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I’m Gonna Pop Some Tags

Have I ever told you how much I hate thrift stores? Like I HATE them. There are several reasons for this:

  1. They smell bad. Honestly, this is probably the biggest reason. All thrift stores smell the same and it’s gross and I feel like I need a shower after.
  2. I’m not much of one for the hunt. When I shop, I head straight to the clearance section – there are either things I like there or not, and I move on. At thrift stores you have to sort through all the trash to MAYBE find one thing you like. It’s too much work. (On a related note, I refuse to eat wings or ribs or fried chicken for the same reason – too much work.)
  3. I don’t think the prices are actually that great. When I can buy new things for the same price or less (as I regularly do), I would rather. Of course, there is that chance you might find a high end label that is new/barely used for a steal – but, for my opinions on that, see #2.

However, because I do have a limited budget, sometimes I just have to hold my nose and go into thrift stores. This happened recently because I’m looking for a specific piece of furniture and just can’t bring myself to pay several hundred dollars for something I have to assemble on my own. And new, already-assembled furniture is out of my price range at this point. So…hey, Good Will!

Naturally, I did not find what I was looking for, but on the way out, I noticed a sequin dress on the mannequin by the front door. So, of course, I got sucked in by something sparkly. I’m glad, though, because $6 for a sequin dress is a good price, even by my standards

Since I was already hooked, I just gave in and started browsing. Most was nothing I’d be interested in, but I did find the pants below, which are destined to become a new favorite.
Light blue, silk, floral pants with multiple colors in the pattern  to mix and match, and a super comfortable drawstring waist that’s also not frumpy looking? Sign me up.
These pants are actually not my best thrift store find – one time I got a Louis Vuitton garment bag (which, I’ve never used, but I own!) for $10.25. But, I like them a lot.

What’s your best thrift store/yard sale find? Do you like the thrill of the hunt, or are you more of an efficient shopper like me?

Gilded Glory

There are a few items in my closet that I really like, but I never wear – either because I just forget about them, or because I’m not sure what to wear with them.

This golden skirt is one of those. I don’t know what to wear with it, SO I forget about it. But, whenever it does resurface, I really like it.

Gold skirtReally, I like it because it makes me feel like a Grecian goddess. I don’t know why – I don’t think they wore gold-threaded maxi skirts. Maybe it’s the column silhouette.

Regardless, I went a little more mono-chromatic with this outfit than I usually do. Or, rather, I should say more neutral. The gold is consistent throughout, but I let the metallic color do the heavy lifting, and kept everything else toned down. Except my lipstick, of course. 1 - gold skirt, olive shoesAlso, how cute are my little bumble bee earrings? I bought them at Christmas time because they were too adorable to pass up. I thought I’d find someone to give them to. Obviously, you can see how well that went.

Bathed in Light

I’m having some photography issues guys (because, really, when am I not). I have been trying to be better about taking pictures of my outfits before I leave for work – you know, when I look fresh and have makeup on, instead of bedraggled and work-weary. But, the light and the heat are so harsh right now that as soon as I step outside, my lens completely fogs up, and I get pictures like this:

DSC_3783Flattering soft-focus sure, but not very conducive to actually showing my outfits.

So, if there are a lot more pictures in front of my much less picturesque front door over the next month or two, please don’t hold it against me. Fall will be here before we know it.

1 - maxi and lace topI think this look is pretty straightforward, so I won’t add much. But the maxi is one that I always forget about/am not in the mood to wear, but whenever I do, it’s SO COMFORTABLE. Seriously, it’s like I’m wearing sweats, but cute and office-appropriate.

What’s your most comfortable piece of clothing? Do you wear the life out of it, or like me, find it again and again as a pleasant surprise?

You seem tall

A surprisingly common misconception about me on dating sites is that I’m tall. I finally asked someone why they thought that, and he said I was almost the same height as the Christmas tree in one of my pictures. Valid point, except my tree is short, and my heels are high. It usually gets awkward after they learn that. Oh well.

Obviously, this is not a current outfit, but I liked it and haven’t blogged it yet, so here we go. I bought these “slips” online a year or two ago to go under a sheer dress, and they’re basically just a super stretchy, long tank top. I really love them as a base layer with leggings – and in this case, boot socks. There are a lot of bottom half layers happening in this look, and I say the more the merrier.

That’s about all I have to say on this one: all neutrals, but enough going on with details to make it interesting. And a touch of pink in my jewelry – naturally.
1 - black and boot socksHappy Monday, everyone! Let me know if you think I look tall, or have any other comments at all. I love hearing from you!

Birthday Suit

A million years ago, I had a birthday (okay, it was 2 months ago, but it seems like forever), and on my birthday, I like to wear something fun, pretty, and feminine – regardless of the fact that my birthday is in mid-January and therefore usually frigid.

This year, I wore my go-to purple satin-y skirt (seriously, that was a very good impulse buy. I get so much wear out of that pretty little skirt!), and a cute sheer floral top, with my gold Cinderella shoes (I call them Cinderella because I wore them in a Cinderella photo shoot. Obviously.).

