Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Vintage Dress

Inspired by Gracey at Fashion for Giants

Gracey doesn't know it, but I have been trying on every vintage dress with a pleated skirt I lay eyes on, often with hilarious results. Why? Pretty much trying to be a Gracey copy cat (much less serious than being a serial killer copycat).  I love the cool prints and swingy pleated skirts on Gracey's dresses, plus all the re-mixing options these dresses seem to have. Plus, they are super-soft, soooooo twirly, and usually machine washable.

The Deets:  Ina Carol dress, made in the USA (GoodWill); Dress has a matching belt but also ala Gracey, I switched it up with a bright coral skinny belt (Target last year); NaturalSoul by Naturalizer boots (Marshalls last year)
Total outfit cost (minus boots): $17 (Dress $5)

Sunday, January 27, 2013


That's what I'm supposed to be doing, instead of planning what I'm going to wear next week, and taking pics of outfits.

The Deets:  The Limited Striped Top (Salvation Army); T. Garment pleated maxi skirt (consignment store); NaturalSoul by Naturalizer Boots (Marshalls); Multi-chain (old); Corgi print by Joni James (check out her Esty shop, CalligramORama)
Total cost of outfit (not counting boots): $15

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sizes, Shmizes

In order to thrift work clothes successfully, one must not be too married to your regular sizes. Oh how formal! One must have stumbled upon the wrong blog!

The Deets: Loft jacket (consignment); Jones New York skirt (GoodWill); MIA floral cut out boots (consignment); Draped tee (Loft Outlet); Necklace (old)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Happy, Happy Birthday, Megan!

The lovely Megan of Megan Mae Daily has a birthday today! If you're not already subscribing to her very stylish, thrifty, Good Will and eBay hunting blog, I encourage you to do so.

Megan is having an eParty to celebrate her birthday. Attendees were supposed to submit a picture of themselves dressed for a birthday celebration, and the wearing of MMD button flowers and obi belts was encouraged.

Oh, and Megan and I have similar shoe sizes, and when we met last summer for the first time, immediately did what all grown-up women do, and tried on each other's shoes. And plan to do it again next time we meet. I also left the visit with a small gray kitten, Sasha Jane, in my car. Did I mention that I was afraid to tell The Absent-Minded Professor that a new family member was on her way until I was about four hours from home? Luckily, he took the startling news like the cool fellow he is.

Here's my birthday party outfit (because I'm sure we're going someplace super-fun):

Ya need comfy shoes to seriously party.
The Deets: Poof mini dress (GoodWill); Eject shoes (gift from Megan); MMD button flowers (get some now)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

All that Glitters Is...


Or probably on this sweater.

The Shiny Deets: Cynthia Steffe skirt (no $ due to big consignment store credit); i.e. relaxed cardigan (Salvation Armani Army); Miz Mooz Tillman pumps (Amazon); Rhinestone stretch bracelets (Jada's Jewels)

Also, beauty is in the eye of the bling holder. I read that somewhere. Or maybe I read it here...

Monday, January 14, 2013

Budget Career Dressing: Visible Monday & The Seven Year Itch

No, no, all is well with The Absent-Minded Professor and me. This is not the coolest topic in the world, but when Megan and I were having a private chat about her tattoos, she shared the frustration of finding clothes to wear that wouldn't irritate her healing skin, and then I'd admitted I'd had a similar issue that has rather made my life a living hell since early fall.

Lisa from Respect the Shoes has inspired me to HDR those tough indoor pics more often.
Shhhh, I initially bought this dress for my oldest and then kept it for myself.
Heh, she doesn't read my blog :P
The Deets: Merona dress (GoodWill); Draped-neck blouse (old); Miz Mooz Tillman pumps (50% off Amazon); Button flowers (Megan Mae Daily)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

And the Winner of the Kirna Zabete for Target Dress Is...

