Category Archives: Fashion

Shoes.

So the other day I wore shoes that were too big to work.

And by too big, I mean that these suckers wouldn’t stay on my feet when I was walking more than four steps. To be fair, I blame the stretchy TOMS ballet flat fabric and the fact that it was really cold outside. Which is my way of saying that I will absolutely make this mistake again because these shoes are cute.

My plan (after realizing what a tactical error this had been) was to go home and change them out at lunch. But then someone invited me out for a one dollar taco from a taco place with Taco Tuesdays… And I mean you can’t say no to a taco… Especially when it’s cheap and within walking distance…

Which, reflecting now, was a terrible idea. If the shoes don’t stay on my feet for four steps, imagine how bad it was for four miles (okay okay, blocks).

So I did the logical thing and popped into the store next to the Mexican restaurant and bought new shoes.

Oh, did I say logical?

I meant insane expensive ridiculous thing.

But seriously, how cute is this pair of TOMS?! And in chevron. I died.

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And THAT’S the story of how I spent $50 on a random taco lunch.

So… Looks like we have a ways to go on that whole “fiscally responsible” thing. But hey, it’s all a learning curve right?!

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My Wardrobe is a Problem

I’ve made some strange wardrobe decisions throughout the course of my life.

And my hair. And anything “fashion” related really.

Practical clothes seemed overrated. I wanted that peasant cropped top everyone else had. Which I appreciate sounds gross now, but really, I swear it was a thing, they were cool… You can’t explain fashion. And normal belt? Why would you buy a normal belt when you could buy a seat belt with soda tabs on it, because they were so freaking cool. Again, it was early 2000, I have no other excuse.

What brings this up? Why am I living through all of my fashion nightmares again?

Simple answer: I’m a hoarder.

For years, I’ve heard that I have plenty of clothes and I don’t need more.

For years, I have fought back. No way Jose, if there’s room in my closet, then there’s room for new clothes. I can buy another dress, what’s one more dress… every once and awhile… (ahem: read – weekly).

Then I moved states. And I had A LOT of clothes to get rid of, to finally say goodbye to, because a hoarder never gets rid of anything. Examples:

  • Things that I’ve had since college Betsy and let’s face it, I am no longer college Betsy. By size… or by style. Not even close (this is a good thing because no self respecting semi-professional woman wears sparkle sequin tube tops to work – don’t judge me).
  • Things that I’d gotten and worn once because they were hideous and I have no idea why I thought a see through hot pink shirt with a bow on it was ever a good idea even if it was on sale at Von Maur.
  • Things that had my sorority letters all over them. Specifically the ones across my backside. You only need so many pairs of sweat pants with greek letters across your rear… And shirts. And sweatshirts. And… on and on and on.

And I felt awesome. My closet was cleaned out. Everything fit into my apartment closet. Life was good. I officially am no longer storing that pop top belt and I no longer owned any more cropped peasant tops. Praise the Lord. Ain’t nobody need to see that.

And then I moved into a little house and life got real.

Because kids – apartment master closets aren’t the real world. Apartment closets are like this halfway place between normal world and utopia closet land. They are massive. And have lots of places for storage. And SO MUCH HANGING RACK.

Old little houses should be the standard. And what I now know is that Betsy’s clothes don’t even fit into… not one… but TWO old little house closets.

Oh, you’re wanting photo proof? Phew. Good thing I have a camera phone:

My bedroom closet. AKA The place where most of my normal clothes hang.

My bedroom closet. AKA The place where most of my normal clothes hang.

Then:

The other bedrooms (soon to be TV rooms) closet. Where all my dresses and costumes hang.

The other bedrooms (soon to be TV rooms) closet. Where all my dresses and costumes hang.

But because EVEN THOSE TWO CAN’T HANDLE IT:

My $10 clothing rack from IKEA. Now placed in my dressing room area where my "frequently used" clothing is hanging.

My $10 clothing rack from IKEA. Now placed in my dressing room area where my “frequently used” clothing is hanging.

