Inspiration Calendar – Catch up

June 23, 2010


Don’t worry – even though I wandered off to write The Dress Diaries, I still followed the Inspiration Calendar for the most part, and yes, I took pictures along the way.  So I’m going to have to catch you up, because I’m a few weeks behind.

(Note:  Check out the right column on my blog under “Pages”.  I’ve added The Dress Diaries slideshow to it, and I’m working on creating an Inspiration Calendar page, with slideshows of all the outfits – I think it will be a nice little resource if I ever want to go back and revisit an outfit!)

If you’re new to this blog, the Inspiration Calendar is a daily guide to help you decide what to wear every morning – each day offers an outfit suggestion that combines colors, patterns, clothing articles, accessories,  etc.  Click here to check it out. It’s like Fashion for Dummies, and a great way to “shop your closet” because it offers suggestions of items you most likely already have in your closet, but didn’t think of wearing together.

Posing like the model is optional.

This outfit combo, for example, asks you to pick two of three styles:  Polka dots, denim and floral.   Of course I had to wear my new shortened black and white polka dot dress (thank you all for the FABULOUS FEEDBACK from My Trip to the Tailor post!!)

Price Breakdown:

Dress: My Michelle $5.89 (Goodwill – do I have to add in the cost of alterations?  Nah – I’m not that  detailed)

White Jean Jacket:  Gap $4.99 (Goodwill – awesome find!)

Shoes:  Franco Sarto $14.99 (DSW)

Total Cost: $25.87

Are you seeing spots? Was the scarf polka dot overkill, or does it work?

Also, I’m wondering if I should have worn my Steve Madden read wedge shoes, to add some color, however I think the light-colored bag might be enough.  What do you think?

Personally, I think I like my outfit better than the one in the picture – more contrast and depth.   (Look at me, acting all fashionista.  Somebody stop me before my ego gets out of whack, OK?)

My next Inspiration Calendar Outfit Catch-up is Do-Over of  an outfit I wore way back on May 20 – remember the day the weather didn’t cooperate, so  I couldn’t wear “Top a skirt with a White Cardi”? Instead I wore the Houndstooth Cropped Cardigan nightmare outfit? Well, once the weather turned warmer, I revisited the outfit combo and came up with this:

Price Breakdown:

Sweater set:  Alfred Dunner $3.89 (Goodwill)

Skirt:  Trixxi $3.39 (Goodwill)

Shoes:  Steve Madden $14.99 (DSW)

Total Cost:  $22.27

A couple of things about this outfit:  First, this is actually my quintessential summer work outfit.  Skirt and sweater set.  Nice and simple, understated.  But the new balls-to-the-walls me thinks maybe I should have tried (gasp!) tucking the bottom layer shell in, like in the example photo!  That’s uncharted territory for me, but I might be up for it…….next time.

Second, these shoes, which I bought 3 or 4 years ago, are really earning their keep.  I learned from You Look Fab that neutral-colored shoes make your legs look longer, so I’m really liking that.

Well, that’s all for now – but lots more to come!

P.S.  Remember that Moda International dress from the Dress Diaries, that I bought for $8?  My friend Merrie found it on the the Victoria’s Secret website for $65.  Click here to see it.  I LOVE it when that happens!  I hate it, though, that the model fills it out on top so much better than me, but oh well…..


  1. Like I wrote to you, I’m so jealous of your great find on that cute dress! And for the record, I think the dress looks better on you.

  2. i really like the blue skirt with the cardi and the racer back dress

  3. Yep, you’re doing a better job than the inspiration photos.

    I love the polka-dot combination.

    • Thanks, Syl!!

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