2011-03-07

Precious Time

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Skirt? Thrifted
Jacket? Roanik, Holt Renfrew Last Call
Silk tank? Noa, Winners
Tights? Zara
Shoes? I.D. Browns
Clutch? Thrifted (I've had this for forever and it is disintegrating sadly)

I often plan outfits in advance in order to reduce marital stress. Matt's version of being on-time is being early and my version is being right on the dot. At least if the outfit is planned ahead of time, we can't blame that... though we can sometimes blame the lures of the world wide web.

I know it's a running joke with my friends that I am constantly running late. That's not true. I am timely for occasions that have a set time... church, the dentist, daily conversations with Matt updating him on the cats' sleep patterns... But if it's a birthday party or a night out, I do arrive later. This has nothing to do with arriving 'fashionably late'; it is all about having respect for The Process. Personally, I think one of the best parts of a night out is getting ready to go out. I love having friends over beforehand and rooting through my closet, picking out clothes, discarding them on the floor, drinking wine and crowding every available mirror space to put on another layer of mascara. Part of this process is superficial but I think that these moments are when some real bonding happens between girlfriends. And I love bonding... and girlfriends...and wine. Perhaps one day, getting ready will involve pointing out the junk food supply to the babysitter while changing out of the top that has an organic sweet potato puree stain on it (I am changing in front of the babysitter...?) but until then, I shall appreciate every moment of The Process.

Ha... and all that sentimental babble about The Process just to point out that this day I was running late for church and my carefully selected outfit wasn't working out and so I threw this on at the last minute. And I really liked it. And Matt should have been proud... because I would have been early if it hadn't been so difficult to drive in these shoes.

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40 comments :

Elaine said...

Gorgeous outfit, gorgeous girl.

Terri said...

These shoes look gorgeous in the snow...and the bright colors are wonderful.

I've been known to slip off a challenging pair of shoes in order to drive. :)

Kelly said...

you're very brave to wear those shoes in the snow!
The outfit looks great!

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Kate said...

I love absolutely everything about this outfit. Those shoes I especially love.

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randinickel.com said...

Oh my goodness...I LOVE the process. I don't remember half my nights out in college, but I sure remember sitting in front of the mirror getting ready with my roommates singing Prince into a hair brush!

Nadine said...

See, I don't know a thing about The Process. (I'm about The Party. Plus I LOVE to plan my outfits in advance.) How does it work, in detail? Do all your friends come around with their gears to get changed into, and do they sigh and roll their eyes while the hostess tries on multiple outfits? Or do the girlfriends bring multiple outfits too? Or do they raid your wardrobe? But then, how does THAT work? I've never understood clothes-swapping. I am not the same size or shape as any of my friends, and my sister and I have wildly differing aesthetics (look-at-me vs wallflower). Enlighten me please, internet . .

MONKEYFACE said...

I like the hot pink + black stilettos but I'm gaga for the way your brain + imagination go together. I have been trying to write this comment for three minutes and am still laughing over "I'm changing in front of the babysitter...?"

heidikins said...

I'm sorry, I lost track of anything you were saying after one look at those shoes! Gorgeous!! Love, love, and more love!

xox

Nadine said...

Forgot to say - I love the pink and gold together!

briannelee said...

I agree w/ Nadine... I love the pink and gold together. Gorgeous!

Hey There Carole! said...

Your whole outfit is fab.... but I love your shoes and skirt the best!

I found your blog on Friday and it inspired me to go thrifting and I actually found two dresses. One I put on my blog and the other needs a little work.

Thanks!
http://heytherecarole.blogspot.com/

Between Laundry Days said...

Holy shit. The gold jacket with the pink blouse is freaking gorgeous!

Ashley said...

I have been stalking your blog for about a week now and have been totally inspired by your amazing thrift store finds. So much so that I went thrifting. I didn't find anything, but that's irrelevant.

Your style rocks and keep the posts coming!

megannielsen said...

Oh.My.Gosh. Those shoes!! I'm in love! they are ah.mazing!!!!

I totally get what you mean about the process of getting ready... though on being on time... if you are planning kids in the future... I had to be the one to tell you but - you will be late. all the time. haha. I used to be like your hubby. 15mins early for everything, now I"m the opposite. hehe

Taylor Marie said...

The Process is so accurate.

My source of lateness is typically the world wide web. I look at all my favorite blogs (yours included) and sip coffee while I should definitely be showering and curling my hair and getting ready. I cannot resist blogworld! (or wine or girlfriends or chatting or changing outfits 10 times...)

