Monday, February 28, 2011

Floral Effusion

 Bolero - Unknown, thrifted
Orange! Dress - NY&Co, thrifted
Shoes -Fly London

Yep, I'm pulling out this sweater again. It was almost too warm today anyway, even though it was rainy and windy. The last time I wore this - someone suggested I wear a floral dress for spring with it. This is a problem for two reasons - Spring in TN is hot. There are cool days, but it's either cold enough for a coat or warm enough for a jacket (not sweater). This is a very thick wool sweater.

And problem two - I don't wear florals. I've tried. They just aren't for me. It doesn't matter if they're ditsy, abstract or look like a grandmother's couch, I can't do it. They flow through my closet and into the donation bags like a bad leak. So I compromised today and wore bright springy colors in a warm gradient. Today's alternative title is: Pumpkin, Persimmon, and Pepper.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sew Sunday - Leather Bracelet/Bracer DIY

What you'll need:
A length of cording, ribbon or leather lacing
A scrap of thick leather or faux leather large enough for your purpose
A hole punch, awl or even a nail
Ruler, Pencil

My MIL had enough of this funky faux-leather left from her scraps of another project, plus a bit of pink leather lacing laying around. I started by cutting the fabric down to the basic shape I wanted. I wanted to do a wrist cuff/bracer. The rounded end could be set to face either direction. I used my ruled to mark out evenly spaced places to punch lace-holes. I used an actual hole punch to make my hole and open them up with an awl. But I could see this easily working with a nail or small screw driver if that's all I had on hand. Lace the cording or leather through the holes and tie it on!

Super easy peasy. I could also see this basic idea working for a belt. I didn't have a piece large enough to fit around me, unfortunately, but it would be a fun project for the future.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

February Confessional

Shopping Round 1:
Houndstooth Vest thing - $3.86
Real Snakeskin Belt - $1.34
70s bellbottom jeans - $6.74
Red Slacks - $3.86
2 tops - $2.11 each

Total: $19.71

Round 2:
2 skirts - $1 each
2 tops - 99p each
A sweater - $3
Total: $7.98

Dragoon Boots: $150
A pair of Frye 8R harness boots: $130

Try, try again in March. Aside from the boots, I actually did pretty well. Now to keep myself from shoe 'window shopping'. I'm planning to take a motorcycle/scooter/moped class and needed to get a good pair of bike boots (hence the Fryes). They've actually been on my wishlist for awhile, and I found a pair for "cheap". Plus I already blew my budget for February.

D and I did have a trip tentatively planned for February that fell by the wayside. Between work and school, we're lucky to have free time to rest these days, much less time to run off to Vegas/NYC for a concert. Hopefully we can still work out our other plans for this year though. I'm looking forward to the Nashville Art Crawl and maybe a trip to a local B&B.

Grumpleberry

Tee and Raincoat - Target
Skirt - Gap, thrifted
Boots - Eject
Belt - Rugged Warehouse

A simple comfortable outfit for the day. Chowed down on pizza, did a little bit of shopping, managed to find hubs another work shirt (he's impossible to fit). The sun is finally coming out for a little bit today, so I'm taking advantage and washing hang dry stuff and airing out some other laundry.

This skirt has a really cool circular design on it. It's also purple, but looks blueish here. I am also wearing purple argyle knee socks my mom gave me as a gift. I didn't get a picture though!

I'm wiped out from the small outing we had today. I'm really glad spring break is coming up. I look forward to the time off. One more week of classes, paper writing and ungodly amounts of reading to keep up with. Anyone got any good book or movie recs that I can catch up on over Spring Break?

Friday, February 25, 2011

Reach for the Stars

Sweater - All Saints
 Harness - Audra Jean 
Jeans - LOFT, swap
Shoes - Eject

I have a wee bit o' a confession to make. I could blame my lack of posting yesterday and my late posting today on the rain (and floods) or the trip to my mom's.. or any number of things, but the truth is: I was reading. Kim Harrison's Pale Demon released this week and I've spent all my free time with my nose buried in my Nook.

