The silver lining to a grueling, 9-hours-of-sleep-in-two-days kind of business trip is the ability to take Friday off from my day job, and spend a morning puttering around and making my house my own again.

I’ve really been enjoying the day, and am now super-ready for an afternoon with the boys and a dear dear friend, preparing a birthday celebration for the husband. (Who didn’t even give me any grief about me being away on a business trip on his birthday. He’s really quite the guy.)

Weekend plans include a book signing at Hub Mills, lots of seaming and blocking and cuddles and knitting and great company, food, and rest. Oh, and enjoying the gorgeous late-spring weather–this is one of my favorite times of year. And not an airplane to be found.

Sounds like heaven, doesn’t it?

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I’m starting off the weekend with comfort as pretty much my only guide. Slouchy, lightweight top? Check. Super-comfy jean skirt? Check. Kick-em-on-and-off sandals? Check check check. (Adorable necklace the boys got me for mother’s day? Check.)

I’m not necessarily going for any particular figure-flattery with this outfit, though my love of dolmans on my long-torsoed figure is absolutely present. Instead, I’m letting my figure’s natural shape come through, in a style that makes me feel utterly at home in my skin. Despite this flaunting of “the rules”, it works. I don’t look bombshell, but that matters so much less than my own comfort and confidence.

(But, for those wondering: If my main goal were to narrow my waist, I’d pair this broad-shouldered top with a structured A-line skirt. If I wanted to lengthen my legs, I’d match the shirt with my floor-length-with-heels gray knit maxi skirt and perhaps add a belt worn a bit high on my waist. If I wanted a look a bit more practical for the office, I’d likely group this with very long earrings, a cuff, black boot-cut jeans, and heeled boots.)

Hm. Maybe for next week, we’ll step through these variations? What do you think?