Thursday, July 16, 2015

Lucky Yard Sale Day

Since I live in a casual town, I feel like something dressy has to go when I dress up nicely.  I love clothes and costume jewelry, so that would leave shoes out of the exciting category.  I recently wore this 50's style dress from ModCloth with an older pair of espadrilles.  They look funky in the picture but they are cute and comfortable on hot summer days.

Although this print is sold out, if you like a nice 50's silhouette, Emily and Fin styles are a great way to go.  They are always coming out with cute prints, so it's a good idea to check ModCloth's new arrivals frequently.
I bought this cute vintage necklace last month at a garage sale.  I have to admit that I am awful at arriving to garage, yard, flea market sales at a decent hour.  With this particular yard sale, the advertisement stated that it went until 1:00 and I sauntered in at about 1:15 or so.
Luckily the lady was sitting outside talking with family members and had lost track of time.  To top it off, for me at least, I was the only one interested in vintage who had stopped by.

Along with the necklace, I ended up buying two dresses and a skirt that I will show at a later date.
 
 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Summer is Here

Summer is here and that means more gardening and due to school being out, less time for things like blogging.  My daughter's theater workshop is only three hours and it goes by fast.
The picture above shows me carrying a bag of coffee grounds from Starbucks to use in my garden.  My plants seem to like coffee and it makes for a pretty ground cover too.   
            

I found the white beaded handbag at Goodwill last week.  The timing could not have been more perfect since it had recently been placed amongst boring old wallets and cheap makeup bags.  The only thing missing were choir voices playing when I first laid eyes on this lovely thing.  
This is the old and cranky but cute tiny kitty that lives in the thrift store I frequent.  She was actually sweet the other day, following me around and meowing from time to time.
The other morning while rushing out the door we ran into this Banana Slug.  As a kid I thought they were creepy but I think they're kind of cute now.

In the first picture I'm wearing an older Anthropologie necklace with green and purple beads that was fun to wear with my purple maxi skirt and green J.Crew cardigan. 
One of the nice things about maxi skirts is they look cute with printed tees, so shirts that I had lost interest in now have new life.
This shirt with the pink flower is a Liz Claiborne from the year Isaac Mizrahi designed, before he went on to QVC.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Elephants Everywhere

Elephants appear to be showing up in fashion lately and since they are one of my favorite animals, I'm keeping my eyes peeled for some fun pieces.  I found this skirt at Forever 21 about two months ago.      
There are a few Mixed Paisley maxi skirts on the Forever 21 website still available.  I wish there was another layer of elephants closer to the top of the skirt instead of only one row at the bottom, but I will take what I can get.   


I have shown this older Anthropologie necklace before but I love how the brass elephant looks with the colors in this skirt.  

Here is a link to a cute elephant necklace at Anthropologie on sale now.  Druzy Elephant Pendant.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Pinks and Florals

My daughter wanted me to showcase my Fauvism skirt by Troubadour from Anthropologie.  I rarely buy full price but I fell for the unique print that looks like a painting.  This skirt has been back ordered for about three months and at the time I placed an order, Anthropologie was having one of those 25% off sales.  I loved the idea of it being back ordered until May since then I would not have to worry about my card being charged for months.

My bill recently came and all I can say is, between Lilly Pulitzer for Target and my other favorite stores having good deals, my credit card needs a rest.  I also have two bigger ticket items on my wish list, one of which is the wicker frog handbag from Kate Spade.  That froggy needs to be marked down a couple of times, so I am keeping my fingers crossed that it hits sale.        
I'm cutting back on shopping, so for example, the espadrilles from Target pictured above will have to wait.  I love these Hawaiian style shoes and they remind me of what was everywhere in the 80's, along with all of the other shoes with floral prints.      
I took this picture of a Michael Kors daisy print top at Macys because it could pass for a vintage early 70's shirt.  This would look cute with so many things from pants to various lengths of skirts.   
I'm loving the lace and pinks that are showing up in stores lately.  This Macys INC dress would be nice for spring/summer events.
This is another darling INC maxi dress with a Pucci inspiration in yet again, pink.  I'm usually too preoccupied with my favorite stores so I rarely walk around Macys like I used to when I was in my teens and twenties. I had a lot of fun snapping pictures and this leads me to a question for anyone who wants to leave a comment. 

As you can see, I just took pictures of garments instead of dressing room reviews.    
My question is, do readers mind if I just show pictures of clothes that are currently available without a model?
As a reader of blogs who share the same taste in clothes, I certainly would not mind seeing just clothing shots showcasing what is currently out in stores.
Anything I find that is either Anthropologie or vintage style I love to share with readers.

