Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Thrift Tips

Thrift shopping is by far my most favorite shopping! Unlike shopping at a mall or department store, thrift shopping is exciting and surprising. I have seen a few of my favorite bloggers love to thrift shop as well, but I wanted to do a post about tips for thrift shopping for the ones that haven't dared. I also am showcasing my best thrift store finds.

Black suede clogs, Candies fur-lined boots, Mudd wedges, Wet Seal shimmery flats, and black leather clogs

You don't neccessarily want to go into a thrift store with certain things to buy in mind, because you will probably be very disappointed. Thrift shopping is definitely hit-or-miss, which is the exciting and suprising part of it. You can go into a store everyday for a week and leave with nothing. Then you could go everyday the next week and find cart-loads of items. I personally think that is why thrift shopping is so great, because when you finally find the things you want, those items are even more special to you.

Multi-colored faux snakeskin bag, pink cross-body bag,  vintage Dooney & Bourke with coin purse, purple faux snakeskin cross body bag, blue Nine West bag, Bath & Body Works wristlet

The most important tip that I can give anyone about thrift shopping is NEVER GIVE UP. It is definitely a huge let-down when you leave a store empty-handed. But there are new things added almost daily, and you are bound to find something. Another tip, which is mostly for the ones that are iffy about thrifting, is that they are CLEAN items. Of course, I draw the line at panties and other undergarments (it's just too weird), but the people who work at thrift shops do their best to weed out the good items from the bad. And if you are still freaked out by the idea of used clothing, you can obviously clean them yourself. I ALWAYS throw items in the washer and dryer as soon as I get home. Although with sweaters and delicate blouses, I like to hand-wash just to be cautious.

Flower and sequins skirt, black pleated skirt with flowers, satin flowered tunic, purple and violet dress

Please examine your item before purchasing!!! If there is a stain or hole in the item that cannot be repaired or cleaned, do not buy it unless you don't mind them. I personally do not want to leave with a beautiful white top, then find a nasty stain that will not come out later. With shoes, I like to spray the insides with anti-fungal spray and put new soles, if needed.

 Denim vest, suede vest, khakis vest, pink handmade vest
Pink beaded short-sleeved sweater , cream lacy top, pink button-down, flowered button-down blouse

 Long sleeve patterned blouse, Xhiliration leaf-print blouse
Men's striped button-down, men's red and black button-down

Men's yellow button-down, Flowered button-down dress

Also, don't be afraid to get a top that is a little bigger in size. I'm not talking about so big that you drown in it or look pregnant. There are times when I find a perfect top that I absolutely must have, but it's a little big. I get it anyway, because I can always wear it as a dress or tunic. It is definitely hard to think on such spur-of-the-monents, but you have to. Be aware of what you need in your closet, and what you definitely do not need. Think about how you will wear a certain item, remixing it with things that you already own. Or, you could possibly find something that you can fix up with a little DIY of gllitter or bows, etc.
Lace button-down, 3/4 sleeve flowered blouse
Try the mens department!!! Usually if I cannot find anything in the women's section, I head over to the men's department. Almost ALL of my button-downs are from the mens department. There's nothing sexier than a girl in a mens shirt ;) And plus, they are a little bigger and longer, which make great tunics/dresses.

Purple and Black 3/4 sleeve blouse, men's plaid button-down
And don't worry if you buy something that you end up hating. It happens. We can't win all the time! But at least you paid a few dollars for it and not thirty or more at a department store. Just learn from the experience, and try try again! Have fun!
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Saturday, March 19, 2011

I Want These Now!

Sorry for the lack in posting, I am still getting used to my new schedule at work and finding time to fit all the fun stuff in! I still haven't taken any new outfit pics, but they are coming soon, I promise! :)

For now, here are a bunch of stuff that I am currently coveting!!!

