Thursday, February 4, 2010

Stewardess Chic

Stewardess Chic



I've had a terrible week. Well actually I've had a terrible past 3 weeks if we're going to be totally honest here, and yesterday was the worst of the worst. I had a completely and wholly unprofessional nervous breakdown in the office and to help ease the anger and pain and sadness I got drunk on margaritas. Thus when I woke up this morning I was both embarrassed by my actions at work and nursing a pretty wretched hangover. Ugh.

I felt and looked like I should just throw on some sweats, but I thought that if I put on a pretty outfit it might help to trick me into feeling better. Do you ever have days where you think "ok, I feel like shit and my world is collapsing, but if I look presentable and put together maybe I can trick people into not noticing that I'm biting my lip to keep from crying." Well it kinda worked, but not really. I think the fact that the lip biting didn't stop me from crying may have had something to do with it.

But this blog isn't about stress and drama, so I'm going to stop focusing on that and get back to the outfit at hand.


I had purchased this dress back in September and it has been hanging in my closet unworn, ever since. I don't know why as I think it's adorable and cute and easy to wear, but hang in my closet it has. I grabbed it this morning and thought, navy sweater dress, you are finally going to have your moment to shine. The dress is a large from H&M, and like much of their clothing is fat friendly. The tights are Old Navy and the shoes are Sam Edelman, who makes very cute flats (although they're fairly narrow so I'd recommend going up half a size). I bought the flats in a fit of drunken shoe shopping and was happily surprised when I woke up the next day to find that even sober the shoes fit, were cute AND were in a color lacking from my closet.

Sam Edelman Flats

I was trying to figure out how to best accessorize the outfit when I suddenly had the idea of a scarf. I've always wanted to be a scarf person, but they scare me - I'm always worried that I don't know how to wear them properly and am going to look like a freak. But this morning I just couldn't stop thinking of scarves to complete the outfit.



Now here is where you're probably thinking, "ok bloomie, if you don't wear scarves why do you have one that matches your outfit so perfectly?" And there is a reasonable answer dear readers, I promise. When my Grandma passed away in 2005 my sister and I cleaned out her apartment. We were not the same size - clothing or shoe or hand, lord the dozens of pairs of leather gloves we gave away in every color of the rainbow still breaks my accessory loving heart. But she had scarves, a ton of them and I kept about 30 and they were sitting in a shopping bag in my closet. So this morning when I wanted a scarf I burrowed into my closet, discovered the bag and voila, found today's pink scarf. The one thing about this scarf is that I keep surreptitiously sniffing it, because it still smells a bit like my Grandma. Smelling a bit like my Grandma is absolutely great, but it does lead to an awful lot of stares and questions of "ummm, why are sniffing your scarf?" Awkward people, awkward.

Photo credit goes to my friend and co-worker Amy who was also kind enough to let me, the ex-smoker, bum an I'm stressed/angry/scared cigarette off of her. Thanks Amy, you're the best!

9 comments:

  1. I've been reading your blog for a while, but never commented. Your blog and outfits are so inspirational, and I especially like your whimsical side and that you're always smiling in your photos! I loved your idea of wearing a different dress every day for 30 days, and followed your blog religiously to see what you were wearing, and now that you post less often I'm even more excited when a new post comes up. I think you're fab!
    Sorry to hear things are not good at the moment, I hope things get better soon. And a good cry always helps I think (even if it's not nice to do it in the office...)!
    x

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  2. Aww, you look so cute. I'm sorry you're having a crappy time of late (if it makes you feel any better I also had a bit of a breakdown at work this week) I'm sure things'll pick up soon!

    That's a lovely story about your scarf as well x

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  3. Thank you both so much for your kind words. I really needed to hear them today as I've been having the week from hell.

    Ms. Anonymous I'm glad to hear you like the smiles! It seems as if other bloggers are always frowning or being mysterious and every time I try that in my photos I think I come off looking like a fool. My natural instinct is to smile and I think that's a good thing.

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  4. I never knew how funny you were! I love the outfit and I just wanted to tell you, no, I never have the urge to put on a cute dress when I have a hangover. I sit around all day in my sweats and watch Lifetime until I feel better so I definitely envy you :)

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  5. I love the outfit! I love the tights! I'm probably the only girl who hasn't done a look with tights and by the time I'm brave enough, it'll be 85 degrees! lol You look super cute though. I can't even tell you were having a crappy 3 weeks. I'm with Jen, I don't watch Lifetime though, it's usually HGTV or Food Network! lol And oh, I'm a weird scarf person! I love my scarves and I spray them with certain scents and I will sit there with it wrapped under my nose in a warm room. lol Who cares? Let em stare! Your totally doing your grandma's scarf justice!

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  6. as a regular photographer for bloomie, let me say that i too love the fact that she is super-smiles in all her photos. in fact, the moment she is posing for the camera, her instinct is to start LAUGHING! she is so fun to photograph, not to mention, she has one of the best (and most bellowing... is that grammatically correct?), contagious laughs you'll ever encounter. xx.

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  7. Tee hee, to be honest if I had my choice I would have just lied down and watched re-runs of the West Wing all day long, but calling in hungover after my breakdown would have been in really bad taste.

    I heart you Ats.

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  8. The way you are looking in these picture if you felt horrible you certaintly would have me fooled! I love seeing your curvy body in short dresses and those pink tights and shoes are very sexy!

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  9. What gorgeous style you have! And those shoes.... Love a girl with great taste in shoes :)

    Matt

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