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{Spring Floral}

13 Apr

I shared this floral blazer find a few weeks ago {here}, and finally got around to wearing it!  I paired it with my vintage leather skirt, which I shared {here} and {here}.  I love this combination of the floral with the leather.  It’s chic, but a little rough around the edges.  I like how the leather skirt off sets the feminine feel of the blazer.  I topped the look off with a simple gray tank under the blazer & some ankle boots.

{Thrifted blazer, Target tank, Vintage skirt, Joie boots, Hobo clutch, Jcrew necklace, Jcrew bracelets, DIY neon bracelet, Gifted statement ring}

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{OOTD::Leather of My Dreams}

9 Dec

So…I’m really disappointed I didn’t take a “before” picture of this skirt, but I found it months ago at a thrift store & just got around to altering it last weekend.  I was so surprised when I stumbled upon this genuine leather skirt at the thrift store.  When I started making my fall/winter “want” list, a leather skirt was on it,…but in my dreams!  I couldn’t afford one or feel good about spending so much on one skirt.  Well, can I just tell you…I paid a whopping $3.50!  I cut a foot off the length of this skirt & used “fabri-tac” glue to create the seam.  Now it’s perfect, and my favorite details are the pockets.

{Jcrew blouse, Thrifted skirt (similar), Target heels (similar), Ellen Tracy purse, Madewell Ring (similar)}

Happiest girl in the world today…in Georgia celebrating Patrick’s Ranger School graduation.  It’s been a long 61 days, and I’m so happy to finally be with him this weekend!

{easy fix:: just add a button}

28 Nov

A few weeks ago, on one of my weekly thrift shop visits, I found this classic black vintage blouse.  I got it, knowing I’d have to do a little “pick me up” to the sleeves.  They were very boxy & not very feminine, so I planned on adding small button to add some shape.  It was such an easy fix & I absolutely love the end result.

{I measured out an inch from the center seem, in both directions, and pinned}

{brought the inch from the L/R together to meet in the center…secure it with a single stich}

{add the button & secure with 3-4 stitches}

I adore this simple fix & encourage you to try!

{The Shine Project Challenge::Thrifting}

14 Jul

{Thrifting}

I’ve recently started following Ashley from, The Shine Project.  She is beautiful inside and out, which is obvious in her blogging.  I look forward each week to see what challenge she has for her readers, whether about life, fitness or fashion.  This week her fashion challenge is :: thrifting!  Right up my alley!

A few months ago, Ashley gave us awesome Tricks to Thrifting

1. Plug your nose and don’t pay attention to the smell of moth balls. I know it reminds you of your great grandma’s bright green walls and fuzzy carpets, but we’ve got to get over this major set back!
2. Look beyond what it is NOW. Most of the clothes are wrinkled with shoulder pads the size of earth. Picture the blouse WASHED, ironed, and the shoulder pads taken out… It does WONDERS my friends! Most of the dresses I buy had shoulder pads that I removed. Don’t expect to find all your treasures in perfect condition!

3. Go to estate-sales. You can look up ones in your area on estatesales.net. Estate sales are hidden gems with AMAZING vintage finds, furniture that you can redo…everything. AND they’re usually cheap.

4. Accessorize! If you find a dress or blouse that’s too big put a belt around the waist and watch the bagginess transform into SEXY. Oh yes, big dresses with a cinched waist can be SEXY! 😉
5. Don’t be embarrassed. Some people feel awkward about telling people they found something at a thrift store. Girrrrl, embrace it! Let your creative side come out when you search through thrift stores!
I LOVED her tips!! Well a few weeks back I found a pair of, what my friends called “old lady shorts”.  (which they were…) BUT I had a vision- printed shorts!!
{1. fold seam to seam 2. measure the length you want off- and cut with a roller blade 3. iron the doubled over 1-inch seams 4. sew the new seam}
The end result :: My new Thrifted printed shorts…
{paired with Madewell White tee shirt, Express jean vest, Jcrew wedges}
I hope this inspires you to join me on the adventures in thrifting!  XO
PS- don’t mind my iphone pictures…I am still dreaming of my own canon t3i…someday!

Marvelous Thrifting

16 May

Ok- confession…I absolutely LOVE going thrift shopping on the weekends.  Whether it be to the estate stores, farmers market or goodwill- I get so excited over what possible treasures I will find.  I look for it all, from new accessories, to home decor, to new furniture (always thinking in what I can turn something into).  The trick with thrift shopping is you can’t look at something with face value- you must look at a piece through the eyes of knowing what it could become!  If you can’t do that….then you won’t have great success at it.

Recently, I have stopped looking for furniture for my place (considering I still live with roommates and my bed room is already fully furnished) I have realized that me buying MORE tables, shelves, end lamps, etc.  is only going to start piling up with the rest of my collection- in the back of my closet!  With that said, I’m ready to decorate a whole house!  someday….

So this weekend, these are my treasures:

<vintage porcelain jewelry box>

<clay bird-tea light holder…will be spray painted>

<teal vase…I can just imagine a fresh cut purple hydrangea>

<1950s inspired vintage white porcelain ash tray…I will use it for jewelry>

<vintage Fendi clutch purse>

Love my new finds!!  What are your recent favorite finds ??

successful saturday

9 May

What a successful Saturday! Got up this morning and decided to take the roommates and go downtown to search the estate stores….a hobby of mine for Saturday mornings!! My finds…

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pins for my blazers and dress coats.

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total gaudy but AWESOME gold link necklace

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vintage leather weekender bag

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vintage Etienne Aigner spring trench coat

HAPPY SATURDAY

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