Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Reverse 30x30: I think I figured out polka dot tights?

My girl, Brynn, inspired me for this item, polka dot tights, on my reverse 30x30. Why is something so fun an enormous source of sartorial confusion for me? Thank you, Brynn, for making me realize how perfectly they would complement this dress. 

I can't stop wearing these hand-me-down booties from Mom. Plus, they add a little bit of edge to the outfit. No? Wait until you see the next pair of booties she gave to me. They're YELLOW! Seriously, prepare to feel overwhelmed by jealousy. 

Do I look like I'm still celebrating Christmas because of this red sweater? If so, I do not care. When the weather outside is frightful, continuing to wear Christmas colors is so delightful. 

Thank you to those of you who wished me well after yesterday's post. If people you have met only online are kind to you, then there's a lot more to be grateful about in this world. Also, as I told someone, I am a silver-lining hunter. I allow myself only a small amount of time to feel any sort of self pity because, honestly, where does that get me? It just dumps me into a land of dreariness. I heard somewhere that life is 10% circumstance and 90% attitude; you cannot control what happens to you, but you can control how you respond to it. Ultimately, I choose happiness. 

Think about it. I might have crappy sinuses and crappy teeth and a lot of other crappy body parts. However, as a result, I have learned a lot about nutrition. I have a "team" of doctors who are extremely helpful people, and I truly believe I am slowly but surely traveling on the road to recovery.  I spent so many years sick without anything definitive to explain the sicknesses. Now, I actually have answers. I have a lot of compassionate, funny, helpful people who surround me (both online and offline). I have my career, my awesome colleagues, and my endearing students. 
I have my family, my friends, and my fur babies. 
Often, I might not feel great physically, but I feel great emotionally. 
And I'm okay with that. :)

The Look:
Dress: Target--they need to make more of these! (Here's a very similar one from Gap; I have it in gray. I love love love it.)
Turtleneck: The Limited (similar from JCPenny)
Belt: The Limited (similar from Target)
Booties: From Mom :)
Tights: The Limited (similar from Target)
Necklace: Target 

Detail shot of the tights :)

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Similar outfits that involve layers under a dress:

A button up under this very same dress!

my striped version of the black dress:
(Someone tell me how else to style this dress in the winter? What other color can I wear with it? Maybe I should've added it to my 30x30.)


  1. Aww you totally are a silver-lining person, I love your optimism! It's definitely the key to living a happy life. And as for the outfit, Brynn was totally on it, because these polka dot tights are perfection with this look.

  2. I love the polka dot tights! And I think red is totally fine after Christmas. You're just celebrating an early Valentine's Day, right!?

  3. I need to try this, you look adorable and I love that you're a silver lining hunter. :)

  4. We're on the same wavelength, and that is awesome! Layering a dress over a turtleneck is such a good idea!

    1. [The above comment probably doesn't make any sense without saying the same wavelength we're on is layering under a dress.]

  5. Thanks for the shout out, dear Danielle! You rocked the polka dot tights today and I hope they'll make a permanent home in your closet. I totally tried on that coral striped dress at Target when they first started making it, but the waistline didn't align with my natural waist and it looked suuuper awkward on me. I was so sad. But now that I know you have the dress, I'm going to be SO excited to see how you style it so I can (once again) live vicariously through you!!


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