Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter

Blouse - thrifted
Skinny Jeans - Joe's Jeans, thrifted
Boots - Natacha, ebay

Happy Easter, everyone! I spent my Easter lunch with my mom, hubby, and ridiculously spoiled cats. Sorry no pictures, they had the Zoomies today because of ham crazy. But here's a badly blown out picture of what I wore. I picked up this soft floral blouse a few weeks ago while thrifting. Florals aren't usually my thing, but I've been into these watercolor prints, so I gave it a shot. Perfect for Easter I thought.

I couldn't find my purple boots this morning, and despite the rain I wore my knight boots. 

I'm now sequestered in my room because most of the DH's family is in the inlaws dining room. As a mostly only child (lol, mostly), it's quite overwhelming! I'm also full and sleepy, though I've promised myself time to write and watch movies, so I'll have to skip the post lunch nap.


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Cheery Cherry

 
Tee - Splendid, thrifted
Skirt - DIY'd
Shoes - Wonders, thrifted
Harness - Audra Jean, etsy

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you all for your sweet comments on yesterday's post. I'm feeling much lighter emotionally, and got back into my closet today with renewed vigor. The sun also helped perk me up. I'm feeling more energized to get dressed.

In the light of the day, I found out these T-strap pumps are actually melon pink. I have issues shopping at Goodwill some times because their lighting messes with my ability to judge color. But oh well! Pink Shoes! And pajama skirt. Nothing makes a waist happier than a comfy skirt made by oneself.


And for an uplifting surprise I found this tee shirt in my mailbox this morning!! Thank you Ally!! I'm not a huge sweets fan, preferring salty treats to sweet, but their motto is correct... I gotta have a Goo Goo. Yum!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Bawls... I mean, Shoes.

Tank - thrifted
Dress - Merona, thrifted
Jeans - Levis, thrifted
Boots - Art Company

So I've been feeling pretty shitty about my weight lately. I have maybe 3 pairs of jeans that fit, it's been too cold for skirts, and I loathe the idea of tights right now. The only thing worse than tight jeans, is the idea of squishing myself into tights. (Which probably wouldn't be as uncomfortable, but my girl-brain refuses to listen to my logic-brain)... So I wound up wearing a shirt dress (open) with jeans-that-fit and ankle boots.

But obviously when nothing fits and I can't imagine wearing anything in my closet even though it's filled to the brim with clothes that do actually fit and are fabulous... I go shopping... Oops. Okay, bad Megan, but we'll all ignore how much I'm shopping and just admire the shoes.

Somehow in the past week I've bought 4 pairs of shoes. Yes, you read that right, FOUR PAIRS. So much for that ban I keep wanting amirite? It all started with a pair of peacock blue sandals by Arche on ebay. Arche shoes are *uber* comfy, ridiculously expensive, and the "funky" non-grandma designs are even harder to come by. So I bid on them expecting to lose, but lo and behold I won! Which is awesome. Most people aren't quite shopping for sandals yet, so I figure I just won on sheer luck.


Tell me you wouldn't say no to that color either
But then came the Magical Orange Boots of whimsy. THEY WERE $10.. and no one else had bid. Somehow I found the most magical shoes ever and needed them in my closet. So I bid again. And won (again). And of course since they were online purchases neither pair has yet to arrive at my house.
MAGICAL BOOTS OF THE AWESOME
So then I was like "It's 99 cent day, I'll go looking for pants." And found the loudest pair of pants ever, and promptly put them in cart. I also found two pairs of good material for my next set of reversible obis, so if this print appeals to you - hit me up! We'll talk.

Loudest Pants ever - I'm getting over the floral thing because I LOVE THESE.. they fit.
Obi material - orange, pale mint, brown
And finally while waiting for my MIL to look at linens, I decided I'll just look at shoes. Goodwill never has good shoes anyway. And found TWO pairs of red pumps. Made of leather. In good shape. That fit. I've been secretly whining to myself about feeling not-girly in all my flat shoes. Sometimes you just really want to put on a  pair of heels and feel *sexy* And goddammit if spending $8 on two pairs of pumps means I feel less unhappy about the extra whopping 8 lbs on my body, so be it. (I know... 8 whole lbs, it just feels like a lot when nothing fits the same)

The first pair was a lipstick red pump with a surprisingly sturdy heel. The ankle strap held these on my feet so good. They were new but had been banged up in the donation bin, I didn't mind the creasing. They looked marvelous with the socks I had on, I wore them to class tonight. I won't be marathoning in them, but occasionally, when I know I'll be sitting, I'll pull these out to feel sassy.


The second pair - a rusty coral red. They're almost an orange. Or possibly pink now that I look at them in different light. I can't tell.

