Monthly Archives: April 2013

Classic

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Classic

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Classic

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Classic

It’s unusual for me to restrict myself entirely to neutrals, but today I thought I’d go for a classic black and white look. While the lack of colour is a bit different, the general structure of the outfit is one I’m very at home in. I love the contrast of casual shoes against a blazer, these skinny jeans are my favourite, and a scarf is the perfect way to add some interest and warmth. For me, this is one of those outfits that just feels right.

Linking up with Kiwi Womens Style for Wardrobe Wednesday.

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Blue And Brown

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Blue And Brown

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Blue And Brown

I’m not convinced about this one. The bottom half I quite like, but there’s something about the navy shirt and frilly neckline of the dress that doesn’t work together as well as I’d like. Next time I might try the shirt over the top instead of underneath, I think that could be an improvement. Not every experiment is going to be a complete success!

Fun Run

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Fun Run

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Fun Run

So today was my first ever fun run. If you’re thinking that “fun” and “run” don’t really belong in the same sentence – I’m totally with you. It wasn’t FUN. I found it difficult, pushed myself hard, and more than once wanted to just stop. But I made it to the end in a time of 30 minutes 54 seconds – I had aimed to run it in under 30 minutes, but couldn’t quite get there today. It was still a personal best time for me though which I’m happy about.

And while it wasn’t FUN, the community support was amazing – with about 500m to go a lovely lady jogged up next to me and encouraged me to keep up with her, get my breath back and steady my pace until the end. Totally unexpected, but much appreciated. There was also a sense of achievement in completing my goal of running 5km by May, something I’ve been working towards since late last year.

I’m naturally a sprinter rather than distance runner, but I decided to take up distance running after having Gestational Diabetes during my second pregnancy. I knew I had to make improvements in both diet and exercise to avoid developing Type 2 Diabetes later in life. Running just seemed the cheapest and most convenient way to fit a decent workout into a reasonably small window of time – “small” is the only type of window I seem to have these days!

So anyway, after getting up nearly 2 hours earlier than I normally do to run 5km in the city I got home pretty tired. With no plans to leave the house for the rest of the day my outfit had to be super easy. And what could be easier than shamelessly ripping off my outfit from Tuesday?

P.S. Sorry for the particularly grainy shots today, I was taking some action photos of the kids yesterday and forgot to change the settings back.

Baby Shower 2

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Baby Shower 2

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Baby Shower 2

Another weekend, another baby shower! So many of my friends are having babies at the moment which is very exciting, although I don’t think all these celebrations are doing my waistline any favours. It’s probably just as well I’m participating in my first fun run tomorrow morning – I’ve been working towards my goal of running 5km non-stop and this will be my big test. Slightly nervous.

Today was an unexpectedly warm day and I wore a striped t-shirt over my black maxi dress. To give the outfit a bit more shape I tucked up one side of my top a little, which was inspired by this pinned outfit by Audrey from Putting Me Together. And with that I’m going to call my poor attempt at the Pinterest Challenge complete! It certainly was a lot more difficult than I had expected to use six of the ideas I had saved using Pinterest.

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Baby Shower 2

In case you’re interested, here are my previous five Pinterest Challenge efforts: banana pancakes for week 1, sporty-casual look for week 2, belted maxi dress for week 3, green, red and pink for week 4, and a very disappointing attempt at a belted top with flares for week 5.

Red And Pink Again

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Red And Pink Again

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Red And Pink Again

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Red And Pink Again

Each time I wear red and pink together I worry that I’ve done it too often – it’s just one of those combinations I keep wanting to come back to. But when I actually looked back through my photos there haven’t been that many, an average of once every 2-3 months which isn’t all that frequent after all!

Here are two other red and pink combinations – both of which I actually prefer to today’s version:

A Healthy Clash (1)Red And Pink