The weather was so lovely this weekend! I had walked out with a jacket thinking I would hide my beautiful dress in it all day but the moment we landed out of the car into the city, I felt like the coat needed to go. I am not going to take credit for buying this dress of my own accord. I bought the sibling of this dress in red lace and had completely ignored this one. My husband later found it and really wanted me to try it on. I think its something about the fabric. The soft silkiness of it. When I touched the material I was almost like I am in heaveeeenn. The moment I put the dress on the fitting room. I had to admit, I guess my husband knows how to dress a woman sometimes better than I do haha. Btw they brought a new print out in this dress for a really LOW price compared to the one I am wearing, same material and everything. Only thing is it doesnt work on my skin tone. I am sharing the link to that dress at the bottom of the page with info of my dress. Feel free to check that one out as well.
Oh and what is it that you see on my feet? A PAIR OF RIDING BOOTS!! Those of you that have stuck around with me from the early days of my blog know that I was living in medicated shoes, then progressed to dansko and last year started wearing flats with custom orthotics in them. I had been looking for a pair for boots for a whole year that would fit my orthotics and keep my feet from plunging back into pain. The want became a necessity with my work commute on public transport 3 hours each day. My flats were getting soaked with water and my orthotics were begging to fall apart. My mom pushed me to go Macys and look at their boots selection. She wanted to buy me a pair for my birthday. She knew if she wont force me, I’d keep stalling on this process. After several boots got stuck on my feet and wanting to give up hope…I found this perfect pair. Although my bday isn’t here yet..my mom wanted me to take these home with me as it has been chilly and rainy pretty often lately. The very next day it poured cats and dogs. As I got off the train and walked my 10 minute walk to my car. I called my mom like a 10 year old me would…all giddy and hyper, I wanted to thank her for these boots. She laughed but I kept trying to tell her how much this pair of boot means to me! It not only helps me stay warm and dry but it shows me progress. Progress from the person who I was 4 years ago sitting on the couch depressed and in pain, barely able to walk. I don’t know if I will ever be able to wear heels again like I used to but you know what? for right now…I am very content.
Dress: H&M (here and exact same dress in different print & lower price)
Boots: INC (Here)
Bag: The Limited
Life is just getting busier and busier on my end. My work day is getting extensively long with several crazy work projects currently on my plate. I am hoping this job will really make me push the boundaries of having to make decisions. I like being the voice of reason as an IT person. I tell people their options what is good and bad…then suggest solutions. I don’t like to sign my name off on these decisions…but now? I have to. So I am learning to be a bit more comfortable with it. I am also launching my self improvement before my birthday this November. I have over time become so lost in the world and drifted so far away from the girl that I knew and used to like being. When some turmoil happens in the world, I used to get upset and cry…now? Now I get mad…it’s one thing to spread awareness, its another to feel angry. I’d rather cry and try to change the world than be mad and change the world. You don’t put negative in the world when trying to eliminate it …kind of sounds stupid.
So…this year, I am going to take myself back from where I came, be the nice polite girl I used to be. Change needs to be mental, emotional and ofcourse physical. I am trying to squeeze gym time in the 3 hours I get each night before bed, it is really tough because I can’t work out after eating and by the time I get home, I am starving. But when there is a will there is a way.
Now to the outfit. I saw this top online at H&M website as a part of their Studio Fall and Winter 2014 collection. It never arrived in my local stores by where I live unfortunately. But I was too scared to buy the top online. It oddly started at a size 6 and I am a size 2 or a 4 depending on what the material is. Lo and behold before I could even think, it was sold out in 2 hours! Well…womp womp womp. But the following weekend I was hanging out with Hubby and his bestfriend in DC…and decided to check out a store in DC. Wellllll there was this top staring at me in the face and one size 6 was smiling at me. I tried it on and somehow it fits! And fits beautifully. Soooo it came home with me. I was going to wait till November to wear it on my birthday with something flowy at the bottom but I know its going to be cold then. It is always harder to picture such items in winter cause you don’t want to die of pneumonia outside! Let me know what you guys think?
