Monday, December 5, 2016

dotty, really tall boots, and really long cardigans

december outfit
[wearing]
dress: j.crew
cardigan: old navy
bag: everlane
boots: old navy
necklace: target

[three things]
1. Hello!  It's been a minute, eh?  If you want to catch up on the places I've walked and a bajillion photos of my baby, then those two things are very well documented over on the 'gram.

2. These extra-tall boots recently joined my closet as part of my new-coats-and-boots-make-winter-slightly-better plan.

3. This dress has been in my closet for years now (evidence!) and that makes me strangely proud that I might just be finally making better purchases.  There were way too many years when it seemed like I was continually cleaning tons of stuff out of my closet that just didn't work out.  I still have to move things along, but the quantity is waaaaay less.


december outfit
[previously on] j.crew camille dress october outfit

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

dotty, cardicoats, and coatigans

the fallness
[wearing]
dress: loft
giant cardigan: cos
boots: loeffler randall

[three things]
1. Fall booooots!

2. Can I just keep the weather where it's crisp enough for big sweaters and boots, but not tights and hats?  Please, Midwest?

3. This cardigan is on the border between sweater and coat--which makes it perfect for a cold office since wearing a legit coat all day makes typing much more difficult.

the fallness

the fallness

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

dotty, crisp white, and...well, a bunch of dots.

the fallness
[wearing]
dots top: catherine catherine malandrino
jeans: vince
flats: vince

Since any "three things" commentary would mostly be about how I managed to successfully not impale any toddlers at daycare this week while unfolding Maddie's stroller or how baby food bananas smell really good, we'll go with a little more structure for today's post.

creative: This top seems like the prefect combination of pattern and texture.  And yeah, I like me some dots.

young: This is essentially just jeans and a white top, but the longer sleeve length makes the top a bit more serious.

professional: This was a Friday outfit, but it could have been another day of the week with no client meetings since my office is pretty casual.  (Or I could just swap the jeans for some gray dress pants.)

the fallness

the fallness

Thursday, October 6, 2016

dotty, little navy dresses, and last hurrahs

summer outfit
[wearing]
dress: tibi (similar)
necklace: target
flats: vince

[three things]
1. Navy!  After a few years of being particularly devoted to black dresses, wearing some blue seems like a good idea.

2. Where did my shoes go?  Oh, don't worry, they are there...they just match my skin ridiculously well.

3. I'm trying to squeeze in a last hurrah for all my Summer dresses before Fall really arrives.  I find it much harder to find dresses that work with tights and boots for some reason, so my closet definitely favors the warmer months.



summer outfit

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

dotty, twirly dresses, and worky jackets

summer outfit [wearing] 
dress: elliatt
jacket: h&m
flats: vince

[three things]  
1. This dress is wonderfully twirly.  The pink jacket is there to keep it under wraps a bit for the work day.

2. Oh, blush pink, I've got a big crush on you.

3. I've tried to start strategizing for Fall and come up with at least a vague shopping list, but my stream of consciousness goes something like "sweatpants, sweatpants, ooh I bet my gray boots fit on my feet again, I should probably find some more work pants, but really sweatpants would be much more comfy, sweatpants, sweatpants, sweatpants..."

summer outfit

summer outfit



summer outfit

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

dotty, fall colors, and summer nails

summer outfit
[wearing]
top: vince
jeans: vince
flats: vince
clutch: clare vivier
necklace: target

[three things] 
1. Oh hi, fall color!  This shirt should make a lot of appearances during pumpkin season!

2. After being pretty into dark nail colors (especially grays) it's nice to switch it up with some off-white polish for a change.  

3. I've got a long-term commitment to gray jeans.  This is my second pair and I'm hoping they end up being as prolific as my first.  

summer outfit

summer outfit

summer outfit

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

dotty, tiny dots, and helmut

summer outfit
[wearing]
jacket: helmut lang
dress: h and m
flats: justfab

[three things]
1. This long jacket with a long dress combination definitely makes me look shorter, but you just can't look taller than you actually are every day.  And really, I'm not tall, so there's that too.

2. This jacket is pretty awesome, but oddly hard to pair with my collection of more casual-ish dresses.  Whenever I pair it with a more tailored dress it gets an 80s vibe real quick.  #cutproblems

3. Flats with tiny dots on them have gotta be one of the happiest shoes out there.

summer outfit

summer outfit

Thursday, August 18, 2016

dotty, pink, and pink

july outfit
[wearing]
jacket: h and m
tunic: zara
jeans: vince
flats: vince

[three things]
1. I've been using a lot of blush pink lately to make my all-neutrals-all-the-time closet just a smidge more interesting.  I'm thinking that olive green might be my next foray into seasonal accent colors.

