Monday, April 30, 2012

Sunday Outfit

We had a potluck dinner after church yesterday morning, and I wanted to be comfortable since I knew I'd be working in the kitchen. Usually they have the air conditioning cranked up at church, so I added a black sweater before heading out the door. Didn't get a pic with the sweater on...and I changed shoes right before we left the house, too. Turns out the soles on the peep-toe flats slipped around a lot on the kitchen floor, and that would not have been good at church. A pair of black ballerina flats I've had for ages were a better choice.

 Dress - Walmart
Belt - Rue 21
Peep-toe flats - thrifted
Necklace - gift from MA

Pinky ring - I'm not really sure where this came from, but I think my nephew A had something to do with it. Am I right, B? Or just losing it?

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Thrifty Fashion Saturday

This morning, I stopped by the two little thrift shops in town, but I did not find anything. While I was downtown, I popped into my favorite little fashion place, New York Fashion Exchange, where I purchased Scarf Number 40. You'll have to wait for an outfit posting to see it, though. As I drove out of town, I saw a sign for a garage sale, so I followed it. Glad I did! Here's what I found:

This fabulous handbag was marked $5, which is far more than I would normally pay for a purse at a yard sale, but it is real rabbit fur and leather - and it is an Antonio Melani. This purse would have been priced well over $100 retail, so it was worth the asking price. I didn't even haggle! This will be a fun addition to my fall/winter wardrobe.

Friday evening, Some Postman and I went to the Big City to celebrate a momentous occasion. He got the official word that he has been accepted for the position of full-time rural mail carrier! He'll be doing the same job he's been doing for the past 9 years as a sub, but only one route now and with benefits. We took in a movie and dinner at Red Robin afterward. The cherry Cokes were amazing! We each drank two, and my Postman took a third to go. As we were leaving the restaurant, the tornado sirens were sounding. (We'd been keeping an eye on the sky as we ate dinner, so we weren't surprised.) Most people headed over to the movie theater to take shelter; we ran to our car through the rain and wind, listened to the radio for a few minutes to evaluate the situation, then took off for home. It rained HARD and even had some small hail. My Postman is an excellent driver, and we broke through to the other side of the storm without mishap. Our rain gauge here at home showed a mere 0.25" rainfall.

Not a great photo, but only had time for one shot. Here's what I wore for our celebration date:
 Kimono-sleeve top: JCP
Jeans: thrifted
Dansko shoes: eBay
Hand-crafted necklace: gift from friend MA

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

An Ordinary Day

Today is Wednesday...just an ordinary Wednesday. Well, except for the record-breaking temps we're going to have. It's supposed to reach 95° today! Thought this would be a good day to wear one of my new summer dresses. I had to tack up the neckline on this one - the V extended all the way down to the elastic empire waist!

Dress - Walmart
Flip-flops - JCP

I am not feeling all that well today, so please forgive the sourpuss look on my face. No jewelry or accessories today, either. They would just get in the way while I'm watering the garden, caring for the poultry and cleaning the house.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sunday Go To Meetin'

Doing a little catch-up here - this post will have outfits from today as well as last Sunday.

From last Sunday, April 15, which I thought was Tax Day until I learned that Tax Day was April 17th this year. Since when did they start moving it around and how do you find out about that?....anyway....

 White top - thrifted
Old Navy skirt - thrifted
Dansko sandals - Tradehome Shoes

 Earrings - JCP
Necklace - ummm...I can't remember

 Bracelets - thrifted and/or gifts

Annie Wolfe Designer Bag - purchased from the artist herself

And here's what I wore to church today, Sunday April 22, Earth Day. Thought I'd get in touch with my boho self in honor of the day.

 Sheer top - thrifted
(Mostly unseen) cami - Walmart
White capris - thrifted
Gold Butterfly earrings - Walmart
Bracelet - thrifted

 I got several compliments on this top (which only cost a quarter at the church sale I went to on Friday!). I'm pretty sure I like it, but since it's sheer, a cami must be worn underneath it. And the trouble with most camis is that it gives you "uni-boob" with this style of top. At least this cami, with its shapewear qualities, contained the "inner tube" effect created by the elastic under the bust and the waistband of the pants, which is most evident while sitting. This is why you will almost NEVER see photos of me sitting on this blog! I'm fine standing up, but sit my short self down, and out pops the inner tube. Ew! I really gotta shed some pounds...

Sandals - JCP

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Thrifty Fashion Saturday

Since much of my wardrobe consists of thrifted items, either purchased at second-hand stores, yard sales or eBay, and because I'm getting bored with just outfit posts, I thought I'd add a weekly feature. (This is also to encourage me to be more consistent about writing.) I've got another idea bouncing around in my forgetful old brain, but that's for another time. As long as I remember...the old grey matter, it ain't what it used to be, folks!

Most months, there's a Catholic church in a nearby town that has a "garage sale" in an old gymnasium on the third weekend of the month. This month was a "double feature" - they had the sale both Friday and Saturday. I've learned that if you don't go on Friday, everything has been well-picked-over and very little is left on Saturday. So I hopped in my little green car and zipped over there first thing Friday morning. Usually, I catch a ride with The Girls - a group of Senior ladies who are just as addicted to thrift shopping as I am. This time, however, I didn't leave the house in time so I had to drive by myself.

