July 30, 2010

The perils of dressing cute

I've been attempted to update my wardrobe the last few months. I think I realized how dim it was during Snowmageddon, when I was stuck at the apartment for a week straight and felt the need to re-organize and clean things I normally don't even think about. [Like those things you stick to the shower floor to help provide traction. Yeah, I thoroughly cleaned those.] It was on day 5 that I fully accepted the fact that (1) I have way more Tshirts than any one person should have and (2) the majority of them were freebies. So I've been buying more varied (i.e. non-Tshirt) clothing.

But this branching out into fashion has caused me to run into a dilemma. How do I balance my desire to look cute/sexy/young/hip with the increased, unwanted attention from creepy people? There are certain people I work (indirectly) with that I don't want gawking at me. It gives me the willies. And it certainly isn't polite to flip them off when their eyes linger. I guess the obvious solution is to put on an over-sized sweatshirt when I get to work ... or shut my door.

July 16, 2010

Poppy collection

I am in L-O-V-E with the new poppy handbag collection from Coach! The bags are super colorful with metallic gold straps and are perfect for summer. I've been a sucker for handbags for several years now. I think my adoration comes from the fact that I dress in jeans and T-shirts most of the time. I don't accessorize myself -- no rings, bracelets or necklaces -- and I don't even wear makeup much anymore. But I can jazz up any outfit with a nice handbag. And I've loved Coach since junior high, when I saw a beach bag (dark blue and white with a yellow daisy as the zipper pull) in a store window.

If only I could find them on sale ....

July 07, 2010

Heat Wave

It is so miserable here. The temperatures have been in the mid-90's or higher for over a month now, with no sign of abating, and the humidity is out of control. It feels like it is 103 today! Cities are breaking longstanding records -- on June 24, the high at Reagen National airport was 100 degrees, breaking the record set in 1894 -- while the DC population is being warned about the pollution levels. The weathermen are warning us that this will probably be one of the hottest summers on record. I'm so sick of being drenched in sweat outside while I sample leaves. I just hope the power grid doesn't experience widespread blackouts.

AccuWeather -- East Coast heat wave