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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As far as the Gurung collection goes I hate to admit I was underwhelmed by it.  photo 20130213_162019_zps44e24a4b.jpg

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: The Aftermath

Everyone knows the week between Christmas and New Year's Day is the best time to shop if you want to stretch your cash. It's also a great time to celebrate the end of the season - and the year.

At my house after Christmas sales are an extension of the holiday. I can shift the focus from getting the perfect gift for someone else to getting the best deals for myself. It also means Mr Spashionista and I can take in a movie or tuck into a cozy meal while we're out and about. Since we always celebrate New Year's Eve at home - where my attire is decidedly casual - I thought I would show you what I wore for my post-Christmas discount tour.

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It was cold - mid-thirties and overcast cold - so I had to be sure the outfit I picked was warm enough to counter the weather, versatile enough to allow me to negotiate crowded stores in my chair, and fashionable enough to be noticed, in a good way.

Let's start with the gorgeous acrylic pencil skirt from Forever 21 in shades of royal blue, raspberry, lemon, and black. The blue cashmere Cynthia Rowley cowl necked sweater is from last year's Black Friday at Stein Mart. Yes, the Baccini jacket should look familiar by now. It's actually very warm, ultra-feminine, and picks up the berry tones in the skirt so it was the logical choice for today. The Chinese Laundry black tights were a must given the chilly temps, but I couldn't resist the blue sequin oxfords from Shi as a a little dash of New Year's sparkle.

Did you find something amazing in the post holiday aftermath?

Next month I'll tell you what I got and give you some pointers for shopping in 2013.

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!

It's A Cinch To Pinch Those Pennies

Last week I promised to share with you where I found the bottoms in this picture.

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I got these jeans at a thrift store for $4.98. In fact, I purchased everything you see below at one of three thrift stores I periodically pillage.

For my fellow disabled Spashionistas and anyone on a tight budget or a fixed income secondhand stores can be a boon. You're letting somebody else pay full price for a garment that has the potential to make you look fabulous when you score it for a lot less money. There are obvious downsides to the thrift store experience. You have to be willing to wade through a sea of so-so clothing to find that rare piece that's perfect for you. You also have to be willing to have it altered if it's a close fit.

Take these jeans, for example. These happen to be Nine West and fit me perfectly except for the length.

Given the fact that I'm on the short end of petite I expect any pants I find are going to be too long. I paid $6.98 for the jeans and another $9 to have them hemmed (you didn't really think I could sew, did you?). For around $16 I have name brand jeans that fit like a glove. The Westbound Petite I'm wearing in the photo above, along with a pair of Old Navy Sweetheart Jeans purchased for $5.98, are the only pants I've bought that didn't need to be taken up.

Other notable summer tops include the pink One World ombre  for $3.99; the RXB turquoise embellished tunic, also $3.99.

The black and white "mystery"  label-removed tunic for $2.98.

The gorgeous Ilyse Hart LTD black pencil skirt with white lace looks like a million bucks but only cost me $3.99! The third black and white item is a Sangria dress that I purchased for $5.99.

Fall picks start with the Sarah Arizona Petite dark sage top for $4.99 and the Worthington Petite black wrap top at $3.99.

This Ann Taylor Loft grey fringe wool skirt with appliqued flowers was a steal at $8.98.

Winter clothes are hard to find secondhand. This is especially true for sweaters that can't be altered and tend to arrive at the thrift store stretched, snagged, or pilled. When I find a great sweater I pounce on it. Take these two for instance. The white is a Raphaella angora/lambswool blend for $7.98. The pink Valerie Stevens is cashmere and set me back $10.99.

By my calculations that's a total of $84.81, including the $9 alteration fee, for 13 items. That averages out to $6.52 per piece. Is there any sceneario by which this does not qualify as awesome?

Please excuse the quality of these photos - I lent my photography rig to Vogue magazine. They promised to have it back in time for this shoot but, well, you know how that goes!

What's your best thrift store/charity shop/consignment boutique find?