The study of a grown up girl who still loves playing dress up

The study of a grown up girl who still loves to play dress up

Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Holly, Jolly Christmas OOTD

Merry Christmas, dear readers! I had such a wonderful day with my children today. They stayed asleep until 7 this morning, which has got to be a new family record. Most years they are digging under that tree at 5AM sharp! I am about to settle in for a long winter's nap, but I wanted to share my outfit of the day with you first!

Dress: Anthropologie Doubly Adorned Dress - $30.00
Belt: Gap Factory Outlet - $0
Tights: George brand from Walmart - $5.00
Shoes: Nine West via - $40.00

My sleepy self is going to run along now and cuddle with my babies, but thank you for reading my blog and I hope that the remainder of your Christmas (or simply, your night, if you don't celebrate) is amazing beyond words!

<3 Lyzi

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Southward Stop Shirtdress

I am completely in love with my new Southward Stop Shirtdress. The corduroy fabric was a bit wrinkled from shipping and not particularly easy to iron, but once I'd pressed it into submission it hung beautifully.

Dress: Anthropologie Southward Stop Shirtdress - $45.00
Belt: Anthropologie Fromage Et Pain Belt - $15.00
Tights: George brand from Walmart - $5.00
Boots: Aldo - $150.00

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Kindergarten Christmas Party OOTD

This morning, my husband and I went Christmas shopping after we dropped the kids off at school. We were only about halfway done up until that point, so there was much to be purchased. There was a time when I did 100% of the holiday shopping myself, but my husband is a surprisingly good shopping companion. He finds really good gifts that are a perfect match for their recipient! We visited Walmart and Target for toys, grabbed yucky/delicious breakfast sandwiches from BK, the drove around the city buying giftcards for our kids' teachers. It was a really nice morning and I feel so relieved that 95% of the gifts have been purchased at last.

Another highlight of my day was volunteering in my youngest son's kindergarten class for their holiday party. They made adorable ornaments featuring their school portraits, read the Polar Express, and drank hot chocolate and ate cookies and cupcakes. Much fun was had. :)

This is a style blog, so you are here because you want to know what I wore! I donned a dress that I scored on eBay for a bargain and have only worn one other time, last Valentine's Day. Come to think of it, this is one thrifty outfit!

Cardigan: J. Crew Traversa Cardigan - $21.00 (Reg: $88.00)
Dress: J. Crew Silk Chiffon Twist Tank Dress - $32.00 via eBay (Reg: $170.00)
Tights: George brand from Walmart - $5.00
Shoes: Charlotte Russe - $10.00

It was a wonderful day. Other highlights include: 

  • Coming home from shopping to my mom cleaning my kitchen
  • Getting out the shower and finding a strawberry scone from Panera Bread that my sister had left for me
  • My husband helping get my son ready for school while I got dressed, even though he had worked all night and hadn't slept yet
  • My little son (and husband) making me a surprise cup of coffee
  • Getting the adorable photo ornaments that all three of my kids had made in school

I am truly blessed.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Patience Pays Off!

When the Southward Stop Shirtdress went on sale in the beginning the month, I figured that it would be impossible to find by the time I'd be able to pull the trigger on it due its popularity. Because of  the additional 25% Anthro is offering off of sale items, I figured that it wouldn't hurt to call around, but wasn't feeling particularly hopeful.

I called catalog sales Monday morning, figuring this would be the ideal time as Anthro does inventory on Sundays. The nice gal that helped me said that there were no 0s in stock at any location. She gave me the number of 4 stores that supposedly had 2s. The first store was completely sold out of my dress. I call the second store and they are sold out of 2, but have a 0! I must've scored a return? Either way, success! $45 (with free shipping) down from $128 for a highly coveted and hugely popular dress? Hell yes.

I got two other sweet deals from Anthro's current sale- A pair of superbly priced belts!

I got each of these for $15 with free shipping. These babies were originally priced at $48 and $44, respectively. Listen to how obnoxiously obnoxious I am. I love asking stores if they charge sales tax. They usually say, "Well, we'll charge your state's sale tax," to which I always reply, "The great state of New Hampshire doesn't have sales tax. LIVE FREE OR DIE, BABY!" Some of the sales associates are amused, some not so much. ;)

I would love to hear what others have scored from this sale! Lemme have it!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Cold & Windy OOTD

Hey there! I know that I've been absent for well over a week. This time of year can be a little hectic for me. I become very preoccupied with the idea of creating the illusion of effortless Christmas magic for my family and let's just say it's hardly effortless. Then there is the matter of attending workshops relating to my acting; those were time consuming as well. Luckily, that stage of the game is all over. I'll be getting headshots done in the next couple weeks and will be posting them here for all to see. ;)

Today is bitterly cold and windy, but that didn't stop me from finally wearing this skirt. It's been sitting in my closet for years, but because of its long length and lack of shoes that match "just so" I have never worn it until now.

