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Punch of Red

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September 28, 2016 T (m)

Monday night after work I had planned to work out but when I texted my husband to let him know I was on my way home I didn’t remind him of my workout.  When I arrived home he had already prepared a wonderful smelling dinner of lightly breaded fish, macaroni and cheese, and tomato mozzarella salad.  In all honesty, I was not feeling a workout because the weather on Monday was grey, gloomy, and slightly chilly.  It wasn’t hard for me to forgo the planned workout and have dinner with my husband.

But, I have fitness goals that I want to achieve so I got up at 6am on Tuesday and went to the gym for 30 minutes on the treadmill.  Although it had been about 5 days since I last worked out I had a great workout.  I felt strong and had a lot of stamina!  I went almost a quarter of a mile farther than I had hoped in the same time frame.  I have to admit that my morning workout did give me a jolt of energy and a feeling of accomplishment.

Although the first presidential debate aired on Monday night I had already picked out my outfit on Sunday.  It wasn’t until just now that I noticed that this outfit features blue and red.  I had a different one of my 5 pre-planned outfits in mind for Tuesday but when I asked my husband if I should wear a dress or pants he picked pants.

This outfit combines a tailored button-up shirt and my dark wash skinny jeans.  I knew that I wanted to wear my new red shoes and I thought about adding my red skinny belt, red earrings, and red lipstick but I felt that was too close to the look that I did on Friday and too predictable.  Also, I wanted all of the focus to be on my red shoes.  I opted to go with a silver skinny belt instead of red and silver and pearl earrings.  I also chose not to go with a true red lip and instead picked something in the same color family but just a little offbeat: a matte berry color.

I wouldn’t call this outfit tight or inappropriate but it is body hugging.  There is no place to hide in the fitted shirt or skinny jeans.  I sometimes feel self-conscious about my mid-section in this shirt, but yesterday I was feeling good after my workout.

What do you think?  Do you like this outfit?  Do the subtle details of belt and lipstick color make a difference to you or just to me?  I’d love to hear from you!

-Carla

Fall Colors

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September 26, 2016 M (m)

Last Thursday was the first official day of Fall.  I thought that today I would wear an outfit with Fall colors— mainly olive-green, tan, and cognac brown.  I started with my light tan pants and my olive-green boyfriend cardigan.  Then, I had to find something to wear underneath of my cardigan.  My initial thought was a cream camisole, but when I was rifling through my dresser drawer I cam across the green and white sleeveless blouse and knew that it would be perfect.  I have a habit of wearing the same shoes with these pants so I debuted my new cognac pumps!  Last week I ordered two pairs of shoes from Payless– these cognac round toe pumps and a pair of red flats.

Once I chose the shoes I wanted to tie them in to the outfit more so I added the skinny cognac and gold studded belt.  To pull in a bit more orange I added the shell cuff and small gold stud earrings.  I would have gone with my gold watch but it broke last week and I haven’t replaced it, yet.  The very last accessory that I added was the green and gold necklace.

I really liked how this outfit came together.  But, if I am being honest I don’t like the way that my hair turned out today.  Oh well.  You can’t win them all.

-Carla

Sports Fan Friday

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September 23, 2016 F (m)

Friday I went with a sports-themed casual outfit.  I started with dark wash bootcut jeans.  Then, I threw on a red tank top and a Cleveland Indian’s v-neck t-shirt.  I added a skinny red belt, red earrings, white Converse, and a swipe of red lipstick to complete the look.

The weather was nice, but because I wasn’t feeling well I was hot and then cold so I also wore a red boyfriend style cardigan when I was chilly and then took it off when I was warm.  My trainer was out for the day so instead of taking calls in the afternoon we actually took them in the morning.

I was happier with that arrangement because I was feeling OK in the morning and I was worried that I would start to deteriorate as the day wore on.

-Carla