Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A night on the town

We went out. I wore this. I had a cardigan with me, but I didn't put it on because, well, I'm still on vacation windydesertland. But I had it, so I guess I have to count it in the cost thing.

I was also wearing four inch heels - these nine west cuties with the tie-up-the-ankle thing. They're surprisingly comfortable, which is a good thing because our brief stroll from showtime to dinnertime ended up being about 45 minutes. Which is fine given I was, as they say in medifastian, off plan for a couple of days.

45 minutes on the crowded hot streets gave me plenty of time to observe just how damn many people wear clothes that are summery and too small. I'm not talking about 19 year olds in skimpy mini skirts. I'm talking about grown up ladies wearing tank tops and shorts that just...don't fit. What is that? I mean, I know we're all fucked about sizes and stuff (I always wore clothes a bit too big myself) but damn, that look is so unflattering. It was all I could do not to pull people aside and tell them they need to go a size up and they would look and feel ten times better. But what do I know?

Okay, so, thrifted:
  • Nylon black boat neck with rosette on the collar $4
  • Pretty paris skirt - ivories, black, brown, a little burgundy $7
  • Nine west strappy heels $6
  • Bangles $4
  • Sheer brown/ beige scarf $1
  • Brown clip ons 50 cents
Not thrifted:
  • Anthro gold slim belt $28
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • Ummm, nothing? What do you think?
  • It is so so so weird that I was comfortable wearing a form fitting top all night. I am not used to that. Nice.
Total outfit cost: $51

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A summer dress

Yes. A summer dress is on me. Wherein which the knees are visible. Under the shirtlet, it is sleeveless. And you know what? All is just fine. I got this dress at the Berkeley Rep costume sale for $2. It's nothing special, really. But swingy and comfortable and fun. Right? And the hem is actually (I think on purpose) uneven which makes it either interesting or fucked up depending on your pov. I like. Yay for unbelievably hot weather demanding I try something new.

  • Black swingy dress $2
  • Cowboy shirtlet $4
  • No Boundaries black patent leather low platform pumps/ankle straps $7
  • "A" necklace $2
Not thrifted: NOT ONE DAMN THING.

What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • Now I know that old cowboy boots would be too matchy with the cowboy shirtlet...but damn what I wouldn't give for some boots! But, I'm on vacation and brought no boots.
Total outfit cost: $15. WHOA.


I'm on a little mini-vacation. I am dressing like a lady on vacation. Leisure wear. Comfortable in invisible fire weather outside, but not chattering my teeth inside the giant hotel refrigerator.

I'm off my normally AWESOME photo-taking game and somehow could only take a photograph sitting down. Bah.

  • Black/white/red polka dot shirt $4
  • Ivory linen slacks $7
  • Silver chain belt $2
Not thrifted:
  • Black maryjane wedges with a bow on them $17
  • What Time Is It Deer Watch Necklace, Modcloth, $25
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • You know, I felt super comfortable in this get up, but also like I was put together.
  • It looks fine here. But, for sure, I am a lady with hips and breasteses and a belly. And when you wear clothes that fit (and not too many of them), that shows. I live in a climate where layers are necessary, so being here on vacation where layers are like blankets in hell, it's sort of impossible not to just get okay with a minimum of clothes. Which is weird for me and challenging in a little tiny unimportant in the scheme of the world way. Since I just don't think I'm gonna lose much more weight, I'm making my peace with all my round parts. Part of that peace is not trying to disguise the bumpy bits (which I think do without thinking in cooler weather). Blah blah blah. The End.
Total outfit cost $45

P.S. Stay tuned for tomorrow in which I wear a summery sleeveless dress. BOLD. AGAIN.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Jeans and heels

Yeah, I'm trying that. Right here. See? you don't have to wait til the end...No. I don't like it. But, can I really wear a skirt, tshirt, and cardigan every day of my life forever with only the excitement of boots alternating with heeled maryjanes to shake shit up? More importantly, can I blawg about tshirts, skirts, and cardigans forever? Hmmm. Drama right here in cardiganland. Maybe that's why the sullen expression?

