2010-04-29

Work to Play

Warning: Landscaping ramblings ahead...
This spring has been beautiful. Warm, sunny, fantastic....and way ahead of schedule. Every spring is obviously busy for landscapers, clients see the first Hosta noses and they want their property done...yesterday. Because the weather has been wonderful, everything is growing and blooming so fast that we are left to do the work of two months in just over a month. So, I'm busy. My steel toes have definitely seen more action than any of my heels recently. A few years ago I made some work decisions that gave me a lot more control of my own schedule so that I could landscape and work on other commitments (including making 2 wedding dresses and 6 bridesmaids dresses this summer...ahhh!). Unfortunately, when it's this busy, taking time off is like stealing a lollipop from a child...totally awesome but morally wrong.
In all the crazy business of the last while, I've really missed getting dressed. So, I thought I'd do my own versions of the classic 'from work to play' looks... Buckle up kids... this may be awesome...

WORK LOOK...
work1

Pants? Jacob, thrifted and altered...so comfy.
Sweater? from work
Plaid jacket? Tommy Hilfiger, Winners...indestructible.
Boots? ?, Mark's Work Wear House

...TO LOOKING CUTE TO GROCERY SHOP
work2
Pants and Jacket? same as work look...
Striped tank? h&m
Belt? Michael Kors, Winners
Shoes? Derek Lam, Holt's LC
Necklace? The Last Hurrah


Testament to what a cuff on a pair of pants and some high heels can do. Release the hair from the functional twist to reveal some curl (I promise, when the business is over, I will do a tutorial on the twist...) and I'm off to fill my grocery cart with organic goods.
WORK LOOK...
work3
Shorts? Bluenotes
Tee? Martee-ni, Winners... so old and stained but comfy
Boots? ?, Mark's Work Wearhouse
...TO IMPRESSING MY CLASSMATES, I HOPE
work4
Shorts and tee? same as work look.
Necklace? The Last Hurrah
Sandals? Rockport, StyleSense
Denim jacket? French Connection, Winners


The jacket hides the stained tee and it's cute. The necklace deflects attention away from the major pilling on the tee. Hmmm. Basically, the tee is at the end of its shelf life but I will never throw it out, so it's distraction tactics to make this shirt ok for after work.

OK, truth time. My work to play looks are just for amusement (the most amusing part was tracking dirt all over my kitchen from my boots just for this post... I'm committed). As fun as they were to do, no high heels or flashy necklace can cover the fact that I come home from work smelling like gasolina and with a dirt mustache that could rival an Italian teenager...

27 comments :

caffeinerd said...

I think you look especially adorable/awesome in the last "impressin' classmates" look! Love the necklace & the sandals paired with the dark green shorts.

Liz said...

This post is fantastic!!! I love it! Kind of makes me want to do landscaping if I can pull of your cute looks :)

Julia said...

I love this post. How are you so funny, even after working so hard? I'm glazed over and all I do is grade 8th grade essays....anyway, I adore your Rockport sandals.

xx

Lovers, Saints and Sailors said...

What a great idea.
I'm lucky in that the only real restrictions to my after work wardrobe while at work is that Monday-Thursday is a little more corporate than I'd like. Though if you've read my blog I don't really abide by the rules.
I would have loved to see a shot with the moustache...

Alex said...

What a great post. I actually really like the work outfits - they might be practical but you still look really good in them.

Nadine said...

I actually love the work looks more! Hoover Dam, you are cute, woman! And I love me some good functional footwear.

I try to look fun and interesting for work as far as possible, but I'm gonna be MOVING and I'm gonna sweat (yeah, I said it).

I can understand you must be really busy right now, but here's a question born of total ignorance/misconceptions: what does a Canadian landscaper do in winter?

cocojones said...

I think your work looks are really cute! It just goes to prove it's possible to dress practically and still look stylish. I like the transformations as well, even if they're just for fun, it's cool to see how much differene a pair of heels or some statement jewelry can make to an outfit.

jen lainy said...

I love the transitions. Actually i think you look great in all the looks but definetly better when you are all cleaned up!! Great post!

briannelee said...

Hahahaahaha, "dirt mustache that could rival an Italian teenager... "

I love your work to "after work" looks! I def think a big, bold necklace jazzes up an outfit in an instant and draws attention away from the clothes. (not that your outfits need drawing attention from)

Happy Friday!!!!!!!!!!!

Sal said...

You crack me up. I especially love that you're scowling in the "work" images and grinning like a Cheshire cat in the "play" ones.

Becky said...

This is a really fun post! Mine would be the opposite I think...I have to be pretty buttoned up for work (law firm...yawn), so when I get home or go out, I want to casz it down. Um, and you have great legs. The end. :)

closet365 said...

These are all great. Give me ideas, even though I dress up to work at the mall and everyone could couldn't care less. I say rock out anyway.

Fell 4 Fashion said...

U look HOT going to work on peoples lawns!!! :)

| Tex | Fashion Butter said...

OMG you crack me up.

Celine said...

hahahaahhaaha an Italian teenager. HA. You look great :)

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futurelint said...

This is rad! I loved being able to see you looking all tough in your work clothes and how easily you cute-ified them!

Chelsea said...

hahah you're hilarious! maybe it could work... just in reverse. wear out to play the night before, then to work the next day to get all grubby in :)

Rachael said...

You look cute in ALL of the outfits. Whatta doll!

Clare said...

Ah, the Italian teenager 'stache. I'm glad I grew out of that. ;)

These are so cute, and seriously, even your work clothes are kinda cute! Hope things slow down a bit for you soon!

Tiffany said...

Clever girl! This post is great because most work-to-play posts are like office to happy hour, not down-and-dirty to uptown chic. Also, how do you NOT have a wicked farmer's tan around your biceps and ankles? You must share your secret...

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LaMimi said...

oh, I love this post! It's a great example how a simple outfit can become stylish with adding a couple of right accessories:)

xx
Mimi

La Historiadora de Moda said...

OMG! Gasolina is such a dirty word (in Spanish)!

I love the concept here and those black pants look fantastic cuffed!

Clothes Coquette said...

Aw, I loved this post! We all love fashion, but we all have the sweatpants and ratty tee shirts we wear. Awesome job of transitioning the work to play clothes. I the necklace in the second look.

Linda said...

A dirt moustache that could rival an Italian teenage...BOY, you forgot to say boy.
Thats racist Jentine.

Viv said...

This is so cute- although, when I saw the first look, of your work clothes, i was like. Oh no, she is going out in that?! Then I saw then next one and I was so relieved, and impressed! Love it! Probably best to shower and perfume beforehand though... super cute.

Tieka, Selective Potential said...

Haha, this post is awesome! I love how you turned your work looks into looks to go out and about in! Perfect!

Christen said...

Is it weird that I like all of these... especially your first work look! But if you smell anything like David does at the end of his day (he's an electrician) I'm sure the hubby appreciates the shower ;)