A Happy (almost) New Year to all our dear readers!
It is so fantastic to me that a year such as the one we just danced through could have flown by in such a rush with hardly a, “how do you do?”; “Please and thank you”; or “Auf wiedersehen, darling!” to show for it! And yet I can see why it would hurry on. We have been loaded with MANY good things both small and great, that have tugged our attention and time away from normal family life. Yes, I seem to recall a time when we had “normal-ness” for breakfast lunch and dinner every day! Where has it gone, this normal-ness that we are so accustomed to? I think because of its absence we easily loose track of the days, weeks, months, and now the year. Thus we welcome into our household with open arms, this glorious brand new year of 2014, and hope (not really. Please no.) that we can have this craziness all over again! Hem… Oh, I mean, Huzzah!
The day after our splendid Winter ball made it’s long awaited debut, we as a family went on the annual After Christmas Shopping Spree. (Its so funny! Now that we have shopped at our local GoodWill for practically all of our attire needs, we have been brainwashed into the “everything is affordable now” mindset. So when we waltzed into the extraordinary Sax Fifth Avenue/Off Fifth; through the preppy isles of Banana Republic, or any of the other well known brand-name stores, we realized the significance in the differences of buying used, as to buying retail. Its incredible!!! In the entirety of spending less on your clothes, its absolutely worth it! I would not go back to any other retail store to buy my clothes, that is, unless I was treated. 😉
Anyhow, as I was getting ready, I decided to do something a little different than what I’m used to. First, I knew I wanted to wear this lovely white and salmon paisley cardigan, but as my eyes drifted over my pairing options, I spied my vintage hat. “Oo! I have to wear this!”, I said to myself. “But now what skirt?
Oh yes, of course, my old favorite polkadot swing skirt!” And yes my friends, that did the trick, as you can see. After adding a few faux leather accessories, the belt, shoes, and purse, my outfit was complete.
One thing I should say about these boots that a few of you might find humorous, and say, “Oh I’ve done that too!” is the fact that I could not find them in the right size (they are from Old Navy) and so I got them in a size a wee bit too tight. Hey. I was not going to be seen clomping around in boots too big! Its enough to have my feet battered around in my muck boots; but for fashion? No thanks! However after wearing them in a bit, they feel much better, so they weren’t as much of a mistake as I thought they would be. Just find the right size, is the only wisdom coming from this story ladies. 😉
This would be my, Oo la la! We are going to do some “real” shopping today, pose.
One last important detail I almost forgot: I am wearing this cardi backwards! It is a great way to get around the buttons, and especially the long neckline, although this one doesn’t have that problem. If you ladies want to make a subtle fashion statement for modesty’s sake, don’t be afraid, wear your low necked tops backwards!