Scarcely anyone is in the office this week. You know what that means.
Every day is Casual Friday!
Ostensibly, this post is about Casual Wednesday dressing; so let us praise the pairing of dressy sweaters and dark rinse jeans.
From top to bottom, we have:
- a dressy sweater in a lavender and beige stripe,
- worn over a cotton voile blouse,
- with dark rinse jeans,
- and dark purple patent leather flats.
What I really want to share with you is my Christmas tree, which my husband, a friend, and I put up this evening. In a moment of precipitous executive functioning, I chose a slightly undersized tree. It’s so hard to gauge the size of a tree when you are outside, in a parking lot, surrounded by trees.
But isn’t this tree sweet? We have a ballerina, the cowboy, the robot, a mermaid, and an anxious-looking mouse (who is wearing a waistcoat) fraternizing with a flock of mismatched birds, numerous snowmen, and a couple of Santas. They have a number of vehicles at their disposal (mail truck, taxi, race car, bicycle and train), as well as toys, musical instruments, and food (including a dreidel and Chinese takeout container, which represent my husband’s cultural heritage).
Check it out!
I like to think that this tree will grow at night and the ornaments will come to life and make things lively for Harper and Posy — like some Nutcracker/Toy Story mash-up.
Here is my favorite ornament, which reminds me of the most wondrous ornament from my childhood. This ornament has everything: iridescence, glitter, and very tiny figures in a diorama setting.
Back to the sweater! I bought this sweater from Nanette Lepore a few years ago. So many things to love: the fluted sleeves, the crocheted flower, the ribbing around the waist for shape.
The sweater features a cutout that showed a little cleavage, so I have elected to wear it over a very lightweight white blouse. The mandarin collar seems just right; a little presence, without any bulk.
One last thing.
As part of my ongoing public education campaign to eradicate misconceptions about leopard print shoes, I’ve put on my leopard print Mary-Janes to demonstrate their versatility. They’re good, right?
A very merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate it, and the very best of the holiday season to all. I’ll be off Friday, but back on Monday, December 28th.
Sweater: Nanette Lepore; Blouse: JCrew; Jeans: JCrew; Leopard print Mary-Janes: Cole Haan; Purple Flats: Tory Burch Reva Flats; Tree: Fraser Fir purchased three days before Christmas at Johnson’s Nursery (Van Ness Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW); Most Beloved Ornament: Periwinkle (Livingstone Street NW)