This was the perfect Plain Jayne ensemble to start the week off in style!
Knit skirt: Nordstrom
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Block heels are hot this season and today was a good day for taking my Gucci block heels for a spin! My outfit consisted of a black turtleneck, fitted gray knit skirt, black textured tights, plaid blazer with elbow patches, and my iconic Gucci block heel, square toe pumps!
This was the perfect Plain Jayne ensemble to start the week off in style!
Knit skirt: Nordstrom
My style has taken a turn for the better I think. There's a lot less clutter and a prominent theme of black monochromatic running rampant through my fall/winter collection. I'm looking for more pieces that can be worn in any season, like a birdcage bootie that was purchased at a Dillards shoe sale earlier in the year. Paired with a multi-colored snakeskin and leather vintage bag, this shoe is perfect for warmer months. When worn with tights or leggings, it's also a great choice for the colder months as well.
It's part of my minimalist approach to fashion...buy less, wear more!
Black Friday shopping wasn't so spectacular this year as compared to last year where I scored Kate Spade, Tahari, Express, Ann Taylor, New York Co. and more at 50% off. This year, I only purchased two items: a pair of designer jeans and an Ellen Tracy ponte skit pencil skirt.
Am I disappointed? Yes, but it's not like my wardrobe is suffering. (Sniffing and wiping away tears).
We're all guilty of those impulse buys when shopping but thankfully, return and exchange options help to reduce buyers remorse. The same applies to certain resale stores where returns are allowed for store credit. Yesterday's purchase is already back in the bag, along with the receipt after determining that the item was not worth it's price of $5.99.
Mixit is not one of the higher end brands and the price should have been no higher than $3.99
The toggle closure is cute, but it's feels of cheap plastic and I question it's durability
The weight of the material is much lighter that you would expect for the double layer of material
The fringes look really sparse and should have a "fuller" appearance.
So, why did I buy this item? I really liked it at first sight, but further inspection proved that it's just not worth it!
Taking it back!
Resale stores are already driving many shoppers back to retail and the added cost of dry cleaning is not helping matters at all. I recently bought a nice wool blazer for $3.99 and when doing a price check on the cost of cleaning around town, a figure of $6.16 was given and I stopped the search. I just couldn't bring myself to pay that much for dry cleaning, even if it was a Ralph Lauren brand.
I did a little online research, as if that would convince me to follow the manufacturers instruction, then prepared the blazer for its baptismal. I ran cold water in the bathtub, adding a little cold water wash. I made sure that the jacket was completely saturated and then did patting motions all over, front side and back. I didn't want to swish, swirl, or disturb the texture in any manner. After draining the soapy water, I rinsed the jacket thoroughly and hung it on a large durable hanger to drip dry. When it was almost completely dry, I steamed the lining and the hems to make sure it didn't buckle and loose it's shape. The results were good.
Well, the baptismal didn't yield a new creature that had shrunken beyond recognition, but it brought forth a clean jacket with no shrinkage at all! Yay! I saved $6.16 in dry cleaning expenses which I can use to buy another wool jacket.
Dry cleaning charges, you're going down!
With the rising prices of thrifted merchandise, we're getting serious about breaking our addiction. It was fine when items were only 2 to 3 bucks each, but now that the prices have surged, we're thinking of ways of letting the thrift stores keep more of their trash. Plus, we've run out of space with closets spewing forth clothes and shoes like an angry volcano. And, let's not forget the trunks of our cars. Who knows what's hiding in there?
So, enough is enough. We've tricked ourselves long enough with sayings like "A girl can never have too many bags, shoes, etc." There is such a thing as having too much, so we're purging our closets and breaking our addictions with a few simple rules.
1. No shopping cart!
That's right! Thrifting without a shopping cart will eliminate the urge to pick up crap you don't really need . Since you will holding items in your hands, you will only pick the best and the cleanest stuff, leaving the smelly pieces with lots of lint and pet hair! Thrifting addicts purchase smelly stuff too!
2. Set a time limit.
If you thrift at the same places regularly, you should know the layout of the store. Give yourself 20 minutes and when the timer goes off, head towards the checkout! 20 minutes is plenty of time to let your eyes do the browsing.
3. While on the way to the checkout, pick out the one item you simply can't live without and leave the rest.
4. Make sure this item is stain free, hole free, and priced cheaply.
5. If you get to the checkout and the line is too long, put it back and try again another day!
Do you have any tips that will help break the thrifting addiction?
Some ladies and I are playing a little fashion game and each day we choose a letter of the alphabet and seek out brands in our wardrobes which begin with that particular letter. Well, today is "I" day and the only items I could locate were a pair of shoes and a plaid skirt by Isaac Mizrahi. But "I" day gets really personal and goes a little deeper than just a game.
