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Archive for the month “April, 2013”

“Wing” it

OK, so the weather in Texas is nothing if not unpredictable. This is late April and the temperature one morning last week was 39 degrees. Yes, you read that right. Weird. And frustrating when trying to find something appropriate to wear in Spring. When it’s cold/freezing outside. I saw a Facebook post recently that referred to this season of winter/spring “Wing”. I like it.

I really didn’t want to wear a sweater again, so I opted for layers. You never know what the temperature is going to be in my office, so layers are pretty much always my go to combination. I actually tried a black and white printed scarf first but decided it was too dark so out came the yellow scarf. Not only did the scarf help keep me a little warmer on a very chilly day, it added a little “spring” to my outfit!

Hopefully we’re done with the chilly days. I have some really cute shorts and skirts to wear!

Today’s Outfit:
Gray striped ¾ sleeve t-shirt: H&M
Red Jersey Sweater: Ross
Levis Skinny Jeans: Urban Outfitters
Yellow printed scarf: Target
Gray Xhilaration ballet flats: Target
Black Watch: Charming Charlie


Frugally yours,




Fair warning: you’ll be seeing the khaki slacks in today’s outfit a lot this season! After wearing jeans almost every day through the winter I was thrilled to find khakis that fit well and are just the right weight. I must have tried on 20 different pairs of khakis over the past two months and was rapidly losing patience. I had just about given up when I made a quick trip to the outlet mall and ventured into the LOFT. I’ve always had good luck in LOFT stores, but the outlet holds a special place in my frugalista heart. There’s almost always a sale of some kind and the selection is surprisingly good. On this particular day I happened to hit the “40% off EVERYTHING” sale. It was like a sign – today was the day to find the ever elusive khaki pants. And I did!

Being a vertically challenged person (right at 5’4”) I’m not always a “petite”, but not usually a misses size either. Buying slacks and jeans can be a challenge because the “short” or Petite” lengths can be too short while the regular lengths are sometimes 3-4” too long! I’m not averse to having things altered, but these Curvy style khakis happened to be the perfect length to wear with heels so I snapped them up. I’ve already worn them several times and they are so comfortable!

I tried several different shirts this morning before settling on the light blue t-shirt, white cardigan and scarf. I almost omitted the scarf – it’s pretty big and until I figured out how to tie it I was worried it looked too bunchy. I think it’s a nice compliment to the outfit – what do you think?

Today’s Outfit:
Curvy fit khaki slacks: The LOFT Outlet
Blue Mossimo T-shirt: Target
White ¾ sleeve Cardigan: The LOFT Outlet
Scarf: Target (Clearance)
Brown Bandolino Pumps: DSW
Brown braided belt: Target


Frugally yours,


Coral Spring

As you’ve seen in the past few weeks, I really love coral this spring! I went into to Old Navy recently and walked out with three items in that wonderfully bright and happy color. I know, I’m a little crazy – but I don’t care. Color makes me happy!

One the trickiest aspects of finding your style is learning how to pair tops and pants/jeans. The key is proportion. If you ever check out the “fashion police” photos of celebrities you’ll see that’s one thing the critics focus on – and criticize – most often. A blousy top with wide leg/flowing pants or skirt makes even the thinnest super model look heavier than she is. The blouse in today’s outfit is a good example. I tried this blouse with khaki pants and quickly decided that skinny jeans were a much better option for me. I could have tucked the shirt into the khakis for a more tailored look, but today I was going for comfort so that option was out! The outfit would have been ok without accessories, but I love the way the pearls and silver chain look against the coral. What do you think?

Today’s Outfit:
Coral blouse: Old Navy
Rock Star Skinny Jeans: Old Navy
Brown Aerosoles Sandals: DSW
Pearl Strands: Claire’s
Silver chain and Silver/Pearl Necklaces: Lori Yeary Designs
Pearl Bracelet: Lori Yeary Designs


Frugally yours,


Mix it UP

Today I want to talk about mixing it up. You don’t have to have a closet full of clothes to have a different outfit every day. A few basic pieces mixed with versatile accessories can take you through a week (maybe even two!) without repeating an outfit. Sometimes just changing one piece of an outfit can give it a whole new look!

I’m showing today’s outfit two ways, but there are at least three other items in my closet I could have used (denim skirt, black walking shorts or white denim skirt). The printed tank is a recent purchase from Target, and the khaki pants were purchased this weekend at the LOFT outlet store (I absolutely love the LOFT! 40% off everything this weekend meant some really great pieces were added to my closet!) I love how different the tank top looks when paired with the jeans and khakis. One way to change up a look is to add an accessory – like the hot pink bubble necklace and light blue cuff bracelet in the second outfit.

This week’s challenge: Take one or two pieces from your closet and see how many different ways you can wear them. Think outside the box! Pair a printed tank or t-shirt with a chambray shirt, cardigan or blazer you’ve never tried before. Add a scarf to a plain shirt for a pop of color and interest. Check out Pinterest for some great outfit ideas and tips on tying scarves!

