February 6, 2009

sick day shopping

(Yay! My 50th post!)

Well ladies, I've just downed a sixteen ounce glass of hot Airborne. Seems to be working; I feel less icky than yesterday but until I'm back up to speed, my walks have been temporarily suspended. I tried to walk yesterday and within about five minutes I was huffing and puffing like I'd never worked out a day in my life! ::hangs head:: So pitiful.

Not all was lost though! In between watching Elliot Stabler pound dirt bags into the ground, I was doing some "window" shopping. I've had my eye on this simple, yet pretty blue shift dress from Etsy shop StilettoGirl Vintage for quite some time now. At only $6 and in perfect condition, I was just waiting for her to get back to me on the hip measurements (sometimes big hips are a pain, but I love my curves, I really do). I even have the most perfect neck scarf to go with it!

Then, joy of joys, I found out that the base is having a Mardi Gras themed benefit auction this month! They'll serve heavy hors d’oeuvres and we'll be able to bid on things like rounds of golf, weekend getaways and the likes. The attire is "civilian festive" which means I can't get away with the floor length purple gown and peacock feathers I was envisioning (I do have to keep some eccentricities at bay for the sake of Hubbs and his career), but I was dead set on the idea of feathers. Then I found this:

Isn't she gorgeous?! From Etsy seller Boring Sydney this fascinator just screamed my name at the top of its lungs. The red, the black, the feathers! I was holding off on buying it, only because I was trying to figure out if I had something to actually go with it. I didn't want to buy the fascinator ($25--not a bad price by any means), in addition to a whole new dress (probably about $50) all for this one event. But wonder of wonders, I closet-thrifted my self!

I've had this adorable tea length dress since about high school. I bought it because I loved the red tulle (I swear it's red, not orange--that's bathroom lighting for you!) and the way it fit (it hid my curves, which I wasn't as proud of back then). And when she came out of my closet, I loved her even more! Of course, I've had a few ::ahem!:: slight alterations to my body since last wearing it, so I held my breath as that zipper slid right up and into place! WOO-HOO!!

So now, lovely readers, here's my dilemma: do I
a.) wear my back seam hose with black shoes? If so, what style? T-straps, Mary-Janes?
b.) wear my back seam hose with red shoes? Again, if so, what style?
c.) wear red fishnets and red shoes?
d.) wear black fishnets and black shoes?
My only concern is looking too "costume-y" with the fishnets and the fascinator. I don't want to look like a chorus girl. I'm thinking of doing my hair something like this, just lots and lots of loose curls and waves:

Hope you all had fabulous days yesterday; I'm still down but I'm not out. I'm going to try to work on our boudoir a bit today and start making it more like a haven and less like a crash landing pad!


  1. ok I think the black seam stockings and red shoes, you would look stunning oh and don't forget a little black clutch- just to hold the essentials like lipstick and keys,

  2. hello sweet kitten i just found your blog and can i say adorable...then i looked at your side line and gal i was on it...wooooweeee darlin' i love it...swing by anytime...love the shift dress...great with your face and hair...cat

  3. oooh and your big daddy is a marine...so was mine...ooooh how wonderful...thank him for his service...marines are so hot...my daddy-o is still!!!

  4. Kylie--Thanks for the reminder about a clutch! Totally would have slipped my mind!

    Cat--There's just something about a Marine isn't there??

  5. Oh, that will be such a wonderful outfit, and I love that feather head piece! I hope you are feeling better. I want to shop etsy, but somehow I feel it is cheating. I mean, I use ebay for vintage, so I guess as long as I buy vintage on etsy it is okay, what do you think?

  6. 50s Gal--I think Etsy would have been just as viable an option if they'd had it back then! Afterall, women often made things for each other and sold them in craft fairs and such right? Etsy is just a reeeeally big craft fair! ;0)

  7. Hope you are feeling better!

  8. IMO (and you're asking for opinions!), you've got three details between the dress and fascinator that you want to highlight. If you wear red shoes and fishnet stockings, that will be two MORE things to draw the eye.

    Again, IMO, keep the stockings and shoes black so that your other details will be features instead of competitors.

    Someone famous (Chanel?) said about jewelry that one should put on what you plan to wear and then remove one thing.




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