Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My Baby Girl's Birthday!

This past Sunday was my little girl's 21st birthday! She's my favorite daughter (only daughter! LOL), so I wanted her to have a special birthday. One of her favorite things to do is have a mom-and-daughter day, so that's what we did. Papa babysat Boo, and we girls went shopping! First to the mall, where we had cinnamon rolls and cappuccino, tried on glittery super-high heels at Payless Shoes (neither of us could walk in them!), and made a couple of small purchases at Rue 21.  Next stop was Walmart, where I ended up purchasing the bulk of her birthday gifts. We don't have a lot of department store choices in Podunk, KS! Our last excursion was Dillons grocery store, where I gave Min a course in coupon shopping. She purchased $45 worth of food for $20.50 - a savings of 64%! This may not sound like the typical 21-year-old's way to celebrate a birthday, but Min is her mother's daughter...simple things bring us joy! Especially spending time together, just us girls!

I didn't get a picture of what I wore in the afternoon (it was just jeans and a simple shirt). Here's what I wore to church Sunday morning...
Dress - JCP
Scarf - some little store in downtown Manhattan (?)
Boots - JCP
Black bag - mail-away freebie from Dove products from several years ago
Earrings - thrifted

Monday, January 23, 2012

Black & Brown

The black top I got from Kohl's a few years ago. It has lace shoulders so I wore a teal colored t-shirt underneath. It was fairly comfortable and I felt a little more dressed up than my normal sweatshirt or long sleeved t-shirts this time of year.
The brown top is probably going to go. It looked okay on me, but the material is stiff and it bunched weirdly when I sat at church and the sleeves are elastic and they rode up my arms all day. It looks like I wore the same pair of jeans with each of these shirts. :)
The red 3/4 length sleeve top I chose for this is in the GO pile. It was too small.

The Wine/Plum Shell

Jacket - thrifted
Purple shell - JCP
Brown pants - thrifted
Shoes - Target
Necklace & Earrings - Premiere Designs (ages ago!)

The wine colored shell top is from my "use it or lose it" picks for this month. It's difficult to pair with other items in my closet due to the color. If it were plum, it would be easier. I really like how it fits, tho, so I will keep trying to incorporate it into my wardrobe.

Once again, Abby is making an appearance with me. She is going au naturale, as usual. Both my dogs hate clothing.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

What a Frumpy Hausfrau Wears To...

...Bake a bunch of cookies!

Flannel shirt - thrifted
Jeans - Fashion Bug
Apron - gift from friend RL

This is the standard uniform in these parts - jeans and a flannel shirt. When I work in the kitchen, which is almost every single day, I always wear an apron. I'm a very messy cook. This happens to be my best apron (meaning it's not yet covered in stains) and was a Christmas gift from my thrifting friend RL year before last. It reads: Will cook for shoes - Lots and lots of shoes! RL knows me so well! I love aprons and I have lots and lots of shoes! 

I was going to take a photo of the finished baked goods, but I had some problems with the oven yesterday (the ignitor wasn't working properly and the temperature was off kilter) and by the time I got done, Hubby was home from work. He developed a blechy cold while he was out delivering the mail, and in trying to make him feel better, I didn't have time to take pics. I made Candy Bar Cookies, which are just like chocolate chip cookies except with cut up candy bars (leftover from Halloween), and Mini Brownie Cups with Kisses. These are for our LWML "bake sale" this weekend - a fund raiser for the church building fund. If the oven cooperates today, I plan to make a double batch of Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits as well.

Friday, January 20, 2012

It's Like Wearing a Blanket

No, it's not a Snuggie or a Slanket! Thursday morning, I decided to wear this newly thrifted velvet skirt (I was really tired of wearing pants all the time). With this fuzzy warm skirt, it felt like I was wearing a blanket all day! Since we're finally experiencing true winter temps this week, wearing a blanket is a great idea. The scarf and boots were added just before I went to Book Club in the evening.

Navy cardigan - thrifted
Cream ruffled 3/4 sleeve layering top - JCP
Plaid velvet Christopher & Banks skirt - thrifted
Yellow hand-knitted scarf - gift from Book Club friend SK
Black riding boots - JCP

Little Old Lady Dog Abby was a little perturbed that I moved her bed for this pic, but I told her she could pose with me and that made her a bit happier.

