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This week I only have two outfits to share. I’ve been having a great time this week at home – organizing, working out, relaxing, and just hanging out. No fancy fashion required.

Tuesday, December 27th – I was going to a movie with a friend, and I wanted something that would look nice, but would be comfortable to sit in a movie theatre seat for 2+ hours. Before I get to the outfit, I wanted to focus on the hair/makeup. I usually use a quick, cat’s eye swoop of black liquid liner. It’s easy, and it’s my signature. But since I had the time on Tuesday, evening, I broke out my Ready Eyeshadows Palette in Playlist from Bare Escentuals and mixed a few browns together. And then I did something I never do – I put eyeliner on the bottom lid. I usually avoid this because the cat’s eye looks better without anything on the bottom and somewhere along the way someone told me that it made my eyes look smaller. But I kind of like the change. Using shadows and pencil liner took WAY more time than I am used to, but it was fun to try.

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I had to show the little afro puff I was rocking that night as well.

And now for the outfit:

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Earrings: Kohls; Necklace: Macy's; Top: Roaman's; Dark Rinse Jeans: Style & Co (Macy's); Shoes: Uggs

Wednesday, December 28th – Right before aqua aerobics class. Normally I would never capture my aqua class clothes on film, but I wanted to show the gloves and shoes off. Mind you, I don’t wear terrycloth capri sweats in the pool but there was simply no way in hell I was going to take a photo of me in the bathing suit. It’s under there, believe you me. You can see the top of the bathing suit, which I covered with a cardigan when I was in public, for modesty’s sake and because it is wintertime, even in the Bay Area.

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Gloves: Speedo (Amazon); Halter bathing suit top: Torrid; Bathing suit bottoms (not pictured): Woman Within; Terrycloth sweats: LB; Aqua Shoes: Speedo (Amazon)

I won’t even ask which outfit is your favorite this week.

From here on out, I think I’m going to scale back the OOTW posts, because I am running out of new looks. I mean, I can go a couple of months without repeating tops, but now it’s getting to the point that I’ll be repeating outfits. And no one wants to see the same old thing, I’m sure. So if I happen to put together a fun, new look, I’ll share it, but other than that I won’t be resuming these posts regularly until I go down in sizes and need to buy new clothes!

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For the month of December, I’ll be participating in #WEverb11. Each day gives a new prompt, each of which is a chance to reflect and look forward.

December 28: Pay It Forward

Describe a random act of kindness that you benefited from in 2011. How will you pay it forward in 2012? Contributed by Bella (hey, that’s me again!!)

I’m really honored that in the month of December, 3 of my prompts were chosen for #WEverb11. 

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When I first came up with this prompt, I knew exactly how I would answer it.  I received many small acts of kindness throughout the year, but the one that really stands out in my mind is when Scale Warfare and BeautyJunkie824 both gave me their now-too-big clothes within a few days of each other. You see, both of them have had WLS and both of them have lost major weight over 70 and 80 lbs, respectively.

You can read the details of their kindness here, but here’s a shot of the clothes all spilled over my bed as I was trying them on:

Over the past couple of months, I’ve really been able to ameliorate my wardrobe with these clothes, which has been so nice.  I’m not stuck wearing the same old thing – I have all these new pieces that I can mix into my existing wardrobe and come up with fun combinations.  You can see how I’ve been putting it all together in my OOTW (Outfits of the Week) posts.

And I have another two boxes of clothes in my closet just waiting for me, once I can fit into some smaller sizes.  They’re really going to be a lifesaver as I lose weight and I start to shrink pretty quickly.  Because even though I’m going to be tempted, I don’t want to put too much money into clothes as I’m still losing.  I want to wait and “break the bank” on clothes once I reach goal.

These clothes are more than just a beautiful act of friendship from two very generous people.  They represent hard work, determination, and the ability to achieve a goal.  They’re a daily reminder that if I stick to my plan, I can reach the same success.

In 2012, I will pay it forward by donating my current wardrobe (once it’s too big) to someone else.  Whether that’s to my local donation center or to someone I meet through this blog remains to be seen.  Perhaps a bit of both.

