Skip to main content

Frugality and Fashion

It is a beautiful day here already. I made my eggless pancakes with chocolate chips of course and just cleared out a dry sink we have of old DVDs which got moved to a closet and platters were put in dry sink. I am went over my house list to see what else I could get done today. Now, the truth is, I should be working on my short story, but instead I am on Pinterest looking at vintage clothing. Easily distracted? Yes I am.
The reason for that is my wardrobe is currently pitiful. I have four, yes four, t shirts for the whole summer. I am not going to an office or going out to fancy pants places so I have not really shopped. I do have some nice pieces pre-baby but I do my best to keep them in good condition in case we do go somewhere that requires getting a little dolled up. And for the frugal minded who are all about "make do or do without", two pairs of pants I wear are actually maternity wear. I had gotten them when I was between 5-7 months pregnant so they fit well and I figured hey, why not? I do chose to wear some of my skirts,  but to be honest, I look like a devout fundamentalist of some sort due to the shapeless, long t-shirts over them. All I need to do is cover my head and I would be quite the picture.
I am all for wearing what you have. Look what people did for centuries. Closets were small because  you probably only had two or three dresses and a few tops and skirts, if that, but this world is much different. While I am not embarrassed that I have been wearing the same red, black or purple shirt every few days, it would be nice to add a piece or two to the mix. I have read A LOT of posts about going to thrift shops and not getting sucked into consumerism. I agree, but I am also not going to deny that a new sundress or skirt would make me a little giddy. Could I sew it? Perhaps, but in the time it would take me to do it I could have run to Marshalls and got one on discount. One of the reasons I have not bought any new clothes or shoes or bra (Lord God Almighty could you lower the prices on the larger bosom bras please, anyone????) is that we have been paying down debt. I am happy to forgo clothing and eating out to reach that goal of being credit card/school loan debt free, except my sandals are shot. Ripped up from the soles type of shot. Because of this my hips and feet are in immense pain. I do need to see the chiropractor and I did get new sneakers for the gym on sale with a $10 off coupon thank you, but otherwise I am so misaligned I feel like a Picasso. Lament, lament, lament. What is a gal to do? well, one of things that actually makes me feel better is to peruse beautiful things. Some people get jealous and angry, I actually get inspired or empowered. Go figure.


I could rock this house dress every day.

Can't you see me wearing this to the park to push my son on the swing?

How I would love to be sweeping about my house wearing this little number from House of DrĂ©coll. Of course I do not think I have ever had a waist that tiny. Maybe at birth. I think that waistline is equal to the circumference of my thigh. Such tiny ladies back in 1890 eh? I know there is a corset involved and my rib cage trembles at the idea, but for one night in this gown I think I could hack it.

Going off the clothing path here, but look at that stove!!

Thanks to our CSA I had cauliflower and collards to cook with and so I found this awesome recipe on for Pasta with Cauliflower and Collards. I only had linguine so I broke it in half and it came out just as tasty. You can add more garlic or throw in some crushed red pepper. I also chose to use the roasted cauliflower recipe from What's Cooking America and it came out heavenly.

Enjoy your day!



Popular posts from this blog

A little bit of this and a little bit of that

I have made a painting for our living room where I sewed a dress onto a canvas. Now I need pages from a decadent book, get them on there and the piece will be complete. I will take a picture once it is done to share. It was a lot of fun to do and if I knew I could make money selling them, I would do more.

We have decided to forgo a built in bookcase in the living room. While I love the whole idea of some accent piece in the living room,I would rather it be the books and art work, not the bookcase/media center that would be holding it. So now we are looking at furniture similar to this console from Ballard Design. Just at a much better price.

This display from the blog Chic Provence makes me want to grow wisteria for the rest of my life and only dine under a fabulous pergola.

Theresa Burger, I love, love, love your resin rings.

Ahhh, one of my favorite all time songs by Dead Can Dance called Indus. It is sublime.

As a former jewelry designer who knew how to work as a metalsmith and with wa…

The No Name Post

Thanks for putting up with my little rant yesterday. Now, even though I am as busy as a bee can be, writing, knitting and setting up the little man's play room, I wanted to share some links for all of you to enjoy.
The Roasted Heirloom Cauliflower and Chestnut Soup from Roost looks so comforting and delicious.
My obsession with cowl patterns from Purl Soho continues. The Garter Gaiter is divine.
I just heard about this book, "The Testament of Mary" by Colm Toibin and am intrigued to no end. Will have to add to my 'must read" list.
And this little fabulous ditty out of the UK, Pretty Nostalgic. A magazine that celebrates the "vintage, traditional and sustainable ways of living." Right up my alley.
Toques From Underground and excellent and fascinating article about underground supperclubs in The New Yorker.
Here is a stunning Craftsman Renovated home for sale in Bellevue, WA via Hooked on Houses.
I don't knit gloves or mittens, but these Podster Gloves


And not necessarily a wise one. Human beings like to collect things. Whether it is comic books, Dr Who paraphernalia, baseball cards, guns or weird cat art, for some reason we have a need to hunt and gather. I am not very good at things like Ebay or Craigslist. I basically suck at bidding and I get lazy about checking every hour for the possibility that someone may have posted/listed something I want.

Until now.

Recently I have gotten a bee in my big ass bonnet to locate a great deal on the following furniture pieces.

Hoosier Cabinet

I want this awesome piece of furniture for my kitchen so I can eliminate most of my upper cabinets and have a place for flour to sift out of because that would make me so cool. Some are wood, some are retro metal, all that matters it is a multi-functional piece of art that would be amazing to own..

Pie Safe

I don't make pies and that is irrelevant to my desire for one of these.

Vintage Ice Box

Where would I even use this? I don't care. We can addres…