Dinner with Ally, Thursday, September 25th, 2014

The perfect way to spend a rainy, cold day in New York for me ended up being at the Metropolitan museum.  First off, it's huge, so there's endless entertainment.  Also, there was an Egyptian exhibit which may be of my favorite things to muse about historically.  I can't even count how many ancient Egyptian documentaries I've seen in my lifetime.  Plus, I was wearing a scarab bracelet, so it was like fate.

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After wandering through the museum, the husband and I were able to do something we really enjoyed.  We got to meet Ally and R for dinner, the Ally from Shybiker, who is just as nice, pleasant, and glowing in person as you would find her online.  We ate at Sarabeth's on the Upper East Side and in between stuffing my face, we had such pleasant conversation.  It's incredibly difficult to explain how wonderful it feels to meet with someone and feel a connection offline as well as online.  Thanks for a lovely evening, Ally!

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Me impersonating the art
As for clothes, this dress is actually a deep blue with black stripes but that doesn't translate well in my iPhone photos.  I wore a denim jacket to stay warm, plus flat boots for comfortable walking and I pulled my hair up because rain = frizz = bad hair day!

Pencil charm necklace :: Anthropologie
Scarab bracelet :: shop in NYC
Denim jacket :: NY&Co.
Blue and black striped dress :: Destination Maternity outlet
Tights :: Duane Reade
Black ankle boots :: DSW
Black purse :: Steve Madden via DSW

The Tickets I Lost, Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

I am one of those people who like to be over-prepared for a trip.  I print out copies of my hotel confirmation, rental car confirmation, etc. and bring those copies with me in one big bundle to the airport.  Then I guard them with my life... EXCEPT for this trip to New York.  This trip I managed to lose the paper clipped bundle of info including my tickets to see Cabaret.  Cue freaking out upon arrival at hotel.
 
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I was very lucky that a kind gentleman in New Jersey on business had found my whole bundle including my contact info and was willing to send the tickets via overnight delivery.  He even called my hotel and left a message before I had checked in.  That's the kindness of strangers and thanks to him I was able to see Alan Cumming sing, act, and dance his a** off.  Thank you again, kind stranger.
 
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Before I was rescued, the husband and I decided to walk a few miles in Central Park because one doesn't walk enough around Manhattan (sarcasm).  It was a great chance to take photos with my DSLr and play tourist.  We even managed to stop at Carnegie's Deli to fulfill the husband's request for a corned beef sandwich.  After the amazing performance, we wandered Times Square, took a train to our hotel, and then ate a subpar dinner before hitting bed.  Good times.
 
Jean jacket :: NY&Co.
Black and white purse :: Steve Madden via DSW
Black top :: Target
Scarf :: shop in Houston
Maroon pencil skirt :: Destination Maternity outlet
Black tights :: Duane Reade
Black ankle boots :: DSW
 
 


The Brooklyn Flea Coat, Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

I was elated to spend a few days visiting Manhattan before a family wedding in the Catskill Mountains.  I really wanted to do photos on Monday when I flew in, but that wasn't gonna happen.  Combine the four hour drive home from a family visit in Florida with an early Monday at work and a late arrival in New York.  I needed sleep, so I started with photos from today.
 
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Packing for this trip was a bit rushed because of my weekend in FL, but also really fun.  It was nice to have cooler weather to think about and jackets.  I employed two different jackets while wandering around the city.  I wore my new black motorcycle jacket today but didn't photograph it for some bizarre reason.  Needing more sleep?  Yeah, let's go with that.  I did put on my blue peplum top, dark skinny jeans, grey scarf, and black ankle boots, which were pretty comfy despite not being totally broken in.

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I had two missions for the day:  see Seth Myers live and find the husband a replacement coat/shopping.  My last trip to NYC, the husband found this great Italian wool spots coat at the Brooklyn Flea Market.  I like to tease him that it's very hipster combined with his love for hats.  That same coat was supposed to fly out with us, but it got left on a chair.  We spent the morning visiting his favorite NYC hat store, checking thrift stores and second hand stores for a Brooklyn Flea replacement, and then finally hitting TJ Maxx and Marshalls where the husband struck coat gold.

