Archive | October, 2013

It’s The Most Wonderful Time To Be Strangled By Your Scarves

20 Oct

On the one hand, I love winter. It’s my favorite season when I’m at home in the country, where I can look out at the yard covered in a pristine blanket of fluffy white snow, wrapped up in my panda-print footy pajamas, drinking mint tea and reading Tolkien. (Wow, was that specific or what?)

On the other hand, when you have to actually go out in the bitter cold, you are faced with what is possibly the worst part of winter: ineffective scarves which strangle you without even keeping your nose warm.

Perhaps that’s my biggest beef with scarves. One would imagine that somebody would have invented by now something that keeps your nose warm, without making you look like a robber or fogging up your glasses. If there’s some invention out there that I’ve missed, by all means I beg you enlighten me, because it’s miserable having a cold nose on long walks to campus at three in the morning.

Manicure Woes

17 Oct

Changing one’s nail polish twice a week has some repercussions. On the one hand, you get to use all your colors. On the other hand, you go through topcoat and base coat like it’s water.

Having run out of top coat recently, I have taken to simply adding a new glitter every day I want to extend my nail color. Currently, I have two coats (one per day) of a deep plum color, plus two different glitters on my nails, just so the still look like they’re not chipping terribly without a top coat.

Perhaps this isn’t the best way to deal with my problem, but I can’t be bothered. I have creepers to thwart with my obsidian bunker home.

A Fashionista’s Worst Nightmare: Redux

15 Oct

One of my first posts to this blog was about how I needed to clean out my closet and get rid of a lot of clothes I never wear anymore.

Well, that hasn’t happened yet. In fact, the opposite of that has happened. Thrift Store Therapy has always been my Prozac, so the fact that I’ve acquired three new dresses, two pairs of shoes, and a sweater shouldn’t surprise anyone. In my defense, none of them were over $4 apiece! And the things I bought at work shouldn’t even count, since between coupons, discount deals, and employee discount benefits, nothing was more than $4 there, either (including the most awesome blue plaid flannel from Guess. I feel like I beat the system on that one; originally it was $90!) I’m not going to mention the seven pairs of awesome fishnet tights I got, since each of them was only a dollar on clearance at Nordstrom Rack anyway.

I’m clearly not very good at curbing my clothing spending, but at least I am phenomenal at maximizing the bang for my buck, right? …Right? SomeonepleasejustifythemoneyIbegyou. Ahem.

On the other hand, I am on the verge of throwing out my only pair of jeans, since they are way too big now. I don’t know if I bought them big, or if I’ve actually lost more of my already lacking booty, but they don’t even remotely fit anymore. And I should try on my slacks soon, since I’ve not worn them in ages, but should with the upcoming colder weather.

Overall, I have put a dozen items in my “Give-Away Basket,” not that I’ve given them away yet. But since I haven’t taken anything out of it all summer, I feel like I’ve already gotten rid of them. And that’s good, right?

Winter Is Coming…

10 Oct

I had a customer the other day tell me that my hair was very, ‘Game of Thrones,’ so the title seemed apropos. But I’m not really talking about hair this time.

Winter is my favorite season. Winter is the time for silks and satin and velvet and all of the other wonderful things that I can’t afford but lust after anyway. Layering warm cable knit sweaters with silky camisoles, and breaking out my shin-length wool coat are the highlights of the season. This year, I’m bound and determined to NOT buy anything except new boots. I have plenty of warm, pretty winter things.

I’m more of a blue-and-white Christmas than the red-and-green sort (both of which clash horribly with pale-ruddy skin and red hair, but whatever), so I’ll have a lot of fun dressing up for work. I got the go-ahead from my department store’s national stylist (via Twitter) for bling and glam, so that’s what my winter will be made of.

Until Thanksgiving, I’ll keep it to golds and bronzes, with warm, earthy greens and orange for fall. I don’t believe in skipping a whole season just because someone snaps thier finger and ‘Jingle Bells’ starts playing. So fall first, then winter.

But trust me, I’m super excited for winter.

Looking Good in the Good-Looking Clothes

4 Oct

Recently, I joined a gym. I had always been envious of my old roommate and her friends, whom all were toned and svelte. I’m not chunky by any means, but there’s a (much) less-than-flat stomach that I am often self-conscious about, especially when I’m out with them.

So, I asked her for the address of her gym, and joined up. I’ve gone six times in the last three weeks, and I’m sore as heck. As I sit and, fifteen minutes into my elliptical workout, when I wind up completely winded, I watch my friends carry on with their workout for another hour and fifteen minutes, including treadmills, circuit machines, and ab floor work. I get exhausted just watching them, and sort of gape as they pull out the free weights, do push-ups, crunches, lunges, bicycles, and all sorts of other crazy moves to tone everything up.

I spent a lot of time once upon a time being jealous of these girls who seemed to never do anything. Turns out, they just do it at six in the morning while their less-in-shape friends gaze in horrified awe while they sweat on the elliptical, feeling like they’re not getting anywhere in comparison.

Work, Fashion, and Mutual Exclusivity

3 Oct

In case you haven’t yet gleaned from my various references to it, I work in a large department store. It’s one of the first of its kind. Stands out in its field like a big, red star. Ahem.

I work in the Junior’s/Impulse department, which is where all the cool kids shop for their Guess, Ralph Lauren Denim, and Kensie (none of which I knew about–excepting Guess–before working there. But oh well.) Our dress code when I started was all-black. We could have a colored shirt, as long as there was some sort of black cardigan or sweater over top. Recently, however, the dress code for my department was changed to allow us to wear “on-trend” clothes, as long as the bottoms were still dark-wash, if they were denim.

My problem is, while I’m a reasonably fashionable dresser, I do not follow the current “trend” in Juniors/Millenials fashion. I just bought a Guess shirt the other day (off the clearance rack for $5 with employee discount), does that count?

It’s hard to be on-trend with what we sell, when I can’t afford what we sell; and I’m a good enough employee that I want to try and keep my pushing limits to a minimum. Today I’m going to go buy a pair of dark jeans “similar to what we have available” (Levi’s are the only one I can afford), and maybe one of the sparkly embellished sweaters that are in this season. I wish I could afford one of the nice lace dresses that BCX has, but alas.

Other than that, though, it’s hard to be fashionable in other departments, too, when the dress code everywhere else is black. Black isn’t really “in” at the moment. Sure, I can dress things up in a classic style (black can always be classic, just not trendy), but it’s frustrating to have to tell customers, “Actually, no, we don’t have any plain black maxi skirts. Here is a tan and yellow geometric print one!”

An office job would be so much easier. I can dress professionally if I don’t have to wear all black/trendy, I promise!