Monday, February 28, 2011

Not-so-Pointy Witch Shoes

Monday, February 28, 2011

For whatever reason, my shoes today reminded me of witch shoes.* Can't you just see them sticking out from underneath a house? 

my shoes
But when I googled to find a picture that would show everybody how much my shoes looked like witch shoes, I realized that they didn't really look anything at all like witch shoes. 

witch shoes

Oh well. It's the thought that counts. It doesn't really matter because I still liked them, and I liked the way they looked with my skirt.

shirt -- Trnka 
skirt -- Trnka
tights -- Gap
shoes -- (thrifted)

I have been loving the way that the girls today -- and by girls, I mean teenagers and young twenty somethings -- can get away with wearing boots with a dress. Unfortunately, at 52, that style is a bit too young for me, and I would look positively silly wearing something like that. That being said, however, I think I was able to capture some of the elements that I liked and still feel comfortable with what I was wearing. I came close enough to the pretty flowered dresses with Doc Martens that it made me happy.

My shirt and my skirt today were made and designed by Shari Trnka, when she lived right around the corner from me. In fact, our backyards butted up against each other. Her clothes were great -- they were well made, comfortable, and they lasted. I have had both the shirt and the skirt (the skirt is part of a set) for 15 years, maybe 20? I can't remember exactly when I got them. But they are still in great shape, and have never gone out of style. Shari now sews one-of-a-kind clothing, by hand in her studio in Washington state, from fabrics that have been reclaimed and recycled from manufacturer's overruns of natural fiber fabrics.*

*I didn't know that until just now, when I went searching on the Web to see what she was up to -- she left Delaware many years ago, and with her talent, I knew she had to still be doing something. Pretty cool. 

My pin was a gift from my three kids (I have a son and two daughters). Isn't it beautiful? They had it made for me at a local jewelery store -- Minsters Jewelers. I don't wear it often enough -- I need to change that.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Working for the Weekend

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Everyone's watchin' to see what you will do
Everyone's lookin' at you, Oh
Everyone's wonderin' will you come out tonight
Everyone's tryin' to get it right, get it right

Everybody's workin' for the weekend
Everybody wants a new romance
Everybody's goin' off the deep end
Everybody needs a second chance, Oh

You want a piece of my heart
you better start from the start
you wanna be in the show
c'mon baby let's go

Everyone's lookin' to see if it was you
Everyone wants you to come through
Everyone's hopin' it'll all work out
Everyone's waiting to hold you out

Everybody's workin' for the weekend
Everybody wants a new romance, hey yeah
Everybody's goin' off the deep end
Everybody needs a second chance, Oh

You want a piece of my heart
you better start from the start
you wanna be in the show
c'mon baby let's go


You want a piece of my heart
you better start from the start
you wanna be in the show
c'mon baby let's go

You want a piece of my heart
you better start from the start
you wanna be in the show
c'mon baby let's go

 jacket -- Flashback (thrifted)
pants -- London Jean (Victoria's Secret)
clogs -- Dansko (outlet)
purse -- the sak (Costco)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Borrowing a Page

Friday, February 25, 2011

I've been working a lot this past week -- overtime at my 9 to 5 job* as well as some freelance jobs. And then instead of going to sleep when I got home from work, I've been surfing the Internet. By Friday morning, I was exhausted.

I crawled into bed at 5 am, after setting the alarm for a scant 4 hours later. Needless to say, when that alarm went off at 9 am, I was not very anxious to get out of bed -- to get moving, let alone figure out what to wear to work or get dressed. The one saving grace, however, was that it was Friday, casual Friday, which meant I could wear jeans! I never have a problem figuring out what to wear with jeans! It's easy, and I can wear almost anything with jeans.

I was kind of feeling down in the dumps -- probably a combination of being very tired and looking out the window and seeing the weather. It was gray out -- rainy and overcast. And then I had a flash of inspiration! 

I decided to take a page from Jentine's style book. Jentine is this amazing wonder thrifter, with an awesome sense of personal style. You can catch her finds over at My Edit. This past week, she suggested pairing fancy sequin tops with a pair of jeans in her Thrift Thursday post. What a great idea!
Jentine from My Edit

Isn't this great? I don't have the fancy sequin tops that she has, but I did have a beaded camisole that I bought maybe 10 years ago and never wore -- I don't know what occasion I have been saving it for. So I figured why not wear it, under a blazer, with my jeans?! The minute I thought of that, my mood lifted! It just seemed like kind of a fun thing to do. 

