Some days, either when I am really tired or really busy, I just cannot find the inspiration to put anything together, especially an outfit. (Like right now...it is crazy busy down here in Mississippi...we have spent the past two days driving all over Louisiana...I know I said "crazy in Mississippi," but it turns out that a good percentage of the time we spend down here in the Magnolia state is really spent down in New Orleans or in Oak Grove, LA!) Can I just tell you how happy I am that I created ALL of my outfits for this trip in Polyvore before we left??? I am!!! I have had no time in the mornings to get ready and knowing EXACTLY what I am going to wear has made a huge difference!
Having said that, I actually find that even when I do have the energy and time to put outfits together, I will discover that the J. Crew catalog already has an outfit I want to create...and this USED to happen to me all the time, especially when the Paris Catalog was out, but more recently, I have found I don't really want to recreate any of the outfits because they are just too darn much...especially too many layers, for one, it is way too hot still (highs in the upper 50s and 60s means I am still wearing a thin merino cardi as outerwear), and for two, really...just how practical are fifty beaded necklaces and two button-down shirts and tights and capri pants and boots for a kind of harried mother of two? :)
So imagine my delight when I saw the November catalog cover (and later a page in the catalog) featuring a pretty model wearing her hair loose under a beret, with a beautiful floral button-down top (with scrunched up sleeves) under a precious tee with printed roses, nice easy black trousers, and a pair of sneakers! This look I could replicate...and happily, I really, really, REALLY wanted to...
Here is the polyvore, which also has the image of the catalog cover that I wanted to replicate. Now note, even though I am a big, fat copycat, I refuse to completely do the look...so instead of the black trousers, I wore dark denim matchsticks, and instead of the sneakers, I did a grey patent pair of flats. I do want to note the tee is actually the Slub cotton faded floral version of the tee (and in a pale pink, not white). The beret was too warm for the day, but I do have a beret that will be perfect the next time I wear this look (and it is cold enough to justify a heavy wool on my head).
So this is it on me...except for my winter red hair (which only happens once I stop being able to get outside in the sun as much--I miss the sun not just for Vitamin D reasons, but also for its lightening powers on my hair), I LOVE THIS OUTFIT. A LOT! I felt genuinely good in this particular look. This outfit seems to me to be the perfect outfit for just kind of being a "cool" mom of two. Thank you, J. Crew, for helping me create a perfect outfit! SWAK!
So you know, my Cash from my Closet blog will be selling the SAME items as I did last week, so go on over and take a look. My Mid-Century Mom will have a new post by Wednesday, but with time constraints, I chose to publish here first.
I have been travelling so much, I look forward to getting back home...sitting at home and doing nothing has never seemed so appetizing! ;)