Thursday, September 29, 2011






Top: Agaci/GW ($1.50), Shorts: Forever 21/GW ($2), Belt: GW ($1), Shoes: Cami/GW ($3), Bangle: GW ($1)

TOTAL: $8.50

So, if you participated in Thrifted or Grifted at 5D5W yesterday, this outfit is no big surprise to you.

If you haven’t seen it yet, well…tada! Look what I did brand-new just for you guys! ; )

I like to think of it as the uncut version, though, since a few of these shots didn’t make into T+G.

So, does that mean that this is every pic that was taken of this outfit?

Um, no.

There might have been one where I resembled a half-awake lion (it’s the hair) mid-sneeze.

Of course, when I put it that way, that’s probably the one pic you do want to see now.

Ah, well. We can’t have everything in life now can we?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Jane Eyre Reinterpreted


Top: Goodwill ($1.50), Lace tank: GW ($2), Jeans: Anthropologie/GW ($7), Shoes: Mia/GW ($3), Bag: GW ($2), Earrings + Bracelets: GW ($4), Necklace: gift from my mama

TOTAL: $19.50

I watched Jane Eyre while folding a monumental pile of laundry (a pile of laundry which has yet to be returned to its rightful drawers, two days later, I might add) the day I wore this outfit, and, while I was certainly unaware of it at the time, seeing these pictures makes me think that the film’s costumes may have affected my sartorial choices.

I mean, think about it. If ol’ Jane were around in the 21st century, what might she be wearing?

Lace? Check. Pearls. Yup. Cap sleeves. Of course. A cream and mustard floral motif. Why not? And to finish it all off, a gold-toned heart necklace reminiscent of her mother’s locket. BRIILLIANT!

“But what of the fitted jeans and sky-high wedges?” you ask. “Wouldn’t her mother swoon to see her bedecked in such outlandish garb?'” (Note my use of period-appropriate dialogue). 

To which I say—Jane was an orphan, y’all. She didn’t have a mama around to worry about her wearing jeans.

And besides, we were talking about my wearing a version of what Jane might wear nowadays.


We got majorly sidetracked there.

So, how about Jane Eyre? Was it any good?

Why, yes, it was.

Thanks for asking.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Vain as a…


Dress: Mossimo/Goodwill ($2.50), Lace tank: Wet Seal/GW ($2), Shoes: Mia/GW ($3), Belt: GW ($1), Jewelry: GW ($8)

TOTAL: $16.50

I apologize profusely for how little I posted last week. I actually got dressed in decent clothes and intended to take pictures much more than it would seem from the lack anything to show for it, but something always came up to prevent it.

Life. I tell ya.

But I do have a fun little story for you to make up for it…inspired by my funky peacock bracelet.

Always before, when I heard the phrase, “Vain as a peacock,” I assumed that it was because of the birds’ glorious plumage. I mean, after all, who wouldn’t be impressed with themselves if they were that pretty without even trying?

Then, my husband and I took a trip to Sydney, Australia two years ago, and we visited the Taronga Zoo where peacocks roam the grounds freely.

There was one particularly handsome fella strutting in front of us down a path at one point, and just as he passed by a reflective window, he stopped, turned around, and made another pass. 

We watched him for several minutes, and he never stopped pacing back and forth, bobbing his head, and admiring his reflection…vain as a peacock.

I assure you that I did not share his feelings while wearing this outfit. Especially after I managed to sit in a water-spill from my little boys’ sippy cup right before going into a restaurant for lunch and was forced to choose between wearing my nursing wrap around my waist like some sort of reverse apron or changing into exercise clothes (the only option I had in the car) and keeping my wedges on. I chose the nursing wrap option, and boy, was I one stylin’ mama.

Of course, I suppose option three would have been just sashaying right on into the restaurant (where practically every person I’ve ever met in my life had apparently decided it would be best to eat as well, by the way) and letting everyone assume that I’d had an accident.

