Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
When I went bra shopping with friend Teresa a few months back, I learned that I am a 32DD. It was hard enough to find 34DD's before I was enlightened about my true size. Now, it's just ridiculous.
A few ladies in my life have tried to console me by saying sweet, positive things like, "That sounds ideal...to have a little body and big boobs." Nice try. But wrong. It's awful.
Perhaps I wouldn't mind so much if I were properly balanced. I'm not. I have a short torso and narrow shoulders. If I were to wear a "regular" bra, I would look all boob from the waist up. Not acceptable.
2 years ago I found minimizer bras at Target in size 34DD on clearance (light from heaven, angels singing). They were ugly then and they're even uglier now, but they get the job done right. The only problem is the seams. I don't like visible seams on any undergarments, it limits what can be worn over, and I don't like limitations. So I search. And search. And search for the one bra that will hold 'em in, hold 'em up, and look smoooooth. Does it exist? Some say yes, but I have my doubts. I fear that I'm asking too much from a simple bra. Oh that the fabric wouldn't pull and oxfords would button properly!
You better believe that if these girls don't shrink after children (fingers crossed), that I'll be buyin' me some different ones. They'll be a sensible C and they will be beautifully perky.
Can you buy bras in cute colors and patterns with darling matching panties? Do your shirts button without gaping? If so, be ye grateful. Tis a luxury some will never experience.
Image found here.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I've been distracted. Now it's time to focus.
I am really looking forward to this weekend. Steve and I will be attending a much anticipated wedding on Saturday. Isn't it wonderful when two so-divinely-matched people tie the knot? I think so. Our friends Josh and Elissa are like that.
Steve will be playing the role of videographer and I will try to help in any way I can. It will be a casual, outdoor wedding with the reception in a classic, red barn....SO perfect. I will try to snap some good pictures for you.
I'm struggling with what I should wear for this glorious occasion. Steve and I like to match whenever possible so that's a whole other element to consider. A dress with flats or wedges would be the most appropriate. What about cowgirl boots? Comfort is key if I'm going to be helping with video, playing yard games, and dancing till the sun goes down. Golly, I can't wait.
Monday, August 24, 2009
With the $25 giftcard and BOGO sale, I walked away with both pairs for less than $25! Bargain!
Friday, August 21, 2009
The dress! It's been cold and wet and nasty 'round these parts, but that didn't stop me from wearing this silky frock from Express. If I'd had a chance to dig through my winter wardrobe for some tights, I would've worn them instead of leggings. Yes, it's been that cold. I ended up wearing my jean jacket most of the day.
Since I don't have any amazing accessories to share with you, perhaps I should explain why I'm in this barn. We have family that live on the cutest little farm in Wisconsin. They invited us out for a most amazing meal last night. Of course we had to check out the new litter of kittens while we were there. I'm very allergic, but they were just too cute not to hold. So I guess the kitten is my accessory.
The tank top! Can't see much of this little stripey number from J. Crew, but I layered it over a white t-shirt. I think I like it.
There you have it, friends. I wore something from G2 every (work) day this week. Most everything else that I bought will have to be saved for the winter months.
I'm looking forward to a fun-filled, sun-shiney weekend! I hope you are too!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I did not find these shoes at G2, but had to get a close up because they deserve a little appreciation. I bought these when Banks (a designer discount store) was temporarily in town. If memory serves me right, I picked these up for less than $10. They go perfectly with my dress!
The skirt! Ohhh...when I saw this I snatched it up so fast. I love everything about it. Super girly and good for twirling!
Yet another item I'm featuring just because it's fab. I didn't find this purse at G2. It came home with me from my Las Vegas trip earlier this year. I don't use it nearly enough.
More from G2 coming soon!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
The anticipation. Go out to the mailbox everyday since that fateful click knowing it will take 5-7 business days regardless of how excited you are. Everyday it doesn't come is one day closer to the day it will arrive. When the mailbox finally produces the glorious package with your name on it, it's like a gift. A gift that you paid for. Oh well, it feels like Christmas morning none the less.
Here's what I'm learning. Shopping for nothing in particular is best done at the store. It's likely where the best deals are to be had. It's where you can be 99% sure that you really want to buy something, knowing that it is exactly what it is. The risk is low.
Shopping for a specific item can be a bit more time-consuming, a bit more frustrating if limited to the physical store. This is where online can be SO helpful. Plug what you want into a search engine and your options appear before you in seconds.
Browsing the interwebs for nothing in particular can produce fantastic results as well. Especially on resale or overstock websites such as Ebay or Amazon. But be careful. Shipping fees and return policies can put a damper on a purchase you didn't need in the first place. Make sure it's worth the risk.
