Wednesday, January 2, 2013


Hi darling readers, Happy New Year, 2013!!!  I am always hopeful and excited in the the new year.  Aren't we all?  I am not making any promises and have not set any major goals thus far except to exercise as Rob and I are heading back to Hawaii in the Spring. I'm gonna have to wear a bathing suit...ugh!!   We have decided together, to drop 10 pounds each.(see, nothing major)  Not a tough thing to do and I have more than enough time to do it.   I am sticking to my clothing shopping ban from 2012 and I am liking the results.  My closets are not as bulgy and I am still cleaning out.   I got rid of about 20 belts (goodwill) and went thru my costume jewelry to give away as bingo prizes on Christmas Eve bingo with the Seniors.  They all walked away with pins, necklaces, earrings, scarves and purses that I put in a big box for them to grab from.  It was fun and even more fun to see them wearing their winnings at work!!!  One Senior pulled out a purse that I previously loved and said, "that is the ugliest thing I have ever seen", wha?  I let her throw it back in and choose something else.  I saw that same purse hanging from the back of a wheelchair of another person on New Years Eve bingo...I laughed, at least someone liked it.  Oh the things they say and do...very funny.

I am in the sanctuary/woods behind my home.  I can see my house through the woods in the winter with the bare trees.  They just installed this little foot bridge so I decided to take the pups along for a walk and snap a few photos in the freezing cold. 

I have worn all of these pieces before but maybe not in this combination, I am forced to create outfits from what I have and it feels good to wear things that I kept pushing to the back of the closet to wear "someday" which was becoming more like "never".  I have learned this, what the heck was I thinking when I bought half that stuff?  If it doesn't fit now, put it back, pronto!!  Man, I have put so much stuff back, it's like I'm pretend shopping or something.  Ridiculous, I tell ya. 
Marc Jacobs dress/thrifted, checkered wool shirt/thrifted, boots from Bakers in the mall years ago/striped long sleeve shirt/tj or marshalls.  Have a great start to your new year, I am going to do a post on my newly decorated, mostly thrifted living room, soon.  I am so excited about it and I am really enjoying the space.  dawn xo


Danavee said...

The pups are posing perfectly! I love it!

Ms. Dainty Doll said...

Happy New Year petal!! You look super...gorgeous outfit. I don't make resolutions really, just things I'd like to do, but they are not set in stone. The woods is so nice for your photos. I am going to spend more time thrifting this year, I didn't do much last year. A lot was bought new in the store either by me or for me and I didn't really like it, so I shall thrift more and clear some things out too. I find more treasures thrifting, but I'll also be reducing shopping all together too. Make sure I use all things in my closet first :) I hope this year brings you great joy, blessings and adventures doll!! Have fun. Lots of love xox

TheTinyHeart said...

That is so sweet that you cleaned out your closet and gave it out as prizes to the seniors! They can be such a picky bunch though. Love the plaid! Happy new year!

The Tiny Heart

Marie @ Lemondrop Vintage said...

Lovely pictures! I love buffalo plaid!

Marie @
Lemondrop ViNtAge

I am having a fabulous giveaway right here.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn, Happy New Year! It looks cold there in your photos, but you look fantastic. Love the hem on the dress.
Hope you have many wonderful things on your new horizon!

Lynn Dylan said...

Happy New Year, Dawn! I love this outfit! But I have fallen in love with gray since marrying the Mister in May. Can it be that we are already working closer and closer to our one year anniversary! Aaack! Where does the time go. I have made a ton of resolutions and am serious about keeping them all! Tee hee! One of mine is also to buy less, purchase very carefully, and use up (and out) what I have!! Thanks for your most recent, very sweet comment!!


two birds said...

you and i are so similar, dawn! i have so many clothes that are too big, fit oddly, etc. just because they were cheap and i thought i'd take the time to alter them in some way!! happy new year to you. here's to sticking with what we love and enjoying the year!!

Gracey at Fashion for Giants said...

Oh, I want this outfit. You should see how hard I'm staring at my computer screen to figure out all of the layers. You look amazing.

And I love the story about the lady throwing back the purse. So funny!

chrissy said...

i love the idea of your pre-loved treasures becoming "gifts" for someone else. so sweet! although, i must admit i would have liked to have had first refusal on those belts... ;)

silvergirl said...

Cracking up about the lady and the purse
Love this outfit, great combining of items
The gray and red look great together and you managed to throw some pattern mixing in as well.
Love it

Teddi said...

hooray! happy new year dawn. :)

tammy Silverstyle said...

Wonderful outfit! Good job on the purging! I need to get with it a little more..
Hawaii! How exciting. The Man and I will be celebrating our 25th anniversary this summer and we talked about that as a destination.
Not sure if we can still make it happen this has been a year from hell.
Take care of those seniors and pups!

Olga Rani said...

Beautiful photos! I love the brightness of the checkered shirt.

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

happy new year dawn! these photos are so pretty! i love your jumper and jacket. you look so good! and so do the puppies. it's awesome that they put a foot bridge there. i like that. LMFAOOOO at that senior citizen! they speak their minds don't they. hahaha well i think it was awesome of you to bring your stuff and give it away. everything is meant to be enjoyed and once we're through it's important to pass it to someone else. so awesome you guys are going back to hawaii. throw me in your suitcase!

Debbi@SheAccessorizesWell said...

Happy New Year to you!
I love the outfit and the photos. The doggies look so perfectly behaved! Sittin' pretty too.
Love your hair, is it a fishtail braid? Or am I seeing things?

pastcaring said...

Happy new year, Dawn! You look so smiley and cheerful in these photos, I love it! And I also love the story of your donations to your workplace, what a great way to utilise stuff you don't want anymore.
Gorgeous doggies, and gorgeous outfit. And of course, gorgeous you! xxx

Heather Morris said...

Such a cute look! Happy New year to you Dawn. I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

Eileen said...

I love this outfit on you and the braids are perfect

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