WIW 5/16: Jersey skirt

Trying to resist the urge to shop every time Angie posts something good! I don't have a wrap jersey skirt but I do have a Vince Camuto tube skirt which works just as well. The new Paul Green sandals are working out well, I've already worn them three or four times in the last week.

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K/R silver sandal showdown: Paul Green Cayanne vs Munro Abby (ETA decision!)

Ok which silver sandal do you think I should keep? Have bought both but I think I can only justify keeping one. I already have the Munro Abby in black and bronze (14) and they are super comfy sandals. Trying to decide between a third Abby pair in silver, or the Paul Green metallic Cayanne sandals that Angie posted about. When I tried them both on at the store, people were commenting how great the Cayannes looked on me and that they looked more special than the Abbys. The Cayannes are surprisingly relatively comfy for 3 inch heels. But the Abby are only 2.5 inch and even more comfy. The Abbys are all day on call at the hospital (lots and lots of walking) heels whereas the Cayannes might be more of an all day at the office/doing procedures (lots of standing and short distance walking) pair. Pro for the Cayanne is that it has a zipper whereas the Abby has a Velcro closure (which may eventually wear out). And I think it looks a little edgier. But the negative is that my ankles are so skinny that there is a bit of a gap/flowerpot effect. Pic 12 was with my usual size 7.5 which was too big around my ankles, so I sized down to a 7 (funnily though I had to size up 1/2 size to an 8 in the Abbys). Even with the smaller size Cayannes there's a bit of a gap, more so on the right (see 11). And it's more expensive than the Abby, although I used a Nordstrom note to bring the price down. Oh and I tried the Cayannes with a bronze/gold toned outfit and it didn't seem to work as well as the bronze Abbys, so it really is more of a silver toned sandal. Which one do you think looks better on me? Thanks for your help!

ETA: added more pics of the Paul Green styled (18/19) and comparison of Paul Greens and Josef Siebels. Actually it's no comparison. The heel height is lower on the JS but is actually less padded/comfy feeling and the toe box is narrower. Also unlike the PG's, the strips on the JS are not attached to each other so they do this weird skin-revealing thing when I put them on. All I could think of was "mummy shoes". Worth a try, but back to Zappos they go!

So, I decided to keep the Cayannes. I love the style and they way they look. They're a lot more edgy than the Abbys. And compared to the Josef Seibels they are actually more comfy. In fact one of the other doctors in my practice has a pair of Cayannes too, I just found out. But I'm keeping the silver Abbys too, at least for now. If I don't reach for them in the next few months I'll return, but I'm pretty sure I can use them for days when I'm going to be doing a lot of walking either for work or MOTG. As for those who think three pairs of one shoe is too much, you would be appalled at my shoe closet. I have five pairs of Okalas, and routinely have two to three pairs of each shoe in different colors! When I find something that works I stick with it!

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WIW 5/6-7 Citron and blue palazzo pants, military jacket and wedge sneaks

A couple of casual outfits. 

1-6. Decided to keep the palazzo pants for fun. They seemed long with flats, but with wedge sandals they might be OK? What do you think of the length, can I get away without hemming them or do they need to be taken up? Matching citron T shirt, earrings and necklace.

Eileen Fisher T shirt, Banana Republic pants and jacket, Stella and Dot jewelry & bag

7-11. Funny series. Mama's boy makes it very hard to sneak in outfit pics! He always wants me to sleep in his bed and likes to say, "Mama, I weewy weewy weewy weewy weewy miss you. If you go I will cry because I weewy weewy weewy want you." Aww. How can I say no? I'll miss these days when he's a teenager and wants nothing to do with me! Happy Mother's Day to all!

Anthro Hei Hei military jacket
Banana Republic outlet stripe shirt
Out from the Kloth jeans
Michael Michael Kors silver studded satchel
Skechers grey wedge sneakers

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WIW ALLGO (A little less going on)

I know this outfit (#1/2) doesn't look like much and is kind of different from my usual matchy matchy, but I felt pretty good wearing it. I first started out by pairing the matching floral blouse and skirt like I did in #3/4 (http://goldenpig.lookfab.com/p.....-and-mini-), but I didn't really feel like doing super matchy matchy. Then I thought, well let me try denim on denim like Angie's post, but couldn't figure out a way to do it that felt right for work. So I ended up going with the denim shirt with the floral skirt, and pairing it with very simple silver accessories (a disc necklace with my children's initials on it and a plain silver bracelet). Still had a bit of matchy matchy with the silver purse and silver sandals, but overall a more subdued, "normal" look. But I still felt really good in it, and got lots of compliments on the skirt and my outfit. I think I'm getting this urge to simplify a little and have a little less going on. Not all the time, but sometimes. I just don't want to have everything perfect and fussy all the time. And I don't want to stand out all the time or look like I'm trying too hard. Don't worry, I'm not completely rejecting my matchy matchy gene (how could I not resist the fun of #4!).

