Tag Archive | Fashion

Bags every woman should own

Maybe if I had the 7 bags every woman should own

Maybe I wouldn’t have as many as I do.  Unlike those who have the shoe fetish I don’t have an entire closet full of purses, I do have them in a bin. I don’t know how many I have exactly but I’d guess 20 of varying sizes and types. I also use some during certain times of year Like my Scorpio tote for November, some for the summer (see picture below) plus I have a few toiletry bags (of various sizes), and backpacks (depending on what I’m doing, where I’m going and my mood)

Here’s a quick shot with my Kindle of an array of my summer bags. I have 4 of the 7 types, unless you count the Pink/peach bag I use most as a small duffle.  There are a couple more purses but are small and rarely used as they’d only fit a small wallet or change purse, a lip-gloss, my digi camera and my phone (if even that), though should likely be used as a gift bag (like the small drawstring with the shells on it.) Also have 2 waterproof dry paks which will definitely be worth the purchase this summer as I’m supposed to go on  a neighbor’s boat. (hanging out while he and dad fish, I might do a bit but get bored quick so a small book to read, a pen and journal, maybe one of the kindles for weather and tide updates.

One is a Multi-purpose nylon bag you can put your clothes and even some emergency items in case the boat runs out of gas, or something.

the other is a ‘wallet‘ (great for the beach when you just come in from swimming and want to get something at the food stand)

the one in the top right that’s kind of peach and pink I use most and was a find at a thrift store. I couldn’t believe I found something American Eagle at a thrift store! The one in the middle with happy bunny says ‘Reduce Global Warming…buy me ice cream” I use that as a beach tote (also have another beach tote that’s long instead of wide like that one. Its from Del*Sol  where I think everything changes color in the sun. There used to be a shop in Cape May and I tried a polish or 2 and they really do change color. Sadly the shop is no longer there so I will soon have to order online for some polishes. (I just hope what I have will last me a bit longer. as I think the polishes were $8- $10 when I was there, so not sure how much now.)  The one on the far left that’s black and White the inside is vinyl so it’s ‘waterproof’ and has three pockets in the black area for easy access for chapstick and anything else you need to get to quick and small.

The small 2 tone blue is a Steve Madden I got (well forget the name of the store) but everything was always half off or more it’s a small hand bag, (wish the straps were a little bigger so I could at least put my hand through it to hold)

The blue tote i got years ago from Target for I thin $1-$2 it has Hibiscus on it. They had red or blue and the blue looked best. The toiletry bag in that I think was from Avon. On the right the bag on the chain, I got that in the thrift store I just liked that it was different.  Though they made it goofy, where they put the tabs for the chains (You can see where it pulls) I usually find the purse beside me laying flat as if it’s an arm rest! Sadly as much as I’d like to fix that, I would have to rip the whole thing apart. So if I find a way to remove the tabs so that it doesn’t damage the rest of the stitching and find a way to move them or a new way to include the chain (which would likely get to hot in the summer) I may have to end up just using it as a clutch.

I may have to get rid of a few things this summer if I find something new as the handles are fraying on that pink/peach one I use most.(I do need to iron it, as I swear they used to  much fabric on the inside and I can’t find my stuff half the time!

Now to just be able o sort my fall/winter ones out like this as there’s some in the bin, one the closet door, and hung some on the hooks in back of closet.

Purse Trend

I saw this purse trend and went nuts. I always loved the old ‘hat boxes’ and ’round bags.

I do have one of these but it’s a hard hat box I guess you could call it. A family friend gave me it me. (will try to include picture)

The very first picture and Look #3 are my favorites. I used to have a round purse of sorts, sadly I must have gotten rid of it as now I need a bigger one to carry my kindle which I usually have with me, especially if I know there’s going to be a free WI-Fi spot to hand out and relax while on errands.

Though at least one of those noted in the link is over one thousand dollars (really? why would you spend that much on a current trend when likely it will be around for a few months then gone? I swear there should be a cap even on the big expensive brands for fashion items)

 

Here’s a search Affordable Round Purses, I like the Clock face one best It’s a great price and reasonable shipping)

Here’s another I like  though it costs more money but at least it’s not in the hundreds (or thousands seriously?)

Try also vintage Hat box, Round Vintage purse

Maybe I can understand if its the one and ONLY purse you will have for the next 10-20 years and will work for every season as well along with every outfit you wear but for me that’s a bore! I like cloth during the summer (and spring depending on how the heat and humidity are) and when Its the cooler weather it really doesn’t matter as long as it doesn’t belong on the beach. Though I prefer something black or brown and if it’s leather looking I have no problem as long as its big enough to fit what I normally carry plus I can fit hat, gloves etc in it should it be cold …(so far, we are having a warm winter)

How To Look Like A Million Dollars Even If You Aren’t A Millionaire

We all know Millionaires have their eccentricities but their fashion much of the time I question more than my own.

 

Source: How To Look Like A Million Dollars Even If You Aren’t A Millionaire

Necklines, there’s Trashy and there’s elegant…be elegant.  If you wear those platform shoes around me and fall or anything in front of me… YES I AM laughing at you. They look ridiculous

size is my problem… a lot of the time I can’t find a comfortable women’s t-shirt. No matter what size I can fit into Xl or double the shoulders always feel so small. Also I like air flow I always feel hot and tighter clothes make it worse. Also I have some super over large shirts and sweat shirts to wear around the house. They just feel more cozy than a regular nightgown (plus if I have a last minute guest, no matter how big the shirt is I’m sure to have one that will fit you! Then I have a larger zippered sweat jacket that I have so in case I wear something under it but its from Canada so likely I won’t get cold in it, (unless I go upstate)

under the combining colors, that blazer does not look navy blue, it looks black and to me, nothing looks wrong with it. Those not crazy for what the girl in the black & white outfit is wearing. Too boring…

 

as for the jewelry… even if you wear all one type of metal/color limit up to 2 rings on a hand. (your engagement/wedding band on one & 2 on the other if you must. For me it just looks like you are showing off and therefore telling the muggers to do so.

