Thursday, December 29, 2011

I'm so BLUE-hoo-hoo-hoo Blue, I don't know what to do!

It's feeling more like spring than late December here in the middle of Kansas. I'm not complaining! I've got a funeral to attend this morning and some errands to run afterward, so I tried to keep my outfit appropriate for both.
Navy cardi - Old Navy
Blue print top - eBay
Navy cord pants - JC Penney's
Silver hoop earrings - JCP
Necklace - gift from sister L
Black shoes - thrifted

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Very Manic Monday!

Monday was a day full of shopping, rain, and Christmas music. I needed to be comfortable, yet didn't care to look like a frump, so this is what I wore:
Teal button-down top: thrifted
Missoni scarf: Target
Brown pants: Walmart
Brown Dansko shoes: eBay

The Weather Man said we'd have a cold rain all day, so I needed shoes that would be comfortable for being on my feet a long time and that could withstand tromping through puddles. These Danskos fit the bill perfectly! My hips and legs didn't start hurting until I left the mall - after 5 stores and about 5 hours of shopping. 

This was not my usual grocery shopping trip: since I am the Care and Needs Chairperson for our ladies' group at church, it is my privilege to coordinate the adoption of two families each Christmas. Yesterday morning, I picked up the monetary donations from our treasurer and went SHOPPING! It gives me such joy to shop for our adopted families, finding fun things to bring smiles to their faces on Christmas morning. Now I'm anxious to get the gifts delivered! That will happen later this week.

Lunch time came and went while I was out shopping. Wandering through the aisles at the grocery store, I began to feel kind of foggy and unable to think clearly. Pausing by the donut case, I diagnosed my problem as hunger. However, amazingly enough, the donuts did not look appealing to me at all, so I aimed my cart toward the deli, where what to my glazed-over eyes should appear, but expensive prepared egg salad sandwiches and eight tiny reindeer. Oh, wait..the reindeer were just hallucinations. Had to pass on the pricey sandwiches, so I wracked my sluggish brain for a cheaper but still healthy alternative. Hmmm...fruit? Sure! Off to Produce...where I picked thru the "single-ies" for a ripe banana, and then over to the bulk bins for a handful of nuts. I felt SO much better after eating my simple yet nutritious and inexpensive snack - and very proud of myself for NOT just grabbing a donut! 

Car loaded with packages and bundles, I headed home and had barely finished unpacking the car when Dear Hubby arrived home from work. He told me to hop back in the car - he wanted to take me to Big City so I could use my Old Navy gift card and Groupon deal before it expired in a few days. We'd originally planned to go to Big City today, but the Weather Man was predicting a major snow storm overnight. Neither of us likes to see a good deal go to waste, so DH said "let's go now!" I was glad my outfit was somewhat date-worthy, so I didn't need to change. DH isn't overly fond of shopping, so I was particularly touched that he had thought of taking me, after he'd delivered mail in the cold rain all day. After choosing three sweaters and a striped top at ON (for just $3.50, after gc and groupon!), we went out for dinner at Longhorn Steak House. The place was surprisingly busy, considering it was Monday, with an impending blizzard. The food was delicious, great service, nice atmosphere. Definitely worth returning again someday! 

Wardrobe lessons learned yesterday: always wear quality shoes when shopping for hours, and be sure to look nice enough for an impromptu date!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Two Hits and a Miss

On Friday, I met my bestie, Rox for coffee at our favorite little coffee shop. Here's what I wore:
Brown top: old, not sure where I got it
Black corduroy pants: JC Penney's
Scarf: gift from my bestie, Rox (♥ it!)
Earrings: JC Penney's
Flower ring: Target
Black Dansko clogs: eBay

Saturday was a day full of parties! We celebrated my grandbaby Boo's 2nd birthday in the afternoon. I just barely finished decorating his cake in time to dash out the door - no time to snap an outfit photo! I really like the outfit I wore to Boo's party, so I'm sure I'll wear it again and be able to feature it here in the future. Hubby and I were invited to our friends' annual Christmas party Saturday evening, and here is what I wore to that party:

Brown velour jacket: thrifted
Cream top: JC Penney's
Long paisley skirt: thrifted
Scarf: a little boutique in downtown Manhattan, KS (can't remember the name of it!)
Red eel skin bag: yard sale
Boots: Payless? (I've had them a long time!)
Earrings: JC Penney's

The length of the strap on my little red bag was bugging me - it won't stay on my shoulder and it's awkward to carry with the strap dangling about. On the way to the party, I decided to see if I could stuff the strap inside the purse...and discovered that the strap snaps off completely! I like it much, MUCH better as a clutch. Now that I don't have to mess with the goofy strap, I will probably get a lot more use out of that bag. Of course, it's not a practical purse, as it holds just enough for a night out. It's not like I go out on the town very often, but when I do, I'll have the perfect clutch purse!

And here's the miss - what I wore to church this morning. I didn't take the time to plan an outfit ahead (I was busy partying yesterday!), but I'd been hoping to wear this skirt soon. However, I realized this morning that the ONLY top that goes with it is this black sweater. 
Black sweater: Kohl's
Red/black animal print skirt: thrifted
Red shoes: Target
Earrings: JC Penney's

There's just something about this outfit that I don't really like. Can't put my finger on it, but somehow it just seems frumpy. Maybe the sweater is too bulky for the skirt? Perhaps flats aren't the right shoe? Can you figure it out? I think this skirt may end up back at the thrift store; not sure it's right for me after all.

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of

I have been thinking of doing something a little different for this blog, and last night I must have been thinking on that as I went to sleep. I had a funny dream that I just had to share here....

You know how dreams jump from one odd scene to another - well, here's the beginning scene: a cozy bi-level mountain lodge with a huge full-wall window looking out over a second-story deck, with a view of a gently downward sloping, snow-covered, tree-dotted hillside. It's night-time, with a full, bright moon. My hubby and I are sipping hot cocoa, admiring the view, when suddenly a huge pack of coyotes appear. I panic, realizing that I'd forgotten to put the ducks to bed, so we both don our coats and dash outdoors. While herding the ducks into their pen, I have to clamber among some boulders. Behind one of these big rocks, I find an amazingly weird pair of sandals with over-the-knee fishnet socks attached. Of course, I sit right down and try them on. They fit perfectly! As I admire these hideous looking yet somehow perfect pair of Suess-esque shoes, I think to myself "I should feature these shoes on Frumpy Hausfrau!"

And so there you go. You'll have to use your imagination, however, since I neglected to take a picture in my dream.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Candlelight Christmas Coffee

  A week and a half ago my church had our annual Candlelight Christmas Coffee for the ladies and their friends. We decorate tables according to a theme (this year's was Reflecting God's Glory), have a special speaker, sip on coffee, tea or cider and enjoy desserts with each other. My bestie D and I hosted a table and decided to Reflect God's Glory through nature.
D wore some black slacks, a white sequined top and a black blazer.  I don't remember exactly what her shoes were but they were black - maybe booties?
We had such a blessed evening with the other 6 ladies at our table and listening to Mai Ackerman tell her testimony.  The coffee, desserts and decorations were wonderful!
I got my entire outfit except jewelry and trouser socks at Sears that very day!  They were having a good sale, I had coupons and I needed some new dress pants since I've put on a few pounds.  Cream cardigan, deep purple ruffle sequined tank, light brown slacks, brown booties, two gold bangles, a gold ring, and gold hoop earrings.  My nails were naked since I didn't have time for a manicure.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I went clubbing...

Book clubbing, that is!

I wore a similar version of this outfit for last Thursday evening's book club meeting, which I hosted. One of the ladies brought an enormous basket full of hand-knitted scarves to give away, so I wore the same outfit the next day and added my new scarf from SK.

Teal t-shirt: Walmart
Hooded sweater: thrifted
Jeans: Walmart
Shoes: thrifted
Scarf: hand-knitted by book clubber SK
Earrings: JC Penney's

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Me, in a Pencil Skirt???!!!