Monday, January 16, 2012

What a Frumpy Hausfrau Wears To...

...Do a little shopping with the hubby...

My DH needed some car parts, so I scrapped my plans to play with fabric today and we went shopping. He bought car parts and I bought groceries. Then we had lunch at the grocery store. Yeah, that's right! Our Hy-Vee store has an amazing Grand Buffet, including the best fresh salad bar. It's one of the few places I can eat "out" without getting sick afterward. After we stuffed ourselves silly, we stopped by one of our favorite thrift stores, where I found a lovely little Frankoma coffee cup for my collection. It was a great "date day"!

Plaid shirt - JCP
Jeans - Fashion Bug
Earrings - JCP
Necklace - Walmart
Shoes - Walmart

The shirt is one I re-fashioned last summer. Originally, it was about 6 inches longer, with kind of a scooped hem - it made my hips look even more enormous than they really are. So I shortened the length and made the hem straight across. Please forgive the totally unfashionable tennies; I needed shoes that would help my hips not hurt too much from walking around in stores all day. For some reason, the walk we took yesterday really irritated my joints.

Something funny I've noticed...when my DH takes my outfit pictures, I look really short, but always have a much more pleasant look on my face. When I use the timer, I look normal height (which is, in reality, SHORT! LOL) and my facial expressions show how awkward I feel taking my own picture.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A Tailoring and Another Pair of Cowboy Boots!

Since I'm only 5'2", I've had to shorten the hem of most of my pants and skirts over the years. Recently, however, I've begun experimenting with other tailoring details to make all my clothing fit better. The only thing I haven't tackled yet is a lined jacket. A retired lady from church (who made her living doing alterations) told me that whatever you want to do to the outer part of the garment, you must do the same thing to the lining in the same place, or it's going to look bunchy. I got a lined jacket at the thrift store today; the sleeves are too long, so I will be (nervously) learning how to alter a lined piece soon!

Today I decided to tailor the jeans I got from Fashion Bug a few weeks ago. They are the "Blue" Right Fit bootcut jeans, for the curvy figure. I think perhaps I should have ordered a different style. These fit nicely thru the waist and rise, but the legs are quite roomy and too long, despite being a petite size. To tailor them to fit better, first I took them in a bit in the "saddle bag" area. My legs do have saddle bags, but not enough to fill in these jeans. Next, I laid a different pair of jeans on top of these and marked the width of the legs from the knee down. After I stitched a new side seam, trimmed and finished the edges, I shortened the hem by an inch.

I forgot to take a before picture today - here's a not-very-good pic of them from a post a few days ago:
And here they are, post-tailoring:
They feel a lot less bell-bottom-y now!

This morning, my friend LR and I had our monthly thrifting session. I hoped to find some new-to-me boots...and look what I found!
They aren't in the best condition, but I like the rustic look. For $2, I can overlook a few scuffs. I'll need to add some cushion inserts, but they aren't nearly as uncomfortable as that first pair of boots I found in October. This next  pair of boots I picked up for my daughter as an early birthday gift. She loves them!

Friday, January 13, 2012

What a Frumpy Hausfrau Wears To...

...Her first meeting as president of her LWML society. Yikes! My tummy was in knots, I was so nervous! We have a terrific group of ladies, however, and they helped me through the meeting. I get confused about what to say, when...motions...new business...it's ALL new to me!

Anyway, I figured I'd better wear my official LWML gear for this first meeting:
Gray hooded sweater: thrifted
Purple LWML top: LWML store
Black jeans: Target
Boots: JCP

A couple of unplanned things happened yesterday. I'd planned to spend the day working out in the morning and cooking in the afternoon, then enjoying a nice relaxing supper with my DH before going to the LWML meeting. I did manage to work out...but then my day took a detour. I wondered when this was going to happen. It does sometimes. But I have a different way of looking at interruptions or unexpected turns of events. A few days ago, my devotional reading was based on Psalm 33. The author of the devotional encourages us to see interruptions in our plans as opportunities for productivity. Instead of being frustrated or irritated about being forced to change my plans, I can see the interruption as God's surprise opportunity to do something special for Him.

