Wednesday, April 6, 2011

7 Pieces + 4 Accessories= 9 Outfits

I was doing my daily blog stalking, ummmm, reading, and saw this post from Fab Finds Under $50
I heart her site and love the deals and steals that she finds. She has such a great eye!  After reading her post, I ran to my closet to see if I could pull this off.  Well....I think I  have some pieces that just may work with the exception of the ankle pants.  I used a pair of cuffed capris.  About 80% of my items were thrifted.  What wasn't thrifted, I got either on clearance or on sale...

Just a few....this was fun! I can't wait....

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Why I Thrift

There are five children in my family, of which I am the youngest.  My mom and dad have always been hard working people and for as long as I can remember, we have never done without.   Fast forward  to now. Sometimes I talk with my parents about when we were small children and how they made it work.  My mom told me that it was  a struggle to keep food on the table and make sure that we had everything that we needed for school.  Odd, I didn't see it that way. 

For us, school shopping was hitting the thrift stores and yard sales.  We always hit the"well-to-do" neighborhoods and scored some great finds.  What we were lacking, she would supplement by sewing.  This cycle went on for awhile. I thought everyone shopped like this. After all, I had clean clothes that looked nice and was always neat.

As I got older, for some reason, I strayed from this. I guess it was when I  became old enough to work.  I had my own money, so I followed the crowd and started hitting the malls. I wanted to keep up with the Joneses.  Now that I am older, I have returned to what I know.

I thrift for the obvious reasons.  One, it saves me money and two, I have a closet full of classic pieces and well as designer for a fraction of the cost.  I thrift because, as a single mother, I can funnel my savings from thrifting into what my child may need for school.  That's why I thrift.  What about you??

Sunday, March 27, 2011

I Love My Sister

My sister works across the street from a thrift store and when she is not at work- lunch or break, she pops in to see what she can see...This is what she saw for me....

First coat is an Apt 9. The second is a Worthington with a removable lining.
This set she found for me at Goodwill.  I really love my sister!! Now, I need to purge some of my other shoes (GASP!!) I hope that I can find a good home for them. Until then......

Monday, March 21, 2011

Manic Monday

Today was a crazy day for me, but I knew it would be so today's look had to be quick to put together....
on the door today.....

dress-Harve Bernard, Goodwill
cardigan- Ann Taylor, Goodwill
shoes- Etienne Aigner, Goodwill

Until next time...

Monday, March 14, 2011

Ann Taylor Goes Rock

Today's look kinda made me laugh.  On the door today.....

skirt-Ann Taylor, Goodwill
faux leather vest-Dots
(not posted) black t-shirt-Dots
 I really like this vest and you will definitely be seeing more of it......
Stay fabulous!!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Thriftin' Thursday

Today's look was totally thrifted....
top-Goodwill,  Chico's Travel Collection
pants- Goodwill, Ann Taylor Loft


Goodwill- Etienne Aigner
One more day to go!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Just A Little Late

So I started my Thrifted and Gifted challenge on Monday and yes, I know that today is Wednesday......

military style jacket- Goodwill
tee shirt -Dots, basic
black pants-Goodwill
black pumps-Liz Claiborne, Goodwill

black cardigan-Ashley Stewart, basic
black patent leather belt-borrowed from a dress
grey pants- Old Navy, Goodwill
black pumps-gifted from my sister
white tee shirt-Dots, basic

and finally....two reasons why I love thrifting...


My BFF spotted them at my local Goodwill for $4.50!  These are Liuchiny stillettos and are practically brand new.  I cannot wait to wear them and look uber cute!!!
Until next time....

Sunday, March 6, 2011


So one of my BFFs has been stalking  reading  my blog.  She really needs one of her own because her eye for putting items together is incredible.So, anyway back to the post......This week she has imposed a challenge to me-Gifted and Thrifted.  I can only wear items that were either thrifted and/or gifted, shoes included.  Now, of course I am up for the challenge!  But.....after discussing this challenge with her, I was able to come up with "rules". 

I can only wear items that were either gifted and/or thrifted, including shoes.  Accessories are not included in the challenge.  If I have to add something to make the thrifted/gifted outfit to work, then the piece that is to be added has to come from my Basics list, like a white tee shirt for example.

