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Urban Chic and Cargo Pants

26 Aug

My husband helped again with the photos today. He’s a champ, and we had some fun taking pictures in the stairwell on the way outside. I’m taking some serious style points from Heidi Klum in this outfit. She’s definitely my style idol. I also love that I can go from looking incredibly sweet to mega-badass in one day!

These pants are dreamy. I think (don’t hold me on this) that I’m going to use them for the 3-for-1 special that I’m going to to this weekend. They are incredibly versatile and surprisingly comfortable. Actually, I pretty much love every part of this outfit. The top was a steal: $5 from UO. The shoes were $19.99, and they’re probably the most comfortable pair of heels I own. And this jacket, which I foolishly left unworn in my closet for over a year, elevates the outfit to a more professional level. I love discovering hidden gems!

  • Old Navy black blazer
  • BDG pastel striped t-shirt
  • Express gray skinny cargo pants
  • Payless black peep-toe pumps
  • J. Crew rhinestone flower earrings
  • Target sunglasses

Speaking of discovering hidden gems: Last night, I went through all my drawers and sorted them into keep, alter, give away, and trash piles. I have about 14 shirts that I’d like to alter in some way, whether they need to be dyed, taken in, or shortened. I’ll be posting some pictures of the shirts over the weekend, and I’ll need your help deciding what to do with some of them! Until then…

My Fall Fashion Picks: Part One

13 Aug

Looking over the runway fashion for fall, I saw about a million looks that I love and would wear immediately. I’m not going to bombard you with them all in one post. Here are some great looks that are a bit more casual:

This first look, from Céline, is perfect. I would wear this out any day…Maybe not the white heels, but you never know. I might need an oversize coat this fall.


This look is by Band of Horses. I absolutely need these pants. I would take the sweater/scarf, but the pants. Ahhhh! And pair with the booties with the amazing wool socks? I’m dying. Dead. I cannot bear not having this outfit.


Drooooooool. This look is by Rodarte. I want it all. I love the shoes; I could wear them with probably half the things I own. The dress is incredibly versatile. I could wear it to work or to a wedding, depending on how I styled it. I CAN HAS?


This equestrian look by Altuzarra is amazing. The boots really add the edge that this look needs, despite the cargo pants. I probably wouldn’t wear the pants (any kind of puffy does not work well with my hips), but I would wear everything else.

Stay tuned… next time I’ll look at some fancier dresses.

I bought clothes and lived to tell you about it!

10 Dec

Whoa! Don’t get too worked up. It’s been about 3 and a half months since I made the decision to not buy clothes for a year, and so far, it’s been really informative. I’ve run into a number of issues with my wardrobe since August. For one, it was summer, and I was fairly happy with my warm-weather wardrobe. However, when it came time to unpack the cold-weather clothing, I was a little surprised. None of my trouser fit me anymore. It’s so bad that the only non-jean pant I have is my Express cargo skinny pants (and my J. Crew Pixie wool pant, but that’s really a legging). I have a pair of brown trousers that I have to safety pin to wear, which I can’t do anymore because it makes me physically ill to have to do something so fashion-adverse, and I have a pair of black J. Crew cigarette pants that are also big, as well.

I don’t know how I got to this point. I badly need a tailor, to say the least. As well as that, I’ve been a huge fan of blazers, especially in the colder weather, and I hate the only black blazer I own (I own two total). All the fuzz and hair seems to find and occupy it, and there’s nothing worse than a faded black blazer. Yuck.

Needless to say, something snapped along the way, and I saw my wardrobe in a new light. I realized its potential, and I noticed its flaws. It might be that I never realized how bad it was because it was all I ever knew. Or maybe I never fully committed to it because the option to try newer, better things was there. I do have great pieces in my wardrobe, and I can put together a great looking outfit. However, there were (and still are) many things I would love to trade out for better things.

And that’s what I did! I genuinely don’t believe this is “cheating” because I see it as gifting myself with new clothes by getting rid of old ones. (Also, I checked my non-partisan ethic counsel, my good friend Ben, who approved this.) There’s a great second-hand shop here in Philly called Buffalo Exchange that will, you know, exchange your gently used clothing for cash or store credit. So last weekend I stuffed two paper grocery bags and biked over to BE. Out of those bags, they bought about 2/3 of the clothing and told me to bring some of the unwanted items back in the spring or summer when they needed warm-weather clothing. They offered me $30 in store credit or $15 in cash. Most people who were selling clothes at the same time took the cash, but I took the credit so I could use it for clothes.