So, instead of cooking up a couple of new recipes all afternoon, I ended up wearing this outfit to take my little Boo to get his stitches out. While we were in the doctor's office, my DH called and told me to get home ASAP. He needed my assistance in towing his work car home so he could replace a part that fell off. (God was watching out for him and it fell off at the end of his mail route, and one of the other route drivers drove him home.) So this wasn't just an LWML outfit...it was also a Grammy outfit and a towing service outfit! LOL I ended up swapping the boots for my Dansko clogs for the meeting. My socks kept falling down in the boots, making it uncomfortable to walk. Rather than change socks, I opted to swap shoes. The church is usually overly warm and the boots might make me too hot. Besides, I knew I'd be on my feet for the meeting, and the Dansko shoes are best for that.
Earrings: LWML store
Scarf: hmmm...I have no idea where that scarf came from!
In case you're wondering, LWML stands for Lutheran Women's Missionary League. It could stand for Lovely Women Milking Llamas, but it doesn't.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

What a Frumpy Hausfrau Wears To...

...Skype with a favorite friend for the first time!

Actually, it really doesn't matter what you wear when you Skype. Our webcams aren't all that crisp and clear, and you only see from the shoulders up most of the time anyway. But both of us still made sure to fix ourselves up a little bit anyway! LOL

Navy cardigan - Old Navy
Print top - JCP
Jeans - Fashion Bug
Necklace - gift from DH 'way back when we were dating

Fashion Bug jeans come in a variety of styles to "custom fit" every woman's shape. These are pretty close to right for my shape...but not quite. They are a bit too long (even petites are usually too long for my stumpy legs) and a bit too roomy in the thighs and too much flare at the bottom of the legs. I plan to alter these jeans a bit once I clean my sewing machine and oil it up good (it doesn't like heavy fabric like denim, so I have to prep it). 

A cold front rushed in while I was Skyping with MA this morning...and now there's a stiff north wind that has blown in a bunch of dreary gray clouds to cover the sky. Without the toasty sunshine, the house has cooled off considerably, so I am thinking of changing into some much warmer clothes. Flannel sounds good about now! Snuggling with a puppy dog under a blanket would be nice, too, but I've got work to do.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

What a Frumpy Hausfrau Wears To...

...do some banking, work at a housekeeping job, run some errands, go grocery shopping and fill up the car with gas. Whew! Monday was a VERY busy day! I was so glad I had leftovers we could warm up for supper.

Fuzzy-lined jacket - Walmart
Print t-shirt - JCP
Brown cargo pants - JCP
Earrings - from MIL's collection
Blue scarf - Walmart
Brown Skechers Mary Janes - Fashion Bug ages ago

Yeah, cargo pants aren't the most flattering look on my chubby legs...but they were comfortable and the right amount of casualness for the day's activities.

Monday, January 9, 2012

My "use it lose it" items

I finally made myself go in my closet and pick out some things that I haven't worn in a long time but still like. Here they are:
Since several of these are 3/4 length sleeves it may be hard to wear them when it cools off the end of this week. Right now though the temps for today and tomorrow are in the 50*!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Khaki Skirt and a Switcheroo

I tried - really hard! - to make an outfit with the brown ruffle front top in my "use it or lose it" items, but decided that I will wait for warmer weather to attempt to incorporate that piece into my wardrobe. It's too lightweight to wear alone this time of year, and I have absolutely nothing that looks right worn over it (and why hide those awesome ruffles?!). Therefore, I am swapping the brown ruffle front top for this khaki utility jacket. It's something I got for next to nothing on clearance at Target last summer...and haven't worn yet.

For today's church outfit, I put the utility jacket with the khaki skirt (another "use it or lose it" piece).
Utility jacket - Target
Blue stripe shirt - thrifted
Light khaki skirt - thrifted
Earrings - JCP
Necklace - gift from sister Leah, I think, several years ago
Belt - thrifted
Black cowboy boots - thrifted
Blue suede purse - thrifted

Etta decided to pose with me this morning. She's the ultimate accessory! ha ha! Here's another shot DH took in our little photo session:

Not sure if you can tell or not, based on previous photos in this location, but I did clean and re-organize the bookshelf yesterday. The shelf of books at shoulder-level are ones I have not yet read. The rule is: buy new books, get rid of some old books. (I should have a similar rule for my closet!) Over the past few months, I've gotten a lot of new books - from bookstores closing, thrift stores, and close-outs from CBD.com. In order to fit them on my shelf, nearly two dozen books were purged and await selling at my next yard sale. 

