The Rules of September

The Rules of September

What do you do on a hot September morning when the sky is as blue as the ocean and the breeze is still warm? You thumb your nose at the rules of September and wear white; all white.

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Electra Glide In Blue

Electra Glide In Blue

Check out my new wheels in the big, shiny mall. 

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'Tis The Season

For shopping intelligently and giving generously. Let's talk about some great deals and perfect presents.Uploaded from the Photobucket Android App As you know I did venture out on Black Friday. I have a definite plan - to hit several discount stores and head straight to their clearance racks. Aside from the already great deals on Black Friday offers, clearance racks are great place to shop on that day. Retailers are anxious to get rid of their clearance stock to make room for seasonal clothing. Stein Mart's clearance rack yielded a Calvin Klein oxblood studded tank from one of these racks for $5. I also bought a pink leatherette jacket that was on sale for 40% off, making its final price $22. I raided the clearance racks in several other stores and found a black studded tank and a solid pink tank for $7 and $5 respectively. I also found a wool blend black, gray and pink sweater for under $20. When it was all said and done I had five items of clothing for under 70 dollars. Not a bad day's haul. Uploaded from the Photobucket Android App Over the years I have taken good care of my clothes. Even before the flood thinned out my wardrobe  I have been good about gifting or donating garments that no longer fit me. Rarely do I hang on to an item for sentimental reasons but, as I was going through my closet about a month ago, I came across the first leather jacket I ever owned.  A beautiful red jacket from Petite Sophisticates, it has been with me for the better part of 10 years. Alas, the jacket is a Medium and my bust can no longer be accommodated by anything that small. Nobody within my circles of friends was small enough to wear it, but I hung onto it hoping to find a perfect new owner for it. Then I remembered my new adopted "Little Sister" Glenda Watson Hyatt. Like me, she is petite, has Cerebral Palsy, and she lives in Canada so she would get many opportunities to wear the jacket. On a whim I asked her if I could send it to her. She consented and the jacket is a perfect fit on her. It made me feel great to see a wonderful jacket being appreciated all over again by someone new. Glenda

She rocks it well, don't you think? More importantly, she makes me so happy I hung onto it, because it's obvious the universe meant for her to have it. Giving, especially on this level, from one friend to another, is every bit as gratifying as receiving.

Have you hung onto something valuable just for it's own sake? Is it time to find a dear friend, or make a new one, to give it to?

Fashion Friday: September Style

This week I'm going to show you two versions of Fashion Friday. One is the haute couture version; the other is my budget workaround.         

Here are two outfits perfect for running around town in post-Labor Day style. Given that it's made up of separates either outfit's pieces are very versatile and can be dressed up or down in many different ways depending on what each piece is paired with. In my opinion versatility adds value. I'm more inclined to buy separates I can use in multiple ways because it makes my clothing budget money go further.

If you've got money to burn you can opt for the $2,400 Chanel Vintage tweed jacket, the Jason Wu color block stretch jersey pencil skirt for $695, Costume National leather sandals at $400, and the $3,400 Bottega Venata "Cervo" Fire (Orange) Leather Woven Satchel. Total cost for the designer label version is $6,895.

My version is considerably cheaper but no less chic. The black cotton Contrast jacket is from the clearance rack at Marshall's and set me back $19.99. My skirt is fresh off the racks of Forever21+. Can you believe an "XL" is considered a plus size? At $17.80 I could care less what they call it. I call it a good deal. My black XAPPEAL heels are from Rack Room Shoes as part of a BOGO so they cost me $16.50. The bag is a TJ Maxx find, a certified "vegan" bag from Urban Expressions and a steal at $32.00. Total cost for my cheap knockoff look is a whopping $86.25.

Now I'm off to get ready for the British Invasion. I get to play tour guide this weekend - I expect it'll be tons of fun!

Spashionistas Wanted

The outfits that I put together for Fashion Friday are based on my BODS profile. Sure, some of the items I use are beyond my price range but I’m certain I can find reasonable equivalents within my budget. I would love the opportunity to put some together for you for the next installment of Fashion Friday. If you’re interested email me with your BODS profile and we’ll make it happen!

Maxx-i-Mart-Shalling

Yes, I know it's not a real word, but it's how I save big bucks on new clothes.

Forget about the mall with it's pricey department stores. Unless I'm having a Cinderella Moment I'm not paying full price for anything I find in a major mall. The real savings are to be had in places like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Stein Mart, and outlet malls. Of course, it's still important to be choosy because even at discount prices it's easy to break the bank. Having said that, let me show you a few recent examples of my most notable acquisitions from the outlet stores.

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Let's go clockwise and start with the fuchsia print blouson dress. I bought it in May during the grand reopening of Opry Mills Outlet Mall at Express. It was already on their clearance rack at $29.99 but with the added mall promos I got it for an additional $8 off. The white dress is Solitaire by Ravikhosra from Marshall's. I wanted a lace dress and tried on several at different stores, some of them much more than I wanted to spend, but none of them were flattering. This one has more of a flare in the skirt, was a better fit all around, and at $24.99 was too good to resist. Next we have a lovely Max Studio french navy top on seasonal clearance at TJ Maxx for a whopping $6.99. Because I'm petite I'll wear it loosely belted over leggings or a pencil skirt. Last, but not least, this gorgeous empire waisted Live and Let Live multi-colored top was $11.99 from Stein Mart's clearance rack. I am admittedly biased towards that store and may do an entire post about them in the future. So let's see, by my calculations the total for all four items comes to $65.96. I don't know about you but I think that's perfectly respectable in terms of the bang-for-your-buck factor. Oh, and the bottoms in the last picture will be part of our next destination. Aren't you just dying to know where I got them? Find any great bargains like these lately you'd like to share with us?