Posted on June 13, 2013
I'm prone to long for things other style bloggers are wearing. Even if I'd look like a warthog in a leisure suit wearing the same thing. So far I have not succumbed to the J. Crew knock-off bubble necklace craze, but they're starting to show up in thrift stores and I can feel myself weakening...
Posted on June 12, 2013
What can I say? Easy-peasy dress $5.00 from a local Goodwill.
Dressing for work doesn't get any easier - or much less expensive - than this.
The Deets: Maggy L dress (Goodwill); Liz Claiborne Faux Snakeskin Flex Pumps (old);
Pendent (Jewel Box, old); Ankle bracelet (rebellious streak, free)
What's your go-to easy outfit for the job?
Posted on June 11, 2013
Remember last week when I was rattling on about shopping my own closet? Well, it was too much fun, and almost free if you don't take into account I'd already paid for these mostly unworn garments once. Most of these better dresses came from Steinmart's 80% off the final clearance racks, so they were purchased at better thrift store prices (like $10-$12 each) to start with...
Posted on June 09, 2013
This isn't my usual budget career style post. This is about my 16-year daughter's choice to undergo an unrelated bone marrow transplant in an effort to cure her severe Sickle Cell Anemia.
I took this head shot for her drama class actor portfolio.
The bracelet is handmade by the talented Jean at dross into gold...
Posted on June 05, 2013
"No good fish goes anywhere without a porpoise." ~ Lewis Carroll
I wore a fish on purpose yesterday. I found this killer fish tie (where else but the Goodwill), and thought it would make a super cool obi belt, so I mailed it to Megan May to make an obi belt for me...
Posted on June 03, 2013
Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are God. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are God...
Posted on May 29, 2013
Or, Hello, You're Still Here?
Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated. Or nonexistent. Take your pick.
I also have not given up taking photos of what I'm wearing from our PUD (Planned Unit Development for real estate experts, tiny li'l condos for those of y'all that speak plain English) parking lot...
Posted on May 19, 2013
My style. It continues to challenge me, but I like exploring it via my blog. There are days I can tell what it isn't by the outfit pictures you don't see, or those days I don't feel quite right in my clothes - and therefore maybe not quite right in my skin...
Posted on May 15, 2013
I'm so pleased that Megan (Mee-gan) is the first person to share her Wardrobe Workhorse. Her cutting edge style and beautiful shoe collection make her blog, The Fashionable Bureaucrat, a must-read and see. In her email to me, she describes why she wears her red cardigan so often:
I wear this red cardigan at least twice a week...
Posted on May 14, 2013
Or, Real Women Wear the Same Clothes & Spend Time in Parking Lots
Part of dressing on a budget is wearing what you already own, maybe more often than you'd like. That seems way beyond obvious, but some of us (okay, me) like variety in our attire (as incentive to get up on weekday mornings)...
Posted on May 07, 2013
When I saw the super-chic and budget-conscious Lydia of Chic on the Cheap wearing this lovely Marc by Marc Jacobs dress last week, thrifted for under $10, I asked her if I could feature it in my Goodwill Career Wear Challenge, and she graciously said yes! I highly recommend her blog to new readers...
Posted on May 06, 2013
This is what happens to those removable faux fur collars that many winter coats have.
See, designers? Only a real woman's cat loves those scruffy add-ons.
I ventured into budget style blogging a few years ago, because I wanted to see real women wearing affordable clothes to work...
Posted on May 05, 2013
I'm a new Brand Ambassador for Karina Dresses, http://karinadresses.com/. My Karina Dresses are my absolute faves for simple but chic dressing. I can throw one over my head and consider myself ready for anything.
The Deets: Megan dress (courtesy of Karina Dresses); Mixed media necklace (courtesy of Simply Creative); Impo booties (Ross, old)
Today I'm pairing my 1940s inspired Megan dress from Karina Dresses with a beautiful necklace courtesy of my talented and stylish friend Suzanne Carillo, an artist who creates stunning jewelry and witty printable art, available through her Etsy shop, Simply Creative...
Posted on May 03, 2013
You can see from the color of my hair that I don't post my outfits in order necessarily. I wear the same favorites all the time, including this striped dress that goes with pretty much everything. But I didn't wear this dress nearly as much as I wore these Frye boots scored from eBay in early 2013...
Posted on May 01, 2013
Or Struggling with Acne Rosacea at Age 50 ~ Part 1
I'm not really trying to be the face of middle-aged acne rosacea, but I want to talk about it because I know I'm not alone in struggling with this painful and often painfully embarrassing disease. It's not uncommon among women of a certain age, but many remain untreated...
