This Blog Post will be like a run-on sentence.
Updating frequently, but never quite ending.
If you see "OOTD Round-Up" at the top, you will know I have adding something new!
Outfit of the Day (OOTD)
Not everything I wear requires massive Upcycling or somewhat easier Refashioning. Some items require simple alterations. Something usually needs to be done.
If I am super lucky, I can wear something off the thrift store rack--a rarity though. And when it works that easily, then I want to show it off.
This post is simply a round-up of those note-worthy OOTDs that are me on a regular basis, in my studio designing, sewing, and organizing my textiles.
Yes, I dress up even though I 'go to work' at home. I enjoy getting dressed up! I am not athleisure kinda girl......not throwing shade at my sisters who do though! both my daughters live in their Lululemon Yoga pants and gear.
My grandmother would wear tiny heels, even in her 80's, to walk to her local market in Poland, where my family is from. Women just did not wear tennis shoes unless they went to the forest to pick berries or mushrooms. And really then, they wore boots.
I have so many lovely clothes that cost a fraction of what they might cost retail, Some items I find are less than a dollar! I am going to wear my fun wardrobe.
Ode To Channel
I could never afford Haute Couture Chanel, but thankfully for thrifting, i can easily recreate the house's aesthetic.
Although I consider Coco Chanel very feminist, she did not dress feminine, but she empowered women to be women through feminine clothing. Very interesting dichotomy.
Channel today is very different than Chanel of the 1930's. Channel now can go uber-feminine with super duper frills and layers and tulle. Very dreamy.
Today I channeled (not chaneled--did you catch that play on words??!!), my inner Chanel with white tights and t-strap mixed textile heels (patent, suede and leather). White tights (pantyhose) and black shoes are iconic Chanel.
Chanel's Summer 2020 collection was filled with white tights, white socks and white shoes with black laces.
I have not really worn white tights much since maybe the 80's. I wore them for my wedding, and then with a blue outfit for someone's else's wedding--interesting outfit.
But I was so inspired by watching a bunch of the couture house Chanel videos, and it just seemed so elegant. DIfference here, I wore cream colored tights instead of stark white. The amazing leopard sweater was based in bone/cream color, so that's how I chose my tights.
Let's talk briefly about the amazing green sweater with those leopards. Kelly Green is fabulous and great time for the Winter holiday season. And big old leopards? Perfect amount of tacky, gauche but super cool at the same time. And the leather fluted skirt was a perfect way to add an edge to an otherwise girlie outfit. The t-straps were leathered bottom, slight front plaformed Merona brand--when did Target ever make high quality soled shoes?! They are so beautiful, and the t-strap is my nod to Vintage, and Coco.
Ok, ok, ok, this metal mesh purse is 80s...but I am an era bender. Normally I would NOT accessorize with a light colored purse for fall and winter, but somehow the metal was a nice contrast against the leather and the knit. So although black might have been better, I opted to go with an added layer of richness, and not in the money sense, because everything here is thrifted. The last added texture was a mid 2000-something-in the teens, thrifted chiffon shirt. I just need a feminine collar in terms of texture, not in shape. It's all about textures for me--having the eye have many places to go.
And my readers know, I almost always wear my hair up in some vintage do, but this time I thought I would buck my own trend and go with contemporary hair.
Era bending...yes, the 30's, the 80's, the early 2000, and a leopard swearer from the late 2000's. I love this look.
CheBella Fluted Midi Leather Skirt
Leopard Green Sweater (no tags)
Merona Leathered Soled T-Straps, with slight front platform...mixed textile: suede & patent leather
Long Sleeved, Cream Button-Down Chiffon Blouse
Since my sewing work I have to sit, stand, crouch, climb, I have an alternate way to wear my Leopard Sweater in a more contemporary way--this time more towards Queen's Gambit--lol--you might not see it, but I predict short skirts coming in with a vengeance. Tights and loafered heels add to that very structured late 60's feel. Not entirely accurate, but it's all ok in mind styling mind.
I also predict I'll be playing more around with that late 60's and 90's simplicity.
Me, prepping for my next Upcycle. Yes! more animal prints!!!
...Until the Next StyleMyThrift OOTD!
Boots or Galoshes?
Skinny Ankles: Complaining?!
I won't complain. I am in good shape for my age (49). I've never been very overweight mostly because I am very active--all the time--and I do watch what I eat, the emphasis on home, nutritious cooking. But I have my weaknesses-once in a while indulging in cheese (more than once in a while lol!--more like everyday!) and loving my cakes and having some fast food.
