DJ/Radio Producer-turned-Lawyer attempts to dress like a grown-up. Sometimes I comically fail. And I occasionally post fun stuff, like music videos, book-club reviews, or photos of beauty or oddity.
FYI: I was doing this entire blog from my Android phone, snatching moments out of my busy life for quick photos. But I hate auto-correct with a purple passion, so now I'm using the computer for most of the work. I am still using my phone for the photos, though. My photo sizes may be erratic, and the quality isn't stellar. I am not a professional blogger, and do not have time for lots of scenic poses with a great camera. I don't even own a great camera! However, I DO appreciate your continued feedback, even in the absence of photographic artistry.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Life in the Funhouse

I've already chosen my future Daughter-in-Law:

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Aren't they adorable? She is my karaoke buddy's (aka the Big Guy) daughter. Stinky met her over the summer at a birthday party, and they immediately got on like a house on fire! So the Big Guy and I make an effort to get them together once or twice a month... it would be more, but she lives with her mom a good distance from here.

Since his thirteenth birthday was last week, we took the kids to one of those "bouncy" places. They also have arcade games, laser tag, a snack bar, and prizes for tickets. And funhouse mirrors on the way into the joint:

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Don't I feel attractive... ugh! Those photos look like I feel when I'm shopping for clothes. At least I looked more human, if a bit "understated", in the restroom mirror:

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It's starting to look like these simple twist hoops are going to be my go-to "dress-down" earrings:

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I just adore my patterned Crocs. I know I used to saw that Crocs are a tool of the Devil... but then they came out with cuter designs:

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So why am I calling this twelve-year-old my FDIL? She asked her dad to hold onto her tickets from the arcade games. Because she wants to save them up to get a cool prize. For my Stinky!

Yep, we'll keep her!

Top: Danskin Now from Wal-Mart
Pants: Just My Size from Wal-Mart
Earrings: Premier Designs
Shoes: Crocs

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Chanteuse in Chartreuse?

Thursday I awoke feeling pretty cruddy. But Hubby was in worse shape than I, so I was forced to leave my house to fill in for him in court. Brr...brr...brr! It was a double-sweater kind of day:

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Perhaps I should try to clean the mirror? Or is that just "crazy talk"? Of course, the restroom at the city hall had a perfect mirror for this... but I forgot my bloody phone!

After court, I went home, took a quick blog pic, and went straight to bed. Ugh. At least I woke Friday feeling human, and with a relatively fresh outfit for the Women's Bar Christmas get-together. It was only a one-sweater day:

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I took Squeaky along, and we had a nice time. I saw people I haven't seen in over a year, and met some helpful new acquaintances. Killer earrings always are always a confidence-booster:

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Several of the ladies commented that I've lost weight. I have... but I'm thinking that the extra height from my shoes helped with that image:

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The original plan for the evening was to go out with friends, likely hitting a karaoke night. But I fell asleep ridiculously  early. I'm so disappointed, because I was really hoping that they would have the newer song I've been obsessing over for the last week or so:



Guess I will try for this week....

Sweater: Judy via Freeda's purge pile
Over-sweater: Limited via consignment shop
Pants: Lane Bryant
Earrings: Fashion Bug
Shoes: France Sarto via Freeda's purge pile

Monday, December 15, 2014

Wish Me Luck!

There have been a couple of questions about my year "hiatus". I went into some detail in earlier posts, but the Cliff's Notes version is that I was physically and emotionally fried... due to Hubby's severe injury and caring for him both pre- and post- spinal fusion surgery, my mother's serious health problems, and some health issues of my own. In short: I had a year where I was pretty much a zombie.

So I have spent the last year staying home, except filling in for court appearances a few times. That I can do (and probably have done) in my sleep! And I spent a solid two months of my summer kayaking almost every weather-friendly day. Really, I spent that year concentrating on feeling like a human being again.

Then I spent all of September in Michigan dealing with my mother's illness, hospitalizations, and move into an apartment. It was stressful, but I could better handle it because I didn't have to worry about my job-- since I didn't have one! I was able to take all that time to rest and to help my family by using up our savings.... Now we are out of money.

So I fired up the store charge cards, and kitted myself out to look like a lawyer once more. Actually, I'm going for a more polished and cohesive image than previously seen on this blog. I'm still sorting and debating and purging and making my final purchases and returns... so there will be big changes from my previous look showing in future posts. I have posted a few of the new ones recently, but I'm just getting started. My bedroom still looks like the mall exploded in there!

This afternoon, I dropped off my application for a part-time public defender position in an adjacent county. If I get the job, I would make less than I did in my last (full-time) position... BUT I could still accept outside cases, and the court appearances for the part-time position would mostly be in the evenings. It's a perfect base (steady income plus bennies) while I am building up my law practice.

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Pretty please... let it go to me!!!

I didn't have an interview scheduled, but I still wanted to look good when taking the application in. You never know who you might see.... Normally, I would have just mailed it in. But since three reference letters had to be submitted with the application packet, I had to wait for those to arrive.

