In The Meantime...Are You A Manatee?

I'm going to be honest with you, dear readers. I planned to bring you a pretty in-depth and extensive story today but my week has been slammed and it simply isn't finished. So, rather than give you something hastily thrown together I will instead postpone it until next Wednesday. I think you'll find it worth the wait.

In the meantime let's talk about what not to do if you want to sell clothing to Girls Who Eat Lunch. Last week Target was caught with their color wheel down around their ankles for this glorious color christening controversy.

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Do you see the problem? Same dress, identical color choices, different color names for the Plus sized garment. If you eat lunch you don't get to wear "Dark Heather Grey". Instead the identical dress in the same color is called "Manatee Grey".  When a 49-year-old California curvy girl started a Twitter sensation by pointing out the discrepancy between the two labels Target scrambled to do damage control.

It should be noted that Manatee Grey is a seasonal color that is found all over Target.com — for towels, T-shirts and more. The problem apparently stems from two separate sets of buyers labeling the Missy and Plus sizes independently from each other. Target has apologized and the labels on both garment now simply read "Grey".

But wait, there's more. Target has also had to pull an entire line of sandal flats with the unfortunate name, "Orina".

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In Spanish, Orina is a proper name but it also means "to urinate". These name on these sandals has been removed from store displays and online descriptions.

Lest you think I've got it in for Target Nordstrom, Dillard's, Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie all sell products with this unfortunate moniker.

What do you think? Have we so exhausted the lexicon of color names that what's left is potentially insulting, off-putting, or just plain funny?

Fashion Friday: Out Damned Spot

I promised to share with you what I wore to the Nashville Shakespeare Festival's performance of MacBeth.

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Okay, not as over the top as last week's Fashion Friday outfit. Nevertheless, it certainly stood out amidst the sea of grey sweatpants and beige puffer jackets. Honestly, is it that difficult to dress up just a little?

There's only a few recent pieces here, but the idea was to pay homage to the play and it's plot. Red, of course, is the appropriate color for this purpose. This Connected Apparel red cowl necked wool dress was purchased this past fall from TJ Maxx and set me back a mere $20. My wing tipped Mary Janes by Franco Sarto are 3" high - my maximum - and are five years old. The Marvin Richards faux fur leopard cape was my nod to the infamous soliloquy and is last year's clearance find from Stein Mart at $30. You've seen the skull clutch from Shi before so you know it was a Christmas gift. Although you can't see it in this photo I'm also wearing the antique citrine necklace I received for the holidays.

I enjoyed the production and set design of the play immensely. I did not enjoy a fair portion of the acting. It is the downfall of nearly every Shakespearean play I've seen that the actors race through their lines as if they'd just been set ablaze and must spit out their words before the fire can be extinguished. When will they learn to slow down enough to give the bard's words the weight they deserve? Lady MacBeth, in particular, was delivered manic from beginning to end, devoid of any sort of character arc whatsoever.

Still, I appreciate the actors, even Lady Mac, and those that worked so hard to realize a Shakespearean play on a cold January night in Nashville. It's not an easy task and I understand that all too well. I look forward to their interpretation of A Midsummer Night's Dream this summer.

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: 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!

I Got Presents!

I just thought I'd take a moment to share with you the lovely gifts I received for the holidays.

My wonderful friend Lani conspired with Matthew Perry Bretherick and got me this lovely pewter clutch with skulls detail from Shi. Uploaded from the Photobucket Android App

My brother-in-law supplied the lovely purple paisley silk scarf. Uploaded from the Photobucket Android App

Mr Spashionista did a great job picking wonderful presents for me this year. Here's a stationary exercise peddler I've been wanting (yes, really). Uploaded from the Photobucket Android App

I love this purple floral cover for my Note tablet. Uploaded from the Photobucket Android App

He really outdid himself in the jewelry department. The bracelet features some of Alphonse Mucha's pieces depicted in charms. Uploaded from the Photobucket Android App

If the necklace looks familiar it's because I already own a companion piece in amethyst. Like it's mate, the amber necklace is from 1902 and was made in Prague from Sworovski crystals. Uploaded from the Photobucket Android App

Later today we'll treat ourselves to a home-cooked steak dinner.It's supposed to snow tomorrow but we're already planning our after-Christmas shopping strategy.

How about you? Did you get what you wanted for the holidays?

Fashion Friday: Pumpkin and Oxblood

This week I'm styling a pumpkin colored jacket similar to the one I purchased at Stein Mart a few weeks ago.

This shade of orange looks much better on me than Pantone's Summer 2012 color, Tangerine Tango. Here it is in a shawl-collared version of my trench jacket by 89th & Addison from Stein Mart.  It's paired with treggings in the season's trendy color, oxblood. The bag is a D Lisk Zip Detail Bar Handle Bag in the same color and can either be carried or worn crossbodied. In looking for shoes to pair with this outfit I found two pairs of oxfords that were almost identical save for the heel. Both are by Sperry and I thought it was worth using both heel heights as a styling option. The Merona Olive Self-Tie Felt Cloche hat from Target picks up on the green in the shoes and the leopard crutches from Cool Crutches add a little animal print to the equation.

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?