1 - purple skirt, floral topWas I overdressed for an all-day orientation at my new job? Yes… Was I completely satisfied with my decision anyway? Absolutely.

Do you have a go-to birthday outfit/style? Do you like dressing up for your birthday, being comfortable, or have you never given birthday attire much thought? Let’s chat about marking special occasions with fashion!

My Grown-up Christmas Dress

The other night, I went to a formal Christmas party – which, really, is the best kind of Christmas party – and it was fancy.  I mean, yes, it was formal, so it was fancy in that sense. But, it was also fancy because with my master’s degree, I was one of the least educated people in the room. I would have been intimidated, had I not been wearing this amazing dress (also, everyone was super nice, so it was fine).

I will tell you a secret about this dress, though…it was free. I was given this dress, brand new, because the zipper was broken. But, you know, zippers are easy to fix, so with a little help from my neighborhood seamstress, I had the perfect dress for a formal Christmas party that cost me nothing* (*okay, she didn’t fix it for free.  So, technically, my gown cost $20).

I chose to keep the look simple with classic gold and silver jewelry, and soft gold shoes. The black panel in the middle is actually of my own invention because I need to do a few more crunches before I could wear this dress sans panel…

Btw, slits are pretty hard to get a picture of without pulling an Angelina Jolie, but when I was a kid, I was a little obsessed with slits (they seemed so adult and sultry in a socially-acceptable way), so that picture in the bottom corner is for 8-year old me’s benefit.
1 - formal Christmas partyWas there an element of fashion that captured your attention when you were a kid?  Slits, shoulder pads, stirrups, elbow pads on men’s jackets (with those leather buttons that I always thought looked like crushed junior mints)?  Do you have any of those things in your adult life, or did they fall casualty to adulthood practicalities and changing style?

Twofer Tuesday: Spotted Out and About

How convenient that the one prompt I had two outfits for happened to fall on a Tuesday – let Twofer Tuesday continue!

I’ve never been a big animal print person, so I don’t have a ton of choices for “Spotted Out and About.”  However, my mom recently gave me these pants that I actually really like.  At first, I wasn’t so sure…cropped, tan. cheetah print.  From Belk.  But, after trying them on, I thought they were cute, and with the right combinations, can seem more modern than mom (I really wanted just wanted to use alliteration there).
1 - spotted out and about 2As you can tell from the picture below, I wore this outfit a few weeks ago.  Goodbye, floral wedges.  I’ll be counting the days til I see you again.
1 - spotted out and aboutHow do you feel about animal print?  Chic or cheap (see, there’s that alliteration again!)?  Which of these variations do you like best? (I think my vote is on the yellow top, but I can’t quite decide.)  Any thoughts on mom pants from Belk?  Let’s talk about it!

Playful Plaid

As I’ve been going through these style challenge prompts, I’ve noticed that I have a significant imbalance in my wardrobe.  Today’s prompt was playful plaid, and I had to look pretty hard to find something – and I actually really like plaid.  Apparently, I just like polka dots and florals WAY better.  So, when those prompts swing around, I’ll be on top of it.

I liked this outfit because it was fairly simply – I mean, all black.  But, with the mixed patterns of the plaid scarf and polka dot shoes (I just can’t stay away), there was an element of the playfulness the prompt dictated, which the pleats on the bottom of my skirt only enhanced.  I really do enjoy mixing patterns, and when they are the same colors and separated by a long area (like, you know, my entire body), it’s pretty simple.

1 - playfully plaidHow about your closet?  Do you have a lot of different patterns, or do you find yourself drawn to the same types over and over like me?  Or, are you the type of person who tends to stay away from patterns in general and go for the solid color look?  What do you think about plaid and polka dots together?  Let’s chat, and have a great week, everyone!

Part of the Tribe

I am really into the tribal thing right now.  Some of the patterns are ugly, but for the most part, I like the statement a good tribal makes.  Really, with something so bold, the rest of the outfit can (and should) be pretty understated – aka easy to throw together.

Case in point, this outfit.  It’s probably one of the least accessorized outfits I’ve ever worn.  Pretty blouse, cute earrings, flat sandals with a touch of gold – done.  But, because the skirt is doing all the hard work, no one even pays attention to the fact that I’m not wearing a bracelet, necklace, belt, or any other statement piece (or to the fact that I have dark circles under my eyes…but that’s a different story).  The skirt demands all the attention and everything else is just a supporting character.

1 - tribal skirt, black topWhat do you think – does the skirt command enough attention or is something missing without my usual additional accessories?  How would you style this or another bold skirt?  Do you like the tribal trend, or avoid it like the plague?

A Short Post about Shorts

I don’t know if y’all know this, but it’s hot in Georgia.  So hot that I’ve been violating my own rule about not wearing shorts to work (we’re casual, but that’s where I’d always drawn the line before now).  Still, though, I try to look professional, so I tucked in my blouse, added a belt, and kept my shoes flat.
1 - floral blouse, navy shortsWhat do you think?  Business ultra-casual, or just inappropriate no matter the temperature or the office environment?  Let me know – I can take it.  Also, if you’ve got some other creative ways to beat the heat…I welcome them.

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