Sunday, March 24, 2013

Spring Closet Rotation

We've had three unbroken weeks of spring weather, and that means it's time to put away the winter wool and bring out the summer sheers.  It also means that it is high time that the closet and armoire get sorted and weeded out.  (First clue:  When you stare at a stuffed closet and whine, "I have nothing to wear!")

First off, a find from the coat closet.  Some items just shouldn't be gotten rid of.  I've had this skirt for about fifteen years, and if it keeps its shape, I'll have it for another fifteen.  Classic, classic, classic.  It's been just a size or two too small for me to wear, so it's been put up.  I've lost waist if not weight, and it fits just fine now.  On to the mending pile to fix that missing button...

Really, you can't go wrong with navy A-line skirts in polkadot.  (No I wouldn't wear it with this shirt - I was just trying it on).



A little reorganization can help the cleaning out. I got this idea off of pinterest - hanging your scarves and shawls from a hanger. The curtain rod is a bit better for me - my husband loves to buy me pashminas for Christmas (about half of these are from him). Not only is this pretty, but it gets them out of my armoire in stacks, up where I can see them (and thus use them more often).

And now, for the finished and refreshed closet.  :)  The next thing to do?  Take a quick inventory.  I think anyone can see what I need here - SHIRTS.  Shirts with sleeves that can stand alone, please.  Please. 
I ended up getting rid of my white long-sleeved shirt.  That goes on the "soon to replace" pile.  It was just TOO white for me, and a bit too big.  No sense having a shirt for dressy occasions that's off - it defeats the whole purpose of owning such a shirt.  And DH liked my short skirt, even if I did think I looked stubby - so it stays.  Even though I don't need more skirts, if I make another skirt I think it really should be another denim A line.  I wear that thing *all the time*.   It's in the laundry in this picture, lol.
Back to sewing soon, I hope.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Doing Something with the Hair

My hair is starting to grey, and I always said when it started to really silver up, I'd gradually add gold highlights until I ended up with blonde hair.  Unlike my mom, I don't think salt & pepper will go with my skin - and I don't see dying it flat brown.

This is going up on my pinboard.  Quality is a bit low, but had to take it without flash because the flash just made my hair too shiny as a whole.

I have more up there than I thought!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

When Universally Flattering... isn't.

My husband was telling me that if he could dress me, I'd wear more short skirts.  So, I had a bit of extra time on my hands on the way to pick up my son one day, and I dropped into one of the various local discount clothing stores.  If you're going to experiment wildly, no sense paying much, right?

I didn't find much - polyester city, ew - but I did find a dark denim, slim cut, stretchy mini skirt.  2" over the knee.  If there is something that is held up as the holy grail of "universally flattering" - particularly to the shorter woman - it is the dark denim longish mini skirt. 

So I bought it.

The good thing is that DH doesn't think it's all that short, and clearly doesn't think it's all that cute.  Good for me.  Because while this is supposed to be as safe as it gets sartorially... it's SO not.

So very, very NOT.

And this is why it's good to take pictures of yourself and look at what's really going on.

You know what I've noticed lately?  My skin tone is so light that lighter colors rather than darker colors are more slimming.  I bought a white floral version of the shoes I wear all the time - and they look great.  Much better than the dark brown that I thought would be "invisible".

Always always - check your mirror instead of checking the fashion mags.  They might very well be 100% ... WRONG.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Little Leprechaun Lady

St.  Patrick's Day has a favored place in my heart... twenty six years ago I walked up to this tall boy in my morning class and told him that I was a leprechaun, and if he could catch me, he could have three wishes.

We've been married seventeen years now........ and I always wear something green for St. Patrick's Day.  This year I have something *extremely* green and Irish looking to wear.

Green jacket, made by me - with celtic patterned "silver" buttons and a dark green gored skirt, also made by me. 

Well suited to an Irish lassie.  Or a leprechaun in love. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Meeting - Keeping it simple and comfy

I'm off to meet my mentor for an internship at church that I've started.  My first outfit... so glad I took a picture for the blog before I got there.  (Yes.  I have a dumb expression on my face and I have no idea what to do with my arms).

Second picture, changed to the green tanktop.  Still no idea what to do with my arms, but a vast improvement!

Proof?  Sometimes you need to see yourself from more than a foot away in order to decide what to wear.

Details in the end:  Shades of one color that I am particularly comfortable wearing.  I thought of the structured blazer but decided against it, as I want to be very much myself during this meeting, and I'm trying to convey "student" not "authority".   Jewelry - gold with some color detail.  Makeup:  Obviously I really need to throw on some lipstick before I head out the door.  I'm not wearing any in these pictures.

 I made the skirt (and petticoat) but the tops were bought at Penney's. 

Purse and shoes?  The usual suspects.