I've seen several curvy bloggers wearing pencil skirts that flatter them beautifully, but have been so hesitant to try one myself. After all, I'm not quite pear shaped, but not quite hourglass shaped, either. More like a lumpy, bottom-heavy hourglass. I was afraid a pencil skirt would just scream "HIPS!" or "BELLY!" on me. However, I am not afraid to give something new a I tried on a ponte pencil skirt while out grocery shopping last week. (Once in a while, I toss in a little "fun shopping" while loading up on flour, apples and yogurt.) Lo and behold - this pencil skirt actually looks fairly flattering on me! It must be worn with a good set of Spanx currently, as I have lately been breakfasting on cookies and snacking on sugar bombs...but I have to say I am pleasantly surprised that I can wear something that doesn't hide all my lumps, and not cringe at the mirror.

Black & White jacket: thrifted
Shiny pink top: JC Penney
Black ponte pencil skirt: Walmart (yeah, I was surprised, too!)
Dachshund necklace: gift from Mom
Boots: JC Penney

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wearing Purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

This is for my buddy Cody, who lost his beloved step-dad about 18 months ago to pancreatic cancer. November has been Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month, and Cody has requested that all his friends wear PURPLE today in memory of his step-dad, Chris. Chris was indeed a wonderful man, and heaven is surely a little more fun with him there.

Purple gingham shirt: thrifted
Dark purple layering top: Walmart
White skinny belt: thrifted
Khaki pants: thrifted
Born shoes: thrifted
Earrings: thrifted
Scarf: not sure, maybe Walmart?
Big flower ring: Target
(sorry about the granny glasses; I forgot to take them off before snapping the photo)

I don't really like the khaki pants with the purple, but it was the best I could come up with. Jeans just didn't look right, nor did black pants or navy cords. My pants selection is rather limited; I'm still hunting for a pair of charcoal gray pants. Or, if I could shed about 20 lbs, my favorite pair of charcoal pants, currently in storage, would fit me. Considering my luck losing weight lately, I'd better keep shopping.

For more information about pancreatic cancer, please visit Be well!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Posting on the same day the outfit was worn...I know, it's a shocker!

This is what I wore to church today. Yeah, I's so unlike me to blog about an outfit the same day it was worn! But I might not get a chance later in the week, so I'd better do it now.

That should be my goal this holiday season - get stuff done right away! I might try that, if I don't procrastinate too much.'s cold and windy today, so a long skirt and boots appealed to me. Wish this sweater had longer sleeves, but it's the only top I have in this color, and darn it, I wanted to wear olive with this plum skirt! Thankfully, the church is typically considerably warmer than my house, and today, no one cranked up the ceiling fans. Now that I'm no longer experiencing hot flashes, I really don't appreciate a cold breeze on a cold day.

Olive sweater top: no idea...I've had it a LONG time!
Plum Coldwater Creek skirt: most likely thrifted (another item I've had a long time)
Black boots: JC Penney

Originally, the sweater had an olive green tie woven into the neck. To tie the top and bottom together, I replaced it with this floral sash. I really like how it turned out. Usually, long skirts make me look stumpy, but this one doesn't. It must be the shape and structure of the skirt. 
Premier Designs bracelet & earrings: thrifted
Ring: found in a pocket of a denim jacket after I brought it home from the thrift store

My buddy Cody reminded me today that November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month, and he's asking his friends to wear purple in honor of his dear step-father, whom he lost to pancreatic cancer about a year and a half ago. November 30 is the day in particular that Cody has deemed "Wear Purple Day", but I'm glad it worked out that I chose my plum skirt today. And I'll put together another purple-rific outfit for Wednesday, as well.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Last Weekend

I sense a trend...take pics of an outfit, then delay posting about it so long I've forgotten what I wore without going back to look at the pics! Hey, I've been busy; Thanksgiving was just a couple of days ago, you know.