2. I've been really shying away from heels at work, so these pointy-toed flats have been dressing things up a bit.  It helps that I have two pairs of the same shoes in different colors.  And I might have my eye on a black pair to complete the trifecta.

3. Have we talked about my bangs yet?  They seem like old news to me now, but random co-workers still keep telling me how I look like a different person.  #giantofficeproblems


july outfit

july outfit

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

dotty, grown-up dotty, and young dotty

summer outfit
[wearing]
top: rebecca taylor
pants: old navy
flats: vince
clutch: clare vivier

[three things]
1. Lace crop tops are probably not usually intended for thirty-somethings.  I made an exception for this particular fancy and especially cropped one.

2. After wearing skinny pants pretty much exclusively, these pajama-like pants feel amazing.

3. Sometimes black pants and a black shirt are the perfect combination.  Man, if you had told me this ten years ago I would've said that that sounds like the most boring wardrobe ever.  I also was big on this idea that I should never wear black, just dark brown, because my hair was brown.  Oh, young Dotty, you had it all wrong.

  summer outfit

summer outfit

summer outfit

Sunday, August 14, 2016

weekend wishlist: shoooooes

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Lately I've got my eye on two new shoe purchases--blush pink flats and some sort of interesting fall boot.  If I wear the same black boots all winter like I did last year my shoooooes column on my Instagram feed is really going to suffer.  #priorities

Saturday, August 13, 2016

dotty, maps, and dresses

july outfit [wearing]
dress: Y.A.S.
flats: cos
bag: rebecca minkoff
watch: mvmt

[three things]    
1. I wore this dress throughout my whole pregnancy (even though it is definitely not maternity) and was wearing it the day that I was induced.  Oh, memories.

2. Is this dress supposed to look like a topographic map?  That might be why I bought it.

3. These flats are really more like leather slippers.  And I am totally okay with that.

july outfit

Sunday, July 31, 2016

dotty, skirts, and sneakers

july outfit
[wearing]
tee: old navy
skirt: t by alexander wang
sneaks: new balance
tote: banana republic

[three things]
1. This is totally the skirt version of my most repeatable outfit.

2. But with sneakers.

3. Because I take my walks to the grocery store very seriously, folks.


july outfit

Friday, July 29, 2016

dotty, garbled words, and fridaaaaay

july outfit [wearing]
jacket: vince
tee: j.crew
jeans: joe's jeans
flats: justfab
watch: mvmt

[three things]
1. FriYAY.  This was my first full week back at work and whoa, I've been gone for awhile.  This is going to take some serious adjustment time!

2. Navy and black.  Together.  Bam.

3. Does it totally ruin this shirt to wear something over it that obscures the text?  It definitely confuses people when they can't read the whole word.  Oops!

july outfit

july outfit

july outfit

Monday, July 25, 2016

dotty, shoppies, and pants problems

july outfit
[wearing]
tunic: zara
pants: j.crew factory
shoes: vince camuto
bag: rebecca minkoff
necklace: maslo jewelry

[three things]
1. I was sorting through my work pants and I need to do some serious pant shopping.  Ugh.  Shopping for work pants has got to be one of my least favorite types of shoppies.  I might just wear dresses all the time if I didn't have to do site visits.

2. This tunic is from the Zara Woman line.  What am I?  A grownup or something?

3. I am super tempted to order this necklace's lighter colored cousin.  The only thing stopping me is that it's a rather distinctive/memorable necklace, so I probably don't need two versions of it.


july outfit

july outfit

Thursday, July 21, 2016

dotty, monochrome dressing, and a white moto jacket

july-ish [wearing]
jacket: banana republic
dress: eliza j
flats: vince

[three things]
1. I bought this dress for my birthday last fall and considered wearing it to my baby shower in March, but then I wiggled my eight months pregnant self into it, looked in the mirror, and instantly thought "sixteen and pregnant."  It was pretty short with my bump and I couldn't shake the reality show association.  Luckily, without a bump it is an appropriate length for someone twice that age.

2. I've realized that over the last few years I feel most comfortable in primarily monochromatic outfits.  I wore a whole heckuva lot of black with black this past Winter, so I need to balance that out this Summer before I unpack my snowboots again.

3. This jacket gets soooo dirty.  It has a texture that somehow attracts all the dirt to me.
 
july-ish

july-ish

july-ish

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

dotty, pattern questions, and bonus points

july outfit [wearing]
dress: loft via thredup
bag: rebecca minkoff
flats: vince

[three things]
1. Patterned dresses are by far the easiest way to get dressed for work in the summer.

2. Bonus points for also wearing patterned shoes.

3. What is this print supposed to be?  Smushed moths?  Abstract chromosomes?  Sad bowties?

july outfit

july outfit

july outfit