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Denim shorts–an update

3 Sep

Yes, I know that it’s September 3rd now. Labor Day is behind us and many of you are beginning to think of wearing tights, boots and turtlenecks very soon but I hate unfinished business, so I wanted to fill you in on my denim shorts saga.

I ended up with these from Nordstrom.

$69 at Nordstrom

$69 at Nordstrom

I’ve been very pleased with them so far. The fit is just what I wanted and the rinse is good too. I tried on every pair that American Eagle had and nothing really “blew my skirt up,” so I was really happy to find these at Nordstrom. I’m hoping that they’ll continue to carry me through our warm Texas fall.

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Making Outfits Summer-y

16 Aug

I tend to wear a lot of saturated tones, including black, so I have a hard time looking all breezy for summer. I just do not have a lot of light neutrals or pastels in my wardrobe. Here’s how I get around it:

Sheer cardigan from LOFT

A sheer cardigan: I have a white cardigan similar to this one, and it lightens up the darkest of clothing items. It’s also nice when I’m going to experience a large swing of temperatures. Then I can wear something sleeveless and still have the cardigan for when I’m chilly.

Floral scarf from Forever 21

Lightweight scarf: Throw one over jeans and a black t-shirt, and you’re done! This scarf adds interest without heat and aligns with all of my rules for buying scarves.

Pink bubble necklace from Amazon

Statement necklace: It’s the same concept of the scarf, but with even less heat! I have a big cobalt necklace like this, and even though it is legitimately ginorm, it’s really all you need with a basic outfit. But again, see how I gravitate toward saturated colors? I could really use a mini white one.

White watch from Fossil

White watch: I wear my white watch all year round, but it helps especially during the summer by giving the illusion of a white bangle.

Golden Shoe Problems

31 Jul

So, I am currently on vacation in the beautiful remote north, land of flip flops and tee shirts for style. Not much in the way of inspiration. However, as I packed for this trip, I realized I may have a small problem. Its name is gold shoes.
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Does this seem excessive?  I don’t know, honestly.  They just go with everything, right?  Especially in the summer.

Do you have an obsession with anything lately?

 

20 Year High School Reunion: What the heck should I wear?

23 Jul

My 20 year high school reunion is coming up and I have no idea what to wear. First off, you should know that where I went to school is very rural…like, really, really rural (insert “Deliverance” banjo-music). I had 42 people in my graduating class. As of the publishing of this post, the venue is yet to be determined.  Also? It’s being held in the middle of August. In Texas. So, basically, hotter than is comfortable for the average mammal. So, help! What do I wear? Here are examples of the direction I’m leaning:

Photo courtesy of Nordstrom

Photo courtesy of Nordstrom…but with sandals instead

Outfit courtesy Anthropologie

Outfit courtesy of Anthropologie

These looks are probably more casual than what most people might chose to wear to their 20 year reunion, but this isn’t like your typical reunion–there will be no cocktail hour or daytime golf-playing. At best, we’ll meet up at a restaurant. At worst, we’ll congregate at the Darlick’s hog farm for a pasture party.

Send me your best outfit ideas and I’ll keep you posted on this end…

Tees at Loft

22 Jul

I keep waiting for these tees to go on sale before I recommend them, but it seems it’s never going to happen. Yes, I actually paid full price for something at Loft. That’s how much I likes these tees. I bought two colors: white and lollipop red.

The tee is the crochet neck cotton tee. It’s $24.50, but I wear mine ever single weekend. It’s thin enough to be cool but not thin enough to be see-through.

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I also love the embellished tee at Loft. Full price again! I know! I wear brightly colored camisoles underneath because the cutouts are sheer. I get compliments every time I wear this.

