Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Simple Sunday

First, let me wrap up Get Dressed Every Day week...I did attempt to take pics of my outfit Saturday, but they all turned out so blurry and horrible, you'll just have to imagine the outfit. Same black jeans as Friday with a gray Merona tiered 3/4 sleeve top, topped with a cream/plum/gray print pashmina scarf. I enjoyed the challenge of dressing with purpose each day, but must admit that yesterday was spent entirely in lounge pants, t-shirt and flannel shirt. A girl needs a down-day now and then!

Here's what I wore on Sunday morning:

Xhileration dress - Target
Boots - JCP
Necklace - made by Salt City Hausfrau

It's a very simple outfit, but not boring. When I came out of the bathroom, Some Postman said, "Wow, that's a really vivid dress, but in a good way." That's the first unsolicited comment he's made about anything I've worn in a long time! Maybe I should wear bright flowers more often. I did end up putting a black cardigan over the dress. The back is kind of low and I was chilly.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Getting Dressed on Friday, Salt City Hausfrau Edition

Cardigan - Old Navy
Top - Target
Levi jeans - ??
Route 66 Shoes - KMart

After a close encounter of the UPS kind, Sister B got dressed today! She looks ready to face whoever may come to the door now, doesn't she? 

Getting Dressed on Friday

My Target.com order arrived in the mail yesterday, so I tried everything on this morning before I got dressed. After trying on the Favorite Shirt, I completely changed my mind about what I'd planned to wear today in favor of that shirt instead. It fits perfectly, and I can understand why they call it the Favorite Shirt! (Please forgive the wrinkles - I wore it straight out of the package and didn't really want to iron it since the sizing hasn't been washed out of it yet.)

Merona Favorite Shirt - Target
Merona jeans - Target
Scarf - thrifted

 Look - BIRDIES!!!!

Of course, what's the best thing to wear with this outfit to head outdoors? You guessed it!

Alfani leather jacket - thrifted

At first, I'd paired an orange scarf with the birdie shirt, and I do like how it looks, but then decided I'd rather not wear such a bold color combination on our ventures later today.

These are the boots I found stashed away in the closet that made me wonder what on earth I was thinking when I'd bought them. They are fine with jeans, tho, and fairly comfortable with my special insoles inside. I have no idea what else I'd wear them with, however.

Mossimo Supply Co boots - Target

You won't see a post by me for getting dressed tomorrow. I will get dressed, but won't be home to do the post, and my barely semi-intelligent phone doesn't give me the ability to do mobile posting. Maybe Sister B will do a post so we can finish the week with a full 7 blog entries???

Have a great weekend, folks!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Two Sisters Get Dressed on Thursday

I knew that getting dressed every day would be a challenge for me, but I had no idea just how much! I've not been sleeping well at night, due to persistent pain in my legs and feet, which makes wearing cozy flannel and fleece all the more appealing. However, I am a firm believer in dressing as if you feel wonderful, and in turn, you do actually feel better. So I'm donning real clothes.

Sister B is getting dressed every day, as well. She doesn't always have to put on real clothes on a weekday, either, but my little sister is much better at looking good no matter what she wears than me. Here's what she wore to Bible study this morning:

Axcess top - Target
Scarf - Amazon
Riders denim jacket - ???
Lee corduroy jeans - thrifted
Merona shoes - Target

I love this outfit on her! Pumpkin is definitely her color. That jacket actually looks a bit familiar...did I happen to pass that along to you? Maybe that's where it came from!

And here's what I'm wearing today:

No Name top - thrifted
(There's no tag inside, but it doesn't seem to be handmade.)
Mossimo sweater - Target
Loft chinos - thrifted
Dansko canvas shoes - eBay

This photo is included ONLY so you can see my shoes, since they got cut off in the above pic.
Also, this is how the outfit looks with the sweater buttoned.
It's better left open.

Earrings - JCP

I fell in love with the dots on this shirt when I saw it at Goodwill. At first, I thought I'd do some tailoring on it - darts in back, shorten the sleeves - but I actually like it fine the way it is for now. It's loose and flowy and comfortable. It's not very easy to put the sweater on over it, what with the full sleeves, but I'm getting  plenty of practice. Off it goes while I snap beans; back on while I sit at the computer; off again to bathe the dog; on again to go pick peppers (there's going to be a hard freeze tonight). 

The shoes don't really look that great with this outfit, but my feet needed me to wear them today. These are one of several pair of shoes that somewhat reduce that pain in my stupid feet. I'm beginning to think the only way the pain will go away is to quit walking, standing, sitting or laying down. I need to learn how to hover.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I Got Dressed Too!

