One of the things I love about the show Nashville is seeing all of the fun outfits particularly for Rayna James played by Connie Britton. One stood out to me and although it’s not one of the most amazing outfits, it has been nagging at the back of my mind for some reason. There’s just something about the white dress she wore during Season 1 Episide 4 – I love the chiffon layers combined with that little hint of sequin sparkle layered underneath at the neckline. It’s glitzy but not too over the top.
I’m betting it costs a fortune but if anyone knows who made the dress and where it could be bought, I’m curious. Let me know in the comments if you do.
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I had a board meeting yesterday so I was aiming for business conservative without being completely boring. The shirt is a very light dusty rose which comes across more like a cream in the photos.
Outfit details below. Click any image to enlarge.
Simply Vera by Vera Wang black heels seen in my previous blog post here. I got a lot of comments on these. Lot’s of questions about whether or not I thought I was going to fall in them too because they’re so tall. 🙂 I wouldn’t want to wear them daily but they’re fine for a day with a little walking and a fair amount of sitting in between.
Talbot’s outlet dusty rose silk topseen in this previous post. I love how simple the draped strips of fabric at the neckline make the blouse just that little bit interesting.
Chico’s gray dress slacks. These are a great staple item for me. So much so that I bought a second pair when they were on sale. Long enough to wear with heels and short enough that somehow I can still wear flats without them puddling at my feet. I believe they are the “Smooth Stretch Flare Trouser Pant, Style: 570034128” which they don’t seem to have gray in at the moment.
So I went shopping today at the Talbot’s Outlet again.
I ended up with 4 tops which I think will be good spring additions to my wardrobe. I ended up taking photos of some of the other things I tried on.
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Stephen Lawrence, a local consignment store that typically carries gently worn medium – high end items, is having their bag sale March 16th & 17th 2012. $20 gets you a bag and full of end of season clothes. Whatever you could stuff into the bag was yours. I thought it was too good to pass up and I just found out that the proceeds are going our KY neighbors who lost everything in some recent tornados.
I got there promptly at 11am and was done by noon. There were no dressing rooms so you had to be able to really eyeball your size and style across a wide range of brands.
Here’s the breakdown of my bag:
21 articles of clothing total
3 pieces that flat out don’t fit
3 pieces don’t look good on me
2 pieces that are what I call pajama worthy (fit, comfy, but are not flattering)
13 pieces that look good, 3 of which were pants / bottoms!
Not bad for $20!
The 3 that didn’t fit (picture below): “Banana Republic” maroon 100% silk top, “INC” maroon patterned top 100% silk, “For Joseph” lightweight darkwash 100% cotton jean trousers. The lightweight jeans were my biggest disappointment because they look bigger than the other pants I picked up that seem to have magical shrinking powers and seem 3 sizes too small when I try them on. Brand new with tags and a dark wash. I tired them on twice because I really thought I was having a pants trying on failure moment but nope, they just plain didn’t fit.
The 3 that weren’t flattering on me (below): “Nurture” 100% Merino hunter green tank, “Koret” Black and white striped T (with some little yellow stripes), “Sigrid Olsen Sport” red thin-stripped capris.
The Coats / Jackets (below): “Gap” red / rust colored stretch corduroy jacket in a jean jacket style, “The F.L. Collection” brown / auburn colored corduroy fitted jacket with elbow patches, “Harvé Bernard by Senard Roltzman” vibrantblue (UK blue) 70% wool, 20% nylon pea coat (I need to sew the buttons tighter) but is one of my favorites that I picked up.
The Grays (below): “Lauren by Ralph Laren” cotton shawl collar sweater which is another favorite, “Chelsea & Violet” 53% wool, 25% acrylic lightweight snap front cardigan, “Calvin Klein” 100% silk wrap front sleeveless blouse which needs a cami under it.
The Pants / Bottoms: “Talbots” cotton khakis new with tags they have a horse riding inspired look to them and are a nice thickness, “J.H. Collectibles” aqua capris, “Studio Y” brown dress shorts / capris they hit below the knee … which sounds bad but they look better on than you would think.
More layers: “Allison Daley” navy, cream and metallic gold large houndstooth jacket, “Max Studio” black and gold (non-metallic) lightweight hoodie, “Coldwater Creek” navy lace button up shirt with three quarter length sleeves.
The Sleepers & Tank: “Ann Taylor” long sleeve scoop neck t-shirt in a deep pink or pinky plum, “Evie” 55% silk, 20% viscos, 20% nylon, tank in a green apple / light lime color which will be great under things but not by itself, “Olo” periwinkle zip up fuzzy jacket (I knew when I bought this that it would be a sleep item.)
Did I have a process? Yes, but I didn’t have any idea what that would be before I was inside:
1st I glanced at the shoes and decided not to bother with them because they took up so much space in the bag (and I wasn’t seeing any that immediately screamed my name.)
then onto the pants because they didn’t seem to have as much in my size range as other sizes. I wanted to pick over them before other people.
I picked out anything I thought I might like and held it
reviewed them on the hangers
put anything back I thought would flat out not fit or really wasn’t quite what I had thought it was at first glance
removed the tags to put in the pink plastic bags on the walls per the employees instructions
removed the garment from the hanger and neatly folded it and placed in the bag.
then onto the tops and repeat steps 1-5 for both large and medium tops (they had a variety of brands so I look through both because some brands run small and some brands don’t.)
then I still had some space left in the bag so I glanced at the shoes again, not seeing anything in my size, and headed off to the room with the jackets and coats. Since jackets and coats take up a lot of space and because they can be tried on over things I went ahead and tried on quite a few but there were still no mirrors so I held onto those I wasn’t sure of until I was done and repeated steps 1-5 again. The blue coat had gone immediately into my bag after being tried on.
Bag is full, pay my $20 cash and leave happy. I know I at least have a new coat. 🙂
My favorites of the bunch are a vibrant UK blue coat, a Ralph Lauren grey shawl collar sweater, and the fact I actually have three new pairs of bottoms.
Have you ever participated in a bag sale? What did you think and is it common for them to not have dressing rooms? Do you have a plan of action going in in order to get the best deals?