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Perfect cardigan from Autumn Cashmere, $385.

  

Part of my winterizing plan is “cardigans over cute summer tops.”  I tried this today without much success.  The sweater I want is slightly long, textured but not bulky, warm and nicely cut.  I saw the perfect one in the January InStyle (Instant Style “Everyday denim,” page 66, photo at right).     

Since I’m not spending any money on clothes right now, and no amount of ingenuity can pretend that $385 is “not any” money, I’m trying to improvise. What I’ve got to work with:    

Jewel-neck cashmere cardigan, Macy's Charter Club 2004

  

Rib cuff and waist v-neck cardigan from hanna anderssen. Nice shoulder shirring. Light color is difficult to layer and it's too fitted to wear over some things.

  

Gray sweater that I like a lot. Not with this. The a-line works best with a very narrow bottom.

  

From the Gap. This is what I wore today to Target. Instead of pajamas.

 

 So, not great.  Maybe I will give up on this idea and stick with my brown turtleneck? Although I love this top underneath, love to layer this time of year to be sure I can stay comfortable.

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Eddie Bauer embroidered tank with elastic empire waist, $19.99

Okay not literally broke.* But after the holidays, nothing fits. I don’t like my clothes and I refuse to dig myself out of this hole by shopping; I’m on “max conserve” (tm Terri’s Dad). Max conserve means, when I ask myself “hmm should I buy this?” the answer is always, “no.” No shoppy.

So I’m “shopping my closet” to put good outfits together. Not easy when I also need to winterize (and waterproof) a wardrobe I bought in the summer.  But I refuse to give up and wear pajamas to the Costco. Even during the “dead week” between Christmas and New Years (when we all pretend we’re “hanging at home,” but really we’re all at Costco, and apparently it’s America’s Great Past-time to observe this paradox by wearing pajamas to the store).  I am not giving up.

Where this leaves me: Instead of daydreaming about purchases, I’m forced to reckon with all the clothes I bought in 2009.   Some pieces I am SO grateful to have.   Others, I can’t look at without cringing. The money I flushed down the drain by making bad purchases! Yuck.  

So for blog edification, here are the best and worst of 2009: 

two fabulous geniuses.  Geniusi? Genii?

Rocking the Look. Me in raspberry cardigan sweater with metal necklace and denim skirt. J with similar outfit concept but awesomely hipped-up (or maybe I'm hipped-down?)

 
So happy I found you . . . Best Purchases of 2009:  

1. Costco camisoles in fresh colors. My favorite is a color I call “Michelle Obama’s Inauguration Glove Green.”  Green is way out of my comfort zone, but it is so cool and current.  Camis are sure to add texture and depth, smooth me out and bring it all together, and ensure that no one sees down my shirt.  

2. Funky metal necklaces. Necklaces are an instant upgrade, no matter the weather.  Metal goes with any color and any style. Yay necklaces!  

3. Raspberry-red cardigan with ribbon tie. This is a beautiful color and works with jeans, skirts or suit separates. Nordstrom Point of View FTW.  

4. Eddie Bauer embroidered cotton tops. Deep colors, quality detail, flattering fit. I’m wearing these under sweaters instead of tee-shirts. I love how they hang nicely with less cling than knits. And they don’t need to be ironed (okay, ironing would help, but I don’t mind the crinkly look).  

5. Cole Haan Carma Tortoiseshell open-toe pumps. I will not say I’d marry these shoes.  But if they needed me to quit my job and move across the country for them? I’d consider it. On cold (dry) winter days, they are awesome with black tights.  

What I regret buying. . . Worst Mistakes of 2009:  

2010: No Target! No Juniors Department! No impulse buys!

1. Cheap Cotton Target Skirt.
I knew this was a mistake when I bought it. Didn’t we all?  

2. Awful Fred Meyer “Scribbles of Fug” Print Dress.I humbled myself to admit I bought this in the panic of our big heatwave. I was able to return it (without the receipt even), so it wasn’t a total bomb. Let us not forget: Bad color, unflattering print.  And no DROP WAIST on any fruits with heaviness in the middle or hip. Honestly, Robin.  