Shopping tip: Target has some great scarves on clearance right now. Their basic t-shirts and tank tops are also on sale. Check it out!

Today’s Outfit #1:
Massimo Cobalt Blue Cardigan: Target
Printed ruffle tank top: Target
Lee Relaxed Rider Jeans: Ross
Brown Aerosoles Sandals: DSW

Today’s Outfit #2:
Massimo Cobalt Blue Cardigan: Target
Printed ruffle tank top: Target
Curvy Fit Khaki slacks: The LOFT Outlet
Hot Pink Bubble Necklace: J Crew Outlet
Brown Aerosoles Sandals: DSW
Light Blue Cuff bracelet: Sample Sale

4.15.13 4.21.13

Frugally yours,


The Great Color Experiment

Color combinations can be tricky when putting an outfit together. What do you wear with that lime green sweater? What color compliments a coral blouse? What color goes well with purple? Inquiring minds want to know!

A great place to start is with a color wheel:

Color Wheel

I found this one at and it’s a great, user friendly illustration. You can make the following combos using the color wheel as your guide:

1. Colors directly next to each other (i.e. yellow and yellow-orange; yellow and yellow-green; violet and blue-violet, etc.)
2. Colors that form right (90 degree) angles with each other (i.e. yellow and red-orange; blue and violet-red; green and orange, etc.)
3. Colors directly across from each other (i.e. yellow and violet; blue and orange; red and green, etc.)
4. Colors that form a T (i.e. blue, orange, and violet-red; yellow, violet, and red-orange; yellow, blue-green, and red-orange, etc.)
5. Colors that form an X (i.e. blue, orange, violet-red, and yellow, violet, blue-green, and red-orange, etc.)

Brown, black, white, gray and any of the blue hues of denim are neutrals and can be paired with virtually any color on the color wheel. I like to pair chocolate brown with cobalt blue, lime green or even red.

Today’s outfit is a great example – The yellow blouse has purple in the pattern, so the purple cardigan was a natural partner.

How do you mix colors in your wardrobe?

Today’s Outfit:
Purple Cardigan: The LOFT
Yellow and Purple knit blouse: Old Navy
Levi’s Skinny Jeans: Urban Outfitters
Gray ballet flats: Target


Frugally and colorfully yours,


Dressing Up

I don’t wear dresses very often, but when I do I prefer classic shapes like the one in today’s outfit. I’ve found some great dresses at Marshall’s and Ross recently, including some designer finds by Calvin Klein and Tahari. My shape tends to be a bit tricky when it comes to dress styles. Evidently my waist is at a weird location for most dresses with a defined (i.e. seamed) waistline so I try to stay away from them. I actually hesitated in even trying on today’s dress because I was convinced it wouldn’t look good. I’m so glad I listened to my daughter and tried it on anyway!

When the lovely (and brand new) Mrs. K became engaged in December I knew I wanted to have some dresses to wear to her bridal showers and rehearsal dinner. I know it may sound old fashioned, but I think dressing up for a bridal shower is just the right thing to do. Guess it’s my southern roots showing! I bought this particular dress in January and patiently waited to wear it for the rehearsal dinner (this dress would also be appropriate for a wedding!). I added a navy cardigan because the evening was a little cool and received many compliments throughout the evening. I wasn’t sure about what shoes to wear, so I put it to a vote – all three daughters and my awesome husband voted for the nude pumps so they won.

What do you wear for bridal showers and weddings? With today’s relaxed dress codes it seems pretty much anything goes!

Today’s Outfit:
Calvin Klein dress: Ross
Nude Pumps: Target
Navy Cardigan (not shown): The LOFT


Frugally (and fashionably) yours,


Sometimes You Just Have to Do it

Sometimes you just have to do it. Pay full price. I know, for awhile now I’ve been talking about how frugal/thrifty/cheap I am. And I still am. But even I realize that there are times when you just have to bite the bullet and spend the money. My daughter’s wedding is a great example.

The new Mrs. K married the love of her life recently. We are thrilled to be adding a wonderful young man to our family (my wonderful husband is REALLY glad) and the wedding planning has gone very, very smoothly. No bridezilla here!

I started my search for the perfect dress shortly after their December engagement with a lengthy Pinterest exploration. I pinned, liked and slogged my way through every possible dress. I looked at every website (at least it felt like it) in search of something that wouldn’t make me look like a mother of the bride. I tried on some dresses at the bridal boutique where we found D’s wedding dress, but nothing really worked. Then I went shopping with the groom’s wonderful mom and BAM! I found my perfect dress at Nordstrom. I had hoped I could find a dress on sale (we were on a very tight budget), but when I tried on this dress I knew it was the one. It fits like it was made for me, is the perfect color and style and I feel really, really good in it. It wasn’t outrageously expensive, and was still within my clothing budget so I didn’t feel bad about it. I took it home for a family vote and got an enthusiastic round of “thumb’s up”. It’s also a dress I know I’ll wear again – definitely a plus. After a short search I found the perfect shoes – at DSW – on the clearance rack. Score!!

