What I Wore This Week

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

Outfit 1 – Leather Jacket + Plaid Shirt (similar) + Black Pants + Purse • Zara |
Boots • DSW (similar)
Outfit 2 – Peasant Shirt • Zara | Jeans • Gap
Outfit 3 – Leather Jacket • Zara | Shirt • Thrifted (similar) | Skirt • Le Chateau (similar) |
Shoes • Adidas
Outfit 4 – Sweater + Leather Jacket • | Jeans • Gap | Shoes • Adidas
Outfit 5 – Sweatshirt (similar) • Zara | Jeans • H&M
Outfit 6 –  Leather Jacket + Sweater + Purse • Zara | Jeans • H&M | Boots • Frye |
Knit Hat • Similar

Tom’s Birthday was Saturday and Roo’s is on Thursday, so with Merle’s Birthday coming up in several weeks and Christmas being around the corner we are now entering our really expensive time of year. Birthday’s are generally low-key here and we are taking the girls to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to celebrate Roo’s. This has been her plan since she heard it came out close to her birthday. It will be Merle’s first time at a theatre because it wasn’t until recently that I knew I could trust her not to act out while there, so everyone is really excited to be able to go see it together.

Merle woke up today with no voice which freaked her out. Somewhere in the last 24 hours she came down with a head cold (which I hope she doesn’t share with the rest of us). That combined with cold, miserable weather today prompted us to put up the tree. We were listening to Christmas music on Spotify when the Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas song came on and she almost lost her shit. Then I remembered that they have an entire Christmas album, which I’m not sure how I forgot since she is an Alvin fanatic. So we listened to it on repeat all afternoon. Let’s hope the tree lasts its first night with Severus the cat who so far has basically ignored it but he becomes wild at night. I realized tonight that I also can’t wrap and leave the presents under the tree yet because the cat eats and rips paper and will help the kids unwrap their presents early or at least give them a sneak peek ;) I need to get one of those huge Santa sacks that I can wrap and place them in until Christmas eve because I am not wrapping them all that night. I have done that the past several years and it totally sucks even when you bring a bottle of wine in to the room with you. Drunk wrapping while watching Netflix = a slightly better time.

Last week while Roo was taking a robotics class Merle and I did our usual mall walking/window shopping thing and I tried on some imitation leather pants at H&M that were only $24.99. I took a dressing room picture that I posted to Instagram stories and my mom Facebook group asking yay or nay? Opinions were a unanimous yes from them so I went back the next day to pick them up. I have looked for a pair for a while, and actually owned a pair a while back but they were borderline too snug. These are high-waist and not too long on my short legs which is nice for once, and for $24.99 I couldn’t beat that price. I’m not willing to fork out several hundred dollars for a real leather pair since these actually look like leather and fit really well. My only complaint is that you need to size up, but that is fairly common with H&M pants.

Do you wait until Christmas Eve to wrap your presents?

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What I Wore This Week

What I Wore This Week #wiw #whatiwore #capsulewardrobe

What I Wore This Week #wiw #whatiwore #capsulewardrobe

What I Wore This Week #wiw #whatiwore #capsulewardrobe

What I Wore This Week #wiw #whatiwore #capsulewardrobe

What I Wore This Week #wiw #whatiwore #capsulewardrobe

Outfit 1 – Coat • Zara | T-shirt • Brandy Melville | Jeans • H&M | Shoes • Adidas
Outfit 2 – Peasant Top • H&M | Leather Jacket • Zara | Jeans • Gap
Outfit 3 – Kimono Top • Madewell (similar) | Jeans • H&M | Boots • DSW (similar)
Outfit 4 – Blouse • H&M (similar) | Leather Jacket • Zara | Jeans • Gap | Beanie (similar) |
Shoes • Converse | Purse • Urban Outfitters
Outfit 5 – Coat • Zara | Blouse • Zara | Jeans • H&M | Boots • DSW (similar) | Purse • Zara
*Merle’s outfit in picture 1 – Sweater + Leggings • Zara | Jacket • H&M | Shoes • Converse

There isn’t much exciting news on the forefront in my life at the moment. But we did find out Tom’s work is going on a 2 month hiatus for Christmas holidays while they transition in to another season of filming. This completely sucks and is exactly why I started Christmas shopping in May. I don’t know if we have ever had a Christmas where money wasn’t an issue.

