Scintillating commentary

2013_03_29

What I Wore to Work Today: March 29, 2013
Shirt: $1 Goodwill, refashioned
Jeans: Goodwill, shortened
Sneakers: Payless, laces from Target

I don’t remember anything about this day. I’m guessing it was a Friday because I’m wearing jeans, and also because a calendar tells me that March 29 was a Friday. That’s the kind of top-notch commentary you can expect from this blog.

blue floral shirt before

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April 29, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Life lessons

2013_03_28 hand on hip

What I Wore to Work Today: March 28, 2013
Tshirt: Target
Pants: $1 Goodwill, refashioned

This has become one of my favorite shirts. If I had known this at the beginning, I would have purchased two at the same time, saving one to be a replacement when the first gets old and faded. By the time I realized this, it wasn’t being sold anymore and it was too late.

Probably a life lesson. When you have a passion for something, go for it wholeheartedly before it’s too late.

puddling on the floor: never good

April 22, 2013. Tags: , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Incomplete victory

navy hawaiian print dress after profileWhat I Wore Only Once to Take Pictures on My Balcony: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Dress: $1 Goodwill, refashioned
Belt: Xi, came with a blouse
Shoes: Goodwill
Earrings: Unknown, probably Claire’s

Turns out polyester, or whatever this dress is made of (the tag was too faded to read), really doesn’t dye very well. The first round was a regular dye for natural fibers and dyed the binding only. The second attempt used iDye Poly and changed the color only slightly while stinking up my apartment. The third approach meant 60 minutes simmering on my stove, getting black vapor residue on the microwave above the stove, and a mostly-dyed dress.

Admitting that was as good as it was going to get, I did a hack job refashion. It turned out too short with a neckline and bodice portion I didn’t particularly enjoy and didn’t want to deal with. Good enough for an After picture? Certainly. And then directly into the giveaway basket.

navy hawaiian print dress before

 

April 5, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, Words. 1 comment.

A nod to St. Patrick’s Day

blue & green watercolor skirt after straight on

What I Wore to a St. Patrick’s Day Party: Saturday, March 16, 2013
Tshirt: Target
Skirt: $1 Goodwill, refashioned
Boots: Famous Footwear
Earrings: Claire’s

I went to Goodwill the Thursday before St. Patrick’s Day with the plan to find a green dress for a dollar to refashion. While I didn’t find a dress, this skirt caught my eye. I really liked the lace hem, and with a non-shamrock green tshirt it worked for the party without being too on-the-nose. I’ve already worn it again and have plans to wear it to a Talib Kweli show this weekend too.

blue & green watercolor skirt before

April 4, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, Words. Leave a comment.

Patron of the arts

romeo & juliet ballet - just me

What I Wore to the Ballet: February 17, 2003
Dress: $1 Goodwill, refashioned
Cardigan: Target
Belt: Gift from Sarah
Shoes: Payless
Earrings: Claire’s
Clutch: Gift from my brother and sister-in-law

I’m getting all out of order here. This is what I wore in mid-February to see “Romeo & Juliet” at the ballet, where I insisted on calling myself a “patron of the arts”.

This clutch was a Christmas gift from my brother and sister-in-law. A few days before it arrived I was at Goodwill looking for a top to refashion into a shrug before I went to the Nutcracker (more ballet!) and stopped briefly at the purse section. I listed the criteria of what I was looking for: a clutch that could be dressed up or down, jewel tone, magnetic clasp, single color with some structural detail…

Four days later a box shows up at my doorstep containing this little bag, matching every single bullet point. It was eerie and perfect. I hadn’t mentioned it to anybody and I was alone at the store. Get out of my head!!

black shift dress before headless

April 2, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, Words. 1 comment.

The cat’s meow

2013_03_18

What I Wore to Work Today: March 18, 2013
Blouse: Target, tailored, new
Skirt: Goodwill, shortened
Shoes: Payless
Earrings: Claire’s

Is “the cat’s meow” a real phrase? Maybe I should have gone with “the bee’s knees”, although that’s not a reference to the leopard print. Ooh: the cat’s pajamas. That’s probably what I was thinking of.

I bought this blouse in December or early January during a Target binge with gift cards from work and I finally took in the sides. The chiffon texture and ruffles across the chest don’t show up in the picture.

leopard print blouse before

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April 1, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

A hint of earring

2013_02_15 ponytail

What I Wore to Work Today: February 15, 2013
Shirt: Goodwill, $1 Thursday refashioned
Jeans: Goodwill, shortened
Sneakers: TJ Maxx, new
Earrings: Claire’s

I have a handful of earrings and necklaces that I don’t remember buying although I’m pretty sure I got them when I worked at Claire’s for a few months in 2004-2005 (it was a dark time in my life). Also, one necklace that was my grandmother’s.

I’ve been thinking that I’d like to make or buy some new jewelry. And then it sounds like a lot of work and I don’t think about it again for weeks at a time.

Good story. I liked the part where I thought about making a necklace.

March 15, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Ok, fine, I’ll wear a peplum

2013_02_04 hands on hips

What I Wore to Work Today: February 4, 2013
Jacket: Goodwill, 50% off Saturday
Skirt: Goodwill, shortened
Shoes: Target

I was at Goodwill’s 50% off day and this jacket caught my eye before I saw its lower half. I bought it anyway. 8 months trailing the trend and sorta pregnant-looking, that’s my motto. (Note: not pregnant.)

2013_02_04 peplum

 

March 13, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 1 comment.

Time travel

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What I Wore to Work Today: January 30, 2013
Shirt: From a friend’s wardrobe clear-out
Skirt: Goodwill, $1 Thursday refashioned
Shoes: Target

I went to Target last weekend and saw a pink tweedy skirt much like this one. “Ha, I have one like that already in my closet!” Then I traveled back in time six weeks and wore it to work in January. Time travel is fun!

pink tweed before 1-23-11

March 12, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Another cardigan, this one with a decorative neckline!

2013_01_16What I Wore to Work Today: January 16, 2013

Cardigan: Target, new
Tank top: Target
Skirt: Goodwill, shortened
Shoes: Target

I wore this cardigan on New Year’s Eve, which I spent in Park City, UT with a small group of friends. I remember nothing of this particular day, though. That’s kinda what happens when blogging happens in spurts every few months.

March 8, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 1 comment.

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