Three months almost since I've updated here...life has been hectic. I've traveled to Arizona three times since (staying for over a week each time) and to Alabama once. All travel has been for work, but for the AZ trips I've tacked on extra time to visit with my parents. I mentioned previously that my father has late-stage cancer, so I've been trying to visit with them as much as possible right now. Not easy from 2000 miles away...but necessary.
This last trip Mom and I snuck in some shopping, which really paid off. I am constantly searching for skirts and dresses that are easy to pack, wear, and launder since I work so many outdoor festivals. Ten plus hours in the heat / humidity for two or three days - those kinds of working hours and conditions require easy-wear, easy-care clothes. And when I have to travel to festivals, my wardrobe has to be easy-pack, too.
On to the score(s):
The dress and jeans aren't really for work - it would be madness to work an arts festival in white jeans! - but my old white jeans are too large now, so I am happy to find another pair. I'm still wanting to lose 15 pounds so didn't want to pay much for "transition" jeans - these ended up being $25. The dress is a jersey knit - machine washable and in a color combination I love. It's what I consider a very "me" dress - bold colored, embraces my curves, and will look gorgeous with a sexy pair of heels. And only $60.
The skirt is a whole other story - it will be worn for both work and play. I wear a-line skirts all summer long. Add wedge heels (or fun flat sandals), a simple tank, and some jewelry, and that's the way I like to get dressed. :) i love the colors in this sweet cotton skirt. Plus it was only $2.50! I'm not normally a thrifter, but mom's car had a flat tire and we needed to wait for it to be fixed. The only store nearby was the local Goodwill, where we killed half an hour poking around. I didn't really expect anything but this was quite a treasure for the price!
The dress and jeans are from here: Christopher and Banks. I have never heard of this retailer and I don't think I'd shop there regularly, but Prescott, Arizona, while charming, doesn't have a lot of mall shopping. But we wandered in and they were having a buy one, get one half off deal, so the two pieces cost me around $85. Just a note if you decide to order the dress: it runs long. It originally came just below the knee on me (I am 5'5" and this dress fit in a size 8), so my mom shortened it for me.
The jeans run large as well - I went down a size to get a good fit. Also they are (I think) supposed to be kind of a straight leg; they're not a true bootcut, which is what I was looking for - but they are almost like a baby bootcut if that makes sense). Also don't freak out at the model photos on the web site- I promise these items are very flattering!
I made one other fabulous purchase while in Arizona, but it will have to wait for another post. :)