Big Mama is having a Spring Fashion Fiesta. She always has the coolest post and tips. Remember she was the inspiration for my hairapy post and the Greatest Love Songs of the 80's post. I am playing along with the Fashion Fiesta, for if I win, I may get a bloggy makeover. And lets be frank, we all know I need it. I can use a make over of any kind, be it self , hair or computer related. Lucky or Unlucky (?) for you all, you get to see inside the sometimes hideous, hopefully sometimes clever things I have hidden in my closet....my clothes closet! Big Mama asks, "What do you wear on a daily basis? What’s your uniform? What piece of clothing can you not live without?"
Let me begin by saying, you will find that basically, for me at my age, it now all boils down to comfort. Life is to short not to be comfortable. If something isn't comfortable, it goes in a trashcan. If I am consciences of it being on my body, I don't like it. As a woman, we have all sacrificed our bodies to fashion by wearing shoes that hurt like a mutha' because that were sooooo cute. The same can be said for outfits to undies. These days, I still have not embraced the granny pantie, and hopefully I will not ever get to that point but I am just going to say it like it is (and you can quote me) , "if it crawls up my crack it goes in a sack".
I have even been known to be in public, get deep into a rear pick, and we all know how embarrassing that is, so I will excuse myself, remove the abusive article in a bathroom stall and toss into the trash. Yes, those belonged to me. That didn't behave. I have threatened my children to this same process when they get out of line in public.
So, here we go! Buckle up and enjoy the bumpy ride of my fashion forte:
Let's start with what I begin each day with. I roll out of bed at 6:13 Am and start grabbing what I can find to put on. Usually yoga pants, shorts or sweat pants, and a "t" &/or sweatshirt. What ever that is, it becomes my "bus stop uniform". It is what you will see me in at 6:50 AM as I wait with my children for the school bus to arrive. I have zero makeup on. It's quite hideous!
BTW-Those shorts are a shout out to my former High School. Ahhh, remember when. Those shorts are so comfortable, I refuse to chunk them. It was once Berry High School Bucs, but now it is Hoover Bucs. (Yes, that Hoover Bucs) But it wasn't like that when my class was there. Our Coach was the wonderful and legendary Coach Bob Finley. My grandmother taught with him when he was in Dora. She adored the man. Everyone that ever knew him did. Go Bucs! We're so fine, We're so great! We're the class of '88! Wow! I can rememebr that. I just can't remember where my grocery list is....
To be honest my fashion/style isn't very complicated. I don't have a different uniform for different occasions. From grocery shopping to going out to eat, mine are generally the same. We don't dine anywhere but places that serve chicken fingers with a side order of fries with a kid friendly drink cup. Sometimes, we even get a coloring place mat, that my husband undoubtedly steals from one of our children. Here are my basic "go anywhere" outfits...
Here are a couple pics from my t-shirt collection. I LOVE a good t. And if it has some ridiculous saying on it, I have to have it. I know that goes against all good fashion sense, but I have been known at times to make up my on rules. I could so be called out on "What not to Wear " for this reason alone. But just read some of these...and some have special meaning (like the Kidfest one my daughter made. And the Hot Buns one, I actually bought for Big Daddy and it got rejected. I wear it now just to embarrass Bama).
The hot pink Blondie one is one of my most favorites. This was just a small sampling of the t collection. Its really sick.
A small sampling of my shoe collection. Here is the flats...comfy shoes, which are my daily wear...
My flipflops (I have more flip flops than anything else I own so I just picked these)...daily as well, depending on the weather:
Here is my favorite new pair of shoes that I bought for spring at Payless. Why pay more when you can pay less?
And heels, which is pretty rare that I wear. Someone must get married or die to slip these on these days.... And the heels have gotten closer to the ground. I have bad ankles so it's only logical. A woman falling to the ground, there is nothing graceful about that, unless you count the grace in disgraceful. That'd be me.
Speaking of weddings and funerals, Here is a few pieces from my skirt "department". You will see that most have the twirly, piecie , gauzy thing happening. I like to pretend like I am Stevie Nicks or Pat Benetar (aka Love is a Battlefield video when she dances in the bar). Yes, I realize that was over 20 years ago. It is all about how it makes me feel. I even have one skirt (not pictured here, that I wear when I want to pretend I am in Lord of the Dance or an Irish Dancing Girl. I also have some skirts to wear with my new dance fix, belly dancing. Yes, I did say belly dancing.)
