Monthly Archives: May 2012

Hello Blogland!!! I am totally drawing a blank for a title for this post-LOLOLOL

Daughter and new hubby have returned from their honeymoon. They had a wonderful time in Aruba. As y’all might remember–there has been some trouble with suspicious deaths to young women in Aruba. Several family members had a fit when they heard that’s where the honeymoon was going to be. I said not to worry because Julie is neither blonde nor stupid.

Did my rounds of the Frederick thrifts this week (3 Goodwills & a Salvation Army) and scored some goodies. I found a black crepe knife pleated skirt, khaki and white seersucker crops, olive-green crops, khaki gingham fitted button down blouse, coral-orange gingham button down blouse, cobalt & kelly knit dress (brand new), warm pink Liz Claiborne stretch twill pants, mint green sandals and a pair of gap carpenter jeans for the hubster. Not a bad haul for under $20. AND no jackets or cardigans!!!! I’m off tomorrow so I’ll make my Hagerstown rounds (a Goodwill, Salvation Army, Rescue Mission and Brethern Mission).

Thrifting has allowed me to cycle stuff in and out.  I really have no attachments to my wardrobe (mostly) because it’s mostly thrifted so I have no problem of editing and passing it on.

While making my rounds I had the most delightful chat with a very stylish 70 year old lady. She had scored a couple of stunning jackets and  I commented on them while waiting in line behind her to checkout. She PROUDLY informed me her whole outfit was thrifted. And she was STUNNING–black & white polka dot crops, white slides with black piping and bows, white shell and black and white sailor stripe cardigan. It was accented with a red purse, red chunky 3 strand necklace, 3 red bangles and red hoop earrings. She said the only things not thrifted were her undies and the bracelets-which were a gift. We then had a nice discussion about the local thrift stores!  I wish I had thought to take her picture!

THANKFULLY this was a short week for me (I wish they could all be 3 day work weeks) I almost had to go TDY (that’s army talk for going out-of-town on business) next week for training but we couldn’t work out the details. Looks like the following week. I’ll be able to drive so I’ve scoped out thrifts to check out! Fresh meat!

Behind door #1 on Tuesday I dressed as cool as possible. It was miserable hot and humid. I picked up several of these indian batik button down blouses at the Rescue Mission for $2 each. They are so soft and breezy. It’s the same fabric you find in the tunics but this is a more classic and versatile rendition, which can be styled with cardis and jackets for colder weather. They have 3/4 length button cuff sleeves-which I rolled up.  The crops came from a thrift probably 10 years ago. I think I got my $2 worth out of them! They are my go-to crop for hot days–they fabric is a wonderful cotton and the loose styling keeps me cool. I think I am going to draft a pattern off them and make a couple more pairs.  The sandals are Worthington via Goodwill–but they came off mid-morning as I had to walk a job site and needed more stable shoes! The purse and necklace are vintage.

Behind door #2 is Wednesday’s outfit. I have jumped on the maxi train! Unfortunately often the selection in plus sizes leaves a bit to be desired. Lots of denim frumpers if you know what I mean. I got excited when I spotted this print–my fav colors!! I wasn’t sure if it would work because of the gathered empire waist but it did! It fit perfectly. I love that it has elbow length sleeves. It’s Diane Von Furstanburg, soft rayon fabric and has pockets. I’m thinking about sewing up the side slits because they were annoying. I found two tweedy jackets in my stash that go with it PERFECTLY for cooler weather with tights and ankle booties. I sporting it with a vintage necklace, thrifted purse and Croft&Barrow metallic thongs from Kohl’s.

And last but not least I wore his outfit today! The black denim jacket is one of my recent scores for $3 at the Salvation Army. The flowers are tufted like a chennile bedspread. I love how unique it is-got loads of compliments. The label says “FunStuff” but I’ve never heard of them. I love interesting and unique jackets and cardis–kinda like a statement necklace! The polo is from Lane Bryant. The crops are from the Goodwill. Purse is vintage and the sandals are Croft & Barrow from Kohl’s.