Well, let's see how I do!

Stay fabulous!!

Friday, February 25, 2011

The End-Finally!!

I have reached the end of my self-imposed challenge!! Today, I knew that I was "breaking" my basics rule with the jacket, but I couldn't resist.  So.....

jacket-label removed, thrifted from Goodwill
(it's a boucle w/ pink, white and beige stripes in it)
white tee shirt-Dots
black pants-thrifted from Goodwill
rose pin-gifted from my bff
watch-Wal-Mart, $10.00
black ballet flats(not pictured, sorry!)-thrifted, Goodwill

I got myself a tripod so I am trying to get the hang of this. I am apologizing now for the poor pics.  It's supposed to be beautiful here all weekend, so I plan on getting in some major thrifting.  Have a great weekend and stay fabulous!  I am linking up with Fabulously Thrift and Fashionable Friday.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Not Like I Imagined

Today's basic look was nothing liked I imagined it would be.  In my head, it looked alot better..Has this ever happened to you?  What do you think?

black ruffled jacket-gifted
white-zippered tee shirt-Wal-Mart, Ms. Tina Collection
khaki pants-thrifted, Goodwill
brown ballet flats- clearance, $12.00
I was sorta okay with this look today. Believe me, I so wanted to put on my giraffe print ballet flats because they have a touch of red that would have made this not so blah, but I reminded myself that I was just doing basics.....Tomorrow is my last day of this self-imposed challenge for the week and I am warning you now, my basic rule is sort of out the window!  But, I'll let you be the judge of that.

Stay fabulous!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I Almost Caved

Today I almost caved!!! But, nonetheless I pulled it together for today-

Black cardigan-gifted
White button down-Wal-Mart, Ms. Tina Collection
black pants-thrifted, Goodwill
black pumps-Calvin Klein, clearance
red rose pin-gifted
handbag-gifted from late hubby
scarf-thrifted from Goodwill

Hope I make it!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Back to Work

Well, my three-day weekend was over, so back to work.  Today I think I looked like I was wearing a school uniform......

black jumper style dress-gifted
purple necklace-?
black pumps-gifted
floral tights-clearance from Target
purple flower pin-gifted
purple leopard printed scarf-Affordable Scarves
white tee-shirt-Dots
What do you think?

Stay fabulous!!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Back to Basics

Some time ago I came across and her book.  What a find!!  She has one section in her book where she talks about the basics that we all should have in our closet.  That's when it  hit me!   Why not do a week of "Just Basics"?

For the upcoming week, all pieces will be basics- including shoes.  I will play around with the accessories with the exception of the handbag. I will be using the basics there as well.  Here's my list of basics:

White t shirt
Black t shirt
White button down
Black dress
Black skirt
Khaki skirt
Black pants
Khaki pants
Dark denim jeans/trousers
Black cardigan
Black jacket
Trench coat
Brown flats
Black flats
Black pumps

I know it's kinda bland, but with the right accesories and a pop of color, this just may work.

Today was an off day from work so I was able to wear my jeans today.

Trench coat-Old Navy
white tee shirt- Dots
dark denim jeans-Old Navy
black flats-gifted
black bag-gifted
As the day got a little warmer and breezier, I traded the trench coat for my black cardigan. This I wore draped around my shoulders.  One day down........I hope I don't get bored and flake out.  Wish me luck!!

Friday, February 18, 2011

So Predictable

Today was just one of those days.  I couldn't decide what to wear and I knew that it was going to be a long day at work, so I wanted to be comfortable.   So today, I went for a predictable look......

tee shirt-Dots
pants, label removed by tailor-Goodwill $4.95
shoes-Calvin Klein, $21.00
flower pin-gift
I love these pants. I bought them when I was a bit bigger and had to stop wearing them because they kept falling off.  But, I found a great tailor, so they are back in rotation!  Tomorrow is going to be beautiful, so you know what that means- soaking up the sun and some thrifting!

Happy Friday

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Getting Ready for Spring

Okay, so I know that I need to stay on a budget.  I know that I need to be uber cute.  Can I do both?  But, of course!  After reading a thrifty LA life, I am certainly inspired. So after stalking , reading over some of her posts, I decided to hit my local Goodwill. 

