Lump of Coal

Charcoal sweater, charcoal pants, and some glowing yellow embers peeking out. Also fits my mood today, which is kind of grumpy.

I agreed to stay late today before realizing I'd rather not. Not too bad, but I've been sort of down, too, about my upcoming birthday. I'd invited my mom and sister out two weeks ago, but got no response until today... even though I was already officially unhappy with them, I still invited my mom to dinner tonight because DH will not be home, and I'll just be home hungry and alone if I don't go. Then I missed breakfast at Whole Foods, and I asked a question about coffee decaffeination and was passed to six different people before anyone told me the coffee lady was on break. Got some Whole Foods chicken instead of the omelet and French toast I wanted, and the chicken was dry. Notice how the hair has already grown out enough that it is brushing my shoulders and doing a really weird flip thing at the neck. Sigh...

At least I like my outfit.

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  • Transcona Shannon replied 5 years ago


    I'm sorry that your birthday isn't turning out the way you had hoped. Families are complicated, aren't they?

    But your outfit is stellar - love the colour combination of "coal" with the citron. And I think your hair looks beautiful.

  • replied 5 years ago

    Love this, Rae! I hope your day gets better, you certainly are dressed for something fab to happen!

  • Diana replied 5 years ago

    I love all the moody greys with the bright pop of citron!

    Sorry you are having a bad day. ((hugs)) Hope it starts looking up soon.

  • Raisin replied 5 years ago

    Love this outfit, one of my favorites for sure!

    Sorry your family is getting you down. I hope your birthday is wonderful though!

  • BethL replied 5 years ago

    "Stellar" is a great word for your outfit, Rae! I'm so sorry your day isn't going well. Sending hugs and good wishes your way. P.S. Suddenly, I have a lot of gray in my wardrobe this season, and I have a couple of citron tops, including a citron oxford. I think it's slightly more subdued than yours, but I'm totally stealing your idea. :-p

  • BethL replied 5 years ago

    Rae, did I miss your birthday thread? I can't find it, so Happy Birthday to you! You have the power to make it special for yourself because you are an amazing woman. Have a personal celebration and celebrate your goddess-ness! xoxo

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Rae, I'm sorry you are feeling blue...but you are looking red hot!! That is a gorgeous combination on you. The pops of citron are fabulous. I love the simplicity of this.

    Did I miss your birthday thread or did it not start yet? In any case, here's hoping that your day improves, and that the year ahead treats you much better than this day.

  • O replied 5 years ago

    I love this outfit Rae. Cheer up, tomorrow is another day... and then it's your birthday :-) We'll celebrate it *here*!

  • catgirl replied 5 years ago

    Love the outfit! I am really into the grey and citron combo. Sorry you're having a bad day - you need a YLF intervention to rescue you!

  • rae replied 5 years ago

    Thanks, ladies... Birthday is not till the 13th, but we will be out of town celebratinf something else that day.

  • amyreh replied 5 years ago

    aw, hope tomorrow is better. You do look great though, love the pop of yellow!

  • replied 5 years ago

    {HUGS} Glad you had something providing you a bit of cheer, you Do look great (not just saying to cheer you up).

  • Julie replied 5 years ago

    Super cool outfit, Rae!! May I ask what boots you are wearing?

    Sorry to hear about your impending birthday woes, I'm sure it will all work out for the best.

    Your flip looks cute, but I think your hair is trying to tell you it's time for that all important first trim. I'm sure I speak for many others here when I say you could take it to your ear this time, and up the cuteness factor.

    Funny thing about coal, hold a piece of it just right, and it has a wonderful shininess to it



  • Zapotee replied 5 years ago

    What a gorgeous birthday girl.
    'bout the hair, yes, it so shocking for us long haired lasses to have to have a trimming so often with shorter hair. I needed one at least every three weeks.

  • Sveta replied 5 years ago

    Rae, it is December blues. My birthday is in December too and I often feel depressed around it I wish I could fly over to hug you and take you to a good dinner for your birthday! <<<HUGS>>>
    I think your hair looks fab and your outfit is super!

  • lyn* replied 5 years ago

    Can I come to your birthday? :D

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    Well I love your title! Lump of coal does describe a particular feeling very well. But you look terrific and not at all like any sort of lump or even coal with your excellent citron shirt. My hair grows fast too - it can be very annoying!

  • Mochi replied 5 years ago

    Rae, the outfit is killer-squared, if that helps at all. I'm sorry about the rest of it. December, blah. Too much going on. Though I'm happy and pleased to share the birthday month with you!

  • Sarah A replied 5 years ago

    I love your outfit! Seeing you sporting citron is a happy color... sorry to hear the other bad day timings :( the yellow wall is the perfect backdrop too!

  • Thistle replied 5 years ago

    I am so sorry your day was not what you wanted. Family can be so complicated!

    Still, your outfit is spectacular. I love the bold yellow against the greys! The yellow especially looks nice on you.

  • Day Vies replied 5 years ago

    I love charcoal with yellow. There is something about tone on tone neutrals that really pops a juicy color.

    I hope your day got better. I've been having far too many similar days myself. (sending empathy your way)

  • ManidipaM replied 5 years ago

    Oooh, what a day! Just half of that's enough to plead a migraine and curl up in the eiderdown X-( But here you are, soldiering on...

    I do hope things are brighter tomorrow (my today), on the last day of your year --- and then the next year had better get off to a smashing good start for you!

    If it's any consolation in the meantime, you look like a rare black diamond with a warm fire at its heart.

  • CocoLion replied 5 years ago

    Fantastic casual outfit, I would never have thought of charcoal and citron.

    Please have a wonderful birthday week ... I'm buying you a drink when I come back to LA in January!

  • rae replied 5 years ago

    Ah, you ladies are too good to me... and wouldn't you know, the second half of the day was pretty darned good. Had a wonderful client at DFS - she got a job as a real estate agent and wanted to look fashionable and appropriate for a variety of clients. She had a great, adventurous attitude and was so enthusiastic. Even found her two pairs of Anyi Lu pumps! And the DFS staff bought all the volunteers lunch.

    After that, my best male friend joined my mom and I for dinner. Mom got me a shiny new flat iron for my birthday, which I can't wait to try out on my flippy ends.

    Julie, the boots are be Apepazza, style name "Pesaro." I have them in both brown and black. :)

    Zap, that sounds about right for trims. I'm going to need to study the person who eventually razors my hair so that I can to touch-ups at home.

    Sveta and Mochi, you are so right. I believe that statistics show the most depressive episodes around the holidays, too.

    Manidipa, I love that imagery. Diamonds form from carbon under intense pressure, right?

  • ManidipaM replied 5 years ago

    Precisely ;-)

  • Isabel replied 5 years ago

    First, happy birthday !
    Second, you look amazing !!!!!

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    I like the flippy hair and the outfit!

    I'm sorry that your family members have disappointed you, Rae of Sunshine. (((HUGS)). Your b-day is tomorrow. Do you have fun plans with hubs?

    Glad that you ended up having a fab day!

  • Ariadne replied 5 years ago

    Love the outfit, and I think I need those boots.

    Cut your hair SHORTER!

    Sorry your day has been a downer *hug*

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