Yesterday, I purchased a beautiful Brahmin tote and immediately put together the perfect outfit in my mind. The bag is a black and gunmetal color and I had the perfect shoes by Bakers to match. I also remembered the fitted gray blazer that I recently bought plus an animal print scarf from years gone by. All this would look great with a fitted tee and skinny jeans. While I was thinking about myself and how cute I would be with the Brahmin bag, I remembered someone more deserving of it than I am.
My daughter, Loris, is an educator for Alabaster City Schools. She's a model instructor and I'm proud to have her a daughter and as one of Alabama's best teachers. Since Brahmin is the official handbag of choice for Alabama's educators, I couldn't think of anyone who deserves it more. And, because her grandmother thinks she is special too, she gave her a beautiful wildlife scarf to match!
Let this "I" day be about appreciating someone who brings joy to your life!
If you're a Law & Order C.I. fan, I'm sure you're as captivated as I am with the wit and good looks of Detective Bobby Goren. Don't you just love how he mentally manipulates those with a few screws loose and have them scrambling to scoop the missing bolts up before being hauled to jail? Not only is this detective good at solving criminal cases, I'm actually calling on him to provide a few fashion tips before you find yourself being ticketed for violating the law of harmony. That's a major case too.
Have you ever put on an outfit and asked a friend for their opinion and get this look?.
Then, they laugh before realizing that you're not laughing along with them.
Seeing your fashion dilemma, they try to analyze the case and build a fashion profile.
Once they have zeroed in on the real problem, the solution seems easy.
First, you have to determine the look you're aiming for, one that reflects your personality. Is it classic, romantic, relaxed...?
Then they suggest using fashion magazines, Pinterest, or a stylish friend as guides for selecting your wardrobe needs.
Then, if you're still confused on what to wear....
Well, take your ticket and you know where to go! LOL....
I wanted to do something fun today with my favorite fall/winter top, my black turtleneck. Since the temps are still unusually warm, I decided to add something that I would normally wear in the spring/summer months, my black and white floral skirt. The skirt is fully lined so it can easily transition into a "go to piece" for your fall wardrobe when paired with a long sleeve top. I added black tights with a diamond pattern, which almost broke the "no black tights with white shoes" rule, but the black portion of my colorblock shoe fell within the matching guidelines. My accessories were a black watch with a floral and diamond face, pearl earrings plus my favorite Red Velvet lipstick by Wet n Wild
The combination of florals, diamonds, and color block really made this outfit a perfect Plain Jayne style and I definitely had fun wearing it!
Many of us ladies have no qualms with squeezing into those painted on "red" skinny jeans, slipping on a slinky "red" dress, squeezing bright "red" gloss on our lips, wearing Sinful Colors nail polish, or stepping out in "red" heels, but in the company of certain church folk, you might just be scorned. Why? Red is unsaintly, so unlady-like, so "red-light district-ish". It's so attention-grabbing and so contrary to what church ladies are taught to be: Modest!
"And I want women to be modest in their appearance. They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes."
1 Timothy 2:9.
A lot of us just earned ourselves a scarlet letter by ignoring the teachings of Apostle Paul, but I don't see where the color "red" was mentioned. So, why doesn't the color "red" sit well in the "Amen" corner? Maybe "red" was the color that harlots wore or the color that the church ladies faces turned when they caught their husbands doing a double take. Maybe, those heavily painted faces with red splotches of rouge and double coated, red painted lips were so distracting that services could not proceed in an orderly fashion. And we know that our Lord is not in the midst of confusion.
Maybe those "red" fingertips reminded some of the claws that those unholy women might sink into an unsuspecting man of the cloth, leading him astray with "red" lips whispering lies and deceit. Maybe, just maybe, the click, click, click of those "red" skinny heels changed a church hymn to a Davie Bowie request, but whatever the reason, our grandmothers taught us that nice girls didn't wear that "red" stuff.
But, we grew up and we did it anyways! We did it because we liked the color "red" and that we saw no association between ourselves and those women working on the other side of peepholes or those popping gum and hailing johns like taxis. We wore it on our lips because it's classic. We wore it on our nails, because it looks chic. We wore "red" clothing and even "red" unmentionables: well, we wore the color "red" because we wanted to; because we figured out that "red" wasn't singled out in the Bible as a sinful color.
We appreciate our upbringing, for the "thou shalt nots" even the ones that our grandmothers conjured up, but it's not the color red that lead us into temptation or causes us to sin against God's law, it's that old, red devil. Yeh, that's who it is.
And, most importantly we discovered what washes away our sins, and it is "red".