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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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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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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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It’s been a while since I did an Outfits of the Day Fashion Friday post, so this one is full of photos from the past week or so.

This first outfit is from Monday, October 17th, day dreaded day that I got that terrible flu.  I love this outfit, and it was perfect to wear this day, because while the calendar says it’s fall, the weather outside was warm (80s).

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Shrug: LB; Tank: LB; Skirt: LB: Shoes: Reefs from Zappos; Necklace: Macy's

 

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Sideview.

After 5 days of being indoors and sick, I finally ventured out on Saturday, October 22.  My mom and I went for a quick trip to Cost Plus World Market because they were having a great sale on wine (I bought 4 bottles, along with some coffee).  I had bought this peasant top the day before, and it was ideal for the weather that day – sunny, but breezy and low 70s.

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Peasant top: Kohl's; Jeans: LB; Flip Flops: Avenue; Earrings: gift

Sunday, October 23 was the day I was finally starting to feel a bit better.  I had made plans to go see 50/50 with two of my friends, and the weather was gorgeous outside (mid 70s).  I loved the movie, BTW, and I would highly recommend it.  But if you do go, make sure you have some Kleenex with you.  Joseph Gordon Levitt is amazing in everything he does, and there is one scene in the movie where he’s in a car that was so raw and real that I feel it was an Oscar-worthy moment.  He is definitely one of the best young actors of our time.

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Graphic Tee: LB; Jeans: Style & Co (Macy's); Flip Flops: ?

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I really liked that my quick bun looked sort of 50s retro.

Monday, October 24: I got tons of compliments on this outfit from teachers, administrators, and students alike.  It was awesome!

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Shurg: Torrid; Tshirt: LB; Skirt: LB; Flip Flops: Reefs from Zappos; Necklace: Dress Barn

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Sideview.

Tuesday, October 25: There was a bit more of a chill in the air, so I decided to wear the peasant top from Saturday.  I love this outfit because it just screams “fall,” but I wish I would’ve paid more attention to the way the top was hanging on me in the photos so that it didn’t look so weird.

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Shrug: Avenue; Peasant top: Kohl's; Skirt: Avenue (old!); Shoes: Hush Puppies

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Sideview.

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Better lighting, to give you a sense of the true colors.

Wednesday, October 26: The last time I wore this cardigan, I felt like it made me look huge.  I tried it two different ways (as you’ll see in the photos).  I wasn’t sure if it accentuated my rolls with the belt, so I ended up going without it.  Plus, I felt like the belt was too skinny for the overall look.  I actually went online that day and ordered two wide belts (one black, one dark brown) so that I could wear a similar outfit.  Which way do you think it was better?

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Cardigan: LB; Tank: LB; Jeans: Avenue Divine Denim; Shoes: Clark's; Necklace: Silpada

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With the skinny belt. Is this better?

Friday, October 28: Usually I’m wearing “pride wear” on Fridays that lists my school’s name (which I don’t want to broadcast on this blog), so I never snap Friday photos.  But I decided to buy a few blue tops that would still go with the “blue and gold days” at work, yet not scream “I am a high school teacher.”  I took lost of photos to show what it looked like with and without the cardi that I wore in the morning.  While our days have been beautiful (mid-70s), the mornings are chilly at 45 or 50 degrees.  In the evening when I saw my sister, she commented that I was “getting skinny.”  I’m not sure if my weight loss is getting more noticeable or if this is just a really flattering outfit.  Either way, I’m feeling great about the way that I’m looking, which is wonderful.

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Top: Avenue: Jeans: Style & Co (Macy's); Shoes: Clark's; Necklace: Tiffany

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Showing off the side button detail.

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With the grey cardi (Macy's).

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Sideview with cardi. (Yes, that's Sofi's paw in the pic).

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I ended up liking it better with the cardi open. (More of Sofi in the corner).

So, that’s my week (or so) of outfits.  Which one was your favorite?

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Remember the title of last week’s OOTW post: A Chill in the Air? Ya, well, this week it was all about the heat. And not our normal summer heat, but a weird, humid heat that is usually (thankfully) reserved for the east coast. Luckily, I haven’t put away any of my summer clothes yet, so I was able to make it work all week.  Since we’re in Indian Summer mode (cool mornings, hot days, cool nights), it was all about the layering.

