LADY IN RED #3

This is the third post in a series about styling a red dress I purchased at WalMart for $7.97. If you missed the first two posts, they are here and here.

I’ll start with my red and navy combos:

Tried to get creative by adding a yellow purse. Oh my! Not all ideas are good ones.

This looks like I am ready for the 4th of July 😉

Next, I went to black:

 

Like this one with black the least, but as I have said before, just try stuff.

After looking at all these pictures, I think I need to change up the shoes. I have short legs, and having shoes that come up my foot seems to emphasize that. See how much better these shoes look:

Still learning! 😉  Guess I need to go shoe shopping!

Well, that’s the end of my Lady in Red series. Here is a recap of all the looks. Which one do you like best? The first one is number one, etc. Thanks!

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LADY IN RED 2

In my last post, I showed you my first attempt at making an outfit from my new red WalMart dress. Here are some more results of my dress-up day. I decided to try it out with white this time:

Fairly satisfied with these looks, but not sure I like the shoes with it. Will probably try something different. Again, I don’t try to analyze why…I just go with my instincts.

I felt somewhat successful using white, but decided to experiment with something a little bolder. HATED IT, but I will show you 😉

Kind of looks like some kind of costume.

And speaking of HATING IT, I tried something else, because one of my readers recently suggested wearing a shirt as a top piece. I replied that shirts usually are too boxy, but I did give it a try. DOUBLE HATED IT!

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That’s all for today, but I am not done yet. 😉   I spent a lot of time on this little project. More next time.

Update on publishing schedule: I will still plan to post on Sundays, and will try to also post on Thursdays. I am discontinuing the TBT posts, and instead have created a new page with my favorite posts from days gone by.

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LADY IN RED

Today’s post is the first in a series of showing you how I go about making an outfit. I have done similar posts, such as the ones about Old Blue. The purpose of these types of posts is to inspire you to find some things in your closet and try on a lot of different things in order to see what you like, and what you don’t like, and to have some nice outfits already put together when you need them.

I recently spent the better part of an afternoon trying to make different looks with a red dress that I bought last month at WalMart for $7.97. 🙂  You will find, as I did, that some things work, some things don’t, and some things are okay, but you probably really won’t ever wear them. All of this is fine. If you find one outfit, you really love, GREAT! If you find two or three, EVEN BETTER. And if you make some you really hate, you will learn what NOT to do in the future.

Here is the dress I started with:

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I would never wear this dress like this, but that did not stop me from bringing it home from WalMart. I knew that it had great potential.

Let me digress a moment and give a little lecture. When you go shopping, KEEP AN OPEN MIND. If you try on a dress, but don’t like it, ask yourself why. Just because it is sleeveless?  You can add sweater or jacket. Too shapeless? You can add a belt.  Too long? You can hem it up.  Hate the color? Put it back. HAHA If I had just tried on this dress and not thought about its possibilities, it would have gone home with some other WalMart shopper. And tomato red is my favorite color!

Here is the first thing I tried:

Not bad, but I really didn’t like the necklace for some reason. I have learned not to try to analyze why…if I don’t like it, I just try to find something else. For whatever reason, I liked this necklace better:

So there you have it…two problems solved. Sleeveless dress with no shape becomes a belted dress that gives me a waist.

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I’ll be back next time with some more looks for this red dress. Go to your closets! Try things on! Take pictures!

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CHEAP, CHEAP

Today’s outfit is one that I really like. And I like it even more because I did not pay much for any part of it. I spent some time researching the prices of the different pieces so I could give you a total.

Here is the breakdown:

Top:   $8.00

Pants:  $6.00

Necklace: $2.00

Bracelet: $3.00

Shoes: $FREE  (hand-me-down from a friend)  🙂

GRAND TOTAL: $19.00

I know I always tell you that I hardly ever pay more than $20 for any one piece of clothing, but it is rare to have a whole outfit that cost less than $20. Love it!

Just wanted to inspire you to get out there and look for some bargains. Of course you might want to pay more for something classic that you will wear for years, but I find that most of the inexpensive things I purchase last pretty long…usually I get tired of wearing almost anything after a couple of years anyway.

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GETTING READY FOR SUMMER

I hope you missed me this week! I missed you. 🙂 I did not get a post out on Sunday because we had a very busy week and a family wedding over the weekend. But I am back now, and have started thinking about my summer wardrobe. As you know, I HATE to go to my closet and try to find something to wear right before I am walking out the door; for me, security is knowing that I have outfits already put together, and can just choose one. I have a lot of clothes (most cost less than $20) but it can be overwhelming to try to put things together, especially if I am in a hurry.

I do like to have a choice, because I might not be in the mood to wear a certain outfit, even if I like it. Or the shoes might not be comfortable enough, or it might be too cool or too hot. I really love the feeling of knowing that I have several outfits, including shoes and jewelry, documented and ready to put on.

Today, I spent some time making several outfit choices for a new pair of shorts. I have a lot of things planned for the summer, including some travel, and am hoping I can have quite a few outfits planned and ready to go by the time I need them. Once May is over, I definitely will not have time to “play dress-up,” so I will be spending some time in my closet this month.

