Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Daily Outfit - Jen - 03/16/11

This photo lies, because there is a key component missing: my invisibility scarf that I wore ALL DAY! The special one that Kate made for ME!

This is a no good, stinkin', lyin' photo.

Hey, look - I'm wearing a skirt.

My outfit one year ago.

Top: H&M
Skirt: Old Navy
Scarf (invisible): Gift (Thanks, Kate!)
Flats: Steve Madden via DSW

Daily Outfit - Jen - 03/10/11

So, it goes without saying that I love this tunic. I wear it probably once a week, no? Anyway, look at me! I changed it up! I was in love with this outfit. I am in love with this outfit. I'm going to wear it again soon, and you can't stop me.

Well, I guess you could stop me if you really wanted to, but look at my face. I am so happy! Would you really want to steal that joy from me? Really?

Cardigan: H&M
Tunic: H&M
Jeans: Martin + Osa
Heels: Nine West

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Dear Kate

I've had this pair of slacks sitting on our entryway table for probably 3 weeks. So far, seeing them sitting there everyday has not motivated me to drop them off at the dry cleaner's. Neither has the fact that I haven't been able to wear them for 6 months been any motivation whatsoever.

I think something is wrong with me?

At least one* of us is normal.


* That would be you.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Daily Outfits - Kate - various days

It's been so long I don't even remember what days I wore these. But here they are.

(scarf + tights = <3)

(I'm really going to have to repeat that one someday when I haven't spent the whole day crying. It was too good to just let go like that...)

(You know spring is just around the corner when my long cotton skirt appears! This outfit is pretty much a repeat, too.)

Dear Jen

Thank you so much, my dear, for holding down the fort while I'm off-kilter.

If anybody wants to catch up on why I've been gone, feel free to check out I'll spare you the drama.

I don't know if I'm really "back" yet, but we'll see. Add a head-cold to the mix, and right now I just want to be at home in pyjamas, snuggling my kitten.

Thanks for hanging in there.


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Daily Outfit - Jen - 03/08/11

Today, I felt like I was channeling Miami Vice. I don't even mean that in a bad way! When I pulled my vertically-striped blazer and horizontally-striped top out of my closet, I knew it could be nothing short of glorious.

To you nay-sayers, you've surely considered the other way to channel Miami Vice, right? In a thong bikini. I did you a kindness, today.

My outfit one year ago.

Blazer: H&M
Top: H&M
Necklace: Gift (Thanks, Thao!)
Jeans: Nordstrom
Wedges: Target

Monday, March 7, 2011

Daily Outfit - Jen - 03/07/11

We've had some work done to our backyard. No more flowerbed, or more accurately, no more dirtbed. Now it's just dirt (not in bed form) and a work in progress, much like my wardrobe.

I'd totally planned to wear a skirt and heels today, but to what I am sure is no one's surprise - jeans again! You can't take me out of them, people.

My outfit (about) one year ago.

Blazer: Tulle
Scarf: Gift (Thanks, Kate!)
Blouse: Old Navy
Jeans: Nordstrom Rack
Boots: Target

Closet Craving: Women's Mossimo® Peony Pumps

I'm feeling greedy and want both. At the pricepoint, I think I could justify the purchases.

Blush Patent: $24.99

Cognac: $24.99

Dear Kate

As if my lack of posting hasn't been any indication, I've been supremely uninspired lately. I think I'm okay at putting normal-looking outfits together, but obviously I'm no fashionista. Neither you nor I have ever claimed to be, right? Hence, our blog.

Anyway, I've said this before and will say it again: I know what good and bad editorials look like and can style a shoot if needed, but good lord, I cannot get creative with my own wardrobe! I'm bummed. Not really, actually. That's pretty dramatic, but you know what I mean.

I cleaned out my closet this weekend - I specifically targeted clothes that I do not wear, but this morning I found myself thinking, "Damn. Now I have no clothes." What difference did the clean-out make? I never wore that stuff anyway!

Soooo, in my desperation to find an excuse for my lackluster sartorial performance, I've decided that I need more slacks. I think I'm a pant-lady and not a skirt-lady, even though I would really like to be a skirt-lady*. I'm just going to be honest, here: I just don't shave my legs often enough to wear skirts regularly. Sue me. But not really, because then I would actually be bummed.


* You are a freaking cute skirt-lady.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Spoils: J. Crew

Hey, everyone! Check out how gorgeous I am in my new bikini. I'm ready for Florida!

Wildbloom Halter Top

Oh, look how tan I am, too.

