30 for 30: The Home Stretch

Almost there, Style Nation. I’ve got 4 remixes left after today. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to branching out of these 30 pieces. That said, I’ve also been surprised by how little I’ve been dying to wear my other stuff. I’ll have my final thoughts on this whole experience later on but they can probably be summed up by saying that it’s given me a helpful sense of sartorial focus.
That said, this week’s sprint to the finish line got side-tracked by grading and an oncoming cold. I had big plans to wear real clothes yesterday but I just never got there.
Here’s the other recent outfits:
Sweater: Gap
Striped shirt: Joe
Cargos and slippers: Old Navy

May I present to you a Christmas ham shaped like the mini-FR? He wanted to be in the picture and then, as we waited for the flash, a squirrel had the temerity to scamper across my porch. All of a sudden, blogging seemed like the stupidest thing ever. This is my desperate attempt to hang on to him. Also, you get to see my slippers. Exciting, no? I took this picture later in the day and I forgot to put shoes back on.

Sweater and skirt (it’s the reverse of the blue one): Gap
Undershirt: Target
Tights: Hue — you can’t see it, but they’ve got a chevron pattern.
Shoes: Aerosoles
Necklace: Anthro, super sale. Seriously. I paid $10. It’s original price was $60, which I would NEVER have paid.

I wore this for my last day of teaching. The necklace is pretty glorious. Made even more so by the deal I got on it. I’m heading into Austin this weekend to do some Christmas shopping and I’m hoping to score some similar deals. But back to my last day of classes, not much to say other than that both my students and I were fried. I’ve made a couple of serious, but relatively minor, mistakes recently that made me particularly happy to see the end of the term — with the home that I can get my crap together for next term.

Dress as skirt: Old Navy
Shirt: Gap
Navy tights: Hue
Gold flats: Nine West

This is today’s outfit. And while it looks relatively dressy, it was/ is actually super comfortable. God bless you, cotton jersey. One thing that I’m continually surprised by is how comfortable these tights are. I only took them off when I got home so that the mini-FR wouldn’t snag them. Otherwise, I totally would have kept them on. This, to me, is astonishing.

How are you guys handling the onslaught of the cold weather? It’s even cold here (and, by cold, I mean the 50s/10s — though it was in the 80s/20s just days ago).

I’m heading back to do some more grading, but am going to give myself a dancing movie marathon after dinner to keep my spirits up. On the ticket? Center Stage and Dirty Dancing. Other suggestions?

21 thoughts on “30 for 30: The Home Stretch

  1. Claudia: I do not miss Ontario winters and its lake-effect snow — seriously the worst-ever weather invention. Keep in mind that our weather exchange would mean that you would have temperatures in the 100s with 90% humidity for 5 months out of the year…LHdM: I'm intensely jealous of you & finishing the the challenge. Soon. Soon. Good call on leaving the grading in the office — though, too bad it's to switch to a job application which can be equally draining. Also, dude, if you could summon real enthusiasm for grading (especially at this point in the term) that would make you either a robot or a crazy person.Allison: Heated blankets sound like a fab idea. I'm heading to Montreal in a week for Christmas — I should tell my sisters to stock up on those. Especially since I'm notorious for bringing awful weather to Montreal (at least, according to my brother-in-law-to-be).D-Med: All excellent suggestions, Ms. Former Ballerina. Though I can't believe that you've never seen Center Stage — it. is. awesome. I think my movie night is being postponed as it's 9:15 and I haven't started. Bah. Maybe tomorrow.

  2. The Turning Point with Anne Bancroft and Shirley MacLaine. There is an awesome chick fight in it. And Chicago. And, bien sur, Footloose. I am holding out for a hero.Heroic styling here, E-Jo (see what I did there? I am a writer.). And I love how the Mini-FR is totally working his angles in the second picture.

  3. If it makes you feel any better, I've caught myself in some mistakes recently too. Flip side of that is all of the creative excuses I'm hearing from students at the last minute. I'm really liking today's outfit.

  4. Rad: The mini-FR's policy is always leave them wanting more. So clearly he's doing something right. I love the idea of coral being a power color. It's actually a color I associate with my grandma — so clearly it's in my genes!Jesspgh: Thanks! I never really thought of the dress as skirt option prior to reading style blogs but I think it's pretty genius. And being compared to a French Professor is one of the best compliments I've ever received! Merci!

  5. My day was actually busy yesterday, so I read this in the reader but forgot to comment. Eek.So coral is definitely one of your power colors as well. I like the way you mixed them up in 24 and 25. But 26 is my favorite. I think it's the navy in the tights and the top, the "pop" of coral stripes, and the gold flats/gold skirt. Not overly matchy matchy, but a a well coordinated outfit. (It would be better if Mini FR was working it in the last photo, but sadly, we don't always get what we want, huh?)