I have promised myself to STAY OUT OF THE STORES, because after doing a little shopping last week, I do not need anything, but I do need to work on coordinating what I have–time consuming, but well worth it.

So…here are the results of today’s visit to the closet. I am showing all with comments, so you can learn along with me. Some didn’t quite make the cut, but I have ideas on how to fix them up.

This one is pretty basic. It will work for taking the grandchildren places this summer, but truthfully probably wouldn’t wear the necklace on such outings. Looks better than an old t-shirt and jean shorts 😉

 

      

Here is one with and without some bling

Nice basic outfit for casual activities

My first attempt at pattern mixing. Definitely will not be wearing this!

Tried again. I do like this pattern mixing, but the shoes are literally making me laugh out loud! This is why you try things on before you leave the house.

Love the color combination, but need a different camisole. I hope there is something in my closet, since I have vowed not to shop this month. 😉

Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be back next week with some more experiments. I would love to hear your thoughts on any of these outfits. Honesty appreciated!

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TBT #7 Packing

Is it spring break in your part of the world? Are you going to the beach? Or is that something that only college students do?

I am not going to the beach, but I am very excited about the trip we have planned. We are going to spend a week in Utah visiting the national parks. Since I am using this week to get ready for the trip, I thought I would re-post about packing.

After a few long trips, I finally figured out that I have a lot more fun if I organize everything before I go, and make it easy to find things to wear and to find things in my suitcase.

You will not be surprised to learn that I plan all my outfits ahead of time. Yes, I try them on. Yes, I take pictures.  I even write them down on index cards. Don’t judge. It works for me.

I  have also learned that organizing my suitcase makes for a much better trip. To be honest, I am a “rumbler.” No matter how carefully I pack, I can never find what I want in my suitcase without rumbling through it. Whatever organization system I have breaks down pretty quickly, and I get really frustrated trying to find my stuff.

A couple of years ago, I found something that totally revolutionized my packing……packing cubes!  I now pack different items or categories in the appropriate size cube (I even label them) and can find anything in a jiffy. And it is so easy to unpack my suitcase and put things in drawers. Most people would not have to label them, especially if they are different colors, but I need the extra visual reminders.

The ones I use are from eBags, and I love them. I have several sets in different colors, because I do share some with my husband, but he only uses one or two.

http://www.ebags.com/product/ebags/value-set-packing-cubes-slim-packing-cubes/115846

These are also available from IKEA:

http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/20323061/

If you want to be thrifty, you can use Zip Loc bags in different sizes.

I admit that I am probably a bit overly zealous about this, but I have learned that the less I have to think about on vacation, the more fun I have, and the more it seems like a vacation.

Here are what my cubes look like. Most people would be able to remember that the purple one is “tops” and the green one is “pants”.  LOL

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In my next post, I will show you the outfits that I packed for this trip.

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THE PROCESS

You might think that if you want a cute outfit all you have to do is go shopping and pick out something. Au contraire.  Even if you buy a dress, which should be an outfit unto itself, it rarely is.  Almost everything needs accessorizing. To look “put-together,” you need to make sure that everything about your outfit works to make it an ensemble.

If you are one of the lucky people who has a perfect figure, then all you will need to do is add cute shoes, a purse, and some jewelry, and you have an outfit.  If you are like the rest of us, you might need to do a little more if you want to look your best.

For me, almost every outfit I wear has to be put together. I have definite figure flaws that need to be minimized, and over time, I have learned how to style outfits in a way that makes me look better than I actually do. LOL

One of the main ways I make up outfits is to try things on in front of my big full-length mirror and snap some selfies.  The photos I take are pretty raw, but they give me an idea of whether something is going to work or not. And once I have settled on the final look, the photo reminds me of all the items I put together so I can wear it more than once. Believe me, if I did not document it in some way, I would never remember which belt, shoes, or earrings I had used.

Here are some pictures from a recent session of experimentation:

  

  

This seems like a lot of work.  It is!  You may be one of those people who thinks it is too much trouble and you don’t care that much. I can appreciate that.  I just happen to be in the stage of my life where I have time to do it, and I really love making outfits.  It reminds me of my childhood, when I played “dressup” by the hour, or changed my dolls’ clothes 100 times.

You might not want (or be able to) spend so much time on your clothes, but at least take one afternoon or evening and experiment a little to see how you can dress to flatter your figure.

None of the outfits in this post is perfect. I don’t really love any of them. That’s okay. I can pick the one I like the best, or I can choose not to wear any of them. Experimenting helps me to find my style, even if I don’t always hit the nail on the head.

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$150 Shopping Spree

I have been posting a lot about shopping lately! I guess it is because it is still not quite spring, and I am SO ready to wear some colorful spring clothes, so have been on the hunt.

The main reason I went on my last shopping spree was that I had a gift card for $150, which I have been saving since Christmas. It was to one of my favorite “cheap stores”– Beall’s Outlet. When my daughter was in town a few weeks ago, we spent the day looking for bargains, and we definitely found some! I can’t wait to show you all the cute things I bought.

