BBCA October 2011 is almost history!

Finally got around to wearing this shiny pink top I’d snagged off a clearance rack several months ago. I’m not overly fond of shiny fabric, as I think it emphasizes my lumps, but I really like the neckline on this one. It does have gaping issues at the top, I discovered while trying to stay modest at church this morning – so I’m going to need to do a little altering to fix that. Overall, I like the shirt enough to keep it in my wardrobe.

PINK shirt: JC Penney’s
Black skirt: thrifted
Pearls: ???
Belt: ???
Shoes: Dillard’s
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Oh Happy Day!

Today is a very Happy Day ~ it’s my Dear Hubby’s birthday! He’s so very precious to me, I can’t imagine life without him. God has indeed blessed us with this life we have together!

Thursday, I went to town for a few groceries and a birthday gift for my D. My parents, brother and sister-in-law came for a visit in the evening. We sure enjoyed the time with them!

I’m still trying to find my style…and right now, it’s all about comfort and ease of movement. I’ve been having pain issues, so “cute” is taking a back seat to “comfort”. My red hat adds a splash of color, tho, so I’m not completely frumpy.

Gray/Black/White striped sweater: Walmart
Gray striped t-shirt: Walmart
Black jeans: Target
Red felt hat: gift from a friend
Red sea glass necklace: eBay
White flower ring: JC Penney’s
Black shoes: thrifted
Friday – today – is D’s birthday! So I am trying to look nice for him, and still be comfortable so I can get things ready for celebrating. Sorry for the poor quality pic…no time for a better one!
Navy cardigan: thrifted
Striped t-shirt: ??? (there’s a little PINK in the stripes!)
Jeans: Walmart
Silver earrings: JC Penney’s
Dachshund necklace: gift from Mom
Just so you know I haven’t abandoned wearing PINK for BBCA October, here’s where the PINK has been lately:
Fun socks and PINK yoga pants for workouts! And that’s all of me you’re gonna see in yoga pants. LOL

Sunday with Boo

We took Boo to church with us this Sunday, so my clothes were chosen with that in mind. I spent some time on the floor with him in Toddlers for Jesus and took him up front for the Children’s Sermon during the service. This skirt allowed ease of movement and stayed down most of the time during all the “Mama, up!” and “Down!” pleas. Finally, Boo has a name for me! DH is “Papa” and I am “Mama”. Exactly what our kids called their grandparents when they were toddlers!

Bronze top: JC Penney’s  —  Floral corduroy skirt: JC Penney’s  — Necklace: Premier Designs  —  Belt: thrifted  —  Shoes: ??? 

Thursday and Friday

Yes, I have been neglecting to wear PINK the past several days. I just needed a break from it. Pink is a nice enough color, but I get sick of it quickly. This is probably due to the fact that I spent 14 years with Pepto-Bismol pink walls and carpet in the master bedroom – something I had insisted MUST be changed before we even moved into the house. Alas, there was no time to repaint the walls, and my husband informed me that it would take many gallons to cover the hideous pink, as the walls were made of old barnwood. Why on God’s green earth would someone paint rustic old beautiful barn wood Pepto-Pink????? And then trim the room with baby blue??? I’m not much of an interior decorator, but even I know that color combo is enough to drive anyone insane. Come to find out, as we’ve removed the pink barnwood walls in The House Project, the old plaster beneath on one half of the room (that used to be two rooms in its past life) was painted….you guessed it!…PEPTO-BISMOL PINK!!!! Egads! What is with this house??? Rest assured, there will be NO MORE pink walls or carpet in this house as long as I live here!

Well, now that I’ve gotten that off my chest….you can understand why I’ve had it up to here with pink. I managed 18 days of wearing some pink component, and now I’m moving on. It’s time to wear colors that don’t make me angry.

Pink-less Thursday….

Pumkin 3/4 sleeve top: thrifted  —  Paisley skirt: thrifted  —  Scarf: NY Fashion Exchange  —  Belt: thrifted  —  Cowboy boots: thrifted  —  Leaf earrings: I have no idea

With the brown denim Christopher & Banks jacket (thrifted)


On Thursday, I went to town with the back seat of my car loaded with bags of culled closet contents. Some was donated to the local thrift store, but most of it was taken to a local store that gives store credit for top-quality used garments and shoes, New York Fashion Exchange. I was quite thrilled to receive $50 in credit! I’ll be going back to use that credit next weekend, after I’ve gone through what remains of my closet to make a list of items I need. No more willy-nilly shopping!

The rest of Thursday was spent hanging out with my Bestie. She had been out of town for EVER — something like six weeks!! — so we had much catching up to do. However, it would have been impossible to dash around town in those uncomfortable cowboy boots. Thank goodness Bestie and I wear close to the same size shoe! She was kind enough to let me borrow her Kalso Earth slip-ons. Not only were they really cute with my outfit, but those were the MOST amazingly comfortable shoes EVER! I’ve had trouble with my lower back and hips for the past five years or so…Kalso Earth shoes are designed with a negative heel, which improves posture and relieves joint stress. I loved them so much I told Bestie I was going to steal them! LOL But I didn’t. I bought a pair of my own on eBay that evening. Now I will be stalking the mail man (who also happens to be my husband) for a box early next week! Learn more about the amazing Kalso design here.

Friday’s Double-Duty Outfit….