OK, back to clothes...I liked how this outfit looked, but it was rather stiff. How do you soften up khaki? I washed both items and dried them in the dryer rather than on the clothesline, but they are still like wearing cardboard. I think I will like the jacket more this spring, when I can wear it over t-shirts. As for the skirt...I don't like how it hangs in the back (should have had DH take a picture of that) - it kind of sticks out in the middle at the hem. Very weird. But it is a nice basic.

How amazing is this belt?! I paid a whopping $1 for it at a thrift store. It's a great statement piece. I'm discovering that I like this formula: classic or simple base with one statement piece.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Robin Hood?

Teal tunic - Walmart
Cream top - JCP
Cream leggings - Walmart
Black boots - Walmart
Earrings - JCP
Bracelet - Walmart

This is what I wore on Thursday, at least to start with. Our ladies' group at church had our first executive board meeting in the afternoon, and since the weather was SO warm and sunny, I felt like wearing something light and bright. This outfit was comfortable....yet I felt it looked a bit Robin Hood-ish. Especially with the tops of the boots cuffed! I really like this tunic in the summer time, but so far, the ways I've styled it for cooler weather haven't really pleased me that much. I think that's because my chubby legs don't really look that appealing in leggings. I'm like Larry the Cucumber that way.

I changed clothes three times yesterday! After I got home from the meeting, my husband declared the rest of the day as "date time". Yay! I love, love spending time with my DH! First, we went on a hike to the river...so I donned jeans and an old flannel shirt. Next, we went out for dinner...off came the dirty jeans and on went black pants, red top with black cardi and leopard print flats. (No time for pics, sorry!) It had cooled off considerably by the time we got home, so for our snuggling on the couch to watch Antiques Roadshow session, I swapped the red and black for jammies and slippers. What a perfect date with my favorite man!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Olive Sweater

Olive sweater - thrifted
Navy layering top - not sure, probably thrifted
Jeans - thrifted
Earrings - JCP
Necklace - from MIL's collection
(Please ignore the slippers! I will put on real shoes later.)
So here's my first attempt at wearing the olive sweater on my "use it or lose it" list. I'm really not sure that I will keep this sweater; the sleeves are entirely too long and since I have a short neck, the top of the zipper pokes me in the chin. I don't really like it with blue jeans, but black didn't look right either, nor did my light khaki pants or the brown pants. I love the color olive, but this sweater is just proving to be very difficult for me to style. This outfit will be fine for kicking around the house today and going to our first Coupon Lovers' meeting this evening. But it's not a favorite.

Monday, January 2, 2012

A Challenge for the New Year!

Many people make New Year's resolutions. I don't like to make promises that I can't keep, not even to myself, so instead of making resolutions, I set goals. The goals need to be realistic so that they can be accomplished, of course, but challenging enough to keep me working toward them. Included in my goals is to write in both my blogs more, and to add some new features to Frumpy Hausfrau.

Part of the plan for Frumpy Hausfrau is to do a little something special each month, in addition to the outfit posts. For January, our challenge is to find five items in our closets that haven't been worn in a long time - or never worn - and "use 'em or lose 'em". By the end of the month, if we have not found a way to style a piece in at least two outfits, that piece will leave our closet, to be donated or into the yard sale fodder box. Hopefully both my sisters will be able to participate in this challenge as well. Other bloggers have done this, so it's nothing new, but it's a good way to keep our wardrobes fresh.

Here are the five items I've chosen:
Thrifted sweater - attempted to wear once, didn't succeed

Worthington purple shell - new with tags!

Thrifted Apt9 blouse - never worn

Thrifted Christopher & Banks khaki skirt - never worn

Sag Harbor skirt - haven't worn since probably fall 2010
In addition to the "use it or lose it" challenge, there are other fun things in store for this blog in the coming year. Stay tuned!