Thursday, April 24, 2014

How To Shop Cheap and Look Expensive

You smarties all know about second-hand shopping at thrifts or consignment stores, to save money and find unique pieces. I've acquired about half my wardrobe this way.  I love the challenge and reward of it but some women don't have enough time, or don't live near thrift shops, or just prefer new. Either way, you don't have to spend a lot to look like you did.

I've been thinking (my husband runs in terror when he hears those words) about clothes/accessories that can be bought second hand, or very cheaply, and still give me an upscale look. I don't always want or care to look upscale, but it doesn't hurt to have the option. Job interviews, dinner with the in-laws, public speaking, traveling in the Big City - these are times I like to look more polished.

Here are a few of my ideas for shopping cheap/looking expensive. I look forward to hearing yours in the comments.

  • A clutch purse. These can be found at second-hand stores for very little $$. I usually stick with black, in a nice medium size. They can be tucked into a tote if I'm traveling. This one is from GAP, real leather, comes in five colors (I might forgo my black), and it's only $28.

  • Cashmere blend tops and tees. Just a bit of cashmere makes an average tee look and feel richer. A cashmere blend cardigan is perfect for most any occasion in my life, except maybe a Who concert. I no longer "hope I die before I get old," but I have to look funky for the Who.
  • Earrings. Most of my earrings are from Etsy and the Humane Society Thrift. I love a dramatic, but lightweight, drop earring with most any outfit. I have one real gold pair, for when my ears get sensitive, but most of mine are sterling silver. These are glam enough for princesses (like us), but on sale for under $20:

  • Silk/y scarves. There's a treasure trove of fabulous scarves at the thrift and consignment stores. I've never found an Hermes, but I've got lots of gorgeous silk and silky vintage scarves. I wear them as per normal, around my neck, but also as belts and head-wear. Here's a vintage beauty that can be had for $18, on Etsy:

I don't mind spending money on experiences, travel, health, or a good cause. But I don't like handing over big piles of it for clothes and accessories. Hooray, I don't have to ㋡.

Have a delightful Thursday, and stay fabulous,

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Perfect Getaway: Baseball, Art, Vintage

We had the most perfect weekend getaway at St. Petersburg, FL. The stated purpose of the trip was to go to a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game, versus the Beasts of the East, the New York Yankees. So that happened, but there was more:

We stopped in Tampa for lunch (the Independent Cafe is fantastic; they have music and you can bring your dog) and a visit to the Seminole Heights Antiques market. Lots of vintage treasures there, and good prices.

The alarm clock brings back memories. I love needlepoint purses, too.

I used to collect 1940's and 50's tablecloths but gave away my collection when we moved
to our smaller apartment. I still like to eyeball them.

The Turtle, that is all.

The Man Who Thinks Invests in Finck's. You can't prove that wrong.

At the game, dressed for success. The Rays won, 16 - 1! We ruled!

We walked from the stadium back to our hotel, and passed a small gallery. There was a display of movie-related
art, very provocative. I see Apocalypse Now, an unknown volcano(?), 2001: A Space Odyssey, Boogie Nights,
unknown lips (any ideas?) and Vertigo.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and stay fabulous,

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Visible Monday #128: Wear Your Best Colors

Welcome to Visible Monday #128! If you want to participate, it's so easy: just go to the bottom of this post for the how-to. Please be kind and leave a link to Not Dead Yet Style in your post.

I've written before (here and here, at least) that olive is my "best" color. It matches my eyes and warms me up. So this thrifted blouse was an easy choice. It's a little big on me and I need to tuck more carefully. But I love the subtle print, the gathered shoulders and the super easy care (it's all poly).

The first skirt is a denim pencil that gets a lot of wear. Sofft booties, a vintage brown belt and a stone necklace, made by a friend, finish the outfit. The second outfit has more contrast, and I like the way the colors play together.

Sorry for the blur. It was early, and my photographer hadn't had his coffee yet. Bless his heart.

The olive blouse looks yummy with a cobalt skirt too. Thrifted necklace and gifted bracelet.

Now, let's see what you're wearing, Visible Women!!

The guidelines to participate in the Visible Monday Link-Up are so simple!
  1. Whoever wants to can join in! Just compose a post that includes any outfit, accessory, piece of jewelry, hairstyle, cosmetic or other adornment that makes you feel more confident, alive and visible that day.
  2. Include a link to Not Dead Yet Style somewhere in your post. Please leave a comment, too, so we know you had a good time.
  3. Go to the bottom of this post and click on the InLinkz button "Add Your Link". It should open a new page.
  4. In the "Next Step", you crop the pic (easy tool) you want to display, and you're done!

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Spring-y Footwear, and Visible Monday Reminder

It's almost time for bare legs! That means shaving is coming back in style, and . . . a new pair of warm weather shoes. I don't need any new summer shoes, but then I don't need to have blonde hair or red lips (or cats) either. It's a happy choice. (Well, I have to have cats, it's my doom).

