Sometimes we photograph my outfits, but I don't have enough time to post them, and some of them remain in my backlog forever - I just lose enthusiasm about them. Does it happen to you? To avoid that problem this time, I decided to show three of my outfits from last week in one post. I'll just add it to the series of posts labeled "2-in-1". So here you go, three outfits from three different days.
A week ago on Sunday, our daughter had a birthday party to attend, and instead of driving to town back and forth a few times, Justin decided to hang out somewhere there and just work on his game. (He is hosting a D&D session for folks at work once a week.) The weather was great. I can't believe it's October - it still feels like Summer in the afternoon, warm and sunny, and a little humid. I felt left out and decided to ride along and do my stuff. Do you know what "my stuff" is? WALKING! I enjoy walking a lot, but I walk not nearly as much as I would like to, so I try to use every opportunity to go for a walk when I am out. I walk everywhere from woods and wetland areas which we have in abundance, on the beach and waterfront of course, trails, parks, cute villages... you name it. I put on comfortable shoes and walk. To see me like this near a football gates is rare - I don't play sports and I'm not especially interested in them. But we live in a super sporty place - which is great for lots of folks who love sports, of course. Me? I just walk. In this particular park, there are at least three fields, maybe more, and all sorts of trails nearby. So I walked and walked, and walked.
Do you think I was a little bit overdressed for a nice walk in a park? Could be. :)
After I was done walking (my favorite walks are about 1.5 hour long, then I start getting second breath, and if I still have time and energy, I walk for another half an hour. Do you enjoy walking? We could do it together! Virtually or in real life if you are in this area. Let's walk!
My parents brought me this beauty from Russia two years ago. I wore it just is for you, my lovely friend!
This dress really spoke to me when I spotted it on sale on one of the plus size sites I go to for fun colorful fashion - Ashley Stewart. It was still available the last time I checked, US sizes 12 to 24 - hint, hint. It's very comfortable and easy to wear, and the warm tones are great. Originally, I planned to wear it with sandals that day, but I got too cold in our North facing house and decided to wear boots instead. The photos were taken in one of our gorgeous parks on Puget Sound - Seahurst in Burien. It looks like they have just finished a big renovation project there and added more trails, contemporary looking concrete picnic tables, children's playground and more. The view has always been amazing, but when we first visited in 2007, it was pretty wild.
These earrings are magic - they make such a statement and go with so many different styles and colors, I am amazed!
And here are my new boots. I adore them. When I found them at Zappos, I decided to return my Western style boots which were fun and comfy, but since I am trying very hard to stay within budget, I had to choose. These boots are just exactly what I love. Shoes are a little like men. There is dating and enjoying variety, and there is true love. I even drew my new boots - here.
My clutch (by Cole Haan, old) has a little mirror inside. (I love this feature - why don't more designers think of it? Seems so easy and cheap too!) It was difficult to get my reflection in the mirror - the camera insisted on focusing on the clutch pattern, not me. But eventually Justin did it. :)
I usually start missing October some time in July. Weird, eh? I did not miss it too much this year - was too busy enjoying sunshine and beaches. But I was really looking forward to it because for the first time in my life, I was about to attend a writers' conference. I can't even begin to explain to you how much it means to me.
So this was my outfit for the first day of the conference. I had no idea what to expect. I bought Justin a pass to another writers' conference last year as a birthday gift, and he was very happy with it - it was a one day conference in Seattle held by a mystery writers' organization which is very much up his alley. (I would have to look up the correct name of the conference and the group, I don't remember, sorry.) He came back full of inspiring ideas. Well, this year, we considered going together to a well known writers' conference in the Pacific Northwest - Write on the Sound in Edmonds, a small charming town north of Seattle.
I was nervous. It's no secret that I do not know English very well, and I do have challenges trying to understand presenters. Some of them speak way too speedy, some of them mumble, some of them use terminology I don't know... and it all can be very, very frustrating. But there were some amazing presenters, creative, great teachers, respectful, willing to help. We writers are a weird bunch. A lot of us can be described as people who'd rather never leave a couch as one of the presenters put it. It is so true - I can attest, I am exactly like that. The rest, to be honest with you, vary widely. To say "I'm a writer" doesn't really mean much other than "I put words together." Writing can be so many different things and mean so many different things to different people... We had two full days of lectures/workshops, tons of things to think about and discuss afterwards, ideas and the most important - the desire to write. "Mom, you can't stop a writer from writing," my daughter said last night when I pointed out that it was time to go to bed. Yep, that we probably all have in common too. You just can't stop us from writing. :)
Here are my three last week outfits for you. Do you have a favorite?
Skirt and sweater (old) - Christopher and Banks
Shawl - Russia
Shoes - Born
Purse - hand-made (old)
Dress - Ashley Stewart web sale
Boots - Born (via Zappos)
Clutch - Cole Haan (via TJ MAXX, old)
Blouse - consignment
Skirt - Lane Bryant (last year)
Vest - Chico's (last year)
Purse - antique mall (originally Guatemala made)
Shoes - Born
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