Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Gift

Photo via Google images
 Happy Holidays blog friends. I know I've been seriously MIA, but there's just been no way around it. All sorts of things (and not necessarily bad ones) have popped up that needed my attention. Something had to give. Anyway, seeing as this is the holiday season and all. Let me tell you about a few great gifts I've gotten...

We're all familiar with the saying "Tis better to give than to receive". Bull Pucky! Don't believe the hype. Receiving is great fun. I participated in a gift swap among other bloggers this year and the rules were that 4-5 gifts were to be given. One had to be handmade and the others had to be second hand. My swap partner was Tami V. of Thrift Shop Commando. She sent me all sorts of fabulous stuff. I especially adore the purse and the fur trimmed leather gloves. Thanks Tami! If you like vintage stuff and images from the 1950's, 60's and 70's, then make it a point to stop by Tami's.

This next give came completely out of the blue. Jean of Dross Into Gold emailed me to let me know she had a pair of Franco Sarto burgundy booties she thought I might like. I swear on the Girl Scouts honor that just that very day, I had been wishing for a pair burgundy booties. What a gift. Thank you Jean. You're one of the most thoughtful bloggers I know.

Some of the gifts we receive aren't wrapped nor are they purchased; things like the gift of time. Well, did you know you can also be given the gift of  s  p  a  c  e? Yep it's true. Earlier this year, my husband called me while I was out and about. He told me he had a surprise for me. When I got home, he walked me into our my closet. The small space where his clothes used to hang was empty. He had moved his meager clothing collection to the coat closet so that I could have the entire walk-in closet to myself. I feel selfish just just talking about it. Needless to say, the space was completely filled in about two days. It was a wonderful gift and I think about it every day I go in there. Thank you My Love.

I hope you've all gotten some lovely gifts this year and not necessarily new ones or the ones you get at Christmas or on birthdays because the truly great ones are unexpected and given with love and thoughtfulness.  Yes, tis a great thing to receive!
Happy Holidays.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

A Note From the Editor

You're Incredible!

Have you ever read the first few pages of a magazine? No, I'm not talking about the Gucci and Guess ads or even the table of contents (which I can never find). I'm talking about the page where it list everyone who had a hand in making the magazine come together. It's a long list and there's an 'assistant' to everything. The assistants even have assistants.
Think about this: your blog is kind of like a magazine. It's entertaining, has lovey photos and creative writing. People look forward to receiving it.
More than likely it's a one woman show. That means you're the editor-in-chief, the copy editor, creative director, photographer (usually), social media director, in charge of make-up, wardrobe and   public relations. If you've decided monetized your blog, well, that also makes you marketing director too. Oh! Did I mention you also have a full time job, children, significant other and/or pets to care for as well has run a household? Minor details. Do I even need to tell you how incredible you are? Of course not. You already know it, so give yourself a pat on the back, take a bow in front of the mirror (or if you're like me) buy yourself a new pair of shoes!
This editor-in-chief, photographer, director of wardrobe has been super busy with her J.O.B. and hasn't had a lot of time for public relations, i.e, visiting other blogs and the position of creative director is seemingly vacant. None the less, expect publication to resume after the Thanksgiving holiday. I'm curious to experiment and get your opinions on winter pastels, winter brights and winter whites. Has anybody played around with those yet?
In the meantime, just recall my opening words: You're incredible!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

No folks, it's not Christmas just yet, but I was getting a feeling of comfort and joy from this outfit. Comfort from this old denim shirt that has just the perfect amount of wear and softness plus a couple of holes in just the right places (thrifted that way) and also from the fact that there wasn't a single thing that was pulling, tugging, riding up, sagging down, rubbing, poking, itching, sratching or restricting about any of these garments. Nope, not a single thing; not even an irritating tag (because I cut them out).
The "joy" part of this outfit, well that came from the polka dots, because everybody knows polka dots = joy.
I wore this a couple weeks back (before the weather got real cold) when I took my dear mother-in-law out to lunch and shopping. We always have a fun time on these little outings. She's full of life stories and at 84 she's still a fashionable lady, so shopping is quite an adventure with her.  I tell you friends, it's great when you have in-laws that you like and vice - versa.  I equate it with polka dots... a pure joy.

