cocktail attire {thrift style thursday}

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Although I’ve never actually worn it out, this is one of my favorite thrifted items. It’s a lovely Trina Turk dress, and I found it at Goodwill for $4.59. I imagine it’s the perfect cocktail dress.
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What would you wear out to grab cocktails?

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TST gals:

Zhenya at Being Zhenya
Kristi at Alligator Toe
Miche at Buttons and Birdcages
Jackline at Sincerely Miss J
Justine at The Two Cent Chic
Meg at Eclecticity
Sheri  at Confessions of a Refashionista
Martyna at Spoolish
Alex at Snippets with Alex
Lesli & Jacki at sistasfromcali!
Erika at Erika’s Style Diary!
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Outfit deets:
Dress: Trina Turk Los Angeles, thrifted $4.59
Shoes: Melissa + Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon Hearts, expensive =/
Necklace: Marc Marc Jacobs crazy cat lady, insta-shop, $33
Bracelet: Ebay, $7
Clutch: Thrifted $1.39

just a little grunge. {a slightly late thrift style thursday post}

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So, I was wearing this grungy outfit the other day: plaid, jeans, vest, Docs. But I was having a really really bad day at work and when I got home, I didn’t feel like having my picture taken. So instead of my actual ‘grunge’ outfit, I am showing off just 1 grunge-y piece, my new olive green utility jacket.

I can’t get enough of this jacket, it seems to go with everything. Here are 2 ways I wore it in the past few weeks. It’s kind of grunge-y right? Paired with docs and something flannel screams grunge to me.

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Well, thats it folks. Sorry for a late and lackluster #TST post this week but I am still super stressed at my new job. Hoping it gets better soon.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TST crew!

Zhenya at Being Zhenya
Kristi at Alligator Toe
Miche at Buttons and Birdcages
Jackline at Sincerely Miss J
Justine at The Two Cent Chic
Meg at Eclecticity
Sheri  at Confessions of a Refashionista
Martyna at Spoolish
Alex at Snippets with Alex
Lesli & Jacki at sistasfromcali!
Erika at Erika’s Style Diary!
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Outfit 1 Details:
Jacket: Old Navy, thrifted $6
Top: Peter Pilloto for Target tank in red iris print, $12.48
Jeans: Denizen jeggings, thrifted $3.39
Shoes: Me too leopard flats, thrifted $3.39

Outfit 2 Details:
Jacket: Old Navy, thrifted $6
Top: Sunny Leigh polka dot flowy blouse, $15.49 (plus 40% off) from THREDUP
Jeans: David Kahn skinny jeans, ideeli clearance
Shoes: Faryl Robin heels, old

pretty in pink {thrift style thursday}

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What a perfect way to spend thrift style thursday – the weather was gorgeous!

I am a big fan of pink and of stripes, as you can see here:

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Happy Thursday! Hope you all you lovely readers are getting as much sunshine as we are in NC :)

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TST crew!

Zhenya at Being Zhenya
Kristi at Alligator Toe
Miche at Buttons and Birdcages
Jackline at Sincerely Miss J
Justine at The Two Cent Chic
Meg at Eclecticity
Sheri  at Confessions of a Refashionista
Martyna at Spoolish
Alex at Snippets with Alex
Lesli & Jacki at sistasfromcali!
Erika at Erika’s Style Diary!

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Outfit details:
Dress: Gap, thrifted $4.59
Jacket: J.Crew, consignment $12
Shoes: Melissa/Forever21 sandals – last season

March 2014 fashion budget

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It’s that time of the month again…time to come clean about what I’ve spent on clothes, shoes, etc :) For the first time this year, I feel confident that I stayed around my budget and didn’t completely blow it. Let’s see how I did this month:

1. vintage Coach crossbody purse, Goodwill $1.99
2. Old Navy military-inspired jacket, Goodwill $6
3. BCBG flowy tee, Goodwill $3.39
4. Peter Pilloto for Target tank in red iris print, Target clearance $12.48

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I also made my first purchase with ThredUp and I can say that I am quite pleased. Although I did shop with a 40% off your entire order coupon, which made the prices much more digestible. Here’s what I got from ThredUp:

5. Eileen Fisher Dress Pants, $25.99 (plus 40% off)
6. Classiques Entier yellow tweed blazer, $14.99 (plus 40% off)
7. Karen Kane black tank, $4.99 (plus 40% off)
8. Chaus jacquard jacket, $8.99 (plus 40% off)
9. Sunny Leigh polka dot flowy blouse, $15.49 (plus 40% off)

Try ThredUp too and get $10 off your order! Please use my referral link!