3. Pink patent leather open-toe espadrilles, 4″ heels. These pushed me out of my comfort zone in too many directions at once. Too high, too flashy, too trendy, too uncomfortable. . . As a rule, I will be open minded about a cute shoe with one of these issues, but this was too many. Didn’t wear them.  

4. Ann Taylor Loft spaghetti-strap knit dress. Even over a swimsuit, the s-straps don’t work. Maybe a teenager could do it with a strapless suit (??) or braless, but why would a teenager be shopping at ATL? Grown women need support. Speaking of support:  

5. Bras without trying them on. No, you don’t get a photo. Don’t do this, dudes.  I tried to regift.  I know.

So here’s to a great 2009 of searching for our style, and here’s to a fabulous 2010. Whether your challege (we all have them) is body type, budget or your attitude (you know who you are), we will all figure it out and all look great together.  Don’t give up! And I won’t either. 

 

*You know you complain too much about money if your five-your-old offers you his tooth fairy quarters “to share with Mommy, next time she says something is too expensive!”

Also he thinks hot dogs come from the “meat of a dog’s tail, when you cut it off and cook it until it’s rubber.”

Aren’t kids cute?

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Happy Fall!

Fall is my favorite season

Fall is my favorite season

Welcome to fall, everyone! Ok, technically it’s not until tomorrow but being from a different time zone I am allowed to celebrate things a day early. Besides, my name means autumn so I can celebrate it all year long.

Let’s talk about sweaters. I’ve also had a love/hate relationship with sweaters. My body temperature tends to run hot so I am always sweltering in sweaters. Sure, sure, I can always layer and take them off as the need arises but that’s just one more thing I have to think about, and I hate thinking. As a result my “sweaters” tend to become cardigans and I never own too many. And I haven’t seen most of them in about two years due to pregnancy and weight fluctuations. I brought them out of their sabbatical this weekend.

Camel zip up non-hoodie from the Gap. I forgot I had this one. I love it. I'll be wearing it a lot this fall.

Camel zip up non-hoodie from the Gap. I forgot I had this one. I love it. I'll be wearing it a lot this fall.

An exception to my rule: buttons. Blue hoodie from the Gap. Technically, this is a maternity sweater but anyone who sees this can attest that it was designed for a pregnant mouse or ferret. I'm wearing it for regular wear.

An exception to my rule: buttons. Blue hoodie from the Gap. Technically, this is a maternity sweater but anyone who sees this can attest that it was designed for a pregnant mouse or ferret. I'm wearing it for regular wear.

Speaking of maternity, on the other side is this. Gap zip up in a pretty pretty blue. It's regular wear but I bought it in a large to wear during pregnancy. So...am I still allowed to wear it? It's so pretty.

Speaking of maternity, on the other side is this. Gap zip up in a pretty pretty blue. It's regular wear but I bought it in a large to wear during pregnancy. So...am I still allowed to wear it? It's so pretty.

Charcoal grey zip up hoodie from j.crew. I found it at St Vincent De Paul for about $3. It had tissue in the pockets, haha. It's a little big but it'll do, pig.

Charcoal grey zip up hoodie from j.crew. I found it at St Vincent De Paul for about $3. It had tissue in the pockets, haha. It's a little big but it'll do, pig.

My first cashmere sweater in black. Got it at Bloomingdales in 05 after I lost a bunch of weight.

My first cashmere sweater in black. Got it at Bloomingdales in 05 after I lost a bunch of weight.

My oldest sweater. Sleeping on Snow from Anthropologie about 10 years ago? Green and yellow. I love the contrast seaming but this shoulder cut is probably not best if I want to de-emphasize my linebacker shoulders. But I love it.

My oldest sweater. Sleeping on Snow from Anthropologie about 10 years ago? Green and yellow. I love the contrast seaming but this shoulder cut is probably not best if I want to de-emphasize my linebacker shoulders. I will replace this one eventually.

