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Hi, I’m Millie from Interrobangs Anonymous! S. asked for guest posts loosely themed around transitions, in any interpretation, and I was a bit stumped initially. I’m in my late twenties, in the thick of a PhD, and there’s no major transitions for me on the horizon, so I had no material at my fingertips. I’ve found that academia slows transitions, sometimes until they’re almost imperceptible: there’s no job transitions in the same way, not usually any major moves, and academic progress can be measured (at least for me) in millimetres. It’s sort of like a suspended animation: you’re a fully adult member of society, but you’re still ensconced in the bubble of student life. Of course, some people get married and/or have kids while in grad school, but neither of those are in my foreseeable future.
But they are in lots of other peoples’ futures/lives, and as I near the end of my twenties I’m starting to feel like I’m at loose ends. I’ve been in school now for about ten years, and in that time most of my friends and acquaintances have left school and gotten on with their lives — getting jobs (some more permanent than others), buying houses, having kids — and I feel like I’ve got little to show for the time I’ve spent in university. I know what I’d like to have in my life, and while it’s mostly not on the “get married buy a house and have kids” axis, it’d be nice to be able to paint the walls and buy a table not from Ikea. I want to transition out of this academic limbo, but I’ve still got at least three years I figure with this degree, so it’s not going to happen naturally (or at least not any time soon).
At the same time, September is always a reinvigorating month for me. After a few months of loose hours and loafing around in the sunshine while my model churns out numbers, September is a time of sitting down and getting stuff done with those numbers. This year in particular feels like a fresh start with a good bracing mug of tea to get me going, and while I still can’t paint my apartment walls, and I already have enough Ikea tables to last me for a while, there’s other ways in which I can transition. I’ve matured a lot in the past few years, and I think I’m ready to transition into the organized, together, productive, and yes, stylish, lady I’d like to be. Since there’s no foreseeable transitions ahead, I can take the time to do this right, without pressure on my or my wallet. It’s not a major transition, but if academia’s taught me anything, it’s that subtle transitions are just as important as the big obvious ones. The subtle transitions are the ones that let you get somewhere you didn’t even know you could go, because you got there while you weren’t paying attention to it. That belt over my cardigan up there? It just sort of happened, though not that long ago I’d never’ve left the house with it; my style evolved when I wasn’t always paying attention to it.
So, here’s some of the things on my list of things to try to do to feel less stuck, less restrained, and more polished:
- Get proper bras. I’ve bought my bras at La Senza for years now, always the cheapest ones available, and if I’m honest they’ve never really been comfortable. When I was younger my logic was “I don’t like bras, so I’ll buy the cheapest one so I’m not spending money on them,” which is totally counter productive. So, proper bras, no molded cups.
- Get more regular sleep. I’m pretty good about this for the most part, but I generally stay up too late, and need to get in the habit of being able to be up early without it being an ordeal. The fact that my supervisor is rarely around in the early mornings doesn’t help, but I need to work beyond what’s the easiest a
- Be conscious of my posture, and stand up tall. I slouch a lot, but it’s bad for my bones and makes my muscles sore at the end of the day. I’ve been working on being comfortable taking up space in public, and that’s all about posture and attitude.
- Toss* any clothes that are decrepit or don’t fit. I fear this will take out literally half my wardrobe, but after pulling a tank top out of my laundry that had disintegrated in the pits, I realized that this is very necessary. Again, I have a habit of buying the cheapest available thing because I know it won’t be just what I want it to be and am reluctant to spend money on something that doesn’t fit. At the same time I’m a grad student who doesn’t have oodles of money to spend on clothes, and am apparently to big for some retailers to want my money. This will be interesting. (* Toss = donate, give to friends, use for dishrags, etc)
- Try new shapes. While I’m very good about trying new food, I’m more reluctant to try new shapes of clothing, because in the past I’ve used clothing as a way to blend rather than to stand out, and unfamiliar shapes tend to make me feel conspicuous. But new doesn’t equal conspicuous or outrageous, and breaking out of my narrow sartorial comfort zone will hopefully make me feel more secure in breaking out of other comfort zones.
All of these sound like basic things, but I think putting deliberate and considered effort into it will help me feel less like I’m scrabbling through my wardrobe/degree and more like I’m a professional, on-top-of-her-game student. I’m trying to fake it (with my dress and demeanor) ’till I don’t feel like I’m faking it (with my brain) anymore!
