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listen to your mother

8 Aug

My mom was right (she always is; it’s obnoxious). It is totally hard to find clothes that aren’t for teenagers or old ladies. Making these sets took time, and I had to cheat a little: I couldn’t stick to the fifty dollars or less rule, especially with shoes. However, I do feel I obeyed the spirit if not the letter of my “cute stuff you might actually be able to afford” rule, and there’s no thousand-dollar purses here or anything.

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cute stuff for my mom

5 Aug

You may have noticed that there was no Cute Cheap Stuff set yesterday, but I have a good excuse: I was busy making guacamole, and my mother challenged me to make a set for her. In her words:

There is a good deal of cute stuff I can afford, but it seems noone really cares too much about fashion for my set-the pushing 60 woman, who does not want to wear kittens on her sweatshirt, or clothes designed for a teen or 20 something. I could go to a place like Chicos but things feel so “branded” there. If you buy a jacket and wear it people say “nice jacket-chicos, right”. My desire is for clothes with style that isn’t too young (think too much skin exposure) or too frumpy and matronly. Find this for me Kate, and I will buy you something too!!

So, I’m going to Cape Cod tonight to see my brother, and with my mom’s help, I’ll try to make an awesome set for her.

whatever Mom this is perfect for you

It’ll be good for me, too, and not just because she said she’d buy me something– I’d like to dress more professionally or “adult,” but I need to be able to move around in my clothes. My mom and I have similar bodies, and she shares my love of bright colors and comfortable cuts (she has to sit on the floor and chase after elementary schoolers, so no pencil skirts). I hope I’ll find some stylish and affordable stuff for both of us.

Oddly enough, this:

what's sad is I leaned real close to see what kind of camera he had

is what you get when you do a Google image search for Chico’s.

cute stuff you might actually be able to afford: lilac and red

28 Jul
Cheap Stuff: Current Color ObsessionFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

Cheap Stuff: Current Color Obsession by sweetdisorder featuring Tarina Tarantino jewelry

This color combination is my new favorite thing: juicy bright orangey red with pale ladylike lilac.

cute stuff you might actually be able to afford: PANTS!

14 Jul
Cheap Cute Stuff: Pants!Fashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

Cheap Cute Stuff: Pants! by sweetdisorder featuring GAP

Here’s some pants, as promised! Sorry about all the truncated models. I usually don’t include pants in my sets, because like most women, I have to try on about 80 pairs and have an existential crisis before I find a single pair that looks remotely okay on me. I have had great success buying pants online from Delia’s, a store for teenagers that stocks just a few core styles of pants, but in a range of colors and fabrics, sizes 00 to 20, and inseams from 26 to 37 inches. I have super tall and super short friends who buy jeans from them despite being ten or more years out of their target demographic, and with the recent addition of a mid-rise skinny jean, I’m pretty psyched about Delia’s. I have found that their Morgan skinny jeans in gray or black are good for work, because they are more tapered than skintight and don’t have any external logos or dumb stuff on the back pockets.


14 Jul

My weekly cheap stuff Polyvore is late, because I forgot to schedule one in advance, and because I am sick for the hundredth time this year. I just woke up after a morning of crazy sick lady dreams, but I’ll have a new set up later today. This week’s theme is pants, because I still don’t have any.

Best of Drugstore Beauty

7 Jul

Here’s a special beauty edition of Cute Stuff You Might Actually Be Able To Afford (a weekly feature in serious need of a less ridiculous name):

best of drugstore beautyFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

best of drugstore beauty by sweetdisorder featuring Revlon clothing

I work in a pharmacy, and I have a serious makeup-buying problem, so I have tried pretty much every drugstore beauty product. Here are a few of my favorites: Continue reading

cute stuff you might actually be able to afford: date outfits

30 Jun

I don’t know why I put that cheesy t-shirt in there, but I think it’s a good idea to dress with a sense of humor.

cute stuff you might actually be able to afford: the beach

23 Jun

Here’s some swimsuits, coverups, sunglasses, and sandals that won’t eat your whole bank account.

cute stuff you might actually be able to afford: blue and yellow

20 Jun

I made this set on Polyvore with items that are fifty bucks or less. I’m thinking I might make this a regular feature, because even though fifty dollars is more than I usually spend on an article of clothing, some of the stores that are featured here have good sales, and I will use any excuse to make these silly collages.