Thursday, October 11, 2012

Trying out a tucked BF jeans look

Ok, so funny story: I told a friend I was trying a tucked BF look, and she thought I was saying something about cross-dressing. o_0 I guess fashion just comes up with its own lingo sometimes!

This is what I wore yesterday to go out and find my suit. I only wore it for under an hour, but I really enjoyed it, and I'll probably try to get some more use out of the look this weekend.

Floral cardigan - gift from Mom from F21, years ago
gray tee - small neighborhood store, years ago
Francesco Biasia crossbody - Ebay
Butterfly necklace - DIY
Aldo belt - flea market
Old Navy Boyfriend Capris - Old Navy
Frye Vera boots - Amazon

In other news, it *rained* this morning! Yay! I don't think it even lasted a full five minutes, but it was so much fun to see after all the heat. I think I'll even try to jog before it heats up.

For those non-YLF-ers who read my blog, this Friday-Sunday is when a bunch of us from the online forum will meet up and stay in a hotel together for an entire weekend of shopping, clothes swapping, good eats, and good fun. We started this up last year, and it has already grown to include many out-of-town participants. I'm so excited I'm like a kid waiting for Santa!

Details to come. :)

Friday, September 28, 2012

Sometimes I wish that I was a wrestler...

Sometimes I wish that I was a wrestler - 
A Mexican wrester in a red vinyl mask.
And I might grab you
And body-slam you
And maybe cause physical harm.

-- Jill Sobule, "Mexican Wrestler"

Feeling very nostalgic today in my baby tee inspired by one of my favorite songs from 2001. I was VERY upset to see that Emma Roberts now sings it on one of her albums. The original recording is just fine - why the need to slap a celeb face on it? Ugh...

Anyway, I like this outfit, and I'm happy that it finally feels like I can wear my baby tees again. Something about the way they pair with baggy pants. :)

Wrester tee - gift from DH
Aldo belt - flea market
Old Navy Boyfriend Capris - Old Navy
B. Makowsky bag - Ebay
Report Marks - Amazon

Hello Punisher

 Just a shlepping outfit - worn to the chiropractor, to pick up cat food, and to run other errands. Not much went into this except that I wanted to try the boots with the shorts again while I still could. DH gave me this Hello Kitty watch, and it demanded to be worn with my Punisher DIY tee shirt.

Sorry about the shorts hiked up on the one side. The bag didn't really do that to them the rest of the day.

Punisher tee - DIY
Makowsky Shimmer bag - Ebay
Lucky Brand silk cargo shorts - flea market

Frye Vera boots - Amazon
Hello Kitty watch worn as bracelet - gift from DH

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Dressed to Dress My First Dress For Success Client

I recreated yesterday's outfit, worn to Dress For Success, where I was able to style my first client!

It is actually too warm in the DFS office for a jacket, especially running around hauling clothes, so last week someone suggested I plan to be without one. I also planned without a bag, since I neither wear one nor have one near my while styling. The top ended up being great for ease of movement, but the skirt was less so. The narrow skirt and non-stretch material slowed my walk considerably, and I barely caught my bus!

Hi-low seeveless button front - local junior's store
Donna Rae paisley skirt - flea market
Nixon wrap watch - flea market
Report Marks booties - Piperlime clearance

I had an AMAZING time at DFS yesterday - I stayed for a solid 6 hours! First, I got my feet wet by assisting another stylist, who turned out to be a retired real-life stylist who worked for 30 years. She was wonderful, and we put together 5 outfits for 2 different ladies who had recently been hired. They were totally sweet and looked very professional in their new clothes. I learned that my professional bias skews *highly* formal, even though I thought my last job was super duper relaxed - who knew?

Next, my mentor gave me the green light to take the final client of the day myself. She was an adorable blonde with an edgy haircut, getting ready to interview for a job that involved booking fashion-related shows. She said she needed to look fashion-forward in addition to being professional. How much more fun could I have with my first client??

