Various and Sundry

**UPDATED**  Yall have a great memory.  Two of you have mentioned the orange t-shirt I got last fall.  I wore it today, ironically.  I do like it.  I guess I should spend my time looking for original t-shirts instead of t-shirt alternatives, eh?

Thanks for all of the great input yesterday!  Seriously, yall RAWK.  The floral print shirt went back today.  It cost too much to not be flattering.  The black T is an oldie but goodie.  I have about twenty more with various necklines and colors sitting in my summer box upstairs.  The khakis have been worn so I don’t know what I’ll do about those.  Perhaps keep them on-hand for THAT time of the month.  They were cheap, so eh.  What-ev-AH.

It really does help to get a second (and third and twenty-fifth) opinion.  So thanks.  I like a lot of your suggestions — a slimmer, cropped pant or a white jean are both great options that I don’t have in my closet.  Still.  I want so badly to find SOMEthing that isn’t a plain T-shirt.  A few somethings, ideally.  But I feel like every time I try something, it’s a bust, and I end up reverting to the same old uniform. 

Someone suggested jewelry to brighten up my uniform, and I think I will give that a shot.  I typically wear the same understated pieces of jewelry, which just adds to the monotony of my uniform.  But my new $3.89 bracelets are so fun and make me feel so much more put together that I think I need to invest in a few more things like that.  I just can’t look too closely.  For $3.89 I didn’t exactly expect quality construction, but still.  Yoiks.

And of course, there are always plenty of cute shoes and handbags to spice up a boring outfit!

Someone asked where to get jeans and bathing suits.  Now THAT is a question I can answer.  I love my Lucky Brand jeans, but they aren’t cheap.  I’m also not impressed with the way the denim holds up over time.  It pills.  But they fit so well, I wear them anyway.  Gap is always a great place for jeans, although I have had no luck there since they changed all their styles.  Jeans are largely a matter of body style and finding what works for you, so it takes a LOT of trial and error to find the right pair, so when you find them, buy a couple!  They will look different depending on the wash and length you choose.

As far as bathing suits, I’m a huge fan of Lands End bathing suits, and I recently ordered one from Athleta. I will let you know if I like it when it arrives, but I will NOT be posting pictures.  Ahem.

Also.  On a completely unrelated note.  Someone asked in a comment if I design blogs.  Why, yes.  Yes I do!  You can see my work on my DCR Design blog.  My waiting list is about a week, at the moment.  So if you think you may be interested, let me know, and I’ll add you to my queue.  Even if you don’t need a new design, come on over and see what I’ve been up to!

Also.  I did not watch Idol Gives Back last night.  It is on my DVR, but I doubt I’ll get around to it.  Does that make me a bad Idol watcher?  I think that what they are doing is admirable, but I can’t stand to watch all the pomp and ceremony.  It’s so contrived.  GAH. 

I will, however, be watching the results show tonight and live blogging the results, and I can tell you this much.  If they do a whole show and then don’t send anyone home, as they did last year, I will be SO perturbed.  Actually, last year they combined the results and the Idol Gives Back shows, and I think that’s why they didn’t have the heart to send someone home.  But I fully expect someone to pack their bags tonight, and I am afraid that someone may be Carly.

One more thing.  Steph’s post today really hit home with me.  She put into words exactly how I feel and have a hard time articulating.  So, yeah, what she said.  Is that cheating?

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  1. Ooo! Ooo! I encourage you to order from Boden, Michelle. I just did for the first time (I detest mail order) and I got the CUTEST skirt and tank top. (I actually posted a picture of me in it a few weeks ago.) The other top didn’t work out, but hey, 2 for 3 ain’t half bad.

    I think you should give it a shot.

  2. How on earth were you able to pick just one of those adorable suits at Athleta?? I just checked out their site and they have some seriously cute suits – trouble!!

    Thanks for letting me know about them.

  3. I can’t break out of the t-shirt mold, either. I just saw a great little cotton top from Boden that’s designed to be worn wrinkled (my kind of maintenance!). But…it’s a little pricey and I’ve never ordered from Boden before. I haven’t had much luck catalog shopping lately, so I’m not sure what I’ll do. Probably revert back to the four new t-shirts I just bought at Target.

    Let me know how the Athleta suit works out. I just got their catalog the other day and saw about — oh, a hundred things — I loved. They’ve got great looking stuff!

  4. Gap jeans are all I’ve worn for years. I was pretty upset (and embarrassed) last time I bought new jeans there. ALL of them had ripped spots in the thighs. At my age, I don’t need spots in my jeans that reveal my thighs for pete’s sake. And of course I returned them to the store and told the little child working behind the counter my jeans were defective. And she told me all the jeans were like that.

    Jeez. They ruined my favorite jeans!

  5. Lucky Brand jeans are my favorite,too. I buy nearly all of mine on eBay since they are so dang expensive. I wear them everyday, so it’s like my uniform and I can, therefore, justify the price, right?

  6. I heart the Athleta bathing suits but OH MY…I’ve ordered and tried on at least six and SIGH have sent them all back. They fit well and they are cute but they are DEEP V cut. I am moderately endowed and I just don’t want to give that much of a view at the local pool.

    I just ordered a Tara Grinna suit. Will let you know how it fits. I usually have good luck with Lands End, but I wanted to venture out this year.Bathing suits deserve a whole post of their own, eh?

  7. Did you just get the new Lands End swimsuit catalog in the mail…THE CUTEST suits ever.

    They have tons of cute mix and match, tops and bottoms…love it. Gonna buy some.

    I’m going to Cancun with my sister in Dec. (I know….a long time away still)…but I plan to buy two tops and match them with one bottom, so I can have options for suits. CUTE-NESS! And they are good quality, I have another suit from Landsend, cute and washes well.

    Kelly S.

  8. what about that orangy shirt that you bought last year? I really liked that. Or did you not buy it and were just thinking about it? I can’t remember. I know you talked about not wanting to just wear t-shirts all the time…and then you had this great shirt that i loved!

  9. I don’t care for Gap jeans or Old Navy jeans they ride way too low for me and the back pouches out. LOL

    I bought a pair of LLBean jeans at the outlet outside of Gettysburg last fall and LOVE them. They fit well, and priced to my satisfaction (around $20). I think retail they are around $40. But I’d pay that for good fitting jeans. LOL

  10. I am with you about t-shirts. Somehow I always go back to solid colors and v-necks. That style just works for us larger-chested girls.

    That said, I remember that awhile back you posted a photo and you were wearing a really cute patterned tee. I believe it was orange with some kind of design across it. Anyway, it was super flattering on you and it had a little more pizazz than a solid tee…

  11. I’m still lovin my Levi’s. 🙂

    I think you are very brave to ask for opinions from your kazillions of people!!! But then again, you are also very cute and thin, and well, pretty. So I can see how you can do it 😉

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