  • Sheer swiss dot collared shirt $4
  • White t-shirt $2
  • Floods. I mean jeans. $9
  • Bronze braided belt $2
Not thrifted:
  • Cool fancy brown and silver shoes $20 (But, turns out, 30 mins is the limit on the shoes so they were a waste of dough, boo)
  • Mess o old necklacey things $0
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • Oh gawd. What WOULDN'T I change? The overall result is that I look very thick in the middle areas there. Blech. Also, short legs.
  • However. I do like my eye makeup. See-able in the awesome and accidental action shot below.
Total outfit cost: $37

Thursday, June 23, 2011

I'm that woman who wears a cape!

Yeah. I'm wearing a freaking cape. Not so much like a superhero cape. More like a crazy / kooky / eccentric lady.

But it is an awfully cute cape, right? Really, it's a capelet. It's from ModCloth, which is pretty much the only place I buy NEW clothes on the rare occasions when I do buy new instead of thrift. In fact, while I was in the middle of this diet situation I've been on, I created a wish list there for when I hit 100 lbs gone. I thought I was gonna go on a mad shopping spree! But, no. Perfectly happy with my thrift spree instead. I still keep the list though! Cuz you never know when that ship will come in.

  • Orange Ann Taylor tank from twin set $4
  • Flowery metal bracelet $2
  • Merona greens/beige/black/orange pleated skirt (gifted from Allison, but previously thrifted) $0
  • Orange/red clipons $2
Not thrifted:
  • Not Rated Honey Bee low-heeled flowery pump $0, cuz of having had them forever (see pic below)
  • ModCloth Cape May by Aryn K very lightweight capelet $46
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • Not sure if I matched (not too matchy) everything quite right. But overall, fun! Like!
Total outfit cost: $54 (still thrifty even with the storebought capelet!)

P.S. Close up of the cutest shoes. Mine are old and semi-wrecked (as usual!):

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

100% ILGWU-made polyester!

Is Montgomery Wards still around? I'm not sure why I think all my bestest polyester should be from Wards. Maybe because JC Penney is too fancy. And Sears - not fancy enough.

  • Fairfield Separates light blue and white striped button up skirt $6
  • White tshirt $3
  • Embroidered western style button up shirt $14
  • Vintage white plastic flower choker/necklace $14
  • Beat up brown cowboy boots $10
  • Fake leather, cheap ass brown belt with horse-ish buckle $2
Not thrifted: Nothing! Ha ha!

What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • Not in love with the boots with this. I just couldn't figure out what dang kind of shoes to wear.
  • I added a ahort brown cardigan. Hey, it was nippy out where I live!
Total outfit cost: $49

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

This is different

Check it, I'm wearing a dress. A long dress. Maybe not a revolutionary stretch, but different from the daily uniform of tshirt/skirt/cardigan/boots.

  • Totally rad Olivia Rose polyester white long sleeveless dress, the kind that you can imagine hanging in the window at Montgomery Wards in 1971. $9
  • Brown Nine West ankle strap heels with a strap that ties up, I don't know what that is called $6
  • Butter Tsesay cashmere cardigan $7
  • Brown fake leather wide belt $2
  • Plastic bracelets $3
  • 1962 Seattle World's Fair scarf $1
  • Blue plastic clip ons $2
Not thrifted: Hey! Nothing! Right on!

What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • I don't love this looks-wise, but it was a super comfortable getup. I felt kind of polished in it. I never feel polished. So there's that.
  • I do like the belt outside the cardigan. Thanks to the reader who suggested that!
Total outfit cost: $30

P.S. You can click on the picture if you wanna see a closeup for some reason (??)
P.P.S. If anyone in my family is reading this, don't I look like Megan?

So, this is a thing

This isn't exactly breaking news, but y'know...people are really fucked up about fatness.

I've spent a certain amount of time hanging around people losing weight and actually losing weight myself during the past year. Combine that with the amount of time I've spent actually being fat(ter), and you get to see a lot of shitty shit about weight.

Most of it is ugly and unfortunate and unhelpful. Also, stupid. I've developed a few observational theory type myth-y things. This is one of them:

>> Fat people think that thin people don't eat candy bars. <<

Let me explain. It's really kooky.