I recently won 2 dresses on Ebay for minor pennies! I'm anxiously awaiting their arrival and hope they are as great on me as they are in pictures.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
There has been a lot of discussion going 'round about color. All the chatter has me thinking about my color preferences. What colors am I naturally drawn to? Which colors do I wear most? One color that I'm very drawn to yet own little of is pink. What happened to my pink stock? Hmm. I might have to do something about this. Now is the perfect time to wear pink. It's fresh, sweet, summery, and flirtatious to boot.
Click on the images below to get your fill of pretty, pink items at even prettier prices (less than $50!).
Did you know...
Pink is associated with gentleness, softness and calm. Those who choose pink as their favorite color are often calm and sensitive and care about others feelings. Pink lovers are also generally sympathetic and compassionate and dislike controversy of any kind.
Pink is the color of universal love. Pink is a quiet color. Lovers of beauty favor pink. Pink provides feelings of caring, tenderness, self-worth, love and acceptance.
Wear pink when you want to present yourself as a peaceful, calm person who is not threatening. The softer shades are very feminine and darker shades will alleviate feelings of friction.
Yes, yes. I love pink.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Then off to experience G2, as they call it. It was a large warehouse with several large tables, piled high with clothing. There were about 8-10 conveyor belts coming through wall. On each belt was maybe 10-12 bins full of merchandise. Through the spaces in the wall we could see the other side of the warehouse which must have been as big, if not bigger, than the shopping space. We detected enormous bins packed high with goods.
Upon arrival, we were rather confused. There were a lot of people there, but only a few appeared to be shopping. People stood with their carts alongside the walls of the large space. It looked like they were just hangin' out, waiting.
We weren't there long before we realized that new merchandise would roll out from the conveyor at regular intervals. If we'd been keeping track of time, we may have figured out how often this occurred so we could be among the first to pick. (Light bulb) This is what the people were waiting for.
For what it was, it was well-managed and orderly. There were unwritten 'rules' that Elaina and I were quickly made aware of:
Rule 1: No carts near the conveyor.
Rule 2: Standing room only on one side of the conveyor.
Rule 3: No touching until all the bins are out and signal to begin has been given.
I'm very excited to share some of my grand purchases with you in the near future! I'm going to attempt to wear something from Goodwill Outlet everyday this week - I think I can do it!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
- Anne Shirley
Anne of Green Gables
So what if she might have had to "turn sideways to get through the door", her puffed sleeves were magnificent. I absolutely share Anne's love of big sleeves and am thrilled that they're back in a big way this season. I find them to be the perfect feminine attribute to just about any garment. So flirty and fun.
Photos found here, here, here.
Monday, August 10, 2009
I love a good creative challenge every now and then. So if there's a topic you'd like covered, or a trend you're interested in, by all means, drop me line. Let's work it out together.
In the meantime, here is what's currently on my shopping list. If you spot one of these in fabulous, affordable condition, please let me know.
1. Red Dress with White Polka Dots: I have a few vintage options bookmarked on Etsy, but nothing that screams "BUY ME NOW!". So I'm patiently waiting.
2. Yellow pumps. Closed or peep toe. Thick(er) heel (no stiletto).
3. Black pencil skirt. I have a high-waisted one that I like, but I've lost a little weight since I bought it and it's just not doin' it for me right now. (I'm not complaining).
These baby's are perfect, but at $249.95, far from affordable (tear).
Found here in case you're curious.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
When I spotted it in the pile, it needed a little work. I removed the original elastic tie that was the same as the dress fabric, and replaced it with this little maroon one. Looks much better.
The shoes were my very first purchase experience with Endless.com. I paid $40 regular price (gasp!), but they've earned their keep. I had to replace the liner within the first year, they got so much use. Even at 4 1/2 inches, they serve me all day with little or no discomfort. Whoever thought of platform soles is my hero!
Dress: Bisou Bisou, Free!
Cami: TJ Maxx, $6
Shoes: Madden Girl, $40
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Excuse me. I need to go fix something.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
If you missed out on my camera woes, please read here. Although I knew I'd be receiving a new camera before our upcoming vacation, I was still surprised when I received this awesome pink one for my birthday. What an upgrade! Thank you sweet husband, you're the very bestest!
I'm bound and determined to learn how to use this baby to it's utmost potential. Expect better visuals on this here blog henceforth.
Monday, August 3, 2009
And if ever I'd try white tights, these would be it.
I think Elinkan holds the key to my ideal personal style. Perhaps it's the Swede in me.