It’s Friday Tie Day again!
Here is Tie #2 that I’m wearing today:
Again, it’s Nick’s tie and he almost didn’t have one to match the shirt. He says he doesn’t wear a lot of pink so I guess it’s to be expected that he might not have anything to match a bright pink shirt. But I did find this one, which is navy blue with tiny lighter blue dots that you can kind of see in the picture. I’m wearing it with dark denim, my sparkly target flats, and an awesome navy blue BR blazer that makes me look and feel like I should be on a boat with all of it’s shiny gold buttons!
After having it on for only 5 minutes this morning I realized that wearing a tie without a vest is a different experience. It just seems to be hanging there and getting in the way when I bend down. I need a clip! Also, it’s a lot easier to see. The vest hid most of the tie the last time but now it’s all in-your-face, which isn’t bad but you definitely have to be comfortable with people saying, “Oh, you’re wearing a tie!” and then maybe raising an eyebrow. I still like wearing it, though.
I think I need to go tie shopping!
When I was in the seventh grade, I attended an awards ceremony at school. I can’t remember exactly why we were having the ceremony; it was probably one of those end-of-the-year things, but I do remeber watching an eighth-grade girl on the softball team walk up on stage to receive her award and she wearing a powder blue skirt suit*. Now, this was the first time I’d ever seen anyone around my age wearing anything that even remotely resembled a suit. Suits were what adults wore to work, right? And here was this girl, not much older than me, wearing a beauitful skirt and blazer, looking so professional and important. That was the moment I fell in love with suits and the whole professional look, even though I wouldn’t own my first one until I was about 23 and interviewing for my second grown-up job after college. I started my first [part-time] office job my junior year in college. It was a very small medical billing business that only consisted of 4 employees when I started: my boss and his father (who helped him start the business), a member of their church, and me, the only female. The men wore a suit and tie to work every day and I loved it. I didn’t wear suits at that time but I did start buying trousers and classic button-down shirts and I felt so professional! My roommate’s girlfriend even commented once as I was walking around the kitchen of our tiny apartment in these fabulous black, pointy heels before work one afternoon that I looked like I could be a powerful executive of some company. It was probably the most awesome compliment I’ve ever received!
Anyway, the whole point of that little back story is to show you that I finally tried something I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time: Break into the masculine fashion world and pay homage to the suit by wearing a tie. And not only that, but try to incorporate it permanently into my fashion choices. So here I am:
It’s Nick’s tie and he had to teach me how to tie it but doesn’t it look awesome? I’ve received a lot of compliments on it so I’m definitely planning to wear them more often. Maybe I’ll wear them enough to start an official Friday Tie Day series on the blog. What do you think?
*I just realized that this sentence makes me sound like maybe I didn’t care about academics and was only into fashion and the sort, and not that there’s anything wrong with caring about fashion, obviously ,but don’t be fooled. I was completely the opposite; I was a complete nerd with excellent grades and an appreciation for education all through school. Still am, actually. And I’m very proud of that.
I’m sure by now you’ve read about my New Year’s Resolution, but if not, it’s okay. I still love you. To fill you in, my 2012 New Year’s Resolution (NYR) is to try at least 6 new things, averaging out to about 1 every two months, or more if I can fit them in.
Tonight, I tried my first new thing: I attended an introduction to pole dance fitness class at Aradia Fitness! And I had a blast. It was a teaser class, meaning you only got a little taste of all the sexy, fun workouts they offer, but it was enough to get me thinking about taking more classes and it was perfect for someone like me who had been wanting to give it a try but was too scared/nervous/hesitant, etc.
It’s that time of year again! 2011 is slowly coming to a close. Christmas (for those who celebrate) is this weekend and Hanukkah (for those who celebrate) has just begun. And Kwanzaa (again, for those who celebrate) is next week. Then there’s my personal favorite, the winter solstice! The new year is right around the corner and we’re all probably thinking about our New Year’s Resolution. Okay, maybe not all of us, but I’ve been thinking about mine. Like most people, every year I make a resolution about some big life change that I’m adamant about, like saving money or eating better, and I swear that I’m going to stick to it come hell or high water and then by January 14, it’s already forgotten. But this year, I’ve come up with something pretty good. And it’s so good that I’m actually really excited about it and have plans to start it early.
Hi, I’m Nikki. This is where I blog about my life and personal style. I’m a wife and mom, sushi lover, wine drinker, and coffee enthusiast. Welcome to my little corner of the world where I try to lead by example!