After I got my first cashmere sweater I thought I needed more and got this at the Bon, Charter Club (no, not Sag Harbor). The neckline unfortunately doesn't really work. Does anyone want this sweater? It's not that long either.

After I got my first cashmere sweater I thought I needed more and got this at the Bon, Charter Club (no, not Sag Harbor). The neckline unfortunately doesn't really work. Does anyone want this sweater? It's not that long either.

This is a sentimental sweater that I'll keep. It's a little small but it's the first and only piece of clothing that my husband gifted me. It's sweet that he thought I was that small. I can bring it out for halloween? Very lady like.

This is a sentimental sweater that I'll keep. It's a little small but it's the first and only piece of clothing that my husband gifted me. It's sweet that he thought I was that small. I can bring it out for halloween? Very lady like.

Brown halogen sweater from Nordstrom. I had a better photo but it made my boobs look way too big. Had this one for years too, and love.

Brown halogen sweater from Nordstrom. I had a better photo but it made my boobs look way too big. Had this one for years too, and love.

This to me is almost too many sweaters. I’m glad I reviewed my inventory because I won’t be looking to buy any more this season. Or ever. Unless one of these is replaced. I’ve not had too much luck with yarny knitty things. What does your sweatering look like?

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by deathmama

Now don’t you worry! I still love hoodies and will continue wearing them. It’s just that I don’t think I need 500 sweatshirt material sporty hoodies. So, I set off on a quest and found a couple of replacements at the neighborhood Value Village.

brown bass outlet hoodie on the left will be replaced by an eddie bauer cardigan for $4.99

brown bass outlet hoodie on the left will be replaced by the $4.99 eddie bauer cardigan on t he right. I'll wear it flowy and open (you can't see but there are buttons, which I hate. I may take them out altogether)

My other rule that I think I want to implement is when I buy something as a replacement, I should get rid of the older version. Otherwise, I will have a closet full of ratty old stuff that I’ll keep grabbing just out of familiarity.

the gap outlet black hoodie will be replaced by a gap sweater coat. i'll wear it open. the back has a nice belty detail too.

the gap outlet black hoodie on the left will be replaced by the $5.99 gap sweater coat on the right. i'll wear it open (because I don't like buttons, remember? I guess I broke a rule there kind of. The back has a nice belty detail too.

Don’t forget, I also got this black Carole Little jersey cardigan at Goodwill last weekend for $4.99, also a hoodie alternative.

blurry because if i use a flash you can't really see the foldy details

blurry because if i use a flash you can't really see the foldy details

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by Meg Wood

Hello, readers of this fabulous blog!  This is my first post here, which is only fitting, as the development of this post also involved an afternoon of firsts.  For example: first time I’ve ever taken a camera shopping with me, first time I’ve ever taken a photo of my ass intentionally, first time I’ve ever tried on a shirt with horizontal stripes, first time I’ve ever overheard anybody in a dressing room say, “Do these pants make my feet look big?” (Note: If you have to ask, the answer is probably yes.)

I embarked this afternoon on a quest for two items specifically.  The first was a nice looking, fitted cardigan sweater in a neutral color that I could wear with a sleeveless dress in two weeks for a wedding.  The second was a pair of casual jeans.  Remarkably, I found both items immediately at Nordstrom — the sweater I picked was the first one I tried on, the jeans the second.

While I was at it, I tried on a few other things, some of which I would never, ever have picked up off the rack had it not been for reading this blog the last few months.  Surprisingly enough, I actually had FUN SHOPPING, which might also be a first for me.

But here we go — photo tour!

This is my “before” picture.  It’s what I wore to the store.  The top half is a very pretty white embroidered short-sleeved shirt from Eddie Bauer, and the cardigan is from J. Jill. I wear both those items to work.  The bottoms are my most raggedy jeans, but they are also the only jeans I have at the moment that fit me, so there you are.  I never wear those jeans to work.