Last Saturday's outfit:
Jacket: Kohl's
Polka-dot tee: Walmart
Brown pants: Walmart
Black scarf: no idea???
Dansko clogs: eBay
Earrings: old
Bracelet: thrifted

Last Sunday:
White button-down shirt: JC Penney's
Polka-dot skirt: thrifted
Red belt: Rue 21
Black platform heels: Dillard's
Red sea glass necklace: eBay
Silver earrings: JC Penney's

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sweater Style

I needed to wear something dressy but appropriate for climbing up onto the camera "booth" (a makeshift platform next to the sound booth) so I could run the camera for church.  We have a step stool to get up onto the platform and a tall bar stool to sit on while running the camera so I didn't want to wear a skirt at all!  I really haven't been wearing skirts for quite some time partly because I don't really have any that fit right anymore and now because it's gotten cold.  So this is what I came up with and liked how it looked together.  I did get a bit warm with the scarf while I was "working" but it wasn't too bad.  I got a complement on my shoes after church which wasn't surprising as they are quite noticable from up there in the booth as everyone walks by!
I forgot to take a close up picture so you could see my jewelry so I'll just have to tell you about it.  Earrings: silver rounded triangular dangles (don't remember where I got them), Scarf: silvery-gray with black paisly pattern (Wal-Mart), Sweater: dark teal (either JCPenny or Wal-Mart), Slacks: gray Old Navy (thrifted), Shoes: silver flats with patina buckles (Famous Footware), Ring: cute little silver and chrystal turtle stretch (Payless Shoes).

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Last Sunday

This is what I wore to church last Sunday...
Denim Jacket: NY Fashion Exchange
Floral skirt: can't remember (I've had it a long time)
Teal t-shirt: thrifted
Gold silk scarf: thrifted
Black cowboy boots: thrifted

I finally located a well-fitting pair of cowboy boots! While they aren't as comfortable as my Dansko or Born shoes, they are certainly MUCH more tolerable than the first pair of old boots I'd thrifted earlier this fall. I'm looking forward to wearing these boots quite often.
Gold leaf earrings: ???
Teal flower ring: JC Penney

Friday, November 11, 2011

Sister Fraus!

An unexpected blessing floated down on me early this week ~ my little sister Bev stayed overnight after our cousin D's wedding Sunday evening! She'd planned to drive home after, but she was tired and between her Dear Hubby and me, we convinced her to rest up at the G Farm B & B and travel home the next morning. Bev was nestled snug in the ancient old bed in our Gable Room (fancy name for the second story, huh?) and claimed she slept perfectly. She told me later that she awoke before my hubby and I did, so she dreamed up visions of how we could remodel the Gable Room. She had some fantastic ideas, let me tell you! And right along the same lines I've been thinking...great minds, eh?

The plan was for her to head home shortly after breakfast and for me to follow soon after so I could do my grocery shopping. However, the best laid plans of timely departure...well, they depart when it comes to two sisters who don't get to spend  much time together! First of all, I simply had to bake Espresso Chocolate Chip Scones for my special guest...and then we had to kick around ideas for the Gable Room...catch each other up on life as we know it....sip coffee....choose an outfit...and then, of course, do a photo shoot together for this post! We finally said our goodbyes around 11:30am, agreeing that it would be SO wonderful if we lived closer to one another....but that we'd probably never get anything accomplished! LOL

Here we are in my front yard (as far out of the chilly wind as we could get); Bev is wearing the fabulous outfit she wore to D's wedding and I am wearing a comfortable grocery shopping outfit that she helped me put together.

Melissa's outfit:
Striped shirt: JC Penney
White ruffled cardigan: Kohl's
Brown corduroy pants: JC Penney
Red Born Mary Jane shoes: thrifted

Bev's outfit:
Rusty orange top:
Brown cardigan:
Suede brown shoes:

Bev's closeups...
(Doesn't she look like a super model, with her hair blowing in the wind like that?)

Melissa's closeups....

Necklace: from my dear MIL's collection
Ring: thrifted
Nails: East Village by NYC
(Yipes! my hands are already starting their winterly dry old hag look!)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Another Wedding!

