Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Khaki Pants and That Thing Around My Neck

On Monday I had some business in town and my cleaning job, so I put together this outfit that worked for both. I wore the khaki pants from my February Use It or Lose It challenge. They are comfortable, but the fit just isn't quite right. I think I figured out why...they are a 14W, so they have more room for tummy and hips. While I do have a tummy and hips, it's really not enough to keep these pants up where they are supposed to hit my waist, so they sag a bit. Just enough to make the side pockets stick out like a couple of ears - it looks weird and emphasizes an area I'd rather minimize. If I wear a long enough top, untucked, the problem isn't as noticeable. Will I keep these pants? Hmmm...still thinking about it...

Navy 3/4 sleeve top - thrifted
Khaki pants - thrifted

Scarf - NY Fashion Exchange
Earrings - either from MIL's collection or made by B (do you recognize them, B?)
**Please don't look at my blechy hair! I colored it today, so it will look better in future posts!**

Tuesday is Some Postman's day off (how do you like my new name for my dear husband? he likes it!), so we went to Town to price a window. It's the last one to be replaced in our House Project - and it looks like it will be the most expensive window! Modern sizes just don't mesh well with OLD houses. At any rate, here's what I wore:
Gray stripe top - Walmart
Black jeans - Target
Black shoes - thrifted
Earrings - Avon (old)
Scarf - NY Fashion Exchange
Polka dot belt - Rue 21

It was warm but windy yesterday, so I grabbed a black sweater before heading out the door. Didn't get a pic of that addition to the outfit, but it coordinated well. As I was coming out of the bathroom at Walmart, a lady coming in commented "I really like that orange thing around your neck!" I laughed and said "thanks!" That orange thing around my neck and the olive & pink one from the day before both came from one of my favorite little stores in our little town - New York Fashion Exchange. Rhonda has the most amazing accessories - scarves, belts, purses, jewelry, etc - and reasonable prices. I blame her for my scarf addiction --er, collection!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Last Sunday in February

This outfit was built around the shoes. Alas, unless I can figure out a way to make the shoes comfortable, this will be the ONLY time I will have worn them! They are a cute pair of Sofftspots that I found at the thrift store; after wearing them for a few hours, I discovered why the previous owner donated them. There is a seam on the inside of each shoe that rubs against the pinky toes. I wonder if sticking a bandage over the seam will work...or if that will just come unstuck after walking around a few minutes? Whatever solution I attempt, it will be done while wearing the shoes at home - so if it doesn't work, I can kick them off and put my slippers back on!

Cream shirt - JCP
Skirt - thrifted
Tights - Kohl's

I'm not sure where this scarf came from; either Walmart or Target a few years ago.
Shoes - thrifted

I really like how barn red and brown compliment one another. This skirt got several comments from ladies at church. I was concerned that it accented my chubby tummy too much, but I guess either my friends don't care about that or it wasn't as bad as I thought.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Purple Again!

You will see me wearing purple quite often over the next couple of years. As an officer in our local LWML society and as a zone chairperson, I will be attending numerous LWML meetings and functions. Since purple is their official color, I try to wear that color when going to LWML activities. I do NOT wear purple to support the local university sports teams. Nothing wrong with that - it's just not my deal. Just making it clear WHY purple is in my wardrobe. Aside from the obvious fact that purple is a great color!

Saturday morning was a zone board meeting. After I got home, I had to change into a big wooly sweater. For some strange reason, it was chilly at the church (it's almost always too warm there in the winter - and it's conversely cold there in the summer). At any rate, here's what I wore while out of the house:

Lavender gingham shirt - thrifted
Purple scarf - not sure, maybe Walmart?
Jeans - Fashion Bug
Gray flats - eBay


Monday, February 20, 2012

President's Day

Happy President's Day! In honor of the occasion, my DH and I wore appropriate t-shirts for our trip to town. He had the day off, so we did some shopping - groceries, thrift store and lunch at our favorite restaurant.

Can you guess who our favorite musical group is? :)

The Animal Print Top

For church on Sunday, I wore the black and white animal print top from my February "use it or lose it" challenge. Since I was supposed to have Boo for Sunday School and church, I paired the top with pants to be more modest while crawling around on the floor or chasing him between pews. Sadly, my Boo wasn't available to go to church with Grammy and Papa. He better be able to go with us next Sunday!

