Shift Dress

Yellow Handbag

Shift Dress

Shift Dress

Shift Dress

Shift Dress

I rarely post my everyday office outfits. The reason is because I don’t want to remind myself about work.
But this time is different. I want to show you how one simple shift dress can be worn in many different situations (office mode and relax mode). I will post the same dress in party mode in the future.

I wore

Forever 21 Shift Dress, Ann Taylor Jacket (Thanks to Thank You Network), Yellow Handbag (eBay), Brown Leather Handbag (thrifted), Collin Stuart Pumps, Payless Shoes flats,

back to the fashion history …

I heard a lot of new fashion terms that I have never heard before. Maybe because I’m not too heavy into fashion that’s why I have no idea that each wardrobe style has its own unique name or term. Since I started blogging and have a fashion section in my blog, I am learning new fashion terms everyday.

I read fashion magazines and other fashion bloggers regularly. Here and there I stumble upon new fashion terms that I’ve never heard before. I do believe that if you want to talk or write about a subject you need to learn about it. In that way you can stay accurate in the matter.

This time I want to talk about shift dress. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary shift means “to exchange for/replace by another, to change the place, position or direction (move).
This dress is a 2 piece item (bodice/top and skirt) sewn together to give an effect one-piece item.

Shift Dress, is a dress with no waistline seam. It’s a clean line from top to the bottom following the shape or your body. Shift dress can be loose or fitted.
Of course now everything similar to shift dress no matter has waistline/ hipline seam (like the dress I wore above), are all called shift dress.

New fashion terms are introduced by fashion designers from time to time. Some terms survive and some end up gone with the wind.
Besides all the new born fashion terms, original terms such as gown, shirt/skirt, frock, and coat have survived through history. They are all attested back to the early medieval period.

Faux Leather Jacket

Faux Leather Jacket

Studded Purse

Faux Leather Jacket

Faux Leather Jacket

Leather Jacket vs Harley Davidson

I got this faux leather jacket from my thrift shop. The jacket feels like soft leather and so stylish. Who cares if its genuine leather or faux leather.

By the way what is faux leather anyway?   The origin of word faux is French. It means imitation.

Genuine leather can be really expensive and high maintenance. As an alternative to that, Faux Leather was born. As you know Genuine Leather is made of animal skin (it seems the use of real animal skins are less and less nowadays because of animal rights proponents). On the other hand, Faux leather or synthetic leather is made of plastic. It’s processed in a significant way to look and feel like genuine leather. There are 2 kinds of synthetic leather:

  • Polyurethane
  • PVC

Polyurethane is washable; it can be dry-cleaned. But PVC is difficult to clean and cannot be dry-cleaned because the cleaning solvents can make the PVC unbearably stiff.

Aha! Now I know the reason why?

I’m not even sure whether the jacket I got was made of Polyurethane or PVC.
Poor husband, I asked him to swing by the dry cleaners to clean the faux leather jacket and the other jackets I got. The dry clean lady boldly said to him “This is not leather” and pushed the jacket back to him.

Okay…but I still need to clean it right, especially in the inside.
I decided to wash my new soft leather jacket in the washing machine with cold water, gentle cycle. I wouldn’t have worried too much if the jacket had been torn apart or wrinkled, whatever the result was, since I only bought for $5.

I guess my new faux leather jacket is made of Polyurethane. Because I could wash it. It came out nice and clean. I put a little bit shoe polish on it and it looked new again. Not bad for 5 bucks.

Ps: My husband is obsessed with Harley Davidsons. He wants to own one one day as part of his midlife crisis :)
When we saw a couple stop in front of the store and park their Harley (isn’t that a coincidence with the fact the theme of my outfit is leather and studs), he asked me to pose in front of that Harley.

 I Wore:

Leather Jacket (thrifted), Old Navy Top, Skirt (thrifted), Handbag (thrifted), Collin Stuarts Pumps

During our family vacation last month, I saw my sister in law reading this book, The Total Money MakeOver by Dave Ramsey. She told me that she’s just finished reading another book called  The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley

As a frugal person myself I usually don’t read these kind of books. There are so many books about how to manage your finances out there, and it seems they all offer similar ideas.  There’s nothing new.  I’m always skeptical about reading one, since I think I am frugal enough and I don’t need any more frugal lessons from any books or anyone. Boy! I think I am wrong.

Knowledge is an investment! Wherever the source is, you can always take the benefit from it. Learning is never ending.

One reason that attracted me the most (out of my curiosity) to want to read these books is after watching the changes in the attitude and habit of my sister in-law. If these books can change someone’s attitude and behavior toward their finances, they must be powerful and well worth reading.

The Total Money MakeOver by Dave Ramsey

I asked my sister in law… “why these 2 books?” And she said, the total money makeover will teach you the core lessons of financial management that lead you to financial freedom, a debt free life and a better future. And the millionaire next door will give you an understanding or at least help changing your mindset toward who the the millionaire is (Isn’t that being be a millionaire everybody’s dream?).

A little information about this 2 authors :

You may already know Dave Ramsey is a New York Times best-selling author, a nationally-syndicated radio show host and television host & motivational speaker. He has written numerous books and own a radio show called the Dave Ramsey Show. Also he’s been featured on many media outlets.

