Monthly Archives: May 2012

Insomniac Sale Picks: Cobalt Dresses

*In this late-night feature – which will run Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

An anonymous reader requested a few picks for cobalt blue dresses, so here we go:

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Dressed for: A Cool Snap

Already Pretty outfit featuring Karina dress, cropped denim jacket, tan Diesel Go-go boots, Ellington Handbags hobo

Cropped denim jacket – Old Navy via eBay – similar
Dress, courtesy Karina Dresses
Boots, Diesel Go-go (no longer available) – similar – more Diesel boots
Wrap bracelet, Quincesimilar
Earrings, thrifted – similar
Bag, courtesy Ellington Handbags

We had some sticky-hot weather over the weekend, but are now in the midst of a lovely cool snap. Which makes me deeply happy, since sticky-hot makes me miserable body and soul. I’m delighted to be in boots and jackets for a while longer!

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Things I Think at the Gym

The first time I set foot in a gym – voluntarily anyway – was in June of 2000. I was 23 years old, and had never done any regular fitness activities or sports in my life. I felt awkward and out of place, spent loads of energy worrying about how I looked and how everyone else looked, and enjoyed my gym time approximately not at all.

After several years, a lot of figure fluctuations, and the launch of this blog, I began to relax a bit. I was less worried and more contemplative. I did a lot of thinking about body image and fitness, self-scrutiny and confidence as I observed my fellow gym-goers. But I still did a lot of comparison. More than I’d like to admit, in fact. And a fair amount of judging, too, especially about how workout clothing fit and who was wearing full makeup and how much abdomen was showing. I had calmed some of my self-criticism, but seemingly amped up the cattiness.

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