Worker V

Worker V: 1.4

Just a few days ago, I got dressed for work, and as I passed by my sliding glass door, coffee in hand, it dawned on me (no pun intended) that daylight time has changed.

I looked outside, and there was the glorious sun, smiling at me from the distance, bathing my backyard in a warm copper light. A cursory glance at my watch revealed that for once, I was actually running 15 minutes early (yes!); I had concocted a work look that I had never worn before, and it was neither freezing nor damp outside. Picture time!

I grabbed my camera, and using my sliding glass door as a mirror, I snapped a total of about six pictures…two of which were flawless, with exquisite sunbursts I am rarely able to capture using a tripod. Sometimes, it all comes together. Not bad considering it was a Monday morning.

NY & Co. cardigan, Country Road dress, Limited belt, Target tights, BCBG pumps.

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V is the founding editor of GRIT & GLAMOUR, a professional content developer by day, and a die-hard Southerner. When she's not writing or trolling Instagram, she's spending time with her other loves: her Aussie husband and dog Macy.

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  1. February 15, 2011 at 8:17 am — Reply

    What gorgeous light!! I am so impressed that you got that picture yourself! I love that our days are getting a little longer too. Summer here we come!! Well, guess we need to get to and through Spring first. So ready!

  2. February 15, 2011 at 8:37 am — Reply

    How wonderful to witness a glimpse in season change? The early morning light looks so gorgeous. Happy Monday to you.

  3. February 15, 2011 at 8:39 am — Reply

    Ah Vahni, these are friggin gorgeous!! I am in love with the lighting you get from sunrise shots. This is why!! Monday morning success!! x

  4. February 15, 2011 at 8:50 am — Reply

    It is fantastic when life stand still, and everything comes together to make you shine.
    That moment was your moment Vhani…I am soooooooooo pleased that you captured it to share it with us.
    Love you in your flowery dress caressed by the morning sun.
    MIl besos siempre.

  5. February 15, 2011 at 9:32 am — Reply

    Great photos! And I really like that dress/cardigan combo.

    Hooray for the changing of the season, too — I just noticed last night that there was still light in the sky when I left the house at 6:30 p.m. It seems to creep in more slowly in the mornings around here though.

  6. February 15, 2011 at 9:55 am — Reply

    How cool to find out your 15 minutes early! I love when that happens (though it rarely happens for me!)

    Gorgeous pictures! I loved how the sunlight was captured behind you! And I don’t have to tell you that the dress is lovely! 🙂

  7. February 15, 2011 at 10:03 am — Reply

    WOow this (so precious) light’s intensity truly is Breathtaking Dear V !!! Actually I can’t help BUT see in this One a dazzling halo of Melancholy*, faultlessly adorning your haughty majesty . . .
    * shining in your eyes too

    à Bientôt, Antoine

  8. February 15, 2011 at 10:40 am — Reply

    It’s so funny, I read your blog now in your voice. Like, I literally hear you speaking in your accent while I’m reading. HAHA! I love it and totally miss it and you<3

  9. February 15, 2011 at 11:01 am — Reply

    These pictures are beautiful V! I love the sun in the backgroundand your transition-to-spring outfit!

  10. February 15, 2011 at 11:46 am — Reply

    This is my favourite kind of light, when the sun is just rising and breathes new life into everything. From these photos I can totally feel the atmosphere and the air, nice and fresh! I’m so glad to see the sun shining again, I thought I’d lost it forever, this winter seems to have gone on forever!!
    I also LOVE what you are wearing, I think it’s so chic and simple, very classy but still girly.
    I am sorry but I just have to say I am so in love with your garden and your area, can I come live with you?!!? 🙂 haha
    Much Love

  11. February 15, 2011 at 12:14 pm — Reply

    What beautiful self shots! I love that dress you’re wearing! The sleeves look really interesting at the cuff. I like that they are more fitted at the forearm. Makes me wonder – are puff sleeves hiding under that cardigan?? 🙂

  12. February 15, 2011 at 12:41 pm — Reply

    It casts an eerie but colorful shadow over your outfit. I want to try this!

