Here's the before picture. I tried to look as frumpy as possible.
I ventured out today with Michal as my shopping consultant. She helped me think outside the box, and steered me away from the mis-fitted, no-variety clothes I've been buying for years simply because they are on sale. She was awesome company. She helped me get over my fear of ruffles, fitted blouses, and "toe cleavage" on high heels (that's another story for another day). I have to dress like a grown up, but I don't feel like a grown up. Does having two kids automatically take away my option to still dress like a kid? We were able to find a variety of clothes with mix 'n match-ability in all the right sizes. What's even better is that everything rang up on sale since stores are making room for Spring fashions. This is the best time of year to shop sales! Plus, I got %10 off everything at Old Navy by opening a charge account.
We shopped Old Navy, TJ Maxx, and Kohls. Top off my fashion makeover with a haircut and eyebrow wax from Regis Salon and cosmetics from Mary Kay. If only I could say that these were my sponsors who provided the goods and services, but unfortunately, they weren't. Nobody gave me a $5000 shoppping card, either, but I'm willing to accept reimbursements in exchange for my shameless plugs found in this blog post. The last thing I need to do in true "What not to wear" style is take my old clothes--the ones that don't fit me--to DI so that I'm never tempted to revert back to my old "ways."
Tops: 6. Tanks for layering: 3. Jackets: 2. Trousers & Jeans: 1 of each. Skirt: 1. Shoes: 1.
Without further ado, meet the new and improved me!
Blouse: $25 at Old Navy
Pencil Skirt: $16 at TJ Maxx
Faux Wrap Blouse & Dark Wash Jeans from Old Navy, with laced cami from DownEast Outfitters: $63
Coral Tee and honeycomb layer tank from Old Navy, and Jacket from TJ Maxx: $35. I got another tee and tank just like this in blue.