Monday: I was amazed at how well these colors went together, considering each thing was purchased separately and without a thought about the other items.  Pulling things together from the closet is always really fun.  I like the cardigan I wore on Monday because it’s roomy, but looking at the photos I can see that it’s not the most flattering.

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Closeup view: necklace from Silpada

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Cardigan: LB; Top: Macy's; Skirt: Susan Graver (QVC); Shoes: Clarks

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Quick, blurry side view.

Tuesday: I got a ton of compliments on this top on Tuesday!  Students, my nieces, and even my dad all had really nice things to say.  Red is one of “my” colors, and this one has a fun swirly pattern on it.

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Closeup - The lighting in the bathroom makes the top look much brighter than it really is.

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Cardigan: Avenue; Top: LB (years old); Cami: LB; Cropped pants: Avenue; Necklace: Tiffany

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Because the top is more form fitting, it helps to show off my curves more than Monday's outfit.

Wednesday: This is the first day since schools started that I repeated an outfit.  Which means than in 35 days (8 weeks, M-F, no weekends or holidays), I have worn 34 different outfits.  Which means I have A LOT of clothes for work!  I know it’s sort of silly and no one cares about whether I’ve repeated outfits but me, but I do take pride in how many different looks I’ve been able to string together.  I hate wearing the same thing all the time, and I proved to myself that I don’t have to.  I still have a couple of dresses that I haven’t worn yet, so technically, I can probably go 36 or 37 days, but at this point, it doesn’t matter.

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Closeup to show the true colors of the outfit, necklace, makeup.

I was actually hoping the photo above would show my makeup better.  For years, I’ve done my eyes the same way – liquid liner, with a strong cat’s eye.  It really has become my signature look because it helps accentuate my almond-shaped eyes, and it helps me avoid eyeshadow, which I’m terrible at applying.  I recently purchased the new Bare Escentuals Ready eyeshadows and was pretty impressed, both with the formula and the ease with which I could apply it.  I chose The Enlightenment duo, Guru & Namaste (silk stone and sandy brown) which I thought would be fairly neutral with my skin tone.  I was really proud of myself, and I liked the look it gave.  Next time I try it, I’ll take a better photo.

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Shurg: Avenue; Top: LB; Cropped pants: Avenue; Shoes: Hush Puppies

(Yes, that’s Sofi making a cameo on these photos).

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Which outfit was your favorite?

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This week the weather finally turned a bit cold and chilly. We even had a significant amount of rainfall for a couple of days. I love it! I’ll take a bit of a chill in the air over super-hot temps any day.

Sunday: Just hanging around.  I had a bunch of grading to get through, and my only “come up for air” moment was when I took Sofi on a walk around the neighborhood.

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Hoodie: Avenue; Jeans: LB

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Better lighting/closeup of top

Monday was one of those days when I really didn’t know what to wear. Plus, I was having a bad hair day.  Then I remembered I had a purple flower that would match a purple top I had, and an outfit was made.

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Black shurg: Avenue; Purple top: Avenue; Black cropped pants: Avenue. Wow, this is a first!

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Necklace: Macy's (years ago); Flower: farmers' market find

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I really want to make sure you guys see the flower! 🙂

Tuesday: I’m so sorry the lighting is so bad.  Early morning photos coupled with gray,rainy day = not great photos.

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Top: Avenue; Jeans: Avenue (divine denim); Shoes: Clarks

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Hard to see the side view with this dark lighting. Sorry

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Snapped a closeup/self-portrait so you could see the cool zipper detail on the shirt. The whole reason I bought it.

Wednesday I  decided that even thought it was dark and rainy (and gray) outside, I could add a pop of color to my wardrobe.

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Necklace: gift from a friend, from Spain.

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Cardigan: Avenue; Top: LB outlet; Jeans: Macys Style & Co

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Blurry side view

Friday I wore a top that worked with our blue & gold Friday pride days for work, but also looks fairly fashionable.

