days 8 & 9 {wardrobe remix}

Yesterday was freezing cold again.  I have been running outside without my jacket to take the pictures but realistically I look exactly the same every day when I go outside – a big ball of puffy wool coat with maybe a scarf peeking out and a pair of gloves.  The only time my actual clothes are showing is when I’m inside, which since I have toddlers and don’t go to work, means that pretty much the only people to ever see my “outfits” are my two year olds and Ben.  Oh well.  Some days I go to the grocery store or Target.  Woohoo.  I’m sure the shoppers there really appreciate my efforts 🙂

In any case here was yesterday’s photo

and here is today’s

I’m very proud of myself for not wearing my boots today. I think instead of “30 for 30” my challenge should have been called “try not to wear your boots everyday”. The cold weather makes me want to stay as warm as possible and really there isn’t anything more comfortable than my boots. I am addicted. So I’m patting myself on the back for wearing flats today. Even if it does mean that my legs are kind of cold.

days 8 & 9 {wardrobe remix}

day 7 {wardrobe remix}

This photo should come with a disclaimer – no, I’m not missing the top of my head. My hat is white and so is the sky. Sorry. My mistake. I think I need a bright and colorful hat and I have every intention of making one, I just need to learn to crochet first because I have yet to make a knit one that I like.

I couldn’t believe how cold it was today, especially compared to yesterday. Every day this week it’s just seemed more and more like winter, which (I can’t believe) doesn’t start until the END OF DECEMBER! Did you know that? Maybe it’s common knowledge but it’s not something that I ever realized. As far as I was concerned from what I knew from watching TV and the one other year I lived here… snow starts in the end of November/early December and from that point on it’s winter. Right? Snow = winter? Ben thinks it is funny that I don’t actually know when the seasons are but come on, I’m from California. Winter to us is really just a slightly cooler version of the entire rest of the year. How was I to know it started so late? So anyway, I just wanted to say that I looked it up yesterday so I would know for sure… and yes… winter starts on December 21st. Which seems entirely too late. And if it’s not even winter yet then my goodness, it’s going to be a LONG time before the spring starts and the warm sun comes back. Can I move back to California yet?

day 7 {wardrobe remix}

some things I’ve made lately {baking}

With all this posting about my wardrobe (probably excessive amounts of posting, but that’s what a one a day challenge is for, right?) you’d think I haven’t been up to much of anything else. Actually the opposite is true. I’ve been up to lots of something elses. I am almost done knitting Amelia a new fall jumper dress. I’m also painfully close to finishing Paul’s quilt (although it’s taken way, way too long) and I also made the kids Halloween costumes. Plus I’ve been baking. A LOT. We’ve had at least one kind of muffin and one kind of cookie or treat every week for the past three weeks. Some weeks we’ve had two kinds of muffins. Crazy, I know. These are some of the latest (and tastiest) things I’ve cooked up.

Fall muffins. Based on this post at joy the baker. I made a few small changes. First, I made muffins (obviously) because we didn’t have a loaf pan and the kids love muffins anyways. That meant I needed to bake them for less time. I didn’t add the nuts because I still worry about the kids choking on nuts. I didn’t have any maple syrup so I used honey, and since honey is thicker than syrup I added a smidge more water. I also threw in an egg just for kicks, because, you know, I’d changed so much already I thought “why not?” They turned out DELICIOUS… some of my favorite of all time. I am glad that there are so many (the recipe made 2 dozen) because now I can eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And snacks. Mmmmm, muffin snacks.

The second thing I made is a batch of carrot cookies. I know that carrots and cookies might not *seem* like a natural combination but they actually go quite well together. Especially with a delicious citrus glaze. Just to make things complicated for you if you’re trying to make the same thing at home (it seems I can’t leave a poor recipe alone) I used less oil and more carrot (I used 5 whole carrots as someone in the reviews suggested) and I also made a lemon glaze instead of an orange glaze since we didn’t have any orange juice. They turned out delicious and fluffy and irresistible. I have been eating at least 2 a day since I baked them. They also make a delightful breakfast 🙂

Aaaand… mini pie. These might be my favorite and also might make an appearance at Thanksgiving (I’m dreaming of a whole spread of different flavors of mini fruit pies) I can’t say enough good things about these. You should just go make them. You won’t regret it. Mine might not be as photogenic as the one in the tutorial but I promise you it’s as tasty.

some things I’ve made lately {baking}

day 5 {wardrobe remix}

I put this yellow shirt in the mix because I thought I needed more color.  It’s just too bad that whenever I wear it with a sweater or jacket you can hardly see the yellow and pretty much every day from here on out is going to require a sweater or jacket.  Oh well, that’s what red scarves are for, right?  I also feel like I might be wearing one too many shades of neutral but it’s too late to change it now.  I’ve already been photographed and it’s on the internet.  Plus who says you can’t wear navy, grey, denim AND brown all together?  I am clearly making my own rules today.  I also would like to add that sweater tights are my new favorite article of clothing.  Just like a pair of tights for days you want to wear a skirt and it’s cold out… only infinitely warmer.  I had no idea they even existed until we moved here.  I guess you learn something new every day.

day 5 {wardrobe remix}

day 4 {wardrobe remix}

It’s raining today so of course I had to wear rainboots (and why not yellow when the sky is grey and bleak?). I had all of 5 minutes to get dressed this morning because Ben let me sleep in and only woke me when it was time for him to leave for school… except that he wasn’t going to be home until after it got dark and I wasn’t about to miss out on my picture on the 4th day. I do tend to slip eventually on daily projects (ahem… photo-rific) but I have never missed a day *this* early and I wasn’t about to start now.