Top: H&M Studio AW 14
Pencil Skirt: H&M
Studded Flats: Kenneth Cole
Pearl Bangle: Gifted
Watch: G by Guess
I am officially working really hard to become the best me by my birthday this year. The best me I can be mentally and physically. As well as revert back to some of the good habits I used to have growing up. I will be talking a lot more about this in coming posts but with that said I will try to be the best blogger in the coming weeks as well. I still remember the time when I could do it all. When time and the length of my to do list didn’t matter. I took chores with a smile on my face and took pride in finishing them. I still remember friends asking how do I manage to hold 3 jobs and take 21 credits most semesters and now? sigh don’t even ask me what I am doing right now. I mean to some people I am still one of the busiest person around but I have known myself as a busier person and I’d like to be that busy cheerful person again.
Anyway enough of all this for now. Here is what I wore on Labor Day weekend. I seem to be enjoying DC a tad bit too much and keep getting drawn to it even on my days off. I have also gotten soooo used to just walking everywhere. Starting the new job I had this major fear of public transport and being stranded and now? I can just walk where I have to go instead, and then find back up options. Keeps one healthy and strong as well. Sooo we ended up in DC again and I took my hubby to Burger, Tap and shake, their burgers are delicious! And I will proclaim that they have the best onion rings I HAVE EVER HAD! The batter is delicious and the onions don’t get pulled out of the batter when you try to eat them. PERFECTION.
Anyway lately I have been on a streak of trying to find LONGER dresses and skirts and things that can be worn to work and still be cool and sexy enough to be worn out. This dress is a perfect example of such an outfit. It is floral but is neutral enough to be worn through out Fall and winter (like I care about that? I wear whatever colors I want through out the year because what works for you…should never be put away for next season). The dress is one of the million dresses I have bought that I am planning to shoot in a :work to night out” haul video. Unfortunately last time I was shooting my camera died midway so I have to finish recording the rest. Trust me I have been hard at work for you guys! The quality of the pictures got a bit pixelated because my hubby was trying out the new DSLR lens we bought. And they looked perfect on the small DSLR screen but when we pulled them up on the computer…I was thoroughly disappointed but the pictures from the next day with the right setting seems to have come out perfect which I would be posting soon as well. How was your labor day? and what did you wear?
Bag: The Limited (Similar in a different color)
Flats: Kenneth Cole
My birthday was last Monday and all I wanted to do was sit at home in my PJs and chill. I think I am finally at the point where I wanted to be overworked and happy! Yes you read it right…I hate being free. I recall when I was really busy last year, I complained all the time. I whined and whined but being extremely free this past summer made me realize you know what? I actually prefer being tired and knocked out at the end of the day. It helps me retain more energy and do alot more in my day then I can when I more time and less work.
I am a year older and definitely wiser than last year. Actually my birthday week proved to be the week of wisen-ing up(is that a word?). A week of self discovery. I have officially put in my 2 weeks at the second part time job I had started a month ago at the semi High End store. I might talk alittle about what I experienced there and sometimes how bad management can easily loose very good employees constantly. But I realized how my core values and principles need to align with the place I work with. I can not stand behind something I don’t believe in even a little bit. I also learnt how some people can be soooo stuck in their ways and guidelines provided by corporate offices(who ofcourse don’t even deal with public directly) that they won’t even see their own failing store and market. The looks of annoyed and frustrated customers just goes beyond their comprehension. And no matter how useful I proof by not following ALL the guidelines they still don’t realize that a good customer service is not a set of written down rules but ensuring that each customer walks out happy! It is not the path you take to get the customer to that point but the destination is what matters.
Anyway so for my Birthday we just went out for some Dinner at Eggspectation and dessert & coffee at La Madeline. Eggspectation never ceases to amaze me! I have not had anything over there that I haven’t been overjoyed about. And this latest dish on their Fall menu called Chop Steak is to die for! Hubby got Lobster Mac and Cheese which pretty delicious as well and as always I got the butternut Squash Soup. The soup is more like a dessert to me but its very warming in such cold weather. We also brought a slice of Apple Pie cheesecake which I devoured without even taking a picture but it is the best cheesecake I have ever had. The center is actually filled with applie pie filling. Sooo sooo good! I was too tired to take alot of pictures so we only have a few from that day. Enjoy!
