Wear n Share and today it is: board games, chosen by Laura. I am wearing a snake necklace for Snakes and Ladders. I also have a client meeting so have combed my hair and actually ironed my pants. I wasn't even sure we owned an iron, so there you go. You learn something new every day.
There is something Christmas Elfish about this ensemble. Be it colour scheme or my height, I could definitely nail you together some kind of crude wooden toy for Santa to deliver to you. You'd probably prefer a Wii, though. I think these pants make me look thin, so after the challenge is over, I will be wearing them every single day until they fall apart. Further, I have discovered that self-taken photos can either be with me smiling, or in focus, but never both. It's taken a while to gather the data for this conclusion. I need to concentrate to stop my arms flailing wildly and uncontrollably, hence the stern expression.
Look at this! Tights in September. Not at all happy about this global cooling, but a definite boon for the outfit challenge, ooooh, so different, can't put my finger on it, oooh what could it be...sucked in, it's just tights!
In the interest of ethics - this is a new skirt. Mat bought it for me... so it's true to the technicality of the challenge, if not the spirit.
I have been house hunting and working out a lot. Then I remember that I need to take my picture, but I'm already in my work out clothes by this point and wouldn't want to have you suffer through my tomato face and crazy cat lady hair because I'm just considerate that way. Enough excuses, on with the challenge.
And I'm back! I had a little break from The Outfit Challenge, though it was always in my heart. This is actually not a completely true statement. I didn't wear any repeated outfits, but you're just going to have to take my word for it, because I failed to document this. This time off was due to feeling beyond gross and unphotogenic to an actual higher plane of camera aversion. One inhabited only by the famed yet elusive swamp creatures such as the Yeti and the Loch Ness monster. You don't see many pictures of them, do you? Perhaps a drawn out flu and resultant lack of exercise is the reason they don't feel like preening either. Poor old things.
Sometimes you put a lot of effort into your hairstyle. You primp and preen, and blow dry and use products. It looks great, you get compliments and feel confident. Then there's those days where you think: 'to hell with it all, I'm a nice person, and people shouldn't judge on looks and besides, I deserve this extra cup of tea before I leave the house. I was only 15 minutes late to work yesterday, I need a reward, so I'll read this magazine article while I have it. Jeez, this article is kind of long. Nevermind, these activities can cut into my hair-styling time, I'll just whack a headband on, it won't look so bad.' On those day you are wrong. You will also see an ex/a bunch of trendy friends you'd like to impress/your husband and his boss. FACT. Today is one of those days.
Celebrating Maxine's birthday with brunch at Freeman's. This corner made an interesting backdrop, but smelled strongly of wee. A criticism of the art, perhaps? Or a performance piece in itself? Nasty stuff, either way. Brunch was lovely though. Happy birthday, Maxine!
It's theme day at Wear n Share (which is becomig a bit of a hap hazzard affair). The theme today is Countries and I am the USA. I could also be France, but Laura already is and she is doing it a lot better.
I broke and went shopping yesterday, but have since returned everything. It's Day 37 and I've barely scratched the surface. The Outfit Challenge may well have to go into extension, and I definitely don't need anything. Except more wardrobe space. And a tea fairy so that I don't have to get up. That would be nice.
Today was supposed to be theme day. Laura and I were discussing possible themes and the last thing she said was: 'T-shirt'. Thus, I wore the most awesome Tshirt that I own (and probably the most awesome in history). Unfortunately, she was answering my earlier query re: what to get my brother for his birthday. I'm still happy as I get to wear my shirt.
Play me off, Keyboard Cat.
I took this picture after my flight and a NYC sauna/cab ride home, instead of much earlier in the day when I was fresh and having a lovely lunch in the sun with Emily. Oh, well. I have accessorised with a background suitcase and tired face. Very hip and very now.
The shirt re-appears on a day trip to Brighton beach. Matty bought me this lovely brooch from Portabello Markets, too. This was one of the best days ever.
Here I am with some beautiful friends: the most flattering and fun accessory. They were also accessories to my drinking of wine, which is why I love 'em.
You can't really see my clothes very well (the waitress taking the picture was a little cranky), but I'm posting two pictures today to make up for August 13 (a black day), and also because the people pictured here called me out on not documenting when I have two outfits in a day. So here you go.
A disaster* has happened to the outfit challenge! I missed a day's photo by accident. This occured because I decided at the last minute to go to London this weekend, and barely had time to tell anyone I was coming, let alone make the plane and taje my picture. Guess i could have used the immigration one, but not sure they share that, challenge or no (they're really quite serious). I did technically wear the hoodie on the overnight flight, and again after a 'lag-curing swim in Hampstead Heath, seen here.
