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

 


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


Happy Holidays

I didn’t think it was fair to make the holidays about me, so we didn’t do any photo shoots.  In fact, the only picture I have for this post is of Chris and me  (which is actually cropped from a family picture–we forgot to get a nice shot of just the two of us this year).

I’m happy with the outfit I ended up wearing.  The sweater material kept my upper half warm, although, I think I could have invested in warmer tights.  My go-to choice of footwear for the past few weekends have been these suede boots, because: 1) they’re relatively comfortable, and 2) they have a dressy, wintry look to them.  I accessorized with the belt that came with the sweater dress as a means to “cinch” my waist (by the way, does anyone else remember the SNL Gap girls sketch with Adam Sandler and David Spade?  They were on to something with their obsession with cinching).

The hubster wore a blazer with a dress shirt, tie, and jeans.  I convinced him to buy the blazer, although he wasn’t initially on board.  Overall, I think he was able to pull off a look that wasn’t his style.

I hope to post more in the new year–in the meantime, don’t be afraid to try (on) new things!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Hers:

Sweater:  Cable & Gauge/Marshalls

Dress (with belt):  Derek Heart/Marshalls

Tights:  Calvin Klein/Marshalls

Boots:  Jasmin/vintage

Necklace:  Guess/Macy’s

Earrings:  loaned

His:

Blazer:  INC/Macy’s

Button-down shirt:  Calvin Klein/Calvin Klein

Jeans:  Levi’s/Levi’s Outlet Store

Tie:  J. Crew/J. Crew Factory

Shoes:  Clarks/Comfort One Shoes


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


Hallow-Weekly Feature: Red Rose

In the spirit of dressing up for Halloween, I’ve decided to come up with a weekly feature highlighting awesome outfits worn by female movie characters this month.  Every Friday, this October, I’ll showcase one outfit that would be perfect for recreating for a Halloween party (or really anytime at all, but I just like to use Halloween as yet another excuse to dress up).

Unfortunately, this isn’t a list of the most iconic costumes in film, but it will include some well-known outfits.

Today’s outfit:  Hermione’s red dress from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:  Part 1 (as worn by Emma Watson).

No delicate flower.

The color!  The mini ruffles!  What’s not to love about this feminine frock?   Apparently, British designer Jenny Packham, who designed this dress, wanted to reflect the real-life fashion sense of Emma Watson.  This look totally works for a more mature Hermione and gives fashionistas an outfit to admire on the silver screen.  I love how her dress reminds me of a beautiful bouquet of roses–it’s so pretty!

So, if you’re looking for a stunning way to stand out, dress your best in a frilly red dress and accessorize with a purple beaded bag that carries (almost) everything.