Wednesday, November 9, 2011

True Confessions ...

True confession time — I didn't wear this to work. I wore it in my driveway to take pictures.

white sweater — Old Navy (Old Navy)
black sweater — (older than dirt)
skirt — Amanda Smith (thrifted)
tights — Target
booties — Blowfish (DSW)

But, truth be said, I'll probably wear it at some point. That is, once I decide on whether I like it with the white top or the black top better. I'm thinking the black. Which one do you prefer? 

Colored tights are something that I've tried to wear before, and it's usually hit or miss (here, here, and here). So when the ladies over at Every Body Every Wear chose colored tights as the theme of the month, I was up for the challenge. I took my inspiration for this outfit from Paula at Fashion Over Fifty. She did such a great job with her red tights, that I thought I would try to emulate her style. And I agree with her — red tights are empowering!

And empowering is what I need these days, with my three- to four-hour commute — ONE WAY! Yes, you read that right, and yes, I know that's insane. I had been commuting to a dream job in DC and then, in one fell swoop, my position was eliminated. My company didn't do what a lot of companies are doing these days (my former company, as a matter of fact), and just pull the rug out from me. No, they said that they could use me in another project at their headquarters in Herndon. Unfortunately, that would add another hour to my already long commute.

I toyed with the idea of not going to Herndon the next day but, in the end, I knew that if I went that I would at least get paid for the day, which would be better than a poke in the eye. Seriously, I didn't have anything to lose by going. (Yes, these are the kinds of things that I obsess over flit through my mind during a time like this.) On top of that, I was in a state of shock from having my position eliminated just a scant two weeks after I had started this "dream" job. I knew that if I just stayed home, I would have been asking myself the whole day, "What if?" (Believe you me, more than anything, I WANTED to stay home ... I can't even begin to describe all the emotions that I was feeling.)

My commute to Herndon the next morning started off the same — I left the house at 5:45 am, which was the same time that I had been leaving all along. I caught the 6:50 Amtrak, but instead of taking it straight through to DC, but I got off at New Carrollton, the station before DC. From New Carrollton, I could take the Orange Line straight through to West Falls Church — the stop for Herndon. I thought it would be better to go straight through instead of getting off at Union Station and getting on the Red Line, then getting off the Red Line at Metro Station, and getting on the Orange Line. That just seemed to be too overwhelming for me. Seriously, it sounds complicated just writing it, let alone doing it!

More tomorrow ...

But in the meantime, check out more Colored Tights at Every Body Every Wear.

Everybody, Everywear: Colored Tights


  1. Hang in there...many of us are doing things we never thought just to make sure there is a paycheck! I like both tops with the look, but for some reason I am really drawn to that Old Navy white..I was suprised it was Old Navy! Looks really pretty in the picture..

  2. You go, Kari, doing what you gotta do. I've been thinking about you a lot. You are ruling the red tights. I prefer the dark sweater too, but both looks are great.

  3. Good for you taking the chance. You have so much determination and I admire you for that.
    As to the outfits. I like them both, but the black sweater is much more chic to me. I also think a sweater in the same color as the tights would be stunning.

  4. You've got spunk, I'll give you that :)
    The lighter sweater looks very good on you in my opinion. Makes your face the way you kind of pushed up the sleeves and the cowl neck looks interesting. How about adding a loose belt, maybe? ROCK! (I'm in my late sixties)

  5. I prefer the lighter sweater, but they both look very nice.

  6. I like the light sweater but not with that skirt. I like that skirt best with the black sweater. And I LOVE the red tights!!

    I'm starting my training tomorrow for my new job! I'm can't wait to hear the rest of your story!!

  7. Hang in there kid! Things have got to get better. Today, another person at my job just got layed off. Pretty scary all over the place.
    I choose the dark top. It seems to balance out the bright tights.
    Take the time to keep on posting. We're all routing for you!

  8. Both look good. I can't decide! Yes, black is generally more chic, but like Pam, I think that white sweater is just popping! It's lovely.

    Hang in there with the long commute. We've all done some logistically crazy things, career-wise, when we've had to. In my experience, it's usually worth it, but if it isn't, time makes that clear and you learn from the experience. Things will all work out, one way or the other.


Thanks for reading. Honest opinions and constructive criticism are always welcome.

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