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May Thrift Haul: Dressing Room Styling Session

29 May

I actually wasn’t planning to post a thrift haul this month, because I didn’t have a chance to thrift and wasn’t anticipating any free time until June! But then last Friday I made a 20 minute stop to a crappy thrift store by me that usually doesn’t have anything good… I found 2 dresses and also 2 pieces that would work with the dresses, so I decided to have an impromptu dressing room styling session.

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

Outfit 1 and 2:

This thrift store had all dresses marked at $7 and sweaters at $6, so the whole outfit on the right cost a total of $13! The dress is just a simple black dress with a flattering gathered waist. The cardigan was from Talbots and a little too big, so I pushed up the sleeves and gave it a little shape with a hand-on-hip pose. I actually kind of love it paired with my fun bright yellow sandals! I ended up buying the black dress because it fits me well and I have a few fun sweaters/blazers that will pair well with it for work.

Outfit 3 and 4:

Here’s another dress and topper combo, this time I went with a faux wrap dress ($7) and zip up jean jacket ($9). This dress is actually a size too big, but you can really only tell in the length. I’m going to chop it a few inches and hem it right above my knees. I think it looks cute as heck with the jean jacket and those fabulous sandals! I liked that this jean jacket had zipper in the front rather than buttons, but I was a bit too busty to zip it up comfortably. I bought this dress for the $7 and will be pairing it with a similar jean jacket that I already own.

So, for a total of $14 I ended up adding two more easy dresses to my wardrobe!

Do you think I made the right choices? What are your thoughts on my quickie dressing room styling session?

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April Thrift Haul & Two Thrifting Tips

26 Apr

I had an awful-very-bad-day last week, so I decided that I really, really, really needed a mental health day. Which is how I ended up taking off a random Wednesday with no plan, other than to treat myself gently, eat some yummy food… and do a little thrifting.

Two Thrifting Tips:

Tip #1: If you have a kiddo just starting to read thrift stores are a TREASURE trove of books. I bought Jack 15 books that he can read himself for just 99 cents each. And once he outgrows them, I’ll be donating them back to the thrift store for another kiddo to enjoy. So, don’t forget about the kid’s books!

Tip #2: Look for off-season items! Many people who go to thrift stores are looking for immediate use items, so don’t be afraid to look for warm weather stuff in the middle of the winter and cold weather stuff as the temperatures are rising. This month I found a great sweater and pair of booties. Sure, I can’t wear them right now… but that doesn’t mean I won’t love them in the fall!

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

Soft Surroundings Tank Top, $2.99

Soft Surroundings is known for their super soft fabrics and kind of ridiculous prices. I scooped up a cardigan from the brand when thrifting a couple months ago and really like it, so when I saw this tank top I threw it in my cart. It’s just an easy tank that I’ll be adding to my pajama drawer and wearing the heck out of this spring and summer. Would I have paid $30 – 50 for it from the Soft Surroundings store? Nope. But for $3 I’ll certainly enjoy it!

Loft Striped Sweater, $6.99

To answer your question, no I don’t have enough striped sweaters! This one is super thin and soft, without being transparent. It also has NO wool in it and is perfectly oversized and slouchy. So expect to see a lot of this one in the fall when the weather cools back down!

Loft Skirt, $19.99

This one was a total thrifting ‘splurge’ at $20, but it still had the tags on it for $59.99 and I really liked it, so I figured I’d pay up a little. This one feels very ‘Anthropologie’ styled to me and I originally thought I’d wear it to work with a nice tops and/or cardigan. But, then I realized how cute it looks with a graphic tee, so it’s possible this one may make some weekend appearances too!

Cobb Hill leather sandals, $5.99

Once again, the power of ignoring size labels in thrifting worked for me. These are marked as a size 7.5, but they fit more like a typical 8.5… which is my size. I love the pretty greenish/blue color of these and I wore them already last week!

