Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Holidaze Greetings from De Petz

Inspired by Megan, I decided to share some great pet pics of the four-leggeds that my oldest daughter, The Costume Technician, took with her iPhone, and let y'all know again how awesome I think you are, and how much I appreciate having you in my life.

Sasha Jane wonders why we don't all look this good every day :P

GizMo is my Wookiee, at least until he gets to the groomers.

Phoebe a/k/a PheedMe works hard for the money.

The Teen had a rough couple of days over the weekend, but is feeling much better now, so it looks like we'll get to take that much-anticipated holiday trip. 

Best wishes for the New Year!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Holidaze (and GoodWill)

You know what? Taking my outfit pics inside on a cloudy winter day last Sunday was rather inspired, because I haven't had to think about what to wear this week.

The Deets: Jones New York sweater (GoodWill); Jones New York pleated skirt (Salvation Armani Army); Bjorndal ankle boots ($20! Rack Room); Wide belt (Amazon); Flower necklace (several years ago from a little jewelry boutique)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Faith, Hope & Love (and More Goodwill)

"Faith, Hope & Love" is stenciled on the wall of The Teen's hospital room, and I have to say it is a comfort to see it. Many of you know that The Teen suffers from a severe form of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD).

What some of you may not know, is SCD patients can be prone to suffer strokes. That's what the doctors initially thought had happened when she was admitted to ICU at 2 a.m. on Monday, and what they hopefully ruled out with a number of diagnostic tests today.

I was glad to honor the Blogger Day of Silence for Sandy Hook yesterday. When I read the bios of the victims earlier this week, my tears started afresh. When I read the blog post "I Am Adam Lanza's Mother", my heart broke all over again, because I do know that all over the world there are families who both love and fear their own children suffering from mental illness, which sometimes expresses itself in violent outbursts at the least, and physical attacks at worst. Even worse is the difficulty getting appropriate - and beneficial - mental health care and support.

The Absent-Minded Professor, a cancer survivor, says none of us have lifetime contracts and we need to live everyday in the present. Those of us who are parents need to make sure we tell our children how great they are and how much we love them - and work hard to give them real childhoods. We can't always protect them from random violence - or random health crises, but we can love them well.

I guess it was fortuitous that on Sunday afternoon I took pictures of several combinations of completely secondhand clothes, most from the GoodWill. Although I've been schlepping around in no make-up, bifocals, and sweaters because the hospital is so cold (at least to me), this is what I'll likely wear to give an ethics presentation tomorrow, partly because I have a long round-trip drive to the seminar, and this is very comfortable and won't wrinkle.

The Deets: Petite Sophisticate sweater (GoodWill); vintage Ann Taylor Loft pleated skirt (eBay); MIA floral cut out boots (thrifted); Vera Wang necklace under $5 at Kohl's, probably left because no one "got it" but me. I was all, "Greetings, green  rhinestones, you have found your Forever Home."

Monday, December 17, 2012

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Visible Monday and The Blind Boys of Alabama

So many of you have told me that GoodWill (GW Boutique), Salvation Armani (Army), thrift, and consignment stores haven't yielded satisfactory results for you. I dunno, but GW Boutique and Salvation Armani have been especially good to me lately.

The Deets: H&M fully lined purple corduroy skirt (GoodWill); Lizsport sweater (GoodWill); Born mary janes (Amazon); lia sophia convertible pendant; MUSTARD TIGHTS!!!

So much so that you're likely to see 90% of my clothes in future posts are from GoodWill and Salvation Armani. Man, you know if we had one of those Value Villages some of you guys talk about, I'd be all over that like white on rice.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Career Dressing: Secondhand from Head to Toe

More and more these days, I find secondhand stores to be much more interesting than retail stores. Sure the goods can be like a box of chocolates and ya never know what you're gonna get, but sometimes you stumble across a divine melt-in-your mouth chocolate truffle - and you don't have to pay nearly as much as you would at Godiva. This works out really well if you're not on a Godiva budget to start with.