This has been The Year of Weddings in my family! First, my brother, then my brother-in-law, and now, my cousin. My lovely cousin, D married her sweetheart J on Sunday. It was a simple but perfectly wonderful wedding, and D was a beautiful bride. May God bless you with many happy years together, D and J!
D's mother, my Aunty D is just a few years older than me, so we are more like sisters. I snapped a quick pic of the mother of the bride - and warned her that since she looked so lovely that she might find herself on this blog!
Doesn't my Aunty D look wonderful? I particularly adore her shoes (of course! you know me and shoes! LOL) and I think she looks like a lovely autumn afternoon. Love ya bunches, Aunty D!

In light of the two beauties pictured above, I hesitate to post the picture of what I wore to the wedding. After seeing the photos I hurriedly snapped before leaving the house, it's obvious that this is NOT a flattering outfit for me. Alas, it is what it is. Please know that I will never wear this combination in public again. Ever.
Teal kimono tunic: Walmart
Brown leggings: JC Penney
Brown cardigan: ?? (I've had it a long time.)
Animal print cami: JC Penney
Shoes: eBay

I did like my accessories, however. The necklace and bracelet are both from Walmart. The nail color is East Village by NYC. I thought it would be as dark as it appears in the bottle; I don't really care for how light it is on me, even after two coats. Bev suggested I try four coats to see if it comes closer to the shade I prefer. Next time...

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Head to Toe

I've heard that one shouldn't go for a completely monochromatic look from head to toe. However, this outfit does just that and I love it! Here's a little "hoo-rah!" for the girls at New York Fashion Exchange for styling this for me. I've come to realize that the personal assistance received at a small town shop like NYFE just can't be matched. When I shop at Target or JC Penney, etc (or even a thrift shop), I'm on my own. For me, this is an overwhelming, almost terrifying experience. I have no clue what looks good on me (those mirrors in the dressing rooms LIE, I'm tellin' ya!), no idea how to take Dress A and pair it with Accessories B, C and D to make it look put together. Enter the NYFE girls...and prepare to be amazed! It was a bit overwhelming at first, and I was not convinced what they told me to put on would look right. After all, I've never looked good in a straight up-and-down dress, why would this one be any different? Besides, it's a size smaller than I normally wear. But I took it into the dressing room anyway. Lo and behold, it fit. However, it did nothing for my shape. Then one of the girls took off her own scarf and belt, put them on me and pointed me back toward the mirror. She said I'd have to imagine the brown tights and boots, but there ya go....shapeless to awesome! I was stunned. And so I bought the dress and the belt. I had a very similar scarf gathering dust in my closet which would duplicate the style perfectly. And here it is:
Dress: NY Fashion Exchange
Scarf: Walmart (2 years ago...worn for the first time here!)
Belt: NYFE
Boots: can't remember
Earrings: not sure...they appeared in my jewelry box one day (?!)
Ring: thrifted

I'm still all for bargain shopping; that will always be in my blood. But I am learning that sometimes it is worthwhile to spend a little more money on well-fitting and figure-flattering items. These will last much longer than that trendy top purchased for $2...although it may last a very long time because it goes with absolutely nothing in your closet! Now, in case you're thinking I spent a small fortune getting personal service and great clothes at NYFE, you will be surprise to learn that the prices were quite reasonable. The dress was $20 and the belt was $14. Granted, this is more than I normally spend (yep, I'm the Queen of Cheap!), but I love the outfit and plan to style both items other ways to create more great looks, as I learn from the girls at NYFE! Rhonda and her crew are amazing!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Sister Sunday

My family and I had a quick weekend vacation to visit my little sister L and her family last weekend.  We had a great time together visiting, eating her delicious home cooking, watching a movie, playing outside, carving pumpkins, etc.  We also went to their church with them on Sunday.  This is what we wore on that chilly last Sunday of October.
B:  black ruffle cami from JCPenny's, eggplant 1/2 sleeve cardigan from Kohl's (?), gray slacks Old Navy brand thrifted, silver metalic buckle flats Famous Footwear, long silver and pearl necklace Payless Shoes, "diamond" and "pearl" drop earrings handmedowns from my big sis's BFF from a very long time ago (actually wore them in my wedding 17 years ago) and silver turtle ring from Payless as well.  I don't know all the details of L's outfit but if she has the time maybe she can put them in a comment after this post.