Cardigan: Anthropologie Sparrow. Old
Necklace: Forever 21 roses from last year.
Pants: QVC Isaac Mizrahi 24/7  Stretch Ankle in different colors.  QVC offers these year round and colors change with the seasons. 
Shoes: Old Isaac Mizrahi QVC flats.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Fun Cheap Items


One of the things that I have enjoyed about some of the maxi skirts sold at Anthropologie is that when I roll the waist band to shorten the length, the underside of the band looks like a decorative belt.  This is the case with the Vanessa Virginia Petaled Paisley skirt that is marked down to $40 now.
While at Target yesterday, I snapped this picture of a cute Merona maxi skirt and Anthro looking necklace.  I like the idea of bringing out the orange in this skirt and I might have to wish list this one. The skirt is only $20 and the necklace is $13.  There is a part of me that loves a great cheap bargain and because of this, I have to watch out for the impulse buy.
This is why I have started making a list of desired items I have a crush on and need to stick with a monthly budget.       
The hair clips and makeup were found on a Dollar Tree run.  Since I wear ponytails a lot, I like to shop for cute floral clips.  I love these Hawaiian themed Plumeria blossoms that come in a two pack.  They seem to do one color with a black flower and I'm hoping there is a pink one yet to come out.

The makeup was fun for me because I love green mascara and there was a huge lot of green Maybelline Great Lash.  I first tried this color when Maybelline came out with different fun colors for either an anniversary or some other limited edition promotion.
Of course when a makeup you like becomes discontinued or a limited edition it can strike panic.   

I really like this bright teal/blue nail polish from Revlon with the cobweb art on the lid.  So this was most likely made for Halloween and the other funny thing was how sparse the packaging is.  Notice  the white background with minimal writing and color.  I wonder if this was given out as a promotion at an event and not meant for the mainstream market.
The eye shadow is a glittery black color and I thought I could play around with it as an eye liner.  I really need practice in the eye lining department.                     
Necklace: Anthropologie Rona Layered. Still available.
Shirt: Anthropologie Meadow Rue Cuyama Tee from 2014.
Shoes: Old J.Crew pointed toe flats.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Dress and Costume Jewelry Window Shopping


I have mentioned before that dressing room photos are the worst.  But I really wanted to share the pretties I found at Target, Kohl's and Macys.  I want to say that I did not buy one thing and when I was leaving the mall, I felt like I was forgetting something.                
The funny part is, it wasn't until I uploaded the pictures that I realized how cute the jewelry looks with the dresses.   


I liked this Target Merona Floral Crepe Shift dress.  The fabric content is polyester and spandex which I found to be very comfortable.  I'm wearing the size small for a more casual and comfortable look but I think the dress is supposed to be more fitted.  A belt would look cute too.  It's currently $24.99.                 

As a lover of Betsey Johnson jewelry, I had to snap pictures of these two flower necklaces at Macys.  This rose one is $68 and I always try to buy these on sale.  I find that Macys sales can be frustrating at times when they advertise a huge sale, only to discover that what I'm interested in is not part of the sale.
This would look so pretty with the Merona floral dress.      
Now back to Target.  I know, this blog is all over the map.  I have had my eye on this green dress from Merona because it has a 70's business woman look.  Add a long gold chain necklace and Joan Holloway from Mad Men would be wearing this.  The high hem in the front and long in the back takes away the 70's, but I still like it.  One problem is that the sleeves are too long and I'm wearing an XS.  This Belted Crepe Shirt dress is $27.99 and because of the fit on me, I will pass but it is a nice dress.  There is a pink one online and I may consider it if it gets marked way down.      
               
This daisy meets ladybug necklace by Betsey Johnson is another pretty piece that could be worn with the green Merona dress.  It's $48 at Macys and I love the 60's vintage look about it.  I may have to add this to my wishlist, along with that rose one.  Yikes!     
At Kohl's I spotted this Croft and Barrow Starfish Stretch bracelet on sale for $12.  Online it's also offered in a gold tone and I find it to be cuter than the Lilly Pulitzer for Target Starfish bracelet.
I have it laying on a Milly for Kohl's dress.

