Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Hometown Art

I don't know about where you live, but in Minnesota, it's really easy to complain.  The dissatisfaction comes on strong this time of year and doesn't usually let up until after Easter.  Even my love of winter sports is overshadowed by the frigid temperatures and dark days.  It's not always easy to look on the bright side, but when I came across Adam Turman's artwork at Truly in White Bear Lake, I was reminded of how much I actually love it here.  The Twin Cities has great shopping (no sales tax), lots of art and culture, and some darn good people.

The downtown St. Paul skyline would not be the downtown St. Paul skyline without the 1st Bank building's bright, blinking 1st.

My favorite little getaway vacation is just a few hours north.  Duluth is so charming set against beautiful Lake Superior.

Minneapolis.  Love the atmosphere, hate the driving and parking.  But the nightlife, shops and eateries are undeniably worth getting lost and paying extra for valet.

The new...the awesome...Target Field.  I was lucky enough to attend a Twins game this past summer and loved every minute of it.

And this girl...she just gets me.  She's cold, but she's dealing with it. 

Monday, November 29, 2010

30 for 30: Day 16

Here we go with the last half of 30 for 30 outfits.

This skirt shrunk with it's last washing.  I had to cut the lining...it doesn't look good.  Thankfully, this vital wardrobe item is still wearable.

And I may very well decide to discard this oxford after the challenge.  It's had a long fulfilling life...and the armpits are starting to show it.

Shirt:  Ralph Lauren, thrifted
Vest:  Target
Skirt:  J.Crew, thrifted
Tights:  Walmart
Boots:  Madden Girl via DSW.com

Danger Pug!

Our Thanksgiving certainly was eventful.  Dinner was everything you hope for in a Thanksgiving meal...deeelish and Southern to boot.  Our Turkey was seasoned and fried to perfection.  We had so much fun visiting.  There may be pictures if I ever catch up on life...

But as I mentioned here, Miles swallowed a whole turkey leg bone.  I didn't actually see it go down, but Steve did and was extremely concerned.  We took him to the emergency vet, got an x-ray and concluded that surgery was necessary to remove the bone.  My poor baby has a 4" incision on his belly and is very sore.  We're being ever-so careful with him, but he insists on continuing in puppy-like behavior...go figure.  Despite his activity, he seems to be healing well. 

The veterinary staff couldn't believe the size of the bone when they saw the x-ray.  But...'Danger' is Miles' middle name...

Friday, November 26, 2010

Guest Blogger: Vanessa of Snappy and Savvy

Hello friends, Jill here.  My, how I've missed you.  I hope you've enjoyed getting to know a few of my favorite bloggers from the Twin Cities.  Now to switch things up a bit, I asked Vanessa of Snappy and Savvy to swap Friend Friday posts with me.  When Katy announced the post-swap, I knew right away who I wanted to partner with.  Vanessa's style may very well be (in my opinion) the funnest in the blogosphere.  She knows color, she knows layers, she knows accessories, and she takes beautiful outfit photos. 

When you're done here, swing on by Snappy and Savvy for my Friend Friday/Black Friday post!

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Hi Spoils of Wear readers, and Happy Thanksgiving! It's great to meet you and an honor to swap posts with Jill. She has a slightly quirky, always classic style that I love!

Today is Black Friday--the day we style lovers and bargain hunters converge on malls and big box stores to score huge markdowns on everything from electronics to frying pans and winter jackets.

Confession: I've never done a Black Friday shopping excursion the way it was meant to be done. You know, like some of you who plot out your Friday morning with military precision. You know who you are. You're the ones who awake at o'dark thirty, drink copious amounts of coffee, arrive in line and snap up the screaming hot deals before bolting to the next store.

I'm more of a wake-up-at-11 a.m., eat-some-Thanksgiving-leftovers, and leisurely-make-my-way-to-a-shop kinda girl. It doesn't make sense for a cheapskate like me, but that's how I roll (or don't roll).