They made me push this heavy trunk to get to my Dinner j/k :-p
Butternut Squash Soup
Chop steak and Mash with Mushroom gravy
Lobster Mac and Cheese
Jacket/Blazer: Giselle for H&M
Bangle: Birthday Gift from mom (Precious Stone crusted 14kt from MACYS)
I have some new to break here which explains me being MIA. I get bored easily and I don’t like free time on my hand. With hubby being in school full time and working. There were days where I just came home to myself and just felt BLAH! When in College I took 6 to 7 credits and had atleast 2 or 3 part time jobs. I kindda missed the feeling of being tired. I understand most of my family and coworkers thought I am crazy to get a part time job because my actual job gets really busy in Fall and sometimes I work 60 hours or more. But….let me tell you..pushing yourself to the limits only makes you stronger and what? I can always quit the second job if things get overwhelming. But I was seriously missing the human contact in my actual job. Being an IT person sitting at your desk aint no fun. While everyone gets to go visit college fairs and high school fairs. I am left in the office to loose my mind. And I am anything but a loner. I thrive on energy I get from other human beings. I am like a plant that wilts when left alone 🙂 SOOOOOOOOOOOOO I now officially have a part time job working for a designer brand. Ah hahaha nothing special just a Sales Associate. It has brought energy back in my life. Time has been flying and I have been conversating with people. I am still missing that one on one time I want with the customers to style them like I used to back in the day maybe because in a high end store people sort of want to be left alone. Anyways we will see how it goes in the next few weeks. Christmas is coming and I am sure someone will want my opinion on what to buy their niece or nephew.
Anyways below are the last set of pictures I took before we bought a new camera. A canon T3i. Soooooo excited to find some time and take pictures. Halloween is coming up and I am so ready to take pictures of friends in their outfits. I will put the camera to some good use then.. Oh and the holidays too.
Cuffs: BCBG and B.P
Crop Top: H&M
Leopard Print Scarf: H&M
Maxi Skirt: Forever 21
Ever since sweater dress became a part of my wardrobe few years back I eagerly wait for every fall and winter to whip out some old ones and add more new ones to my wardrobe. I have come to a realization that they are good measure of growth too lol. I remember this sweater dress used to be much longer when I bought it 2 years ago! And it has grown shorter and shorter as my body filled in. Hence I went from wearing it with no stockings to see through stocking and this year a completely dark pair one. Sweater dresses are sooo girly and chic but sometimes we want to be all hardcore in leather so why not combine the two and rock our sweater dresses in a more edgier way?
Anyhow this was the day I went roaming out and about with the hubby dearest and returned home with a deadly migraine! We visited the library in the area cause we are always interested in books of all sorts and dates to the library, barnes and noble might sound nerdy but trust me they lead to some of the awesomest discoveries and discussions! Try it out with your hubby, bf, friends, sister,brother sometimes I am sure you will find bonding over books quite thrilling!
Vest (Leather): H&M currently in store in black and white (Here)
I was super excited to put on this outfit when we were headed to the mall and then to an awesome dinner date only to realize it started pouring outside 😦 Which meant no place to shoot pics of this outfit! I improvised by making a quick video and snapping a picture at home! Maybe this will be my unfair weather friend idea since I just heard this year would be a bad winter for the Upper East coast tons of snow in forecast for us!
Well I am still trying to see a positive to the whole crazy weather thing. I work at a University so that means more snow days for me 🙂 Last year was expecting to jump with joy like a College Student whenever School close but that never happened *womp womp womp*
I am already getting excited for the coming Holiday season starting with Halloween. Wondering who I will be this year …I so want to be Captain America!
Enjoy and let me know what you think of the Outfit Video post instead of a regular Outfit pictures post?
Check out the Outfit Video for all the details of the outfit!