March Thrift Haul

22 Mar

I had a small surgery to get two sketchy looking moles removed from by body and tested earlier this month. As I was getting ready to leave, my doctor told me to be sure to take it easy the rest of the day. So, obviously I took that to mean that I should go by Sonic for a milkshake and do a little thrifting…

{Pssst, you can read about my previous thrifting adventures here}

And WOW and I glad I did! While I was at one of our nearby Goodwill stores they made an announcement that they have a 30% discount for students and teachers. Well, I’m currently a student in a Master’s program… but I don’t have a student ID since I’m taking my classes online. So, I decided to do a quick check of my work ID (I work at a university) and it actually says “Faculty and Staff” on it, so I got the discount!

Want to see what I found?

Visit #1 Haul:

51 Piece Cookie Cutter Set, $6.97 + 30% off

My sister texted me a few days before Christmas to see if I had any cookie cutters, because she was in the middle of making sugar cookies at my parent’s house and couldn’t find any. So, when I saw this brand-new cookie cutter set I knew I had to buy it so that we are prepared for next year! There are a ton of different shapes, but my vote is for Christmas dinosaurs…

Merona dress, Large, $7 + 30% off

I normally don’t buy Target brands at thrift stores because they don’t tend to be the best quality. However, this particular Goodwill is a location where they have a bunch of Target cast-offs that were donated from the store. I really like the softness of this dress, as well as the black and white pattern. It has a gathered waist too, so it’s pretty flattering on. I’m planning to wear this as either a swimsuit cover-up at the beach or maybe as a casual weekend dress.

Halogen cardigan, Large, $5.89 + 30% off

I’ve mentioned before that red is one of my university’s colors… but I don’t actually own much red clothing at all. This Halogen cardigan (a Nordstrom brand) is a pretty shade of red and in great condition, so I decided to go ahead and get it for less than $5. I already wore it too!


Liz Claiborne faux wrap dress, Large, $7.00 + 30% off

Whenever I go to Marshalls or TJ Maxx, this is the type of easy dress I gravitate towards. In fact, I have a few similar dresses in my closet and have been wearing them for probably 5 – 10 years because they always look great and basically last forever! This one has a flattering shape and a pretty pattern, here it is close up:

Visit #2 Haul:

Two weeks later I had to get my stitches out, so I made a quickie stop by the same Goodwill. I probably only had about 30 minutes, so I scooped up a few items and ended up with three winners:

Grayer’s Cotton Sweater, Large, $3.50
Chico’s skinny jeans, size 1, $8.40

I initially loved the pretty stripes on this 100% cotton sweater and although I wasn’t familiar with the Grayer’s brand, I could tell by its tag that it was kind of fancy. I did some googling and found that Grayer’s is a men’s brand created by a designer that spent 11 years working at Ralph Lauren. They’re vision is classic with a twist and when describing their fit they say “it’s not the classic, baggy fit, nor is it the slim designer fit – we walk a fine line in-between the two.”  They sell their clothing through their own website and Nordstrom and similar sweaters go for $88 – 98.

I don’t normally bother trying on pants or jeans when I thrift, because it’s so hard for me to find a pair that fit me right. I decided to try these on a whim, having no idea what a Chico’s size 1 even would be. These jeans are part of the Chico’s “so slimming” collection (price range $89 – $99) and I’d like to be slim… so I tried them. Oh, and a Chico’s size 1 is supposed to be equal to regular size 8 and that’s totally BS because I’m NOT a size 8. Anyways, these jeans fit kind of great and figured I’d give them a try for less than $9! I’ve worn them twice since I bought them (here’s one outfit) and have been pleasantly surprised at how they don’t fall down throughout the day!

Coldwater Creek wrap dress, size 10P, $4.90

Once again, getting introduced to a new brand with this Coldwater Creek dress. It looks like it’s a catalog/website brand that attracts the ‘more mature’ lady. Sigh. First I buy Chico’s and now Coldwater Creek… apparently I’m turning full-on old lady at age 40. Anyways… I liked the colors of this dress and you all know how I can’t resist a good wrap dress! The first thing I did was cut off the fake wrap ribbon thing on the side. I may end up hemming this one a bit shorter, but I’ll wear it to work once to see how I feel about the length. All it all, it was a steal for $5!

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I also did a little more thrifting earlier this week… but I’m going to do a special Spring Break Haul post next week.

I’d love to hear your thrifting stories! Did you find a diamond in the rough (literally or figuratively)?

