After Andy thinks he's gotten a couple of decent shots, I go to look at them and realize that my shoes are not showing up in the pictures. In fact, they kind of look like they've been photoshopped off and that I just have a weird foot nub. After having looked at them again, I also realize I was facing the wrong way and the sun was making me squint and casting awkward shadows. So not the cutest. I decide we need to move up to the driveway and waste no time telling Andy that he obviously hasn't cut the grass recently enough since the grass was swallowing my shoes. He really appreciated this constructive feedback.
There are also several pictures of me waving my hands around my head, because for some ungodly reason there were gnats and mosquitoes out like nobody's business. At like three o'clock in the afternoon. In mid September. In Virginia. WTF? Things I learned during this photo shoot? Don't go outside ever.
Hands, what are hands? What do we do with our hands when we are not using them? Also, how do we smile? Obviously I'm not a real human being, I'm just an alien who's pretending to be human.
My pictures will be better next time, I promise! Anyway, though this outfit is not best represented in these photos, I wanted to share it with you for a couple of reasons. For one thing, I realized as I was walking to my car this afternoon that this is my first time wearing this sweater (which I bought a couple of weeks ago at Gap), and my first time wearing this skirt, which I thrifted from Plato's Closet at the beginning of the summer. I had originally planned to wear this skirt with a fitted white tee (over the summer), but for some reason never wore it out. Most of the skirts I've owned have been best with tucked in shirts, so this one was more awkward for me to figure out since it has a looser, more natural waist. I'm so glad I finally got around to wearing it, and I'll definitely be layering it with black tights as it gets cooler. This may also be the first time I've worn this necklace, which I know I've had since high school and believe was handed down to me. Now the shoes, those I wear. A lot. These are the most comfortable heels on the planet (more comfortable than some of the flats I own) and are totally trying to give out on me and I'm like no, stop, you can't, because I've bought a couple of other pairs of black heels anticipating these heels quitting on me and they just aren't that comfortable.
Things I love about this outfit:
-it's simple and chic
-the ballerina skirt is kind of whimsical and fun, but the neutral-toned purple and the length keep it practical
-it's totally work appropriate
-it would transition well to other situations as well
-there's lots of room to play with accessories
I have a lightweight black sweater with some broad stripes that's a little shorter, and I think I'll try that next time to help avoid some of the bulkiness around the midsesction I encountered with this particular sweater. A pretty blouse or button up would also be cute. More things to try!
Yours Truly, Jen