The opposite of cool


gifted Modcloth dress
polka dot cardigan from Marshall's
thrifted belt
polka dot tights from Target

Oh, hi! It's been a while.

During my mini hiatus from blogging I've rekindled my love of cooking, (especially homemade lunches and dinners) whiled away lots of hours in the pottery studio, and spent lots of much-needed time with B. I needed some down time to think about my priorities and goals, plus I was getting cranky from staring at a computer screen all day at work and then having to do the same at home. I don't know how much time I'll be able to spend writing new posts and whatnot, but I've learned that putting too much pressure on keeping a "regular" blogging schedule can be unhealthy, at least for me. So for now, I'll blog when I can and when I want.

I've been wanting to share this outfit for a while now, especially since when I wore it to work, a colleague exclaimed that I looked very unlike my "cool" self. What? My coworker wasn't being mean or insensitive. I think he was at a loss of words when it comes to distinguishing styles. No biggie. Especially since I felt darling in this dress that B got me for Christmas last year. I don't usually like orange, but after he got me this and I saw how pretty the color was against my hair, I bought 3 more orange things. No joke. And will you look at that collar? Gush.

Now let's talk Gash, as in hosiery slashing. This is the last outfit these polka dot tights graced. When I got home, I found a large tights gash on the right thigh. It must have snagged somewhere, and I just never noticed! But these babies lasted at least 2 years, so they've been well-loved. It's a good thing the temps are a-rising so I can postpone tights shopping for a little longer!




46 comments:

  1. You look marvellous doll, blog when you wish, it's not easy sitting at a computer screen and sometimes I just don't feel like doing it or reading the same kind of post over and over...we all need breaks!! xx

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  2. Blogging schedules can be pretty stressful, especially if you have a life outside of blogging!

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  3. I think you look super cool! That dress is awesome and it looks amazing with your hair. I took myself off a regular blogging schedule last year and it's been great. Much less stressful.

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

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  4. Welcome back! And yes, blog when you want to blog - there shouldn't be any rules about how much and how often! I love the new look of your blog too!!

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  5. I love the new design! And this outfit is awesome. I love all of the polka dots the neckline on your dress, and the fun high heels. I want all of it.

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  6. I love the new blog design- this color is so pretty! Also, you look really lovely in this red dress. I totally agree about blogging when you can and want to- it's no fun when you're forcing it!

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  7. love your whole outfit! especially your shoesss!!!!!

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  8. suuuuper cute outfit, LOVE those blue shoes!

    also, love your new lay out! :) xx
    Alice Barton ♥ TheMowWay

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  9. I love this outfit so much! I really adore that cardigan!

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  10. charming look! I love the way orange looks with you here and can't wait for you to want and be able to post all the 3 of them!
    you hair look here fabulous! stunning look. xx

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  11. You look like a beautiful delicate fabrige egg. I think with a little extra refined bling, I wouldn't be able to keep myself from smiling on sight!

    Finding a balance is always important. I too recently ripped my favourite tights that weirdly lasted about 2 years themselves. :( At least I got to appreciate them for that long.

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  12. You look gorgeous! And good to know the break has been good for you - we all need one occasionally. I've been more innovative in the kitchen as well as I'm having a mini vacation from work ♥

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  13. You look so cute!!! And I love your coat, I wish it gets cold enough here for me to wear something like that. ;)

    --Jan

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  14. Thanks, Courtney! I am seriously all about destressing! Good on you that you did that too! :)

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  15. You know, I've never tried We Love Colors, but I soooo want to! i've had a lot of luck with HUE and Express tights, so whenever I find them on sale, I nab a ton!

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  16. Thanks, Beth! And true-- there aren't any rules to blogging!

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  17. Thanks, Nnenna! It really isn't fun blogging when I feel like I HAVE to, so I'm gonna take my time! ;)

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  18. I think 2 years is a long time! It's just always sad to lose a reliable staple, you know how it is! :)

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  19. Thanks much, Natalie! I cannot get enough of this cardigan too.

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  20. haha! I'm sure you'll see them soon enough, Lyosha!

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  21. What a compliment! You are too sweet, Rachel! Isn't it weird that we lament something that is supposed to wear out anyway? It's just the loss that kills me!

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  22. Thanks, Johanna! I am glad to hear you're taking a work break and are having fun in the kitchen! You make lots of yummy stuffs!

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  23. Thanks, Jan! I would be careful with what I wish for ;) I am glad I live in a region with the 4 distinct seasons!

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  24. Do you get the HUE ones direct from them? I've kind of looked at them before, but I don't think they go up to my size. The color choices interest me, though. I have been getting my basic tights (black/brown/gray) from Avenue.

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  25. I think that dress is beautiful and the color looks amazing on you.

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  26. I know what you mean about both! I used to wear lots of red, but now orange is so much easier to throw on! :)

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  27. No. I usually get them from Macy's or Nordstrom or at TJMaxx if I'm lucky! I do like TArget's tights too, especially for the colors (and the prices!) but they rip apart so quickly :(

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  28. Is it bad to say I'm glad the Target ones kind of suck? lol. That is the first place I saw minty tights and was cursing they don't come in my size. Guess I'll stick with WLC, though. They're pricey, but really are holding up nicely. I got mint and army green a couple of months ago and no holes yet!

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  29. I think he meant the opposite of cool as in "you look HOT." Or at least that's how I would've chosen to interpret the statement! I really like your glasses frames; as a fellow four-eyes, I'd love to know where you got them from?

    Brittney

    http://www.anotherbeautifulthing.blogspot.com

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  30. Well, at least your hosiery lasted that long. I think the red dress looks amazing on you! It's good to have little sabbaticals from blogging, I know that is exactly what I did recently and came back quite refreshed. :-)

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  31. You are so sweet Brittney! My specs are my trusty Sinclairs from Warby Parker that I got a few years back. They are fabulous, and I'm having a hard time picking out a new style to sport!

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  32. Good to hear you're back and refreshed Madison!

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  33. AW, I love that dress! B has good taste ;) It's super cute! Never mind your fashion failure coworker :P And I love the sweater you paired it with.

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  34. the blue accents are lovely! i like orange...i think it's much easier to wear than red, for some reason! i try not to stress over missed days now, although it used to bug me before. i'm all for less stress!

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  35. Wah, I love the new layout!
    And again with my favorite color combo - red and light blue! Very cute, Laura. :)

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  36. I love that dress and the tights! Sorry they didn't survive beyond this shoot, but it sounds like you definitely got some good use out of them. I'm glad to hear you're putting less pressure on yourself to keep a regular blogging schedule and will just be doing it when you want.

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  37. i love the dress and your hair always has a fabulous wave :) and yay to the new look. purple is so inviting.

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  38. I have such an issue with tights, if they last 5 wears for me I am thrilled. No elated. No, what is better than elated? I don't even know. What's weird is my fingernails aren't even THAT long, but they always find their way right through as I'm trying to pull on/adjust. I bought a couple of We Love Colors pairs and I'm scared to wear them much because I don't want to break them :/

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