When I do rouse myself to action today, it will most likely be to go to my hometown's small downtown shopping district. I live in a tiny, touristy town with lots of small boutiques perfect for finding unique gifts. The problem is, many items are pricey, so shopping early and wisely is a must. I like supporting the small merchants, and tell me what's more Christmas-y than this scene?

One of the main streets in my hometown on Thanksgiving weekend, 2009.

I like to give things I've been craving, but that are also practical items to appease the budget-ista in me. This year, I've got winter accessories on the brain. A fun scarf or hat is the perfect way to add a pop of interest, texture or color to a drab or dark winter ensemble. Even better, they fit everyone on my list, from petite to plus-sized. And, they fit my budget and into a stocking. Here's my winter accessory gift inspiration:

One: Leg warmers cleverly made from a recycled sweater by Etsy seller Mountain Girl Clothing.
Two: Super chunky cowl neck knit scarf in an unexpected color, like chartreuse from Etsy's Happiknits.
Three: Fair isle knee socks in a bold color combo, to layer over tights and wear with skirts, from Spotted Moth.
Four: A feather-adorned hat in a slouchy knit to get noticed, like this Anna Sui one spotted here.
Five: Really long, longer-than-opera-length-long, gloves in black to stretch a fall-weather cape into colder winter temps. Or, maybe a color-block pair like these from Modcloth.

Happy shopping, everyone, and Merry Christmas! (Is it time yet for me to say that? Yes, I think it's inescapable. Cue endless stream of store Christmas music.)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!


Just swinging by to wish everyone a Happy Turkey Day.  I hope you're enjoying some good food and fellowship with loved ones.  Steve and I have had the loveliest time with our Southern family this week.  While Minnesota has been plagued with snow and freezing temps, it's been gorgeous in the 80's here in Louisiana.  We hate to go, but will start for home tomorrow morning.

Have you enjoyed my awesome guest bloggers?  My internet access has been extremely limited here, but have managed to check in daily to read their great posts.  (Thanks, ladies!)

And did you see this great interview/write-up about me/Spoils by Katy at Modly Chic earlier this week?  I'm so honored and grateful.

Miles ended up swallowing a whole turkey bone at supper today and we're a little worried about him...keeping a close watch and hoping it passes quickly so we don't end up taking a detour to the emergency vet.  Other then that, he's been the perfect traveling pup.


Be blessed, y'all!  I sure am thankful for all of YOU.

Guest Blogger: Anna of A Banana Medley

Hi everyone!  I'm Anna from A Banana Medley.   I'm so honored to be guest posting for my pal Jill while she enjoys a Thanksgiving holiday vacation. Because she is a fellow thrifter and lover of bargain shopping, I thought I would share...

The Joys of Second Hand

Partly thanks to inspiration from the blogging world, partly thanks to the changing seasons and partly thanks to my evolving personality and tastes- my style transitions quite often.

That's part of the reason I love thrifting and shopping at consignment stores, it makes dressing affordable.

One of my favorite places to shop is Everyday People Clothing Exchange.
Here's how it works:

1. Clean Out Your Closet

2. Bring in your gently used and vintage clothing to one of the three Twin Cities locations.

3. They look through your clothes and determine what they can sell. They buy your clothes and you can get 30% of the selling value in cash OR (my preference) 50% of the selling value in store credit.

4. Shop your heart out. For free!!

5. Added bonus: if you are a member of Minnesota Public Radio and you show your card, you get a 20% discount!
That's how this...

Becomes this...

Two new shirts (one vintage, one from The Gap) and a dress to wear to a wedding this weekend (Laundry by Shelli Segal) and I still have $22.00 store credit remaining!

If you don't have Everyday People in your city, there are other clothing exchange places like Buffalo Exchange, Plato's Closet or Beacon's Closet. Here's some helpful tips for bringing your clothing in to sell.

Today's outfit contains two of my all time favorite Everyday People purchases: This patchwork tunic made from an old sweater and vintage fabric pieces (making my own version of this is on my winter to do list) AND these fantastic fringe boots that are so much fun to wear!