 

Stylish Horror Movie Characters

Here’s a post I came across by someone that I thought was quite creative. I am sharing it with you as a humor article though they make some good points, others I question as not sure if one could pull off the style of the ugly pattern, that era’s fashion or even the material itself.  So for what I hope will give you a smile or a laugh at the end of a long day…  I submit for your wardrobe  Esquire’s stylish-horror-movie-characters/

Winter Chill without being chilly

Winter Basics

Layering

*Socks-my feet and hands as soon as the fall weather comes, usually always feel cold to the touch. I can take it on my hands to a point, but normally go nutty at home trying to keep them warm in booties, socks or both together! So if  I go out, I usually wear a pair of the novelty socks (that are at least calf high if not knee or over the knee high) as they usually fit tight but comfortably and then I wear one of my white knee high socks  and if helping out in the snow, one of my dad’s thick heavy Tube socks. Some people even were the fuzzy socks (which i usually use for slippers)

Leg Warmers– I wore an old Neon green pair to work when it was super cold (hey my knees sometimes wouldn’t want to move when it was really cold) so I got picked on for wearing them, but know what? I was the warm one while I saw everyone else outside freezing their (Male or female) you know what’s off!

*Jeans – jeans with a relaxed fit  (NOT Skin Tight) will keep you warmer as they will retain some of your body heat.
 (if you have to walk, or take public transportation to work….)
You need a pair of long johns Quite honestly I always found them itchy, then one year my dad no longer fit in his, and they were soft so I use the set I have from him (as I usually only wear them when I know I will feel cold.. Or wore them when I used to work outside)
*T-shirt – Short or long sleeve ….again remember you are only layering. It’s best to keep a t-shirt on under your winter clothes this way you can cool off once inside. Usually if I’m wearing my leather jacket, I just wear a short sleeve t-shirt!
*Sweatshirt or ‘open’ sweater (you can button or zip) over it
(if in an office the open sweater would be proper attire, as its not just casual comfortable but also a bit formal yet dressy, some of the girls I used to work with would keep a sweater close by during the winter.)

Accessories

*Hat or ear muffs
*Scarf    (if in colder climate you might want not just the scarf but one of those face masks
*Gloves (I usually start to keep these in my purse now)
* a bigger purse than you’d use during summer. (Room for stuffing your winter layers in.) (because you may have to bring your work shoes with you)
Boots something that can be worn daily but will keep your feet warm. Don’t be one of those people I laugh at for falling on ice because you are wearing fashion boots, and not something to keep your butt literally safe. Check my new boots if you haven’t yet! Not only will they go well under or over your jeans (or whatever pants.. I have yet to try them with a skirt of any sort) for everyday casual wear but with their rubber sole, they will also help you keep from slipping better than those fashion shoes. These are great for this time for them, at least in New York as it hasn’t snowed yet, where I am, but parts of upstate it has. These are good for little to medium snow.  Quite of bit of those I know has complimented me on them. They liked them, then were amazed they had a pocket in each! Great for a Starbucks card for a nice hot mociato while shopping! or as the post says, emergency money, key anything to hide even!)

4 Reasons To Invest In A Leather Jacket

I’m not vegan more like farminarian as I only eat the 3 Chicken, beefs and pork. But Even if you are Vegan There are Faux….leather jackets. They are the ONLY jackets I’ve ever found worth wearing during the winter! They keep you warm, I used to have a biker jacket in the 90’s (the picture in the link is a fair resemblance, only I bought a men’s one as all the girls were like cut offs) but since I can’t seem to find one like that I like (they all look fake even the real ones.. Not sure if it’s because they look matte, or just aren’t the same black color mine was …which I got from a Wilson’s suede and leather) I bought one of the ones for the ‘crotch rockets’ as I call them (like the Ninja or Ducati bikes)  I think this one is even warmer then my biker jacket! This one not only does it keep me warm but heck I normally have to unzip mine all the way, if not take it off!

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7 ways to spot a fake designer handbag

Now where some have shoe collections, I’m a purse collector! (in a sense) I get rid of mine slowly and then when I do I end up missing them so I don’t just get rid of them that easy.

Honestly If I only had 2-5 purses then I might understand having one expensive one for dates, family gatherings etc. (Or just the ‘perfect one’ for the spring/summer, as I only have about that many purses for that time of year.) I need a bigger sized purse as I usually carry around my kindle fire, and if not then a book and a note pad, besides the wallet, a pen and a few other items. (Honestly for me it’s the smaller things that make it heavy!)

If you are like me, You really don’t care if you have a designer bag, but in my travels, it looks like everyone has one.

One year I came across a yard sale and saw a  cool ‘Patchwork’ Coach purse (never saw one like it) and a hard shell Louis Vutton
tote. I checked them out a bit, and unlike past fakes I had seen and when I’ve looked in the actual stores to see what the linings, tags etc looked like. I thought these were real!!! The Louis Vutton tote even had the wallet in it! So I got the 2 purses and wallet for $20! (Images included are a close likeness to those I found)

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