Today was supposed to be D&D day, but too many people from our group couldn't make it. So Hubs is taking me out to dinner instead. Speaking of him - this outfit was his request. Hope everybody is having a great Friday. I may or may not pop back up over the weekend, if not assume I'm blissfully reading away.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Mod(ern) Casual

Sunnies - RuggedWarehouse
Tee - Faded Glory
Vest - Fresh Brewed, thrifted
Jeans - NY&Co
Boots - Fly London
 I've actually worn this outfit before, over to my mom's. All the pieces are cat-friendly and comfy for sitting around. Tonight I've got English class and I've found I need super comfortable outfits to make it through 3 hours of lecture with only 7 minute break.

I thrifted this vest earlier this month. It had redonkulous puff sleeves, a little snip and sew later - I have a cute vest. You can definitely expect to see it topping my red tank dress this summer. I'm still not sure if houndstooth is my cuppa tea. I love black and white, I love geometric print, Something about it reminds me of little pixelated space invaders. Okay, I just made it better for me. Haha!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Morning, Sneezyhead.

Bolero - Brand unknown (tag cut out!), thrifted
Dress - homemade by MIL
Brown Boots - Miz Mooz 
It's that time of year again! Taxes? Flu Season? Nope! Midterms~! The weather decided to say "Oh no you di-in't." to me for wearing a sleeveless dress (with jacket) yesterday. The temps dropped off over night. The beauty of this news is I actually get to wear this bolero I thrifted. I was just oohing and aahing over one of Sal's many adorable sweaters when I pulled this puppy off the rack. It was stuck in the middle of the Mediums but it turned out to be a Small! Score!

I adore the futuristic shape of the neckline and waist cinching bottom hem. It's also a great piece to fill the space after sending Keely my mustard cardi. This is more a light pumpkin/gold. It's also super thick and warm. I didn't even bother with a jacket today. I can't wait for the winter to come around again and wear this so much more.

Apologies for not looking at the camera today. Despite the return to cool weather, the sun was out and I am one of 18-35% of the population afflicated with ACHOO syndrome, making it good fun to try and take pictures outside.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Red Legs

 Black dress - All Saints
Animal Print dress - thrifted
Belt - thrifted
Tights - target, gift
Shoes - Fly London

I've had this outfit listed on my "to wear" list for awhile. Only it was supposed to be my red tank dress and some jewelry, but I switched up for this awesome animal print dress I got not too long ago. But Wendy B made a call for red legged outfits - so this one's for you, Wendy. It was a wonky 68F today. So I grabbed my black blazer, just in case.

I'm gonna look like a crazy person tomorrow because it's supposed to drop back into the 40s and I'm planning on wearing a sweater. Bring it on, weatherman. I'm prepared.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

End of Week RoundUp

Buttondown - NY&Co
Skirt - Thrifted
Belt - Rugged Warehouse
Pumps - Vintage (freebie from Pineapple Mint giveaway)

Big update today guys! I'm alive! This horrific headcold has finally receded enough for me to feel human again. With great timing too, because it is a fantastic 72F with a breeze. I decided to take advantage of the beautiful day and get dressed.I'm insanely in love with these pumps. Even though all of my boots are made for walkin', these are not. They're a 3.5+ heel which makes for some sexy gams, but my poor feet aren't use to being at that particular angle. Even my PL pumps aren't this tall.


Navy and Cream tee- Fang
Jeans (LOFT) - Gift from Keely
L/S tee - Swap with Keely
Shoes - Poetic License, ebay
Got dressed for some minor out of the house run. I pulled this tee out of one of my storage bags. I am really a striped shirt hoarder. I decided this goes in the donation pile because I just have too many striped tops.

 Tee - etsy
Hoodie - NY Laundry, gift
Jeans - NY&Co
Boots - Eject, amazon

I should know better than to try taking photos at night.But I liked this outfit.

Let me take a moment to gush over how much I love NY&Co's buttondowns. Much of my closet comes from there because of fit. I had never found a buttondown that fit my "odd" shape until NY&Co. The above black, gold and white has been in my closet for 3 years, which other than jeans or ratty tees, is probably one of my oldest pieces.

