Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tripping Down Memory Lane

The theme for September's Ahead of the Curve collective post is Back to School.  It has been a long, long time since I was in school.  In honor of that time I'm throwing a nod to my enduring favorite band, U2.

U2 has been my favorite band since 1983, when my brother in law introduced me to their War and October albums. 

My first U2 concert was December 8, 1984 at Fox Theater in Detroit.  I was right up front and center, it was magical.  I've been to many concerts over the years, including U2 concerts, but nothing has come close to that special night.

In college I camped outside of Ticketmaster outlets overnight three times for U2 tickets.  That is how it was done pre-internet.  I met some of my life-long friends in those lines.

While I own several now vintage U2 t-shirts none of them still fit.  I bought this shirt off eBay.  The pointe knit pants are from Torrid.  The boots are from Walmart.

These boots are pretty fierce.  I definitely would have worn these in high school and college if I had them.
You are welcome to join me on a gratuitous trip down memory lane, prepare yourself for big 80's hair.  (Excuse the picture quality, my scanner decided to add specks to all the photos, a new scanner needs to go on my Christmas list.) 
 Junior prom, spring 1985. All prom dresses looked like they came right out of Madonna's Like a Virgin video back then. Since prom dress options were pretty limited I think I was one of five or six girls at my prom in some color version of this dress. I was the only one who had to have a modesty panel put into the deep, sheer V as it was shocking. The boy and I are still friends to this day.

Homecoming, fall 1985.  More lace, same lad.
February 1986.  Shoulder pads and my red Sally Jessie glasses.

Senior prom, spring 1986.  More lace and pastels.
High school graduation, 1986.

Me and Randy practicing for a talent show in my dorm room, fall 1986.

Going to a friend's baby shower in January 1987.  Big hair, big belts, more pastel.

Me and Scooter hanging out in my dorm room in 1987.  My two toned hair phase begins.  The music cassette storage and Bon Jovi pictures are mine.  The stuffed animal collection was my roommate's.

More two toned hair.  My boyfriend Andy was tickling me. 1987.

Visiting a friend in New Jersey.  My favorite jacket ever.  1987.
Me and my adorable date Tom for a college spring formal in 1987.  My dress was recycled from the high school homecoming.  I put a temporary dye over my two toned hair just for the event.
Me walking the most uncooperative Maggie.  More of my favorite jacket and the cowboy boots I loved to death.  1987.
The first picture of me and my future husband.  We had only been dating for about two weeks when this was taken outside of my dorm room.  He proposed about three months later. March 1988.
Me and my last boyfriend after he lost a bet with me and had to wear pink.  On the roof of my dorm in 1988.  (He did continue to favor pink for years after that.)
The last picture of me taken in my last dorm room in 1989, I moved off campus into an apartment with one of my best friends to this day, Colleen.

Me and the man who paid for it all, my da, on college graduation day.  I was the fourth child in my family and the first one to graduate from college, he was over the moon.

College graduation, 1990.
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Sunday, August 31, 2014

August Spending Challenge

August was my second month of trying to stick to an annual $1,200 clothing budget.  For the second month I came just under $100 for the month.  I do find myself doing less internet window shopping so that helped to keep temptation at bay.  My biggest expense of the month was a fantastic sale at Modcloth plus $20 off my first in app purchase. 

Torrid gingham shirt purchased August's Ahead of the Curve post for $13.40 shipped via eBay.  It needed a good soak in Borax to get it smelling fresh but it's a cute shirt I'll wear again and again.  See my previous post to see it on me.

Peach sweater via eBay for $15 shipped.  I just have a weakness for this color, I always have.

Modcloth cardigan $17 on sale.  I'm not looking forward to the end of summer weather but at least I will have this to console me.

One of the three Modcloth dress I got for $53 total.

Second Modcloth dress.  I wore this in my previous outfit round up post if you want to see it on me.

Third of the three Modcloth dress for $53.

After two months I'm on track to spend $1,200 on clothing for the year and I got some pretty good bargains I love.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Outfit of the Day Round Up

Modcloth Dress, Croc shoes

Catherine's top, Woman Within capris, Klog shoes

Torrid dress, Old Navy cardigan

Torrid dress, Walmart belt, Croc sandals
George top, Roaman's capris, Croc sandals

ASOS Curve dress, SWAK leggings, Croc sandals

Simply Be dress, SWAK leggings, Croc sandals

Burlington Coat Factory dress, Klog sandals

Modcloth dress, Klog sandals

TeeFury Firefly/Doctor Who tee, Torrid jeggings, Klog sandals

Old Navy top, One Stop Plus capris, Klog shoes

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Fat Girl Checks In With Gingham

 This month's Ahead of the Curve blogging theme is Gingham and Polka Dots.  But really, it turned into Gingham vs. Polka Dots.  One peek into my clothing vault would tell you I'm normally all about the dots so I can't really put forth a case for gingham OVER polka dots.  However, I like to challenge myself in the monthly Ahead of the Curve posts so I went on the hunt to find something within my style and budget in gingham.

 My search ended on eBay with this Torrid black and white gingham shirt.  It has just enough of a retro vibe to make me happy, along with some essential stretch.  The cropped jeans are also from Torrid.   The shoes are Klogs wedges.

 The belt was bought secondhand through a Facebook selling group.  I wish I had the name of the brand, I would buy ten of them.

 The chiffon scarf came from a thrift store and the glasses are from Zenni Optical.

 The necklace is from Crypt of Curiosities.

 Gratuitous selfie.

 Even more gratuitous Diva Dog picture.
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