Now, This One I Like

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As much as I don’t like head to toe white, I DO like an all neutral outfit. When I originally wore this look to the movies with my husband, I wore white jeans. Since you’ve seen those a million times, I decided to pair it with a too short white skirt instead. ;-)

I thought it would look cute with my thrifted Chico’s jacket ($17.50) draped over my shoulder’s like the Europeans wear it.

#iwaswrong

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So I put the jacket on the American way and added the one accessory that makes everything cuter.

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I don’t know why Miss Oreo is giving me the cold shoulder. :-(

#ibetatreatwouldchangeherattitude

 

 

The shirt is from Victoria’s Secret. I paid ten bucks for it. That’s the cost of an entire outfit at the thrift store! The jewelry is one of my favorite sets from WHBM.

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The jacket looks and feels like crinkled paper.

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Hmm…there is a whole lotta boobs happening in those last two photos.

#myapologies

 

 

Miss Oreo decided to get in on the action one more time…

 

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:-)

 

How do you feel about an all neutral outfit?

 

Make sure you check out my post on Tuesday, May 26th…

All is Revealed! #bucketlist

Photo Credit : Sarah Velez Photography

S/S 2015 Trend : Head to Toe White

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Oh…my gosh!! For the past couple of years I have tried this trend and I have never liked it.

#thisyearisnodifferent

This is another one of those posts where I was going to show you the look in ‘pieces’ …

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but then I thought “screw it”. Not every look is a winner…so here goes.

 

 

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#mostunflatteringposeever

 

Sigh… :-(

I don’t even want to talk about this look but I will.

I bought this skirt last season when my husband left me unattended near WHBM. I can’t believe I actually bought a broomstick skirt. It is SO not my style.

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I DO like the details and the belt, though.

 

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Paired with this top, also from WHBM, the look has a Grecian Goddess feel to it.

 

 

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Yes, I have these WHBM sandals in three more colors. The ones in black are my all time favorites.

 

I just realized…this is the first outfit I have posted in a long time where not one thing is thrifted. Too bad for me though…I wouldn’t feel so bad about hating this outfit, if it only cost me a couple of bucks!

#liveandlearn

Have you tried head to toe white successfully yet? Let me know your secret!

Photo Credit : Sarah Velez Photography

 

Getting Ready for Summer

Yes, it’s May and it just snowed over the weekend and now the past couple of days have been cold and rainy BUT I know warmer days are coming. Savers must know that too, because they just had a 40% off sale on shorts, tees, tanks and sleeveless tops!

 

 

I picked up these four items for a total cost of $14.72.

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I ventured into my closet #scary and came up with a couple of options on how I might style them.    #iftheweathereverwarmsup

 

 

2015-05-12 16.42.57At $4.79 this Apt 9 (Kohl’s) sequined tank top was the most expensive thing I got that day…and it’s not even a high-end brand like everything else I bought!

#whatsupwiththat

 

 

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I can cross denim shorts off my thrift ‘wish’ list now. These DKNY button fly denim shorts fit perfectly and were only $3.59!. I paired it with the Banana Republic cream tank I also scored for $3.59. The cute little sweater is from a previous thrift haul.

 

 

2015-05-12 16.46.13Last up is this American Apparel sugar skull tee shirt. Even though it’s a size M it’s a tad tight, but for $1.79 I figured I could make it work. When I got home and looked closer at the tag I discovered it was a girl’s shirt. I’m surprised it fit at all!

 

 

Are you getting ready for summer?

Graduation Day!

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I’m sure most of you had a busy weekend because it was Mother’s Day. Mine was EXTRA busy because my youngest, Adam, graduated from high school!

Of course, that means tons of photo ops, which normally I’m all about. However, on Thursday I decided to gouge my eye with my fingernail and had to wear my glasses the entire weekend. :-(

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#wowigotcrazyeyeslikemissoreo

 

On Friday, we did the celebratory graduation dinner for Adam even though he didn’t graduate until Saturday.

