Whether they're skinny or flare, denim or wool, I'm willing to bet that you have a pair of black pants in your closet. And while [yawn], they may not be [snore] the most exciting [zzzzzzz] sartorial choice...just you wait.
Feels rather ominous, written out like that, doesn't it? But in any case, you know the drill: for the next few days, let's chat about the best ways to shine ourselves up all purty-like....with MINIMAL EFFORT EXPENDED.
This year I'm focusing on....black pants and the white, button-down shirt!
I know. Two of the most boring pieces ever to grace a closet. Can I do it? Can I manage to make those two snooze-worthy closet staples interesting? Well. TIME WILL TELL.
I also have a few other tricks up my sleeve. So we'llsee.
shirt: old from Theory (pricy, but they have the best collars and perfect amount of stretch)...this one is 50% off
sweatshirt: Emerson Fry now sold out, but also comes in black silk
I. Am. Done. IAMDONE. That fact makes my head spin a little bit...it doesn't feel real. I don't have any more medications to take. No more shots. No more IVs, or bone pain, or nausea. The big stuff? The really tough stuff? Is over.
There are times when I feel a sense of excitement (Yay for me! I made it!!!)....but I was expecting to feel a...bigger sense of relief, I guess. Perhaps it hasn't yet hit.
Mostly I feel bewildered. Like, WTF just happened? I mean, it was May. On May 16th, I didn't have breast cancer. And now, just before Thanksgiving, I am a survivor.
So I get up in the morning and put on my outfits and cover what's left of the chemo rash on my face and hug my boys and make them breakfast.
But I'm tired. I'm forgetful. And I don't understand any of this. How a few short months ago I was fine, and then I wasn't, and now I'm on this insanely long road to recovery.
It'll be OK, I know. Someday I won't be so tired. Someday I won't wear a wig. Someday, perhaps, Pax (and maybe even Raines) won't remember 'that time when Mum was sick'. I get to be a part of their someday.
Can one ever have enough styling inspiration for big, cozy sweaters?
No. One cannot.
Cozy Turtleneck + Moto Denim + Stiletto Boots
Why not pair the coziest sweater ever with tough moto skinnies and unbelievably sexy boots? WHY HAVEN'T I BEEN WEARING THIS ALREADY? It takes my breath, really it does. Clearly it's time to unearth my ancient pointy-toe stilettos from our scary basement. I'm confidant that I still have, well, one of them. Wish me luck finding the other. Sigh. #deathbyspiders
Do you know what I wore to my very first tailgate? My sorority had partnered with...Sigma something or Alpha whatever and ANYWAY...I wore overalls. Over a voluminous plaid flannel shirt and those yellow workboots that were all grunge-cool in 1995. Mine had a chunky heel, natch. Five years later, know what my sister wore to her first tailgate? A belly shirt and a skirt so short it came with attached underpants. Times change.
We are getting into the car. It's date night! "Nice tights" says Mike. What? Tights? "No honey," I correct him. "These are leggings."
Mike looks confused. "They are? Hunh. They look like tights."
"I'm not wearing a skirt" I point out. "So these are leggings. Which are pants."
"Ok" he says, agreeably. "But they're kinda like tights since they're so sheer, right?"
I freeze. Sheer? Does he know what that word means? I mean, this IS the man who repeatedly confuses dresses with skirts.
I narrow my eyes at him. "Can you...expand on that?"
He absentmindedly fumbles with the keys. "Uhhh...they look silky and thin? Like tights?"
"I forgot something inside" I tell him. "Be right back."
Mike groans. "Babe, what did you forget?"
Apparently, I forgot my pants.
THESE ARE "PANTS" bumcoveragerequired
I do own thicker leggings. The J.Crew pixie pant-type things that are thick enough to show some bum. And my faux-leather leggings...yeah, I'm not as careful with bum coverage in those, either. But for whatever reason (in the above case, I LOVE the pattern)...I do find myself reaching for my cheapie black leggings from time-to-time. They're easy, they're comfy, and sometimes, heck, they're the only thing clean.
Here are a few styling tricks I've been using when I really (really, REALLY) need to keep my bum covered.
Mamas! One of the very biggest trends this Fall is to wear multiple patterns at once. This "mixed print" styling trick started a few years back, and is still gaining momentum. So. If there was one. thing. a Mama could do to easily update her whole look...this is it.
From time-to-time I've gotten reader questions about styling mixed prints, so I thought I'd start with the basics. There are four prints that mix so easily they should be considered neutrals. In fact, if you're a little mixed-print-crazy (yup)...you can wear all four at once.
For a while, sitting upright in a chair was insanely uncomfortable. So we got in the habit of packing the car with some food (and creatively disguised booze), throwing in our trusty mat, and heading out to find a cool park.
It's me, Cams. Some of you may know me by now, but if not...well, hello. Nice
to meet you! :). I blog over at Life in Mod- all about being a mama, styling
through all of the changes life brings, yada yada. It's a fun gig. ps. I am now
14 weeks pregnant with our 2nd...which is awesome.
She's amazing, eh? Let me just say that first and foremost. She has been such
an amazing example of strength for me these past few months. Every time I have
spoken to her within the past couple of months she has blown me away with her
positive attitude. It's like, wow...if I was in the same situation would I
handle it with such grace, patience and ...even spunk? Probably not. She's a
superwoman. S, I am so happy to have met you via the blogosphere. I consider you
a dear friend (as silly as that may sound since all of our communication has
been 99% blog related). Still. I really do. You are a blessing to so many. xx.
that all of my sap is gone, let us move on... ;)