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Monday, January 31, 2011

Is This Really New?


I decided to go ahead and try the newish trend of super flare jeans for today.  Let me be the first to say, this is not new.  In fact, I found these jeans at the thrift store for a whopping $5! I get a little annoyed that there is so much turn around in fashion that something that was very popular 5 years ago is suddenly back in style and the markets are flooded with more bell bottom jeans!  Take Gap for example.  Those "new style" jeans are just ridiculously expensive and their denim isn't really any better quality than these jeans I found at the thrift store!  It is that kind of consumerism that bothers me I think.


In addition to the flare jeans, I'm wearing this fantastic vintage blouse.  It has the right amount of sheerness and the ruffled neck is perhaps my favorite.  I put my striped beige cardigan over it for some contrast and for the warmth factor.  It was pretty damn cold when I took these photos.  Oh and the bag I'm carrying is a pretty cognac camera bag from the 1960s.  It fits my camera perfectly!  I'm so glad I stumbled on this bag at the thrift store last week.


Well Sunday was great but Monday is here and now it's all about work.  I had a fabulous time with friends this weekend and brunch was just a part of it.  Our good friends/neighbors are moving to Ecuador for an undisclosed amount of time, so all of their friends boogied down on Saturday night for their going away party.  Usually after a crazy fun late night party it's always a good idea to grab brunch.  Especially if you're hungover and need some substantial food.  All in all a great great weekend, but I am sad to see our friends moving so far away.

Top, Vintage
Cardigan, 2nd hand from friend
Refuge Jeans, Thrifted
Modcloth shoes, gift from parents
Bag, Thrifted

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sunday Smells Awesome!!


Ah Sunday!!! Where have you been all week?  Last Sunday was kind of a dud, but I have high hopes for today.  Not only do I plan on doing the dishes that have been in my sink for 2 weeks, but I also plan on doing laundry and putting away my clothes!!  If I'm feeling practiculary dangerous, I might even break out the sewing machine and start hemming some vintage dresses that have been littering my hem pile.



Might I add that it's is absolutely gorgeous outside?  45 degrees, sunny and the perfect weather for taking walks about my neighborhood.  It is definitley going to happen today.  Brunch seems like a wonderful thing to add to my list of things to do and there's a great place that is within walking distance from our apartment.  I don't think Zach and I have done a real brunch since last September and it's been on my mind all week.



Ok, so I realized my outfit today is the third this week that is consisting of a top, skirt, and tights.  I guess that means I'm in a rut, but I liked those outfits.  Although I love my blouses and skirts, I do want to break up the monotony of my looks on my blog.  I use this blog as a personal pusher of trying something new.  For example, 3 years ago I would never be caught dead in colored tights!  Now I can't get enough of them! 

Blouse, Target (3 yrs ago)
Skirt, Tulle
Tights, Target
Flats, DSW (2 years ago)
Gloves, From Co-worker
Necklace, Parking Lot Find

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Yeah, I'm Inside Again


Sorry if my pics are becoming a little more redunant and lack luster due to them being in my dining room.  I'm afraid it's been dark and rainy for the past few days and it's not the best conditions for great outdoor photos.  I'll make up for it on the weekend though.  Promise.  Pinky Swear!! 


Alright, I'm a tad enthusiastic about my pictures aren't I?  I just love when spring and summer are here and I have all evenings to take photos.  But anyways, I'm here to talk about my outfit.  I'm pretty much in love with this skirt that Mel lent me in our swap.  I wore it twice now and I just love the color!  I'm a bit sad that it will need to go on its merry way back to her place...hehe...  This time I was wearing it to work so I paired it with a crisp white blouse and my sparkly Dolce Vita flats to give it a different look. It's not exactly business attire, but I think my co-workers have given up hope that I'll wear a suit.



So I think I'm about done with the week and ready to bring on the weekend.  It's crazy how slow the weeks been going by.  It may be the weather or the fact that my bank hasn't been having much foot traffic lately, but it seems I've been spending the better half of my day on Facebook at work.  Or texting, or twittering...  So I'm just really fricken excited to see the weekend come back. 


Blouse, Thrifted
Sweater, Forever21
Belt, Charlotte Russe
Flats, Target
Skirt, Swap with Idee Geniale

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Building A Passion for Vintage Fashion


It seems funny, but I think one of my unspoken new years resolutions must've been to buy and wear more vintage.  I've been having such great luck with finding vintage clothing lately, that I almost don't want to jinx myself!  I found this great skirt at my local thrift store's vintage section and fell in love with the pretty print.  After further inspection I also found that it was handmade.  I love finding homemade things at the thrift store!  It's like I need to give it a home again and rescue it.


All this talk about vintage clothing has me clamoring for more.  I'm not sure if it's a disease or not, but I've been spending a ton of time on Etsy.  It's just full of so many great pieces and since I want to start building my vintage wardrobe a little more I'm thinking about treating myself to one piece of vintage from an Etsy store per month. 


