transition

So on Friday I went from work to a friend’s dinner. You saw most of this on Friday, but here it is again.

For my work look, I wore Hue tights, Loft booties, skirt and black top from … I can’t remember, probably Kohls. Sweater from H&M and belt that came with another skirt. When the work day was over and it was time for fun, I took off the sweater and replaced it with my jacket and put the belt over it. Outerwear…as inner wear? I think yes. I also switched my large tote bag for a large clutch. The tote bag and sweater and anything else I didn’t need to carry all night, I left in my desk. 

And when it was time to go outside? I bundled up.

Mittens and hat were gifts, jacket from Target, scarf and clutch I made myself.

I know, I know. I said never glitter at work. But haven’t I also said to break the rules? I needed a pick me up this week and saw a picture on PS I Made This’ Twitter that showed this design. And I fell in love and just had to try it myself. And it’s just one glittery nail, and it’s almost the weekend…so that’s ok right?

which one?

So you guys know how I’m trying to save money? So I’m shopping less and saving more, or at least that’s the plan. But I’ve been dreaming of these shoes for weeks, and I ran into this lovely textured yellow sweater last night, and it just got me thinking…if I could only pick one, which should I get? Hypothetically, of course.

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(Shoes from Nine West, sweater from Loft)

Which one should I buy? Or should I save my money and get neither? Keep in mind how much I like yellow…and how much I like shoes.

on books

Since style isn’t just what you put on your body, it’s also what’s in your head, I have a book to share. I just finished 11/22/63 by Stephen King and loved it. It’s about time travel, but in a cool way, trust me. The characters in this book get brought back to a specific day and time in 1958 and decide to try to stop Kennedy’s assassination on Nov. 22, 1963. It was the perfect amount of history and adventure to satisfy all the kinds of nerd I am. Some of my favorite quotes, with no spoilers, promise: 

“The cyclone even had a sound, two Russian words spoken over and over again in a flat Southern drawl: pokhoda, cyka. Walk, bitch.”

“My dad used to say you can tell a lot about a person’s health just by the state of his or her fingernails.”

“Human things are terrific right to the end, it seems like.”

“When you put on a clown suit and a rubber nose, nobody has any idea what you look like inside.”

“In America, where surface has always passed for substance, people always believe guys like Frank Dunning.”

“He listened. He did it as the world’s more charming and magnetic people do, always asking the right question at the right time, never fidgeting or taking his eyes from the speaker’s face, making the other guy feel like the most knowledgeable, brilliant, and intellectually savvy person on the planet.”

“Which brought the house down, of course. In dark times when even the sages are uncertain, declarations of love always do.”

I had 21 kindle pages of notes and highlighted quotes, so I had to narrow it down. I also teared up on the subway (seriously, books have brought me to tears on more than one occasion on the train) when I read about Jackie Kennedy, and of course Caroline and John-John. 

Anyway. Dedicating an outfit to Jackie seemed a little sad, so instead, here’s what I would wear, if I were going on a time traveling adventure from now to 1958.

Simple. Chic. Could look good now and in the ’50s and ’60s. Black is versatile and never out of style. The wedding band would keep hooligans away as you go about your business. But throw some flats in your vintage Chanel in case you have to run. 

(Want to read with me? See what’s on my bookshelf on Goodreads.)

etsy

Good morning! I’m excited to show you guys what I’ve been working on. 

Remember those bags I tweeted a little while ago? Well I made some adjustments, made a few more, and posted them on Etsy!

I’m hoping to make more and more items, but it feels great to get a few up there to start and see how it goes!

I also have a few small changes here on Rae’s Days. The new header and other logos are by Jewels Phraner, who runs Oven Lovin’ and makes the best guacamole in the world. I also have a contact page so you can get in touch with me all over the Internet and a shopping list, where I’ve listed all the pieces I’d love to add to my closet. If you have any suggestions on what to add or where to buy, let me know!