Tuesday, May 29, 2012

 Alterations, simple alterations. So, I've lost a lot of weight lately, and most of my clothes are getting way too big. I thought I would try my hand at some alterations. I value my time at $25.00 an hour (at the very least), so if something takes an hour or less to alter, I find it worth my time to attempt it and not just look for it on Ebay. This was my first attempt at changing a size 10 skirt (right) into a size 6 skirt (left). If you look carefully at the skirt on the right, you can see that it is pretty loose for a pencil, and the extra width makes the skirt sag down, which makes the length a little dowdy (most of my pencils hit me mid knee, even though it looks like they are longer from the way I shoot these pictures).
I chose this particular skirt to start with because it had no lining and no waistband, so it was pretty straightforward sewing. I took 1 inch off each side, and the result looked absolutely perfect; I even managed to keep the stripes evenly matched.
This took me about an hour, but that included trouble shooting the iron, so . . . a really complicated alteration would probably send me Ebay haunting, but for these simple pencil skirts, it's probably worth the effort. Yeah! now I have 3 skirts I can wear that fit.
Shoreline Stripe Pencil Skirt in Tropical, Talbots; Smocked Ruffle Scoopneck Tee in Fern Leaf, Talbots; Jewelry, Gift from UCAS.

Monday, May 28, 2012

This was something quick and comfortable to spend a lazy Memorial Day in.
Black Print Crops, Coldwater Creek; Flower Travelers Top, Chicos.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Today I went with this subtly striped skirt and a floral top. I'm trying out pattern mixing with the navy belt to smooth the transition. It turned out to be less of a transition than it might have been because rain and cold led to my adding the pique blue jacket to the right as a topper.
This is the second pair of these blue shoes I've received from Talbots. When I took my first pair off after the first wearing, I noticed that a heel cap was gone. Today I just happened to notice that one of the heel caps on this second pair is literally hanging by a thread of glue. Obviously a major manufacturing defect. It's too bad, because they are very cute shoes.
Ellington Stripe Pencil Skirt, Talbots; Smocked-Scoop Flower Tee in Pansy, Talbots; Stretch Belt in Navy, Talbots; Jewelry, Chicos; Kate Fit Pique Knit Jacket in Indigo, Talbots.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

I went through my closet today and got rid of a lot of clothes. Some things I could keep if I altered them. This shirt is an example. If I took about three inches out of it, it would fit pretty cute. I have some serious altering to do over the summer, so I added this to the pile.
Talbots Silk Animal Top; Alisha Skinny NYDJ Jeans in Red, Nordstroms.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Well, today is the last day of school. I have faithfully logged everything I've worn every day, and, gasp, I have many things in my closet that I haven't worn. I guess it's time to purge a few of those. I have also lost a lot of weight--down two whole sizes--and that affects what I can and can't wear, too. Anyway, it's been fun keeping track of everything.
Today I decided to celebrate by wearing my skinny cobalt jeans with a green sweater and a new polka dot scarf from Talbots that ties both colors together. This was a pretty good look for me.
Pima Cotton V-Neck Sweater in Tropical, Talbots; Cobalt Alisha Skinny NYDJ Jeans, Nordstroms; Patchwork Wrap in Blue Hyacinth, Talbots; Jewelry, Harry Mason, Gift from the BHW.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

 Today I wore this vintage Talbots skirt and ribbon top with a linen cardigan because it went from 80 degrees yesterday to about 60 today. After I got home, I tossed on these yellow shorts, which also looked pretty good with the purple and gray, I think.
Amelie Floral Skirt in Purple, Talbots; Ribbon Embellished Tee in Purple, Talbots; Linen Cardigan in Gray, Talbots; 13" Bermuda Shorts in Yellow, Talbots; Jewelry, Target, Chicos and Talbots.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Oh my heck hair day. Argh.... Why oh why must I be tortured with this naturally curly hair? Anyway, this actually looked much better on than it looks here.
Ikat Pencil Skirt, Talbots; Navy Blouse, Coldwater Creek; Jewelry, Chicos.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Today was the awards assembly at the school, and I was going to be front and center giving out awards. I wore this skirt and shirt again, because hey, they actually fit instead of hanging off me. I did wear my green bow slingbacks instead of the yellow shoes, and I just wore the orange coral Talbots jewelry I got earlier this year.
Crochet Ribbon Macrame Tee in Orangeade, Talbots; Painterly Floral Pencil Skirt, Talbots; Jewelry, Talbots.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Today I went with this plaid shirt from Eddie Bauer and some Chicos colored jeans. I'm having a little problem on pants days because all of my pants are too big for me to wear. Anyway, a belt sort of solved this problem, but...
Eddie Bauer Plaid Shirt; Chicos Platinum Denims in Soft Sand, Jewelry, Talbots; Double Tang Belt in Shitake, Talbots.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Today is a milestone. This skirt is a size 6. I've lost enough weight to go from size 10 to size 6 in 7 weeks. I'm going to find out how hard it is to do alterations, as I have a lot of pencil skirts in size 10 that I'd like to refit. I've looked at some instructions online, and it doesn't look too hard. We shall see. I brought my white jacket to wear during church so I wouldn't freeze in the chapel.
I knew as soon as I saw this skirt that it had to be mine. It's so bright and spring-y, but it's strong colored enough to wear all summer, too, I think.
Crochet Ribbon Macrame Tee in Orangeade, Talbots; Painterly Floral Pencil Skirt, Talbots; Belt and Shoes, Daffodil, Talbots; Jewelry, Chicos and Talbots.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