Having clothes that make you feel good is really so important.  Some people might consider it superficial, but I don’t.  I think taking time and paying attention to how you present yourself to the world helps you carry yourself with more confidence.  And with that confidence, you can do anything.  At least I know I can.

How will you pay it forward in 2012?

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I’ve been having such a fun time this first week of Winter Break, and I thought I’d share a couple of the outfits I’ve been wearing out and about.

Monday I didn’t snap any photos because I stayed close to home doing errands, walking the dog, and going to the gym. Nothing noteworthy, in terms of fashion.

Tuesday, December 20thSeason of Hope Concert at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph. One of my students was performing at a free concert in the downtown area and I invited a few of my friends to come along. We grabbed a drink at The Fairmont Hotel before, and then enjoyed some beautifully moving music. Seriously, I got teary-eyed as I listened, especially when I realized that these were high school kids performing – they sounded amazing, and you would’ve sworn they were professional adults. The nicest part was the huge smile on the face of my student when she realized I was there to support her. I took several photos with my friends, but none of those showed my outfit well. The one that did was taken with my student, so I cropped her out of the photo, hence the “random hand” on my shoulder. My hair was a bit flat on top, so I thought a beret fit perfectly with the outfit. The sparkly purple cardigan is courtesy of Scale Warfare (thanks for helping me out once again, SW!!).

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Beret: Target; cami: LB; Cardi: Kohl

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I know this picture has nothing to do with fashion, but I snapped it quickly outside of the Basilica, and I think it

Wednesday, December 21stLunch and shopping in Union Square, San Francisco. I was meeting a friend of mine for lunch, and this wasn’t just any old lunch, he and I had worked together years ago, and then lost touch, and reconnected on FB a few months ago. This was the first time I had seen him in over 6 years, and since he’s a buyer at a major SF-based clothing company, I knew I had to bring my A-game, fashion-wise. You guys have seen me in this outfit in a past OOTW, but I “juzzed it up” with that cool, red crochet flower. Oh, and a different beret made an appearance again today because the hair is still a bit flat on top. (I’m happy to report that he liked my dress and complimented me on it).

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Beret: Macy

Thursday, December 22nd: Midday movie (Sherlock Holmes) with my dad. My dad and I have a tradition of going to the movies together whenever we have a break or vacation. Usually we see some sort of action, adventure, or thriller. I loved the first Sherlock Holmes, and this one might have been even better. The plotline is so convoluted that you really can’t figure it out, but it is fun just trying to keep up. Plus, I love the set designs and costumes. And Robert Downey Jr. has been a favorite of mine forever, and it’s so nice to see him doing so well. After the movie, we grabbed Subway, and then took the dogs on a long walk. I had a great time spending the afternoon with my dad. This outfit was already featured in a past OOTW, but since I had such a fun day, I figured I’d show the outfit.

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Sweater: Woman Within; tank: LB; Jeans: Style & Co (Macy

This week has been really fun because I spent almost every day getting out and being social. It reminds me that I need to do this a bit more often even when I don’t have two weeks off. Of course, it’s so much easier to make plans when I don’t have a million other things on my mind, but I do need to make socializing more of a priority in 2012.

Friday was another stay at home in lounge clothes kind of day – no photos.

Saturday, December 24th – Christmas Eve.  I wanted to look nice for Christmas Eve, and I think the details can make all the difference, so I tried to put some thought into the accessories for my outfit. The buttons on the cardigan I was going to wear were really pretty – they reminded me of a brooch you might find on an outfit in the 20s.  Sort of deco.  This photo is a bit unclear, but I think you get the idea:

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The buttons were pretty - clusters of red, clear, and bright pink stones.

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I borrowed my sister's diamond cluster earrings, to echo the buttons of the cardigan

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The ruby and diamond ring my grandmother bequeathed to me fit in perfectly.

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Cardi: Avenue; Tank: LB; Black jeans: Style & Co (Macy's); Shoes: Clark's

 

December 25th: Christmas Day.  I was headed to my parents’ house again tonight, and I was looking forward to a quiet dinner with “the original four” – my dad, my mom, my sister, and me.  It was a nice evening sharing stories, opening presents,  and enjoying ravioli.  The atmosphere was casual, but I wanted to make she that I was decked out for the holidays.

