Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Daily MelWear: Purple and Gray

Hi everyone!

Thank you for all of the happy and positive thoughts you've been sending my way.  Things are still really hard but your positivity is encouraging and contagious. :)

For any of you that don't know, I struggled with losing the baby weight after my daughter was born.  It was extremely frustrating and when she was about 2 1/2 years old, I won a contest (the Moms Get Fit Giveaway) through the local newspaper.  I, along with two other fabulous women whom I've grown to adore, won 12 weeks with Medi Weight-loss Clinics and 20 sessions with a personal trainer (along with some other prizes - for the full recap, click here for my "I won!" post and continue reading the subsequent posts).

Anyway, there were some clothing items that I really liked but after I hit my goal weight, they no longer fit.  Enter: Lori! She is the wife of my husband's friend, James, and apparently she is good at absolutely everything.  She mentored me when I was trying to get into face painting (my husband is a balloon artist on the side so I tried to learn Face Painting to supplement that business - but I just don't have the extra time to learn and practice) and then come to find out, she's also a fabulous seamstress! 

Heh.  The little things you don't know about your friends.  So, in exchange for my many, many face painting supplies that I'm not going to use anymore, she agreed to tailor some of my old clothes that I just didn't want to get rid of.

This jacket is one such item.  I love the professional look of it because it's a simple black blazer, but the 3/4 length sleeves adds some style and makes it much easier to wear in warmer weather.  I've missed this jacket so!  It's the perfect addition to dresses like these, to make them look more professional and office-appropriate.

I can't wait to wear some of the other newly altered pieces!  

The dress is another Plato's Closet find from this weekend.  I love the fact that the waistband isn't the hard elastic like some of my other tank dresses; rather, it's a soft, stretchy cotton.  The colors of the skirt are so pretty, I love the muted purples and gray together.

By the way, if you're on Facebook, don't forget to join A Working Mom's Closet there too!

I think this post has been wordy enough.  Here's today's outfit:

Purple/Gray/Black Tank Dress: Plato's Closet

Black Blazer: JC Penney

Purple Belt: Salvation Army

Gray Pumps: Payless

Purple Necklace/Earrings: Beya


  1. Melissa - you look great!! Congrats on your weight loss. This outfit looks awesome on you - i love the professionalism of the jacket, but it's so playful with the dress underneath. Def. a recipe to copy!!

  2. Congrats on your journey! I love this outfit...that colorblock dress is divine!

  3. Very cute! I love the combination of the purple and black!

  4. Kristin - thank you! I can't wait to see your take on it!

    Destrehan's - thanks! :)

    Angeline - I think it's my new favorite dress. :) Thanks!

    E - me too! They were SO comfy all day, too! Bonus!

    Jamie - Thanks! I'm finding that I own a LOT of purple, I need to start finding new color combos using it!

  5. i love, love this dress. how fantastic! i am also loving the gray and purple together, nice touch!

  6. i looove this look- that purple is amazing, and the necklace makes the whole outfit look youthful.
    congrats on your weightloss, i've lost a lot of weight getting to my pre-baby size the last year. it feels amazing to have a body that you want to participate in the world of fashion.


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