*this sounded more exciting than "Good Value For Your Money"
Does this outfit look cheap? Well, it was - astonishingly so. When I calculated the total cost of all of the pieces, I was amazed that the entire outfit, footwear included, came in at under $50.
Levi's waxed denim tunic - Value Village, $12
Zara polka dot skirt - Beacon's Closet - $10
sparkly, fleece-lined leggings - Winners, $6
Blue boots - Housing Works Thrift Store, $15
TOTAL: $46 (plus tax, of course)
And speaking of the footwear, one of the best decisions I ever made was to hand over $15 for these boots at a Housing Works Thrift Store on my trip to New York in 2012. They look just like Doc Martens, the colour is fabulous, and they are very comfortable. Their only flaw is that they are not real leather, and because I wear them so often, the top of the boots are cracking and peeling. I've asked at a shoe repair shop if there is anyway to fix them and they didn't have any suggestions. I will be very sad when they completely fall apart.
And in other news....
The day after I put up my previous post, in which I mention just how "Blah" January had been, I came home to find a package on my doorstep. Inside, I found this:
A Valentine's Wreath! This explosion of hearts, beads, flowers, and images of cool women was made for me by Carmen Bury, who sent me the lovely fabric-covered tree for Christmas. I'm not a fan of Valentine's Day, (or any Hallmark Holiday for that matter) but this is so over-the-top fabulous that I'm more than happy to hang it up in my apartment and enjoy the imagination and thoughtfulness that went into its creation. The "Blahs" were certainly banished!
Although Carmen and I met just once, she somehow knew the kinds of images I would like, including a couple of me taken at the Manhattan Vintage Show wearing her marvelous coat, with the delightful addition of feather wings. The connection that her coat forged between us has been a source of joy and inspiration, and I marvel at the serendipity of it all.