Just another day on the farm....

Here's a sample of what I've been wearing this week: many layers! We haven't yet cranked up Old Bessy (the furnace) and we've had several nights of below 30° temps - which makes the house quite chilly come morning! We do have a couple of small space heaters that we use during the day, but until they - and the sun - get the house warm enough to thaw the laundry soap, I pack on the layers. And drink hot coffee and hot tea. And bake! Oh, and occasionally brave the first few chilly minutes of yoga pants & tee and get good and warmed up with a workout DVD. ha ha!'s Friday's layered look:
Striped long-sleeve top: thrifted
Mustard cardigan: eBay
Brown pants: Walmart

What you can't see: a cami under the tops, leggings under the pants, and two pair of socks under my fuzzy slippers. And gloves when I do laundry. LOL

Sunday, October 30, 2011

BBCA October 2011 is almost history!

Finally got around to wearing this shiny pink top I'd snagged off a clearance rack several months ago. I'm not overly fond of shiny fabric, as I think it emphasizes my lumps, but I really like the neckline on this one. It does have gaping issues at the top, I discovered while trying to stay modest at church this morning - so I'm going to need to do a little altering to fix that. Overall, I like the shirt enough to keep it in my wardrobe.

PINK shirt: JC Penney's
Black skirt: thrifted
Pearls: ???
Belt: ???
Shoes: Dillard's

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Last Saturday of October!

Cream ruched top: Kohl's
Brown pants: Walmart
Missoni scarf: Target
Born Mary Jane clogs: thrifted

I'm finding that I like this simple style, with a little pop of pizzazz. Is it the most flattering for me? Not sure...but it's not horrible.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Oh Happy Day!

Today is a very Happy Day ~ it's my Dear Hubby's birthday! He's so very precious to me, I can't imagine life without him. God has indeed blessed us with this life we have together!

Thursday, I went to town for a few groceries and a birthday gift for my D. My parents, brother and sister-in-law came for a visit in the evening. We sure enjoyed the time with them!

I'm still trying to find my style...and right now, it's all about comfort and ease of movement. I've been having pain issues, so "cute" is taking a back seat to "comfort". My red hat adds a splash of color, tho, so I'm not completely frumpy.

Gray/Black/White striped sweater: Walmart
Gray striped t-shirt: Walmart
Black jeans: Target
Red felt hat: gift from a friend
Red sea glass necklace: eBay
White flower ring: JC Penney's
Black shoes: thrifted

Friday - today - is D's birthday! So I am trying to look nice for him, and still be comfortable so I can get things ready for celebrating. Sorry for the poor quality time for a better one!
Navy cardigan: thrifted
Striped t-shirt: ??? (there's a little PINK in the stripes!)
Jeans: Walmart
Silver earrings: JC Penney's
Dachshund necklace: gift from Mom

Just so you know I haven't abandoned wearing PINK for BBCA October, here's where the PINK has been lately:
Fun socks and PINK yoga pants for workouts! And that's all of me you're gonna see in yoga pants. LOL

Monday, October 24, 2011

Sunday with Boo

We took Boo to church with us this Sunday, so my clothes were chosen with that in mind. I spent some time on the floor with him in Toddlers for Jesus and took him up front for the Children's Sermon during the service. This skirt allowed ease of movement and stayed down most of the time during all the "Mama, up!" and "Down!" pleas. Finally, Boo has a name for me! DH is "Papa" and I am "Mama". Exactly what our kids called their grandparents when they were toddlers!

