Archive for March 2013

Thrift Finds for March

Sunday, March 31, 2013 10:43 PM

It was a very light shopping month for me, partly because we were out of town so much and partly because there was nothing in particular I was seeking. Just as well — I could stand to save some money.

Casual Corner sweater, Goodwill Forest Ave, $2
This is not the perfect oversized, chunky, off-white sweater I wanted, but for $2 I thought I'd try it. We'll see how many times I actually wear it.

Spring Breaks in the South

Saturday, March 30, 2013 10:00 PM

J and I recently got to take a couple of breaks from the lingering winter in Maine and spent time in warmer climes. First we visited New Orleans, where a couple of friends of ours are living for a year while one of them has a temporary job placement there. As we planned our trip, more and more people signed on — mainly the same college friends I saw at Lake Tahoe last summer — until about a dozen of us converged on the city for food and drink, live music and a parade.

The Mardi Gras exhibit at the Louisiana State Museum
There are musicians pretty much everywhere in the French Quarter.
One of the many gorgeous mansions in the neighborhood where our friends live
We managed to get a private room at Antoine's Restaurant, where we ended the meal with the Devil's Coffee.
The Jazz Vipers playing on Frenchmen Street
Offerings to a voodoo priestess at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
The Keep 'N It Real parade (Check out the drummer boy!)
Dancers with the parade

Last Saturday, J and I flew down to Naples, Fla., to spend the first part of Passover with his family there. The holiday didn't start until Monday night, so we spent our Sunday visiting Everglades National Park. First we stopped at Calusa Days, where rangers demonstrated the tools and folkways of the Calusa people, who lived in the Everglades before the Spanish arrived. Then we went to the Shark Valley Loop, where we biked 15 miles to and from an observation tower and saw dozens of alligators, birds, turtles and fish along the way.

After Sunday, we spent most of our time in Naples at the hotel, eating and playing games with J's relatives. It was too cold — low 60s and extremely windy — for either the pool or the beach, but we did visit the zoo one afternoon as well.
J tries to start a friction fire at Calusa Days.
J throws an atlatl. I was better at this — I killed a wooden deer!
A little blue heron
The alligators were very placid while basking in the sun.
It was very, very, very windy.

The monkeys were cold, too.

The Return of the Necklace

Friday, March 29, 2013 11:44 PM

I thought I'd lost this necklace more than a year and a half ago, sometime when we were living in the apartment before this one. I was disappointed because I don't have many dark-colored necklaces, and this one has a mix of black and dark brown beads that makes it work with nearly any outfit. Then when I was packing for our Passover trip a week ago, the necklace was sitting in the bottom of my suitcase, which I had used while the necklace was missing. I don't know where it went or how it resurfaced, but I'm happy it did.

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Blouse, Banana Republic (thrifted)
Necklace, thrifted
Dress as skirt, Gap
Black tights, We Love Colors
Black flats, Ecco

Mission: Turquoise Sweater

Thursday, March 28, 2013 10:13 PM

Passover may not be over, but our trip to spend part of the holiday with J's family is. So today it was back to work and back to my apparent mission to wear this sweater with every one of my pencil skirts. I totally did not plan this, but here's yellow, black and teal. Now all that's left is the gray pencil skirt. Maybe with some red accessories?

When I thought of this outfit, I actually was not thinking of the previous sweater-skirt pairings but of Kasmira's outfit combining turquoise and burgundy.

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Turquoise sweater, Gap (thrifted)
Necklace, thrifted
Burgundy pencil skirt, vintage (thrifted)
Gray tights, Don't remember
Pumps, Nine West (consignment)

10 Ways to Wear a Navy Dress

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I think I may be finished with this dress. There are only so many ways to wear a dress, especially this one. You can see I once tried wearing it as a dress, layered under a skirt, but I don't think that worked very well. And this dress is so big, even though it's my size, that it always has to be belted, and it can be difficult to layer either over or under it. And the fabric wrinkles and collects lint. So if you come across this J. Crew dress at a thrift store or on eBay (and I've come across at least one other since picking this one at up Goodwill), don't buy it. But navy is versatile, so I plan to seek out another dress in the same color.

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Linking up at Along the Lines of Style.

10 Ways to Wear Navy Tights

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 8:00 AM

Do tights count as accessories? They are a garment, I guess, but you wouldn't be breaking any public indecency laws by going out without them, and some of these outfits would be complete without tights (though I'd've been pretty cold). I choose these for the accessories day of Franziska and Whitney's linkup because I thought it'd be more interesting than a roundup of ways I've worn a necklace or something. I'm not sure why, but it just seemed that way to me.

So, more than with other items I've recapped in my 10 Ways posts, there are several garments I've worn multiple times with these navy tights: the striped cardigan, the pink shirtdress, the turquoise dress (appearing both times as a skirt), the blue blouse and the teal pencil skirt. Navy goes with pretty much anything, but I can see some trends in the ways I've worn these tights. In some outfits, I'm echoing navy worn on my top half, such as the cardigan, a scarf or the striped navy top. The navy tights also are great in outfits that are mixes of different shades of blue or other cool colors. And navy is a nice counterpoint to red and pink, two colors that appear in abundance in my closet.

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10 Ways to Wear Black Cigarette Pants

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 11:34 AM

I searched for months for a pair of cropped, skinny black pants nice enough to wear to work. I tried on several pairs at lower-end stores, but nothing was right. I admired J. Crew's Minnie pants from afar. And though I thought they'd be endlessly versatile, I was too cheap to shell out for a pair. Well, it turns out that being a cheapskate was the right move in this case, because these babies turned up at Goodwill, priced at $8 and with the J. Crew tags still attached!

The stretchiness and the lack of pockets could make these pants look like leggings, but belt loops and a nice wool blend fabric that holds a crease mean the pants look professional enough for work. They're unlined, so I sometimes need to layer tights or long underwear underneath them in winter, but I can also wear them in the warmer months. The color and shape make the pants every bit the closet staple I thought they'd be. Unlike a pair of black trousers, I can tuck them into boots for warmth or pair them with flats for a gamine look. And the slim fit allows for volume on top with a boxy blazer or an oversized sweater.

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Linking up at Franish.