Has this sort of thing worked for any of you? Any advice or additions to the list?
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Hi Narrowly Tailored readers! Angeline from The New Professional here. While S. is resting peacefully with the bean (one can hope), she asked several bloggers to sound off on variations of a theme: adaptation.
Adaptation in professional dress can be prompted by a number of factors: job change (to a different position or a different company), office management turnover or major career change, such as a lay-off or resignation. If you’re staying in the same industry, your workwear may not change much from workplace to workplace, but leaving the office environment entirely? What do we do with that?
Let’s take into account why we dress professionally in the first place: it’s often required to some extent by our employer and we want to be taken seriously by our colleagues. For freelancers and entrepreneurs, the need to look professional extends beyond our home office or coffee shop spot—every interaction is a potential opportunity for networking and business development. That doesn’t mean you should be wearing your suits to Starbucks, but rather finding a professional-casual balance that works for you.
Your exact formula and preferences will vary based on your own style and the demands of the new work you’ve chosen, but here are some tips to get you started to looking polished and professional and grow your freelance career or business.
Do your research. You’ve probably done a bit of reconnaissance into your new field. What do others in your field wear? Are there any physical requirements that you should take into account (will you be on your feet much, getting your clothes dirty, etc.)? The worst outfit is always the one that is inappropriate for the situation, whether it’s overdone or underdone.
Mix and match. From my observation, freelancers tend to strike a balance between work and casual wear, since their days usually involve some business interaction and some working alone. Plus, with the elimination of a regular salary, you don’t want to be spending money you haven’t yet earned on new clothes. Not all business and casual wear will be able to make the transition, but you’ll be surprised at how much of it can.
- Dressing down business wear: Split up your suit sets and pair each separate with a more casual piece. Blazers with a dress, for example, or pencil skirts with a tee. Roll up your shirtsleeves and leave an extra button open over a cami or tee. Soften a trouser-based look with an embellished cardigan and open-toed shoes.
- Dressing up casual garb: Add polished accessories, shoes, and toppers (blazers, cardigans, jackets) to instantly dress up a casual look. Fit is key here…clothes should be flattering and fit your body well.
Be confident. This goes for any kind of dress code or outfit, but is even more important as a freelancer. Your work is your calling card, not your ability to follow an HR policy. Above all, how you dress be empowering to you. Your confidence in yourself will inspire potential clients to place their confidence in you.
Know your audience. While business wear could get you from 8-5, M-F in the office world, you have much more of an ability to adapt to your customer or client in freelance work. Don’t be afraid to bust out a suit if you’re headed to a corporate client or bring out some boots for a farm visit.
Continue adapting. Just as in a traditional office-based career, freelancers and entrepreneurs grow and advance in their careers. Don’t be afraid to tweak things when your business starts booming or when your clientele becomes more high-brow.
How do you strike a balance between casual and professional wear? What pieces do you find to be the most versatile? Do you have any other advice for first-time freelancers or entrepreneurs?
- Grey Ruched Cowl-Neck Dress: Gap Maternity
- Navy Pinstripe Blazer: Calvin Klein via Filene’s
- Black Not-so-Flats: Bandolino via ShoeWoo!
- Pearls: Mommed
The last few weeks of my pregnancy were, to say the least, eventful, as I raced to get ahead on my reading, complete a variety of law journal administrative tasks, get our house ready, and, oh, you know, prepare for our lives to be totally shaken up by our daughter’s arrival (along with a healthy dose of trying to coax her into arriving a little bit sooner, which obviously failed miserably!). In addition, I was going through the final stages of the hiring process for federal judicial clerkships for the year(s) following graduation, a process which would have been high intensity (and a little byzantine) even if I hadn’t been racing neck and neck between the official nationwide interview schedule and what seemed to be the Bean’s impending arrival.
This is, of course, not the most complicated or stressful or magical thing a woman has done in the last few days and weeks before giving birth; much as I might like to think it, I am not, in fact, a beautiful and unique snowflake. But, special or not, I trundled my way down to the courthouse, 279 days pregnant, to meet with a Very Important Judge and his current clerks and try to do some amount of credit to my past achievements and future promise. Unfortunately, I didn’t end up getting this particular job, but I was pretty excited about all the things that had to happen over the last two years to make my being considered for it a meaningful possibility.
