23.3.10

reality trip

These bracelets were embarrassingly inexpensive so I bought about 10 of them from a few street vendors in the West End of Roatan.  They are so beautiful and time consumingly detailed.  I am going to give one away here when I do my proper Vacation Recap so don't worry (the rest are going to the friends and family that took care of my son, plants, and house while we were away)  I can't help but wear them Wonder Woman style with one on each wrist.  Although, it kind of makes me wonder, if I got them for $3 - $8 (depending on the vendor, and NO, I did not haggle) then how much did the maker get paid?  Jeesh.  Appropriately, I guess, is the fact that the skirt and shirt I bought at the "15 items for $15" sale at my local thrift shop cost me less than the bracelets.  I know you are probably holding back Vomit right now, but I just marvel at the fact that it is possible to dress for less than $10 (the shoes were a gift from my husband for Valentines Day 7 years ago) and still look pretty much put together.  The skirt is a bit too big, but the belt makes it look a little like a paper bag gathered waist, and the shirt is an unworn, military issue, small mens shirt.  It was supposed to fit a VERY small man (boy) as it is tailored to perfectly fit my frame.

Forgive me if I seem to still be in a strange reality fog.  I am sure it will lift soon.  It is so strange to take a trip, away from a well defined reality, that is long enough to create an entirely new one.

COMMENT OF THE DAY:  WOW!!! SO COOL! Thank you for sharing this with me!

elizabeth said...

i just had to comment, because this is the really the weirdest thing... i think anyway. About 2 years ago, my grandmother passed away and I was able to take a few of her things, including her clothes, and she had this skirt. I've loved it ever since (mostly because of my memories of her), but it is lovely. it sort of took me aback seeing it on a blog or anywhere really, because i have no idea where she even got it. i do love it, and haven't tried wearing it with a belt over, but I think I must now. Thanks for giving me another way to wear this very special item!

46 comments:

Ce qui m'inspire said...

I absolutely love your skirt! The pattern is so beautiful, and I love how full it is. And paired with that shirt is wonderful! Pretty fantastic finds for those bracelets too!

Ce qui m'inspire

Melanie said...

Wow all these items look brand new and very expensive! Nice work!

Fabulocity in Amish Country said...

Sooo pretty! I love those bracelets too! :)

T said...

I love this look!

Sal said...

The cinched waist on the skirt is such fun!

grace said...

dual wrist cuffs, military + menswear in one shirt, skirt with a great shape. that's 3 wins!

Charlie said...

love the shoes :)

Celine said...

You look gorgeous and that skirt...I've been looking for one just like that. I wish I was a little more crafty, I'd make it myself...it seems pretty simple. I want your shirt too :)

Celine

flnw.blogspot.com

MamieGirls said...

Love the pattern of the skirt and the bracelets!!

xoxo,
MamieGirls

futurelint said...

Cute cute skirt - I like how the belt makes it seem like a paper bag skirt! Those bracelets are beautiful!

Hello*Pretty said...

So pretty.. I love this look! xoxo
-Karrie

www.hellopretty.net

WildBirdVintage said...

Welcome back! It's so nice to see your updates again.

Chaucee said...

Great skirt : )

gingerb said...

Whats with your VOMIT comment?

It's a fresh crisp cool looking outfit that could certainly go all over the place in the spring.

Sweet find on the bracelets.

Maggie said...

Beautiful outfit! So well put together!

tess said...

amazing skirt, the color is fantastic

Juliette said...

Love the vintage skirt! And those bracelets look amazing.
Glad you had a fun trip!

-Juliette from WhereForArtThouRomeo

A and A said...

yep.. just as I had imagined.... that unique glow one gains after leaving reality for a bit. Welcome back (or not.. depending on how you feel about it)...

xx
refusestolabel.blogspot.com

Brianna said...

I love everything about this outfit! I'm always on the look out for such a perfect military inspired shirt... I'll just have to make one I guess, because you look fab!

Charmalade said...

This outfit reminds me of an updated version to Audrey Hepburn's outfit in Roman Holiday. The skirt is darling and makes me want to try on longer length skirts! And yes, isn't fashion with frugality great? :)

Toast with Charmalade

Kimberellie said...

I too, dressed for under ten dollars a couple of days ago! I didn't even notice until I was posting my "outfit details". I think it was actually under three dollars! It's fun, hey?

