Petite Fashion Friday (September 16)

Happy Friday, ya’ll.  I hope everyone has had a great week!  I am still basking in the joy of having been able to meet two of my best girlfriends up in Delaware for a girls mini one-night getaway!  Since they live in New York and I live in the DC area, Delaware is the half way point for us.  With our busy schedules filled with work, kids, and, well, LIFE, we only get to see each other a few times a year.  And to make it easier on us all, we will meet up in Delaware to catch up, sit by the pool, get tattoos (!), go out for dinner/drinks, TALK, LAUGH, and then pretend that we can stay up late when in fact we pass out by midnight.  Fun times!

Getting our ‘Roe on!

But back to reality!  Fortunately, I felt pretty inspired with my outfit choices this week.  Yeah, I have on lots of LuLaRoe, but I can’t help it if LuLaRoe is an excellent compliment to what I already have in my closet!

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On Saturday, while I was driving to meet the girls, my Wolverines played. Saturdays mean I have to represent and wear Maize and Blue!  Fortunately, I found a pair of maize and blue LuLaRoe leggings to wear on the drive – comfy and full of team spirit!

(Top: H&M; Shoes: Banana Republic; Necklace: Charming Charlie)

img_3820-1I work from home several days a week, and I’ll be honest, it’s hard to motivate myself to do more than keep on my pajamas all day!  I’m lucky if I can muster up the strength to shower!  Sorry, but that’s the truth.  But, I will say, since submitting paperwork to LuLaRoe, I have focused a bit more on looking presentable on the days when I am at home. And that’s a win in my book.

I still like to be comfy, though, when I telework, so I found the perfect LBD in my closet from H&M that still had the tags on.  I didn’t even know it was in there. So, it felt like Christmas getting dressed that morning!

 

(Cardigan: LuLaRoe Sarah Cardigan; Shoes: Banana Republic; Necklace: Charming Charlie)

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On another day that I worked from home, I decided to do a little less dressy than the LBD day.  Also, one of the LuLaRoe consultants on my team had to take her 3 year old daughter for her third open heart surgery, so we all decided to wear red in support.  Of course, red isn’t a color I have a great deal of, given my dislike of Ohio State and anything red and gray, so it was hard to find something to wear. Fortunately, I found a sorta red LuLaRoe Randy tee.  As I understand it, my teammate’s daughter is resting and recovering!

(Shorts: Old Navy; Shoes: Tommy Hilfiger)

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And, finally, today’s outfit had to be yellow/gold because September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and every Friday at my kids’ school, they #gogold to spread the word.  There’s not a lot of yellow or gold in my closet, either, so this proved to be a challenge. But, this beautiful yellow pleated skirt from Banana Republic did the trick!

(Top: LuLaRoe Classic T; Shoes: Carlos Santana; Necklace: H&M)

Also, stay tuned for another Trunk CluB review, which should be coming your way early next week!

I hope everyone has a fabulous Friday and weekend!

~Mo

Operation Clean Out My Closet (Day 13)

Today is a snow day, so everyone is home today.  Just look at the weather conditions we have to deal with right now.

Oh, the HORRORS!  I won’t even bore you with my anger over the snow day that was called last night at 10:30 p.m. even though the forecast only called for up to AN INCH of snow.  That’s right folks, up to an inch of snow.  But, let’s just say that I am not pleased that the less than an inch of snow that fell last night melted by 12:00 p.m. and yet, there is no school.  In the words of my hubs whenever he is displeased, BITTER TABLE FOR ONE!

Anywho, last night’s snow storm was, I think, Winter’s swan song, and the days of cold and snow are coming to an end.  Hell, it’s suppose to be 70+ degrees and sunny next week.  So, today (and possibly this weekend) is going to my final opportunity to go through the winter clothing bin to see what I want to keep and what should go.  After rummaging through the bin this morning to get dressed, I found a brown Old Navy cropped sweater (size S) from 2006 that I probably haven’t worn in 4 years!

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I swear there is a large baby bump hidden under here – my son would be born 2 months later!

I bought this sweater when I was pregnant with #1 (thus, the size small), although in hindsight, what the F was I thinking buying a cropped sweater when I was pregnant? But putting that questionable decision aside for the time being, I really, really loved this sweater when I first bought it, and wore it a lot throughout my first pregnancy.