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Closeup so you can see the colors. Wearing my Tiffany necklace.

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Hooded cardigan: Macys; Top: Macys; Jeans: Macys. Another all-store day (by accident)

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This side view definitely shows my "junk in the trunk."

Which outfit was your  favorite of the week?  Next week I’m going to do my best to make the photos a bit lighter so you can actually see them.

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Since autumn officially began last Friday, I thought I’d make this post all about my nod at the new season.

Sunday: Getting ready to head to yoga. I love this top because it’s so fun, plus it’s really soft, lightweight, and comfy. Torrid has the best graphic tees! I just wish they were more affordable. The gray pants are more form-fitting than the ones I normally wear. The whole outfit was fairly form-fitting, and I felt comfortable in it.

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Wonder Woman Tee - Torrid; Gray yoga pants - Avenue; Flip flops - Target

Monday: I love this sweater because it means that I’m losing weight! When I first bought it late last summer (2010), it was very tight on me, especially around the stomach. Now it just glides over that area! The sweater is perfect because it’s really thin, so it can be layered as the weather gets cooler. It was nice that today was more of a true autumn day. Sorry for the poor lighting – My bedroom is really dark when I’m taking these shots in the morning.

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Cowl neck short-sleeved sweater - LB; cropped black pants - Avenue; Shoes - Clarks

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My new Clarks (UnMemoir).

Tuesday: And just like that, the weather around here turned hot (damn you, Indian summer!!).  I decided to wear this dress because it’s cute and cool.  I love polka dots because they’re just so classic.  I got a lot of compliments throughout the day, which was fun.

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Dress: LB; Shrug: LB; cami: LB; Shoes: Clark (Un)Notice

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necklace: LB; Ring: Etsy

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Side view, just to show my shape. Sorry for the poor lighting, these are taken before 7am.

Wednesday: It was even hotter on this day than the previous one, so I wanted to stay cool and  comfortable.  And I guess I was in the mood for another day of black & white.

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Top: Dress Barn; Palazzo Pants: Target; Shoes: Macy's

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I bought this bracelet in 1995 in Sorrento, Italy. I thought the filigree when nicely with the top.

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Just like last week, Thursday was college tshirt day and Friday was a casual school pride day.  I do have good news to report, though.  Both pairs of jeans that I wore each of those days fit me well.  The first pair was from Avenue, called Divine Denim, and they were much too small when I first bought them.  There were still rather snug on Thursday, but I could button them, and they looked good with the long tshirt I had on.  Once they’re a tiny bit looser, they will be really “divine” because they are so light and comfy.  Sometimes jeans can be too stiff or binding, but these feel almost like jeggings (although they’re not).  Today I wore my absolute favorite jeans, from Style & Co at Macy’s, and they fit great.  When I bought them the other week, they were fairly tight, but today there was plenty of “breathing room.”

Tonight the weather is turning quite windy and a bit chilly, and there is rain in the forecast in the coming days, so I am keeping my fingers crossed that we’re done with the hot weather.

Happy Fashion Friday!

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I love clothes, and despite the fact that my clothing choices are limited because of my “plus size,” I pride myself on dressing as fashionably as possible.  I have tons of clothes – more than any one person needs, really – and I feel a point of pride when I write that I have not repeated an outfit yet this school year – that’s 5 weeks (25 days) without a repeat.  Well, except for Fridays when we’re supposed to wear our school pride colors, and a girl only has so much blue and gold gear.  This is during the week, mind you; on the weekends I often wear the same comfy workout clothes when I’m just hanging around the house or, well, working out.  But if I’m going out with friends and family, I definitely dress to impress whenever possible.

With that said, I thought it was high time to start a new tradition around this blog on Fridays – OOTW (Outfits of the Week).  I’m inspired by Heidi‘s Fashion Friday posts, but since I didn’t want to completely steal her idea, I figured I’d feature the outfits I wore throughout the week.  The side bonus of these posts will be that they’ll serve as a visual record of my weight loss through the weeks.

Sound fun?  I think so, too.  So let’s get started.