The benefit of this requirement is that I actually got to see people (do two attorneys and a judge count as "people"?) saying nice things about me. The downside of having been a public defender for almost five years is that the clients are generally unhappy because we can't work miracles. They don't value our services because they're "free". *eyeroll*

I suppose the fact that I'm female doesn't help... considering that I'm technically in "Appalachia". Which is where my wardrobe overhaul comes into play. I've been reading a great deal on projecting authority through my image, and I'm revamping my wardrobe with that goal in mind.

My new necklace was a good choice for today, because it filled the neckline of my shirt without being distracting:

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I wasn't thrilled with how these earrings went with this necklace, but it was the best I could do for this outfit today:

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After I delivered my application packet, I did a little shopping. I found the perfect black crystal studs to pair with this necklace, and a couple items of clothing that will make future appearances. At least I was still feeling pretty put together today:

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Taking blog shots in store mirrors seems to work much better than taking them at home. Must be a lighting issue. I would have taken the time to get more focused shots... but my phone was almost dead.

I really love the slight sheen on these pants, but it doesn't show up well in photos.

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I haven't worn these pants for years, as they were too tight. Not only am I thrilled that they fit again, I'm also amazed that they are so long that only my highest-heeled "witchy" shoes could work with them:

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They just make me feel so tall! I do wish they had a more pointed toe box to lengthen my short, blocky feet, but they will do well enough for the time being:

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I'm going to be on pins and needles until I find out whether I get the job. Eek!

Top: Merona from Target
Sweater: Worthington via Baby Sis' friend's purge pile
Pants: Lane Bryant
Shoes: Franco Sarto via Freeda's purge pile
Necklace: Lane Bryant
Earrings: Corning Museum of Glass gift shop

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Court

Wednesday was day two of court on the same matter... billable hours-- yee haw!

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My suit jackets aren't back from the tailor yet, so I went with my colored tweed jacket and the same ponte knit pants I wore the day before:

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I don't know why it looks like these pants "grab" my knees in photos, they don't look that way in real life. Irritating. I really need to find a spot to put my good mirror, so I can bring it up from the basement! Perhaps that would help. Our place is small and weird, so it's going to take some doing....

It does crack me up that, as many accessories as I already own, I did not have the willpower to resist this beauty:

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I've actually seen real lace necklaces at the farmer's market, but I didn't like that they were so lightweight. This one is metal, so it stays in place nicely.

Of course, I don't really like any of the earrings I already own with it. *sigh* I tried these hematite ones with it, but I was disappointed with the combination:

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So I will have to keep my eyes peeled of something I like for the necklace. But at least I'm loving that I can finally wear these high heels... but they only seem to work with the new ponte knit pants, so I'm breaking them out as often as possible:

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I wonder how some of my other shoes would look with those pants... hmmm....

Jacket: Lane Bryant
Top: Three Seasons via The Bon Ton
Pants: Lane Bryant
Necklace: Lane Bryant
Earrings: Lia Sophia
Shoes: Franco Sarto via Freeda's purge pile

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Back Into the Fray

After my year hiatus, I've recently started accepting court-appointed cases... since I'm out of money and all. The nice part about doing this is that I don't have office hours. Because I can't afford office space! So I was up at odd hours again Monday night, researching some issues for a case I was appearing on first thing in Tuesday morning:

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Bad hair day! I dozed on wet hair following a 4 a.m. shower, then did the best I could before I had to leave for the 9:15 docket. It seemed to get even worse as the day went on:

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Perhaps I need comfort food... to overcome the humiliation of appearing anywhere with that hair? I stopped into the drugstore after court to pick up a couple of things for Hubby... and was confronted with something I just had to try. Almost a dare, really:

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The idea sounded weird... but... Yum!

I'm so thoroughly tired of these earrings... they look "amateur". Without the sentimental attachment of someone close to me having made them. Perhaps I should remake them into studs? Or just get rid of them?

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I saw a nice pair of black studs at Lane Bryant... maybe I will see if I can catch them on a good sale.

I'm so glad I finally have pants long enough to wear these shoes! They have been wardrobe lurkers for ages... and are the highest heels I am keeping. I thought they might have to go as well, but my new ponte knit pants are apparently even longer than my other new ones. I'm thrilled!

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I'm calling them my "witchy" shoes... *cackles*.

Houndstooth jacket: Lane Bryant
Turtleneck sweater: via Pip's Boutique, Corning, NY
Pants: Lane Bryant
Shoes: Franco Sarto via Freeda's purge pile
Black-and-white earrings: via consignment shop

Monday, December 8, 2014

Trying a Slimmer Pant Leg... Meh

Last Tuesday was errand day. I had to get some recall work done on my car, then stop into the Bon Ton to re-buy a top I just bought the day before... using a coupon given to me that would make it half off! Yep, I do stuff like that... I can make Abe Lincoln's face scream, I pinch so hard!

And least the pillars have mirrors for blog shots. Clever idea!