A little scuffing on the toe, a little discoloration on the footbed, but the straps were intact and solid. The heels are a chunky rubber like Campers. They're a Spanish made brand called Wonders, which I'm having issues with googling them right now, but they were miles above the Mossimo and Faded glory shoes sitting on the racks around them.

Plus to me, T-strap shoes always make me think of sexy dancing ladies. I remember watching professional dancers as a kid and loving T-strap shoes. I know some people associate them with primness, but they remind me of dancers. Not quite as quirky as any of the other shoes, but a solid walkable heel that was 4 dollars.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Snow in March

 Tee - Kersh, thrifted
Cardigan - Simply Vera, thrifted
Red jeans - Divided, thrifted
Socks - sock dreams
Flats - Trippen Army

So yeah, it's snowing. I'm currently wearing a layered shirt under a sweater with my Frye boots while unhappily watching snow blow sideways outside the window. But I did manage to snap a picture of this look I wore over the weekend BEFORE it decided to be literally freezing outside. I usually like to post what I'm wearing the actual day I wear it, but oh well.

I liked this look a lot. I was happy to find my red pants still fit, and the blue striped shirt is one of my favorite weekend shirts. I mean, it's a great shirt, but it's one I reserve for ultra comfy days because it's so soft.

These shoes remain the most expensive thing in my wardrobe. I don't wear them as often as I could, but I still feel like they're worth every penny. I love the color, I love the leather, the straps, the comfort. In a dream world, I'd pony up the cash for these, but they'll have to remain a dream for now. 

Additionally I don't know why my leg looks like it's breaking in that picture. It's one of those days I guess.

I'm going to hide under a pile of blankets now... at least until I have to venture out for my worm dissection tonight. Boo, gross. 


Friday, March 22, 2013

Orange skirt

Sweater - Jones sport, thrifted
Skirt - DIY'd from thrifted dress
Sneaks - Arche
Necklace - gift from Lynne
Pin - gift from Debbi

Beth has been on a roll this week, and her Thursday look inspired me to mix and match my summer and winter stuff. This linen skirt is firmly in my summer pile. I've edged it into colder weather days with tights, but the middling weather is perfect for a cotton sweater plus a linen skirt. This had the bonus of bright colors. Finally!

I couldn't decide between a necklace or a pin. I've got so many amazing brooches and pins now thanks to my giving and generous friends, so I decided to go with both! The necklace is covered in stars, and the pin is a moon with stars. 

I've also been doing a lot of playing with my hair, Today I gelled my bangs over to the side. Short hair is so liberating. It's easy to care for, exciting, and when I don't feel like fixing it, it still looks okay.

Woohoo it's Friday! What are your weekend plans?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spring Equinox

Tank - Gap Pure, swap with Patti
Skirt - Tahari, gift from Amber
Ride Boots - Cydwoq
Jacket - thrifted
Earrings - gift from Keely

Hello, hello, and welcome spring! The DH and I started today with fresh eyes. He went for a job interview, I  made it on time to my afternoon class, and then I had a lunch of orange chicken! Delicious. Also the sun was out again! I love it.

Patti and I did a swap last week. I sent her my green skirt plus a few extra goodies, and she sent me this tank, another blouse, a fabulous bangle, and an Egyptian style pin. I knew right away this tank would suit my Tahari skirt. My closet is full of so much purple now. I think it's my new power color. I can definitely see wearing this exact look with sandals, a belt, and no jacket when it warms up properly.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Midnight Plum

 
Tank, Cardigan - Simply Vera, thrifted
Velvet suit - RW & Co., gift from Amber
Pin -  gift from Amber
Logic flats - Cydwoq


Hello Mr. Postman, thank you for bringing me goodies!~ Today I was greeted by a belated birthday box from Amber. Much excitement abounded as I pulled out purple goodies galore! What? Don't you wear a purple velvet suit to go to lunch? 

This suit along with skirts and blouses, this pin, and a very awesome hair clip that will show up soon were included in the box. Sad that a few things didn't fit, but I will be passing on Amber's generosity to someone else. But it was a great surprise for me since I've been grumpy that a lot of my pants don't fit. I couldn't believe how perfectly this suit fit. This color makes my heart sing.

Don't let the sun and bare legs fool you. The wind was very cold!

The most beautiful silver starry broach, so magical

Monday, March 18, 2013

Groovy Baby

 Tunic - Karen Kane, thrifted
Jeans - The Limited, thrifted
Boots - Dr. Marten, thrifted
Necklace - gift from Lynne
Jacket - Danier, gift from Sheila

A bit more thrifting than I ought to be doing lately, but when the thrifting gods smile upon you, you don't turn things away. My MIL learned that lesson this weekend when she passed something over, went back yesterday and it was gone!