Whether my weight goes up or goes down, one thing that remains constant is the size of my joints. Yes, this is a random post about my skinny ankles and calves.
I can weigh 130lbs. (I am 5' 4'), and my ankles and calves remain the size of a 9 year old girl.
I know, I know...I should not be complaining, but we all have 'wish-we-could-change' features about ourselves.
So what's the big deal?
I can not wear long boots for the winter : (
They end up looking like galoshes.
It does help a bit if I tuck in tapered jeans or pants into the boots--but I am so not into that look. I never really was a jeans or pants kinda girl. I am a dress and skirt kind of girl because of another physical challenge of mine--teeny, tiny waist and a large rump. So skirts and dresses always work for me. And I would love to be able to wear long boots with a short skirt. But this will never happen for me unless I like that ethereal, gardening, woodsy, cottage look all-the-time.
I have been limited with winter shoes as a result. Short ankle boots work better, but not all ankle boots are the same. The ones in the previous OOTD work super well.
So what else is there for me? Ankle strapped shoes, flats and heels.
Fortunately, not fortunately, here in Northern California (albeit 1.5 hours from Lake Tahoe), it does not snow where I live. And if there was any rain? My water bills would not be so high. We just don't have traditional winter weather--so it doesn't get so cold either. If it's chilly? It's a quick in-and-out of the car for errands. And if I work in mini-homestead, I wear my garden-only sneakers or, you guessed it: galoshes.
When I stumbled across these asymmetrical, stylish flats that I have seen on Pinterest, I knew i had to have them! But a dedicated thrifter waits until we see a brand new pair for $5! Not only one pair in black but another pair (another brand in another thrift store) in brown!
Who would have thought that the slender profile of these cuties would work so well with my skinny ankles and leggings and my OOTD.
upcycling day--looking in my warehouse for that 'just right' fabric
Boho chiffon dress--purchased 12 years ago!
Long sleeve t-shirt underlayer and regular ol' cotton leggings (OG style)
Layered necklaces: pendant and army green pearlized beaded necklace (channeling my Renaissance costumes)
And my skinny-ankle shoes : )
in my fabric warehouse
working on my costume photo studio
...Until the Next StyleMyThrift OOTD!
'Out of Practice' Can Translate into 'Out of Style'
The Rusty Engine That Could
If you don't practice an art, you can get rusty quick. I am not naturally good at anything. Everything I had to learn, and brush up on. And that's the lot of us. I wonder about Savants or Geniuses (my guess is that revving their engines doesn't not require tune-ups or oil changes.)
For me, styling is something I have to practice. Something strange happens to me. I will get an outfit inspiration, and then when it comes to implementing, I freeze. I have no idea why.
Lacking the elemental pieces is definitely not the problem, maybe it's just that I have too much. I realized this recently and am starting to organize to sell on-line.
Sometimes it's my weight fluctuations--and I can go 5 to 7 lbs super easily depending on how much physical work I am doing on my 2 acre property. Something that fit last year this time doesn't fit this year (um, cue Covid and the unleashing of a mindless eater--that's me.)
Wearing nothing but leggings and sweatshirts outside building an outdoor potting shed for 2 weeks straight or wearing PJs for 5 days straight as I deep clean the house before Thanksgiving is detrimental to my enthusiasm for style. Because it's just too comfortable to be nice and warm with no constrictions on any part of my body to even contemplate putting on black tights and snug cute little booties.
But if I continue down this path, I will feel just yucky. And I already do. I stopped wearing make-up or even doing my hair, because I gave-up on me. Because why? We are all shut-ins right now. Apathy towards oneself is very dangerous and mentally, I was burning out.
I told myself, once the projects that had to be done were finished (a 2+ month recent stretch), like putting in the backyard patio, the potting bench, moving 4 rooms and painting 4 rooms and going through each cupboard and drawer in this house, and scrubbing it down from top to bottom, I would come back to myself.
And today was that day.
Although this is not my chic-est outfit, I have to practice again to work up to that woman I was a while ago.
Cozy light mocha, cable knit crew sweater, paired with a same colored Calvin Klein courduroy skirt, cozy zebra scarf, dangle striped balled earrings, and my uniform of black tights and black shoes brought me right back to the starting line...and back into my sewing studio!
Excited to see what else I have in my closet this winter!
Thrift Styled with:
Chunky knit crew sweater Vintage 90's
Calvin Klein courduroy skirt
black & mocha striped drop balled earrings
Booties retail price (but at least 7 years old!)