We quickly determined that she looked amazing in Italian jackets, and she literally did a happy dance when she slipped on an olive and burgundy pinstriped pantsuit. We thought the rest would be a breeze when we found a killer cream ruffled blouse to wear under, but we hit a big roadblock when it came to shoes and PPL! We did not have tons of shoes in her size, and she said she could not even afford to pay a tailor to let the hems down. BUT! The hems turned out to be serged with a really low-contrast thread, so I let them down myself with a seam ripper and steamed out the crease right on the spot. The shoes fell into place, and unless any of her interviewers bent down to inspect the hems at floor level, no one would ever know.

Afterward, the veteran stylist showed me how to work various appliances, how they organize the hangers, and even complimented my work with the clients. I had the best time!

Which is a good thing, considering my current career goals. Now, if only I can get a job... ;)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

First Jeans Day of Fall 2012!

So it was still almost 80F yesterday, but I wanted to wear jeans, gorshdarnit! Plus, I wanted to try on that Lululemon jacket I'd been eyeing, and I wanted to try it on with the type of bottoms I'd likely pair with it. The result was my transitional variation on jeans and a plain white tee. A man at the gas station said my "image" made his day - and not even in a creepy way. I think. While I was at it, I took my Frye Vera boots out for their maiden voyage. The jacket I tried did not work out, but at least my outfit did.

This morning is also the first morning that Hank has demanded to occupy my lap since summer started. Change is in the air, people! My coats will be able to come out and play soon soon soon.

H&M studded tank - YLF swap party
Hudson Signature Bootcut jeans - flea market
Destroyed men's belt - flea market
Dana Buchman leather bag - flea market
Crystal Bullet necklace - gift from a friend
Frye Vera boots - Amazon

Saturday, September 15, 2012

90s Fashion... No, the other kind of 90s...

Once again, the heatwave rules the roost. This is almost the same formula as yesterday, only I was digging through swap meet piles so I could not wear boots. My nod to Fall is in the coloring: rust, black, and just a dab of white - for some reason black and white together always feel like F/W to me.

If anyone needs me, I'll be off trying tinkering with a DIY rain dance.

Rayon dress for ventilation - flea market hack job
Dana Buchman bag for dark coloring and a thin strap on my skin - flea market
Braided rope sandals for ventilation and more dark color - flea market
White watch to play off the black - gift from Mom

Cerulean Blue is a Cool Breeze

Any X-Files fans out there? I feel like The Pusher, trying to make it be Fall and about 20-degrees cooler by sheer force of will. This outfit was worn out to run some errands, check on some Gap items I'd been eying, pop into Anthropologie to see if I might want to interview there, and pick up rations at Trader Joes. Now *that* is a Friday!

For anyone who might be interested, I had gone out to try this Belted Waxed Jacket by Gap - I would have resold my polyester Cole Haan jacket for an even exchange and SYC preservation. A bunch of reviewers said it was big on them at 110 lbs... well, I'm at 125, and it's still big on me in XS. It was also way thinner than I'd thought and felt more like a cheap nylon jacket than a nice, waxed finish. No bueno.

Blue Rayon hi-low dress to combat 92-degree heat - flea market
Black bag with thin straps cross-body straps so as little leather sticks to my shoulder as possible - flea market
MIA boots as a manifestation of my denial - Amazon
Cuff photo watch for added weight and Fall feeling - DIY

Thursday, September 13, 2012

First Dress for Success Challenge

Dress for Success volunteer orientation was today at noon - and yikes, I've already been thrown a style curve ball!

The DFS website warns that there is NO reasonably-priced parking in the area, and they advise to take public transport to their office location. However, if I took public transport all the way there, it would take a solid 2 hours each way. So I'll be driving part way, walking, and taking a bus. In 95 degree weather - no guarantee of a shaded bus stop, no guarantee of an air conditioned bus, and no guarantee I won't get lost and wander the streets on foot for a time. Plus? As you know, all my work clothes are designed to keep me warm in the Arctic Office of Perennial Autumn.