  13. February 15, 2011 at 1:24 pm — Reply

    Gorgeous! Glad you were able to capture the moment 🙂

  14. February 15, 2011 at 1:42 pm — Reply

    Oh, these are just gorgeous – you’ve captured that early morning light perfectly 🙂

  15. February 15, 2011 at 1:49 pm — Reply

    What a perfect start to the week! The sun is beautiful. I’ve also been noticing the daylight changing and I like what I see. This has to be one of my favorite shots Vahni. Everything is so picturesque from the sunlight, to the trees to the little fence in the background. Not to mention, YOU! Everything is just perfect. I love the way you rolled up the sleeves of your cardi to expose the longer sleeves of the dress. So lovely! xx

  16. February 15, 2011 at 2:21 pm — Reply

    I love this look “V,” the way the sunlight is peeking through in this photo is so lovely! Looks like it turned out to be a beautiful day ‘eh? 😉

  17. February 15, 2011 at 3:40 pm — Reply

    I was just thinking the same thing, but that it’s staying lighter for longer now in Greece! Hoorah for more sun!

    Love these images and the golden tint in these photos V!
    Hope you had a fab V day with the hubster!

  18. February 15, 2011 at 4:23 pm — Reply

    Not bad, indeed! Although I’m inclined more towards “gorgeous” for these photos and this ensemble.

    Sweet, sweet morning light!

  19. February 15, 2011 at 7:06 pm — Reply

    i know im so excited for daylight savings!!! more fun in the sun!


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    February 15, 2011 at 8:37 pm — Reply

    Beautiful, V! Love that scenery.

  21. February 15, 2011 at 8:45 pm — Reply

    Gorgeous, V. Gosh. I can’t even think of any other words. Just gorgeous. That outfit is so soft and pretty, but not over the top girlie with the black. Very nice!

    Welcome home from NYC!!!

  22. February 15, 2011 at 9:02 pm — Reply

    I’m so jealous of your yard. I live only a few feet from my neighbor’s and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve called the police over noise violations. We’re just on top of each other, and if one person decides they don’t want to be considerate it’s all over.


    Love your work look. It’s very pretty. An your photos are beautiful.


    • February 17, 2011 at 9:15 am — Reply

      I am blessed with a nice chunk of space between me and my (cool) neighbors. Nothing worse than acrimony in the ‘hood!

      Thanks for your kind comment, Heather!

  23. February 15, 2011 at 10:27 pm — Reply

    Stunning! It looks so lovely where you live, like something out of Jane Austen. The pictures turned out flawlessly, and on a Monday no less. I’m super impressed! I love the dress too, and the belted cardi. I’ve always been a fan of that look but it never seems to translate when I try it. I just look…awkward. Oh well, I’ll just have to keep trying. Eventually I’ll get it right!

  24. February 15, 2011 at 10:41 pm — Reply

    Ahhhh. Can you take it? Spring is around the corner! you look amazing, and the scenery couldn’t be better 🙂

  25. February 15, 2011 at 11:15 pm — Reply

    I love the way you’ve belted this longish cardigan over your dress and you’ve captured the sunshine beautifully in your pictures!

  26. February 15, 2011 at 11:35 pm — Reply

    I am painfully aware of the time difference during the winter…I run out of light at 4:55….instead of 6-7-8ish in the summer. Ridic! It’s the only time I have for outfit posts, which explains my archives a whole lot…

    These look marvelous! I will be writing a jumbo photography guide soon and including a tutorial for sun flares (which you can see me utilize here and here) hopefully soon!

    • February 17, 2011 at 9:13 am — Reply

      Can’t wait to read your guide…Lord knows I need it…”sunbursts” instead of “sun flares.” Looking forward to your tips since your photos are always stunning. Thanks!

  27. February 16, 2011 at 12:53 am — Reply

    I’m excited to see the sun too, and glad you had a chance to take these lovely pics! How’s the transition back to normal life treating you? I wish I had gotten to meet you while you were in NY, that would have rocked. Too bad my job gets in the way of my *whole life* :/

  28. February 16, 2011 at 8:34 am — Reply

    AH more sun is what everyone is needing right now. I am in love with the colorful dress under the cardi. I want all your readers to know that you are TRULY flawless – not just in photographs 🙂

    P.s. Love that Christina says you have an accent! I must be numb to it living below the Mason-Dixen and all!