 

Even though my baby bump would not be contained by this sweater, I wore it often that winter I was pregnant.  But I pretty much rarely wore this sweater after he was born. Mostly because I lived in Arizona at the time, and I wouldn’t exactly call the Phoenix desert sweater weather.  And even after we moved east in 2010, I think I have only brought this sweater out once or twice.  It’s a shame too, because I really like this sweater.  It’s cropped, so it can be layered with a variety of tank tops, solids, prints, you name it.  Cropped tops are especially flattering on petites.  And the little buttons over my left shoulder are a nice detail that I actually never really noticed until today.

Best of all, this sweater has the cutest, cutest elbow patches, which remind me of the blazers my dad used to wear in the 1980s.  There is something so appealing about elbow patches, at least for me.  They feel retro yet modern, and I think they are such a nice detail for sweaters.

 

 

 

 

Anyway, I wore the sweater with a beige lace collar tank from Banana Republic Spring 2006.  I haven’t worn this tank since 2013. The denim skinny jeans are from J. Crew (25P), which I bought in November 2015.  I absolutely love these jeans to death and wear them often.  I should have bought more than one pair, but that’s my bad. And the brown booties are from H&M.  I actually just bought these a few weeks ago because they were on sale for $20, and I can’t pass up a pair of cute boots for $20.

So, there you have it, Day 13.

BUT WILL SHE KEEP IT?  YES!  I am definitely keeping this entire outfit.  The sweater is so cute and I just need to get rid of some of the crap I keep in my bin of winter-only clothing so that it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.

Operation Clean Out My Closet (Day 10)

It is such a beautiful day today.  64 degrees on March 1?  And sunny, sunny, skies. WHAT?!  Even knowing that the temperatures will plummet after today and that it will snow in a few days, I can’t help busting out some bright spring colors today.  Even with that pesky 30-day challenge, with temperatures like this, getting dressed today is a total breeze.

As soon as I walked into my closet this morning, I knew I wanted to FINALLY wear the Olive & Oak Arynn Tie Back Chevron Print Tank in Coral (XS) that I received in an April 2015 Stitch Fix box.  I loved this tank as soon as I opened that fix.  It is such a beautiful and colorful chevron print. But the tank has never made it into the rotation.  And I have tried it on several times only to take it right back off.  I think this is, in part, because the tank is very sheer, and I hadn’t found a tank to wear underneath that didn’t detract from the beautiful colors on the chevron tank.  Until now.  Luckily, in looking through my tank top drawer, I found a super old and never-been-worn beige tank from BCBG circa 2004.  I think I found this at Marshall’s when I still lived in NYC.  It’s perfect for today.  You can’t see it, or anything else!

Another reason I haven’t worn this chevron tank before is because I didn’t have anything I really loved to go with it. And nothing really looked good with it.  Until now!  The chevron tank looks really nice with the Banana Republic Petite Sloan-Fit Slim Ankle Pant in Neon Cobalt (00P) that I bought (on sale) in January 2016.  The bright cobalt tone on these pants is simply gorgeous.  I really can’t have too many cobalt things in my closet. NOTE: These pants are offered online in this color.  SADNESS.

As there is a bit of a breeze today, I needed something to wear over my tank, and didn’t want a heavy jacket.  This light blue open front cardigan (S) from Mossimo circa 2013 is perfect for the weather conditions.

And because it’s not quite 70 degrees, I didn’t think it was a good idea to bust out the sandals just yet, so I put on my beige booties for a nice neutral touch.

BUT WILL SHE KEEP IT? A resounding YES to all of it!!!!  

Day 10 was a piece of cake.

Operation Clean Out My Closet (Day 8)

A week into the 30-day challenge I imposed on myself so that I could get my closet in order, and I’m almost ready to throw in the towel. It’s kind of hard to make a conscious effort every single day to wear something either that you’ve never worn or that you barely ever wear. And then add unseasonably warm temperatures in February (it’s 66 degrees and sunny) and you’re standing inside your closet not knowing what the hell to wear.  But, I pushed forth and managed to complete Day 8!

