Last week was another cold one in Houston. I used a couple of the outfits Natalie had styled for me from my photo shoot with some business casual edits. To watch my photo shoot preparation and lessons learned video click play on the picture below and then read on to hear how my outfits for this week worked.
Monday I reached for a warm pair of pants that from Ann Taylor that are probably a bit on the large side now. I wanted to wear my red suede Jessica Simpson pumps, but this Calvin Klein maroon blouse wasn’t quite close enough to work the way I wanted. With this black sweater from Ann Taylor, I was at least nice and toasty. My pearl and ruby earrings along with this heavy Premier Designs Legacy necklace were meant to add a little interest to an otherwise dull outfit. Well, at least I was warm!
On Tuesday I wore the Tiana dress by A.L.C from my Rent the Runway Unlimited shipment. This is another wrap dress that I wore over a black turtle neck. The turtleneck combined with tights and tall boots helped keep me warm and compensate for the plunging neckline in a business casual situation. I wasn’t sure about the tri-metal Get Noticed necklace from Premier Designs since the pattern already had so much going on, but I think it worked out actually. This dress had a lot going on with puffy gathered sleeves and a flowing uneven bottom – I actually really liked the latter feature.
Wednesday I visited local Houston boutique It’s All About You after work to film yesterday’s Sunday Night Wardrobe Planning video. I’m loving these faux suede front pants I got last season from White House Black Market, but I wasn’t quite sure about this combination. The scarf which I’ve had forever did manage to pull in the dark olive green sweater with the taupe pants and my white booties. These Kailey Bleeker and Bond (DSW brand) booties must be the best purchase I’ve ever made – I’ve gotten more compliments on them than anything else I’ve ever purchased. And once again, this outfit kept me toasty warm all day.
Thursday I wore the Thunder Darla Dress by Susana Monaco from my Rent the Runway Unlimited shipment. I love this dress! Natalie also chose this one for my photo shoot only we paired it with my grandmother Sara Lee’s fur in most of those pictures. I wore it with my David Peck faux fur vest (not pictured) and Sara Lee’s faux pearls which was still a bit much for my business casual office, but no one seemed to mind. In full disclosure this dress is fabulous, but I wore all kinds of shapeware underneath – from a smoothing slip to a some Spanx tights. It’s a fabulous look though – I’d definitely rent this one again. I just wish my camera did the fabulous blue hue justice.
I worked this Friday downtown, but went with my Jen7 dark blue skinny jeans to keep things casual. I also wore these fabulous leopard print flats from Sam Edelman for the first time. They are probably a size too big, but they didn’t hurt of rub a blister so all good. I also spent most of the day with my Stella and Dot leopard print scarf around my shoulders which I thought might have been a bit much, but my Instagram followers commented otherwise. It was a very comfortable look and I did get some compliments on my shoes.
Saturday night I wore one of the holiday party outfits that Natalie King had styled for me a few weeks back (check out our video here) to my young cousin’s engagement party. What a lovely party and the hostess had such a fabulous home – I would so love to record a tour of her closet for you! This dress is a bit short particularly for a woman in her 50s, but the lovely sheer beaded duster that I picked up in Cuero, TX a few weeks ago with my pals Debbie and Anne gave me just the right amount of coverage. My tall black suede boots and a pair of simple faux diamond studs completed the look.
You can view this week’s wardrobe planning video by clicking the play button on the picture below.
Let me know what you think and in the meantime, have a fabulous week!