Shakin' the fringe!

Tunic: Everyday People
Jeggings: Sears
Boots: Everyday People
Necklace: Target, thrifted

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Guest Blogger: Meghan of High Plains Thrifter

Hello dears! This is Meghan from High Plains Thrifter. I’m really excited to be blog-sitting Spoils of Wear today while Jill’s off spending some quality time with her family.

As much as I despise Minnesota’s long, cold, snowy winters, there is one thing look forward to once the temperatures drop--wearing my thrifted vintage furs! I used to save fur-wearing for only the most special occasions, but this winter, I’ve vowed to incorporate them more into by day-to-day dressing. I’m thinking that smaller pieces, like stoles and cowls, will be getting more play. Here are a few ideas I’ve been inspired by lately.

The cluster of cat pins Julie, from Orchid Grey, added to her vintage stole are perfectly quirky and help the outfit more youthful and informal. You can also add sparkle to stoles or collars by fastening it with a brooch or pin, or by using sweater grips.

White fur is so pretty! I love how Elsie, from A Beautiful Mess, topped off this simple vintage black dress with this cowl. I thrifted a piece similar to this last week at the Salvation Army in Elk River for $20!

How cozy is this sweet little fur collar Erin of Cali Vintage is wearing? This ensemble is a perfect example of how even a small touch of fur can elevate a standard sweater/skirt combo to something more luxurious and interesting.

As much as I like the look of full-on furry hats, I hate hat-head. The fluffy headband Coury Combs from Fancy Treehouse is wearing would keep my ears warm, without wreaking havoc on my ‘do.

 My top tips for thrifting fur...

-First, scrunch up the piece with your hands. You should not hear a “crunch” or “crackle” or feel any kind of stiffness. Fur should be supple and limp.
-Run your fingers over the entire piece looking for splits in the seam or tears. Fur is extremely expensive to repair (and in some cases impossible to fix), so usually, it’s not worth buying a piece that’s damaged.
-Examine the lining. If it’s deteriorated or falling apart, again, repairing is or getting it relined will probably not be worth purchasing it.
-Give it a sniff. Scents cling to fur indefinitely, so if you smell smoke, cedar or moth balls, it’s there to stay.

I hope this post has given you some fresh ideas for adding touches of fur to your day-to-day dressing. I wish you all warm and cozy Thanksgivings!



Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Guest Blogger: Rebecca of MinnChic

Hello, Spoils of Wear readers, this is Rebecca from MinnChic. I'm a blogger from St, Paul, MN, and I'm excited to be guest posting for Jill while she takes some well-earned vacation time.

Since Jill and I are both pug owners, I decided to bring my dog Maddie along for my photo shoot. Maddie may look like she's my biggest fan in these photos, but that's because I bribed her so that she'd go along with my plans. The pocket of my coat was full of pieces of pepperoni, which is why she sat and stared at me while I took pictures.

Dress - Vintage, from The Pigeon Chest
Coat - Larry Levine, Macy's
Tights - Target
Shoes - Thrifted, Kenneth Cole.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Guest Blogger: Mary of Undergrad Fab

Hey there, friends!  It's Monday and I'm visiting with family in Louisiana for Thanksgiving week.  I finally got the little getaway that I've been craving - yeeessssss.  While I'm away, I've arranged for some special guests to entice you with their blogging brilliance.  Guests Monday-Thursday all have a little something in common:  they're all Minnesota bloggers! 

"What about Friday?" you ask?  Well, you'll just have to wait and see.

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Hello, Spoils of Wear readers! I’m Mary :)

And I write the blog Undergrad Fab.

If you couldn’t guess from my blog title, I’m an undergrad (and hopefully also fab, but that’s another story for another time) at a university of nearly 50,000 students in one of the coldest places on Earth (um, Minnesota.) But as much as I love my campus and fellow students, as soon as temps dip below 30 F, an epidemic takes over.