Black/white animal print top - hmm...I forget where this came from! 
Black long sleeve layering shirt - not sure about this one, either
Black pants - eBay
Black Dansko shoes - eBay

Necklace - made by my sister B


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Flannel Shirt Re-make

My DH handed me a flannel shirt the other day and said it needed to be retired. The sleeves had gotten too short for him. (We have a hard time finding shirts that fit him well - he's tall and slim. Eventually shirts shrink enough that the sleeves are too short for his long arms.) Rather than put the shirt in the rag bag, I adopted it and altered it a bit to fit me.
Before

First step was easy - roll up the sleeves one full cuff length (I do NOT have long arms - LOL!). Next, I gathered up part of the center back and secured it with a safety pin. I wanted to be able to take it out in case I need more freedom of movement. As it turned out, I had to let out a few of the gathers; while gathering eggs, the safety pin popped open as I was crawling under the roost to get an elusive egg.

I was going to leave the length alone, but a scooped hemline just isn't good for my wide hips, so I cut off the scoop and made it a straight hem. Probably should have left the front of the shirt a bit longer; men's shirts are not shaped for boobies. Even though I am not overly endowed, it's enough to raise the front hem a bit, making the back longer. Oh well.

This shirt turned out well, I think. I do love me some flannel! :)


(Oh, man...not sure I like pics of my backside! egads...)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Cape Casual

Friday night, my DH and I attended our local high school's musical play, Beauty and the Beast. The kids did a wonderful job, as always, and the house was PACKED! They said it was a record attendance. This is how it should be for every show, folks!

Here's what I wore for my date night. Please keep in mind this is the middle of Kansas - farm country. It's considered "dressed up" if you wear clean jeans.
Capelet - Rue 21
Striped shirt - thrifted
Jeans - Fashion Bug
Brown boots - Fashion Bug
Earrings - JCP

The Outfit Inspiration calender for Friday called for a cape. Now, I've long admired capes. In fact, when I was a freshman in college, capes were the hot item that fall. However, I'm short and back then, I was tiny. When I tried on the capes they had back then, I looked like a little girl playing dress up! Most capes I've seen lately are also just too voluminous for my frame, despite having a lot more substance than I did X years ago. While out shopping with my daughter for her birthday a few weeks ago, I ran across this little capelet and found it to be just right! It's especially fun to whack seatmates with the dingle balls. Ha ha!

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Gray Sweater

Yesterday, I met my daughter in town for her doctor appointment (nothing serious, folks, just a routine thing). We stopped by Dairy Queen first and got Chocolate Cherry Blizzards. Yummy!

Gray sweater - JCP
Orange shirt - thrifted
Jeans - Fashion Bug
Finally got around to using the gray sweater from my "use it or lose it" February challenge. I really do like this sweater and its charcoal gray twin; I've simply needed the ease of a cardigan most of the winter. With this unusually warm winter, the days start out cold, so a sweater is needed. By afternoon, it's warm like spring, so you take the sweater off. That's just easier with a cardigan. But I do plan to keep these gray sweaters; they are comfortable and look nice.

These booties are a recent purchase from Walmart, although I have seen the same ones at JC Penney's. They are super cute and fairly comfortable. I think I will add some ultra-thin insoles to keep my feet from sliding forward in them. The necklace is a thrift-store find; I love the swirly stone setting. 


Here's a little quick-fix tip to shorten a necklace: while wearing the necklace, gather up the chain in the back until the pendant is at the place you want it. Pinch that spot tightly and turn the necklace around. Put a small earring thru both sides of the chain, secure and turn the necklace back around. I keep old mate-less earrings around for things like this.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Please pass the ketchup!

Last week was a BUSY one for me! I did take several pictures; there just wasn't enough time or energy for blogging. Now it's time to "ketchup"! (And not just with blogging...I seriously need to sweep the kitchen floor!)

Last Tuesday I wore....
Black/white top - JCP
Black corduroy pants - JCP
Silver hoop earrings - Walmart
Black/white polka dot scarf - thrifted
Black shoes - thrifted
My hubby and I had a "date day" on Tuesday (his day off). We went to the City for a little shopping, had lunch at On The Border (always good!) and saw the movie "Red Tails". We had a lovely day together!

