I am a closet case. A terrible shopper who spent $15,000 last year on clothes that are just short of boring. I'm over it.
I'm starting this blog to re-learn how to shop. I want to spend way less money on way better clothes. Establish my own style. Kick my junkie-like addiction to Banana Republic basics. I think there are a lot of women out there like me, who might enjoy reading this and get something out of it. The rest of you...feel free to point and laugh.
I can't pull these off since I wear a size 10 and white turns my feet into skis, but if you have a daintier foot I can't think of a better shoe. Cute and effortless with a dress (sans socks) and will dress up the Jeans trend too. Only $125 at Cole Haan, so they'll be comfy too.
But I'm using it anyway. The weather has been absolute crap for the last five days so I've been dressing a little sloppier and didn't have much to post. Today I'm flying for a business trip, so I wanted to wear something comfortable and layered. I didn't put too much effort in this morning, but I think the blazer takes if from ok to cute. I'm telling you...if you don't have a boyfriend blazer in your closet, you're missing out!
Who says you can't wear sequins for day? No one actually. In fact I've read several times that sequins are okay at any time really, just in the right amounts. Today I have on a new sequin jacket, but since the color (grey) is somewhat conservative, I thought it would be cute for work. Kept the rest of the outfit simple and wore very little jewelry. The result was lots of compliments! Yay!
Sequin Jacket ($68, Urban Outfitters) Grey Tee ($18, BR) Grey/Black dip dye scarf ($40, BR) Black pocket skirt ($68, BR) Black Bacara flats ($138, Cole Haan)
This goes to show you that without much time or effort I can look like I did yesterday, or like I do today. Putting this outfit together didn't take any more time than the frumpy one and I feel 100% better. Life is too short to feel dumpy and yesterday's "look" was a confidence sucker. Today, I feel much more like me, and I'm inspired to gut my closet of anything that isn't "useful or beautiful". Spring cleaning will happen soon.
DVF Dress ($130 - massive sale) BR black lycra tee ($40) Aerosoles suede cut out pumps ($69)
A note on the shoes - I don't usually shop Aerosoles, but something about these felt a little 40's to me and they worked with a dress I had just purchased at the time. Plus they are great for walking in. Every once and a while, they have a hidden gem in all of their comfortable shoes if you feel like checking in with them.
I could not hate what I'm wearing any more than I do right now. Ugh. Today's fashion statement is: "I am a mid-level clerk at a county office in Nowhere, Iowa and I have given up on life." Dull, frumpy, boring in every way. This outfit goes in the donate pile pronto!
BR top - $65 - two years ago - ill fitting, why do I keep coming back to it???) BR cords - $89 - also ill-fitting. My friends said they look "comfy"! Kiss of death. Zara cardigan - $60. Yawn. Cole Haan Bacara flats in blue $138 - I'll be keeping these. It's not their fault.
I've been dying to try the romper trend but have been afraid I might be too old, or have too much junk in the trunk to pull it off. This one looks like it might be flattering, with the print disguising any bootie issues. What do you guys think. It's only $89 at Anthropologie, so it's a fairly cheap way to try the trend.
This is going to be a good year, I can feel it! Case in point, crappy weather and a late morning turned into a bad hair day, then at lunch I found a salon that does long hair blow outs for $29. That, my friends, is a gift from on high for sure.
Today's outfit features a new jacket from Anthropologie. I usually don't shop there - has a bit of a "I do crafts on the weekends" vibe which is not me, but they did have a lot of fun little pieces in the window so I popped in. Got two items - will wear one tomorrow - and this jacket you see today. Thought this was a really versatile piece. Wear with jeans, over a little LBD, with a skirt. And it was on sale!
Today's outfit was motivated primarily by my desire...no my absolute need... to walk to work. It's 70 and sunny and I'm falling in love with New York all over again. Flats were a must so I picked my comfy Bacaras and practically skipped to work.
Now, the other consideration was this tunic. I wear this a good deal. In winter with a turtleneck underneath and boots, and in spring over jeans It's about 2 years old and I got it on a trip to Target with Theresa. (T, do you still wear yours?) So my question to you is....is this not really worth keeping? I do get wear out of it, but should I? Is it special, or cute? Or does it scream "Art Teacher Smock"?
Let me know what you think - whatever my reader's say, will go.