The holidays are fast approaching and things are about to get real hectic for some of us. So, I'll take this opportunity to wish you all the comfort and joy in the world, if not from your in-laws and other relatives, then at least from the clothes you grace your body with.

Do you anticipate spending the holidays with in-laws or out-laws?

New York and Company vest: thrifted
Liz Claiborne denim shirt: thrifted also worn here and here.
Polka dot dress by local company, but can't remember name - cut out the irritating tag: thrifted
Fly London booties: via Saxon Shoes. Sooo comfy!
Vintage Ettienne Aigner purse: thrifted

I'm linking up with Patti's Visible Monday. Come join me.

Bring on the holidays!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Fly London via China to America

What a confusing title. But it'll all come together in the end.
Today I'm linking up with Marionberry for her Trend of the Month party which is all about boots and booties. Perfect timing for me because I just got these Fly London booties that I'm sooo loving!  I haven't been this happy with a pair of shoes three weeks!
Now, when I first became familiar with this brand I assumed because of the name (Fly London) they were made in the U.K., wrong. They're made in China. But I assure you they don't feel or look cheap in person. Even the box they came in looks like quality. I'm seriously considering framing the top.
So far I've only worn these booties for weekend wear. I'd love to sport them to the J.O.B. but not sure how to make it work; Any ideas?
Speaking of weekend wear, you might be wondering where I wore this outfit to. Well, there's a reason I'm dressed military style. I was at an auction and in full commando mode. Wait 'til you see what I got... stay tuned.
Meanwhile, if you've got a thing for boots, drop on by Marionberry's to check out a whole slew of  'em. Better yet, link up and show off a pair of your own.

Cato camo tank: thrifted
Eddie Bauer denim jacket: in store clearance
Eddie Bauer cargos: in store clearance
Fly London booties: via Saxon shoe store
also found here.
Purse made from rug: thrifted

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

I'm a Bond Girl

Happy Halloween folks. Hope you all are going to do some fun stuff tonight! Can't wait to get around to everybody's blogs to see what they've cooked up for costumes. Ally's having a Halloween party, so that's where I'll be. Swing by and join the fun.
About my costume, well, it's only a costume in my imagination. You see, when I thrifted this sweater dress a few months back I thought it would be a way of taking the maxi dress look into fall/winter. Then I read an article tilted "A common Bond" in InStyle magazine featuring all the Bond girls over the years (minus Halley Berry! More on that in another post) and I then the light bulb came on in my head. I bet a Bond Girl would wear a long black sweater dress like mine. All sorts of weapons could be hidden under it! So there you have it. I'm a Bond girl. O.K. so it might be a stretch, but it was either this or one of those t-shirts that says "BOO".  Happy Halloween! Remember to drop by Ally's today... or the next.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Red October

Ambassador X along with two of her cohorts have been held against their will by Rupert Retail and his henchmen in an abandoned warehouse. Her special thrifting powers have been reduced to fatally low levels because she's been deprived of seeing the color red for months.

 My mission: To infiltrate the building undetected and allow Ambassador X to see my outfit in all it's red glory to restore her mega thrifting powers. The fact that it's mixed prints and mostly thrifted will only maximize the effect.
I must hurry and locate the shut-off valve. The effects of the spiked frozen yogurt I gave the guard will wear off in mere minutes!

I really hope the Ambassador likes my outfit. I kind of put it together at the last minute. This sassy red trench's last appearance was back in February here. The skirt was last seen in action here, and the blouse here.

If I'd been called upon to complete this mission just 5 short years ago, I wouldn't have been able to do it. I just absolutely did not wear red! I felt it wasn't my color, but I decided to give it a go one day and realized it suits me after all. I've been hooked ever since.

Mixing prints has never been a problem though, I was doing that back in high school. My feelings are, as long as the colors coordinate, then it's ok to mix the prints. Easy!

