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!


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks for coming Gracie hope you can make a great trade(s) at the party.

  2. Hi Sheila. Love this idea. My swap-post is up, too. It's at:

    1. Hi Ally. That cheerleading outfit is too cute!

  3. Cute blog and very interesting idea with swapping.
    Hope it is a huge success.

    1. Thank you and thanks for stopping by Daphne.

  4. Oh, darn! I tried to add my link before my first cup of coffee and my brain isn't working right -- I typed the wrong URL in. (I used "blogpost" instead of "blogspot" so my link goes nowhere.) I can't see any way to delete the link. I'll add a corrected link. If possible, please delete the first one. Thanks, Sheila. Sorry for the mistake.

  5. Ok Sheila, I finally did it!! It looks like everything up there goes together so far! Thanks for having the party.

    1. Now would be a great time for me to wear a size 7 shoe... I do like that gauzy white blouse...

    2. yea, send me a pic of those hounds tooth tights. hoping they aren't too subtle with gray and black. I'd like to work that pattern!

  6. Hi, I just put my own post of swapping item up.
    I'd really like that yellow belt. Take a look at my post & tell me if there's anything you'd like to swap it for.

    1. Hi Charmaine, thanks for joining the party. I'm headed over to your blog now.

  7. Alas, I have nothing to swap, unless you count a couple of ratty pajama pants! hee hee! Nevertheless, I shall live vicariously through you ladies and hope you all have a great time swapping! :)

  8. Hey, Sheila, if you will shoot me your address to, I will send you those peacock earrings via USPS, because a) this was a killer idea and b) I think they will be so beautiful on you.

    I found the mostest amazing GoodWill in our town this morning, can't believe I haven't been shopping there, it's the central one where apparently they keep all the good stuff, so making note of your sizes and wishes :) I really like thrifting items for friends, so much fun!

  9. TIME, TIME, TIME....where does it go?!!!! I am crazed because I want desperately to post and participate in the swap but I'm woefully behind. In the next week or so I will have a cornucopia of goodies that I'll happily swap. Size 8 1/2-9 shoes and boots, L/XL tops, jeans and pants 8-10, and accessories that need a loving home. My email address is Come one, come all...Sheila, you are an angel. Maybe we can keep this going...?

    1. I agree Sheila should keep her party going all night, I mean all month, long. I suggested creating permanent swap tabs on our blogs, which I'm doing for mine, too. I love knowing you guys' sizes and wishes, too.