Monday, December 12, 2011

Second Choice

Can second choice ever be as good as your first choice?

sweater — Talbot's (thrifted)
skirt — Max Studio (Marshalls)
shoes — Thom McAn (Kmart)

This outfit was a second choice — my first choice was what I wore here. When I realized that first choice needed to be hemmed before it could be worn, and that I needed to come up with something else on the spur of the moment at 5 am, I kind of freaked!

You see, that's the one bad thing about riding the train in the morning. I have to get out the door when I have to get out the door. There are no ifs, ands or buts ... Time and tide wait for no man, and neither does the train!

Getting out the door can sometimes be a struggle for me — a real struggle. And when things don't go as planned, I start getting stressed, and then anything that can go wrong not only seems to go wrong, but actually does go wrong. Before I know it, my head starts to spin, and I can't keep anything straight. I'll grab my keys just to put down them down a minute later, because I'm rushing around to find something else that I need.

And then it's, "Where are my keys? My keys! I can't find my keys!" I start turning everything upside down and right side up, and then I'm grabbing everything and anything because I can't decide what it is that I need, and what if I need this so I better grab this, and yes, I might need this too. Whew! And no, I'm not exaggerating. I wish I was, but I'm not.

The day I wore this outfit was the day I had convinced myself that I had forgotten to turn off my flat iron. By the time I got to DC, I was completely frazzled and frantically calling my son to see if he could go home and check to see if I had left it on. He did, and I didn't (leave it on, that is. I never do.)

Even though I almost had a meltdown trying to find something to wear, I was really happy with my second choice (except for the shoes — I couldn't decide if the clogs or the booties went better.) I got this skirt a while ago, but I couldn't figure out how to wear it to work (it seemed kind of dressy for work, or at least more dressy than what I would typically wear). Pairing it with this sweater was a flash of inspiration (I also wore the sweater here, where I also couldn't figure out what shoes to wear. That's a recurring problem for me.)

Linking up to Patti at Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday. I thought the color combination and the combination of the not so dressy sweater and the somewhat dressy skirt made me pretty visible. Besides, I think my second choice was pretty darn good.


  1. I agree - an inspired choice, Kari! I feel for you in your morning routine, I have had mornings like that too, but without the train awaiting -- that's one more stressor. You look great, and thanks for linking up to Visible Monday!

  2. I like the ruffled skirt. It was a good second choice!

  3. Hi Kari, I get that way some mornings as well....I couldn't remember if I closed the garage door this am and had to go back. Geez...getting old xxxxx. Anyway, love the blue on you. The skirt's kinda flirty!

  4. I think this is an adorable look, seriously. Lots of times, I'll lay out two outfits the night before I'm going somewhere and I almost always end up wearing the second one.

  5. Hello! I just found your blog and I think it's AMAZING! The pics are great and I can see that You really like what you do here! I love people with great ideas, like you!
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  6. Where are you? We are worried about you!

  7. Hee! Nobody captures, better than you, the "joy" of trying desperately to launch yourself out of the house while still looking your best. I just nominated you for a blog award -- you can see the details on my latest post. :)

  8. Very cute skirt! Your look great!


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