Have you ever become fixated with a color or particular pieces of clothing in your closet and you just wear them to death for about a month? I'm obviously going through a red phase. I believe it all started with the acquisition of this red dress. For some reason I've also been obsessed with this skirt and plaid blouse. I've worked out at least three other ways to wear them together.

There's nothing like a comfy shoes, easy fitting skirt and blouse and a trench in a fun color to get a lady through the day's missions. 
Ambassador X is safe, her thrifting powers have been fully restored. The thrifting community can breath a sigh of relief. Unfortunately, in the fray Rupert Retail escaped. No worries though, he can't run forever. Sooner or later, he'll end up in a thrift store or yard sale and I'll nab him!

October isn't over yet and neither is my red phase. What are you fixated with this month, a purse, an accessory, a piece of jewelry? Hope you're indulging some of your own obsessions as well. I'll be linking up at Monday Mingle and  Patti's Visible Monday.
Until we meet again, live long, thrift, wear red and prosper.

The End.

Style Agent 909's wardrobe on this mission:
Gallery red trench: thrifted
Liz Claiborne plaid blouse: thrifted
Jones New York skirt: thrifted
Gianni Bini sling back clogs: via Dillard's
Fossil purse: via Dillard's (on clearance last year)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Decisions, Decisions

Paper or plastic, credit or debit, left or right, heels or flats, this or that? These are the mundane, non-life-altering decisions I'm sure most of us make on a daily basis.  And let's not even talk about the most mind boggling question of all: "What am I going to wear today?"
This past week, though, I had a serious decision to make, at least in my book. I was half way to work (about 20 minutes into the trip) and realized I'd forgotten my cell phone at home, something I rarely do. I almost broke out into a cold sweat! Barreling down the freeway at 75 70 mph, I couldn't decide if I should turn around, go back home and get it or live without it for a day. Mind you, there's computers with internet and phones at work, but there's nothing like having my own little link to the world right in my hot little hand. Well, I quickly checked my purse to make sure I at least had my wallet. I did. Whew! I decided I could live without the cell for a day. At least I had money with me to buy something at the thrift store. Which would be worse for you, leaving your wallet or leaving your cell phone?

Here's another situation I'm often faced with, more so in the big city than out in the  rural area where I live. I'm approaching a traffic light and have to stop. And right outside my window is a guy with a sign indicating he's homeless, lost his job, broke, war vet, blind, deaf, hungry, etc. Sometimes he may even have a dog with him. To make matters worse, I'm usually chowing down on a hamburger or something at the time. I have to make a split decision about what I'm going to do. I'm sorry to say I haven't developed a standard response to this situation yet and that my decision usually depends on my mood. Sometimes I give some spare change, sometimes I offer to buy food, and other times I just quietly ignore the person.  What do you do when this happens? When I approached the blind, deaf, homeless, broke (and thankfully dogless) guy at the traffic light this week. I didn't give him any spare change. I was selfishly saving it for a cup of frozen yogurt.

I have a great camera. But I'm still learning how to use it. So sometimes my photos aren't really what I'd like them to be, but I post them anyway. The flip side of that situation is feeling like I said something really stupid in a post or it just didn't make sense. Which is worse in your opinion; stupid posts or bad photos? Sometimes I do both
 . . . at the same time!
 I've been wanting to thank you all, my fellow bloggers for helping me make  a decision couple of weeks ago when I purchased a pair of sweats that I wanted to refashion. You offered all kinds of great suggestions. Thank you so much. Turns out though, that they weren't too small after all and I kept them as they were.
I need to call upon you all again for help. A few posts back, Madame Lotta Prada posted a horoscope. It got lots of views, but not a lot of comments. So I'm putting it out there for my fellow bloggers to help me decided if it should continue to be a monthly feature. The poll is at the bottom of this post.

Here's a couple of things I don't even need to think twice about: linking up at Visible Monday and Monday Mingle. Those are no brainers!
What decisions (non) life altering or otherwise, have you had to make lately?

