When life gives you lululemons….

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Lululemon Ice Queen top, retails for $88. I got this limited edition blue stripe top for $5.

So I have a problem. Other than the fact I need to visit the thrift store every week I feel the need to purchase just about every piece of lululemon clothing I come across. The company has been in a bit of hot water lately over their see-through yoga pants (check out this article from the Boston Globe) but that doesn’t deter me. I find a certain satisfaction in paying less than $10 for athletic wear that retails for $50-$180. Even if it’s not my size. I have thrifted lululemon clothes in sizes 4-10 that I can’t seem to part with. The top pictured above is actually a size 4, which I am definitely not. However it fit ok, a little tight but it provides motivation to lose a few more lbs. And it has elbow patches, which I have been looking for all winter! It will be a great layering piece, and If I don’t wear it I am sure I can sell it and make some $$.

I also found a dress by Evan-Picone today. According to the Vintage Fashion Guild Evan-Picone started in 1949 and provided the wardrobe for the Mary Tyler Moore show! I’m not sure what era this dress is from, but it is a great sheath dress in a colorful Ikat-like print that hits at the knee, and unlike the lululemon top it fits perfectly. And it’s a size 8! I can’t wait to wear it somewhere special, although I might try to dress it down for work. We’ll see. I found some great pointy black ballet flats to go with it too (new with tags!) and they are so comfortable!

I also found a pair of sage green “paper bag” shorts and a chambray button up with stud detailing. I actually saw this shirt last week and tried it on, it was a little tight over the bust so I passed it up. Then I kicked myself all week for not buying it, since I can always wear it unbuttoned. All women’s clothing was 1/2 off today so I couldn’t pass it up for $4! And it has the name Wanda written in sharpie on the inside of the collar. Is there a rock and roll cowgirl named Wanda somewhere? Did she bedazzle this shirt herself? I like thinking about this shirt’s history with Wanda!

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Clockwise from top: Wanda’s shirt ($5), black flats ($6), paper bag shorts ($3) and Ikat sheath dress ($10)

So once again I thrifted some great things! Oh, and I had a spa consultation before my thrifting adventure, how could I forget! I have a gift certificate for a facial and wanted to talk with the professionals about what I might need for my aging skin. The facial lady (spa-tician?) told me I have great skin, although lately I haven’t thought the same. But I have an appointment in a few weeks for my first facial and I couldn’t be more excited! Jennifer also used some weird light thing to zap my blemishes (for free!), she was great and I know I will leave her looking my best in a few weeks!

My two days off have left me feeling refreshed and ready to face the long boring week ahead. And as always I will be looking stylish in my new thrifted threads!

Happy Hunting,

J

Thriftin’ n Chick’n

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I love days off! After a few painfully slow days at work it was nice to have a day to entertain myself. I enjoyed a (late) morning cup of coffee while watching “What Not to Wear-Biggest Meltdown” episode (it was awesome) then took the dogs out for a wrestle in the snow. There were elk all over the hillside! Ollie gave chase but soon gave up, since running up hill in the snow is hard!

Then like every Thursday I visited the local Thrifty Shop. I usually spend about an hour looking at every rack and trying a lot on. Today was no different. I found a great grey Converse sweater that is loose and comfy, and looks almost like a poncho. And I love a good poncho sweater! They also had all women’s short sleeves on sale so I was able to snag a black and white wide striped tee and a white Bongo tee for about $10.

I also noticed a few short sleeve tops with tags still on, brand new, and bought those as well. The two sporty black polo shirts and coral colored flower embellished tunic/dress I bought retailed for over $300! They were immediately brought to the consignment shop so I hope I can at least make back the $22.50 I paid for the three!

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After working up an appetite shopping I decided to roast a whole chicken for dinner. I usually make one every month, it’s cheap and the leftovers make great chicken salad or soup for the next few days. I also like to make my own chicken stock from the bones, which is pretty easy to do but rather time consuming. That will be a lesson for another day!

I looked at some recipes on line before settling on the Pioneer Woman‘s roast chicken recipe. Click the link for this entire recipe and more! I used only one lemon zested into the butter (I only used 3/4 stick) and added about 1/2 tbsp Herbes de Provence in addition to rosemary and thyme. I then rubbed the butter on the skin, under the skin, and into the chest cavity. I added a shallot and three cloves of garlic into the cavity as well. I put the bird in a roasting pan with some carrots, celery and one medium shallot and roasted at 450 for about an hour and a half. It came out with delicious roasted skin and nice juicy meat.

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Totally delish! But I think what made this meal special was the sides I made to go with the chicken. Carrots boiled with some shallot until crisp-tender and some mashed potatoes really made this dish sing! My mom made these carrots pretty often when I was a kid, it was a recipe she got from my Grandma Lena. It makes me think of home every time I make them!

*Again, I am kind of estimating my measurements since I tend to cook by taste. Tweak the amounts of seasonings until it suits YOUR taste!

Brown Sugar Carrots with Onions and Truffle Salt 

2 cups carrots, cut into rounds

One shallot, diced

1 Tbsp butter

1 Tbsp brown sugar

parsley

truffle salt and pepper to taste.

Boil carrots and shallot until carrots are tender but still crisp. You could also steam them, I just don’t own a steamer (my mom would even cook them in the microwave sometimes). Drain the water out and stir in butter and brown sugar. Add salt and pepper. Sprinkle on some parsley and think of Grandma Lena, the greatest German lady who ever lived.

Mashed Potatoes with Horseradish and Boursin

4-5 Red potatoes, diced but not peeled

2 Tbsp butter

Milk, enough to get texture you desire. I use about 1/2 cup.

1/4 5.oz box shallot and chive boursin cheese

1 cup sharp cheddar

1 1/2 tsp prepared horseradish

salt and pepper to taste

Boil potatoes in lightly salted water. Cook until fork tender then mash with butter and milk until smooth. Stir in boursin and cheddar until melted. Add horseradish 1/2 teaspoon at a time, until desired flavor. Add salt and pepper. You could add some bacon too if you are feeling sassy and want a true calorie fest. Just do not stir the potatoes too much or they might get a little gummy.

So this might not be the healthiest meal, considering the amount of cheese and butter needed to create the amazing flavors, but it is the ultimate comfort meal on a cold wintry Spring day. You could healthy it up, but sometimes you just have to splurge!

Anyway, thanks for spending my day off with me. Let me know how your chicken turns out, or just make a meal out of Lena’s delicious glazed carrots.

stay hungry,

J