Last Week, This Week: Advanced Planning – October 30-November 3

Last Week This Week is a look back at what I actually wore last Monday thru Friday as long as it was a workday. I’ve included a brief description of each outfit and if I wore it for a specific event other than a typical workday. Without a specified dress-code in my workplace, casual Friday isn’t really an official thing but I usually adhere to it nonetheless.

Let me clarify … unless you’ve declared yourself to be retired, anything you do during daylight hours (and sometimes nighttime ones as well) whether or not you get paid for it, I consider that to be your “work” and you should/can be dressed accordingly. And even if you are retired, in whatever manner you’ve enjoyed your day is good enough for me. I’m inspired by the creativity I see shared on so many blogs and Instagram accounts.


It was a short, three-day workweek for me last week because I headed out of town on Thursday.  Even so, I clocked in a few extra hours as you can tell by the dark windows in the daily photos.  And since I knew that my time would be short leading up to our departure, I did some advanced planning over the previous weekend on what I would wear to work each day.

Planning in advance means careful consideration of the daily weather forecasts. Even though the weather was starting to turn cooler, the predicted temperatures for Monday were in the upper 70’s. Light layers like a kimono and open-toe shoes would still be weather appropriate.


Oh happy day, it was finally boot weather. The forecast had included a chance of rain and temps that would be in the upper 60’s. Sure, I’ve been wearing booties but not any of my mid or full height boots. The outfit for this day started with the decision on the boots would be the first to be worn this season. With that determination made, I opted for an ensemble I’d first put together and shared back in January.


Another boot day and in this outfit I opted for my tweed ankle boots (first seen last month in Mixed Bouquet: Floral Trends) and they turned out to be more comfortable than I had expected. I wouldn’t wear them if I had to be on my feet for long periods of time.  I found though, that for my typical day at my desk and moving about from meeting to meeting, they were fine.


As I mentioned earlier, I headed out of town on Thursday and it was for a family trip.  This photo was taken after our arrival while we were waiting for transportation to our hotel. We spent most of our time in Hoboken where one of The Husband’s cousins lives, celebrating that cousin’s daughter’s bat mitzvah.  The kids only stayed through the weekend but The Husband and I will be away for another week.

In my last post, Skirted Leggings: Floral Trends, I shared the outfit that I wore to the party.  In the next Last Week This Week post, I’ll be showing my daily travel looks instead of work looks.

The reason I needed to plan in advance what I’d be wearing to work was so that I could take the photo for the feature image prior to leaving on our trip.  Normally, I take the feature image photo after the week has rolled out but it is an outdoor setup.  This week, however, I knew that I wouldn’t be home during daylight hours.  I’ve rarely planned out what I would wear to work more than a night in advance (it’s usually done on the spot).  I found it a little odd to wake up each morning with the decision already made.

Advanced planning as the tagline of this post isn’t only in reference to what I would wear to work.  I had to plan for what I would pack for my trip as well. Along with the weekend festivities, The Husband and I are spending our additional week in the region checking off a few more states and capitals that we have on our bucket list. I’ll close today’s post with this photo taken last Friday. Can you guess were I am?

And there you have it, a look back at what I wore to work last week.  If you missed the post where I explain the reasons behind this new weekly feature (minus the link up), you can read about it here.

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11 thoughts on “Last Week, This Week: Advanced Planning – October 30-November 3”

  1. Love these outfits Rena!!
    The cardigan reminds me of the one I just wore on my blog yesterday!!
    Thanks for linking up with the Ageless Style Party!!
    ps…we are going to be in LA Nov. 15-17…just a short trip to meet with Catherine, but if you have time…maybe we can get together??

  2. Kimonos seem like the perfect type of light cover for a coolish California day…? Since I’ve never experienced winter weather in the Los Angeles area I’m fully aware I could be totally off base. I like yours a lot Rena and the retro open toe shoes are wonderful!
    I LOVE the drapey color block/ plaid poncho! That’s my favorite look from this post.
    The photo of you and your family is a treasure. It’s more fun to see the kids now that I know a bit more about them!! You are all beautiful and you look happy to be hangin out together and attending those important rites of passage for extended family members. I’m looking forward to hearing more about your time off together!
    Are you at Coney Island in that last shot?

  3. You are wearing so many great layered looks! I really like each one of them, but particularly the Monday look stood out to me because of the wonderful colors. I hope you enjoy your time away!

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