Friday, November 6, 2009

Day 51: A Trip to the Ancillary Mothership and Oh, Norma, I Don't Know What to Think!

I spent all day Wednesday writing at our local Panera. Arrived for breakfast and left an hour short of old-folks' dinnertime. When I was done, I treated myself to a trip to Sam's Club, hoping for a style injection. I pretty much exhausted them  of wearable sweaters and pants the last couple times I was there.

Don't you just love anticipation? Rewarding yourself for a job well done?

It was not to be. Not really. I arrived to find...many more copies of the clothes I've seen there for the past four weeks.  Talk about disappointing.

Couldn't bring myself to buy a fourth RL sporty cotton sweater--even though I like black. It just seemed, oh, I don't know, excessive maybe? A leopard print cardigan to go with my zebra print red and black one--no. A bulky acrylic sweater that will make me look like a 13th century Japanese warrior with sartorial issues--no, no.

I came away with a few things: A bright fuschia cardigan like a gray one I have and like a lot. A coral-pumpkin-ish hoody like the white one pictured below. A second pair of CK cords and a pair of Jones NY stretchy jeans. And these:

Yes! I'm now the proud owner of a pair of faux Uggs!!! Or, as I like to call them, F'uggs. (Dog paws not included.)

I was absolutely not going to replace my precious, doe-soft Uggs with plastic booties lined with batting or whatever Walmart puts in them. I was just going to do w/out sheepskin this winter. But, oh. I don't have to. And all for the low, low price of $34.  Sheepskin, inside and out. Exact Ugg-type stitching. These were assembled in China, too. (Check your Uggs. It's hard to get made-in-Australia ones from the Ugg Co. Has been for the last few years.) Differences: No cute Ugg label, and the soles of these aren't quite as flexy. And if you give the soles a good sniff, they smell a little (a tiny little bit) like recycled tires. Isn't that a good thing, though. Who sniffs shoe soles so closely, anyway. ALSO--These are taller than my originals and they kept my calves all cozy-warm today as I worked.

Color me delighted.

Now. I honestly don't know what to think about this coat. This is the Walmart version of Norma Kamali's very famous Sleeping Bag Coat.


Me: "What?" "It's stuffed with polyester?" "Is this a Hefty bag, or what?" "This feels weird."
My Spouse: "Yes, it does kind of look like garbage bags." "Homeless fashion?" "It looks like something someone would wear, but maybe not you." "You look like you weigh 40 more pounds than you actually do."

Something about it inspired me to do an Ab Fab Patsy Stone-style photo shoot.



 (I lightened up some of the pics considerably so you could see detail.)
Maybe it's the color? I think it would be cute and fun in white.  Hmmm. I'd be very curious to see what the true NK versions--the ones that cost hundreds of dollars--are like. I'm thinking down inside?

What do you think? (Norma Kamali Sleeping Bag Coat $35)


I was so busy, I forgot to take a pic of my ensemble on Wednesday. But it was basically this one, with the change being that I wore the gray granny cotton/cashmere cardi you haven't seen yet. This pic is from the early part of Saturday:

Faded Glory Jeans: $15; Faded Glory turtleneck: $10; Faded Glory Bomber: $35; Green Tea Hoodie (Sam's): $24; Spider Necklace: $68; Earrings: $7; Earth Spirit Shoes: $30  Total: $189

Have an absolutely fabulous weekend! xo


  1. Norma Kamali Sleeping Bag Coat

    Looks more like a Norma Desmond Garbage Bag Coat...

    Wednesday Ensemble

    Nice! But I'm a sucker for you in jeans!

  2. Ha! Now there's a name that won't pass the focus group!