Yes. It is all color coordinated and sorted by frequency of use. Which, I’m fairly proud of.

BUT IT’S THREE CLOSETS WORTH OF CLOTHES.

For one person.

I still have a problem. Maybe we consider it a ten step program and we just say I’m halfway there? Step five maybe? Improvements been made, but there’s still a looooong way to go. A hard road ahead.

So, if anyone’s in the market for a dress, turns out, I have one (or twenty) you could borrow… and then take. And never return.

Oh and if you’re looking for shoes… I might have a problem there too… but I suppose we could save that for another post…

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WANT TO MAKE SOMETHING FUN?

IMG_2637Because boy oh boy do I have a project for you.

T-shirt scarves.

Not only are they THE EASIEST craft project I’ve ever participated in… but they are also free, fun and perfectly lightweight for summer!

My mother (thanks mom!) sent me a link to this crafty little blog here with a nice how-to video. But really, it’s so easy, I can just tell you in three easy steps.

1. Cut.

2. Cut a little more.

3. Stretch.

4. Wrap.

That’s it. That’s really all there is to it! So we made one basic one and then we started making variations for fun, trying to cut strips and braid it in. Or trying to lengthen or shorten them. But in case your visual – here’s a the pictorial of how it worked:

Cut from armpit to arm pit of an old tshirt. And then cut the hem off the bottom.

Cut from armpit to arm pit of an old t-shirt. And then cut the hem off the bottom.

Leaving a half inch at the top of one side, cut from bottom to top in one inch strips.

Leaving a half-inch at the top of one side, cut from bottom to top in one inch strips.

Take each strip and stretch it.

Take each strip and stretch it.

Then wrap your hem around the top part and tie it off. BAM! A completed scarf.

Really, if you’re going to do this, I suggest watching the video from Mr. Kate’s blog. I mean, I know I’m pretty good with directions, but I think she’s probably a wee bit better. Plus, she adds more bling to hers. I was just coasting on what I had around me.

I wore mine immediately after wearing it. And now I think I’m going to need one in every color. Or at least in red and white, as I’m thinking it’s probably the most perfect Husker season scarf out there…

Watch out crafting world, turns out… I might actually enjoy this whole “wearing things I made” thing…

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Wait a tick… Is Selena Back?!

This outfit is at Target.

There aren't even the appropriate words for a caption. There's too much to say.

There aren’t even the appropriate words for a caption. There’s too much to say.

I’m just so sorry it’s blurry. And that it’s not a better picture.

So sorry that I found it online at Target for you.

Thank you Target for your high quality image.

Thank you Target for your high quality image.

It is a cropped top and a skirt. A CROPPED TOP.

Is it just me? Or does that take you back to the catchy tunes of Selena? And then J. Lo’s version of all of the catchy tunes of Selena?

I was so sure it just looked like her… that I Google imaged searched for her picture wearing this Target outfit.

So I searched “Selena Cropped Top” AND GUESS WHAT I FOUND:

You. Have. Got. To. Be. Kidding. Me.

You. Have. Got. To. Be. Kidding. Me.

Oh no… this is real time people. The cropped look is coming back?! I can’t handle it. It’s not right. Where is the humanity people? And also – totally forgot about this Selena. Who has ruined the search results for the fabulously wonderful and tragic Selena that changed the entire music industry. Pop culture. I can only blame myself.

Anywho, after a little research. I finally figured out that the Selena I was ORIGINALLY talking about is Selena Quintanilla-Perez.

And this is the photo I wanted to discuss:

P.s. If you haven't seen the movie. It's amazing. Go rent it. Now.

P.s. If you haven’t seen the movie. It’s amazing. Go rent it. Now.

It’s circa approximately 1994.

That means, we’ve had a good 20 year run without them.

But ladies, apparently, you can expect a return.

And if you can pull it off, I highly encourage you to use this outfit to your advantage come Halloween. And then I want to see a picture.

Also, I might be having a movie night to watch Selena soon.

And then I’ll be jamming to the soundtrack for the next week.

Don’t judge me. It’s fantastic.

Feel free to join in.

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