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Earth-tone Chic

Today’s polyvore picture comes from the Target clearance rack.  If you hurry, you might be able to find this sateen sheath dress in your local store.  I bought the brown and an orange for $12.98 each.  Online, they are still in the $20s (search “Mossimo Sheath Brown” on the Target website.)  The dress fits very well.  It has a little stretch to it, and the neckline is extremely flattering.  Unusually for Mossimo brand, the cap sleeves are sewn properly, making actual sleeves instead of epaulets.

I paired it with my brown wedges from Payless, and let me tell you, everyone who sees these shoes on comments on them.  I started to buy a similar pair at TJ Maxx yesterday, but after paying under $20 for the perfect wedge, I couldn’t make myself pay $50 for anything else.

Allergies are eating away at my looks, especially my eyeballs, so I’ve resorted to glasses today.  My vanity, she is wounded.  Right, you can see the actual glass frames, purchased at Zenni Optical–frames and lenses for $26 plus shipping.  I buy all of my glasses from Zenni now, including a couple of pairs of prescription sunglasses.  LOVE them.

Also pictured, bib necklace from Target, and earrings that I’ve had since 1987.  For real.  I bought them at a Contempo store in Columbus Square Mall in Columbus, Georgia.  If these earrings could talk…

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Nyx Style

I’m not dressing very interestingly these last few days.  I haven’t done laundry, and need to mend some hems, so I’m down to the scraps I normally reserve for…well, days when I haven’t done laundry and need to mend hems.

Everything from the last two days has come from Target or Ross, and cost between $9–$29. 

Yesterday it was a tie front top in a muted coral, with a gray pencil skirt with a kick pleat in the back.  Kick pleats can make a boring skirt much more fun.  I prefer them to a regular slit.  (I have this paranoia about slits tearing open ever since I saw it happen to a friend of mine.)  Small gold earrings and pewter colored maryjanes finished the look.

Today is even more boring.  Basic black pencil skirt boring, topped off with a tiered shirt in black.  Same pewter maryjanes because I am on my feet frequently and these are low-heeled and well padded.  I’m pretending they are as cute as the facsimiles in the polyvore photos.  Amethyst drop earrings for some color. 

I’ll tell you this: I have a new eyeshadow obsession.  You’re going to need to run to Albertsons or some other place that sells Nyx cosmetics and grab up as many of the trios of Perpetual as you can find because the brown in that set is THE MOST PERFECT BROWN EYESHADOW EVER!

The trio is made up of a red, green, and plummy brown perfection.  Brown eyeshadows can easily look dirty or tired, but this is just the right mix of earth and berry, and would look good with almost any complexion.  I’m thinking of doing a makeup tutorial with this trio.  I’ve been wearing the brown non-stop since I bought it on clearance last week, and I purposefully went back to Albertsons last night to get another.

And with that, I am fresh out of style for the day.

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Tired, Tried and True

Today’s ensemble brought to you by polyvore and the letters T I R E D.

I planted a hedgerow and an 8′ peach tree last night, then stayed awake far too late for the hour I needed to be up this morning. 

Everyone needs a go-to look for days when you just don’t have the energy for effort.  This is mine.  Black trousers with a slight flare and a good, tight crease (Target, $39), a black cami (I have several of these, today’s is Gilligan O’Malley from Target, about $20), and a charcoal/black/hunter green deep v-neck (today it is the charcoal v-neck from Old Navy, $15).  Worn with charcoal low-heeled maryjanes ($14 at Ross), black pearl earrings (a gift from my fantastic Mother-in-law) and a t-bar necklace with pendant ($9 at Charming Charlie’s–I supplied the picture in the pendant.)  It’s an outfit that is borderline casual, so it is important that your fabrics are good.  Good fabric makes all the difference in the world.

That reminds me of a girl I used to work with, back in college.  Carrieanne was driven, goal-oriented, Miller Lite Girl, who took me under her wing because she thought I was too conservative (in those skirts?!) and that I had much more potential for hotness.  She was going to work me out and get me a harder body so I could be a Miller Lite Girl, too. 

We’ve covered that my skin is the color of Elmer’s glue.  Well, Carrieanne had this beautiful tan to go with her perfect, thick, waist-length hair, which she wore in the  ideal ponytail for all exercise.  When she worked out, her cheeks would darken into roses and she just looked breathless and pulchritudinous.  When I work out, my skin splotches into hivey looking patches of vicious red, so I resemble those orange and white godlfish you see in coy ponds.

