Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Catching Up (OOTDs)

Hi everyone! How are you doing?  Well, I hope.  I'm in a state of disbelief that we're facing down the last few days of October.  Is Halloween really this weekend? What happened to the month?  Where'd it go?  I know we all say this, but the older I get, the faster time seems to move, and really, I just need to take a breath.  I need things to slow down.  Slow. Down. 

*Deep breath*

*and exhale*

On Monday and Tuesday, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend The Women's Conference, which is quite possibly the coolest event I get to attend, that doesn't involve designer dresses and free champagne.  It's my third year attending this event, though it's my first year getting to go to all its various parts (tickets to this thing sell out lightening fast - my coworkers and I literally coordinate on buying of tickets like we're implementing a battle plan. We don't play around).  It's hosted and coordinated by the State of California's Office of the First Lady - so, yes, it's headed by Maria Shriver, and in the seven years since its inception, it's become the biggest and quite possibly, best women's conference in the world.  Fourteen thousand women crammed into the Long Beach Convention Center to listen to all kinds of speakers - everyone from poets like Mary Oliver, performers and activists like Eve Ensler and Mary J. Blige, Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, entertainers Sally Field and Oprah, and First and Second Ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, and Jill Biden.  The list goes on (and even includes some men) and I can't tell you what an amazing, uplifting, and inspiring experience this conference is.  I wish I could take you all with me - but since I couldn't, I took lots of pictures and notes and have tons I want to share with you - I just have to process it and get it down, so look forward to that.

Meanwhile, I thought I'd share my OOTDs with you from the last few days.  (Because, you know...priorities...)

 Top: Short-sleeved Cowlneck Sweater, Banana Republic Factory Store, 2008 (similar here and here)
Skirt: Sidestep Skirt, Anthropologie (similar here)
Boots: Tall Wedge-heel boots, Apepazza, Nordstrom 2009 (similar here and here)
Belt: J. Crew skinny grommet belt (similar here and here)
Headband: J. Crew (similar here)

Dress: Refined Cord Shirtdress, Anthropologie
Belt: Enchanting Eyes Belt, Anthropologie
Boots: Wedge-heeled Tall Boots, Apepazza, Nordstrom 2009 (similar here and here)
Necklace: Zodiac Heirloom Necklace, Anthropologie

Sweater: Traversa Cardigan, J. Crew 
Tank: Cotton Tank, J. Crew (similar here)
Pants: Madison Stretch Wool pants, Classiques Entier, Nordstrom
Shoes: Romy Flats, Tory Burch, Nordstrom (similar here, standard Revas here, and just for fun, I love the color of these)
Necklace: Zodiac Heirloom Necklace, Anthropologie (Can you tell I love this one? Love!)

Have a super Thursday!


  1. Hey Carol
    Yeh I know, where did this year go??? October just buzzed by and is sadly leaving us so soon.

    Gosh, I really love the first outfit. The colour combo is perfect, and the ruffles on skirt are too adorable!
    The shirtdress is a winner, and you can't go wrong in that one. Looks great with the Enchanting Eyes belt!
    I like the top in the last outfit, it's so pretty. You've done well to balance it out with slouchy pants!

  2. Thats so awesome about the conference... jealous!

    Those boots are amazing and look great with both outfits. Do the traversa cardigan run TTS or was it J.Crew vanity sized? I've been wanting to snag one before the sale ends!

  3. You are just too cute in each outfit - I just bought the Traversa in a THIRD color, I love it that much (and despite what I just said on Lisa's blog about not buying multipes) The conference sounds awesome, I'm glad you were able to press the pause button for at least one day in October and really soak in the wonderful speakers and feel rejuvinated :)

  4. @Jen - thanks! and yes, where DID this year go? (I don't wanna know...)

    @E Hayes - it's so amazing! Do you live in California? If you do, you should try to go, should they hold it again next year. And yes, the Traversa cardigan runs TTS - I have on the XS, and it fits me well. You should totally grab one - I'm thinking of getting the black color too...

    @Jan - aww, thanks! And I'm thinking about a second color! It's so great!

  5. Aww love the refined cord dress on you! I bet you want it in red now huh? :) I heard about the women's conference on ET the other night. Lucky you got to go!

  6. I love all of these outfits!! My fave is probably the first one where you have a blue on blue color. The light color of the skinny belt really adds a nice touch and knee high boots are always in fashion!


  7. I would love to go to that conference someday!

    I just bought the Enchanted Eyes belt and I couldn't figure out the name because I never saw it online. I love it, it goes with absolutely everything!

    Oh, and thanks for the new idea for the sidestep skirt. It looks great with blue!

  8. Love those outfits especially the last one. I always thought the slouchy pants would make petite people look short and you prove it otherwise.

  9. Wow, that sounds like an awesome conference! Thanks for telling us about it. I love all three of your outfits! That cowlneck sweater in the first one is SO cute and looks great with the skirt and boots.

  10. I was following your tweets during the conference and THOSE alone were inspirational and thought provoking. I can only imagine what it was like to BE there!

    Loving the Traversa Cardigan!

  11. Carol, I just love these looks...and your little skinny headband in the first photos...KILLER! in a very chic, feminine way, of course! Love your posts, as always!
    Kristina J.

  12. um... cute, cute, and cute! you're so lucky to get to attend the conference! that's awesome. can't wait to read/see your upcoming post!