Monday, April 16, 2012

Paralegal Career Dressing: It's Visible Monday But I Can't Talk About It

Well, not out loud anyway. I have a whopping case of laryngitis. Possibly strep. (I'm hoping my co-workers don't read my blog much, because I did go into work this morning. I thought I felt better. Sorry, guys!) Please, please pray it's not strep. I hate, hate taking antibiotics so much. The side effects are worse than the underlying condition :(

So when I looked at the pics I took this morning, I thought, "Sheesh, you look kinda sickly." Which I am. But I can't miss Not Dead Yet Style's Visible Monday, because Patti celebrates real women every week, especially those of a certain age, who aren't becoming less visible with age, but simply better with time.

I'm going to be frank. Sometimes I look at style blogs and think, "What am I doing here? I'm not young or photogenic, and I don't have much of a clothes budget. Heck, I usually don't have a photographer." Then I think, "But I'm me, and we're all unique, and we should celebrate the style that works for us, whatever our age, budget, body types, and style needs." My style needs are to find reasonably priced clothes that meet my desire to be a little different, suit a middle-aged short person, and are appropriate for a work environment that alternates between uber buttoned-up court activities to a biz casual law firm.

Ann Taylor wrap blouse (thrifted); Worthington pencil skirt (jcp); Nine West wedges (Ross Dress for Less); Wrap watch (gift from mom); Flower necklace (a little boutique in Chapel Hill, NC)
This is the goofy result you get when you try to get the watch and necklace in the same pic.
This wrap watch is perfect for skinny wrists.
Does shopping for the perfect watch make anyone else a little crazy, or have you already found it? (If so, do spill the deets!)

29 comments:

  1. I know you weren't fishing for compliments, but you ARE quite photogenic and I enjoy your blog a lot. It's especially wonderful to see someone closer to my age than the average fashion blogger, who seem mostly to be in their 20s and thus able to wear things I can't pull off anymore (e.g. anything from Forever 21). You have a great smile and put together some really neat outfits. I used to live in W-S and the only thrift shop I knew of was the Goodwill store near the coliseum. So it's also nice to hear references to my old 'hood. =) By the way, I found you when you put Helen Parsonage on your blog-- I used to be a grad student in Derek's lab.

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  2. I hope for your sake that it isn't strep! I recognize your blouse from that last thrift foray...and it looks great with the skirt. But, it is the shoes rather than the watch I wished I owned.

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  3. I love your outfit pics Lynne. You have a georgeous style! I've never tried thrift store shopping myself (already look like enough of a bag lady as it is most days) but I'm getting ready to try it thanks to you. Got any tips for a beginner?

    -Karen

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  4. I gave up wearing a watch - I couldn't handle finding to find one perfect one!

    I love this outfit - the wedges are perfect, Lynn.

    I would rather be a person who takes her own pictures, shops thrift and works her own timer button to those generic glossy bloggers. You rock, Lynn, don't sell yourself short. :)

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  5. My dear Lynne - I think you are stylish and photogenic! And I enjoy your blog so much. Sorry you're sick, you're right - strep is the *pits*. Hope you are feeling better very soon! And thanks so much for linking up to Visible Monday.

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  6. I like the pencil skirt. I think there's room for everyone in the blogging world, and you look super stylish.

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  7. Aww I hope you feel better asap. Being sick sucks.

    Psh, I'd rather read a blog about a real person than a "model." My blogroll is full of variety in age, body types, styles, and lifestyles.

    You look marvelous in red. And I adore your wrap watch. Wrist things never fit me unless they are wrapped or specifically snapped/buckle sized for small wrists. Hence - I don't own a watch. I keep my mobile in my pocket for telling the time.

    My mom has always sworn by Fossil watches in a two-tone color though.

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  8. I love all that red! So pretty!

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  9. Cute wedges! =)


    http://pinkchampagnefashion.blogspot.com/

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  10. I think that you are actually quite photogenic and one fabulously dressed lady. I think that all bloggers feel that way at one point or another though--I'm not thin enough or don't get the cool collaborations or I don't have awesome photo locations or something--but that happens in real life as well as the blogworld. I love your attitude though. You're right. We all gotta be us and that is what I love about style blogs--the personal STYLE and the wonderful women that are out there werqin' it. Love all the reds Lynne and I truly hope that you feel better!

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  11. Great outfit! Cute style, nice bright color.

    And I never want to hear you question your blogging again! You provide a public service with your interesting style and you educate many of us with your smart commentary.

