Guest Post: Grace at Camp Patton

I’m currently on vacation in Australia and New
Zealand, and while I can only attempt to smuggle back so many koalas,
I’m at least leaving you with some fabulous guests posts.  Today, we have Grace from Camp Patton.  I always get excited when posts from Grace pop up in my Reader because I love hearing about her baby wrangling exploits via her hilarious storytelling.  Welcome, Grace!
Greetings Lace etc. readers! And welcome to the guest posting topic de
jour, my terribly trendy and terribly guilty pleasure: thrift store
scavenging. If I’m ever able to break free from the clutches of my
children’s paws and leave them with someluckyone else for more than a
few minutes I can probably be found scouring the racks of the Goodwill
that is mere blocks from my house. I have an awful habit of buying
dresses that are too big with the hope that I can alter them enough to
pass as public friendly. Sometimes I’m successful and other times I am
most definitely not. I bought a big and boxy black dress last summer but
didn’t get around to fixing it until December. And I didn’t get around to actually wearing until this
past weekend to a semi-fancy dinner hosted by my husband, Simon’s,
employer.
I’m the one in the black dress.
(not pictured, our confused babysitter watching us take these photos)
After I barricaded myself in the bathroom, ignored the children’s pleas to cling, washed my person and hair during the same shower, and got dressed I realized that I was wearing all thrifted items (barring my underclothing).

 

The dress and belt I found at my local Goodwill but the shoes I found
down in Austin hours before a wedding for which I desperately needed
black shoes. Lucky Duck.

The great thing about thrifting and
altering bigger dresses is that the length tends to stay “big” (long)
and be more mom, church, modest, and only-had-time-to-shave-below-

my-kneecaps appropriate.I know I join all of you in being an ugly shade of green with envy
of Preethi and her family on their vaca in paradise but I’ll eventually
find it in my selfish heart to forgive her. I hope you can too.

Thanks so much for having me Preethi!

 

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