Sunday, May 29, 2016

Reviving the 90s

This dress was on the $2.99 rack at the local Goodwill during my last visit to the States, and in a rare and out of character move, I didn't even try it on before I bought it. I suppose that at $2.99, it would have hardly mattered if it didn't fit, but it just looked kind of easy and breezy, so I figured that I'd take a chance. The whole 90s empire waist thing used to kind of freak me out because it can look kind of juvenile and make you look pregnant, but I guess now I'm old and I just don't give a hoot about either of those things.

That said, I felt that this dress was just a tad short to wear as anything other than a beach dress. It's not the length so much as it is the imminent threat of having the wind blow the back of your dress up and showing the universe your bum, which has actually happened to me before...long story. Short, full dresses catch the wind - thats just what happens. Just Google Duchess Kate Middleton-Windsor if you don't believe me, that woman has a few pics floating around out there that showcase The Royal Knickers on account of a full, short skirt.

I really like this dress best as a layering piece, as I've done here by wearing it over a tank and skinny ankle jean. I stopped short with the 90s referencing at the black velvet choker and chunky-heeled black loafers…you're welcome. You'll also have noticed that this is my 2and or 3rd dress-over-pants outfit post in the past few weeks, so I guess I'm having kind of a thing for it right now. Probably because it's the safe option when you live in a variable climate.

thrifted dress, similar / seven skinny jeans / thrifted Enzo Angiolini sandals (last seen here), similar / alligator stretch ring (old), similar / beaded stretch ring / thrifted earrings, similar

Linking up with: Visible Monday, Shoe & Tell

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Because, Of Course

See? This is why we can't have nice things. Here I stand, attempting to get outside and shoot another casual summer look that is largely secondhand finds and stuff I've had in my closet for a while. The top is J. Crew that I found on Ebay, the jeans are an old pair of Calvin Kleins that I've had forever, and the shoes, the only concession to newness, I got at Ross when I was last in the US for $12.99.  I know, right!? $12.99! They're Aerosoles, and the straps on the wedges are denim, so they look really cute with jeans. 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Summer Breeze!

I can't even type the words "summer breeze" without bursting out laughing. It all stems from a couple of sailboat trips that my husband and I took with friends. Four of us would rent this sailing yacht called "Summer Breeze" to sail around in the Ionian part of the Greek islands. Summer Breeze came complete with its own soundtrack CD as one of the cabin amenities - songs that the owners of the boat must have thought were appropriate and vacationey-sounding enough to enhance our total sailing experience.  As you might imagine, the Seals & Croft song Summer Breeze was on the CD (the Isley Brothers' version), which prompted us all to sing along in a high falsetto with the chorus. To this day, when the four of us are together (an even when we're not), if the words "summer" or "breeze" (or "rum") come up in conversation, it immediately creates a kind of Pavlovian reaction in one or all of us where we just sort of sing-shout out SUMMER BREEZE in a high falsetto. This can happen absolutely anywhere, public venues notwithstanding, and it's never not funny. In fact, I'm willing to bet that if any of them are reading this post (you know who you are), they've already done it, and people are staring.

How does that story relate to this look of the day, you ask? It doesn't really, except for the fact that for the last few days, it has been beautifully warm and really, really sunny here in the west of Scotland. As luck would have it, I came off a string of work shifts just in time for it, and am about to go back to work just in time for things to go back to our usual mono-climate. So I guess this year I was lucky. You never know, sometimes three days of summer might be all you get.

Another great thing about summer is how easy it is to get dressed. Once again, today's look is completely, 100% thrift store finds from my trips back home to the US. The top, while a pattern that I normally don't gravitate to, lured me in with its bohemian kimono sleeves, and the skirt was a Goodwill find from last year. The shoes were a $4 find from from two years ago (last seen here),  and the accessories are costume - I think the bracelet was thrifted for about $1 a few years ago. I can't remember where the earrings came from. The total cost of this look is probably under $30. Perfect for days where there's a gentle SUMMER BREEZE!

Monday, May 2, 2016

The Twenty-Five Dollar Outfit

So here I am visiting my parents and sister in Wisconsin.  You thought I'd disappeared again, didn't you? Well, I suppose I sort of did. But I'm always here, hanging around, like a bad smell. 

The weather in Wisconsin has been cooler than usual for this time of year, but the last few days have seen some sunshine, and I am sitting out on the patio typing away in a tank top and jeans (the very jeans in the picture), so all is not lost. I will go home with a bit of an accidental arm and face tan. 

I brought next to nothing with me on this trip. I like to go for a visit with an empty suitcase and hit the thrift stores with my Mom and sister. So that leaves trying to put-together an outfit post completely up to the Gods of Thrift. 

I didn't go nuts this time around, as I have in the past, but I scored a few nice little warm weather pieces (that will probably never see the light of day once I go back to Scotland tomorrow afternoon). This top is one of them. It is meant to be a dress (on someone who is 5'6" or shorter maybe), but I like it better as a tunic top. It's perfect for travel; it's a material that doesn't wrinkle, and it's patterned. I spill coffee….a lot…like, every day, so this is perfect for travelling when I can't change my coffee-stained shirt.

The ankle jeans are thrifted, the shoes…thrifted (last year). The earrings and ring are borrowed from my Mom. I would say that the total cost of this outfit is about $25. No foolin'. 

See you all when I get back to Scotland.