The Empress’ New Clothes

Back in October I was selected to win the $1500 Target make-over from  I was shocked and grateful and honored and grateful and did I say grateful?  I hadn’t bought a new wardrobe since I was shopping for maternity clothes, and even then I borrowed a ton of stuff from friends.  But with a recent work change wherein I was to be more visible in the company where I work, I knew it was time to address my wardrobe.

I dislike shopping.  I don’t necessarily dislike fashion but being that I’m a single(ish) mom, I’m short on both time and funds.  That leaves me with very little patience for shopping.  Thank goodness Momversation sent one of their Panelists (the hilarious Daphne Brogdon of to pick out clothes for me!

Once we got our schedules together for a shopping trip in November, I took Her Awesomeness Sarahndipitea with me for moral support and we drove to the Target in Daly City.  We met up with Daphne and Rob Morhaim (the creative mastermind behind Momversation) and I was quickly shuffled to Cosmetics.  A friendly Boots representative found us and offered to give me a makeover, so I sat down and learned about the UK brand of cosmetics while I received actual eyebrows and color on my pale skin.  While I was getting all made up, Daphne and Rob hustled over to the clothing department and started filling a cart with outfits.

After my make up was complete I headed over to take up residence in the changing rooms.  I then spent several hours trying clothing on.  Sarah and Daphne took turns bringing items to me in the dressing room and then ooohing and aaaahing at my transformation while I blushed and soaked in their compliments.  Store employees and even other shoppers stopped by to check me out when I emerged to get a yay or nay on an outfit.  Luckily I was too busy to worry much about being the center of attention, otherwise my face would have been bright red the whole time.  I came away with a cart overflowing with clothing.  And yes, I spent that entire $1500 (minus a couple bucks) on clothes, shoes, jewelry, and cosmetics. 

It was exhausting, but I had a blast doing it!  I am super thankful to Rob, Daphne, Sarah, Target, and Sonia for helping me change my look while staying within my comfort zone.  I feel great!

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A different kind of fairytale

Jack has a vivid imagination.  He often pretends to turn me into a princess (sometimes I’m a good princess and sometimes I’m a bad princess – he is usually a bad guy).  The kid may have magical powers after all…

As many of my friends can tell you, I need some serious help when it comes to fashion (just don’t listen if they tell you that I wear white socks with black shoes – I haven’t done that for years now!).  I have been wearing the same pair of (now squeaky) shoes for about two years.  Not too long ago I was walking behind a co-worker and he turned around to say, “Wow, you sure aren’t sneaking up on anybody!”  I only own two pairs of sneakers (black and brown) and two pairs of semi-dressy shoes (flats, also black and brown), plus one set of cheapy Walgreens flip flops.  I own three bras, one of which fits correctly (although it’s my least favorite) and none of which are strapless.  I have a week’s worth of outfits that consist mostly of jeans and a dwindling supply of Aeropostale t-shirts that I bought on sale.  There may be one or two blazers in my closet but I do not have slacks to match.  I have one dress that fits and I’m pretty sure it’s fugly.  The only coat I have anymore (that fits) has buttons missing.

Make-up?  I haven’t bought any in a few years now.  Handbag?  I have one from Nine West that I got over two years ago.  I like it because it has lots of pockets, but it’s green.  I don’t own a single other green piece of clothing.  The green bag was all that was on sale at the time.

There are many reasons why my wardrobe is in this state.  The number one reason is that I’m a working mom who is also going to school.  I don’t have time to shop, especially in a real store where I could try things on.  I do most of my shopping online and end up returning most of it (because I’m petite but I have curves and this seems to boggle the minds of many designers).

Also, I don’t have a lot of money to spend on myself.  I have been strapped for cash for years now due to my significant other’s schooling or debt accrued during the divorce or this craptastic unemployment-laden economy.  Updating the contents of my closet (beyond replacing things that have fallen apart with the cheapest options possible) never fell on the list of things “necessary to live.”

A couple of weeks ago I stumbled upon a contest at to win a $1500 Target gift certificate and help with creating my new wardrobe.  This was about the same time that I spent a chunk of cash taking my cat to the vet, got a $253 parking ticket, and shelled out $700 for a new crown because I have crappy dental insurance (the tab has since increased to $1200 because the insurance is even worse than previously thought!).  I was also two weeks into a promotion at work and feeling the pressure to wear more professional clothing.  So you know I entered that contest as quickly as I could, just on the off chance that something might come of it.  Then Jack got the chicken pox, I had two final papers due, and I got stressed and depressed and I completely forgot about the contest…until I got an email saying that I had been chosen as the winner!

That princess Jack has turned me into?  It must be Cinderella.  It’s a damned good thing I’ll have a fairy godmother to help me shop because I have never in my life spent more than $300 on clothing at a time!  I would not even know where to begin.

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