Perhaps you’ve heard of it? It’s the dreaded Uggs + Sweats combo, and it gets me every. time. Now, I have nothing against Uggs (I own a pair) or sweats (trust me, I own many pairs). But it’s when this combination becomes a uniform over the course of seven frigid months of snow that it can become an issue. So without further ado, I’d like to introduce the art of staying snuggly + stylish.

During my first winter in Minnesota (I’m from Wisconsin, but still had no idea how much colder it got up here. Yikes.), I’ll admit that I was tempted to roll out of bed every day straight into my warmest sweatshirt, because, uh, who cares about looking stylish when my eyelashes have frozen together? But other MN bloggers like Jill, who all stay fabulously stylish all winter long, had convinced me that I didn’t have to retreat into the land of the misfit sweats in order to survive the long winter.

My essentials include (but are most certainly not limited to):

1. Cute outerwear, especially hats, scarves & gloves.

2. Boots, boots, boots, boots, boots. And then with a quick change, I can stuff those boots under my desk and whip out whatever cute shoes I’ve brought with me for the day. Bingo!

3. Layers. What’s that, you say? Not every single state requires you to double up on tights during January? Regardless, it’s one of my favorite tricks, and with the right color combos, can produce a cool color effect as well. Plus, tights or leggings under jeans can work wonders for toastiness on those especially chilly days.

4. Anything wooly or insulating. A common misconception about toasty clothes is that they must only exist in super bulky, unflattering styles. Not true. This uber-toasty cashmere blend hoodie is quite possibly one of the warmest sweaters I own, and it’s still a nice, thin, form-fiting sweater. Plus, this circle scarf I knit for myself has proven worth its weight in handwarmers, as it keeps my neck completely covered & warm while still being bright, colorful, and trendy to boot!

So while it's inevitable that yes, the snow will come and yes, I will probably be wearing at least four layers at all times between now and March, but staying snuggly + stylish is always possible :)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

30 for 30: Day 14 & 15

I know it's better to save the BEST for last, but I actually saved the WORST for last.  Not the worst outfits, the worst photos.  Yuck.  My apologies.  These pictures would never usually make it up here, but how else do I share my 30 for 30 remixes with you?  The good news:  My new camera arrived in time to go to Louisiana with me.  Thank the good Lord.  Poor photo quality makes me sad.


The last half of the 30 for 30 challenge will resume Monday, November 29th.  But come on back tomorrow!  Just because I'm gone doesn't mean there isn't great stuff goin' on at Spoils of Wear!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

30 for 30: Day 13

I'm probably in Kansas City right now.  I'm either visiting with friends, eating breakfast, sleeping, disc-golfing, or driving.    I am not wearing this outfit.  In anticipation for this trip, I was somehow, miraculously able to get ahead of 30 for 30 outfits. 

The iphone pictures just keep getting worse.  It will get better soon, I promise.

This is another one of my favorites...pulled together from these items (in case you needed to review).

It's Saturday.  Peace out.

Scarf:  Cruise giftshop
Dress:  Target
Sweater:  Kohl's?
Tights:  Kohl's
Boots:  Madden Girl via DSW.com
Coat:  Forever 21

Friday, November 19, 2010

30 for 30: Day 12

Friend Friday topic this week:  Blogger Copying

1. What are the 'unwritten rules' about copying content that we bloggers should all abide by?
Always credit and link back to the original source.  As an additional courtesy, ASK before you post.  A simple email will make a world of difference and you might even make a new friend. 

2. They say imitation is the highest form of flattery. But when is a post imitation and when is it copying?
It's copying when the pictures and text are not your own.  It's not a good idea.  You'd be better off simply sharing the original post with your readers by saying, "I love so-n-so's take on such-n-such!"  Read it here!"  with a link.

3. Taking another blogger's idea (perhaps for an outfit, or DIY tutorial) is pretty common in the blogging world. Do you think it is necessary to credit the original source?
Yes.  I really don't see the point in intentionally duplicating a post idea if you don't have something to add or change.  As a reader, I would not be interested in a post I've already seen somewhere else.