Yesterday was just a putz around the house and get stuff done kind of day and I never got around to taking a picture of my outfit.  It was just a t shirt and jeans and I usually run around the house barefoot.  But I did get dressed!  I kind of had to since the pool guys came to close the pool and I had to answer the door!
Today I'm putzing around the house again until this evening when I work in the church nursery with the toddlers.  So I decided on a t shirt and jeans with slip on's but then I noticed that when a raised my arms up that my belly would show!  Ack!  Not good since I'd have to be picking babies up all evening and nobody needs to see my fleshy middle!  So I opted on a snap up shirt (don't worry, the snaps are quite secure!) but I'll need to safety pin the very middle since it tends to gap a little.  Once again, nobody needs to see that.
This is a very blurry picture!  Sorry, but it's the best out of about 10 that I shot and I got tired of posing!  I don't have anyone to take my picture so I usually do the full length mirror shot but wanted to try an outdoor shot this time.  The mirror is the better option for a better quality picture.  Anyway, the top is Faded Glory from Walmart, the jeans are Levi's probably from JCPenney's and the shoes are Sonoma from Khol's.

Getting Dressed on Wednesday

Oh, I had a difficult time getting dressed today! It was too easy to linger over coffee and catching up on blog reading this morning. Eventually, I did put on my workout gear, pop in a Leslie Sansone DVD, shower and put on real clothes. Yes, what I'm wearing today is extremely casual, but it's not jammies. And that counts!

 Mossimo Supply Co shirt - Target
Liz Claiborne jeans - thrifted
Ryka shoes - Zulily.com
Should have gotten this shirt in a size larger, since it's junior sizing. But it's not too bad. It's quite thin, so at first I layered another tee underneath, but that made it kind of stiff and uncomfortable. So I'll just have to move around a lot to keep warm. Not a problem! There is plenty on my to-do list.

Earrings - Avon

No makeup again today. I'm not going out in public and my skin needs to breathe today. Didn't do much to my hair, either, except wash it and use the round brush with the dryer on low. No products in my hair today, since I plan to touch up the color tomorrow, so I'm sure by the end of the day the horns will be in full force. That will look nice, dontcha think?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Getting Dressed on Tuesday

Oy, has it been a busy day! This post is going to be short and sweet, to make sure it gets done while it's still Tuesday. Besides, this is a repeat outfit from last fall, so you've seen it before. Except for one new addition!

Faded Glory chambray shirt - Walmart
Faded Glory corduroy jeans - thrifted
Scarf - Walmart
Born moccasins - eBay

Earrings - from MIL's collection

Alfani leather jacket - thrifted
(What else could possibly compliment this outfit better?)

Jumbo ring - Target? or maybe JCP? can't remember

Guess I'd better issue a warning here...you're going to see a LOT of this black leather jacket in the months ahead! It's just perfect and I can't help but wear it ALL. THE. TIME.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Two Sisters Get Dressed on Monday

First we have the Headless Sister, also known as the Salt City Hausfrau, who utilized her closet components this morning.

Jeans - Walmart??? (she doesn't remember)
Light knit sweater - JCP clearance
Scarf - World Market
Shoes - Target

My sister says the reason she's headless is because she hadn't done hair or makeup yet. It's not because she blew her top. She might be running around like the proverbial chicken, however. I just love her scarf, don't you?

And here's me...the Flint Hills Hausfrau, who should have gone headless as well, since I did neither hair nor makeup today. But I went out in public like that, so I figured it's only right to leave my undone head on for the pics.

 Cato Jeans - thrifted
Merona t-shirt - Target
Sweater - Old Navy
Scarf - Walmart
Born Moccasins - eBay

I look puffy-eyed and sleepy. This should motivate me to put on a teensy bit of makeup before going out, shouldn't it? The scarf has not stayed on, since it gets in the way when cleaning house, but was much appreciated while waiting for the car heater to warm up.

And now that I'm back home from cleaning Ruth's house, it is time to go clean my own bathroom. Yeehaw!

Get dressed, people!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Getting Dressed on Sunday

This week is the Get Dressed Every Day challenge! My sister has pledged to join me in this, and will hopefully have the chance to post at least a few of her daily outfits. I'll do my best to post every day, as well.

Here is what I wore to church this morning:

 Merona dress - Target

(Ugh - I should have looked at the pics as my dear Hubby took them this morning. Then I could have had better ones! Oh well...)

Necklace - ummm....Walmart?

 Alfani leather jacket - thrifted
Handbag - thrifted

This is the wonderfully soft leather jacket I bought at Goodwill last week. It is easily my most favorite thing to wear now! I did let out the seams a bit at the sides to ease the fit somewhat, and discovered that sewing leather is even more of a challenge than sewing denim. My thimble worked hard!