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  12. Pow - that's what I hear when I see you in this red combo with your beautiful auburn hair.

    I ALWAYS ask myself what the heck I'm doing when I blog my outfits, so we're all in the same boat - preferably the Queen Mary II, not the S.S. Minnow - unless we're Ginger or, ee-gads, Mrs. Howell?! You look fabulous and I'm glad you're blogging!

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  13. Love this red ensemble. You look amazing in it. And those shoes! I need nude wedges! The thing that drives me crazy is not watches, but how to keep a slip on shoe on my foot. I'm going to do a post about this issue.
    I did find a big gold watch recently at Target for $16.99 that I love.

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  14. I love, love seeing you with a skirt, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
    Love, love.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  15. @Ellen ~ Thanks! I wasn't fishing for compliments, but I had stumbled upon a new style blog where everything looked so, well, shiny and perfect, that I sort of felt like the poor elderly unattractive female relation rich folks used to relegate to the attic :/ But just for a minute. Then I remembered I'm just glad to be here!

    I'd been sharing deals on budget professional clothes for a while when I realized I was having a hard time finding other style bloggers, who looked, well, like real people. I thought sharing my own outfit pics would be good in the interest of style transparency, and maybe even help my own style and confidence, which it has.

    If you come back in this area, let me know! We have more thrift stores - not as many as say Raleigh or Charlotte, but a few that are super reliable for knocking off higher priced looks :)

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  16. @Terri ~ Our Ross Dress for Less had tons, although their stock changes frequently. I'd happily check for your size :)

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  17. @Karen ~ Yes, I do have tips for beginning thrifters! First, just because everything is a tenth of what you usually pay, don't buy it all in one trip. Save some for next time. Look in your closet and get an idea beforehand what you can use to update your wardrobe. Also, if you like to gamble, wait and see if the items you love go down in price. Most good thrift stores have great sales and rotate their stock out frequently, meaning frequent mark-downs.

    You know I wanna see what you buy, right? And not just in your dreams...lol.

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  18. @Sheila ~ Thanks. That means a lot coming from someone like you, whose style I really admire. I do understand about the "generic glossy bloggers" or GGBs, and usually, I'm not envious, except maybe of their camera models, similar to the Vog thing ;P

    As a child, I wanted to be a fashion illustrator, and I only drew models who looked like models. Now I want the models in catalogs to look like my friends and I do.

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  19. @Patti ~ I pretty much only got out of bed for Visible Monday. I love it and your posts.

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  20. @Rebecca ~ Thanks so much for stopping by! You're right, there's room for such a wide variety of style bloggers, that it's really cause to celebrate.

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  21. @Megan Mae ~ I think the watch thing might be an almost 50 habit. As much as I tell myself I don't need one with a smart phone, I still prefer one on my wrist. Even though I can't read it without reading glasses :P Go figure!

    I have all ages and styles in my feed reader, too. Sometimes I can't even say why a style blogger pleases my eye enough to follow him or her, just that I'm hooked :)

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  22. @Keely ~ I almost wore my thrifted $6 red heels, too, but thought, "No, too over the top!" Outfit pics can be *very* enlightening :)

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  23. @Hope ~ I am wearing the hell outta these wedges because they're nude-colored, and nude heels are manna from the heavens for short ladies :)

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  24. @Robin ~ You're right. We're human, and we going to compare ourselves to other women on the Internet, just like we do in real life. But it's not healthy or productive to view ourselves in a negative light. As I get older, I try to view everyone in a positive light. I also try to learn from bloggers I like, anything from creative styling to good photo locations.

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  25. @Ally ~ I like the idea of doing the public a service :) But what I like best about blogging is making virtual friends like you guys.

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  26. @Melanie ~ OMG, if Mrs. Howell had blogged, she would have totally blown us out of the water! To me, you always look like you know exactly what you're doing and never make a style misstep. Plus, you are so funny and creative, I know you'll be a bright spot in my day.

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  27. @Lisa ~ Our Ross Dress for Less had a ton of those Nine West beige wedges. If I'd known how many peeps wanted them, I'd have bought all of them and sold them on eBay :D Thanks for stopping by. I added you to my feed reader.

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  28. @Sacramento ~ I'm a girly-girl. Love the skirts and dresses. Plus, most of my pants are too big, so it's just easier :)

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  29. Hi Lynne,

    Stunning! Gorgeous! Fabulous!

    I really liked the look of this top when you showed us it the other day and as I surmised, it looks even better on. Stunning! You look so vibrant and alive in it.

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