I really had to work to get this outfit together:

black knit midi - for ease of movement and to disguise possible butt sweat
loose silk woven top - to promote airflow
walking boots - to wear from car to bus
blazer - to pop on indoors
pumps - also to pop on indoors

Whew, that outfit was work in itself! I hope it is up to snuff, and I hope I won't have to fight the weather as hard for long!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Old Navy Boyfriend Capris

I had been sitting on a low balance Old Navy giftcard for almost two years - so when these boyfriend jeans were on clearance with an additional 25% off during ON's anniversary sale, I took my chance to get rid of it without shelling out extra cash (shopping ban preserved this time).

I sized up to an 8 in the Old Navy version and the fit feels just like my Gap Sexy Boyfriend jeans. These feel like they have more stretch, but the weight is like my lighter weight Gaps, too. I see there aren't many sizes available right now, but it is early in the season, so there is a decent chance they will restock, maybe in a heavier weight. If I wasn't shopping my closet I'd check out the boyfriend khakis, too. :)

If you're on a tight budget, or if you're realllllly unsure about the trend, it might be worth taking a look at your local brick and mortar store.

First pic: Old Navy Boyfriend Capris (size 8, unbleted)
Second pic: Gap Sexy Boyfriend Jeans (size 6, belted)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Look for Less: Rick Owens Type Jacket at Bebe

When I bought my Bebe faux leather jacket, someone mentioned that it looked a bit like a Rick Owens. In my travels, I came across this jacket that is similar to mine and looks a lot like another Rick Owens style. Bebe's online photos are always pretty terrible IMO - looks way better in person and in the September catalog. Reviews say the same. $159 vs. $3,720.

Rick Owens:

PSA: Amazon to Charge CA Sales Tax Starting September 15!

So get that tax-free shopping in now, California. :0

I was going to hem and haw and try one size of boots at a time, but when DH reminded me about the new tax implementation, I just ordered both sizes straight away. They are also offering 20% off when you sign up for shoe/clothing emails. So for me it was kind of like a 30% off sale... who was I to argue?

The Unsung Benefits of Girl Math

"Girl Math" is a term that is usually reserved to mock the spendy tendencies of a stereotypical woman. "50% off means I can buy twice as much!" or "This speeding ticked will cost me two pairs of boots!" or "Since I've returned $100 worth of stuff, I have $100 more to spend!" are the most common examples I've come across. I've mostly heard it used as a derisive term to suggest that females spend money unrealistically and can rationalize all sorts of expenditures, unbound by pesky things like budgets, value, or... you know... REAL math.

BUT. I've been thinking about this in light of some of our moves to Shop Your Closet status, in light of La Francaise's time here on the forum, and in light of some of our forum conversations about investment pieces/less being more/and closet space. When MaryK announced her SYC status, she said something that really stuck with me: that if she added up all the things she bought over the past year, she could have bought some things that she thought she couldn't afford - underneath it all, isn't THAT the core of Girl Math? And isn't it a good thing?

"50% off means I can buy twice as much!"
Instead of a greedy statement, this can be looked at as a value-driven statement. What's wrong with getting more for the same amount of money? Not that you need to get twice as much RIGHT NOW. But what if you kept track of all the things you waited to buy on sale instead of pouncing on at full price... and then rewarded yourself at the end of the year by getting something really nice with the money you saved? Wouldn't that inspire you to weigh cost a little more closely, strive to find the best deal you can, and truly evaluate how much you want and need each purchase?

"This speeding ticked will cost me two pairs of boots!"
You could say this is a materialistic way to think, but what's wrong with translating money into practical terms? I use this thought process a lot myself, thinking, "The cost of this top would get me 1/3 of the way to that jacket I want." Most of the time, the cheaper purchase doesn't seem worth it. I think this kind of equation helps me stay goal-oriented. Period.

"Since I've returned $100 worth of stuff, I have $100 more to spend!"
Now, I'm NOT advocating buying and returning a bunch of stuff you don't actually want and can't afford just to trick yourself into an irresponsible splurge. But I think this little mental trick is super useful in that it makes it okay to return things if you suddenly find that what you have isn't what you want most in the world. Like in the previous section, I see this type of thinking as goal-oriented thinking. It forces you to make a choice and give something up if you want to get something else.