But I would have needed that Australian peacock’s self-confidence to pull that off, and let’s just say there’s a line between confidence and foolhardiness that I don’t care to flirt with.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

J. Crew Wannabe


Top: Clothe-swap ($0), Skirt: Old Navy/Goodwill ($3), Sandals: Target/GW ($2), Belt: Capezio/GW ($1), Earrings/Necklace/Bangles: GW ($7), Ring: Random local bookstore ($5), Bag: GW ($2)

TOTAL: $20

So…in my head, this outfit was very J. Crew chic. Patterned pencil skirt—check. Plain tee—check. Skinny(ish) belt—check. Lots of gold-toned accessories—check.

Once I saw the pictures, though…hmmm…I don’t know.

It looks a little more like the knock-off, thrifted version of J. Crew.

Oh, wait. *Insert sheepish grin here.*

Let’s just say that I doubt J. Crew will be knocking on my door anytime soon (unless it’s to confiscate my back issues of their catalogue).

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Squint





Top: Goodwill ($3), Shorts: Gap/GW ($4), Sandals: GW ($1), Belt: GW ($1), Necklace: GW ($2)

TOTAL: $11

I know it looks like I foolishly decided to shoot these pics at high noon. On the brightest day in history. With nary a tree in sight.

But that’s not true at all. These pictures were taken at 4:30 PM. On the brightest day in history. With nary a tree in sight.

I promise that I tried my darndest to get my eyes fully opened just for you guys, but it was a no go, folks. Which is probably a good thing since I was almost guaranteed to have permanent corneal damage had I succeeded in my eye-opening efforts.

The things I do attempt for you guys.

P.S. If the extra-gorgeous background has you confused, we took these pics while visiting family in San Antonio, where the grass is just as lovely a shade of yellow as it is here, and the humidity is at least 150% (hence the extra-pretty, extra-frizzy hair).

P.P.S. I realize that my right leg is as speckled as a bird’s egg, but I promise my husband doesn’t beat me. I am just extraordinarily clumsy (and especially with my right leg apparently).

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Ma’am, yes ma’am!




Top: Talbots/Goodwill ($4), Shorts: Old Navy/GW, NWT ($4), Shoes: gifted, Earrings: GW ($2), Bracelet: gifted

TOTAL: $10

Between the fact that I’m wearing a Talbots shirt and the fact that I got “ma’amed” by a sweet little 20-nothing-year-old after class the other day…oh, and the fact that there are little military epaulets on the shoulders of my shirt, I’m thinking I may have to start requiring salutes and “Yes ma’ams” everywhere I go.

Also, I may need to buy a walker and start driving 15 below the speed limit.

Wow. Apparently, all it takes is wearing a mom-brand and getting ma’amed once a couple of week before my 29th birthday to age me a good 30 years. Yikes! I’m not a fan of where this is heading.

So, what did I do? I took a picture with my incredibly cute baby girl. She’s young. Very young. And laughing at her adorableness makes me feel young too.

So, call me ma’am all you want…I won’t mind (as long as you salute while you’re doing it, of course).

P.S. If you want to see more pics of that gorgeous little girl, head on over to Five days…5 ways. I’m talking about something pretty special today.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Bugs Bunny and the Ruffly Bag



Top: Forever 21/Goodwill ($3), Skirt: Goodwill ($4), Belt: GW ($1), Shoes: Kenneth Cole for Tribeca ($3), Bag: GW ($3) Jewelry: Goodwill ($3), Rubber band: c/o I-forgot-that-was-on-my-wrist

TOTAL: $17

I originally posted this outfit on my other blog, with this caption: “By far my favorite outfit this week. Can you stand how stinkin’ precious that ruffly bag is?! I could load it up with a brick and knock somebody out with it, Bugs Bunny style, and they’d probably thank me for it. It’s that cute.”