Bronze top: JC Penney's  --  Floral corduroy skirt: JC Penney's  -- Necklace: Premier Designs  --  Belt: thrifted  --  Shoes: ??? 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Thursday and Friday

Yes, I have been neglecting to wear PINK the past several days. I just needed a break from it. Pink is a nice enough color, but I get sick of it quickly. This is probably due to the fact that I spent 14 years with Pepto-Bismol pink walls and carpet in the master bedroom - something I had insisted MUST be changed before we even moved into the house. Alas, there was no time to repaint the walls, and my husband informed me that it would take many gallons to cover the hideous pink, as the walls were made of old barnwood. Why on God's green earth would someone paint rustic old beautiful barn wood Pepto-Pink????? And then trim the room with baby blue??? I'm not much of an interior decorator, but even I know that color combo is enough to drive anyone insane. Come to find out, as we've removed the pink barnwood walls in The House Project, the old plaster beneath on one half of the room (that used to be two rooms in its past life) was guessed it!...PEPTO-BISMOL PINK!!!! Egads! What is with this house??? Rest assured, there will be NO MORE pink walls or carpet in this house as long as I live here!

Well, now that I've gotten that off my can understand why I've had it up to here with pink. I managed 18 days of wearing some pink component, and now I'm moving on. It's time to wear colors that don't make me angry.

Pink-less Thursday....

Pumkin 3/4 sleeve top: thrifted  --  Paisley skirt: thrifted  --  Scarf: NY Fashion Exchange  --  Belt: thrifted  --  Cowboy boots: thrifted  --  Leaf earrings: I have no idea

With the brown denim Christopher & Banks jacket (thrifted)

On Thursday, I went to town with the back seat of my car loaded with bags of culled closet contents. Some was donated to the local thrift store, but most of it was taken to a local store that gives store credit for top-quality used garments and shoes, New York Fashion Exchange. I was quite thrilled to receive $50 in credit! I'll be going back to use that credit next weekend, after I've gone through what remains of my closet to make a list of items I need. No more willy-nilly shopping!

The rest of Thursday was spent hanging out with my Bestie. She had been out of town for EVER -- something like six weeks!! -- so we had much catching up to do. However, it would have been impossible to dash around town in those uncomfortable cowboy boots. Thank goodness Bestie and I wear close to the same size shoe! She was kind enough to let me borrow her Kalso Earth slip-ons. Not only were they really cute with my outfit, but those were the MOST amazingly comfortable shoes EVER! I've had trouble with my lower back and hips for the past five years or so...Kalso Earth shoes are designed with a negative heel, which improves posture and relieves joint stress. I loved them so much I told Bestie I was going to steal them! LOL But I didn't. I bought a pair of my own on eBay that evening. Now I will be stalking the mail man (who also happens to be my husband) for a box early next week! Learn more about the amazing Kalso design here.

Friday's Double-Duty Outfit....

Mustard sweater top: thrifted  -- Plaid jacket: thrifted  -- Brown Riders pants: Walmart  --  Earrings: made by my sister Bev  Necklace: Target  -- Red Born shoes: thrifted
I had two very different activities on Friday, a funeral lunch at church and a date with my husband. It was difficult to find something that worked for both, but this outfit did the job fairly well. The jacket came off while I was working at the lunch, but I was glad to have it at the movie theater later. Hubby and I went to see the movie Courageous, which I would highly recommend. I'm pretty sure it was produced by the same folks who made Fireproof, and once again they have provided a thought provoking and inspiring film.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Winds of Change

First, a little ketchup. I mean Catch-Up! It's been a few days since I've had time to post. This is what I wore to an all-day meeting on Saturday:

PINK jacket (part of a skirt suit): eBay
Cream top: Kohl's
Jeans: thrifted
Sandals: Kohl's
Necklace: from my mother-in-law's collection

Sunday's church outfit:

This entire outfit is thrifted!

No pics from Monday and Tuesday...I wore flannel shirts and jeans. Boring. Frumpy. But warm! We had a major weather change on Sunday. It was balmy and mild when we went to church; by the time we stepped out the church doors, a Big Bad North Wind had ushered in clouds and cold temps! We can't crank up the old furnace in our house due to the west wall being open to the garage, so my main goal in dressing now is keeping warm.