Today's theme is Agatha Christie and in this spirit, I am investigating this plunger as a potential murder witness. At the very least, it is some kind of pervert for hanging around in the toilets all day. I'm wearing a cardigan a la Miss Marple, glasses like Aggy herself and 1920s style shoes for Tommy and Tuppence. I'll get to the bottom of this with the plunger, while you look at how awesome Laura's outfit is.
Another Liz donation makes an appearance today. Unexpectedly taking the Outfit Challenge global this weekend, with a trip to Blighty. How exciting!
It was a hot, hot day in NY today, and a day filled with a lot of micro dramas, all of which left me red in the face. The theme today is black ruffled things, because everyone knows the best colour to wear in the heat is black.
This was technically my outfit for the majority of the day. For my fly fishing lessons, I have accesorised with my husband, one of the outlaws and some very flattering rubber pants and moon boots. I didn't, unfortunately, pick up a massive trout to add authenticity to the look, managing mainly to catch my own thumb a few times. But hey, it's better than nothing.
Almost a quarter of the way through the challenge, and apologies for the blur issues. I don't want to be thought of the weird girl in the office who takes pictures of herself in the loos (even though I clearly am), so I rushed this one to avoid witnesses. I think you get the idea.
Over at Wear n Share, we've decided a bi-weekly theme is a little less pressure on us, and a forfeit is totally fine if someone has the sniffles. As such, we're moving to Mondays and Fridays and doing Wild West tomorrow. Even though it's no place for a woman.
At the Moonlight Cinema on the Upper West Side, on what will henceforth be known as The Night of Cheese.
We ate a lot of the good stuff and the movie was cheesy as well, in keeping with the theme. It featured lines such as: 'The frontier is no place for a woman' and multiple battle scenes with 'Indians' (actually chubby white guys painted orange) whooping and being wantonly destructive. Hilariously offensive on many levels, but it was made in the thirties, the weather was lovely, so who could complain? Not this woman (who doesn't belong on the frontier).
Good cheese night indeed.
Today sees the very first outfit challenge donation being put to good use. The green blouse is from a little boutique I like to call: Liz's closet. Her wardrobe evaluation and purge is a boon to the outfit challenge, and one woman's trash is another woman's treasured new top.
We have a little crisis at Wear n Share for tomorrow. Laura is feeling poorly and went home before we nailed down a theme. Taking a wild stab at guessing which theme from our list it's meant to be, I'll be coming in 'wild west' get up. Quite possibly alone. John Wayne seemed to be alone a lot, which seems fitting. It's everyone for themselves on the wild frontier, it really is.
Animal Magic is the transatlantic theme today. Accordingly, I have used magic to turn my ninja pants into genie pants. By washing my shoes in too-hot water, they've been magically transformed into curled toe genie shoes, AND my frown has been turned upside down by finding a use for previously ruined shoes. I am also wearing the wolf shirt that Santa gave me this year, and my belt has some horsies on it. The smile I'm wearing is brought to you by the about to be eaten Vietnamese sandwich sitting off camera, beside the photographer. Those sandwiches are somehow bewitched, or at least unnaturally deliiiicious.
At the Highline Park. The most flattering part of this outfit is the background, but as I was awoken from a much needed siesta to make this outing, I'm not going to be too hard on myself. It could have been my unicorn jammies.
Day trip to The Cloisters. Please note my tasteful accessory: Met Museum entry badge. Pulls the outfit together and prevents security from turfing me out. They did yell at me for leaning out the window. So, you can't be too careful.
Theme day over at wear n share, and today's is 'Tutti Frutti'. As a reference for non-Brits like myself, it's a kind of wine gum sweet that comes in a range of lurid colours with very little actual fruit involved. It's also a song about a polygamy by Little Richard.
Unequivocal proof that Mat takes far, far better outfit photos than I do with the camera on self-timer propped on a newspaper/chair/bathroom sink.
This is the man, the legend: Dave.
Dave on the right.
Dave extolling the values of sun safety.
This is me as Dave, not Dave himself (I've done such a good job, I had to point this out). I think he'll be pleased. I also don't know if he owns a Pop Swatch, but I do, and it's awesome.
You can't be too sun safe, even while indoors. Dave would approve.
As a lot of kids in 1991 would agree; this watch makes me cool.