Union Jacked Up

Union Jacked Up

This week's outfit post is in keeping with the boot theme I was discussing last week. It's also a clever way to tie into the latest 52-pick-me-up: United Nations.

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Bag Of Honor

Bag Of Honor

I've got a story to tell you, both today and later this week, full of disappointment and frustration turned into inspiration and a good time.

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Second Hand Rose

This week is dedicated to hands in general and second hands in particular. The second hands of time, the second chances for a hand in Orthopaedic Therapy, and "second-hand" in its most traditional sense.

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I thought it would be fitting to visit Opry Mills Mall in an almost entirely thrifted outfit. Continuing with the theme of stepping out of my comfort zone I'm mixing patterns and sporting a Mandarin jacket to boot. It's a Member Ladies High Fashion (no, I've never heard of them either). I picked it up at Music City Thrift a few weeks ago and my husband thought it would look too "costumey", but I think I've proven him wrong. I paired it with this black and white mandarin collared tunic, also thrifted, no label. Both have a subtle floral pattern in approximately the same scale, which shouldn't work, but somehow does. The jeans are Nine West and also thrifted. They also happen to be my favorite pair.

The only items in the picture that aren't thrifted are the jewelry, which is from Stein Mart and my wonderfully talented friend Charisse, the argyle socks from Target, and the shoes. They seemed appropriate to the rest of the outfit and were purchased at Payless in the very same mall.

Sadly, the Mercedes I'm posing with is not mine. However, it does a good job of showing how short and petite I really am. I doubt my feet would reach the pedals. I can hardly wait for that thrilling moment when I start to shrink even further.

Playing in Patti's sandbox again for Visible Monday and Bon Bon Rose Girls for Monday Mingle.

Visible Monday: Target Practice

A few weeks ago on a cold, damp afternoon I decided to check out the Prabal Gurung Spring 2013 capsule collection for Target. Because I knew I'd be swimming in a sea of colorful garments I decided to stand out by wearing black and white.

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Take a five-year old John Paul Richard zebra striped trench jacket, two-year old black Nine West Vintage America jeggings, and add this season's pink Cynthia Rowley cashmere sweater and Dollhouse black studded motorcycle boots from Shi at Galleria. Finish with an Anne Klein watch and a bargain boutique bangle to go with my Medic Alert cuff. The result is a mix of retro and modern, classic and edgy. The only caveat is the jacket, which was a bit big 20 pounds ago, is now huge on me. I was hoping to find a suitable replacement that very day.

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While I loved the color palette I found the designs to be very unflattering for petite "girls who eat lunch" like me. This is a typical problem for me at Target, but just to be certain I did try on several of the Gurung pieces that caught my eye with no success.

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As I handed the garments to the fitting room attendant she confessed that most people were having the same problem. "Everybody says they [the clothes] look better on the hangers."

Better luck next time.

Thanks to Not Dead Yet Style for the Visible Monday linkup.

By the way, I didn't forget last week's teaser in my post about The Wild Hare. I will deliver on my promise but it may not be for several weeks. You'll just have to keep reading. It'll be worth it.

Fashion Friday: Sugar Coat-ed

Got the winter doldrums? Then cure them with a stroll in the park and a pop of color.

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Winter wardrobes are all too often as dreary as the weather. The antidote is strategic use of color. Unlike last week's Fashion Friday, this week a little color goes a long way.

Start with the basics, black jeggings and a white cowl neck merino wool sweater. Both can be had very affordably from a multitude of places. The black microfleece gloves from dorothyperkins.com are only $5. The boots are Timberland Authentics Teddy fleece  fold-downs. They're warm and easy to walk in and list for $88 on zappos.com. The hobo bag is a black multi diamond stud for $40 from newlook.com.

Now for a little color. Who could resist this Planet Ruby Port pea coat in - what else - purple? It sells for $95 at johnlewis.com. How about a Hollister Co winter scarf in emerald, 2013's color of the year?  It'll set you back $30. Finally, the chevron crew socks from Target are only $8. You're all set to brave the elements in style with your Nova Cruiser Deluxe walker.

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!

Fashion Friday: Laura Hine

Meet Laura Hine.

Laura is a fellow fashion blogger and author of wefly2. She has peripheral neuropathy which, in her case, means she has to wear custom orthotics in her shoes. Laura filled out a  BODS profile to get my input on an outfit for a group get-together to discuss fashion for disabled women. Like most of us she's on a budget so she requested I keep the outfit under $100. Classic casual is Laura's preference, "No mutton-dressed-as-lamb".

I can do that.

Laura describes her body shape as,  "Formerly hourglass, now more square–menopausal gain in waist and abdomen, broad shoulders, size 18 and busty but not huge."  I've given Laura two options here. Both share a very similar upper body shape and focus bold, solid color near her face (which, incidentally, is quite pretty).

Let's start with option one. The cardinal purple medium weight cotton blend cowl neck sweater dress is from Old Navy. It has an empire waist, hits just above the knee, and is priced at $39.

Because she has to wear orthotics in her shoes they must have a rounded toe and an athletic shoe style heel. These Lower East Side Alex side bow Mary Janes from Payless have a slight heel that mimics athletic shoes,  a rounded toe, and hidden elastic in the strap. These shoes are very comfy - I know this because I own them - and they are a steal at $17.

Laura has expressed a preference for fanny packs but I thought I'd show her a different option. The small Mossimo Supply Co. quilted chain crossbody black bag is from Target; it's also $17.

Finally, stylesforless.com has these black and silver stacked 6-piece bangles for $9.

Option two replaces the dress with a top and pants. The top is also from Old Navy, a fuchsia, medium weight jersey with a natural waist and cowl neckline that sells for $32. The pants are from Amazon.com. They are Lee's Comfort Waist straight leg pant in an indigo rinse, essentially a crisp-looking, more comfortable version of jeans. They sell for $28.

If you add up the totals you'll see that option one comes in at $82. Option two is slightly over-budget at $103, but Laura can skip the bracelets and bring the grand total down to $94.

I thoroughly enjoyed doing a real BODS oriented Fashion Friday. I hope Laura likes the outfits and has a terrific time at her meetup!

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!