I did get my interim coat this week. I was looking for an oversized jacket in grey or camel colour that I could easily layer under and would be warmer than my leather jacket but not a parka. I looked at the Zara website since they usually have things in my price range and saw one that I liked for $89. Since we have a large Zara in the mall next door I checked the online inventory so I could go over and try it on, and they had a few left in inventory in my size. Merle and I went over when we were waiting for Roo to finish her Robotics class. She calls this time “mommy and Merley time” because we usually mall walk while she is in the class and get Pinkberry because when Roo is with us she won’t let us go since she has boycotted them. There was a gaming store she liked there before, it closed and Pinkberry took over the location and she hasn’t forgiven them yet ;) Anyway, I tried on two coats of similar styles but picked this one because it had large pockets.

Tom calls the jacket my “Judd Nelson in The Breakfast Club” jacket. I’m not sure if he means that’s a good thing but since I love that movie and Bender I’ll take it that way ;)

How is everyone holding up this week?

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What I Wore This Week and A kind of Halloween DIY

What I Wore this Week #wiw #ootd

What I Wore this Week #wiw #ootd

What I Wore this Week #wiw #ootd

What I Wore this Week #wiw #ootd

What I Wore this Week #wiw #ootd

Outfit 1 – Grey Sweater • Mango | Jeans • Gap | Shoes • Adidas
Outfit 2 – Shirt • Thrifted (similar) | Purse • Urban Outfitters
Outfit 3 – Shirt • Zara (similar) | Jeans • H&M | Boots • Winners (similar) | Purse • UO (similar) |
Outfit 4 – White T-Shirt • Zara | Jacket • Zara | Jean • H&M (similar) | Shoes • Zara |
Beanie • Husbands (similar) |
Outfit 5 – T-shirt • Madewell | Jacket • Zara | Jeans • Gap | Scarf • Thrifted (similar) |
Shoes • Adidas | Purse • Urban Outfitters

So Hallelujah we finished Merle’s costume on Friday which was perfect timing for a practice run. There was a Halloween kids festival across the road on Saturday and we were able to test everything out and see if we needed to buy anything new or tweak anything in the costume. I learned that I needed to add more white and yellow coloured hairspray as a base before adding the green so it would be light enough to look more Beetlejuice and less Joker green. We also added some green accents (after I took pictures) to her make up to resemble the mold Beetlejuice has on his skin in the movie.

I actually planned on doing a costume DIY blog post since I don’t do a lot of them. I used to DYI a lot but over the years have lost the drive to do many projects so when this came up I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to add one. Unfortunately it didn’t work out that way and instead of sitting down and photographing the step by step process over a weekend it became a long draw out process of  passing the baton between Tom and I in the evenings. He would take the suit to work on his less busy nights and we would send each other shitty text photos of its progress.

This is the quick and easy basic breakdown:

Supplies needed:

White suit jacket/blazer (found at Value Village)
White pants
1″ painting tape
2 black Fabric markers (thick) or fabric paint

Process:

  • We first found some movie stills to get a good idea of stripe placement.
  • Pick a section to start. I suggest starting with the back so you can get used to it without messing up the front.
  • Lay three pieces of tape in a row touching one another, then remove the middle piece. This empty “stripe” is the piece you paint/colour.
  • Lay down more tape before removing the old ones because your paint stripe will be the width of the tape.
  • Repeat process until the section is complete. Let dry. Pick a new section.
  • Areas like the collar and arms took a little longer to place the tape because of the different directions the stripes angled. With the arms I suggest keeping the sleeve flat and complete the stripes on one side of the sleeve, then flip over and just match up the tape  to the other sides completed stripes (if that makes sense).
  • Follow the same idea with the pants. Just work one leg at time, front then back.

I’m sure that totally sounds confusing but once you figure the tape placement it was easy because you just repeat the same steps over and  over. It was just quite time-consuming and was often done on a flat tv tray/table while watching Netflix.

The costume was completed with a white dress shirt, black tie, and black shoes. For hair and make-up I used 3 different sprays on the hair, a white, yellow, and a lime green. That is also the order I layered them as well. Then I teased her hair and rolled up and pin the long sections in the back. Her makeup was a base of white, with dark purple around the eyes and then green smudges along the hairline, neck, ears, and mouth (added after the below picture). I’m hoping to get some better pictures on Halloween that I can add to this post.

Roo’s costume is Coraline which was actually quite simple to thrift everything (except the wig). I found her a yellow coat which technically should be a rain slicker but I found a nice yellow wool pea coat which is more weather appropriate anyway. Some leggings, rain boots, a burgundy cross body, and a blue bobbed wig were the final pieces.

I used to love dressing up for Halloween parties but haven’t for years but if I did I would want to wear something like this :)

*Updated to add some more pictures from Halloween night.

Did you dress up this year?