I knew better and snagged two tops for $2.25 a piece, including this Karen Kane tunic. I love Karen Kane stuff, though it's rare to find it in the GW. I fell head over heels for the print. The colors, the starry-esque Aladdin feel of the whole thing (Aladdin is and will always be one of my top 4 Disney movies; along with Brave, Lion King, and The Little Mermaid).


I normally don't like to do jeans looks two days in a row, but it's stormy today, I'm aching like crazy, and pretty much none of my other pants fit comfortably right now. I needed my rugged waterproof Doc Martens to carry me through, too.

And speaking of BBs, I got to see my Brucey Lucy, my no-longer batfaced cat, my Brucey Baby! He and I have been on the outs for a few weeks or so, but yesterday he decided I was his favorite person again. We cuddled, we played chase, he harassed me through those holes in the back of the chair, he rubbed all over my legs, and generally was a big sweetheart. He is officially called "Brucey" now, he won't answer without the "eee" sound at the end. I forgot my camera so here are a couple of cell phone pics.


I also got lots of love from Spike. Despite technically having 5 cats, only 2 of them are "mine".. Even looking back through recent pictures, I can see who my little hams are.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sew Sunday: The Reversible Obi




I've had this idea floating in the woodwork for a long time. I have been extremely lazy with following through on it, though. I finally got the bug to start on it, made up a pattern based off the general obi shape. I started with two thrifted pairs of printed pants of similar weight and fabric. Two incredible prints. I only had one leg left of the pink because I had already started to use the fabric for buttonflowers, so I couldn't go as long as I wanted to. I also didn't have a single piece of black jersey or cotton or anything I'd be willing to sacrifice.


Facing a major set back on that count, I decided to grab the leftover green bits from the tunic I cut up and
added those as lengthening fabric to tie. It was a perfect contrast color to both prints. The construction is a bit stodgy as I am still not. quite. there. when it comes to sewing on my machine. But it's the most wearable thing I've ever made from scratch. With more patience and practice, I know I can get better.

I can definitely see making more of these to add to the shop stock this summer if there is interest. They'd probably run a little more expensive (~$20) than the tie-obis as they do take more time to make, but they'll run you double duty since they're reversible! Let me know what you think!


Also fwiw, there are seven made up obi belts in the shop right now, with a couple more ready to be made. Unless I get any requests or donations, I probably won't have anything new up until summer.

PS, yes - Saturday was SANDAL WEATHER!!!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Spring has sprung

Tee - 4ever young
Belt - gift from Sheila
Skirt - thrifted, DIY'd
Tennis Shoes - Arche
Petite Star Stud earrings (barely pictured) - gift from Ana

I know spring doesn't technically start until next week, but it's 70F today! Glorious sunny and warm day! I had to go with something fun and swingy. My favorite striped top, my recycled red dress (I know..), and my shiny arche tennis shoes. Yesterday I got into a sewing frenzy and turned two dresses into skirts. I like dresses, but I own 12 of them (not including the ones I turned into skirts). Proportionally in my closet, that is a LOT. So I decided to finish out my skirt rainbow by adding an orange and red skirt to the mix.

I took the button detail that I loved from the dress and added it to the bottom of the skirt. That way I keep all my favorite parts and have a fun midi skirt to mix and match with different tops. I've definitely been loving the longer length. This outfit was so comfy, the weather so nice, the DH and I had a lovely walk outside!

And in case you couldn't tell... I really like this sort of look..

 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Lagen

Blouse - NY&Co. thrifted
Underlayer - DIY'd All Saints
Goucho Yoga things - thrifted
Tetra flats - Trippen
Necklace - gift from Lynne

Ever wonder "What do I wear to the Doctor's Office?" - I do. Every year. I went in for my yearly doctor's appointment to get myself checked out. Cancer runs in my family (skin and cervical) and so every year I go and get checked out, come hell or high water or early morning appointments. After lots of poking, prodding, testing and assurances that the weird moles I've been worried about should be okay and non-melanoma-y and a restock on anti-baby pills, I'm good for another year.

This year I opted for ultra comfort in the form of a lagenlook loose layers. I didn't get a shot of my lovely paper dress, but I'll leave that up to your imagination. I assure you, it was the height of patient fashion.

Despite my squinty angry look, I was actually really glad to get today over with. Now instead of hyperventilating over blood tests, pokey doctor things and other panic inducing things, I'm going to worry about sewing. I thrifted these yoga-y pants while on my constant hunt for a pair of harem style. I think they're going to get some detailing and a piece of elastic run through the hems to gather them into bloomer style pants. Fingers crossed it turns out well!

