Oldies But Goodies

Lately, thrift store shopping has become my number one hobby (besides blogging, of course).  Unfortunately, I use blogging as my reason for going to the thrift store (which may or may not be a valid excuse).  I do plan on wearing or using the items that I’ve purchased at the thrift store soon (besides showing my vintage Coach purses, which, by the way, I bought another one–my third in a month!  Yes, I need to stop.), but I’ll have to dry clean most of the clothing that I’ve bought.

On Sunday, before I actually went thrift shopping, we took advantage of the beautiful (but windy) day and took some pictures.

Although I’m not wearing anything from my recent thrift store hunting, most of the clothes I am wearing are at best, five years old.  I didn’t plan on wearing old clothes; I just liked the pretty pastel motif.  I don’t usually wear a lot of pastels, but I found the lighter shades made me feel playful and more feminine.

And just to show I’m not totally obsessed with vintage things:

Have a good weekend!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Banana Republic/donated

Skirt:  Express/TJ Maxx

Heels:  Gloria Vanderbilt/vintage

Earrings:  Charter Club/loaned

Bracelets:  Beaded:  Macy’s/loaned; Gold:  vintage store


Child Care Challenge

I was very thief-like.  I wasn’t satisfied with the shoes that I had brought for the trip, so I sneaked into my sister’s closet and borrowed a pair of her shoes (I actually gave her these shoes, so maybe it doesn’t count as thieving?).  I literally only wore these shoes for the pictures, since we stayed in the house most of the day taking care of my little nephew.

So, in case you were wondering what to wear when you are helping take care of your sweet baby relative, this can be your go-to ouftit.  The off-white color helps to mask any splashes of urine that may have accidentally found its way onto your shirt (yes, I was sprayed on, but after these pictures were taken).  Plus, the cotton will make it easier to pre-wash when you do your laundry (see, I thought ahead!).  Also, if you need to hide wrinkles in your top, use a big handbag to help cover you up.  The minimal jewelry is also a must, just in case someone gets a little grabby.  And of course, a pair of worn-in jeans helps to keep things casual yet comfortable.

So, my theme for this week is:  clothes that you can wear both in and out of the house when taking care of little tots (you can put imaginary quotation marks around that if you’d like).  It also helps that I’m not the only one helping to take care of the little guy; these outfits would obviously not be possible if there weren’t extra hands to help out the working parents.  But, I will do my best to come up with comfortable yet interesting outfits that will hopefully be versatile for any hands-on work you might have to do.

Just another tip:  it helps to wear clothes that are on the old(er) side.  This shirt is about three years old, the blouse is about nine years old, and the jeans are six years old (I know–there I go with my old clothes again).  So, no fancy outfits this week, but I still plan on having fun (with the baby and with the different outfits).

To recap:  make sure you can borrow shoes (or clothes) in case you’re not satisfied with what you have, wear clothes that can be easily washed in case of any possible accidents, and remember to keep comfortable.  Happy Monday!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Shirt:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Blouse:  Zinc/TJ Maxx

Jeans:  Mossimo Supply Co./Target

Shoes:  Mossimo Supply Co./Target (borrowed!)

Purse:  Fossil/gift

Earrings:  gift (Target)


New Opportunities

Unfortunately, I don’t have a cool costume to show off, so instead, I’ll just share with you what what I wore for my last day of work.  I’ll be starting at a new place at the end of November, but until then, I’ll be on somewhat of a sabbatical.  I suppose that means I’ll have more time to go shopping (I promise–I won’t just shop for myself!) and just take care of the everyday things that get neglected during the work week (or when I’m too tired and lazy to catch up on all the mundane stuff on the weekends).  I’ll also have a little bit more time to devote to this blog, so I hope to come up with more inspiring outfits or at least outfits that will encourage you to take a second look.

I didn’t want to put a whole lot of thought into my last work-appropriate outfit, since I didn’t want to make a show of it being my last day (however, this will be the last time in a while that I’ll have more control over what I wear; I’ll have to wear a uniform at my next place of employment).  I did feel like wearing one of my old standby blouses because I liked the stitching around the shoulders and the three-quarter length sleeves.  I also felt like it was a ruffle kind of day, so I layered with a striped shirt with a ruffled collar.  I like the overall look because I feel it’s conservative and conveys a sense of professionalism that I hope will follow me to my new job.

I’m excited for the opportunities that I’ll have in the future (both career-wise and blog-wise!).  Wish me luck!

P.S.  That’s my game-ready pose.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Blouse:  BCBG Max Azria/Marshalls

Button-down shirt:  Converse One Star/Goodwill

Pants:  Express/Marshalls

Shoes:  Carysma/vintage 


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.


Pretty in Prints

My first outfit reflects my love for wearing things that don’t need to be ironed (you could argue that I should have at least ironed my shorts, but we’ll save that for another discussion).   But, in all honesty, not only do I love how I literally pulled pieces from my closet (or in this instance, off my pile of clean clothes since I no longer have space in my closet) to make this outfit, but I also love how I could layer with something that is “in” at this moment.  A lot of designers are playing with different prints for their spring collection, mostly animals and floral designs.  Granted, I am wearing neither animals nor flowers, but the wispy, colorful prints remind me of delicate floral feathers (if those things really existed).  That makes me trendy, n’est-ce pas (yes, I threw in some French to show just how “in the know” I am)?

     

My accessories are also lacking in this picture.  Most of my outfits will probably recycle a lot of the same purses, belts, and jewelry because I’m unfortunately more of a clothes-horse and not an accessories queen (or whatever someone with a lot of accessories is called).  However, I will be starting a feature that will allow me to collaborate with other people and possibly borrow some of their accessories (if you are reading this, you know who you are).  So stay tuned!  There’s more to come (and I apologize for my lame poses.  I’ll try to be sassier in the future)!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Coverup:  Living Doll LA/TJMaxx

Top:  Mossimo/Target

Shorts:  Calvin Klein/Army Base Exchange

Belt:  Betsey Johnson/TJMaxx

Shoes:  Merona/Target

Purse:  kensie Girl/Marshalls

P.S.  Credits go to my husband, Chris, for his photography skills and his patience.