they aren't knock offs of Toms or Keds" kind of rock my world. I'm going to live in  these shoes this summer. They slip on and off so easily, I can wear them with socks or barefoot, in jeans or (extremely casual) skirts. I wore some ballet flats on a walk with Scott and realized that if we're going to see Vancouver on foot (ok... a small portion of Vancouver), I'd need some walking shoes. I splurged a whole $30 on these and I've already got my money's worth. The only reason I won't wear them all week is they aren't exactly work appropriate. But I will wear them for the commute!

All I need now for honeymoon apparel is a pair of walking sandals and a waterproof jacket. Any leads on where to get stylish versions of both in Canada without shipping?? (Stupid Canada Post strike... ever tried to plan a wedding without the postal service???).

And I'm taking part in Academichic's Dress Your Best, and today I'm featuring my lower legs. I know, this is similar to my "nakles" of last year, but I love how my calves look in skinny jeans. Sure, they may look a little thin in flats and a skirt, but in skinny jeans, I love them.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Keeping it business

My alarm usually goes off at 7:00, giving me enough time to hit snooze once too often, rush madly around for the outfit I wanted to wear but can't find, do my hair twice (because it never works the first time) and barely make it to the bus at 8.

Today, with our important dignitary visiting this afternoon, I moved my schedule to start work at 11 instead of 8:30. Suddenly, 2 1/2 glorious hours were mine (Scott JUST learned that you shouldn't talk to me in the morning. Not even hello. I won't yell, I won't bark. I'll just ignore you). I slept in, I read blogs. I contemplated going for a run (but decided that last night's free-cake-regurgitation may still have left me a little weak). I showered leisurely. Then I rushed madly around for the outfit I wanted to wear but couldn't find, did my hair twice (because it never works the first time) and barely made it to the bus at 10:15.

It's always hard to judge the dress code when someone important comes into the office. Unless they're meeting the press, they're usually business casual. However, there is the odd time they show up in a full suit. If they can wear a full suit on a plane, what's my excuse? Of course, outdressing everyone else in the office is also a risk that isn't always good to take, especially since I'm a student, and this dignitary will really have no effect on my future but those who I might outdress very well could. Between "that student that thinks she's better than everyone else" and "that student that doesn't know how to dress for a dignitary's visit" is a very thin tightrope to walk.

So I took my own advice. Always dress brightly but professionally, and be able to adapt as necessary! I broke up my suit (which always reads as a suit so long as co-workers know you have both pieces... black pants and a pinstripe blazer is professional when together, but "I was cold" when seperate). I used contrasting colours. I kept accessories to a minimum.

The only thing I'm worried about is the fact that I wore pants. I know I've had the conversation with some of you about pant suits vs. skirt suits, and I fell firmly on "skirt suits are better" (possibly because I work in an organization which actively seeks to recruit women). However, my giant bruise is all the more giant, and nothing derails "Professional" like the legs of a 6 year old boy.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

It's like they can tell a storm is coming....

Just before the big earthquake hit Japan, apparently whales fled from Hawaii. I should have guessed something would be up for tomorrow when I arrived at work, and everyone was surprisingly casual. Even though I'd gone down a step or two myself (these pants aren't exactly dress pants), I was shocked to see high numbers of sneakers, untucked shirts and bold patterns. Sure, it's Public Service Week, but other than a barbecue lunch today and cake tomorrow, what's the difference?

Then I opened my email and discovered that our meeting with an executive director had been cancelled... so we would be free to meet with an assistant deputy minister (I figure about 4 steps below the Prime Minister, but I could be wrong. I'm not good with org charts). Goodbye slacks and sweaters, hello business suits. Still not sure what I'm going to wear (I have a nasty bruise on my leg which makes it hard to be taken seriously), but good thing I had advanced warning!

This vest I picked up last week at Value Village - $4!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

NEBEW: Lace*

I had come up with my lace outfit back when I thought I'd be working today. Actually, I came up with my lace outfit in the midst of our bedbug fiasco, when I was at Le Chateau looking for something work appropriate that wasn't sealed in plastic. I threw the outfit together and got Scott's opinion: "Don't you have something like that at home?" He was right.

I'm not at work today because I'm being proactive and am hoping to sort out the multitude of thesis related issues that cropped up last week. I'm also being realistic in that I know my expectations are not going to happen, because if that was the case, the issues of last week wouldn't have cropped up. As a result, I've drafted a "Plan B" which isn't my ideal plan, but it's better to change your expectations on your own than to have someone else force expectations on you. I'm also hoping that by taking control of the situation, it will also help me take control of my emotions.

And in the name of feeling like I have control of the situation, I knew that today would not be a day to throw on a lace skirt without feeling more 'feminine' than 'powerful'. And while I will have to check out the EBEW ranks to see if people can indeed feel both in lace, I had to reach for something that I knew would give me confidence (and have pockets for Kleenex in case I lose my resolve). 

