Hello again!November 9, 2011
Hey folks! I am back in business, and I have a lot of exciting things coming up – especially if you’re in the Des Moines-area and looking for the 4-1-1 on where to shop for secondhand clothes…..stay tuned for more of that.
Here’s a hint – check out the upper right hand corner of this page. I don’t have any content yet, but I plan to fill it with reviews, updates, upcoming sales, etc. with Des Moines-area secondhand stores. But right now, it’s just a work in progress.
So back to the daily grind. I’m sure the question on everyone’s mind is, “Where the heck have you been?”. Or is it “What are you wearing today?”
I don’t really have an answer to the first one, so I’ll just move on to the second one:
Boy, you can tell I’ve been away for awhile – I didn’t even mimic the pose!
But at least I still am using the Inspiration Calendar. As you can see, this outfit was actually inspired from November 2010′s Inspiration Calendar. (If you’re new to this blog, you HAVE to check out the Inspiration Calendar (IC) – designed for people like me who stand in front of a closet full of clothes and can’t think of a thing to wear. The IC is a a collection of trends, color combos or pictures of outfits from magazines, bloggers and other media sources designed to help you decide what to wear on a daily basis. It has literally changed the way I dress, because it encourages me to wear combinations I otherwise wouldn’t try. Click here to check it out.)
For example, today’s outfit is something 100% inspired by the IC. A dress with a leather jacket. Who would have thunk it?
Dress: Kathy Ireland (Goodwill): $5.89
Jacket: Jou Jou skins (Goodwill) $5.99
Shoes: Alfani (I’ve had these shoes for so long I don’t know where I got them, nor how much they cost).
Total Cost (without shoes): $11.88
I’m not sure this outfit was a home run or not. Let’s break ‘er down…
The dress: I bought this dress to wear exactly how I wore it today - with black tights and a black jacket. My little fashion partner-in-crime- 11-year-but-almost-12-year-old Sophie pointed out that the photo in the calendar was actually an animal print, but I thought this dress was close enough.
The jacket: Once again, it was pointed out to me that the jacket in the photo was brown (when did kids get so literal?), but I had my heart set on wearing this motorcycle jacket. I do have a brown one that I absolutely love (click here to see), and because I loved the brown one so much, I put “black motorcycle jacket” on my wish list, and ta-da! I found one. I love it when that happens.
First – which looks better – having the jacket buttoned or unbuttoned? Let’s do a poll:
Back to the black jacket – don’t I look kind of rough and edgy wearing it? Like a biker-babe? Well, that’s how I felt, and I walked around all day with this “Don’t mess with me or I’ll take you out” ‘tude.
OK, not really. But I did feel kind of tough and snarky.
The other thing I like is that it’s not real leather, so no animals were harmed in the wearing of this outfit. Yes, this biker-babe has a soft spot for animals.
OK, now it’s time to discuss the shoes, and I need some honest feedback.
I’m hoping for the retro-school-girl look, but for some reason an insult from one of the Real Housewives of New York keeps going through my mind. Did anyone see when LuAnn said that Alexis was wearing “ugly Frankenstein shoes”. I never saw the shoes they were referring to, but for some reason, when I look at these Alfani shoes, I’m thinking “ugly Frankenstein shoes”.
What do you think? UFS?
Be honest – I can take it…
Well, that’s all for now, folks. It’s great to be back!