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Turning a Traditional Embroidered Mexican Dress into Something Else

20 Mar

You guys, I saw this dress at the thrift store yesterday and I HAD to have it:

The entire thing is handmade and the flower embroidery is absolutely stunning. I also love the shade of green. Basically I just grabbed it and made ‘heart eyes’ at it. Oh, and it was $11.99 marked down to $8. So, I was physically unable to leave it behind. I mean, just LOOK at it!

The problem is… well…

Okay, I totally wouldn’t wear it over jeans, but I think you can see the issue. I look like I’m wearing a costume. My initial thoughts were to cut it into a blouse, kind of like the ones here.

But I’m worried about ruining the entire thing.

So, help me decide… should I:

Option A: Cut the top right where the bottom embroidery starts and hope it’s long enough to not be stumpy looking. Then, make something pretty like a pillow out of the bottom design. If it is too short, I could try to add some eyelet to the bottom like this Rebecca Taylor blouse I saw at Nordstrom Rack. It doesn’t seem too difficult…


Option B: Cut the top off through the bottom embroidery, ruining it. But giving myself extra room to hem to the most flattering angle.

Comment below and tell me what to do!

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Ordering Jeans Online is Awful

19 Mar

I mentioned a few weeks ago that my favorite pair of jeans has been getting a bit worn (Quick & Easy DIY: Patching Distressed Jeans). I was able to patch them, but now I’m kind of afraid that it’s only a matter of time before their super, soft and thin denim just shreds into pieces. So, now seems like the time to find a backup pair.

My first step was to just hunt down the same exact pair and buy a duplicate. They say “Brooke Legging Jeans” in the inside, so it was no big thang to click over on the Lucky Brand website and scoop up a pair in a darker wash. They were on sale, so that worked out well. However, the darker wash fit a little different and I have a smidge more muffin top than I’m comfortable with. They are otherwise cute though, so I kept them just-in-case and kept looking.

Next up, I found another pair of Lucky Brand Brooke Legging Jeans on the Nordstrom Rack website for $35. I ordered them and found some other crap to add to my online cart to qualify for free shipping. When this new pair arrived I could barely squeeze my thigh into the leg hole. WTF?!  Everything went back to the store.

THEN, I was reading a fashion blog and one of the bloggers recommended a pair of jeans saying that they were so super soft and stretchy. Well, soft and stretchy sound good to me! They were $45, which is so much better than most of the ‘blogger recommended’ jeans out there, so I decided to use that Nordstrom free shipping and order a pair to try.

While I was in the ordering mood, I saw that the STS Blue tomboy jeans were also on sale for $33. I bought a pair in my September Trunk Club trunk and wore them all fall long. The only issue is that they are the rolled-cuff boyfriend jeans, so they aren’t so great for winter ankle coverage. I thought I’d try this similar version to see if they’d become my new favorites. I checked the ones I had and ordered the same size, and then also ordered the next size up in case Muffin-gate returned.

Oh, and a t-shirt. I also ordered a t-shirt.

Everything finally came in a few days ago… and it all sucked. Ok, it didn’t ALL suck because the t-shirt was great. But ALL THREE pairs of jeans fit weird. Those amazing blogger jeans were so, so, so skin tight. And the tomboy jeans were much more distressed in person than online – the size I ordered previously fit great, and the larger size fit smaller than the smaller size. Sigh.

So yeah, the moral of the story is that I’m done ordering jeans online.

{I did recently find some thrifting though and I’ll share them in my end of the month thrifting wrap up!}

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Let’s Talk About Rothy’s: Are They Worth the Money?

15 Mar

Disclaimer: This Rothy’s review is not a sponsored post. If you choose to use my referral link you will receive $20 off your first pair of Rothy’s and I will also receive $20 off a future Rothy’s order.

Do you all see the Rothy’s advertisements on Instagram and Facebook? I’m pretty sure they’ve been stalking me for over a year now. Every so often I think that I should check them out, so I google the company and then get scared off by the price. I don’t mind splurging a bit here and there, but I’m a deal hunter… and full-priced Rothy’s are out of my comfort zone.

But OHMYGOSH am I sick of uncomfortable shoes.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve purchased a mid-priced pair of shoes, wore them once or twice and then ripped them off my feet and threw them across the room. I’d spend $40 here and $60 there. Then, another $30 somewhere else. I’ve bought designer brand, brands that were highly recommended, flats, low heels, mid-heels… and basically only two pairs of dress shoes were okay enough to keep wearing. Notice I didn’t say comfortable, because somehow I’d have a pair of leather flats that were perfectly fine for one day and then the next day they’d rub a toe like crazy.