I feel like I'm rolling around in Godivas in today's outfit, all of it thrifted except my unmentionables and the lia sophia convertible pendent I bought at a friend's party a couple of years ago.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries

Life is just a bowl of cherries, don't take it serious, it's mysterious.
Life is just a bowl of cherries, so live and laugh and laugh at love, love a laugh, laugh and love.
~ "Big Deal" (1986) by Bob Fosse
And love it and laugh out loud with complete joy when you find an Ann Taylor Loft dress from the 90s with cherries all over it at your local GoodWill. The cherry on top of this dress is the tiny vintage turtle pin I found at a thrift store, and should have taken a close-up pic for you guys. Next time, I promise.

The Deets: Ann Taylor Loft vintage cherry print dress (GoodWill); 
Cropped Loft cardi ($9.99 last year at Loft Outlet sale); rather boring black ballet flats and tights; 
turtle pin!; floral cuff bracelet scored for under $2 via Steinmart clearance earlier this year

It was 70 degrees and raining on Monday when I wore the cherry dress, which made me happy every time I saw the print, but forced me to take indoor outfit pics, which I still struggle with.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Get Along Little Dogies

The Deets: Vintage MIA floral cutout boots (thrifted); Loft polka dot dress (Loft outlet); Grace Elements blazer (less than $10 @ Steinmart Red Dot clearance); lia sophia convertible pendent

I think this song was on a record I listened to as a small child 'cause I still really enjoy it as a good sing a long, or just singing it alone at the top of my lungs in the car, especially the chorus.

Whoopee ti yi yo, get a long little dogies
It's your misfortune ain't none of my own
Whoopee ti yi yo, get along little dogies
You know that Wyoming will be your new home

Winner of the Dr. Scholl's Foldable Flats Giveaway

If you're a regular reader, you'll know I did an odd little blog giveaway last Monday, because well, I am a little odd. But really, I was just trying to find a loving home for a pair of brand new Dr. Scholl's Foldable Flats that I purchased in the wrong shoe size, 9-10.

So I wanted one of you to have them, including the packaging and the wristlet that comes with, free of charge, plain ol' regular postage, my treat. All you had to do was leave a comment on last Monday's post sharing your fave brand of comfortable but cute career shoes.

Lots of you kindly shared your fave brands of comfy career shoes, but as far as I can tell, seven (7) of you are the right size and can wear the flats. I simply made a list of the commenters who expressed a desire for the Fast Flats, in order of the comment, and generated the number 5 at

So the winner is: Pale Lady! Yaaaaaaaay! Please check her out at Pale Lady Writes - and I hope she'll write me at and send me her mailing address for the flats :)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Don't Touch Dat

Donation Bag

Y'all know there's not just a Pretty and a Good in style blogging of any kind, but also a Bad and an Ugly right?  Um right?  Cue "You Dropped a Bomb on Me" by Gap Band here.

I don't normally explain why I choose to dress the way I do, because mostly no one cares, and I've stopped posting the Ugly (outfit pics) because it seems to have increased traffic to my blog enormously, but I think I'm doing a disservice to style bloggers and style blog lovers everywhere if I am not completely transparent.

Which I completely wouldn't be if I hadn't just gotten back from a wine-tasting party, and I got all the way through Number Five. If I'd stopped at Number Two, then these pictures would never have seen the light of day, just been a part of my silly little outfit diary which is normally highly edifying (meaning I can see what I should never wear again).

Apparently I'm a bit of a slow learner, because I forgot the number one rule of The Great Circle of Clothes, or maybe it's number sixty-three, but it goes like this:

If you put it in the donation bag, there's probably a real good reason. So leave it there. Do not dig back through it for any reason, unless you think you left money in a pocket. If it helps, get the bag outta the house immediately.

