Fashion Week

Sep 13, 2010 | Beauty and Style | 23 comments

So here is the deal.
 Fashion Week and a Final Fifteen update.
I have always wanted to blog about fashions but the fact is I am really intimidated by people out there with REAL fashions and REAL money to buy them.
What I can offer is my little wardrobe consisting of Target, Vintage and old Nordstrom and Parisian buys (From BEFORE children!)
There are no Hermes scarves or Minolo’s in my closet.  
But, the main point of the Final Fifteen was to be able to wear all that is in my closet (and of course to be have a bit more fun the next time I go to try on jeans!).  And so, here is my confession, This last week of the Final Fifteen sucked in that I did not loose any.  
Maybe it’s a hormonal thing.  
It’s probably a Panera thing!
I am still at it though and hope you are too.  Some weeks are just going to s-u-c-k. 
But I have no doubt I will hit my goal.
 (That seems to be my favorite word as of late – how tacky!)
As a part of the discipline that every stay at home mom in the country burbs needs and to celebrate FASHION WEEK
I will be diving into my closet and cramming myself into whatever I can.  Maybe you will laugh at my meager ensembles, maybe you will like them —- whatever.  You should do something everyday that makes you  uncomfortable everyday and this makes me uncomfortable.  But you Moms know it can be a constant struggle to not live in yoga pant and hoodies!   
And, are you loving the fashions this fall or WHAT!  Sorry, I still have not reviewed the September Issue like I hoped I would… (Why don’t you hop on over to Victoria and tell you to get to it!  She will do a much more insightful job than I anyway!  Tell her last tri-mester fatigue is no excuse… chop chop!)  But I am loving the fashions this fall that is for sure and I am soooooooo making myself a plaid skirt – I have always loved plaid so I am glad it will be a bit more accessible this fall… but you know what I won’t be wearing ?  Those stupid hairy, Chubacka boots from Chanel… even if I could afford them!  I can hear Coco spinning in her grave from here!  
Amélie’s two and a half year old commentary on the Chubacka boots coming later this week…
If fur, real or faux is in (and really, when is fur NOT in?  Call me Cruella but I love it!) then I will pass on the Chanel boots but this look by Dennis Basso puts me over the MOON!
I mean,  This just screams YUM!!!!  I think I have heart palpitations every time I look at this photo.  
So elegant… I can’t imagine wearing an ensemble like that!  Can you just feel your spine straighten as you imagine yourself wearing this outfit!??
 (images: google)
Back to real life.
Here goes nothing-
  This is me, a month ago on our Anniversary Dinner Date (You know, “Quick honey, take a photo of me for the blog and don’t make me look fat!” type of thing) and next week, I promise to have better “Final Fifteen” news… how is it going for you?
This was about all I could fit into that was approp for the swanky restaurant we were going to (le Titi de Paris!!!!).
It’s sort of MAD MEN meets ROME if you KIWM?
 The brown jersey T- shirt is something I have had for the last four years.  I should have bought three.  It was only $12 and goes so well under blazers… it’s perfect for layering.  This one is starting to show it’s age.  I love it with jeans, I love it with this skirt cause it’s so simple.  I love it with anything.
The skirt, alas, is also a Target goody, five years old – my friends don’t believe me when I say I shop at Target but I think, now granted, these clothes have no real quality, but I think that if you are on a serious budget (IE: Dave Ramsey’s get out of debt, “Live like no one else does today, so you can live like no one else does tomorrow”  plan) then I think, if you look closely at stores like Target and Old Navy you can find simple pieces that will compliment what you already have.  They are a great fix if you want to give into some corny trend or just need a cheap new black skirt.  My advice for shopping on the cheap (and by cheap I mean, this skirt was $27.99) is to avoid sweaters, cheap sweaters are never worth the money and avoid thin, crappy t-shirts (stay away from anything with writing please!), and most of all PRINTS.  Solids rule for cheap clothes. Prints from inexpensive stores, for the most part look just that: inexpensive.  But I have found linen pants, corduroy blazers, little black dresses… all on the Target racks.
The bracelet, I got off my Gramma’s garage sale pile!  It’s from the 70’s I am sure.  And sure, it would have been easy to put on black vintage glass beads but I think that would have pushed the outfit in another direction.  
OK, so the t-shirt lays nicer when your arms isn’t draped over hubby but this shot isn’t about the t-shirt, it’s about the hair.
If you have not seen the move “Priceless” yet (Hors de Prix) then sign on to Netflixs the moment after you comment on this post.  The clothing is TO DIE FOR… and oh, to be able to go braless like a 90 pound ingenue!  And her hair, well, I got that cut a few years back and I will be getting it again in a few weeks when I visit my long lost stylist Andrés!  But the scene towards the end, where she hits a big party… she has her hair pinned up creating a sort of faux-bob and since then it has become a fav for me.  I do a very low to the ends sort of incomplete pony tail and then pin it under leaving my shorter layers out in the front – does that make sense?  You will see my inspiration if you watch the movie – long story short, it’s a modern, French, Breakfast at Tiffany’s… so yes, she is a prostitute and no, I would not watch it with a teenage daughter – killer fashions or not!
The shoes – my “Gladiator” shoes are Vera Wang from Kohls… on clearance for $12.99.
I LOVE THEM!  And the day I bought them I needed a SERIOUS fashion, update fix.  I used to live ten minutes from the 2nd biggest mall in the country, but around here between the garden and this super casual area, it can seem like you are dressed up if you are not wearing sweatpants.  That can wear a girl down, being so far from Nordstrom and Arden B.  Alas, these shoes made me feel pretty snazy.  This photo is dreadful but they look rather nice in person.
And of course, as you already know, you loyal readers you, on the toes?  
“I’m With Brad” by Sephora!
And last. but not least.  The “Piece de Résistance” my vintage, 
“Place de la Concorde” leather purse.
I bought this at a little resale/junk shoppe at least 12 years ago and paid… you guessed it, $12.00.  I love it so much.  That scene is on a lovely fabric with a bit of a sheen, the inside is immaculate… my imagination wonders if it is part of a collection?  Can you imagine other cities or other scenes of Paris???  I only carry it about 3-5 times a year but it is beginning to show a little wear on the edges.  I’ll have to do something about that.  It has got to be 30-40 years old but I will never stop carrying it and for $12.00 I can afford to take it to a pro someday to see if there is anything we can do to sustain it as long as possible.
  So let’s review: 
The skirt and the purse were the glam and the t-shirt, gladiator shoes and the simple tortoise shell like bangle kept it, I don’t know, more relaxed, along with the loose curl, carefree “bob.”  
Not horrible for a $53.00 outfit is it? 
 I know it’s nothing special but it did the trick and trust me, being debt free in the next 18 months with a big Ball jar on the counter filling up with money to go back to Paris is going to be way “chic-er” than anything I could run out and blow $300 on today!
So, this is Fashion Week… I am anxious to know how you budget your wardrobe and are you ready for another outfit??