This is what I wore for a lot of running around and various shopping. I bought my daughter Megan some new clothes, because that's one of my favorite things to do. This was my first time to wear these shorts I got at the end of the season. They are a little too big, of course, but with a belt they worked okay. I'm rocking the colorblock trend here!
Gauze Shirt in Turquoise, Coldwater Creek; Sea Escape Tiny Ruffles Top, Chicos; 13" Bermuda Shorts in Yellow, Talbots; Skinny Belt in Daffodil, Talbots; Jewelry, Chicos, Shopko, and Talbots.

Friday, May 18, 2012

For this second-to-last casual Friday of the school year, I decided to wear this cardigan as a sweater with skinny jeans. This was a lightning decision, as I had a yearbook breakfast that I had to leave the house at 7:20 AM to get to, so I didn't spend a lot of time dressing. The jade choker looked very good with this. I actually forgot to wear the matching earrings because I was in such a hurry.
Watercolor Rose Cardi, Talbots; Skinny Denim Jeans, Chicos; Jewelry, Talbots.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Today I thought I would wear this red floral skirt. I actually bought this quite a while ago, but I hadn't worn it yet and was luckily able to exchange it for a size down. I got this tee last year, and it looked pretty good with it (now my hair--augh!). Anyway, I actually wore it with the eyelet jacket to the right over it for most of the day at UCAS because it is so cold there. I spent a lot of time looking for just the perfect white jacket for me -- bodice fully lined, but lightly in cotton, so no ugly seams or interfacings to hang out, 3/4 length sleeves, cute pockets, jean jacket styling without the heavy jean material, but rather a light eyelet material, and even slightly fitted. I think it's practically perfect for summer use.
Floral Jacquard Skirt in Maraschino Cherry, Talbots; Patent Stretch Belt, Talbots; Ruffle Trim Tee in Red, Talbots; Pearls, Vintage and Talbots; Eyelet Mix Diane Jacket in White; Chicos.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Today seemed like a good day to go with bright aqua. I don't have as many dress pants to wear right now because I have lost so much weight, so I went with these khaki ankle pants. Once again, the cardigan is to keep me warm in the arctic blast of UCAS.
Aqua Charming Cardigan, Talbots; Petal Tee Shirt in White, Talbots; Vintage Khaki Pants, Talbots; Jewelry, Chicos; Scarf used a Belt, Christopher & Banks.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

So lately my room at school has been absolutely freezing. I share a thermostat with the history teacher, and he has temperature control. His overhead shuts down if his room gets over about 65 degrees, so he keeps everything cold as ice. Because of this, I've been wearing heavier clothes than I normally would in a high school in May. All of the clothes I'm wearing today are at least a year old, but I think they are still right on trend. I'm wearing a favorite floral skirt with a bold tangerine tee. For warmth I added a lacy crochet sweater from Eddie Bauer. You can see the shirt under the sweater, and it really played into the crochet/lace look that is big right now. I chose this picture because I think I look just like my mom here. I wish. She is the most beautiful lady I know. I added the belt to define my waist, because, hey, I've lost almost 3 inches off my waist in the past 6 weeks, and I want to show it off.
Cascading Flower Pencil Skirt, Talbots; Woven Belt in Soda Pop, Talbots; V Neck Tee in Daiquiri, Chicos; Jewelry, Chicos; Crochet Cardigan; Eddie Bauer.

Monday, May 14, 2012

So I am wearing this Talbots clearance jacket with very casual pants and some hot pink accents. I think this top would actually look better with some dressier pants, but it was very hot today, and I just wasn't feeling it.
Dockers Capris in Navy, Costco; Grace Fit Shoreline Stripe Jacket in Nantucket Navy, Talbots; Pink Tank, Chicos; Jewelry, Coldwater Creek; Belt in Pink Flambe, Talbots.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Today I went with this favorite dress from last year. It is pretty loose on me now, but it still looks pretty good.
Twist Sash Dress in Geranium, Talbots; Jewelry, Macy's.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Today I am going with a casual purple sweater and dark skinny denims. This is the first time I've been able to wear these all year. This kept me warm in the movie theater while watching The Avengers with the family.
Denim Skinny Jeans in Black/Blue Wash, Chicos; Classic Cashmere Sweater in Eggplant, Talbots.

