Friday, February 13, 2009
Red for valentines day - its been so cold here I've been able to pull out some of the dresses I had saved for winter. This is from the 80's I believe, once I had pulled off the shoulder pads it was perfect. I also honestly couldn't get any good shots of my face so decided to hide it in the end - I either looked like a zombie or had crazy eyes!
Some of you asked about the navy skirt in the post below the post below this (confusing ?!?) – that was one that I designed and made myself last year sometime and I hope to have some up in the shop when it gets started!
I’m so glad a lot of you have the ‘guilty shopper gene’ - well, not glad for you but glad for me that I’m not the only one! I’m going to finish off the blogging week with one more thing related to money and that endless need to buy clothes. A while ago a friend told me about the ‘$1 a wear’ rule and I find it really rather handy when I’m thinking about spending a lot on a vintage dress or pair of shoes.
The basic premise is that if something is going to cost you $30 to buy, you need to make sure that you are going to wear it at least 30 times. As long as you wear it at least 30 times then you have gotten your money’s worth out of it - I do tend to subconsciously apply this rule when I shop now which is good for me and my pocket!
You don’t necessarily have to interpret the rule the exact same way I do though, you could change it so that the piece has to be able to incorporate itself into 30 different outfits, but I find my way much easier when I’m shopping – who has time to figure out what will match the piece 30 different ways when your wardrobe is huge and you don’t remember half the stuff you own?
So next time you’re out spending those hard earned dollars, remember the ‘$1 a wear’ rule and see how you feel about that expensive dress after. It will make you either want it more (which means you love it) or it will make you think twice and put the item back.
Now, moving on to exciting things - on Wednesday, David and I left work a smidge early to go and check out the viewing rooms at one of the auction places before my interview. As we wandered around I spotted a huge box full of patterns – I immediately started sifting through them and found a gold mine of beautiful vintage patterns! I couldn’t be at the auction the next day because I was working, but David took the morning off and won the patterns for me!! The four patterns are just a small selection of some of them, aren’t they amazing?
As I was going through them that night, I pulled them all out of the box to inspect each one individually and saw that there was some newspaper lining the bottom of the box. I picked it up and saw that it was printed in 1985 (the year I was born) and had some articles about the event I’m currently working on from back then! That was when I knew that those patterns were meant for me!
Tomorrow I’m off to a wedding (yes, a wedding on valentines day!) and I’ll make sure to take pictures of my outfit and share them with you all on Monday.
Have a lovely weekend and a lovely valentines day
Ps) I got 10 red roses the other day for $5!! They are normally $40 per rose round this time, and the vase they are in was a gift for my birthday a few years back – you either love it or you hate it :)