Silly Chat

I have a few sets of photos on my camera, but I just haven't had the time to get them online, so let's have a silly chat, shall we? 
My awesome sister came to visit me at work the other day, and the strangest thing happened.  The ladies who I order food from asked if she was my daughter.  Yes, you read that correctly.  I was pushing her baby in his stroller, and she was dressed a little more casually than me, but how in the world does that happen? 
I think it must've been my gray hair at the temples because the facts are:
  1. We are only 16 months apart.  I'm 37 and she's 36.
  2. No one has ever asked me before if I was a grown woman's mother.
  3. My sister colors her hair a beautiful chocolate brown, hiding any gray hairs she might have.
This is a very silly thing to be indignant about, but man did it get me thinking.  Do I need to color my hair?  I like the way it looks now, and it never occurred to me that I looked old enough to be like what late 40s, early 50s.  Do I look older than that? 
So, this is where the really silly part comes in.  You guys see plenty of pictures of me including ones right after I had the Kid and was all sleep deprived and exhausted.  Please, for the love of Pete, tell me I don't like a full 10 years older than I actually am.  You win extra special awesome Internet friend points for doing this (even if you are lying.)
Your Middle Aged Blogger,

Life Lately

Let's catch up on what's going on outside the small confines of what I wore to that conference for four days straight and what I've been buying or thinking deeply about related to style and body image.  Life lately....

has been about recovering from my marathon trips back and forth to Florida for vacation and my business trip to Pittsburgh.  Sure, it's fun to get out and beach it up or learn new technical skills, but the aftermath of to do lists is overwhelming.  I'm finally starting to get caught up on organizing, bill paying, projects, and home maintenance.

Home maintenance is really the worst thing in my life right now.  I own 4 rental units and live in 1; it's like having 4 houses.  Every time something breaks or needs attention I'm tracking down plumbers or siding guys.  Our section of the current house is by far the worst.  I will definitely be spending a weekend soon wrangling a fence and doing some much needed yard maintenance.  At least, I like doing those things!

I also love online shopping, which is basically the only way I buy stuff these days.  It's hard to find time to leisurely browse anywhere, especially when I have a specific thing in mind.  I miss going to the mall, but that will have to wait until I'm much more cusp sized and much less plus sized.  The selection in my favorite mall for plus size is pretty dismal. 

I don't only online shop for me; I also shop online for the Kid.  She has an impressive little wardrobe for the next size up.  I am waiting for her to grow into it and hoping I didn't go too crazy. I mean she will wear it for the next 6 months, so that's a large amount of time to wear ALL the stuff, right?  Say yes and assure me that a baby needs 10 pairs of pants because they always spill stuff, right?

I'm also thinking a lot about fitness and eating when I buy myself new clothes for this larger size and post-partum body.  All of the running around and the impending crawling/walking/running of the Kid make me realize I need to be in better shape not just weighing less.  But how?  The sun is gone when I get home from work, I can't always find time to hit the grocery store.  I need to figure that shit out without feeling guilty and stressed. 

I think that's it, Internet friends.  What's up with you?  Tell me in the comments or send me an email.

Needed Changes

I decided to try out some new Photoshop skills and play around with tweaks to the blog.  I just wanted to simplify a little bit, and I think I like the new look.  It's not anywhere near as detailed as what I've done in the past.  I just kind of want to keep things clean for right now.   Let me know what you guys think.

Saturday, October 17th, 2015, Third Day of Conference

This was the last day of the conference when we tour university campuses to see new technology.  There was so much cool stuff like tables you can write on and a robotic teleconferencing unit.  I know that makes me soooo nerdy, but I don't care.  Important part of that story is that I wore flats so I could walk all over Duquesne and PIT.


I also wore this very same outfit to meet up with Gracey for dinner the night before.  She had on a similar striped shirt.  Great minds think alike.  Thanks again, Gracey, for playing host to me at this conference for two years in a row.   Any chance you'll be in San Antonio next year?  Just kidding.

I wore this necklace from the husband under my giant grey scarf with a stripe top, red sweater, black jacket, black skinny pants, and boots.  These are those same black pants I like so much that I had to buy them twice.  I'm set for now!

And one blurry picture without the jacket and scarf!
Charm necklace :: gift from husband
Grey scarf :: gift from sister from Korea street market
Black jacket :: Destination Maternity outlet
Red sweater :: Modcloth
Striped top :: Loft
Black pants :: JCPenney
Black booties :: DSW

Friday, October 16th, 2015, Second Day of Conference

Still at that conference ya'll and back to black and white because I'm not going to give them up ever completely. I love this dress from Forever 21 because it has pockets.  It also transitioned really easily from the summery fall weather in New Orleans to the legitimately cold Fall weather in Pittsburgh, where the conference was.
I didn't exactly want to wear my glasses while I was there but something about traveling made my eyes so dry.  I mean I had the time to sleep as much as I wanted when I wasn't working or listening to conference talks. I brought my Wacom tablet with me to draw for a new project while I was there.  I'm not a great artist, but I do like the way the images have turned out.  Maybe I'll share a few.  Interested?
Glasses :: Rivet&Sway
Pencil charm necklace :: Anthropologie
Black moto jacket :: Destination Maternity outlet (don't judge me)
Striped dress :: Forever21+
Black tights :: We Love Color (ironic)
Black booties :: Rockport

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Oh my gosh, two outfit pictures in one week.  You guys aren't going to know what to do when I go back to being lazy in the mornings and choosing to skip photographing my uninteresting outfits of all black.  Maybe there will be less all black now that I have this skirt.  Isn't it pretty?
I ordered a few things from Eloquii.  The prices are good, the quality is great, and they have things that are perfect like this guy.  I paired it with my ankle boots, a black top (what else) and a blue cardigan. 
I even got a picture of this new ring I wear all the frigging time.  I like the attached stackable look of this ring and that it's actually really good at entertaining the Kid when we are stuck somewhere.  Remove cute ring and let baby play with the shiny moveable object.  It also lets me know when I've had too much salt when it's tight.  Magic.
Look straight hair and the pretty mesh collar of this shirt.  I wish I had bought two of these for the sad day when this one dies.  It's long enough to wear as a tunic and it has built in jewelry.  Best thing ever.  Also, notice in this photo that I'm wearing makeup.  Like, not just foundation/sunscreen actual mascara and eyeliner!
One more closeup just cuase it's pretty.  Have a great weekend, ladies and gents!

Pyramid stud earrings :: Anthropologie
Fancy ring :: Loft outlet
Blue cardigan :: Maurice's (old)
Black tank :: Target
Scuba skirt :: Eloquii
Black ankle boots :: Rockport

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Oh my gosh, guys, I went to that same conference I go to every year after going to the beach.  I really like getting to meet people who do the same job as me because my job description usually draws a lot of weird looks.  It's not that I do such weird stuff, but an odd combination of things, I think. 


Anyway, the conference this year was extra special because it's the first time in awhile I've had any reason to really get dressed up consistently and had the time in the morning to do my makeup and wear fancy clothes.  Prepare for four consecutive days of outfits spread out over 2 weeks!


Here's my first day of traveling to the conference.  My morning was spent blowing out all of that hair while the Kid took a nap.  I actually flew in those heels because they are relatively comfortable. No hiking around the city in them or anything, but pretty nice!  Sorry the pictures aren't that clear, but I brought my little camera.  More later this week...
Pencil charm necklace :: Anthropologie
Red cardigan :: Modcloth
Cream tank :: Marshalls
Printed bandage skirt :: Maurice's
Black booties :: Rockport