On Wednesday, I had a meeting and I was cold....
Black sweater - Kohl's
Skirt - thrifted
Scarf - can't remember
Black boots - JCP

Friday night was "Ladies' Night Out" at my church. The theme was White Roses and Dark Chocolate, and the attire was formal/dressy. I'm all about thrifty fashion, you know, so I headed to the thrift store in search of a fancy dress. Amazingly, I found one that was exactly what I'd envisioned! It was a cocoa-colored satiny strapless number with cream rouching at the bustline and a cream sash. And it was only $10! Alas...the zipper would not go up. There was no way I could shed 10 lbs overnight (nothing like waiting til the last minute, eh?), so I chose this too-big dress instead. It was only $6, and after some simple alterations, it was good enough. 

Can you see the teensy little princess crown on my head? Each of us wore one of these because we are daughters of the King! :)

Saturday evening was the Sweetheart Dinner sponsored by our Youth Group at church. Since I'd dressed up the night before, I went more casually for this event.
 Brown sweater - thrifted
Floral skirt - thrifted
Brown cowgirl boots - thrifted
Scarf - Kohl's
Flower ring - JCP

And finally, here's what I wore to church yesterday...
Dress - eBay
Sweater - Goodwill
Necklace - Premiere Designs (ages ago!)
Brown shoes - gift from sisters a few years ago

Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Ruffly Scarf

Today's church outfit was built around the ruffly scarf from my February "use it or lose it" items. A friend told me she'd seen similar scarves on QVC recently. I found this one at a thrift store. Not only are the colors wonderful, the yarn is super soft, the way it ruffles is fun - and the whole thing bounces when you shake it up and down!
Cato top - eBay
Black ponte pencil skirt - Walmart
Scarf - thrifted
Black boots - JCP

I would have liked to have longer sleeves, but they keep the church pretty warm most of the time, and thankfully no one cranked up the ceiling fans today. I tried adding a long sleeve black layering tee, but it just didn't look right. I liked the way this outfit highlighted the scarf. Oh...can you spot the Dachshund in the photo? ;)

Accessories:
Earrings - JCP
Ring - thrifted
Bracelet - thrifted

Friday, February 3, 2012

Fall Colors in February?

I've been wanting to wear this top for a while; it was in a terrific lot of items I won on eBay a couple of months ago. It's not exactly the style of top I normally wear - it's a bit loud! Seems a little odd to wear fall colors in February, too, but nothing else looked right to pair with this top.
Splashy top - eBay
Brown corduroy pants - JCP
Earrings - JCP
Scarf - ??
Belt - thrifted
Brown Dansko shoes - eBay

After I got home from an afternoon meeting, I swapped this top for a brown sweater and a button-up shirt over that. Plus I put on an extra pair of socks. I was SO cold! Finally had to wrap a wool blanket around myself and snuggle with a dog. No, I am not catching the flu. A cold front moved in last night - bringing in some much needed RAIN!!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Use It or Lose It for February!

February is a short month, and I have a LOT going on this month, so I chose just four items for the "use it or lose it" challenge.

I love this ruffly scarf! I've had it for months, but have never worn it. It's time to see if it works with my wardrobe.

This is actually a pajama top. I have worn it, but it's been a long time. You'd think it would be better for warmer weather, but with that low neckline, a cami must be worn underneath. And that makes it too warm for Kansas summers!
 
I have two of these simple V-neck sweaters - the other one is dark gray. I've gravitated towards cardigans more this winter, so this pullover needs to be shown some love.
 
You'd think khaki pants would be a staple that I'd never get rid of...but this pair is a little wonky. Every time I try to wear them, I end up yanking them off and going back to my other khaki pants, despite the fact that the other pair is a bit tight in the waist.

Let the Challenge begin!


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

January's "Use It or Lose It" Challenge Items

Here are the results of my "use it or lose it" challenge for January. I've put an X through the items to which I will be waving good-bye. Everything else will stay in my closet.




Tomorrow, I'll have a new set of 4-5 items to use 'em or lose 'em for February!