So what do you wear to a job interview at more than nine months pregnant? Having tried so hard to avoid buying and wearing a maternity suit, I wasn’t about to start now (and certainly not for two hours of my life), so for this and a few other similar interviews, I used the dress+blazer strategy, sticking predominantly with neutrals and trying to emulate the “interview suit” look as best I could. Under ordinary fake-a-suit circumstances, I’d be trying to avoid wearing a suit for the purpose of wearing something a little bit more “out there,” but here, the goal was to blend in as much as possible, particularly since the other candidates I expected to run into and be compared to in the process were . . . well, not similarly situated! This actually is the blazer from my “interview suit,” and I love the way it brings out the blues in this blue-grey dress, and the way the proportions work on my very-pregnant form. Had I known how warm it was going to be in the courthouse, I might have gone with a black dress in a slightly thicker fabric (like this one), but hindsight is 20/20. I thought about heels, but decided to go with flats: sometimes, you need your clothes to get out of your way, and with everything else I had to worry about, I didn’t want falling over to be one of them!
Have you ever interviewed for a job in . . . unusual circumstances? If you had the option to avoid an “interview suit,” what would you wear to a job interview?
Hi everyone! I’m Amy from BiblioMOMia, and S. asked me to step in for a couple of guest posts while she’s away getting to know her Bean. A huge welcome to her little one, and congrats to our beloved S.!
As a doctoral candidate and relatively-new mom (The Pup is now a toddler of 18 months), I know how hard it is to feel put-together, stylish, and professional right after you have a child. In fact, those difficulties directly lead to me starting my own blog, because I couldn’t find anyone else who was navigating the dual worlds of motherhood and academia. I remember attending a department lecture when The Pup was 3 weeks old, and I had no idea what to wear – after hours in my closet and a few tears, I finally decided on black skinny pants, an olive cardigan, and a purple nursing tank with a great flowered trench coat. I remember feeling exhausted by the challenge of my changing body and my changing perspective.
One of the hardest parts for me (other than the massive amount of laundry caused by a baby with acid reflux) was figuring out not only how to dress my postpartum body for breastfeeding, but also how to incorporate the trends of the seasons into my new outfits. Life is totally different when you’re dressing around a stomach that still feels a bit like jello, and you need access to your top half about every 3 hours, and you’re carrying around a cute little blob of flesh (hi, Bean!) everywhere you go. So how do you find the right new trends to work with your new life as a new mom?
Clothing styles right now are very friendly to the postpartum body, so you’re starting from a good place already. Here are my picks for styling some of fall’s biggest trends on the postpartum body…
I can hear most of you scoffing right now. Cool down. The fact remains that most patterns – even stripes – are a wonderful distraction from areas you’d rather not highlight, and that the old myth of horizontal stripes is just patently untrue. Also, many of this season’s stripes are coming in lovely draped shapes that would be wonderful for layering over a nursing tank. Keep the scale of the stripes small, and keep the shirt loose around your waistband. Stripes are an instant classic, and they’re relatively effortless.
Ponchos and Capes
Yes please! They’re like built-in nursing covers, cozy both for you and for your little one. They’re absolutely flattering when you find the right cut for your body type – avoid versions that have way too much fabric or a very thick knit. Also, I think a neutral color is probably best here, or Barney Syndrome is a distinct possibility.
Flared Jeans (and Hi-waists)
Flares are back in a very fun way for fall, and they’re a great shape for new moms – they definitely help to balance out a newly-larger chest. Also, many denim labels are finally raising their waistbands, which helps to control the dreaded pooch. Although many people think flares can only be worn well with heels, I think they look awesome with TOMS (and even Danskos).
The retro-red lip is everywhere this season. For such a small thing, it makes a major impact. Personally, I also find that it distracts from the circles around my eyes when The Pup keeps me up all night, and the easiest way to wear it is with very little (or no) other makeup. Use the great new lip stains – like pixi’s lip blush or Revlon’s Just Bitten – to keep kissing that baby’s head even with your fabulous red lips.
Whether heeled or flat, leopard or patent, loafers are an amazing shoe option for new moms. They’re totally stylish, extremely comfortable, and wear-with-everything versatile. Try a thick heel or wedge if you’re going for height, and a fun pattern or finish if you’re staying flat – these are not your mama’s loafers!
So you haven’t showered in 3 days. Just tie back your hair, put on a headband, and you look polished instead of disheveled. There are so many pretty options, from metallics and rhinestones to felt flowers and plaids. However, make sure you look like they’re for you, and not borrowed from your teenage sister – think sleek and sophisticated instead of overly girly. Buy a few.