Oh, those bracelets are awesome. So beautiful. I agree with the Roman Holiday comment. It reminded me of it too! (I was just looking at one of my Audrey books yesterday and bam, here you are in a similar outfit!). Actually, you sort of remind me of Audrey Hepburn: so stylish, sophisticated, ladylike, simple, seemingly effortless, lovely.

I love your last line. So poetic and true!!

heart:

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Eyeliah said...

I know what you mean, traveling always alters my reality. I always come back a changed person too, old life seaming foreign.

Erin said...

i love this outfit, and so good to see you posting again!

Senorita Fashionista said...

I like the belt cinching the skirt, very cute. I wish I could wear long skirts like that but I am just too short! You always look great!

ShoesForDessert said...

Such a pretty pattern on that skirt, and I love your cuffs! Adorable!

http://shoesfordessert.blogspot.com/

Jen said...

There's a real thrill about working out the cost of an outfit and realising how cheap it really is - this is one of the cheapest and most fantastic examples I've ever seen! :)

Seval said...

I love the way you dress up... The etnic look of the bracelets, the military shirt and the skirt in between... perfect combination! missed your style so much while you're away! And I'm so glad to see you here again, you know that! :)

Vern said...

I love your style! I recently found your blog, and I'm obsessed. And 15 for $15? Yeah, I'm extremely jealous.
I'll be moving away to college soon, and the dorms don't have much of a closet space (=[ )
If you had to pick only a few items that every girl just NEEDS in their closet, what would you pick?

Chloe, Butterfly Cupcakes said...

I love the skirt

elizabeth said...

i just had to comment, because this is the really the weirdest thing... i think anyway. About 2 years ago, my grandmother passed away and I was able to take a few of her things, including her clothes, and she had this skirt. I've loved it ever since (mostly because of my memories of her), but it is lovely. it sort of took me aback seeing it on a blog or anywhere really, because i have no idea where she even got it. i do love it, and haven't tried wearing it with a belt over, but I think I must now. Thanks for giving me another way to wear this very special item!

BikeWorkPlay said...

Beautiful! I think I really do love the paper bag gathered waist/ military shirt look the most at the moment. It's just so casual chic you know?

I too like to wear wonder woman-esque cuffs! (like in my post on feb 22!)

RETRO REVA said...

I actually like the length of the skirt! It's beautiful and below-the-knee is soo coming back around. Can u tell i freak at the thought of altering something,then regretting it later ? :) i have issues! Anyhoo, so glad to see u back and loved your Weardrobe interview ! The bracelets are too great ! I also love the hammock photo from your trip! those are the kinds of photos i cherish most! Welcome Home!

heather said...

your bracelets will let you take your vacation with you everywhere! lol you look adorable <3

becauseicantgonaked

Katie, Tinda Keelie said...

OH HOW I'VE MISSED YOU!

Welcome back! Hope your trip was marvelous darling :)

A. Lovett said...

I LOVE THIS OUTFIT! I would totally wear this to work tomorrow if I could! I need to try to put an outfit like this together. Very chic!

Amanda said...

Those bracelets are awesome! Trips always put me in this weird haze when I return home too. It's like a slow adjustment back to the real world.

barefootandvintage said...

yay! you're back.

you look relaxed and rejuvenated! :)

Joious Walking said...

I adore your look for this blog today! i tend to love all of your looks. they all appear so casual and effortless which i whar i always strive for because i chase a three year old. I am new to this blogging deal and i am really excited about it. i love the idea of sharing parts of myself with the world. I am hoping that in the future, you too will read my blog. please stop by and share some encouraginf words if you wish, and give me any tips that you can spare. thanks!

piglet said...

Lovely!

what dia like said...

lovely!

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Hannah said...

I really admire your shoes! I've noticed you've worn them in many other posts, and I really really love them!
They seem to go with EVERYTHING! I wish I could find a magic pair of platforms like that. :)
Keep up the great outfits!

Alix said...

i adore this outfit. what a great find on the shirt

The Fancier said...

This skirt is so sweepingly fabulous.

J. said...

I love this whole outfit, but the skirt in particular!

Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) said...

I love this look!! I should really try pairing a button collar shirt with my skirts too! Thanks for the inspiration!

Oh, and btw, I'm sure you receive a ton of these, but I awarded you a Sunshine award over at my blog... no biggie, but I thought you should know that you really inspire me. Thanks!

PS: If you want to take a look, its right here: http://thejoyoffashion.blogspot.com/2010/03/two-sunshine-awards.html

Annebeth said...

you really do look beautiful every single day, you are becoming one of my favorite bloggers :-) always so chic and feminine but still real and casual, seriously inspiring!

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