Pendleton plaid wool jacket: thrifted
L.L. Bean Slim Leg jeans: thrifted
Van Heusen blouse: thrifted
a.n.a denim vest: thrifted
Gianni Bini boots: via Dillard's (clearance, last year)

Do you like the idea of a monthly horoscope? free polls 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Date 'Night'...I'm Feelin' Lucky

Gap t-shirt: in store purchase. Spiegle metallic leather skirt: thirfted.

Lucky Magazine is hosting a "Date Night" contest where contributors can submit their best outfit. I really want to participate, trouble is, Stephen and I don't really have date nights per se. We have "date days". And to be perfectly honest, I prefer it that way, because I'm pretty useless by the time 9:00 p.m. rolls around.

Unlisted pumps: thrifted. Vintage Coach bucket bag: yard sale. Bracelets: thirfted.

Now about the date "night" outfit, as long as it's comfortable and has pockets; it's a go. I like this one because the t-shirt keeps it casual, but the skirt has some shimmer and shine...just in case we actually do make it a real date and do some fine dinning at McDonald's.

I love these old vintage cameras, but can't download any pictures with them.
A typical date day will usually involve exploring some old country back roads and me practically jumping out of our moving vehicle every time we pass a yard sale, thrift or antique store. Stephen has to throw on the breaks and avoid swerving into on coming traffic, make a quick U-turn and backtrack to said store/sale. Right now vintage suitcases and cameras seem to catch my eye. Come to think of it, everything catches my eye. That's how I ended up with this vintage Coach bucket bag, shimmery skirt and crazy retro looking pumps. I also must confess it's not just the vintage luggage, cameras and coach bags that catch my eye... the hot hunky husband does too and that's what date night day is really all about.

Let's make a date to meet up over at
Patti's Visible Monday and Monday Mingle.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Cozy Coats Circa 1978

When Disco ruled...

Last Saturday I was doing my usual thing; yard saleing. I came across a box full of ladies' magazines all from the same year, 1978. I thumbed through them and was instantly transported back 34 years. Now for those of you who didn't even exist back then, are too young to remember or were merely existing in a haze, here's a short recap: Jimmy Carter was president, gas was .63 a gallon, people were shaking their thangs to Y.M.C.A, Stayin' Alive and Gloria Gaynor's, I Will Survive. Must see T.V.  included The Love Boat, Three's Company and Charlie's Angles (the original). Oh yeah, and John Travolta was the sexiest man alive. It was a good year in my opinion. I was young enough to not have any responsibility other than taking out the trash and old enough to pick out my own clothes.
Some of the 'must have' coats of the season were featured the September issue of Good Housekeeping (then .95). Seriously, I could have been looking at the 2012 issue of any fashion magazine (now ~4.99). I'd pretty much rock any of these coats. I've numbered them from left to right. Which one would you wear this season?

  1 ,2, 3

4, 5, 6

7, 8, 9

10 (my favorite), 11, 12

13, 14, 15

16, 17, 18

19, 20, 21

22, 23, 24, 25

What were you up to in 1978?
Do you buy a new winter coat every year?
Hangin' out at the usual spots, Patti's Not Dead Yest Style and Monday Mingle.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Your Monthly Horoscope Awaits...

Illustration by the lovely Melanie of
September 23 to October 22
(depending on the year)
Your monthly style horoscope presented by 
Madame Lotta Prada  
  • Lady Libra, you are a stylish, playful, creative life form; and those traits should serve you well during this time of transition from mild to cooler climes. The way awaits you in your very own closet. Several well selected additions will make the journey sweeter.
  • You tend to be more generous with others than yourself. That item online that's been in your shopping cart forever - make it yours. You deserve it!
  • The hills have eyes; so do the neighbors and your significant other. It may seem over the top, but next time you're waiting with the kids at the bus stop, working in the yard or out for errands, try wearing something a little shorter, body skimming or flowy, preferably in ox blood,  the results will delight. 
  •  Reach for a long forgotten piece in your closet. Commit to it for a few days. Give yourself a dollar for every compliment it gets you. Within no time you should be able to treat yourself to a grande size beverage of your choice...yes, you'll want whip cream on that.