Wildbloom Ruffle Hipster

Cannot wait to wear this to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Why else would I have bought a new swimsuit, right?

If you're interested in being my twin this summer, the suit is linked below.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Dear Kate

I am sickity sick sick sick. Wah. :(

I wish that my invisibility shawl was large enough to hide under!

Whiney in Texas,

Friday, February 25, 2011

Daily Outfit - Jen - 02/25/11

I love a good Friday. That is to say I love when the week is over. In other words, I like not having to work. Gosh, do I really have to spell it out for you!


Tunic: H&M
Scarf: Gift (Thanks, Kate!)
Belt: J. Crew Outlet
Jeans: Nordstrom
Boots: Target

Daily Outfit - Kate - 2/23/11

Of all the days I'd like to have more than ONE CRAPPY-ASS BLURRY WAIST-UP PHOTO of my outfit, this was it.

That's my new cardigan and scarf from LLBean, and they're awesomeness incarnate, but you can't tell because it was too late and I was too tired to be bothered with decent photos.

Lesson learned. And also I think I'll repeat this exact outfit again tomorrow and take proper pictures then. Because it's goodness.

Cardi: LLBean
Turtleneck: Target
Scarf: LLBean
Skirt: LLBean
Boots: 704b via DSW
Tights: TJMaxx
Earrings: Mum

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Daily Outfit - Jen - 02/23/11

I just booked tickets to Florida, so it's time to start slowly exposing my skin to the sun again. When I walked out into the sun this morning, my legs actually shrieked and ran away with themselves. That was unfortunate, but luckily I have my back-up wooden stump legs that I can put on for outfit pictures.

My outfit one year ago.

Blazer: H&M
Blouse: H&M
Necklace: Gift (Thanks, Misti!)
Skirt: Target
Heels: Madden Girl via DSW

Daily Outfit - Jen - 02/22/11

I hate this, so I'm going to quickly move on. The only good thing in these photos is Broughton.

My outfit one year ago. (My hair looked nice one year ago!)

Cardigan: H&M
Scarf: Gift (Thanks, Ash!)
Shirt: Old Navy
Jeans: Nordstrom
Flats: Steve Madden via DSW

Monday, February 21, 2011

Dear Kate

In honor of Washington's birthday, I wore a Snuggie for the better part of the day. When I was forced to actually leave the house to buy dog food, I looked like trash. But I guess since I was wearing a bra, it wasn't a total loss, eh?

On to pressing matters: I need to know immediately if your Florida trip will or will not include a visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I will also need to know whether or not you will be wearing your Snitch necklace and/or earrings on this trip. Thank you.



Dear Jen

I'm going to Florida next month. Which means that I will undoubtedly be requiring a new dress. Something casual and obscenely comfortable for the plane, yet not forsaking my cardinal rules of dress-dom:

1)Knee length at least
2)Nothing obscenely, immodestly low-cut in front. Because I'm a bit of a prude, y'know.
3)No empire waist, probably.
4)No non-natural fibers. Who wants to wear polyester in 100% humidity?

Luckily, I'm going shopping this weekend with my friend Stef. I'm sure we'll be able to work something out.

Wish me luck, dah-ling!


Daily Outfit - Kate - 2/21/11

I was told that I look very "Mad Men" today. I can only presume that means Peggy, rather than Joan. Alas.

Still, I'll take what I can get. Especially when it involves Fluevogs.

Skirt: Etsy
Tee: Target
Cardi: Target
Scarf: Marshall's
Tights: Target
Heels: Fluevog
Earrings: Mom!

Daily Outfit - Kate - 2/17/11

There was a thread on my knitting forum recently about how LLBean stuff is all dowdy and old ladyish. So that was my cue to prove them wrong.

I love this dress. I've only worn it a few times so far, but do you ever get a piece and just know that you're going to adore it for years and years and years? Yeah, that's me and this dress. I'm in it for the long haul.

Dress: LLBean
Boots: LLBean
Tights: Target
Scarf: Old Navy
Earrings: Mum

Closet Craving: Boden

Yeah, I know I'm the last person on the face of the earth to discover Boden.



Why are you not in my size? The clearance gods frown upon me.

Other loves: this (talk about the perfect showcase for a gorgeous belt!), this, and this. Oh, and this. Dammit I wish I were rich.

Daily Outfit - Jen - 02/14/11

It's only in retrospect that I am realizing that this was my Valentine's Day outfit. Man, I couldn't have at least worn red? Of course, I am wearing this sweet invisibility shawl (scarf, I know, I know. HARRY POTTER FOREVER!) to hide my cold dark heart.