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This off-white cardigan is the first one I tried on when looking for something to go with the dress I’m wearing to the wedding.  I think it’s perfect, so I didn’t even try on any others.  It fits well, I think, and I liked the detail on the edging.  The dress is quite plain in terms of cut (the fabric is sort of a bright blue-gray with an off-white pattern that is hard to describe), so I think the little bit of detail on the sweater will go okay with it.  The goal will be NOT to wear the sweater during the wedding/reception, but I get cold easily and wanted to have the back-up just in case.

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Up next was trying on some jeans.  I had the Nordstrom saleslady pick out a few pairs for me, and explained I was looking for casual jeans with a boot-cut and a dark-ish wash.  This was the first pair I tried on, and they were okay, but not quite what I was after.  This photo demonstrates my biggest problem with jeans — waist gap!

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This was the pair I ended up buying (below) — I really liked the wash on these, and the fit was great overall.  WAIST GAP strikes again, though, but when I mentioned that persistent problem, the saleslady called the alterations department and there was a woman at my dressing room in under two minutes.  Cost for taking the waist in on jeans at Nordstroms is $21, and they’ll be done within the week.  I’m sure I could get that done cheaper elsewhere, but the jeans were on sale, so I just went for it!

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Now that I’d taken care of the two things I actually needed to buy, I decided to try on a bunch of stuff I would probably never ordinarily try on.  This shirt is the first thing I’ve EVER WORN that has horizontal stripes on it, and the stripes were even a bit ruffly!  It was $80, so I put it back, but I sort of regret that decision every time I look at the picture.  I could get away with that shirt, right?  I’m not just imagining that it looks sort of okay?

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I grabbed this sweater (left) the moment I saw it because it immediately made me think of Clint Eastwood in spaghetti Westerns.  I was hoping it would make me LOOK like Clint Eastwood in spaghetti Westerns.  Maybe if I’d had the cheroot, it would have.  Instead, it sort of makes me look like a Floridian grandmother.  The saleslady talked me into buying the lacy purple tank on the right, but it wasn’t a hard sell.  It’s a little lingerie-looking to me by itself, but I think it would look pretty under something else.   I think this is the only purple shirt I own — it’s not a color I tend to try.  But I liked it!

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THIS sweater, I picked up because it looked kind of dramatic and cool on the mannequin.  Once I got it on, though, what it reminded me of instantly was the shirt I made in home-ec in the 8th grade.  Which I got a D on.  See the photo of the front hemline?  That’s what my home-ec shirt’s hemline looked like too.  Only back then, that was considered bad measuring.

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I moved to Macy’s at this point, and tried on a few more things there.  This jacket was on sale, and I’ve been wanting to try a trench-style coat with a belt for a while now.  But it seemed too short for me, and the belt was on my ribs, not at my waist.  Is that how it’s supposed to be, though?  I can never tell with these things.  Long coats are not good for my body type, typically, but I usually pick out jackets that are a little bit longer than this one.

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Guess what, though — Macy’s was having a big sale on dress pants, so I tried on about six pairs of gray slacks.  None fit but this pair, and this pair DID NOT HAVE ANY WAIST GAP (note surprise on face!)!   I bought them just for that — who cares about the rest?  Brand: Dockers.  I’m officially my father.

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And finally, I tried on this boring, boring, boring gray cardigan sweater, which looks like every other cardigan sweater I have ever owned.  Loved it!  Bought it.  Wore it home.  Some things never change.

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Purchased:  Two cardigans (boring gray, fancified off-white), lacy purple tank top, one pair of jeans currently being tailored, one pair of Dad pants, one cheroot.

And, to wrap this up, a shot of my infamously enormous ass, because I was double-dog-dared to include it by a friend when I told her I was doing this blog post today.  It might be a bit of a disappointment to some, after all the hype!, because it’s a bit smaller than usual at the moment.  Don’t worry, it will reexpand as soon as I am over this weird stomach thing I’ve got goin’ on lately.  My butt misses doughnuts.  So very, very much.

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