 Sofft peep-toe pumps - thrifted

My feet have a bad habit of sliding forward in heeled shoes, especially ones with open toes. I found this package of No-Slips in the bottom of a dresser drawer when I switched out my summer and fall clothes a couple weeks ago. They really do work wonders! Not only did my feet stay put, thus eliminating the all-my-toes-are-squished-into-the-peep problem, but my feet also didn't hurt after walking around. Next time I'm at Dollar Tree, I'm going to see if they still have these and stock up.

As you may have guessed, I'm no longer wearing my fab red dress or favorite leather jacket. Once we got home, I changed into jeans and a flannel shirt. Certainly not noteworthy, and only slightly better than baggy sweats. But dressed! 

OK, you all, let's make an effort each day to put on an outfit that looks nice, is comfortable, uses more of our closet components and boosts our spirits. Get dressed every day!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

It's About Time!

It's finally getting cool enough out to wear boots and sweaters. Layers, how I've missed you! The afternoon did warm up enough that the sweater came off eventually, but it was sure nice to wear in the morning. I did some shopping in town - a Goodwill stop, of course, Hobby Lobby to look for wall art for the new porch, and Walmart for assorted necessaries. I'd planned to stop by Aldi's, too, but Walmart wore me out, so I went home instead.

 Van Heusen Studio shirt - thrifted
Next ♥ Era sweater - thrifted
Cecil pants (from Germany) - gifted

At Hobby Lobby, I found a couple of rustic metal wall art pieces that I like, but they were not on sale, so I decided wait to purchase anything. I did find a small metal sign at Walmart that reads "HOME" and bought it, along with some Command hangers. Sadly, it turns out that Command hangers do not work on vinyl siding. Now I am glad I didn't buy anything else to hang on the porch walls, because it looks like it won't be happening anyway. 

 Earrings - can't remember
Hmmm....I think a necklace would have looked nice with this.

Hey! There's a button on the sweater! Missed that...

Ciao Bella extended calf boots - eBay

While I admire the look of slim pants inside tall riding boots on others, I'm not completely convinced the look is right on me. These boots are wonderful, in that they fit my slightly-larger-than-most calves, but they are enough too tall that they tended to bunch at the bottom of the zipper a bit. And I will have to remember to use my special insoles next time. My feet were killing me by the time I got home. Stupid plantar fasciitis. Ruins all the fun with cute shoes! Next time, I will wear these boots with a skirt and tights. Less bulk inside might help.

This is what I brought home from Goodwill. After making the summer/fall wardrobe swap, I discovered the main elements missing are shirts and sweaters. It turns out that I have PLENTY of jeans! I can thank Goodwill for that happy fact. One thing I have hunted for at thrift stores for the past couple of years is a leather jacket, one that is soft & fluid, classically styled and will fit my narrow shoulders and short arms. Lo and behold, the Thrifting Fairies helped me find this lovely, almost-perfect black leather jacket! It fits perfectly except for when it's zipped, and then it's snug around my grammy-belly. I'm going to let out the side seams an inch or so and see if that allows enough ease.

These two plump orange fellas came home with me, too. Some Postman said two big pumpkins would look nice in the half barrels out front, instead of the mums I keep forgetting to buy. Walmart had dropped the price of their pumpkins by a dollar, so I bought two of similar size and shape. They do look rather nice in the half barrels. I wanted to make sure they didn't roll around the back seat with my crazy tired woman driving, so hence, the seatbelts. My friend Grammy Goodwill asked if I had named the pumpkins...I had not, but am now considering proper monikers for the gourds. Any suggestions?

Monday, October 14, 2013

Playing Catch-up and An Idea That's Been Floating Around in my Head

While I did take a couple of outfit photos last week, I never got around to posting them. Rather than do individual posts on those - and risk getting further behind - I'll write one post now and be all caught up. Here goes!

Last Sunday's Matronly Outfit:

 Shirt - LWML Store
Xhileration jacket - Target
Skirt - Dressbarn

 Teapot pin - thrifted

 Born Mary Janes - thrifted

Sarah Coventry ring - thrifted
(yard sale find from two weeks ago)

Last Sunday was our annual LWML Sunday at church, so I wore my only LWML shirt. I think it would have looked better paired with something else, as it turns out, but hey, not every outfit has to be perfect. This was comfortable, although boring.

A few days later....

What I Wore to Meet my Bestie for a Day Out:

 Arizona Flannel Shirt - JCP
Cecil pants (from Germany!) - hand-me-down

 Scarf - Maurice's

 Watch - thrifted
(from yard sale two weeks ago)

Mossimo Western Boots - Target

This outfit was, at least in my eyes, much more appealing than the first one. It was comfortable, casual, yet not dowdy. The watch ended up staying home. On my way out the door, it fell off my wrist twice! The clasp just couldn't stay together. (Most likely the reason why it was put in someone's yard sale.) Later, my husband worked some sort of magic on it and now it should hold, although I have not yet given it a try. 