One of The Girls, M, is an accomplished seamstress; she crafted shopping bags for each of us to use when we go to the monthly sale. The custom at this sale is to bring your own bag or cardboard box and fill it as you shop. M's bags are HUGE! Here's mine: I put a regular-size grocery bag next to it so you get an idea of just how enormous it is. There's a pocket inside at the top, also, to hold little things like jewelry.

The prices at this sale are so cheap, it's well worth the drive. I spent $7.25 and nearly filled my bag. These are the small items I purchased:
We tried out the wine bottle opener last night - it works, but Some Postman had to do it. I was not smarter than the thing! The necklace may be hand-crafted; the colors are so pretty. I'm not sure if the cross bracelet will remain in my collection; dangly things tend to bug me, but this one is cute so I'll give it a try. The bracelet in the middle is my favorite - it matched the shirt I was wearing yesterday (sorry, no pics of yesterday's outfit).

Next is a future gift for one of my nieces. Once in a while I'll purchase a toy at this sale, but I've had a couple of toys that were labeled "works" and they didn't. I haven't put a fresh battery in this Care Bear yet to see if she does anything, but even if she doesn't, she's still cute and will be enjoyed by either L or T.

Clothing is by far the best bargain at this sale. OK, shoes and books, too, but I didn't score any of those this time. Most clothing is only 25¢ a piece; shoes are a quarter a pair or a dollar for boots (unless otherwise marked). Books are at the most 25¢, while many are a dime and paperbacks are just a nickel. Cheap, huh?!
These are the tops I stuffed into my giant bag. They all fit, although the two sleeveless ones are a bit big under the arms. I don't think I'll bother taking them up, however, since it's hotter than blue blazes when I wear sleeveless tops, so I won't care if they're a bit loose. I may dye the white sweater. My favorite top is the second one from the left.

And these are the bottoms... The denim shorts are for Some Postman. (See, I even shopped for him!) I'd hoped to find some capri pants this trip, and I did. The olive green  pair will need some tucks taken in the waist. Since they are a mid-rise, the back of the waistband gaps. They are not a good length for short stumpy me, but there's a button on the side seam and a loop inside so the cuff can be rolled up. The denim capris, despite the fact that they are the size I normally wear, do not fit at all. (There is not an opportunity to try on clothing at this place. If you like it and you think it might fit, you stuff it in your bag before someone else grabs it! And darn, for a quarter, even if it doesn't fit, who cares?!) The blue seersucker elastic-waist granny capris were purchased at a different thrift store on the way home for $1.50; they fit, of course (hello, elastic waist!). Yeah, they aren't very fashionable, but I like to have several of these type of cool, breezy pants on hand in summer, since I don't wear shorts out in public anymore. And, surprisingly, the floral sleeveless top with the blue yoke coordinates with these pants well!The cute pencil skirt does fit...but I'd have to wear industrial strength Spanx underneath for it to look good. I'll hang onto the skirt and the denim capris for a while, just in case I manage to shed a few pounds.

There you have it! Thrifty fashion shopping like this makes me happy. I know I have more than enough clothes already, but it's so fun to see what cute things I can find for a song.

Keep thrifting!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

My Lucky Day?

Friday the 13th..... I am not a superstitious person, but I do find superstitions to be funny. Yesterday was neither a lucky day nor an unlucky one; it was simply Friday, April the 13th. It was good, in that I got to spend some time with my Bestie. It was also kind of sad, in that my Bestie gave me the news that she is moving away. I am happy for her, though, since she'll be moving away to be near her ex-husband, with whom she is working to reconcile their marriage. Any time a marriage is restored, I am thrilled. It's not as if I'll never see Bestie again; she has two kids who live here, so she'll come see them occasionally - and therefore, me!

I love you, Bestie! ♥

 Kimono-sleeve top: JCP
Capris: Cato

 Necklace: Walmart

Dansko sandals: TradeHome Shoes

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I Counted Them!

My sisters once asked me how many shoes were in my collection, so I counted them. At that time, several years ago, it was about 85 pair, if I recall correctly. That completely surprised me - I didn't think it was that many! - but reassured my sisters that their husbands were indeed wrong. They did NOT have too many shoes! (My husband, on the other hand, could confirm that I did have too many.)

While visiting one of my favorite stores last weekend, in talking to my favorite sales girl, the subject of scarves came up. It so happens that NYFE sells awesome scarves. And I had my eye on one in particular... Anyway, I got to thinking that perhaps I should count my current scarf collection. So that's what I did this morning.

Can you guess how many scarves are in here? I counted twice, just to be sure. There are some underneath others, too, so I'll just have to tell you. There are 39 scarves! Yikes! An odd number! You know what that means? I'm a-gonna need to buy one more scarf! Any suggestions on what color? I think I've got most of the rainbow represented here. Oh! I know...I really need a striped scarf! OK, the mission is on...

