November Thrift Haul

26 Nov

November was a wonderful thrift haul month! I was able to stop by my *favorite* thrift store, as well as go on a girl date to a new one. I scooped up a bunch of great finds… so let’s check out this month’s haul!

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

Lauren Conrad sequin cardigan, $9.99

I’ve been low-key looking for some sort of sequined or beaded cardigan or jacket. I’ve seen them styled with jeans and a t-shirt and I love the way it looks. However, I can’t really see me rocking this look anytime other than the holidays, so I didn’t want to spend much on trying this trend.

This one is by Lauren Conrad (a brand sold at Kohls) and it looks like it had a retail cost of $60. Of course, you basically NEVER pay full price at Kohls for anything, so take that with a grain of salt. I did a quick search, and there are a few of these for sale on Poshmark in the $20 range if you are smitten. This one was marked at $9.99 at my local thrift store and appears to be brand-spanking-new, so I had to have it. I think it will be great for a little sparkle this holiday season!

Dana Buchman dress, $14.99

I admit, this dress doesn’t look very exciting on the hanger. I picked it up because I liked the lightweight jersey fabric and the muted color palette of black, brown and cream. I wore it to work earlier this month with a black blazer and my persimmon Rothy’s:


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I love it styled this way and can also see it paired with a black cardigan, black tights and booties for when it gets a little colder.

Soft Surroundings cardigan, $6.99

I follow a few thrifters/resellers on Instagram and I’ve heard them say that Soft Surroundings is a great purchase to flip. Other than that, I totally was not familiar with the brand. I saw this lightweight open cardigan hanging on the end of an aisle and recognized the name, so I figured I’d give it a try. The fabric is super soft (kind of like the Soma pajama pants I love) and it was only $7. I later did some quick googling and found it on the Soft Surroundings website with an original price of $69.95 (currently on sale for $50). I’ve added this one to my pajama drawer and I’ve been wearing it on lazy days/nights around the house.

Cable & Gauge cardigan, $5.99

I’ve talked about my love of Cable & Gauge cardigans many times! I’ve bought them at Nordstrom Rack before and whenever I see on in good condition I thrift it. They are just a great lightweight cotton cardigan that never seems to pill or stretch out. I love the pretty hue of this one and for just $6 it was a no-brainer to add to my collection.

Vanessa Virginia Tidal maxi dress, $7

I have an eye for Anthropologie. I spotted this pattern as I was walking up to a rack of dresses, wrestled it out and wasn’t even a little surprised that it was a brand sold at Anthro. It’s my gift. {I wish I had a really cool gift, like flight or winning the lottery, but this one is cool too}. I originally offered it to my friend who was thirfting with me, but it was too big for her – oh darn – so I had to keep it for myself.

This one is the Tidal maxi dress and it was sold at Anthropologie in 2014 for $148. Like my other Anthropologie maxi dresses, this one is made out of a super soft jersey and has pockets! I can see styling this alone with sandals for a beachy look, or with a cardigan and booties for something more work appropriate. It would also look super cute with a jean jacket. I found the exact same dress being sold on Poshmark from $42 – $78, so for just a $7 investment I can wear it a few times and sell it for a profit when I get bored of it.

M.M. LaFleur Rachel dress, $7

This was my ‘holy crap’ thrift moment of the day. I’ve never seen M.M. LaFleur in the thrifting wild before, so I was pretty excited to see this piece. M.M. LaFleur is known for their ‘bento boxes’ which is their approach to a professional work wardrobe. Similar to Stitch Fix or Trunk Club, their stylist will put together a box of items for you to try on at home. I’ve been drooling over their boxes for a while but can’t do it, because they are just too expensive for me.

Their prices range from $100 for a work top to $325 for a dress and they carry sizes 0P – 22W. I’ve seen used M.M. LaFleur dresses on Poshmark in the $130 – 215 range, but without ever seeing them in person I wouldn’t want to commit to buying one secondhand.

I’m pretty sure this dress is the ‘Rachel’ dress. It looks like either the malbec or the boysenberry color (you can see it here on their website). The original price was $240 and I thrifted mine for $7. The fabric is very thick and stretchy and there are little snaps inside to hold your bra straps in place.