I had a game plan in my mind before hitting the store and attacking the racks.  My list included:
  1. a white pencil skirt
  2. a denim pencil skirt
  3. a floral print sheath dress
that's where it stopped.  I also knew that I wanted to add some color to my rather neutral closet. I did find:

white capris-New York & Company
denim pencil skirt-label removed
white denim jeans- Hope by Kristian Alfonso
white linen pants- Sarah Spencer

No luck in the dress department, but to quote Scarlett O'Hara, "After all, tomorrow is another day!"
new to the collection......

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

My New Addiction

I absolutely love scarves!!! There, I said it.....So what if I wear one every day, it's not  the same one twice.  And to add to my addiction, I found a website called Affordable Scarves. OMG!! If you love scarves as much as I do, then you can certainly add to your collection and expand your closet.  Check out my recent goodies....

Now, since I have added three new ones, I guess I need to purge.  Now, that's the hard part! 
Until next time,
Stay fabulous!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

It Does Matter...Now

After losing Chipmunk, I lost a lot of weight.  My parents, especially my mom, became very worried about me.  Now mind you, I did eat but it was like food didn't taste the same.  When I did eat, it was in small amounts.  When I returned back to work, EVERYONE noticed.  All my clothes that I had in my closet didn't fit anymore and I stopped caring about how I looked. I was just going through motions. While I was going through this part of the grieving process, I talked often with a BFF, who by the way is widow of 7 years.

After our move, she came to visit and we had a serious heart to heart. She, too, also commented that she was concerned about the weight loss but she understood why.  I reassured her that I was eating, although I don't think that she was convinced.  I saw her practically every day and this helped me enormously. I often told her that she was free therapy.  If I felt like crying, she cried with me.  Since she knew my late husband, when I told funny stories, she would laughs with me because, most times she was probably with him at school when they happened.

 As my son and I settled in, I  gradually started to take more care of how I looked.  My son was starting a new school and from what I saw of those moms at orientation, let's just say I had to step my game WAY up!  This was the jolt that I needed. 

Since nothing fit anymore, I had to start all over again with the basics and work my way up.  I was job hunting in between all of this so I had to be methodical with my purchases because they would have to work in an office setting as well. I have to admit, it felt good wanting to shop again.

One day in the book store, I stumbled across Nina Garcia's What to Wear for Every Occasion Look Book.
What a gem!  She gives you scenarios and suggests what should be worn for them.  I have referred to this book now for several occasions that have had me stumped.

I am happy to say that my mom has put most of my weight back on me. I take more thought into what I am wearing and what I am going to wear. I feel better when I look better, if that makes any sense?  When I didn't care how I looked, I felt miserable and wanted to wallow in my loneliness.  One day I realized that I am not alone,  my son and I have a family that loves us and is there for us. Looking good helps me feel good. I want more happy days than sad days. I know that Chipmunk wouldn't want it any other way.  So see, it does

Friday, February 4, 2011

In My White Tee

So, this evening as I was putting away laundry, I came to a conclusion that I have way too many white tees.  I don't know why!!! This is my fun way to wear one now, especially on Saturdays

So, how many do you have? How do you like to wear your white tee?  And, a little music for ya!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Back...Sort of

This is my first post in a LONG time. So much has happened, I don't know where to begin.  November 07, 2009, I lost my husband of 12 years to a heart attack. He died suddenly at home, in my arms.   Mini me and I have moved to be closer to family and friends.  He has enjoyed being with everyone and seeing them on a day to day basis. He even likes his new school.  Me, on the other hand, I am still adjusting.  I liked having my space-4 hours away- space!  But, I will admit that seeing my mom and dad every day is awesome!!

My sisters and I are closer than ever and I attribute that to being here and seeing them almost daily as well.  We hang out, grab lunch or dinner and get in LOTS of shopping!!!  It's great when one of your sisters wears the same shoe size as you!!

Well, we'll see how this move goes and our transition from one state to another.  I hope to concentrate on blogging more to help my mind.  I miss my husband every day.  The one year sadiversary was rough! I surrounded the two of us with family and framily and that helped alot.  Until the next post.......