* My job doesn't have your typical "9-to-5" hours -- I typically work the 2 pm to 10:30 pm shift, with a 30-minute break for dinner. However, even those hours aren't cut in stone, and they can be switched on almost a daily basis. This week, it has been noon to 10 pm. The shifting shift hours makes it pretty rough on the body. And with the overtime and extra work, it just seems like all I was doing was sleeping (barely), eating, and working. 

It didn't end up looking the way it did in my head -- I didn't realize that the blazer was so big on me, but it was still a lot of fun to wear, and I felt comfortable wearing it. And now I have a better idea of how to wear it the next time. The bar has been set.

The funny thing was that I thought the guys at my office (I work with almost all guys) were going to give me a lot of grief about my top, but they didn't pay it any mind. It was my shoes that caught their attention! They loved my Chuck Taylors! They saw them, and immediately started reminiscing about their youth.They were actually disappointed that I wore a pair of black socks and not a pair of white sweat socks.

I had to post this picture of my cleavage. The last time I had cleavage like this, I was nursing my kids. I can't believe that menopause affected this part of my body!

 camisole -- P phosphorus (Marshalls)
blazer -- Miley Cyrus & Maz Azria (thrifted)
belt -- Aeropostale (thrifted?)
pants -- The Limited
sneakers -- Chuck Taylor Converse All Star (Zappos)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Paid Off.

Thursday, February 23, 2011

Why did it take me so long to realize that I could wear a summer dress in the dead of winter, simply by throwing a shirt over it? I think that reading style and fashion blogs is starting to pay off. 
At least in terms of styling my clothes in ways that they really weren't meant to be worn. Today's outfit was a case in point. 

I've had this dress in my closet for a long time, but I've never worn it -- I actually don't even know where or how I got it. It's a summer dress and strapless, and I never knew how to wear it. I take that back -- I knew *how* to wear it, but I didn't know where to wear it. And even if I did know how to wear it,  I have never felt all that comfortable in a strapless dress -- always worried about it falling down.* 

Any time that I went through my closet in an effort to pare down my clothes, I would pull this out as something that I should get rid of. But at the end of the day, I would always put it back. I liked the print, and after all, it did fit me.

Once I realized that I could pair this dress with a sweater or top, it got pulled out of the closet and actually worn and not just tried on. Now my question is, "Why did it take me so long to realize that?!"

*It still fell down, but at least I had something covering me when it did. I spent most of the day hoisting it up again.

shirt -- no tag (thrifted)
dress -- Funky People
tights -- xhilaration (Target)
boots -- Classique (thrifted)


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Knee-high boots have been all the rage this year, and after drooling every time I saw somebody wearing them, I ended up buying, not one, but two pairs. I first got an expensive pair at DSW and a pretty cheap pair at Payless. I ended up returning the ones at DSW -- I was worried that it would be yet another thing that would sit in my closet because I didn't have the courage to wear them. I definitely could not justify keeping both pairs, when I wasn't even sure if I would wear one pair!

Even though the Payless pair weren't exactly what I wanted, style wise, I hung onto them thinking that if I didn't end up wearing them, then it would not be as big a waste of money. On the flip side, if I did end up wear them, then I could kind of play around with how to wear them.

And lo and behold -- I wore them!


shirt -- Native Basic (Marshalls)
dress -- Gap
leggings -- Gap
boots -- Dexter (Payless)
necklace -- thrifted

These pictures just confirm that I want another pair with some kick-ass heels on them! 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

So Done

Monday, February 22, 2011

It's the end of February, and I know that it's still technically winter. But the last thing I wanted to see this morning when I woke up and looked out the window was snow. GRRR. I am done with winter -- done with the freezing cold, done with shoveling snow, done with even seeing snow. I'm ready for spring already -- so ready. 

And so in the spirit of today's snowy weather, I offer you a selection of footwear choices. First up are my beautiful rain boots that I got on my last trip to Norway. You might not think that these are all that beautiful, and that they were a really strange thing to bring back from Europe, but I love, love, love these boots. 

My dad had a pair just like them when I was growing up, which is why I made my cousin drag me to every store in Norway until we found a pair for me. I still remember my dad wearing his boots to shovel snow in Lake Hopatcong. When my parents moved to Florida, he figured he wouldn't need them anymore, and so they became mine. I still have them, even though they are probably four sizes too big and have a big gash in them, so they are no longer waterproof. I can't bear to part with them though. 

