In The Pink

In The Pink

Celebratiing International Pink Day with a thrift store spree and two trailblazing young women.

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A Bright Idea

Hmm, I'm not so sure. Let's see what you think.

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In keeping with this month's theme this is definitely way outside of my comfort zone. The plum floral print is actually a shirt dress. It's from Express and I purchased it last year during the grand reopening of Opry Mills Mall for $17. It's 100% polyester, very unstructured, and too short - all three things I generally avoid. If I'm honest this is a "what was I thinking?" moment. Initially my intention was to wear it over a pair of pants for 40+style's fashion challenge. That was an epic fail of a look. It made me appear even shorter and rounder than I am.

On to Plan B, which is what you're seeing here. I tucked the dress into this royal blue Briggs New York pencil skirt from Ross. The colors work well together and the floral print is large but not overwhelming, but I'm not entirely convinced the shapes are complimentary. It is better sitting than standing, which is a blessing because I maneuvered through ThriftSmart in my chair. Minimal bling here; both the crystal cuff and Medic Alert bracelet were made for me by my friend Charisse. The white Not Rated oxfords are from last Summer but remain among my favorite warm weather shoes.

What do you think? Does this dress work or does it need to be evicted from my closet?

Waiting to hear from all of you lovely ladies at Visible Monday and Monday Mingle.

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.

Fashion Friday: A Purrfect Outfit

This week's Fashion Friday is a little unusual in that I'm actually in it.

Yes, I'm back at Shi, but this time my motive was to visit my friend Matty. You remember Matty from my post That Cinderella Moment? Well, I've been so busy it's been a while since we've connected in person. Besides, I wanted to show him how well my Not Rated King of Pop oxfords (pictured on the left) went with my uber thrifty outfit. I'm wearing my $7 Westbound Petite thrift store jeans along with a $9 red Cable and Gauge tank top with silver hoop embellishments and an $11 ForCynthia white dolmen sleeved sweater. Not bad for just shy of $30, right?

But Matty knows me well, and knows my weakness for chicness. When he brought out these Sugar Leopard Print ankle boots - with a 3" wedge heel - three things raced through my mind in the following order...

"Love, love, love, want, want, want!"

"They probably won't fit."

"I can't stand up in a heel that high."  Remember, if I can't at least stand in the shoes I can't have them.

Not only did they fit, they fit perfectly! That takes care of thought number two. As far as the heel height is concerned, because wedges are by design more stable I stood up not once, not twice, but three times with ease and confidence.

That just leaves the initial thought. Yes, I bought them and I will wear them often!

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!

Pimp My Ride

If you are disabled your fashion makeovers have to include your hardware. Whether it be wheelchairs, scooters, crutches, or canes every once in a while you have to replace or refresh your appliances.Although it's in sad shape I have a particular attachment to my wheelchair. One reason for this is it's a "young adult's" chair, meaning it's smaller in scale than a regular wheelchair and, therefore, is a better fit for my petite frame. The second reason is the price. I bought this wheelchair at the same thrift store I bought my Louis Vuitton Keepall 60 - and for the same price, $50. As you can see it's badly in need of some TLC. It's been in my possession for at least 7 years and has chips, rust, loose parts and a worn, torn back piece. Even my dog Sasha agrees, this needs work. Uploaded from the Photobucket Android App Uploaded from the Photobucket Android App

The rims used for pushing had an experimental layer of duct tape wrapped around them to keep the worn-off finish from turning my hands gray. It worked well enough but this, too, could be inproved upon.

So my wonderous husband began the process of painstakingly disassembling the chair in order to assess what needed to be done.

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Some parts just needed a good cleaning. Others, like the handle bars, would need more than that. So we bought a can of spray paint in purple, of course! I set about cleaning up whatever could be cleaned while Mr Spashionista gave the worn, rusted, and chipped bits several coats of paint.

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While the chair was apart we added some tennis racket grip tape as an underlayment for the purple rims and a cushion for an overly worn backrest pad. Then it was time for Sasha, Jack and I to watch the assembly process.

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Here is the almost-finished restoration.

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We've decided the arm rails could do with some purple paint. The back piece has also proven to be problematic in that the hard rubber edges rub my delicate fabrics like cashmere the wrong way; literally. Next weekend I'm going to devise what I think will be a fix for that, too.

Oh, I should mention that the cost for all of this so far is around $20. At some point I'll need new tires but there's plenty of life left in this chair and now it's unmistakably mine.

Fashion Friday: Travels With Louis

Louis Vuitton, that is.

This week's Fashion Friday is centered around my fabulous thrift store find, the Louis Vuitton Keepall 60 Shoulder Bag.

The outfit is made up of classic, tailored separates. Straight-legged trouser "leggings", belt, three-quarter sleeved V-neck top, blazer, and pointy-toed flats. The accessories are the focus here - they're all from Louis Vuitton. Of course, the anchor piece is the Keepall, but I also chose a Monogram Tulum Pochette Key Cles Holder, a Vintage LV Lock Necklace, a pair of Authentic Louis Vuitton Kusama Waves Flower Sunglasses, and a Louis Vuitton Tambour Mysterieuse Watch. Even the cane is special. It's a Twisted Bocote Hame Top Exotic Walking Cane from Brazos Walking Sticks.

All in all it's a sophisticated combination that shows a lot of love for LV. Will I ever come close to owning any more of these pieces? Maybe, but if all I ever see of this outfit is the Keepall I'm not going to cry.

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!