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, January 31, 2016
Ode to a pair of boots
The bottom of these boots, they tell you where I've been.
They long for places where I have no roots.
The inside is filled with things I'll never say again.
These boots can feel heavier with all the things I never do.
It's just easier to wear heavy boots when my sky isn't so clear blue.
Should they be thrown out?
Is my closet ashamed of what it holds?
No, because survivors reside there.
Like I, they too have a past and are daring and bold.
So I rejoice in God's mercy and true self-acceptance.
It's that which allows me to enjoy the scenery when I'm on a detour.
And when the mood is right - dance.
So I keep walking in these boots...
Monday, January 18, 2016
I went into The Foundry and it felt like just seeing a long-lost friend. It was the first time there since I moved in September. The Foundry was around the corner from my former residence, so it was very convenient. Now it's an extra few minutes drive. But when I walked in, I noticed a lot of great furniture, but no clothing. I didn't even see anything to try on just for fun! So I left after walking around 30 minutes and proceeded to Mission Possible.
Then I arrived at Mission Possible. It took a few minutes of walking around, but I did find some greats items. For $39.11 (with my 20% off coupon from the Yellow Pages) I bought the following...
1 Jones New York Dress
1 Eileen Fisher Top
2 Jackets (Danskin, Chicos)
3 Pairs of shoes (Enzo Angiolini, Grasshoppers, Street Feet)
|Picture the blue tee, green jacket and green loafers with a pair of jeans or denim skirt.|
|That Jones New York dress is gorgeous! I had to buy it when it looked good on me in my "bad" non-dress underwear.|
|I own a scarf like this in a different color. Scarves are a fashion staple for me.|
Sunday, January 10, 2016
There's one really bad thing that occurred the entire 2015 year - WEIGHT GAIN and I'm still battling it in 2016! Of course, I had fun eating the holiday cookies and cakes and eating out during my travels. The end result wrecked havoc on my figure and my wallet.
Today - which may change by the end of the week - I refuse to purchase bigger clothes (thrift store or retail) to accommodate the more-pronounced bulge (I have a severe case of Dunlap Syndrome - where my belly dun-lapped over my waistband). I've decided to dress where other areas of my body can be accentuated.
For instance, Fridays are jeans day at my job. I decided to wear jeans with a tee with my alma mater (FIT - Fashion Institute of Technology), a navy blazer and boots for a hip Friday look. When I put the ensemble on, I noticed that my chest and belly meshed into a series of lumps. With no time to find an alternate, I decided to make the difference by changing bras. I exchanged my "Genie Bra" for a push-up one which accentuated my bust and minimized my abdominal area. Of course, every time I left my desk, I made sure I stood straight and held in my stomach.
|The FIT Tigers are the same colors as Auburn - had to correct a lot of people at work,|