Hello, Dear Reader, it has been many moons since I last posted and I apologize. I have been working pretty much every day, and my Swadley’s BBQ uniform leaves a little to be desired in the name of fashion. Luckily, with the sweet, sweet cash I’ve been making from my tips I was able to recently go on a mad shopping spree. I also would like to take this time to admit that I have become a devout addict of Ebay in my time away, and will showcase one of my favorite recent purchases in today’s outfit.
I went out to dinner with my family tonight and was desperate to do a little dressing up after a glut of barbeque stained t-shirts and jeans. One obstacle I faced was how to stay cool while doing so. If you are not from Oklahoma, let me just enlighten you as to the fact that summer is a brutal, sweaty time here (we had the hottest summer in the US last year). I believe our high temperature today was around 102, and it is only going to get worse I’m a-feared. Fortunately for my very hot-natured self, in one of my recent raids I acquired five skirts from Old Navy on clearance and with an added 20% off thanks to my sister’s Old Navy card.
Just a note, signing up for a card at a store you shop constantly (like we do at Old Navy) can actually be a good way to save money. My sister will oftentimes put a purchase on the card and then go home immediately and pay it. That way, she gets all the benefits of a card without the crippling debt. If you don’t like the idea of having a card somewhere, many places have newsletters and special offers you can sign up to get for free. Victoria’s Secret, for example, sends out some pretty great discounts and deals.
Now, for my outfit. I have to admit, I really love this one.
White tank: American Eagle clearance, $5.50
Olive skirt with belt: Old Navy clearance, $7.99
White sandals: Ebay (originally Brioso, Ltd.), $12.50
Outfit total: $25.99
I was a dollar over this time, oh dear (it’s actually a lot harder than I thought to keep it under $25!). But I’m starting to realize how important having basic pieces are. Those sandals cost me $12.50, which hurt to pay, but now I don’t have to worry about buying white sandals, which I have wanted for about a year now. And for actual cute, quality sandals instead of the $2 plastic flip-flops from Old Navy, $12.50 is not that bad. I have been trying to buy a pair on Ebay for awhile now, and that is one of the cheapest prices I saw for a pair that wasn’t obviously someone’s great-grandma’s they were trying to pass off as “vintage” and fabulously stylish. I was especially excited for this skirt, because I got it and a new belt for only $8, a great bargain in my opinion. It was originally $9.99 on clearance but my sister’s 20% off coupon came in quite handy here. The shirt is one my sister found on clearance at American Eagle a year or so ago. All together, it made an outfit that I felt confident in AND which kept me cool (an incredibly important requirement for me; nothing makes me more testy than being hot).
I have to admit I cheated a little on my golden heart locket; I didn’t include the price because it was a gift from my mother. But I would like to mention how useful this locket is for me. I am actually wearing it backwards in the picture; the other side has a ruby in the middle and a pink and green flower etched around it. Absolutely gorgeous but it doesn’t match a great deal- thus, when I need a simple gold locket I just flip it around. I wear it all the time like that and there was no need to buy another necklace. There’s just so many ways to make the pieces you have multi-functional if you just get a little creative 🙂
Stay tuned in the next couple days because I’m going to overcompensate for my absence by posting probably too much. I just am going to celebrate the Fourth of July this Friday and will be doing my best to come up with a really cute outfit to show you guys and then Saturday I have a wedding to go to, and I’ll be wearing a dress I adore that I got for a price that still amazes me. But for now, I’ll leave you with what I think of as my summer gypsy look…haha.