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I’m Gonna Pop Some Tags

Have I ever told you how much I hate thrift stores? Like I HATE them. There are several reasons for this:

  1. They smell bad. Honestly, this is probably the biggest reason. All thrift stores smell the same and it’s gross and I feel like I need a shower after.
  2. I’m not much of one for the hunt. When I shop, I head straight to the clearance section – there are either things I like there or not, and I move on. At thrift stores you have to sort through all the trash to MAYBE find one thing you like. It’s too much work. (On a related note, I refuse to eat wings or ribs or fried chicken for the same reason – too much work.)
  3. I don’t think the prices are actually that great. When I can buy new things for the same price or less (as I regularly do), I would rather. Of course, there is that chance you might find a high end label that is new/barely used for a steal – but, for my opinions on that, see #2.

However, because I do have a limited budget, sometimes I just have to hold my nose and go into thrift stores. This happened recently because I’m looking for a specific piece of furniture and just can’t bring myself to pay several hundred dollars for something I have to assemble on my own. And new, already-assembled furniture is out of my price range at this point. So…hey, Good Will!

Naturally, I did not find what I was looking for, but on the way out, I noticed a sequin dress on the mannequin by the front door. So, of course, I got sucked in by something sparkly. I’m glad, though, because $6 for a sequin dress is a good price, even by my standards

Since I was already hooked, I just gave in and started browsing. Most was nothing I’d be interested in, but I did find the pants below, which are destined to become a new favorite.
Light blue, silk, floral pants with multiple colors in the pattern  to mix and match, and a super comfortable drawstring waist that’s also not frumpy looking? Sign me up.
These pants are actually not my best thrift store find – one time I got a Louis Vuitton garment bag (which, I’ve never used, but I own!) for $10.25. But, I like them a lot.

What’s your best thrift store/yard sale find? Do you like the thrill of the hunt, or are you more of an efficient shopper like me?

80 Days of Shoes: One and Done

I was pretty excited when I found these shoes again.  I’ve had them for many years, but I rarely wore them – I think I bought them either before the style had matured or before I had.  Either way, these shoes and I were now a perfect match…
DSC_0878And then this happened:
DSC_0879oddly, on both shoes. I suppose I could have taken them to a cobbler, but I didn’t think whatever I’d paid for shoddy Charlotte Russe construction justified it.  C’est la vie.

I know I’ve talked a lot about transition pieces, but really, I think dressing for those no-longer summer, not quite cool/fall/winter days/weeks/months (depending on which part of the country you’re from), is one of the hardest parts of fashion.

Which is why I’m glad these long sweaters are back in style.  They’re the perfect layer – keep it light underneath, as I did with one of my fave sequin tanks and silky India pants.  Or, bundle up with a long-sleeve tee, jeans, and boots.  Whatever the forecast, you’ll be cozy and seasonally appro. 1 - indian pants, long sweaterP.S. My necklace is a product of Eternal Threads, a great non-profit doing all kinds of different types of work throughout the world. My necklace is made by women in Mongolia who have been rescued from sex slavery and reads, “Free Her.” It’s a beautiful way to support the organization and raise awareness about human trafficking.

80 Days of Summer: Headbands Trump Shoes

I have this theory that the simplest way to meet men was to wear a sports team shirt.  Seriously, it’s the best conversation starter, and even if you hate sports, you can easily take advantage of the opportunity.

Example:

Guy: “Hey, nice shirt – go Colts!”

Girl: “Yeah! Are you from Indiana?”

One question, and you’re already off the topic of sports (if you want to be).  I’m convinced its fool-proof.

But now, I have an additional theory: men love headbands.

I don’t know what it is about that simple piece of elastic, but whenever I wear a headband across my forehead – flower-child style – I get lots of compliments from men.  So, it’s my new go-to look, obvs.

Purple dress and headbandI’m really much more into the headband in this look than my sandals, so no individual picture of my shoes today. To be honest, I don’t like them that much, but they were $5 and are functional, so I wear them.

There is one negative about wearing headbands on your forehead – if if you try to go the whole day wearing a tight one, you might end up looking like this:

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I’m pretty sure that groove is permanent.

I don’t have a whole lot more to say about this outfit itself, but I do have a few disclaimers, so I’ll go ahead and make those.

