Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Park It




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?


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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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Necessity is the mother of…new clothes?


White long-sleeved tee: clothes-swap ($0), Sweatshirt: GW ($4), Jean: Old Navy/GW ($5), Shoes: GW ($3)

TOTAL: $12

I know that this is not the cutest outfit I’ve ever donned. It’s hardly blog-worthy, in fact. But that’s the entire reason I’m blogging about it, actually.

I mean, after all, even though I really do wear the outfits you see on here for a period of time, the practicality of scrubbing toilets is pretty much nil.  And let’s face it, with two boys, ages 5 1/2 and 4 who think it’s great fun to “”co-potty” (I was horrified until my husband assured me that he and his brothers used to do the same thing and that it was “fun;” If you say so)  I scrub toilets a lot,

So, today we’re keeping it real with an outfit that I can wear without fear of breaking and ankle.

Fittingly enough, I wore this little number on an errand run that included a successful trip to Goodwill.

In fact, these clothes resulted from a relatively successful Goodwill excursion last weekend when I made an impromptu overnight trip to my parents’ house and didn’t have a change of clothes from my workout gear.

Now, I realize that normal people would by some things at Walmart to tide them over, and I did do that since the mere thought of Goodwill undies gives me the heebie-jeebies. But my first honest thought was: well, I didn’t bring any clothes, and I can’t wear stinky workout clothes all weekend. I guess I”d better see what I can scrounge up at good ol’ GW.

Yeah. Suffice it to say that I’m not “normal” people. And that’s just fine by me.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Does this sweater make me look old?



Top: GW ($3), Sweater Vest (did I really just type those words?): Coldwater Creek/GW ($4), Jeans: Anthro/GW ($7), Shoes: Target/GW ($3), Scarf,, earrings, bracelet: gifted

TOTAL: $17

I bought that sweater vest (there I go again) because of the color and the texture and the fact that it’s 100% wool. And then I wore it because I was planning on carving it up into pretty little wool leaves with the die cut machine I borrowed (and have fallen madly in love with) from a friend, and I figured it deserved the courtesy of one good wear (even if it was 80 degrees out when I did wear it—I wish I were exaggerating).

But the more I thought about hacking it into itty-bitty leaf shaped bits, the less I liked the idea. I kept picturing other things that I could pair it with and ways of taking it from Coldwater Creek to Anthro chic (no offense if you shop at Coldwater Creek; they have lovely stuff; it’s just not me usually).

And then, as I was typing all of this, I was suddenly reminded of a story, so of course I felt compelled to share that with you.

I taught high school Spanish (among other things) for 6 years right out of college, and one year, my husband and I were blessed to be able to carpool to work every morning.

After a night of tossing and turning, I was tired one morning, and I said (with a yawn), “I feel ooooooold.”

My hubby, who was driving, glanced at me out of the corner of his eye, and said, “Why, because of your dress?”

My jaw hit my knee!

“WHAT?!” I screeched? “What are you trying to say about my dress?”

Well, he back-peddled and sputtered his way through some sort of red-faced explanation about how I myself had labeled this particular dress my “granny dress,” and that it was just an older style, and I knew that (all of which were technically true, by the way).

6 years later, I still tell the story, and Shaun has never made another comment about my clothing’s effect on the youthfulness (or lack thereof) of my appearance.

I think it’s safe to say he filed that one under, “Things I might want to avoid saying to my wife.”

Too right, honey!

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Monday, November 14, 2011

A Monday morning post? Get OUT!



Top: Michael Kors/GW ($4), Jeans: Lucky/GW ($5), Bangles/Earrings: GW ($5), Shoes: Montego Bay/GW ($4), Felt Flower pin: Made by moi, Headband: Donation for PCM Fundraiser

TOTAL: $19

I hope you guys have all recovered sufficiently from the shock of a Monday morning post here on SHOBB (yes, I know, I’ve been a terrible fashion blogger) to notice two key components of my outfit: 1) that fun felt flower pin, and 2) that fantastic feathered headband.

You know what they both have in common (besides cuteness)? You can win both (well, a version of the pin, anyway) in the big PCM giveaway/fundraiser over at 5D5W!!

The prize packages just keep getting even better (I’ll update with pics/details later today), so if you haven’t yet, get your free-handmade-goodness-loving tushies over there and enter!

P.S. I’m hosting a Shop My Shoes for Good at five days…5 ways! Cute shoes, cheap prices, FREE shipping, and every dollar you spend goes toward building the PCM orphans a new classroom! PLUS, each item bought = an entry into the giveaway!

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Friday, November 11, 2011

If the shirt doesn’t fit…wear it anyway



I promise I intended to take cute pics of my outfit before I went to Super Night with Super Mom last night.