I will do a little Milly for Kohl's review next week.   Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pining for Summer in Swans

Hopefully this will be the end of the cool days and we can soon start enjoying spring/summer.  I have shown this older swan skirt and necklace from Anthropologie before, but not together.  I did red with the skirt before but I prefer the orange colors.    
I received a 15% of coupon for doing an online Anthropologie survey, so I made a point to order a  skirt in the store to save on shipping costs.  I certainly did not plan on walking out with the Morning Petals cardigan peeking out of a wrapped package.  There have been too many good sales lately.   
I wanted to show the cute orange floral artwork in the Anthropologie windows.  They used old newspapers for the background.  
I brought out my older Rachel Zoe for QVC handbag and because I have been craving summer, there are a couple of Van Halen CDs inside.  Somehow Van Halen and Anthropologie seems like an odd mix but it keeps life more interesting.    


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Early Bird Catches Lilly

I debated about posting my Lilly Pulitzer for Target haul because I did not want it to appear as bragging.  But because it was such a pleasant small town experience, I wanted to share a positive spin instead of all the negative stories I had been hearing about this Target launch.

The funny thing is, I always complain about how our town has the worst shopping.  When we finally got a Target three years ago, I called it one big grocery store with everything else just sprinkled in.     
However, for the Target Lilly release, our lack of good shopping turned into an advantage.    

As soon as the Lilly items started becoming available on the Target website after midnight, I knew that the only chance I would have of possibly getting anything, was to push myself out of bed on a Sunday morning.  Lilly Pulitzer is one of my favorites but I have only been able to afford the vintage and or used from Ebay.  As a collector of certain fashion items, I was going to make sure to arrive at Target on time.    

Some pieces of advice from a website informed shoppers to not waste time stopping for coffee beforehand and go to an out of the way, less populated Target.  My husband's first response when I read this out loud was, "That's our Target."       
          

Sunday morning arrived and after showering, I did not even waste time with makeup.  Just a quick dusting of Bare Minerals and a dab of cover up on a honker pimple.  Then a half a cup of coffee and a few bites of toast to give me a little energy.      

My daughter agreed to join me, even though she is not a morning person either and together we drove in the misty drizzle to our local Target about 15 minutes away.  There was no traffic and when we arrived about five minutes before the 8:00 opening, we were relieved to see only about 10-15 people standing outside.       

When the doors opened, we all walked in and proceeded to look and pull down our desired items.  Nobody was grabbing or pushing and one added bonus was that I could actually take my time and choose the best pattern on the Maxi dress.  The charm bracelet was the item I wanted the most and there were about five hanging on the display bar.   

The only daunting thing was waiting for a dressing room since our Target has so few rooms.  Even that was no big deal.  We just chatted in line and found out that the darling lady in front of us was buying clothes for her Honeymoon.  She had a cart full of housewares that she could not take into the dressing room, so I offered to babysit her cart while she tried on clothes.  My daughter then volunteered to be on cart watch duty so I could start the dressing room process.               
There were some feel good moments too.  After loading my first round of items in the car and then returning to Target for the second wave for toiletries, I noticed a larger size shift dress hanging on the rack.  Rather than risk losing the more comfortable dress, I bought it and went back to the car to  retrieve the smaller size to return.

As I was preparing to do the return transaction, I saw a lady with someone who I was guessing could be her mother.  I overheard her saying in a serious tone, "That's the dress I wanted."  I then quickly  announced, "I'm returning this!" and she immediately wanted to know the size and if she could have it.  As soon as the sales lady completed the transaction, it was in her hands.

It sounded as if these two ladies arrived too late, not realizing that the store opened at 8:00.  By now it was about 9:30 and I overheard a few Target employees mention that they were so surprised that barely anyone came for the Lilly housewares.  I then decided to grab a Lilly pillow and a Lilly bathing suit for my daughter to add with my toothpaste and soap purchase.         
In the end, my daughter and I had a lot of fun and the whole experience turned out better than expected.                   
I was wondering if the name Lilly would be mixed in with the prints since the clothes are known to have the name swirled in with the colorful fabric.  I found this on the Maxi dress and thought that the Target logo added a cute touch.  It's also a good reference for future collectors.  
       

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Cynthia Rowley Maxi

I bought this Cynthia Rowley skirt at Marshalls a few weeks back and I'm loving it.  Because of the length and the fact that I'm about 5 foot 4, I do have to pull up the waist band and roll it a few times.
It actually looks better in real life and what sold me on this was the pinks and greys.  I have noticed that it's hard to find Maxis in pink tones, especially lighter pinks.       

            
I wore this Haskell necklace from Macys to bring out the pink.  To add even more pink, I brought out my older corduroy jackets from Tulle after being stored away in my closet.   

