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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 try....so 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!)