Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday night was the Austin Rock N'Swap at Beauty Bar, hosted by Tolly of Austin Eavesdropper and Sarah of The Year of Living Thriftily. I got to go with another one of my favorite bloggers: Michelle of Wicked Whimsy, and aside from great company, you know it's a good night when you have a free rum and coke in one hand, a free chocolate, caramel-stuffed cupcake in the other, and are juggling the two between shuffling through racks and stacks of free clothes that are up for grabs. I also got to meet Indiana of Adored Austin. Everyone I met was so warm and kind that it made it difficult for my extreme case of "the shy's" to take affect.
These are the clothes I took in tow - two beaded shirts, one being a bit too peek-a-boob for my taste, three shirts I shrunk and can't squeeze around my expansive rib cage anymore, one dress that zipped all the way up on me many moons ago, a shirt so sparkly that Lennon laughed at me when I brought it home, and three necklaces that haven't seen daylight in over a year.
And this is what I brought home! Two swirly skirts, a halter top, (with quite the plunging V-neck, I may need to invest in a bandeau top), a jacket and t-shirt for Lennon, and the dress of my dreams. I didn't bring home ten things, as I wasn't quite fast enough to grab everything that was put on a rack and made me salivate. There was some stiff competition going down, and I feel lucky to have nabbed the finds I got.
This is the dress I wore for the event, and it doubled as a baby shower ensemble prior to the swap. Elizabeth, my co-director, and I, are friends with the very sweet custodian, Aurora, who has our section of the campus. She brings us breakfast tacos and teaches me Spanish. Her daughter-in-law is pregnant with a soon-to-be grandson, and Elizabeth and I were incredibly excited to be invited to the family event. We got to eat spicy salsa, queso fresca, home made tortillas, and guacamole. Our present was bi-lingual baby books from Book People, but I doubt that baby will need it, as I spent most of the afternoon being taught Spanish phrases from a 100% bi-lingual eight year old. When I think of my high school Spanish "C," I cringe.
Dress: Jakura, from a boutique in Little Rock
Cardigan: Old Navy
Boots: Steve Madden, clearance
Brooch: from my grandmother
Necklace: ordered from Delia's in ninth grade for Izmir American High's homecoming formal
Lennon is modeling the t-shirt and jacket I brought home for him atop his PJ pants. Being a Dallas-ite, Lennon was teased in Arkansas for his "damn state pride," so this Texas tee seemed fitting, (haha, see what I did there?). This Gap jacket is a size large, but he'd wanted a mechanic's jacket like this from Target that didn't quite fit right. "Doesn't fit right" is an issue at $30.00, but at $FREE, it is not. A little hot water should fix things right up.
And remember how I said I found the dress of my dreams...
I didn't waste any time playing dress-up. I added the scarf since the belt loops on the dress were empty, and the red brooch and heels seemed the perfect accompaniments. I was holding my breath the whole way home that it would fit, and it did, like a charm. I'm debating whether to keep the length or take it up, as I'd probably wear it more if it was shorter and less formal. Any votes on the subject?
Did you go to the swap? And if so, what'd you find!?