Friday, April 16, 2010

Hideously Beautiful Birthday Gifts, and other Musings

1. Last Saturday was my birthday, and after an amazing spa day, we went to my parents for dinner, where I opened this gift: 
At first glance, you may think what I thought..."That is the most hideous purse I have ever seen." But then it grew on me. Seriously grew on me. And now? I LOVE it. The huge tacky flowers. The seaweed like tentacles. The glitter. Turns out it's a Mary Frances purse (I'd never heard of her, but now I'm a big fan) and it still had it's $160 price tag. What'd my momma pay? Twenty bucks! I wore it to Trader Joe's and out to dinner yesterday and fully enjoyed all the "Oh my god look at that ugly purse!" looks it received. What do you think? Would you rock the tacky flower seaweed monstrosity?
2. I've got lots of requests to get to. This week I did my "real" job...doesn't it suck when real life gets in the way of your blogging life? So please be patient with me, I'm looking forward to some fun Photoshop action next week. 
3. I'm hoping you guys can help me make a decision (not a big, important decision, but a cheap fashion decision). I've got a wedding to go to in May, and I've made a bet with my cheap husband that I wouldn't buy any new clothes until the end of August. AUGUST! So I'm left with what I've got (or what I can borrow). I bought this Sue Wong dress over 10 years ago for $40 (with the $250 price tag still on it...what up!). I've worn it to almost every important event I've attended since then, but now it doesn't fit anymore (amazing what more lunges and less tater tots will do for a gal). I need to get it altered down, but I' wondering if it's worth it. Has anyone ever altered an expensive dress? It's got some complicated embroidery and pleating, do you think it's possible? Or, should I cash in some Ross gift cards and just get a new dress?
4. And finally, a shout out to my buddy Sharlene, who had a Tracy on the Cheap moment last week when she scored last minute tickets to a Black Eyed Pea's Concert. All she had was her conservative work suit, so she walked down to the mall and scored herself a top, leggings, belt and accessories for $70. Score! Go Sharlene! 


Kristin said...

I think your bag is lovely sweets. Go mama!

Jane Marie said...

Call me crazy, but I like the purse! My mom does all of my alterations, and they have always worked out well. But I would probably be nervous about letting someone I didn't know alter my clothes. I am weird like that.

Kelly Gallagher said...

I like the purse!

T. The Destructor said...

It is fabulously hideous! I saw one on her website that was Sunshin-ey and earthy and I actually really liked it. I think it takes someone fearless to carry a purse like that, and you are just the person!

Tracy said...

If you're looking for an amazing tailor for your dress, I STILL go to Galina's in Elk Grove (she's on Elk Grove-Florin and Calvine in the Rite Aid pkg lot). She does wonders with alterations and I've gone to her since high school. My initial thought however would be to retire the dress...but ONLY if there will be different people at this wedding than the places you've worn it to before. I'm dealing with the same issue in October...3 weddings in one month! Luckily, I'll be able to recycle some since it'll be a different crowd at each one. Good luck!

cheyenne2 said...

Where are you Tracy On The Cheap?????


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