Red, White and Striped

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Okay, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I’m not a huge fan of the old red, white and blue.

I know, I know, I just wore it in my last post and guess what…I’m wearing it in a post next week too and of course I have to wear it today because the 4th of July is just around the corner. Just go with it…

Today’s look features a red and white striped Talbot’s jacket that I scored at Goodwill for $7.49. It’s brand new with the extra buttons still attached on the inside in a little bag.

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Once again, not the most flattering pose. :-(  The jacket is made out of a sweatshirt like material. It’s super comfy. Do you recognize my super cute (according to all of you) Enzo Angiolini metallic flats? (Goodwill $7.49 )

 

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I paired it with jewelry I just bought from White House Black Market… on sale of course, but that bracelet still set me back $20.00!

Today’s question is :

Is there a color combination you do or don’t like to wear?

Photo Credit : Sarah Velez

Product Review : Restful Sleep

How many of you have trouble sleeping? Ever since I hit ‘midlife’ getting to sleep and staying asleep has not been easy. So when the fine folks at Healthy Directions asked me to try out Dr. Xu’s Restful Sleep Natural Sleep Aid Supplement I was ALL IN!

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In the past, I have tried doctor prescribed sleeping pills but they acted like a diuretic. You can’t get any sleep with THAT side effect!

I like the fact that this product is all natural and made in the U.S.A.

Here is a small ‘snapshot’ about the product. Well, actually it’s a screenshot. ;-)

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Did you see the part about the spleen? According to Traditional Chinese Medicine belief, if your spleens chi (energy) is off, you are not going to get a good night’s sleep.

#whoknew     #nowwealldo

I wanted to take this for a full week so I could really see how effective it was. I have a lot on my mind right now. We just got back from house hunting in Vegas and are still waiting for an offer on our home here in New Mexico. I DEFINITELY have a restless mind!

#ihoperestfulsleepisupforthechallenge

Not only is my restless mind a problem when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, so is this…

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85lb Miss Oreo at my feet + 185lb husband at my side + Queen size bed = No room for me! :-(

#imbuyingakingsizebedwhenwemove

 

As directed, I took two pills 30 minutes before bedtime with 4 oz of water. I took the pills at 10 pm each night.

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Here are the results:

Night 1 : Still awake at 1 am when Miss Oreo said she had to go outside and do her business. Finally fell asleep and woke up at 6:15 am.

Night 2 : Started feeling sleepy at 10: 30 pm. Yay! Miss Oreo woke me up at 1 am. I easily fell back to sleep. Woke up at 7 am.

Night 3 : Didn’t fall asleep until close to 1 am. Woke up at 6:15 am.

Night 4 : Took them at 9:30 pm because I was tired. Fell asleep quickly. Woke up at 2 am, but fell back to sleep easily. Woke up at 7 am.

Night 5 : Once again it started working within 30 minutes. That darn Miss Oreo woke me up at 1 am and 2 am but I easily fell back to sleep until 7 am.

Night 6 : Once again, started feeling sleepy within 30 minutes. If that darn dog wouldn’t keep waking me up in the middle of the night I would have stayed asleep! I slept until 7:20 am.

Night 7 : Ugh…this last night was another rough one. I was still awake at midnight, the dog got me up at 2 am (but I fell back to sleep easily) and I woke up at 6am.

After seeing these results I would have to say…

1. Miss Oreo needs to wake my husband up to go outside and do her business in the middle of the night! Why me, Miss Oreo…WHY ME????

2. For the most part, 4 nights out of 7, Restful Sleep worked for me. Yay!!!!

 

If you would like to try Restful Sleep for yourself, Healthy Directions is offering my readers a 20% discount off their first order! Click HERE and enter the discount code SAVEREST at checkout. 

The promotional code expires on 12/31/15 .

Disclosure: I was gifted a full size sample of Restful Sleep from Healthy Directions in exchange for my honest review.

Thank you to Healthy Directions and Brand Backer for sponsoring this post.

S/S 2015 Trend : The Quirky Print

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As promised, here is my final post on trends for Spring/Summer 2015. How did I know it was a trend? Well, check out this video from Sydne Summer…

 

 

Can I just say…I’m in love with that flamingo dress! While I was in Vegas I saw a couple of flamingo print scarves at Nordstrom Rack but couldn’t bring myself to spend the $12.95 they were asking. ;-)

Instead, I easily spent $6.99 for this Talbot’s pineapple shirt I scored at Savers during a thriftover. Hey, I pulled it for my client but it was too big for her. I couldn’t just leave it there…it’s a TREND for goodness sake!

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I added a choker and beaded bracelet to complete the look.

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What’s the quirkiest piece of clothing you own?

If you have something with flamingos on it, I’m totally jealous!

Photo Credit : Sarah Velez

Summer Colors

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Click HERE to read my latest post for Thrift Town and see what else I bought to go with these ‘like new’ Coldwater Creek espadrille wedges I scored there!

Looking Fabulous in Your 80’s

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Everyone, please meet Harriet…my EIGHTY-NINE year old super stylish mother-in-law!

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I’ve always admired her style, so while we were in Las Vegas visiting her and my father-in-law, I asked if I could interview and feature her on my blog and she agreed. :-)

 

Here we go!

Describe your style:

Elegant and Classic

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Where do you shop?

Talbot’s and the designer section at Kohls

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Do you ever pay full price?

Only on my birthday because I’m worth it!

 

Check out these $10.00 sunglasses she scored at the local VA Hospital!

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How do you feel about prints?

