Monday, November 8, 2010

1 of 30: child of the nineties

30 day 1

Let the 30 for 30 challenge begin!  I can't wait to see if my excitement remains intact through the entirety of the challenge.  Right now, I'm a little overwhelmed with choices.  So excited!  I have a little secret, though:  the night after I chose my thirty items, I sat down to a rapid fire typing session and pounded out 30 outfit ideas in about ten minutes.  I couldn't help it - I was so inspired and had so many ideas that I knew I would forget them if I didn't write them down.  Sooo, if all else fails, I have a master list.

You'll notice that most of my pieces are in the same colorway and they are mostly minimalist pieces.  I really believe that the limited selection over the next 30 days is really going to help me hone my style.  Some of you also noticed that I don't have any dresses in my 30 for 30 collection.  Oops.  I did have one dress, but pulled it at the last minute to make room for another jacket.  Given my recent mood, I just felt more compelled to choose all separates.  Anyone else with me on this one?

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Onto the outfit.  I actually wore this on Friday, but since all the pieces are part of my 30 for 30 and I knew I would posting it today, I've decided to use this as outfit #1.  No harm, no foul, right?

I love these new cut-offs.  My other ones were a little to cozy with my lady parts and it was making me uncomfortable.  So, I dumped them and went thrifting in search of a replacement.  I wanted something baggier that would be mega-comfy since this is a go-to weekend look for me.  I found not one, but two perfect pairs.  And since the Goodwill special was buy one, get one for a penny, I got them both.  AND waited in line behind the most annoying people ever to make my purchase.

No joke, my buying experience that day was definitely an exercise in patience and anger management.  Lots of deep breathing was had.  I was behind a mother and daughter who had a heaping shopping cart.  After the sales girl rang everything up (filling up 2 garbage bags!), she announced the total to be $89, which elicited the "oh, shit" look from the girl buying the clothes.  WHAT DID YOU EXPECT?  YOU BOUGHT 2 GARBAGE BAGS FULL OF CLOTHES!!!  Soooo, I stood there for about 10 minutes while the girl and her mother dug through the bags returning items one by one until the total was down to $49.  I thought I was going to scream.  Breathe in.  Breath out.  Relax.  Grr...

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Moving on ... this is becoming a gargantuan post.  Feel free to just look at the pictures and move on.  I won't judge.  But this next part is good.

This outfit ignited the following conversation when I picked John up from work on Friday:

John: Your outfit is really hot today.
Me:  Really?!  (aside: I love it when he says "hot," because it's somehow extra special)  Why?
John: I don't know.  I just really like it.
Me: Even though it's all 90's grunge and kind of Empire Records?
John:  Yeah. That was my time, you know.
Me:  Ah, yeah.  I guess you're right.

John graduated in 1990.  In Long Island.  His high school yearbook reads like a round up of the WORST fashion crimes of all time.  Hopefully, I kept the best of the times and left behind the worst.

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Jacket: Target, $7.50 - Shirt: Loft, $40 - Cut-offs: thrifted & DIY, $2 (splitting the difference of the buy one,
get one for a penny sale)  - Boots: White Mtn, $65

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