Friday, December 30, 2011

Ginger and Spice

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Top: Old Navy, NWT/GW ($3), Jeans: Anthro/GW ($6), Wedges: GW ($3), Bag: Fossil/GW ($4)

TOTAL: $16

We snapped these pics on the patio of a Thai restaurant called Ginger and Spice where we grabbed some delicious grub on a rare solo date night (and by “solo,” I mean just my husband and I…no baby…we don’t call it a date night if we do things by ourselves separately…that would be weird). 

And it occurred to me that the restaurant’s name was also a good title for this post, since my shirt is pretty much the color of ginger root, and that bag you guys love so much is all kinds of spicy with its sassy, multi-hued floral awesomeness.

I’ll be honest, I was pretty happy when I spotted it on the rack and discovered, upon closer inspection, that it was in pristine condition.

But it wasn’t my favorite bag ever or anything.

Since I’ve started carrying it, though, I’ve gotten so many “real-life” compliments and "jealous” reader-comments about how great it is that I’m starting to think I underestimated it a bit.

So, sorry, fun floral Fossil bag. I promise to stop stuffing you to capacity and swinging you carelessly about as I clamber up the gym steps on the way to class (umm…never mind; I’m pretty sure I’ll keep doing both of those things because that’s what I do to my bags, but I’m hoping that Fossil bags are no good at reading parenthetical asides). 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A BIG hair day

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Shirt: Ann Taylor Loft/GW ($3), Jeans: Paige/GW…purchased from a friend ($15), Jacket: GW ($4), Shoes: Steve Madden ($3.50)

TOTAL: $26.50

Those of you who participate in Thrifted or Grifted will recognize this outfit from last week’s T+G.

Well, here it is again, except now I have time to make fun of my huge Southern hair in these pics. 

And yes, I realize that I hardly have the tamest of hair, well, ever, but I generally try to avoid the appearance that I teased my roots ‘til they cried.

The day I took these pics, it was unavoidable. At least, outside of rewashing/drying/”styling” my hair. 

And that, folks, was not going to happen.

I may not aspire to look like a “Working Girl,” but if a second shower is involved to get around it…1988, here I come!

Fringe benefits

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Top: GW ($3), Jeans: Papaya/GW ($5), Shoes: GW ($3), Scarf: Gift ($0), Necklace: GW ($2), Bracelet: GW ($1), Earrings: GW ($2) Bag: Fossil/GW ($4)

TOTAL: $20

With Christmas over and January fast approaching, you’d think that the likelihood of my wearing short sleeves would be nil.

And, granted, I did wear this outfit several days back when we had an unusually warm spell even for us. 

But the weather forecast here looks a little something like this—

Today: Cold, drizzly.

Tomorrow: Sunny, high of 69.

And while I’m mostly grateful for the variety since it’s almost impossible to get bored, it’s also a bit of a pain when you’re trying to plan for a trip or condense the clothes in your closet down to one season, or, even, get dressed at all without first sticking your toe out the door to test the air.

I will now prepare myself for the hate mail from those of you who can’t get to your cars without the aid of a snow-plow.

I wasn’t really complaining. I promise.

I’ll even come help you shovel snow.

Let me go stick my toe out the door first, though.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Shrug it out

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Tee: Clothes-swap ($0), Sweater Shrug: Old Navy/GW ($3), Jeans: Papaya/GW ($5), Shoes: Merona/GW ($3), Earrings: GW ($2), Braclet: GW ($1)

TOTAL: $14

I’m such a sucker for aqua/teal/turquoise, etc. that I’m not sure that I wouldn’t buy a skort made out of the perfect shade of it. 

Not that there’s anything wrong with skorts.  After all, I wore my fair share of them in my younger days.  Specifically the period in my life when I insisted on hanging upside down from the monkey bars at church, and my mom was eager to avoid the inevitable complaints from the moms of my fellow seven-year-olds. 

Oh, and skirts with shorts sewn into the waistband.

I wore lots of those too. 

Clearly, I was destined to one day write a style-blog. After all, not many can lay claim to having worn both skorts and skirts with built-in shorts. And those who can should definitely do their best to instruct others.

ANYHOO, the main point of all of that drivel is that I’m not usually a sweater-shrug kind of girl.