Kids Beetlejuice Costume Halloween DIY

Kids Beetlejuice and Coraline Costume Halloween DIY

Kids Beetlejuice Costume Halloween DIY

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Fall/Winter Work Capsule Wardrobe Outfit Options

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White T-shirt • H&M | Striped Shirt • L.L. Bean | White Blouse • H&M |
Grey Check Shirt • Mango | Burgundy Shirt • Mango | Polka Dot Blouse • Mango |
Navy Cardigan • J. Crew FactoryBlack Sweater • H&M | Grey Sweater • Mango |
Turtleneck Sweater • MangoBlazer • H&M | Skirt • L.L. Bean | Jeans • H&M | Black Pants • H&M |
Grey Wool Trousers • Mango | Navy Dress Pants • Mango | Black Print Dress • Sugarhill Boutique |
Burgundy Dress • MangoWool Coat • Mango | Black Boots • Office | Wedges • Franco Sarto |
Leopard Flats • AsosHeels • Aerosoles | Neutral Tote • Century 21 | Black Tote • Marks and Spencer |

Based on the pieces from last post Fall/Winter Workwear Capsule Wardrobe Business Casual I put together 30 outfit ideas. There is definitely a lot more different combinations that can be made, 30 is just a good start. These options are based on a work business casual environment that has casual jean Fridays. Under the dresses I would wear some black tights to still keep a professional look while remaining weather appropriate.

I suggested that you start right from the bottom of your wardrobe all the way to the top to see how many items you already own that would work in your professional wardrobe. It is surprising how many pieces you can transition over to look completely different paired with the right pieces. I give a quick breakdown on how you can do this in 5 steps in this post.

While many people have a completely separate work wardrobe from weekend wardrobe I like to integrate them together as much as you can because it can save you money and give you a lot more outfit options. Along with your work capsule you still need your accessories and seasonal pieces like scarves, winter hats, gloves, and winter boots. These are necessary items if you live in an area that experiences a colder winter season.

Is your work wardrobe and weekend wardrobe separate or integrated?

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Fall/winter work capsule wardrobe business casual outfit options 11-20 #capsule #capsulewardrobe #workcapsule #workwear

Fall/winter work capsule wardrobe business casual outfit options 21-30 #capsule #capsulewardrobe #workcapsule #workwear

Fall/Winter Workwear Capsule Wardrobe Business Casual

fall/winter workwear capsule business casual #capsule #workwear #capsulewardrobe #workwardrobeT-shirt • H&M | Striped Shirt • L.L. Bean | White Blouse • H&M | Print Shirt • Mango |
Long Sleeve • Mango | Print Blouse • Mango | Cardigan • J. Crew Factory |
Black Sweater • H&MGrey Sweater • Mango | Turtleneck Sweater • Mango |
Blazer • H&M | Skirt • L.L. Bean | Jeans • H&M | Black Pants • H&M | Wool Trousers • Mango |
Dress Pants • Mango | Print Dress • Sugarhill Boutique | Coloured Dress • Mango |
Wool Coat • MangoBlack Boots • Office | Wedges • Franco Sarto | Flats • Asos |
Heels • Aerosoles| Neutral Tote • Century 21 | Black Tote • Marks and Spencer |

I was asked if I could put together some fall/winter business casual workwear outfits to give some inspiration, so this weeks list is a fall/winter workwear capsule wardrobe. I thought it would be a better idea to break it down into what pieces I would include and then make outfits based on those pieces like with the packing lists. That way it’s easy to see what pieces you have that are similar or that you already own and what type of things you might want to add. If you refer to my A Simple Teacher Capsule Wardrobe in 5 Steps I give you a quick way to go through your clothes to see what you have that will be suitable for work and what you may need to add/substitute/or buy. It’s the easiest and most inexpensive way to build a work wardrobe.

I didn’t include bright colours because that is a preference of mine and I find it easier to make everything match if I follow a basic colour palette. But it would be very easy to build a more colourful wardrobe or add some colour with scarves, accessories, shoes. Even a bright blouse, sweater or blazer will add a nice burst of colour. This list is for fall so I obviously  picked heavier knit sweaters, wool pants, and a wool jacket. Not included in this list is the rest of your winter gear like hats, scarves, gloves, and boots. When I was working in a professional environment I still walked and used public transport to work. This meant that I had to wear my winter boots and pack my heels/dress boots in my bag and switch over at work. It is a pain and doesn’t usually look very cute, but it is a common practice because  a) It stops you from falling on your ass in winter and b) saves your work shoes from being destroyed by slush and snow.

I’m going to pair these in to outfits for the next post. I hope it gives some inspiration.

What are your favourite fall/winter work pieces?

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