Saturday, March 31, 2012


Jacket: Fred Meyer/Kroger
Shirt: Lands End (Thrifted)
Skirt: Pure by Alfred
Scarf: ?
Shoes: Kardashian for Sears
Handbag: Coach

Know what's sad?  I've had this skirt in the back of my closet for over three years and this is the first I've worn it.  It was one of those buys where I loved it in the dressing room, got home and then had no idea what to wear it with and thought it was too high-waisted and too snug.  Well, after cleaning out the closets last night I rediscovered this skirt and had to try it on before tossing it in the donate pile.

I am so happy I tried it on and didn't toss it first.  I love this skirt! And now I have tops galore to wear with it and so many ideas, I think this skirt will become a real staple.  Which brings me back, why did I love it enough to buy it, then hate it when I got home?

Three years ago, after two kids and finally feeling like an adult and not a teen, I realized my wardrobe was in a sad state.  Everything I owned was jeans, black dress pants(left over from two jobs in a row that required ONLY black dress pants.) and tops that were too young and cheap.  I wanted to look chic and grown up, but I really didn't know how.  I must of realized this was a big girl skirt, but just didn't know what to do with it.  My style has change so much since then, I love a high-waisted skirt now and like loose button ups, it's fun to see the change.

Have you ever bought something and then left it sit forever in your closet before realizing you love it, or has your style changed so much the old clothes you loved you've now outgrown? 

Friday, March 30, 2012

On the Cheap Weekday Challenge

Blazer: Sears $4.99
Shirt: Old Navy $9.00
Pants: Gap (Thrifted) $4.00
Scarf: Christmas present
Shoes: Report (Famous Footwear) $12.00
Necklace: Pasun $1.49
Watch: AE $3.33
Bracelet: Gottschaks $.50
Black Bracelet: ? Present
Bag: Coach $30.00
Scarf: Silk $2.00
New haircut and a few hours of sleep: Priceless

I'm smiling for a lot of reasons. 

1.  After two nights staying up with puking kids, I got a little sleep this morning and they're feeling much better! 

2.  New haircut!   I am really bad about getting hair cuts.  Like maybe two haircuts a year bad.  That's pretty sad, considering how fast my hair grows and how much I loooove getting my hair cut.  Having someone else wash your hair?  Pure heaven.  My bangs are pretty happy too, now they're nice and thick, just like I like them.

3. This lovely in the last picture.  Thrifting bags up here is so hit and miss, mostly miss for me.  But after checking a small consignment shop in town, I found this lovely little Coach bag, sitting on his self with a crazy low price tag.  My first though was, "Aah, ripoff replica. Bummer."  But after inspection, I realized it was the real deal.  Not only that, the owner gave me 20% off!  This little beauty is the bag of my dreams, aside from my Valentines present, I've been holding off buying any bags for the past few years because I knew what I wanted and I couldn't find it. (Within my price range.)  This is a post for another day, but selecting handbags are a lot like refining your personal style.  When I was young, I found lots of cheap, shiny bags, but aside from three bags I constantly carry, the rest I've given or donated.

I was going to do a "Under $30 Weekday Challenge" post yesterday, but after the mentioned two nights of no-sleep and throw-up, I got my tripod out and then flopped in the snow while trying to set the timer. (Sadly, I have no pictures of this.) After that I just gave up and dragged myself back in.

So this is the On the Cheap Weekday challenge.  Total for entire outfit: $67.31.  My challenge normally is to make an outfit for under $30, but after thinking about it, getting a fantastic bag for such a low price is part of being frugal, so this week I'll just overlook the price.  (That doesn't sound like an excuse at all.)  I love these Gap cargo pants I thrifted awhile back, but after running around all day I should have pulled them back up before picture time. (Saggy butt syndrome!) 

So, are you are super shopper for stretching your dollar, and what was your last good find?

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Red and polka dots

Blazer: Sears
Dress: Thrifted
Belt: Old Navy
Shoes: SM NewYork (Sears)

One of my very favorite dresses!  Not only was it cheap at the thrift store, it has polka dots, is super swingy and fits me perfectly.  It can be hard to find dresses that fit if you have a large chest, hips and a waist, most of the time I have to do small adjustments to get a decent fit.  But not on this baby.  I zipped it up and wowza!  Perfect. Fit.  And of course leopard print is a perfect match for a red blazer and polka dots.  

Look!  Pavement!  Freed from the chilly grasp of the snow!

In other news, it's long past time for a visit to the hairdresser.  My poor bangs have had enough of me hacking away at them.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Challenge: Jean Skirt


Jacket: Sears
Shirt: Old Navy
Skirt: Gottshacks
Scarf: Fred Meyer/Kroger
Hat: Great Northwest
Bag: Bueno
Shoes: Uk Style by French Connection(Sears)

One thing I struggle with is denim skirts.  How do you wear them without looking too young and teenager-ish, or looking like you're Russian Orthodox? (This one may only apply to Alaska, as we have a large population of Russian Orthodox.  Women don't wear pants, so you see a lot of denim skirts.  But I think this applies to most locations, almost everywhere has a conservative group who wears a lot of denim skirts.)  The other side of this is NOT looking like a Badger Road lady and wearing your denim mini with a tube top and being 30-50 years past pulling off that look. 