And of course my new polka dot rain boots, which are super comfortable!
10. Sloggers polka dot rain boots, Amazon $37.44

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TOTAL spent in March =$103.57 … not too bad I guess;)

How did you do this month?

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Don’t forget to check out the Budgeting Bloggers linkup brought to you by Franish.

sporty and spicy {a thrift style thursday post}

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So, I love wearing sporty clothes. Do I actually use these clothes for their intended purpose? No, but who cares? And I’ve had a love affair with Adidas since middle school. Also, Sporty Spice (aka Melanie C) was and still is my favorite Spice Girl.

Oh and today is my 3 year blog-aversary. Wow, I can’t believe it’s been 3 years already! Thanks so much to all of you for being my friends, readers, sources of inspiration;)

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What about you? Are you a fan of athletic attire?

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Thrift Style Thursday crew:

Zhenya at Being Zhenya
Kristi at Alligator Toe
Miche at Buttons and Birdcages
Jackline at Sincerely Miss J
Justine at The Two Cent Chic
Meg at Eclecticity
Sheri  at Confessions of a Refashionista
Martyna at Spoolish
Alex at Snippets with Alex
Lesli & Jacki at sistasfromcali!
Erika at Erika’s Style Diary!

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Outfit Details:
Top: Star print v neck tee (Gap), stole from my mom
Jacket: Adidas, thrifted $4.59
Jeans: David Kahn, ebay $15?
Shoes: PF Flyers, 6pm.com clearance

stripes + rain boots

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The forecast for today promised to be rainy (and maybe even freezing rain or snow) so I thought it was a perfect opportunity to wear my new rain boots to work. Too bad it only rained a tiny bit, and by the time I left the office, it had already stopped. So even though I didn’t get a chance to test the boots’ waterproof properties in action, I had fun wearing my new polka dot rain boots!

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By the way, the story about rain boots is this: I had a pair from wal-mart that I bought when I was in college (many moons ago). They sat in my closet, unworn, for many years. Mostly they were uncomfortbale but also because a chance hadn’t arose where I needed to wear them, so off to the donation pile they went. Fast forward to this winter, where it’s been colder, snowier, and wetter than I can remember, and I wished I hadn’t donated my old boots.

I decided I wanted a nice pair of rain boots, something affordable yet still made in the USA. I’m glad I found the brand Sloggers (purchased from Amazon) – they come in a variety of colors and are American made. I’ve only worn them once (sized up a size per the reviews and they’re a tiny bit loose but better than tight and uncomfortable like the old ones) but they seem very comfortable.

Anyway, that’s it about the rain boots – hope you all had a great tuesday:)

Outfit deets:
Sweater/Sweatshirt: Jones New York Sport striped top, thrifted $3.39
Shirt: Chambray, thrifted $3.39
Necklace: Jane.com, $12ish
Jeans: Denizen leggings, thrifted $3.39
Socks: Marshalls, $5
Boots: Sloggers polka dot rain boots, Amazon $37.44

happy spring colors {pastels for thrift style thursday}

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Happy spring to all! It was a beautiful day today and a perfect day to finally put on some pastel colors and enjoy the sunshine (I had almost forgotten what it feels like!).

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Do you like to wear pastel colors? I’m not a HUGE pastels fan but I enjoy an occasional piece or two, especially when celebrating the start of spring ;-P

Don’t forge to check out the rest of the Thrift Style Thursday crew:

Zhenya at Being Zhenya
Kristi at Alligator Toe
Miche at Buttons and Birdcages
Jackline at Sincerely Miss J
Justine at The Two Cent Chic
Meg at Eclecticity
Sheri  at Confessions of a Refashionista
Martyna at Spoolish
Alex at Snippets with Alex
Lesli & Jacki at sistasfromcali!
Welcome, Erika from Erika’s Style Diary!
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Outfit details:
Top: Lands End striped and mini dot shirt, Clothes Mentor $10
Jacket: Old Talbots on sale
Pants: hand-me-downs
Shoes: Melissa / Vivienne Westwood ultragirl bow flats, poshmark
Nautical Necklace: The Limited (old)

happy st patrick’s day!