Let’s talk about sizing. This dress has a tag saying it is a size 16. And THIS is my theory on why it is at the thrift store… it is NOT CLOSE to a 16! I’m typically a 10/12 and it fits like a glove. Like, it couldn’t possibly fit any better… sure I have to throw on some shapewear to smooth down my tummy, but it’s AMAZING. I think someone must have bought this and it didn’t fit like the size they expected, so they donated it. Or maybe they shrank it? Why wouldn’t they return or exchange it? Who knows… probably the same reason I’ve found DVF dresses with the tags still on them while thrifting.

Any which way, their loss is my gain because this is the perfect work dress.


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I wore it to work already and styled it with a beaded sweater and leopard print flats. I can also see trying it with a skinny belt and blazer. I did throw on some shapewear (the undies that go up to your bra and smooth your tummy a bit) and that helped keep things contained enough that I felt comfortable.

Boden blazer with floral silk lining, $6

Okay, I totally bought this just because I was immediately in LOVE with the floral lining. I mean, HOW adorable is that?! This blazer is exactly my Boden size (US10) and is a pretty basic and comfortable little black blazer. You can keep the cuffs down for a solid black, or turn them up to show the pink lining!

Loft romper, $10

I’m not a romper girl. I actually kind of hate rompers because I think they look like a grown ass woman is wearing a child’s outfit. BUT. I love this one. Oops.


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This was on the dresses rack (and marked with a dresses tag, making it $10) and it was a Loft size large with a tie top and drawstring waist. I decided to try it on a whim and was totally surprised that I love it. Of course, I tried it on again when I got home and didn’t love it quite as much… This one is going into the closet for me to try again when it warms up next summer.

Rachel Roy dress, $10


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I ran out to Costco on Saturday to prepare for our late Thanksgiving dinner and decided to make a quick stop at a nearby thrift store. I’m so glad I did, because they were having a Thanksgiving sale where all clothing and accessories were 50% off! I tried on a few items, but this Rachel Roy dress was a winner. It still had the store tags for $99 on it and looked super cool thrown over my jeans! I can see wearing this one with a flowy cardigan, black tights and boots. However, I kind of like it over my jeans and boots too…

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Are you Black Friday Shopping?

21 Nov

Every year I refuse to start my holiday shopping until after Thanksgiving. But then, there is Black Friday madness. And Cyber Monday. It works out well for me since I tend to do the majority of my gift shopping online… but it’s also kind of overwhelming! I’ve never been the type to stand in line at a store waiting for it to open on Black Friday… but I do typically check a few websites to see if there are any sales I can’t resist.

This year I only have a few places I’ll be checking out on Black Friday/Cyber Monday:

The Rothy’s website (link). The company has been teasing a new release and I’ll be clicking over to see if anything new launches. I’ve been holding on to some referral credits so that if something fantastic is released I can jump on it!

The Lucky Brand website. (link). I love Lucky Brand t-shirts and boots for me, and their jeans for my husband. I was planning to check them out on Black Friday, but when I clicked over to do a little window shopping I saw that they have already launched their 50% off Black Friday sale! I ordered this embroidered blouse and this sweater.

The World Market website (link). World Market always has such fun holiday gifts! Lots of generally cool stuff and also beautifully tinned snacks and treats. The one in Rockville that I occasionally visit also has a great (and reasonable) wine section. I’m planning to check out the website and if I’m feeling energetic, I may make the trip to the store to get started on my Christmas shopping. Probably not though… I’m pretty committed to being lazy this weekend. (link). I love Amazon. I do the majority of my ‘random crap needed for the house’ shopping there because I have Prime – typically I’ll get a household staple faster than trying to find the time to run to a nearby store. On my ‘check if they’re on sale list’ for Christmas is a Yeti travel coffee mug, Elephant and Piggy books and Nintendo DS games.

Are you shopping anywhere for Black Friday? Do you get up early and stand in line?


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Movie Review: Ralph Breaks the Internet

20 Nov

Last night my family had the opportunity to go to a screening of the new Wreck-it Ralph movie, Ralph Breaks the Internet. Besides the fact that someone thought it would be appropriate to bring an infant to the screening (and didn’t take the child outside when it was crying…), we had an amazing time!

We are HUGE Wreck-it Ralph fans at our house and we even dressed up like Ralph, Fix-it Felix and Venellope for Halloween a couple years ago:

Here’s the premise: Ralph Breaks the Internet ventures into the uncharted and thrilling world of the world wide web. Video game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) must risk it all by traveling to the world wide web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, Sugar Rush. In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet to help navigate their way.

