Thrifty Shopper

I’ve had to be careful about my spending habits these past few months.  It’s almost become a weekly ritual to go shopping.  The only way I don’t feel too guilty about my frequent spending is if I go to the thrift store.  I bought this dress with the tags still on for a cool $10 at a nearby Goodwill.  I wore it to a dear old college roommate’s wedding earlier this summer.

I think I’m now addicted to thrift store shopping.  If I’m not buying clothes, I’m buying purses (note:  this purse is part of my vintage/thrift store-purchased collection).  I also search for jewelry and home decor.  In fact, it’s gotten so bad, I can’t remember the last time I bought a clothing-related item for myself at a regular store.

This isn’t to say that I won’t go back to shopping at the mall.  Speaking of weddings, I should start looking for a nice gown for my cousin’s wedding next year (it’s supposedly going to be a black tie event).  We’ll see what I can find on the clearance rack.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Dress:  twenty one/Goodwill

Heels:  Steve Madden/Marshalls

Purse:  Jay Herbert/thrifted

 


Outfitted

Some people must wear jeans on their off work days.  I must wear either skinny pants, jeggings, or leggings.  I can’t get enough of them; I wear at least one of these types of bottoms almost every weekend.  I’m in the camp that thinks that they’re so comfortable and are the perfect complement to the many loose, blousy fitting tops that I own.  So, it goes to show, that I would wear my black jeggings with a flowy top for a girls’ night out.  Unfortunately, since it was girls’ night out, Chris made his own plans, so I had no other choice but to use my back-up–my trusty mirror–to highlight my outfit.

I had no idea what to wear initially, but I knew I could style everything around my black jeggings.  Plus, I figured that anything that doesn’t look dressy enough can be dressed up with the right accessories.  My number one goal is to be comfortable with what I’m wearing.  The last thing I want is to be overly self-conscious about my clothes when I’m out to have a good time.  So, on the comfort list I have:  1) a pair of well-worn jeggings (check), 2) a fun, flowy top (check), 3) a cute sweater to keep me warm (check), and 4) rockin’ jewelry to liven up my look (check for the earrings and necklace).

I also decided to wear my go-to heels because I knew that would instantly dress up my outfit.  Luckily, they’ve been broken in so they didn’t hurt my feet at all (I’m all for heels as long as I don’t end up limping in agony at the end of the night).

And–ta-da!–instant outfit–and I didn’t have to go shopping for it (this time).  What do you like to wear for a night out on the town?

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Jeggings:  Van Pierre Jeans/Marshalls

Top:  Xhilaration/Target

Camisole:  Merona/Target

Sweater:  Ruby Moon/TJ Maxx

Heels:  Steve Madden/Marshalls

Necklace:  Macy’s/gift

Earrings:  2028/gift (Macy’s)


Let’s Reconnect

I apologize to the one (or two) person(s) reading this blog:  my every intention is to have two posts per week, but alas, at this point, I can’t do this on a consistent basis (cue sad trombone).  I hope in the future, I will inundate this blog with more outfits and musings (this shall be my New Year’s resolution–it’s not too late to make any, is it?).

With that in mind, my outfit for the week comes courtesy of last Saturday.  We attended a celebratory dinner and got a chance to catch up with old friends.  I feel that’s what I’m doing more and more of every year; reconnecting with people whom I haven’t seen in a very long time.  So, yet another resolution of mine is to spend more quality time with friends (good friends=good fun).

I really love this dress (it’s got pockets!).  I bought it at Old Navy a few years ago, and so far, I’ve worn it for Christmas, a wedding, and now a dinner.  I would probably wear it more if I didn’t care if the same people saw me wear it over and over again.  In fact, maybe I should add this to my list of resolutions (it’s growing really fast now); I’ll try to be less self-conscious about what clothes I wear.  That way, I can wear the same thing as many times as I want and not feel guilty about it.

Speaking of guilty, I hate to leave now (it was so great catching up!), but I must attend to some daily chores (don’t worry–I enjoy blogging more than cleaning, but unfortunately, during the work week, I leave our apartment a little on the filthy side).  I plan on showcasing a new outfit next week.  See you soon!

P.S.  If you were wondering, yes, it looks like my head is going to fall off in that last picture (that might be why I appear to be giving the evil eye).

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Jacket:  Mossimo/consignment shop

Dress:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Tights:  Calvin Klein/Marshalls

Shoes:  Armando/vintage

Necklace:  Macy’s/loaned

Earrings:  Alfani/Macy’s

Bracelet:  Macy’s


Warm All Over

It’s Groundhog Day!  And with Punxsutawney Phil predicting six more weeks of winter, I give you a fun, respectable, wintry going-out outfit.  Okay, these are my much delayed pictures of my holiday party dress (sorry for the poor quality; we were running late), but here they are, nonetheless, on the cutest American holiday of the year (note: I get a kick out of seeing furry, mammalian creatures, that think they are people).

I changed my outfit at the last minute.  I originally wanted to wear the dress that I ended up wearing for Cool Look for the Cold, but then I realized that it was a tad too short for a company event.  Instead, I opted for a more demure look.  The lace trim is my favorite part of this dress.  I bought this dress for about $7 at Target a couple of years ago.  I think this was one of my best finds.

I covered up with a light sweater and black tights.  Sweaters and tights are my clothing of choice this season; I like how you can feel dressed up but still be relatively comfortable.  I just might have to buy myself a pair of sweater tights to get the best of both worlds.

Speaking of comfort, I hope to end my day with a yummy dinner and a viewing of the highlights from today’s Groundhog Day events.  Think warm thoughts!