Striped Top, Thrifted
Vintage Skirt, Thrifted
Belt, H&M
Vintage Boots, Ebay

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Getting Back To It


I've taken a bit of a hiatus from blogland these last few days, since I caught the dreaded flu....on my birthday no less!  Today I finally looked and felt well enough to take some photos.  I swear I was looking really rough around the edges these last few days.  For some reason when I turned 26 my skin decided to turn back time to my teenage years and break out like crazy!  In addition to the flu face, I was looking like a mugshot of someone who's done some hard drugs. But trust me, the only drugs that went into this body were of medicinal use.  Nyquil became my best buddie these last few days..hehe..



Anyways, I decided to dress up a little and this sequined blouse was just the right thing.  When I went thrifting a couple of weeks ago, I was trying to keep in mind some of the current trends of the upcoming season and I faintly remembered reading something about dolman sleeves.  While browsing through Salvation Army I found this fantastic vintage blouse and knew it would work for my wardrobe.  It's a crazy fit and the sequins give it that tacky fabulous edge which I adore.  And it's a great piece to keep in your wardrobe to make jeans a little more classy and flirty. 


The last element to my outfit was the inclusion of color.  Although it's still winter, I really wanted to break out my light pink pumps and yellow belt.  Color is so big this season and it's really putting me in the mood for warm spring sunshine. 

Vintage Blouse, Thrifted
Jeans, Platos Closet
Vintage Belt, Thrifted
Pumps, Payless (like 4 years ago!)
Necklace, Lia Sophia

Saturday, January 22, 2011

If I Wasn't Sick Today

Here's what I would be doing!!!

I'd shop at my favorite thrift store.  I still have a gift certificate that is burning a hole in my pocket.

source is Freckled Nest

I'd get my bangs cut.

I'd take a walk and grab a latte

End result!
Source is robsonbarista

I'd do my nails!  
Nail polish
Source emrekanik

I hope you all are enjoying your weekend.  I am going to rest up and get myself better so I can at least spend Sunday doing something fun.  Laying on the couch for hours sleeping isn't exactly the weekend of my dreams.

Friday, January 21, 2011

A Day in the Life of a Thrifter


Hey Everyone!!!  Here is my first installment of my new segment, A Day in the Life of a Thrifter.  Hopefully everyone caught a glimpse of my guest post at Citizen Rosebud about my pledge to buy only second hand for a whole year.  Let me be clear that there will be stipulations.  Like my underwear, socks, and tights will be new.  Something about second hand undergarments gives me the creeps.


I wanted to give you some tips on a different kind of second hand buying, and that is consignment.  All types of consignment shops work differently, but my latest experience was at Plato's Closet.  I like Plato's Closet because it's instantaneous.  Other consignment shops usually have you sign contracts, and then every quarter of the year they stroke you a check for a percent of your sales.  I'm pretty impatient, so that is why I enjoy places like Plato's Closet.  


On Sunday I cleaned out all the garments from my closet which I hadn't worn for a year or more, made sure they were neat, pressed, and folded and then lugged my bag to the store.  It took about 15 minutes and they scoured through my things, picked out what they wanted and gave me 1/3 of the price of what they were selling them.  That's not a whole lot, but I was trying to clean out my closet, not make a ton of money.  Then I traded the money for these fine things. Say hello to my brand new beige oxfords, skinny jeans, and a cute spring-time dress!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sweet 26?


Wow!!! I can't believe it's been 10 years since my sweet sixteen.  Is this the part where I should start feeling old?  I still feel young!  I can't really feel the difference between this age and 18.  It all seems to blur together for me.  Once adulthood sets in, it's like the years just fly past!  Before I know it I'll be 30!  But I'll probably still feel's to hoping!!



This year my birthday was a lot more low key than the usual.  I even worked on my birthday!!  I celebrated with my family on Monday by eating out at a pizza joint that sells vegan pizza and then my mom surprised me with a vegan chocolate cake she made from scratch!!  And it was delicious.  Another surprise from my parents were these shoes I'm wearing. They are absolutely fabulous!! I can't even tell you how comfortable they are!



My outfit today is a lot more colorful than my outfits as of late.  I didn't want to just throw on some navy tights with my navy skirt, so I opted for a bright mustard color.  It went well with the rusty orange polka dots on this Tucker for Target blouse, which was lent to me by Mel.  I'm so happy she included it with her shipment.   All in all this was the happiest of birthdays outfit.

Oh and Hello Hello!!! I did a Guest Post with Citizen Rosebud.  Please check it out here!  She's a fantastic writer and has the most rad style, so I know you'll love her blog!

Blouse, swapped with Mel
American Eagle Skirt, Thrifted
Mustard Tights, RiteAid
Extra Credit Wedges, gift from Mom

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Funky Moods Need Mexican!! And Bright Colors!


