Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Good, The Bad, and the Fugly (OOTDs & the New Year)

Hi everyone, and a happy New Year to you all! I apologize for my absence here - the first week back to work from the winter holidays was a bit of a doozy. I had a research proposal due on Friday, and got it finished and submitted (along with budgets and budget justifications - the first time I've ever had to write one of those) by the skin of my teeth. Phew!

So, as to the title of this post - let's start with the good, shall we? Lately, I've been wearing - and loving - this bracelet I picked up from Invisible Children, at the Shop With Purpose event that took place in San Diego in early December. It's the Rose Bracelet, the proceeds of which goes directly to assisting women who've been trapped in human trafficking situations in Central Africa. Living my very comfortable life, in the U.S., I can't even imagine the horror and struggle that these women face every day, trying to survive and hoping for escape or rescue. It's a small gesture on my part, but as Invisible Children frames it, by buying it and wearing it, it's a way of keeping them in mind, and saying to them, "I will fight for you."

The rose gold color is so pretty, and it's sizable. By moving the "handles" on the bracelet, you can make the bracelet bigger or smaller, to adjust to your own wrist-size.

Now, let's move onto the bad. So, when 2011 closed up shop and 2012 opened its doors to new starts and renewal, I started to make all kinds of resolutions regarding curbing my shopping habits, saving more, and finding joy in what I have rather than constantly look to what I don't have. And then...well, then, I came across this:

It was on sale at Nordstrom's Designer Finale (60% off original prices, with an extra 15% off) and I had a few Nordstrom Notes saved up...and well, suffice it to say, I got it for considerably less than the price of it on the link above. But even totally flies in the face of my resolutions, and I'm so conflicted about it. On the one hand, it's an amazing deal on a really unique, super cute piece - and on, it's a great fit in the shoulders, has a removable hood, is a good weight for San Diego winters and falls (not very heavy, but definitely warm enough) and I think it'd just be amazing with skinny jeans, pencil skirts, my full skirts, boots, pumps, flats...oh, I could go on and on. On the other hand...well, it's a significant purchase, super-sale or not, and oh, I don't know. What do you think? Keep it? Take it back? 

Okay, and now, onto the fugly. Well, it's hopefully not as bad as all that, but I got some new glasses (had to spend down the Health FSA, by the end of the year, you know). I decided for my "spare" pair of glasses, I'd pick out something different from the frames I usually wear, and so, I went with these. I like to call this my "Harry Potter"-look.

Dress: Bailey 44 faux-wrap dress (similar here, here, and here)
Sweater: Cashmere cardigan (similar here, here, and here)
Shoes: Seychelles booties (similar here, here, and here)
Necklace: Miss November Studio Umbrella necklace
Watch: Michael Kors crystal chronograph (similar here and here)

I'd totally fit in at Hogwarts, right? And then, one last OOTD - last week was unseasonably warm. As in, "in the 80s during January"-warm. So, despite the fact I was mostly cooped up indoors, working away on that research proposal, I did take advantage of having to go out to pick up Rowan from school to enjoy the weather. And wear shorts. (Apologies to those of you suffering through real winter weather right now - I'm not trying to rub it in. Much.)

Top: Target Boys' Gingham Shirt (size L: 12-14)
Bottom: Anthropologie shorts (similar here, here, and here)
Shoes: Givenchy Clog Platform Sandals (similar here, here, and here)
Belt: J. Crew Patent Skinny Belt (similar here)
Necklaces: Nordstrom necklace (similar here, here, and here)
Anthro necklace (similar here and here)

Hope you're having a great weekend! Thanks for reading!


  1. You look so pretty, Carol! I love the new glasses and your outfits. Also, I voted yes on the Stella cape but I also am so excited to see it on you cause I know that will make my vote even more resounding!!! GORGEOUS statement piece.

  2. eee!  The dots and gingham is wonderful!!  And the clear necklace is awesome, especially the way that little black bow peeps out from your collar.  I think that splendid Stella coat is quite dynamically Howartsy too!  (I wish I could convince myself that I need the Geomancer cloak to channel the glory of Professor McGonagal!)

  3. The polka dots and gingham look great together. :) 

  4. i am loving the shorts look. and I am super jealous of you amazing weather!

  5. carol_prettythingsJanuary 7, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Thanks! Hope your weather warms up sooner than later. =)

  6. carol_prettythingsJanuary 7, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Thank you! 

  7. carol_prettythingsJanuary 7, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Oooh, you're right about the cape being very Hogwartsy, hahaha. And WOW, you're right about the Geomancer being totally Prof. McGonagal! Oh, you should do it!!! How amazing is that? It didn't occur to me, until you pointed it out.

    The necklace is actually two necklaces layered on top of each other - the clear Anthro necklace doesn't have any bows, and I actually struggled to find ways to wear it, despite its seeming versatility, until just this past week, when I realized that the second necklace (a fairly inexpensive find from Nordstrom last year) with the bow looked great layered over it. It was a truly happy discovery.

  8. carol_prettythingsJanuary 7, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Thanks, Jess! The vast majority of me really wants to keep that cape! For the price I paid, it was a steal, and really, I could never afford Stella otherwise. But it looks like you're being outvoted, haha! really is so fantastic. I hate loving clothing, sometimes....

  9. Love your poll that left only one option (keep!), by the way, you have great legs for shorts!

  10. I think rose gold is a flattering color.
    I like your mix and match of dots and plaids.

  11. YAY for Invisible Children!!!