So...I was growing out my hair. The last time I'd had it cut was early December. I kept trying to remind myself that the growing-out stage is the worst part, that once it got long enough, it would look better. Ha ha ha! Not MY hair! It just looks like an old string mop. This morning I called my hairdresser and she squeezed me into her schedule. And so I waited until after I got home to take pics of today's outfit. This is my new 'do, all spiffed by Ms LL. It won't look like this again folks; I do not have the ability to duplicate this.
Sunday was my birthday. I am now 42 years old. No, it does not bother me that you know my age - it's just a fact, and I'm fine with it. I don't feel old...nor do I feel young...I just feel like me! My dearest husband, Some Postman, treated me to a wonderful day. After listening to a wonderful special guest speaker at church, we went out for lunch at one of my most favorite restaurants, HuHot. This is one of the few places I can eat and not feel sick afterward. Love Mongolian barbecue! Then we went to see the movie Hunger Games. I've read the book series and loved it, so was anxiously awaiting this movie - it did not disappoint! Even tho SP didn't read the books, he enjoyed the movie as well. While we were in town, we used some of my birthday "freebie" coupons - TCBY, Baskin Robbins, Caribou Coffee. Then, after we got home, we had birthday cake and a glass of wine. It was a FABULOUS day!
This is the outfit I wore to church; I was going to take pics of the outfit I changed into for the rest of the day, but it was just jeans and a t-shirt - and we didn't have time for pictures if we planned to make it to the movie at the time we wanted.
Top - thrifted
Skirt - Walmart
Necklace - JCP
Shoes - Dillard's
(Are these shoes not the most awesome pumps ever? I can still wear heels if the shoes are of good quality!)
It's almost yard sale season! There was one sale in town this morning (I didn't buy anything, tho). Hopefully it won't be too long before there are a bunch every Saturday! In the meantime, I am thankful to have thrift stores at which to shop. Today's haul was full of winners - books, shoes, jeans, shirts, skirts and a dress that didn't end up fitting (no dressing room at that particular shop - but I'm only out 75¢).
Please overlook the doofy look on my face - I had a tough time finding a pic that showed the outfit, my entire head, my feet, and a semi-intelligent facial expression all at once.
Cardigan - gift from sister B
Coral tee - Walmart
Jeans - thrifted
(Later, I switched to one of the jeans purchased today, since they are kind of a dark gray wash.)
The outfit I originally put on Sunday morning did NOT work well, so I shucked it and used the floral skirt from my March "Use It or Lose It" challenge items instead. Honestly, I'm not sure that this skirt is the best shape or print for me. The outfit is OK, just not overly flattering. On the other hand, I really like how the rust top coordinates with the skirt and how the turquoise necklace pops. One comment: "Wow! That is a BLUE necklace!" (Said by a guy who thinks turquoise is blue, LOL!)
Every year for the past...oh, I don't know...at least 15 years, I have hosted a get-together with my mom and sisters. As the years have progressed, we've added daughters, nieces and sisters-in-law. Originally, this all-girl party was a time to watch the movie "Little Women" (the more recent version) and celebrate sisterhood. For the past few years, we've forgone the viewing of the movie; we'd rather use the precious time we have together catching up on each others' lives.
It goes without saying that food is a big part of our party!
I try to have a theme of some sort for the party; this year, it was "tropical". Since we are still deep in the destructive stages of our home remodel, the theme did not extend to decor. The menu was tropical: Hawaiian Chicken Salad, Tropical Banana Bread, Caribbean Potato Salad (which turned out to be too weird for us), White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies, Ono Butter Mochi (a gluten-free Hawaiian dessert bar), and of course, chocolate!! I used some of my Federal Glass collection ServaSets - the Button and Daisy set and the Apple Blossom set. (If I'd been quicker on the draw last year at that antique store and bought the two sets of Hazel Ware Capri Blue Seashell, it would have been perfect!)
The weather was even somewhat tropical, with temps around 80° and a strong south wind, so we dressed cool and breezy.
Sadly, I didn't get a picture of L's two little girls, and my own daughter didn't show up to the party. We all had a wonderful time - eating, talking, laughing, sharing gifts, drinking, laughing some more... B's boys came along, so B and I led them out to the treeline so they could hike around the ravines. The trek through the cornfield was a good workout for us old girls...so when we got back, we felt we deserved more cookies and chocolate! We partied so much, we wore out poor little old lady dog, Abby...
"I could never love anyone as I love my sisters!" ♥
Friday evening, my handsome husband took me on a date to the theater. We saw "Don't Dress for Dinner", a comedy. It was well-played, funny (if a bit confusing! - but it was meant to be) and we had a nice evening together.
Cape top - JCP
Black pencil skirt - Walmart
Black sandals - Target
Black and tan Dachshund inspecting my pedicure - ad in newspaper
I must have been wearing a cami when I tried on this top at Penny's a week ago...I didn't remember it being so LOW in the neckline! It won't be worn to church, I can tell you that! Or else I'll definitely need to add a cami beneath it. The bat-wing style sleeves aren't a style I usually gravitate towards, but this top was only $3 so I thought I'd give it a try. Not sure it's the best look on me, but it was fun for the evening.