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We absolutely LOVED the new movie and it had tons and tons of laughs throughout. Ralph and Vanellope were as endearing as ever and I just love their relationship. There was even a quick cartoon Stan Lee cameo and everyone in the theater let out a collective “aww” when they saw it.

Favorite parts
For me it was the inclusion of the Disney princesses. It has been teased for months and those parts were some of my absolute favorite bits of the movie. There was SO MUCH to unpack there that I’m going to need to see the movie a few more times to get all of the quick jokes and references. For Jack it was the first scene after the credits (there are two, so be sure to stay in the theater when the credits start rolling). He laughed so hard and this morning on the way to school he brought it up again and started giggling.

This movie is absolutely great for all ages, so if you are looking for something to see over the long weekend, add this to your list!

Ralph Breaks the Internet opens in theaters tonight, Wednesday, November 21, 2018 and is rated PG.


Disclosure: I was invited to attend the screening at no cost to me.  


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My Style: Fall Favorites

19 Nov

With the weather suddenly turning cold, it looks like it’s time for my fall favorites post. I resurrected the My Style posts in August when I did My Style: Summer Favorites and have decided to do them on a seasonal basis.

Much like my summer post, I went through all my posted outfits from September, October and November and picked my 4 favorite fall looks!

Outfit #1: Minnie Mouse Chic

How cute is this Girls from Savoy corduroy halter dress?! It’s an Anthropologie brand (now discontinued) and I love its retro look. The dress is a super soft corduroy and the halter strap is buttoned in, so you can detach it for a strapless look. There is even a built in petticoat! I found it secondhand for $39 and wore it to Disneyland for my Netflix DVD trip as a Minnie-inspired look. I did a quick search on Poshmark for Girls from Savoy dresses and this one popped up in a variety of colors – so if you like it, the chances are high that you can find one pre-loved. After falling in love with my red version, I found it in another colorway for just $28.  I’m packing that one for my upcoming cruise, so you’ll be seeing it soon!

For shoes I knew I’d be walking a ton through Disneyland, so I went with my leopard spotted Rothy’s loafers. They are super comfortable and I thought the spotted look went well with my spotted Minnie ears! These are currently my only pair of loafers, but I’ve been debating on whether I need a solid red version… (If you want to read ALL my thoughts on Rothy’s and whether I think they are worth the price tag, you can find my post here.)

Outfit #2: Fall hippie chic

This maxi dress got mixed reviews when I shared it in my Trunk Club post but I love the way it fits and the swish-swish-swish of the skirt as I walk. It’s the Maggy London Smock Shoulder Midi Dress, and it is currently on sale for 40% off at Nordstrom. I topped it with a black cardigan for work – I thrifted this one ages ago and wear it all the time. Since the dress pattern has so much going on, I kept the look simple with my dark green pointed Rothy’s flats.

Outfit #3: Pattern-mixing chic

I did a bit of subtle pattern mixing with this outfit – the beaded sweater, brushstroke skirt and sparkly chevron flats could have clashed horribly, but I feel like it worked! I found this beaded Nice Things by Paloma S sweater at a consignment store in September and I love how versatile it is! This skirt was a Nordstrom Rack find a couple years ago and I love it because it has a stretchy waistband and POCKETS! The amber metallic herringbone pointed Rothy’s were a recent purchase with some saved up referral credits and they are so sparkly in person. I have started calling them my princess shoes and plan to wear them a ton over the holidays!

Outfit #4: Ringleader chic

I feel like quite the fashionable ringleader in this outfit. I was originally planning to pair this blazer with a pink blouse and black flats, but was encouraged to wear red for a university event… so I switched. I grabbed a gold sparkly Joie sweater out of my closet that I got at Nordstrom Rack last year for a steal (it was $168 on clearance for $25!) and my trusty red Rothy’s. The blazer is by Didier Parakian and I found it at a consignment store when I was in Boston for a conference. This one was also a total steal… similar blazers go for $350 and I got this one for $35! The black pants are from my last Trunk Club trunk, they are the BLANKNYC The Great Jones High Rise Skinny Jeans and I LOVE them. They are super stretchy and comfortable and can be easily dressed up for the office. You’ll be seeing a lot of these this winter!


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