1. Asos Midi Pleated Knitted Skirt - Asos - $71.72
2. Penny Cross-Body bag - Alloy - $36.90
3. Juicy Couture Mini-Skirt with Ostrich Feathers - Zappos - $238.40
4. Leatherette Matelasse Bow Handbag - Forever 21 - $26.80
5. LC Lauren Conrad Solo Ballet Flats - Kohl's - $54.99
6. Dexter Ahoy Boat Moc - Payless Shoes - $26.99 $16.99
7. Zoe Slash-Back Dress - Alloy - $39.90
8. Ruched Floral Lace Corset - Charlotte Russe - $22.50
9. Tu-Tu Mesh Skirt - Forever 21 - $15.80

I hope to have all of these items before summer! I am obsessed with everything lace, sequins, glitter, and tulle! Call me a girly girl!

Also, here are a few of my new favorite items that I can't wait to start wearing!

1. Mossimo Odell Glitter Flats in Pink - Target - $12.99
2. Xhiliration Open Cardigan in Sand Beige - Target - on sale/$11.99
3. Fioni Jacey Clog Sandal in Black - Payless Shoes - $24.99
4. Mossimo Trenchcoat in Pebble - Target - $49.99
5. Doc Martens Flower Burst 14-eyelit - Amazon - $70

Anyway, that's all for now! I hope you enjoy the eye candy - what's on your want list for Spring?

Friday, March 11, 2011

Thoughts and Prayers

Sorry for the lapse in posting - I've been working my butt off! Unfortunately, not literally lol. I haven't had much time to post, and I basically wear a t-shirt and jeans to work, so no good photo ops. I'm still here and I'll be back soon - thanks for all the lovely comments.

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Japan and Hawaii, and those that have friends and family there as well. It's just crazy what is happening in the world today - not just war and man-made chaos, but things that are in nature. Makes you realize how lucky we can be sometimes, and to live life to the fullest because tragedy can strike at any time. xoxo

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Flashback to Summer

Skirt - thrifted, lilac tank - thrifted, purple top - JC Penney, necklace - Denver Nature & Science Museum
I am really excited for summer, so I decided to do a "Flashback" post (also because I've been dressing very very casually and haven't taken outfit pics lately). I wanted to start a style blog back in the summer, so I had these pics saved on my computer. They were taken on vacation in Denver, and I can't wait to go back this summer!
This skirt has got to be one of my FAVORITE pieces that I've gotten from the thrift store. I love love love thrift shopping (I'll do a post about that soon) and I adore this very fun and girly skirt. Its got sequins!

I love this necklace, and believe it or not, I got it at the Denver Nature and Science Museum souvenir shop! I think it is super cool (some kind of raptor tooth or something) and love the wooden and plastic bead accents. Pretty cool for a souvenir shop find.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Casual Work Day

sweater - thrifted, jean leggings - L.E.I. for Walmart, top - Old Navy, flats - Target, ring - Charlotte Russe
So I started my new job yesterday! Fun! But the good thing about orientation is the casual days, especially with it being so hot lately. Although, at the time, when this picture was taken, it was slightly chilly, hence, the sweater.

OMG, I absolutely LOVE these L.E.I. jean leggings (I just can't bring myself to say jeggings...:-/)!!!! They are super duper comfy, so cute, and go with anything! I'm pretty short, so when I wear flats, I fold up the cuff a couple of times, and when I wear heels, they look great unfolded as well. I usually have a problem with skinny jeans being too long, but these are perfect. Plus, they fit easily tucked into boots. Best part? $10. I have many a pair, believe me.

How awesome are these flats? I went on a shopping spree at Target last week for some cute flats, and I found these just as I was about to give up. Super comfy, cute, and I feel like a ballerina/Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.
I love big, crazy statement rings like this one from Charlotte Russe. Oh, and I have to add alot of props to China Glaze nail polish....I have had my nails painted for about a week now, and I don't have any chips or nicks whatsoever, and this is with 2 coats.

Thanks for all the nice comments - I didn't think I would get any, so I'm so surprised and happy! Keep them coming! :)