Of course, this only works if the full-price item, or the object of your goal, or the amount of those items to return are within your budget. I am most definitely NOT an advocate of living above your means or in a fog of fiscal denial. However, I do think that Girl Math is a powerful tool to use in *conjunction* with a budget.

I feel like I've been doing this a lot lately and, really, it's prevented more purchases than it's enabled. I returned 3 pairs of BF jeans in favor of a much-needed and long-wanted photo print sundress. And I'm giving up my current meetup budget for a pair of elusive, classic, walkable, heeled engineer boots.

Maybe I've lost my mind and crossed over to the dark side. But I think I like Girl Math.

Cross Posting

Hello out there in Blogger Land! A few of you have mentioned that it is hard to read and subscribe to my blog, so for now I will be cross posting the same content here and there. I hope this helps!

One recent development to note is that I recently quit my office job with the hopes of getting into retail in some way, whether as a personal shopper (my long-term dream) or even just as a sales associate for the moment (hopefully an avenue to bigger things). Right now, I'm paying my expenses by selling swap meet finds on Ebay. I have to say, I quite like being my own boss!

What this means for you and the blog is that my daily outfits will be a lot more casual for a while. I hope this doesn't feel irrelevant to those of you who work in office settings. The good thing for the One-Dollar Wonders perspective is that I very much have budgeting on the brain. I'm looking forward to sharing many more frugal ruminations.

A big thank you to those of you who took the time to critique the blog and encourage me to post here on Blogger again!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Moving to

In case you've noticed my absence here on Blogger lately, it's because I'm trying out a new spot over at Many of my readers are from already, and I have a good history with the lookfab family - I'm excited to support their new blog endeavor!

But what do you think? Has anyone missed me on Blogger? Do you have any preference for reading on one site versus the other?

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Guest Post at Bella Remixes!

Howdy, all! I just wanted to let you know that the illustrious Bella was kind enough to ask me to do a guest post on her blog. Please stop buy and check out her guest series on Spring trends - mine is about ORANGE!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

One-Dollar Dailies: 2/22/12-2/24/12

Life has me very backed up these days! Visiting friends, band practice, work, and finally planning for a honeymoon means little energy for outfit posts - so for my tardiness, I apologize!

Since getting my new job, I've been splurging and getting pieces I really love for the office. This week, I really made an effort to integrate my OLD pieces into the new look - which was coined "Urban Warrior Princess" by a lovely friend over on the forum. We've come to refer to the office version as "Urban Warrior Professional."

I'm still feeling out my professional preferences, but I definitely feel more genuine now. I will get to the bottom of it someday!

Old skirt paired with new gray trench

Old dress paired with new boots

Old top and bag paired with new jeans and boots

One-Dollar wonders:
B/W Talbots Skirt
Red Ann Taylor Sheath Dress (50 cents!)
Silk/Cashmere Gray Express Top

Honorable Mention:
All Saints Gray Trench - $40 via Ebay
B. Makowsky Bag - $90 via Ebay (my first purchase funded by Ebay sales!)
Gianni Bini Black Boots - via Ebay
Watch Neckalce - gift
Cat Blouse - $20 via
Hematite Necklace (as bracelet) - $2 via swap meet
Twisty Bracelet - gift
Gold Buckle Belt - $2 via Salvation Army
Hudson Pinstripe Jeans - $40 via Ebay
Banana Republic Cardigan - via Credit Card Rewards Points

Frye Julia boots - 1/2 off via Dillard's

Friday, February 24, 2012

The End is Nigh: Fashion Signs the End of Civilization

It's official: civilized culture is over and done with. Polite society is completely kaput. Get out your sweatpants, tube dresses, and swim sandals, because that's where we're headed for daily professional wear. Seriously.

My friend Ivan, for whom I recently created a $50 business wardrobe capsule, went to an interview fair at the Discovery Science Center on Tuesday. He's freakishly smart and has a solid background in physics and chemistry, and loves anything related to outer space. He dressed in the $700 suit we found him at Goodwill, a crisp white shirt, and a nice tie. When we went to dinner afterward, he relayed, "Women came to the interview tables in tight skirts cut up to their backsides, see-through tops that showed their bras, and leggings so tight you could tell they weren't wearing underwear... guess which candidates were moved forward."

