The Space Between My Peers: Who Knew?

The Space Between My Peers

From the bottom of the fashion food chain ...

Location: The Great Northwest

I'm a home-schooling, bible-believing SAHM with an annual clothing budget of about $500 American. The Space Between My Peers reveals my secret passion: analysis of the art and science of what to wear.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Who Knew?

Who knew that Blest is not only blest with sons, but with talent as well. Jewelry making talent! You can buy necklaces from her at her blog/site, but I don't have to (at least the first one), because I WON A DRAWING!!! With a piece of advice (I still think it's good advice). Here it is, my whole random comment:

The thing about scheduling is that as soon as you think you get one that works something changes and it's back to the drawing board. (And then there's the lure of the blogs. I actually was planning on taking these few quiet moments to work on a schedule update, but here I am ... )

What I am trying right now, and I kinda like it, is scheduling in flexible 1 1/2 hour increments. I'm trying to only plan 1 hours worth of stuff in each time slot, thereby building in necessary margin.

When I was in 1st grade, my teacher came to my house with all the papers which I had stuffed into my desk.

Really, nothing beats homeschooling. Now that was random!

On another, random necklace note, Henri V has a new blog to document hand-made things. And speaking of hand-made things, Carolina Rags makes purses and diaper bags and has a most unusual personal story.

About my necklace: I am getting one of the tile ones, in a dark brown. You see, dark brown is a great accent color with my pink, white, and khaki.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Rebecca,

I have refrained from commenting on your earlier posts as I think I am always a dissenter on your blog and would hate to be thought of in that vein always, but, alas, I feel I must comment on your wardrobe basics. Please remember that there are those of us who don't wear shorts anymore (due to age, vericose veins, etc.) and bermuda shorts don't look good on everyone. Even when I was young and fit, they didn't really fit my body type. Also, I have rarely worn skirts as I am too short waisted for most skirts to look good on me (again, even when I weighed 125). Also, there does come a time when sleeveless becomes not too attractive on most of us and I see women everyday who haven't yet figured that out. Sleeveless often bothers me anyway as I see far too many women who don't wear appropriate foundation garments (color, fit, etc.) under sleeveless blouses or who are unaware that people can see down their shirts (neckline and/or sleeve opening). There is no such thing as a fabric (for a jacket) in my hair color, but living here in Texas makes that rather a moot point anyway - when do I need a jacket except in January, if then? I really just wanted to say "hi" and to give the older woman's comments regarding wardrobe basics. My basics here are capris, blouses, t-shirts, and dresses for church for the summer. And, I have had my "color swatches" (not sure there are thirty of them) since 1979 and they have proved invaluable to me! :-)

Susan in Texas

6:46 AM  
Blogger clarice said...

Hello Rebecca,
I am a friend of Susan's and she recommended your blog because I like fashion so much. And you to live in WA. I have been reading your blog for a couple of days and am loving it. I like how you show how to take what you see in the mags and then apply it to you. I think so many of us struggle with this. Also I love what you wrote about dressing modestly but not frumpy !! Yeahhh. I say this all the time. Keep it up. Nice to meet you Clarice

7:35 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Susan, I do appreciate your comments. That was a hard post to write, but it was written with a specific person in mind. I was really trying to not be dictatorial!

Capris are certainly the alternative for anyone who doesn't wear shorts, but I'm so happy to see Bermudas as an alternative to short shorts. And I think there are enough lengths and styles available that many people (if they want to) should try, not just assume they won't look good in them.

I love dresses, but I see alot of busy young moms wear a nice blouse (or anything that needs to be ironed) once and then I never see it again. I assume it's languishing somewhere, waiting to be ironed.

Since we have been going to Awana camp, with the guideline that no part of your undergarment may show under a sleevless shirt, I have also become sensitive to the problem you point out. (I suppose it's getting to be time for a post on that issue.)

Thanks for offering another perspective! :)

8:04 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

One other thing, Susan. It's good that you have your own thing you do that works for you. You recognize when something isn't for you. And you always look nice!

Hey, if everyone were you, I'd be out of a blog. lol

8:06 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Welcome to the blog, Clarice! Susan has mentioned you as having a homeschool blog. And thank you for your kind comments.

It's nice to meet you, too. :)

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, so I am a little late in the converstation. Got lost in blogosphere, will send a map of my escapades (sp?) later. And when I am late, I never quite know where to I chose here. Great tips. I love that it is really simple. Sometimes wardwrobing (sp?) seems so complicated, but it doesn't have to be. So I went on a Value Village splurge last night, ironically before reading your post, and this is what I found. I spent more than normal because I had a rough day and also because I promised myself I would by what fit instead of the cheapest Item. Here is the run down:
one denim skirt the hits below knees with pink and purple trim ( I think its fun and playful) 9.99
one khaki Lee skirt hits below calf (nice and conservative)9.99
one light denim skirt. I totally splurged on this one because the pockets were cute and I can wear it to church or other. It hits above my ankles. 19.99
A dark denim jacket. It looks sort of preppy with the khaki skirt. This is my sophisticated combo. I thought it would be cute with my hemp pants already in wardwrobe. It cost 14.99
One light grey Gap zipped hoody. 6.99
One route 66 army green hoody 4.99
Black crew neck 2.99
grey crew neck 2.99
I am still on the look out for some summer color tee's. Might resort to Gap for a My favorite T. I am still on the hunt for a nice casual white blouse that doesn't require insane upkeep.
So my total was 70.00. I gulped but figured that having a few new things while trying to lose baby weight was worth it. I have so many combos that I am looking forward to getting dressed and that is important these days. Feel free to comment when you see me.
My thought on bermudas is that they make my calfs look big. I love capris. I have a few vericous veins that I generally like to cover but sometimes I choose to celebrate them if a cute skirt should appear (like the purple trim one)
All of my items are in great condition and I've yet to figure out cost per wear, but I am feeling confident that it will be good. And for the Wal-Mart Warey, weary, or whatever....buying used does not contibute to sweatshop labor employing mega business concrete jungles. I feel like I have been socially, politically, religiously, and frugally conscious (sp?). However I am still sleep deprived (as the little one is still not sleeping through the night) hence grammer and spelling mistakes and I fear that I have committed blog felony for rambling in the comments. Please forgive me friend. Thanks for taking the time to reply to my original question.

10:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also wanted to say that I appeciated what Susan had to say and have a little story to share....
My Son saw me in a strappy tank the other day after I got out of the shower. He noticed my "crack" between my chest as he called it. (can I say cleavage on your blog? feel free to edit) I told him it was the way most mommies bodies are made and I would cover it up before I was done, because I did't want others to see it. He said he saw other ladies with the "crack" before.... especiacially at church. :0. ;).
So fit and undergarments are very important if we don't intend to show some things.

10:58 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Anonymous: You crack me up! LOL
(If it weren't so truly sad.)

Stacy: Everything that you bought that I have seen qualifies for what I consider the highest compliment I have to give new clothes, "It looks like it was already yours." :)

12:02 PM  

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