Thomas J Stanley, is American business book Author. He’s a respected researcher, advisor, and author of several award winning books on America’s wealthy population.
The millionaire next door is a series of his research on how wealthy people or people he calls self-made millionaires behave toward their life and lifestyle.

Sticking to my frugal principal, I borrowed these 2 books from library last week.

Tip: don’t buy a book if you know you can borrow it from the library.

For the next 3 weeks or so I will read and learn from these 2 books. As I am reading the book, I’ll also write my review about these 2 subjects.

Here’s the part I’ve been reading so far…
Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Make Over Motto is “If you will live like no one else, later you can live like no one else.”  What it means is if you will make the sacrifice now that most people aren’t willing to make, later on you will be able to live as those folks will never be able to live.

The truth :  Do you know that 90% of people in our culture buy things they can’t afford?

Dave Ramsey makes the money makeover parallel to someone who tries to lose weight. If you want to lose weight you need to work extra hard the get rid of the pounds. The more pounds you have the harder the work you have to do. When you get older, your metabolism gets slower and losing weight gets harder and harder.

Have you ever seen the show “ The biggest loser”? it may seems easy for them to lose weight when you watch them on TV but in the reality I read from this interview with Jillian Michael they have to work out almost 4 hours every day. I know this is impossible and is not safe but the fact is you can do it if you want to.

The weight loss principle works similar to total money makeover. You just need to jump and make a decision if you want to change.

The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J Stanley

From the few pages of The Millionaire Next Door I’ve been reading so far, I found this interesting fact : Most self-made millionaires (I’m not talking about someone who inherits money, or wins the lottery) are the most frugal people in society. They buy second hand cars. They don’t wear expensive clothes, suits, shoes, as you expect millionaires should.

Working in financial industry myself and working and watch many types of clients, I definitely agree with what this book is saying. Looks can be deceiving. You just can’t believe people who drive nice cars/import cars, wear designer clothes/bags, nice suits and shoes have far less in their account compared to a millionaire who drives an economy car and wears “goodwill” clothes. As a matter of fact, the old saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover” is true.

To Be Continued….

Tie Dye
On The Street of  Georgetown, SC

Tie Dye

Marsh At Seaport Georgetown, SC

On The Street of Georgetown, SC

I have always been a fan of tie dye for long time. I think the tie dye design is classic. By classic I mean it is the design that stays forever and never dies.

The tie dye technique has been used throughout the century.  Tie dyeing became fashionable in the West in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s as part of the hippie style says wikipidia.com.  In the old days people used natural dyes which came from plants such as roots, berries, bark, leaves, and wood.  But nowadays we use synthetic dyes. It’s a lot cheaper and offers a wide range of new colors.

By the way, I like my cotton tie dye maxi dress.  It’s cool enough for strolling on the beach in the hot summer day.

I wore:
Ocean Breezy Maxi (thrifted), Dillard Hat, Bag (thrifted)

 

 

On The Beach of Pawleys Island, SC

On The Beach of Pawleys Island, SC

On The Beach of Pawleys Island, SC

On The Beach of Pawleys Island, SC

On The Beach of Pawleys Island, SC
By the time we took these pictures, I was just finished reading a book called  A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. The book was released in 2007.
I found this book at goodwill and decided to buy it since I read good reviews about it. Khaled Hosseini is an Afghan born American novelist & physician. His first book The Kite Runner was an international bestseller. Have you seen the movie? This is a must read book.

As with his first novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns is also set against the volatile events in Afghanistan. From the Soviet invasion, Afghanistan war, to the rise of the Taliban regime. The book talks about the character of 2 Afghan women who struggle to survive to raise their families and find happiness in the midst of strict religious beliefs & traditions.

It’s a really sad human story, how women were treated in other parts of this earth. It’s a heart wrenching story. It just makes me sad to see how some groups of people think they are the righteous ones. And they are convinced they are God’s right hand who can set up rules and punishment toward other human beings. It’s sad to see that this is still happening in this twenty first century. I’m sad when people use the name of God to justify their bad behavior and make it seem it comes from God. They put God in a box and make Him so small that they think He needs help from his creatures.

This story makes me realized how lucky we who live in the free world are. Where you have equal rights and freedom to do things we want to do. To have freedom to wear what we want to wear. To have freedom to marry who we want to marry.

The black color of this ensemble keeps reminding me of the Afghan outfit that the Taliban force their woman to wear. It’s called the burqa. The burqa is a loose robe that is worn by Muslim women, especially in Afghanistan, and that covers the body from head to toe. The only part open is the eyes. I don’t mind if women choose to wear it of their own will but not when someone forces them to wear it.

I don’t believe God created women to be covered like that from head to toe except eyes (I prefer hi jab over the burqa. I love seeing my Muslim friends wearing the hi jab. They are still stylish without losing the religious purpose). You can still be a godly woman by wearing modest clothes. I do believe that women should respect their bodies (that includes how we dress) because our bodies are the temple of God.

God sees the human heart. I believe God wants human beings to love Him and One Another. That’s the first rule we have to follow if we want this world to be a better place.

My Outfit:

Alloy Tribal Top, New Direction Skirt (thrifted), Old Navy (flops)