The color palette is BRIGHT this season – although traditional autumnal shades like rust, mustard, and olive are still around, they’re being paired with vibrant tomato red, cobalt blue, and neon green. It’s easy to add a bold color to a layered outfit, whether with a scarf or some fabulous bright shoes. Or, go bold with a super-bright sweater or saturated denim – but keep the rest of the outfit simple.
There’s nothing better than a vest for easy breastfeeding access! A vest is also a great option when your post-pregnancy hormones are causing your internal thermostat to go berserk, and you have no idea if you’re hot or cold. Wear a nursing tank and tee underneath, then unzip as necessary. The longer styles in stores for this fall are super-flattering on any shape, and it’s an easy wardrobe update with a single piece.
Classic denim shirts started showing up everywhere in chambray over the summer, but I love the darker denim version for fall and winter. Like any buttonup shirt, you’ll have easy access for breastfeeding, as well as a traditional silhouette that can be worn with almost everything. Try wearing it open over another shirt or tying it at your waist for an updated look.
They’re like wearing pajamas in public. Do I really need to say more? If you don’t have one yet, it should be your first fall purchase. Look for a thick but soft fabric that won’t show any bulges, and a draped but not medieval silhouette. With tights and boots, maxi skirts are extremely toasty, too.
If skinny jeans have given us anything, it’s a veritable wealth of draped, flowing, and flattering tops to distract from a postpartum belly. You don’t want to cover yourself up with too much fabric – you want to highlight trim areas like your arms, chest, and neck while giving your stomach a bit of breathing room. Extra benefit: these shirts are great to layer over a nursing tank, and easy to pull over a baby’s head during a nursing session.
Bracelets are about to become your best friend. In the early weeks of babyland, dangling earrings are still a possibility. However, soon your little one is going to be grabbing everything in sight – especially earrings and delicate chains that hover right around his mama’s face. Bracelets – whether bangle, chain, braided, or cuffed – are a totally stylish option that your little monster won’t destroy quite so easily. Wear a lot of them – The Pup always steals them from me to play with in the car!
However, remember that all of these trends pale in comparison to the smile on your face when you introduce friends and family to your little one. Don’t expect everything to be normal right away – the reality is that you’re going to experience a totally new version of normal, and especially if you’re breastfeeding, those body changes might continue in some way in the months ahead. Embrace them. And then put on some red lipstick.
My best to S. and her new family! Congrats, Mama.
Hi friends! Just popping in to joyfully announce the arrival of Baby M., who made a safe and thrilling entrance into the world at 7:39 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 23. She delighted her adoring parents and grandparents by staying awake and alert for quite a while Friday night, and continues to amaze everyone with fascinating new tricks like figuring out the whole eating thing, being swaddled by her daddy, and getting the hiccups. D. and I are thrilled and overwhelmed with joy and love for this beautiful new life, and can’t wait to bring her home tomorrow. Many thanks to all of you for your kind wishes and words of support in the last weeks and months; we feel truly blessed to have so many near and far to share the moment with us.
S., D. and m.!
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I’m hoping you’re reading this *after* our daughter has arrived (or at least after I’ve gone into labor)! Even though I’m hoping that by this point, I’m no longer exclusively donning maternity duds, some of my last pregnancy outfits were among my favorites, and I wanted to share a few of them with you over the course of these next few weeks. I’m also looking forward to featuring some of my very favorite bloggers while I take a little mini-break to bond with our little one, so keep your eyes peeled for some features from some of these inspired ladies over the next few weeks!
- Navy Maxi Dress: Liz Lange for Target
- Yellow and White Striped Oxford: J. Crew
- Silver Necklace: Gifted
- Red Earrings: Target
- Brown Die-Cut Flats: Lifestride via Zappos.com
I was skeptical about the knotted-oxford-shirt concept, but buoyed by your sweet comments the last time I tried it, I gave it one more go, putting together yet another “hybrid” look, that’s a combination of these two outfits:
I wore this on a casual Friday of working from home, and having lunch with D. and his colleagues. This maxi dress has become one of the most indispensable of my maternity wardrobe items, and one I could even see continuing to wear post-pregnancy. For the most part, though, it’s been too warm to even think about wearing anything but a light scarf over it, so I’ve relished the opportunity the cooler weather has brought to experiment with using it as an under layer. I love how the bold jewel tone pairs well with both lighter neutrals and with bright accents in my closet, and the way the relaxed shape is easy to wear while still feeling “dressed up” when I need it to.
