well, we had a blast!!!

it was so fun to play dress up….

but of course there has to be some kind of drama right?

i was having a panic attack because i could not get the hair right….i even started telling my husband he might need to go without me because the dress would not work without the hair…of course he looks at me for a second, shakes his head and walks out of the bathroom…he was probably wondering why he married a cuckoo-head like me….

the hair was different than i originally planned in the first pix…in fact, it took me an hour just for the hair…i could not get the darn back hair roll in place…i even had to  call my husband over to hold the hair roll in place so i could pin it…ok,  that was the stupidest idea– i could not get my bobby pins in around his poor sausage fingers…poor guy, completely out of his league playing beauty parlor…

so the issue with my hair is that although i have long hair, it’s quite thin and does not hold any shape–especially rolls of any kind…the rolls just collapse…i did not mind collapsible rolls on the top of my head, but in the back that was the look i was going for…so almost in tears, i remembered i brought my black sponge roller curlers with me…i had seen on youtube a girl use the sponge part of the curler to hold rolls…but my problem was that i did not want 3 separate rolls, i wanted one continuous one…then bingo–i looked in my toiletry bag for dental floss and strung the 3 rollers together, and i could not believe it worked!…then i proceeded to set my hair mercilessly and excessively with extreme hold hair spray, which was not so much fun the next day…so unbeknowst to approximately 2200 attendees of the black-tie charity event, i was wearing hair curlers–

i am thrilled with my new honed abilities with vintage hair and make-up…i probably spent about a hour’s worth of youtube to figure it all out…i even did a practice run as you saw in the blog before…kandeejackson is great for tutorials on vintage make-up–i didn’t have all her exact make-up pallette, but with her techniques, i was still able to pull off a comparable look…and for the hair, although i took a slightly different route with my hair that night, the inspiration came from a youtube clip by ilovegerardo

here are a few pictures from the event…

i have to give my husband credit for this amazing picture–not amazing because it’s me ; )  but amazing because it’s so artistic–so unlike my husband…and to boot, it was taken with his blackberry and after who knows how many of his consumed hanger one cocktails…

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i love the juxtaposition of the high tech iphone taking a picture of a vintage look

picture of the hair roll that took me an hour…darn thing…

and finally, here’s the whole look put together…

i’ve always been fascinated with pin-up looks, or vintage looks….tomorrow me and the husband are headed off to a black-tie fundraiser in San Francisco…

i always wear the typical sexy long dress, but frankly i am kinda bored of that look with the long hair…

so i was inspired by this dress (that i snagged for $100 at nordstrom’s rack) to make the whole look vintage….

now this is just a practice session..literally straight from pajamas, no teeth brushed, no faced washed and this is what i pulled together…

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so funny how when i practiced this hair do a while back for kicks, my 8 year old daugther said ‘mommy you look old when you have your hair like this’…so proud of my vintage look achievement, i looked at her smugly, and had to correct her to say that she meant i looked old fashioned….then she smiled at me and said ‘no mom, i mean you look like an old lady’….

hey there kiddo, i’m only 38 yrs old…but i’ll admit, it was funny….

i kind of don’t even want to post pictures of the outfit i wore to ‘that’ meeting i referred to in my first blog post…why?–it’s so last year…but the fact remains, i wore it to the business investment meeting….so what compelled me since it was ‘so last year’?…

well, i needed something that looked a little more conservative than i normally roll, but the desire to look  hip and fashionable takes hold of me everyday…the person i was meeting with was a former men’s clothing designer, so i wanted to be cool enough to grace his presence, but did not want to look like the ‘mom’ from the ‘burbs, or be dressed ‘too young’ and not be taken seriously…so the pressure to pick ‘just the right’ ensemble was on, and my fashion constipation set in…

my lack of creative movement was further compounded by the fact that i was in the midst of the semi-annual wardrobe change–this time  swapping out the spring/summer clothes for the fall/winter clothes–how the heck am i supposed to marry a fall outfit with September fall days reaching into the high 80s?…

so there i stood in my walk-in closet and stared–seemingly losing my pulse as the seconds passed–at my hanging clothes…(just a quick tangent…i wanted to relay to you that my walk-in closet is not as glamorous as it seems–i still have to share it with my husband…to me an envious closet situation would be not having to endure steaming odors from a removed pair of my husband’s ferragamo shoes after one of his 12 hour workdays…in fact, i think my closet should be more appropriately referred to as an ‘air-circulation prison’)…and stared at my hanging clothes…

sincerely, yet utterly unproductive, i hoped that the right outfit would just assemble itself without any creative exertion on my behalf…(the situation was truly reminiscent of  how my husband stands in front of an opened refrigerator for a vacuous amount of time, hoping something will appeal to his really-not-hungry stomach…)

ok folks, now you know my dark secret–fashion does not come naturally to me…now take my ineptness and add my inability to spend more than $49.99 on any individual fashion item, and you are correct to assume i have some issues…

the only way i got myself to get dressed that morning and to meeting on time, was to cave and wear something ‘so last year’–something that i was familiar with…something that had at one point in time made me feel like ‘the bomb”..and that outfit was my my flutter top and wide legged jean– can anyone say rachel zoe, you know, her tent-like amorphous shilhouette?…

after that day, i realized it should not have been that difficult to get dressed in the morning, right?… it is time for me to get back to practicing fashion a little more…hey, it’s easy for me to become complacent when i don’t really have any place or occasion to get dressed for, with the exception of the hours between 3-6 pm when i pick up my girls from school and take them to their after school activities…so practice for me means to cracking open my Lucky magazines and trying to recreate what i see on those pages…