I’m off to tie up my tomato plants. My garden has taken off since it’s finally gotten warmer. Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll be back on Sunday nite!!





Hello Blogland!!  Everyone enjoying the Memorial Day Weekend??

I’ve been doing an  inventory  of my wardrobe to make a spreadsheet (I am easy to entertain-OCD has its benefits at time!!) and came to a shocking discovery.

I am going to need an intervention. I have 24 jackets and 22 cardigans. You read that right. TWO DOZEN of each.  And all but 2  of the cardigans were thrifted -the most I’ve paid is $5 but the majority were gotten for $2-$3 bucks.

It’s kinda ridiculous when I look at it on paper to tell the truth. I mean SERIOUSLY??? I’ ve accumulated stuff by CJBanks, LizClaiborne, Chico’s, Coldwater Creek, SagHarbor, etc. Items in styles and colors I probably never would have considered before. That’s the appeal of thrifting! I can experiment with my look on the cheap!

The funniest thing about the jackets is I own one basic black, a khaki and a denim blazer. The rest are all prints or bright colors. I have several printed cardigans and loads of bright-colored ones.

I love how wearing a cardi or jacket (when it isn’t as hot and humid as the surface of the sun) makes me feel more “put together”. At least I can fake it with my outfit even if I am scatter-brained that day! My co-workers have commented on how “finished” I look. Adding that third layer and some accessories elevates even jeans and a T.

I get inspired by such queens of the third layer/accessory as Pam of Over50feeling40 and Sheila of Ephemera. The blogging world has far more USEFUL inspiration then any fashion magazine.

I next need to inventory my tops and pants. LOL I think I could shop my closet for the next 6 months and not get anything new. (like THAT’S going to happen-snerk)

Now to the outfit du-jour. First I must share Her Most Royal Divaness’ patriotic outfit. She is hating the heat and chilling out on her pillow behind me. The brown furry tail in the upper right corner belongs to poor Mr. Bill’s -she made him lay on the floor while she took the whole pillow.

Looking cute!!

We had an awesome church service this morning honoring those who gave all. I own nothing remotely patriotic (considering how much patriotic decor for the house I have you’d think I would–something to look for at Goodwill!!) so I decided to wear my new (to me) maxi dress. I don’t believe this was meant to be a maxi but when you’re short…..LOL. The fabric is a chiffon over a poly lining. It was super comfortable and got tons of compliments. I’m even wearing something NEW–I picked up the cardi on sale at Kohl’s when I brought my MOB outfit. I’ve wanted a short sleeve back cardi that WASN’T a bolero but couldn’t find one at Goodwill.

Cardi-Apt.9 via Kohls, Maxi-?? via Goodwill, Shoes-Sam&Libby via Goodwill, Purse-Kmart years ago for $5!!

Anybody out there using WordPress that could tell me how in the world you add buttons to your side bar?? I want to add Visible Monday, Monday Mingle and Thrifters Anonymous and I have no clue how you go about it! Thanks in advance!

I’m linking up with Visible Monday, Monday Mingle, and Thrifter’s Anonymous this week!



Two Gold Star Mothers- who lost a son in combat. Thank you for your sacrifices!

2012 Miss Poppy representing the American Legion

Veteran’s Color Guard. Thank you for serving your country!

Union Army Civil War Re-Enactors Color Guard

Sons of the Confederates Color Guard

Ladies and a gent showing off the latest trends in 1860’s fashions!!

Adorable tiny majorettes!!

The front of our house decked out for the holiday!!