That's right, friends. Forget your traditional interview attire. Science Centers are now considering job candidates dressed like Jersey Shore rejects. Child-oriented businesses are now staffing people who expose butt crack even in their most professional (and I use that term loosely) attire (I use that term loosely as well, come to think of it). You might think that Ivan is just being bitter, but I've known him for sixteen years, and I know he has a keen eye for women's fashion and favors French and 60s influences. He's not a prude, and he knows his stuff.

What the H-E-double-hockey-sticks is going on here? With unemployment running rampant, companies surely have a large pool of candidates to choose from - thing is, they're choosing the very people I was raised to know would be sent home on sight as having no sense of respect or professionalism.

This isn't even about my friend anymore - for all I know, the company had a valid reason to cut him - but they sure had reason to cut the over-exposed candidates as well. This is about our standards as a society. This is about what we expect and accept from one another. Why are companies accepting this type of dress from their potential employees? Why are mothers, sisters, and BFFs allowing their so-called loved ones out of the house like this? Don't we care about one another anymore? Don't we care about ourselves?

Or is society really so far gone that we no longer know we should care? So far gone that a sexed-up, leggings-as-pants ensemble is considered professional? Is the concept of projecting modesty and self-respect through clothing really dead? Is virility all a woman can advertise through her outfits?

If so, then this is, truly, the beginning of the end.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

One-Dollar Dailies: 2/21/12

The debut of my Frye Julia lace-up boots! I'd been searching for light boots to wear in in-between Spring weather for years. All the different shades of tan and taupe and cognac didn't add up. Or they were too baggy in the ankles. Or they were huge in the calves.

These boots were a long shot after so many disappointments, but I managed to find them for about half off the original price, and they are even more perfect than what I'd originally had in mind. The gray color is easy to bookend, goes with most of the my existing wardrobe, and is a great soft color to pair with brights. The laces provide a sleek, fitted ankle and calf. And I kid you not, these boots are so comfy they feel like sneakers on my narrow feet. Jackpot!

The pic below is what I wore today, though I removed the tights at the last moment because I thought they looked too heavy. The pic below that is my initial trial pic with the boots when I was deciding whether or not to keep.

One-Dollar Wonders
Abstract Apriori Pencil Skirt

Honorable Mention
AT Sweater - $11 on clearance
Beaded necklace - $0 as a gift
Makowsky Bag via Ebay
Frye boots 1/2 off via Dillard's

One-Dollar Dailies: 2/10/12-2/20/12

Yikes, how long has it been since I posted? It's been crazy around here: my FIL was here staying with us, we drove out to Palm Springs, and work has really been working me these past few days. Trying to get caught up!

One-Dollar Wonders
Nickel-Free Necklace
Sheer Tights
Ebby by Farinaz Citron Top
Black AT Slacks
BCX Tweed Pants
Italian Made High-Waist Pencil Skirt
Braided Gunmetal Bead Necklace
AT Engineer Stripe Dress

Honorable Mention
Striped Hudsons - $40 via ebay
Map Bag - $5 via swap meet
Benetton Blazer - $12? via Goodwill NYC
AllSaints Trench - $40 via ebay
Brooks Bros White Shirt - 2/$50 via ebay
F21 Burgundy Blazer - $4 via Goodwill
Brown Perlina Bag - $8 via Goodwill
Brown Belt - $3 via swap meet
Red Anorak - $20 via ON, plus $5 dye
Francesco Biasia Burgundy Bag - $40 via ebay

Thursday, February 9, 2012

One-Dollar Dailies: 2/9/12

I think it may be time to either say goodbye to this jacket or dye it. The color isn't great, the fit isn't great, the material is just so-so. I bought it at Goodwill when I vacationed in NYC, but I just don't think it's flattering me. This was pre-YLF, pre outfit photography, and pre color theory for me. If I had the opportunity to buy this again, I wouldn't, so maybe that's my answer...