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Happy St. Patrick’s day from me and Ulysses the kitty.

Hope you all had a great monday! I am not necessarily a st. Patrick’s day celebrator but I love an excuse to drink beer and wear green =)

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Much love from me and the kitties;)

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Outfit details:
Pants: green skinny jeans, David Kahn via Ideeli (can’t remember price)
Top: Peter Nygard, thrifted $3.39
Boots: Privo, hand-me-downs

laid back {a thrift style thursday post}

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ok I know I’m a little late for thrift style thursday, but I guess better late than never, right:)

One of my go-to laid back styles is skinny jeans + tee or shirt + blazer + flats. Here’s an outfit that I wore to work the other day. I felt comfortable but still put-together for the office.

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What’s your go-to laid back look?

Don’t forge to check out the rest of the Thrift Style Thursday crew:

Zhenya at Being Zhenya
Kristi at Alligator Toe
Miche at Buttons and Birdcages
Jackline at Sincerely Miss J
Justine at The Two Cent Chic
Meg at Eclecticity
Sheri  at Confessions of a Refashionista
Martyna at Spoolish
Alex at Snippets with Alex
welcome to TST, Lesli & Jacki at sistasfromcali!
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Outfit deets:
Tweed jacket: Classiques Entier, thrifted $7
Shirt: Polka dot cotton top, j crew factory $35
Jeans: Denizen leggings, thrifted $3.39
Shoes: Bernie Mev cuddly flat mary jane, Nordstrom

February 2014 Fashion Budget

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Alright friends, I have to admit something. February was a bad month. I went way over my $100 budget. Without making excuses, I’d like to explain some things that made this overspending possible. First of all, it was a stressful month. When I’m stressed, I like to shop (yeah, it’s a bad habit, I know). Secondly, my mom is in town and I use thrifting as an activity we can do together – we have so much fun. And lastly, because hubby and I are trying intermittent fasting and weekends tend to be almost meal-free, I’ve been using thrifting to keep my mind off hunger. So there, I’ve laid out all my reasons/excuses on the table.

Now to the list. Here’s what I bought this month…

Consignment:
The North Face shell, $37
J. Crew denim jacket, $13
Misook dress & leopard belt $4 after consignment credit

Thrifted:
Gold belt, $1.39
Ugly celestial sweater, $4.59
Purple dip dye open cardigan, $4.59
Gap striped dress 4.59
Jones New York striped sweatshirt 4.59
Under armour cropped pants 3.39
White Karen Kane jeans 3.39
Mossimo grey/black dress 4.59
Mossimo skinny jeans NWT $3.39
Denizen jeggings NWT $3.39
Tweed Capelet $4.59
Nine west green flats $3.39 (Not Pictured – I am going to try and consign these, they are SO uncomfortable)
Classiques entiers tweed jacket $7
J crew long sleeve tee navy $3
Striped rugby tunic, $5.25
Striped blouse with back zipper $2.25 (not pictured)
Coach leatherware briefcase $35
Navy ruffle tee $3.39
Navy silk Lafayette148 blouse $3.39
Fila athletic top $3.39
Chaus pink polka dot shirt $3.39
Black belt $1.39

Other:
Seychelles booties, pipelime clearance $18
J crew polka dot shirt $37 (factory store; here I think)

Clothes Mentor:
J crew polka dot blouse $12.50
Lands end small dot button up $10
Chicos long cardigan $15.50

TOTAL=$263.72 (-$10 from selling clothes)=$253.72 $313.72

UPDATE: Oh my, I TOTALLY forgot that I bought these shoes for my new job. I don’t even want to admit that this adds another $60 to my budget. UGH. 

That amount is SO much more than I usually spend but I did end with with 31 items including a nice Coach briefcase/laptop bag for my new job and a much-needed waterproof/windproof North Face shell.

There’s really nothing much I can do right now other than try and do better in March. Also, I’m donating and consigning a bunch of clothes that I just don’t wear anymore. Buying so many items each month means that I’m quickly running out of space.

Anyway, how was your February budget?

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Don’t forget, I’m linking up with Budgeting Bloggers.

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