Friday, May 30, 2014

Thrift Store Score: You Can Call Me Pinky

It's been a quite a while since I posted a #ThriftStoreScore, so I decided today is just as good as any: CARPE DIEM!!!

I first introduced #ThriftStoreScore here. As previously mentioned, there are several reasons as to why I am an avid Thrifter. 

Today's reason: I ENJOY it! Yep, you read correctly, I enjoy thrift store shopping! Why in the world?! Well, yes, I know that some shoppes smell funny, and then there's a high probability that you will have to sift through piles of refuse, BUT that moment when you score a gem? PRICELESS! EUPHORIA! JOY! I think it's kinda like what hunters say about the thrill of the chase/hunt. Or um, something like that...

Yes, thrifting is truly a hobby for me, and a stress reliever. Of course, my entire wardrobe is not comprised of thrifted items. =) However, there are quite a few pieces sprinkled throughout, and I truly treasure them, no matter how long (or how short) they are apart of my collective. 

Have a great weekend lovlies and CARPE DIEM!

Straw fedora hat: Norstrom
Sunnies: Nordstrom
Striped top: Isaac Mizrahi, thrifted
Pleated midi skirt: Vintage, thrifted (previously worn here)
Crossbody bag: Kate Spade (seen here)
Pink metallic sandals: Tildon

Previous #thriftstorescore posts:

Thursday, May 29, 2014

30PlusStyle: The $30 Challenge

The #30PlusStyle Collaboration is back, and this time we are bargainista focused! The aim of this post was to put together a look for our readers that was purchased for about 30 bucks, USD (accessories not included). 

If you've been following this blog, you know that I love a good deal. Yet, this post was a challenge for me. Why? Well, I had difficulty in picking a look that I felt would resonate with readers. Being a lover of vintage style, I decided to go with one of my classic dresses and a few simple accessories. 
Less can be more =)

From personal experience, I know that stylish, quality clothing does not have to cost an excessive amount. 
Because I am primarily a brick and mortar shopper, here's a quick rundown of some options for the bargainista inclined. 

Every major department store has designated times throughout the year to reduce their inventory significantly to make way for new merchandise. When merchandise doesn't move at major retailers, it often ends up at bargain stores such as Nordstrom Rack, Saks Off Fifth, Lord & Taylor outlet, Dillards outlet, TJMaxx, Marshalls, Ross, Burlington Coat Factory and so on. These stores too also mark merchandise down even further in an effort to make room for new stock. 

And then of course there are a few outlet mall stores that actually sale merchandise from their flagship stores. 
Sometimes the selection can be limited, as a number of retailers have begun making specific items to be sold at their outlet locations.

Finally, there is the thrift store and vintage boutique option. Going this route may cause for additional patience, as well as some prior knowledge of brand name clothing and attention to quality stitching. This is where I come to life! Although I shop sales just about everywhere, high end to low end, thrift store shopping has become a hobby, and I enjoy it ;)

Here's the rundown on what I'm wearing:

Sunnies: Tod's 
Pinstripe dress: Vintage, thrifted $5.00
Belt: Banana Republic, thrifted $4.00
Booties: Steve Madden, DSW $20.00
Handbag: Coach

All in all, with some effort, clothing that aligns with your personal style can certainly be obtained at a bargain! What's your favorite way to score a bargain?!

--> Don't forget to check out all the #30PlusStyle beauties:

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Sea of Florals

This week is a short one, yet I can hardly believe that it is Wednesday already! Can we say two more days until FRIDAY?! 
This silk floral number is a goodie from my stash, I simply never tire of the spring-like floral print.  So much so that I have began to wear it all year around. I'm thankful for the mild climate here! This floral print has lovely hues of pink, purple, and bursts of gold- irresistible!

It's effortless to wear, and although it is silk, it doesn't wrinkle excessively.

I'm particularly fond of the waist panel detail and runching on the bodice. Wait, who am I  kidding? The floral print sold this number! LOL! 
I'm a girly girl in every way and I love every feminine detail being served in this dress :)

This time around I wore it with a lilac leather handbag and neutral snakeskin pumps. 

Dress: Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique
Handbag: Coach
Snakeskin pumps: Nine West

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Stripes Reloaded

Hey there, I'm sorry that I've been MIA for a minute! I intentionally took a miniature blogging break, but then it unintentionally turned into a long break O_O! 
I just didn't feel like posing, taking pictures, writing, or posting  *_*. But alas, I'm over it and back in action =)

Today's look isn't new to the blog (last worn here), I think of it as an oldie but goodie. Every time I wear, I feel, simply put: Good!

I'm actually standing outside of my dressing room, which I revealed on Instagram. I might do a blog post on it when it's finished.

I also straightened my hair, which added to my whimsical mood.

I am completely taken by stripes, and I'm sure I'll continue to incorporate them even after the trend craze has passed.

So, how do you stripe?! LOL!

Until next time, and I promise- it will be sooner than later ;)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

30PlusStyle: Perfect in Pastels

The #30PlusStyle collaboration returns TODAY, and everyone is decked in Pastels

I must admit, I had quite a bit of difficulty deciding what to wear for this post! When I felt fed up, I started shopping around, but I couldn't find anything that felt like "me". 

As in times past, I headed back to my closet for a final look. And wouldn't you know- I spotted this vintage number that I bought a couple of years ago, but have never worn! I absolutely adore the ruching and button detail on the bodice. 

Nothing designed today is truly "new" IMO, as this maxi dress gives evidence of pastels and ruching of times long past. Once again my mission was accomplished utilizing a vintage piece! Am I officially vintage obsessed or a vintage lover?!

Oh, you may have noticed that I have been MIA for a few days. I had several major dental issues arise, and as a result I was out of commission. Fortunately, I mustered up the courage needed to get them addressed, and now I am on the road to recovery. =) 

A lesson learned from an older gal to the younger ones: Don't let fear keep you away from the Dentist!

Fedora/straw hat: Ralph Lauren
Dress: Vintage
Beaded handbag: Vintage
Rose gold pumps: Flounce, Nordstrom's

Check out all of the #30PlusStyle beauties, "Perfect in Pastels":