I think I’m going to have to alter that to read: “One of my favorite outfits of all time,” and “You’d not only thank me for whopping you upside the head with this bag, but you might pay me to do it again.”

I’ve never seen people in such a tizzy over a $3 handbag, but I was assured by multiple people that they “just about died” when they saw it.

And I hadn’t even gotten around to threatening to hit them with it yet.

That’s money well-spent right there.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Polka blah


Top: Goodwill ($3) Skirt: Old Navy/GW ($4), Shoes: Ann Taylor Loft/GW ($3), Jewelry: Goodwill ($5), Purse: gifted

I’ve had these pics saved on my computer for a while, but I just wasn’t super-inspired to post them. I dressed in a hurry with this outfit and wasn’t thrilled with it in the mirror. Then, I saw loaded the shots on my computer, edited them, and thought full-on, “Ugh.”

However, I am currently sitting on the couch in my p.j. pants (stripes this time) and thinking that you guys deserve better. So, while I may not feel like I hit this one out of the park (and I don’t—from the hair, to the funky-fitting shirt, to my indeterminately colored polka-dot skirt, to the hair-band I forgot to take off my wrist), I’m still showing it to you because it may not be my best…it may not even be good…but it’s better than p.j. pants.

Which makes it better than nothing.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Seeing Red


Top: At Last/Goodwill ($3), Jeans: Abercrombie/GW ($5), Shoes: Calico/GW ($3), Belt: GW ($1), Purse: Vintage Saddle River/GW ($4), Earrings: GW ($2), Bracelet: Gift from the hubs

TOTAL: $18

I love that little vintage quilted leather purse, but I debated carrying it since there were already so many pops of red in this outfit.  Also, I was a bit afraid that if any bulls from the neighboring fields saw me, they might charge.  If I were a true fashionista, I would probably have chosen a more neutral bag. But I’m not. Which means that if I like it, I wear it, fashion rules be darned. 

And as for the bulls…well, I may be wearing three-quarter sleeves and jeans, but it was hot outside when we took these pics, and I think it would have taken me dressing up in a red devil costume and using my pitchfork on a bull’s hindquarters to upset any cattle enough to prompt a yawn, much less something that required as much effort as getting up from a nap and chasing me.

Maybe that means I should be grateful for the heat, but since we all know that everything I just wrote about the bulls is nonsense, I’ll say flat out that if Fall doesn’t get here soon in earnest (and hopefully bring some rain with it), I may just have to find myself a pitchfork to help me express my aggression at the thought of 105 degree temps in September.

Friday, September 9, 2011

It’s this or…






Top: Goodwill ($3), Shorts: Gap/GW ($4), Necklace: GW ($3), Earrings: GW ($1), Bracelet: GW ($2), Shoes: GW ($3) Bag: A gift from Florence, Italy from my wonderful mama

TOTAL: $16

You might be thinking, “Huh, her bangs sure do grow fast.” Yeah, these pics are from before I got all banged up.  Sorry about the sparse posting of late, folks. I started home-schooling my little boys (5, 3 1/2) this week, and it’s been a bit of an adventure. Also, it leaves me a lot less to time to get dressed and take pics. Not that I walk around in the buff, mind you.  You just don’t want to see my polka-dot pajama pants.

Or do you?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Child’s play































Dress: Goodwill ($5), Tank: GW ($2), Belt: GW ($1), Necklace: GW ($1), Earrings: Gifted, Shoes: Gifted


I wore this to a local park when we took our kids to play a few evenings ago, and, man, am I glad we went late!

The one lady + kids that were there gave me weird enough looks as it was. Multiply that times 10, and I think I would have felt like I was wearing a great big O (for “overdressed”) on my chest.

Not that the dress wasn’t comfy. It was, actually.

But one might argue that 4 1/2 inch wedges are a mite impractical for the land of sand, seesaws, and swings.

Good thing there was a leering lizard around me for to sit on when my toes got tired.

Linking up:

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