Here’s a catch-up of what I wore the last week to work:

Wednesday: Blouse-KrazyKat via Mission Store, Crops-Dockers via Goodwill, Shoes-Thom McCan via Kmart

Thursday: Linen Top-JonesNewYork via Goodwill, Crops via Goodwill, Sandals-Croft&Barrow via Kohl’s

Friday: Top via Goodwill, Crops via Goodwill, Sandals-Candies via Kohl’s

I am sweating like a pig in a sauna right now. How I hate hot weather!!! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and I’ll be back around tomorrow with more pix!



Hello Blogland!!! This will be a short post as we just got home from the wedding!! I am WHUPPED!!

It was a beautiful wedding. I can’t believe my baby is married!!!

Introducing the new Mr. & Mrs. Sean Warren!

The wedding cake and desserts. I am SICK of baking for a bit!!

I took my picture after we got home so sorry for the slightly frazzled and dazed look!!

Dress-Kohls, Sweater-Kohls, Pin-Vintage, Shoes-Sam & Libby via Goodwill

There will be more pictures to follow once I recuperate! It truly was a blessed and wonderful day!

I’m linking up with Patti for Visible Monday and Monday Mingle!



Hello Blogland!!  Popping in while the wedding cake cools to post a couple of outfits!

Things are coming together and I’m still relatively sane!

I am one of those freaks of nature that find cleaning and organizing stuff like closets and drawers relaxing.  I spent some time last nite de-stressing by organizing my closet/drawers.

I’ve found that thrifting about 90% of my wardrobe allows me the flexibility to let things go if they aren’t working. I tried a lot of things on and made a huge giveaway pile.  Why keep stuff you won’t wear because it puckers funny or itches or rides up weird?? Case in point–I thrifted a cute CJBanks jacket in a red and sage print for under $5. It fit well. BUT–it tended to bunch up around my neck when I sat down–it had a mandarin collar. It was kind of irritating to say the least. I couldn’t figure a  way to alter it so into the pile it went. Thrifting has allowed me to experiment with different styles and looks on the cheap. Same thing with a couple of Izod blouses. They were a bit too big–which I could alter. BUT–they were also a bit too “short” and rode up when I moved my arms. So away they go!

After survey what I decided to keep I noticed a “trend”. I gravitate towards and wear a lot of button down 3/4 sleeve fitted blouses.  I like bright colors, ginghams and stripes. I also like ethnic prints.  I’m into “classic” shapes–not much for ruffles and lace. I’m now going to inventory my wardrobe and create a spreadsheet so I can really see what I wear and what I might need.

A few weeks ago I won a $100 gift certificate in The Frump Factor’s Marketplace:India giveaway. I had a hard time choosing something because I wanted it ALL. I settled on a jacket that was on sale and a handbag.

I wore the jacket to work Monday and everyone LOVED it!!  It’s reversible and so lightweight. I styled it rather simply because I wanted the stunning embroidery to be the star. I’m definitely going to be ordering more from them. It supports a wonderful cause and I love being unique!

Jacket-Marketplace:India, Tshirt-JonesNewYork via Goodwill, Crops via Goodwill, shoes-Clarks via Goodwill

Tuesday I started out with a jacket but I was flashing big-time so I left it off. I found I liked the simplicity of the outfit. My co-workers were kind of stunned I wasn’t sporting my usual rainbow of color!  I punched up the neutrals with my shoes and new purse. I scored another turquoise bag at the Goodwill for $3. The lighter aqua croc bag I had went into the giveaway. I used it a lot but I like this one a bit better.

Blouse-LizClaiborne via goodwill, Crops-Dressbarn via Goodwill, Shoes-Comfortview, Bag via Goodwill, Owl Necklace via Kohl’s

Hello Blogland! I hope everyone is having a wonderful Mother’s Day!!!Many of you may not know that our daughter is adopted. She was born near Seoul,  South Korea and came to us when she was a few days shy of 5 months old.  I have been truly blessed every day by her mother’s love and sacrifice.

Julia Catherine Chan-Mee in November 1986. She had arrived in the United States 1 week earlier.