So, fat people beat themselves up for eating. Anything, really. The universe has told us that we are not allowed to eat anything good without feeling shitty. Like, you know, eating a piece of pie is "bad." Eating celery is "good."

So far, not so bad. It gets stupid fast.

You see, the universe has told us that (only) fat people are addicted to food. Thin people aren't (unless you have bulimia or anorexia, lucky! GEEZUS, JUST KIDDING.). According to every external message, we have some sort of sickness that makes us like macaroni and cheese (I know, right? we are AWFUL!). We "reward" ourselves with food. We have an "unhealthy" relationship with food (in that we, uhh, like it). And because we like food, we are bad. We are damaged. We have something wrong with us that is self destructive. Otherwise we wouldn't keep eating food would we? Etc. Etc. Lifetime movie ensues in which we dig around and find some boring crap from childhood to explain our "addiction to food." Blah blah blah boo hoo blah blah blah.

This is the dumbest pile of shit I ever heard. Dudes. Everyone is addicted to food. You know why? Because it tastes good. And you know why else? Because we need it to survive. AKA, I'm also addicted to AIR. So are you. ETC.

And good gawd, EVERYONE rewards themselves with food. We go out to dinner for our anniversaries. Uhh, hello, birthday cake!! Everyone. Please.

You know what's even crazier? Skinny people sometimes buy a candy bar at walgreens and they eat it without a lot of fuss. IN THEIR CAR. IN SECRET!!! Cookies too. Also, pizza. In fact, I saw with my own eyes some skinny people eating pizza LAST NIGHT. I wonder what deep emotional need they were REALLY feeding with that pizza?

So, yeah. Skinny people aren't "good" and fat people aren't "bad." But somewhere along the line that became the deal. I hate that for a lot of reasons. One is that fat people seem to believe it. They (we) believe that we have some sort of sickness.

The truth is that we walk into this life with a bunch of assets - a good sense of humor, an ability to draw horses, good speller, shiny hair. And we get a bunch of shitty stuff too - a short temper, hairy calves, thin skin, and a slow metabolism. Yay on the good, bummer on the bad. Work with what you got. Improve the shitty as best you can and capitalize on the assets. We all just do our best.

Food making you fat? Eat less of it. Bummer. It's just fat. It's not some moral depravity. Move on.

The other thing I hate about this pathology of fatness thing? It makes you dwell, well, too much. It puts you in the middle of some dramatic movie starring you! And your childhood! Also, maybe, your mother! Some family history! Self-hatred! And so much more. Sometimes -SOMETIMES, PEOPLE, it's real and there is some terrible crap hanging out in your emotional closet and you need to deal with it and not, as they say, eat your feelings. But so much of the, no. We've just swallowed the plot line whole and keep repeating it over and over.

The sad, really, sad part of this is that when you take in what the world has told you for too sinks in. You believe it. You believe you're bad somehow. You run low on confidence. You think people around you have some secret you lack. They aren't "sick" or "pathetic" like you - if they were, they'd be fat too! You actually believe that you are in fact the loser the world has told you you are.

And when I say "the world" or "the universe" as a deliverer of messages I'm not talking (just) about tv and movies and what have you. I'm also talking about people. Your friends. Your fam. The people you see on the bus. etc. If anyone ever thought that their internal thinking about fat people wasn't showing in their eyes - I'm here to say: Nope. It shows. I heard ya! Loud and clear!

But, me, actually, whatever - I'm fine! I am super duper lucky. I have confidence and pluckiness and happy-ness for an army - always have. My weight was just never anything that mattered much to me, my goals, my life. I heard people's judge-y messages but preferred not to let 'em get me (MOST of the time). But, man, I might be alone on that one. So, so so many of the people I've run in to in this whole weight loss thing...not so lucky. It breaks my heart. Perfectly great people who are running around all fucked up inside because they believe everything the world has worked real hard to tell them. Such a waste of time - of life, sheesh.

Look, obesity - it's a problem. Of course. Especially this crazy childhood obesity stuff. I effing hate crappy fast foods, and all that kind of stuff AND I think most kids ought to have the amazing good fortune to play spud out in the street until it's dark (and don't come home before then, dammit).