Edited for blurry bloomer pants!:


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Goldifish

 Koi bead necklace - Luminous Glass, swap
Goldfish Necklace - Sparkle Park Designs, swap
Tee - Splendid, thrifted
Skirt - ?? thrifted
Socks - Sock It To Me
Logic flats - Cydwoq

It all started with these socks. Fishies socks. Then I did a trade with a lovely lady in New Zealand who makes glass beads for my swimmy koi fish bead. Then I did another trade for this gold fish pendant from another lovely lady blogger. Small obsessions become collections. I decided I needed to wear all of my fish today. Am I wrinkled or are those waves?



And since Sheila asked, I took a side shot of the Banana Shoes (Arche flats). The heel is what really gives them their banana peel look. But it's also the softest, best part about them. Talk about comfort! I also took a shot of my under the bed box of shoes~ It's about half of my shoe collection. I keep three pairs in my desk cubby and a couple pairs in the closet, but for now, I'm operating on minimum shoe capacity.

Cydwoq, fluevog, three pairs of trippens, Arche, Eurosofft sandals, and a pair of vintage mary janes. I do love me some shoes.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Bawk Bawk

Jacket - Ruff Hewn, ebay
Dress - vintage
Tights - Sock Dreams
Shoes - Arche, ebay

Faux-hawk!! Bawk Bawk!!  All the colors. Also banana shoes. Lol!

Finally I pull these flats out. I don't care that it's technically still too cold for them, I've been dying over these gorgeous Arche shoes, which the DH calls my 'banana shoes'. I scored them on ebay around Christmas and they were too perfect for this outfit.

I got gussied up for lunch with my MIL. It's spring break, so I'm enjoying the time off and getting caught up with a bunch of stuff. So far, all I've done is marathon movies, read, and watch kitten livestream but it's only the beginning of the week. I'm sure I'll try to get something productive and creative done this week... aside from how many ways I can fix my hair. ;P

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sand

Woven sweater - Lumiere, thrifted
Skirt - Gap, thrifted
Boots - Natacha, ebay

Here is the other sweater-thing I bought! Similar to the black one, but with a looser weave and no crop. It really reminded me of something from All Saints, and for $2 a pop, these layering pieces are something fun to play around with. I haven't decided if I do like it or not.

I was really excited for the brief and gorgeous 60F day. Monday will bring rain and lots of wind. I'm glad it's Spring Break next week!

In other news I need to buy some gel to play with my new 'do. I love not having to deal with all the excess hair, but I do feel like experimenting with it.

Also I'm linking up to Patti's Visible Monday. She bought a dress off me awhile back and it looks in-cred-ible on her. Go check out her gorgeousness and the other people who linked up too!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Simple Pieces

Shirt - NY&Co, thrifted
Jeans - Levi Strauss, thrifted
Shoes - Arche, ebay
Gloves - gift
Hat - Gift

I've been reaching for more and more simple loose pieces. This 'studio' style shirt appeals to the artist in me. It makes me want to put on an apron and pull out the paints. I've been reaching for drab, dark, comfortable pieces lately, but I'm still trying to punch up my looks.

Recently I came across a couple of these funky ribbon, woven style tops. One in black, and one in "nude". I almost didn't get the black one, but when I found the other different one, I bought them both. Sometimes I hold off on adding things to my wardrobe unless I can add more than one piece. Like adding a new color or style of print. I feel like having multiple pieces with similar feel can help make them feel intentional in my closet, instead of the trial it really is. Do you ever do that?

Sweater - stargazer, thrifted
Dress - Dzhavael Couture
Tights - Sock Dreams
Boots - Frye, ebay

Today I decided to add the black crop sweater(? really not sure what to call it) over this t shirt dress with some funky tights. Simple pieces, but everything printed or textured to balance out all the blah I've been attracted to. 

I've been really inspired by mori-girl and lagenlooks. I guess this is my take on the idea.

P.S. I cut off the rest of my hair today!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Oatmeal Sweater

Sweater - Evan Picone, thrifted
Jeans - Joe's Jeans, thrifted
Belt - gift from Debbi
Boots - Dr. Marten Gamma, thrifted
Earrings - gift from Lynne
Coat - Alorna, thrifted 

I've been told, repeatedly, that I look wretched in oatmeal. Well, I'm pretending this sweater is taupe, or khaki, or fawn... but it was too soft for me to leave behind. I'm sure many people passed over it because of the color. Their loss! I like it. Especially the knit pattern and the neckline.

Plus I accidentally ruined my last fisherman sweater by putting it in the wash with something red. There's a reason the DH usually does the washing and sorting part of the laundry. I usually fold and do the dryer stuff.

We had a very windy and cold night last night, and this morning was one for staying curled in bed. I have class tonight so I figured boots and a sweater would suit me just fine. I added these little mouse earrings from Lynne for a wee bit of cuteness. Short hair makes me like wearing earrings more.

Also Sherlock coat!! Because it is cold and this thing is wooly and long and basically a blanket masquerading as a coat.
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