Even though it is warm today, it is also breezy. So, I knew I wanted to wear something that would protect me from the wind gusts without needing a jacket. A lightweight sweater seemed like the natural choice, so I searched at the bottom of the pile of crossover tips I keep in my closet year-round. Luckily, I have the Old Navy Rugby Dolman Sweater in Honey Business, which I bought in Spring 2015. This sweater is actually from the Girl’s section, and is a size XL(14). Ain’t no shame in my game. Sometimes girls’ sizes just fit better. And they’re cheaper so, you know I’m all in. Anyway, I bought the sweater about a year ago, but I’ve never worn it. Probably because I bought a yellow sweater from H&M right around the same time, and this just kept getting put further and further away from the top of the pile. 

I paired this never-been-worn sweater with the Margaret M Petite Emer High Waisted Cropped Trousers, are from a Stitch Fix box in April 2015.  I’ve worn these a few times right after I received them, so these can hardly be counted in the barely-been-worn category. The shoes are green-blue ballet flats from Mix No. 6. My mom bought these for me several years ago. And I threw on a teal scarf because I’m going to a 4th birthday party for my son’s classmate, and those bouncey places are always so cold. 

BUT WILL SHE KEEP IT? Yes. If for nothing else, if I never wear it again, which I don’t think will be the case, I can give my daughter this sweater in a few years. And the pants stay out – I wear them enough to justify keeping them. And the ballet flats stay until they fall apart, which sadly will be pretty soon. They’re a little banged up and the color is peeling off. Boo. 

Day 8 Done. Until tomorrow…

 

Operation Clean Out My Closet (Day 4)

It has been raining since yesterday, so I have been feeling pretty blah.  And couple that with working from home today and I was feelin pretty uninspired in the fashion department.  Truthfully, after getting everyone ready for school because the hubs had to leave the house at 7, I just wanted to go back to bed.  But I knew I couldn’t let myself down – Operation Clean Out My Closet Day 4 awaited me.  So, into the closet I went looking for something unworn or barely-ever worn.

I settled on a pair of pink Mossimo skinny pants (size 1) that I bought from Target in 2013.  These were the first skinny pants that I ever bought.  Back then, I was all about the bootcut jeans, and was totally skeptical about the whole skinny jean “fad.”  But I have only worn them a few times in the past 3 years.  And I haven’t worn them at all this year.  Easy.

The pink and grey tank top (XS) I am wearing is from Old Navy, which I think I bought it in 2011 or so.  Pretty old.  I haven’t worn this tank top in a few years, and the last time was probably with these pants, so it’s perfect for the challenge. And the grey mohair cardigan I’m wearing is from Marshall’s or Ross, made by Current Affair (S), which I probably bought in 2011 or 2012.  I used to wear it a lot, but it’s really itchy unless you’re wearing it in the winter with a long sleeve shirt.  So, it normally only comes out when it’s cold outside. And I haven’t worn it at all this year.  Piece of cake. 

img_6223The sneakers are from New York & Co.  My mom bought them for me for Christmas.  I probably would have never picked these out for myself, mostly because I don’t wear sneakers, especially not slide-on ones, unless I am doing the dreaded running.  Or going to a theme park. But these sneakers with those sequins are pretty cute.  So, into the rotation they go. 

WILL SHE KEEP IT? Yup. All of it. 

Day 4 is a wrap!

 

Operation Clean Out My Closet (Day 3)

So, this is Day 3 of my plan to rid myself of clothes that I don’t wear and/or haven’t worn in a long time.  I’m working from home today, and I find it is actually more difficult to figure out what to wear when I am dressing casually than when I have to go to work.  This is especially true on days on which I sit at home in front of my computer all day.  I really just want to wear sweats.  But, not being one to give up on a challenge, even one that I have imposed on myself, I stood in my closet looking for something I have never worn, or haven’t worn in 2016.

Today I decided to wear a pair of black and white print slim-fit pants from H&M Spring 2015.  I’ve only worn these once, not too long after i bough them last March.  You see, I didn’t try them on before I bought them (I rarely try things on – no time for all of that) and I probably should have! As I was putting these on today, I remembered instantly why I never wear them – they are a tad snugger than I like. There is a little muffin top action with these pants. I had 4 kids, what can I say?  And these pants are a tad high-waisted.  I really like lower rise pants.  Nonetheless, I buttoned them up and went about my business looking for a shirt to wear with them.  I considered wearing a denim or chambray shirt, but they would have needed to be tucked in, and given the afore-mentioned muffin top situation, that wasn’t happening.  I thought a colored top would be better than just boring old black, and enter the teal top from Old Navy Fall 2015.  Just the right pop of color.  Except, this top is essentially cropped, and there’s that muffin top action, though.  Ugh.  That again.  

