NEW PLATFORMS TRIAL RUN / FUSCHIA TIGHTS AND WHITE FLORAL SKIRT

I've been inspired by so many of the White skirts with winterized legs lately. My tights keep singing their siren song, along with my new love of Berets. The sunny day today is making me peckish for Spring!


MY FUCHSIA TIGHTS WERE SINGING THEIR SIREN SONG!


ALONG WITH MY NEWEST THRIFT FIND. A PAIR OF NINE WEST PLATFORMS IN BROWN CROC, BOUGHT A COUPLE MONTHS BACK.


ONLY 8 BUCKS, WHICH IS HIGH FOR A THRIFT FOR ME, BUT THEY WERE BRAND NEW!



TOOK THE BLUE, PINK AND GREENS FROM THE SKIRT, AND ADDED A BLUE BERET WITH A GREEN KNITTED BEADED NECKLACE. AND SOME HIPPYISH SILVER DANGLE EARRINGS WITH A GREEN STONE.



THREW A FUCHSIA TANK OVER A BASIC WHITE T, ADDED A BELT WITH SILVER HARDWARE AND MY PINK WATCH.


AFTER WOBBLING AROUND IN THE PLATFORMS, PUT ON MY BROWN BALLET FLATS WITH A HOT PINK BAG.



IT HAS A GOLD CHAIN, BUT I'M TRYING NOT TO BE SO MATCHY-MATCHY.



COMFORT WINS OUT OVER BEAUTY, ESPECIALLY ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON!
(Who the hell am I looking at over there!?)
NOTE TO SELF: NEW POSES!

DENIM MINI WITH TAUPE TIGHTS AND BLUE SOCKS


MY INSPIRATION FOR THIS LOOK CAME FROM IN STYLE MAGAZINE, A COUPLE ISSUES BACK. I TEAR OUT PAGES FOR FUTURE REFERENCE AND KEEP THEM IN A FOLDER.



THE LOOK WAS A DRESS, BUT I HAD A SIMILAR SKIRT AND DECIDED TO "WINTERIZE" IT.


ADDED A FUNKY , THRIFTED BACK-PACK TO ADD SOME POP AND TEXTURE.
(Plus I've been wanting to carry this bag for awhile! it's a thick, upolstery material)


I TRIED TUCKING THE SWEATER IN, BUT IT MADE THE SKIRT TOO BULKY, AND IT POOFED OUT ON THE UPPER SIDES!






ADDED THE SHORT SOX TO BRING THE EYE DOWN, AS THE SKIRT IS A BIT SHORT. I LOVE THE NEW TERM FOR MINI'S I'VE HEARD ALL OVER THE BLOG-O-SPHERE: "CROTCH-SCRAPERS"! (I heard it the first time on What I  Wore Today, a faboo blog). BEING A WOMAN OF SOME YEARS, I AM CAUTIOUS ABOUT HOW I WEAR MINI'S. I FIGURE IF I FEEL COMFORTABLE IN THEM, WHO CARES?



MINI YES, OR MINI NO?



MINI YES! AND SWEATER UNTUCKED!

MY OUTFIT:
*Cream and Denim blue tanks.
*Sweater: So!, Kohl's clearance rack.
*Skirt: Old Navy, clx.
*Cable Tights: ?-old.
*Scarf: Gap, thrifted.
*Short leather hiking boots: Bass.
*Short blue sox, Sears.
*Belt: Kohl's, clx.
*Plastic blue earrings: Dots.





MARC JACOBS INSPIRED / BELTED JACKET with LONG SKIRT










MY OUTFIT IS INSPIRED BY THE MARC JACOBS SPRING COLLECTION. I TOOK PIECES I ALREADY OWNED TO CREATED MY VERSION. A THRIFTED, FITTED JACKET AND A LONG , FULL COTTON SKIRT. ADDED A BELT AND SCARF OF WIDE LACE.



I USED THIS JACKET AS INSPIRATION, COMBINED WITH....




THIS BLUE SKIRT (KINDA!).
TO CREATED MY OWN VERSION.


I LIKE THE END RESULT. I ADDED ANOTHER FULL, LONG WHITE SKIRT UNDERNEATH TO CREATE VOLUME.



(See the other skirt peeking out from underneath?)
I also pinned the jacket at the bust, so it wouldn't gape.

MY OUTFIT:
*JACKET: thrifted.
*SKIRT: Sears, clearance.
*SCARF: a piece of lace, thrifted.
*BOOTS: Banana Republic
*BELT: Old Navy, clx.
*BUCKET HAT: Thrifted
(photos from Marc Jacobs spring 2010 runway show)



SMILE! / Striped Knee Socks and 80's Waist Wrap

SMILE!


Mamma told me ther'd be days like these!



JUST NOT TODAY!




I found more mustard! This waist wrap. It's from the 80's. Made of T-shirt material. Remember them?









HAVING FUN AND BEING SILLY ARE AS IMPORTANT TO MY HEALTH AS OXYGEN! THIS OUTFIT IS ONE MORE TRY AT WEARING MY "SILLY SOX". -O.K. I'LL KEEP THEM UNDER MY BOOTS FROM NOW ON! I SUFFER FROM S.A.D. (SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER), AND THAT MEANS GETTING UP, AND HAVING A PLAY DAY. TO REMEMBER THAT LIFE IS FUN. IT'S FUNNY AND SILLY! IF CLOWNS WEREN'T SO DARN SCARY, I'D BE ONE! I JUST DON'T LIKE MAKING BABIES CRY!

COLOR CAN LIFT MY MOOD. DRESSING SILLY CAN MAKE ME REMEMBER TO LAUGH AT MYSELF. LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO FORGET TO BE A CLOWN!