Next up, are my dress shoes or clogs. I went through a clog-wearing phase, when probably almost every pair of shoes that I would wear were a pair of clogs. In some respects, I'm still in that phase, and I probably always will be. I still own and wear a lot of clogs.

Last, but certainly not least, are my Crocs -- my pseudo clogs and almost rain boots. I read somewhere on a post that the best way to look frumpy was by wearing Crocs. Well, I beg to differ with that person. In fact, I think my Crocs, in the neon green, are kind of cute, and they certainly are attention getting, and in a good way. I like my Crocs, and I don't think that anybody is going to tell me that I look frumpy. I even have two pairs -- an all-purpose pair in black, and these pair. They are really comfortable, and you can't beat these for running outside in the rain or through wet grass, or after the grass has been cut.

pants -- London Jean (Victoria's Secret)
sweater -- Talbot's (thrifted)
belt -- Fossil (thrifted)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Feeling Pretty, So Pretty

Thursday, February 16, 2011

dress -- um & Company
sweater -- Express Design Studio
tights -- xhilaration (Target)
shoes -- Blowfish (DSW)
purse -- Bandolino (thrifted)

Can you tell that I really liked my outfit today? I mean, I really, really liked it :-). For whatever reason, everything just worked really well together, and it was so easy -- everything I picked up just seemed to match on the first try. That never happens with me.  It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining, and the birds were singing.

It's been really warm in my office lately -- so warm that no matter what I wear, I sit there and sweat, even with a fan on. I find myself taking my shoes off, taking my sweater off, rolling my sleeves up to try and cool down. When I realized how nice it was outside, I was afraid it was going to be extra warm in the office and that I would need to dress appropriately for the office weather.

I also wanted something a bit cheery, since it was such a pretty day, and I started looking through my closet with that in mind. This dress caught my eye right off the bat. It's sleeveless, so I usually wear in the summer, but the print wasn't that summery. Besides, I could wear a sweater over it, and nobody would even know that it was sleeveless. I bought the sweater a few years ago, and I've never worn it -- it still had the tags on it! How bad is that? The color was a perfect match to the dress too.

The tights -- wow, they were a perfect match too. I had just bought them yesterday. They were on sale, and I thought that I would probably be able to wear them with something. I haven't been successful in wearing the colorful tights look, and I thought that dark-colored tights would be more my speed. I think I was right, because I liked the way they looked with this dress. And I got my necklace and my purse when I was out thrifting just the other day!

I felt so pretty -- like I looked so put together. And it felt good on me, and it still felt like me. It was one of those days when every picture came out great, and I ended up posting them all because I couldn't decide which one I liked best. I don't think that I could have taken a bad picture -- I had that pretty feeling from the inside out. 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Try, Try Again

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

sweater -- Tally-Ho (thrifted)
tank -- BVD 
skirt -- Eddie Bauer
tights -- Target
boots -- Dansko (outlet) 
purse -- dunno (thrifted)

I tried, and tried again with the colorful tights, but I still don't feel like I succeeded. I am just not liking this look on me. I don't really know what it is that I don't like about it, which is probably why I can't seem to fix it. Is my skirt too short? Are my knees too fat? Is the outfit just too young for me? I don't know. I keep trying to pull off the colorful tights, because I think it's really cute but it still doesn't seem to be working for me. 

It didn't help that this was just an extremely long night for me. I had forgotten to bring my glasses with me to work today, or at least I thought I did. As it turned out, I had them all along. I can't read anymore without wearing my glasses -- my eyes just get too tired, and by the end of the night, if I try to focus on anything (like smiling at a camera), I end up going cross-eyed. 

On a positive note, this is another of the purses that I got in my purse haul yesterday -- in a really pretty shade of red.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Some Like It Hot

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

sweater -- Amita (Freecycle freebie)
pants --London Jean (Victoria's Secret)
scarf -- thrifted
clogs -- Dansko (outlet)
purse -- Payless (thrifted)
umbrella -- haha

It was a beautiful day today -- the kind of day that gives you spring fever. I didn't realize how nice it was, until I was dressed and walking out of the house. So then, when I walked into work with this outfit on (my sweater, in particular), I got the comment, "You're going to be hot in that!" And that's the truth -- I was. But I think it was worth it. I was really comfortable, and I was really happy with the way I looked.