Here's today's outfit:

Brown cashmere sweater: thrifted and really, really old and fuzz-balled, but I love it!
Aqua tank: Target
Brown corduroy pants: can't remember...possibly thrifted
Scarf: the ONE piece of Missoni for Target that I purchased
(and the only one I really care for other than the flat shoes)
Shoes: thrifted

I've spent the past week or so sorting through my closet and totes of clothing in the storage room. There are several things I have learned in the process:
1. No less than 11 plaid flannel shirts are in my winter inventory.
2. The clothes in storage range in size from 8 to 14.
3. My wardrobe components do not work well together. 
4. I have no idea what my style is.

 Flannel is my favorite fabric to wear in winter, so I'm keeping every last one of those plaid shirts. I did set one old beat up shirt in the stack of clothes to alter; I'd like to find a way to make the boxier flannels have a little more shape, to make them at least somewhat flattering. 

I weeded out the size 8s and 10s in the totes. It's possible that someday I will lose enough weight to wear some of those things, but it won't be anytime soon. So unless the item was an absolute favorite, it went out the door. And I've decided that if in two years I haven't lost any weight, then all the rest of the smaller sizes will go. No point in denying the truth.

As for my wardrobe not working....I think it's due to my cheapskate nature and my lack of knowing how to put together an efficient wardrobe. I've always shopped off-season clearance racks, thrift stores, yard sales and hand-me-down boxes. This yields hit-and-miss pieces that I may really like, but that don't necessarily go together. Never, ever once have I shopped for the current season at regular prices for more than basic necessities like socks or camis. Reading fashion blogs has really opened my eyes to my total lack of fashion sense. And I've come to the conclusion that I seriously need help! How do I put together a well-working closet without spending much money?

My about the same as it was when I was in high school. Mixed up and not always flattering to my body shape. A hodge-podge of fashion. But I really, really want to have a style all my own! I know that I like skirts best, I'm a practical person, and although I like color, it makes me feel conspicuous. Should I go for a classic style? If so, what exactly is classic? I love a soft, feminine look. But will that make me appear even rounder than I am? Wearing nothing but black and white is beginning to sound appealing...sigh....

I really think I need my sister Bev to come help me fix this mess in my closet....or maybe she could submit me to one of those "fashion rescue" tv shows...

Friday, October 14, 2011

Out on a Limb

Okay, I've done fairly subtle PINK components in my outfits so far this month, but the last two days, I've gone out on a limb. Thursday's outfit was worn to the ladies' meeting at church; purple is the official color of LWML (Lutheran Women's Missionary League), so pink and purple it was! Friday's outfit was so far out on a limb for me, I think I may have fallen out of the tree!

Well, here goes nothing....

Thursday....on the limb...

PINK sweater: thrifted
Purple top: Walmart (Worn only a few times and already the neckline is bagging out.)
Jeans: not sure...probably thrifted (For some reason, my favorite, best-fitting jeans always come from yard sales or thrift stores.)
Shoes: yard sale (nearly new Borns for 5 bucks? yes, please!)

And Friday....out of the tree!

Yes, I did pink and purple again! Hadn't planned to, but this was the only shirt - other than a boring ol' white - that said "kick it!" with this skirt. I thought a large floral print would have been fun, but the only shirt I own like that is the one worn yesterday. And that style would NOT go with this skirt. The scarf ties the pink and purple together with some floral tossed in. I felt fun and funky in this outfit today while I was out running errands and grocery shopping. Got a few second glances...which made me think I really had fallen out of the tree on this one...but they were all from guys in Menard's parking lot. Not exactly fashionistas, these men with tool belts hanging from beat-up jeans. Several young women smiled at me. Were they secretly laughing at the old lady who looked like a four-year-old had picked out her clothes, or did they appreciate my attempt at bold fashion? My friend TS, who was shopping at the deli ahead of me, said the outfit was awesome. She's young. And cute. I'll take her word for it!

Purple shirt: Walmart (This one is also bagging out, not only at the neck but also the sleeves. I had to push them up or else I'd look like Dopey of the Seven Dwarfs! Seriously thinking I should not buy shirts at Walmart anymore.)
PINK/white striped skirt: thrifted
PINK floral scarf: can't remember
PINK Converse sneakers: Target a LONG time ago! (I ♥ my pink Connies!)
Jewelry: silver hoop earrings and several bracelets in pink, purple and silver