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I found these stocking socks in the $1 bins at Target. Love.

 

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Sure, I can say that I was just in the Christmas spirit with this hat, but the truth is, my hair was a bit messy on top.

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Hat: Walgreens (years ago); Sweater: Catherine's; tshirt: Woman Within; Dark Rinse jeans: Style & Co (Macy's); Shoes: Clark's

Which outfit was your favorite?

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For the month of December, I’ll be participating in #WEverb11. Each day gives a new prompt, each of which is a chance to reflect and look forward.

December 21: Ripple
The butterfly effect posits that a small change can ripple across whole ecosystems. Who do you credit for the small action that made all the difference in your life this year? Contributed by Zak.

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This one was difficult for me to answer because I see many small actions that made a difference in my life, but if I have to choose just one thing, I guess it would be my OOTW posts.

It seems silly that posting about the week’s clothing choices on Friday would make such a big difference in my life, but hear me out.  I started to take more time to put outfits together this year, especially when school started – I carefully selected my accessories, styled my hair, and put on my makeup.  I’d always tried to look my best in these areas, but this year, something was different.

I took up the challenge of putting together really thoughtful outfits and something incredible happened along the way – I inspired myself to keep up with my weight loss, because I wanted to see myself look even better in that dress, or to be able to have that top glide over my hips instead of get stuck on them.  I saw my face getting slimmer as the weeks went by, and I was re-inspired to continue my efforts. If I was tempted to eat something that wasn’t on my plan, I tried to ask myself how it would affect that photo I was going to take tomorrow morning.

And the most important thing was that by looking at the photos and seeing the clothes on me the way the world sees them, I started to develop more of a sense of my personal style.  I’m still working on it, but I have started to recognize the clothes that are “me” and the clothes that aren’t.  And I’m not going to buy clothes that aren’t, just because they fit.  I really want to make sure that as I buy new clothes (in smaller sizes!), I only select things that exhibit my own fashion sense and style.

They say clothes don’t make the (wo)man, but I’d have to argue that this year, clothes made all the difference.

What was your “ripple” this year?

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Before we get to the workweek clothes, I thought I’d share my usual weekend wear.  Depending on what I’m doing, I get more dressy with jeans and sweaters or even a dress, but if I’m just knocking around doing errands, taking Sofi for walks, meeting friends for coffee, and staying low key, I can be found in some combination like this:

Saturday, December 10thI was meeting Kim for coffee (for the first time!) and since it was chilly, and early, I decided to go casual.  She’d mentioned that she’d be in workout clothes, I figured I was safe to do so, too.

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Vest: Woman Within; Long-sleeved graphic tee: LB; Yoga pants: Woman Within; Shoes: Casual Comfort

There’s one thing about these pants.  They are really, really loose on me, which is uber comfy, but which isn’t the most flattering.  I never gravitate toward tight pants, but as you can see in the photo below, maybe I need to get some that aren’t quite as roomy?  Since they’re just for the weekends or after work, I don’t mind that they’re huge, but eventually I know I should get more form-fitting ones.  Maybe once I’m in a different size.

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Reaaaaaallllllyyyyyy wide leg. But I do like how "flowy" they are.

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Ready to meet a new friend for coffee!

This week at school the ASB decided to make it really fun by thinking of different themed dress days. They also had corresponding activities at break and lunch, which was fun for the kids. I took part in almost every day, and I loved it because it meant I had a week’s worth of outfits already all planned out. No guesswork! Luckily, too, I had enough “holiday” clothes to wear.

Monday, December 12th: PJ Day.  Now I was originally going to wear this:

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Some of my winter pjs, from Woman Within; my (pre-makeup) outfit for pj day at school. Did I dare?

I know that these jammies are so cute and would’ve been a huge hit at school (They have knit scarves, hats, and mittens all over them and they say “warm and cuddly” on the top).  The problem was, since it was a Monday, I wasn’t sure how many of the kids would remember this dress-up day.  And I didn’t want to be the only one who did it.  I know that seemed like such a high school worry, but when your job is standing in front of people giving information, you do worry about what you’re going to wear and how it looks.  The pants were thin and showed my flub, and I wasn’t feeling as confident in them.  Plus, it was really cold that day, and I knew that if I wore them, I’d be freezing in my classroom all day long.

