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Golden Mermaid Skirt

I’m wearing my shimmery maxi skirt again. I can’t believe I had buyer’s remorse when I first got this and shoved it my closet for two years. Then I added it to my 30 for 30 challenge and never looked back. When I wear it people comment on how it shimmers. And because of the ruffle at the edge, someone pointed out that it looks like a mermaid tail. So even thought this isn’t a true mermaid style skirt (which would be very fitted to the knee and then very flared to the ankle), I’m calling it that.

shimmery skirt

maxi skirt and t-shirt

Skirt: Boutique in Portland
T-shirt: Victoria’s Secret
Necklace: Imani
Shoes: Dr. Scholl’s

I’m also happy that my Imani necklace matches this outfit. I love wearing the handmade, recycled beads, and I’m happy to support such a worthy cause.


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Thrifty Thursday: Neutrals and Tights

It’s May, and I hope this is the last time I wear tights until fall. I love winter clothes, but I’m happy to retiring them for a while. It’s been a long winter.

This outfit was a test to see if I could use a skirt that I picked up at a clothing exchange. It’s an odd color (or lack thereof) and I thought wearing it bare-legged might see like I was not wearing anything! So I added tights and boots in a contrasting color.

I’m not all about matching, but I was happy that the vegan purse I bought in Canada on a trip to visit family last year matched the skirt nicely. I call the color oatmeal (because it sounds better than beige).

skirt and boots

Top: Old Navy ($10)
Skirt: Swapped ($0)
Tights: Roots Canada ($12)
Boots: Thrifted ($8)
Bag: Shiraleah ($38)
Necklace: Imani ($22)

red wall

I added my Imani necklace for a bit of color in this otherwise neutral outfit. The necklace is made out of recycled magazines by Ugandan women. You can read more about them on the Imani site and on my blog post about Imani.

Because this outfit was put together on the cheap, I didn’t feel guilty at all heading to Silver Platters to buy a few used CDs. I picked up Franz Ferdinand, Cyndi Lauper, New Order, and Annie Lennox. I can’t be the only one who buys CDs more often than downloads songs, can I?


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Thrifty Thursdays: Earthtones and Cranberry

I’m wearing another thrifty outfit today. I define that as a head-to-toe look for under $100.

I started getting dressed from the bottom up today. I got these Aldo boots at Goodwill for $8. Footwear has to be practically new for me to buy it “used.” And these passed the test: No wear-and-tear on the soles, no scuffs, and no signs of wear inside. I’m not sure anyone ever wore these. If I had bought these new, I would have passed the $100 thrifty mark.

blazer and skirt

Blazer: Forever 21 ($19)
Tank top: Thrifted ($2)
Skirt: Newport News ($29)
Boots: Aldo (via Goodwill) ($8)
Necklace: Imani ($24)
Unbrella: Swag giveaway ($0)

The best part of this outfit is my Imani necklace. I learned about the organization from the Compassion Fashion Project. Women in Uganda who are victims of rape are often rejected by their husbands. They often have no other options but to turn to prostitution (or are forced into the sex trade). The Zion Project helps them learn to read, and learn skills. In this case, creating beads, and beaded necklaces, from discarded magazines and newspapers. They earn as much making necklaces as they would on the streets. Their history is tragic, but their future is hopeful. That, to me, is priceless.

And because it’s National Poetry Month, here’s an excerpt of a poem by Maya Angelou:

from Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women

It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

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Imani Necklaces: From Uganda to Me

While reading posts at The Compassion Fashion Project, I found out about an inspiring group of women in Uganda and how they are changing their lives by making and selling jewelry.


The tough part: Their pasts. The women, often victims of war and rape, were forced into the sex industry.

The good news: They are now involved in a community where they receive counselling, education, and job skills. As the Imani website says, the women “are paid fair Ugandan wages for each accessory they produce, are enrolled in a savings program to support their children in school, and receive help with medical issues.”

necklace 2

In my sheltered, privileged life,  I haven’t ever had to think in terms of survival. To me, fashion has been fun, even trivial. Now, I can put my money toward items that literally help free a woman from forced prostitution. She can now earn as much money making a necklace as she used to make selling her body.

The necklaces are beautiful. They’re made from recycled magazines, meticulously rolled into beads, and lacquered. Each bead is unique, just like the women who made them. And the women, who were once discarded, give discarded materials new life as something precious and beautiful.

There are many different styles to choose from. Both of mine are colorful and bold. You’ll see me wearing them in upcoming outfit posts. Now you have a reason to shop. Check out the store and buy some jewelry today! The prices are reasonable, and you can’t find a better cause.

necklace 3

Imani beads

Once again, to celebrate National Poetry Month, here’s a poem:

from Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women
by Maya Angelou

It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman


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