Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Trendthrift Episode 3

It is getting ridiculously warm in Dallas. And stormy.
The little boudin and I went to C-town for the holiday to visit Mom and we had a blast! Saw some lifelong friends, ate many a pound of crawfish and grabbed some great new clothes!

Thank you mom and by proxy Janet for this fabulous skirt. It is silky and pleated and totally fit even though I thought for sure that it wouldn't. Ah, these shallow diatribes within as one anticipates the possibility of a failed attempt at closure.
There is one flaw in this skirt which I learned too late to do anything about; when in the right light (or any light for that matter) it is totally sheer. Slip, please!
Regardless, I propelled through the day confident and at ease and relatively successful in keeping my lower half in the shadows.

In the spirit of the playoffs, (GO HORNETS!) Here is my obligatory fashion jump shot!

My Nana gave me this belt and I adore it. Anyone who know me at all knows of my equestrian dreams of youth. This belt is totally me.

Shirt- Steve Alan- UAL
Belt- Unknown-Nana
Skirt- Unknown- Mom- Janet
Shoes- Frye- Gilt Groupe

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Trendthrift: Outfit of the future

Today was the big day! Went to the Garland Road Thrift Store and came home with a great skirt. But it is a skirt that you will not see me wear for quite some time. You see, it is a wool skirt and while it is light weight, we in Dallas are already hitting the upper 80s, which means that the 90s are right around the corner. No wool skirts anytime soon. I do miss having a Spring that lasts for more than a moment.
But I so wanted to play with this skirt! So I did.
And now presenting...

My outfit of the future:

Striped boat neck shirt, plaid skirt, leopard print wedges and dangly earrings.

Here are my initial thoughts on thrift store shopping...organization is key.
Wear something you can quickly take on and off or something you can try clothes on over.
Be prepared to hunt.
Check out the evening wear! I found some sequin tops from the 90s that I may have to return to purchase...They would certainly liven up some jeans!

These points will likely be refined as I continue in my quest to be The Trendthrift!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Trendthrift Episode 2

Episode 2!

Today was a beautiful spring day and it was great to be outside. With all the flowers and trees blooming I was inspired by color!
Standing in the morning sun was a great way to start the day.

These shoes are hands down my most comfortable ballet flats. And they are adorable. Got them for a steal from an online sample sale. Black with patent toes and gold ribbon across the top.

My palette was an experimental one today.
A coral shirt, a rosy-purple belt and a stark black and white floral skirt. The black and white skirt was gifted to me by my Nana. It was gifted to her from a friend. I consider the second gifting to count as thrifting.

The Rundown
T-shirt- Matty M
Belt- TJ Maxx
Skirt- Nana
Shoes- French Sole
Bracelet- Stella & Dot

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Trendthrift Episode 1

Well, here it begins, my year of thrift store clothing shopping. Obviously the thrift store clothing collection will have to be built over time, so bear with me in these early days of the experiment.
Today I went somewhat cute but comfortable. I wore my favorite jeans, with a comfy and (as you will soon learn) signature cardigan and a fun silky shirt beneath.
Z and I had a conversation about pictures this morning and I think that I may need a tripod. Anyone have one they care to donate to the Trendthrift cause? If so, let me know!

But, guess who took the picture above? Yep, this girl right here. The tripod that made this possible is a brick, an air conditioning unit and a certain blogger who actually thought she was in the center of the frame. Really glad I wasn't. Wish I had captured my shoes though. I actually wore cute little pumps today, a pair I had stopped wearing because I was stuck hiking around in them at Opryland for four days when American Airlines grounded the MD80s. That was not a fun experience by any means.

I digress.

So today's thrifty piece of the outfit was a silk Banana Republic blouse from Ebay and was a whopping $7. Bought a few other things from the same vendor so I could combine shipping.

The Rundown:
Cardigan: Ann Taylor
Shirt: Ebay- Banana Republic
Pants- Hudson Skinny Jeans
Necklace- Stella & Dot
Earrings- Stella & Dot
Bracelet- Unknown

Monday, April 11, 2011

What I learned

1. Through the 25 days of Bad Day, Good Look: how accessories got me to gala, I learned something...blogging is fun! And clothes and jewelry are super-fun! Nothing serious fully frivolous. Plus, I like picking out my clothes the night before, but what I need to learn to do is try them on too.
So here begins my latest self-challenge: shop only at thrift stores for the next year for all of my clothes excluding shoes, bras, panties and other articles of clothing that give me the icks to think that someone else had this on before me. Yes, I know that risk is taken when trying on clothes.....I digress, as I was saying, the challenge is to shop only at discount retail clothing places like thrift stores, eBay and church garage sales and still attempt to pull off a fabulous look everyday. I will attempt to become the TRENDTHRIFT!
So beginning tomorrow with some pieces I bought off of eBay I will begin my journey into becoming THE TRENDTHRIFT!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Day 25: Bad Day, Good Look: How accessories got me to gala

The full ensemble.

