Blogging… it feels so good to blog again!! Its been a while. Usually I can sneak in a post or two even when I’m on a difficult ward block. Not this time. This month was definitely busy and physically demanding, but more significantly, it was emotionally draining. I had next-to-nothing left when I got home every night. It took all of my remaining energy to drag myself to a much needed yoga brain-cleanse. And after that, I passed out. That essentially sums up my month of absence.
But this month is a recovery month. A relaxing, low demand “elective” block. Finally! What better way to start it off than to put some clothes on?!? My wardrobe has been slowly expanding these last few months through the combination of avoiding my semi-annual closet clean-out and intermittently acquiring excellent eBay finds… excellent in my opinion, anyway! This is another outfit composed entirely of pre-owned goodies. I think the pumps are my favorite – they’re just so pretty!! They don’t exactly qualify as comfortable quite yet, but I’m grabbing some foot petals to see if they help (usually they do). I can’t believe how much these shoes retail for, I mean, you’d think they’d be like walking on clouds for that price?
I’ve found that one of the good things about shopping on eBay is that I tend to avoid trendy (and typically unflattering) items. I just, well, buy what I like! I buy items that I think will be flattering on me, not what looks flattering on the tall J. Crew models or any of the many gorgeous bloggers that I follow. I’ve found I’m attracted to certain things. Fun prints, like on this blouse, is one of those things. This blouse is by ETRO, a brand I love to admire, but only from afar (stunning patterns – completely in love with this blouse). Their retail price is absurd. Another attraction of mine is black. Boring but classic. Trousers, sweaters, leather pants, suede heels… gosh I love black. You’ll be seeing much more black on this blog, I apologize in advance.
I haven’t been keeping up with networking and socializing as much as I’d like, but I really hope that you are doing well, relaxing when you can, and trying to enjoy life as much as possible. I hope your week is off to a good start… happy Monday!
Notice my recent outfit trend: black. Lots of black. That’s what happens when I’m too exhausted to create anything better. The past few months have been busy. This past month’s schedule consisted of alternating day and night shifts in one week intervals. I’m actually a fan of night shifts (although 14 hour night shifts can be a bit long). But I’m not a fan of how the switching back and forth messes up my naturally happy and harmonious sleep cycle. Crabby recently? Why, yes.
Yesterday was the first day I’ve put on real person clothes in quite some time. Granted, I only got to wear them for a few hours before having to go in for my 1-11pm moonlighting shift. But it still counts! This top is yet another recent eBay find. Its such a great staple and is so perfectly comfortable. I love the little ruffles and ruching, too! I would never pay anywhere close to retail price for a simple Prada tank top, but I’m happy to have found this one for $40-something. I’ve gotten a few other surprisingly nice items recently, too. Many of them need a cleaning or a simple hemming before they’ll make there way to the blog, though! But I’m so happy with the quality of these items that a little alteration is completely reasonable.
Even though I’m having a good amount of success on eBay (summer time is the best time to find deals), I’m starting to get interested in a few retails items now, too. I recently mentioned really wanting some d’Orsay flats. Well… I got some (well, ordered them, at least). I was browsing some sites when I came across the Manolo Soussa flats on Bergdorf Goodman’s site for $290. Naturally, they were sold out in my size. So, I decided to try my luck at the price match game… success!! Neiman Marcus price matched them for me. They should arrive in a week or so. I really really hope they fit. If they don’t, I’ll be stalking Vince’s Nina flat, which seems comfortable, but has a slightly more masculine shape than I’d prefer.
The thought of (or fear of?) fall and cooler weather has me starting to long for some comfy cozy clothes, too. Like flannel. Polka dot flannel, to be specific. This shirt from J. Crew is next up on the wishlist (thank you J. Crew for finally coming out with some good items!). Its rare that flannel doesn’t look, well, like flannel.
Pretty, layer-able tanks and tees are also getting my attention. I usually don’t like print tees, but I’ve seen some super cute ones (this man with his dog is my favorite). I’d totally be able to wear a shirt like that with some black trousers and a white cardigan. More likely I’ll go for something paisley or floral or something, but maybe one or two fun tees this fall wouldn’t be unreasonable? I think I hold off buying any fall clothes for a while until I see what comes out and how the sales are looking. Too early to buy just yet!
For the past few weeks I’ve found myself frequently browsing eBay. I’ll do it while walking the halls, standing in the cafeteria lines, waiting for elevators… you know, those types of things. I’ve only run into a few doors and corners of walls… completely worth it!! I’ve found some awesome items! This outfit here is made up of all pre-owned items (…well, except the shoes). The top just came recently. Its stunning in person, I love it. Its by Narciso Rodriguez and was 50-something dollars- I’m still surprised I found it for that price! I couldn’t imagine a more perfect work shirt. And these Gucci pants were at the same price point. They were a bit big when they came, but a wash and hot dry fixed that… (not recommended).
Narciso Rodriguez top, Gucci pants, Alejandro shoes, Fendi bag
Outside of workout clothes, nearly all of the clothes that I buy now-a-days are work appropriate. Because I work all. the. time. And having work clothes that look good and fit comfortably make me feel more confident and put together (=slightly better day). I’ve had my eye on a few pretty pieces this summer, but I’ve been put-off by the prices (hence the eBay obsession)! Hopefully with fall around the corner there will be some decent sales to get summer stuff moving to make room for new fall arrivals. Two items have been sitting in my J. Crew cart for ages (come on J. Crew!). The first is this plain white tuxedo shirt. I love a crisp white shirt. But paying full price for it seems ridiculous (I’ll probably get a stain on it within its first 5 wears anyway), but its mine as soon as it finally hits sale! The other item is the Elsie pump in every color that’s not sold out. I originally bought the kraft brown and fell in love with the pump’s comfort and simplicity. I really don’t want to pay full price for another pair, but I’m happy I did for the first (was actually meaning to get a price adjustment later on, but they’ve since sold out).
Another item that’s been on my summer wishlist is a comfy d’Orsay flat. The first pair I ever saw were the ‘Nina’ flats by Vince. At first I wasn’t a fan, but the more I see them, the more I want them! In the land of d’Orsay flats, Manolo Blahnik definitely takes the price for the most flattering shape. But that price tag… ouch. I was hoping J. Crew’s version would be a more affordable alternative, but reviews are starting to come in and they’re saying that the comfort just isn’t there. So those will be a pass. The search will continue. It’ll probably be snowing by the time I find the perfect pair…
There aren’t too many other items that I’ve got my eye on, surprisingly. Granted, I haven’t been browsing my regular blogs and retails sites much because I’ve been working a lot recently (and like I mentioned, the time I do spent on the internet is browsing eBay). But, fall is just around the corner, and I (and many others) love fall clothes! Sweaters, scarves, boots… oh so cozy. But I’m in no rush for summer to end. Winter and I are not friends.
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