OOTD : Accountability + Sustainability

January 24, 2011

My work outfits have been in a funk lately with my being more mindful of my purchases and the winter becoming increasingly more brutal by the day. I woke up this morning to -7°F weather (for those of you on the metric system, that is -22°C) and it is COLD. So you can imagine how difficult it was for me to suppress the urge to call in sick to work and just stay home hovered over the heater.

In any case, for the next month or so I have decided to challenge myself to post daily outfits on this blog so I don't show up to work looking more disheveled than I need to be as the winter wears on. That is the accountability portion of the title. As for the sustainability part, I will pick out one item from my closet to be passed on (if you are interested, you just have to be the first to leave a comment saying you want it and be responsible for the postage which shouldn't be more than a few dollars) to a reader everyday. If no one is interested then I'll donate the item at the end of the month to Goodwill.

Cami: Abercrombie & Fitch 
Lace Top: The Limited (now on sale for $6.99!)
Cardigan : Talbots (similar here)
Skirt : Ann Taylor (similar here)

The item being passed on today is: Banana Republic Dress in size S

Happy Monday everyone!

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  1. Wow Elle, that is beyond freezing!!! Bundle up and etay warm when you go out.

    Your lace top is pretty.

  2. Brrr it was freezing this morning. I think my car temperature only displayed 15 degrees. Not sure if I can handle anything colder than that!

    I signed up for Kendi's 30 for 30. I'm hoping this will force me to dress better for work too. You should consider joining :)

  3. I feel your pain. Was -30C with the windchill here :(

    Wow so generous of you to be giving so much of your closet away!

    That lace top you're wearing is adorable, and what a great price!

  4. Oh and wanted to add that I FINALLY got baby pictures of myself that I scanned so hopefully I can get a post up soon ;)

  5. Beautiful work outfit, Elle! I recognize this lace top that you picked up last year from the Limited when you were not in such a great mood. lol! It looks beautiful on you under a cardigan!
    Great idea of posting daily outfit pictures and giving away an item a day. Wow that's tons of items to give away!
    I woke up with -5 degrees as well this morning, and the work place's heater couldn't keep up so all day the building was chilly. I put on my merino wool jacket from AT over a cami and a long sleeve silk shirt. I felt ok with that many layers today. :) Stay warm. This is only a one day temp drop here, tomorrow it'll get up to the 30s. And anther storm would roll in on Wed. Fun.

  6. Great idea!! I LOVE that lace top!

    Can't wait to see your daily work outfits!

  7. i agree it's so hard to dress cute when the weather is so cold out, but i've found that blogging the outfit motivates me to dress more nicely. can't wait to see what ensembles you come up with!

    cute and little
    come enter my giveaway!

  8. I love that lace top! I see lace every where but it just seems like I don't know how to pair it in a way that looks good. So great that you're planning on giving away items in your closet!

  9. What a great idea, Elle! I should do that with some of my stuff before donate them! I'm sure people wouldn't mind paying postage for a free item. And I'm so glad we'll be able to see more OOTDs from you. I look forward to every post : )

    xx The Little Dust Princess

  10. ohh elle that is misery! i am so sorry to hear that its so cold!!!! i am totally in the mood to be somewhere 85 degrees with a margarita in my hand in my bikini, lol yeah i totally thought about it.

    but on a good note, i love your outfit. the lace shirt is really pretty and i really like your skirt!

  11. I love both ideas here Elle!

    Has anyone claimed the dress yet? I read through the comments and couldn't tell, lol!

  12. Ouch! 7 degrees is horrible! So sorry it's so cold there!

  13. lovee the outfits!!

    I had to chuckle at the -22C weather. The city i live in has -56C weather all the time (including windshield. without its -33C). So imagine how I dress to school and work!! we Saskatchewaians believe that -13C weather in Winter is beautiful!! Nuts huh???

    ps. loving alll the blog posts!!

  14. @NelahI sure will try! :)

    @Cee can't wait to see you tackle the 30-for-30 challenge. I love looking at outfits there for inspiration.

    @curls-and-pearls YAY!!! Can't wait to see baby Elaine!

    @Vicky thanks Vicky! :) I have come to like the lace tops after the initial frustration faded. We got more snow here in CT this morning...UGH. This winter has been nothing short of brutal!

    @Michelle haha, I hope I don't disappoint. It'll be pretty vanilla for the most part.

    @kileen I am so impressed by your tenacity and persistence - I am planning to do this for only a month and you've been doing this for months! You are an inspiration Kileen!

    @SewPetiteGal I am still figuring out lace tops myself! We'll experiment together and maybe one day we can both wear lace effortlessly!

    @The Little Dust Princess Thanks, haha I hope I can stick to this daily outfit thing. It's hard getting up an hour early to take pictures.

    @Ping 85, the beach and margarita sound good to me. I really need that right now...it's soooo cold!

    @PetiteAsianGirl no it hasn't. I can't really tell either. But I think for the future when an item is claimed I'll amend the post so people know it's claimed. :)

    @The Girlie Blog haha, thanks. I am just trying to stay warm!

    @Eat lots, Shop lots, Get Fat Thanks :) I can't imagine living in -56C...I went to school in a place like that and can't imagine doing it all over again.

  15. http://www.weather.com/weather/5-day/San+Diego+CA+USCA0982

    Don't be too jealous now!

    (sry for rubbing it in, but I can't believe this is January in SD.)


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