But then…life happened, as it so often does. 

This is what I wore last night, though, and my outfit is 100% thrifted, gifted (NOT gRifted), and handmade (see my wool felt flower pin?).

Head on over to 5D5W to read all about it!

Oh, and that sweater is an XL, and the shirt is an L. I can wear an XS at Gap (which I think is ridiculous and always makes me wonder what the teeny-tiny people are wearing).

Further proof that keeping an open mind when you’re thrifting is essential or you might pass up a perfectly fantastic mustard cardigan because you don’t like the letters on the tag!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The 10 Second Rule


Top: Old Navy/GW ($3), Cardi: Charlotte Tarantola/GW ($4), Skirt: FLAX/GW ($4), Belt: GW ($1), Shoes: Aldo/GW ($3)

TOTAL: $15

Brief Commercial: Hey! See that “Shop My Closet” tab at the top of the page that I’ve never done anything with? Well, head on over to 5D5W to find out how you can “Shop My Closet for Good!”

And now back to our regularly scheduled program:

So, if you participated in last week’s Thrifted or Grifted, then you’ll recognize this as “Exhibit A,” i.e. the thrifted option. 

You’ve probably also already heard about my acrobatic attempts (click the link above to read more if you haven’t) to get decent pics while avoiding harming my offspring.  I don’t think I’ve had that good (read: stressful) of a workout in weeks, and I’m a fitness instructor, so that’s saying something.

Either way, I just had to post the outfit here at SHOBB for a couple of reasons: 1) Did you see that cardi? Umm…pretty much adopting it as our 5th child (our 4th is a blender, just in case you haven’t read). Which kind of fits since it’s sweet, pretty, and cuddly soft…like the rest of my kids (minus the blender), and 2) I think there should be a 10 second rule for taking pictures, kind of like the 3 (or 5…or 10 depending on how much of a germophobe you’re not) for dropping Skittles on the ground and still being able to eat them.  And the rule goes something like this: if you have to use the 10 second timer to take your pictures (in the absence of either a spouse or a remote), then you’re allowed to look ridiculous in them.  

There. I’ve said it. I expect said rule to go viral within hours.  I’m going to be rich.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Four Eyes


Top: GW ($3), Pants: GW ($4), Flats: Clothes-swap ($0), Vintage pin/headband/bangles: GW ($5)

TOTAL: $12

Brief Commercial: Hey! See that “Shop My Closet” tab at the top of the page that I’ve never done anything with? Well, head on over to 5D5W to find out how you can “Shop My Closet for Good!”

And now back to our regularly scheduled program:

I can still remember asking for *fake glasses* for my birthday. I was probably 8. Little did I know that, by age 11, I’d have the real deal, and by age 29, I would long for Lasik.

Oh, the difference almost twenty years of glasses/contact wearing can make on one’s perspective.

Come to think of it, I think I also wanted braces when I was little. And I ended up with those too. 

It’s too bad I didn’t realize my wishing super-powers and start asking for things like big piles of pretty, pretty money. Because if I had, by now I’d surely be rich. 

Of course, I’d also have powers of time travel so I could go back and tell my short-sighted 8-year-old-self the best things to wish for. But then, I’d have to have already wished for those as my 8-year-old self, in which case I wouldn’t need the time travel because…oops. Wait a second. Yup. Something in my brain just exploded, and I’m running on precious few cells as it is, so I’d better stop with this nonsense right now before the whole thing short-circuits and I lose the part of my mental faculties that knows how to make left turns in traffic without getting hit. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Scarf it down


Top: Gap/GW ($3), Jeans: Seven for All Mankind/GW ($5), Shoes: Anne Klein/GW ($3), Scarf: gifted

Well, it seems like every single time I post, the first thing I do is tell you about the weather, usually, with some kind of comment about how hot it was. 

Apparently, I missed my calling in life.

After all, where else can you be wrong 80% of the time and still keep your job (I promise that line’s totally originally to me, and I’ve never heard it anywhere before…what?).

So, since I don’t want to disappoint you, here’s the weather deets: the day I wore this, if I’d actually kept that scarf on for longer than 5 minutes, my neck would have cut its own throat just to be put out its misery (sorry about the graphic imagery…just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to actually use such a line).

However, I felt bad about posting an outfit comprised of essentially a white shirt, blue, jeans, and red shoes, so I threw the scarf on at the last second, and…I really like it. Once it actually gets cold enough to wear it, I will be repeating this outfit, maybe even with a pea coat thrown in there somewhere.

And that, folks, is how you inspire yourself to wear something you’re already wearing.


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