So last weekend we were in North Carolina. It was thrilling. :)
No, really, it was a lovely time with our very best friends and their three daughters (yes, all three of mine were beyond happy--CW had girls to play with, Angus had girls to flirt with, and Rex had girls to torment).
Anyhow, it was a very brief weekend away, just a nice little journey to get out of dodge and out of our routine.
We happened to celebrate our 11th anniversary there, but beyond that, there wasn't anything over the top special, so I was able to bring the very bare minimum as far as packing goes, and with all the extra kids I pack nowadays, the less I can bring means the easier it is on me. Blah. One day I can go back to packing amazing clothes and shoes and accessories in multiple suitcases, but for now and the next eighteen years of my life, the less the best.
(Oh, who am I kidding, I never had amazing clothes and shoes and accessories in multiple suitcases...but one day, it will be the way I travel, oh, yeah.)
Here they are!
This outfit looks so professional, but underneath that amazing Robert Noble wool jacket (J. Crew--2006) is a very inexpensive Target nursing dress and Macy's necklaces.
The heels are from Boden last year, which I love having around, they are literally the perfect little heels for most occasions.
the world's most lovely, cheap, comfortable nursing dress. (Technically it is maternity, but because it is made from jersey it doesn't read maternity if you don't have a pregnant belly.)
The top is the
Roll sleeve silk t-shirt from Pure Collection, the same one I reviewed here. I tucked it into some spank shorts as I hate it when silk is so silky that it comes out of the skirt it is tucked into, but other than that, it was the perfect blouse for the longer baby cord midi from Boden.
my gal Rachel is the lady to go to if you are interested in any of these pieces.
Anyhow, the outfit under the rain jacket was functional enough. I really do love the Peter Pan Collar Tee (J. Crew) and was glad to have grabbed it before it sold out in my size (extra-small). It does pop back on occasion, and if you like the look of this top and have a short enough torso to wear it (definitely runs short, even on me, it barely hits my high hip), this could be a winner for you.
The Desert Bloom bracelet was an "on a whim" buy from the Greensboro J. Crew, where it was marked down to $29.99 and further reduced by 30%, making it a whopping $20. I have now worn it twice since I bought it, so I would gather I made a good choice.
Leather Loafers are still available from Boden, btw, but on deep backorder. I did a review of them here. I actually purchased them for traveling, I find that I wear loafers on long trips, especially ones involving airplanes, as I can get them on and off easily through security.
It really is a "shrunken" anorak. Much like the Peter Pan Tee, it is shorter through the body than most anoraks. HOWEVER, I prefer that as my hips are wider than my bust and waist, and for an anorak to normally fit me, the bust and waist has to be huge to accommodate my hips. But this one doesn't even hit my hips, just lays there on the top of my hips. Awesome. :) I am possibly the only person this one worked for, which is why it is on super sale now (yay for super sales, I even got mine for a good price a month ago--that is how unpopular it is).
It is not the best at keeping water out (is canvas, not nylon), but for mild drizzle and wind, it will do the job.
OH, and for those of you wondering, I did happen to have a version of this back in 1992, the one that inspired this current version. I also had a rain jacket from 1995 *still have it, in fact* that bears a passing resemblance to this one (but is red).
You can't see it from this pose, but it has side pockets where I could stick my hands in for protection. And all those zipped compartments? I totally used those, 'cause I'm a nerd, and see no reason not to...so the big one there in front? Held my cell phone. And the next time I wear it, I wouldn't be surprised if I stuck a size 3 diaper in the pocket, too.
I told you my "going to NC outfit" was boring. I only put the info in the photo because who knows, maybe one of you is all, "ooh, where are *those sunglasses* from--must. know. right. now."
Okay, so why in the world am I posing with the Hamburglar and Birdie from McDonald's? Well...it turns out that the South Hill, VA location was having a GRAND OPENING spectacular the very day we decided to eat there for lunch. Oh, yeah. My kids were in heaven...and omg, if you ever want amazing service from a McDonald's, you must go to McDonald's on an opening day celebration.
And, yeah, the folks at McDonald's totally loved Angus. I think it was because he matched Grimace.
(There were other photos of my kids from the trip, but to keep my friends' privacy in mind, I won't be publishing any of them here. I know you all are cool with that.)
And that's it!!! :)
BTW, if you are interested in getting any last minute "Catch of the Day" sale items from Boden, the sale ends in less than two hours. ;) Thought some of you may want to know...