So I totally copped out.  I went with sweats, because people do wear them to bed and they were much warmer.  I felt better in them, and they were different in their own way.  The Chicago sweatshirt has the exact color of dark rose of the pants.  So I wore this:

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No, that isn't a camel toe! Those pants are sort of loose too, and they gather. Still, not the best pose.

When I got to school, tons of kids (and a few teachers) had the pjs on, so I definitely should have worn mine.  Lesson learned.

Tuesday, December 13th: Holiday Color Day.  We were supposed to wear either green/red or blue/white or whatever colors were in the particular December holiday we celebrated.  I was so happy, because it meant that I could wear my Quaker Factory shirt that I got from QVC.  (OK, that statement made me sound 75 years old!). Since bling is in, and this is a holiday shirt, I don’t mind wearing it at all, even though Quaker Factory also makes some sweaters and shirts that could later be worn at an ugly Christmas sweater party.  😛

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The detail of the shirt.

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I took this in the bathroom to show the shirt in good lighting.

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Shirt: Quaker Factory (QVC); Jeans: Style & Co (Macy's); Shoes: Aerosoles

Wednesday, December 14th: Decorate Yourself Day.  The directions said, come dressed as you would decorate a tree.  Wear ornaments, lights, tinsel – whatever you want.  Instead, I opted to wear my other QF shirt.  Hey, I have two and you can’t wear them any other time of year.  Why not?

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The detail of the shirt.

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To show the true color of the shirt.

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Shirt: Quaker Factory (QVC); Jeans: Style & Co (Macy's); Shoes: Clark's

One important thing that I want to note is that last year when I bought these Quacker Factory shirts, they were snug on me and I worried about how I looked in them.  As you can see from these photos, they’re loose now.  And next year, they won’t fit at all!  Love that!!!!!!!

(I skipped Thursday because we had our Journalism deadline, and we all wear our Journalism sweatshirts on those days).

Friday, December 16th: Character Day.  The directions said to dress like your favorite holiday character – Santa, an elf, Rudolf, etc.  I chose to wear a Christmas hat and my star/snowflake shirt.

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Bring on Winter Break!!

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Detail of the shirt.

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Top: LB; Cami: LB; Jeans: Style & Co (Macy's); Shoes: Clark's

And with that, I am now on Winter Break!!  It was fun to have the dress-up days and make it through one of the longest weeks of the year.

Which outfit did you like best?

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This week, the temps were chilly in the mornings (37 degrees or so is COLD around here) and the evenings, but the days were clear, sunny, and gorgeous with highs in the upper 50s to low 60s.  Beautiful winter weather.

Monday, December 5th: I was freezing, so I decided to go with a chunky, cable-knit scarf to spice up basic black and white.  Later in the morning I asked one of my famously fashionable students to “do something with the scarf” and she secured it around my neck in a much more flattering way than you see here. 

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Scarf: Woman Within; Cardi: Avenue; Long-sleeved Tshirt: LB; Jeans: Style & Co (Macy's); Shoes: Clark's

Tuesday, December 6th: I’m wearing the outfit I wore on Thanksgiving, only changing the look up this time with a side pony.  Finally, my hair is getting long enough for me to do styles like this!  My shorter hair was sassy, for a while, but it got really monotonous in terms of doing different things with it.  Plus, with a face as full as mine, I like having the longer hair to balance my appearance out.

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Trying to show some side pony action.

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Cardi: Talbot's (from SW); Top: Macy's; Jeans: Avenue Divine Denim; Shoes: (cut off) Hush Puppies

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I was worried that the bedroom pic was too dark, so I went into the bathroom to give a better view of the colors.

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This is Sofi's spot every morning as I get ready. Sorry it's blurry.

Wednesday, December 7th: This is the outfit I wore in my Christmas card photo, and the one that I may where on Christmas Day.  I’d told you last week how much I love the Fair Isle print, and this sweater is another example of why.  When I wore it, one of my students told me I looked like Christmas, which was so cute.  This sweater makes me feel very wintery and warm.  I liked the way the red shoes carried out the red theme, but I wasn’t sure if they were too much.  What do you think?