SO DANCE!




WEAR WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY!


Kick off your shoes and Laugh!




And Smile!

MY OUTFIT:
1. Knee socks: Silver Toe.
2. gray ribbed tights.
3.Lt. gray top: Arizona, clx.
4.Pink bag: Liz Claiborne,tj maxx.
5. Mustard waist T-shirt wrap: mine from the 80's.
6. Driving flats: Lower East Side, Payless.
7. Hat: Land's End.
(Marc Jacobs runway photo)

HAITI RELIEF FUND!

PLEASE VISIT THIS SITE BEFORE JANUARY 31st. TO HELP THE HAITI RELIEF EFFORT!

A DOLLAR WILL BE DONATED TO DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS FOR EACH COMMENT!

THE LINK IS: http://clothesinteralia.blogspot.com/



BILLY'S PHOTO. CHECK THEM OUT.
THIS GENEROUS IDEA IS FROM GINA, CLOTHESINTERALIA !
SHE ROCKS!



ROMANTIC OUTFIT / LONG SKIRT, SHEER TOP / BOHO ROMANCE


I'm finally using my GOOD camera!



Feeling Romantic.




The Spring forecast says "Bohemian Romance".




Is it Spring Yet?




THE FASHION WORLD IS TURNING BACK TO MY FAVORITE STYLES. A BOHEMIAN ROMANTIC LOOK. I LOVE LONG SKIRTS, VINTAGE AND FLORALS!


My inspirations:


Ads from Newport News.


Mixing neutral, florals and romantic pieces.


Newport News.



Newport News.


My dream skirt form Newport News.
I want to sew it.(yeah, right!) I like the fullness, thick waist band, pockets and of course the floral print!


cool accessories. a bit boho neutral.



floral pins are back! but in more soft fabrics and colors!

MY OUTFIT:
1. Sheer cream lace top: Kohl's, clearance last year.
2. Skirt: sheer cotton broomstick, thirifted.
3. Belt: Kohl's, clx.
4. Brown flats: Bass, Shoe Carnival, clx.
5. Flower pin in hair: thrifted (1970's) vintage.
6. Basic white T: Mossimo.





TIGHTS TIPS / PAISLEY TIGHTS OUTFIT



MY TIGHTS DRAWER! YIKES! IT LOOKS EVEN WORSE ON FILM!
(actually there are 2 drawers,but the other is full of basic colors)
I'll be straightening it later tonight.

TIPS FOR GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR TIGHTS:

1. BUY QUALITY ! (if u are on a budget, look for clearance sales, left-over colors. I have tights that are over 10 yrs old, and still in great shape!)


2. WASH BY HAND IN COLD WATER! (or gentle in machine)


3. DON'T DRY THEM IN DRYER. THIS LEADS TO FADING AND THE BREAK-DOWN OF THE FABRIC.


4. SPOT WASH WHEN ABLE. (just the crotch and feet)


5.CHECK YOUR SHOES FOR "NUBBINS"- ANY PLACE THAT COULD SNAG THE TIGHT. (put mole-skin-found at any drugstore in the orthodic dept.- over the snaggable parts of shoe.)


5. "TURN" YOUR TIGHTS (rotate them form front to back-like tires) TO KEEP HEELS FROM WEARING OUT.


6. KEEP THOSE FEET SOFT, AND TOENAILS TRIMMED. (use lotion on heels before u wear to keep dry skin form snagging them.)


7. STORE THEM SEPERATELY FROM OTHER SOCKS / UNDERWEAR TO AVOID ACCIDENTAL SNAGS.


8.STORE IN DRY PLASTIC BAGS WHEN NOT WEARING FOR A LONG TIME (a season or two)


9. GET THEM OUT AND LET THEM "BREATHE" TO AVOID DRY ROT. (when the elastic gets dry and looses it's stretch.)


10.WATCH OUT FOR SNAGGED FINGERNAILS! (that's how i've ruined most of mine)


11. IF THE WAIST BAND LOOSES IT'S GRIP, OR THEY ARE A BIT TOO SHORT, WEAR TIGHT BRIEF PANTIES OVER THEM. THIS WILL KEEP THEM IN PLACE!


I do buy cheapies in "trendy" colors, as they probably won't get tons of wear. I keep alot of traditional colors for year round wear-  ( black,gray,brown). Also, keep a spare neutral pair in your car or bag in case of rips.

I HAVE FOUND THAT QUALITY LABELS HOLD UP FOR MANY YEARS!
Some u can find at thrift stores, but WASH them first if u buy them there and check for snags and "accidents" that may have occurred. Alot of folk won't buy used undergarments, let alone touch them, but u can tell if they appear new or not at a glance. I don't recommend buying used underwear. It just seems "icky" and u can find underwear for a buck on clearance at any dept. store.




My legs look like sticks. Told you they were long and skinny! I'm gonna set the camera lower to the ground to give a better angle!


An example of "cheapie" tights. They looked good in the store, but stretched the pattern, and there is a "line" down the sides where the image was stamped on each side.





Notice the "line"? and how "stretched" they are? At my feet are pretty orangey paisleys, but at my thighs, there are long, stretched kinda gold paisleys. An example of cheap ones.


I DO HAVE TO TURN SIDE-WAYS EVENTUALLY!
(check out my sweater sleeves! originally from early 90's)



OH WELL, LIVE AND LEARN!

MY OUTFIT:
Tights : MIX IT
Sweater Arms: old, Dot's.
T: Covington, clx.
Suede belt with rivets: Kohl's
Scarf: my Mom
Chandalier earrings: Sears clx.
Boots: Matisse


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