I would like to say thank you to a mother I will never know. I think about you often, and wish I could tell you how much you have blessed me. On Mother’s Day twenty-six years ago you were carrying a baby girl, only a month away from giving birth. You loved her enough to have her, and so much that you would give her away so that a woman half-way around the world could celebrate the next Mother’s Day with her beautiful adopted baby daughter. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your gift and sacrifice. I look in her eyes and I know I see you.

Thank you and God Bless all those birth mother’s today that are without their children. Your love and sacrifice have made it possible for so many other’s to celebrate Mother’s Day.

“Not flesh of my flesh,

Nor bone of my bone.

Yet still uniquely my own.

Never forget you didn’t grow under my heart,

But in it.”

Julie at her Bachelorette Party. In one week she will be a bride. Where did the time go?

It’s been a crazy week and I know this coming week will be even crazier!! I did manage to look cute, though!!

Sunday’s Outfit: Sweater-Alfred dunner via Goodwill, Skirt-White Stage via Goodwill, Top-Apt.9 via Kohls, Shoes-Sam&Libby via Goodwill

Wednesday: Pants-Dockers via Goodwill, Top-Apt.9 via Goodwill, Sweater-OldNavy via Goodwill, Shoes-Comfortview

Thursday: Jacket-via goodwill, Jeans-Denim&Co. via Goodwill, Top-LizClaiborne via Goodwill

Friday: Top-Dressbarn via goodwill, Jean blazer via Goodwill, Crops via Goodwill, Shoes-Croft&Barrow via Kohls

I’m linking up with Patti for  Visible Monday and Monday Mingle.

Everyone have a wonderful evening! I’m off to make icing for 12 dozen cupcakes!!



Hello Blogland!!! How is everyone doing this week??? I’ve been reading your blogs but for some reason I am having problems posting (I read at lunchtime at work) My computer has been PMS-ing I think.

I’m linking up with EverybodyEverywear for their Nautical Theme this month. It was a difficult one because I’m not the nautical type. I found some stuff in red/white/blue that
I think conveyed the theme pretty well. My outfit (sans the undies) is from the Goodwill and came in at $15.

The funny thing is everyone at work thought I looked rather subdued today color-wise!!! LOLOL-yeah that’s gonna change tomorrow!

Looking really ship-shape today I wore:

Navy & White Seersucker Jacket-Dressbarn via Goodwill, Tshirt-JonesNewYork via Goodwill, Dark Denim Crops via Goodwill, Red Sandals-Clarks via goodwill, Purse via Goodwill

I was still in my skittles explosion mood yesterday so I opted for a bright jacket. It has rhinestone buttons and embroidered and sequined butterfly appliques on it. It was nice and cheerful for a grey Monday.

The top drove me crazy–it kept riding up and the little pin-dots were itchy. The shoes fit great but they do this weird twist thing when I walk and my toes touch the ground. Oh well–it was $5 for the both so into the donate pile they go.

Jacket-Breckenridge via Salvation Army, Top-No Label via Goodwill, Pants-Dressbarn via Goodwill, Sandals-Talbots via Goodwill, Purse via Goodwill

Let’s have a little make-up chat. Has anyone tried a BB Cream for their face yet?? It’s the big thing in Asia. Basically it combines sunscreen, moisturizer, foundation and skin care goodies in one product. I have a terrible time finding a foundation that works with my oily blotchy skin so I was all over this.

Disclaimer-I’m not being compensated in any way for this review. I brought some Garnier BB Cream Skin Renew Miracle skin Perfector in Light/Medium. Can you say LOVE!!! It gives me  light, dewy coverage and it lasts all day. I’ve noticed it is making my skin look better-more fresh and vibrant. It’s very reasonably priced and is just a great everyday foundation that feeds your skin. Here’s a link to more info: Garnier BB Cream

Yay–it’s Tuesday and almost time for my TV boyfriend Mark Harmon. Have a great evening!