Thursday, December 12, 2013

Step and Repeat...

It is not quite "officially" winter here yet in Chicago, but mother nature is sure doing a good job pretending.  -8 with the windchill today...I knew it was going to be a multiple layer day when my car clock said 2 degrees when I went to warm it up for carpool at 8am...






Sweater, scarf, denim shirt-Old Navy/Leggings-Vince Camuto/Jewelry-Old Navy, Top Shop, /Boots Kenneth Cole

Many layers is really the only way to brave the blistering cold...

My favorite leggings again... I just realized, since I bought these leggings, I have not worn jeans... I spend my days in either comfy, baggy scrubs, these amazing leggings or flannel pajama pants (only at night, never out of the house)  I think it is a combo of laziness and ease of just throwing them on in the morning, comfort since I am used to wearing very forgiving and comfy scrubs most of the week and not wanted to see if my jeans are tight since I have not adjusted my gym schedule to my work schedule quite yet...  After the leggings come a tank top and long t-shirt, a denim shirt of some sort (I was feeling all the pattern mixing today), a big cozy sweater (this aztec print one from Old Navy is all sorts of perfect) and a long scarf (again Old Navy hitting a home run with this one).  These wellies anchor my braving the cold look perfectly.  I purchased these about 6 years ago.  They were part of a Kenneth Cole Put A Rubber On It Collection...besides loving what it symbolized and that the profits went to AIDS, they have a fun texture, making them a bit more exciting than the traditional wellies. 
I pretty much have been and will be wearing a variation of this outfit, on my days away from the hospital, all winter long...

Alex was so excited that I decided to take photos outside...he has been dying to shovel and play in the snow...

Stay warm my friends...

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Invisible Planet Is Seen Again...

Wow...I did not realize how long it had actually been since I posted.  First off, work is utterly exhausting.  12 hour days are really long and some days it is so busy on my floor that I rarely sit down all day, except for lunch, and don't even start charting until 7:30!  Also, my style lately has been way casual... You can find me in dark grey scrubs 3 or 4 days per week...not very flattering and pretty blah.  Also, we cannot wear much jewelry, I just wear small earrings...no rings since I wash my hands approximately 20 times per day (not kidding), so I just feel so not put together at work.  Then, when I am not working, I have just had no motivation to put myself together...hence that lack of blogging!
But today, the love of my casual, but stylish outfit, made me realize how much I missed sharing my style and life rants with the small community that come visit my corner of the internet...I thank you all so much....

On to what I wore today for errands and lunch with a girlfriend...





Leggings-Vince Camuto/Sweater-Target/Jewelry-Old Navy, H&M, Black Sheep

Lately, I am learning that quality over quantity is the way to shop.  I used to buy the cheapest, but now I am noticing the quality of the fabrics and longevity of the items.  At this stage of my life, I have started realizing how important the quality of an item is, even if it is more expensive.  These leggings are the perfect example.  In prior seasons, I have rotated between three pairs of cheap leggings...the  cotton material wore thin, got nubby and lost it's shape.  The leggings in this outfit are Vince Camuto from Nordstrom's.  I was weary about forking over $50 for leggings, but once I tried them on, I started dancing around the dressing room like a loon! They are a mixture of cotton, nylon and spandex with a slight sheen (making them feel a bit dressier)...tight but not so tight I feel naked and a pants-like wide waistband, holding me in and smoothing me in all the right places.  Since I plan to wear them often, I think are definitely worth the money.  So, future purchases are definitely going to sway towards quality over price and quantity.
Since I know leggings are not pants, I plan to wear them with button ups shirts, tunics and longer sweaters.  This sweater I am styling here is a Target goodie...Bright color, patterned knit, cozy and fabulous faux... leather panels on the side...love, love, love it!!!

I am back to blogging...the break gave me time to realize what I enjoy about it and how much I missed it.  Me and my dark gray scrubs will see you soon!