Monday, December 13, 2010

Stink, Stank, Stunk!

I have been a grinch lately! I apologize, dear ones. It has been....just such a dreadful week, from the still unfolding DMV ridiculosity (I didn't need to go to the DEQ at all! Ever! Isn't that funny? Ahahahahaha..ha...ha.) to a major hassle with my bank, which left me with NO money over the weekend. But last night I made myself a pot of very strong black tea, ate an obscene amount of chocolate, built myself a vintage Christmas station on Pandora, and dug into the giant pile of clothing that's been waiting for me to make up my mind about it since I decided to remodel my closet. I don't know about you, but nothing cheers me up quite so much as playing dress up. I diligently applied the lessons I drew from Kendi's 30 for 30 Challenge, as well as that oh-so-important criteria: If you DON'T love it (Or if you do love it but it has always makes you look funny and/or requires so much work you'll never really get around to it...), let it go, for heaven's sake! I was surprised at what made the cut, and what didn't. Little by little, I am paring my once out of control wardrobe into a sharply edited, coherent collection of pieces that look and feel right for me. I mentioned in my last outfit post that I had an incredibly lucky shopping day, wherein I managed to acquire everything that was on my post-30 for 30 theoretical shopping list* (Oh, how I wish you all such luck!), here's another outfit composed almost entirely of new friends. Happy! And look, outdoors! Also happy!

Tulle duffel coat, TJ Maxx; Blanket sweater, TJ Maxx; J.Crew taffeta dress, thrifted; Vintage belt, thrifted; Cynthia Rowly floral tights, TJ Maxx; Jessica Simpson Dany platforms, Nordy's; Liz Claiborne bag, thrifted.

The Danys are exquisitely comfortable. Mind you, I've been swanning about in absurdly impractical heels ever since I could buy my own shoes, and, as I heard somewhere, practice makes perfect, but that said, these are quite sturdy, and well balanced. They are my third pair of JS shoes, and I am consistently impressed by the quality of the materials, craftsmanship, and engineering. Unlike most cheesy celeb shoes, these are built for comfort, durability, and serious style. 

Ok, so, before I go, I just have to mention that I had an idea last night, and, by the cold grey light of morning, it still seems like a pretty good one! Whatever could it be, you ask? Well, I'm not tellin' til tomorrow, but I think you'll like it. In the meantime, make yourself some hot chocolate, go get some mistletoe, and don't let the man get you down.

*PS: Did I mention that everything was under $25? No? Well, everything was under $25. BAM!


  1. Loving these soft colors!

  2. whoa!! funky or what. I think you should have your picture in the dictionary where it says FUNKY. love this..oh the awesomeness!!

    great shoes, those alone are amazing.. and then everything else just takes up the cool factor by like 10!!!

    thanks for coming by my blog for a visit!!! xoxo J

  3. I never EVER would have guessed that those shoes were J.Simp. They're FAB-you-lots.

  4. Ah, the blanket sweater...

  5. Wow, the blanket sweater is too cool and I love the they were under $25?? I've liked a lot of JS shoes online and even though I am not a heel wearer, I can do the chunky ones sometimes.

  6. Isn't it amazing how great Jessica Simpson's line is? I never would have predicted how successful she would be in the fashion world!
    You are totally rocking her shoes, by the way.

    The Auspicious Life

  7. wow! under 25!! cool!
    i just bumped into your blog! amazing!

    xoxo from rome

  8. I love that sweater - it's like a hug in clothing form.

    And I'm still coveting those shoes. I don't think we have Jessica Simpson shoes in Canada; I've never seen them, at least. I will be in the US on vacation in January, though, so I'll be keeping my eyes peeled.

  9. Under $25?! That's insane beyond the membrane.

    Here's what I learned today:

    TJMAXX is something I have been grossly missing out on. {I didn't know they had Tulle!}

    I kind of want to live in that neighborhood.

    Chunky scarf as sweater as dress= A+ all over the place.

    You're still my favorite.

    .Haiku Ambulance

  10. Your outfit looks fab. Good luck on the closet editing. I'm knee deep in the process, too.

  11. I squeed when I saw this outfit. SQUEEEEEED. Please believe that I am going to TJ Maxx this weekend and searching for that coat! And everything else is divine as usual. SDFKLSDFLJ. I couldn't pull off those heels, but you definitely do! I do covet your MJ wedges, though. I might have to buckle down and actually buy JS shoes, have been fighting for sooo long against that! :p

  12. LOVE everything about this outfit!

  13. SHOES. OMG. SHOES. LET'S GET SOME SHOES. Or rather, I'm gonna get your shoes. J. Simps has her faults but the lady does have an awesome shoe brand. <3 <3 <3