Your lucky numbers are:
1: as in the number of new lip stick colors you might want to invest in this month.
3: as in the number of belts you can wear... all at the same time!
5: as in the number of bras you should try on before settling on one.
6: as in the number of pockets your new skinny cargos should have.
8: as in the number of days you should wait before wearing the same patterned jeans again.
14: as in the number of pieces you might want to edit from your closet this season.

These ladies are Libras too...
Left to right:Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ashanti, Gweneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Freida Pinto. Photos via Google images

Pssst...guess who else is a Libra? Sheila of Ephemera. Raise your hand if you're a Libra too.
 Friends of the zodiac

Scorpio: 10/23-11/21 Wedges of cheese, pizza and pie are good; wedge boots even better. Wedgies...not so good. Pick (no pun intended) your undies carefully.
Sagittarius: 11/22-12/21  One word: Boots!
Capricorn: 12/22-1/19 Color is fashionable, black is forever stylish. Combine the two often until the new moon.
Aquarius: 1/12-2/20 Having several dickies in your drawers will not make you a clothes whore. 
Pisces: 2/19-3/20 Upcoming social events, meetings and the like demand that attention be focused solely on your words. Assure your clothes do not compete with you for attention.
Aries: 3/21-4/20 Your inner cowgirl is begging to be released. Russel her up some denim, Native American prints and leather. Happy trails...
Taurus: 4/21-5/21 You have a low tolerance for fashion boredom. This can be avoided. Rock a trend of years past... Hello square toe pumps!
Gemini: 5/22-6/21 You appreciate style and quality. Consider an artisan handmade bag for your next purse; custom made, even better.
Cancer: 6/22-7/22 Disruptions of your usual routine may have you pressed for time. Predetermine you outfits for the next seven to ten days and save yourself extra frustration.
Leo: 7/23-8/22 Your glamorous side is coming to the forefront. Metallics, glitter, sparkle and shine should be considered daily.
Virgo: 8/23-9/22 Denim choices abound this season in color and pattern which can confuse and overwhelm. Keep your sense of style balanced and assure that a pair of long ,lean dark wash jeans is among your picks.

Disclaimer: This horoscope is purely for fun, entertainment, shits and giggles. For the real answers pray to God or consult your local psychic.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Serpent and the Cargo

Ladies I've had this post sitting in the draft folder awhile and I figured I better get it out before the clothes go out of style...
For this outfit I'm taking a cue from two fabulous bloggers. a few weeks ago, Judith, the Style Crone did snake print and pearls ensemble, a terrific mix of neutrals that left me speechless, definitely one of my favorite outfits of her's. The other part of my outfit, the vest was inspired by Simply Chic. Those words describe this blogger as no others. She's exactly that. I really like what she did with her cargo. So what do you get when you put the two together? This...

I had some paperwork to wrap up for my new job and even though I was done with the interview process, I felt this last detail was still an extension of it. I didn't want to show up in jeans, but I didn't want to put on a suit either, so I chose this dress. I originally wore it belted with a black cardigan but when I was done with official business, I switched the cardi for the cargo and headed for the mall. I felt stylish and chic. Thanks to two great bloggers for the inspiration!
Guess who's birthday is around the corner? Sheila's. No, not me, Sheila north of the border. She's invited us to the her party and basically said we could wear anything we want. I've been known to change my mind at the last minute, but I think I'll wear this only with a little more bling...
Go, go, go, go
Go, go, go, shawty
'Cause it's your birthday
We gon' party like it's yo birthday
We gon' sip Bacardi like it's your birthday...

Lyrics from 50 Cent's "In da Club" (as if you didn't already know).

Monday, October 1, 2012

I Don't Have a Thing to Wear!

Why is it when spring arrives I feel like I all I have to wear is sweaters and boots, then when fall arrives, I feel like all I have is tank tops and flip flops? Every. Single. Year. Guess what? This year's no different. So as usual, I'm sneaking some summer stuff into fall. This floral skirt is something I picked up at a yard sale this spring, but couldn't quite bring myself to wear. I think because it looked heavy visually, but now it seems appropriate. I played around and figured out a couple of different ways to style it.

 ...and that makes me happy!