How was your weekend?

Friday, February 18, 2011

Friend Friday: Loving Your Body Image

I'm still getting over my cold, but I'm miles better compared to the past couple of days. No outfit posts still because I'm homebound for the most part today. I'm even setting up my D&D from afar. (Hubs made the meeting today, I was crashed out until well after noon).

1. Since you started blogging has your image of yourself changed? Definitely. I used to be really self conscious about non perfect photos of me. Now I tend to post the ones where I'm laughing or actually smiling or look less than posed. I've come to accept myself as I look. I still feel nitpicky some days, but the good outweigh the bad.

2. Are you self-conscious about any aspect of yourself? If so, do you go out of your way to avoid it or do you post it/talk about it anyway? I really dislike my smile. I tend to find my mouth area awkward looking in pictures. I do tend to be more aware of what I'm doing with my face, making sure to make a certain neutral expression or not smiling too big. I actually really like my teeth though!

I'm also very aware of my thin calves/ankles. It bothers me a lot less than it used to, mainly due to the blog. I can see what's flattering and what's not. I tend to like a shapely leg and mine are rather straight and skinny.

I like the way my arms look, but I'm very self-conscious about fabric over my upper arms. I have (non-red) KP on the backs of my arms that causes a lot of irritations some days so I wear a lot of sleeveless things because I can't stand having my arms 'confined'. I know a lot women prefer to keep their arms covered, but I'm actually much more comfortable with them bare. I fuss a lot about sleeves on the blog, but never explain why (to my knowledge).


3. Based on how you are feeling now, what do you think the future holds in the evolution of your body image? I can only see it improving. I've learned a lot of acceptance for different aspects of myself. I'm not weighing myself against ridiculous standards or trying to make my petite stature be tall and willowy or curvy and bodacious. I am me.


4. Do you photograph yourself for your blog? If so, how do you feel about the experience when you’re having your picture taken? If you choose not to post pictures of yourself, what prompted that decision? Yes, this particular blog started solely as a photo blog. I didn't write a lot of commentary or things about my life then. I actually really enjoy being able to catalog how I've worn my clothing. I find new combinations just by looking back over my 'history'. I enjoy having my photos taken because I have my husband weigh in on what I'm wearing. It makes me feel like he is taking my interest in fashion seriously, where a lot of people kindof laugh off my "fashion blog".




5. What would you want every person who struggles with body image to take to heart?
Be yourself. Accept yourself. Don't be so hard on yourself. Love yourself. You're the only you that you've got. ^_~

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Return to Default

Goodbye Disqus. Many bloggers have made the switch over to Disqus. I like many of its features but it seems to also be causing a lot of problems. So, I've removed it from Megan Mae Daily for the time being. Sorry if this causes any problems, but for any questions/comments/concerns I can always be reached via email.

Fake til You Make It

Silk blouse - The Limited, thrifted
Skirt - Kohls
Pumps - Fluevog

I still feel a little rough around the edges today. But I'm sucking it up because I have an hour and half meeting for a group project, followed by 3 hours of night class. I didn't get to wear my insane Dragon Lady outfit last week, so I'm doing a revamped outfit for today. I wanted to wear my super thick and warm grey cardigan, but - Hello, spring weather?!

So I did the logical thing and pulled out my birthday shoes. These babies paired with a pencil make me feel like a pinup girl. I'm tricking myself into feeling good. And hey, if I make it through - I can always crash into bed first thing tonight.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sick Shopping

Tee - thrifted
Jeans - London Jean, thrifted
Boots - Fly London

Even though my throat still feels a little like I'm swallowing glass - we went shopping for D a new laptop/school bag. The upside to this is I got to spend some valuable time in the sunshine, and I got a couple containers of wonton soup to-go from my favorite Chinese place to soothe my sore throat. I quickly crawled back in to pajamas and will be heading for a nap soon.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day 2011

Earrings - gift from Keely
Sweater, Belt - Rugged Warehouse
Dress - All Saints
Boots - Miz Mooz, endless


I spent Sunday at my mom's house. D had to work, so I got to deal with this spring cold (yes it's finally hit the 60s again) on my mom's couch.. er recliner. I was cared for by Dr. Sammypants for most of the day. His meow-like chirps chastised me for not sitting still. I'm a bad patient.