Skirt: J. Crew - $20.00 on eBay
Tights: George brand - $5.00
Shoes: Nine West - $50.00 from

I got the cardigan and shell from J. Crew's recent 25% off sale. I bought just enough to qualify for free shipping, so there are couple more new cardis sitting pretty in my closet. Did anyone else take advantage of the sale?  ;)

Friday, December 3, 2010

Birthday Eve OOTD

It's the eve of my 28th birthday! I'm just like a kid; I love birthdays. Instead of being excited like I normally would be I'm unusually stressed. Tomorrow, I have a "model workshop" for the majority of the day  and there is an electrician coming at an undetermined time and my house is complete disarray. I will probably be up all night cleaning, including the storage areas that aren't normally seen by regular guests. Personally, I am a slob, but my dear husband is the Felix to my Oscar.

Speaking of dears, I got my Lynx & Leo Dress from my dear friend, Bethany, yesterday. It is so much more incredible in person than I could have imagined. The photos on the Anthro's site didn't do it justice and mine don't either. Check out how I wore it today!

Cardigan: J. Crew - $60.00
Dress: Anthropologie Lynx & Leo Dress - $20.00
Belt: J. Crew - $25.00
Tights: Charlotte Russe - $7.00
Shoes: Charlotte Russe - $10.00

I'm not really doing a pee pee dance, I'm just a terrible model. Hopefully I will learn a thing or two from the modeling workshop tomorrow! To clarify, I am NOT a model model. I am only 5'3" - 5'4". I am mainly participating to benefit from the photo movement segment of the workshop, as I am interesting in doing some commercial print modeling. 

If I look totally disheveled that is because I take midday naps in my day clothes with no regard to how I will look later on... Clearly, I am an A+ adult and upstanding citizen of this fine community! :P

I'll post tomorrow with my OOTD debuting my Drifting By Dress that has been hanging in my closet since I bought it in August. I can't friggin' wait!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Too Early For An OOTD OOTD

I have a lot of things to accomplish before the weekend, but I still wanted to hit you with my OOTD

Sweater: Gap - $40.00
Dress: Anthropologie Dagmar Shirtdress - $42.00 
Belt: Anthropologie Infinity Belt - $20
Tights: George brand from Walmart - $4.00
Boots: Aldo - $50
Bracelet: Boston Red Sox Silly Band - Free, as it was given to me by my daughter

As you can see, I got an incredible deal on my Dagmar Shirtdress! The manager at my local store gave me 30% off for a faint stain that was on the garment. I was certain that the offending spot would wash out easily, so I was as pleased as my mom on Social Security day! The original price was $148. That same shopping trip also rendered another 30% off my Two Wheeler Shirtdress. I was over the friggin' moon. I also got the boots that I'm wearing on what I call "super clearance".

Apparently, I'm feeling more smug than usual about my thriftiness this morning. *Smirk*

Snag any good deals lately?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My Husband Hates My OOTD

Today was a much needed day of relaxation. I spent the morning talking to a dear friend on the phone and spent the afternoon drinking coffee and being mall rats with another. I am so grateful that I have such fabulous friends.

Dress: Anthropologie Oratory Dress - $59.95
Shirt: Abercrombie and Fitch - $20.00
Belt: Anthropologie Checkerboard Belt - $10.00
Tights: Charlotte Russe - $7.50 (Buy them here)
Shoes: Charlotte Russe - $10.00

Married Folks Dialogue of the Day (also known as MFDOTD):

Me: "What do you think my outfit? I totally look like a toddler in a jumper, don't I? 
Husband: "What do YOU think of your outfit?"
Me: "I love it! I own my toddlerness... My toddlerability. It's totally me!"
Husband: Raises eyebrows skeptically

And that, my friends, is your MFDOTD!

Thanks again for tuning in for my ramblings and photos. If you like my blog, please tell a friend!

Monday, November 29, 2010

On Camera OOTD

Today was the last day of my acting workshop and I got to go on camera for the first time since my fifth grade birthday party! I think I did well and I got very positive feedback from my acting instructor and group. I'm a happy girl tonight. :)

I haven't been posting as frequently as I would like to because of the holidays, family birthdays, and other recent momligations, but I promise to blog more! Ideally, I would like post most weekdays. Now that I have said it publicly perhaps I will actually do it!