Although I love the jean jacket look with Maxi lengths and other styles, I'm just not a denim jacket kind of gal. I own a classic Levi one that I'm saving for when my daughter can fit into it.  The compromise for a more rugged jacket look came when I bought this pink Tulle utility jacket from Ross more than ten years ago.  It was an impulse buy but I was sold on the pink and soon found myself wearing it with jeans a lot.

Now that I want that jean jacket look over my maxi skirts, I have now brought out these jackets.  I have one in mint green and a second larger pink one found at Goodwill.              
I use a lot of shopping willpower when it comes to ModCloth.  I had this, "Fun for the Books" cat skirt on my wishlist but never got around to buying it because the price was too high for an unlined cotton skirt.   
Well, it popped back and I got an E-mail from ModCloth saying that it was now back in stock.

This is how I am justifying this purchase.  I never pursued the J.Crew library skirt from the mid-2000's and I missed out on the Tommy Hilfiger book print shirt dress from last year.   

Even though I just received it today, it already says that it's sold out.  However, ModCloth is doing that great thing where if there is a great demand they will re-order.  Just click your size and the "I need it" button and hope for the best.
Just to be clear, I'm not affiliated with them.  



I found this vintage cardigan today at one of my favorite consignment stores for $17 and it's in perfect vintage condition.  Although I want to cut back on shopping, I think certain vintage purchases are OK.  
I am thinking about letting my grey hair come in out of curiosity.  I love the grey hair trend with the younger ladies, especially when they add a candy color.  However, at my age it does add about ten years which I don't want. 
It's going to be hard not to color my hair the bronze shade I love, but I will see how long I can go.
 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

My Xanadu Lisa Rinna Skirt



With my continued fun adventure of Maxi skirt hunting, I recently purchased some Lisa Rinna skirts from QVC.  This one in particular is not a Maxi, but it has a nice long drape to it.  

This skirt is called the Sharkbite Hem skirt, but I'm calling it my Xanadu skirt.  Anytime I see an asymmetrical hem, I think of Olivia Newton John's costume in Xanadu.  I'm also reminded of Disco skirts from the late 70's.  




I was first irritated that my older Target tee was bunched up in this picture, but then I realized that it was OK since I prefer to have my blog be realistic.  Although I am human and can at times feel a little jealous of the blogger's who look like they stepped out of a magazine, that's not me.  I may be the only blogger who has ever posed in Anthropologie while standing in front of my new septic tank.   





I think this outfit complimented both the navy Rodo and cat Enid Collins handbags.  
I found this very pretty navy Rodo handbag at Goodwill and I'm not sure if it's vintage or a fake.  I still like it regardless since I love wicker handbags.
        

I haven't decided if I want to buy this cute Target Mossimo shirt or not.  It looks like an Anthropologie style but with a generous price of $17.  I wish it came in more colors other than cream and black.  Dark green or rust would be perfect.    
 
 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Funny French Bulldog Sweater

I found this funny Jaclyn Smith sweater last week at Kmart and my mind went to J.Crew.  Then I noticed the price of $4 and thought I couldn't go wrong with this impulse buy.  If anything, I could use it as a sweatshirt.   

This morning I thought it looked cute with colorful jeans but as the day wore on, I had some doubts.  I do think this sweater is fine with jeans but I'm wondering if a Maxi skirt is a better choice.     

Interesting tidbit.  I found out that this Bulldog on the sweater was inspired by Jaclyn Smith's daughter's dog.
        
I thought it would be fun to wear a cat scarf with a dog sweater.  I can't remember where I bought this but I'm guessing Macys.

I have a box of scarves that I never wear because they are such a pain to tie.  This is why I love Eternity scarves because you do a quick twist, over the head, repeat and then you're done.

I just found out after calling Bath and Body Works that this incredible hand soap is no where to be found.  If you love carrots, this truly smells like carrots with brown sugar.

During one of their big sales in the Fall, I bought a handful of soaps and I purchased two bottles of the carrot.  Because the carrots remind me of Easter, I recently opened this flavor and fell in love.  Hopefully they bring this one back.   

It's raining Peeps!  Peeps are so popular that they now come in jumbo size packaging.  Now I'm starting to crave the chocolate dipped ones.            
    
I love this Target Merona Maxi skirt that I bought for $20.  I thought that price was good but I noticed that they are currently running a buy one get one 50% off clothing.  The website also carries this skirt in a mint green.     


Last month for my daughter's birthday party, I wanted to be comfortable hosting four girls for a night of Monster High movies, pizza and Karaoke.  At the same time I wanted to look nice, so the maxi came in handy with my Anthropologie fruit tee and necklace and a J.Crew cardigan.
Now I need to try the Bulldog sweater with this skirt.

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