|Isn't this the retro room of fabulosity?? LOVE it!!|
MrBill and Miss Gracie slept like LOGS Sunday nite after their busy day with the boys!! It's not often we can wear Gracie out like that!!
Patti at Not Dead Yet Style blogged today about breaking up with Lady magazines. It's a great article so please click on the link and check it out.
I broke up years ago. Today I read food mags such as Vegetarian Times and Clean Eats and Taste of Home. I also will pick up Women's World, Always or First. But fashion mags?? No way--because they don't represent ME. I can't afford 99% of what they show--even if I had any interest in wearing it in the first place. Occasionally Always, First or Women's World will have a fashion feature--which honestly is more realistic as the clothing mostly comes from affordable stores like Penneys or Walmart or Target. Plus I must admit they choose things that are wearable in real life and on real bodies. The stuff in Vogue or Harpers or InStyle?? Not in this, or for that matter any, lifetime for me.
I find more inspiration and style in blogs-particularly the blogs of we "over 40's" and beyond. Maybe it's because we've all reached an age where wearing the latest and greatest trendy item just doesn't appeal to us anymore. We are far more secure and confident in who we are so we wear what we please!
I would totally LOVE to show up at work in an outfit like Desiree of Pull Up Your Socks rocks on a regular basis--if only to see my co-workers heads EXPLODE. (and they think I'm out there in my fashion choices as it is-LOL) Or sashay into work in a fabulous vintage maxi ala Vix. But...sigh...I must only dress like that in my fantasy life as I do have some restrictions on attire. I can dream.....
Even if I can't rock squalid glamour or vintage maxi's or Helga's square dance dress I still glean ideas that I can incorporate into my "style". Color combos, interesting print mixing, bastard jewelry-it all inspires me.
Today's outfit was inspired by my personal Queen of the Most Coolest Shoe Wardrobe on Earth- Sheila of Ephemera. She's the master of interesting color combos--and her outfits are business appropriate yet quirky and unique. She wore the outfit below last Friday and I knew I needed to "copy" it!!
Here's her "stuff":
I immediately thought of my floofy taupe JJill skirt and my teal blue ruffle front tank to replicate this outfit. Unfortunately no cool flies on my top or spiffy skull earrings but I did have an octopus necklace!!
Here's my take. The skirt and cardigan are thrifted. I wore the cardigan to keep warm and pull in more black as I couldn't wear a belt or cumberbund/obi with this top. I added my black wedge sandals/retail, octopus necklace/DIY, Brass bangle/gift from Sheila! and my brass leaf earrings/DIY.
I had so much fun with this I think I'm going to try to do a blogger inspiration outfit weekly. I enjoy challenges as it makes me rethink my stuff and combine things in new ways. So next week who will be my inspiration?? Check in next Tuesday to see!!!
I'll be back on Thursday with my SpyGirl's 52 Pick-Me-Up Challenge post. This one was a bit tough--the challenge is to wear one item 3 times this week. I work Monday to Thursday this week so essentially I'm wearing the same thing all work week except
I'm off to meet up with a bunch of ladies for dinner at Cracker Barrel. Gotta get my tiara on straight!