Friday, November 30, 2012

Community Service

Top: Old Navy (similar: one, two, three)  |  Jeans: Ann Taylor
Boots: Dolce Vita via Macy's (see here for options)  |  Scarf: c/o Maybe Matilda (shop)

I wore this last Wednesday to a community service agency to help pack bags of food for the local community.  We were up to our ears in produce and got to serve a couple hundred families!  

I've been tied up most weekends this year preparing for a HUUUUUGE conference for work this December, so I haven't been able to be more involved in community service events, but I'm excited to once I get my life back in January!  A friend from our church started a non-profit org a while ago called Bridge of Hope which helps meet the needs of distressed families in San Diego.  I love the stuff they do and am looking forward to being more involved next year.  Have you helped in community service events before?  How was your experience?

(That was totally not where I though today's post was going, but there it is.)  Have a great weekend!


  1. Beautiful colors.


  2. We volunteered at a charity two weeks ago and had the most marvelous time :) We cooked with low-income families and then had a huge dinner afterwards.

    I'm loving your outfit today :) that plaid shirt is just perfect, I need one in my life ^^ x

  3. This is fantastic! one of my favorites for sure!


  4. pretty little thingsFriday, November 30, 2012

    love the color palette in this outfit! xo


  5. Really cute and unexpected color combination with the scarf and button-down. Love!

  6. Love this look, casual but very put together!! Where on earth can we find buffalo plaid shirts in the many colors you have show us? I've been looking and looking and can't find one in yellow/white, orange/white, blue/white. Help!!

  7. Hi Kim! Usually they're fro Old Navy. I provide links below to link to similar items, so check there if you haven't yet. But I also just found a few more below. If you're reading this response via email, I think you have to come back over to the blog for the link to work.

    Yellow/white (material looks thinner though). Plus a lot of other colors.


    J.Crew also has them regularly, and Gap will have them sometimes. Good luck!

  8. Hi there...been reading your blog for awhile but never posted (I don't on much). I volunteer every week at a non-profit crisis center. We supply food and financial help to those in need in our town. Since I am a stay at home mom, aside from play dates and hubby dates, this is my only time to not wear jeans and a shirt. You looked great! However, if I ever am on the packing food line, it can be 30 degrees outside and I'm burning up! I've never dared a scarf!

  9. Hi Meredith! Great to hear from you :) I WAS burning up! I actually went there with my cardigan sweater and a jacket (it was supposed to rain) and was heating up! The sun also broke out in the late afternoon and was beaming down on us haha. However, that was also when some little kids from our church made their way to help us after school and they basically took over. They were so little and could crawl through everything, so they kinda blocked us bigger people out from being able to reach anything! We ended up just being in the way of the eager little worker bees hahaha. Anyway, how great that you get to volunteer every week! Like I said, I'm so excited to become more involved once I get my life back in January.

  10. You look great! I love the cowl scarf.

    I actually just got done with a community service for packing food for families today! My company signed us up to help out the local harvest food bank and it felt so nice to do that. It makes you def feel fortunate for what you have. We did about 9000 bags of frozen squash (there was tons that kept coming for us to pack!) and we did it all within 3 hours. :)

    xo - Sheila

  11. I totally thought that you were standing next to an ostrich egg :) But UGH. you make me feel so bad that I haven't volunteered in forever. Love the color of your shirt + the color of your scarf together! Maroon? brownish orange? I have no idea what they're called.

  12. Hahaha ostrich egg! That would be kind of a nightmare, considering I am terrified of (and have a rivalry with) birds. It is rather enormous, isn't it? And Kimmie, this is "oxblood" and "caramel." Muahaha just kidding.

  13. Hi! I found your blog a few days ago and have been obsessing over it! :) I love your sense of style. I look young for my age too (I once got carded trying to go see an R-rated movie after graduating from college...) and I am working on my wardrobe so I look more my age. Thanks for creating such an approachable fashion blog! :)

  14. Audrey - I found your blog weekend before last, and I lived on it for 3 days straight. Now, I visit a couple of times a day trying to get through your archives. I just want to say thank you so much! I love your blog. I'm 48 years old and somehow, you've made it all make sense for me.

    My "style" is very much like yours, so you have given me really great ideas on how to put things together and mix them up. I started Monday, and I have been complimented on my outfits every single day since. Today, I wore my new cognac riding boots with my mustard sweater and skinny jeans together for the first time, and I can't even begin to tell you how many people commented on my outfit. So yeah, I've been smiling all week.

    I loved your website so much, I shared it with a co-worker a few days ago. When I came in the office this morning, she snagged me as I passed her office and was so excited and thanked me for sharing it. She finally got a chance to look at it last night and spent all evening (until 1am) reading and being in awe like I was. We talked about your ideas and how things could work for us off and on all day.

    You're turning a couple of older chicks into fashionistas, and we're so excited to be able to take the stress out of choosing clothes and learning to mix and match our items.

    Thank you so so much for sharing with us!

    P.S. That's not my real name, LOL.

  15. Nice one! Love this simple and colorful outfit. Exactly something I love to wear.

  16. i love the combo of the orange and burgundy together! I'm glad you were able to help your community. I need to do more volunteering...


  17. First, LOL to your P.S.! ahaha. Loved that.

    Second, WOW! I'm thrilled to hear that you got compliments every single day! That is such an amazing feeling, and I'm so freaking happy for you! Thanks for sharing the blog with your co-worker too. I'm so, so, so glad to hear that you feel like the stress is being taken out of choosing clothes and that you've been smiling all week as a result! Rock on, sista.

  18. Not about community service, but about the outfit (which I love!): I'm wondering if black riding boots are as "stylish" as brown ones. Yesterday I got a pair of black ones thinking they would go with more, but then today I saw a girl wearing a black and grey outfit and brown boots and she looked great! I always though you weren't supposed to wear brown shoes with a black outfit...so now I'm confused! Should I have gotten the brown ones instead?

  19. I like knowing that others have goals other than to have the perfect blogging outfit haha. I volunteer at a community center every other weekend. I work with the seniors and set up the euchre tournament. I get to play with some most times too - they're a hoot!

  20. Black riding boots can be just as "stylish"--it just depends on what your style is! And brown and black can TOTALLY go together. I do it (and write about it) pretty regularly.

  21. Cute outfit! I love the color combination!

  22. What a great way to spend your time :)

  23. I love your blog, Audrey. Ever since I've put on a little bit of weight, I'd lost interest in clothes, but between you and Tanisha Awasthi, I'm convinced, it is just about proportions and that I can look good again - and that has made me begin exercising. So go figure!!

    I travel a lot for work and have for the first time been able to pack for a month with only 14 clothes, and doubt I'll repeat any outfit to the office.

    I was wondering about mixing in pattern, I'm of Indian origin and I LOVE the rich textiles of the country and wonder sometimes how to mix those into a formal work culture (PS, I work at a University, so it is a little mixed, some flair is good, but one needs to look put together). Would you do a segment on patterns and prints and color and mixing them together, please.

    PS - But I find the scarf here to be too much, the color is lovely, but the texture with the color feels like too much. Maybe I just have a plainer style.

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