Before I get dressed, I’ll often plan an outfit out in my head. I will mentally scan my closet, thinking of different combinations. However, I hardly ever wear my originally planned outfit. A minimum of six articles of clothing must end up on the floor before I make any choices. In fact, my favorite outfits are ones that develop over the process of getting dressed.
Jean Jacket: Gap
Navy and Cream Striped Sweater: J.Crew
Army Green Felted Wool Mini Skirt: J.Crew
Black Ribbed Tights: J.Crew
Gray Boots: Frye
Printed Scarf: Nordstrom
Tortoise Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs
The only item that remained constant throughout my many wardrobe changes were my tights. Needless to say, my bedroom now looks like a bomb went off. Wool mini skirts are a staple in my closet in the fall—I love that they can be worn with boots, sky-high heels, or even a cute pair of clogs.
Horn Jet Set Watch: Michael Kors
When I was running out the door, I realized that it was cooler than I had expected, so I grabbed my worn-in jean jacket. I’ve had this jacket since the beginning of eighth grade—when I wore it all the time—but I haven’t pulled it out of my closet in years. Unless an item is super trendy, I don’t ever get rid of a piece of clothing. You never know; you just might need it seven years later.
Five hundred Ralph Lauren Polos in every color of the rainbow, on the other hand, probably won’t be needed.
Natalie, Ali, and I spent the afternoon yesterday running errands and doing a little shopping. We stopped at Uptown Cheapskate, an upscale consignment shop, which opened in Timonium at the end of summer. I get extremely overwhelmed at stores with a lot of inventory—there’s so much to go through!
When I’m scouring racks and racks of clothing, I have the mindset that if it doesn’t catch my eye right away, then I don’t need to purchase it. This is usually beneficial to my wallet. Until I found a one-of-a-kind, beaded Badgley Mischka dress tucked deep in a rack amongst less than stellar pieces. It was the only rack that I thumbed through thoroughly, so it had to have been fate. Right? One thing was for sure: I wasn’t leaving without it. Along with some jewelry, I also scored a pair of Michael Kors sunglasses that I found while standing in line.
Afterward, we went to Old Navy without knowing that a major sale was going on at the time. The line wrapped around all the way to the back of the store, but the deals were too good to pass up. For five hours yesterday, outerwear was 75% off. Plus, we had a coupon for $30 off of our purchase. I love a classic wool peacoat, but brightly colored jackets are a fun way to liven up a winter outfit. I spotted an orange double-breasted coat and a plum toggle coat in my size and grabbed them immediately. They were a mere $20 each!
We came home for dinner then went back out to drive my mom to the airport. We couldn’t resist stopping at Arundel Mills, a large outlet mall located a few minutes away from the airport. We didn’t make any extraordinary purchases, though I did find an awesome holiday decoration. Unfortunately, Natalie and Ali wouldn’t let me buy the life-size Santa Claus. I’m not sure why?
I dropped Ali off at a friend’s house and Natalie at home, then headed to my friend Molly’s house. Lizzie and Karen, two girls I went to high school with, also came over. We watched Crazy, Stupid, Love while catching up. I hadn’t seen them in a long time, so it was nice to see old friends!
Have you ever found anything amazing at a consignment/thrift shop?
Do you like sifting through racks of clothing, or do you prefer more organized shopping?
Anyone else secretly want a life-size Santa to put on display in their house?