1) I know my pedicure is a little weird.  I got it in anticipation of my favorite holiday, and on Friday, my toes will look awesome.  Until then, they clash with everything.

2) I’m working on this tripod thing.  I think I’ve figured out a pretty good position for the camera (assuming you all are okay with my stone wall back-drop), but I need to work on the posing part so I look a little less awkward.  Still, I feel like this is progress.

3) I am in love with PicMonkey.  As you can see by the filter I chose above (which turned my clear pictures into a lovely shade of blurry), I have no idea what I’m doing.  But, it’s free, and I’m learning – very, very slowly.

Fashion Tip of the Day: Don’t wear your headbands too tight.  I feel like this one was obvious.

  • Dress: Forever 21 It costs more to dry clean this baby then I paid for it.  I’m not sure if that’s actually a win .
  • Shoes: Dots or somewhere else SUPER duper cheap
  • Earrings and cuff: gifts
  • Headband: Walmart, yo!

80 Days of Summer: Viva Colombia!

Based on the following post, you might think I go on mission trips all the time.  That would be inaccurate.

These shoes are from Colombia, and are the only remaining souvenir from my time there (I also got a REALLY great haircut, but sadly, I could never recreate it here in the States.)

DSC_0108Super cute, right?  They came from the Bogota version of Rack Room Shoes.  Very exotic.

It should be noted at this point that I’m bad at finding good deals and/or haggling in other countries.  I find reasonable prices by American standards, but not those bargain basement deals everyone else seems to find on the mission field.  I’m doing something wrong.

Indian Pants, Colombia shoesTo complete my international look, I wore my favorite pants I bought in India.  I bought them knowing that loose, pajama-like pants were still a trend, but had I realized just how big the flowy pants with elastic ankle cuffs were going to become, I would have stocked up.

I love the floral pattern of this pair (I also love that florals are so in right now), but I would have preferred the pockets to be on the side, a la 1995 cargo pants, rather than in the middle of my thigh. I always feel slightly like a clown when I wear them.  But, they’re pretty, so I embrace it.

Fashion Tip of The Day: To avoid drowning in flowy clothes, balance is always key.  When wearing something loose on the bottom, focus on a more tailored fit on top, and vice versa.

Floral sandals and pants

H M white sheer top
$34 – hm.com

Even&odd blue sandals
$43 – zalando.co.uk

Oasis bracelet set
$15 – asos.com

We Danced

Happy Friday!! It’s summer time – if not by weather or even by the calendar, at least by mentality. Summer time at the beach means dressing up cute, going dancing, and showing off that incredible tan!

In the absence of a tan (my lot in life), two out of three isn’t so bad.  In celebration of a friend’s birthday last Friday, I headed out to my beloved honky-tonk.  While I wasn’t feeling the boots, I couldn’t go too dressy without looking very out of place.  So, I opted for some strappy heels (a Ross find – Nine West, I think?) made more casual by pairing them with shorts and a wide tan belt.  My top is actually a dress from Forever 21 (sorry for the blurry picture), but it was too short to wear by itself (you never know when you’re going to be dancing with a dipper) so by belting it, I could keep it in place at shirt length.  I completed the look with a bright green clutch, some simple dangly earrings, and bracelets that tied everything together. And judging by the number of men who asked me to dance…I’d say I pulled it all off pretty well. 🙂

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Lacefully Trendy

If you have your grandmother’s wedding dress just waiting to be recycled, today would be the perfect time to pull it out because lace is having a moment.

I find lace to be a bit tricky, though, because most in my price range looks like it’s in my price-range and will snag the minute I take it out of the store.

Recently, however, I found this great off-white skirt at H&M, on sale for only $15.  The lace is a higher quality than I see most places, and since it’s a pencil skirt, the cut is flattering on pretty much everyone.  The color and cut both make it very versatile.  I paired this skirt with a navy silk blouse, a strand of long pearls, and my favorite teal pumps (navy and dark teal are beautiful coordinating jewel tones), and polished it off with a bow ring (mainly because I’m a sucker for anything with bows). 

While lace is often considered a more formal material, you can see that it easily transitions to a day-time piece by pairing it with the right office-appropriate counterparts. I’m glad this ultra-feminine material is back in vogue, and I hope it stays around for a very long time.


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