Day Off Shots

Since we had the day off due to the early freeze, I threw on some clothes and took photos for the afternoon. And yes, I know I said I was going to lay off taking pictures for awhile because I’m so backlogged, but I lied. Anyway, I actually have to go to work on Saturday as it’s the big placement test day, so the school will be overloaded with eighth graders and I have to be there to meet with the parents. So all in all, it was nice to have the day off today since my weekend is cut short by work responsibilities.

I thought I’d share a few new photos, even though I’ve got at least three previous sets I still haven’t processed and shared. I also tried out some new hairpieces today – what I’m wearing in these shots are two hair wraps, which are basically ponytail scrunchies made of synthetic hair. My hair is just long enough to pull into the tiniest ponytail imaginable, so on it’s own it looks rather silly, but I can wrap one of these scrunchies around my little ponytail nub and it looks rather cute. I bought this piece off Vogue Wigs; it’s called “Jolt” and only cost $7,95, but based on the recommendation of the reviewers on the site I bought two:

I am way too old for this outfit, but I had fun wearing it anyway

I wouldn’t ever wear the scrunchies that way for real, I was just playing around with how they could be used. Unfortunately they’re a little darker than my real hair, but Doug says it isn’t noticeable. The best way to wear them is one wrapped over the other, for added fullness, like this:


And I know that’s another really weird outfit, but as I said, I was playing around. You’ve seen that lace dress before, in a previous post; for the hell of it I decided to throw it over this great maxi dress I got from Modcloth and see how it turned out. It might have looked better over the other version of the maxi dress I bought, in black and brown:


Then again, it might just be a bad idea to put it over either one of them, I don’t know. It seemed interesting enough in pictures.

One thing these photos made me think of was how much I dislike jewelry. I noticed when wearing my hair up tucked into the two hairpieces  that I really could use some earrings, but I hate wearing them and never do. I tried to cram some into my neglected but pierced ears for the shots with my hair up, but in the end I changed my mind because they make me uncomfortable as hell. I really don’t like rings either; about three years ago I developed an allergy to the nickel in my white-gold wedding ring, and when I went to buy another one all I had to choose from was platinum or sterling silver (due to the nickel allergy). Not liking wearing rings in general, I really couldn’t bring myself to shell out thousands on a platinum one, so I ended up picking a simple sterling silver band from Tiffany’s for $150. My friends thought I was nuts not to get  a “real” ring when Doug was  telling me to buy whatever I wanted no matter the cost, but it was honestly the only thing I liked. In fact, I adore it – it has that pretty ribbon of Tiffany’s blue running through it and it is completely unobtrusive; I forget I have it on, and I doesn’t make my skin turn red and itchy like my old diamond ring did.

To sum up this weird ramble, here’s a third way you can wear these scrunchy hair headbands:


I think you can see it there; I just have both of them wrapped around a low ponytail. This is my favorite way to wear it, although when I started jumping in this outfit they both flew off (and yes, I do have a picture of one of them sailing off my head). As I said, it  helps cover up the tiny little ponytail I have going right now. Truth be told, I could have gotten away with just one, but since each one was only eight bucks I don’t mind owning two. Simon will probably end up finding and destroying one anyway; he greatly enjoys stealing things and running around the house with them in his mouth, then chewing on them until they’re destroyed. At least he doesn’t swallow anything, like Sprocket does.

Speaking of Simon, when I was first setting up for the shots I intended to hang this gossamer-thin backdrop I bought over the white dropcloth I still have hanging on my office wall. But in the end it was too hard for me to easily hang; it’s so light the pins wouldn’t hold, and I gave up pretty quickly (I’m quite tired of the white backdrop but have yet to buy the black one I keep intending to get). So I tossed the big old thing into a corner (it was huge) and started putting on my makeup, then later discovered Simon had made a nice little home for himself in it. Of course I have photographic evidence of this:

Kind of sucks that this is the cutest photo of the bunch and it isn’t of me. Oh well.

12 thoughts on “Day Off Shots

  1. First of all, I envy you the cold weather. And, I was about to say, Simon is a scene-stealer. That shot is beyond cute. Have you tried putting up the fabric on the wall with velcro? I like the black/tan/blue outfit best. We diverge on the topic of jewelry – I love earrings, rings and necklaces. My problem with bracelets is they have to be sized to fit a very small wrist. Is there actually nickel in white gold? I never knew that. I typically like yellow gold. One way to get platinum at reasonable prices is vintage jewelry. I have a platinum and diamond cocktail watch from the 1930s. It wasn’t cheap but it wasn’t as expensive as it would have been new. Anyway, my rambling thoughts at way too early in the morning. 🙂

    • Yep, there’s a small amount of nickel in white gold and in any yellow gold below 14k. Hadn’t thought of velcro but that is a good idea. I at one time had one of those backdrop holders that is basically a long bar on a metal stand; but the damn thing took up WAY too much room in my little office so I got rid of it. It might be worth to install a bar of some sort though, because then I could just throw whatever backdrop i wanted over it rather than having to pin everything to my back wall (and you should see this poor wall when there’s no backdrop on it…covered with holes now from all my backdrop pinning).

  2. I think the second photo is the cutest one of the whole bunch. (That smile makes you shine!) Sorry Simon, but yours is the cutest Cat photo in the whole bunch.

    • I find that with the high-low hemline skirts and dresses that are so popular right now, putting a second layer under them usually looks really interesting. Just another way to wear them 🙂 And the pink tights are ombre so they’re actually white at the top and fade into the pink – really fun!

  3. “Threw on some clothes”… I know you deny it , but as versitile as you are with what you have,
    I would swear you have a 50′ container out back ,chock full !! My fav the beige ,black, blue.
    ps: Maybe a 25′ footer for the shoes !! Wonderful expressions. And color co-ords , spectacular.
    Simon’s sure found a home.

    • The sad thing is I don’t keep much around, my closet is actually really small. I just buy so much stuff that I cycle through really quickly. I give stuff away all the time. That makes me sound really spoiled doesn’t it? I am trying to get better about working more with what I have and buying less. The pictures do help with that. Although – those blue shoes I’ve had forever,. They are Hush Puppies, believe it or not.

  4. It takes a lot of guts to post that pic of the cutie with your own photos, but you can definitely pull it off, m’dear. These are GREAT photos. I enjoyed the outfits for their lines and their colors and their weirdnesses and you look wonderful in them, as usual. Where is the photo of the scrunchies sailing over your head?

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