Wednesday, February 29, 2012

better late then never

I had actually taken off this skirt and put on yoga pants when I realized I never snapped a picture of today's outfit.  So I got redressed to take a that dedication or what?  Before you get too impressed by my dedication realize I got back into lounge wear before looking at the pictures and realizing they didn't do justice to this outfit.  Oh well, no retakes today.
The skirt is 100% silk from the Talbot's outlet for $5 in the summer of 2009.  The sweater is new to me via Goodwill and is originally from J Crew and feels to be silk.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

a little blurry

Today's picture is a little blurry, but I am in a rush.  And what do I wear in a  rush?  My $10 Talbot's wrap dress, comfy heels, and my all purpose black cardigan.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

super polka dots

I love me some polka why not pattern mix them?  Is there such a thing as too many polka dots?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

can't go wrong

Black and winter white.....always a winning combination.  This was my Tuesday look.
The sweater is a thrifted Gap sweater.  The skirt is Ann Taylor via Ebay.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Blue and grey

A little navy and grey on a grey and blue day.  I woke up to heavy fog today, but that has burned off and we have clear blue skies. 
Navy and grey is one of my favorite color combinations.  This won't surprise anyone, but both the sweater and skirt are thrifted.   On of my favorite things about thrifting is when you find a great piece AND it is in your size.  I have been wanting a  grey skirt for awhile, and when I saw this one on the rack I knew it was perfect for my style, so I was super excited when I looked at the tag and it was a size 4.  The fit is great, I anticipate that you will be seeing this skirt often.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

I have worn other things

I have been so busy that I have not been getting  outfit photos in.  I wore this cardigan in my last outfit post, but I promise I have been wearing more than just this cardigan lately.  Today's outfit was all thrifted...thrifted top, thrifted skirt, thrifted sweater........if it had been just a tad warmer I would have swapped out the boots for some thrifted brown sling backs heels.
I have found this top hard to style, but I think that is because I have tried to pair it with  a black or brown cardigan in the past.  The coral was  a much better choice.  I may try teal next time.  The skirt is Banana Republic and a recent thrift purchase.  I know I said I wouldn't thrift until all unworn clothes were worn, but I was looking for some wall art (I was inspired to find art at Goodwill after finding the painting below for $10 including the frame) and saw this skirt.  I own it in khaki (also thrifted) and it is such a great skirt that I couldn't resist it in brown.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

go ahead and flatter me

On one episode of What Not To Wear, Stacy and Clinton told a woman that coral is the color the most women think they can't wear, when in fact it is universally flattering.  I don't own much coral colored clothing, so when I found this J Crew cardigan at Goodwill this past weekend, I decided to test the universal flattering theory.  Granted, you can't see my face, so just imagine it glowing next to the coral. 
These pants are my trusty black pants, a staple every women needs, and while I don't remember what I paid for them, they must be at a low cost per wear.  The cardigan and wrap top were thrifted, the cami was found on a clearance rack years ago, and the shoes are a hand me down from my aunt (yay for free!).

boring but easy

I tried several outfits today, but it just boiled down to me wanting simple, easy and comfortable.  Hence a newly thrifted Banana Republic silk/cashmere blend turtleneck and a pair of thrifted glenn plaid pants.
Picture was taken at night....and I was so tired I couldn't be bothered to fix the neckline or my pants leg for a second shot.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

what to keep.....

I am trying to do a closet clean out as there is a large consignment event occurring near me next month.  And the ability to make a little cash on unworn items is a good motivation.  It is also making me realize I have several items in my closet that have never been worn (at least by me, since the majority are from Goodwill).  And I am not talking about casual weekend wear that seldom gets photographed, but does get worn.  So I don't know if I will call this a challenge maybe more of a goal.......I am going to try and not buy any new clothing items until I have worn all of the unworn items in my closet.  This does not mean I will only wear things I haven't worn before, I will still be wearing plenty of old favorites.  But if I feel the need for something new I should look to my own closet.  A few weeks ago I pulled on a Ralph Lauren sweater that I bought at the Salvation Army (new with tags) over a year ago but had never worn....and since then it has been in heavy rotation (just not on days I happen to photograph).  It reminded me that there was a reason I loved it enough to buy it.
This sweater was a recent Goodwill purchase ($3.99) and is 100% silk.  While I don't usually gravitate towards bright colors, the one exception has always been how I love hot pink and black together.

Monday, February 6, 2012

winter at last.....

It is winter finally in NC.....and by winter I mean overnight low near freezing and daytime high barely hitting 50.  Rough, eh?  When I lived in Canada, a winter day like this was reason to break out a skirt and enjoy the warm temps.  In NC, it is reason to break out pants and layer sweaters!  Oh how relative the weather is.
This is a thifted outfit.  I got the gap cords from a Goodwill in Fall 2010 ($3.79).  The sweaters were both thrifted this weekend.  The pink turtleneck sweater is 100% cashmere and was found at Goodwill for $3.99.  The cardigan was new with tag still on, and I discovered it at the Salvation Army for $3.99.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Good things come to those who wait....

I have been stalking this skirt on Ebay for quite some time, but I never bid as the prices seemed just a tad higher than I was willing to pay.  My patience paid off when I found this skirt of Goodwill last month.  I paid a whopping $3.99 for this Venice scene skirt from Talbots.
Another great thing about thrifting is that I get used to looking at the actual garment to judge size rather than a tag as sizes have changed over the years and some garments have the tags cut out.  This skirt was a 2P, so I probably never would have bid on it in that size on Ebay (I am usually a 4P or 6P).  But the skirt fits and is just in lovely in person as I imagined it would be.