Or you'll catch yourself wearing a giant sock because you were really cold when you got up this morning, and thought you'd give that giant warm sock one more chance.

Don't touch dat.

Yer welcome. Wanna go dancing? Right now?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Career Dressing: Older Model Cougar. Wut?

I was a super homely kid in grade school and high school, and then 80s perms didn't help. So maybe one of the reasons I don't mourn my fading looks as I approach 50 is that I never had those kind of make-ya-look-twice looks to start with. In fact, I look much better now than I did as a weird little fuzzy-headed whippersnapper.

I know my mom wants me to sit up straight, but my legs are too short for this chair :o
The Deets: Loft Dress (Loft flash sale); Miz Mooz Tillman Pump (Amazon); Luxury Lane stretch belt (Amazon); Shrug (old, maybe Marshalls); Brooch (antique); tights (oh man I wish I remember because I want more, knowing my limited retail habits, Marshalls or Target)

But recently it has been brought to my attention that I do have some kind of power over the occasional male, provided he's more than three decades younger than me. (Man, that's like three decades too late. Where were you when I needed a prom date, kiddos? Not conceived of yet? Puh-leeze.)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Career Dressing: Review

I've seen a number of my favorite bloggers favorably review gorgeous clothing from eShakti.coman online retailer offering fashionable and affordable customizable clothing, sizes 0 through 36. When I was initially contacted to do a product review in October, I was both honored that this small corner of the blogosphere was a blip on any clothing retailer's radar (and yours, I do not take any readers for granted), and well, overwhelmed.

Dress courtesy of

Overwhelmed? The OCD paralegal? Well, yes. I could not make up my mind while exploring eShakti's extensive and beautiful offerings. I wanted to pick a dress I thought would flatter many different women, and I wanted a dress that was so versatile it could go from day to evening, and summer to fall. I know, I don't expect much from a dress, huh? I took so much time selecting a dress, you'd think I was getting married in it.

Blogger Giveaway: Win a Pair of Dr. Scholl's Fast Flats

There's a catch, tho'. Your shoe size has be 9-10. I totally swear by these as being perfect for the office when your vanity has caught up with you and you have got to get your achin' dawgs out of those freakin' heels, or you don't want to scratch up those precious heels in the car or in the sidewalk cracks - or totally would, if I hadn't bought them in the wrong size.

And lost the receipt.

So now I want one of you to have them, including the packaging and the wristlet that comes with, free of charge, of course I'll pay for plain ol' regular postage. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite brand of comfortable but cute career shoes. You don't have to share your contact info in the post, but you do need to check back seven (7) days from today, i.e. next Monday morning, to see if you won, and find out how to contact me to give me your mailing address. If you're weird about giving out your address and don't want to, please don't enter, because no, I can't fax or email them to you.

Simple. Now if only these babies gave foot rubs.

Heh. No sponsorship here, folks, clearly, although I'd welcome a pair in the right size....

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Budget Career Dressing: Secondhand Boot Goldmine

You may have noticed that as a budget career style blogger, I have increasingly moved away from stalking sale racks or talking about discount retail fashion stores to emphasizing the bonanza of beautiful work clothes that can be found at secondhand stores, including thrift, consignment, eBay, and GoodWill.

Yesterday, so many peeps asked about the beaded collar I was wearing, I asked The Absent-Minded Professor to take a pic with his terrific Galaxy Samsung phone, because we were downtown at the Christmas parade. Yay, my hair is worn up for the first time in a year, and boo, why didn't I put on some lippy?

Antique beaded collar handmade in Japan from the 50s ($5 eBay) worn backwards, and $3.50 Gap sweater from GW Boutique (yes, GoodWill)

I'll be taking Bella's Secondhand Pledge effective January 1, 2013, and I'll write a post in more detail about the why and hows, but I simply couldn't wait to show you guys what a fabulous secondhand shopping day I had yesterday. Keep in mind, my intention was to get Christmas prezzies for family and friends.