Kirna Zabete for Target Long-sleeve High-Low Hem Shirt Dress

...the lovely Bella of Citizen Rosebud! (There were eight entries, and the winner was generated by

Bella, please email me ( your mailing address, and I will send it your way. To those of you who entered to win the Corginator and Sasha Jane, my cat with my Sister-in-Cat Megan, I'm totes against giving away any of our children, including the four-leggeds :) Although sometimes the less than stellar attitude of teen girl children does make me briefly think of giving them to the first taker...

Saturday, January 12, 2013

2012 Best of the Secondhand, Er, Pre-Loved

Those of you that have followed me since 2008 have probably noticed that this blog now focuses mostly on featuring secondhand clothes for work and encouraging my fellow office workers on a budget to give thrifting a whirl. There will be a name change occurring very soon here, and a new professional paralegal blog started to talk about my interests in immigration law and technology.

I thought it would be fun to revisit an outfit from each month last year that featured at least one item of thrifted or gifted thrifted clothing.

What's really cool is my Banana Republic "Kermit" skirt made it in here TWICE, considering I bought it mainly to join the color bandwagon - and then couldn't figure out what to do with it.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Budget Career Dressing: The $5 Tapestry Dress

Check out this tapestry dress by Laundry at Nordstrom. It was originally $225, and is now on sale for $134.   And seems to be missing some, er, fabric at the bottom and on the sleeves...

This tapestry dress by Roulette (also a brand carried by Nordstrom) cost $5 at a local GoodWill. And is modest enough to wear to the office.

The Deets: Roulette dress (GoodWill); Miz Mooz Tillman pumps (Amazon); Bubbling with Fun necklace (Jada's Jewels)
(Please disregard the hair. Growing hair out is murderously difficult.)

Pam at Over50Feeling40 recently shared a great post about the amount of time it takes to dress well - or badly. Last week, I was so worn out by our hospital experience that I practically wore sweats and sneakers to work, without a lick o' makeup on. Not cute. Even though The Teen is still very sick and has not made it back to school yet, simply throwing on this bright, comfortable dress, and adding a swipe of lippy made a huge difference in my confidence level today. So Pam, point well taken. It really does take the same amount of time to put on a simple dress as it does to wear a mismatched lounge suit.

Maybe less.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Visible Monday: Vintage Leather Skirt via GW Boutique

The Teen is still in the hospital as of this post. I'd like to say I looked a quarter this good last week at work, but I was so tired, in truth it was bifocals, no make-up, and mostly a gormless (thanks, Vix, I love this word) look on my face. We won't even talk about the sweet outfits I laid out and photographed on Sunday before The Teen started another pain event. Let's just say instead of wearing those, I was dressed barely sloppily enough not to be asked to go home and change.

Early last fall, I scored a leather skirt, I think from the 80s, at GoodWill for a whopping $3.75. I've wanted a leather skirt  for a long time. This one is in perfect condition, fully lined, and is the smallest size 10 I've ever seen in my life.

The Deets: St. Malo leather skirt (GoodWill); Dalia Collection denim shirt (Marshalls); Sonoma Lifestyle boots (Kohl's clearance); MMD obi belt; vintage silver hinged bangles I've started collecting via ebay

We have some very big medical decisions to make in the coming weeks. I won't be blogging about them here, but I will be talking about the experience on CaringBridge. For those of you that want to keep up with The Teen, and I know many of you already do, I will make the link available once I've updated her site and started writing about what I'll be thinking of as our Adventures in Hope (I hope).

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Most Visible Monday of 2012

Heh. I've been holding these November 2012 pictures back for just the right moment. I think they say, "I am paralegal. Hear me ROAR." This is the only article of animal print clothing I even own, but I say, "Go big or go home."

If this post seems short on words or just generally clueless, The Teen went back to the hospital about six hours after our flight home from New York City, with an extremely severe pain event. I'm getting ready to go relieve The Absent-Minded Professor, but I really, really wanted to quickly embrace my beloved blogging community, and participate in Patti's Visible Monday. So, short on words, but big on love for y'all.

Today I dunno the deets - sorry! (But all old, except for $20 Mary Janes from jcp).