But, as I had already decided that I was wearing these pants and this top, I was determined to make this outfit work. And there’s nothing like a layering tank from H&M (lord knows how old this is) to help a sista out.

I finished off my Day 3 outfit with black boots, some Alex and Ani bracelets, and a necklace from my mom.  And folks, Day 3 is a wrap.

 

WILL SHE KEEP IT THOUGH?  Unlikely.  I think I am going to chuck these pants after today.  Or at least, they are going into the pile of probably not gonna keep, which I will go through at the end of this 30-day challenge.  I love the print on these pants, but given the fit, I just don’t see myself wearing these all that often.  It is a shame to get rid of something I’ve only worn twice, and have only owned for less than a year, but that’s what I get for buying something without trying it on, and then compounding the probably by ripping off the tags first.

Operation Clean Out My Closet (Day 1)

Hello. My name is Mo. And my closet is OUT OF CONTROLimg_5981

There are just too many clothes in there. I have tons of clothes that I’ve worn once before but haven’t seen the light of day in more than five years. And even worse than that, I have tons of clothes in my closet that are BRAND SPANKING NEW, still with tags on them. So many of these things are YEARS OLD and are just begging to be worn. And this doesn’t even include the bins of clothes that are in the basement.  My poor husband barely has any space in our walk-in closet for his things any more. He gets that small little nook all the way in the back.  Even my 9 year-old knows that this isn’t the way his parents’ closet should look.  It’s a real problem.

The simple truth is that I just have TOO MANY CLOTHES! And a shopping problem.  I have a real bad shopping problem.  And I’m essentially turning into a pack rat because I don’t even try anymore to give something away every time I bring something new into the closet in like I used to.  (Please don’t call Hoarders: Buried Alive on me!)  After walking into my closet this morning, it became abundantly clear that it is beyond time to get my closet in order.  But where to start?  How do I get a handle on this closet situation?

BINGO – by starting my own 30 Day Challenge.  And I’m going to call it Operation Clean Out My Closet.  

And what does Operation Clean Out My Closet entail, pray tell?  Well, for starters, I am going to commit to wearing something (1) new or (2) unworn this year every day, for 30 days.  At the end of that 30 days, I am going to assess what I haven’t worn and start the purge.  Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Change is comin’ to my closet, ya’ll. I hope.

So, today, I wore a
white Kenneth Cole Reaction Vest (S) that I bought from Costco like 5 or 6 years ago when vests weren’t even in style. But I barely ever wear this vest even though vests are all the rage the last 2 or so years, and I haven’t worn it this year.  Voila! Easy peasy.  My pants are the Loft Curvy Skinny Corduroy in Plum Preserve (25P). I actually wear these a lot, and have posted about them before, so they obviously don’t count toward this challenge.

I am also wearing a Gap oversized plaid scarf circa Spring 2012 that I never wear. I bought the scarf I am wearing right before my third child was born. And it will go down in infamy as the scarf I was wearing when he had an epic blowout in his diaper. This is probably why I don’t wear this scarf all that often – nobody wants to wear a scarf that they associate with little baby poo!

And finally, my cream and plum striped top is from Loft.  I can’t remember when I bought it, but I’m going to guess in or around 2013.  I don’t wear this top much, either. Probably because it was hidden in a bin that I packed when we moved into our new house 2 years ago, and I just found it today.

I finished the outfit off with a pair of Naturalizer Breena Boots that I bought in December 2015 from Nordstrom Rack.

So, I didn’t wear anything brand new today, but I did get to put 3 barely-worn pieces back into the rotation.  Therefore Day 1 of Operation Clean Out My Closet Day 1 was a success.  Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes, even some as silly as these, take time. But I am well on my way and super excited to “discover” some treasure hiding in my closet!

WILL SHE KEEP IT THOUGH?  YES!  I love these pants, so the pants obviously stay. I mean, I have 4 pairs of them in different colors), so that’s a no-brainer.  The top stays, as well.  I just need to stop packing it away into the bottom of a bin!  Ditto for the scarf.  I just need to stop associating it with explosive baby diapers.  Haha!

Check back tomorrow for Operation Clean My Closet Day 2!