Clarks leather and suede studded booties, $7.99

I saw these on the thrift rack and they SCREAMED well-made from a pile of plastic/pleather boots. I LOVE Clarks boots and shoes and these are gorgeous in person. They are a mix of brown leather and suede with the fun studded straps. I found them online and they are called the Swansea Grove suede motorcycle booties and they are currently selling for $150 on Amazon. They fit great and I’m going to pack them away so that when I pull out my fall clothes it’s like I found a new gift for myself!

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Consignment Store Haul

19 Apr

I know I usually share my Thrift Store hauls, but I stopped by two consignment stores recently and found some amazing treasures that I can’t wait to share with you!

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

Maeve Embroidered Dress, $25

Technically, this purchase was in March when I stopped by a new consignment shop with my friend Lindsey, but I never had the chance to share it on my blog! Maeve is a brand carried at Anthropologie, and I tend to love their dresses. This one is no exception with the fun mix of eyelet and embroidery.

This will be the perfect dress to throw on for easy summer weekends and I may end up packing it for our upcoming Hawaii trip. Here’s a quick dressing picture of it on (over jeans) to get an idea on the fit:

I find it funny how I look like a little shorty in this photo — it must have something to do with their magical skinny mirror. I’m actually 5’7″ and a size 10/12… so I’m not a tiny tatertot!

Magnolia Leather Hobo Purse, $40

I love Joanna Gaines and have been eyeing the Magnolia leather purses when they come up in my Instagram feed. I saw this one on the rack and immediately was drawn to the super soft leather and fun braided strap. This purse is in perfect condition and doesn’t even look like it was used – in fact, the dust bag was inside! Check out the pretty lining:

I did a little research and this retailed for $295 in 2015, so I’m happy to have scooped it up for $40. I think it will be a perfect spring/summer bag for me.

Eileen Fisher striped sweater, $20

I found this lightweight sweater on the clearance rack of the consignment shop, which is kind of crazy considering that it is PERFECT for spring. Can’t you just imagine it paired with some skinny jeans or even a pair of pink shorts? This is a 3x, but I love how it fits kind of slouchy and oversized. It was originally marked for the consignment price of $40, but I got it on clearance for just $20!

Cingo Nero Lene Leather Jacket, $75

This may be the steal of the month! This Cingo Nero unlined leather jacket is a dark navy color and super lightweight. It just drapes so beautifully and is the perfect topper for basically anything.

I can see pairing this with a dress in place of a regular blazer for a cool work look. It would also look great thrown on with a t-shirt and jeans for kind of an easy badass look. Here is a quick dressing room photo with it over the dress I was wearing:

I found the exact same jacket online and it retails for $380! This one was on the clearance rack and marked down from $150 to just $75! Such a STEAL!

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March Thrift Haul

21 Mar

I had off for three days last week for spring break (perks of working at a university), so I had some glorious thrifting time! I spent a few long hours on Monday at one thrift store, and came home with a bunch of great items. Then, on Tuesday I spent about an hour at a second thrift store and scored big on shoes!

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

While my favorite thrift store has special sale days where certain colors of tags are on sale, the majority of the time I don’t end up with anything that special sale color. However, when I went on Monday, all blue and pink tags were 33% off AND all violet and yellow tags were 50% off!

Anthropologie Cartonnier blazer, size medium, $4.69 ($6.99 blue tag)

I typically don’t thrift items to sell, but occasionally I’ll pick up an Anthropologie item because they tend to sell pretty quickly. This Cartonnier blazer is great and I actually own it in a size large. I decided to buy this for $4.69 because I love mine and identical blazers are currently selling on Poshmark for around $40.

Anthropologie Moulinette Soeurs Linnea Velvet Dress, size medium, $6.69 ($9.99 pink tag)

I love Moulinette Soeurs dresses and would totally keep this one for myself if I were a few inches shorter. As it is, the medium on me is a bit too short on my 5’7” height. The dress is gorgeous though and in perfect condition. It retailed for $228 and is currently listed on Poshmark for $130 – $150. I’m going to list it soon and add any earnings to my vacation funds account!

