Sunday, September 29, 2013

Workday Outfit: Purple, Gold and Bling + A Super Duper Bargain

I've managed to pull out another "favorite" look with this outfit.  I'm wearing a gold shimmery tank under a lightweight dark purple cardigan with new black slacks and a very blingy gold/rhinestone statement necklace.  I'm also carrying an olive handbag.  I've read that green is a neutral, popular for this season, and can be used instead of basic black.  I haven't carried this purse much, but am going to try to incorporate it into my outfits more often because I really like it.  It's got an alligator/crocodile? pattern on it and is very roomy.  Oh, and I'm also wearing my bronzy gold sandals which I also love and they are soooo foot friendly.
 Let me tell you about these pants.....  I thrifted these for $4.99 and they were brand new with the tags still on.  They are Lafayette148 New York brand.  The tag was priced originally at $298!!  What?!  And these were selling at Loehmann's w/discounted price of $99.  I paid $4.99 for what was nearly a $300 pair of pants, folks!  And I love them!  I had to hem them at the bottom, but otherwise they fit perfectly.  I love it when I hit a BIG BARGAIN like this one while thrifting.  I'm really happy with anything I thrift that I end up matter what the original price tag actually, but it is kind of exciting to score those really big bargain deals too.
 I would love to accumulate, and put into rotation in my wardrobe , outfits like this that I love, that make me feel good, and that fit my personal style...and eventually eliminate all the other stuff that doesn't work as well.  I know I've probably mentioned that before, but it's still my goal.  And every day I put together an outfit like this my desire for that end result just grows stronger. 

 I found this fabulous necklace on eBay for only $6.99 (no tax/no shipping).  I've seen it sell on other sites for $75 or more.  Now why would I want to pay $75 for the exact same thing (or no discernable difference to me) that I can get for $7??

Thrifted Items:
Black Slacks $4.99 Lafayette 148 New York - new w/tags (Goodwill)
Gold Tank
Cardigan $4.20 (Value Village)
Black/Gold Bangle
Purse $3 (Value Village)
Sandals $3 Kenneth Cole Reaction (Value Village)
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Gold Bangles $5.48 Walmart
Gold Watch $16.99 Target
Statement Necklace $6.99 eBay

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Workday Outfit: Belted With A Scarf + Food and Weight Journal

Not one of my favorite outfits, but I did give the scarf as a belt idea a try.  I like the colors okay, just not fond of the scarf... or length of pants....but I just keep wearing them, don't I? ha
I did find a nice jacket for a good bargain and I am happy with that.

 Thrifted Items:
Brick Red T-Shirt
Mustard Silk Button Down Top
Black Leather Jacket $9.99 Wilson's (Goodwill)
Black Leather Purse $8 Fossil (Value Village)
Black Bow Ballerina Flats $4.99 Naturalizer
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What I Ate
Dinner: Spaghetti w/ meat sauce
TUES Sept 23       Weight:  142.0calories

leftover cornbread w/ marg350
tortellini 1 c w/ marg, spinach, 1 1/2 cheddar biscuits700
7 pb pretzels110

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Inspired To Dress For Fall + Food and Weight Journal

I was very happy with how today's outfit turned out.  I have had trouble styling this striped waterfall cardigan and therefore have only worn it a couple of times.  But I got great inspiration from a blogger I just discovered!  She is Deborah from Stylish Murmurs and I love her style.  The inspiration post for my outfit today was here.  I'm excited to see more of her upcoming outfits.  I like how she layered the scarf over the long cardigan and I tried that in my outfit too.
These black pants are new and this was the first time I'd worn them.  The pants are of a bit a thicker material and have a few snaps at the side of the ankle and they were too long for me, but I somehow managed to get them hemmed and now they fit perfectly!  So happy about that.  I also added a color for shoe and purse to match similar color in scarf.  I also mixed stripes with stripes...or, no wait...I guess that's large checks with stripes.  I was really on a roll today! ha it is...ta-daaaa!

 Thrifted Items:
Black Pants $5 White House Black Market (size 6! happy dance!) (Value Village)
Gray Short Sleeved Sweater $4 Alfred Dunner (Value Village)
Waterfall Cardigan $5.99 DKNYC (Goodwill)
Necklace $3.50 (Value Village)
Scarf $3.99 (Goodwill)
Purse $5.99 Liz Claiborne
Heels w/Ankle Strap $6.99 Nine West
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What I Ate

MON Sept 22      Weight:   141.4 calories
1/3 serv. oatmeal 1 T pb2, 3/4 banana, equal, 1/3 c alm milk150
leftover cornbread 350
bbq sand, chips600
1 c cereal, 1/2 c van milk, equal155


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wardrobe Newbies (Thrifted goodies at bottom of post)

Hi, blog friends!  Fall is definitely here.  Our weather has turned much cooler and I have no choice but to dress for it now to stay warm.  Still workin' the floral pants though. :D

 Thrifted Items:
Floral Pants $3 Brooks Brothers (Value Village)
Melon Long Sleeved T-Shirt $3.99 Jones New York (Goodwill)
Purse $5.99 Liz Claiborne
Loafers $4 Naturalizer (Value Village)
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I wore above outfit on Monday and then went thrifting Tuesday.  I found some great things in wonderful fall colors.  Prices were slightly discounted from what was tagged.  I'll post cost and details when I wear them.  I absolutely love the two purses and that last floral top.  Didn't realize till I got it home that it has Toucan birds on it eating berries!  Now I love it even more.  :)





Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Weekend Outfit: Comfy Loafers + Food and Weight Journal

Just hanging out at the home on Sunday.