Wow, this is the last installment of Bad Day, Good Look! So many things to say. Gala is over. It was a beautiful night and it was a lot of fun.
This picture was taken after the event ended when I was home. Boy, were my feet happy to be done for the night! The Tahari mile high sandals I had on were great for 2-3 hours, but after that, ouch! You will see the whole ensemble once I get the pictures back from the evening's photographer. That may be a follow up post...or I may add it to this one, we'll see.
But I digress because I should really discuss THE NECKLACE.
The Bamboleo Necklace was the center of attention last night. What a piece! I am not sure a woman walked by me without commenting on how spectacular it looks.
The night was a triumph and I am ready to sleep for days!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Day 24: Bad Day, Good Look: how accessories got me to gala

The Petra Braided Bracelet came out to play today and glammed up an otherwise mundane plaid shirt and jeans combo. I do love this plaid shirt though...Steven Alan...should have bought a few more of these shirts.
When I was first drawn to Stella & Dot it was the larger pieces that initially caught my eye, but I am just over the moon about the delicate pieces. The On the Mark Necklace immediately became a feminine necklace that I wanted to wear everyday. It is such a subtle and elegant piece. Check it out on the website as I forgot to get a close-up of the necklace and it definitely deserves a look!
Baby girl is sick again, 4 days in a row, and the gala is tomorrow night. It has all come together stunningly and I am excited to watch it unfold.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Day 23: Bad Day, Good Look: how accessories got me to gala

Today called for a bright and fun look and the La Coco Gold Chain with the Paradise Brooch definitely delivered. Loving the look of layered bracelets, so I tried my hand at it with the La Coco Gold chain extension (yes, the La Coco is so versatile that parts of it can be worn as a bracelet) with the Gold Nugget Wrap Bracelet.
Happy day! I received all of my hostess rewards jewelry today from my Stella & Dot launch party. Eight gorgeous pieces await some outfit styling...yep, eight pieces total and one of them is a BIG one. But you will have to wait until the day after the gala to see that one....

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Day 22: Bad Day, Good Look: how accessories got me to gala

She smiles!

Well, well Tuesday, you had more bite than expected. Knew things were going too smoothly. Sick baby day two of gala week. Z is a Saint. I owe him big time. Big time.

It was windy and chilly again this morning so out came the layers...which of course called for the fabulous Avery Necklace. A little rock and roll, a little grandma. Love it! The Soiree Studs took it up a notch with a little glitter.

Am very excited about Gala right now, it is going to be beautiful. Wonder what to wear...hope my new shoes come in time! And if they do that they are super-comfy!

She sits!

She leans!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Day 21: Bad Day, Good Look: how accessories got me to gala

Today is another good day. All the heavy lifting is done and all that is left are the details. A ton of them!
Since I was running around and lifting boxes the whole day it called for a cute but casual look. I wore the Penelope Necklace with the Pave Ellipse Necklace and then combined the Revival Bracelet with some other bangles I own.
I am working on the forced posing...having to take pictures of myself everyday makes me really self conscious. Oh well...four more days of daily picture posting and then I am taking a break.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Special Edition: Bad Day, Good Look: how accessories got me to gala

Today is the last Inner Circle Cast Party of the season and I could not be in a better mood! I think the attire reflects it, as I decided to embrace Spring with today's ensemble.

Since I had a Spring-like vibe happening, I layered three of the more delicate pieces that I have, the Signature Clover Necklace, the Chelsea Necklace and the Pave Ellipse Necklace. Yes, you have seen them together before, but they are just so fabulous and were perfect for today's happy outlook and I couldn't resist wearing them again.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Day 20: Bad Day, Good Look: how accessories got me to gala

Today I wore a piece I have been waiting to sport...the Bee Brooch with the La Coco Gold Chain. Such a fun day piece and so versatile, because tonight, I am pairing the same La Coco Gold Chain with the elegant and sparkly Vintage Starburst Brooch...which I will post in a Special Edition installment.
Many of you have to sent me fashion blog sites since I began Bad Day, Good Look...are you giving me a message? Do I need to expand my blog to include the entire outfit and not just the baubles....thoughts?

Special Edition: Bad Day, Good Look: how accessories got me to gala

Tonight was the Boris Godunov Opening Night, which means a fabulous late night cast party for which I must dress! Tonight I unveiled the Vintage Starburst Brooch in gold with the accompanying La Coco Gold Chain. So many comments on its fabulous-ness! I paired it with a bold color to really let it shine as it is a standout piece. Happy last Opening Night of the Season!