Talbots 100% linen cardigan sweater, size large, $5.36 ($7.99 pink tag)

I really like this pretty blue ‘boyfriend’ sweater and the linen weave is perfect for spring. This one was a steal for less than $6 and I’ll certainly get my money’s worth out of it!

Loft dotted cardigan, size XL, $3.50 ($6.99 yellow tag)

I loved this lightweight dotted cardigan when I picked it up, but then once I realized it was half-off with a yellow tag, I loved it even more. I like the dots a lot and it looks great with as simple t-shirt and jeans. I actually already wore this one once and will be wearing it again and again this spring!

Elle floral dress, size 16?, $10.05 ($14.99 pink tag)

Once again, a lesson in trying on everything you like no matter what the size tag says! This dress was marked a size 16, but fits like a size 10/12. I like the darker floral pattern along with the tucked neckline and tie-waist. This will look great with a pretty cardigan and flats for work.

Talbots striped spotted ¾ sleeve top, size 1X, $5.00 ($9.99 yellow tag)

I love the mixture of dots and stripes on this soft cotton top. It must have been designed to be worn more fitted, but I like that by sizing up it’s a little roomy for a slouchy fit. I’ll certainly be pairing this with jeans and maybe even some shorts in the summer. I wore it for a hot-minute this morning, before I found out my meeting was cancelled (so I changed back into sweatpants).

Ann Taylor dress, size ? (tag ripped out), $10.05 ($14.99 blue tag)

I picked up this dress and immediately liked the fabric colors. I was cautiously optimistic though because it doesn’t have a size tag and the thrift store had marked it an 8. I tried it on anyways and it fit great! This will be perfect for work with a cute cardigan or on vacation down at the beach with sandals. Such a steal for $10!

Ann Taylor wrap dress, size 8, $14.99

I was on an Ann Taylor roll with the dresses and picked up this wrap dress because I really like the colors and pattern. This one is also marked as an 8, but since it’s a wrap it’s a bit more forgiving. I love the look of this one and it will be added into my work dress rotation asap. And yes, I find it absolutely ridiculous that I picked up a size 16 dress and a size 8 dress that fit pretty much identically…

Lucy exercise leggings, size large, $4.99

I typically don’t bother sorting through the exercise legging section because it tends to be a lot of crap. However, these were hanging by the end of the aisle so I grabbed them up to try. Lucy is a great brand that was recently purchased by The North Face. These leggings are made of extra thick but stretchy fabric, so I’m happy to have gotten them for just $5.

Chicos The Platinum Boyfriend jean, size 1.5, $5.36 ($7.99 blue tag)

I freely admit that this purchase was an oops purchase. I liked them when I tried them on in the fitting room, but once I got them home and washed them, they are no longer winners in my book. Luckily this was just a $5.36 mistake. I’ll add them back in to my re-donate pile for another thrifter to enjoy.

Brighton Summer of Love Tote, $12.99

I saw this tote from across the aisle and it was LOVE at first sight. It’s brand new with tags still on, in perfect condition and a great size for hauling a bunch of crap around. I did a quick search and found that the retail value for this bag was $100, which seems crazy high. However, once my friend suggested it might have been a gift with purchase, I honed in on an old Brighton Facebook post from June 2017 announcing the limited edition bag as a gift with purchase for anyone who spent over $100 on jewelry. Any which way, I love it!

Gap driving moccasins, size 8.5, $4.99

I love the bright green colored suede of these fun Gap driving moccasins/loafers. These are a little preppy for my typical outfits, even though the pop of color is fantastic.  I’m thinking I may use these as my summer slippers for around the house.

Kate Spade suede chukka boots, size 8.5, $12.99

Another total shoe score… these fantastic blue suede Kate Spade chukka boots! I love, love, love this find and apparently they retailed for somewhere between $250 – 300. They are my size, super comfortable and will look great with some rolled up boyfriend jeans this spring!

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