Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Recycled Ruffles


Sparkly tank: Old Navy/Goodwill ($3), Ruffled shirt: Ann Taylor Loft/GW ($3), Jeans: Miss Me/GW ($5), Shoes: Target/clothes-swap ($0), Earrings: GW ($2), Belt: GW ($1), Purse: GW ($3), Bracelet (which reads, “Boo loves Alby”): made by moi

TOTAL: $17

Nails: Jaded by Revlon

If you’re a regular at 5D5W, then you probably recognize this outfit as a recycled look from several weeks’ worth of Wardrobe Wednesdays ago. But it’s new to SHOBB (man, I’m lovin’ me some abbreviations!), and I’m not just reposting it because I spent my entire weekend wearing exercise clothes instead of cute ones to show you guys.

I happen to love this outfit because it manages to combine all things me (fashion-wise): color, pattern, texture, sparkle, accessories, and detail. I realize that makes me sound like a contestant for Miss Texas (or best-dressed at the Bingo Parlor), but it makes me happy (the outfit; Marge always edges me out for Bingo best-dressed).  

An injection of giddiness from something as simple as teal ruffles, a sparkly top, an orange belt, and leopard print flats?

I’ll take it.

Be sure to drop on by Five days…5 ways today to vote on Week 2 of Thrifted or Grifted (you might even win something pretty from ULTA if you leave me some comment love) and to find out who won The Pleated Poppy Giveaway!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Rainbow Brite


Top: Goodwill ($3), Skirt: Limited/GW ($4), Shoes: Calico/GW ($3), Clutch: GW ($3), Belt: J. Crew/GW ($1), Headband: GW ($1), Bangles: GW ($2)

TOTAL: $17

If you’re confused about why my nails are five different colors, you can head over to 5D5W and read about it at 5 Things Thursday. Oh, and while you’re there, make sure you enter The Pleated Poppy Giveaway that ends tomorrow night! $25 worth of fabulous stuff from Lindsey’s shop is certainly worth a click, right?

And if you would like to see the state of my nails after an entire weekend of exercising + a stomach bug (yes, you read that right), you can check back at Five days…5 ways later on, and read all about it (I feel like I should have a newsboy cap on and ink-stains on my fingers as I type this).

As for this outfit, I decided that my minimalist approach from last week to the blouse/skirt look wasn’t cutting it.  Apparently, I don’t love your corneas as much I claimed.  Also, it would seem that I have allowed 80’s cartoon icons to subconsciously affect my color choices. Yikes.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hair you go





Top: Goodwill ($2), Tube-top: GW ($1), Skirt: DKNY/GW ($4), Shoes: GW ($3), Bag: Gifted, Necklace: GW ($3), Cuff: Made by moi ($0)

TOTAL: $13

Normally, when the weather-people predict wind gusts up to 60 mph, you don’t straighten your bangs and wear your hair down to take your style-blog pics (even if it is just a thrifted style-blog). Not unless you’re the kind of person that likes doing things only to have them undone moments after (I’m not). But, as my husband pointed out, it takes more than mere hurricane force winds to move my hair.

It’s stout stuff, folks.  If I ever grow it long enough again to cut it all off and give it away to be made into a wig, they should put a “wind-resistant” notice on it as a selling point. 

In fact, I’m kind of relieved by that last shot, since, otherwise, I’d probably have to start using Sally Field’s “brown football helmet” line from Steel Magnolias.  It’s a good movie and all, but still.  80’s Southern hair is not usually what comes to mind when the words attractive or stylish are bandied about. 

So, let the record show…it took the first thing resembling a storm that we’ve had in months, but three strands of my hair did move.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Belt it out




Top: Michael Kors/Goodwill ($4), Skirt: GW ($4), Shoes: Birthday gift, Belt: GW ($1), Clutch: $3, Jewelry: GW ($4)

TOTAL: $16

This vintage turquoise belt is quickly becoming one of my favorite go-to accessories when I need to spice up an outfit without going whole-hog. I tried to keep things neutral otherwise because I was already mixing textures and thought that if I combined a lace top with an eyelet skirt in shades of fuchsia and lime, it might be a tad much. Throw in that belt and some matching turquoise nails (not planned, by the way; can you imagine how much time I would spend painting my nails if they had to match my accessories every day?!), and there’s a pretty good chance I could be liable for damaging your corneas.  So because I love you and your corneas, the belt (and the nails…did I mention those weren’t planned?) are all the color you’re getting today (unless you count the red and yellow dump truck lurking in the background in pic #3).

P.S. You can find a tutorial for my twisty hairdo at 5D5W.

Monday, August 22, 2011



Dress: Target/Goodwill ($6), Shoes: Montego Bay/GW ($3), Necklace: GW ($1), Tube-top (yes, I am wearing something under this dress; it’s just the same color as my pale, pale skin): GW ($1), Flower necklace: a gift from my hubby from Hawaii, Earrings: gifted, Scarf: gifted

TOTAL: $11

I walked downstairs wearing this and gave my husband a quizzical look about…something (it’s gone because I have three children and I blog, which means that I can only hold a thought in my head for 2 seconds at a time; a brain like Teflon…now there’s something to be proud of), and he said, “Yes, I like that outfit.”

