Thursday, October 31, 2013

I'm Poppen Tagz for Halloween

Halloween is my absolute fave holiday. Historically, I've always taken any opportunity to party on Halloween as an excuse to have a few drinks, boogie down, and bring my sexy back. This year I'm blessed to be living near a major research hospital while my youngest daughter recovers from a curative stem cell transplant for Sickle Cell Disease. There aren't so many opportunities to party 'round here, so I leapt at the opportunity to attend the virtual Halloween party thrown by my fabulous friend, Ally, the thoughtful and stylish blogger at Shybiker.

Check out Ally's party here.

Because this is a style blog about mostly secondhand fashion, I decided I wanted to be an extra in the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Thrift Shop song video. I had about 20 minutes to put something together at Goodwill. I snagged a brilliantly hideous purple frock with giant balloon sleeves bigger than a dorm refrigerator, which would have made me look exactly like Violet Beaureguarde - but when I saw this vintage halter formal, I tried it on and knew I wanted to wear it to every future party I go to. I upgraded to the sexy-Grandma-slash-much-older-model-girlfriend-of-the-lead-singer in the video.

On my way to pay, I got distracted by a big box of animal scarf mitt hat thingies. When I tried this one on, and it fit my large head, I knew I could wear thrifted fur like Ben, and also channel the most frightening woman I've ever seen, Megumi from What Not to Wear, Season 10.

Plus, I can wear it to walk my dogs. The faux fur, not the formal. It's a win-win all 'round.

Did you dress up on your blog for the Halloween holidaze? Please feel free to add your costume link if you comment!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Yawn, a Boring Black Turtleneck

The first couple of years I started style blogging for recessionistas, I abandoned my signature black clothing. I thought I'd get kicked out of the style blogger club if I didn't flash color regularly. I did learn to love me some color, but deep down inside, I missed the classic ease of my black clothes.

I even donated one of my long time wardrobe basics, a black turtleneck shirt, to the Goodwill.

The Deets: Anthropologie jacket (super clearance years ago); Turtleneck (Target last year); Levi stretch bootcut jeans (Goodwill); LifeStride booties (old); Rhinestone necklace (Loft clearance, old)

But then last year, on one of my infrequent trips to Target, I surreptitiously dropped a new black turtleneck into my shopping cart. I mean I paid for it an' all, but it felt a little like shoplifting. I put it in the back of my closet, and then ignored it, fearing my readers would find it to be a huge yawn if I wore it on the blog.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

For a Good Time, Spend $25 at Goodwill

Or, Let's Talk Dirty

So in my last post, I shared a valuable tip for identifying boyfriend jeans. You are so welcome!

Please forgive the more rambling post than usual. Y'all know I don't get out much these days.

Dirty dressing room MIRROR, folks. iPhone selfie pics again. 
But I kinda like this keepin' it real at the Goodwill approach. 
Ralph Lauren men's shirt; no label boyfriend jeans; um, yeah, Crocs; 
hospital, Ronald McDonald House & Grow, Cells, Grow bracelets

I know the right thing to do is give this pendent as a Christmas present. 
But if it's wrong to keep it, I don't want to be right.

I roam around Goodwill often, but frequently leave empty-handed. (Except for those $1 vintage brooches and plastic beads I collect like a magpie.) I know I don't need many clothes, and I'm enjoying the ones I already own more than ever. The lovely and witty Vix at Vintage Vixen wrote the best post evah about not getting sucked in to each season's new fashion trends, and the foolishness of thinking we have nothing to wear:

Reading posts by bloggers identifying gaps in their wardrobes, complaining they've nothing to wear and identifying what they need to see them through the forthcoming season is a constant source of fascination for me. I mean, what happens to the clothes they already own? Do they honestly disintegrate and have to be binned or, more likely, are these women simply bullied by the fashion pack into believing that their existing stuff is so outdated they'll be laughed out of town for daring to wear something that isn't deemed bang-up-to-the-minute? ~ Vix from Vintage Vixen

Vix is right. If we're honest with ourselves, most of us first world dwellers do have something to wear. But the clothes always seem more desirable in someone else's (or some other style blogger's) closet.

(Warning: After the jump, I admit I practically stole candy from a baby. Stop here, and go do more productive things, like hug your own clothes.)

Sunday, October 6, 2013

A Pre-Post Tease...

...Or, How to Identify Boyfriend Jeans

I had a little time to myself today, and of course I did what all caregivers should do to relieve stress and increase the flow of positive endorphins, and went to the gym.

Um, okay, I didn't. But where I went does start with a "G". Does that count?

Er, I added the sparkles. Because Goodwill deserves them.

Ugh, I'm so busted. I went to a Goodwill store, where I often go, and don't buy a thing. I just push a cart around for an hour or so...or more, look at interesting clothes, and make up stories about their past lives. I also re-home many of them to all my secondhand clothes loving friends - or would if I had an unlimited supply of dollars for postage and purchases.

Hey, don't bust my chops. Chillaxin' in th' Goodwill is mostly a harmless vice. And I have a rule. When I bring home an article of clothing, at least one article of clothing already in my closet has to move on in The Great Circle of Clothes & Bling.

Inspired by some of my fave bloggers, including Tamera at The Menopausal Supermodel and Lisa of Dreamz-n-Wishz, plus a bunch of other style bloggers way cuter and younger than me, I've been fruitlessly searching for a pair of boyfriend jeans.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

To the Maxi

A while back when I wondered what I had to offer as a secondhand style blogger since I don't go to an office job anymore, one nice reader said, "Just show us what you're wearing every day."

As we start our third month of living on a bone marrow transplant unit (almost fourth month if you count the three weeks we spent at the hospital in June for the pre-transplant, I do), I admit that taking pics of myself hardly ever occurred to me, but I found one that I must have taken on a good day at home. And it's a good representation of what I look like most days in the hospital.

 Ye Gads, I am wearing a headband!
Blouse (secondhand, thredUP); Maxi (Charlotte Russe clearance rack); Blue bracelet (you get a permanent one to wear everyday for FREE on the bone marrow unit)

Yep, I'm usually stressed out, and dressed down, to the maxi. (Yes, I had to go there.)

Today, I had actual business this morning, and leapt (I mean LEAPT!!!!)  at the opportunity to wear "real" clothes. The temp was 85 degrees so I gave my pasty white legs an un-maxi-covered outing. It's clear I need to give my camera skills a few more outings, too. It looks like I had the exposure on "super pasty pale yellow cardi"...