One-Dollar Wonders
Navy Button Front Shirt

Honorable Mention
Map Bag - $5 via swap meet
Benstton Blazer - via Goodwill
"Chanel" Belt - $2 via Salvation Army

BR Sloan Pants
DR. Martens Marcie Boots

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

One-Dollar Dailies: 2/8/12

Quick post tonight, since we have company through the weekend, but here's my third neutral outfit for the week: a little bit Sky Captain, but maybe that isn't such a bad thing.

One-Dollar Wonders
Donna Karan Cashmere Midi
H&M White Blouse
Faux Fur Collared Jacket

Honorable Mention
Map Bag - $5 via swap meet

Dr. Martens Marcie Boots - via Shoebuy

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

One-Dollar Dailies: 2/7/12

Day two of the Neutrals Challenge!

I've managed to wear this jacket every week since I bought it through Ann Taylor's extra-60%-off sale - love it! I will have to price-stalk more of their stuff with double-stretch fabric.

One-Dollar Wonders
Forever 21 Gray Plaid Pants

Honorable Mention
Ann Taylor Jacket - $40 via AT clearance
Ann Taylor Sweater - $11 via AT clearance

Dolce Vita Jayce Boots - via Amazon
Specialchoice Bag - via Ebay

Monday, February 6, 2012

One-Dollar Dailies: 2/5/12 - 2/6/12

No Superbowl for Hubs and me! Our TV doesn't get that channel anymore (yep, we're two freakish luddites with NO cable television - horrors!), not to mention the fact that neither of us like football.

However, yesterday was very special in that our band, Bemular, had a song appear in a Lucky Strike Bowling commercial -- plot summary: sexy blonde girl falls down. But it was a pretty good commercial, overall, and was co-produced by Hubs' friend Dennis (also a comedian and Youtube spoof star). The song is called "Down in the Oven," and can be downloaded for free by liking the band on Facebook.

To celebrate, we went out for burgers and a nice walk - the weather was nice enough for shorts, but a little breezy near the beach, so I was able to wear this lime sweater, which is usually either too warm or too cool to wear anywhere.

This week, I am taking part in the Neutrals Challenge over on the YLF forum. I was glad to have this outfit waiting in the wings, which I'd put together while trying to decide whether or not to keep the dress. I'm glad I did end up keeping it - it is very, very comfortable - and it was about 1/4 the price of the near-identical styles at Anthropologie.

Bailey 44 Tiered Stripe Dress - $178
 One-Dollar Wonders
NY&Co Lime Cowl Sweater
Lucky Brand Shorts
Brown Leather Belt

Honorable Mention
Flyaway Cardi - $12 via Target
Fergie Major Smog Boots - $35 via Overstock, Overstock CC $20-off promo
Francesco Biasia Burgundy Leather Bag - $40 via Ebay

Fergie Major Black Boots - via Nordies clearance
Cha Cha Vente Tiered Striped Dress - via Macy's
Specialchoice Bag - via Ebay

Saturday, February 4, 2012

One-Dollar Dailies: 2/3/12-2/4/12

Ok, so I made a really stupid face in yesterday's pic, so try to ignore the blur. I wore my F21 genuine suede leather jacket yesterday and loved it. Sometimes I think all my work jackets should come from that store - they just fit so much better than most Misses brands.

Also, I think my Siamese cat is now purposefully positioning himself to be included in my outfit photos. I set up my camera today, turned around, and there he was: strutting straight for the picture wall. As you can see, he even sports a very modelesque pout for the shot.

One-Dollar Wonders
Old Navy Gingham Shirt
Cropped Denim Jacket
Paint-Spattered Jeans
Three Dots Asymmetrical Tee
Black leather belt (obscured)

Honorable Mention
Rust Suede Jacket - $25 via F21 clearance
Hudson Pinstripe Jeans - $40 via Ebay

Specialchoice Cognac Bag - via Ebay
Francesco Biasia Burgundy Bag - via Ebay
Dr. Martens Marcie Boots - via shoebuy

Thursday, February 2, 2012

One-Dollar Dailies: 2/1/12-2/2/12

Why is it that, once you have a gift card to a store, you can't seem to find anything you want to buy? I've been back and forth to Banana Republic so many times, but I just keep ending up browsing Forever 21 instead. I went in tonight set on buying the BR gold button sweater jacket, but there was too much fabric under the arms for me. I went back to F21 to re-evaluate a jacket I had tried before: real suede leather, gorgeous rust color, fit my shoulders great. I finally decided to get it - lo and behold, it was 50% off! $25 for a rust leather jacket, after I'd been ogling a pimento leather jacket on Peruvian Connection for ages.