Oh hey, King. You rule my destiny.

I'm happy to see the ankle-strap flat making a big splash this season. These cuties are by Miz Mooz, and only $80. Love the yellow:

Available at Nordie's. They come in orange, too.

or these, if you prefer your toes covered:

Also via Nordie's. The cork makes a statement.

I don't wear heels, so a wedge or platform sandal is a good choice, and there are lots to choose from this year. Here are a couple of contenders:

The "Sangria" from Bella-Vita. I like the name already. Lots of colors.

From Lucky Brand. These are so freaking cute, with the polka dots!

Are you adding any colorful footwear for Spring/Summer? Have a super Saturday, and stay fabulous, and see you at Visible Monday,

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

What I Wore: Last Chance For Boots?

It's been a nutsy Spring here in Florida, with plenty of the expected warm, humid days, followed by a couple of brisk ones. I enjoy those chilly days to get one or two final wears from my boots and tights.

It was about 60 degrees when I got up today, so I got self-permission to wear a fab vintage 1970's velvet vest. It's too small for me to button properly but I can't give it up. A slim denim skirt from Old Navy (here, in plus size only) and a colorful tee (similar) make up the look.

I always feel lucky when I wear my key pendant (thrifted, similar); I think it opens up adventures.
Are you prolonging your winter wardrobe, or excited to switch to lights and brights?

Black boots are by Aldo. They're my most comfortable pair.

Visible Monday is ON for this weekend! Have a wonderful Thursday and stay fabulous,

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Over 70 and Fabulous: Diana Rigg

I watched Game of Thrones last night (no spoilers, but hooray for one character's exit) and was blown away yet again by the sharp-tongued, sharp-witted matriarch Olenna Tyrell, played by Diana Rigg.

Her wrinkles are on full display, and she's otherwise covered from chin to toe in medieval costume. You cannot take your eyes off her when she's on screen. She's strong and in control without ever raising her voice, this one.

Diana plays a woman to be reckoned with. Source.

Diana Rigg started acting in film in 1959, but took her ride to international fame as Mrs. Peel on The Avengers television series from 1965 to 1968.  While unmistakably alluring, Mrs. Peel was also brilliant and capable. From Wiki:

[Mrs. Peel]is a heroine; she is rarely bested in any fight and is capable of rescuing [her partner John]Steed if he is in trouble. She is a master of martial arts and a formidable fencer. A certified genius, she specializes in chemistry and other sciences.

Her wardrobe is remembered mainly for black leather catsuits, but she only wore them for her first season. She later wore stretchy jersey jumpsuits in a variety of colors, as well as cutting-edge 60's fashions. A line of jumpsuits called "Emma-peelers" was created to capitalize on her popularity.

She told the show's costume designer she didn't like wearing leather, so they switched to stretch jersey.

Wearing some very cool 60's mod styles. Check the boots. With her co-star, Patrick Macnee

At 75, she's still lovely. She's said she had her eyes "done" in her 40's, but no
plastic surgery since. Photo: Heathcliff O'Malley for the Telegraph.

She was made Dame Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II, so she's more properly addressed as Dame Diana Rigg. I love that. She's worked steadily on stage, in films, and on television to the present, and I hope to watch her for many more years.

Her thoughts about quitting: "I don't want to retire. I never want to retire. What's the point of it?"

And my favorite Mrs. Peel quote, still applicable in any dire circumstance: "Always keep your bowler on in time of stress, and watch out for diabolical masterminds"

Cheers to a fabulous actress, still working her craft and making waves.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Blogger Meet-Up With A Most Delightful Woman

What a pleasure to meet up with Anne Bray, author of Spy Girl, and numerous other must-see blogs (The Glutton's Progress, for example). As a stop on her On The Edge journey around the country — support it by buying some art here — Anne graced me with a visit to my little beach town.

She drove up in her Prius (I knew she would be an environmentally conscious woman), wearing a huge smile and fetching cotton shift dress. She looks even younger and fresher in person than on her blog (and we are both in our late 50's, go us).

We had such a good time, sipping and nibbling and getting to know each other.

The very next day, Anne saw a woman in sequined zebra shorts at a Starbucks, and sketched her.
We had no such artistic luck at our coffee house, but enjoyed all the views nonetheless.

In our brief visit we covered: family, cancer, travel, food, blogging, New York City (Anne used to Live There!), husbands, work, and music. And more. Anne is delightful, warm, super-smart and a great laugh-er.I hope to visit her in California soon, and continue the journey.

Visible Monday is on its "off" week this week, so we can recharge, refresh, and laugh out loud. ☺  We'll be back on Monday, April 21st (actually, the Sunday evening before)!