*Not Everybody is Wearing Lace - not a slight to the EBEW team, but rather a sulky "I wanna play".  I may, however, wear the outfit tomorrow. Probably won't link up (I forget how long the window of opportunity is open), but I'm wearing lace in spirit!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Trying to find the humour in failure

I could regale you with tales of what went wrong since my last live post Wednesday afternoon, because I definitely have multitudes of bad luck tales for you. I don't think I had luck in any single aspect of my life. However, I also learned that sometimes things work out better. Case in point? After the hairstylist for my wedding backed out less than 24 hours before I was to have my trial run, I got one that I liked more. My wedding dress was pulling up in the back, making my butt look huge and my stomach look pregnant, and while it took a last minute tailoring, it now is exactly as I envisioned it.

I should have been prepared for this kind of weekend, after all, my trip to Winnipeg was pretty silver-lined itself. The highway was closed about 1/2 way, so while I was stuck in the middle of nowhere for 1/2 hour (meaning I would be late for the rest of my plans that day), I took the opportunity to take some outfit pictures! 

I had to choose my outfit wisely for this day (Thursday if you must know). I left at 10 am, and had a shower to attend at 6:30. The time in between was spent in the car. I knew I'd have limited to no time to change. The solution? Cotton jersey. I was pretty comfortable, and with the exception of when the wind blew up and I flashed a couple of truck drivers, or when my niece pulled up my skirt, it worked exactly a I wanted to.

Yes, Saskatchewan really is that flat... 
All that other bad stuff? It's going to suck. There is no way around that. And if there is a silver lining, I can't see it. But this week, I'm going to focus on making the best of every situation, simply because I don't have the energy to be sad any more. 

Friday, June 10, 2011

FBFF Cara Style

Woohoo! I"m still away!  I stayed at my Grandparents last night, so while I had my laptop, I didn't have internet access. They have the internet, just not wireless and I don't like blogging on other computers. I'm picky that way.

FBFF this week is our top 5 summer trends. I'm avoiding stores, after my expensive stop at Value Village Wednesday afternoon (a dress, a tweed vest, two belts and a necklace). Instead, I'm going to list the Top 5 things I will do this summer.

1. Get married in front of our closest friends and family. We're less than a month away, and it's starting to hit me. And I mean that in a good way.

2. Going on our honeymoon. We're headed to Vancouver for a few days for some general hanging out and lollygagging.

3. Moving into our new apartment

4. Finish my thesis and defend it successfully
From Flickr

5. Maybe even getting some time to spend up at Scott's parents' cabin!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

On the road again....

We had a big decision to make last night: we had plenty of reason to celebrate (submitting thesis to committee, getting our apartment), but neither of us had the energy to do anything. Man, was I glad we stayed in. We did make the mistake of grabbing McDonald's (my body cannot handle fast food apparently), but it was great to get my bags packed, tidy up the living room a bit, and, my favourite part, plan out how to arrange the new place.

As you read this, so long as you're reading it on Thursday, I will be on the road. Yes, all day. I'm starting to get used to doing the 6 hour trip with minimal stoppage in the middle. Hopefully I'll get a chance to take a picture of my travel outfit (which is also doubling as a wedding shower outfit for the cousin whose social we were at the other weekend - I'll give you a hint... it's what I was planning on wearing to the social a little more covered), but in the meantime, this is what I wore on Saturday "date night". We went to Walmart, and then watched Manhattan Murder Mystery (Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Alan Alda, Angelica Houston) on Netflix.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Now this is actually my 500th post!!

I've got to thank you all for your emails and comments about the crappy Monday. Yesterday was somewhat better, with today ranking in the middle. I won't go into details, but I'm submitting my thesis to committee, which should mean I'm nearing the end, but it seems I'm jumping through more hoops, contending with more hurdles and having a harder race against time than I'd expected. While many of these are unique to my situation, I'm sure no thesis process ever goes as smoothly as one would hope.

But let's focus on the positive. I slept through the night, (though was told this morning I cried and screamed the whole time. I've decided to focus on that as an amusing anecdote, rather than acknowledge whatever must have been torturing me). We did finally hear that we got the apartment we applied for a week and a half ago, so that's pretty exciting (we'll ignore the fact we don't yet have jobs to afford it, but that will happen, hopefully). And since my thesis is in committee, I'll be able to take a long weekend to visit family, have my last dress fitting and attend my first bridal shower.

And the interest in longer skirt lengths as of late means that I no longer feel it's necessary to pair this skirt with sky high heels. While it doesn't quite hug my shape the way it was intended to (I'm apparently missing the requisite butt and hips... though I get the feeling I won't get much sympathy), it looks marvelous when I walk.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tuesday sure feels like Monday

Yesterday was one of those days where it started out so well, and I was so confident, and then by the end of the day, I was reduced to a shell of myself, wanting nothing more than to collapse into myself in a deep, dark hole.

And then I didn't sleep. Well, I did from 10:30 to 3:30, and then again from 6:55-7:10, but certainly not a restful night. (Oddly - that last 15 minutes of sleep, I dreamed about blogging challenges. Danielle from Keep Warm roped me and a few others into one that involved stay at her place so someone, who could access the apartment security cameras, could verify that what we wore was actually what we posted. It was creepy... and it will also teach me to not read blogs when I can't sleep!).

