The Dressing Room – is it fall or summer?

This weather is INSANE.  A couple days in a row it’s about low to mid 60s and then a couple of days of mid to high 70s.  I cannot put ANY of my clothes away.  Nor do I have a concept of what to wear and be comfortable, weather wise.  Not to mention that I’m getting headaches because of the change in weather.

It was beautiful out though today.  I knew I was going to be home alone a good majority of the day, as the husband is busy with school group projects and wouldn’t be coming home until late, so I figured I’d walk downtown and go to Safeway to grab a couple of spices to make some pumpkin muffins.  A small ounce of human interaction during the day was necessary.  I looked at the weather and it was about 71 degrees F before I left the house.  I figured thats perfect weather to wear a skirt/dress and boots.  As I was walking, I started getting really warm (my body temperature seems to be hotter than most people) that it just made wearing boots and a light jacket semi uncomfortable.  I didn’t want to take the jacket off because the top of my dress was a little tighter than I’d like.  As soon as I got home I had to briefly crank up the air conditioner to cool down.  YEAH it’s not attractive.

I would’ve worn a short gold necklace with this as my chest looks ridiculously bare as I look at this picture but I was a tad lazy to look through my jewelry case for a suitable necklace.  The outfit could’ve also used a pop for color but I didn’t want to put on a scarf and I couldn’t find the appropriate camisole to pair with this to wear underneath the top part of the dress.  Maybe next time.

Jacket:  Forever21
Belt:  Vintage
Panther Ring:
Boots:  Bakers

Don’t you LOVE my ring.  Very Rachel Zoe inspired.  I LOVE IT!  I DIE.  I saw a cheaper option with forever21; however, they were snatched up pretty quickly.

LOVE HER!  I love how she doesn’t care about putting on a pleathora of jewelry on.  There are no don’t’s she just makes it work.  Now if I only had that courage…

Hopefully tomorrow the weather will be a bit more reasonable and I can dress appropriately then.  Maybe I’ll wear one of my newly acquired shirts from the multiple sales this weekend.  🙂

indian summer

Got back from the UK and man is it HOT.  Thank you Bay area for your Indian Summers.  In the UK, fall was in the air.  Here in the bay it’s just hot.  I had to go to the super market to buy some vegetables and fruits and didn’t want to wear anything too fussy because it was hot.  So I opted for this dress…

Dress:  Forever21 trapeze dress (purchased in 2008)
Belt:  Vintage woven belt from mom’s closet
Shoes:  studded flip-flops from target

I love how comfortable this dress is.  I’ve dressed it up and dressed it down.  When I dressed it up, I wore it with some tights and booties along with a studded belt to go clubbing in Boston when I visited a good friend in 2009.  Here’s a couple pictures of when I dressed it up.  This is me pre-engagement/wedding and weight loss.  My friend in this picture just got engaged at the time and in a matter of three weeks she’s getting married!  I’ll be a bridesmaid at her wedding and can’t wait to see her and all our friends.

The Dressing Room – twirling

For my lunch break on Fridays I typically go to the Farmers Market Downtown.  Buy some of the local seasonal fruit and grab a bite to eat.  Usually I’ll grab some nectarines and peaches (both white and yellow), plums, strawberries, herbs, and some aromatics.  It’s been a while since I’ve cooked up some leafy greens, so I knew I wanted to buy Swiss Chard, but they didn’t have any.  However the Rainbow Chard caught my eye.

Another thing that was new this week and hasn’t been up in previous weeks are figs.  I’ve had them in salad and with cheese but I haven’t tried to cook with them, so I’m going to challenge myself and look around for some recipes to make something with these.  Hopefully whatever I make it will turn out successful.

I love going to the Farmer’s Market and looking at all the fresh produce grown locally.  Something about going every Friday reminds me of when my mom used to go when we lived in Vallejo.  I love fruit.  I have to have fruit in the house or I just feel guilty and unhealthy.  I guess my mom taught me well.  So going to the farmers market is a treat and a stroll down memory lane.  Look at everything I purchased for $13 (some organic, some not).

I’m really looking forward to what I can spruce up with the butternut squash.  I have some pancetta and I’m hoping to make some butternut squash pancetta risotto.  I had some at an Italian restaurant in the UK and it was so DELISH.

Since it’s still pretty warm during the day, I decided to wear a dress.  I’ve been in jean shorts lately that I wanted to change it up.  So I pulled this dress.  

Dress:  Tag says Overboard
Belt:  Vintage yellow fabric from mom’s closet too
Shoes:  plain no brand black flip flops
Earrings:  Sterling Silver black studs
Necklace:  Tiffany Loving Heart

My mom purchased this dress when I had just hit puberty.  That’s about 15+ years ago.  I remember wanting to borrow this dress from her in middle school so bad but couldn’t because spaghetti straps weren’t allowed in school.  But the straps weren’t even that thing.  MEH.  And when I could wear it outside of school I got a bit heavier where the dress would no longer zip up (I was semi-big girl in high school.)  About three years ago I started looking around in her closet.  She doesn’t wear some of her old stuff so I figured something would interest me because she has so many blazers and I desperately needed some for work.  I came across this dress and tried it on and it fit.  It was a smidge snug in the waist but it zipped up and I wasn’t gasping for air, so I took it home with me.  I ended up wearing it for lunch on my 25th birthday with a red belt.  But you know what I LOVE about this dress more than anything (warning I’m going to sound like a girly toddler)… it TWIRLS.  It sways.  It billows out when you turn.  I love circle skirts and dresses they just remind me of a simple time and just bring out the kid girl in me.  The dress looks a tad flamenco-ish in the following pictures but it’s not!  Don’t you just love a good twirling dress?