Saturday, September 26, 2015

Fashion Is Life

Everything in life is connected. If you look closely enough, you see the bonds.

Today I put together an outfit that I like. It has my favorite colors and nice shapes. Plus -- and especially -- the outfit has sentimental value.

During the fun meetup in Vancouver, we went thrifting which was a smart idea since we all love to shop. We visited several thrift-stores. I enjoyed having company; normally I'm alone when I shop. We shared opinions on possible purchases and cooed when something looked good.

I selected a pretty purple skirt. I've been experimenting with pencil-skirts and find them attractive. My choice got Sheila's seal of approval which, in the fashion-blogging world, is a high honor. Sheila is the Maven of Creative Dressing (MCD). She has an ability to find unusual clothes and combine them in creative, attractive ways. Sheila is generous with her advice and you'd be wise to listen to her. Not only will she tell you what to wear, she'll explain why and you'll find yourself nodding your head in agreement. Sheila understands fashion like nobody else I know.

Since then, I've been looking for the right way to present the skirt. I want to give it the respect it deserves, as a reminder of our fun time together. I finally found a perfect accompaniment.

I was shopping at Kohl's this week and my eye was caught by a pink top from Jennifer Lopez. It's an ideal shade of pink, embedded with tiny rhinestones, and has pretty straps in the back. But when I saw it was $36, I put it down; that's way more than I normally pay. I wandered around the store looking for other things without success. My mind couldn't leave the pink top. I circled back and picked it up. Sometimes, touch is powerful. It will tell you whether or not to buy a piece. The fabric, its elasticity and texture, appeal to you or don't. This one did. Because of my fit-problems, elasticity is key. The top is much smaller than I need (a medium) but its stretchiness allows me to wear it.

I still balked at the price but decided to investigate. There were signs in the area saying 70% off. I checked to see if they applied to the top. They did! And, even better, I had a $10 off coupon. So my $36 skirt was marked down to $13 and with my coupon, it cost me $3. Three dollars! For the perfect top. Fate smiled on me.

I like how the top brings out the pink in the purple skirt and unifies the outfit. And how the outfit recalls a nice memory.

What do you think?






  1. Sheila has such great taste, and you look great Ally! Deparment stores have such funny sales and promotions, you almost never know how much something will be until you get to the register (a bit frustrating imo, but great if you're that type of bargain hunter). Which you are! And you scored!

  2. This is really cute, Ally and I love the shoes too! The shapes and colours all look great on you. Sheila is quite talented and I would love to have her as my personal shopper! Wish I could come to New York and go shopping with you. I am pretty much always shopping alone too, though usually I don't mind that. I find it's not too many people I am shopping compatible with but it is really nice to have opinions and input too.
    I was so touched by your comment on my blog. You are so sweet and beautiful inside and out. xoxo

  3. What a great find! The top works perfectly with the skirt. This is such a cute look!

  4. Wow, this is fantastic! It's so great that you decided to investigate and found out it was on sale.
    Also, thank you for linking to Sheila's blog, she has fantastic outfits with some crazy appealing shoes!

  5. Whoa there - you had some shopping mojo at work. This pretty top cost less than a latte. It looks terrific with your Vancouver purple skirt. xo

  6. So great that you decided to investigate further, $3 is a fantastic price and you look awesome!

  7. Ah, what?! $3 is an absolute bargain! Fantastic that you decided to want it - otherwise you would have been sitting at home, thinking about it. :-)

    Have a great day,

  8. That was a really serendipitous find!!! It looks classic and elegant but fun!!x

  9. A good deal is always a happy deal!!!! You look great in this outfit ... I also love pencil skirts and it looks really pretty with your new top.

  10. What a great story. It would've cost more used at a thrift store! Nice job of color mixing too, especially with the shoes.

  11. Aw, you are so sweet, thank you for your kind words, Ally! I would love to really shop with you one-on-one - we will have to make that happen!

    I LOVE this outfit - great work on the reddy-purple shoes! They keep everything from looking overly matchy. That is a lovely skirt on you!

  12. I think it works perfect… and you're so lucky! you got fashion assessment directly from the Queen herself.

  13. That is a cute skirt. And $3! such a deal. Can we talk about your shoes???? Love them.

  14. First off...brilliant score! You thrifty woman you! Way to up the whole "let's make a deal!"

    I'm glad you got the skirt and the top. The top is lovely on you. The perfect colour for your complexion.


  15. That top really is perfect. It looks like something you could get at Topshop (my current obsession). Your skirt and heels are darling, too! Great outfit, girl <3

    xo Azu

  16. That is one seriously fantastic deal, Ally! What to bargain shop - you're a deal loving fashionista after my own heart!

    ♥ Jessica