But for grownups - somehow we gotta figure out how to separate the 10% real true health message from the 90% judge-y message. Cuz the health message gets buried in the other stuff. And the other stuff? It fucks people up in ways that are maybe worse than the health stuff in terms of contributing to the world and living happy, productive, engaged lives. That stuff matters. Probably as much as the health care stuff.

Okay, shutting up. FOR NOW. I have other Very Important things to think about. Like thrift store outfits.

Monday, June 20, 2011

$210 skirt

This dang skirt still had the price tag on it - from Saks, $210. Silly, silly.

In other news, did you know that you can click on the photo to see it bigger? You can. Click on it. Then click again to zoom (IF YOU MUST).

  • Walter skirt $4
  • Ivory t-shirt $4
  • Esprit lambswool collared cardigan $7
  • Chunky heel brown boots $7
  • Ivory pearly clipons .50 cents
  • Metal flowery bracelet $2
Not thrifted
  • ModCloth Paris-themed clocket (watch locket) $20
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • Umm, nothing. Is that possible? Should I change something? I don't know!
Total outfit cost: $44.50

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Important meeting outfit!

I had an important meeting today to meet some prospective new members of the family. Dress to impress, but don't try too hard. Sensible shoes. Show flair but don't overwhelm. Reek of responsibility and warmth.

  • Odille indigo tight at the top, swingy at the bottom knee-length skirt $4
  • Beat up old brown cowboy boots $10
  • Brown tshirt with dandelions on it $4
  • Man's white tux shirt $4
  • White acrylic 8th grade style cardigan $2
  • Brown clip ons 50 cents
Not thrifted:
  • This Belt is a Shoe-In (brown horse-themed belt), ModCloth, $26
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • I played with the belt a lot and in different places. It ended up lower on the waist.
  • I have noted that my legs are quite white. I will henceforth wear sunglasses before looking at them to avoid becoming snowblind.
Total outfit cost: $50.50

P.S. Who was I meeting? These guys! We're thinking of taking them home...but haven't quite decided. They liked the outfit though!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Your life in cardigans?

I'm getting bored with me. How about you? No. Really. How about you? Send me a photograph of YOUR life in cardigans (thrifted, found, or made, natch) and describe your get up per my daily list (like the one below). Okay? Okay.

Meanwhile, thrifted:
  • Christie & Jill silk/cotton crimson cardigan $4
  • Sheer polyester ruffly blouse with ivory bricabrac trim $4
  • Cream tshirt $4
  • Black, grey, tan, cream plaid skirt $5
  • Woven black belt $2
  • Beat up old brown cowboy boots $10
Not thrifted:
  • ModCloth Paris-themed clocket (watch locket) $20
  • Tan knee socks $0
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • Something was wrong in the belt area. Eventually I removed the belt and buttoned my cardigan there and all was well.
Total outfit cost $49

Friday, June 17, 2011

Not a capelet kind of day

Today's wardrobe agenda included a capelet. But the lovely summer weather required that I invoke the universal law of capes and capelets and not fucking wear one during brilliant sunshine. I'm saving that situation for a foggier day.

Instead, we're balancing out yesterday's little bit country with today's rock n roll. Like an adult contemporary radio station!

  • Ramones tshirt $4
  • Koret of California heavy white polyester shirt $7
  • Mudd chunky heel black boots $10
  • Gray denim pencil skirt $7
  • "A" necklace $2
  • Cute little clip-ons $2
Not thrifted:
  • Really old leopard print tights $0
  • Really old fake leather and silver punky belt $0
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • I dunno. Nothing? Maybe not cut my head off in the photo? Maybe not be so whiteface with ye ol makeups?
Total outfit cost: $32

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A little bit country

Really, I'm more rock n roll. I think. Whatever.

  • Long Ka Wi faux denim cotton shirt with little stuffed strawberries on it $4
  • White tank $4
  • Shaver Lake red faux denim skirt $7
  • Beat up old brown cowboy boots $10
Not thrifted:
  • This Belt is a Shoe-In (brown horse-themed belt), ModCloth, $26
  • Chain with my mementos of my folks on it $0
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • Well, the outfit included a jacket. That I took off. Because I saw a photo. Ta da!
Total outfit cost $51

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Ladylike, that's me!