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Closeup view to show the detail of the sweater.

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Sweater: Catherine's; Long-sleeved Tshirt: LB; Jeans: Style & Co (Macy's); Shoes: Aerosoles

Which outfit was your favorite?

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For the month of December, I’ll be participating in #WEverb11. Each day gives a new prompt, each of which is a chance to reflect and look forward.

December 8: Choose

What was the biggest choice you made in 2011? What caused you to choose what you chose? Contributed by Melissa

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I’m going to modify this prompt at bit because there wasn’t one huge choice made in 2011, but a series of smaller choices that added up to make my life exponentially better.

  1. I chose to get another puppy. After Lulu passed, I knew I wanted to have another dog, and something drew me to look at the LillyBits website. Choosing Sofi (and finding Heather) was one of the best decisions I ever made, and it will be a choice that brings me happiness for years to come.
  2. I chose VSG over Lap Band weight loss surgery. I gave it a lot of thought and deliberation, and then did a ton of research, and when I decided that VSG was the surgery for me, it set things in motion. I’m still striving to reach the pre-op weight goal the surgeon set, but I have a calmness knowing that as soon as I reach the goal, I’ll be doing one of the best things possible for my health. I guess this isn’t officially a full choice yet, since I haven’t actually had the surgery, but since I know it’s a matter of time, I’m going to count it.
  3. I chose to start taking even more care with the outfits I wear on a daily basis this fall. I’ve always tried to put myself together well, but I admit that I had gotten lazy last fall and winter. On the weekends I lived in sweats, because they were stretchy and helped me hide the weight I’d gained. During the work week, I’d throw on the biggest sweater or sweatshirt I had with jeans and never cared about my accessories. I was unhappy with my weight gain, but I wasn’t doing anything about it, so I tried to hide it. Of course, I wasn’t. As spring hit and and the weather warmed, I really started to take more care with putting my clothes together, and it seemed to come to a peak in the fall of this year. I really had fun playing with accessories, and creating “looks” rather than just throwing tops and bottoms on. I even started writing weekly Outfits of the Week posts to show off style. I really think that putting more care into the clothes has helped me keep up my weight loss. Even when I haven’t been losing major weight, I can see that the clothes are fitting me better, so I know I’m losing inches. And the “fashion Friday” posts have become a chronicle of my weight loss efforts. And if I’m honest, I am loving all the compliments I’m getting at work – my efforts are evident to others, and that makes me feel great.
  4. I chose to go back to Bare Escentuals makeup. Now I know what you’re thinking, “Makeup?” She’s writing about choosing a makeup as an important occurrence for 2011? Is she that vapid?” Possibly. But I don’t think so. I think that as superficial as you may think makeup is, I can tell you that when I look better I feel better. And my skin has never looked or been better than it has since I’ve been using Bare Escentuals. I like that the makeup I’m using looks natural and never too heavy, and that it’s so good for my skin. And the skincare has totally transformed my complexion. I mean, I’ve always had decent skin, but for a while there I had quite a few breakouts, and it was making me think I was developing adult acne. But I wasn’t – I just had clogged pores because of the makeup I was using. Part of a healthy lifestyle (for me, at least) is having healthy, glowing skin. Looking good makes me more confident and confidence helps spur my determination, which will ensure that I am successful with my weight loss efforts. See how that works? So makeup isn’t so meaningless, after all. Plus, it’s just fun to try new colors.
  5. Maybe the most important choice for 2011 (and my life) is the choice to Do Life. In that post I was inspired by a task that asked me to write a mantra for the coming year, something I’d been doing for the past couple of years. I wrote:

“Successful people replace the words ‘wish,’ ‘should’ and ‘try’ with ‘I will.’” ~Lululemon Athletica Manifesto

I’d take this one step further and say that instead of “I will” it should be “I did.” I am a huge planner and I often look into the future and set goals for myself. It’s a great skill to have, but the problem that can arise from too much planning and goal setting is not living (and doing!) in the now.

That’s what I’m working on in 2011. DOING. That’s my mantra.”

And that choice — to DO — has led me to where I am now, which is 22 lbs lighter than when I started the year. Not to mention healthier and happier, physically and mentally.
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So, some of my choices were more important than others in the grand scheme of life, but each of them, large and small, have helped me live a better 2011, and really, that’s what choices are all about.