First, I took a photo with my glasses on.

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Then I took my glasses off…and couldn’t see a thing.

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Once at the restaurant of Adam’s choosing (Buffalo Wild Wings) I snapped a couple more photos.

First up Adam with his brother Michael…who didn’t want his photo taken.

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Then Adam with his Papa ( my dad ).

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They look alike don’t they. I look just like my dad too. He looks pretty good for almost 80!

Then… Adam with his donuts?

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Hey, he didn’t want a cake…he wanted Krispy Kreme donuts instead! I bought the blue gel and added the wording.

#imsotalented ;-)

At the graduation practice Adam found out that he’s graduating Magna Cum Laude which you might think is strange for a high school graduation but this wasn’t a normal high school. College and Career High School is a new school (this was it’s second year) and is located on Central New Mexico Community College’s (CNM) main campus. The students were (for all practical purposes) college students…and the high school foot the bill…the ENTIRE bill, for the college classes that Adam took these past two years. He graduated high school…as a college sophomore!!! I couldn’t be more proud of him. :-)

 

On Saturday at noon was the Graduation ceremony. It was cold and windy so this is what I wore.

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I had to throw on a jacket too. Why? BECAUSE IT WAS SNOWING OUTSIDE!!!!!!!

O…MG!

I still wore these sandals though. Can we take a moment and talk about them?

2015-05-09 10.19.31 I just discovered a new shoe store here in Albuquerque. It’s called Shoe Stop ABQ and it’s located on Menaul across the street from IHop. They only carry high-end brands ( my sandals are Sam Edelman ) and EVERY. SINGLE. PAIR of shoes in the store is only $29.99!!

#o…mg

#um…yeah

#itsmynewfavoriteshoestore

If you live in Albuquerque, you MUST go and check out this store. You won’t be disappointed.

#justcallmemissbossypants

#youllthankmelater

As far as the graduation goes…here is the day in pictures.

 

First, a couple of selfies while we wait for things to get started.

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Adam’s graduating class only had 39 students, but he was required to sit through the ENTIRE college ceremony too.

Which in turn meant we had to also. :-(

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Papa didn’t make it through the 2 1/2 hr ceremony.

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But Michael and I did!

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With a little help from Skinny Girl…

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Finally, it was over and I got to take photos of Adam!

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There you have it!

Hope you enjoyed Adam’s graduation as much as we did. Hey, at least it didn’t take you 2 1/2 hrs to read this! ;-)

 

 

 

 

S/S 2015 Trend : Sporty

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The Sporty trend is one I had no trouble jumping on board with. Not that I work out or anything, because I don’t.

#mypicturesprovethat

Anyhow… this trend is all about the details like zippers, drawstrings and racing stripes.

Imagine my delight, when I came across this ACE brand zip up jacket at Thrift Town for $1.50! Paired with my $4.90 Levi’s…hello!

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d16With that racing stripe down the side…I am right on trend.

#vroomvroom

 

Oh, the shoes?

d17Another unbelievable find from Savers…Eddie Bauer suede oxfords for $7.50!

Wow! I just realized my whole outfit only cost $13.90!!

#ijustamazedmyself

What’s the cheapest head-to-toe look you’ve put together?

Photo Credit: Sarah Velez Photography

S/S 2015 Trend : Subtle 70’s

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The 70’s era in fashion is not really my style. I’m more of a 60’s kind of gal.

With that being said, I was surprisingly drawn to this Ooh La La shirt that I scored at Thrift Town for $7.99.

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Check out the back of it.

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It’s cool, huh! Apparently this is a pretty pricey line of clothing. Who knew?

 

Pairing it with this homemade crochet looking clutch $3.99 (Thrift Town) adds to the 70’s vibe.

#inmyhumbleopinion

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This Lucky Brand bracelet (super old from Macy’s )…

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and a pair of Nine West sandals

#thatihaveinthreemorecolors

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complete my 70’s inspired look. :-)

What is your favorite era of clothing?