I never ever would have thought of this outfit but damn I really dig it (Alice, again). Girly and ladylike but still professional. The collared shirt with the belt and pearls reminds of one my most important fashion and life influences: Murphy Brown. But I don't think she ever would have worn these heels. They were fun and comfortable all day. I've had them for awhile but didn't know how to wear them. This totally worked for me!

  • Sheer swiss dot collared shirt $4
  • Pale moss green t-shirt $4
  • Odille golden full-ish awesome cotton skirt $5
  • Mess-o-pearls $5
  • Chunky stone greenish clip ons $2
  • Bangles $3
Not thrifted:
  • ModCloth Paris-themed clocket (watch locket) $20
  • Old gold/leather belt $0
  • Diesel Neveau t-strap spectators in moss/pale green/lavender $35 (the most I've spent on a pair of shoes in a reeeallly long time... and they were marked down a LOT. But dudes, these shoes. THESE SHOES. You can see close up photos of them here.
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • I'm shortwaisted. And the belt - well, it's basically under my breastiful areas in a way that's not particularly flattering.
  • Still...I like it. It reminds me a little of Ralph Lauren ads in the 80s.
Total outfit cost:$78

P.S. Were you wondering "where's that cute dog Cotton?" Here she is! Photo op!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I love this outfit

I do. I do. This cardigan has been hanging around for awhile and it took Alice's genius to find it a home.

  • Cabi embroidered cotton cardigan $7
  • Polyester sleeveless top $4
  • Evan Picone tweedy tans/greens pencil skirt $6
  • Cheap bracelets $5
  • Pretty little pink clip-ons $2
  • Thin brown belt $5
  • Gold sheer scarf for headband $1
Not thrifted:
  • Seychelles orange high heeled mary janes $20
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • Should I have worn a necklace or scarf?
  • I alternated wearing the belt outside the cardi and inside all day. Indecision.
Total outfit cost: $50

Ten (MORE) foods that me and my new (old) clothes can't live without

A bit ago I wrote a post about diet-y foods I can't live without. You can find that post here. Turns out, there are MORE. And lest you think I'm making bank recommending products, I'm not. I'm not opposed to that, but that's not the dealio here.

I should note that I love vegetables. All of them. But, except for arugula, I haven't listed them in my food lists cuz they're kind of duh - as in "duh, eating steamed kale and roasted broccoli is healthy." And also, duh, I like them. I'm only listing here what I think of as the helper foods. The stuff that goes with the delicious vegetables. I never really ate any of these things before because, well, I kind of hate this kind of food. It's all processed and chemical-ly. Totally not my thing. I'm working on that little pile of hypocrisy, but that's a post for another day.

In no particular order:

1. Lightlife Buffalo Wings. The non-breaded kind. They're veg, maybe vegan, not sure. I use the whole package (220 calories, 6g fat, 12g carbs), toss them with arugula, and make a dressing out of nonfat greek yogurt, Laughing Cow Lite blue cheese, and a splash of nonfat milk. Really, really good!

2. Fat free, sugar free Jell-o instant pudding, especially pistachio. Now, listen up. I don't mix the pudding like the box says. I only use about HALF the non-fat milk they recommend. And then I substitute plain ol' water for the rest. It works, and is even lower calorie.

3. Salsa verde. Basically, any kind. Homemade, store-bought, whatever. I also like red salsa of all kinds but salsa verde is my girl. My favorite meal at the Little River Inn for the past ten months has been a child size grilled chicken breast with a huge pile of romaine, all mixed up with warm salsa verde. Delish!

4. Nonfat cottage cheese. Goes good with jell-o. Goes good with salsa. Goes good all by itself.

5. Lite coconut milk. A tablespoon or two of this mixed with some curry and/or PB2 (powdered low cal peanut butter, described here) and/or veggie broth over tofu and vegetables completely satisfies my need for indian and thai food. And sometimes I add it to pudding. Or to non-fat non-dairy whipped topping

6. Diet grapefruit soda and gin. Aka gin and juice. I rarely drink hard liquor, but when I am playing croquet on the great lawn on a summer afternoon, this tastes delightful. It's a greyhound, pretty much. So refreshing! Also, classy!

