What do you think of when you hear the term “high maintenance”?
Well, that probably conjures up the image of a girly-girl who spends a lot of time making sure she looks exactly right. The hair, the makeup, the clothes, the nails, the perfume, facials, highlights, lowlights, all of those things that go into making us feel good about ourselves. Making us feel pretty. I do admit that having on the right clothes can totally make my mood or break it. If I feel “cute”, I’m going to feel so much better around people.
I can remember back to my 20’s (and into my 30’s) when going shopping was at the top of my list and I loved hanging out at the mall in the department stores, waiting for the latest cosmetic giveaway to come along from Estee Lauder or Clinique. Oh, I had my arsenal full of those girly things. You probably did too. Shopping for clothes was an all day event, oh what fun that was. I could spend hours in Lerners or The Limited (that was the ultimate back in the day, buying an outfit from The Limited!), trying on new clothes and shoes (oh, don’t even get me started on shoes), I just loved a new pair of shoes and was a borderline shoe-aholic. A new pair of shoes could change my life! Or so I thought back then. Of course, I was wearing much higher heels back then too.
Somewhere along the way, I have lost my mojo for clothes shopping. It’s not nearly as much fun as I remember it being.
How in the world did that happen?
Going to the mall now makes me break out in hives and if I had to shop all day, I’d have to stop and take a lot breaks, not to mention looking at the price tags and wondering who pays that much for those things? It’s just not as easy for me anymore to spend a ton of money on clothes, shoes, and cosmetics. Am I getting old? Perhaps, but maybe I’m just getting wiser. I do like nice clothes, but I’d rather just pop in TJ Maxx or Marshalls and look for name brands there. Or find them at yardsales. These beautiful boots waltzed into my life at the end of yardsale season this year. One of the last stops I made around September or so and these were sitting there just waiting for me. Beautiful black leather boots, very gently worn, in just my size, for $5. Do you think I didn’t scoop them up? You know I did! And the last find of the yardsales this year was this pretty faux leather snakeskin jacket that fits like a glove.
Another great find and perfect with jeans and boots. I picked up the black cotton skinny jeans/leggings (jeggings, I hear they are called) when Gap had a one day sale and all their denim was 1/2 price. That’s how I shop! Half price, I’m there. I got them just so I could tuck them into boots this winter.
So what if I’m 54? I still want to look “cute”. 🙂
These days, this is the kind of shopping that makes me happy. Spending loads of $$ at the mall or the fancy boutiques just doesn’t do it for me. I might not be in the top trendiest fashion, but I felt pretty darn diva-ish in this outfit. I had on a black cashmere turtleneck sweater that my sister bought me several years ago for Christmas. It’s still going strong. And the lime green monogrammed scarf was a gift from my friend, Debbie, at Miss Lucy’s Monograms and very reasonably priced.
The zebra purse was a $1 yardsale find.
Once again, I just don’t think you have to spend a ton of money to dress well. The same concept that goes on in our homes can happen in our wardrobes too. I’m so glad I came to this conclusion. It keeps me out of the mall and a little more sane.
I’ve just cleaned out my closet and am decluttering the clothes that I’ve not worn in awhile, along with shoes and purses. Boy, does that feel good! And I don’t feel bad about getting rid of some of those yardsale finds, since they were so cheap to begin with.
How about you? Are you a thrifty shopper when it comes to clothes, shoes and accessories?
Joining up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy’s What I Wore Wednesday. Click over there for lots more fashion inspiration.
Down Comforter says
Not gonna lie…I’m currently in my mall days, I visit the mall or some type of clothing/accessory store at least twice a month BUT that is because I refuse to pay full price for anything!! So I guess that’s a plus. I don’t consider myself high maintenance just like to look good!
Kudos to you on those boots! what a steal!!
You look great!
I am soooo with you. I really HATE to shop and like you said, ‘who’ wants to pay ‘those’ prices for ‘that’? You did good Girl….well done!
you rock it -in both frugalness and stylin”
sherry hart says
Rhoda…I am right there with you. I used to shop for hours…..just doesn’t hold my interest anymore. BUT….if I find a bargain at a Consignment store or GW them I am dancing up and down the isles….I think it is just fun entertainment and you can’t get that at the mall! You sure are working that outfit girl…
Hello! As I am reading your blog about fashion, I am laughing because I am wearing the same boots that I bought at the goodwill!! I used to be just like you, shopping at the mall, now its more of the hunt for a good deal!!
Rhoda-I think you are my long lost sister!!! LOL I can’t wait til the garage sales start up again, but I do hit 3 thrift stores on my lunch hour at least 2x a week! What else is a thrifty girl to do in the dreary winter?? Today I’m wearing my Marshall’s clearance rack black skinny stretch jeans with my red cable sweater from Christmas 2 years ago, garage sale scarf, and garage sale black goose down vest, along with my black knee boots also from Marshall’s clearance. Mall prices just make me sick!
I consider myself pretty low maintenance. I love shopping at places like TJ Maxx where I can just run in and shop under one roof. I went there today with a gift card from my sweet mother-in-law for Christmas so I could get a few new things for Blissdom. My office is extremely casual and I could honestly just wear jeans a t-shirt every day but that gets depressing LOL.
LOVE your style! You always find great bargains, too.
p.s. I can’t believe you found those boots for $5. 🙂
Thanks for writing this post. It is good to know that I am not alone in my dislike of clothes shopping. I have not bought many clothes at my favorite thrift stores but I think I will start now. Love your snake skin coat and boots.
I should not be surprised since I noticed that your light fixture above the stairs is the one I chose for my foyer and the granite under your boots is the same as the granite in my kitchen.
You look great! Thanks for sharing.
Garden Forum says
High maintenance does’nt mean very high cost…