I go to local thrift stores (primarily non-profit) and usually bring home a large quantity of department store and designer clothing and shoes by spending only $30-$45 and a few hours looking for fashion items to be worn with my existing wardrobe.

The goal is to is to inform women of the fashion affordability of shopping at thrift stores, the benefit of donating, and how these organizations help disadvantaged, recovering and abused men, women and children.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Gotta Love Camo! (The other neutral)

Let's face it, I have a fascination with several fashion styles and accessories (although a friend or two may say obsession). But the one fascination that very few of my friends know about is my love of camouflage.

When I go thrift shopping I love to look for camo. Right now I'm looking to stumble upon a camo eternity scarf, trouser socks, and a blazer (or jacket that I can wear like a blazer) for the right price.

Why do I like camo you might ask? Because in my opinion camouflage is a neutral color. I can wear it with black, deep yellow, navy, red, brown, etc. Also if our military can wear it with pride - so can I (as a proud American)! I don't have a large selection of camo pieces, but I have a great start - so my hunt for more continues...

I wear the tops to work from time-to-time, but now that we can wear jeans to work on Friday - the pants with a denim jacket or cardigan with a cute 2 1/2 - 3 inch heel will be among my work wear staples.

I haven't worn this outfit yet, but waiting for the perfect opportunity. I bought this dress online for $2.99 clearance. Can't wear this dress without my black tights :-)

Fashion Mantra #17

There Are Limitless Style Possibilities In Your Closet.

Don't restrict your options: A dull pair of "work pants" can be worn at night with a silky cami under a blazer.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Fashion Mantra #16

Knowing What To Wear Under Your Clothes

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is just as important as what you wear on top.

It Was a Great Mission-Possible Shopping Trip

A couple of weeks ago I went to Mission Possible just because it was a beautiful Saturday to get out of the house, and boy did I find some great pieces for $76.00 (would have been cheaper if I had brought my MP coupon from the phone book)...

Always wanted a red denim skirt.

This is a rockin' tee!

Great tops to wear with dark jeans

Isn't this a great outfit with that tee!
I'm in love with that floral dress and the shoes look like new.

I think I started a(nother) trend???

I’m always trying to work some sort of physical activity into my work day such as taking the stairs in the parking deck and inside the building, taking a brisk walk at lunch – or just taking an (non-smoking) smoke break to get some fresh air. But now I see many ladies at my job doing the following – changing from their driving shoes to their work heels.

Image result for business woman in sneakersNow by no means did I discover this technique, but many have seen me outside my car, or at my desk changing to and from a heel to an old pair of black ballerina flats from Walmart. I call it my “Mr. Rogers” moment (“won’t you be my neighbor”).

When someone says that they notice me doing that – I always respond that I do this to save the heel of my right shoe from being scuffed when I drive (so the back of the right shoe looks like the left one).  If you look at the heels a pair of shoes that you normally wear while driving. You will notice that back the right shoe is scuffed and usually the heel is worn out from digging the heel into the floor while accelerating - while the left one looks fairly new (it’s as if someone had switched one shoe).
Now I spot women I work with leaning on their cars changing shoes in the parking deck before walking in the workplace. I just smile and assume that I was the change-agent for yet another workplace trend.

Oh yeah, the other work trend I think I started – I stand when I eat my lunch. Perhaps I’ll explain that one later.