Peruvian Connection Motocross Jacket - $450

 Sorry for the crummy phone pics, but I'm sure you'll see more of this baby soon. I even like my color better, because it is more understated for work and works well with brights (like my citron top).

Now, back to the outfits!
2/1 - work

2/1 - grocery store

2/2 - work
One-Dollar Wonders
Ebby by Farinaz Citron top
Olive Italian Wool Skirt
Black Patent Belt
White cropped jacket
BCX Pants

Honorable Mention
Target Flyaway Cardi - $12 on clearance
Lucky Brand Zoe Jeans - $8 via Goodwill
Gray Sweater - $11 via AT clearance
AT Aviator - via AT clearance

Ben Sherman Checkered Shirt - via Ebay
Merona Sweater Tights - via Target
Dr. Martens Marcie boots (2 colors)
Specialchoice Bag - via Ebay

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

One-Dollar Dailies: 1/30/12-1/31/12

I never thought it was possible, but it is: I'm officially overwhelmed. By shopping. How did that happen??

I can't seem to find the perfect dress pant or the perfect knee-high summer boot - not through patience and diligent swap meet hunting, and not even by throwing money at the problem. After two solid months of orders and returns, all I seem to find are pants that bunch at the crotch and boots in the wrong color/shape/style/size. I didn't even try on the last pair, because the color shown online was not at all true to life. Sigh. I have two more on the way but, after that, I'm admitting defeat officially.

I did have one small victory, though. On the recommendation of's Angie, I tried Banana Republic's Sloan pant. They are slightly tight in the rear, but they create the least crotch problems of all pants I've tried so far. Yay, BR!

One-Dollar Wonders
Painted Leather Bag (bought as skirt and sewn into bag form)
Teal Turtleneck
Teal Club Monaco Skirt
Black Tights
Nickel-Free Necklace

Honorable Mention
Python Belt - $2 via Goodwill
BR Shirt - via Ebay
Gray Sweater - $11 via AT Final Sale w/ extra 60% off
Sam Edelman Boots - $40 via swap meet + day

Cougar Skull Necklace
Beaded Long Necklace - gift
June Leather Vest - gift
Dr. Martens Marcie Boots

Monday, January 30, 2012

One-Dollar Dailies: 1/29/12

Double denim for a Sunday out at a Chinese New Year Festival, the old-time soda store, and the Museum of California Art. No pics inside the gallery, so Hubs snapped one down in their parking garage.

One-Dollar Wonders
Exra Fitch Denim Shorts
Black Leather Belt

Honorable Mention
Diesel Denim Jacket - $5

All Saints Tsarina Tee - via archive clearance
Fergie Major Boots - via Overstock
London Fog Bag - gift

Sunday, January 29, 2012

One-Dollar Dailies: 1/28/12

Worn to band practice, which involved much pizza and beer. Rock!

One-Dollar Wonders
Deff Leppard Tee
Paint-Spattered Jeans
Neon Green Belt (obscured)

Fishtail Anorak - via Old Navy Clearance
London Fog Bag - gift
Dr. Martens Marcie Boots - via

Saturday, January 28, 2012

One-Dollar Dailies: 1/27/12

I've been treating myself to a little "real" shopping to celebrate my still-new job, and today was the debut of this Ann Taylor Aviator jacket that I got during an extra-60%-off sale - $40, down from $228!

One-Dollar Wonders
Green Ann Taylor Sleeveless Shirt
Woven Leather Belt
Nickel-Free Necklace

American Rag Jeans - gift
London Fog Bag - gift
Dolce Vita Jayce Boots - via Amazon