I really, really don’t know what to do with myself in pictures. You’d think that after years of photographing other people and helping them pose and feel natural in front of the camera I’d have a better idea. But I don’t. I always end up feeling silly standing in “poses” because clearly I’m not a model and don’t resemble one at all. This is my attempt today at avoiding the awkward pigeon toe stance. If my feet are together but my knee still turned in does that count?

day 4 {wardrobe remix}

30 for 30 pieces {wardrobe remix}

Sorry for the wonky colors in these pictures.  I waited too long and took them when there wasn’t enough light (again).  I really should know better.  I kind of had to laugh at myself a little while labeling the clothing (wow, I shop at Old Navy a LOT apparently) since I have almost exclusively stuff from big box stores (hello Target and Payless shoes).  But oh well, it seems to be what everyone is doing so I went along and tagged mine as well.  So without further ado,

the skirts

the pants

the t-shirts

the tops

the dresses

the jackets (as far as I read the rules my “real” winter jackets don’t count towards the 30 items. that’s how I’m playing in any case)

the sweaters

and finally… my favorite part… shoes

All of my accessories and such (jewelry, scarves, tights, socks, etc) aren’t counted in the 30 items and it’s lucky for me because looking through my closet I am apparently getting most of my color from shoes and accessories (who knew?) and I need a lot of it when the sky is grey. I also have to say (in the spirit of full disclosure) that while there is only one white camisole pictured in this set of 30 items I have a veritable ARMY of white camisoles in my dresser. They seem to be something of a wardrobe staple for me, a security blanket if you will. I am almost always wearing one under pretty much anything else I might happen to be wearing that day. So instead of filling my 30 items with 7 different versions of the same white camisole I’m going to just count them all as one item. Call me a cheater if you will but I just don’t feel right going out of the house without a shirt on (under my shirt that is) and I think Ben will thank me for wearing more than one so that I have a chance to, you know, wash it… and not stink… and all that good stuff.

So there you have it. These are the only 30 articles of clothing you will see me in for the next 30 days. Hopefully I still love them all at the end of this little experiment. We shall see

30 for 30 pieces {wardrobe remix}

I have a secret…

I don’t know why I’m so embarrassed to post this… but here goes.

For the last year or so I’ve been reading a few “independent style blogs” – and I’m kind of addicted. I don’t know why that should be embarrassing. Maybe it’s my 8th grade self (you know, the one who is wearing oversized green sweat pants and a men’s XL tee shirt with airwalk sneakers? Yeah, that one) worrying that if I admit that I care what I wear I might be inadvertently opening myself up for critique. Like somehow secretly caring what you wear and not telling anyone makes it ok if your outfit is a *little bit* funny looking or doesn’t *quite* go. Maybe then you’d say “oh that outfit is almost cute but it’s good for her, because, you know, she doesn’t really care what she’s wearing”. But if I actually care it raises the bar. Now that I’ve typed it that really doesn’t make any sense does it?

In any case I do read a few “style blogs”… which I put into quotations only because they’re not blogs that the “fashion industry” put together… they’re just blogs that other people.. and mainly other 20 or 30 something people… write to share what they’re wearing and what they think is cool. I used to look at what people were wearing out on the streets when Ben and I were living in Paris and pick up ideas from the more put together ladies. I think that was probably the first time that I started actually thinking about clothing as something that I could use to express myself. Since my life as a mom (where most of my interaction is with 2 year olds or moms in the park in sweat suits) has taken me out of most of the social situations where I might be able to keep an eye on the latest trends I had to look elsewhere for inspiration.

Oh man, and there goes the embarrassment again. Even typing “latest trends” makes me cringe a little. I certainly don’t claim to think I’m on the cutting edge of fashion. I realize I’m pretty far from it. But I’m at least caring what I look like these days, which I think is an improvement since two years ago I was living in pajama pants and nursing tank tops.

In any case this is getting rambling. I should really get to my point. One of my absolute favorite blogs to read is Kendi Everyday. I love most of the things she wears and I think her writing style is witty and funny. I also like that she admits that she is nerdy and shy in person since I am very much both of those things. I’ve been following her for a while and love the idea of her 30 for 30 remixes. I kept going back and forth on whether or not I wanted to do one and actually considered starting another secret blog to show my outfits on (yeah, I’m THAT embarrassed to be typing this). In the end I decided I should just post them here and get over the cringe factor.

I started a few days late so even though most of the other remixers are on day 6 or 7 (I’m not entirely sure actually) I’m only on day 3. And without further ado, outfits 1 & 2.

I’m not so sure about this one… I’m not sure if I can pull off white tights so I might not try it again. I felt like an oversized toddler coming from ballet class. But maybe that’s just me. Ben said he thought it was cute. Also please forgive the slightly blurry photo. It gets dark way too early here and we didn’t take the picture early enough in the day so there wasn’t enough light.

I have picked out all my pieces for the whole 30 days but haven’t gotten around to photographing them yet. Or the outfit I’m wearing today. I really need to get over my fear of looking goofy in photographs. Hopefully 30 days of being photographed will make me less self conscious.

I have a secret…