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I found these things for AVO. I’m super impressed with myself for getting it so right with the fit. I put the clothes on myself and tried to remember where the shoulder point on his shirts hit me.

I was so excited to see it things fit correctly that I made him try it on right away, hence the extreme wrinkles.

I can’t get over how well this wool shirt fits.

The third thing I found for him is was this jacket. I measured from the center back of the collar to the shoulder point and thought 9″ seemed familiar from having checked the measurement on a jacket that fits him well, but it was a long time ago so I wasn’t sure if I was remembering right.

I was. The shoulder fit is spot on. It’s too big in the waste, but who knows, maybe I’ll advance in my sewing enough to take it in for him. Oooouuuu technical term alert! A little research reveals the narrowed waist in a man’s jacket is called “waist suppression”. Maybe it’s called that on a lady’s jacket, too. I’m not sure. Supposedly altering waist suppression is pretty doable–as opposed to changing the placement of the shoulders which would be a total drag/most likely ruin the jacket if attempted by a not professional (me).

He was really in to everything. I love findings things for someone when they’re not shopping with me and then have the clothes fit and have the person like them. Pulling things off the rack for people is fun too but not the same rush. While he was trying things on I was doing a little happy dance.


This post is brought to you per request of R.R.

Last night we went to two Halloween parties, a Haunted-House-Art-Show house party and a GMO-Rave-Luau. I was dressed like this:

Umm, can I go to bed now? It's 3 in the morning, and I am literally about to turn into a pumpkin.

As you can see I was out way late. As a result I had to sleep all morning and yet am still too tired to go to the parties that were on the docket for tonight. What gives?

The red blazer is from a Goodwill in Santa Monica. I almost bought it one day, but got into the checkout line and thought “what am I doing?!” before putting it back on the rack. The next day I thought “what I have I done?” I went back and happily found it was STILL THERE! I know! Can you believe nobody had scooped this baby up?

But wait, there’s more!


Wait for it…..








This was a TWO person costume:

Holy, matchy-matchy! That is spooky.

A.V.O. received his blazer as a kind of passing of the torch. It has now been worn on Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, and Halloween. Come to think of it, it totally does deserve a raise. Anyway, now that you know about A.V.O.’s red blazer (I couldn’t tell you before because I didn’t want to ruin the double-Christmas-Halloween surprise) you can fully understand how much I was toying with fate when I didn’t immediately jump at my chance to join The Red Blazer Club. What else could we have worn? Nothing, obviously this was meant to be.

The hats are via the Dollar Store which DOES, thank the Lord, sell Christmas goods before Halloween. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that would have me singing a store’s praises. See, never say never.

We have the dollar store to thank for these flourishes as well:

It's all in the details.

The ornaments-cum-earrings felt so heavy when I was dancing that I feared, probably irrationally, I would experience the dreaded earring pull-through and had to turn them into a necklace. I thought that work too, though. The mini plaid present is really freakin’ cute. I’m talking puppy cute. What could be in it? Candy? Jewels?

Happy Halloween, ya’ll!


Note: this costume is a homage to the greatest TV show ever, Arrested Development. You know, the one where Lucille’s housekeeper is wearing a Halloween sweatshirt at Christmas?

Oh, how I love you puffed sleeves. Writing “puffed sleeves” made me think of a scene in Anne of Green Gables that was all about a dress with puffed sleeves, very puffy puffed sleeves. Now I’m just making myself long for a crinoline….