Alternate title: Not only am I communicator of the year, but as of today, I am SHOPPER OF THE YEAR! Oh yeah!
Designer jacket (Nygard!) at thrift store: 7.99
Short sleeved sweater to wear underneath: 3.99 (thrift store)
Designer skirt at Winners: 24.99
Fancy shoes that almost meet my daughter's fashion standards: 6.99 (thrift store!)
Fair trade jewelery from Ten Thousand Villages: $20.00
Joy it gives me to have a whole "new" outfit that looks classy and put together (and makes my husband think I'm hot), AND fits within my "recycled, re-used, and/or fair trade" personal preference, for under $65: PRICELESS!
I actually really TRIED to get something snazzy and new and possibly even expensive for a change, but after 4 stores, I could fine absolutely nothing of interest. A quick stop at a thrift store, and I had almost the whole outfit. I'm still smiling.
And the best part? I didn't even have that oh-I'm-so-depressed-about-clothes-shopping-I-need-cheesecake moment. Today's lovely weather definitely helped the mood.
Note: photos to follow after I get a haircut and my nose is a little less red and raw from this blasted cold.