Photo Credit: Sarah Velez Photography

S/S 2015 Trend : Yellow

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A lot of people are skipping this trend because yellow is not the easiest color to wear.

Did that stop me?

No!

#imfearless

#ijustaddbrighterlipstick

#thatsmysolutionforeverything

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I added a little more yellow with my bracelet.

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Check out the cute espadrilles I scored at Goodwill to wear with this outfit!

d7These Ros Hommerson denim espadrilles retail new around $100.00. I scored them for $8.24.

#yesireallyamthatgood

 

If you don’t want to wear yellow but still want to partake in the trend…

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#justhavinsomefunwithyou ;-)

 

Photo Credit: Sarah Velez Photography

 

S/S 2015 Trend : The Polo Style Shirt

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Today’s trend is actually two for the price of one!

#justthewayilikeit

The Polo Style shirt AND Florals.

Not just any kind of florals but oversized botanical florals!

#totallyontrend

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I love the look and feel of this Alfani shirt that I got at Thrift Town (TT). At $5.59 it was the perfect price point. Speaking of perfect…a perfect fitting denim skirt is hard to find but I thought this $4.00 Tommy Hilfiger skirt (TT) was pretty perfect. I like the tone on tone pattern.

 

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#girlgotsomecrazyeyesgoin’on

#nothermostflatteringpose

#maybesheshouldtakesomepointersfromme

Getting ready for this photo shoot, I got not one but TWO spots of foundation on this shirt. Can you see them?

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#myeyeglassperscriptionis-11+2.25

#um,yeah

 

d2Look at me matching the green in my shirt with this old bracelet from Loft.

#yesihaveitinthreemorecolors

 

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Keeping with the Tommy theme, I paired it with these Hilfiger white sandals…that I was apparently too lazy to buckle! hahaha

Guess what?

ANOTHER item got crossed off my bucket list.

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Do you see it? In the bottom right hand corner.

#icanteven

Click HERE to read the online version of the magazine.

Photo Credit: Sarah Velez Phtography

All About the Discount

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If you know me, you know I’m all about the discount. Even if you don’t know me, I think you’ve already figured that out. ;-)

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A couple of weeks ago my husband turned 64, so we decided to go away for the weekend (20 minutes away to be exact) to the big city of Albuquerque to celebrate.

The entire weekend was discounted, starting with our hotel.

Do you take advantage of free reward programs? I do.

Because we are Hyatt Gold Passport members and had accumulated enough points, we ended up with a free night PLUS an upgrade at The Hyatt Regency in downtown ABQ.

Savings: $200.00

Here was our view:

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Those are the Sandia Mountains. For you non-Spanish speakers…Sandia is Spanish for watermelon. When the sun sets, the mountains turn pink…like the color of a watermelon.

#funfact

 

Then we headed out for his birthday lunch. It was super windy that day…

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so of course I had to break out my trusty babushka!

#oldladystyle  #beenwearingoneforyears

 

I tweeted this photo out to @Hyatt and this is how they responded.

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Whoever their social media person is, is pretty funny!

 

Can you tell what restaurant we are at by the object in my husband’s hand?

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If you guessed Tucanos Brazilian Grill, you’re good! We were here once before…ten years ago. Apparently Mitch has always wanted to come back here. Me? Not so much.

Mitch’s meal was free because he went on line a few days earlier ( all on his own ) and signed up for their birthday club!

Savings: $15.00

 

Later that evening we headed off to The Box,  an Improv club. Our tickets were only $8.00 each because we got a military discount. A lot of places offer military discounts but don’t advertise that fact.That’s why I always ask.

Savings: $4.00

It should come as no surprise to hear that I ended up on stage.

#iseeimprovinmyfuture

 

When we got back to the room, this was waiting for us…

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A complimentary bottle of wine and a cheese plate! I’m not much of a drinker but this weekend was all about my husband.

#idontremembermuchafterthatpoint    #illneverdothatagain

 

We started off the next morning with a senior breakfast at IHOP.

