Archive for July 2013

No Thrifting

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 11:30 PM

I don't have a thrifting post for July because I didn't thrift anything, not even housewares. I stopped at a couple of thrift stores early in the month to see if they had any seersucker pants, but that didn't pan out. And then, after buying new seersucker pants and having them hemmed, plus replacing my $42 foundation, I felt too broke to want to go shopping.

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Lace T-shirt, LOFT (thrifted)
Tank top, Target
Necklace, thrifted
Jacquard medallion jeans, LOFT
Mary Janes, MIA 2 Leonore (eBay)

Blood Donor

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 10:52 PM

I donated blood for the first time today! It was something I'd wanted to do for a while, so I made it a goal for the year, dependent on reaching the minimum weight for donating. Well, I've gained a few pounds recently, so I found a blood drive near my office and took a break from a slow day at work to donate. It turns out they don't weigh you, they just ask your weight, so I probably could have fudged it before. I chose this shirt today because it provided easy access to my veins but also covered my bandaged and iodine-stained elbow afterward.

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Black peasant blouse, Old Navy
Tank top, Jockey (thrifted)
Glen plaid pants, Target (thrifted)
Shoes, Madden Girl

10 Ways to Wear a Black Midi Skirt

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It took me a year to wear this skirt the last three times. It's fantastically flattering because it sits at such a skinny part of my torso, and the (taffeta) fabric and details (i.e., lace trim near the bottom) are interesting, but I'm finding that black bottoms just don't do it for me. I have three solid black skirts, and the pencil skirt is the only one I wear regularly. I've worn this one twice this year, and the third one only once. Maybe the issue is that black pants/skirts are often defaults, so they seem boring. Black is also harsh with lots of colors, and this skirt seems kind of heavy for summer.

Anyway! Sorry to complain so much. I really like some of these outfits. Whatever the limitations of a solid black skirt, this one lends itself to some retro, very feminine outfits. And it has pockets!

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The skirt is vintage, thrifted from the Goodwill in Hooksett, NH, two years ago. $5, I think.

There's a Snake in My Boat!

Monday, July 29, 2013 11:30 PM

If there was ever  a day that called for the simplicity of a dress and heels, today was it.

Friends of ours came up from Boston for the weekend. On Saturday we got takeout sandwiches from Duckfat and took the ferry to Long Island to read, clamber over rocks and nap at a quiet beach (water was too cold to swim). Yesterday, we got up early to go rafting on the Kennebec River. It was our friends' first time whitewater rafting, and even though we had to pull over to the side of the river at one point to extricate a snake from the boat, they had a blast. We love Portland and Maine, so we were really happy to share them with our friends.

Today, however, my whole body felt tired and achy when I woke up. And my preparations were slowed further by the antsiness of a cat who needed some extra play and petting time after spending most of the weekend by himself. So yeah, simple was the way to go.

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Dress, Target (thrifted)
Tank top, Target
Art Deco necklace, thrifted
Pumps, Target (thrifted)

Shorter, Please

Friday, July 26, 2013 11:30 PM

I started out knowing that I wanted to wear my chambray shirt, untucked and unknotted, perhaps with my teal pencil skirt or my polka dot skirt. But this shirt is a little boxy, so I needed a shorter skirt to balance it out and show some semblance of a figure. This dress was just the ticket.

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Chambray shirt, American Eagle
Houndstooth dress, Target (thrifted)
Black flats, Ecco

Spring Summer Spring

Thursday, July 25, 2013 11:06 PM

Here's the last of three outfits I pinned from Banana Republic's spring lookbook. Because the pants are cropped and the blouse is breezy cotton, I was waiting until summer arrived, not wanting to waste a cool outfit on a cool day. Ironically, it felt a bit like spring today: lots of moisture in the air and temperatures that started in the 50s.

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Blouse, Charter Club (consignment)
Faux pearl brooch, thrifted
Teal skinny pants, Target
Pumps, Calvin Klein Dolly (eBay)


Wednesday, July 24, 2013 11:30 PM

I've come to really like skinny, cropped pants, so much so that I'm not really interested in wearing my more-traditional trousers. That became a problem as the weather warmed because I had only two (non-jeans) pairs of the skinny pants, both in dark colors (and one of those in wool).

After seeing lots of seersucker on a couple of menswear blogs that I follow, I got it into my head that I needed a pair of skinny seersucker pants — enough that I was willing to shell out $56 to get these during a sale at Banana Republic, then another $12 to get them hemmed 1.5 inches. It wasn't super-hot today, but I know these pants will be cool and comfortable during heat waves for years to come.

