Saturday, September 10, 2016

12 Months of Thrifting: How to Thrift Booties

The prompt for September #12monthsofthrifting is to find a pair of booties, a fall essential. I always
have great luck finding booties at Goodwill, especially the location on State Road.

Here are my go-to tips to thrift booties: Always check the sole. If it's worn down, probably not worth the purchase, even if it is $5. However, if they are a durable pair and a trusted brand with just slight wear and tear, might be worth buying and getting resoled at an inexpensive local shoe repair shop.
Booties from Goodwill

Pick up a brown a black pair. These studded booties are a little bolder than most booties I own, however I always like to have one black, one brown / tan, and a fun bold pair like these. At less than $5 a pop from Goodwill, this is totally doable. Taupe booties, suede and ankle booties are huge this season so keep an eye out for those.  I'm also a fan of fringe for added movement and texture.

Pro tip: Clean thrifted shoes with Lysol spray or Clorox wipes.

Booties look great with folded jeans or ankle pants. If you need help folding your jeans, here's a tutorial from the Dina's Days archives for inspiration!

This challenge is designed to help you build a thrifted wardrobe, month by month. Share your finds using the tag #12MonthsofThrifting on social media.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Akron Farm & Flea Market

{shop these goodies plus more at the Dina's Days booth}

Friends, I hope you will join me at the next Akron Farm & Flea Market on September 11 in downtown Akron. I've been curating this selection for months in anticipation for the last (and my only) open air market of the year. The Dina's Days booth will feature affordable women's vintage clothing, including faux leather jackets and fur coats, coin necklaces, and a $5 bin of "get it before it's gone!" summer goodies. Also, for the first time I'm including casual menswear such as chambray shirts and camo jackets.

The Deets: 
Akron Farm & Flea Market
Sunday, September 11
10 am - 2pm
Maiden Lane / Musica / Urban Eats

Friday, September 2, 2016

10 things to do this fall

Every Labor Day weekend, I take a moment to reflect on the summer and think about what's ahead for fall. I experienced many "firsts" this summer - or year for that matter -  including our first wedding anniversary and first time visits to Melbourne, Montreal, Vancouver and Nashville. We've got one more big trip on the calendar and then I'm really looking forward to exploring and having some fun in our hometown. Here's what's on the list for fall. If you're local, feel free to download or save this image for ideas and inspiration. Happy September!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Graphic Tee + Flares

When I saw that flares were making a comeback, I hesitated for a bit because the last thing I wanted to do was channel Dina circa 2001. The early 2000s were a bad time in fashion, and my wardrobe was certainly no exception. But one day while shopping at Goodwill, I had this burst of inspiration for some dark denim flared jeans for fall.  I figured, if I'm going to do this trend, I'm going to try to do it right and look for a dramatic pair instead of the half boot cut / half flare I was sporting in 8th grade.

I had no luck finding the exact pair I had in mind at the thrift store but happened to come across a crazy good sale while googling images of flares for inspiration one day. I snagged these for only $30 from Express, a store I haven't shopped in many years. I got the short cut and the length was just long enough to cover my foot, a key element when wearing flares. If you're unsure about buying flares,  they work best with heels and platforms, wearing them with flats will look frumpy.

I have always loved 70s style and constantly find myself drawing inspiration from that decade, like images like this one from Pinterest.  So when I saw this graphic muscle tank at Target celebrating the Olympics, I instantly thought it would pair well with my new 70s inspired jeans. I have so many plans for these jeans come fall, so expect to see more of it around these parts!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Things to do in Melbourne, Australia

Australia has always been on my bucket list but the plan to go always seemed a little out of reach (as most bucket list items seem in life!) So when my husband was invited to play five nights at a new jazz venue in Melbourne, I jumped at the opportunity to go on a trip of a lifetime. It truly was one of the best experiences of my life. The flight from the United States is long and the jet lag is no joke (Victoria is 14 hours ahead of Ohio), but we fought through it and enjoyed every second of this trip.

I'm usually a somewhat spontaneous traveler but being so far away, I knew I wanted to have at least a plan or a list of things to see and do in Melbourne so I did a lot of research during my sleepless nights.  We were there for ten days, which was the perfect amount of time to recover from jet lag and see all of the things on our list. The food is fantastic and there's something for every craving you could possibly have. If you have questions or need suggestions for restaurants, feel free to leave them in the comments and I'll share some of our favorite spots.

This is a snapshot of some of the things we did. If you have plans to travel to Melbourne someday, bookmark this for later!

Book a tour of the Great Ocean Road. 
This was hands down the highlight of our trip. At only $100 a person, we went on a day long tour of the breathtaking Great Ocean Road a few hours outside of the city. This was worth every dime. We got to see the Twelve Apostles, caves, national parks, swamp wallaby, koalas, a pod of breaching whales, and parrots. I'll never, ever forget this experience!

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Go to St. Kilda Beach

St. Kilda is a charming beach easily accessible from Melbourne's Central Business District (CDB). If you go at sundown you will be able to catch the penguins on the pier. I don't care how tough you are, the penguins will make anyone feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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Luna Park

While you're at St. Kilda, be sure to check out one of the oldest amusement parks in the world, Luna Park. If you happen to go on a day when it's closed, it's still worth it for the experience and photo!

Check out one of Melbourne's Laneways. 

This was some of the most fun we've had. Melbourne has a lot of laneways or alleys packed with cafes, restaurants, and shops. Duck into one in the CBD and spend an afternoon eating or people watching! Degraves and Centre Place were our favorites.

Catch a ride on the Melbourne Star at the Docklands. 
This is a heavily touristy area but well worth it. The Melbourne Star is not your typical Ferris Wheel. It's fully enclosed, air conditioned or heated, and gives you a full view of the city in all directions. Great way to get your bearings! I highly recommend this at night or sunset.

Visit other neighborhoods like Fitzroy,  Flinder's Quarter or Prahran.

These artsy neighborhoods are a sight to see. They are a nice break from the bustling CBD and the shops and cafes are plentiful. I loved Prahran.

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Visit the Chapel Street Bazaar

A friend of mine who lives in Melbourne recommended this place knowing how much I love to thrift. Of all the antique and vintage places I've visited over the years, I've never experienced a place like Chapel Street Bazaar. Clear an entire afternoon for this place.

State Library of Victoria

Prepare for your mind to be blown. This library should be a must on any visitor's list. It's free for hours of discovery and a breathtaking view.

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Go thrifting! 

 Melbourne is expensive but has a fantastic thrifting scene. Be sure to check out one of their op shops.

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Visit the Queen Victoria Market

Our hotel was right next door to this market so I visited this market quite a bit. From food to souvenirs, this market has you covered. I picked up the best gifts here, including spices, teas, and soaps.

Lastly, a few quick cultural tips we had picked up along the way:  people in Melbourne walk on the left side as opposed to the right side like the U.S. We kept wondering why we were bumping into people on the sidewalk until we quickly realized we were on the wrong side! Also, no need to tip at restaurants.