Dr. Sammypants
As evidenced by me getting up today, getting dressed and letting D take me out for lunch. I burnt my sinus-gremlins with extra spicy crawfish ettoufee and garlic rolls. Thankfully we hit the post-lunch, pre-dinner lull and the place was mostly empty.

I got the striped dress during the Christmas sales (along with a few other things).. It's been way too cold to even think of wearing it though. It's a very thin cotton. Perfect for summer days, but I have been dying to wear it. I added a sweater and tall boots and was only a little chilly. I lovingly call the color "sherbet" because it's not pink, orange or red really, but a mix off all three. But for simplicity's sake, I'm calling it pink.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine's Day whether your attached, single or what have you. Enjoy the day for what it is. Celebrate life, love, and yourself.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Saturday update

Mini dress - thrifted, brand unknown
Sweater - Rugged Warehouse
Belt - Betsey Johnson
Shoes - Eject, ebay

This little mini dress was thrifted at the same time as the tunic from last weekend. It had a popped hem that I fixed while taking up the tunic. I'm still struggling with how to style this thing. I'm not in love with the color of the dress, but I love how it fits. I think I'll try remixing it in the summer. It may end up redonated though. It just makes me have Friends - 90s Rachel flashbacks. Like I should layer it with tights and a white turtle neck.

And because Sheila asked for it awhile back - I snapped a shot of my trench closed up. It's made of a very heavy canvas and pleather so I usually leave it unclasped unless it's very windy. It's actually a men's coat, which is weird because it's got some princess seams going on.

Aaahh weird zombie eyes
I'm feeling a bit under the weather today so sorry if I'm not getting through my blogroll in the next few days.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Friend Friday - Thanks

 Sweater Dress - vintage
Terry cloth Leggings - Tjmaxx(?), gift 
Boots - Gianni Bini, gift
Headband - DIY

In middle school, I had a "best friend" who listened to really cool "indie" music. Sometimes she'd share CDs or let me listen to them at her house. But as many bands as she introduced me to, she tried to hide from me. I know this doesn't sound relevant to a primarily fashion blog - but it is.

I was a nerdy little tween, who didn't know there was more out there than what was being played on the radio. Years later, I can look back and see those "indie" bands were really pretty popular, and today are actually well known artists in their genres. This doesn't stop me from feeling the guilt of middle school bullying every time I listen to "Blame it on the Tetons" by Modest Mouse.

Bringing this full circle - I'd never be where I am today without the knowledge that bloggers share. I would never know about Miz Mooz without SockDreams, Fluevog without Sal, or All Saints without Audi. I'd never wear anything remotely floral or animal print without Keely, nor bright tights without Iris. I can't even name every drop of inspiration that the blog-world has given to me, but I thank every one of you who has shared your knowledge, supported me in my developing style, not only that but encouraging me forward. I can't tell you how much it means.

Instead of answering Friend Friday, I thought I should thank my friends this Friday.

EDIT: For further reading along the same lines - Angie of You Look Fab on Style Imitation. Via Already Pretty's Lovely Links.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Dragon Lady

Snake silk blouse - The Limited, thrifted
Cowl - All Saints
Skirt - Victoria Secret, thrifted
Tights - Target, gift
Boots - Eject

The obvious thing to do when you trip up and buy more boots is to - wear them, right? I managed to dig up a bunch of different ribbon at home to replace the bright red ribbons. I did find a blue, but I was in a bit of a rush this morning and left the black in. The blue tights were bought during "Girl's Day Out" with mom on a leftover Christmas giftcard. I'm not 100% on them, but they were only $3.