    • February 17, 2011 at 9:11 am — Reply

      Ha! Yeah, I was thinking…accent?! OK, maybe a teeny one.

      And thank you for your sweet comment. Considering you’ve seen me sans makeup, that’s awfully nice of you!

  29. February 16, 2011 at 9:21 am — Reply

    You look great!!! I saw you commented on my shots that I posted last night..guess what? they were taken under similar circumstances, lol…I about freaked when I saw the sun…ran to get the tripod…….yours turned out FAB too!! and yayyyyy for the sun!!!

    Looking ravishing as always Sweets!!

  30. February 16, 2011 at 10:50 am — Reply

    Ah, V. I love your blacks, and I love your rich colior choices. I also enjoy the modern Juliet effect I see in the dress shape with the long belted oversweater. Thanks for this breath of golden early spring!

    • February 16, 2011 at 11:06 am — Reply

      Yikes – feel free to remove my duplicate comments!

    • February 17, 2011 at 9:10 am — Reply

      Thank you, Sarah! Good eye you have…yes, there is a lovely detail on the sleeve. Funnily, this dress looks great with boots, heels, sandals…full hippie, or not! It’s surprisingly versatile.

  31. February 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm — Reply

    My God, you look like a Vogue cover girl in the first shot. What a gorgeous picture and I love what you are wearing.

  32. February 16, 2011 at 1:09 pm — Reply

    I usually don’t like belts with sweaters, but I think you definitely did it right with this outfit. A lot of times I think it makes women look chunkier than they should look, but the pattern prevents that from happening with your outfit. Love it!

  33. February 16, 2011 at 5:32 pm — Reply

    Beautiful lighting, gorgeous photos of you! And I love your dress, the color and the print are great.

    • February 17, 2011 at 9:08 am — Reply

      Thanks, Ryan! It’s one of my fave dresses from Oz. Kind of hippie. I always feel so girlie in it.

  34. February 16, 2011 at 10:17 pm — Reply

    wow i love that job! Awesome style..

  35. February 16, 2011 at 10:31 pm — Reply

    Those pictures turned out beautiful Vahni. The sun coming through is perfect. The floral dress styled with the cardigan is very pretty.

    • February 17, 2011 at 9:06 am — Reply

      Thank you JT!

  36. February 16, 2011 at 11:41 pm — Reply

    Wow. This looks like autumn, not spring. Certainly not winter.

  37. February 17, 2011 at 2:49 am — Reply

    well Monday morning looks to me like a perfection,at least u look like that!:) great outfit!!;)

    • February 17, 2011 at 9:03 am — Reply

      Thank you, Jelena!

  38. February 17, 2011 at 10:05 pm — Reply

    Love New York and Company so much!! You look amazing, what amazing light as well. Your shots are always on point and I love your post so inviting to your life and personality!


  39. February 18, 2011 at 9:34 am — Reply

    Guys and dolls, I am so flattered by your sweet comments and love your enthusiasm for the change in season! Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts with me! Trying to get over to your blogs for a visit very soon!

  40. February 18, 2011 at 10:30 am — Reply

    Hi V! Love the titel of your post and the outfit. I have a sweater like that and have been trying to figure out how to wear it, and now I have inspiration. Love your blog and it’s now a part of my daily reads.


    • February 19, 2011 at 6:03 pm — Reply

      Thank you Cyrillynn! So honored that you consider G&G a daily read…I appreciate it!

  41. Kate
    February 19, 2011 at 3:45 am — Reply

    You look lovely my dear in this magnificent soft morning light. Lovely outfit. Looooove your blog!!

    • February 19, 2011 at 5:37 pm — Reply

      Hi Kate! Thank you so much! Welcome, if you are new!

      • Kate
        February 22, 2011 at 10:44 am — Reply

        Thank you. Yes. I am new.I have been reading your comments at FTF blog and I am amazed with the love and respect that they have for you. now visiting your blog i can see why. i am a big fun.

        • February 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm — Reply

          Aw, thanks! That’s so nice of you to pop back over and write that!

  42. February 19, 2011 at 12:59 pm — Reply

    Sounds like one magical morning. I’m always amazed at how you do self-shots! x

    • February 19, 2011 at 7:39 pm — Reply

      Thanks, love!

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