Friday, November 23, 2012

Carting in the Cardigans

I'm into long, open cardigans now. They have the desirable trait of making one look skinny (er). It's kind of an optical illusion, like you're slicing off part of your fat (ouch!), since the cardigan divides the torso into vertical segments. And I can get some mileage out of those gauzy sleeveless tops I wore over a long sleeved shell in the summer, by layering them underneath the cardigan. The non-gauzy ones work just as well. The non-sleeveless ones with a pretty design on top work too. Okay, I guess I'm really saying you can layer these bambinos with anything. In a very long-winded kind of way. Hah, I made you read a whole paragraph saying basically that. Oh, the sublime art of blogging...

I'm also liking blue, as you can probably tell based on the outfits I'm putting together lately.

The necklace for this type of combo can be a challenge for me. It needs to be short, so as not to overlap the middle layer, and it's gotta match, of course, though these days, who knows? Clashing necklaces are probably tres chic. I wouldn't know.

In this particular outfit I used my handy-dandy true-blue (literally) necklace, which is starting to complain of overwork and is begging me to hire more help of the blue variety. We'll see what bargains we can find, necklace dear. We shall see.

1) Short-Sleeved White Cardigan, $5
1/2 Price Outlet (226 Church Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218)
2) Blue Sheer Sleeveless Top, $4
Value Depot (1702 Kings Highway, Brooklyn, NY 11229)

3) Blue Beaded Necklace, $1.99
Value Depot (1702 Kings Highway, Brooklyn, NY 11229) 

4) Small Black Shoulder Bag, $7.99
Conway (1613 East 16th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11229)


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Catch of the Week...I Mean Month

The Period of Procrastinating Posts is over, my friends. For now, at least. I'm finally gonna show ya what I bought lately.

But let me tell you, that Sandy gal who hurricaned into New York is a real party pooper. She definitely discourages shopping. It's hard to get around when there are fallen trees all over, and it's hard to get into the mood of shopping for extras when people right here in this city have lost their entire wardrobes. Don't get me wrong, it's not hard for me to get into shopping! It's hard to get OUT of it sometimes, if you know what I mean. But somehow...I don't know. It just seemed a little frivolous. So that's my lame, mock-virtuous excuse for not posting promptly. Take it or leave it.

So I shall hereby display my slim pickings, and you shall hereby tell me how very nerdy some of them are, while others may perhaps meet your discerning approval. 

(Talking to yourself again, FrugalFrum?)

OK, here goes:

Chartreuse Sweater

$6, Church Avenue Factory Outlet (217 Church Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218)  

I would call the color of this sweater chartreuse, and I have no idea how to pronounce it. I think it's like chart-ruse, as in when you attempt to fool others through an elaborate scheme involving the use of graphs. Now off to Google to see if I'm right. 

I'm wrong. It's something like shar-TRUES. Though one de'ah (that means opinion) has it as shar-TRUCE. "Sure, truce sounds good to me," said the general. Except he had some kind of weird accent.    


The same style in a yummy rusty brown color was also procured:


Not bad thus far, you're thinking. Well, hold onto your seats ladies, because we're heading into nerd territory right now.

Nerdy Nightgown

$14.99, Value Depot (1702 Kings Highway, Brooklyn, NY 11229) 

Yes, it's old fashioned, but guess what? I couldn't care less. It's made from a comfy quilted material and it covers me! Go find a tsniusdik nightgown these days that doesn't cost a fortune. I suppose I'm officially old fashioned.
(Still, I'm keeping the nightgown image small. No need to make the delicate fashionistas among us swoon in horror with a larger picture.)
Old Fashioned is Fun!
Who me?? A nerd?!


And these shoes. I can't decide if they're just NOT...or not. Can someone more knowledgeable in these things kindly grace me with her insight?

Beige Flats, 2 Varieties


$3.99 each (not each shoe, you silly! each pair), Bobby's Department Store (1628 Church Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11226)


Navy Blue Sheer Sleeveless Top

$4, Value Depot (1702 Kings Highway, Brooklyn, NY 11229) 

I want to layer this with the long white cardigan from my previous Catch of the Week post and (what else) a black shell. I'll try to post a pic sometime this century.


And, finally, the accessories:

Bronze & Crystal Bead Costume Necklace with Flower

$1.99, Value Depot (1702 Kings Highway, Brooklyn, NY 11229) 

You can't really see the flower since it's lying sideways here, but it's pretty.


Hair Accessories for the Younger Set

50¢Church Avenue Factory Outlet (217 Church Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218)