7. Ceviche. When everyone is digging into cheese enchiladas, I have ceviche. No chips. I order a salad to go with and it and toss it all together. Whatever. It works.

8. Sugar free maple syrup. On my veggie sausage and with my Medifast pancake. Sometimes I mix it with my non-dairy non-fat whipped topping. Oh I know how to live.

9. Sugar free Jell-o. It's not that it is so yummy. It's just sort of refreshing and sweet in a pinch. Some flavors taste ass-ier than others though. I like peach, cherry, and strawberry banana. I have an idea that I'm going to mix them with lite coconut milk but I haven't done so yet.

10. Nonfat, non dairy whipped topping. I really don't want to know what it's made of. I just get the generic brand. I put it on jell-o or pudding. It's not awful tasting.

Monday, June 13, 2011

My, you know, "influences."

Some people start a blawg because they know something, and then there are people like ME who don't and sort of just do it for, well, other reasons. I don't know a fucking thing about fashion. I am so shameless that I am learning very very publicly and am happy to say as much. I learn more when I just say hey wtf?

One person that I say wtf to is my friend Alice. She is so beautiful, so stylish, so very right on when it comes to color and shape and detail and what suits a body. I wish I could see through her eyes. She lets me in, a little, when she comes over and looks at my clothes and picks out my outfits. It's just so not stuff I've ever thought about and her odd observations and precise selections rock. I'm going to start a new thing called, "YOUR life in cardigans," and she is first up if her modesty allows.

All that to say: Alice came over and picked out a week in outfits. So fun! I wish this late night photo did this outfit justice. I PROMISE to take the rest of the week's photos during goddamn daylight.

  • Grey denim pencil skirt $7
  • Plaid red/black sleeveless ruffle blouse $4
  • Black silk cardigan $7
  • Black tank $4
  • No Boundaries black patent leather low platform pumps/ankle straps $7
  • Mess o' pearls $4
  • Pearl/jewel clip ons $2
Not thrifted: Nothing, ha ha ha!

What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • I don't know. This was my happiest getup in my clothes night with Alice, but I think the light and my cleavage are fucking with my head. Also, the amount of wine I drank at two diff events might also not be so helpful.
Total outfit cost: $35

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Good jeans

I think it's impossible to find the right jeans. They're all mom jeans, or baggy in all the wrong places, or not the right color, or whatever. But! I kind of like these! They're kind of shiny and fake looking and I like shiny fake things. Always.

  • Shiny fake jeans $7
  • Random white t-shirt $2
  • Sheer cowboy watercolor print blouse $5
  • Christie & Jill silk/cotton crimson cardigan $4
  • Beat up old brown cowboy boots $10
  • Fake leather, cheap ass brown belt with horse-ish buckle $2
  • Blue plastic clip ons $2
Not thrifted:
  • ModCloth Paris-themed clocket (watch locket) $20
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
Total outfit cost: $52

Saturday, June 11, 2011


I am wearing gold/orange tights in this picture. Sort of Oompa Loompa orange, actually. Hey, I was taking a stab at the color thing. I'm sorry that I'm taking this photo at night, in the beautiful golden unnatural light of my trailer so you can't actually appreciate my boldness. TRUST ME. I'M THE BOLDEST.

Also, exhausted. Long day.

  • White stretchy/embellishedy turtleneck $5
  • Mod graphic print nylon skirt $4
  • Vibram mid-calf lace up boots $24
  • Bangles $4
  • Clipon pretties $2
Not thrifted:
  • The mister's gold grandpa cardigan $0
  • Locket from the mister $0
  • Goldish tights from ModCloth $14
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • I kind of hate this whole thing. But that may be the crankiness of my sleepiness talking.
Total outfit cost: $55

Friday, June 10, 2011

Yeah, that's a bow. As in "bow and arrow."

Don't let the bow over there to the left of my head distract you from today's get up! Yes, I read The Hunger Games. Yes, I would like to be Katniss Everdeen. Until then, I will settle for being a thrifty ceo innkeeper.