Since it's rather chilly today, I pulled out my newest scarf - the one I purchased at New York Fashion Exchange on Saturday (thanks, R, for the "special customer" discount!). It's keeping me warm and adding some spring-y happiness to my day. I love scarves!

Awesome scarf - NYFE
Tee - Target
Cardigan - Old Navy
Jeans - thrifted

Darn, now I'm curious about exactly how many belts are in my basket...

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

An Ordinary Day

Monday was just an ordinary day, so I wore an ordinary outfit. I did go to town to do a little shopping, and normally I would have dressed a little nicer for that, but my foot was hurting and I knew I'd have to wear tennies. However, since I planned to go shoe shopping, I didn't want to wear lace-up shoes, so these slip-ons were the best alternative. My feet still hurt at the end of the day, though. Well, my left foot in particular. Apparently there's some nerve damage in the heel. Does that ever go away? It's been stabbing me for a couple of months now.


 Purple tee - Walmart (no, it's not stained - I dripped water on it and didn't wait for it to dry)
Cardigan - gift from sister B
Jeans - thrifted

 Earrings - gift from aunt J
Necklace - gift from friend MA

Skechers shoes - can't remember where I got them, I've had them so long

Now I just have to brag a little. Last summer, I did some "personal shopping" for my friend MA, the one who gave me the necklace that I've been wearing almost constantly since my birthday. She finally sent me a picture of herself in some of the things I'd sent her, and gave me permission to post her outfit on my blog! I had to promise not to show her face, however, so you don't get to see just how pretty she really is. Here she fellow honey bee!

 Light blue top - thrifted & gifted by me

Black peep toe shoes - thrifted and gifted by me

Monday, April 9, 2012

Last Week in Review

Sunday, April 1
(Please overlook the fact that my eyes are closed. It was bright out there, people, and this was the "best" pic of this outfit! Egads...)

 Peach drape-y top - JCP (one of March's "Use It or Lose It" items)
Sweater - thrifted
Skirt - thrifted
Necklace - thrifted
Earrings - gift from Some Postman

Shoes - Target

Thursday, April 5
I wasn't feeling very good, but had a meeting at church that afternoon. Tried to make myself feel better by wearing bright colors. It helped a little bit.

 Print tee - Walmart
Yellow/white stripe sweater - Old Navy
Jeans - thrifted

 Earrings - Target
Necklace - gift from friend MA
Ring - Walmart
(The necklace is from my good friend whose first name is also Melissa, so my jewelry reflects the meaning of our name, "honey bee". It's also very spring-y!)

Born shoes - thrifted

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Blessed Easter

(I'll catch up on last week's outfits was a busy week, getting ready for Easter and recovering from not feeling up to par.)

Most people wear their finest, best clothing for Easter. Little girls wear frilly dresses and shiny new shoes. Ladies put on lovely new dresses in bright spring colors. Men wear their best suits with a new tie. Some people just wear their usual duds. It really doesn't matter...God just wants us to praise Him, and what we wear makes no difference to Him! However, I'm among those who like to put on a pretty new outfit for Easter.

The new dress I'd planned to wear this morning needed some serious attention by an iron, and time was lacking. Instead, I chose a new-to-me skirt and built the outfit from there. The summer-like temperatures have departed us, so keeping warm was important, but I did not want to don winter gear. This outfit was just right, I think.

Sweater - Khol's
Skirt - thrifted
Cami - JCP

Here's a pic out in the sun so you can see the outfit better. 

Sunglasses - street vendor in Mexico (2007)

Necklace & earrings - JCP

Tights - Target
Shoes - thrifted

Have a Blessed Easter!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Use It or Lose It - March results

 I'm keeping the drape-y top. You'll see an outfit post using this piece soon.

Keeping the blue scarf as well. It goes with more than I realized!
LOSE IT! Even tho I liked the outfit I put together using this skirt, I just don't like the fit of it. 
So it's outta here!

Because I sorted out all my spring and summer clothes when I swapped out my winter items, I'm not going to do a "use it or lose it" challenge for April. Instead, I'm going to have fun wearing some old favorites from the past and a few new pieces!

Saturday meeting

Friday evening, my tummy attacked me for eating something new and different - jicama. It left me feeling weak and exhausted, but I went to the meeting Saturday morning anyway. It's not like it's that difficult to sit in a chair and listen to speakers and watch informative videos...and eat a lovely lunch prepared by awesome cooks. The only "work" required of me was to help load the 72 Mercy Kits & 33 quilts and blankets made and/or donated by our Zone ladies, and that was at the end of the meeting. By then, my energy had been restored. Nothing like getting together with a bunch of Lutheran ladies to boost one's energy!

Normally, I would have worn purple to a Zone LWML meeting, since that is the official color of our group, but I just wasn't in the mood for it. This white pin-stripe jacket appealed to me instead, although with the temps quickly climbing to over 80°, the jacket didn't stay on very long.

 White pin-stripe jacket - Target (ages ago!)
Floral print top - JCP
Jeans - thrifted

 Earrings - LWML store
Necklace - gift from friend MA

Sandals - thrifted