This may be the first time I've worn these loafers and I love them.
 Thrifted Items:
Jeans $7 Levi's (Value Village)
Green/Navy Striped Top $4.99 Land's End (Goodwill)
Necklace and Bracelets
Loafers $4 Naturalizer (Value Village)
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Sunday's Dinner:  Meatloaf, Mac n Cheese w/broccoli and red pepper

SUN Sept       Weight:  142.6calories
leftover steak n b. pot., cheese biscuit450

meatloaf, mac n ch (had leftovers from what's shown in pic)600
3/4 c cereal, 1/2 c van milk, equal150

Monday, September 23, 2013

Weekend Outfit: Doing the Samba + Food and Weight Journal

The color of my new jacket looks pretty close to the color Pantone labels as Samba and is one of the on trend colors for fall.

Thrifted Items:
Blue Pants $2.80 Docker's (Value Village)
Yellow Top
Pinkish Red Suede Jacket $6.50 Live a Little (Goodwill)
Beige/Blue Boat Shoes $2.50 Merona (Value Village)
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What I Ate

Saturday's Dinner:  Filet Mignon, Lobster Tail, 1/2 baked potato, cheesy garlic biscuit (a Red Lobster copy)
Oh, my gosh, this was soooo good.  I've never had lobster at home and only tasted someone elses a couple of times when eating out.  Hubby cooked these w/ marg and garlic salt on the grill with the filet and we had an absolute feast.  The biscuits turned out so yummy too.  I'll be craving them now and probably making them way too often because they were so simple and tasty.  We ended up saving 1/2 our potato and some steak for Sunday's lunch.

SAT Sept 20      Weight: 141.8calories
leftover pasta150
1 cheddar biscuit300
lobster w/ marg, 3/4 filet mignon, 1/2 med b. pot w/ spray marg, s cream800
potato chips 250

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Workday Outfit: Browns With Blue + Food and Weight Journal

I was attracted to the particular shade of blue in this top.  Now, looking at the photos I think I might like to try adding a belt over the blouse next time and see how that works.

Thrifted Items:
Brown Pants $7.99 Kenar (Value Village)
Dark Brown Tank Top
Brown w/Blue Print Top $3 (Value Village)
Gold Locket (Value Village
Wooden Bangle $1 (Value Village)
Teal Purse $? Nordstrom
Shoes ?
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What I Ate
THURS Sept 19    142.8calories
waffle, 2 T softened cream cheese w/ equal, 1/2 banana, sugar free syrup200
5 pb pretzels100
sweet cornbread, cheesy broccoli soup750
WW ice cream bar100
Dinner Friday was peanut pasta w/chicken and veggies.

FRI Sept 20     142.0calories
1/3 serv oatmeal, 1T pb2, 1/2 banana, 1 equal, 1/3 alm milk150
leftover cheesy broccoli soup, leftover cornbread w/ marg320
peanut pasta (1/2 c pasta) w/chicken, broccoli, carrots, pb2475
1 1/2 c cereal, 1 c van milk, equal260

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Workday Outfit: A Peachy Button Down + Food and Weight Journal

Good morning, friends!  How are you?  It's such a gorgeous sunny morning here today.  Makes me feel so good.  The air is crisp and it's supposed to get up to low 70's.  We're expecting a few cloudy, rainy days after this though.
I wore this to work yesterday (Wed.).  I sure am going to miss wearing my open toed shoes... which I know will probably come to an end in the next couple of weeks or so.  But I won't think of that now.  I'll revel in this beautiful, sunny day with bared tootsies! :)

Thrifted Items:
Pants $4 Talbots (Value Village)
Short Sleeved Sweater $2.80 Croft & Barrow (Value Village)
Purse $5.99 Liz Claiborne
Sandals $5.60 Etienne Aigner (Value Village)
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Button Down Top = old
Bubble Necklace $15? eBay
Gold Earrings = gifted from mom
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What I Ate
WED Sept 18 43.2calories
1/3 serv oatmeal, 1T pb2, 1/2 banana, 1 equal, 1/3 alm milk150
tuna w/ 3 T lt. mayo, ck noodle soup (70c)220
1/2 b. pot w/ broc n ch, ck breast650
Weight Watcher's English Toffee ice cream bar100
Total Calories1240

Dinner:  rotisserie chicken breast, 1/2 lg. baked potato w/broccoli cheese sauce