embracing the delicate

I’m not the most graceful person in the world. I’m not a klutz, but you would never be able to tell that I was a dancer for fourteen years…if you consider the word dancer pretty broadly (one class a week, a few competitions here and there, but that’s about it).

I don’t dress “gracefully” either. I wear either neutrals or bold colors, pastels really aren’t my thing (my mom wasn’t happy when I showed up with boots to wear with my Easter outfit last year). Not to mention the t-shirts I love so much.

Sidenote 1: One way to get rid of your Mets t-shirts is by having the Mets trade away your favorite players. Or by having those players get suspended for punching people in the face. Or by having those players get injured and never return. It’s an efficient way to clean out your closet.

At any rate, I noticed that a lot of the spring and summer trends for this year were more on the delicate side. Yes, there are bright skinny jeans, but there is also a bunch of lace. There are in-your-face colors like tangerine, but also softer hues like mint. Summer dresses in stores are soft chiffon, rather than cotton. And crazily enough, I found myself liking said delicate things! Me! Delicate! The girl who has the mouth of a sailor when she’s watching her hockey team screw up their shot at winning a game in regulation. The girl that hates romcoms and anything else with Katherine Heigl.

Sidenote 2: I’m aware that disliking Katherine Heigl as an actor, or person, is common and not mutually exclusive of delicate. Sorry, Katherine.

So my March purchases are a bit on the delicate side (with one exception, of course, because I’m full of surprises). And the best part? Since I needed to return something I got for my birthday, and had a giftcard from Christmas (I love stocking up on those damn giftcards), my total out of pocket cost so far this month? Fifty bucks. Boom.

I haven’t received one of the items yet, since HauteLook takes a million years to process shipments (that’s fine, their stuff is a steal), but I did get a fair amount of shopping done at H&M:

Shorts, $17.95 (they don’t have blue on the site)
Dress, $29.95
Skirt, $19.95 (couldn’t find it on the site either)

Lace! Flowers! Sheer fabrics! I’ll be unrecognizable this summer…remember when I used to take outfit photos? I will start that up again, promise.

breaking out the needle and thread

My beau and I were walking around Greenwich Village about a month ago as we killed some time before a restaurant reservation. I was drawn into a little boutique that was hawking their winter coats for way-way-clearance prices. As I flipped through the wool coats, this was our conversation:

Beau: Don’t you have a wool coat?

Me: Yes, but most of the buttons fell off, so I can’t wear it unless it’s open.

Beau: Then why do you still have it?

Me: Because I like it.

Beau: But if you don’t wear it…and you have a puffy coat too, you probably don’t need another coat.

Me: But I don’t like my puffy coat, it’s just good at keeping me warm…

Beau: …

His argument is sound: why buy a third winter coat and keep the other two? One has hardly any buttons, one I don’t like. Makes sense (he usually does), and I decided that he was right. But rather than ditching my wool coat, I decided to revamp it with some fun buttons. In my head, I envisioned mismatching vintage buttons, an upgrade for a coat that I don’t really wear.

And so I headed to the Brooklyn Flea, my new favorite spot, to acquire a handful of buttons. No dice, the only ones I found were just regular looking buttons that happened to be old. So I found some cute ones on Etsy. It turned out they were from Hong Kong, which I found out after it had been a week and I hadn’t received them yet. Don’t make the same mistake I made: if you see an Etsy shop that doesn’t have their location and isn’t clear about where they’re shipping from, ask before you buy. As you can tell, we’re now in the final few weeks of winter and I just finished this project.

But total cost? $13 (including the extra-durable thread I bought). Much cheaper than a new coat, and now I can wear it rather than lamenting about needing to wear my puffer all the time…well, next winter, since the puffer is (hopefully) once again in it’s home in the back of the closet.

Some ‘result’ shots:

Old buttons vs. new buttons.

This counts as DIY, right?