Yesterday's Church Outfit:

 Twenty-One Dress - thrifted

 l.e.i. Booties - Walmart

Earrings - thrifted
Necklace - JCP or Target (can't remember which!)

I was going to wear leggings with this tunic/dress, but they didn't want to stay tucked inside the booties, and I think it looks goofy to have them hovering above. So tights it was, instead. Isn't it neat how the necklace and earrings match, despite being purchased seperately? Maybe the earrings originally were purchased at the same store the necklace came from. But they sure didn't come as a set, wherever it was I bought the necklace.

Yes, I did get my hair cut again. It was just too much work having the sides longer and not layered. Shorter layers are just so much easier for me to "do". Most of the time, air drying after a combing is enough styling. When I was young, I didn't mind spending half an hour in the bathroom fiddling with my hair, but nowadays, I'd rather spend my time on other things.

Did you notice a different background in the last pictures? Yep, those were taken out in our new screened-in porch! It's nearly finished, but I've already been enjoying it. It won't be long and the weather will limit our use of the porch, but I plan to use it as much as possible until then.

And now for that idea that's been bouncing around my little old pea-brain....

Last week, I stored away my summer clothes and brought out my fall/winter ones. As I sorted, culled and freshened everything, I realized that I don't utilize my wardrobe all that well, despite this blog. (This blog's goal was to get me out of baggy sweats and old flannel shirts.) I find myself wearing "decent outfits" only on Sundays or days I go out, rather than every day. And so I thought I'd challenge myself to wear a "real" outfit every single day for an entire week. After all, you never know when someone is going to knock on the front door. How embarrassing to be seen still wearing your workout gear, long after the workout was over - or never happened, as is more often the case. I'm glad I put on a nearly complete outfit today, since a neighbor knocked on my door today. No accessories, but at least I'm wearing real pants (the brown ones in the second outfit above) and a knit shirt and moccasins. Not only will wearing something nice keep me from hiding behind the door, but it might improve my self-image, confidence, etc.

Anyone care to join me in this quest? It will be next week, October 20-26. Let's call the challenge "Get Dressed Every Day", shall we? 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Sale Away!

Have I mentioned before how much I love to go to yard sales? It's right up there with poking around thrift stores, in my book! And perusing clearance racks. Finding a treasure for a song makes my heart go pitty-patter.

This past Saturday, I drove to a nearby town for their annual fall city-wide yard sales. It was wonderbar! The first sale I stopped at must have had some rare treasures, based on the prices. I did not buy a single thing there! A couple houses down the block, however, not only were the prices extra-cheap, but the stuff was fabulous! My arms were so loaded, I could barely waddle back to my car. I found very little else after that, but the thrill of the hunt spurred me onward.

Here's a sampling of the delightful goodies I brought home with me:

There was more, but I tossed the clothing items in the washer before I thought to take a picture. Some of these things are for me to keep and enjoy, while others will be listed for sale in my Etsy shop. More than likely, this was the last Saturday of yard sales for the season, so I'll have to satisfy my hankering for thrifting by visiting second-hand stores over the next several months.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Trial and Error

When I saw this skirt at the monthly sale at the Catholic church thrift sale, I fell in love with the colors. It's a good thing it only cost a quarter, because this was the one and only time I'll ever wear it. It will get donated back and someone else can give it a go. While I love the look of long skirts on others, on me it manages to look dowdy. My short roundness is probably the issue. It's challenging to put a little teapot, short and stout, into a cozy made for an iced tea pitcher.

 Lucy & Laurel shirt - thrifted
Chaus skirt - thrifted
Scarf - unsure
Boots - thrifted

I suppose I could simply whack off a foot of this skirt and hem it to the right length for my teapot self, but another issue I discovered once I slid into the front seat of the car -- slick polyester fabric in a wrap skirt is not the best idea! I had to hang onto the front of the skirt or risk scaring everyone with my lily white legs. Yes, a pin strategically placed would hold that wayward flap in check, but I'm just not convinced this skirt is worth all the effort. The colors are great, but that's about the only thing it has going for it. I will say, however, that Chaus must be a fairly good quality brand, seeing as the stripes are matched so well at the seams.

There were other issues with this outfit, also. I'm not convinced this was the best shirt choice to go with the skirt, but it was the only option in my closet other than a t-shirt, which would have been more wrong. And the scarf? Worn like this, it looks like a paperback cover on a Westward-ho dime novel. But wearing it the normal way didn't feel right to me, either. And the boots? They are the one item that looks right with the skirt - but my feet hurt in them, despite the insoles. Thankfully there is a wonderfully comfortable pair of brown cowgirl boots in my closet. I might not need to replace the black ones if I get rid of them. Maybe.

Nope. This outfit just didn't work right.