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Can you believe that it’s December?! Wasn’t it just September last week? I love this time of year, and I really want to make sure to enjoy each and every moment that makes the holiday season so special.

One thing I’ve been having a lot of fun with is these Outfits of the Week posts. I have always tried to put a lot of thought and care into my wardrobe choices, but I’ll admit that through the winter months I usually get sort of lazy. Lots of sweatshirts that keep me warm, but don’t do a lot to enhance my figure. This year I decided that I’m not going that route. That my cute clothes aren’t just for when I’m going out with friends or to a special event. That each day I’m going to do my best to put effort into my outfit.

This week’s post is a bit longer, because I included a couple of photos from last week. (Although I completely forgot to take a photo of my Thanksgiving outfit).

Wednesday, November 23:  This was my run errands, walk the dog, and take Sofi to the dog park outfit the day before Thanksgiving.  I love the look of top because it’s a long sleeved tshirt, so it’s comfortable, but it has a great collar that makes it look much dressier.  I bought it in 3 colors and then went back and bought it in 2 others.  Love.  It looks great with jeans, sweats, and could even be paired with a skirt.

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Top: Roaman's; Scarf: LB (old); Jeans: Avenue; Shoes: Uggs

Monday, November 28th: Back to work after a long weekend, but the fun part was getting ready.  I’d been wanting to wear this sweater that Scale Warfare gave me for some time, so it was easy to get dressed this morning.  I really liked all the compliments I got throughout the day, too.

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Close-up to show the detail of the sweater.

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Cardi: Kohl's (from SW); Top: Avenue; Jeans: Style & Co; Shoes: Clarks

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Side view.

Tuesday, November 29: I know I’ve shown this top before, but the last time I wore it was in September (I think), and I wore a shrug.  Now that the weather is cool I can wear this great cardi from Talbot’s (again courtesy of Scale Warfare).  I love the look of this outfit, although the top does go a bit low, so if I wear it again, I need to remember to put a cami under it.

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Close up to show the color

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Necklace: Silpada; Top: LB; Cardi: Talbot's (from SW); Jeans: Avenue Divine Denim; Shoes: Hush Puppies

Wednesday, November 30th: I’ve been loving the Fair Isle patterns this season, and this sweater is no exception.  I got quite a few compliments on it from my students, which was sweet.  Plus, it’s warm and cozy, which was perfect for the windy, blustery day we had.

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Sweater: Woman Within; Jeans: Style & Co (Macy's); Shoes: Uggs

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Close up to show the detail of the pattern.

Thursday was once again college day, where I wore a sweatshirt from my alma mater.  No need for photos.

Friday, December 2nd: I was excited to put this outfit together today because it featured one of my new purchases – a quilted vest.  I’ve always liked the sporty look of vests, but never wore them because of the bulk that they added.  But then last week when I wore that pink top (see above), I realized that it would have been perfect to have a little vest to wear just to keep me warm.  And I did some looking online and found a slim vest for $15.99 (I had a coupon), and I knew it had to be part of my winter wardrobe.  It’s a tiny bit small for me (I can’t zip it), which means it will last me throughout the winter and maybe into the spring, too.  Even though I’m not supposed to be shopping for clothes because they’ll all be too big for me very soon (keeping up the positive thinking), I did indulge in Lane Bryant’s Black Friday sale because every single item was 50% off.  Which actually meant that the clothes were priced reasonably.  I found 3 shirts just like this one to wear on the weekends with jeans or sweats.  I love the thin long-sleeved material because they can be layered.  The graphics make it a bit more fun than just a plain, solid tshirt.  Win win.  I also don’t normally wear sneakers to school, but I thought they worked well with this look, and since they were expensive shoes, I want to wear them more than just to the gym.  Plus, it’s Friday, so dressed down footwear is perfectly fine.

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To show the graphic of the shirt. It's actually "just right" in terms of size, so it will still fit for quite a while as I lose weight.

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Vest: Woman Within; Shirt: LB; Jeans: Style & Co (Macy's); Shoes: Reebox Flex

Which outfit was your favorite?