But when my eyes locked on its cable-knit chunkiness in a yummy shade of aqua, I didn’t even try to resist.

I would say it was meant to be, but “the shrug of destiny” just doesn’t quite have the ring I was hoping for. 

Ah well. It still looks cute, no?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The best accessory of all…

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Long sleeved tee: Clothes-swap ($0), Tunic: Max Studio/GW ($2), Leggings: Thrift-store shoes name I can’t remember ($4), Shoes: Merona/GW ($3), bag: Fossil/Gw ($4), Necklace: GW ($2)

TOTAL: $15

So…I’m a pretty big fan of that necklace. It’s fun, funky, and versatile.

I’m also pretty happy with my new, $4 floral Fossil bag (you guys seemed to like it pretty well too!).

But nothing can beat that sweet little 4-year-old I convinced (okay, it didn’t take much convincing) to pose with me.

He is one fantastic kid!

And I promise I didn’t intentionally coordinate our outfits.

If I had, I for darn sure wouldn’t have put those blaring blue and red Spiderman light-up shoes on his feet.

No. If I’d known he was going to be taking a picture with me wearing something so snazzy, I would’ve tried to step up my game a bit.

Literally outshone by your four-year-old on your own blog.

That’s bad, folks.

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Giddyup!

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Stick ‘em up!

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Top: GW ($3), Skirt: GW ($4), Boots: Halston III ($6), Belt: GW ($1), Jacket: Moda ($27)

TOTAL: $41

I don’t know if it’s the skirt or the boots or the hair or the ruffly jacket, but I feel very Annie Oakley in this here get-up. 

Like I might start having urges to say things like, “Git along little doggie,” and “Where’re mah spurs?”

Like I should be wearing a gun holster.

Of course, I did wear this (or a version of it at least) on a date night with the hubby.

We went to an Italian restaurant and to see the new Sherlock Holmes (which I recommend, by the way; it’s brainless but quite entertaining).

So, I guess it’s a good thing I left the holster at home. It might have freaked the waiter out a bit when he brought us our bread.

And I like bread way too much to do anything to endanger my access to it!

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Please say it counts…

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Top: GW ($2), Sweater: GW ($3), Jeans: American Eagle/GW ($4), Jacket: Moda NWOT/Ebay ($27), Bag: Fossil/GW ($4), Shoes (which I realize you can see…they’re sparkly gold flats): Chinese Laundry/GW ($3)

TOTAL: $43

So, if you just happened to glance at the total for today’s outfit, you might have done a bit of a double take. After all, we rarely break the $20 line here at SHOBB. 

But then, if you look more closely, you’ll see that my jacket is responsible for $27 of that total.

Now, I don’t know that Ebay qualifies as thrifted. This jacket was supposedly secondhand, but when I opened it up and inspected it, it was obviously new. It smelled new, looked new, was new.

So…regardless of whether I’m technically breaking my own rules, I decided I had to crow a bit about the super-cute, cognac-brown, ruffled 100% leather jacket that I scored on Ebay for less than $30 when they were asking over $100 everywhere else, and it retailed at Victoria Secret (go figure) for $178.

Oh, and an adorable mint-condition Fossil bag big enough for all my junk for only FOUR smakeroos?

Can we say, heck –to-the-yeah?

Why, yes, we can.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Tight-wad

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Top: American Eagle/GW ($3), Jacket: Jordache, NWT/GW ($3), Skirt: Target/GW ($4), Tights: DKNY, NWT/GW ($1), Belt: GW ($1) Shoes: Lower East Side/GW ($3)

TOTAL: $15

So, if you participated in Thrifted or Grifted two.weeks.ago, you’ll recognize this outfit as the thrifted one…AKA…the one that got picked as thrifted because the shoes weren’t as shiny as the other ones.

I hope for the sake of those who voted that no one starts a shiny-shoe discrimination suit.

Whatever that means.

Ahem. Moving on.

Funny story: I bought two pair of tights from GW on the same day, both new in the package.

The maroon DKNY pair in my size were $0.99.

But the navy these-are-too-big-but-I’m-still-buying-them-because-tights-are-hard-to-find-new-at-GW pair which the packaging clearly indicated were from 1984 didn’t have a price-tag. So, they called the manager over, and she wasn’t any of the ones that I usually talk to.

She gave me a cursory glance, looked at the almost-30-year-old tights, and said, “$1.99.”