I love prints! Stripes are my favorite.

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She likes to mix prints too!

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She also buys multiples of clothing that she likes!

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How did you dress in high school?

When all the other girls were wearing cotton stockings I showed up to school wearing red knee high socks. Soon after, other girls started wearing them too. I guess you could say I’m a trendsetter.

What do you consider ‘old lady’ style?

I don’t like it when the 60 and 70 year olds wear the matching top and bottoms in old lady prints.

How old do you feel?

In my mind, I’m 72 because when we moved to Las Vegas I was 69. I’ve aged only a couple of years.

I hope when I’m eighty-something that I look just as stylish as Harriet!

Chico’s Zenergy Dress…Black and White Print

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I’m back today with yet another Chico’s Zenergy dress!

#toldyoutheywerecomfortable

In case you missed it, here is my snakeprint one.

This one is also from Goodwill but I didn’t have a coupon. :-(

 

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I found this dress selling on ebay too.

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$50.00!!!! They’re crazy! Remember, it sold new at Chico’s for $99.00. I was upset that I didn’t have a coupon and had to pay $12.99!

#nowidontfeelsobad

 

Once again I kept the accessories simple. So simple in fact, that I forgot to have Sarah take photos! But I remembered before I changed clothes…lol

Another $1.49 bracelet from Thrift Town…

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and a pair of sandals from DSW!

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As you can tell, I like to buy multiples of the same item, if I like it, in different colors.

So my question today is…

Do you buy multiples of the same item in different colors?

Photo Credit : Sarah Velez

 

Chico’s Zenergy Dress…Snake Print

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Did you know that until I started thrifting, I never owned anything from Chico’s? There are two reasons why.

1. I didn’t understand their sizing! They are sized from 0 – 3. I now know that I am anywhere from a 0 – 1.5 depending on the item.

2. I could never get anyone to wait on me in the store!

#likenever

#shameonthem

No worries though, I don’t hold a grudge. ;-)

Anyhow, from time to time Goodwill sends out coupons to their best customers.

#thatwouldbeme

Actually, all you have to do is sign up for their newsletters and you can get a coupon too.

#keepthatonthedownlow ;-)

This time around the coupon was for 50% off one item. The item I chose was this Chico’s Zenergy dress!

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Man, this thing is super comfy!

I can see why it got a 4+ star rating out of 5.

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You’re probably wondering how much I paid, right?

Well first, let’s take a look at what it originally sold for and what one recently sold for on ebay, shall we?

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Let me just say “Thank You” to the less than stellar employees at my local Chico’s.

#seeitoldyouidontholdagrudge :-)

 

They saved me a ton of money! See that $99.00 price tag? That’s crazy, but had this dress been on sale I very well might have purchased it at the store because it really is that comfortable!

Instead, the fine folks at my local Goodwill emailed me the 50% off coupon and I only paid $6.49 for it!

#thankyougoodwill

 

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I kept things super simple with this $1.49 bracelet from Thrift Town and…

 

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these sandals that I purchased last summer from DSW in Vegas.

Have you ever been ignored in a store and consequently refused to shop there?

#dotell

Photo Credit : Sarah Velez

Michael Kors : My Favorite Designer

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Oh…my gosh! Whatever you do, don’t look on the counter behind me! My dad was visiting during this photo shoot and the counter is a mess!!

 

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You looked didn’t you… :-(

Enough about the mess, let’s talk about my outfit!

I really like the clothing that Michael Kors designs. They are clean, classic and with just enough edge to make them interesting. This $6.40 Michael Kors tunic from Savers is a perfect example.

 

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#theyareallstillthereright

#madeyoulook

 

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Here’s a question for you… Can a shoe cobbler replace the rubber sole of these, my favorite WHBM sandals?

Photo Credit : Sarah Velez

Fashion Essential : The Boho Tunic

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That’s right, the Boho tunic is a Fashion Essential.

#idontmakethisstuffup

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This little pink number was chosen for me by my friend Rebekah during my ‘Thrifting Birthday Party’ last November at Thrift Town.

#crapthatmeansillbe54infivemonths

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I have to say that was the best birthday ever! I pitted two teams of friends against each other to see who could find the cutest outfit for me under $30.00. I must say…I was impressed. You can read all about it HERE.

 

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Did you all know that Brooks Brothers made women’s clothing?

#ihadnoclue

 

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The accessories? Well, the bracelet is from 2005 when I went on a trip to Italy with my husband and the only place we visited was Pedretti and Sons gun factory.

#truestory

#dontask

#droverightbytheexitforvenice

To make it up to me he bought me this bracelet and a meal.

#imustsayitwasthebestpastaieverhad

#hestillowesmebigtime

The ring is from Carolyn Pollack. She sells her jewelry on QVC and here in Albuquerque, where she resides. The stone is Rhodochrosite.

 

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Last, but not least…how cute are these metallic Enzo Angiolini flats I scored at Goodwill for $7.49?

No, really…how cute are they?

#imustknow ;-)

Photo Credit : Sarah Velez

Surprise!

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I got surprised late last night, so I thought I would surprise you today!

I was checking to see if my #bucketlist photos were live on Ortega’s Appliance Service website yet and they were!

I took screen shots from their website but if you live in the Albuquerque/Santa Fe area feel free to click HERE to hire them for all your appliance repair needs!

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I even made it on their Google page! I’m in the little circle.

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I also made it onto their Google Photos page.

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What’s next for me and my #bucketlist?

It involves TLC…

#fingerscrossed