There we would be, Carrieanne in her sports bra and tiny spandex shorts, looking like an ad for the Abmaster, glowing with good health and fitness, and me in my Cure concert t-shirt, gym shorts and sweat frizzled hair, nearly falling down laughing at the men who would sometimes walk into things trying to watch her do bends.  It was good for my health, but so, so hard on my ego.

Actually, it was good for my ego.  Working out with Carrieanne forced me to confront my own petty jealousies, and come to the conclusion that it is better to look like a hag who has gorgeous friends, than be a hag with no friends.  I like looking at pretty people, so why begrudge all the stares Carrieanne got?  Heck, I liked staring at her.  She was just that pretty.

She was a sweetheart.  Anyway, Carrieanne was the one who introduced me to the difference between work-cute and date-cute.  She would find a dress she liked and buy it in two sizes.  She would wear the size 4 to work.   That one fit her prettily.  She would wear the size 2 on dates.  That one hugged every curve.

I liked her so much!  I hope she’s doing well.

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Skirttopping the Issue

Today’s look comes mainly from Target.

The purple skirt on the right is on sale now for $17.  Today, I am wearing that skirt as a top, with black satin tuxedo style trousers (can’t remember where these are from), and a black cropped shrug (from Target–about $12).  If I had plans for the evening, when 5 o’clock rolled around I could just whip off the shrug for a strapless look, or pull the skirt down into place and put on a cute top (like the sweater above, bought at Ross for $9.)  Voila!  Ready to roll.  (Always keep an extra top and pair of shoes in the car.  You never know when someone is going to invite you out for fun.)

I have accessorized with a purple pendant on a leather strap (Big Lots, with matching earrings, $5) and little sterling earrings shaped like roses (Avon, by way of Granny.  Priceless.)  The shoes are black patent ballet flats, so the shoes and pants have a similar sheen.  That’s my rule about patent leather–don’t wear patent leather unless your fabric has some sort of sheen.  It’s entirely made up on my part.

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Saturday Style

We’re considering an outdoorsy day tomorrow, so I am planning what to wear.  I have a complicated relationship with outside, preferring to look at it from inside, where there are controlled temperatures, toilets, and windows through which to smile upon nature from a safe distance.  No bees, no snakes, no mosquitoes.  Just me and my cup of coffee.  And my internet connection.

Last summer season, I was shopping at Target and bought a couple of adorable gauzey tops to wear over shorts and jeans.  It wasn’t until I got them home that I realized they weren’t tops at all, but were skirts.  The mother in me protested, “Those are not skirts!  Those wouldn’t cover the tops of a girls’ thighs!”

It was a sign of the times.  I was officially out of the ingenue stage and into soccer mom territory.  Although, I don’t know many soccer moms who pick up little skirts and think, “Oh!  Cute top!”

I wear my $15 skirttops, as I call them, with anything (pictured, the midriff is bare–I don’t wear mine that way.)  Other skirts, shorts, jeans, capris, yoga pants.  They are comfortable and cool in the hot, Texas summer.  In case I get cold in the car/restaurant/theater, I carry a cropped cardigan that matches whichever skirttop I choose.  That will keep me warm enough, and worn unbuttoned it doesn’t interfere with the drape of the skirttop.  It’s a great idea, really.  The look will work for women of varying cup size, too.  I’m a D.  I wear a thick bandeau style bra underneath and life is good.  If you need more support, wear the real thing and hide your bra straps with the sweater.  Do not wear exposed bra straps unless you’re planning on picking up a case of Pabst Blue Ribbon later on in the evening.

Pictured are a pair of JAG jeans cropped flares.  I just bought these recently from Nordstrom Rack for $29.  If you can find a pair of these, they are like butter!  So soft!  It’s a good weight of twill that is like velvet on your skin.  They also seem to be cut to fit a woman with a 10 or more inch difference between waist and hip, like mine.

I also bought a new pair of sandals recently, at Ross.  I love a good Roman sandal.  I paid $14 for mine, decorated with little gold and bronze discs.  I will accessorize the outfit with a shell necklace/earring combo I bought at the Dollar General for $2.  Dollar General, Family Dollar and Big Lots have some really cute costume jewelry in unusual colors.  Check them out.