I got to the point where I was just DONE. My closet was full of shoes and basically only the booties were comfortable. Unfortunately, on days that I have to dress up a bit more for meetings booties just aren’t going to cut it.

At that point, when I was sick of wasting money on yet another pair of uncomfortable dress shoes… I saw another Rothy’s advertisement.

And I gave up.

So I went to the Rothy’s website and seriously checked them out.

Source: Rothy’s Instagram


Rothy’s are made from recycled plastic water bottles that have been sterilized and then fused into fiber that is knit into yarn. The soles are environmentally-friendly recycled carbon-free rubber and the insoles are made of recycled plastic from water bottles and recyclable foam. They are totally seamless with no stiff edges or hard seams. They are also machine washable.

While all of this is pretty cool, I’m really more concerned about whether they are actually going to be comfortable on my feet all day. I checked their return policy and saw that all unworn shoes can be returned within 30 days. They even encourage you to wear them around your house for a bit to make sure that they are really comfortable. I also joined a Rothy’s BST group on Facebook where people sell their shoes and it looked like Rothy’s really hold their value.

With that in mind, I decided to go for it.

There are two choices, The Flat ($125) or The Point ($145). Each version comes in a variety of colors and many come in extended sizes. I prefer the look of The Point, so I decided to order a pair in Indigo Heather. I figured that the blue/white/gray weave would go with a lot of my wardrobe, while still being more exciting than basic black. I tend to wear an 8 or 8.5 in most shoes, so I decided to order an 8.5 in The Point.

Source: Rothy’s website


I’ve never spent this much on a pair of shoes and immediately decided that if they weren’t absolutely perfect they’d go back.

The day after they arrived, I wore them around my house for about 8 hours. To be honest, they felt pretty similar (but less fuzzy) to wearing my slippers. Right out of the box, there was no rubbing or chafing at all. I’ve been fooled before though, so I decided to try them out for a second day before committing. I bought them with me to work and changed into them once I got inside. Then, I walked ALL around the building all day long. And they were still comfortable.


Like really… WOW. They don’t slip off the back of my foot. They don’t hurt my pinky toe. They’re actually really comfortable and look professional. I wore them to work a few days later. And then a few days after that.

And they are still comfortable.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that to me they are worth every single penny. I’m at the point where I’m getting rid of almost every other pair of flats in my closet, because they don’t measure up to my Rothy’s. These shoes are AMAZING!

And I’m obviously not the only one who feels this way. That Rothy’s BST Facebook group I joined has over 2,700 members and these ladies are fanatics about their Rothy’s. There are some ladies on there that have a dozen different pairs of Rothy’s and they wait with baited breath for the next season’s colors to be offered. Now that I’ve tried them myself, I can totally see why!

I’m sold.

Like, really sold.

I love that I finally have comfortable shoes that look professional. Yes, they are expensive. However, the fact that other ladies on the Facebook pages have been wearing theirs nonstop for over a year and throwing them in the washing machine means that these shoes will actually last. I won’t be looking for yet another replacement in 6 months!

Since I’ve started wearing my Rothy’s, I’ve gotten a few questions so I figured I’d do a little Q&A in case you have the same concerns:

They are made out of plastic… doesn’t that make your feet sweaty?
I know you’re imagining those old school jelly shoes that would literally fog up with foot sweat. EW. But these are a woven fabric kind of plastic weave so they actually move and breathe. I haven’t noticed any extra foot sweat. However, I have read on the Facebook page that some ladies who tend to have sweatier feet like to throw them in the wash every other week to keep them clean. Others use this particular terry cloth insole available on Amazon.

Is there arch support?
No more than any typical flat shoe. However, you can take the Rothy’s insole out and put in any orthopedic insole you’d need. A bunch of ladies on the Rothy’s BST Facebook page swear by this to not only give them more support, but to give them a perfect fit if their Rothy’s are a smidge too big.

Do you need to break them in?
Nope. This is one of the things that I was most excited about. If they do not fit you perfect out of the box, you got the wrong size. There is no breaking in period and they don’t stretch out while you are wearing them.

Please let me know if you have any other questions for me!

If you are interesting in trying Rothy’s for the first time, I have a special referral code that you can use ( You will get $20 off your first order and I will also receive $20 off a future order.

Are you a Rothy’s fan? Tell me all about your experience!


Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. If you choose to use my referral link you will receive $20 off your first pair of Rothy’s and I will also receive $20 off a future Rothy’s order. This post contains an Amazon Affiliate Program link. This means that clicking on a link may help me earn a small commission at no cost to you.

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