Huh?

I love thrifting, and I (mostly) love Goodwill, but I will never claim to understand their pricing methods, that’s for sure.

I gave the checker a raised eyebrow that clearly said, “Are you really going to charge me a dollar more for the ghetto tights than you did for the nice ones?” and she whispered, “I know my manager said $1.99, but how does $0.99 sound?”

Juuuuuuust fine.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Bad blogger…bad, bad blogger

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Tee: Old Navy/GW ($2), Jacket: Clothes-swap ($0), Pants: Mossimo/GW ($4), Shoes: Payless/GW ($3), Belt: GW ($1), Necklace: GW ($2)

TOTAL: $12

Okay, so hi there guys. Long time, no see. Um…yeah. Sorry about that. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat down in the last week to write up a post for you guys (I even have the pics all ready to go) only to get distracted, forget, wake up, and do it all over again.

And I promise it’s not just because I’m easily distracted (hey, look! a squirrel!).

My husband comes back from his last (for a while) and longest work-trip tomorrow, and I’m hoping things around here get a teensy bit less hectic. I’m not counting on it, though.

I will do my darndest to make a post for you guys each day for the rest of this week, though (and yes, I realize that tomorrow is Friday : )). 

I do love ya. I’m just bad at showing it!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Park It

 

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Tank: Old Navy/GW ($3), Top: GW ($3), Jeans: Fragile/GW ($5), Shoes: Target/GW ($3), Necklace: GW ($3), Baby Girl: Priceless

TOTAL: $17

Since my husband starting traveling early this month, the picture-quality around here at SHOBB has taken a bit of a nosedive. 

So, what’s a girl to do to make up for cruddy pics? Pose with the world’s cutest baby, of course!

We snapped these shots (or rather the camera did its 10-second timer thing while we hustled to frame ourselves in the shot) while out on a very chilly trip to the park for my middle boy, Simon’s, birthday.

It was the first chance we’ve gotten for Della to rockher London Fog jacket that I made an extra trip (after forgetting to take it to the register the first time) to buy. 

Is it thrifted, you ask?

Of course.

Like mother, like daughter.

Only the best thrifted name brand goodness for my little princess! ; )

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Too much?

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Top: GW ($5), Jeans: American Eagle/GW ($5), Wedges: GW ($3)

TOTAL: $13

Last week, I posted about how necessity is sometimes the mother of new clothes and how my go-to choice for “new” clothes is, of courese, Goodwill (plus a washing machine, duh!). Well, I bought this tunic/dress/top thingie on the same weekend when I bought my oh-so-stylin’ heart-sweatshirt, and if it hadn’t been the absolute best article of clothing I could find on that particular trip, I might have passed it up as being a little too much—too many colors, too many patterns, too many ruffles, too precious, too…you get the idea.

But, being “too” anything else is better than being too naked in public in my humble opinion, so buy it I did. And you know what? I’m glad I did.  I threw it on with those straight-legged jeans and some wedges and felt instantly accessorized, supremely comfy, and maybe even a bit stylish.

I’m wondering if maybe I shouldn’t go shopping when I literally *have* to have clothes more often. If you see me next week wearing purple, zebra print leather pants and a muumuu, you’ll know I took this theory a little too far.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Red and yellow kill a fellow…

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Long sleeve tee: GW ($2), Sheer top: GW ($3), Cords: Paris Blues/GW ($4), Shoes: Aldo/gifted ($0), Jewelry: GW ($3)

TOTAL: $12

Did you ever hear the “red and yellow kill a fellow…red and black, poison lack,” method for solving the oh-so-common problem of differentiating between the venomous coral snake and his multiple lookalikes?

Well, that’s kind of how I feel in this outfit. Red, yellow, black…check.

And apparently I’m harmless because only red and my black are visibly touching. Of course, my shirt kind of makes it look like I already got bitten by a coral snake and have since broken out in a nasty rash, but I really can’t resist polka-dots of any kind, so if I must look a bit infected to get to wear fun new sheer dotty blouse, then so be it.

And despite the obvious usefulness of that nice little rhyme, I’ve got some even better advice for you if you suspect that you have encountered a reptile that might in any way impair your ability to—I don’t know—live, I have to two words for you: “RUN! Now.”

You can thank me later.

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