I think that with this outfit, I finally found a "scarf look" on me that I like. Unfortunately, I have to admit that I only put the scarf on for the picture. I still can't get used to wearing a scarf around my neck -- to have the scarf adorn my neck like a necklace instead of to keep my neck warm. I do like that the scarf was kind of an animal print -- I almost feel like I am in style (well, maybe a step behind).

My purse was another departure for me. An orange purse, instead of a black or brown one. I stopped by the thrift store on my way in to work, and I swear I hit the purse gold mine. Wow! Did I score!. Each one I saw was better than the last one. I got two orange ones, a black leather one, a brown leather one made in Australia (really, really cool -- it's more like a case), a purple one, and a red one. They were all so cheap that I ended up getting them all. My daughter was so jealous when she saw my loot this morning. I liked the orange one so much, that I switched purses in the car in the parking lot.

Except for my pants, my entire outfit was put together out of thrifted items. The sweater, the scarf, and my purse. You can't see my belt, but that was thrifted as well. Not bad, huh?

And about the umbrella -- I know I look silly, but honestly -- I am kind of a silly person. It's fun to be silly, and it's a heck of a lot easier to have my picture taken when I'm being silly and goofy than when I am just standing there trying to smile. 

Football Fun

Monday, February 14, 2011

shirt -- Gap
pants -- London Jean (Victoria's Secret)
scarf --
clogs -- Dansko (outlet)

I didn't want to be all decked out in hearts or in red, but I still wanted to wear something that would show it was Valentine's Day. I think I did okay with this outfit. I'm realizing more and more that it's still kind of nice to get dressed up even if you don't have a significant other to share the day with, to dress up for, or even to try and impress. I don't know why I have been having to remind myself of that -- one of the first things I taught my girls was that they should always buy themselves pretty underwear because they deserved to feel pretty for themselves. 

Even though I was technically wearing my scarf as a belt, I'm really like how it looked in this outfit. I could have worn a regular leather belt, which is what I usually (always) wear, but because it was Valentine's Day and because I was wearing a white top, I decided to go with a multicolored scarf, and I think I succeeded in giving my outfit a bit more of a color pop! I think next time, I need to add some more color to my neckline.

As for the poses with the football -- we were goofing around at the end of the night. It was a lot of fun. Do you recognize the Heisman pose? 

Okay, so I think I'm going to have to work on that Heisman pose a bit.

The Heisman Trophy is the oldest award given to a collegiate football play. It was created in 1935 by the Downtown Athletic Club in NYC, and renamed in 1936 following the death of John Heisman, the athletic director of the Downtown Athletic Club.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Seeing Red

Friday, February 11, 2011

tank -- french dressing (CostCo)
sweater -- Gap
skirt -- Tommy Hilfiger Jeans (Marshalls)
tights -- xHilaration (Target)
boots -- Nomad (thrifted)
belt -- Fossil (thrifted)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Hairy Eyeballs

Thursday, February 10, 2011

dress -- Old Navy
sweater tights -- Chinese Laundry (Marshalls)
silk scarf (thrifted)
boots -- Dansko (outlet)

A Monochromatic Day

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

shirt -- Izod
sweater -- Eddie Bauer
pants -- London Jean
clogs -- Dansko

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

sweater -- Erika & Co. (thrifted)
tank -- Flying Colors (Kmart)
pants -- Fashion Bug Stretch 
clogs -- Dansko

I had been looking forward to wearing this sweater jacket since I got it. I was originally going to wear it with a skirt, and I was going to pair it with a red tank and red stockings, but then I had to run a bunch of errands before work, and honestly, I just didn't feel like wearing tights or stockings again today. I still wanted to wear it though -- so I thought it would look fine with a pair of brown pants.

Unfortunately, it didn't. The outfit was a big fail. The sweater jacket was big and baggy -- no shape whatsoever. It was probably at least a size too big for me, if not two sizes too big. My pants were baggy around my hips -- not that I wanted to have my pants be skin tight, but coupled with this jacket -- together, well they just did nothing for me.

And then my hair. What on earth happened to my hair (you can see what I'm talking about in the picture below -- that horn that I have on the side of my head)? This was just a bad, bad day for me. Very disappointing, but then that is one of the reasons why I am trying to take my picture every day. I am trying hard to assess my appearance -- be objective about it -- figure out what looks good on me and what kind of an impression I'm making on the people around me.

Here is another picture of me wearing the same pants a few months ago.

One up note -- I did like my necklace. The necklace is a piece of fused glass that my mom had made several years ago. I thought it really picked up the orange in my tank really nice.

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