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Seth Myers was great, by the way, and my inner TV nerd was logging all the camera moves and cue card stuff, etc., etc.  We also got a chance to stop by the New York Public Library, and I was kicking myself for not bringing a camera.  That place is gorgeous, and it's filled with books.  Double awesomeness.

Grey scarf :: gift from Korea
Scarab bracelet :: hidden under pink bracelet
Black motorcycle jacket :: (not pictured) but from Destination Maternity outlet
Blue peplum :: Asos Curve
Black jeggings :: Forever21+
Black booties :: DSW

Manhattan, Central Park in Photos

Rather than combine long posts of outfit photos and Manhattan trip photos, I thought I'd show you some of the fun shots I got while hauling my DSLr around.  Mostly, I focused on Central Park because who can resist turning leaves.  We don't really get a proper fall this far south.  I'll do another set of photos from my trip to the Catskill Mountains next week.

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???, Monday, September 15th, 2014


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Are question marks an acceptable title for a blog post where I can't remember what I did?  Here's what I remember:  I went to work early because this was a Monday, and I wore a new pencil skirt from the maternity store.  I managed to wear heels that I'm totally in love with.  Yep, that's it.

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Printed top :: Banana Republic outlet
Blue tank :: Loft
Maroon pencil skirt :: Destination Maternity outlet
Double strap sandals :: Marshalls

Kick in the Pants, Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

I went shopping last night for some yarn at Michaels, which happens to be next to Marshalls.  I figured why not stop in and see if they have any affordable sports bras and slips, things that I actually need right now.  But, then I kept staring at the pretty shoes on clearance, the impractical, unnecessary, may not fit my feet post-kid shoes.

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I've been buying lots of clothes lately that were purely practical for my impending expansion into a balloon.  Making smart choices is awesome for my budget, but man is it boring as hell to get dressed.  I'm honestly a little tired of black dresses and neutral colors.  I miss my blue pencil skirt and my arsenal of perfectly curated closet options.  All of those feelings combined when I saw these pretty, pink shoes, so I caved in and spent $18.

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I looked at them and thought, "What a lovely neutral on a reasonable block heel?"  They made my dumpy black dress feel a little more special, and I wondered if I could wear them to my cousin's wedding in a few weeks.  I wondered how they'd look with jeans and blazers.  It was a nice kick in the pants to realize I'm allowed to be a little frivolous and incorporate more color and fun into my clothes.  I will not (sarcasam) be shopping for discounted/sale pencil skirts in bright colors after writing this. 

Gold saxophone pendant :: made my aunt
Cream top :: Forever21+
Black tank :: Loft
Black skirt :: Forever21+
Pink strappy heels :: Marshalls

Johnny Cash in Tweed, Thursday, September 4th, 2014

I like a good all black outfit these days.  Yes, it's hot, so this is counter intuitive.  Also, I'm ready to look pregnant, but black has that slimming effect that hides my food baby/pre-bump.  I'm nothing if not a walking contradiction it seems.  Black also just kind of feels awesome like I'm cool like Johnny Cash.  I'm not actually cool, but I like the way I look, and that's all that really counts, right? 

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To achieve all this black, I paired a new maternity top with plus size jeans and dark boots.  Right now, this top looks more like a tunic, and I love that shape anyway.  Why not wear it a bit early and get more cost per wear?  Plus, I'm not gonna pretend that I'm not tired of wearing the same stuff over and over.  I have just a few normal sized tops left that fit (maybe 5) and limited choice in bottoms (i.e. skinny dark jeggings, black jeggings, black pants, black and white harem pants, black skater skirt, black bandage skirt).  Maybe I am turning into Johnny Cash if he were a 36 year old female New Orleanian who worked in an air conditioned office. 

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A lot of people would suggest playing with what's in my closet to get some new ideas of what I can wear with limited choices.  Honestly, I really think the solution here is to add a bit more color.  I'm thinking when I get bigger, a dress in a color and a printed pencil skirt might go a long way.  I can do a lot more mixing and matching then and feel less blah looking into my closet. 

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What do you guys think about capsule or limited wardrobes?  How do you get the most bang out of your limited bucks?  Also, too much black?

Gold heart charm :: gift from husband
Tweed jacket :: The Limited (old)
Black maternity top :: Asos
Black tank :: Loft
Black jeggings :: Forever21+
Black boots :: DSW