PS Dear Friends:  It’s all about the Ladies over at Mars Hill this month.  
Just what does a lady talk like anyways? 
She probably doesn’t say “sucks” all the time like I do!


  1. A Cottage Muse

    You look lovely!! And that purse ~ just fabulous! With the change of season here I need to go shopping! I love The Loft and wait for my coupons and sales. I love a structured jacket and love, love statement jewelery! I try to add timeless pieces to my wardrobe, avoid trends and want to add a few vintage pieces for fun. What a fun post to start the week, thanks!!

  2. Ashley DeLen

    I think this is a darling outfit. And I love Target…But what I have come to love more is Burlington Coat Factory (discount clothes….)

    Really love the hair!

  3. Stephanie

    BRAVO! I love your fashion post so much! The outfit is tres chic and the mix between vintage and modern is working. What’s really got my head spinning is how you did your hair. I mean, it looks like you got it cut into an inverted bob but no, you magically have it pinned up in that amazing “do” from Priceless. I love that movie and her hair and clothes. So appropriate and flattering too! I’m with you on solids for less expensive clothes. I do that all the time. It just makes sense. Vintage purses are so fantastic. I’ve got a little collection of them going and they are used all the time.

  4. Lisa@Pickles and Cheese

    Great fashion tid bits here! Love the hair and I agree that solids are best when shopping Target etc…and that vintage purse is incredible! And thanks for the netflix tip…my queue is running dry right now.

  5. cityfarmer

    I do believe we might both have to go check ourselves in to a yoga-tubo- lax-cleansing farm …. ya know where you get 2tsp. of granola for breakfast, the skin of avocado for lunch and four sting beans for dinner!! naaaaa
    let’s just settle in and enjoy your chocolate lavender torte

    you look chic, very chic

  6. High Heeled Life

    Great post! What a lovely look you have pulled together – looks very classy and yet fun… HHL

  7. Anne Marie

    it’ll be on my netflix selection!

    you look gorgeous…and personally LOVE this idea of yours…and I would love to see more hair ideas too…not like I have any (lol) but you sure have beautiful hair!
    Anne Marie
    (great talking to you this morning)

  8. Anne - Fiona and Twig

    Angela, you look darling and absolutely chic! I adore everything in your ensemble, but yes, that purse is truly to die for.

    And I agree with you 100% on Target, only snobs who never shop there would dare pass judgment.



  9. Carolyne

    Look pretty Stylin’ to me!
    After doing our All-City Garage Sale this weekend, I am left with Auntie’s old fur coat, which nobody…and I mean NOBODY, even looked at! Now, I think it would look absolutely dahling, if you remade it into a little vest or something to resemble your “To-die-for” ensemble.
    Then, just think……New Year’s Eve 2010……dressed to the nines with your honey…..under the mistletoe………(sigh)

    Shall I send you a photo?

    ((hugs)) to you,

  10. Tina Leigh

    I have found that I can drop weight two weeks out of my LOVELY CYCLE…(hope it was ok to say that here!). The rest of the time is DOWN HILL…hormones for sure. And that sucks! LOL! I have picked the word up too and I wish I could drop it but it realllllly expresses how I feel when I say something SUCKS!!
    The boots look like they should belong to Hobbit feet…thats all I have to say about fashion….I suck at fashion….you dont! You look great! Chanel who? Wear it girl!