Oh, and after I brought the dress home I was looking at my Pinterest board and found I had pinned the exact same dress and didn’t even realize it. Guess it was just meant to be…

Today’s Outfit:
Dress: Nordstrom
Silver Sandals: DSW


Frugally and stylishly yours,


Casual Saturday

Ah, Saturday. A day to sleep in, do nothing, enjoy the relaxing sounds of birds singing while you sit on the patio with a cup of coffee. Or not. How about – get up early, clean house, run here, run there, cook, clean up, collapse into bed. Yeah, that’s more like it.

So the question for any frugalistas worth her salt: what do you wear on a busy Saturday? Do you care? Do you just throw on a pair of jeans and ratty t-shirt before rushing out the door? Honestly? Some days, yes. But over the past year I’ve decided I owe it to myself to put some effort into even my Saturday attire. And I’m so glad I made that decision. You know how it is – the one time you wear your rattiest clothes for that quick trip to Wal-Mart you see someone you have seen in years. You have two choices: a quick swerve to the next aisle (while praying they don’t turn the same way) or meet them head on with your brightest smile and a lame excuse why you look that way.

Today I chose stripes, again. Big surprise. I know, I’m kind of crazy for stripes, but honestly they just make me happy. The silver sandals are my first of the season and mandated I paint my really unfortunate looking bare toenails a pretty pink color. I was comfortable all day, whether pushing a grocery cart through Costco or making the third trip to the grocery store for forgotten items (and to return the Redbox movie I forgot earlier). Yep, one of those days.

Today’s Outfit:
Black and white striped t-shirt: Ross
Skinny Jeans: Urban Outfitters
Silver Sandals: Payless
Turquoise Bubble Necklace: Charming Charlie


Frugally yours,


Finding the Right Balance

Occasionally I have the opportunity to sing at the Grapevine Opry in Grapevine, Texas – one of my absolute favorite things to do. I’ve been performing at the Opry since 1994 so needless to say I’ve seen a lot of styles over the years. Shoulder pads, big hair, vests and broom skirts – you name it, I’ve probably worn it. Thankfully those styles are gone (and I hope they never return!), but these days deciding what to wear can be a unique challenge.

Most of the singers at the Opry are much younger than I (some as young as 13!) and of course look cute in pretty much whatever they wear. Being a 54 year old performer, I want to be fashionably appropriate with just enough sass and not to make people wonder “what on earth was she thinking”. Tough challenge. Striking the right balance takes some time, determination and a second (and sometimes third) opinion from reliable, honest people. I’m fortunate to have daughters and a husband who are willing to fill those roles.

Today’s outfit strikes just the right balance (or at least that’s the feedback I got at the show!). Age appropriate, stage worthy and fairly comfortable. Definitely a good combination. The sequin t-shirt was a bargain find at the J Crew after Christmas sale and I absolutely love the dark purple color. The purple sandals were a clearance find at DSW – I’ve been pleased to find I actually have several things they go with. The whole outfit cost under $100 – and I’ve worn all the pieces at least three different ways so my cost per use is pretty good!

Today’s Outfit:
Purple Sequin T-shirt: J Crew
H&M Blazer: H&M
Denizen Jeans: Target
Purple Sandals: DSW
Earrings and Bracelet: Sample Sale


Frugally yours,


Just a Normal Day

Just a normal day shouldn’t require a lot of effort when putting an outfit together. But sometimes it’s the most challenging of all! Depending on your schedule (work, errands, dinner out, etc.) an outfit needs to be comfortable, casual and event appropriate all at the same time. Thankfully, jeans (nice ones without holes!) are appropriate almost anywhere these days so it makes casual outfits a little easier to create.

However – I must admit the jeans in today’s outfit weren’t my best choice. Yes, they fit, but the semi-bootcut isn’t quite wide enough to work well with my wedge sandals. I should know better, because I’ve had this problem before – you know, the open back sandals that constantly catch the hem and bunch up awkwardly in the in the back. I’ve spent most of the day messing with the hem of these jeans – not a horrible thing, but definitely a little aggravating. This is what happens when I change an outfit at the last minute. I had on a pair of “real” bootcut jeans, but changed my mind because I wanted to wear the sandals and the first pair of jeans was too short. All for the sake of fashion.

Other than the hem bunchiness, this outfit is very comfortable. My main criteria for comfort is not having to “mess” with the outfit (adjusting a neckline, a button front that gaps, etc.) too much. I also prefer layers when I’m in and out of an air conditioned office during the day. The ¾ sleeve cardigan is a perfect addition to the sleeveless tank – and just a step up from a regular t-shirt and jeans!

Today’s Outfit:
Ruffled print tank: Target
Cobalt Blue Merona Cardigan: Target
Lee Curvy Fit Jeans: Ross
Brown Aerosole Sandals: DSW
Mint Green Earrings: Francesca’s


Frugally yours,


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