wine + chocolate

Well, I apparently had Valentine’s Day on the brain when I picked out today’s outfit–its colors are very reminiscent of wine and chocolate! I’ve worn these pants a million times on the blog, but this was my first time wearing this wine-colored cardigan. As you might have noticed, I’ve recently become a big fan of the wine/maroon/burgundy color family, so I ordered this sweater to add into rotation. I can already tell it will get good use!


I considered belting the lace top in this outfit, but comfort won again, so I didn’t. In looking back at these photos, I think the belt would have added a much needed element of tailoring to the outfit. Without it, I look a little frumpy and unpolished.


I would have preferred to wear some bold, gold jewelry, but due to the nature of my schedule today, I decided against it. I spent the day counseling low-income adults, so I kept the accessories pretty understated.


ivory lace top {Banana Republic Factory}, hand-me-down similar

maroon v-neck cardigan {Target}, $19 (Christmas money)

brown dress pants {Banana Republic Factory}, $47 similar

brown wedges {Chinese Laundry}, gift similar

tortoise watch {Fossil via Amazon}, $20

pearl stud earrings gift similar

How do you accessorize for days when you need to be “understated?”


6 thoughts on “wine + chocolate

  1. Is there anything better than wine and chocolate?! Also, I can’t believe I’ve forgotten about my brown pants– I really should wear them more often– maybe next time with lace!


  2. my eyes are opening up more to this shade of dark red as well; in fact, i have a merona skirt in my shopping cart in the exact shade i’m about to order! and don’t be hard on yourself about your outfit — i had many similar experiences to what you described here of needing to dress for what my day demanded in my old case management job with low-income seniors. i always felt more approachable and relatable when i dressed more understated as well. not that i own high fashion designer pumps and purses, but if i did it would have felt disrespectful going into their homes touting those items or expensive looking jewelry.

    by the way, i’ve been meaning to ask — is there any way to know if you reply to comments i leave on your blog without having to click the “notify me of follow-up comments via email” button every time i comment? sometimes i forget to, but when i do i get another email i have to reply to in order for that to request to go through. i think it’s just wordpress, but it’s a lot of steps so i’m not sure if i’m doing something wrong. thanks in advance for clarifying for me!


    • Heidi, I looked into your question about the follow-up comments. I fiddled around quite a bit with WordPress and really couldn’t find a better way for you to be notified about my replies. I wish there were an easier way–just another reason why I should have started this blog on Blogspot, perhaps. I’m so sorry for the inconvenience! I really appreciate your taking the time to comment on my posts.


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