4. How have you improved your blog by comparing it to other blogs? Have you made changes due to something you have seen others doing?
There are some great blogs out there that have definitely inspired and challenged me as a blogger.  Mostly in terms of layout and blog style.  I increased the size of my pictures.  I paid for a unique, professional header.  I've learned that I don't have to come up with a lengthy text post every day (thank goodness).  I never intended on posting outfit photos, but learned that it was something that I could do and enjoy while benefiting my readership. 

I've never intentionally copied some one's post idea.  There may be other "How to Throw a Clothes Swap" posts out there, but I didn't know about them before I posted mine, so my ideas are 100% my own.

5. Have you ever had one of your posts copied by another blogger or publication? How did you handle the situation?
I haven't had a post copied as far as I know.  I would be fine with it so long as it was credited and linked.  If not, I would probably email the blogger or publication asking them to do so or unpublish it (please).  I know a copyright lawyer.  Don't mess with me.  :)

Shirt:  Ralph Lauren, thifted via ARC's Value Village
Scarf:  St. Paul boutique
Skirt:  J. Crew, thrifted
Tights:  Old Navy
Boots:  JCPenny
Coat:  Forever 21

Thursday, November 18, 2010

30 for 30: Day 11

Ahhhhh!!!!  So busy!  Work today, a fashion event tonight, work tomorrow...and I haven't even packed for Louisiana yet!  On top of all that, I'm suddenly super motivated blog-wise.  I have so many things to share, and ideas to become reality...I just need TIME to make it all happen.

I must admit, this whole 30 for 30 thing certainly has it's perks.  With limited options, I don't struggle to pick out what I'm going to wear every day, which is a real time saver.

Shirt:  Target
T-Shirt:  Disneyland gift from Hubby
Sweater:  H&M
Skirt:  Old Navy
Tights:  HUE via Macy's
Shoes:  UrbanOutfitters.com

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

30 for 30: Day 10

What I like about snow:
  • It's beautiful.  At first.
  • It's insulating.  Somehow, 20 degrees feels even colder without snow on the ground.  I'm sure there's a scientific explanation for it.
  • It's bright.  So I can find the dog poop easier.
  • It smells good.  Did you know that snow smells?  It does.  It smells like childhood memories and holiday shopping.
  • It's symbolic.  "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow..." Isaiah 1:18 NIV
  • It's fun.  I like to ski, tube, sled...things I always intend to do, but rarely get around to doing. 

It's a lot of work to come up with things I like about it, but thinking about all the things I don't like just gets me down.  If you live in snow, what do YOU like about it?
Hat:  J.Crew
Turtleneck:  Target
Scarf:  Cruise giftshop
Jeans:  thrifted via Valu Thrift
Boots:  Madden Girl via DSW.com
Bag:  Old Navy

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

30 for 30: Day 9

Aaaaannnnddd....we're back to iphone pictures.  We thought the camera we ordered (to replace the stolen camera) was a slight upgrade, but it turned out to be a slight downgrade.  So we sent it back and are re-upgrading to the original camera style.  I wish I could get a new camera in time for my road trip to Louisiana (we leave Friday!), but I doubt it.  The iphone will have to do.

Speaking of Louisiana, while there I will be taking a hiatus from the 30 for 30 (Kendi approved).  The items I chose for the challenge were for 1). Work/Church, and 2). Minnesota weather, which will definitely not work on a Southern, disc-golf-filled vacation.  I'll be posting through this week and then the remainder of the 30 for 30 will continue on Monday, November 28.

Don't worry, I won't leave you hangin' while I'm away.  Just you wait and see...

Turtleneck:  Kensie via Macy's
Dress:  Soprano via Macy's
Tights:  Old Navy
Shoes:  UrbanOutfitters.com
Bag:  thrifted via ARC's Value Village
Coat:  clothes-swapped
Necklace:  gifted from dad-in-law

Monday, November 15, 2010

30 for 30: Day 8

I love color, but there is definitely something to be said for an all neutral ensemble.  The color palette is sophisticated, but the clothes are still fun and casual.  This asymmetrical sweater is one of my favorite wardrobe pieces, yet it wasn't initially considered for the 30 for 30.  Now, I'm so glad I decided to include it.