Friday, May 11, 2012

For this casual Friday, I wore a soft silk top and some denim capris. These are another pair of pants that I probably need to wash in hot water and shrink a bit. I am too thin to wear all my size 10 pants now.
Stonewashed Denim Capris, Talbots; Silk Top, Coldwater Creek; Burgundy Tank, Coldwater Creek, Jewelry, Turquoise, Gift from the BHW.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I decided to go with this yellow plaid skirt and a cute denim top. This top used to be a little form fitting on me, but now it's actually pretty big, so I added the belt to give it more shape. I had to drill a new hole in the belt, too. All good things.
Triomphe Jacquard Pencil Skirt, Talbots; Vintage Denim Top, Christopher & Banks; Jewelry, Talbots; Belt and Pointy-toe Flats in Daffodil, Talbots.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

So, today I was having my yearly teaching observation, so I wanted to look very nice and professional, but also be very comfortable. I felt like it went very well. I very rarely get feedback on it, so I will probably never know.
I've also noticed that I look like a hunchback in all these pictures because one shoulder is always up from taking the picture. Sigh...
Brushstroke Rose Cardigan, Talbots, Chicos Travelers Tank (under the cardigan, just in case) in Black, Khaki Dress Pants, Talbots; Jewelry, Talbots.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

I've always loved pink and green together in the spring. So...back to nature or something. I only have 13 more days of school this year, so I may as well dress to the nines, as I know I'll be casual this summer. I have five of these skirts from Nordstroms. They are a comfortable and cheap ($39) way to add instant color to a wardrobe.
Abstract Floral Cardi in Pink Flambe/June Floral, Talbots; Halogen Seamed Pencil Skirt in Green Amazon, Nordstroms; Microfiber Contemporary Tank in Hot Pink (a perfect match for the Pink Flambe), Green Belt and Shoes; Talbots; Jewelry, Talbots.

Monday, May 7, 2012

I bought three pairs of colored denims, and I am really in love with them. I haven't worn my orange ones yet, but I'm sure I will. I tried many pairs of colored jeans and finally ended up going with some from Nordstroms. They were a little more than some of the others, but they look amazing. Here's to weighing 147 and looking good!!!
NYDJ Alisha Stretch Jeans in Red, Nordstroms; Stripe Top in Navy, Talbots; Pique Knit Jacket in Navy, Nordstroms; Woven Skinny Belt in Navy, Talbots; Jewelry and Pin, Chicos; Fierce Red Crocodile Shoes, Talbots.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Today was the first time I tried this new stripe sweater skirt and wrap top together. I added the red accessories to give it some pop.
Nautical-Stripe Sweater Skirt in Indigo Blue/Ivory, Talbots; Ruched Wrap Tee in Indigo Blue, Talbots; Patent Stretch Belt in Maraschino Cherry, Talbots; Jewelry Designed by Denee.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Today was Cinco de Mayo. There was not a lot going on at the Tyler house. This is a casual outfit for hanging out. A lot of my clothes are getting too big for me, and these pants are some of them.
Tee Shirt in Fatigue, Chicos; Platinum Denim in Whitewash, Chicos; Striped Scarf, Talbots.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Today I was the advisor in charge at the yearbook field trip. I decided to wear the only UCAS shirt that I actually like. I brought along the green cashmere cardigan in case I was cold. I was.
UCAS Work Shirt; Boyfriend Jeans, Talbots; Cashmere Cardigan Sweater in Green, Talbots.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

This is what I wore to the Biology field trip. It was a cute outfit, but I was, in a word, freezing the entire time. It's cold up there in the benches at SLC!
Floral Wrap Top in Maraschino Cherry, Talbots; White Crops, Costco; Jewelry, Talbots.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Here I am wearing my new cobalt jeans with a new Talbots sweater and a Chicos silk tank from last year. I felt--bright in this outfit. My students were all in love with these pants. My daughter--not so much.
Watercolor Floral Charming Cardi, Talbots, NYDJ Alisha Skinny Stretch Jeans in Blue Bell, Nordstroms; Silk Refined Tank in Daiquiri, Chicos; Jewelry, Chicos, and my new Devyn Suede Kitten-Heel Pumps in Soft Indigo Blue, Talbots.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Here I am going with mostly ivory linen with just a touch of pumpkin in the shirt. I got a ton of compliments on this today--must be the Michelle Obama necklace.  ;^)   I kind of needed to wear the belt because even though this is a size 8, it's pretty loose around the waist now that I've lost some weight.
Shoreline Tweed Skirt in Natural, Talbots; Grace Fit Metallic Jacket in Cafe Au Lait, Talbots; Swirl-scoop Tee in Orange Glow, Talbots; Jewelry, Chicos and Talbots; Double Buckle Belt, Talbots.