Monday, December 22, 2014

All I want for Christmas is a LITTLE BLACK DRESS

I've been trying to post something pretty much since the last post! Christmas came and all the imagination and excuses for making things came with it. I've gotten lost in it somewhere.

I've also been working through some self image issues  a clothes funk lately (okay, and some self image issues too)
BUT...we are long passed due...and yo yo it's Christmas so...

I'm a sucker for a little black dress.  also polka-dots.  But this post is about little black dresses.

I have lots of little black dresses.  But here are the ones worn most recently.

Little Black Dress No 1
This was last week.  I started with this hand-me-down black dress, knowing I would wear something over it, as I'm not fond of the zipper.  Sara's Christmas play was this night.
 I went to my hair earlier appointment wearing this raspberry glittered, crop sweater over top.  I put it on quickly, so the seam isn't lined up right on my arm here yet.
  Then I was like, nah.  This isn't working.  So I went with this light pink cardigan.
 so that's what I wore to her school play.
with pink rhinestone earrings and a few sparkly bangels, this maroonish scarf and this coat...
Outfit total worn with either sweater without shoes/accessories: 3.99
Little black dress, No Boundaries (is that Walmart?)-- free hand me down
Raspberry glittery crop sweater, pinc premium-- 3.99-- Goodwill
Pink cardigan, apostrophe-- 3.99-- Goodwill

Pink and white rhinestone earrings-- free hand-me-downs from my best friend (the best kind)
Floral maroon scarf, London Fog Cashmink --gift; it was like 3-5 dollars on a REALLY good sale
Leggings-- 8 dollars-- Walmart
Boots, Jellypop-- around 25 dollars-- Boscov's
Winter coat, Coffee shop-- 40 dollars-- Hammers Discount Store, coat pinned here 
Bangels-- gift, but I think around 13-14 dollars at JCPennys

Little Black Dress No 2
Two weeks ago, husband Dion said "Let's go shopping!"  This happens about maybe once a year or two.  Okay I said!  This is what I wore for our TJ Maxx shopping date with the fam.
I can hear my grandma saying, "Aren't you cold????!!!"  That's what she would always say.
okay.  I guess it's cold.
The cardigan had a gray fur collar pinned into it.  It had fancy links, but I removed those too.
This thick, polyester dress is lined so nicely.  It's hard to believe it was 21 dollars.  It may have been less I'm thinking, but typically dresses at Hammers are 21, so I'm going with it. It's been a few years.

Outfit Total without shoes/accessories: 23.99
Little black dress, Sans Souci-- 21 dollars-- Hammer's Discount Store
Vintage cardigan, Featherknits--  2.99-- thrift store

Red necklace, vintage-- 1.99- Goodwill
Red belt-- .99-- Goodwill
Pantyhose-- no idea
Black heels, name worn off -- 10 dollars clearance-- TJ MAXX
Sparkly hoop rhinestone earrings-- gift

Little Black Dress No 3 
was worn to Sara's Christmas Band Concert, not to be confused with the above mentioned Christmas play. 

She wanted to pick out my outfit.  

It took her an entire evening to choose.  She didn't want me to wear anything too "you know."  (no.  I don't know.)

She wanted me to dress with class she said.  I'm not sure if she knows quite what that means. This is what she chose...
kinnnnnda reminds me of this...which she has not seen.

A Christmas Story Full Size 45" Leg Lamp
to be fair, there was more to it than the tulle and shoes...
This dress is actually denim on top, but I bought it for the black tulle skirt.
The jacket was half off, because the lining was torn.  I removed the lining, so the tag isn't there anymore (so I don't know what name).
with this vintage purse
and this vintage necklace
It was fun clunking up and down the middle-school gym bleachers in these.  I'm 68% sure it made a good impression.
 these earrings.
The earrings were bought at the only jewelry "party" I've attended...our dear friend put it together, the hostess donating 10% of the profit to Siri's adoption.  well worth it.
Getting her drummer self ready.

Then because it is winter, we added black tights with our dresses and a red Christmas scarf.  Here we are after the concert.
I'm not sure how well it all worked together, but I think we pulled it off.  She is my favorite little drummer girl.

And she didn't say I made a bad impression so score one for the tween mom.

Outfit total without shoes and accessories: 7.98
little black dress, mustard seed-- 5.99-- Goodwill
black jacket, --1.99 (half off because the lining was ripped. I removed it, so don't know the name)-- Goodwill

red necklace, vintage-- 1.99-- Goodwill
red heels, Carlos-- 4.99-- Goodwill (they were new)
red scarf-- 5.00-- local discount store
earrings-- 28.00-- Premier Designs
red vintage purse-- 2.99-- Goodwill

Happy Holidays Everyone!!!
much love, Linnet

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."--Theodore Roosevelt

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Black and Blue --Birthday Dinner/ Ladies Christmas Party

Yesterday's outfit.
While snapping a few pics, husband Dion and Sara were running around behind me, jumping on the bed and being rowdy stuff like that.

We were going out for Siri's 8th birthday celebration. After dinner, I went to our annual, ladies from work Christmas party to play bingo and eat Christmas M&Ms (the bingo pieces).

There, a 5 year old cutie said that she loved my "dress".

Thank you I said.

It was one dollar I said.

One dollar!? she said, obviously impressed with my good fortune.

That is NOT a lot of money, she said.

I know! I said.

Then she crawled up on my lap and asked me to paint her nails.

She didn't mind my frumpy goodwill , too much in a hurry to iron,  distressed look.
distressed look
I'd like the skirt a little longer, but LOVE this fun shade of blue and also the wide, black elastic band. I'd also rather wear this outfit without the cardigan, but since it was cold out...
Isn't this a neat necklace?