I woke to rain, which was rather unpleasant, and little motivation to get dressed, especially since Scott was sleeping in, as he had the day off. As a result, I picked this outfit out of articles of clothing randomly strewn throughout the apartment (in my defense: the shirts were just washed, and had been folded/ironed but not put away. The pants were hanging in the spare closet as I am considering donating them to a thrift store).

The hair I hate. I tried 3 or 4 different hairstyles, but my hair just wouldn't cooperate, as it was meant to be washed this morning. I threw it back into a ponytail, grabbed a handful of bobby pins and finished off the bun on the bus. I'm 90% sure this is the most unflattering height for a bun as I feel like it really emphasizes my nose. Yesterday's shit-tastic day has my self-confidence pretty low, so my usual dislike of my profile is pretty magnified right now. Hmm - maybe my nose isn't necessarily the only problem... maybe I need more chin!

So you'll know me from the side
And I did realize the other day how strange this blogging community is. I mean, we see each other on a close to daily basis, and thus feel we would immediately recognize someone should we see them on the street. However, we all have our usual poses which we feel flatters us the most, and we tend to not vary from them. In real life we're not likely to see them from that exact angle. We're more likely to see them from the back, or the side. What we really know is the two dimensional cyberpeople we choose to present to the world!

Friday, June 3, 2011

V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N In the summer time!! FBFF

Katy is on vacation, so it shouldn't be a surprise that this would be a topic for FBFF!!

1.      When it comes to packing for vacation what’s your mantra?

Be prepared. I wasn’t in Brownie and Guides for nothing! I learned the hard was last weekend that even if you think: “I won’t be outside that much,” you should still bring clothes for all kinds of weather phenomena. We had hot & sunny and cold & dreary all within the same day. Not a good trip to bring only suede or canvas shoes!

2.      What are your must packs?

Two pairs of jeans. Without fail, you’ll spill on one, get grass stains from playing in the park or just simply get tired of one. Of course, I live in jeans, so if you hate jeans, substitute your favourite skirt/dress/shorts for jeans.

3.      What are you happy to leave behind?

Are we talking clothes? Because if that’s the case, think long and hard about what you’re leaving behind. I’ve seen my dad bring a suit to go camping – and use it. (Ok, that was a bit of an exception rather than a rule, we knew there would be a funeral while we were away). A short trip, and I could likely leave a “fancy outfit” or “business outfit” off my list. However, for a longer trip, I always make sure I have enough options that I can dress up or down for ANY occasion.

4.      Any packing secrets that help you get everything into one suitcase?

I plan outfits in advance. I won’t necessarily wear those outfits, but planning colour schemes and basic outfits can make sure I’m not packing extraneous stuff. I know that seems contradictory to the point above, but that’s where proper planning comes in. Business separates can be dressed down for every day wear, or paired together “in case of emergency”. I also lay all the clothes out together to make sure they are all interchangeable. You also want to make sure you’ve got spare room in your bag because even the most boring and monotonous quick trip usually ends up with coming back with more stuff than you left!

5.      Beach reading… what are you taking with you to read in the sand?

It doesn’t look like I’ll be hitting the beach this year. While we are hoping to get a night or two at my in-laws cabin, the flooding situation is still bad enough that there is no sand (of course, their lake has had high water levels for the last few years, so I’ve never actually seen sand near their cabin!). However, I’ll still have a stack of books. My plan is to finish Italo Calvino’s If on a Winter’s Night A Traveler which is a book to be savoured slowly and thoughtfully. I also want to run through a few more Alice Munro books for thesis related materials. Apparently, I do also have to read A Game of Thrones because I’d mocked Scott for years for owning them, and now he’s rubbing it in my face that they’re now cool.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Spring fake out

Remember when I said it was my 500th post? It wasn't. Turns out Blogger counts drafts as post. Why is it a post? I think until that "publish" button it's not a post, it's a thought, an idea, a fetus of a post. Le sigh. Wait for the 500th post coming up!

Do any of you ever get ideas in your head that you don't necessarily believe, but follow none the less? I can't wear black in spring/summer without thinking: "But this is such a winter colour!".  In fact, I've avoided black for most sunny days. Today was not sunny, and I needed a quick and easy outfit, since I let myself sleep in this morning.

Granted, I could have gone more wild with the colours. I could have worn a shirt that wasn't also black. Nonetheless, I like the yellow and pink.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I only care about the jacket*

You know the worst thing about creating a queue of blog posts for when you're going to be gone for a number of days? Having to go back to writing them daily when you return.

We were apartment hunting in the city we'll be moving to in August. At this point, we're back 'home' and waiting to hear if we have been approved. Nausea doesn't even begin to describe it.

I picked up this blazer when we stopped in to visit our parents halfway there. I'd fallen in love with it when I'd been out shopping a few weeks earlier, but I couldn't find my size. I was so happy when I found my size in the store in my parents' town and even happier when it was $20 off!

I can't wait to wear this with my brown sundress later this summer!

*The rest of the outfit? I could do without. But then I'd be kind of naked.