Friday, February 19, 2016

This Much

You can probably tell by my smile how much I like this outfit, but, in case you can't, the second photo will tell you I like it **this** much.  I.  Love.  It.

Ruana, not tagged, Goodwill; lace tank, Blue Asphalt, thrifted; belt, gifted (thanks, Kristin!); faux leather leggings, Faded Glory, Walmart; shoes, Relativity, Younkers; earrings, Target.

I've been wanting a ruana since I started seeing them in stores last fall, but I held off because of price.  I spotted this one at Goodwill last weekend, and I knew the wait was worth it.I love that I have the kind of workplace where I can wear coated leggings to work.

I belted only the front part of the ruana with a belt my friend Kristin gave me.  Belting only one side left the outfit flow-y but also secure.  I want to make another half dozen garments like this so I can wear this outfit in a variety of seasons.

Goal for next week: wear a different pair of glasses!  I love this pair from Zenni Optical, but I have so many others to wear!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Being Koi

This outfit is more than the sum of its parts, and the parts are pretty good.  Put together, it reminds me of a koi pond with three little fish swimming serenely through.  We all need a reminder that we're little fish in the big pond of this world, amirite?

Blouse, Cinnamon Stick, swapped, skirt, George, Walmart; tights, Target; shoes, Sigerson Morrison for Target, Target; earrings and necklace, ebay.

The shirt is a vintage find that Chenille brought to my last clothing swap.  Thanks, Chenille!  The shoes would not have been my first choice to go with this outfit, but I had to throw out TWO PAIRS of blue flats this morning because one was covered in mold (ick!) and one had a completely split heel.  Luckily, the third pair was the charm- and charming.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Heart and Sole

This sweater may be my sole mate.  I love the shoe print.  I love the luxurious silk yarn.  I love that I found it at a thrift shop.  This sweater probably won't last a tremendous number of wears in my closet because it is delicate and I am not, but I'll enjoy it while I can.

Jacket, Self Indulgence, swapped; sweater, City Silk, thrifted; skirt, Azules, Amazon; shoes, Xhiliration, Target; necklace, Walmart; earrings, ebay.

The jacket is one that my friend Chenille brought to a clothing swap.  I really like the fit.  I even like the brand name, Self Indulgence.

This is one of the best outfits I've put together in a long time.  It's enough to make me kick up my heels.

Details matter, and I finished this outfit with a gold tassel necklace that I got from Walmart, earrings that spell "happy," and rosette shoes.

On the topic of shoes, my honey got hiking boots for me for Valentine's Day.  Ursa likes them.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

No Bolo

When I first saw this necklace (at a yard sale) it was wadded up in a Ziploc bag and I thought it was a bolo tie.  I was irrationally disappointed that it is actually a necklace.  I don't know why I wanted it to be a bolo tie.  I still love it.

Jacket, Old Navy; dress, Calvin Klein, Ross; leggings, Faded Glory, Walmart; boots, Frye, Goody Two Shoes; necklace, yard sale; earrings, who knows.

I have been living in these Frye engineer boots (and their black twins) ever since I found them at Goody Two Shoes.  Goody Two Shoes is a small, local store sells prestige-brand seconds at a fraction of the original cost.  Want Frye, Coach, and other high-end shoes for as little as $100 or less?  Hop a plane to Augusta and head to Goody Two Shoes.

This sweater dress was saved by the power of leggings.  Since I've gained weight recently, many of my dresses have fit shorter.

I've also started a second blog.  I want to keep the focus of this blog primarily beauty and style, and my new blog, tentatively called Love is the New Hate, will primarily cover self-acceptance and self-care.  Because if you can't love yourself, how the in hell are you gonna love somebody else?
Can I get an amen?