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I have been having so much fun putting outfits together lately! I know that it’s a combination of liking my fall/winter wardrobe more than my summer one and liking the way the clothes are fitting me. I used to search for baggy tops to wear, but now I’m seeing that when the clothes are bit more form fitting it’s actually much more flattering.

Monday, November 14: I’m not sure if you can tell from this photo or not, but I was miserable on Monday. I had a terrible cold and I felt like crap. I love this sweater, but the jeans are definitely not very flattering. They don’t have any stretch or compression to them at all, so they make me look really dumpy. But they’re uber comfortable, which is why I wore them. After seeing this photo, though, I’m relegating them to the “weekends only” stack.

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Sweater: Woman Within; Cami: LB; Jeans: Avenue boyfriend cut; Shoes: Naturalizer

Tuesday, November 15th: I called in sick and definitely didn’t take any photos of myself. Be glad, be very very glad.

Wednesday, November 16th: Back to school and feeling a bit more like myself despite a nagging cough. I love the outfit I wore today because it feels sort of romantic. It took me forever to figure out which top I was going to wear under the cardigan (I tried 3 or 4 other tops on before settling on this one), but I really like the results.

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I took this self portrait to show the detail on the collar of the cardi. Beautiful jet black beads.

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Cardi: LB (courtesy of SW); Top: Style & Co from Macy

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Side view.

Thursday, November 17th: We’re supposed to wear our college “gear” on Thursdays, but I always feel so sloppy when I do. Mostly because I have to buy men’s sizing in the t-shirts and sweatshirts so that they’ll fit me. I cannot wait until I can wear cuter, fitted tops! Since I still wasn’t feeling 100%, I wanted to make sure to dress well. When I dress nicely, I always feel better about myself, no matter how I’m feeling.

I absolutely adore the color of this blouse.  It’s a rich, deep plum shade and it fits in so well with this season.  It’s another one of the many items Scale Warfare gave me.  This top is from Talbot’s and it was so cool to see that they have less conservative clothes.  I think Talbot’s is more of an East Coast store (although we do have them here), and as I’ve said before, I have never thought about shopping there, but now I will.  (Especially once I significantly drop sizes).

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I took this one to show a closeup of the roses on the blouse, but I'm not sure if you can see them very well.

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Top: Talbot's (from SW); Cardi: Macy's; Jeans: Style & Co (Macy's); Shoes: Clark's

Which outfit is your favorite this week?

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This was a really short week for me. 3 1/2 days. I only have two outfits to show, because I wore class sweatshirts the other days, and those are hardly fashionable.

Monday, November 7th: I had this outfit planned out a week in advance, and I loved the way that it looked and felt.  Really comfortable, but really nice, too.

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Sweater: Apt. 9 from Kohl's (from ScaleWarfare); Cami: LB; Jeans: Style & Co from Macy's; Shoes: Clarks

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Sideview.

Wednesday, November 9th: When I first saw this dress as I pulled it out of the box that Scale Warfare sent it in and I tried it on, I knew exactly how I wanted to style it.  I wanted to make it a funky look, and I think I achieved it.

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First, the dress with just the leggings and cami, no sweater.

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This picture doesn't show it as well, but I felt very slim from the sideview in this dress.

I absolutely love the way this outfit looks in the photo below.  I think it makes me look slim, hip, and very cool.  It was the way that I envisioned the outfit, and I can’t believe it looked so good.  (Not trying to sound conceited, it’s just that outfits rarely look as good as I hope they might).  I should also mention that this dress was in a size 20, which is much smaller than what I’ve been wearing (22/24).  Now, the cut may have been big, or maybe, just maybe, I’m actually getting a bit smaller.  Or maybe a combo of both.  😉

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Sweater: Macy's; Dress: KSL by Karin Stevens (from SW); Leggings: Danskin; Cami: Champion Sports Bra (Target); Shoes: Clarks

This photo is really blurry, but it gives you a bit of a sideview.

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One thing that’s been great about doing these OOTD posts is that I can see a true style emerging.  Not every outfit I wear fits into my favorite style, but a few of them do, and I know that I’ll continue that “look” when I’m at my goal weight.  I’ll do a future post (sometime in December) showcasing the outfits that really show my true style.

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