a vintage dress and sparkly stripes

July 23, 2013 |  Category:   happy purchases



Could you tell from the collective griping from out East that we suffered through a particularly nasty heatwave last week? I hardly spent any time outdoors while the girls were at camp except to get a mammogram done on Friday. When you’re my age, you have to get stuff like that done. It isn’t bad, usually, except for any time spent momentarily freaking out that they’ll find something, and then of course you over-analyze ever nuanced facial expression on the technician. Why did she linger on that image for so long? It just so happened that the air conditioner broke down the day of my appointment, which was as fun as going to the doctor in 99 degree heat sounds (think about it).


When I left the imaging center I was pretty desperate to get some AC relief so I walked into a thrift store a few doors down. It’s where I saw this dress hanging on the racks. The pattern caught my eye first and I pulled it out and saw that it was a strapless sundress. $10. Sold. I made straps from a sash that came with the dress because strapless just doesn’t stay up on me, and I have to sort of shimmy into the thing because it just only fits. It can hang in my closet with the rest of the dresses that I don’t wear often because I feel “fussy” in them, but…$10!
Do you ever feel like once you buy one thing, it just opens the floodgates to your wallet and you just want to spend more? Having to kill time before picking up the girls from camp didn’t help either because there are so many sales right now as stores clear their inventory for Fall. I picked up that beaded striped short sleeve sweater from J Crew for about $40, as well as a pair of white jeans at Anthropologie on final sale for less than $50 (can’t find it on their website). Never thought I could wear white jeans before but I think I just never found the right pair. They’re the perfect length for wearing with ankle boots actually, and I’m going to wear these all through the winter (no one stops wearing white after Labor Day anymore, do they?).
Zara is also having a great month long sale and I stocked up on some Fall stuff for the girls, including this jacket and these shoes. We had to return the shoes because their sizing is so wonky and they were entirely too big. I was even able to fit my size 7 feet in them, what? They also looked a little ridiculous on a 9 year old girl (talk about fussy clothes) and as much as I loved them, I realized that I was shopping for myself and not for them. Oh. This was made all the more clear when we went into a store the other week and they pointed out pretty much everything I would never pick my out myself. To be fair, Mia did love the shoes as well, but they were just too much.
In other dress news, my cousin bought me this dress that I’ve been wearing a lot lately. It’s casual and unfussy and perfect to just throw on. And then I read some of the reviews after I wore it one day and saw that a few moms had basically said the same thing, which immediately made me go, “whuuuut, I’m wearing a mom dress noooooo.” Oh, whatever.

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  • Karen July 24, 2013 at 10:24 am

    I know what you mean about the horror of wearing mom clothes but i dont think you would ever look momish in that dress or anything really so you should just ignore those reviews and keep wearing it!!

    • Jenna July 24, 2013 at 11:35 am

      haha, I’m not going to stop wearing that dress – I just thought it was so funny that the reviews said exactly the same thing I was thinking and that they specifically pointed out that they were moms. But it really is true and well, I’m a mom!

  • Christine July 24, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    LOVE the vintage dress. It’s a beaut. You know, there are zillions of moms out there with fabulous taste. 😉

    • Jenna July 24, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      absolutely. I was just joking :)

  • sylvï July 24, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    every link besides the zara ones opens a blank page for me. it always seems to be like this, i never get to see your style references…

    • Jenna July 24, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      Sometimes I link to certain products using affiliate links. I wonder if this is, perhaps, is the issue?

  • Micaela July 24, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Your style posts are some of my favorites, Jenna! I really like your thrifted dress, and I’m pretty sure it’s also from Anthropologie (I remember the pattern). I actually love reading their reviews as much for the entertainment value as the helpfulness, so your comment about the “mom dress” made me laugh. Thanks for sharing this side of yourself — I always like reading about the style philosophies of bloggers whose content is not necessarily fashion-focused.

    Also, on the subject of affiliate links: they are something I really try to avoid on fashion blogs that use them nonstop, but for bloggers I truly love reading, I never mind when they are used (because I’m happy to support them in any way!)

    • Jenna July 24, 2013 at 8:32 pm

      interesting – the label looks vintage and not one that I recognize Anthropologie carrying. Also, it smells like vintage, haha. Why do all vintage clothes smell the same? I appreciate your comment about the affiliate links. I try to only use them in a single post once a month and and try to only link to products that I have bought and can actually give some kind of review on. I understand your aversion, though and completely know what you mean.

  • Joy @ OSS July 26, 2013 at 11:09 am

    You shouldn’t have told me about all the sales going on…now my curiosity has to be satiated.

  • tracy July 26, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    love these posts! and too funny about the anthro dress…my friend (not a mom) actually shared that link with me last week stating how much she loved it. and i (a new mom) thought, oh that looks like such a great, simple unfussy dress! good taste is good taste 😉

    also this is random, but a loooong time ago you posted about your bookhou bag and just wanted to say thanks for answering my question about whether it can hold a laptop! i bought one, it’s awesome, i ended up not using it to carry my work laptop…but it can hold A LOT. thanks again!

  • Gloria L. Berman October 9, 2013 at 5:43 am

    The vintage dress looks really nice. I love the colors and the designs. I know how it feels when you buy something and it feels like you just don’t want to stop. I can totally relate with that. I am looking forward to seeing you wear that white jeans. I think it will look good on you and about that dress that your cousing gave you, well, there are a lot of moms’ dresses these days that are totally hip and cool, so i think it’s okay.