I completely forgot to put on earrings, but the necklace is one I got from JCP just before they stopped issuing coupons. This necklace was almost free after that coupon. I'm SO sad there won't be any more $10 off $10 purchase coupons anymore!
Our church has a supper before the mid-week services during the seasons of Advent and Lent. The suppers are sponsored by various groups within the church. This week's supper was sponsored by the Church Council, of which I am a committee chairperson. We served pancakes, sausage and eggs. Here is what I wore beneath my apron while mixing up pancake batter as fast as my wimpy arms could twirl that whisk...
Black shirt - JCP
Red/black animal print skirt - thrifted
(That's Abby, my little old lady dog, curled up on her freshly laundered blankie.)
I should have had Some Postman take a pic of me after the supper...my black shirt had pancake mix on it wherever the apron wasn't, and there was pancake batter splatter all the way up on the back of my right arm! Perhaps I need a full-body apron...I am a very messy cook!
Black peep-toe wedges - thrifted
(They were comfy for about the first hour, and then not so much. I really need to remember to wear socks and tennies when working in the church kitchen. Function over fashion at times like that!)
Oh, sorry...I should have warned you to put on sunglasses before looking at my lily white legs. We had a scant couple of weeks of spring weather and have gone straight to summer, so no more tights! Of course, I don't dare put the tights away...it might very well snow on us before April concludes. You know what they say about Kansas weather...if you don't like the weather right now, wait a few minutes...it'll change!
It seems there are more wearings for the light blue scarf than I expected. Looks like at least this one item from March's "use it or lose it" challenge will be staying in my wardrobe! I feel like a "city girl" in this outfit for some reason. Maybe it's the shoes - they make me think of Michael Jackson. Oow!
OK, since this a blog about a FRUMPY hausfrau, I am including today's outfit in a post. Please do NOT look at this too long, or your eyes may fall out of your head. As much as I love the color of this shirt, especially with the necklace, alas, it puts a big ol' emphasis on my poochy tummy. If I were a mama-to-be, this would not be a big deal. However, I am long past that stage in my life and do not appreciate looking preggers anymore. Some Postman is due home any minute now, and then we are headed to town, so I don't have time to change. I'll just wear my jacket.
Thank goodness I'm working out really hard this week. If I can shed some of that belly chub, I should be able to wear this again someday without an arsenal of Spanx. (Which, if I had time to wriggle into it before SP gets home, I would!)
Layering shirts, white & light turquoise - JCP
Jeans - probably thrifted
(As it turns out, the rather disgusted look on my face is appropriate for this outfit!)
Necklace & earrings - Target
Pink argyle socks - Target
Skechers - Fashion Bug ages ago
Ha! He's not home yet...maybe there's time for Spanx after all...but that won't leave much room for Smashburger...that could be a good thing. Yeah, Spanx it is! See ya'll later!
Spanx helped only slightly.
Maybe it's the Mom Jeans....or maybe the shirt is too long...or maybe I'm really just too stinkin' chubby for this look!
Monday, my Bestie and I went out for coffee and a little shopping. The coffee was fabulous, as were the scones, but spending time with my Bestie was the bestest! We both broke our diets yesterday, munching on calorie-laden baked goods, but I'm pretty sure we worked it off afterward with all that shopping.
Neither of us is sure that we really like JC Penney's new no-coupon policy. Bestie and I adored those $10 off $10+ purchase coupons...we could score some nearly FREE goodies. We scoured the "best price" racks diligently, however, and came away with some bargains. My favorite find was a sheer "cape" with a built-in cami (it seems more like a flutter-sleeve top than a cape, to me); it was only $2.
For our outing, I wore the light blue scarf from my March Use It or Lose It challenge. I'm finding it very difficult to coordinate this scarf with my winter wardrobe. If it were teal, it would be SO much easier! Since we are having more 70° days, I plan to dig out some of my spring clothes. I'm really getting tired of dark colors, anyway.
The day was simply beautiful when we left for church this morning. While we were at worship, the wind picked up and tossed together a fluffy bunch of clouds to race across the sky. Since I prefer to wear skirts or dresses to church, a pencil skirt is definitely the best option on a blustery day like today. No chance of it flying up around my head!
Cream 3/4 sleeve top - JCP
Olive skirt - eBay
Scarf - can't remember (I've had it for many years!)
Pink belt - thrifted
Peep toe kitten heels - Kmart
Three things I really like about this outfit:
1. Mostly neutrals with a POP of color
2. How a pencil skirt hides flaws and flatters at the same time
I will keep all but the khaki pants from Febrary's Use It or Lose It challenge. They just don't fit properly, and since the rule is "wear well-fitting clothing", those pants will be added to the DONATE pile.
Here are the items I have chosen for March to Use or Lose. There are only three items this time; I've had a difficult time coming up with more than one outfit a month with my challenge items, so maybe fewer items will help.