Thursday, June 18, 2009

Thrift and Gift Week - Yellow, Orange and Traumatized

If I look flustered, it's because I just spent two hours shopping for a bathing suit. I have not owned a bathing suit in over 20 years (body issues...oh, where was Sal back then?). However, I did find a lovely black and white retro one-piece (no, I'm not posting a picture of it), and it wasn't quite as traumatic as I'd envisioned...although being confronted with one's jiggly bits in the garish light of a fitting room is sufficient to drive me to full-body coverage for a few days.

I really wanted to showcase the new-to-me shoes (which were barely worn, and I recall seeing in Towne Shoes last fall) that I got a couple of weeks ago.

Although Ruth disapproved of my tweed in summer, I like the orange skirt and it was neither too hot nor too cold.

The stuff:
Love the shoes! The second-hand store also had exactly the same pair in pink trimmed with fuscia, but I'm so not a fan of pink. They were around $20. The necklace and earrings were Christmas gifts from L.

Cardigan (no label, consignment), blouse (French Connection, consignment), skirt (no label, consignment), shoes (David Dixon, consignment), necklace & earrings (Lucky Brand, gift from L).


  1. I love the skirt! The flippy little pleats are marvelous. And your pose...well, it's marvy too.

  2. Oh, doll, I wish I could've been there for you back in the day! Still, glad to hear you found a suit you love and that you aren't too scarred from the experience.

  3. those are about the HOTTEST shoes i have seen all month. i love them!!

  4. love the pose! and i'm sure you look fab in your new bathing suit. I just wore my first 2-piece bathing suit...ever.. so yay us!! So daring!! lol

  5. Yoour pose today really put a smile on my face! I'm glad you found a swimsuit that you like.

    Your new-to-you shoes got me thinking about your goal "one in, one out" for your wardrobe. I for one, would be fascinated to see what you are diving up when you add new items. Any chance of showing us a few of your swap outs?

  6. Thanks, sallymandy!

    Sal, you would have been a godsend to me 10-15 years ago...of course, you might have been a littly young.

    Eednic, thanks!

    Diane, thank you! Wow, good for you! I tried on some 2-pieces...they were best left alone.

    Tina, aw, thank you. I think that is a fabulous idea - from now on, I will show what I'm getting rid of when I buy new items. Most of the "outs" are long gone (consigned or swapped).

  7. Oh my goodness, you do dramatic so well! I adore the pose and the outfit shows off your lovely figure :)

    Brave girl, bathing suit shopping...I'd be more than a little faint myself, lol.

  8. Ha, thanks, Kayleigh! I felt very brave...but it was a Friday night, and there was no one else around. I just told myself, "you can do this."

  9. I love the skirt and shoes! The skirt is so flirty.

    Where did you have luck finding a bathing suit? I've been totally SOL so far and am probably going to just save up for a pricey suit next year since I can get by with my not-so-flattering suit, but there's always hope for finding one mid-season.

  10. Thanks, Kari!

    I went to the department store, The Bay. They had tons of suits - it was just a matter of looking for styles that would suit my body, and just trying them on. Mine ended up being $50+. Yowch.

  11. I so could have used a swimsuit last year, but certainly but just couldn't do it. This year I went out and bought a tankini top, that is just ok and board shorts. It was awful.

    I'm sure you look great in your new swim suit! You should lay it out on your bed and take a picture so we can see it.

    I love those new shoes that color is absolutely the perfect yellow!

  12. I tried tankinis (barf) and I wear board shorts for sports, but neither style worked as a bathing suit. I'll put a shot of the suit in today's blog entry!

    It's a glorious rich yellow - I have lots of ideas for it.


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