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Tying up all the loose ends

Finding myself surrounded by UFO’s (Un-Finished Objects), I have been diligently  working on reducing the pile. The altered book has been set aside for another day. The bridesmaid jewelry that I made for a friend’s daughter’s wedding gift has been delivered. Today the clothes that I sewed and crocheted for La Nieta were entrusted to a friend who is leaving tomorrow for NOB. Maybe La Primera will send me photos of her modeling them?

Speaking of modeling,I bought some new clothes. Now, that was an adventure. Not the sort of heartwarming Hallmark movie adventure that ends with everyone smiling either. My personal dress style has devolved into a very casual poorly fitting nondescript version of my former self. I need a style intervention. Someone should  send my name into one of those shows where they do fashion make overs. They could title it Expat shouldn’t mean looking dowdy or S.O.B. means south of the border not sloppy overweight broad.

 I have bought 3 new tops in as many days, it isn’t like I haven’t tried on a lot of clothes. Unfortunately, if I like it, it’s only available in unitalla.  Unitalla is Spanish for “There is no way that this item will fit you and if you can manage to cram yourself into it, there are  no words to describe how unattractive this really cute outfit will look on you.”  If it’s available in my size it looks like someone’s grandmother would wear it to a soiree. My mother who is in her 80’s and lives 20 minutes from the nearest town looks more stylish.

In desperation, I took to the web, I love Anthropologie, sigh, what is it with clothes? I found a top I liked a lot, it was only $148, when I spend $148 on a top it’s pesos not dollars! At this rate it may be cheaper to fly NOB to shop at the thrift stores. My only hope is to buy some nice tees and jazz them up. Or start sewing my own clothes again.Before doing that  I have to figure out what my style is or rather what I want my style to be and just start sewing.  I don’t want a lot of clothes because I am still losing weight. Joanna took some photos yesterday and published them on her blog, I am the plump one wearing turquoise and squinting. I know that Joanna always takes photos where ever she goes like a good blogger does so why can’t I ever remember to dress appropriately and wear a bit of lipstick?

I’m thinking that I need to go to the Sears, Chappur and Liverpool and try on clothes with a friend. Take notes and figure this fashion thing out. I used to have style, it wasn’t that long ago, I am sure that I can have it again.

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Yucatango, I checked my comments too late, I missed it! But thank you for thinking of me.


  2. Theresa, if you don’t already know about it, you might be interested in a vintage clothes sale that happens today near Club Campestre.

    Here’s the Facebook event:

  3. Krisla, I think it’s a cultural thing. People are more likely to give your stuff away to someone they know or to the church than donate it to a thrift store. Also I think that clothing wears out faster due to the water and sun, I know elastic looses it’s stretch very quickly here!

    There are always things you can get involved in if you look around. The IWC has some projects that they do.

    Alinde, sometimes I wish that I didn’t know how to sew then I’d send stuff out to a dressmaker. I know how to sew really well, I just stopped because it was much cheaper to buy good quality used clothes.
    I know what you mean about being a foreigner, we are allowed quite a bit of leeway, what differnce does a more little eccentricity make when you already are exotic?

  4. Yes, Theresa–Clothes shopping is not easy here, for many reasons.

    But I’ve decided that one of the plusses about being a “gringa” here, is that we’re expected to be a bit eccentric! It’s OK. SO, I have gone for comfort above all, then ease of care (e.g., minimal dry-cleaning.) But the most fun has been an occasional design of my own clothes–which I then farm out to one of the “sastrerías”. I’ve been pretty pleased with this approach. It does not cost as much as, for instance, a piece from one of the high-end department stores, and I often get something I really like.

  5. I am also a Goodwill & Vinnie’s shopper, and wonder why there aren’t outlets like that here? Anyway, enjoyed your post & you have style!! (in writing, for sure!) Saw Joanna’s post too, & what a good thing to be involved with. Would love to do that!-

  6. Calypso, LOL, I actually know a few Mexicans who have a lot of clothes but they just never get rid of anything.
    All the stuff that they sell in the tianguis is from NOB thrift stores, some of it will even still have the Goodwill price tag.
    And of course, there is the stuff you find IN the Goodwill still with the original store price tag! never worn, but discarded. Amazing.
    My problem is that I worked in retail for the largest part of my career, so I always knew what was in style, what wasn’t and what was just a passing fad.Now I feel totally unaware.


  7. We recently returned from a trip NOB – OMG the Thrift Stores! We came back with a roof top car carrier STUFFED with great bargain clothing – – One person’s junk is another s treasure.

    Hard to believe people in the U.S. get rid of such great stuff. Have you checked out a Mexican’s closet? First a bit of a surprise if they have one – and then 4-things hanging on hangers. But always clean and well cared for – NEVER to appear in a thrift store – maybe a rag bag.

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