My outfit (about) one year ago.

Invisibility shawl: Gift (Thanks, Kate!)
Top: Dumbass company that just won't remove me from their mailing list after multiple requests over the course of a year. Rhymes with Shmelia's.
Jeans: Nordstrom Rack
Boots: Aldo

Friday, February 18, 2011

Daily Outfit - Kate - 2/16/11



(It's also the dry, stalk-y dredges of last year's garden. Sorry. I'm a lazy-ass and a failure as a human being, clearly.)

I love this skirt - this photo really doesn't do it justice, but I just have to say - I'm almost ashamed that I let it languish, unworn, in my closet for so long. I'm sorry, skirt. Forgive me?

(PS>I love how you can see my little green Mazda, Ahura, hanging out down on the street. High, Ahura! Sorry I only drive you once every 3 weeks or so!)

Turtleneck: Target
Skirt: thrifted
Shawl: meeee!
Tights: Old Navy
Shoes: Indigo by Clarks, via DSW
Earrings: Mom

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Daily Outfit - Kate - 2/15/11

Guess what? I've actually come up with a GOOD excuse to not do laundry.

I call it - "outfit creativity"!

This shirt almost never gets worn, unless all my other clothes are either dirty and/or damp and hanging on drying racks. And then I pull this from my closet, and think about its lovely little print and how I never wear it and how I really should. And then I wear it.

This happens a few times a year. Which I guess is enough reason for me to keep the shirt around, eh? :-)

Shirt: thrifted, originally GAP
Tank: Old Navy
Skirt: GAP
Boots: LLBean
Tights: Target
Belt: thrifted
Cowl: handknitted by me!
Earrings; necklace: Mumsie

Dear Jen

I am SO TIRED of outfit posts like this:

Ugh. Dark. Yellow. Blurry. February is the point where winter starts to seem *really* long, and even though you know I ADORE this cold weather, and I don't even mind the short days and dark afternoons/evenings, I do get a bit tired of the lack of photo opportunities.

So...yellow and blurry it is. For now. And then the daylight will creep back, and my pasty skin will greet the sun (err...with SPF70, that is), and I will pine for the days of - like you said - jackets and layering and cold blustery winds.

I just can't win, can I? :-D


Monday, February 14, 2011

Dear Kate

Remember last summer when we were complaining about the heat and how much harder it is to dress fashionably when you can't layer? I was so looking forward to the cooler months so that I could layer to my heart's content, and I am now realizing that I forgot how. I've been dressing down-right terribly and blaming it on the cold weather, except... eh, wasn't it cold last winter, too? Excuses, shmexcuses! I need to get it together.

Happy Valentine's Day, pretty girl!


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Daily Outfit - Jen - 02/12/11

I asked for season tickets to the ballet for the 2010-11 season, and because I'm loved (and persistent), I got 'em. I'm all about PDA, but with Valentine's Day upon us, there was an unusually high turnout of LOVERS at the ballet last night. You know what I am talking about. LOVERS are those people with tongues in throat, holding one another for prolonged periods of time, staring deeply into each other's eyes... in front of everybody. There were a couple of LOVERS sitting right in front of us, and we totally got 2 shows for the price of 1 last night.

Oh, yeah. This is what I wore.

Blazer: H&M
Dress: Target
Heels: Madden Girls via DSW

Daily Outfit - Jen - 02/07/11

I love this dress, though it's gotten a bit too short over the years.

It's hard to stay warm in a short dress, so as far as I'm concerned, this was my actual outfit. It really was, since I didn't take off the coat or scarf until I came home and Jarod took the above photo. Then I hauled hiney indoors. Brrrr.

Peacoat: Nordstrom, a long time ago. I think.
Cardigan: Old Navy
Dress: Old Navy
Tights: Aritzia
Boots: Target

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Daily Outfit - Kate - 2/8/11

Sometimes these "I must be practical. Must wear clothes in which I can walk four miles to work and back" outfits get rather dull.

What is interesting to me, though, is that a year ago I would've been sooooo proud of this exact outfit - for combining textures and colors and working from a well-rounded color palette and resisting the urge to over- or under-accessorize.

But a "WIN!" from a year ago is a "meh" for today.


Skirt: GAP
Tank: Target
Cardi: Target
Boots: LLBean
Scarf: Plowsharing Crafts
Earrings: Mum

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Dear Kate

I feel like a zombie. I actually have outfit photos, but I'm too exhausted to post them. I need some mint chocolate chip ice cream. That helps with fatigue, right?