Don't mind my orb, please. It was past my photographer's bedtime, so I wasn't picky about my photos. :P

Cardigan: Gap - $40.00
Dress: Anthropologie Grand Cru Dress - $80.00
Tights: George brand from Walmart - $5.00
Shoes: Charlotte Russe - $10.00

As you have noticed, I am kind of obsessed with my cheap shoes from Charlotte Russe. I love them and could literally wear them every day of the week. Sometimes I actually do. I'm crazy for cap toe ballet flats and am planning on grabbing a pair of these from eBay with my birthday money:

J. Crew Abby Flats

Also on the top of my wishlist is a pair of flat, brown boots. I'm looking at a couple different styles from Frye and I'm definitely lusting after these babies from Anthro:

Which do you like better? Do you know of any great boots I need to see? I welcome all suggestions!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Super Sick Tuesday

I am feeling absolutely terrible today. I'm stuffed up and so dizzy that I can only stand for a few seconds at a time before my head starts spinning right round, right round... and that's not a good thing!

Top: Ralph Lauren Outlet - $50.00
Skirt: American Eagle - $20.00
Tights: George brand (from Walmart) - $5.00
Shoes: Report - $49.00
Necklace: Made today in kindergarten by my sweet son, Grant - Priceless

Bonus quote from my mom in lieu of sartorial content:

Me: "Ma, how do I look? I need to look good because I am going to be on camera tonight..."
Mom: (Squints eyes and analyzes every millimeter of my face with extreme scrutiny) "I guess you look... okay. Are you not supposed to look that good?"
Me: "I am supposed to look my absolute best actually..."
Mom: "If you had fake eyelashes, you would be beautiful."
Me: "Mmm... Thanks?"

...Just now she said to me: "Bunny, why is your skirt so short?" (Note: I am practically 30 years old!) And that, folks, is your first edition of Sh*t My Thai Mom Says!

Monday, November 22, 2010

I'm Back!

I barely posted last week! I had one sick son, one son who turned 9 yesterday, and a house that wasn't ready for birthday festivities, so that left nary a moment to blog.

Tonight I have my acting workshop. It's held at a local talent agency, in a room that is normally hot as hell, hence why I never bother wearing sweaters there!

Dress: Anthropologie Two Wheeler Shirtdress - $59.95
Belt: Gap Outlet - $0 (as it came attached to another dress)
Tights: Walmart, George brand - $5.00
Shoes: Charlotte Russe - $10.00

One of the benefits of busting my ass all week last week is that my place is guest ready for Thanksgiving. I will probably wear my Dagmar Shirtdress on Turkey Day...

What will you be wearing?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Acting Workshop OOTD

Today was a pretty mellow day filled with the much of the usual. I did go to Walmart, which I've decided is more enjoyable than I was previously willing to admit because no one cares what kind of language you use there! Walmart is were I go to vent, use expletives, and buy laundry detergent (and tights apparently). On this day, I was shopping for my oldest son's birthday and much of my week will entail cleaning up for his Sunday birthday party.

About a month or so ago, I thought I would try acting. Tonight was the second night of a four part acting workshop I'm attending. FYI: I'm not a very serious person. I don't think I could ever call myself an actress. I'm just a normal person who is trying to act basically.  :)

This is what I wore:

Dress: Anthropologie Vappu Dress - $59.95
Shirt: American Eagle (circa 2006) - $17.00
Sash: J. Crew (circa 2008) - $10.00
Tights: Unknown brand, purchased from Walmart in a two-pack - $3.50
Shoes: Charlotte Russe - $10.00

I got a request from a reader for me to list prices of the things I wear. I didn't realize until I started this blog that I am a rather thrifty shopper. I've gotten a lot of encouraging feedback about my "personal style" (again, I am too silly to view myself as a "fashionista" of sorts, much like I'll never call myself an "actress") and the blog in general. I thank every one of you from the bottom of my heart!

<3 Lyzi

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Hot Mess Morning, Brownies Ceremony, and Lia Sophia Party OOTD

I had a pretty craptacular morning. The whole family overslept and I let the kids stay home from school and chill in their pajamas all day! Normally, I would have just brought everyone in late, but it was TEN O' CLOCK when we all finally woke up. I subsequently spent the rest of my morning/afternoon being upset with myself. Mommy guilt is a bitch.

