Not Only Can Those Folks on Glee Sing, They Wear Great Outfits Too!

Are there any Glee fans out there?  I have to admit, I just started watching at the end of last season, but in a  world where we’re on our–what?–twenty third season of Survivor, a program that highlights supposed high school kids singing and dancing is a refreshing relief.  So last Tuesday night (the 16th) I grabbed my cocktail, found something to entertain the kid and settled in for an hour of really cool mash-ups.  Of course, I was not disappointed.

I think I must have missed the previews for the upcoming week the week before because I had no idea that Gwyneth Paltrow was guest starring as the substitute teacher, Holly Holiday.  Right off the bat I loved how she taught Spanish using Lindsey Lohan’s stints in rehab as a topic of conversation, but when she steps in to help out with Glee club…YES!  Just in case you missed it, here is the first song she whips out when the club challenges her to show them what she’s got.  You have to go to Entertainment Weekly’s site to check it out (since I can’t seem to get the darn thing to embed), but it’s worth stepping away for a minute (just be sure to come back).

(***imagine a nice Glee mash-up playing here***)

Notice her outfit? I know, I loved it too. Simple yet slightly sexy without having the principal in your classroom with the ruler to measure hem lines. Therefore, since I’ve been in a bit of a fashion-inspiration rut lately, I pulled together the elements in my closet that I could get away with in mid-November (and with late 30’s legs that don’t tan and that don’t look as nice as Gwynnie’s) and here’s what I came up with…(just ignore the dog toys and other paraphernalia in the background).

Cashmere Turtleneck:  Old Navy-gift from the BFF (T-Spot) last year for Christmas and they no longer carry them (for SHAME!)

Plaid Skirt:  Ann Taylor, thrifted from the Goodwill Boutique — I love the pockets on the sides that you really can’t see.  Holly Holiday’s skirt had pockets as well and I knew this one did too, so I built the rest of the outfit around its glorious plaid pockety-ness.

Tights:  Hue from Macy’s

Shoes:  Linea Paolo from Last Chance in Phoenix.  I originally had picked these up thinking I would send them to Olivia, but even though they were a size larger than my usual they fit and at $12 I couldn’t resist dragging them back to Texas.  Sorry girl!

Sunglasses:  Michael Kors (bought at the outlet down in Austin)

Necklace and earrings:  Sam Moon

Yes, I skipped the bare legs and boots, mainly because the lack of the aforementioned tan and the fact that both classrooms I have to pretend to pay attention in are set to a chilling 64 degrees.  For real people?!?  It’s November for crying out loud!

So is anyone else out there inspired by fashion on TV, and if so, what shows?  I just can’t seem to dress like the socialites on Gossip Girls and frankly the girls on CSI (any of them) just don’t seem to cut it either.  I’m just curious–I need some more inspiration!  Fill me in on what you think 🙂

‘Til next time,



Thanks to Goodwill I Can Steal Jessica Lowndes’s Look for Less than $25…What Mommy Wore!

Back at the beginning of the month (or the end of last month, can’t remember which), PopSugar posted a Look of the Day that featured Jessica Lowndes (who plays Adrianna Tate-Duncan on the tv show 90210) sporting a super-cute look that I fell in love with due to its simplicity and perceived  comfort level.  Unfortunately, it featured a Tory Burch Thorri striped top that I knew would probably not be in my budget any time soon.  But, I tucked the photo into my inspirations folder “just in case” because I might win the lottery one of these days if you can do that without purchasing a ticket.  Here’s Jessica’s lovely outfit:

Photo:  100 Inspirations (who linked to PopSugar)

Of course, a few days later the wonderful ladies over at 100 Inspirations, who are the best at duplicating celeb looks for those of us on a budget, came up with an amazing alternative for around $113!  Still, that constituted my clothing budget for two months, so I had to use my resources…and here’s what I found…

Mossimo army jacket, Old Navy jeans, Guess booties, Express striped shirt, rabbit hair scarf

Jeans:  Old Navy, thrifted from the White Settlement Goodwill (with tags still on)- $4.19

Army Style Jacket:  Mossimo, thrifted from the Saginaw Goodwill– $5.99

Striped top:  Express, thrifted from the Goodwill Boutique– $4.99

Booties:  Guess, thrifted from the Rufe Snow Goodwill– $7.00

Scarf:  no idea on the brand, but it’s tag says it’s mainly rabbit hair-thrifted from the Saginaw Goodwill– $1.99

GRAND TOTAL:  $24.16! Just goes to show you can shop second hand and still look like a star 😉  Oh how I LOVE Goodwill!

I will be honest though-I didn’t really care for the scarf, as it was a little constricting for me.  Here’s how I actually wore the look:

Old Navy jeans, Express striped shirt, Mossimo jacket, Guess booties

This was actually super comfortable and perfect for a day when the weather was a little cooler.  I could have really copied Jessica by wearing my hair down, but the second day pony tail (which looked slightly train-wreckish by the end of the day when the photo was taken) worked.  I gave it the Mommy thumbs up for comfort, stylishness and the ability to pick up a child without showing anything indecent.  What do you think–thumbs up, thumbs down, thumbs neutral…worth duplicating again?  I would love to hear your thoughts!

So a big thank you goes out to Jessica Lowndes for having great style for us to rip off and thanks to the Fort Worth area Goodwill’s for having such fabulous finds!  MUAH right on the mouth!!

‘Til next time,


Monday Musings…True Friends are Hard to Find

This past week my other best friend (BBKF) was in town for work.  This is only the second time she’s had the chance to get out here from Michigan, the first being for J3’s baby party (okay fine,” shower”) and then just this past week.  Her being here really opened up my eyes as to what amazing friends I have and that I would not trade them for the world.  For the past eight years, the three of us have been inseparable, even if it’s only been in spirit.  I’ve mentioned before that T-Spot and I have been BFF’s for 13 years, since we met working for a municipal parks and rec program in Arizona, but we met BBKF eight years ago when we rented a house across the street from BBKF’s now ex-boyfriend.  She was (and still is) funny, hip and crazy as all get-out and we loved her right away.  Being away from each other has made the three of us realize that even though the miles may separate us, we are still the three Musketeer-ettes, each as different as can be, but one in the same.  Oh, and that there is no reason that we should be apart any longer.  BBKF and the boy that schlepped her off to Michigan are no longer together, so why stay?  Sooo…we’re all thinking about heading back to Arizona to get the band back together.  Shhh, don’t tell anyone because my in-laws don’t know it yet (although they will soon), and we have A LOT to do to make that happen (like sell a house in a not-so-great market), but if we can, we will.  Keep your fingers crossed for us!!

(**For the record, that is not the only reason we want to head back.  I’ve mentioned before how much I miss my family, so that’s a big one.  Plus No Neck and Sonnet are getting married and are going to have kids right away (if it’s meant to be), Tree Hugger and Darth B have little Ry-Bear for J3 to grow up with, my mom is getting ready to retire….etc., etc.**)


So I am dedicating Monday Musings to the two best friends one could ever ask for…


Me, BBKF and T-Spot before BBKF headed to the airport…

‘Til next time,