On Fall Haul
@Local Girl @Allison - The company is Duo Boots! I don't want to put the website on here so it doesn't get booted (ha) but they are amazing - I ordered the Sidra and they're a little tall (I'm 5'9" and they hit me just at the knee) but soooo gorgeous, a little darker and more cognac-y than the image on the website. Go forth and find boots to fit calves of all sizes!!
On Fall Haul
I bought 2 blazers from Target - they're made out of sweatshirt material. One grey, one black. If they have them at your Target I highly recommend! $27.99, I think? I also bought two jersey shift dresses from H&M on sale for $15 each. Shift dresses and blazers are my "uniform" year round so I always like to buy them when I find cheap ones that fit well. My biggest purchase was a pair of brown knee-high riding boots - I've been looking for a pair to fit my narrow calves/narrow feet for about 5 years and just found a website that lets you order by calf AND foot size! They came to just over $300 with shipping (from England!!!) and showed up yesterday. I was a little (very) nervous to drop that much without trying on in person, but they are so so so gorgeous and really comfy and well-made.
I was at a conference Tuesday and out of the office for an all-day doctor's appointment yesterday, so I need to motivate myself to clean out my inbox so I can actually create a to-do list. Side note, I had my first appointment yesterday with my Cancer Center's long-term "Survivor Clinic" and was told I can be a normal person now after 5 years of remission (I had lymphoma in college). I can't believe it's been that long!!
@sherlock I was just logging in to say that - @HelloTheFuture you should see it, it's great!
@TheDilettantista THAT SUIT (while adorable) WAS LITERALLY THE FIRST THING I MENTIONED WHEN WE WALKED OUT OF THE THEATER. I turned to my boyfriend and said "Timmy's perfect snowsuit may have just ruined that whole movie" Though we did wonder if the polar bear would eat them, or if they would use the polar bear for warmth like the tauntaun in The Empire Strikes Back.
@Carmen Aiken@facebook I also work in research (on the PM side, yay!)I THINK I've overcome the "being semi-professional without dressing in mom's clothes" feeling by adopting a uniform of sweatshirt-material or jersey shift dresses from Target/Gap/H&M under blazers I buy on deep clearance at BR or J.Crew. I have 5-6 blazers in different colors and probably 10 shift dresses in different shades of grey. I wear this basically every day with a big necklace - ballet flats or white converse in the summer, tights and booties in the winter. I seriously wear this outfit 90% of days. It's super comfy, a good combo of casual and professional, and I never have to think about what I'm pulling out of my closet. Also, I currently have a DIY buzz haircut :-)
I make mine at home 90% of the time - Beans are around $12/lb which lasts... three weeks, maybe? We use a stove-top espresso maker that needs 3tblsp beans/brew. This makes enough espresso for me to make a 20oz iced coffee and my partner to have enough leftover for a shot of espresso. I brew it in the morning and pour it hot over a full Tervis tumbler of ice to dilute the espresso,then top with milk. Not the "best" way, but it's pretty delicious. I use sweetened vanilla almond milk, which about $4/carton and go through 1 carton a week. This works out to ~1.00 per coffee (if I'm doing my math right - $.57 for a pot of espresso each morning, minus my partner's portion, and $.57 for the milk) which is pretty awesome. The Starbucks near me charges $4.50 for a comparable size and they never seem to make it the way I like.
@Caitlin with a C they're so hard to resist, even though I have so, so, so many clothes.
@andnowlights This is how I feel about Banana Republic.They're the only ones who have blazers that fit me, and every time they have a sale I feel compelled to buy one but HOW MANY BLAZERS DO I REALLY NEED???