I opened my mouth to tell him that wasn’t what I was going to ask and then shut it again.  After all, who am I to correct a man bent on giving me a compliment that I didn’t solicit?

Then, I reopened my mouth to tell him what I was really going to ask and…drew a complete blank. I wonder if Teflon wants to sponsor my blog?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Late! For a very important date!





Tank: Ann Taylor Loft/Goodwill ($1), Shorts: Gap/GW ($4), Shoes: GW ($3), Belt: GW ($1), Bag: GW ($2), Necklaces: gifts from my brother from Israel

TOTAL: $10 (An outfit + accessories for ten smackeroos…I’ll take it!)

So, I have the fact that my kids watched a knock-off of a knock-off of Alice in Wonderland—you know, the ones you get out of the bargain bin at Walmart that have a crudely drawn version of Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea all on one handy-dandy disc—while I slaved away on my love letters bunting project for my other blog (is there a word for two-timing bloggers?…because I feel like such a cheater every time I mention my other blogOh! How about blogamist?!) + the fact that I was running really late for getting out the door to teach Body Combat (omigoodness, is this really still one sentence? wow) to thank for my title above. 

Because I know that you were much more concerned with my title than anything else in this post, including the fact that I may never recover the use of my fingers after typing the above sentagraph (apparently, I’m all about inventing new words today).

You’ll be happy to know, however, that I squeaked in the door to teach a 4:30 class at—wait for it—4:28. Puh-lenty of time to spare. 

Oh, and even though this post is already way too long and has very little (okay nothing) to do with clothes, I have to share a story:

As I was descending the stairs after teaching Body Combat, I met two of my married class participants coming up the stairs still huffing and puffing from their exertions kicking and punching their hearts out.  Of course, the husband was also huffing and puffing because he was carrying a rather old child (maybe 8-years-old).  I, being the dork that I am, made one of those annoyingly obvious, punny comments like, “Well, you’ve got your hands full!” and the wife said, “Yeah, it would be easier except that he’s got 14 stiches in his butt.” 

My first two reactions were: 1) T.M.I. and then 2) WHAT? He just did an intense, 55-minute kickboxing class with stitches in his hindquarters?!! What a nut!

Of course, it wasn’t until I got home and told the story to my husband that he was able to unravel the mystery by saying, “Oh, so the kid he was carrying had just had stitches?”

Huge light-bulb moment, folks.  HUGE. 

I was genuinely relieved because I was worried about that guy, y’all!

So, the moral of the story? Always bug regale your husband with tales from your work before you REtell them in blogland.

He might catch something you missed.

Shutting up now.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Bee happy!




Top: Goodwill ($3), Shorts: Old Navy/GW New-with-tags ($4), Shoes: birthday gift, Bag: GW ($3), Jewelry: GW ($3)

TOTAL: $14

It’s a good thing there wasn’t any honeysuckle nearby during this shoot because I would have been batting hummingbirds out of the way to have my fill! There’s nothing like a black top, yellow shorts and a (striped!) bag to make you feel a bit peckish for nectar. 

Fortunately, the honeysuckle was far away, and no tiny birds were harmed during the taking of these pictures. 

I am, however, now experiencing an almost uncontrollable craving for a very large peanut butter/honey sandwich which might do some harm to my hips, so I’d better get off of my bee-themed kick and onto a rutabaga kick (no, it doesn’t have a thing to do with my ensemble, but it’s way less appetizing sounding, and that’s a good thing right now). 

The Sunday Edition






Top: Goodwill ($3), Skirt: GW ($3), Shoes: GW ($3) Bag: Etienne Aigner/GW, New-with-tags ($6), Belt: GW ($0, see why here), Jewelry: GW ($4)

TOTAL: $19

I wore this combo to church, and, as I was dropping off my daughter, Della, at the nursery, the girl taking her from me said, “I love your outfit!” (And it was at that moment that I knew Della was in good hands).

I said, “Thanks!”…and before I could think better of it, I blurted, “I run a style blog called Secondhand or Bare Bottom if you like that sort of thing.” 

The girl smiled, thanked me, and assured me she would NOT be forgetting that name.

And I didn’t get struck by lightning. 


Monday, August 15, 2011

Getting Fresh





Top: Ann Taylor Loft/Goodwill ($3), Skirt: Marc Jacobs!!!/GW ($4), Shoes: Ann Taylor Loft/GW ($3), Bag: GW ($3), Belt: Ummm…nabbed from a pile of things that someone left in the wrong spot outside a closed Goodwill ($0), Earrings: gifted, Necklace + Bangles: GW ($3)

TOTAL: $16

I had to post that last picture just so you wouldn’t worry that I spent my entire date night with my hands glued to my hips. I assure you that my husband got to both hold my hand and put his arm around my waist without getting an elbow in the ribs. 