  11. Jenny

    You look FAB! I love the hairstyle (plus being a woman with thinning hair I had to look away from coveting your thick locks) and you rocked the inexpensive rack by looking chic and simply stylish. But I could not take my eyes off that purse. a few years back dear family friends gave me a estate sale find of a lovely handpainted Eiffel Tower jewelry box (opened the hand painted tower doors and inside you find a cafe scene painted on the three drawers inside). No matter what stylings go on in my bedroom it is a permanent fixture. Love the idea and you and Joel look lovely. I have a request or question: do you have posts showing how you have refinished your furniture? I am looking to a big new project and have loved the redos you have posted before.

  12. Victoria

    Egad. I am very behind in my September issue post. I have everything post-it noted and ready to go, I just have to do it.
    I’m on it this week!

    Oh, I’m also on trying to find something flattering and modern for the shower… not finding a thing I like either. =(

  13. Victoria

    Oh, and the outfit here is chicer than you think. You say boring but to many, this is hard to even put together. I love the idea of finding all the fun pieces in the closet and challenging yourself!

  14. Parisienne Farmgirl

    Tina Leigh – I have found the same exact thing. It…

  15. Kalee

    You look absolutely fantastic! The whole outfit is just chic without trying too hard.

    Chanel designs tend to make me shake my head. Too often they are simply not simple and chic enough, and I agree, Mme. Chanel is rolling in her grave. But that second fur outfit! Oh, lord! I have loved fur since I was little (thanks to Grandmama’s mink head stole I now have, along with a couple other pieces), and that whole outfit just looks lovely.

    Bravo for saving your money and looking for an outfit in your closet. Too often I want to hop out and buy something new, but it’s posts like these that remind me I have a closet with lovely clothes already and I should take a look there.

  16. Deanna

    Hi there!
    You and your sweetie are a darling couple.
    It is beautiful that you two are married and raising a family together in a Christian HOME.
    This is VICTORY.
    God bless and may you celebrate sooooo many wedding anniversaries that you forget how many that one was…grins.
    d from homehaven

  17. Ann at eightacresofeden

    You look amazing – simple elegance, love it!
    Those boots are ugg boots on steroids I think – ugg-ly! Not a trace of sophistication. I’m ashamed to say ugg boots were an Aussie idea.
    I realized the other day that almost every outfit in my wardrobe came from garage sales or vintage market stalls. Hardly buy new stuff these days because I can have designer clothes by going to the right suburbs…it’s amazing what you can find – Armani, Chanel and lots of top Aussie designers such as Charlie Brown and this is not a big sophisticated city! Let me loose in Sydney on a Saturday morning and I can only imagine what I could find but maybe they charge higher prices.
    I’ve been aiming for under $10 outfits in recent times. Only possible through garage sales but today I’m wearing Esprit jeans (I will not tell you the size but they are small and a t-shirt by Sass and Bide (top Aussie designers) total cost $4.00 – that’s about $5 US.
    I’m really a dress girl but breastfeeding has put paid to that for a while… a white vintage sundress awaits me and will cheer me up when I finally/sadly wean – but not this summer – has to be separates all the way.

  18. Julie

    You look wonderful. Very chic! LOVE the vintage purse.

    I try to spend more on good accessories that will last a long time (vintage purses & jewelry)and rely on thrift stores for clothing. I can find much better quality clothing there than I could afford to pay retail for. And since I have a considerable amount of weight to lose, buying at thrift stores allows me to buy new clothing at different sizes as I lose.

    I was lucky enough to inherit vintage purses & good costume jewelry (1940’s, 50’s & 60’s) from my mom & grandmother. A simple black sweater & slacks, a sparkly brooch & earrings and a vintage purse and I’m set to go.

  19. Rosemary

    You and your outfit look amazing. I love putting things together like that. So much fun. Thanks for the tips, and details.
    Hope you had a wonderful dinner.
    By the way, you look very French!

  20. A Gift Wrapped Life

    great hair and great skirt. You are doing a lovely job, look fabulous and I am enjoying your posts. Thank you for your lovely comments and have a gorgeous weekend. XO
    Adorable children too.

  21. à la parisienne

    Sorry it took me all week to get over here and read this lovely post. I swear every time I visit your blog and finally have a chance to comment, Amelia wakes up or the phone rings(the phone just rang). Anyway, I love seeing the outfits that real people wear. Yes, haute couture is delish and we can see those images everywhere, but I really enjoy seeing how people on a budget put their clothing together! I LOVE your haircut. I am in desperate need of a new hair style, but I have no idea what to do! I also love Hors de prix and the clothing but Audrey Tautou’s character makes me want to slap her in the face!
    I TOTALLY agree with your comment about solids. My rule of thumb is use prints and patterns on the accessories and stay classic with the main pieces.

    Bon week-end!

  22. à la parisienne

    Oh, and I’m all about the furs this coming fall/winter…not on my legs and feet though!



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