Thursday, July 2, 2015

Child of the Zodiac

This outfit is from yesterday. Yes, I am all over the place with posting but, will be back to normal next week. You'll see...

Is this week eShakti week? That would be fun (and possible now) but, no... but, as I mentioned last month I was tempted at the eleventh hour to purchase some dresses from eShakti. Those coupons and sales are hard to resist! While I was combing through their extensive collection of dresses, skirts, jumpsuits etc. there were a few that I kept coming back to in my attempts to meet my minimum purchase requirements to get the maximum savings. This dress was (obviously) one of them. How fun is this pattern? As a former teenage girl I was immediately drawn to the mystical zodiac symbols, what's your sign?

When I was trying to select the appropriate size to order I was faced with a new challenge. Although eShakti is great and saves all of your measurements when you create an account with them for easy ordering none of the measurements that were saved in their system applied to me anymore. Thanks, less face. I had to bust out the tape measure and determine my new measurements. No biggie except while trying to determine my (newer) size I came to a realization (again) that my body shape is not standard and most of the stock sizes wouldn't fit me even though I now have less face. Thank goodness for affordable customization! The best moment was later when I my order finally came. I opened the package, took out the dress, and thought, "that is really small I totally messed up on the measurements" but, subsequently tried it on and it fit. Have you ordered through eShakti? How has your experience been?
  • Top: star signs stripe waist cotton dress, eShakti
  • Shoes & Accessories: black peep toes wedges, Steve Madden; black pearl earrings, International Gem and Jewelry Show

Blazer Vacation

This outfit is from last Thursday. We're almost all caught up...

It's hot outside, did you guys notice that? Yay, summer! While I couldn't be happier to wear white, head to the beach, barbecue, enjoy sunlight until late evening hours, and the many other things that come with summer I am not excited about dealing with the heat which is unusual. I pride myself on being summer baby and keeping it cool in warmer than warm temperatures but, this year I'll be honest, I am struggling. Enter, all the sleeveless things or at least "see you later" blazers! At least until it cools down a little...
  • Top: pink ruffle embellished shirt: LOFT via Clementine
  • Bottom: gray pants, Ann Taylor via Goodwill
  • Shoes & Accessoriesblack peep toe t-strap sandals, LOFT; silver bead earrings, Tiffany & Co.

I most recently wore these pants here.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Lady In Red

This outfit is from yesterday. I only have a few stragglers to post and by next week I will be all caught up. Anyway, after getting an influx of new clothing items over the weekend I had to immediately start wearing them (obviously.) One of the challenges in wearing clothes that was from someone else's wardrobe is that it might need some tweaking stylistically or size wise but, that wasn't going to stop me! In the case of this dress, it was both. While the overall fit was sufficient it was a little big in the top. What made that more challenging to pull off was the sweetheart neckline. Tank top to the rescue, again,

Now on to the star of this ensemble, these shoes! I spotted them in the thrift store and just had to at least try them on, right? Yup. After walking around for five seconds a bit I just knew I had to add them to my shoe wardrobe, right? Exactly. They couldn't have been a more perfect match for this dress (ALL the retro inspired things) but, what else should I pair them with? Decisions, decisions....
  • Top: red sweetheart neckline dress,'s closet raid; black tank top, Old Navy
  • Shoes & Accessories: black and white retro inspired pumps, Bakers via The Unique Thrift Store; vintage silver earrings, my Abuela 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Purchases & Acquisitions: June 2015

There was shopping/swapping this month, so much shopping/swapping! Well maybe not so much with the shopping but, definitely with the swapping... let me explain. I have been feeling the urge to shop in the recent months but, after my extreme closet purge that increased exponentially. I sent my Mom the picture of the finished product and she took pity on me bringing over some things form her closet that no longer fit her last weekend. Then we scheduled a time to go see the local tailor by her so that I could salvage some of my favorite items because tailoring is a great option instead of heading out and buying all new clothes

Unfortunately/fortunately, we didn't make it to the tailor because I was raiding my Mom's closet for things that no longer worked for her. I made out like a bandit (kinda literally) with bags of sartorial goodies. Ironically, many of those items had previously been mine going as far back as high school, for serious. It's a good thing that my mother doesn't have my penchant for closet clean outs but, I digress...  Even though the tailor was closed we consoled ourselves by heading over to one of my favorite second hand stores and she bought me a few things because she's super nice. The "damage"  is as follows... 

Goodwill $20.48 Amazon Local Deal
  • red dress, Taylor 
  • brown striped dress, Bailey 44 
Current Consignment $15.64
  • eggplant suite, Nanette Lepore
  • cream pants, Vanessa Bruno
  • gray tank top, Bailey 44
Unique Thrift Store $45.22 c/o Mom
  • beige pinstripe capris, New York & Company
  • brown plaid pants, New York & Company
  • khaki green bermuda shorts, Forever 21
  • black pinstripe suit, Anne Klein
  • retro inspired polka dot pumps, Bakers
Mom's Closet Raid Cleanout
  • red dress,
  • blue floral lace dress,
  • black and white houndstooth faux wrap dress,
  • gray scoopneck t-shirt, New York & Company,
  • red scoopneck t-shirt, New York & Company
  • black sheath dress, Books Brothers
  • black sleeveless polo shirt, Lacoste
  • white sleeveless polo shirt, Lacoste
  • black polo shirt, Lacoste
  • black capri leggings
  • black embellished t-shirt, Merona
  •  khaki skirt, Ann Taylor
  • white linen pants
  • denim skirt, LOFT
  • black lace dress, H&M
  • black sweater dress, Pink Rose 
  • lime green scoopneck sweater, LOFT
  • ivory scoopneck sweater, LOFT
  • hot pink scoopneck sweater, LOFT 
  • yellow scoopneck sweater, LOFT 
  • green scoopneck sweater, LOFT 
  • black scoopneck sweater, LOFT 
  • green cardigan sweater, New York & Company 
  • purple cardigan sweater, New York & Company
  • light brown plaid suit, Sweet Suit
  • brown polka dot suit, Donna Sands
  • purple tweed skirt, Norton
  • black and gray plaid skirt, NYCC
  • ivory and beige skirt, Theory
  • gray pencil skirt, Emanuel by Emanuel Ungaro
  • blue and gray dress, Old Navy
  • gray cropped blazer, I.N.C. 
  • black and brown plaid skirt, Worthington
  • black t-shirt, Chanel
  • blue ombre tank top, Xhilitration
You were worried, weren't you? It really wasn't that bad after all, after all of the fun new things I added or welcomed back to my wardrobe I ended up only spending $15.64 at my local consignment store. We'll see how I do next month since I will spending time visiting my favorite shopping destination my cousin and you've seen how that goes...

Monday, June 29, 2015

Sick Day

Well actually I did. I'm so on top of things I even scheduled this post ahead of time and am at the doctor right now! I know, I know: Mind. Blown. I'm not sick just managed to schedule a few check ups into one day so it only made sense to take the day off instead of trying to cram in heading to the office for less time than it took me to get there or working from home. I'll be back tomorrow with regularly scheduled programming outfit posting.