On a related note, some folks do dinner and dancing for date nights…maybe a movie or a romantic stroll on the beach.

Not us.  We like to take our 8 1/2-month-old daughter with us to the local Whole Foods wannabe grocery store. 

No joke.

I am posing (much to my husband’s chagrin) in front of a Brookshire’s Fresh store where we chowed down on chicken tacos, drank our fill from the pure sugar cane soda fountain (guaranteed to give you purer cavities) where, no matter what I put in my cup, it all tasted like root beer—which I can’t stand—and ran into practically all of our cool single/non-kid friends. 

So, apparently, our date night location was hipper than I thought. 

Friday, August 12, 2011




Top: Goodwill ($3), Tube top: GW ($1), Shorts: Old Navy ($4), Shoes: Ann Taylor Loft ($3), Jewelry: GW ($5), Unidentified neck adornment: GW ($1)

TOTAL: $17

If you’re wondering what I’m wearing around my neck…so am I. 

I had a whole bit in my head I was going to do for you guys (is it a headband for Andre the Giant’s daughter?,,,a grown-up bib?…), but today has been unexpectedly crazy, and I don’t have time to be sarcastic at the moment (sad day).

I did know that I was onto something, though, when my 5-year-old said, “Mama, is that a necklace or a scarf?”

Hey, at least he managed to narrow it down to two options!

So, I have a question for you?

What in the wide world am I wearing around my neck?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Second helpings…



You know how yesterday I threatened to wear nothing but loud patterns on my bottom half to distract from my tendency to spill on my upper? 


Apparently, I wasn’t kidding.


To make up for the bad pics (we got to talking with friends at dinner and ran out of daylight to take any good shots outside. Darn you, social interaction, for getting in the way of my blog-life!), I’ve included a hairdo tute for the style above, which can be found at my other blog, Five days…5 ways (clicking here will take you to the page with the tute….just scroll…or read…yeah, read…reading’s definitely better than scrolling).

Top: clothes-swap ($0), Shorts: Old Navy/Goodwill ($4), Flip-flops: Merona/GW ($1), Earrings: GW ($2), Bangles: GW ($3), Ribbon Belt: Cut with my very own hands (impressed much?)


Monday, August 8, 2011

Floral Intervention




Top: Gap/Goodwill ($3), Tank: Ann Taylor Loft/GW ($2), Shorts: Mossimo/GW ($4), Shoes: Forever 21/GW ($3), Belt: GW ($1), Bag: GW ($3), Earrings: GW ($2), Necklace: GW ($1), Bracelets: GW ($3)

TOTAL: $22

If I ever meet one of my real-life style heroes (you know, Fergie…Avril Lavigne…maybe Pamela Anderson), I really hope I’m wearing these shorts. That way, when I spill hot sauce, or, better yet, ketchup on my light-colored, neutral Gap tee, Pam will never notice because she won’t be able to tear her eyes away from my loud, chartreuse floral shorts and my screamin’ orange belt.

Of course, me and spills, we’re likethis because goodness knows I’m not the most dexterous girl on the planet. So if we extrapolate my logic, I would never wear anything but brightly colored, patterned clothing…

Hey, that’s not a bad idea.

And they say these style blogs aren’t good for anything but killing time.

Now, if you’ll excuse me…I think I just saw my husband go by with a lighter, muttering something like, “Must. Burn. All. Florals.” I think I have a closet to save.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

They call me mellow yellow?




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Somewhere, a disgruntled jackrabbit is searching for his missing tail, which I apparently swiped right off his backside and stuck on the back of my head. Grow, hair, grow!

Top/Dress (ha!): Do and Be/Goodwill ($5), Jeans: Lucky Brand/GW ($7), Shoes: Forever 21/GW ($3), Belt: Vintage/GW ($1), Earrings: GW ($2), Bracelet: a gift from the hubs ($0), Purse: a gift from my mama form Italy ($0)

TOTAL: $18

I don’t know how mellow my yellow is in this outfit, but I had to do SOMETHING. It’s 111 degrees here (that’s one degree lower than the all time recorded high temperature where I live…since they started keeping track in the 1800’s, people!).

So, in a last ditch effort to placate the sun’s searing rays, I decided to dress in its colors: yellow, white, and red (all of which together make orange, in case you weren’t paying attention in finger-painting 101). 

But apparently, the sun didn’t want me on his team. 

I wore this to church but changed into the coolest things I could find pretty much the moment we got these pictures taken because there was a good chance that if I wore jeans for 2 seconds longer, my legs were going to spontaneously combust, which would, in turn, set the tails of my “dress” on fire, and, before you know it…


Nothing left but a wisp of smoke. 

So, really, you could argue that I changed my clothes to rescue my children from a motherless existence.

Anything sounds nobler when you put it in those terms (I’ll have to remember that).


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