This afternoon my daughter had a ceremony for Brownies and I also had a Lia Sophia party to attend later on in the evening. In other words, I was forced to make myself somewhat socially acceptable. This is what I wore:

Cardigan: Gap
Top: J. Crew
Belt: Anthropologie
Skirt: J. Crew
Tights: George brand, from Walmart
Shoes: Charlotte Russe

My hair is a hot mess because it's literally the same ponytail I rocked yesterday and slept in all night! I really envy people that (1) have beautiful hair and (2) have the patience to create beautiful hair. I also feel compelled to say the fact that I fixed the red eye on my son and not myself rather amusing.

I think the top I'm wearing is the Calista cami. Does anyone else have this or something similar and if so how do you keep the pleats looking neat and tidy? Mine are totally jacked up and I'm not sure if it can be helped or not... It pains me to admit that I (or rather, my darling husband) paid full price for this and it's not my ideal size.

If you are curious what I bought from the Lia Sophia party, I got three pairs of earrings. They are herehere (I got the silver), and here. I'm also having my own party in January. Sweet, right?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The World Needs More Blazers (And By "The World" I Mean Me)

When I wake up unusually tired or perhaps not in the brightest of moods, I like to wear something in a beautiful color or no fail silhouette. Today I'm donning my gorgeous green Secret Treasures Dress. I really love the color green, from kelly to the deepest forest hue. Green is also my husband's favorite color, so I gravitate toward it for more reasons than one!

Blazer: Victoria's Secret
Dress: Anthropologie Secret Treasures Dress
Belt: Anthropologie Infinity Belt
Tights: George brand, from Walmart
Shoes: Nine West, from

Pay no attention to my Asian baby hurrs in this picture. I'd woke up literally 20 minutes before taking this photo and got the kids up and ready for school within that time. I brush my teeth, wash my face, slap on a little concealer and mascara, grab what hopefully will turn out to be a cute (and not terribly socially unacceptable) outfit, and I'm out the door.

A few of my wishlist items went on sale last night, but I'm resisting until at least next week. I love to shop, but I would say that I adhere to my budget pretty strictly. I also only buy on sale. Yes, every Anthro item I buy has to be on sale. If the item I'm lusting after is sold out by the time I'm ready to buy, I just let it go. Feel free to envision something poetic like balloons floating gently into the clouds. The thing about Anthropologie is that they're constantly pumping out beautiful, timeless pieces in addition to their more whimsical ones... and I'm cheap and patient enough to wait it out. :)

The #1 item I'd like to snag from this week's sale is the Kindred Spirit Sweaterdress:

Did you get any sweet deals from this week's sale?

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Tiny Windows Dress Conundrum?

I am supposed to be on a "no buy" because my birthday is next month and I plan on spoiling myself a bit with my b-day discount from Anthropologie...  That was until my very adorable friend, Bethany, called from her local store with what ended up being a $20 Lynx & Leo Dress (marked down from $138). After some gentle insistence that this dress was AMAZING (online pictures don't do it justice, she said) I conceded and she snapped it up for me. It was nice to be thought of. Thank you, Bethany!

I won't even lie. I am completely intrigued by the combination of ivory fabric/metallic threading/corset top.

Her local store also had a Tiny Windows Dress (originally $118) in the coral colorway. Did I mention it's on second cut for $30? My super sensitive Anthro shopper sense leads me to believe that this item will receive its third and final cut ($20 sale price) two Tuesdays from now, making me eligible for a price adjustment if I were to pull the trigger. If my shopping senses happen to be deceiving me, $30 is still an amazing price.

There's a problem though... I bought the Tiny Windows Dress in July in the lavender colorway.... Should I get this:

...if I already have this?

What do you think, y'all?

Bonus picture:

Me in my dearly beloved J. Crew Alpine Gramercy Coat, rockin' a fivehead. The photographer was my littlest son, Grant.

Here it is on the model:

Thank you for reading my blog!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Toddlers Envy My Styyyyle

I wish I were made of money, because if I were I'd have the most bomb ass closet on the planet. Until I win Powerball, my very generous husband sets aside some "fun money" for me that I usually use to update my wardrobe.

This week I bought an Anthropologie Traced Twirls Dress in the rare blue colorway from a sweet gal on Roxy's Effortless Anthropologie Trade Market.

I don't think it will look as gorgeous on me as it did on Anjali of Goldenmeans in her birthday post, but then again, her outfits are always perfection!

Now for today's OOTD!

Cardigan: Gap (circa 2008)
Dress: Rodarte for Target, purchased from eBay
Belt: Anthropologie Infinity Belt
Tights: George, from Walmart
Shoes: Coach (circa 2006)

I look like a toddler with a bad atittude in this photograph.......... and I love it. :D

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Democratic Blue OOTD

I had a busy weekend with the family and that didn't leave me with any free time to post in my brand new blog. My sincere apologies.