Kate said...

I'm with you - I love the Process. I remember tons of Process nights in college & I took them for granted, but as I get older (& my friends have scattered) I've come to realize how much I love the crazy heaps-of-makeup, wearing someone else's clothes, drinking from the wrong wineglass time I do get.

I also love those shoes!

Mallory said...

brr your poor little feet!! :) Great pop of color with the top! Love it!

The Daily Fashionista said...

I am laughing so hard at the comment about changing in front of the babysitter!! Oh man! Anyways, this is pure perfection. I love the gold and the hot pink together so much!

Gracey said...

I'm so sorry your fabulous clutch is disintegrating - that's so sad.

At least your outfit is gorgeous. Your hair is so fun with this outfit.

Gracey
http://fashionforgiants.blogspot.com

Dylana Suarez said...

Amazing! I need that blazer in my life right now!

xoxo,

colormenana.blogspot.com

The Tights that Bind said...

As much as I also LOVE The Process, there is something so satisfying about great outfits that come together organically. They also inspire me to put together a few other really great outfits.

I really love the pairing of the metallic with such a bold color, and the fact that it's bright pink -- one of my favorites! -- makes it even better.

Emily said...

I think my favorite part of going out is getting ready.

For me it's per magic when I've got a Coors Lt in my hand, Britney on the radio and someone I'm not embarrassed to change in front of.

I either just described "White Trash Theater" or a bad B movie.

Krust said...

Gosh, you always look SO gorgeous! I LOVE that jacket! It's amazing!

myedit said...

Nadine... first, you are invited over for The Process anytime...
Second, often the girls will bring some of their own stuff and then search my closet to finish the outfit and accessories. I have...um... a lot of clothes in lots of sizes and fits b/c I just tend to 'make it work' so I am easy to borrow from. Sometimes The Process is a better party than The Party...:)

Lauren @The Little Things We Do.... said...

love this gold.....awesome piece :). and i always admire your fearlessness taking your lookbook shots outside in the bitter cold. you are a far braver woman than i :).

Rach is Ordinarily Urbane said...

How fabulous! Hard to believe this was a last minute decision. That jacket is just amazing, I'm quite sure you were the best dressed gal in church.

ps Looking forward to meeting you IRL in Texas this week!!

xo

Hooked on Shoes said...

You look lovely! Which reminds me that I too need a hot pink top in my closet stat!

Stella said...

Seriously, I don't think there's an outfit combination that you've come up with that I haven't been all, "Well, damn!" Love the jacket with the shirt. I now need a hot pink shirt!

Elizabeth said...

What a gorgeous and glamorous look. I love pairing the hot pink and gold -- I never would have thought of that!

A.Co said...

LOL - changing in front of the babysitting and cat conversations with Matt. I actually laugh (okay, usually chuckle) out loud when I read your posts - so nice :)

Oh, and obvs you look great - the shoes, awesome, even if they were a bit harder to drive in ;)

Linda said...

This is one heck of a fantab outfit. Your hair looks really good like that...I feel like I'm seeing you for the first time..
wanna go out sometime?

A-Dubs said...

Ah, The Process. How I mourn and miss it now that all my closest friends live in different cities.

Also, you look sooo great in this ensemble. So great.

Finally, ha! Daily phone calls to discuss cat sleep schedules are killing me.

Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

Those shoes are worth being late for. But for me, it's all about the blazer. Love it, want it.

Kara said...

Love that neon pink top!!! So flattering and perfect with the thrifted skirt! You have perfect finds as always, lady! :)

(P.S. I am moving to Hamilton for September so you have to let me know where is good and what to avoid for living! ;)

xo

Christen said...

For a last-minute look, this is really impressive. My last-minute looks usually involve all black and boots. But I agree - I love The Process. Most of my girlfriends who I had this tradition with live far away now and somehow my boyfriend watching sports in the living room while I get ready just doesn't cut it. :)

Deborah said...

Those shoes were worth it.

I just read your profile and nearly fell over. I walk in the neighborhood only to peek in windows! It's even in my profile. I could be your momma!

It's the only reason I love winter. Evening walks where peeps have their lights on and the windows uncovered. That sounds so wrong!

I'm lurk here quite a bit. Love your style.

La Historiadora de Moda said...

That jacket is divine!

wardrobeexperience said...

love this mix of gold and pink. very delicious!

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jessie said...

i LOOOOOVE your hair like this. LOVE.

Jaclyn said...

I love your outfit so much. Your jacket is great, the color is so pretty.