Friday, July 6, 2012

Part two: Honey, I Promise......

When I posted my most recent BIG haul (Honey, This is the Last Time, I Promise) I posted pictures of the lovely formal dresses I had scored.  I didn't post all of my I wanted to show them to you today.

Each of these lingerie pieces cost $1.50 each.  I love the soft, pretty colors and the delicate lace.
This pale yellow chemise is Jones New York.  I love the blue embroidered flowers that trail down the hip.
The lace detail is so lady-like.  The white piece on the left is a nightie and the blush piece is a pretty slip.

Satiny leopard pajamas are fun! I have made a commitment to wear pretty things to bed and around the house at nighttime and I have been doing so.  This practice has really given my self esteem on casual days a real boost.  For me, it takes no more effort to wear something pretty around the house than something schlumpy and it definitely feels better.  At the prices I have been paying to update my nighttime wardrobe, I don't feel like I have to save anything for a 'special occasion'.  I just pull something out and enjoy wearing it.

This skirt is midi length.  When I was in junior high and high school, midi-length skirts paired with chunky heeled boots was all the rage.  I'm happy to see a revival.  This skirt is fun because it's a drape-y fabric with a little flounce on the bottom that creates movement without too much volume.

I was so thrilled to find this Asian inspired dress.

The frog clasps and mandarin collar are pretty details.  The dress is pretty sheer so I will have to find a black full length slip to wear under it.

Colorful summer dresses are fun and cool on a super hot day.  
Temps reached 103 today and I was fairly comfortable wearing the dress on the left to my dance lesson today.   The dress has a retro feel to it.  There's a little mesh ruffle at the bottom and with the polka dot halter top, I felt like a pin-up girl!  I didn't get a picture today; I was so hot by the time I returned home from the studio, though that I felt too wilted to even pose.
The purple and red dress in the middle is prettier in person than in photograph.  Its chiffon overlay and midi length, subtle, flouncy high low hem makes it look like it should be worn on a warm weather resort vacation.  The orange, yellow and fuchsia dress on the right is perfect for hot weather errand running and hanging around the house.  I could wear it to a Luau!

It was difficult to get a good picture of this dress.  I paid $6.00!  Still had the tags on!  The top is very simple with spaghetti straps.  The color is a rich, deep claret.  I will have to take in the sides but for the price I'm ok with that.  

I needed a brown wide belt and I found this calfskin Joan and David belt at a consignment shop.  I usually don't shop in consignment shops because I don't find the savings to be all that dramatic.  This was $8.00 and it did give me pause, but this is an item that is not so easy to find so I got over it.  I really, really like this belt.  It has a slightly weathered appearance that gives it some panache.

I have honed my thrifting down to a formula that helps me zero in on things that will be be functional, beautiful and a good deal.  In a future post, I will share some of my thrifting tips that may help you.

These are the last pieces from my big haul and now I need to stay out of the thrift stores for awhile.  Ohhhhhh....I think that is not going to be so easy!!

Help me be strong!!!!!!!


  1. I love all the nighties and I know that my husband loves it when I pad around in mine. That claret dress is so lovely. Will it become part of your dancing wardrobe?

    1. I'm hooked on the nighties too, Terri. It feels so much better to go to bed in them rather than my retired workout clothes. My hubby, who is very frugal, has been really supportive of my nightie quest.

      Well, the dress is not one I can dance in, but I will wear it to see some of the pro shows that I watch at the comps. I hope it doesn't cost too much to alter; it just needs tweaking under the arms and sides of my ribs. For the price I paid, I could wear it around the house and not feel bad! The dress is not very structured, but the color makes it a jaw dropper.

  2. Wow - you have a good eye. Lovely things there.

    1. Thank you, I will have to keep my eye from roving! Husband says its time to slow down on the spending. I know he is correct.

  3. Hi Lisa,
    Thank you for visiting my blog!! It's about time I visit you here. I think it's awesome you love to dance. My favorite dress is this post is the polka-dots with orange floral print. Gorgeous!

    1. Thank you! That dress was fun to pin-up girl!

  4. nice haul! love the purple and red floral dress.
    Chic on the Cheap

    1. Thank you....I wore that dress today....and the tiny little spaghetti strap broke in a store! Fortunately they found a safety pin for me!


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