Friday, December 31, 2010

Best of 2010 "New to Me"

In 2010 I only bought "new to me" clothing.  Thift stores, consignment stores, and Ebay were my shopping choices.  (Exceptions: shoes, underwear, and things bought with giftcards).  I am proud that I made it the whole year without breaking that resolution.  It has given me a new appreciation for what clothing I am willing to spend the big bucks on.  In honor of the my 2010 resolution, I thought I would highlight outfits I wore this year that were all "new to me" (okay, shoes and camis might have been already in my closet).
Cashmere sweater and skirt: Ebay.  Blouse: Goodwill
Sweater and belt: Goodwill (pre-2010), Skirt: Ebay
Skirt and sweater: Ebay
Jeans: Ebay (pre-2010), Shirt: Ebay, Blazer: Consignment (pre-2010), Cashmere sweater: Salvation Army
Anthropologie cardigan: Salvation Army (steal of the year at $3.99 with tags still on), T-shirt and cords: Goodwill
Skirt, sweater and blouse: Goodwill
Skirt: Ebay, Sweater: Goodwill
Skirt and belt: Goodwill, Sweater: Salvation Army
Skirt, sweater and shirt:  Goodwill
Dress and cardigan:  Goodwill
Dress, blouse, and cardigan:  Goodwill
Skirt and top:  Goodwill
Dress, tank, footless tights and SHOES:  Goodwill
Jeans: Ebay, Shirt: Goodwill
Dress: Consignment store
Dress, belt, and cardigan: Goodwill
T-shirt, tank: Goodwill, skirt: Salvation Army
Capris and t-shirt:  Goodwill
Dress and cardigan: Goodwill

Dress and belt (from another dress): Goodwill
Skirt: Salvation Army, Blouse: Goodwill
Skirt and t-shirt: Salvation Army, Belt and sweater: Goodwill 
 Dress: Goodwill

 Skirt and cardigan sweater: Goodwill

 Sweater, blouse, and pants: Goodwill

Thursday, December 30, 2010

the joy of giftcards

For Christmas I scored a few Talbots giftcards.  And since Charlotte has a Talbots outlet, the money will go far.  I couldn't wait to check out what my giftcards could get me....and I already used half of them.  I will reveal over the next few weeks, but today's outfit is a preview:
I got this denim pencil skirt for $10.  I have been looking for a denim pencil skirt for awhile now, so it was an exciting find.  Originally $60.....gotta love the Talbots outlet prices.  This sweater is a wool, acrylic cashmere blend from Ann Taylor Loft via Goodwill.  I bought this sweater as I thought it would be a great casual, weekend get-away sweater.  Very ski lodge-esq.  But I guess I don't go on weekend getaways, as it has stayed in my closet unworn for far too long.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

back at it

I need to have a few productive days of even though students aren't around I am full on dressing.  I find I can be more productive if I dress the part. 
This skirt is Boden via Ebay.  I have had this sweater for well over a year.  It is Jones of New York and was found at my favorite shopping location......Goodwill.

Friday, December 10, 2010

pasta and productivity

I need to be super productive at work today.  Sometimes when I need to get a lot done I dress up in order to feel more "on the ball"?  As if an outside illusion of being put together will magically make me behave more put together.  And yes, that is the same cashmere sweater I wore on Wednesday.
The skirt is from Talbots via Ebay.  I love a classic toille print!  The belt is from a different cashmere sweater.  There is an Ann Taylor shear blouse underneath the sweater.  The boots are new from Target.  Tonight I am carb loading on pasta with friends since tomorrow I am running a half marathon.  This will be my 4th one and the one I have trained the least for so I hope it isn't too painful.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Vote for me!

Okay this is a little shameless self-promotion.....but gosh darn-it, it is time I started using the leverage I have with my whopping 10 followers!  :)  I was inspired to enter this contest: Movie Inspirations.  I am entries 3, 4, and 5 (I was actually thinking they would be one entry, but who am I to argue with the contest organizers?)  Speaking of the contest organizers, you should really check out their blog In Pursuit of Pretty Things, as Kathryn and Carol have wonderful fashion sense.

brave the cold

Classes are done, and thus I would normally be dressed in some jeans and a comfy sweater.  But I have a date tonight.  So I am braving the cold in an effort to look cute.  Not sure about this guy, as he has set up a date with me 3 times prior and then canceled at the last minute.  Hmm, will see what happens tonight.
Giraffe skirt is White House Black Market via Ebay.  Cashmere turtleneck sweater is Ann Taylor via Ebay.  Long sleeved tee from Target.  Boots are from Payless (about 5-6 years old).  Tights are Spanx found brand-new at Goodwill.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

chilly and drained

It finally feels like fall/winter here.  So with this chilly blast, I decided I didn't want to wear a skirt or dress.  Cashmere sweaters are always nice.  Last day of teaching and a long meeting to review faculty candidate fles means I needed to be comfy.  So jeans it was.

Friday, December 3, 2010

is this pattern mixing?

Does it count as pattern mixing when I mix a black and white striped skirt with a black and white t-shirt?
 Well, I did throw on a black and white polka dot belt.  I like how this outfit is all separates but the t-shirt and skirt look like they could be a dress.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

one size fits all

I've never bought into the idea that a clothing item could be "one size fits all".  But this skirt has magically fit me no matter my weight.  I originally bought this skirt 50 pounds heavier, and yet it still fits. 
In the past I have always worn it with a turtleneck sweater (either black or turquise) so I'm really living on the wild side pairing it with a cardigan.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

a tad frilly

Today's outfit is mostly "new to me".  The skirt is Old Navy via Goodwill, and still had the original tag attached.  The sweater is NY& Co via salvation Army.  And the belt is via Goodwill as well.
The floral skirt, ruffly sweater, and purple heels may be a tad frilly and girly (even for me) but I wasn't teaching today.  Today I had the pleasure of coffee with Cynthia from Be Fabulous Daily, which was my first meeting of a fellow blogger.