Sunday – yin yoga outfit.  The reason I’m featuring a weekend workout outfit is that I’m trying to wear more fitted clothes when I workout.  I tend to wear really baggy workout clothes because they’re safer and I can “hide” in them.  But again, as Heidi pointed out, wearing baggy clothes makes me look bigger than I really am.  I should start embracing my curves even when I’m moving and sweating.  With that said, I wore a much more fitted shirt to yoga on Sunday, and I felt great about it.  The shirt is one that I had purchased well over a year ago and when I first bought it, it was much too tight.  As you can see, it fits much nicer now.

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Top: Lane Bryant; Yoga Pants: Avenue; Workout Bra: Champion (Target)

Monday – I love the animal print top in the unexpected colors.  I guess all these Jersey shows I’m watching (Jersey Shore, Jerseylicious, RHONJ) are starting to influence my fashion.

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Top: Macy's; Necklace: Dress Barn; Pants: Avenue; Shoes: Reef (Zappos)

Tuesday – It was super-hot this week (in the 90s every single day), and I wanted to be as cool as possible. These palazzo pants are very thin and flowy, so they’re sooooo comfortable.  I feel like I’m wearing sweats to school when I wear them, yet they’re really dressing looking.  The shoes are flat sandals, but they’re patent leather, which sort of dresses them up a bit, I think.  I’m not sure if these pants are very flattering on me because they’re so wide-legged – they either camouflage my big thighs or accentuate them – what do you think?

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Top: Torrid (2-3 years ago); Cami: LB; Pearl & Silver Necklace: gift from my mom; Pants: Target; Shoes: Avenue

Wednesday: I looked in my closet and saw nothing that felt cool and looked cute (do you ever have those days?), so I went next door to my sister’s closet and borrowed this top.  One of the many perks of having her right next door and being almost the same size.

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Top: Mervyn's; Cami: LB; Necklace: Silpada; Cropped Jeans: LB; Shoes: Reef (Zappos)

That’s it for this week because Thursdays are college tshirt/sweatshirt days (to promote a college-bound culture) and Fridays as I said are pride days (blue and gold).

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In keeping with fashion, last Friday my mom and I went shopping for some new shoes for me.  Since I’m on my feet all day long, I need really supportive shoes, and since I have wide feet with a high instep, I’m not the easiest fit.  I’ve fallen in love with Clarks!  My last pair lasted 3 years and I wore them almost every single day during the week!  They’re still “functional,” but they have seen better days.  Since the time of sandals and open-toed shoes will soon be gone, it was time to buy a new pair of Clarks.

The 1st Pair is called UnMemoir: I found this pair right away and knew they’d be perfect because they’re very similar to the pair that lasted 3 years.  They’re incredibly soft and comfortable, and they have amazing support.  Plus, they come in wide width, so I can get my real size (7 1/2) instead of having to size up (which often causes blisters at first).  They very cute with pants/crops and I’ll wear them all the time.

You can almost feel that soft calfskin, can't you?

I think they're adorable for "comfortable" shoes.

The 2nd pair is called UnNotice.  I got them because they were a bit dressier, because of the heel.  They’ll be perfect with dresses and skirts.  (The other ones look a bit too “orthopedic” with dresses).  When the weather gets cooler, I’ll pair them with tights and they’ll be ideal.  I originally wanted to buy knee-length boots, but because my calves are so large, I just can’t find ones that fit/zip to the top.  I’ve given up trying to find them, at least for now.  They’ll be something I buy when I get to my goal weight, because I’m sure the width of my calves will decrease, along with everything else.

They don't look very impressive from this shot, but when I have them on, they're adorable.

I like that they have sort of a retro feel to them.

Each of these pairs was $115, but they are well worth the money for the comfort and support they provide.  Especially considering the fact that I’ll wear them day in and day out.  (I also have a pair of brown Hush Puppies that I’ll wear when I’m wearing outfits of that color scheme).

These shoes (and a couple of pairs of comfy ankle-length boots) are the reasons that I can’t wait for the cooler, crisper weather to arrive.  Well, that and the fact that I am so sick of this heat!  I love fall fashion and can’t wait to start putting pieces together.

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