New Blue Shirt – Two Ways

The moment I put on this Old Navy Blue sleeveless top I knew it was coming home with me. I tried to put it down, walk away but I could not resist.  You might not have noticed but I have seriously curtailed my shopping this year.  Well my purchasing, at least. This blue shirt (and its purple twin which also came home with me) were the second purchase I made this year at all.  (My first was the pair of $13 cat-eyed sunglasses I wore in this post.)  All in call I’ve spent around $53 on fashion thus far, this year and considering that we are a quarter of the way through the year, I’m going to call that a victory.

[Shirt – Old Navy ($20); Jeans – Torrid ($45); Flats – Urban Outfitters ($9); Necklace- Made by Me]

This is how I imagined wearing this shirt when I picked it up at the store.  It is so lightweight and silky feeling, the perfect shirt for summer. I absolutely love it.  It does make me think how cyclical fashion is though. I’m pretty sure that my mom had a shirt very similar to this in the early 90s (only in real silk) and I made fun of her for wearing it.  I hated the silly breast pockets and the way she tucked it into skirts and pants.  Which leads me to the second outfit.

[Shirt – Old Navy ($20); Skirt – Old Navy ($30, last summer); Heels – Target ($30); Necklace and Bracelet – Grandmother’s Costume Jewelry; Earrings – Ten Thousand Villages ($10)

This outfit is kind of shapeless.  Yet, I still think I like it.  The weather in Virginia in the last week has been absolutely crazy, getting into 80s° F.  When it gets unexpectedly hot in the middle of March, the only thing that one can do is wear the most summer clothes possible in anticipation of the bright shiny days to come. Bot pointed out that this outfit is very Greek colored, which is true. It reminds me of the beautiful colors of the Greek Islands.  I actually bought this skirt last summer to replace my favorite white a-line skirt which I practically wore to pieces the summer I visited Greece.

I think this shirt has a bright (yep, that’s a pun) future in my summer wardrobe. I see this shirt with a pair of green pants (which I am still determined to find) and belted over some of my strapless sundresses. What do you think? Do you have a summer “uniform” planed?

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Spring is Here – OOTD

It has been one of those weeks where the schedule at the coffee shop breaks down (this time due to a coworker in the ER) so my schedule has been changing daily, sometimes hourly.  Which means that when both Bot and I had Wednesday off and no one had called me to cover a shift by 10am we decided to throw on some clothes and head OUT.  Where did we go? To get coffee of course but at a different store.

[Tank – Torrid ($8); Sweater – Target (bought forever ago); Jeans – Torrid, Source of Wisdom ($54.50); Heels- Target ($30); Bag – Marshalls ($25ish)]

This is one of those adventure outfits, made up of things that I don’t particularly like from my closet (these skinny jeans and tank top) paired with some of my favorites (this sweater and my nude wedges).  These skinnies are not my favorite, they are the Torrid Source of Wisdom Black Skinny Jeans as opposed to my much preferred Tripp NYC ones.  If I had not, in typical Mel fashion, not gotten around to returning my too large Tripp NYC black skinnies until WAY after the return time frame I would not own these.  After a not so pleasant customer service experience, I picked up these jeans and headed home. When I got home that day and tried them on, I knew right away that I didn’t (and still don’t) like the way they fit.  For skinny jeans they are not quite skinny enough in the leg and calf for me and they sort of bunch around my knees in a weird way.  But there was no way that I was driving another hour and a half to the Torrid store to return another pair of black skinny jeans so I decided to suck it up and keep them.  They now function as slightly nicer “lay around the house” pants and I would have worn my Tripp Skinnies for this excursion except they were in the wash.  The moral of this story is don’t be like me, if you don’t like something or it doesn’t fit, return it right away! Even if you have to pay for return shipping or drive a ways back to the store, it will be worth it in the end.

Now don’t get me wrong, This top is adorable, I wouldn’t have bought it if it were not, even at $8.  It is just the shape of it that drives me crazy.  The tank is basically a tube top with adjustable spaghetti straps added on, and even a bra-like lining, as if a girl with a chest big enough to fill out this shirt would go bra-less, come on Torrid, lets get real.  My qualms are that I have to wear a strapless bra to wear this shirt and I hate, hate, HATE strapless bras.  I have yet to find one that is supportive and doesn’t just smush everything down and out of place, completely ruining my shape.  The one I’m wearing here is the Multi-Way Strapless Bra by Cacique but I had to size down a cup size to get it to work even this well.

Then again, after all that complaining, I think this outfit looks really nice. I think I’ll try to recreate it another time with my other skinnies and see if I like it even more.