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Blue blouse, New York & Co.
Scarf, J. Crew (thrifted)
Seersucker pants, Banana Republic
Metallic flats, Bare Traps

No Ring

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 11:30 PM

You probably can't tell from my photos, but I haven't worn my wedding ring in about a week. I couldn't find it one morning, and that's stretched into day after day. I do take off my ring more often than I probably should, yet I'm almost completely certain that I last had it here at home, so it should be in this apartment somewhere. I'm kind of getting used to leaving the apartment without it, but I do hope it shows up soon.

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Military blazer, Express (thrifted)
Shift dress, Banana Republic (thrifted)
Pumps, Nine West (consignment)

Let Down

Monday, July 22, 2013 11:30 PM

It was a letdown to return to work today after a three-day weekend that included our little trip to Cape Cod. At least I got to work an evening shift, which allowed sleeping in, and I'll have another one tomorrow.

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Summer sweater, Gap
Cameo necklace, thrifted
Taffeta skirt, vintage (thrifted)
Pumps, Liz Claiborne

The Cape

Sunday, July 21, 2013 11:06 PM

It's been a while since I posted an outfit from a day off, so here's one, even though it's very basic. J and I spent the weekend in Cape Cod with a couple we know through his work. This outfit is from this afternoon, when we thought we might go swimming, but I didn't want to wear a swimsuit coverup in town.

Top, New York & Co.
Gray jersey skirt, Old Navy
One-piece swimsuit, Old Navy
Tatami flip-flops, Target
Black nylon bag, Kipling

We headed down early Saturday morning and made our first stop in Falmouth, where we rented bikes and rode down the Shining Sea Bikeway to Woods Hole. We had a really strong headwind on the way out, so we had to stop several times to hydrate and catch our breath. In Woods Hole, we watched a seal feeding at the aquarium, ate delicious Mexican-Cape Cod fusion food and swam at Stony Beach, where the water was shallow, warm and relatively free of seaweed.

Whale tale sculpture at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

In the evening, we went to a Cape Cod League baseball game. The league has a dozen teams of top college players from around the country, and the games are free. Chatham whooped Falmouth, and we brought home a roster to pull out in five years and see if any of the players will have made it to the big time.

After breakfast at our B&B in Sandwich on Sunday morning, we drove to the Cape Cod National Seashore and hiked nearly 2.5 to Marconi Beach and back. Though we stayed on the relatively firm sand near the water line, it was difficult enough that the hike took an hour each way.

Marconi Beach

Then it was time to leave so that we wouldn't get stuck in traffic on the way out of the Cape. It was my first visit there, and there's so much we didn't get to see or do — Martha's Vineyard and/or Nantucket, Provincetown, whale watching, eating lots more seafood. J and I are definitely going back in September sometime, when the weather's still nice but it's less busy and prices are lower.

Spot the Cat

Thursday, July 18, 2013 11:30 PM

The cat seems to be getting bolder about photo-bombing me. Today it probably had to do with the fact that I was wearing shoes that are essentially flats. Sometimes the noise of my heels on these bamboo floors seems to scare Bucky, but that wasn't the case today. J said I had to post the photo that's last here, but I didn't want to make it my main photo because Bucky's hiding my shoes. There are also some legs to be seen if you're eagle-eyed.

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Striped top, Talbots (thrifted)
Black necklace, thrifted
Yellow pencil skirt, The Limited
Black low wedges, Madden Girl


Wednesday, July 17, 2013 11:30 PM

I didn't like this outfit all that much. Button-front shirts are supposed to be crisp and dressy in a professional way, but I tend to feel rumpled and in need of constant adjustments when I wear one tucked in.

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Striped button-front shirt, Gap (thrifted)
Faux turquoise necklace, thrifted
Burgundy pencil skirt, vintage (thrifted)
Peach pumps, Nine West (consignment)

Short Cut

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 10:52 PM

It cost more than I expected to get this dress taken in. I thought it would be pretty inexpensive because there's no lining, but apparently the slight scoliosis that causes my waist to curve in more on one side also makes it difficult to get tailoring right. After I balked at the first estimates the tailor gave me, he offered this "short cut" for $28. I think he almost didn't want to do it, it was such a short cut.

Even though that significantly raised the price of a thrifted dress, and the fit is certainly not perfect, I was so happy wearing this dress today. For its first wearing I kept it simple, with just a pop of color in the shoes and lips to match (just one day after being down on bold lipstick in the summer). This getup was breezy and comfortable. I know I'll be able to find lots of different ways to wear this dress to get my full $33 worth.

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Embroidered dress, LOFT (thrifted)
Red pumps, Franco Sarto Uri (gift)