I cannot wait for you to visit. Weeeeeeeeeee!


Monday, February 7, 2011

Dear Jen



PS>Do I win for shortest weekly letter ever? Well get this: no outfit post today, b/c the card is in my camera, which is in the living room. And I'm in bed. So...tomorrow! :-)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Daily Outfit - Kate - 2/3/11

This outfit would be almost entirely unworthy of merit, as I yet again walked to work and had to dress accordingly:

UNTIL you see what I have hidden under that scarf!

TA-DAH!!! (This was all of 2 minutes old at this point)

Jen dearest sent me a SNITCH! My very own snitch!!!

It's pretty much the coolest thing I've ever seen. EVER.

But wait! There's more!

Matching earrings!

I am just absolutely floored. Wow'd. Amazed. Surprised.

I may be a bit of a Potter fan, y'know...

That's the picture they're going to use for my inclusion in the Cool People Club. Doesn't get cooler than a goofy grin and an armful of wizard stories does it?

Don't answer that.

Cardi: Old Navy
Tee: Old Navy
Jeans: Levi's
Snow boots: LLBean
Pashmina: Amazon
Snitch necklaced and earrings: JENNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Dear Jen

Holy crap it's Wednesday?

Like, seriously?

Sorry, I guess SNOWPOCALYPSE 2011 is making me lose track of time.

And also it's apparently making me lose track of style. Because today I trudged the 2 miles to work in jeans, an old cardigan and an older shawl. And snowboots. And I couldn't even muster up the energy to bring along a nice skirt and heels to change into.



Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Dear Kate

Oh my gosh. How does one dress for 17* weather?? Unfamiliar territory. Please advise. AHHHH!


Friday, January 28, 2011

Daily Outfit - Jen - 01/28/11

Do you want to see how I type when I am happy?


Cardigan: H&M
Shirt: H&M
Belt: J. Crew Outlet
Jeans: Nordstrom Rack
Boots: Target
Bow hairclip cleverly disguised as a fancy brooch: Etsy seller Sandyalamode

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Daily Outfit - Kate - 1/26/11

I was told yesterday by a very uninformed person that this outfit was "over the top" because I was wearing a "corset".

The perils of being surrounded by nerds, I guess. (The perils of being surrounded by one hyperactive large blonde dog musn't be discounted, either)

But despite all that, I love this waistcoat.

I also wanted to talk about that buttondown for a minute. I have had it for several years - I think I bought it during my first "must obtain a work wardrobe" shopping trips back in 2008. It doesn't do a lot for me, but it also doesn't...not do a lot for me. I rarely wear it and yes it's taking up a hanger and 1/8" of valuable closet space, but I'm not about to get rid of it. This seems to be one of those basic items that when ya need it, ya need it. Right?

I really liked this outfit. This one may appear again :-)

EVERYTHING (waistcoat, jeanskirt, buttondown): Old Navy
Boots: LLBean
Ring: Booth at Maple Leaf festival
Necklace: MOM!

Daily Outfit - Kate - 1/25/11

I need to invent a new word. A word which adequately conveys the idea of "comfy and nice but completely expected and thoroughly uninspired."

Any ideas? Because I'm feelin' it.

Skirt: Etsy
Tee: Target
Cardi: Target
Boots: Fluevog!
Scarf: TJMaxx
Earrings: Mum

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Daily Outfit - Jen - 01/26/11

Don't I look French, today! Except that a French woman would probably be a size 00, and I am a size... oh, what's that over there?

I had to ask my husband how these hats are worn. I am THAT clueless. This, my friends, is precisely why I blog on Two Closets. Hopefully I don't look too ridiculous, because that will be a total disservice to the superb craftsmanship of my darling Kate. This deep purple is my color, and she knew that when she was thinking of my cold head and hands. (Kate, I still can't believe you made these for stinkin' ole me! In awe of your talent! Love! Sorry for being so creepy when I called you! Should I move this conversation to email! Okay!)

I would be remiss if I didn't brag on these gorgeous earrings. You know how Kate is always wearing awesome jewelry that her cutie momma makes? Now I can wear awesome jewelry by her cutie momma, too! Thanks so much!

Tunic: H&M
Tights: Aritzia
Boots: Target
Scarf: Chinatown, San Francisco
Hat/Gloves: Gift (Thanks, Kate!)
Earrings: Gift (Thanks, Kate and Kathy!)
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