On the Cheap

Hello everyone! Yes, long time no write. While I vowed when I started this blog that I would never waste time and energy explaining myself on here for any reason, I want to assure you that my absence was not a matter of me losing interest in you or having writer's block, needing "time away", or anything else of the sort. I simply had to skip town in a hurry for a family emergency and was trying to handle things that were moving at breakneck speed for a few weeks. I am still in the United States (I've been here since the 3rd of June), and will be heading back to the newly-voted-to-no-longer-be-in-the-EU United Kingdom in a week or so. It seems our two countries are in some sort of pact to see who can flush their country down the loo faster these days…we're kind of like Thelma and Louise driving hand in hand off the side of that cliff, screaming "the special relationship 4 ever!!!" as they we plummet to our imminent demises. But I digress.

I got the call to come home and attend to my family while I was on a train from where I live in the Highlands, heading to Glasgow for a 2 day course for my work. I had with me my laptop, a pair of cropped jeans, a sleeveless shirt, a sleeved shirt, a cardigan, workout clothes & shoes, and two pairs of shoes, one sandals and one heels (just in case), three pairs of underwear, and one bra. When I found myself heading to the airport instead of the course I was scheduled to go on, I realised that I was going to need to source some things to wear. It's much hotter in Wisconsin in the summer than it is in Scotland, and I was going to be here a while.

So when things were more settled at home (and after I bought a packet of underpants on the fly on my way from the airport, because come on…three pairs), I went to the local thrift stores to see if I could flush out my wardrobe a bit. Granted, this is something I would have probably done anyway, but since I didn't actually need any clothes other than to suit my immediate need, I was trying to do this on the cheap (thank goodness I had athletic shoes with me…that would have cost a packet.)

So I hit the local Goodwill and Savers shops, and came away with a nice little capsule wardrobe made from a few pairs of shorts, bohemian tank tops, and a handful of sundresses, which are really easy to wear and I can easily recycle for our trips to Florida. Here is my sundress "highlights reel" (along with a pair of thrifted gold sandals) for your inspection, along with a reminder to never, ever leave the house, no matter how small of a trip you think you are going on, without the following items:
  1. a passport
  2. athletic shoes (if that's your thing)
  3. your laptop or iPad so you can keep abreast of work
  4. a credit card
Luckily, I had all but one of these things with me, and the missing item was graciously delivered to me just moments before stepping in line to check-in for my flight. Everything else can be improvised or purchased on the cheap. Seriously, everything. 


  1. Hope your family emergency is improving. Love the dresses and sandals. You have such a great eye for finding the gems amidst the rest!

  2. Wow! You scored some great dresses and the gold sandals are so chic! Sending well wishes that your family emergency is resolved and all is well.

  3. Is that faux wrap dress a Lands End? Those dresses are so comfortable. (And you look lovely in blue) I'm so sorry to hear about your family emergency. Been there, done that, which has made me obsess a little over packing for all contingencies when I am just going out of town for a weekend.

  4. Hoping your family is doing better now, and best to you as well! You did some brilliant shopping, you. And the analogy of Thelma and Louise made me laugh, and then cry bitter salty tears. xox


  5. YES! It is a Lands end! They run kind of on the big side, so in addition to being really comfortable (as you say), I got the added bonus of being able to purchase something in a size "S"

  6. Well, however you got there you still look great. I love the sandals and really think it is a nice look when your hair is up. I'm in Michigan so not far from Wisconsin and it has been two very hot weeks and looks like it will continue. Best wishes for your family.


  7. Hi Kristin. An acquaintance of mine told me about your site. I have been visiting for about two years now and really enjoy it. Both of us have let our hair go naturally gray as well. This was hard for me. Seeing your hair transform over time has helped me with the change. Thank you for that. I love your style and clothing selections. I am a Wisconsin girl as well. Sooo hot right now. Glad you found the "cool" clothing. Michelle


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