Hmmm...there's a lot of prints going on here. Plaid blazer, blue and white striped shirt, floral skirt and buffalo checked rubber boots. My formula for winterizing summer stuff is to add a turtleneck and be done with it. I'm trying to be a little more creative with the layering this year, but sometimes things don't quite turn out like how they looked in my's still fun to experiment though.

I guess the other reason I didn't wear this was because of the awkward length; not quite a middi, not quite a maxi. So I did the ol' hike-the-skirt-over-the-boobs thing. This is the only one I've ever been able to pull that trick off with.

...and that makes me happy! So does hanging out at Patti's Visible Monday.

Are you one of those stylish people who can make their clothes do tricks by wearing them inside out, upside down and backwards?
Is your wardrobe ready for fall?
Any tips or tricks you have for layering?

Ann Taylor Loft yellow sweater: In stores now
Phool rayon skirt: yard sale
No name ombre dyed scarf: thrifted
Apt. 9 button down shirt: thrifted
Dress Barn blazer: thrifted
Bracelet in second photo: gift from Lynne. Thanks, love it!
No name black cardi: thrifted, old
Clarks Indigo black Majorca Villa boots: In stores now

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Calling All Re-Fashionistas...Help!

Sound the alarm! ...calling all re-fashionistas and upcyclers... Jean, Pao, are you there? I got this great pair of Lucky Brand sweats at the thrift store. They're too small for me but I couldn't resist the design on the legs. On one side there's a geisha and on the other a dragon. Each design is partly  embroidered and partly stamped/batiked. The material is a dark brown high quality fleece. If I could fit these, I'd wear them as is. They're just the kind of thing I like to bump around the house in.
My first instinct tells me to refashion the legs as sleeves on another garment. But what do you think? My sewing skills are top notch, but it seems I've lost some of my creative mojo over the past few years.

Isn't she lovely?

 This is a distress call... a cry for help, so even if you're not a re-fashionista or upcycler, please chime in if you've got some ideas.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Fetish Fantasy of a Forty-Something

This is my fantasy...
ZiGiny pumps

ZiGiny pumps (see more platform high heels)

This is my reality...

Yeah, my fantasy involves black leather, straps, studs and spikes...I'm talking shoes baby! I have a bit of a shoe fetish (surprise!). I love shoes; tall ones, short ones, skinny ones, fat ones, black ones, white ones. And ever since shoes with studs and spikes came out a couple years ago, I've been fantasizing about owning a pair. I'd like mine to be the tallest, spikiest, most outrageous pair out there, but really, where would I wear them without feeling totally ridiculous? My options are basically work and the grocery store. There's also the issue of my safety. After 43 years of living, I still haven't mastered walking in mega heels. And I'd rather spend the $250 on a nice purse (or shoes) than on the insurance deductible for breaking my neck. 
Here they are in real life. I still get all the bad ass-ness of the studs and spikes but the possibility of bodily injury has been reduced to almost 0.001%.  Cool.

"Conceited" black flats via Baker's Shoes
John Roberts striped over-dress: thrifted
Worthington gray under dress: thrifted; also worn here
Vintage Ettienne Aigner clutch: thrifted 

Hey,  Gracie , Ally, Pao Lynn, Gracey and Charmaine;
a big heartfelt thanks to you all for coming to the swap party. Lynn voiced the spectacular idea of having a permanent swap page, which I believe I'll do. 
The winner of the Pandora bracelet is #6, Charmaine. Congratulations.

Keeping my fingers crossed that some of your fantasies will become realities. Have a great week. See you at Patti's Visible Monday. Monday Mingle

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Swap 'Til You Drop

Come on in, make yourself comfy. I'm so happy you could make to the swap party link up. If you've visited my blog within the last 3 weeks or so then you already know the details; if you haven't, click here
Gracie , Ally, Pao, and Lynn have arrived already. Scroll down and link your swap post too by clicking on the little blue froggy guy, then have a look around and see if there's anything you'd like to swap for. Leave me a comment or email Be sure to visit everybody; you never know what you might find! Just finding out about the party? You've still got time to join! The link is open until Saturday night 9/22/12.

