Monday, June 14, 2010

Sunburnt Sunday (OOTDs)

Hello, everyone! Hope you're all doing well on this Monday's eve. I'm well, if a wee bit toasted - particularly on my arms - after spending most of the day in the sun, doing yard work. I put sunblock on my face, but neglected my other parts, shame on me. I'm also rather sore in the arms and shoulders - which goes to show how much manual labor I generally do in my normal life (I guess lugging infants and small children around doesn't really count?). But I feel a lot better about our front yard - DH mowed, I weeded, trimmed back the giant hedge, and attempted to reseed a couple small bald spots on the lawn. I also sprayed weed killer on the weeds that have taken over our backyard's patio area (they've grown up between all the pavers). I told my husband that I felt a little guilty for spraying them (I used Round Up from Monsanto, the evil empire...), rather than just pulling them up. You see, the weed killer is absorbed through the foliage of the plants, during their normal energy-generating processes (photosynthesis!) and kills them from within. It just seems so...dishonorable, tricking them that way. And some of those weeds were really rather pretty! I know, I'm a little silly, sometimes. DH (who has a background in biology - plant biology, even) reminded me that all's fair in nature - that nature is, inherently, blind and cruel.

But do I have to be blind and cruel? (This is usually when DH points out that being human, I actually am a part of Nature's

Hmm...seems I've outed myself as a bleeding heart (fill-in-the-blank).

Anyway, after a day of hard work in the blanching (or toasting, take your pick) Southern Californian sun, I was too tired to cook, so we decided to get burgers at Islands. I showered and dressed, and as you can see by my rounded belly, thoroughly enjoyed my dinner. ^_-

Sweater: Old Navy Bolero Cardigan (Spring/Summer 2009? Similar here and here)
Dress: Strapless Smocked Dress from Brass Plum, Nordstrom (Spring 2009; similar here and here)
Belt: Looping Lanes, Anthropologie
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman sandals, Nordstrom (Sample Shoe Sale - post here - , Spring 2010; similar here and here and here)
Necklace: Owl Pendant, Oh, Hello Friend

I actually bought this dress when I was about 7 months pregnant with Kate, last spring. The smocked empire waist and full skirt were great for accommodating my pregnant belly, and I got a lot of compliments on it. I wore it through most of the last trimester, until I accidentally shrank it a little, and it got too short to wear over my giant belly. Happily, I came across it while rummaging in my closet, and I decided to wear it today. Yay for multi-purpose clothing!

Here are Kathryn and her coworker, Shira, looking lovely in their OOTDs from Friday. How adorable are they both? I love that dress Shira's wearing:

Sweater: BP 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan, Nordstrom
Dress: Black Halo Bouquet Cami Dress (circa 2007; similar here and here)
Shoes: Cathy Jean Slides (circa 2004? similar here and here)
Necklace: White gold and diamond cross pendant necklace (Similar here and here)
Earrings: Pearl-drop earrings, purchased from a vendor at the New World Flamenco Festival (similar here and here)
Shoes: Peep-toe wedges (similar here and here)


  1. Well done you, for getting all that yardwork done! I think you'd thoroughly earned that dinner, and you looked lovely in that dress - it kind of reminds me of the Castle Lake Dress, but nicer!
    I love both Kathryn and Shira's dresses!

  2. I have been lurking for a while, but just wanted to let you guys know that you are the cutest! I am so inspired by your outfit postings (although it takes all my will power not to go to Anthro every week!). I esp love the little bolero sweater you are wearing today - since it's so hot where I live I definitely need some short sleeve coverups!

  3. Oh no! You got toasted too, Carol? Don't you hate it when you forget to put sunscreen on? Ugh! But you look so cute in that Nordies dress. :)

  4. I've been looking at your blog for a couple of months now and I think you ladies are beautiful. I love your style and want to run out and buy all your outfits. I really like your side by side reviews at Anthro. Very helpful seeing how the clothes look on two different body types. Love all three dresses!

  5. Don't you love when dresses can do double duty! Honestly, I have to say that I loved my maternity clothes. I never felt so stylish because it was the one time when I didn't feel I had to hide my mid-section. This dress is adorable on you Carol!

    And Kathryn and Shira - you guys are TOO CUTE! Love that dress on Shira - you looke AWESOME. I love the accessorized bow in your hair too!

  6. Awww, Shira and Kathryn look so cute! I love that dress on Kathryn, me-ow! And you are super adorable in your floaty summery frock too! I definitely don't see a rounded belly anywhere!

  7. Carol - love your Nordstrom sandals, you wear them well and they're extremely cute!

    Kathryn - you and I are about the same height and weight, so a question please. What size do you take in the Rushing Ruffles Dress? There are none in our store to try on in person. With it being stretchy, I'm actually thinking I could go with an XS, but not sure - any insights are much appreciated! -- Heidi

  8. Thanks everyone, for your kind comments! I realize my outfit was a repeat from two months ago, but I can't help it - I'll look for just about any excuse to wear that BH dress! =)

    @Debbie - I shoulda blogged your awesome outfits from the weekend! ;o)

    @Heidi - I'm sorry I didn't get back to you sooner! I tried on the Rushing Ruffles a long time ago, so it's been awhile. I *can* get into an XS, but I'd be more likely to go with the Small for comfort's sake. At a regular price of $188 (heck, even at a *sale* price of $99!), I'd want it to fit me perfectly. Hope that helps! =)