  6. Terri: Thanks! And that's a good way to look at it!Anne: I didn't actually get to them last night — I ended up getting sidetracked with other things. A travesty, I know. Tonight, I. am. on. it. The slippers are pretty great, I gotta say. Baxter: Ooh, he totally is toffee colored!! And thanks about the skirts! I didn't use to wear them all that frequently but there's just something so easy about a skirt for me right now that I'm kind of obsessed with them.K.Bean: Good suggestions — though I read this really smart article on the racial politics of Strictly Ballroom which has dimmed it a little in my heart. Charlotte: Thanks! I'm sort of surprised how much use I'm getting from a coral cardigan. It helps that my 30 items are so neutral-heavy but still. A-Dubs: I don't do ham so no holding one like this ever. Not to worry. It is astonishing how much better things get once the teaching is done, isn't it?IoBM: That's too bad about the skirts — though that might partly be seasonal. I tend to have good luck at Old Navy. There's a tiered one there I have my eye on. Good luck with the quest!

  7. Yep, you mixed it all up superbly once again. Also, I keep forgetting how teensy the Mini-FR is. Also (x2), is that how you hold your real xmas hams? Because that is gross, even with an apron.Finally, Hurrah for end-of-teaching this term! Even with the sub-zero temp's here at IPF North (we haven't seen the plus side of 0 for weeks), it's all easier to handle now that I'm not performing lectures 4 times a week.

  8. I love look 26. Just smashing, and a good reminder that Hue tights are worth the price (especially on sale, hee hee). Also loving mini-FR, also the peek I'm getting of your lengthening hair. I second Footloose and add Strictly Ballroom to the list.

  9. It's warm and muggy here, but not too warm that I don't yearn for that coral coloured cardy and the perfectly matched toffee-coloured little dog. Also, you wear a mean skirt. The striped top with the camel skirt is inspired.

  10. Dancing movie marathon? Oh, that sounds awesome! What else have you watched tonight? Just those 2? My spirits were low today, so it's kind of awesome that I had tickets to a comedy show. Stuff like that really does help :)Hehe, and I love you holding mini-FR back from the squirrel! And also, I want those slippers. Seriously, I'm due for a new pair. And those look super comfy!And you're so close to being done!! Get excited for the rest of your wardrobe!

  11. If it makes you feel any better, I've caught myself in some mistakes recently too. Flip side of that is all of the creative excuses I'm hearing from students at the last minute. I'm really liking today's outfit.

  12. Claudia: I do not miss Ontario winters and its lake-effect snow — seriously the worst-ever weather invention. Keep in mind that our weather exchange would mean that you would have temperatures in the 100s with 90% humidity for 5 months out of the year…LHdM: I'm intensely jealous of you & finishing the the challenge. Soon. Soon. Good call on leaving the grading in the office — though, too bad it's to switch to a job application which can be equally draining. Also, dude, if you could summon real enthusiasm for grading (especially at this point in the term) that would make you either a robot or a crazy person.Allison: Heated blankets sound like a fab idea. I'm heading to Montreal in a week for Christmas — I should tell my sisters to stock up on those. Especially since I'm notorious for bringing awful weather to Montreal (at least, according to my brother-in-law-to-be).D-Med: All excellent suggestions, Ms. Former Ballerina. Though I can't believe that you've never seen Center Stage — it. is. awesome. I think my movie night is being postponed as it's 9:15 and I haven't started. Bah. Maybe tomorrow.

  13. The Turning Point with Anne Bancroft and Shirley MacLaine. There is an awesome chick fight in it. And Chicago. And, bien sur, Footloose. I am holding out for a hero.Heroic styling here, E-Jo (see what I did there? I am a writer.). And I love how the Mini-FR is totally working his angles in the second picture.

  14. It is cold here but so far I am surviving. With boots and wool and down and heated blankets. Love the mini-FR! I enjoy these outfits – I look at them and think "I would wear that!"

  15. I just posted my last 30×30 outfit this morning. Glad to be done!I love that Anthro necklace and the pictures of you with mini-FR! I decided not to bring my stacks o' grading home this evening, as I need to get a job application together. Wooo! More grading tomorrow! (Can you tell my enthusiasm is a tad on the phony side?)

  16. 5:30 PM in Toronto (Canada) and it is -4 degree Celsius or 24.8 degree Fahrenheit. It is not yet officially winter and will get much colder. May I say "brrr" and offer to change place with you?On a more serious note; congratulations on the challenge. I could not have done it myself and you have all my admiration.

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