So this was my challenge.  I've had this skirt for over ten years, but I stopped wearing it 5 years ago, just because I couldn't figure out how to style a denim skirt.  That's right, I couldn't do what millions of women and girls do naturally. I'm practically un-American.

So I went my to my trusty military jacket, patterned scarf and leopard print booties.  Because leopard print makes everything better.  Just ask a Jersey girl.   (Please don't hate me Jersy girls, I love you for how you embrace animal print with such abandon.)

So, what clothing item do you struggle to style?  Or are you just awesome? (I suspect most of you are.)

Monday, March 26, 2012

It does things to people

Dress: Old Navy
Shoes: Payless
Jewelery: Assorted

This is the best little jacket.  I got a few compliments on it today, but I think maybe people were confused by the color combination. 

You know what's funny?  Watching your neighbor from Georgia melting snow with  vengeance and a weed burner.   I think he's a little tired of the snow.  (It's almost as good as watching someone mow the snow in their yard, with the actual lawnmower.  The snow does stuff to people, like me, who has to keep wiping her eyes because it's SO bright!)

Spring is in the air

Coat: Old Navy
Shirt: Od Navy
Skirt: ? (thrifted)
Shoes: SM New York (Sears)
Jewelery: Assorted

This is a pretty simple outfit but sometimes simple just works.  I wear this necklace so much, I know. (But it's one of my very favorites, I love multi-tone metals and it looks like little spoons hanging down.)  

We hit 40 above zero today!  Our snow is melting like crazy and it feels sooooo warm out, I'm looking forward to breaking out my warm weather coats.  (And retiring my good ol' puffy winter coat to the closet.)  After the six and a half months of winter, I'm looking forward to spring and summer, however short they may be.  (I'm really looking forward to those sandals!)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

witty and wordy

Coat: Old Navy
Hat: Great Northwest
Shirt: Thrifted
Necklace: Thrifted
Skirt: Kardashian for Sears
Shoes: Kensie girl

Ah, not my best photos.  I was pressed for time and every time I'd set the timer, a car would come whipping by!  So I ran out of time and the quality of the photos is awful.  Which is too bad because I like this outfit and it deserved a decent shot.

After yesterday I wanted to wear something brighter and I love blush and champagne colors together.  I talked about this skirt awhile back but this is the first time I've worn it on the blog.  It's got material cut to look like feathers and has such fun movement, it's also the skirt that made me eat my words on the Kardashian for Sears collection. (I refuse to use a K for collection, I won't eat my words that much!) 

You know what's a great treat?  Take a bag of grapes and put them in the freezer for an hour, pull out and eat.  It's really good.  (And little kids like them too.)

Yup, that's about all I've got.  I'm like a wizard of clever and witty things to say today.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Frugal Outfit Day

Jack by BBDakota $15
Dress: Ann Taylor (thrifted) $3.49
Belt: ? (I think it came with a dress)
Shoes: Kardashian for Sears $9.99

Well, first off I want to say thank you to everyone, you all are too sweet! 

I've finally realized that at almost 5'2, I am petite.  Or short, one of the two.  This means that when I buy clothing items that are petite, they fit better and I will not have to torment them with my sad hemming skills.  This dress was the lucky one, being a petite meant no bad sewing skills from me and it meant I got a lovely dress from the thrift store, already the right length, for $3.49.  That's my kinda deal!

Which moves me right along to the next subject, I love reading the "outfits for under a hundred" articals in the fashion magazines and online, but $100 an outfit is steep for me. So I wanted to do a feature weekly where I do an outfit for under $30.  Why $30?  It seems like a reasonable amount and I have terrible luck thrifting shoes, so I need extra to offset that. (I''ve thrifted two pairs of shoes in my life, size 9 and cute are hard for me to find up here.  Yeah, I have big feet for someone of my height.)  It's not to say nice clothing items aren't worth the investment, but I like to push myself in getting really good deals on things I normally can't afford and to show that you can get a great look for less.

This jacket I got on sale with a coupon(At Pacson) at christmas time, it was technicaly a present, I just saved my husband the trouble of picking it out. (A good way to go!)  The dress as I mentioned, I thrifted on a 50% off day and these Kardashian shoes I got on super clearence!  I did forget to factor in my acessories, but since it's old jewelry, I'll just pretend it doesn't matter this time, next week I'll make sure to think off this.

So my outfit totals at $28.48 this week.  I know thrift stores are scary and smelly at first, but if you are on a budget and want nice stuff, they are your best friend.  And coupons!  They've great for groceries, but in Alaska most grocery coupons are not honored, but clothing ones always are!  By combining those with sales, you can get new stuff at thrift store prices. (Again, for clearence, Sears is fantastic!  You get Old Navy rock-bottom prices for good qualitly stuff.)