But I'm feeling the urge to try to simplify my life a little bit. Things are so busy and chaotic with work, kids, and our home is a complete mess, it looks like a medical bookstore, scuba shop, and toy store all exploded. We both tend to be sentimental hoarders and I have so little free time to try to clean up. I really want to start purging stuff and stop accumulating. I bought and read the Marie Kondo book a while ago, but I've barely scratched the surface. I have Simplicity Parenting and now The More of Less on my nightstand (I also signed up for the Uncluttered course that came free with that book). Just not sure how to do it with my closet though...I like so much of it! The thought of trying to reduce my wardrobe by half makes me nauseous! I've done minor purges before and pass stuff onto my sister, so almost everything left sparks joy! I did my whole handbag month (for 3 months, LOL) and only ended up purging one purse (the most expensive one, granted). I have more than enough dresses to wear a different one each day for over a month. Same with skirts. I think I need an intervention (wish Angie or someone could come edit my closet!) I just don't think I can become a closet minimalist, it's not in my nature. But I can try to stop adding so much. I returned all the Target Marimekko stuff except for swimsuits for DD (it all looked awful on me with my belly pooch and not that great quality). And I'm planning to return most of the Banana Republic stuff I posted in my last K/R, except maybe the palazzo pants for fun. The floral suit is just not happening. I want to feel more relaxed and blend in a bit more and the floral suit is the total opposite of that goal.

So I felt rather peaceful in my outfit. It still had pattern (which I love) and a tiny bit of matchy matchy with the accessories, just not so hypermatchy. It reminded me of my ALLGO outfit I posted a couple of years ago (#5/6 and http://goldenpig.lookfab.com/p.....blue-jeans for fun baby pics!) I always felt like simple was boring, but simple can be freeing too. I still love matchy matchy, but wanting to explore my ALLGO side too.

Guess our time is up! Thanks for letting me lie down on the couch and vent for a while! 

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WIW Should I wear more makeup?

I have to be honest, I'm so busy that my grooming skills are sadly neglected. I'm lucky if I manage to get dressed and out the door on time. I don't style my hair, it's just wash and go. I do usually wear a swipe of lipstick but don't do a full face of makeup because I'm usually rushing out the door, sometimes with kids in tow trying to catch the bus. Plus I wear glasses so I didn't think people can really see my eyes anyways. But I experimented and tried wearing some tinted BB cream, eye shadow, eyeliner and blush along with my lipstick the other day (#3). I don't really know how to apply makeup well, but does it make a difference? Too heavy? (My lipstick only face in #6 and #9). Which version do you prefer? Any good tips for harried clumsy makeup newbies? I tried to do that tightlining thing but had to give up because I thought I was going to poke my eyes out! LOL!

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WIW Queen Bee & more fun & quirky bags

Random assortment of more outfits showing my love of quirky bags.

So #3 is an old Ralph Lauren "doctor's bag" I found at TJ Maxx. I used it instead of my black studded satchel in #4 (http://goldenpig.lookfab.com/p.....-casual-x2) because I was trying to not repeat bags, but it didn't really feel so "me" as it was so plain. I didn't end up purging it as people suggested. But adding a fun Kate Spade fuzzy bumblebee bag charm gave it a second life! Did the matchy matchy with a bee bracelet and bee charm to match the black and yellow skirt, and chevron stripe skirt, necklace and shoe straps. I have a few more keychains that I bought (fuzzy ladybug, ice cream, dalmatian) that would allow me to have fun with matchy matchy without getting matching bags for everything (because um, I do have a little problem with that!). I'm realizing that this purse fits more with my matchy matchy girly girly Kate Spade persona and the black studded Michael Kors satchel works with my slightly edgier side. The keychain charms just wouldn't work as well with the slouchy studded satchel. Win win!

Wore my Kate Spade orange slice bag in #5 the day I sent my orange Hermes bag to its new owner. I really felt good in this outfit. It felt so much more me--easygoing casual MOTG with a dose of fun. My orange slice bag always makes me smile!

And another casual kid schlepping outfit in #7. Pulling out another old Paul Frank cat bag. Also with the Tokidoki tote to match the Tokidoki T shirt. Yes, I love cutesy cartoon characters. I even have a Paul Frank Hello Kitty one that I'd love to resurrect someday if I can get away with it. There was a post in another fashion group I belong to for women doctors and someone said that no one should wear cartoon characters outside of the house. Oops! Rules, schmules. I posted my Star Wars outfits (http://goldenpig.lookfab.com/p.....n-phasma-b) and other people posted their cartoon characters outfits and even the OP had to join in the fun and post a cartoon outfit too. Never say never! Life's too short not to have some fun with fashion!

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WIW Red Heart, Black Velvet

A couple of red and black outfits, both with my Sam Edelman red snake ankle strap pumps. Though for all day walking I had to bring comfier shoes to change into (black suede sandals and red ballet flats).

1-4. Maggy London floral lace dress
Chanel red purse/Michael Kors black purse
Alexis Bittar necklace, Stella and Dot bracelet

5-9. Tory Burch heart dress
Red bow belt
Kate Spade red heart purse and black velvet heart handle purse
H&M triple heart necklace

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