Twin tag

And just to prove that it's not all-work-no-play around here:

Silly, silly boys.

In which I run a sweat shop

As you can see, my kids get chores early on.

Good work, bubbers.

(Also, enjoy Ella's knock-knock joke punch lines in the background. Yes, just the punch lines.)


Why the long face?

I had occasion today to visit the website for Tom's school. Not really knowing what the principal looks like, I clicked over to the staff directory to get a face to go with the name I hear semi-frequently.

And this is what I saw:

While I concede that she (and the secretary) is likely shorter and quite probably slightly wider in the face than Tom ( I really don't know, I've never met her) I can't imagine it's quite this pronounced in reality.


She's scary

I'm not going to lie, I had a hard time thinking of things that scare me. Well, at least, things that scare me that I haven't already tackled for this challenge or the last.

Red lipstick? Check.
Full skirt? Check.
Belt over clothes? Check, checkcheck.
Skinny jeans? Check-ish. But I still don't own any real ones.
Mixed patterns? Double check.
Flats? Check, check, check.
Shorts? Double check.
Heels with pants? Check (times about 5, several linked to that post).
Fully tucked shirt? Check, checkity-check.

So, it came down to this.

The first fashion rule that I glommed onto as a teenager was to never mix brown and black. As in a black belt with brown shoes, or black shoes and brown purse, etc. As I wore a leather belt daily and frequently carried a purse, I was sure to always have those three coordinated, and indoctrinated my family thoroughly.

I even mentioned here that this was one rule I wasn't ready to break.

I'm okay with large amounts of both in an outfit (ie: black shirt and brown pants), or patterns that incorporate both (ie: animal prints) but mixing it up in small amounts still scares me.

So, today, I did it.

I don't wear a belt as a general rule anymore, so I had to find something else small to bring in the second color.

So black shoes and gray shirt, (brown and gray is scary too, since gray is just light black,) brown flower and buttons on my scarflette/neck warmer.

{Regulation jeans, Merona top, Gap jacket, Doc Marten's loafters, neck warmer and flower by me}

I realized long after dressing that the entire outfit was free. The top, jeans, and jacket came from various others, the shoes were a warranty replacement for a pair of sandals that fell apart, and the neck warmer and flower were handmade with things I had around the house. Not too shabby if you ask me!



Today's prompt was to interpret this outfit

And here's my take:

{Ralph Lauren khakis, thrifted sweater with no tag, scarf by me, Qupid shoes via myshoeshoppe.com}

I tried to keep the same colors, the cable knit sweater and the black peep-toes. A skirt on a weekday was just not happening. :) Overall, it was a perfectly cozy outfit right in my comfort zone.


Dressed-up coat

Dressing up a coat is an everyday occurrence for me. Most of my jackets have one flower or another on them most of the time. (See here, here, here and here for examples.) And being the kind of person who wears a coat pretty much everyday (I'm always cold), I figured this would be easy.

But in all honesty, I only put the coat on for pictures. I will be wearing it tomorrow like this, but didn't today, so think what you will of me.

{St. John's Bay jeans, Calvin Klein coat via Costco, shoes via myshoeshoppe.com, flowers and earrings by me}