Mustard sweater top: thrifted  — Plaid jacket: thrifted  — Brown Riders pants: Walmart  —  Earrings: made by my sister Bev  Necklace: Target  — Red Born shoes: thrifted

I had two very different activities on Friday, a funeral lunch at church and a date with my husband. It was difficult to find something that worked for both, but this outfit did the job fairly well. The jacket came off while I was working at the lunch, but I was glad to have it at the movie theater later. Hubby and I went to see the movie Courageous, which I would highly recommend. I’m pretty sure it was produced by the same folks who made Fireproof, and once again they have provided a thought provoking and inspiring film.

The Winds of Change

First, a little ketchup. I mean Catch-Up! It’s been a few days since I’ve had time to post. This is what I wore to an all-day meeting on Saturday:

PINK jacket (part of a skirt suit): eBay
Cream top: Kohl’s
Jeans: thrifted
Sandals: Kohl’s
Necklace: from my mother-in-law’s collection
Sunday’s church outfit:
This entire outfit is thrifted!
No pics from Monday and Tuesday…I wore flannel shirts and jeans. Boring. Frumpy. But warm! We had a major weather change on Sunday. It was balmy and mild when we went to church; by the time we stepped out the church doors, a Big Bad North Wind had ushered in clouds and cold temps! We can’t crank up the old furnace in our house due to the west wall being open to the garage, so my main goal in dressing now is keeping warm.
Here’s today’s outfit:
Brown cashmere sweater: thrifted and really, really old and fuzz-balled, but I love it!
Aqua tank: Target
Brown corduroy pants: can’t remember…possibly thrifted
Scarf: the ONE piece of Missoni for Target that I purchased
(and the only one I really care for other than the flat shoes)
Shoes: thrifted
I’ve spent the past week or so sorting through my closet and totes of clothing in the storage room. There are several things I have learned in the process:
1. No less than 11 plaid flannel shirts are in my winter inventory.
2. The clothes in storage range in size from 8 to 14.
3. My wardrobe components do not work well together. 
4. I have no idea what my style is.
 Flannel is my favorite fabric to wear in winter, so I’m keeping every last one of those plaid shirts. I did set one old beat up shirt in the stack of clothes to alter; I’d like to find a way to make the boxier flannels have a little more shape, to make them at least somewhat flattering. 
I weeded out the size 8s and 10s in the totes. It’s possible that someday I will lose enough weight to wear some of those things, but it won’t be anytime soon. So unless the item was an absolute favorite, it went out the door. And I’ve decided that if in two years I haven’t lost any weight, then all the rest of the smaller sizes will go. No point in denying the truth.
As for my wardrobe not working….I think it’s due to my cheapskate nature and my lack of knowing how to put together an efficient wardrobe. I’ve always shopped off-season clearance racks, thrift stores, yard sales and hand-me-down boxes. This yields hit-and-miss pieces that I may really like, but that don’t necessarily go together. Never, ever once have I shopped for the current season at regular prices for more than basic necessities like socks or camis. Reading fashion blogs has really opened my eyes to my total lack of fashion sense. And I’ve come to the conclusion that I seriously need help! How do I put together a well-working closet without spending much money?
My style…is about the same as it was when I was in high school. Mixed up and not always flattering to my body shape. A hodge-podge of fashion. But I really, really want to have a style all my own! I know that I like skirts best, I’m a practical person, and although I like color, it makes me feel conspicuous. Should I go for a classic style? If so, what exactly is classic? I love a soft, feminine look. But will that make me appear even rounder than I am? Wearing nothing but black and white is beginning to sound appealing…sigh….
I really think I need my sister Bev to come help me fix this mess in my closet….or maybe she could submit me to one of those “fashion rescue” tv shows…

Out on a Limb

Okay, I’ve done fairly subtle PINK components in my outfits so far this month, but the last two days, I’ve gone out on a limb. Thursday’s outfit was worn to the ladies’ meeting at church; purple is the official color of LWML (Lutheran Women’s Missionary League), so pink and purple it was! Friday’s outfit was so far out on a limb for me, I think I may have fallen out of the tree!

Well, here goes nothing….

Thursday….on the limb…

PINK sweater: thrifted
Purple top: Walmart (Worn only a few times and already the neckline is bagging out.)
Jeans: not sure…probably thrifted (For some reason, my favorite, best-fitting jeans always come from yard sales or thrift stores.)
Shoes: yard sale (nearly new Borns for 5 bucks? yes, please!)

And Friday….out of the tree!

Yes, I did pink and purple again! Hadn’t planned to, but this was the only shirt – other than a boring ol’ white – that said “kick it!” with this skirt. I thought a large floral print would have been fun, but the only shirt I own like that is the one worn yesterday. And that style would NOT go with this skirt. The scarf ties the pink and purple together with some floral tossed in. I felt fun and funky in this outfit today while I was out running errands and grocery shopping. Got a few second glances…which made me think I really had fallen out of the tree on this one…but they were all from guys in Menard’s parking lot. Not exactly fashionistas, these men with tool belts hanging from beat-up jeans. Several young women smiled at me. Were they secretly laughing at the old lady who looked like a four-year-old had picked out her clothes, or did they appreciate my attempt at bold fashion? My friend TS, who was shopping at the deli ahead of me, said the outfit was awesome. She’s young. And cute. I’ll take her word for it!

Purple shirt: Walmart (This one is also bagging out, not only at the neck but also the sleeves. I had to push them up or else I’d look like Dopey of the Seven Dwarfs! Seriously thinking I should not buy shirts at Walmart anymore.)
PINK/white striped skirt: thrifted
PINK floral scarf: can’t remember
PINK Converse sneakers: Target a LONG time ago! (I ♥ my pink Connies!)
Jewelry: silver hoop earrings and several bracelets in pink, purple and silver