I have a weee bit of a confession to make.  I "shopped" this weekend.  (gasp! shock! dismay! rule breaker!)
BUT I did NOT spend any money, so I'm hoping that it's OK. 

My pal Ashley joined the Peace Corp.  She only has a couple more days in Minnesota, and then she's off to Africa for nearly 2 years (!!!).  I'm so very proud (and a little envious) of her and her bravery.  She had a bunch of girls over Friday night to go through her things - clothes, shoes, accessories, cleaning supplies, ect.  There was some great stuff in my size which I gladly took off her hands.  It's a little torturous to have to wait out the 30 for 30 before I wear them, but I will endure.

Then Old Man Winter dropped a doozy on us.  We woke up Saturday morning to lots and lots of snow.  It was the perfect day to hit up the MOA (Mall of America).  Steve had some Disney Dollars to spend at the Disney Store, so we got a good head start on Christmas shopping for our little nieces.  Then I exchanged these boots at DSW for a pair that felt more 'me'.  It was an even exchange, so no money spent.  And again, I won't be wearing them until 30 for 30 is over.

After MOA, we went mattress shopping at Dock 86.  We bought a heavenly pillow top mattress and top-of-the-line pillows.  After sleeping the way we have for the last 5 years, sleeping on high-quality is going to take some getting used to, but our bodies will thank us in the long run.

Headband:  Two Young Hearts
Sweater: Olive Olivia via Karma
Shirt:  Target
Skirt:  Target
Tights:  WalMart
Boots:  JCPenny
Bag:  Target
Laptop case:  Betsy Johnson via TJMaxx

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Miles' First Snow

30 for 30: Day 7

One week into the challenge.  So far, so good.  Onward...

Necklace:  Forever 21
Dress:  Target
Sweater:  TJ Maxx
Belt:  ?
Tights:  Old Navy
Shoes:  Seychelles via Amazon

Saturday, November 13, 2010

30 for 30: Day 6

It's Saturday.  I don't usually post on the weekends, but want to keep up so as to not let 30 outfits take up MONTHS worth of posts.  I have other stuff to wear, things to buy, and money to spend.  It's amazing how money accumulates when I'm not spending it.  This challenge is going to make me feel like a rich girl...temporarily.  I'm already planning a trip to the Mall of America when it's all over.

I endured a trip to Target the other day.  I gazed longingly at the rack of clearance clothing.  My eyes began to water and my lip started to quiver, so I had to distract myself by moving on to the pet supply isle.  I was smart enough to not even approach shoes or accessories.  No one likes a whimpering adult.

Scarf:  Target
Bow pin:  taken from a pair socks
Shirt:  Target
Skirt:  Target
Shoes:  UrbanOutfitters.com
Bag:  Target:
Tights:  I'll guess...Target?

Friday, November 12, 2010

30 for 30: Day 5

There is a first time for everything, and this is the first time I've belted a scarf.  Just a little slow on that trend, but I'm cool with it now.  And so far, this is my favorite '30' outfit.  I am convinced that this shirt-dress can do no wrong.  Remember when I remixed it here?  Yeah...it would have been very foolish not to include it in my first 30 for 30.  I'm no fool.

It's Friend Friday once again, and this week's topic is Blogger Self-Promotion.  And with that, I've decided that the Blog Word of the Day is PARTICIPATE.  Since when have I done a Blog Word of the Day, you ask?  Since right now.  I make it all up as I go.

1. How do you promote your blog?
Perhaps the question is "DO I promote my blog?".  Yes, yes, of course I do...but in small ways.  I follow and comment on other blogs.  I'm listed on Weardrobe.  I have business cards (that I rarely distribute).  Twitter.  I participate in the community with things like Friend Friday, 30 for 30, ect.  I host giveaways every now and then.  But I don't do these things solely to increase traffic or gain followership.  I do it simply because I want to participate.