I’m curious, though: is the maxi dress a spring/summer only item, or can it work for fall? When you layer over one, how do you keep the proportions from feeling too hippie dippie?
- Navy Wideleg Trousers: Olian via eBay
- Peach-Orange Top: Japanese Weekend via eBay
- Teal Earrings: Forever 21
- Long Oatmeal Cardigan: Halogen via Nordstrom, gift from Mom
- Brown Peep-Toes: Naturalizer via Amazon.com
- Silver Necklace: Gifted
In a weird way, this outfit is the offspring of these two outfits:
As I attempt to combat boredom (by which I mean, my desire to never look at maternity clothes again…), I’ve been revisiting outfits and concepts that worked earlier in my pregnancy and trying to make them work on my nearly- (and now over-) due form. This outfit borrows key elements from the two looks above: the soothing combination of navy and peach (a slightly more grown-up version of my alma mater’s famed orange and blue), the ease of trousers and a long cardigan, the critical importance of bold accessories to pull the look together (hey, sometimes more really is, well, more). The long-cardigan-over-trousers look isn’t a proportion that works well for my non-pregnant self, as it tends to magnify my long-torso-ed-ness and make my legs seem even shorter. At this stage in my pregnancy, though, it works well to balance out my out-of-balance top half: the wide legs of the trousers work to balance out my bump, and the draping makes me look *almost* “ordinary” from the front. The heels are also helping to keep the look in balance, but they’re probably doing more for my sanity than anything else!
With our little girl expected this weekend at the latest (you hear that, Bean?), I’ve started—very tentatively—thinking about what my theoretical post-partum style will be like. This is not, of course, the first thing on my mind at the moment, but staying busy helps with the waiting and the I’m-not-feeling-very-comfortable-anymore and yesterday, that busy involved organizing my closet! So I’m curious, stylish reader-parents: how did you think about what to wear after baby arrived? Were there things you absolutely banned from your closet for a while (chunky necklaces, silks, dry-clean-only-anything?), or some general criteria you found important in selecting pieces? Did you develop a kind of “uniform” for the early days?
- Striped Tee: Old Navy Maternity
- Drawstring Linen Pants: Old Navy Maternity
- Scarf: Target
- Earrings: Target
- Brown Sandals: Keen via Amazon.com
Let’s be honest: there really are days, pregnant or otherwise, when you just . . . don’t really feel like getting dressed. And yet! Places to be. So what’s a girl to do?
These pants were on sale at Old Navy as I was finishing work at the end of July, when I finally had to give up the ghost on the pre-pregnancy-jeans-plus-belly-band combo. They’re super casual and the fit is far from perfect, so they’re mostly after-work pants — the kind of thing you put on when you get home at the end of a long day but would still like to preserve the option of leaving the house. I hadn’t tried wearing them to an “event” until last Sunday, when we were running late for dinner at my parents’.
To offset the slightly ho-hum aspects of the pants, I went with a bold pattern mix up top and dramatic earrings (thank you, $5 accessories section at Target!). I’ve kept the colors of the scarf and the top in roughly the same family, and letting the lighter-colored stripes almost fade into the background, keeping the focus on the bold floral scarf. To me at least, the combination feels really soothing. Almost enough to make me forget that I was wearing my “I-give-up” pants.
This post is part of a series on maternity wardrobe essentials and approaches to dressing for pregnancy. See the complete series.
If you’re reading this on Monday morning, and it’s not preceded by a note welcoming our new arrival, my due date came and went and I’m . . . still pregnant. Which is, of course, fine, but I am looking forward to the day when I can stop writing about dressing for pregnancy in the present tense!
I’ve been looking wistfully at September issues and fall catalogues for the last few weeks, trying to piece together a vision of how I’ll incorporate fall’s trends into my post-partum style (which involves some seriously magical thinking, since I have no idea what my post-partum body will look like, what my needs will be—other than sleep!—or how quickly I’ll feel up for getting dressed). It feels like a whole new experience, after months of maternity dressing, which, while it can be stylish (and I’ve certainly tried!), is mostly not trendy—at least as to silhouette, since the range of bump-able silhouettes is, well, small. That said, some trends—particularly those involving color, texture and accessories—can work really successfully on the pregnant body (sometimes with a few adjustments).
