Tuesday, October 4, 2011

No Loitering

Don't believe the deer-caught-in-the-headlights look in my eyes — I had a GREAT first day of work! I took this at the train station at the end of the day, and I was beat. (Remind me to tell you about my lazy eye and my eye muscle surgery someday.)

shirt — Carolyn Taylor (can't remember; it's older than dirt)
skirt — no brand (Burlington Coat Factory; it's older than dirt)
shoes — Dansko (Dansko outlet)

The past few days have been cold and dreary in Delaware, which is pretty much what prompted this outfit. That, and the fact that it's an old faithful. I've worn it for years and years and years. In fact, I can't remember a time when I didn't pull this outfit out of my closet when I wanted to look nice. I also thought it would be warm (it wasn't warm enough); I thought it would be work appropriate (it was); and I thought I would be comfortable (I was, except for the tights that cut off the circulation to my legs — those babies are going in the garbage! The tights, not the legs.).


Anyway, now that I'm looking at these pictures, I feel like something is missing. I don't look the way I imagined myself looking or even how I looked when I saw myself in the mirror. I just feel like the outfit is kind of dull. So guys, what could I have done to jazz this up. How could I have put some color into it? I dunno, I kind of like the sweater with the skirt, but my neck looks nekked. Maybe a heavier, more of a statement necklace? Maybe I should have worn the red lipstick that I got and then was afraid to wear?!

What do you think of this as a first-day-of-work outfit? With my new found sense of fashion (love of fashion? desire to be fashionable? No, that's not it either — these days, I just have this desire to put my best foot forward. When I feel like I look good, it's like I become a completely different person. I stand up straighter, smile more, and in general — I'm just more radiant. I'm having fun, and it shows. Okay. This wasn't supposed to be a post about my fashion fun — it's just so strange that it's so much fun with clothes.)

I'm also sporting a new hair cut, and once again my hairdresser worked her magic! She also did my hair here. She's amazing!

I do look tired though. I got up at the crack of dawn this morning (4:30 a.m.) to get ready. Actually, by the time I laid my body down to sleep last night — all I did was toss and turn. I couldn't fall asleep to save my life, so if I got an hour of sleep that was probably a lot. I left my house at 6:00 a.m. (don't even ask why it took me 90 minutes to get ready, I can be really neurotic at times). I got to the train station by 6:30 a.m., and got the LAST spot in the lot. The last! The gods were smiling on me again.

The Amtrak came at 6:50 a.m., and then it was a little over an hour to Union Station. The Amtrak is really nice — quiet, and calming. And this morning, I was so tired, and it was so cold and dreary, that the chug chug chug of the train just lulled me to sleep (I could get used to that). From Union Station, it was a short 15-minute walk to the office and boy, did it ever wake me up. I didn't wear a coat or have gloves or a scarf, and it was brisk out!

Coming home, it was the same. This time on the train, people were so friendly. It was nice. And honestly, it really kind of surprised me. I'm so used to people just looking down and going about their business.

I had to include this last picture. I didn't realize until I downloaded my pictures that I was standing in front of a No Loitering sign. I hope that the powers that be won't mind me "loitering" so I can take my pictures!

I'm linking up to Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style because of my mood — I was so happy that it made me quite visible!

Thank you all for all your encouragement and support during this long hot summer. It lifted my spirits when I got down, and helped give me the confidence to keep on keeping on. I'm not sure how much I'm going to be able to post or comment for the next week or so while I'm getting used to this schedule. I'll be here, but not as visible.


  1. Is that a suede skirt? I love it! Glad to hear you had a good first day!

  2. You look great! Congrat on the successful first day. I understand that 'feeling better when I think I look good' attitude.

  3. Congratulations! I love the haircut! Your look is very professional and conservative, and DC is that kind of town, right? If you want, you can add a pendant (colorful?) or a scarf next time, but you look great as you are. I do vote yes for red lips : > Thanks for participating in Visible Monday.

  4. Hi Kari! I LOVE the new haircut. It makes you look younger - seriously. I think red lipstick is ALWAYS a good idea. I agree with the other comments about more accessories.....Either way - you look smashing and you are going to be GREAT at your new job! And you did look smashing on your first day of work! Cheers! xoxo

  5. I like the new haircut, and I hope that your new job is going well.

  6. I thought your hair looked different - it looks great on you. I love the shorter cut. And I'm glad work went well. My first day went pretty good too.

    As for the outfit, yes, I would have added a heavier necklace or even a scarf (which would be warmer as well).

  7. I too think a scarf would add a nice touch to the outfit, but it is a very classic look just as it is.
    The No Loitering picture is just too funny!

  8. Woow! Love the new cut, and thanks for sharing your commute. Congrats on getting through day 1. It's all downhill from here. I think a light patterned scarf would be great too!

  9. Agree with Debbie -- a colorful (and warm) scarf would be just the right thing to add to this outfit. Glad you had a good first day.


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