Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Do I Dare?

Before I tell you what happened next in my long and drawn-out work saga, I have to ask what you honestly think about this outfit. Do I dare to wear this out in public? Or should I stay hidden and locked behind the doors of my house when I wear it?

camisole Route 66 (Kmart)
green tunic — Tribeca Studio (freebie)
leggings — Zenana (Marshalls)
boots — Wanted (DSW)

Honestly, now. Is this something that somebody of my age can wear? I actually did some research on how to wear leggings before I tried it out (yeah, I'm a nerd — I love to look stuff up). I think it met all the criteria, except that maybe the tunic should be a little longer? My leggings are actually pretty thick (and they were definitely NOT shiny), but they sure don't look that way in my pictures (it really kind of wigged me out when I saw the pictures)!

So ... What do you think?

Wear it or not? (Part B. If it's okay to wear out of the house, where could I wear it? Where would it be appropriate attire?)

And now, the saga continues ...

Head Honcho Guy (HHG) had just finished pulling the rug out from under me. I went back to my cubby (actually I kind of crawled back ... I felt like such a dope), and just sat down at my desk. I looked around at all the crap I had lugged down from Delaware to put in my office and wanted to cry. I had been bringing one or two reference books from home a day, so I had a nice little collection built up at that point. How on Earth was I going to get them back home?

I posted a status message on my Facebook profile to let my friends know what had happened, and I emailed my kids and my parents to let them know. I was so bummed — really and truly bummed. Sure HHG had told me that they could use me in Herndon, but c'mon. I wasn't going to be able to commute to Herndon. Maybe they wanted me to go to Herndon so they could formalize my separation from the company and give me my exit interview.

I packed up some of my more personal items — a picture of my kids, my coffee cup, my plant (yeah, I had even lugged a plant down there), all the things that really made that little space my own — and then walked dejectedly out of the building to Union Station. I was very, very careful walking back ... Falling on my butt again (see that story here) would have been the last straw, and I probably would not have been able to hold myself together at that point.

I got home between 8 and 9 pm, and I just hulked over my computer. I whined and cried on Facebook for the next few hours, making sure that all my friends knew just know how miserable and wretched I was. They were great — so kind and supportive, and made me feel a little better. Because no matter what HHG said, when you get laid off or your position is eliminated, you still wonder if it's something you did or if you could have done something to prevent it.  

(to be continued ...)

I'm starting to feel a little guilty for dragging my story out, but honestly, this is completely how it unfolded for me. I'm not exaggerating my feelings or what happened in the least. And you have to realize, I pretty much live alone, and I struggle with my emotions sometimes. My kids are great, but they have their own lives, and besides they don't live at home. I'm not complaining, but I was devastated when this happened, and didn't really have anybody to turn to. I really and truly just wanted to come home and have somebody tell me that it was going to be okay, that I was okay, and give me a big hug and take care of me.


  1. I'm so sorry to hear about your job. I can't imagine how devastating it would be to finally find the right job and have it taken away. And to ask you to commute 4.5 hours one way to work? That's absolutely ridiculous.

    On the plus side, you should definitely wear that outfit outside the house because it looks great.

  2. As for the outfit - yes! Great style and great color. And I am telling you that it's going to be OK b/c you're smart and terrific and skilled. And I am sending you a hug. Did you get it???

  3. Bless your heart!! :( BUT it's going to be ok!!

    The outfit is cute!!

  4. I think this is a great casual leggings look. I'd wear it on any ole normal day. I love the boots, and I think the length works. I think the best rule of thumb is making sure your bum is covered by the tunic, which it looks like it is.

    I'm blown away by this news. I can't believe they expect a 4.5 commute! It's a bit laughable down here in the South to have a 45 minute commute. Sending you lots of hugs.

  5. I like the outfit!

    There is nothing worse than job misery. My heart goes out to you.

  6. I'm sorry about your job.

    I think you can wear the outfit out. As long as the tunic covers your bum, which it looks like this one does, you're good.

  7. Yes..wear the outfit!...
    ..and...it's going to be okay... :)

  8. Hi Kari - YES! Wear this EVERYWHERE! You look fantastic and thin and young in it. And I am so sorry about what has happened to you in the last few weeks.... it really sucks! I know what it feels like to struggle with feelings and emotions and thoughts. I am pulling for you - you awesome lady! Sherry.xoxo

  9. Oh Kari, that sucks. I've been laid off twice, both times I was single and living alone, so I know that feeling of needing someone to help with the pain. Please know that things will work out, they always do. You are smart and super funny and talented. Keep the faith and know that people that you don't even know in real life are pulling for you !

  10. Kari, yes do wear the outfit out. You look fab in it. I would wear it to almost anywhere I wanted to go. It is a good look.
    I am so sorry about the job. It is awful. I read once that when you lose a job you go through stages of grief not unlike that when a death occurs. You will make it through this, even though it may not seem like it now.

  11. Sorry about your work thing. That would depress anyone.

    You cand definitely wear this outfit: it's cute and you have shapely legs. There's no age-limit on beauty.

  12. Like the others said -- wear the outfit! You look great, and you deserve to look and feel as good as you can right now. A job loss is devastating -- of course you feel the way you do! You'll get through it, though. The worst of it will be temporary. Best of luck to you.

  13. Kari ~ as usual you look fantastic in anything you wear! The tunic is long enough and you look sleek underneath it!

    Sorry about the job!

  14. You ARE going to be okay. My giant's intuition says so (it's a thing).

    And of course you can wear this outfit. You look wonderful.

  15. I like the outfit! I think it looks very cute and flattering on you.

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  16. You are such a goof! You look great in this outfit. I wish I could rock leggings like that.
    As far as my cabin goes,,,,,,yes, it has 2 bedrooms, a bathroom and kitchen. It's rustic, tiny and perfect in our world.
    It was built in the 50's and we bought it 3 years ago. As far as I'm concerned it was one of out best decisions ever!
    Nice to see you back with us.......Hope the new job is going well

  17. Sorry, I'm late and sorry to hear about what happened (yay for the new gig), but I wanted to say so Y-E-S to the outfit. IMO, leggings don't come with an age limit per se..you just need good legs (check) and a covered bottom (check). You can wear it anyplace you'd wear say--casual jeans. Thanks for visiting...


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