When I Am My Own Worst Enemy

This week I learned that I am often my own biggest roadblock. I want this experiment to keep evolving, and to that end, I got a little critical with what outfits qualify. That is also why this post, scheduled for Friday, is going live on Sunday. 

I had plenty of outfit opportunities to track this week (with photos and everything!) but I was convinced that each post needed to be bigger and better than the last. It seems I forgot that I'm doing an experiment within the confines of my own wardrobe, and constantly buying new pieces so I can feel like I'm achieving outfit nirvana isn't financially wise. (Though it would be fun...) I should also admit that Christian predicted this entire situation weeks ago...

So, with all of that said, today's post follows our 5th anniversary. (YAY!) I changed outfits three times, so strap in, we have plenty to discuss!

THE EVENT: Our 5th Anniversary (on a Saturday)

THE BROKEN RULE(S):

  1. Black is always best
  2. Round faces can't wear high necklines

THE OUTFIT(S): A written description of three separate outfits feels like a bit too much. Here are some pictures instead!

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THE EXPERIENCE: We began the day with breakfast at one of my favorite restaurants, CafĂ© Flora. We were seated in a back corner overlooking the garden, next to some fun-looking cacti. We had coffee and morning appetizers (beignets!), and then shared our breakfasts. I had a lovely time and the experience was mostly unaffected by my attire. I was happy I dressed warmly, and did ask Christian if the turtleneck made me look more interesting, but that was the extent of it.

 Funny cactus friend!

Funny cactus friend!

 Oh, coffee, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways...

Oh, coffee, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways...

After breakfast, we were both very full and feeling like an outdoor adventure. We changed out of our nice breakfast attire, put little Izzy in the car, and went for a walk in a forested park on the edge of town. I haven't owned up to this yet, but I rarely worry about breaking rules if I'm walking the dog (I know, shocking), and this walk was no exception. The trail zigzagged across a little stream, and Izzy was VERY EXCITED to hop around in the water and race across little bridges.

Between our walk with Izzy and dinner, we cleaned the house and went to the grocery store, (ooh la la!) so I'll save you too many dry details and skip ahead to dinner.

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I wanted to feel snazzy, or snazzier, at dinner, and for all my whining and experiment roadblocking, I ended up with an outfit that both broke rules and that I really liked! With my navy turtleneck over a slip dress and those lace up boots, I felt like a stylish librarian in a 90's movie.(Oooh, even better, like Miss Honey from Matilda!) We were seated in another corner table next to a window, so I didn't see many people at this restaurant. My outfit had no reactions from the public and that was just fine. Christian also ended up in a navy outfit with green accents, and our accidental matching made me enjoy my outfit even more.

THE CONCLUSION: I exhausted myself this week overthinking my outfits. It took up way too much of my time and made getting dressed far less fun. Luckily, I pulled myself out of it for our anniversary, and while my outfits weren't revolutionary, they still broke rules! The outfits I wore yesterday felt tame, but in comparison to what I wore before the experiment, the progress is obvious. 

I also took some time yesterday to plan where my experiments can go from here, and I'm really excited!! This first chunk of experimenting has served me well, but now I think it's time to shake up "lab time" and see what happens. 

Onwards and upwards, friends!

 In all of our photos from yesterday, Christian looks like a happy normal person...

In all of our photos from yesterday, Christian looks like a happy normal person...

 and I managed to look possessed in every single photo. Every one.

and I managed to look possessed in every single photo. Every one.