Wow, this Tuesday was the pits!!  All day long I was in a sort of funk, but I'm finally getting back to normal and will be drowning my doldrums in a bean salad at our favorite Mexican place.  And maybe a margarita:)  Anyways, I'll keep this short! 


My outfit is one of those fun outfits that I'd wear on a weekend.  The top is actually from a dress my friend Diane got for me from her mom's thrift store.  I just chopped off the top and was good to go!  I love the bright color and the polka dots are just too cute to pass up!  For the extra fun part, I threw on my paper bag waist black shorts I got on super clearence back in December.  $3 for a pair of shorts from Dillards is pretty damn awesome! 


Ok, so I'm off to Mexcian night!  Have a great Tuesday!

Top, Vintage Dress Chopped
Short, Dillards
Tights, Target
Heels, Dillards
Necklace, Etsy

Monday, January 17, 2011

Coffee, Chores, and Clothes


I woke up to a cloudy dreary day with hopes that a hot cup of coffee was in my near future.  Zach and I both had the day off for the holiday so we stayed in bed a little bit later than usual, then got dressed and headed to Fair Grounds.  They always have some crazy little concoction to try out so I got the Fat Elvis.  Think coffee, with chocolate, peanut butter and banana.  So yummy!!



Aside from a walk to a coffee joint, our day was quite productive and focused.  First off, in my delirious mind yesterday, I told my mom we could do my birthday at my apartment.  Let's remember I'm not the most organized person so I practically spent all morning with Zach cleaning up the place.  Second off, I had to finish my closet purge and get stuff out of the house and into the thrift store.  Although I was going there to rid my life of some accumulated crap, I did find myself bringing home a few more things.  I'll show those off another day, but they were totally worth it!  (oh God, I sound like I have a shopping disorder)

Thirdly, I wanted to take this day to start putting more focus on my blog by creating an inspiration board for myself to change and view as needed.  It will also help me stay on track with all of my thrifting habits and help with putting together outfits. Plus its fun to be crafty on rainy dreary days!


Dress, Swapped with Mel from Idee Geniale
Belt, Forever21
Tights, Target
Dolce Vita for Target Boots, Gift
Hat, Forever21

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Closet Purge Reveals a Find


When I found this dress at a cute little boutique in NYC I knew I had to have it.  It's handmade from stiff fabric and I love the shape of the dress.  I only bought it for it's look.  It didn't fit at all, so I was going to give it to Goodwill, but then I remembered I had lost some weight from all the walking I've been doing and it fit!  Thank goodness it did!  It fits perfectly now, and I don't feel like I wasted a bunch of money!!  The style of the dress is a throw back to the 60s, and the cowl neck is the perfect little detail that made me fall in love with it.



So I guess my closet purging is becoming more of a reward to myself!! haha!!  Totally not the point of closet purging, but all that hard work really did deserve a new dress that I can wear.  My closet purge was also fruitful in another way, but I'll talk about that another day.  I'm adding a new segment for my year long thrift adventure, so stay tuned!!


Dress, Store in NYC...can't remember
Tights, Forever21
Cardigan, Thrifted
Gold Bangle, Loemahns
Shoes, Dillards

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Nothing but Casual


Weekends can become a whirlwind when you're busy with work, errands, and other miscellaneous events.  Today was one of those crazy Saturdays.  I got up early for work, took my husband to the farmer's market for lunch and then we took our little Starla for a fun play date with about 30 other dachshunds.  Poor Starla wasn't having much fun with all the other pups, so we left early and took her to our own huge private (to her) park.  There's always a plethora of squirrels to chase, holes to dig and trees to bark at.  She was quite content, as you can tell.



Being that I was going to be so busy, I decided to dress more casual.  I found this red gingham shirt at a thrift store a couple of weeks ago and fell in love with it's country-like print.  It's just a great shirt to wear on casual days with denim.  Then I threw on my olive jacket and new boots to complete the look.  I was nearly giddy over how comfortable this outfit was!


Gingham Blouse, Thrifted
Jeans, Forever21
Jacket, Thrifted
Boots, Avon
Necklace, Etsy

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Yearning for Springtime


So have you all noticed that the sun is staying up later? I love when I can come home from work and still see the light of day around me.  It really whets my appetite for warmer weather and springtime flowers.  If only spring was tomorrow morning and not two months from now.  I guess I'll just have to settle for those spring-like days that only occur once in a blue moon during the long winters.



Oh, and here I am sporting that Starry Night Doll Dress again.  The back of the dress is decorated with pretty buttons, but it's too cold to walk around without a cardigan or blazer, so I figured to show off the pretty buttons I'd just wear it backwards!  Smart huh?  Plus it gives you more bang for your bucks.  


Dress, Heritage1981
Velvet Blazer, Thrifted
Tights, Target
Dolce Vita Flats, Target
Hat, Forever21
Necklace, Lia Sophia
Ring, Thrifted