Love my boots. Remember this post? The ones on the far left I found at the thrift store, NEVER worn! It was a boot sample. On the bottom it says, "not for resale, sample only". I don't know what that means. Or why? There may be some potential deadly agent that it is made from....but I got 'em on. And yes, those black ones on the far right do have fringe up the side. LOL!
I love a good hat. Outside it is a must. A few years ago I had a small "suspicious place" removed from my stomach. The doctor said it would have developed into skin cancer had I left it alone. I now take it very serious and apply my sunscreen and wear a hat if I am outside for an extended time. I never go to a tanning bed!! My doc thinks that is where I got it. Do not believe all that stuff about bad rays not being in the bed-it is worse. I know alot more than I used to. I found out the hard way. For summertime, I LOVE Jergens tan in a bottle, it isn't streaky or unnatural looking and it quite inexpensive.
My hip hop hats:
My beach and hiking hats:
There are some more up there (Embarrassing. I used to have that stacked my color and got lazy and just threw up clothes. Ok, this weekend, That's my project-you'll see! That's a post to aspire to as a weekend warrior)
Dang it, I wish I could find my two most favorite hats to show you (ball caps). They are lost in the stuff I should be cleaning up instead of posting. One came from Lulu's, the other from a bait shop. Yes, I have found some cute things in a bait shop. That could be another call out by Stacey and Clinton.
I hope you all have enjoyed this roller coaster through Leigh's Dress up and Pretend World. I have to say this took up the better part of a day to do this post. I sure hope Big Daddy doesn't notice that nothing has gotten done around the house or I could possibly be fired and forced to embrace a Shoney's uniform as my daily fashion style.
So, That's it! That's my own personal fashion fiesta, heavy on the salsa!
I'd love to see your fiesta! If you participate, let me know. And by all means, I can take it...let me know what cha think of mine.
Thanks to Charnita for button design and to Lorie for the code!
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Leigh discusses home decor, thriftiness (its an art) road trips and life as a stay at home mom. Leigh is a full time mother, a part time photographer, writer and wanna-be roller derby queen/rock star. Her photography and written work is featured in several professional business and local publications. She owns her own photography business, Photographic Memories. Leigh resides in the south with her three children and husband "Big Daddy".
"Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater. If you give her sperm, she'll give you a baby. If you give her a house, she'll give you a home. If you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal. If you give her a smile, she'll give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her. So, if you give her any crap, be ready to receive a ton of s*&t."
Words of Wisdom
"Older and wiser voices can always help you find the right path, if you are only willing to listen."-Jimmy Buffett
Sea Joy When I go down by the sandy shore,I can think of nothing I want moreThan to live by the booming blue seaAs the seagulls flutter round about me. I can run around when the tide is outWith the wind and the sand and the sea all about,And the seagulls are swirling and diving for fish.Oh, to live by the sea is my only wish. - Jacqueline Bouvier
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream." --- Mark Twain
The cure for anything is salt water---sweat, tears, or the sea. ~Isak Dinesen
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.Philippians 4:12,13 NIV
Live a good life and in the end it's not the years in the life, it's the life in the years.~ Abe Lincoln
Let your boat of life be light Packed with only what you need --A homely home and simple pleasures,One or two friends, worth the name,Someone to love and someone to love you,A cat, a dog, and a pipe or two,Enough to eat and enough to wear,And a little more than enough to drink...For thirst is a dangerous thing. -- Jerome K Jeromefrom "Three Men in a Boat"
The love of God is like the ocean, you can see its beginnings but not its end.
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." ~Eleanor Roosevelt
"We can make our plans,But the LORD determinesour steps" Proverbs 16:9
"Let us not forget what is best remembered or may we not remember what is best forgotten."
"Fish and overnight guest stink after three days." ~plaque at Fish Camp Restaurant, Orange Beach, Alabama
"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human being experience."
"A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future and accepts you today just the way you are." Proverbs 27:17
The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything they have. The richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least.
Live simply. Love generously. Care Deeply. Speak Kindly. Leave the Rest to God.
Worry is a robber of time and energy. Take comfort within that God's power is what we truly need. Heknows our needs before we can even ask for them.
If you worry, you didn't pray. If you prayed, don't worry. Faith is the ability to not panic.
Don't "find" a religion. "Find" your relationship with God. ~Bill Burgess
"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you, too, can become great."-Mark Twain