Trivial Pursuits

I don’t take my blog that seriously.  In all reality it is just a little hobby, but today, it is a much needed distraction.  You see, I’ve had a really bad week with some news that I’m having trouble coming to terms with.  A serious, permanent change is coming to my family.  Sometimes life hands you something and it makes everything else you do or what’s around you seem so trivial…so stupid…so shallow.

So, here is my trivial pursuit…compiling some of the outfits I wore this week.  They don’t call it “retail therapy” for nothing…

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Dress and sandals Old Navy; Necklaces Madewell.

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Dress and sunglasses Loft; shoes Madewell; Kate Spade Handbag purchased at Clothes Mentor Cedar Park.

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Dress and necklace Loft; Sandals White Mountain from Macey’s.

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Dress Old Navy; Cami Loft; Sandals Target; Necklaces Kendra Scott.

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Dress, Necklace and Birkenstocks Madewell; Belt (old) Gap; Denim vest Mudd purchased at Clothes Mentor Cedar Park.

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Dress, Sandals, Necklace Madewell; Belt and bracelet Loft; Rings Kendra Scott purchased at Buffalo Exchange; Michael Kors handbag purchased at Clothes Mentor Cedar Park.

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Pants Madewell; sandals Clarks; Cami Loft; Necklaces Kendra Scott; Fossil crossbody bag purchased at Clothes Mentor Cedar Park.

My Favorite Movie Right Now and Rococo…

I can’t seem to get enough of the foreign film, “A Royal Affair”.  It came out a couple of years ago and I just watched it again this week for like the 10th time!

Princess Caroline, an English princess and daughter of Frederick Prince of Wales, was betrothed to the mad King Christian VII of Denmark in 1767.  Her life with the erratic monarch in the oppressive country becomes an isolating misery.  However, Christian soon gains a fast companion with the German Dr. Johann Struensee, a quietly idealistic man of the Enlightenment.  As the only one who can influence the King, Struensee is able to begin sweeping enlightened reforms of Denmark through Christian even as Caroline falls for the doctor.  However, their secret affair proves a tragic mistake that their conservative enemies use to their advantage in a conflict that threatens to claim more than just the lovers as their victims.

There are beautiful and powerful performances by Alicia Vikander, Mads Mikkelsen (TV’s Hannibel), and Mikkel Boe Folsgaard.  Here is a clip:

The other “star” of the film is the costumes!  This period for fashion is known as the “Rococo” period.   It was smaller and more delicate in scale than the Baroque period, Rococo was characterized by a florid use of naturalistic motifs, “C” and “S” curves, subtle color and delicate ornament.  This style, which also found expression in architecture, art and the decorative arts, translated well to fashion. Clothing during this period was elevated to an art form and was lavished with the due care and attention that indicated.

The following images are real fashion from the period from the Kyoto Costume Institute, Kyoto, Japan…NOT Hollywood costumes.  Even males were allowed to have fun with fashion at this time.

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The following images are from Cedar Park High School’s production of “Figaro” that my daughter participated in her senior year as “The Countess”.

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The sumptuousness of these fabrics are amazing and these designs are true works of art.  Such a difference from now…

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Lou and Grey Tank and Maxi Skirt and Cami from Loft; Kendra Scott Jewelry; Birkenstocks from Madewell.

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Dress (last year) Loft; Sandals from Madewell; Belt (old) Gap; Fossil crossbody purchased from Clothes Mentor Cedar Park.

Right now, it’s still summer in Texas.  I can’t imagine wearing layers and layers of clothing.  In a Texas summer, I want to wear as little as possible!

Responsible Shopping Part 3!

After a couple of weeks of closet purging, I can finally see some thinning in my closet!  I’ve been taking in bags of clothes and using that money to buy things that I’m excited to wear again and again.

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Here are some of the purchases this week:

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Michael Kors Kempton bag and James Avery necklace purchased at Clothes Mentor Cedar Park.

More Madewell purchases because they are just great basics:

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Also, I’ve jumped on the Kendra Scott jewelry bandwagon (I know…I’m always late to the party).  I’ve got a few nice pieces purchased from The Kendra Scott store, The Buffalo Exchange, and Clothes Mentor Cedar Park.

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I also got these little beauties from Clarks:

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Here are some looks of the week:

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Jeans, jewelry, and sandals Madewell; Lou and Grey top from Loft.

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Lou and Grey Cardigan and shorts Loft; tank Gap; necklace and Birkenstocks Madewell; Kate Spade handbag purchased at Clothes Mentor Cedar Park.