I picked up this snake skin silk blouse at the same time as the striped tee from the other day. For the same price ($2) too! It had a popped seam that was a very easy fix. Layered the wool blend cowl over top for extra warmth. It's very very chilly! I'm probably going to have to switch to skinny jeans for my night class. EDIT: Or not class is canceled! Stay warm out there!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Trail blazer

 Blazer - LOFT, thrifted
Top - 4ever young
Pants - Victoria Secret, thrifted
Shoes - Eject
Image 245

It looks like I'm in the woods today - Nope! I'm freezing my tail off running from the end of class to the parking lot. It's Everybody, Everywear's Classic Blazer Day! I actually had this outfit planned since I heard what the next challenge was. I had just thrifted this basic black blazer. I bought this (sleeveless) top last year, but haven't worn it yet. I stalked Goodwill continuing my hunt for red pants. Red pants are a must in my life and I've been without a pair for too long.

Did you style your blazer today?

(Also yes, I can't leave my hair alone. I had a bleach-attack last night.. I really like the results and hope to get it to go even lighter this summer.)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Slapped by Snow

Shirt - derek heart, thrifted
Dress - MIL made
Jeans - LOFT, swap
Boots - Gianni Bini, gift
Or "How to wear a dress even when it's pouring alternate rain and snow". I picked up this adorable little tee for $2. Still had the original tags attached. You can't see the funky piecing of the fabric because I covered it with this shirt dress, but it's not a solid striped tee.. I really needed the additional layer though. I spent half the day changing up the buttons.

It's currently pouring outside. It doesn't matter what form it is - it's positively nasty. I made a quick grocery run and have decided I want to hibernate the rest of the day. Except I still have to make dinner. Yum tacos~ How is your Monday going?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Weekend wrap up

Tunic - Gaoyali, thrifted, altered
Tee, Jeans (Fire brand) - swap
Boots - Miz Mooz
Headband - DIY project

Many women aim to make themselves look taller, thinner, more hourglass-y, have longer legs or any number of decided choices for their 'figure flattery'. As a petite girl, I've really never been concerned with looking taller. I do prefer to define my waist, but today I felt like something different.I thought about wearing a belt, but I had plans to eat and do lots of walking.


I wore this to go have a "Girl's Day" with my mom. It's been awhile since I've had time to visit with her so she took me to lunch and for a little bit of "shopping", spending my $5 target gift card from Christmas, and letting her use up my leftover VS gift card. We ended the night watching a good movie (Bottle Shock) and sipping coffee at her place.

This tunic/mini-dress was originally 3 times the width and down to my mid-calf. It had a strange bubble-hem. Like a giant weeble-wobble. I got it originally planning to take it up. I finally got around to doing it. No Sew Sunday because I spent two hours grumbling over this. Finally finished it though. My sewing skills are improving, but it takes some serious patience.

I'm spending today in my jeans and hoodie, catching up on laundry and cleaning. So you guys get more doodles in lieu of my schlepy outfit today.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Friend Friday - Participation Eventation

1. With all the blogging events out there how do you determine which ones to participate in and which ones to avoid?

If I feel it's a good fit, I'll participate. I'm not doing the 30/30. I'll wear red. I'm participating when I can with Everybody, Everywear. I make up my own challenges.

2. Be honest, have you ever jumped on the bandwagon of some blogging movement/event for the wrong reasons? How did that turn out?
Nope. If it's not for me, it's not for me.

3. How do you give your own flair to a blog event while still maintaining the general mission and purpose?
I just do my own thing. My blog's ultimate mission is to find what I like. I'm not going to go out and buy a gingham shirt just because everybody else has one. Stripes? I have a million of 'em. So I'll participate. I don't own any pink, maybe one shirt, one pair of pants? No way I could do a month of it. I stay true to my own personal 'style rules', I dabble with the new but not for a challenge/event.

4. When determining the best content for your blog what criterion do you keep in mind?
I try to just pick out outfits that I like. I try to post advice/blurbs that others could benefit from (See: Thrifting advice). I post my art and my crafts because it seems to intrigue my readers and keeps me brushed up on drawing.