Since it is still chilly here, I will start with the great little trench coat….perfect for spring temperatures. It was $13.99. Yes, that’s right– $13.99. I had just seen a really cute trench coat look on a blog, but really did not go out to look for one. Just happened upon it. It is actually the right length and the right weight. I feel like this will be one of my wardrobe staples for years to come.

Just so you know, here is what I got for my money:

 

3 pairs of shoes, 1 pair of boots, 1 coat, and 6 tops. Oh yeah. I am the QUEEN of cheap shopping. 😉

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SHOPPING THE CLEARANCE RACKS 2

Hello Friends,

In a previous post I told you how I had found 11 items of clothing for $65.00! If you remember, I returned 3 things, so I had 8 left. These 8 items cost less than $50.00! They are mostly for winter, but there is one cute spring top, and a year-round skirt. I don’t usually post photos of just clothing, but can’t resist showing you what you can do with $50, if you are willing to spend a little time to try things on, and don’t mind saving things for next year. Of course, our March is turning out to be quite chilly again, AND we are going to Utah in April, so I will wear some of these before next year. Yay! Here is what I got:

I have not spent a lot of time trying them on and styling them yet. The photo of me was just a quick try-on, but you will definitely be seeing some outfits soon.

A few more thoughts on shopping the clearance racks:

  • Don’t buy something just because it is inexpensive
  • Use this phrase to help you remember: If you don’t love it, don’t buy it.
  • Don’t just look on the racks which are “your size.” Clothing sizes vary, and different styles fit differently. I literally have things from a size small to a 3XL, and I am neither of those sizes 😉
  • Try on lots of things. If you only find one thing that’s okay. Sometimes the treasure hunt is better than others.
  • Scan the prices before you check out. Sometimes things get put on the wrong racks, or you may discover that the price is even lower than you thought. 😉
  • Make sure you look at the prices. When I am clearance shopping, I don’t like to pay a lot for one item, even if it is 75% off the original price. 75% of $185 is more than I want to pay for a clearance item!

HAPPY SHOPPING!

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SHOPPING TIPS

If you are a regular reader, you know that I love to shop, but I don’t like to spend a lot of money. You also know that I follow other fashion bloggers, and that I learn a lot from them.  Today I am going to share (with her permission) some great tips from one of my favorite bloggers from When the Girls Rule  Here is what Julia wrote (slightly edited for length);  I have added a few thoughts of my own, which are in italics.

FIRST, you’re going to have to make more time to shop for yourself and to try things on. No longer can you run into a store on the way to picking up the kids. You can’t wait for the day before a big event to shop. You can’t just shop on your lunch hour. I know it’s hard to find more time in the day, but you’re going to have to give yourself more time to try on lots of items and try out many stores and brands. I would also strongly suggest that you NOT take your husband or kids…maybe a close friend or relative who is willing to help you. Just make sure you take turns…one day for you, one day for her. Don’t try to shop for both people on the same trip. As you gain more experience and confidence, you will be better off going by yourself. (Fewer distractions)

SECOND, expect to take lots of items into the dressing room and come out with one or none. Try them all on. And try on things that you think  probably won’t work, or are outside your comfort zone. If a certain style looks terrible, you will know not to try it again. But sometimes you will be surprised!  Give yourself time to try everything on. Look at yourself with that item on and notice what you like and what you don’t. Think color, fit, length, etc. I will easily take 30 items into a dressing room and come out with one or two. Just expect that outcome and adjust your expectations. Just think of yourself as a rare jewel and only rare items of clothing will be worthy to drape the jewel!

THIRD, now take the item home and try it on with what you already have. Were you under a spell in the dressing room? Do you already have the shoes or accessories to go with it? If you don’t are you willing to purchase them?  If not, just take it back! Otherwise those purple pants will just stay in your closet for years. 😉 Is it comfortable? Are you tugging or adjusting it a lot? Again, if so, take it back.  You will not wear something that is uncomfortable more than once no matter how cute it is.  Try it on with lot of items you already own, because sometimes there are some unexpected, positive combinations already there. And take pictures…even just with your cell phone in front of a mirror. If you find a great combination, it will help you to remember it; also helps you see if it really is flattering or NOT. Experiment with colors that you don’t normally put together…blue and brown, red and pink, yellow and black, whatever.You might make a really stunning outfit that way. Don’t try to match everything, unless you are going for a purely monochromatic look.

FOURTH, until you become familiar with a brand and their sizing, don’t order online. When you figure out a brand and their sizing, then it will be fine, and you can shop all you want online.

FIFTH, go to a store that has lots and lots of choices. You will have much better odds of finding something. Think Macy’s, Belk, Ross, TJ Maxx, or any store where you have a huge selection and good prices. 

SIXTH, and most important, when you’re in the dressing room and you try on something that doesn’t work, repeat to yourself, “It’s not me. It’s the clothes.”

I would also like to add that you should ALWAYS save your receipts, and DON’T REMOVE THE TAGS, until you are 100% sure you are going to wear the item. I have returned some items months after purchase.

I know we would all like to thank Julia for these great tips!

If you would like to read her original blog post, it is here:

Four Tips for Successful Shopping for Apple Shapes!

Happy Shopping!