BITTEN by SJP – Spring/Summer 2008 Collection

All I can say is: FINALLY! I’ve been waiting for the website to be updated so that I could advise y’all of this. Just doing my duty to keep mah peeps informed… It’s a tough job, but yada yada yada… you know. And I’m all too happy to do it.

oh right; I was talking about something, wasn’t I.

With rising food costs and skyrocketing gas prices, we need to watch our spending while we fight the frump. And once again, the Bitten line offers many cute and affordable options. (*Remember: all pieces are UNDER $20.00!)




As always – fighting the frump doesn’t have to break the bank. It’s not about how much you spend. It’s about how you work it!

I’m remiss

For those of you who eagerly await {ahem} my contribution to Fight the Frump each Friday, you can find it here. I reposted from this past Monday. So go. Read. Enjoy. And you might want to put on a pair of sunglasses to ensure that the eye-bleeding is kept to a minimum.

And based on my pitifully bare Mr. Linky, I’m the only one in the entire world who had something frumpy remaining in their closet.

So, you’re sayin’ you don’t like the pants, right?

The shirt that I posted about yesterday was the very shirt that caused my husband to drag me out for some new clothes a few months back. There was no doubt in my mind that he was smirking at the comments being left. (Y’all don’t hold back do you??)

The following is conversation I had with my husband this afternoon:

Me: I guess you feel pretty justified from all of the comments left about my shirt?

Sean: What about those pants you are wearing right now?

Me: I gotta go slow. If I get rid of them, what will I have left for those days when I need something sloppy… like when painting?

Sean: You’d wear those to church.

Me: Would not.

Sean: Would too.

Me: Would not.

Sean: If you could find the right shirt to match them britches, you’d wear them to church.

He’s probably right.

(What The?! is posted below)

Fightin’ the frump on this fine Memorial Day

Because this got posted on a quiet day (Memorial Day) I am reposting it for Fight the Frump. Feel free to add your link to your post of the frumpy outfit you purged, to Mr. Linky below.

So finally — I am able to post my outfit in all of its glory. I would have had it posted earlier, but I got side-tracked by these:

doritos quest

Have mercy, are they good! I don’t think they fall under the umbrella of marathon-training food. But there are bound to be some vitamins, or minerals, or sumpin’ in there that is good.

This outfit is old. If nothing else, it will sell you on the fact that J.Crew makes some quality stuff.


Background of shirt:

shirt sleeve frayedshirt collar frayed

Purchased in 1993 when I worked at J.Crew during college.

shirt holes shirt frayed

Worn through all four pregnancies. Surprised none of the buttons ever popped off.

shoulder holes2shoulder holes

Just this past summer, finally began to show signs of wear. And it went downhill quickly.

Background of pants:


Purchased in 2000 after Abigael was born
Worn through the subsequent pregnancies.
Even worn to church at one point, with nice flats. There must be a special prayer of repentance that I must say for that mistake.
Now have no shape – saggy knees, wide at hips. At one point, they had a cute little flare at the bottom. Now they just fizzle. (you can’t tell from the photo, but they are a sort-of cropped length – stop an inch or two above the ankle)

It is time for me to fare thee well, my frumpy outfit. You’ve served me well, though lately, you’ve just served me. I know, without a doubt, fo shizzle, that I got my moneys worth from both items.

So tell me about yours. Link to it here, and invite others to join in the frump purge.

How Not to Look Old – revisited

I am re-posting my very first Fight the Frump post. When originally posted, it created quite a stir. For some people, it struck a chord. For others, it struck a nerve. I think we can all benefit from a bit of discussion.

I was at the bookstore the other night reading through my usual selection that I am too cheap to buy even though it’s on my recommended reading list over in my left side bar enjoy scanning through while the kids play with the lead-tainted Thomas train set.
I’ve learned so many invaluable tips from this book:

Have you ever noticed, when looking through old photos, how much older everyone looks in them? Pick up a high school yearbook from the 50s and all of the girls look like they are headed to the nearest AARP office to sign up.

Some trends just make us look older than we are. And at my age, I’m not willing to fall into that trap. Look at Oprah, Katie Couric… these women look better now than they did fifteen years ago!

Here are some of the tips recommended in this book:

Cut Bangs (there are so many styles of bangs to choose from. Not all will be flattering on your face shape. But choose some. Bangs soften and frame the face)

Lighten the lipstick and lipliner.

Choose fun hip eyeglasses, not granny styles. Seriously, girlfriend was probably younger than I am when she had this photo taken. But the hair and the glasses make her look like she could be my great aunt Hilda (if I had a great aunt Hilda).

I don’t think these express anything except temporary loss of sanity.

Avoid hair that is too long and parted down the middle.

Lighten the hair.

Eyebrows, ladies! Eyebrows! I am example numero uno for what a good brow shaping can do to improve your looks. Weedwhackers come to mind when I think of my eyebrows pre-1994, which is the year that will forever be known as the year that I got a clue that my bushy eyebrows needed help, STAT!

And her top 24 items that must be removed from all closets: (listed in this great article)

  1. Holiday sweaters with bells and appliqu├ęs (reindeers, teddy bears, bumblebees, pumpkins).
  2. Granny necklaces that tell how many grandchildren you have.
  3. Souvenir T-shirts.
  4. T-shirts with meant-to-be funny sayings.
  5. Acid-washed jeans.
  6. Ripped jeans.
  7. Shoulder pads.
  8. Flannel shirts.
  9. Muumuus. (**Does this really need to be stated?)
  10. Photo handbags (the older you get, the more sophisticated your accessories should be).
  11. Flesh-colored hose.
  12. Penny loafers.
  13. Oversize blazers.
  14. Mommy robes.
  15. Thin gold chain necklaces.
  16. Elastic-waist pants.
  17. Granny undies.
  18. Baggy sweats.
  19. Bearlike, full-length fur coats.
  20. Short shorts.
  21. Cargo pants.
  22. Stockings with reinforced toes.
  23. Three-piece suits with vests.
  24. Backpacks.

For more information, check out these links:
This video shows Charla talking about some of her tips.

Read an excerpt of How Not to Look Old here.

An interview with Time magazine here.

Let’s fight the frump, ladies! We can do it! My challenge to you, should you dare to take it, is to clear your closet of at least ONE frumpy outfit (we all have them). Take a picture of it and post it. Then get rid of it.

I’ll take my own challenge and I’ll be posting my frumpy outfit on Monday so that I can spend my entire weekend in it, crying over the future loss…

*Come back over here Monday to add your post to Mr. Linky. Then we can head over to each others blogs and cry on to each others shoulders applaud each other for letting go.