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Does the elastic on the waist emphasize my pooch? I'm still playing around with styling this one... any ideas? I just felt dowdy, which is tragic given the pretty blue of the top.

And that bra is pretty shot... I guess I can only wear it with certain tops. Not including this one!

I'm trying out this pair of pull-on pants that have been sitting in the back of my closet for ages. They are a more tapered leg style than I normally wear, but I thought I would try to treat them like leggings. Since I would not wear actual leggings given my legs' odd shape.

I was in a rush, so I grabbed some inoffensive earrings:

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And comfy shoes for walking around:

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I tried the pants out again on Friday, when visiting a friend in the hospital. She had her thyroid, nodules, and goiter removed... we are all just hoping that the biopsy gives her the all-clear! I stopped off at Wally World to get flowers and a card, as the gift shop was closed. But the flowers were all ugly, and the card I bought disappeared before I got to the hospital. Weird!

I was dolled up because I expected to go to karaoke with friends afterward... but I was too exhausted, so I went straight home and to bed once I left the hospital.

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I call this my "princess top", probably because I feel a little like I'm at a Renaissance Faire while wearing it. It's not "polished" or "professional", though. I'm torn whether it should still have a place in my closet... I love it, but I'm not sure where it's really appropriate for me to wear... or what I should pair it with.

Any ideas?

And I'm really not liking the tapered leg look on me. It's been so long since I'd worn it... I think I forgot that it makes me look like an ice cream cone!

I still need to figure out how to wear this with something I could wear to court:

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The earrings are nothing special... but the shape echoes the pendant, and the color is a dead-on match:

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Have I mentioned how much I love my purple flats? Ally from Shybiker actually met up with me in Queens when I happened to be in the City... and we had a nice chat while getting in a shopping-and-lunch girly day.

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Note to self: stop buying cheap black knee-highs. They are just ugly!

Sunday, I took Bugalug for a playdate with Peanut... they had a ball!

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I, of course, wore the finest in "playdate chauffeur" fashion:

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Yep. I really hate tapered legs... even for gym-type pants. But these are still better than those black ones!

Blue top: Cocomo Woman via Freeda's purge pile
Hoops: Premier Designs
Pants: via M-I-L's purge pile
Grey shoes: Crocs
Purple top: via Stein Mart... I cut the label out ages ago.
Purple shoes: Aerosoles
Necklace: gift from Mom
Purple earrings: I don't even remember
Pink top: Exertek via The Bon Ton
Pants: Just My Size via Wal-Mart
Pearl studs: via Sally Beauty Supply

Sharing a Christmastime Tradition

I felt like a big dork, because I was excited for days about joining Squeaky and her two-year-old daughter Peanut with my stepson's five-year-old half-sister, Bugalug, to see a Saturday afternoon performance of "The Nutcracker" ballet. I got all "Mom version" of dolled-up... then my hair got rained on:

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Ah well... it dried out of the "Conehead" look eventually. I was particularly looking excited to wear these shoes:

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I bought them to go with a suit with a slight sheen about ten years ago... then got too fat for the suit! They then served as my "something old" at my wedding. I just adore the pearly sheen. Of course, I chose (artificial) pearl accessories. I could not get a decent pic of the plain stud earrings, but the bracelet is fabulous:

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I didn't notice until later how the metal part echoes the lace on my sweater, making it an even better match:

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Somehow, I actually feel better if I feel "pulled together". Obviously, I chose the pants and sweater combination because the purple works with the stripes... but not the pink in the jacket that works with the exact same stripes. Weird... but, whatever.

Obviously, the production Squeaky and I attended with two very excited little girls was not the Baryshnikov one... but you all get a little treat:



Bugalug was just as excited as I, and when I got to her mother's house to pick her up... she was wearing a velveteen dress a darker shade of the exact purple I wore. Fun coincidence! She was also properly accessorized for the occasion:

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Including a bracelet her Grandma made for her... very fancy!

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Once the performance started, we had two entranced little girls:

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Peanut was so adorable during the show... she kept saying "wow", and would wave at the dancers. She was pretty well-behaved for her age (unusually), and Bugalug is typically a very good girl... at least with me:

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Apparently, my feet got fatter when I did, because these shoes turned into toe-cruchers. Before starting the second part of my evening, I broke down and changed them:

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Will it pass?

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At least it was just to hang out with some friends, and go out for karaoke night. This one had a very good DJ... he even switched the lighting to blue when I sang my favorite space song:



I heard this song on the radio a few times when I was a kid... and was absolutely entranced. And every time I sing it... someone always asks me what it is!

The DJ had the lighting on red when my Bestie rocked "Heartbreaker". I loved playing with lighting when I was a club DJ... but most karaoke hosts either don't have the equipment, or don't bother. I was impressed. Just as the blue added to the mood of "Major Tom"... red was perfect for this:

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Sweater: Apt 9 from Kohl's
Pants: Lane Bryant
Shoes; Ros Hommerson via VanHoecks in Grand Rapids, MI
Bracelet: Wal-Mart
Earrings: Sally Beauty Supply