For example: I loved this spring and summer’s brights, but dressing a newly-proportioned and (let’s face it) outsized body in bright colors takes some care and some thought. As usual, these aren’t iron-clad rules, but here are a few things I thought about and some particularly (and sometimes surprisingly!) successful strategies for making this trend work on a pregnant body. Like my list of suit alternatives, these go from least to most adventurous.
Let’s face it: pregnant bodies are, well . . . often bigger than their non-pregnant counterparts. Larger bodies lead to larger expanses of, in this case, bright, fabric, which can sometimes feel like overkill . . . or simply like a more dramatic look than you were going for. Starting with simpler shapes may be a good way to baby-step your way in to making these looks work, and giving you a chance to experiment with drawing attention to different parts of your body.
Likewise, pairing brights with neutrals can tone them down in a way that really unifies a look. I wore this taupe-ish cardigan with many a brights-based look, taking advantage of both its snuggly nature and the way it made bright colors seem a little less overwhelming, particularly on darker, more inside-oriented days.
Brights at the Office: One Thing at a Time
As we’ve discussed at length, it depends on where you work and what you do, but not all offices are universally brights-friendly. For example, at the firm I worked at this summer, the expected number of bright wardrobe elements per woman on any given day was probably less than .5. Keeping the rest of the outfit more neutral and relying on one (or maybe two) colored elements may make these kinds of pieces more office-appropriate, and make you feel less like you’re ringing alarm bells walking through the hallway.
Pairing with Pattern
For whatever reason, I love the look of brights with patterns. Depending on the overall look, either the bright element or the patterned element can function as the anchor piece, with the other functioning as an accent. On the pregnant body, this is one of those relatively unusual examples of where more is more: even though it can be both a lot of pattern and a lot of bright on an unusually proportioned form, it feels celebratory and intentional and really, really fun.
Out There, Live: Color Blocking, Analogous Brights and Dramatic Shapes
Broadly and generally, these are bolder bright looks, and your mileage may vary on appropriateness for your work environment, your state of pregnancy, and your temperament. I’ve found that I’ve come to really love analogous brights, which seem really soothing to me, oddly enough, but they’re definitely not for everyone. Likewise, I wasn’t a huge fan of color-blocking while pregnant (though this was in part a proportion issue, brought on by my inability to wear high-waisted anything). But I loved, LOVED, the look of a bold, unexpected silhouette in a bright color, even though it was something I don’t think I ever would have worn not pregnant. I never would have bought this crazy coral/watermelon colored, puff-sleeved blouse under ordinary circumstances, but again, the playful, experimental mood that pregnancy dressing put me in made me more open to these possibilities—and thrilled to try to make them work. It definitely wasn’t subtle, but it was kind of a blast.
How do you feel about trends and the pregnant body? In particular, do you think things like brights or pattern mixing have a place in the pregnant gal’s wardrobe, or are they better reserved for the not-currently-reproducing set?
while we waited for you with bated breath, your grandfather sent along this message, a quote from someone who has inspired all of us a great deal:
“The really great people of each generation are those who have a commitment to excellence—a commitment that transcends every other facet of their being—the commitment to excel—to be at all times, in all places, under all circumstances, the very best that they can be at whatever they do—whether they be doctors or lawyers, poets or politicians, barbers or bootblacks, bartenders or ballplayers. These are the exciting people of the world—the people worth knowing and admiring and loving. They are the people who made this country great, the people who are driven by an inner spirit to greatness—not for money, not for power, not for glory—but from a simple dedication to use whatever talents with which they have been endowed to the ultimate.
“John Gardner said it best in this century when he wrote: ‘An excellent plumber is infinitely more admirable than an incompetent philosopher. The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.’
“I think the best kept secret in America today is that real satisfaction, real fulfillment, real exhilaration come not from leisure, or tranquility, pampered idleness or self-indulgence, but rather from striving with all of one’s physical and spiritual might for a worthwhile objective.”
— Edward Bennett Williams, August 9, 1977
We cannot wait to meet you, little girl, and to show you all the wonderful things we hope for you in the world, to share our dreams for you and for each other. We hope that you never let us forget the importance of our efforts to make a world in which you can live a life that is full of excitement, joy and wonder, and that is without limits.
See you soon!
Mom & Dad
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