  • Black, grey, tan, cream plaid skirt $5
  • Banana Republic ivory t-shirt $2
  • Black silk cardigan with beaded neckline $7
  • Mudd chunky heel boots $10
  • Bracelets $2
  • Pearls n stuff $3
  • Vintage clip-ons $2
Not thrifted:
  • Oversized cream/brown ruffly shirt $0, old, never worn!
  • Black patent leather wide belt $5
  • Target black fishnets $7
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • Please allow me to bore you with this statement one more fucking time: I could use another color on this outfit. See my daring addition of a reddish bracelet? Like that.
  • Other than that, fine! I realllllllly like the short tight sweater with the long and busy blouse. If I'd put a long/bigger cardigan there, I think it would have been too lumpy and big which I saw happen in other outfits. Whoa. I feel like I'm learning things from this blog/the photos/the comments just like I hoped I would! Thank you!
Total outfit cost: $43

I cut my bangs with pinking shears!

Thursday June 9, 2011 - How's about that for getting that jaggedy look? Resourceful, right? Maybe that's what everyone does, though, and I just don't know.

I had seen this picture on this blog - it's the kind of blog with lovely, clever people doing beautiful things, documented by a non-shitty camera. Anyway, I thought it was cool. So I tried it ("it" being a checked shirt with a flowered skirt). Not bad!

  • Kingsport sixties boy's polyester/cotton red, white, & blue checked shirt $4
  • Beat-up old cowboy boots $10
  • Brown fake leather belt $2
  • Child's cheap necklace, ha ha, $1
Not thrifted:
  • Homemade skirt from scrap fabric (by me!) $0
    (Pattern from Sew Serendipity, this skirt is the one on the cover)
  • Knee socks $0. Oldness.
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the picture:
  • Can we really call this an outfit? I mean, it's a shirt and a skirt. Stretching it.
Total outfit cost: $17

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Now starring Cotton!

My colleague Heather likes this whole getup best this week, so far. But that's cuz she ain't yet seen tomorrow.

My girl Cotton insisted on getting in on the action today. She is way prettier, way sweeter, and way skinnier than me but if you can tear your eyeballs away from her loveliness, here's what's going on...

  • Beige cross-hatch pattern cardigan $4
  • Harlene golden polyester sleeveless mock turtleneck $3
  • Brown polyester a-line skirt $6
  • Vintage Crearione Serica Lariana horse and chariot silk scarf $2
  • Orangey-brown wide woven belt $2
  • Plastic and bakelite bangles $5
Not thrifted:
  • Bad-ass vaguely gladiator-ish (which I HATE usually) platform laceup sandals. They have a silly zipper on the heel. I got them on super sale at Anthropologie for $29.
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • I love the colors, but something isn't right. Maybe the sweater is hiding the outfit too much? Maybe the scarf is too much?
Total outfit cost: $51

P.S. The second appearance of the now world-famous dreadlock side bun. Or, as Heather called it, the partial-leia.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Cardigan weather!

Dang, I just looked at the weather report and all I saw was sunshine for the next eleventyninety days. And not a day above 60! Oh I know that's freezing to a lot of people, but it's just cardigan weather to me, yay. Today's black and white striped tights just might be the last for a while. Speaking of which...

  • Embellished shrug sweater $6
  • Miss Dorby red and white polka dot dress $9
  • Mudd chunky heel black boots $10
  • Black tank top $2
  • Sweater guard (chain holding the bolero together) $12
Not thrifted:
  • Black n white striped tights $8
  • Old black belt $0
  • What Time Is It Deer Watch Necklace, Modcloth, $25
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photos:
  • Meh. Cute dress. I look lumpy.
  • GEEZUS. Black, white, and red. I must stop. Bah.
Total outfit cost: $72

Monday, June 6, 2011

I should have said yes!

The mister said, hey do you want me to take your picture and I said no, I can use the bathroom mirror. Ha ha. The bathroom vintage cloudy mirror with nighttime light. Ha ha. I'M NOT THIS ORANGE.

