Consigment Shopping Before New Year’s Eve

I found myself this New Year’s Eve with no clear choice in my closet as far as outfits are concerned. I have a couple lovely new pieces of jewelry, but that’s just part of it. Not to mention bills, upcoming trips and birthdays have me trying to save my money. So I decided to check out Avalon to see what was available in the affordable and slightly used department. There were a lot of great pieces, but no winner for New Year’s Eve. I will probably wear something I already own, but I wanted to show you some of the cool dresses and not so cool dresses I looked at for inspiration.

This metallic silver dress was great, but a couple sizes to big. I wanted to try it on just to make sure. If there was more time a trip to the tailor would have take care of that.

Too small.

I loved the idea of this dress, however the hearts are just not my style. I loved the sheer overlay and the intricate beading.

Great J.Crew jacket, but too big and boxy.

This dress fell under the category of “I don’t know how I am supposed to wear it”. The torso was way too long.

This turned out to be a little too long and unflattering in my opinion.

Although this is a great jacket that could easily be dressed up or down, I thought the pattern and boxy shape were a little overwhelming on me.

Finally I struck gold with this practically brand new, silk J.Crew blouse. It may not make an appearance for New Year’s Eve, but it will be put to good use for the rest of 2012. What are you wearing for NYE?

Warm Christmas

Ralph Lauren turtleneck; The Limited cardigan; H&M skirt; Target Leggings; Franco Sarto boots; Michael Kors watch  
 
Merry Christmas! How was your day? Did you eat a lot? Did you get everything you wanted?
We had unusually beautiful weather in Cleveland this year. Warm enough that I was able to go for a walk after lunch and take some quick outfit pics. Although there was no snow I felt like the sunshine added to the overall cheeriness of the day. I got some very fun gifts for my apartment including some new party games and a crock pot that I had been wanting. And I of course got clothes and more clothes. This flyaway cardigan was one of my favorites. I see it becoming a very consistent member of my wardrobe. One of the best moments of the day was surprising my mom with a photo blanket of our family. I ate a ton and laughed hysterically playing my new party game with everyone. What was your favorite moment from your Holiday celebration? 





Last minute stocking stuffers

 Dress: H&M/Scarf: BP Nordstrom/Leggings and Headphones: United Colors of Benetton/Boots: Piperlime

Are you done with your Christmas shopping? Yes. Have you wrapped all of your presents? No. Me Neither. I had a strange phenomenon happen to me this year. I did not have a surplus of boxes and ribbons and bags to wrap my presents with. Last year, when I was living with my parents, there was this storage area full of Christmas wrapping paper and boxes. It was great. This year that storage area did not appear in my new apartment and I was bewildered. Where do boxes come from I wondered? Does the stork bring them too? Perplexing stuff.

So I thought I’d share one last gift tip just in case you really are one of those last-minute shoppers. I was in Shadyside last weekend browsing the United Colors of Benetton where I found these shiny new headphones and this great new pair of leggings all for under $25. Either of these would make a great stocking stuffer for that stylish lady in your life. The scarf was something I picked up while Christmas shopping as well and I barely take it off. Happy Shopping to all of those slackers out there!

Tune into tomorrow for Christmas Memories/Wish List with Kimberly Morris of SMITTEN…in cleveland.

"A little place called Apsen"

Poncho: H&M; Leggings: United Colors of Benetton Boots: c/o Crocs Headband: Walmart Top: Gap 

Sorry for the lack of outfit posting. I have been completely overwhelmed by the holidays this year. I committed to a cookie exchange that was not for the meek of heart. 10 dozen cookies! All in one night. And I chose the hardest recipe there is: sugar cookies with royal icing. From scratch. I can’t look at a cookie sheet without feeling nauseous. Now that I have survived the tough stuff, I am ready for the tundra that is Western PA. Yes, these Crocs Fuzz Booties are as warm as they look and comfy too! However, they do require a look with some panache. So I paired them with this 70s style poncho and leggings. I didn’t want to overwhelm their already attention-getting presence. Is anyone else thinking of the ski lodge scenes from Dumb and Dumber? Queue movie quote:

Lloyd: What the hell are we doing here, Harry? We gotta get out of this town!
Harry: Oh yeah, and go where? Where are we gonna go?
Lloyd: I’ll tell you where. Someplace warm. A place where the beer flows like wine. Where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. I’m talking about a little place called Aspen.
Harry: Oh, I don’t know, Lloyd. The French are assholes.