This is what I'm wearing today:

Cardigan: Anthropologie Breezy Polkas
T-shirt: Charlotte Russe
Skirt: AE (circa 2007)
Tights: Unknown brand, purchased from Walmart in a two-pack
Boots: Aldo (circa 2007)

Have I ever mentioned that colored tights make my heart sing? Because they do!

Bonus picture of the world's most adorable Clone Trooper, tutu wearing kitty cat, and skeleton!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Parent/Teacher Conference OOTD

Today I went to 2/3 of my appointed parent/teacher conferences, so I whipped out my brand new Breezy Polkas Cardigan in red. This is my "I hope my child is not a juvenile delinquent/terrible disruption/insubordinate pain in the ass" outfit. All jokes aside, the kids received glowing reviews from their teachers. I couldn't be prouder.

Proudest mom OOTD:

Cardigan: Anthropologie Breezy Polkas
Dress: Anthropologie Oratory Dress
Belt: Anthropologie Infinity Belt
Shoes: Coach (circa 2006)

I have decided that I can't do brown belt with black shoes. It gave me a dirty feeling. You won't be seeing that look again on the Lyzipologie blog, ya'll. Not a good look.

Conversation with my husband:

H: "So what is this blog about?"
L: "I post a picture of my outfit every day and talk about what I'm wearing."
H: "Okay...... Do you have enough clothes to do something like that?"
L: "I don't know, baby- Do I?" Enter my most hopeful, doe-eyed look ever.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Breaking All The Rules

Today was warm, but rainy and humid, so I didn't attempt to neaten my hair. Neat hair is overrated in my world.

Here is my OOTD:

Without belt.

With belt.

Dress: Thrifted, purchased from Sara of Anthropologie Treasurebox
Belt: Anthropologie Checkerboard Belt
Tights: George, from Walmart
Shoes: Nine West (circa 2008), from

I know what you are saying! "But Lyzi! You are wearing black shoes with a brown belt! And navy tights, too? Girl... Have you lost your damn mind?" Maybe I have, but I am trying to let go of all of passé fashion rules of yore. I just haven't decided if I can pull it off...

Oh heavens, my kids are sitting at the dining room table and my littlest one just remarked that my "number" (age) is "really high". Thanks, son!

One of these things is not like the others.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Penny's Blog Debut

It was a gorgeous 76 degrees here in New Hampshire this afternoon! I hope this weather lasts until Halloween so my kids don't have to trick-or-treat in snowsuits.

Dress: Anthropologie Two Wheeler Shirtdress
Tights: George (from Walmart!)
Shoes: Charlotte Russe
Cat: Her name is Penny

These are my favorite shoes. Interestingly, I don't think I ever purchased cheap shoes before these. My younger cousin, Samantha, came to visit this summer and took me to stores that I feel like I am too old to shop in. I saw these babies in Charlotte Russe and they happened to be just my style. Much to my husband's dismay, I bought 6 pairs of (inexpensive) shoes during Samantha's 2 week visit. :)

About a week ago, I went temporarily insane and bought shitloads of tights from Walmart. I shop there maybe twice a year and have never ventured into their apparel department before then I am pleased to say. I bought about 8 pairs ranging in price from $3.50 to $5.00. I must say that they are virtually indestructible which is more than I can say for the $20 pair I got from Banana Republic that instantly snagged on their first wear. *Sigh*

My "Woke Up Late" OOTD

I fell asleep waiting for my turn with the laptop last night, so I'm posting Monday's outfit today. Yesterday I was not on my A game. I woke up late, the kids were late to school, and I was a hot mess in general.

Top: Anthropologie Blue Book Blouse
Cardigan: AE (circa 2007)
Jeggings: AE
Boots: Aldo (circa 2007)

There was no sale at Anthro last night, so my wallet is safe for another week. :)

If you have tuned in for my second post, thank you! There will be better outfits to come, I promise. :)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

First Post!

Hi. I'm Lyzi. I'm 27 years old and I'm in love with playing dress up... with virtually no where to go. You see, I'm a stay at home mom of three terrific school-aged children, one of which is in half day kindergarten, so the greater part of my day is spent shuffling my kids to and from school or wherever else they need to be.

This weekend I purchased the Breezy Polkas Cardigan from Anthropologie on sale... in both colorways. I guess that kind of negates the sale price in a way... NO, NO, NO! I say it's two for the price of one! Currently, I only have one cardigan that I can use to winterize the 232983298 dresses I own and I think folks are starting to notice!

I can't wait to get these!

Tomorrow I'll be posting my first outfit of the day (OOTD). I hope to see you there!