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There were a whole bunch of people waiting for a table. I went to give my name to the hostess and she said they weren’t taking names.

How are you supposed to keep track of who’s next is what I though to myself. So you know what I did when she walked away?

I got behind the hostess stand and took down everyone’s name and the number in their party.

#ohyesidid

#andthepeoplewaitingappreciatedit

#plusiannounceditwasmitchsbirthday

 

 

After my successful stint as a hostess, we headed off to Sandia Casino for FREE birthday bingo and nachos!

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These electronic machines cost around $50.00. On your birthday you get one free! Not just for one session but two sessions! One session was all we could handle.

#threehoursisalongtime

 

About an hour and a half into the three hour session, this happened:

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He won!!!

#heletmeyellbingo

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We didn’t just save money this weekend…we made money!

How often does that ever happen? Um, never!

#bestbirthdayever :-)

 

In case you missed it:

My StyleBlazer interview about thrifting on Fabulous After 40 is HERE 

 

 

 

Crossing Items Off My Bucket List

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I’ve been on a roll lately with crossing items off my bucket list.

In late October 2014, right before I turned 53, I had my first experience as an ‘extra’. You can read that post HERE 

What I couldn’t reveal then was that the show was DIG on USA Network! My episode debuted on Thursday, March 26th.

Here is my 15 SECONDS of fame. There is no sound because I had it turned off…sorry. :-(

 

 

I was in three scenes that day and I had a good feeling that this one would make it into the show because I walked right in front of one star (with my TV husband, not my real husband) and the other star was right behind me. When we were filming, I thought the star behind me was a ‘bad guy’. It wasn’t until I watched the show that I realized he was one of the stars. Truth be told, I have no idea who either of these guys are! #imnotthathip

Since then, I was an ‘extra’ in an episode of The Night Shift on NBC. I was shadow #5… ;-) Needless to say, you couldn’t see me…but trust me I looked good. Oh, wait! I took a ‘selfie on set’. Don’t tell anyone though…apparently it’s frowned upon. #keepitonthedownlow

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The wardrobe department really liked my outfit, especially my vest…which is thrifted of course!!

After my two stints as an extra AKA background, I decided to try out for something that would put me front and center instead…a runway model for New Mexico Fashion Week 2015!! #NMFWQ2015

That’s right, people…I took my 34.5″ / 28.5″ / 39″ figure…

(I know my measurements now, because I had to get measured when I tried out. Let me just say that the women doing the measuring took one look at me and let out the measuring tape! I thought it was hilarious!)

…put on a pair of leggings…AS PANTS (gasp)…along with a tight white tee shirt and a pair of high heels (that I got from Savers for $3.99 just for this) and attempted to strut down the runway. It was quite the experience…for everyone. ;-)

Did I get chosen by any of the designers to model for them? Um, no…but something even better happened…

I was asked to be a guest speaker at #NMFWQ2015 instead! The topic…thrifting high-end boutique fashion!!

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Of course, I had nothing to wear, so off to Savers I went and picked up THE cutest Ann Taylor skirt for $5.60!

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Can you tell how thick the embroidery is? I LOVE it!

 

SAM_3562I’m missing my professional photos. :-(  I should have a new batch next week…YAY!

If you read my interview on Fabulous After 40, it will come as no surprise to you to find out that my shirt and jewelry are from White House Black Market. That was my favorite place to shop before I discovered thrifting. You can read the interview HERE.

Here is a photo of me with the event founder Melissa and Heather, my new friend who asked me to speak! She’s the one in the middle drinking…at noon…on a Sunday. ;-) #nojudgementhere

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Did you notice that I was scheduled to speak…for an hour and a half!!! Yeah. #iusedupeverysingleminute

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I had a great time speaking about my love of thrifting and showing some of my best finds to the group of ladies in attendance.

I see public speaking in my future for sure!

 

P.S. Another bucket item is getting crossed off my list on Thursday, April 30th…

;-)