Here's my outfit:
Mossimo belted Tunic ($30, Target) BR Fitted Tee ($30) BR light wash skinny jeans ($89) Cole Haan Air Bacara Falts in blue ($138)
SO much better than yesterday! I'm still out of town for business, but this looks cute and professional (Hey, I'm a creative. I can get away with this!) and the Lucky Strike Extra is that it will be ridiculously comfortable for my flight back. The dress I've had for years. It's Tibi and was expensive, but with the pattern I just never feel like it's gone out of style. Looks nice belted over jeans as well. Two-for!! Plus it has pockets which I love. Hilariously this is a DRESS. If I wear this without tights or leggings it's total ass exposure. Who wears this as a dress???
My friend from work says I may be being too hard on myself but this is not working. Particularly the shoes. They are a little 80's pair that look retro with skinny jeans and a fun top. But with this wrap dress they just look 10 years out of fashion. Plus, wrap dresses are supposed to give you shape and this one does NOT. I think I need about 3 inches taken off the bottom. An above the knee length may make this more fun and less dowdy. But for today - Epic Fail.
This past Sunday I had the honor of becoming the (Fairy) Godmother of my best friend Julie's new son Isaac. For the ceremony, I went with something a little conservative (it is church after all) and blue in honor of the little baby boy of the day. The dress is one I've never worn before because it was a smidge too tight. And after all the great Tex-Mex over the weekend, I admit I had to pull out the Spanx. Those things are awful I plan to lose five pounds over the next month just to have to avoid ever wearing those again. Torture!
Oh boy - 55 degrees and sunny. Awesome. This inspires me to go through my closet soon and purge the heavy winter stuff that I didn't wear and there's a lot of it. I'll do that soon. Now - Tuesday's outfit.
For a party that evening, I had planned to wear a dress. As I was getting ready, I was stressed about running late and in the middle of drying my hair I thought, "fu*k it, I'm going to scrunch it up wet and let it go". It felt a little Debbie Harry so I totally flipped my look and ended up getting a TON of compliments at the party.
Right now is one of the best times to shop for last season's stuff, and you'll also find last spring's leftovers on sale too. But buyer beware...if an item stays on the shelf that long it's usually not a bargain at any price.
This is a pretty simple outfit today but I had fun finding accessories. I really wanted to wear the grey boots today - normally I'd wear this outfit with black boots or ballets - and thought it was either a great match with the blue/grey skirt or a terrible one but went for it anyway. After digging through my closet though I found a belt that I've never worn that seemed to pull it all together. It's a leather one from Target - was probably $20 - and it's hung in my closet unworn for 18 months. The brushed nickel look of the belt hook seems to bring the grey boots in to the outfit and balance out. Or maybe I'm totally over-thinking it. : ) Either way I'm happy with the way I look and I've worn something I haven't before. Win-Win.
When I am running late, I am my own worst enemy. Today, with 10 minutes to get out the door, I decided to put on a dress I bought 6 months ago off a sale rack and have never worn before. So here it is...got it on sale at The Limited for about $30. Hope it doesn't look it. Add black leggings and my Naturalizer boots and I was out the door. I thought this was a fun outfit, but I may get the 'too young' comment again. Oh well, you only live once!!!
I'm really happy with almost everything I bought this month. Most happy with the Kate Spade dress, least happy with the grey top which got mixed reviews and was a bit of an impulse purchase. At least it was only $68. So here's the recap:
First off - apologies! I was traveling last week for work, then got pretty sick so I didn't post faithfully. My Mom said I should post a picture of me in my hospital gown (yes it was that bad!) but I couldn't bear to since I looked so bad. Faithful postings from now on.
So here's the crap I rid myself of this month. Again it was waaaaaayyyy to hard. The plaid dress is Old Navy ($16) , flimsy and unflattering, but I was thinking "it would be so cute in the summer with flip flops". That black pair of cords (BR, $60?) is 2 years old and they still have the tags on, yet I wanted to see if they still fit and keep them. What? That's illogical. I am illogical. Into the Goodwill bag they went! The brown cardigan (J. Crew $58) was one I settled for in a pinch and I have always thought was kind of the color of poop. Then there's a "going out top" from Hype ($70) that has served me well but has seen better days. I have plenty in the closet that do the job better. And finally, a t-shirt with illustrations that fall right on the boobs and so turns me into someone who's trying to hard instantly. It was designed by a co-worker and I bought it under pressure a few years ago for $28. I'm not sad to see it go.
Still I wonder, why is it so hard for me to edit? My closet is so full it's frustrating, and I often feel like tossing the lot of it, but the end of the month comes and it's like pulling teeth. I may do a mid month edit just to push myself.