P.S.  When I heard of Potomac Phil, a groundhog that made its appearance in DC, I was not anticipating this.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Dress:  Xhilaration/Target

Sweater:  Julie’s Closet/Marshalls

Tights:  Xhilaration/Target

Shoes:  Steve Madden/Marshalls

Necklace:  Alfani/loaned


Cool Look for the Cold

I’m sorry for my lack of posts last week.  Unfortunately, it was a long week for me.  But don’t fret–I’m going to start up again with a post that just happens to be chronologically out of order (my dress from the holiday party will be posted soon).

I have an aversion to cold weather.  I kept my coat on for the pictures, because I couldn’t bear to expose my forearms.  So, really, you’re getting a peek at what I wore to a farewell/birthday party for Chris’ colleague.  As you can see, this is one of my dressier coats.  I wear it pretty much anytime I have to wear a short dress.  It’s warm, but it would have been warmer had I chosen to wear a long-sleeved sweater (why do I sometimes sacrifice my comfort for style?).  I also wore a scarf because the dress is pretty low-cut and I didn’t have a necklace that I felt matched my outfit.  So, the scarf seemed to do both the trick of giving me an extra layer, as well as functioning as an accessory (I’m all for two-for-one deals).

The boots also helped to keep me warm; they’re lined with a fleece-like material.  These are the first pair of boots that I’ve owned that are truly knee-high.  I love to wear them with skirts or with dresses.  It’s probably already pretty obvious, but these boots are just a tad too big for me.  But, surprisingly, they are pretty comfortable (as long as I don’t walk around in them all day long) and snug around my feet.

Wrong size and coldness aside, this is probably one of my favorite outfits of the year (so far).  I especially love the velvet material of the dress.  That alone, may be why I think this outfit is just so cool.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Coat:  Guess/Macy’s

Dress:  American Rag/Macy’s

Sweater:  Ruby Moon/TJ Maxx

Scarf:  gift shop in Paris

Boots:  Franco Sarto/DSW

Purse:  Olivia + Joy/Marshalls

Belt:  Betsey Johnson/TJ Maxx

Earrings:  Charter Club/loaned


Getting Ready

I was ready to go out to dinner and a party with this outfit.  But, unfortunately, as the sun went down, the air got colder, and I realized that boots were the way to go instead of the pretty party shoes that I wore for the pictures.  I do like the dainty quality of the metallic heels, but when you’re walking around in the city, comfort is paramount (I ended up wearing my black suede boots from I Love the ’90s).  Nevertheless, I was happily able to stick with my Heathers‘ inspired animal-print blazer and dress it up with flashy jewelry.

I’ve been wanting to wear this blazer for awhile now.  As the temperatures started to drop, I realized that my only chance to wear this outfit this year was this weekend (sorry for the ‘this’ overkill).  If it had been a little bit warmer, I would have worn a cotton slip-like dress underneath the blazer.  However, since it was on the chillier side, I chose to layer a ruched, cotton top over a satiny slip-inspired dress instead.  I like to mix prints as well as materials, but I preferred the way the satin material matched the smooth texture of the blazer.

I’m excited for the upcoming holidays, but I’m not quite ready.  I used my quirky style to buy gifts for a White Elephant gift exchange this weekend (we’ll see how that plays out).  I still have a few gifts to buy (I know, I’m your typical last-minute shopper), but then I should be good to go.  I’m hoping to be a little bit more original with some of my gifts this year.  But I think that might be code for ‘unique things that I would want for myself?’

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Blazer:  Liz Claiborne/vintage

Top:  Max Studio/Marshalls

Dress:  Xhilaration/Target

Tights:  Calvin Klein/Marshalls

Shoes:  Isaac Mizrahi for Target/Target

Necklaces:  Alfani (x2)/loaned

Earrings:  gift 


A Gem of An Evening

I’m finally wearing a dress that I’ve been wanting to wear for a few months now.  It’s a unique combination of a jersey t-shirt and a semi-ruffled dress.  I was instantly attracted to the unusual composition of the dress, but the high price turned me away.  As I’ve mentioned before, if I don’t “have to have it,” I’ll wait until the price is lowered.  Luckily, my patience was rewarded, and I was able to buy this dress at a significantly reduced price (so far, this technique has worked for me at least three times in the past two years, although, I, unfortunately, have purchased a jacket at the initial sale price of $30 that was later reduced to $20 after I bought it–hey, you win some, you lose some).

I also covered up with a coat that I wore when I went to Paris last year, but I had to wear a light, black trench coat underneath to keep my arms covered.  Unfortunately, the overcoat has three-quarter length sleeves, which is not an acceptable means to keep warm on a cold, fall night, so I doubled up the layers.  Similarly, I kept my lower half warm by wearing calf-length boots and tights.

The dress also came with a sparkly bonus:  the faux gemstones on the belt buckle paired well with a jeweled necklace that I purchased from Paris, so I wore them together.  Not only do I love buying and wearing jewelry (when I can), but I love to find pieces that are different yet distinctive of a certain time period or a place (this probably explains my affinity for vintage or antique objects; I enjoy things that have a story).

This outfit was worn during a very fun and memorable dinner with friends.  Unfortunately, we probably won’t get together again until after the new year.  Either way, it seems that we’ll have a lot to look forward to.  So, here’s to fond memories of the past and happy times in the future!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Dress:   BCBG Max Azria/Marshalls

Coats: (overcoat) Vertigo/Marshalls; (trench coat) Nine West/Nine West

Boots:  Nine West/Marshalls

Necklaces:  (jeweled) boutique shop in Paris; (beaded) loaned

Purse:  Franco Sarto/Marshalls