By Suzy Gibson
Ladies, it’s time for another episode of Sip and Shop! So get your cup of ice, straw, and pour a little wine and join me on my next adventure.
Shopping at Goodwill takes practice. You have to have a plan of attack, accept the fact that your eyes will be offended more than they will be rewarded, and for God’s Sake, go to the ladies room before you walk into the store. Trust me on this one.
I’m going to offend you first. Honestly I have no idea how these pieces even got past the design room. Do these people not watch Project Runway??
This is a cross between Barney the Dinosaur and a Ruffles Potato Chip. Unfortunate would be the adjective I would use to describe this dress.
Two words come to mind: Grandma’s curtains.
While standing in the checkout line, I did come across something that made me giggle. Remember Miss Me Jeans? COULD-NOT-GET-ENOUGH bling on my butt! Now they are on the bottom shelf at the checkout counter, like where stores put all the candy to tempt you to make a last-minute purchase? Yeah, like that! If your jeans have more bling than your ring you might consider the bottom shelf at the Goodwill. BUT, if you are a blingy-hiney-kind-of-a-girl, you can get a ton of jeans at Good Will!
Here is the damage: four shirts, two dresses and one skirt, all for a whopping $26.43!
My score on this trip was a visually interesting dress that I passed over several times, and kept going back to. I was intrigued when I spied a little detail on this dress: the hem is gathered slightly on one side, UMMM, SOLD! I paired it with some black closed-toe pumps with a sweet flower on the strap and my mother’s pearls. A dress with this much visual interest calls for simple accessories.
Note the hem on the dress. I thought something was wrong with it at first, but as I looked closer, realized it was intentional. BRILLIANT!
I had a vision of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Maybe it was the GIANT bun on my head, maybe it was the pearls, OR… could it have been the dress?
To keep in line with the interest of the look, I wore the pearls down my back instead of in the front. It’s a fun little way to create the illusion of a choker. Business in the front, party in the back! Actually, there was a party going all the way around this dress.
Simple accessories make this outfit a breeze to put together.
The Real-Real Behind the Scenes
Happiness is a girl in a little black dress.
A Little Background Music
What other video would I choose? Deep Blue Something’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
*Photos of Suzy by Mara Porter