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I wear what I like and I like what I wear. A daily outfit blog: WhatIWore2Day

Gray Fur

· Don’t worry; it’s faux ·

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I’m delighted to coordinate my hair color with the faux fur lining this sweater’s collar. I’ll wash it (my hair) tomorrow and lose some of the silver I deposited (to cover the blond). For today, I’m reveling in my gray glory.


Sweater, G Ladies (consignment). Vest, Forever 21 (cut from a consignment jacket). Dress, Rachel Roy (consignment). Leggings, Express. Boots, Nine West (thrifted).



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Pumpkin Brewster

· A punky, autumn outfit ·

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This dress never fails to give me some “Punky Power.” Since it’s autumn, though, I’ll amend that to “Pumpkin Power.” This is the time of year I stock up on canned pumpkin and make endless pumpkin spice smoothies. My dogs get in on the pumpkin action, too, with pureed pumpkin mixed into their meals. I don’t plan any pumpkin pie, though, for Thursday. Instead, we’re having cranberry-pecan squares for dessert.


Vest, AC-3998 (cut from a thrifted jacket). Sweater, Forever 21 (thrifted). Dress, Jams World (thrifted). Leggings, Always. Earrings, Article Consignment. Bag, A+ by Aldo. Bag strap, Lam Gallery. Sunglasses, Marc Jacobs.


Two, previous, Punky Brewster-inspired looks:


And, now, I see that I tend to pair western boots with my Punky looks.

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Space Pants

· Intergalactic ·

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I went on a little bit of a weird-leggings binge on Amazon. Not only did I order “space pants,” but I ordered “star pants” and “bones pants.” Stay tuned!


Poncho, thrifted. Shirt, LRL Lauren Jeans Co (thrifted). Shorts, Free People (thrifted). Leggings,Dasbayla. Boots, Vince Camuto. Bag, Rebecca Minkoff.


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Coverage

· Hide-a-mini ·

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This skirt has been neglected because it is too short to wear for my seminars without tights. Even with tights, it’s maybe too leggy, so I appreciated the extra length and coverage I got from my trench vest.


Trench dress, White House Black Market (consignment). Blouse, BCBG Max Azria. Skirt, J Crew (consignment). Shoes, Ferragamo (thrifted). Earrings, flea market.


This skirt is much more scandalous without the tights and flats:


I must admit: I miss wearing heels! I just can’t stand to wear them for a six-hour speaking engagement.

Base

· A neutral canvas ·

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On day three, I’m wearing the trench garment as a dress, but have layered a blouse beneath and a kimono jacket on top.


Trench dress, White House Black Market (consignment). Blouse, Banana Republic. Jacket, thrifted. Shoes, Isaac Mizrahi. Belt, Hadley Pollet (consignment). Bag, Nordstrom Rack.


My black skirt is another, good, basic. In fact I’ve worn it in an outfit very similar to today’s:

Trench Vest

· Today, it's a vest ·

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Day two and the dress is no longer a dress: it’s a vest! I felt very dramatic with the extra fabric swirling around me.


Trench dress, White House Black Market (consignment). Dress, Lipstick. Shoes, ASOS. Scarf, gift. Necklace, gift. Coat, Lilli Ann San Francisco (vintage).

Trench Dress

· Is it a dress or a coat? ·

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This dress can be worn so many ways! I am so excited to start styling it that I plan to wear it for four days in a row – remixing it differently every day. (Don’t worry: there is no day on which I plan to put my legs through the armholes, button it up, belt it, and wear it as an off-the-shoulder and crotchless romper.)


Trench dress, White House Black Market (consignment). Dress (worn as a blouse), Parker. Belt, Hadley Pollet (consignment). Boots, Vionic. Necklace, Express. Tote, Nordstrom Rack.

Amazon

· Not just books ·

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I didn’t mean to become an Amazon junkie. These days, though, I only buy things three places: the grocery store, the thrift store or Amazon. (Okay. Not entirely true. I do go to the liquor store and order from Ulta.) Today, I’m wearing three things I bought from Amazon: the bag, the leggings, and the boots. (Unfortunately, I bought the boots in 2012 and they are no longer available.) As I shared in the My Schedule mail bag post, Amazon Prime has been a great time-saving hack.


Jacket, BCBG Max Azria (consignment). Sweater, Forever 21 (thrifted). Dress, Mossimo. Leggings, Mono B. Boots, Ariat. Bag, Ainifeel. Earrings, Charming Charlie.


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Mail Bag: Growing Out Gray

· Embracing colorless hair ·

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I think we may need a hair update – curious to what your plans are, since I need to do something with mine and looking for ideas.
~J

I started going gray at 17. I know this because I pulled a hair a few years later (in 1995) and, based on a growth rate of 1/2 inch/month, it had lost its color three years earlier. On my father’s side of the family, it was not uncommon to go gray in one’s 20s.

I started coloring my hair for fun, not to cover gray. I’d always thought of myself as a redheaded soul and began dyeing my hair auburn for self-expression in my 20s. Aside from a few forays into blonde and brunette, I was red until 39, when I bleached it and went pink. Pink, it turns out, is a great transition color to gray.


My first, good, look at the gray was as I was growing out a half-shaved head.

I decided to grow out my natural, silver color just as it was becoming trendy to bleach and then dye one’s hair gray. The thing is . . . that look is trendy when you see the contrast between youthful face and icy hair. It’s not so avant garde on a 40+ year-old-woman. Still, regardless of of trends and ageism, I’ve decided to grow out my gray. (Independently, my sister, two years younger than myself, decided to do the same, at about the same time.)

While I am embracing a mature color, I am, paradoxically, growing out my locks to a length traditionally reserved for the young. I love to braid and twist and pile long hair and haven’t had a chance to do so since I cut it short in 2012. I’m already loving the way my white temple streaks look when pulled back into a french braid.


I’m a little concerned that I won’t be able to achieve the length I’d like without breakage. During college, I grew my (nearly virgin) hair down to my waist. Later, though, it would break and thin not much past my shoulders. I don’t know how much of that was due to dye, diet, products or extreme physical training. I’ve made changes on all four fronts, so I am hopeful that it will grow at least long enough for some fun styling.


You can see how ragged my ends looked last time I grew my hair long.

It’s just long enough now to french braid. I haven’t had a cut since the end of June and don’t plan on even a trim until February. I intend to keep long, sideswept bangs, but to otherwise let it go.

Happy Veterans Day

· Once a Marine, always a Marine ·

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The USMC birthday falls the day before Veterans Day. I am celebrating them both, today, with an outfit in red, olive, and navy. This is the first time I’ve realized how stylish my red allergy dog tag can be. (Penicillin – in case you were wondering.)


Jacket, Jessica Simpson (thrifted). Shirt, Mossimo (thrifted). Tunic, Wet Seal (thrifted). Leggings, Danskin. Boots, Vince Camuto. Bag, A+ by Aldo.