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Long pendant, jeans, and shirt from Madewell; Bamboo sandals purchased at The Buffalo Exchange; Michael Kors Kempton bag purchased at Clothes Mentor Cedar Park.

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Lou and Grey Dress from Loft; Kendra Scott necklace purchased at Kendra Scott store at The Domain Austin; Lace Tom’s and Fossil crossbody purchased at Clothes Mentor Cedar Park.

Again, I will emphasize that all items purchased money made selling my gently used clothing.  No money out of the bank account because there isn’t much of that with two kids in college!

The Purge Continues, Madewell Sale, and Outfits!

All weekend I’ve been selling bags of my clothes, things that I’m not excited about anymore or that don’t quite fit the way I want them to.  I’ve been taking advantage of the Madewell Labor Day discount (additional 30% off of sale and 30% of select new fall items.  This is another Madewell haul:

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These are items that I plan on wearing the heck out of.  I’m crazy about all of them and they fit well!  I also actually see some thinning space in my closet!

This weekend I made another visit to The Buffalo Exchange…The mother of all resale stores in Austin.

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So much cool stuff to choose from!

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I went in looking for Kendra Scott jewelry, but walked out with these little beauties:

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Here are some outfits…casual and workday:

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Floral jumpsuit and sandals Loft; necklace and earrings Kendra Scott

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Dress, denim vest, sandals purchased from Madewell; necklace Loft; Kate Spade crossbody purchased at Clothes Mentor Cedar Park

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Dress and sandals Madewell; Kendra Scott Necklace purchased at Clothes Mentor Cedar Park.

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Lou and Grey Culotte Jumpsuit from Loft; Madewell flats and rings; Kate Spade handbag and Kendra Scott Necklace purchased at Clothes Mentor Cedar Park.

Responsible Shopping Part 2

I’ve been trying to deal with the madness that is my closet.  Working many years in retail with wonderful discounts has left me with too many choices. Isn’t it funny that we can have an overflowing closet, and either we have nothing to wear or we reach for the same few items…the same few items that are our “go-to” items that fit and make us feel fabulous!  This week, I’ve been trying to clean out my closet (and tubs in the garage) and selling the items that don’t fit quite right (I try everything on before it goes into the bag) or things that I’m just kinda “meh” about.

I’m on a mission to subtract from my closet…to lessen the volume and have fewer items to choose from, but those items will be items that I love!  So, in other words…I’m downsizing!  I’ve been inspired by the blog Un-fancy.com and the concept of a wardrobe capsule.  I don’t know if I will be able to narrow the number of clothing items to the minimal number that Caroline does in Un-fancy.com (after all, I do work retail), but I hope to downsize considerably. New rule of thumb:  If I don’t want to run out of the dressing room wearing the item, I don’t buy it.  No more buying because it’s “a good deal”.

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For example…the above is the amount I have to sell to get this at Madewell:

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Madewell’s styling is what I’m digging right now.  Their jeans fit me like a dream (for me)!  It’s very Austin, layed-back and I’m going back for more after I sell a few more bags of clothes!

I’ve also sold a few bags earlier in the week to get store credit to buy theses little beauties purchased at Clothes Mentor Cedar Park:

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Two brand-new Dooney and Bourke crossbody bags and two new-with-tags Michael Kors wallets all bought with store credit with some leftover!  I bought a couple of these with Christmas in mind.

Last year we downsized the house…now it’s my closet’s turn.  As Henry David Thoreau said:

“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.”

Here is a simple outfit for a long Saturday shift (10-8:30):

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Madewell tank (on sale!), Madewell Slim boy-friend jeans, and Birkenstocks.  I’m so thankful that I work in a casual work environment, because I believe that Birkenstocks are God’s gift to the middle-aged retail worker’s feet!

Too Many Princesses!!!

If I hear one more mother calling her daughter her “princess” or “pretty little princess” I’m going to run out into the street naked and SCREAMING!  It has always been a pet peeve of mine, but now it just makes my skin crawl!  I hear more and more women in public refer to their daughters as “princess”.  “You’re not behaving as mommy’s little princess when you scream like that”, says a mother to her young daughter as she is in full-on tantrum-mode!   As per Merriam-Webster, the definition of “princess” is this:

: a female member of a royal family; especially : a daughter or granddaughter of a king or queen

: the wife of a prince

: a usually attractive girl or woman who is treated with special attention and kindness

Full Definition of PRINCESS

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archaic :  a woman having sovereign power
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:  a female member of a royal family; especially :  a daughter or granddaughter of a sovereign
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:  the consort of a prince
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:  one likened to a princess; especially :  a woman of high rank or of high standing in her class or profession <a pop music princess>