· I’m a tax procrastinator ·
· A classic topper ·
Soon, enough, Sacramento will be sweating in the triple digits. I’ll want to wear nothing but a loose dress and flip flops. For now, though, it’s still cool enough to layer and wear light jackets.
Jacket, Jessica Simpson (thrifted). Sweater, Banana Republic (consignment). Skirt, Plenty by Tracy Reese (thrifted). Boots, Fergie. Bag, Anne Klein (thrifted). Necklace, consignment.
· Black: the safe choice ·
I had an interview with a government organization, today, so I dressed very conservatively. I suppose a truly conservative outfit would have included nylons and a straight, below-the-knee skirt, but I’ve purged those items from my closet.
Blazer, Diane von Furstenberg (consignment). Dress, Banana Republic (consignment). Shoes, Seychelles. Necklace, Kenneth Cole Reaction.
Thank you to everyone on Facebook and Instagram that helped me decide between my two blazer choices. I suppose leather lapels and black with navy would have been a little avant garde for this situation.
· The 80s baby's favorite color ·
This neon satchel is an old Target purchase. Even if a bear cub hadn’t chewed on it (for real!), it would have been looking tatty by now. Five years is a long time in the life of a cheap, PVC, knockoff bag.
I’ve considered replacing it with the real deal: a leather Cambridge Satchel Company satchel. Besides the insane price of the real deal ($235 for the 13-inch satchel), I also get hung up on the color. I’d want it in this neon yellow. I don’t want a practical brown, black or even red bag. I want another traffic stopper. And I can’t seem to wrap my mind around spending that much on something so impractical.
So, round and round I go, as I continue to use this cracked and chewed knockoff. (This is its 33rd wearing.)
Vest, Tinseltown (cut from a consignment jacket). Sweater, Forever 21. Dress, Ginger. Leggings, We Love Colors. Boots, Steve Madden. Sunglasses, Girlprops. Earrings, vintage. Bag, Mondani.
The first time the bag appeared on the blog, in March 2012:
· I had to find cover! ·
My little red raincoat got a workout in NYC. It rained three of the four days. I didn’t mind walking in the rain, but the weather certainly reduced photo opportunities. I didn’t get to pose in Times Square or in front of Grand Central. However, posing under scaffolding is pretty “New York.” It’s everywhere!
Jacket, REI. Scarf, consignment. Sweater, Banana Republic (consignment). Skirt, Mossimo. Leggings, Amour. Boots, Ariat. Earrings, self-made. Backpack, Toms (gift). Purse, Rebecca Minkoff.
· And the plague ·
When I scouted this mural on Sunday, I wondered at the client who would want their photo taken in front of a rat emerging from the mouth of a skull. It turns out, that client is myself. The ambience seemed just right for my para-military outfit and the way I felt a few hours into the latest plague. Apocalypse now!
Sweater, Banana Republic (consignment). Pants, Da Nang (consignment). Boots, Blondo. Sunglasses, Marc Jacobs. Necklace, consignment. Bag, Rebecca Minkoff. Belt, thrifted.
· Sometimes the best plans are the last minute plans ·
I made last minute plans to meet my friend, Mary, at Crossroads (a local consignment chain), today, for a shop. I can’t wait to share my finds with you!
Jacket, Jessica Simpson (thrifted). Sweater, Potion (thrifted). Dress, Jam’s World (thrifted). Leggings, C9. Boots, Madden Girl. Hat, Nine West. Sunglasses, Coco Sunglasses. Bag, Rebecca Minkoff.
When I blog about our shopping experience, is it disingenuous to label it as a “Come Thrifting With Me” post?
· Unexpected inspiration ·
I used to have an aversion to gray and brown, together. (I was also prejudiced against black and navy and black and brown.) I was sure that they just looked “off,” like I’d dressed in the dark. Then, I noticed how well gray and brown went together in nature: feathers, fur, trees, rocks. No one would say those clash. Here’s another example of gray and brown pairing well together: bricks and mortar. You can’t build a wall without both!
Sweater, Covington (thrifted). Skirt, Madewell. Tights, Target. Shoes, ASOS. Necklace, Rennaisance Faire.
There’s still one color combo I can’t stomach: red and brown. Someone once said that the pairing reminded them of a scab and it’s forever tainted in my mind.
I subbed for the cool teacher today. The one that fist bumps his students, uses Hamilton to teach American history, and posts quotes from revolutionaries on his classroom wall. Imagine the students’ disappointment when they found a former Marine and videos on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict instead of Mr. Cool. Sorry, dudes! I don’t think even a musical would make that fun.
Kimono, Carole Little (thrifted). Dress, Banana Republic (consignment). Boots, Fergie. Sunglasses, Marc Jacobs. Earrings, Article Consignment. Bag, Rebecca Minkoff.