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Go-To Summer Sandals

19 Jul

For my 30th birthday in March, my parents (read: my mom) gave me 3 gift cards in $30 denominations. How cute is that? One of those gift cards was for Target, and I used some of it to get these flat sandals:

Target Merona Erin Braided Upper SandalsI left them in a closet for 2 months until the weather warmed, but now that summer is asserting its hotness — seriously, temperatures this whole week have been in the 90s — I am loving these sandals. I wear flats almost all the time, and these are great. I wear them with jeans, shorts, and dresses, and it all works. I wasn’t always a fan of brown shoes, but these sandals are making me change my tune.

“I carried a watermelon…”

9 Jul

If you were an awkward, impressionable pre-teen in the 80’s, this movie quote might ring a bell with you. Or, maybe I was the only awkward, impressionable pre-teen in the 80’s (sure felt like it at the time). The movie quote is from Dirty Dancing–a movie that I watched over and over and over and over, (and over)  the summer of 1988 or so, on a ratty, well-worn VHS tape. My intentions for watching Dirty Dancing over and over were several-fold: First and most importantly, I was on a righteous quest to get my hair to look exactly like Jennifer Grey’s.

Jennifer Grey hair

Thanks to my dear, beautician aunt, there was no shortage of perms available to me during this quest. Let’s just say it was an unfortunate time in my hair’s history.

Lifts on the Lake

Lifts on the Lake

I also was very interested in perfecting my “lifts on the lake” in the swimming pool at the country club, with my best friend. So, I watched the movie every night before bed in order to get it just right, so that we could resume practice the following day.

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And lastly, I positively coveted “Baby’s” blue jean shorts. I chopped up several pairs of my jeans in order to try and achieve the same look. I don’t remember specifics, but I feel certain that 1. that didn’t go well and 2. my mother was likely rather peeved as a result of my efforts.

Thanks for tagging along for my trip down memory lane, because I’m going somewhere with all of this, I promise. The thing is, I’m finding that this summer, in particular, I’m revisiting some of these old obsessions. First of all, my hair is growing out and I’m embracing its wave. After years of willing it to be straight, I’m now letting it do its thing. So, although I’m not calling up my aunt for a perm in her kitchen, I am “scrunching” my hair daily–which I haven’t done in about 20 years–and trying every “sexy, beachy-wave” product on the market (future post about that). And, I’ve decided that I’d like some casual denim shorts, not unlike “Baby’s” famous ones.

So, I hit several stores over the weekend looking for the mythical denim shorts that I’ve been searching for since 1988. I came home empty-handed this weekend and I’ll tell you why:

First of all, the ones from Loft gave me “mom butt”–in a big way:

Loft shorts

I’m not trying to dance around the fact that I am, in fact, a mother, but come on.

Next, I went to Gap. That trip netted more shorts that were unflattering in the butt-department and the denim washes just weren’t my favorite. Either too light or, the ones that came closest to what I had in mind had factory-made white paint splatters on them.

Gap Splattered shorts

Considering that I regularly have real splatters on my pants (as well as a yogurt-covered raisin smooshed on my backside) I’m not looking to faux bois the splatters on my clothes. The Banana Republic that I went to didn’t have any denim, which disappointed me. Macy’s only yielded these god-awful Miss Me jean shorts:

Miss Me shorts

These shorts made me recoil in horror and then snicker and snap pics of them to send my friends, (this is not my own picture, by the way. I didn’t try them on…just mocked them from afar) who surely would never believe that such shorts exist.

So, I came home empty-handed. Then, I remembered the unexpected luck that I’ve had at American Eagle in the past. I wrote a post about it over at Style Lush because up until that time, I’d never been into an American Eagle store, because I thought I was too old for it. I went to their website today and found a few denim shorts that look like they might do the trick. I’m going to a store soon to see them in person, but in the meantime, here’s what I’m after:

AE dark denim skinny shorts  AE Destroyed Boyfit Midi Short  AE ROLL-UP DENIM SHORTIE

The above shorts retail for about $40 but American Eagle always seems to have sales, so I’d be willing to bet that they’ll be less expensive soon. Expect a full report after I go and try them on. So, you all “just put your pickle on everybody’s plate, college boy, and leave the hard stuff to me.” (Another quote which really doesn’t apply here, but I wanted to impress you with my advanced knowledge of Dirty Dancing dialog.)