Posted on April 29, 2013
I love that Tamera of The Menopausal Supermodel is the first beautiful contributor to my Goodwill Career Wear Challenge, which is simply a call for a photo and clothing deets (details for those that don't live with teen girls) from fellow bloggers and non-bloggers to show off a thrifted outfit for the office that costs under $10 (not including the shoes, tank tops, accessories - just the main pieces)...
Posted on April 28, 2013
I wore this to work the Friday before last, but didn't recall it until I started my weekend marathon of BBC's hit drama Call the Midwife - and house-cleaning. The sad part is, the house isn't even that clean.
The Deets: Gingham shirt (Goodwill); Ankle pants (J...
Posted on April 26, 2013
The beautiful and classy mistress of all things hat, Kathleen of That's a Pretty Hat, kindly invited me to guest post about my determination to own a pretty hat for my pretty big head:
How to Buy a Hat If You Have a Larger Head
Vintage-style handmade cloche by Your Dash of Panache (eBay)
Posted on April 25, 2013
I think I've found a weekly theme for budget career dressing, and that's showing photographs of professional career wear for the conservative office - for under $10 (not including shoes. My advice is buy the best shoes you can afford.)
The Deets: Ann Taylor jacket (Goodwill $3...
Posted on April 24, 2013
I was so surprised and delighted to receive an email today from the lovely and talented Anne at Spy Girl. She sent me the fashion sketch below and wrote:
You and your sister are my muses today!How could you NOT be?
And here we are:
~ Art by Anne Bray
I told Anne this is my ticket outta the Witness Protection Program...
Posted on April 22, 2013
So, I wouldn't be me if I didn't share publicly on the Internetz what happened to me and my sis (hereinafter "Sis" 'cause I've only got just the one) when we recently got in our "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun [and behave like a total Spaz]" mode.
First, Sis calls to say she has front row tickets to see K...
Posted on April 17, 2013
I've been posting less lately, partly 'cause I don't want y'all to get tired of me. However, I recalled I did make the shift from tongue-in-cheek paralegal news reporting to budget style blogger, partly because many new paralegals and college graduates told me they didn't have money for a work wardrobe...
Posted on April 14, 2013
I'm working on a guest post for Kathleen at That's a Pretty Hat. I'm overjoyed to have found two beautiful hats for my honkin' big head (not as in ego, but size). I get some comfort by telling myself that my big brain needs a slightly larger than average cranium, but hell, the truth is, most of my immediate family members have large heads, high IQs, and can be slightly scary...
Posted on April 08, 2013
Actually, I didn't. Everyone has been looking at me all day like they feel sorry for me and my Ronald McDonald hair. They don't know I am completely delighted, gleeful, and I want it to stay this color forever.
Thank you Loreal Paris Feria Power Reds ~ Ruby Rush
I would be lying if I said I expected my hair to be this red...
Posted on April 03, 2013
A while back, a fave style blogger (Curtise, I think?) asked if anyone named their clothes. I drew a blank at the time, but recently remembered I own a "Kermit" skirt, and this "Sofa" dress.
And a WendyB swear necklace.
The Sofa dress was purchased four or five years ago for a semi-formal banquet that I didn't get to attend...
Posted on April 02, 2013
I can't recall which popular style blogger recently asked if her readers' style was getting bolder or simpler, but these days I fall into the latter category.
It's not that I don't have plenty of accessories or prints to mix, it's just that I feel like keeping things simple is working better for me...
Posted on March 31, 2013
to Have Such Awesome Friends
We've just returned from a quick trip to Washington DC because The Teen expressed a wish to visit The Smithsonian. Having never been to DC before, I assumed The Smithsonian was two or three large buildings. Nope. Try 19 large buildings and a zoo...
Posted on March 27, 2013
Actually, the convo with the Absent-Minded Professor, while he was kindly snapping these pics, went rather like this:
AMP: "Why are you carrying a purse with water stains on it?
Mixin' a little pattern with my water-stained purse. And seasons, too...
Posted on March 24, 2013
Or I Popped Some [More] Tags
Many of you post pictures from your thrifting, and I really enjoy them. The thrill of shopping vicariously through you guys is almost as great as the thrill of scoring a come-up (see Macklemore) at our local Goodwills and Salvation Armani Army store...
Posted on March 19, 2013
Before you go any further, seriously I do swear often once in a while too much when it's the perfect word choice, um, yeah, that last one. So you might want to stop now if swearing offends you. I'm not offended that you're offended, I'm just raising a possible language alert...