  • Original Airport Company ivory lambswool cardigan with white beading $5
  • Evelyn Grace orangey cashmere sleeveless turtleneck $6
  • Sheer ivory scarf used as belt $1
  • Lux wool brown, magenta, orange and ivory polka dot skirt $6
  • Beat-up old cowboy boots $10
  • Pearls and stuff $3
Not thrifted:
  • Old tights $0
  • Old ivory knee socks $0
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • Oh my gawd, I was too hot. I mean, it's freaking rainy in June here, but still...too hot.
  • The belt wasn't working for me. I switched to a wider belt and then added another slim gold belt. I dunno.
Total outfit cost: $31

Saturday, June 4, 2011


The skirt is the Item Of The Day - brown, ivory, greens, and gold print with stitching and such. I did it Alice-style with a too-big shirt belted. I like!

  • Kenar print cotton skirt $7
  • Skalar suede manjacket $17
  • Cordoba wrecked up boots $1
  • Mess-o-pearls $3
Not thrifted:
  • Old, too-big green white and ivory western style shirt with pearl snaps $0 (onaccountof oldness)
  • Old gold/leather belt $0 (see previous)
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the picture:
  • The picture you're seeing was the first photo - a mistake - before I'd fixed the collar. This one is when the pearls were strangling me and my shirt. But after I fixed it, not so interesting. So I re-fucked-up the collar. Ta-da!
Total outfit cost: $28

Friday, June 3, 2011

I don't think I can wear full skirts.

I was trying to build an outfit around this dear little tie. I love ties. I love manclothes on ladies, especially when paired with something super girly. Like a gold party skirt. Hey I tried!

  • Esprit lambswool collared cardigan $7
  • Polyester manshirt $4
  • Ralph Lauren gold silk full skirt $6
  • Brown fake leather belt with burnished gold horsy buckle $2
  • Brown and cream tie $1
  • Brown mid-calf Dingo boots $20
  • Plastic/bakelite bracelets $4
  • Jewely pearly vintage clip-ons $2
Not thrifted:
  • Old knee socks $0
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • There's something just not right about this whole getup. I feel like if I had more time today I could fix it. I just look awfully thick I think. Maybe a different cardigan? Maybe if I wear a full skirt, I need to not be so layeredy on top? I don't know. Do you?
Total outfit cost: $46

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Yes, I do have a new camera. It's cheap but better than my phone.

Special item of the day: this red and white striped jacket. It's a little, I dunno, french mixed with suburban nineties. I think. I have no idea about anything, so I'm just guessing here.

  • Live A Little red/white striped cotton cropped jacket $7
  • Random white tank $3
  • Black with tiny pinhead white polka dots straight lined skirt $5
  • Red/white/tan/black tapestry belt w/silver buckle $2
  • Vintage wooden bead clip on earrings $2
  • Mudd chunky heel black boots $10
  • Golden bangles $2
Not thrifted:
  • Black lace tights $7
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • Red/black/white is sooooo boring. I need another color. Like more of the goldy yellow in the bangles.
Total outfit cost: $38

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

As of today, I have lost 98 pounds

I am *trying* not to shop anymore. Even though it's only thrift, it still adds up and I can honestly say that I don't need a single goddamn thing. Instead, I'm trying to make sure that I actually wear everything that's already in my closet. It's sort of impossible to believe that I have so many options. Before, I had about nine things that I basically rotated around. Most of them were black. It was a fine way to live!

Now, with all these clothings, it's challenging to figure shit out, easy to forget what I have, and a little irresistible to just wear what I've already worn. I'm trying something new in which I choose one thing that I haven't worn and build an outfit around it. Today's thing is this white and lime green toile cotton jacket. I love toile! And I love lime green. Am trying not to be obvious and do some Ladies Garden party outfit with a lot of white and all that.

  • The Tog Shop white/lime green toile cotton jacket $7
  • Random white cotton tank $3
  • Merrill 40s black wool pencil skirt $20
  • Vibram mid-calf lace up boots $24
  • Sheer black with gold stripes nylon scarf $1
  • Black/gold jewely clipons $2
Not thrifted:
  • Leopard skin tights $0 (they're old)
  • Anthropologie thin gold belt $28
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • I think it needs a wider belt.
  • In theory this is a crazy time outfit: lime green toile, leopard skin tights, striped scarf. But in reality, it's kind of conservative. Or maybe that's just cuz of my blurry photo skills. Or maybe my crazytime gauge is permanently on the blink.
Total outfit cost: $85