(just wait until i post a blog about trying to figure out what to wear to my 20th high school reunion…i can hear my whining now…)

anyway, here’s the outfit i wore to the meeting…past season, wide-legged white jeans with tan stitching–Charlotte Russe, on clearance for around $9…brown flutter top–Forever 21, for under $20…brown tube top–some cheap, poor quality  store next to Target, for $4.99…my 2008 ‘it’ criss-cross, patent leather, sling-back brown shoes from winter for $29.99…..my faux olive and brown snake skin purse from Forever 21 for under $30…

grand total for this outfit is $94…

since this outfit is ‘so last year’ most likely i will recycle the shoes, the purse, jeans and the tube top for other outfits this season…i haven’t found any other good combination for the generic-looking, brown flutter top (for me a remorse buy, but we all have a few of those in our closets right?)…

my whole outfit…obviously photography is new to me…i truly have a new appreciation for the pictures i see in fashion magazines…

The Brown Flutter Top Outfit

last winter’s ‘it’ shoe…i still love these…

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this purse is too cool because it is both brown and green at the same time…

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this poncho is from about 3 years ago…although it is so simple, i still find it to be quite stylish

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ok, i am going to work on my lighting a little more…putting together montages of my future ensembles is going to be fun..it’s like art with the variety of textures–in this case, fuzzy poncho, smooth patent leather shoes, light and airy flutter blouse, and solid denim…

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i am not a virgin to  blogging…i have been blogging professionally (i am an indpendent product developer) as well as personally (about health and fitness) for about a year (i was slow to start, but now i can’t shut-up)…geeze, but i never know how to start each one…i feel like i owe you my full history to understand the why’s behind my blogs…otherwise who am i to you?…right?…

i have learned that the best way to remedy this (and truly this is my own type-A issue), is to just sink my teeth in and start writing…eventually, the why’s, the who’s, the what’s, and the when’s, sift out…

although i am eager to tell the stories behind my soon-to-be uploaded photos of my latest frugal fashion finds, combination of finds, and/or photos of  grafting my finds to my existing, dated clothing repotoire, i feel obligated to give you some context and relay the impetus behind my sitting down and commencing my Frugalista Fashion blog today… (i am dying to show you my big $49.99 ‘it’ purse for this fall and winter season…btw, $49.99 is my upper financial limit for an individual fashion piece–be it jeans or shoes…oh yes, what i can find for under $49.99)…

so rewind about a month ago…i was at a a business meeting with an owner of a high-end, infant and children’s product company here in my local town of sacramento, ca…we were in the depths of discussing investment opportunities, when the owner stopped me mid-sentence to tell me that my set of stacking rings were ‘so gorgeous’…being caught off guard, i morphed quickly into my casual ‘sis-tah, please’ self, and said ‘oh these cheapie rings?…i bought them for $5.99 at H&M’…

the owner was silent for a moment–i could almost hear him say in his mind ‘oh no she didn’t’…then he gave me a couple of those purposeful finger snaps and scolded me — ‘…girl, don’t ever reveal your trade secrets…’

uh, i guess i felt encouraged because i continued to spew out the financial stats on my outfit which included the brown flutter top, the brown tank top, the white wide legged jeans with tan stitching,  the patent leather criss-cross platform brown shoes, and the brownish, olive green faux snake skin bag…

(little did he know i had a bad belt thing going on under the tops because since i buy frugal, i can’t always get the best fit of clothing, in this case the jeans…although the jeans fit splendidly in the butt, the waist did not fit and i found a ratty old brown leather belt to scrunch the waistband up…the belt was not fashionable, but practical in holding up my jeans…oh, i am quite the master of fashion ‘bandaids’…a frugalista like myself, tries not want to pay for alterations…)

this is not the first time people have told me not to divulge how much i spend on fashion (my darling husband included)…why is this so?…any ideas?…aren’t my girlfriends who spend $200 on their jeans, making an equally, attention-grabbing statement as well?…so why is it a faux pas to talk about extremely affordable fashion?…and why do i feel compelled to tell people the truth about my Frugalista Fashion ways?…

i am hoping one of my readeres can enlighten me…i really want to know what’s going on…

here is a picture of those now, tarnished cheapie stacking rings which i wore during that meeting a month or so ago to that meeting….(not really digging my seemingly wrinkly skin)

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