What Mommy Wore-Date Night Brights

It’s been a while since I’ve done an outfit post, mainly because the weather here in North Texas is FREEZING (literally, it’s been around 30 degrees during the day for the past week) and I don’t go out in that craziness.  Granted, I’ve lived in Montana and Utah, plus I grew up in Eastern Washington, but my heart–and blood–still reside in Phoenix.  Yep, my blood is thinner than water, so if I venture outside in this I’ll never get warm again!  The only problem is, J2 and I had the opportunity to go out on a date this past Friday night and I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to get dressed up.  This was what I put on…

All About the Apparel:

Dress: Tiana B, thrifted from the Hurst Goodwill.  I was done trying on everything and in a bit of a hurry to get out the door (due to my super fussy kid) and saw this on the rack.  Of course, I had to have it as I am in love with all things watercolor-ish at the moment, so I threw it in the cart and brought it home.  LOVE IT.

Belt: Xhilaration from Target, bought on clearance a few months back

Tights: I’ve had these for a couple of years and don’t know the brand, but I bought them at JC Penney

Shoes: Chinese Laundry Lucky Strike, bought at Nordstrom Last Chance Clearance Center in Phoenix back in October, but you can buy them by clicking on the link

Necklace: Forever 21, bought a couple of months ago

(Close up of the necklace {and the new hair color})

 

Of course, my husband was NOT fond of the color combination.  His reaction was, “since when does purple and red match?!?”  But he let me go out with him anyway.  Lucky me 😉

We headed out to a restaurant that J2’s co-workers had been telling him about, La Familia Mexican Restaurant in Fort Worth.  La Familia is located down by Montgomery Plaza at 841 Foch Street.  It sits in a little strip mall and looks a little…well, let’s just say its looks are deceiving from the outside.  You walk through the doors, through another set of doors and then into this beautiful room.  Someone from “the family” greets you at the door, shows you to your seat and immediately, you have someone waiting on you.  We ordered the flaming margaritas (they come out with a sugar cube that’s been lit on fire, you make a wish and then blow it out–sooo cool!) and the Queso Ala Parrilla for an appetizer.  When they brought out the queso, they lit it on fire to combine the ingredients further and OH MY HECK it was HEAVEN!  I could live on that stuff!  We each ordered a combination plate so that we could try different things and everything we tried was top-notch.  We will be heading back very soon.

Our next stop on the date night journey was to the movies.  We had wavered back and forth between seeing Black Swan and True Grit, but J2 chose Black Swan.  We should have chosen True GritBlack Swan was not my favorite movie, but I can see why it’s up for so many awards.  It just wasn’t that great to us.

All in all, it was a great night!  Thanks to all those from The Pleated Poppy and Harper’s Happenings for stopping by and sharing date night with me.  See you all soon!

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‘Til Next Time,

Nicole

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Attempting to Rock the Over-the-Knee Socks (What I Wore)

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted-I just got back from the SITS Girls Bloggy Boot Camp in Austin and had two tests to study for PLUS two papers to write this past week, all while trying to wrap my head around what I had learned at the conference.  Look for a post about what I learned over the next few days as that conference rocked my world!

In other news, I’ve been a little fashion-boring lately.  With everything going on, it’s been hard to get enough sleep which in turn translates to getting up late and dressed in a hurry.  I decided that it was time to wear something other than jeans and my usual sweater, so I broke out an outfit I’ve been dying to wear for three weeks; that look includes the huge trend, over-the-knee socks.

Olivia from (406) Olivia (whom we all know I heart to death) and Eboni from The Fashionista Next Door have both rocked the OTK socks lately, so I thought I had better put at least one of the three pairs I have to the test.  Here’s what I threw together:

Jacket: Vintage Sasson, thrifted from the Hurst Goodwill.  I fell in love with the velvet trim collar which you can’t see.  This is the perfect little jacket and for $5.99…heaven!

Red Satin/Cotton Tank Top: Old Navy from years ago

Skirt (that obviously didn’t iron very well):  Old Navy-I got this two seasons ago when I was pregnant and it still had the $1.99 clearance tag on it.

Over-the-Knee socks: Xhilaration bought at Target.  Seriously, if you want to try this trend, Target is by far the best place to get these socks since they’re only $5 and they have at least 15 styles to choose from.  They have a chunky knit off-white pair that I may just have to go back and buy (only to hold on to them until I figure out how to style them!)

Black Velvet Mary Janes: From Forever 21 and one of the most uncomfortable pairs of shoes I’ve ever worn.  I was dying for a pair and when I found them in velvet, I bought them to go with this jacket.  I think I made it an hour in them before my feet said no more.  I don’t think an insert would help either.  {insert crying sad face here}

Necklace/Earrings: NY & Co. from last year.  It is supposed to be a long necklace, but it was longer than the jacket so I double looped it.

Flat hair-the result of letting my hair air dry with no product.  Since my husband was kind enough to take this photo at the end of the day, I wasn’t going to mess with it either.  Sorry!

So here’s a question…I was reading Vogue in the waiting room the other day while waiting for the BFF to have a simple procedure done and came across a column by Tim Gunn (of Project Runway fame).  He was discussing skirt length and said that women over 35 should not wear skirts that hit higher than 2″ from the top of the knee.  Of course, I’m over 35 and I have a LOT of skirts that are higher than that (mainly because I’m so tall).  What’s your opinion on that?  Do you agree?  If that’s the case, I have to get rid of about 10 skirts in my closet.  And the one above is a push in the length department according to Tim.  Also, do you think tights or OTK socks make a difference?  Does it make it better or worse?  I would love to hear your opinions!!

That’s it for now!   Let me know your thoughts 🙂

‘Til next time,

Nicole

**EDIT:  I totally forgot to link up to Lindsey’s What I Wore Wednesday over at the Pleated Poppy, Mandy’s Steppin’ Out Saturday at Harper’s Happenings and Jewelscape’s Bejeweled Wednesday’s –sorry!

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