5. While everything will not suit your blog, how do you try and support your fellow bloggers who are participating in something worthwhile but not your style?
I try to encourage them as much as possible. I admire people who can do what I can't or won't. Some people are down on the 30/30 because it's "boring/repetitive" but I love seeing how people remix. It's real. I cheered on Melissa (of A Working Mom's Closet) during the Pink Month. I could never ever do that, but she pulled it off with flair. Iris of 260 days no repeats did a fantastic! bright tights week. I own one pair of colored tights. And I've worn them very very little. Just because it's not for me doesn't mean it can't give me indirect inspiration for future outfits.

Go red for women

Cowl - express, altered
Cardigan - rugged warehouse
Skirt - anthro, thrifted
Tights: red - target
Shoes - eject, ebay
Go red

 As a woman, with family, with heart disease... I'd be remiss not to wear red today in honor of Heart Disease Awareness.While I may not see many people today, I know this blog is one way for me to reach a greater base of people with this information.

This is short and sweet today so I'll leave you with a few questions: Did you wear Red? What are your weekend plans? How do you feel about layering tights?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Blogger Inspiration: By Hillary

Top - Diane von Furstenberg, ebay
Cardigan - Active Basics
Jeans - London Jean, thrifted
Real snakeskin belt - thrifted
Pumps - Fly London

It's been a long time since my last directly inspired by a blogger post. While I'm inspired every day by the blog world at large, there are some days where I feel like I'm channeling a certain blogger or I directly take inspiration from a specific outfit. Hillary has a wonderful style, and I always love her widelegged trouser/jean looks.

I actually came across these HUGE jeans while hunting a pair of red pants (a necessity, I tell you). They were perfect high waisted wide leg denim jeans. I had to get rid of my favorite trouser jeans because they had zero stretch, and Ann Taylor jeans seem to shrink like crazy in the wash. Only the jeans. T_T

The DvF top was an ebay win from December. It was originally huge too big but I did some tweaks, turned the tie bust area into a stable wrap and took up the straps. It's not a perfect fix, but it's at least wearable now.

Don't forget to wear Red tomorrow!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

D&D Club

Trench - Tripp
Sweater - SO, swap
Jeans - NY&Co
Boots - Eject, amazon

Hubs and I crawled into the D&D club meeting about 5-10 minutes late. Apparently they had started early and finished in like 5 minutes. It was just a general overview to get people setting up. We met up with a friend of ours and he's gonna let us know when he'll be starting a game. I feel a bit excited/nervous because I've never done any real tabletop gaming. I grew up around it with my 'rents.

I had to wear my trench today. Unfortunately it's back down to literally freezing (32 is the high today). I layered up with my jacket, but I'm going to have to pull my plaid coat out for tonight. I really wish it would warm up and stay there. I may just wear a skirt and freeze - I'm getting tired of pants.

I did a super simple matchy-match with the Boots today. I've got to go ribbon shopping (I'm thinking green, teal and a leather tie.. with enough ribbon for my Poetic License pumps to get rid of the icky lacing). I admire people who can pair red and purple, but getting red/purple boots to 'go' is very hard. I also found out these are really Plum and Purple instead of purple and black. The "black" is a super dark purple that I couldn't tell in my dark room. This actually makes me pretty happy.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Stockpiled

 Top - Perceptions, thrifted
Jeans - Fire Brand, swap
Boots - Fly London, amazon
I'm doing the stock-pile thing again. Part of my "luck" with finding a bargain is stalking down out of season pieces. I was holding onto this top thinking of numerous plays off the green for springy looks. But really it's a very seasonless print. Like many bloggers, I'm squeaking in a short sleeved look before the weather turns cold. I could have easily added a cardigan to this though. I'm going to re-assess all my "saved" for summer/spring things, and see if I can winterize them. I have a lot of stockpiled pieces.

I also wanted to say I've nearly hit my budget went over for February already. There's so many challenges, collabs and things to participate in. It grows all the time. Coming up is Wear RED Day on Friday the 4th, followed by Everybody, Everywear's Classic Blazer. And then Valentine's Day is coming up. This little month is really packing a punch of planning. And of course, Kendi's winter 30x30 is taking place, but I am not participating in that. What are you participating in this month?
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