Why I Never Wear Green on St. Patrick’s Day

Growing up as an Irish American, I have always kinda hated St. Patrick’s Day.  You see, I grew up in a middle to upper class predominately Caucasian area, where (other than the one guy whose family had recently emigrated from the Emerald Isle) my red hair was as Irish as the area got.  Which basically meant that St. Patrick’s day was an excuse for everyone to dress up in green from head to toe, throw a bunch of glitter on their faces and mercilessly pinch people who forgot (or, like me, refused) to wear green.  It is not that I didn’t like wearing the color green, on the contrary, I loved it! I wore green all of the time, it was my signature color and I hated that the rest of the world only seemed to catch on to its awesomeness one day of the year.  Lucky for the rest of the world, I’ve mellowed as I’ve grown up and no longer yell at people that it is “unlucky for the Irish to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day.”*  Instead, I have taken to drinking a good beer and probably a shot of whiskey and eating a few potatoes while toasting my Irish American ancestors.

So in honor of this celebration of my ancestors I suggest you get yourself something green and not one of those cheap “Kiss Me I’m Irish” t-shirts but something beautiful that you will treasure.  The following are my favorite green things at the moment.

This green pencil skirt by Eloquii is absolutely fantastic.  The classic tailored look tames down the bright green color for those who are still afraid of it.  Pair it with neutrals like a classic white button down or a tan sweater.  Or better yet, take inspiration from Jessica of Surely Sonsy because she rocks the teal version of this skirt.

This Kiyonna Sweetheart Knit Wrap Dress has been on my lust list since last year but it has only recently come back in stock in Kelly Green, aka the color of my dreams.  I’m pretty sure that this dress is going to make its way into my closet this year.  I think I’ll curl my hair and wear it with my nude wedges.

I’ve been searching for a great pair of green jeans for a while, well, ever since the Asos Curve green skinny jeans sold out before I realized that, yes, I really do need a pair of green pants in my life.  I’ve been contemplating these Fire Plus Green Skinny jeans for the past few weeks.  The color of green just looks very different between the two promotional photos of the pants.  I wonder which image is more true to color?

What about you? What are your favorite green pieces this season? And how are you spending your St. Patrick’s day?

*I have no idea where I got this information, I tried to figure it out by googling but only found hilarity about fairies stealing babies who wear green.  If you feel like following me down the rabbit hole read this and this.  This is the most interesting article I found but has nothing to do with the color green but rather the prevalence (or lack there of) of “Irish Need Not Apply” signs.

How Would You Style It?

Stefanie Bezaire just launched her new Spring 2012 line and in honor of this I decided to try and restyle my Stefanie V Neck dress.

[Dress – Stefanie Bezaire ($267); Belt – Lane Bryant (came with a dress); Tights – We Love Colors (gift from MIL); Boots – Old Navy ($15)

This dress is way out of my normal price range, beware the sticker shock.  I saved my tips for over two months last year and bought it as a splurge for myself.  Since then, I’ve never been quite sure about the dress though.  I think I like the way this is styled.  The belt echos the color of the boots and the pop of the cranberry tights gives it a little something extra.  I also really like the contrast of the girly dress and the cowboy-ish boots.  But I am still not quite sure about this outfit or the dress in general.  Maybe it doesn’t fit just quite right or maybe its all in my imagination but it never looks the way I want it to, the way I picture it looking in my head.

What do you think? Should I keep trying?  How would you guys style this dress?

All Dressed Up with No Where to Go

Every once in a while I put together an outfit that I think is just perfect. I finally manage to accessorize or wear an item that I had been hiding in my closet and it makes me feel great.  This was one such outfit, too bad I didn’t have anywhere to go.

[Jacket – Torrid (Xmas Gift); Shirt – City Chic ($13); Skirt – ASOS ($15?); Tights – We Love Colors (Xmas Gift); Heels – Madden Girl ($30); Purse – Marc by Marc Jacobs (Bday Gift from Bot); Scarf – Urban Outfitters (borrowed from Mom)]

I bought this skirt from ASOS over a year ago when I was living in Atlanta.  I had just found out about ASOS Curve and was desperate to buy some of their fashion forward plus size options.  Then I saw this post by Nat and I fell in love with the lace dress and decided to buy it right away.  I also threw this black linen pencil skirt in my order as well because it was on sale for a steal and I thought, why not?  But then when the skirt arrived I was less than thrilled.  It hugged my curves as a pencil skirt should but I wasn’t as comfortable with myself at that time so it sat in my closet.  (I probably should have returned it but we all know how terrible I am about remembering to return things within the proper time frame.)  Then I put this skirt on earlier this month when I was cleaning out my closet and was amazed at how much I loved this skirt.  It had been over a year since I had first put on this skirt and, well, what a difference a year can make.  Not in my size, but in my mentality.  Now I love the way the skirt hugs my curves, and I even tucked in my favorite City Chic shirt to highlight the skirt’s high waist.  I’ve come a long way and I’m rather proud of myself.  It doesn’t hurt that I think I look fabulous in this outfit.