the time it was Friday

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It’s funny and awesome and strange that Friday is still as amazing and alluring and wonderful as it was when I was 6. I love Fridays. Usually they are uneventful involving an early dinner with my parents or something ordered in here at home with Joel followed by both of us falling asleep in front of the TV well before 10pm. But Friday is still like the high five of week days. You know you have made it. You know you get a break. You know that you get some downtime. And  you might even have a weekend adventure.

Today I am especially excited. Because starting tomorrow I can finally shop again. And wear all my own clothes again. And share a pair of jeans that I bought at the tail end of January with all of you. This no shopping thing has been good. I have learned that I don’t in fact need something new to wear every single day. That occasionally my preexisting wardrobe can perform pretty well with out accompaniment. That online shopping counts as shopping also. And that I have way too much clothing as is. Oh, and that shopping is in fact my cardio…

So, for March, although I am not going to be ‘not shopping’ I am going to try a little something else. I am going to try to buy things I need rather than want (and let me tell you when I want something I  can get really crafty with reasons I need it). I am going to only add things to my wardrobe that are versatile and really flipping amazing. And for every single item I add to my wardrobe in March, one thing has to vacate the premises. Yup, my closet is going to be like the hottest night club in town. One in one out. You know, except with clothes.

Wish me luck. Oh and tomorrow morning, as soon as the department store doors open, I am buying those shoes.

xo

Mal

the time I was content…

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Living in a place with such harsh and unpredictable seasons is funny. In the Winter we can’t wait to wear summer clothes, in the summer all we want for is a 65 degree day when we can slip on jeans. It really messes with my wardrobe. Additionally on more than one occasion I have come down midsummer to find Harvey trying to slip on his Holiday bow-tie. Glad I am not alone in my wardrobe dysmorphia.

So today, even though all I want is to crank up the heat, slip on a pair of oversized jean shorts and a tank top and watch Blue Crush on repeat,  no judgement. Instead I am going to channel that time thcomes every summer. The day that I don’t want to shave my legs or be in a swim suit. The day I am tired of being hot and sweating through a tank top trying to walk from the Target parking lot into the reprieve of their air conditioning. The day when all you want is a hint of cool fall air. A need to throw tights on under your favorite dress. The day you buy new boots but know you won’t be able to wear then for 3 months. I am going to wear boots and tights. I am going to not shave my legs. I am going to enjoy picking out all of my cold weather accessories.

By gosh I am going to have a good attitude. Even though all I want to do is have a small temper tantrum and impulse book a trip to the Caribbean. I am going to enjoy wearing these tights and these boots knowing a day will come where I will want for this outfit. I am going to love layering a sweater over a flannel because someday soon layering a shirt over my bra is going to be too much. I am going to think positively.

However, I might impulse book a trip to the Caribbean.  I am not perfect.

What item of clothing are you dreaming of right now?

Mal

the time it was Spring

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It’s Spring today. Like for real. Today it’s 60 degrees out according to the weather channel my car thermometer. Which after the last few weeks feels like 83 degrees. Which means it is Spring today. If only for one day. And Harvey and I, we are going to freakin enjoy it.

It’s Spring today. Like for real. Today several boxes showed up at my ‘job’. And guess what was inside? My online boutique’s SPRING LINE. (Oh I forgot to mention, my day job is running an online boutique with my mom. It doesn’t seem fair to call it a job so from this point forward let’s just call it our adventure). Since fulfilling one of my childhood dreams of opening the boutique in 2012, along with eating crepes under the Eiffel Tower and wearing tutus in my everyday life,  I have lived in retail time. In the Spring I am thinking of Fall and in the Fall I am planning for Spring, rareley. But for a few days I get to enjoy the arrivals of the line for the actual season we are currently enjoying. And Spring, you are gorgeous. Both inside and out. At least for one day.

It’s Spring today. Like for real. And I am enjoying getting to wear Toms with no socks and not worrying about my feet being cold or wet or covered in snow. I am enjoying getting to wear this amazing sweater (SO CHEAP) without having to layer. I am enjoying wearing a scarf for fashion rather than pure necessity. I am enjoying how vital a part of my wardrobe these green pants are becoming. I am enjoying wearing necklaces as bracelets. I am enjoying dreaming of summer vacations. I am enjoying my dirty hair thrown into a bun. I am enjoying the adventure that Tuesday brings.

It’s Spring today. Like for real. What are you doing with it?

Mal

PS Total cost of this little number: Sweater:$11.00// Pants: $12.99//

the time I wore over the knee boots

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I have to be honest. The first time (and every time since) I watched Pretty Women I kind of liked Julia Roberts look pre Rodeo Drive make over. I mean she had that insane hair that was wild and carefree, the dress with the cutouts was once very risqué is now something you would see at every prom on no fewer than 15 high school girls, and those boots-SHUT UP. I loved those boots. Yes, they were a bit shiny and they had that whole zipper issue, but they were so incredibly iconic. I wanted a pair. I needed a pair.

So fast forward to 2012 when over the knee boots crept into style without anyone noticing. I went over the knee crazy. I got black ones, I got brown ones, I  got suede ones, I got leather ones. And then one day, while perusing the Victorias Secret shoe website, I met these. And I had to have them. Now truth be told, I haven’t found that many occasions that call for a 4 inch heel, over the knee thigh high suede boot, but every time I slip them on, I feel a little closer to Vivian Ward. Just misunderstood, wild and free, trying to get by, you know, minus the whole hooker thing.

Bonus, the total for this outfit: T-shirt-$3.99//Skirt-$5.99 which means basically free. Oh and so cute.

xo

Mal

the time I hugged a zebra

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Zebra Sweater-Macy’s similar here and here//Green Cargo Pants-Macy’s see here//Boots-Shoemint seen here//

Sorry for being a bit out of focus today. I blame everything on the weather. Like Everything.

In case you are just joining us let me briefly sum up what you have missed:

I (the gal in the pics above) am Mallory.

I love clothes and i shop a lot. Like basically everyday.

My husband and my mom don’t think i can take 30 days off and make 30 days worth of outfits from just $300 worth of clothes.

I am flailing around here trying.

You are here reading about it.

We both probably need a snack at this point in our reading/writing.

Ok, so yesterday was day 1. Today is day 29, right? Ok, ok, i still have a ways to go. But the way  i see it is this little ‘project’ will be over JUST IN TIME for all the amazing Spring fashion to debut. Into my closet. Immediately. Watch out.

So today’s outfit joins us for the juniors department. Which is my next tip in thrift shopping. The juniors section is CHEAP. Like way cheaper than the adult section. Now truth be told, i can’t wear the bottoms from the junior section unless i am going to visit the salon for a quick wax (too much? too soon?) but the tops are cute and fun and don’t cause me to get a divorce. The only problem is everything runs a bit tinier. This little sweater is a Large. Its such a fun piece and i love the Zebra goes all the way around to the back. Its like he is hugging me all day.

The pants were found on a 75% off rack at Macy’s and even before this little adventure they were a go to of mine. Plus they are going to be amazing this spring with heels and a fun tank. I. Can’t. Wait.

Well i am off to lunch with a good friend who i know will enjoy my zebra sweater thoroughly. I hope you are all somewhere warm.

Enjoy your HUMP DAY!

Mal