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I find that a layered look on top helps to up the "business" part of "business casual." A blazer over a top. A cardigan over a top. A button down shirt over a tank top. Some vests will also work as that top layer.

Do a little Googling on "capsule wardrobe." The basic idea is to pick one main color, say black or navy, and then have a couple of accent colors, with everything working together.

So you might have a black jacket, skirt and pants that are made to go together. Then a gray or black cardigan, and a red one. Three button down shirts--white, a black and white stripe and a red-and-white print. Some knit tops--white, grey, black and red, with a print/stripe/check thrown in for interest. A pair of gray slacks. You can wear the jacket and both cardigans with all the tops, and with all the bottoms.

Then maybe a second capsule, based on navy or brown or khaki.

And then you can mix and match between the two. Red goes with navy, brown and khaki. Gray goes with navy. Black goes with khaki.

When you are shopping with a purpose, in this case to upgrade your wardrobe, as opposed to just shopping for fun, I think it helps to have a list of what you need: a white button down that looks good tucked in, a red top to go with the gray sweater and black pants, a print top to liven up the black suit.

I love the capsule concept. This is the first I've heard of it, but I've naturally gravitated to it. I do red and black and fill in with some pops of color here and there.

I'll just add that you might look for a couple wrap dresses. I've gotten some great ones at Burlington, TJ Maxx, etc. and they were all under $20.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: The 'I Accomplished Something Today!' Thread
« Last post by cicero on Yesterday at 11:43:24 PM »
Continued house purging/ preparing for move: the closet in my room is clean. Took everything out, wiped down and sprayed, and put back only things I really will use. Out with the. Bedraggled undies, mismatched socks, shirts that make me look pregnant, old bathing suits, etc. Also found additional papers, school stuff, medical records. Kept only the important stuff, the rest needs to be shredded. Two garbage bags full of shoes, one of old blankets and about five if papers or clothing.
93 general / Re: Oh dear....when a friend's pet dies in your care
« Last post by NFPwife on Yesterday at 11:41:16 PM »
If he had a spot of ich and was left on the stoop, I wouldn't expect any other outcome. I can't imagine the climate changes were good for him.

I would offer my condolences and refuse to ever watch another fish. How long was she planning to be gone? You can get a multi-day feeding thing for Bettas.

My DH killed my Betta. When I travel for work, he turns the furnace waaaay down and uses a space heater in whatever room he is in. I explicitly asked, more than once, that he move the Betta if he was keeping the house at 50 degrees Fahrenheit. He thought I was joking. I wasn't. I came home to an upside down fish.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Central air conditioning? Help me, please!
« Last post by NFPwife on Yesterday at 11:32:10 PM »
Thanks all! It's just nice to hear other people's opinions and experiences.

We do have forced-air heat. Our furnace is gas-powered and as old as our house, which is 23 years old, so we might want to look into the HVAC units. We do have ducts, so hopefully that will decrease the expense if we decide to go for it.

I don't know if it's global warming, or what, but it's been over 30 Celsius for weeks least it seems that way. I am used to a cool wet spring. Our front lawn is practically straw, there are sprinkling restrictions, and it's just barely July.

You should be fine. Our house is similar and they put the unit between the house and garage and connected a couple things and we were good to go. It took under a few hours.

How awful. It's so hard when you're caught in the moment. You did fine. I love the idea of, "Excuse me?" while giving yourself time to think.

When I was really thin (very bottom of my weight range,) I'd get a monthly bloat and look three months pregnant - my mother was lovely enough to routinely point that out.  ::) I worked in retail and one customer was convinced I was pregnant. When I said I wasn't, she didn't believe me. She said I was "Just starting to show," and that I "Must have lost track." I told her I really wasn't pregnant and it was a monthly bulge not a nine-monthly bulge. She apologized so profusely and was nearly in tears.  (I still get it. Weirdly it doesn't "show" once I hit the middle of my range.)
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Central air conditioning? Help me, please!
« Last post by JoW on Yesterday at 11:22:17 PM »
We do have forced-air heat. Our furnace is gas-powered and as old as our house, which is 23 years old, so we might want to look into the HVAC units. We do have ducts, so hopefully that will decrease the expense if we decide to go for it.

If you lived in southern or middle US I would suggest you look into getting a combined unit, heat and air conditioning in one unit.  But that would be heat pump heat, and that doesn't work well in Canada or Minnesota winters.  So get a separate air conditioner and put it beside your furnace, with the outside box on the far side of the nearest outside wall. 
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Central air conditioning? Help me, please!
« Last post by Sirius on Yesterday at 11:15:43 PM »
Not us.  I live outside Portland, Oregon, and most summer temperatures hover between 85 and 95.  This past week my house has been 85 during the day, and our fans just aren't getting the job done.
Trans-Atlantic Knowledge Exchange / Re: Independence Day
« Last post by cass2591 on Yesterday at 11:12:02 PM »
So not an etiquette question and a thread I suspect will go downhill.

Incidentally, July 4 here is summer, which I assume you knew. People barbecue, have parties, etc and watch fireworks if they so desire.

I'd be really tempted to tell her (with a completely dead pan face) "actually the doctors say I'll never be able to have kids." Just to try to get a light bulb that she's inappropriate to go off. That's not a nice thing to do, but I'd want to. General rules:

1. Never imply a woman is pregnant unless she's told you (or you've heard it from a reliable source - i.e. the father, someone else close to the pregnant woman)
2. If you slip and imply a woman is pregnant who is not pregnant - you apologize! A woman once asked me when I was due. When my confused reply was "what?" (I thought she'd said what do you do but couldn't figure out why she was using a cutesy voice) she was mortified and started stammering - which is when I figured out what she said. To be fair, there was a woman who fit my vague physical description (blonde, youngish) who was pregnant - I think (hope!) she confused us. Still never wore that shirt again.
This is o bizarre because we are having an unexpectedly mild summer.  4th of July, high of 75.  I was just thinking that if we were still living in my old place (No AC there, but have it here), it would have been the first livable summer in years.
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