My New Ginorm Beach Hat

5 Jul

So, hey, I’m at the beach right now!

In preparation for this trip, I was on the hunt for a hat. Specifically, a giant one. However, because I have no spending money to speak of, I was limited to shopping at Amazon and LOFT so I could use reward points or a gift card, respectively. I ended up buying the San Diego Women’s Ultrabraid X Large Brim Hat in the Toast color from Amazon:

Also available at Zappos

So, going into this, I knew this hat would be big. I read the description, I measured out the dimensions, and I thought I was prepared for a hat of this bigness. And then this box arrived.

Ginorm hat box!

Holy crap. And then I tried on the hat.

Ginormous hat

Hmm. I wasn’t sure. Was I just too small for this hat? Did it smack of rice paddies? My husband took one look at me and said, “That’s … kind of ridiculous.” But I kind of liked it! And it was exactly what I was going for, that is, GINORM HAT.

I took the only logical course of action and posted the picture on Facebook and Twitter. The responses (including the joke-y ones) were unanimously in favor of KEEPING IT. So I did!

In the wild!

I love how light and floppy and foldable it is. There were plenty of jokes from the rest of the family, but WHATEVER, I am perfectly happy not getting sunburned, thank you very much.

The only down side to this hat is that it can easily get blown away in a gale, so I safety-pinned a strip of fabric (a canvas belt from an old pair of shorts, actually) inside the brim to act as a neck strap. As if I needed any more reinforcement of my senior citizen status, right? But no, I refused to lose this hat in the wind. So far, so good.

View from under The Hat

Birthday Purses From Rue La La

1 Jul

I have decided I’m only buying purses from Rue La La from now on. [If you become a member (which is free) through this link and buy something, I will get a credit.] Rue La La is a site that offers a limited number of clothes, accessories, home decorations, and other assorted items for 48 hours. I don’t buy things from the site often, but everything I’ve bought has been a great deal.

I bought this Cole Haan bag a year or two ago and have used it pretty much every day. Cole Haan bags are normally in the $250-$300 range. I got this one on Rue La La for about $100.

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I also bought this Kate Spade wallet on Rue La La a year or two ago for about $40. The retail price is around $150.

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My birthday is on Friday, so I decided to splurge on two bags I absolutely loved on Rue La La. I’ve been looking for a good-sized crossbody bag, and I found this great orange Coach crossbody on Rue La La for $102- the Coach Ashley Leather Hippie. The retail price was about $250. I love it. The strap is just the right length, the orange is dark enough to not be a shocking safety cone orange, and the size is big enough to hold my stuff without being too bulky.

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I also saw a tote and decided I would regret not buying it. The retail price was $358, but I got it for $116. It is the Coach Park Leather Tote. The leather is really soft, and the colors are a little bit unusual. I love it.

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Happy birthday to me!

Things I bought recently

26 Jun

So, Anthro is having a summer sale and I succumbed.

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The top skirt has a slight high-low hem, which I’m on the fence about, however, it also has pockets, an elastic waist and a hem long enough that I don’t have to worry about flashing people if I wear it to a playground. Seems like the perfect weekend skirt. The bottom is the latest attempt to find a denim pencil skirt that doesn’t look woppy on me. (That’s a technical term.)

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This Vera for Target ladybug scarf is my other, much cheaper new acquisition. It was an impulse buy. I had no idea who Vera Neumann was, but the print was pretty and whimsical and I am a sucker for ladybugs. They’re lucky, you know, and I figure I always can use a little luck. They also seem cheerful to me, so this scarf is the perfect thing to perk up a day — much like a pair of shiny red shoes.

What have you bought recently?

Do you use clothes to improve your mood?