My first experience shopping there was tough. I’m used to shopping in stores where I know my size and the styles I like. In J. Crew, I’m a 4 pant or a small shirt, and everything is displayed in a very attractive, easy way. At Buffalo Exchange, everything is either on a round clothing rack on the floor or straight racks along the walls. Nothing that’s on display can be found elsewhere; everything is one-of-a-kind. It’s arranged by clothing type and size, but it doesn’t help much. Thanks to vanity sizing, I may find pants that fit in any size between a 4 and an 8, sometimes even a size 10. And in jackets I was anywhere between a small and a large. I probably looked at every single thing they had on their racks, no matter what size it was, and I found nothing after at least 5 trips to the fitting rooms. It was exhausting.

I went back today with a plan. When I sold my clothing, they tagged it immediately and put it on the floor only a few minutes after that. I knew exactly what I wanted (blazer and trousers), so I focused mainly on those sections. I took as many items into the fitting room as I could, and I went back to the same racks at least once or twice to check for new things. It was still exhausting, but I found so many things that I actually had to decide (or rather, remind myself) what I truly needed.

I ended up going with a black pin-stripe blazer from Calvin Klein for $15.00 and a cotton-linen trouser from Express for $8.00. Here they are:

I love these pieces! I’m thrilled that I found these two items for $23. They both fit really well and will work great with the rest of my wardrobe. One of the most important things I thought about when shopping, and the number one reason an item would get a veto, was whether or not it would work with a lot of pieces I already have. I think people (myself included) sometimes make the mistake of buying an outfit when they should shop for two or three versatile pieces instead. Three things that make an outfit gives you one outfit, but three versatile pieces give you a dozen new, different outfits.

This post has gone on quite long, so I’ll wrap it up. I can think of at least 5 more items of clothing that BE would buy in a second and that I never wear. I think I’ll be going back there again, and now I’m confident that I’ll survive this year. A little perseverance will pay off.

All I Do is Win, Win, Win No Matter What!

28 Sep

Just kidding!

I wanted to give a quick update on the status of my mission. So far, I have resisted the temptation to buy clothing, with the huge exception of clothing for my Halloween costume:

Quorra from TRON: Legacy

I purchased a black vest, black leggings, and silver reflective fabric tape. The costume will certainly be a very low-tech version of the costume pictured above, but it’ll still be fun. I’m excited to put it all together. I need to get a wig (no way I’m chopping off my hair!), a frisbee to make the disc, and I should be done!

I’ve made some observations since I’ve started this mission and blog a little over a month ago:

  • This whole blog thing is a lot of work. I apologize for the days you don’t see pictures; work is getting crazier and crazier, and the fact that on most days I rely on my husband and my schedules to line up makes it especially hard.
  • All of my shopping emails are filtered into their own folder. I’ve been doing this for years, but despite this, you’d be surprised how often I’m still tempted. I haven’t thought much about shopping or things I “needed” since starting my mission, but I did when I went into that folder today to clear it out. No more doing that!
  • I joined a gym earlier in the summer, one that was due to open in September, but the opening was postponed until November 1st. I’m actually a little worried about starting a gym routine, because if my body changes too much, I don’t know how much of my clothing will continue to fit me! You folks can clearly see that I don’t need to lose weight, but just the thought of shifting things around a bit (flatter tummy? tighter bum?) scares me. Most of my clothing barely fits as it is! In fact, the pants I wore today (they can also be seen here) have safety pins tightening the fabric belt around the waist. You don’t notice it with a shirt on, but if my bum gets any smaller, I’ll have to get them taken in. My skinny gray cargo pants fit a little strangely around the waist and bum too, and at times, are a little “weird” in the crotch. And jeans! Oy. Jeans are tough for me. Since I’m not very curvy, most of my jeans are tighter in the legs but looser in the bum and waist. If I lose any more waist, I don’t know what I’ll do. It’s much more difficult to take in jeans. I’m stressed, but at least it’s a problem most people would WANT to have. It’s still a problem, however!
Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have a cute outfit and some snazzy pictures for you guys. Until then!

Concrete and Roses

26 Sep

  • Old Navy black blazer
  • Nom de Plume by YaYa beige floral silk tank
  • Express gray cargo pants
  • Fioni (Payless) black peep-toe pump
  • Thrifted red skinny belt
  • Lara Lewis red gem earrings
  • Target sunglasses

Bang Bang!

12 Sep

I’m funny looking today!

  • Silence + Noise gray blazer
  • J. Crew pink (dyed by me) ruffle tank top
  • Express gray skinny cargo pants
  • Predictions (Payless) white and gray sandals
  • J. Crew rhinestone flower earrings
  • Urban Outfitters pastel gem ring