Wednesday, March 4, 2015

the birds of spring who SING SING SING...on my dress

I have been waiting for a warm spring day to wear this dress.
I imagined wearing it while eating an ice cream cone and being all like, "Isn't it so nice out today???!!!"

Would that day come?  I was starting to doubt a southern spring.
What if the Snow Queen froze our land and was smart enough to do it during the real winter so that we wouldn't figure it out?

But today it came.  

Sure snow is in the forecast for tonight (so far only rain).
But today was amazing...one of those warm days that teases you, and yet gives hope to all cold-landed people once more. 

So I wore the dress.  With leggings and socks...but I wore the dress.

I'm still wearing the dress.

But I will have to look at the tag soon.  
I first saw the dress on pinterest, and then found them on ebay and amazon.

There are different styles. There are also similar dresses made with a black background fabric.
Aren't these vintage earrings fun?  They are metal and speckled blue.
Last summer we had multiple yard sales to raise money for Siri's medical trips up north.  These and a few other vintage earrings didn't sell. I priced them at 50 cents.

But none of those ladies and none of those men bought them.

So I kept them.
polka-dotted fabric shoes with a bow

Outfit Total without shoes and accessories: 11.42
Dress, sunugexing-- 8.43 plus 2.99 s&h-- ebay, new

Accessories:
Leggings, Fruit of the Loom-- 7-8 dollars --Walmart
Earrings, vintage-- free-- yardsale leftovers
Polka-dot shoes, BAMBOO-- 2.99-- Goodwill
Red scarf-- 5 dollars-- local discount store

So all the accessories, shoes, and the dress came out somewhere around 27 dollars.  not bad, right?

I wore it to a lunch with husband Dion and a few other couples.

The scarf wasn't needed until later in the evening...when we went on a date...

for some ICE CREAM.

We made sure to say many times throughout the day and night, "Isn't it nice out today?!  It is so nice out today!"

Here's another bird dress I really really like on amazon...
Speaking of birds, if you'd like to read a story and watch a video about the crazy cardinal that likes to crash into our bedroom window, check him out
here at storybook-cottage , our sister blog.

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

Monday, March 2, 2015

New not Old, Black and White not Navy, Old Navy Dress

Do you remember the green ebay sweater from November's post, Keen for Green and Butterfly Wings?
Here it is!

This Old Navy dress is sleeveless.  It was 9.99 on sale last spring.

I don't know that I felt particularly pretty wearing this, and looking at the pics, I think it's just okay. I wore it for an everyday, pick-the-girls-up-from-school kind of outft, and I do like the pop of green.

I think this is one of those dresses I bought for the idea of it more than how flattering it actually is on my body type.  One of those rookie thrifty clothes shopping mistakes.  not bad, also not fantastic.

The necklace is from Hammer's, a local discount store.
Outfit Total without shoes and accessories: 23.00
Dress, Old Navy Outlet--  9.99
Green Cardigan, Ann Taylor Loft-- 13.00 with shipping, Ebay

Accessories:
Leggings, Fruit of the Loom--7 - 8 dollars, Walmart
Black heels-- 9.99 clearance-- TJ Maxx
Cheap necklace-- 1.99-- Hammers

Husband Dion bonus!

Here's a picture of husband Dion sporting his around-5 dollar Sal Val (as in salvation army) jacket. He found it this winter.  He's not mad.  He's being a manly model.
"I'm a model and you know what I mean..."

Sara bonus!

Here she is last fall in her 4 dollar and 98 cent walmart dress. I think her cardigan is from goodwill, which means it was around 2.99.  Her shoes were a gift from her friend. Outfit Total: 8 dollars
Here she is wearing it with a vintage apron before going out to sell apple pies and brownies (raising the money she needed to join band).
 
Here I am in my matching vintage apron, polka-dotted goodwill skirt, and my fedora from amazon. This hat was great last summer!  This hat comes in a variety of band colors here, 12.99.

If you'd like to read about our fundraising efforts, you can find Can She Sell an Apple Pie Billy Boy...On the Road to Fun-draising...Part 1, and On the Road Again to Fun-draising...Part 2, on our sister blog,
storybook-cottage.  See you there! : )

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