A few suggestions, if I may... Since we're not doing this face to face, real time (oh, how I wish!) a swap make take a couple emails back and forth so please be patient with fellow party attendees. 2) If you have any doubt as to whether an item will fit, ask for measurements. 3) If condition or authenticity of an item is important to you, ask lots of questions. 4) Please link back to so others can join the party. 5) Just because the link closes Saturday night, doesn't mean the swapping has to stop. 6)If you make a great trade(s) we'd all love to see it in a future post(s).

 Oh yeah... you probably want to know about the prize. It's a sterling silver Pandora bracelet and one starter sterling silver charm/bead (you get to have the fun of filling it up and personalizing it). This bracelet accepts the sterling silver beads but not the glass beads of Pandora. Glass beads from other brands such as Troll may fit. One randomly chosen person wins. I'll announce it next post.

Now let the swapping begin...

Betu Sport skinny python pants. Size 8.
 Waist 29", hips 43", total length 40". Zip front. No pockets. 97% cotton, 3% spandex.
I seriously want a pair of python pants so bad, I was going to sew an insert into the sides of these to make them larger, but decided it would wreck the look.
Wouldn't these look fabulous with some boots?

9/1/12 update: I was in Macy's yesterday and found a pair of python print jeans. I'm just over the moon about them!

a.n.a faux leather jacket. XL.
Underarm to underarm 44", Neck to bottom 22", shoulder to cuff, 25.5".
In general, I'm not a fan of faux leather. But I really liked this jacket. The photo doesn't do it justice. I has a "broken in" look. Because it's an XL there lots of room for layering thicker clothes underneath. Drawback, no pockets. I recently replaced it with a nearly identical one that does have pockets.

Levi's denim shirt. Medium.
Bust 40", Waist 35", neck to hem 29", shoulder to cuff 24".

The southwest look is going to be big this fall. This shirt is a must have. Soft, 100% cotton. It's slightly fitted and just doesn't have the looseness I'm looking for plus I have at least 3 other denim shirts.

Gap linen biased cut skirt. Size 8.
Waist 32", length 28", hips are very generous.
I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this at the thrift store. It's the exact same one I'm wearing here. The only difference is that this one has dark stripes where mine are light and visa versa. This could work in any season. I was going to cut this one up and use it as a pattern, but I decided one skirt like this is enough.
I really should have ironed it, but I'll leave that to the new owner.

Express faux fur jacket. Size Large
42" bust, 25" shoulder to cuff, 22" neck to bottom. I know there's somebody out there who can really rock this like it deserves to be. I think it's sooo cute. The only problem is, it makes me look like Sasquatch. If you have a small frame there's lots of room for layering. If you have a larger frame like me, try wearing it with a light weight garment underneath.

Worthington dress. Size 14.
Bust 42", length from waist to hem 21", waist 34", hips 48" (at maximum). 100% polyester, but has a silky feel.
I really like this dress it kind of reminds me of a tortoise shell.
The problem is, it rides up my thighs a little higher than I'd like when I sit down. It has a side zipper and a matching fabric belt that is permanently attached.

Steve Madden wedges. Size 8 1/2. From heel to toe 10", 4 1/2" tall at heel.
 Remember these? I wore them here. I just don't sport these much at all and I think they deserve to be shown off. They're in great shape and feel amazingly stable to walk in.

Here's my wish list: 
1. Big rings
2. Scarves (can't get enough of 'em)
3. Anything made of colored suede or leather
4. Small to medium cross body type purse (I have red, black, and white ones already).
5. Vests
6. Patterned tights
7. Chunky necklace
8. Boots! I love boots!
9. Basic black blazer (I know, I can't believe I don't have one either.)
10. Long cardigan (really long, like this one). I have a brown one and a gray one already.
The specs:
shoe: Sometimes and 8 or 9, but usually 8 1/2.
dresses, pants, jeans: 12 to 14
Blouses, sweaters, jackets: 12 to 14,  medium to XL.

Sizing also depends on the fabric of certain items. If you have something you think I'd like, but it's not my size or on my wish list, give me a holler anyway, maybe I can make it work!