Outfit Total Without Shoes/Accessories: 7.87
Lace cami, no label-- 3.88 -- Hammer's (discount store)
Vintage cardigan, Featherknits-- 2.99 -- thrift store
Skirt, label in Chinese -- 1.00 -- yard sale

Necklace-- 7.99 -- ebay
Leg Warmers-- 7.98 -- Walmart but I don't recommend them (warm but they crinkle at knees)
Boots, Jellypop-- around 25 dollars -- Boscov's

And here is Sara about to pounce on her father...
I would be afraid.

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." --Theodore Roosevelt

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Giving Way to Gray on a Dreary Day

Yesterday was a dreary day.

I was determined to add some color to it.
But I couldn't do it.  No matter what I tried on, it was simply a gray kind of day.  And I've had a bad cold.

When someone asks, "How are you?"

I say, "Good thank you.  I have a cold."

Most of the pics didn't turn out, since it's getting darker earlier and it was dreary out.

Sara took a few outside, but needing to stay trendy with her 10 year old photograhy skills, she's been holding the camera at weird angles.  This means her photos are silly, and it doesn't matter how I rotate them they don't work.

Regardless, here's what I wore yesterday.
Do you see that it's a heart pattern?!!
The gray cardigan is years and years old.  I don't wear it much because I don't like it much.  But it was good for yesterday.  
Found this little guy at an estate sale a few months back.  3 dollars. So I hung him from a yellow ribbon.
The two pair of black boots I owned prior to these were from goodwill.  I had bought both pair at the same time for 4.99 new.  The heels finally fell apart on the first pair.

So I switched to the next pair.

Eventually those fell apart.

That forced a trip to the mall to find these. 

No really.  I don't like the mall.  Not even a little.  Well, except Auntie Anne's pretzels.  I like Auntie Anne's pretzels.  but I don't want to like them.  

My mom knew Auntie Anne when they were young. True story. 

I have an Aunt Ann.   Also a true story.

Anne Shrirley is my favorite book character. 

She did not eat Auntie Anne's pretzels.
I would have worn leggings, but I was just going to work, and I have to change into elf socks at work.

I'm not even kidding.
Outfit Total without shoes/accessories: 11.98
Cardigan, Notations--9.99--don't remember where
Dress, Monteau--1.99--Goodwill

Boots, Jellypop--around 25 dollars--Boscov's
Necklace, vintage--3 dollars--Estate sale

How great are these Jellypop boots?
pretty great.  Find them here on Amazon.

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
Theodore Roosevelt

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Shmokin Date Night Dress

Most posts up to this point have featured the fun stuff in my wardrobe, and truthfully the fun stuff makes up about 90 percent of my closet, but every once in awhile a girl wants to look shmokin.....especially if that girl has a date with her hot husband. And since I'm lucky enough to have a hot husband Dion, 10 percent of my wardrobe is bought with him in mind.
I tried this dress on the other day, when taking photos for I guess Owl Pattern Mix.

There's an endless supply of overly frumpy, early 90's dresses on pretty much every thrift store dress rack.  They'll probably be there until 2036.  But with thrifty dedication, we can weed through those floral/denim dinosaurs frocks,  and score a few sweet finds there too.
This dress was 5.99 from Goodwill.

I do have a confession of sorts to make with this particular dress. 

It looked like a few drinks had been spilled dumped on it all over it. It was a little gross, but liking the color and fabric so much, I took a chance. It's been cleaned several times, and it's all good, but I understand that THAT is kinda sorta weird, and that it would be a "no way Jose" even for many of us thrifters.  Yup. This one was outside the box even for me.  But I'd also say it paid off.

The dress had four chains attached.  I unattached them.
It has fringe...not really my thing, but I can't remove the fringe.
Husband Dion doesn't mind the fringe.  
It was a great dress for our 14th anniversary dinner.  We got a babysitter and celebrated with Italian carbs. Lots and lots of delicious Italian carbs. 

Worth it!

If you're needing a new dress for a holiday get-together or formal this season, and you'd rather spend a little extra money on a self-heating, penguin blanket for your great aunt's bull dog, then I highly recommend taking a little extra time to stop by a thrift store en route to Macy's.  

Happy Thanksgiving Day friends!
Outfit Total without shoes/accessories-- 5.99

Bangle bracelets--gift from Dion (JCPenny around 15 dollars?)
Bare feet on this one!  so free--at birth.

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."-Theodore Roosevelt

Monday, November 24, 2014

I Guess Owl Pattern Mix

Here's what I wore today...

It's a pattern mix!  Both the shirt and skirt were found at Goodwill on the same day.
The skirt is hand made. The shirt is (I just took it off and put it back on again so I could see) Old Navy.
 optional cardigan...
 Another fall bag...
This bag isn't typically something I'd choose...a little too much going on.  BUT I really really REALLY liked the big bag here behind it, scored at TJ Maxx two falls back.  The big huge olive green back from TJ Maxx was 30 dollars, but I went home happy. The following summer I found this smaller bag at a goodwill for 2.99, and decided they should be a matching set, since the colors worked together so perfectly.  right?!
These shoes were listed on a local yard sale fb page last week. They are cuter in real life. This pic is fake life.
The earrings were leftover from another yard sale, and then donated to our yard sale (We raise funds for our daughter's medical expenses.), but they didn't sell.  So I guess I have to keep them.  
Isn't this a fun fall outfit?!  yes it is.

Outfit Total without shoes/accessories: 4.98
Shirt, Old Navy--2.99--Goodwill
Owl skirt, hand-sewn--1.99--Goodwill

Vintage cardigan--3.99--thrift store
Pantyhose--no idea
Shoes--5.00--yard sale site
Smaller olive bag--2.99--goodwill

 "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."-Theodore Roosevelt