Sunday, June 1, 2014

Mum or Not?

So I was explaining to Dear Hubby 'bout how I left a can o' Sprite in my car console, and how it exploded in the summer heat and made the ickiest most disgust-O mess ever, and what a dummy I am and how long it took to clean up...

...and then he says it was him.

Not. Me.

H&M Dress ~ Thrift shop score $6 in 2011
a.n.a. necklace ~ Snagged on clearance sale before store stopped carrying brand :(
Workhorse sling back pumps (nope, not the brand, just what they are) ~ had for years

He confessed to a shaving cream incident. Don't ask. But props to him for totes honesty.

Me? I'da pro'bly kept mum.

Got one before my necklace tried to wander off without me.

What about you? Mum or not if you'd been the doer of th' deed?

The Corginator
You wouldn't believe how many page hits you get with the word "dog" in your post.
Dog. Dog. Dog. Dog. Dog.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Check Out th' Crap Rack

Any of you that regularly haunt your local secondhand stores know what "Th' Crap Rack" is, often a small rack of rather forlorn and slightly dusty clothing items marked 75% off, usually full of very weird clothes that didn't sell and are headed for the rag basket. Heavily sequined Mother-of-the-Bride tops missing the matching bottoms. Icky polyester shorts that make you itch just looking at them. Tiny fragments of lace with satin-covered buttons and ruffled sleeves that even your cat couldn't squeeze into.

And two weeks ago, this very nice Loft blazer. $6. Soft grey. Goes with everything. Wrinkle-free. Perfect to cram into your carry-on for a business trip. Or heck, just wear it with your jeans on the plane so you have room for another pair of shoes.

Loft jacket ~ local consignment store
Loft skirt - like 10 years old
Red pumps - secondhand as well, several years ago

Yep. One woman's crap is another woman's perfect classic jacket.

Love, peace & grace,

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Posterize Me

Seriously, y'all, sometimes I think I just take pictures of myself so that I can play with the photo apps.

 This is pattern-mixing, right? Bricks & fern-like fronds?

I'm a little embarrassed to share this outfit because nothing is secondhand. But this was one of the first dresses I ever wore on the blog, years ago, and it did come off a clearance rack for less than a tenner. And my boss at the time liked my pale yellow cardi with the ribbon trim so much, she ordered the exact same one.

Eh. It's just stuff. You'll see it again.

For the record, this is the first time I've worn nail polish, in like nine months. 

Love, peace & grace,

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Menswear for the Ladies

Patti at Not Dead Yet Style has been styling menswear shirts in her work wardrobe for years, regularly achieving that effortlessly classic Katherine Hepburn signature look. See her "Visible Monday #73: Crisp White (Man's) Shirt" post to see a man's shirt worn by a very beautiful woman. 

Alexander Julian Colours man's shirt (S 14-14 1/2) - Goodwill
J. Crew ankle pants - Factory outlet uber clearance a few years back
Bandolino flats - Hamricks a few years back

Like Patti, I like the slouch of a man's shirt. For a small person, I have really broad shoulders, but also like Patti, I can't borrow my 6'3" hubby's shirts. Inspired by Patti, I'm always on the lookout for a crisp (but no-iron) classic man's shirt. I haven't had much luck finding a beautiful white one, but the Goodwill Goddess has kindly delivered a lovely pale blue one, and this cool pale lavender man's shirt into my grateful hands, for less than $4 each.

I tried to add the feminine touch of a purple skinny belt, glittery rhinestone bracelet, and flats with floral accents to stay in touch with my girly side, but you tell me. Do I have the same problem I did as a kid, when peeps often mistook me for a boy?

Love, peace & grace,

Monday, May 19, 2014

Up and Down

The Teen had her nine-month follow-up at the pediatric bone marrow clinic last week. I know, it seems more like nine years to us, too.

We got good news and not-so-good news. She's not as out-of-the-woods as we were hoping for at this point, and her brilliant but very conservative physician put the kibosh on some much anticipated fall plans for going away to college. When you've lived with your parents in an 8 by 10 room for many months, this is not what you want to hear.

odille skirt - I scored Anthropologie at Goodwill!
Talbots cardi - uber clearance a couple of years ago
Loft tank - uber clearance a couple of years ago
Fluevog pumps - clearance a couple of years ago
Sara Coventry multi-chain necklace - vintage from Mom

And so we make new plans, and are grateful she's here to make them with.

Thanks to all of you out there who have loved and supported us on this long journey to a new life.

Love, peace & grace,

P.S. I wore something from Goodwill to the office every single day last week :)