2. In your experience what has been the most effective form of self promotion?
Participation in the community, for sure.  And the great thing is, that's what it's all about!  I don't have to send mass emails begging people to follow me or make half-hearted comments on others' blogs.  All I have to do is be myself, participate, and readers will come to me.

3. Do you think there is a wrong way to promote yourself and your blog?
I don't know that there is a 'wrong' way, but some methods are certainly more effective than others.  Any form of promotion that comes across as desperate is going to have a very small return on investment.

4. When it comes to others pushing their product what annoys you?
I'm not a fan of generic 'follow me' emails.  If one doesn't take the time to learn my name and address me personally, I won't feel any obligation to click your link. 

I know a lot of people take issue with the "nice blog, come follow me" comment, but I actually prefer that to a spammy email.  Ideally, one would leave a sincere comment with a simple link to their blog.  I will get to it eventually, and if I want to follow, I will.

5. In Dressful's post on this topic earlier in the week she said, "It's impossible to respect someone who wants all the attention, but adds nothing worthwhile to the conversation." Do you agree?
I do agree.  It makes me wonder why some people start blogs, because if it is just for attention and potential publicity, I expect they'll be very disappointed in the long run. 

A principle not just for blogs, but for life:  GIVE and you shall RECEIVE. 

Shirt-dress:  Gap, thrifted
Scarf:  Target
Belt:  Thrifted
Tights:  Old Navy
Boots:  Madden Girl via DSW

Thursday, November 11, 2010

30 for 30: Day 4

I did not inherit my mom's sewing skills.  Every time I work up the gumption to sit down at a sewing machine, something goes wrong.  The thread breaks or tangles, the fabric snags, the needle gets stuck....and I'm easily frustrated.  So I explore other crafty avenues that do not require a sewing machine.  Felt, for example, is a fabric I can work with.  It's cheap, stiff, cuts easily, and doesn't fray. This is one of my first attempts at a felt flower.  Nothing spectacular, but hey, it's not like I'm selling it on Etsy.

There comes a time in the course of every haircut, that things get a little extra challenging. At which point I have a few options:  1) re-learn how to do my hair, 2) get a haircut, or 3) give up.  This is me in the give up phase, slowly coming around to re-learning, until I can make arrangements for a haircut.

Headband:  made by me
Glasses:  Cliche'
Shirt:  Ralph Lauren, thrifted
Cardigan:  H&M
Belt:  ?
Skirt:  Old Navy
Tights:  Stella Blue
Boots:  JCPenny
Bag:  Target

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

30 for 30: Day 3

Ah yes.  The ol' denim shirt with khaki pants duo.  Ca-lassic.  Can I just say that I love denim in almost any form or fashion.  It's true.  You'd shake your head in disgust at the many ways I've worn denim in past years.  Denim skirt-suit with gnarly, shredded hemline, anyone?  I only wore it once, but man was it a good time.

So this whole denim shirt trend...right up my alley.  I'm on the lookout for one in a fitted, oxford style that isn't too Western looking.  To be purchased after I'm through with 30 for 30, of course.  I'm not shopping right now.  (Repeat)  I'm not shopping right now.  Is there an echo in here?

Shirt:  JCPenny
Jacket:  Old Navy, thrifted
Belt:  H&M
Pants:  The Limited, thrifted
Boots:  Madden Girl via DSW
Purse:  Coach, gift from hubby
Airplane earrings (current fave): Target

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

30 for 30: Day 2

Neither this purple sweater or black skirt were on my original list of 30.  But after 'test driving' a few items, adjustment were made and here they are.

Oh that little pug.  Angelically sweet one minute, spawn of Satan the next.  I'm still smitten.

Turtleneck:  Target
Sweater:  Thrifted
Skirt:  J.Crew, thrifted
Tights:  Old Navy
Shoes:  Seychelles via Amazon
Birdcage Necklace: Target