Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Duster Cardigan

I joked on Instagram that dusters feel like a robe that's acceptable to wear in public. It took a few wears to get used to the length of this sweater. I had comments ranging from people thinking this was a dress to loungewear. Needless to say, I'm happy with the purchase. Since it's such an eye catching piece, I decided to keep everything else pretty simple, with the exception of the hat. This particular sweater is sold out online but I'm linking a similar style at the end of this post.

Hat | Thrifted |Shop Similar
Shirt | Old Navy
Sweater | Old Navy, sold out | Shop Similar
Jeans | Target, sold out | Shop Similar
Shoes | Boohoo.com, sold out | Shop Similar

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

12 Months of Thrifting: Fall Florals

There's been a bit of radio silence around here due in part to a recent trip to Spain, Portugal, and the Azores islands, which was amazing - more on that later. Also, I'm building a better blog! It's been way too long since this blog had a makeover so I'm making the switch to WordPress soon, something I probably should have done about five years ago. I'm really excited about the changes. You'll be able to easily search and sort for anything you're looking for and the mobile experience will actually be...wait for it...responsive! I invite you to follow on Instagram for more frequent posts as these post might become a little sporadic until the launch of the new site.  But for now, back to 12 Months of Thrifting. I can't believe it's already October?! This month's prompt is one of my favorites: fall florals.

Fall florals are more subtle than spring and summer floral prints. They usually have a black or burgundy backdrop and work well with either warm, autumn color or deep jewel tones. I like to look for deep reds, pinks, and cream prints. Fall floral print works well with almost everything, from dresses (even maxi dresses!) pants, skirts, and blouses.   Thrifting floral print is one of my favorite things to do because it's so easy. Floral print will jump out at you on a rack in an instant, so you don't have to do much digging! Want to try this trend but keep it simple? Look for a fall floral scarf to elevate a look. Scarves are usually less than $3 at Goodwill.

When I saw that fall floral print made the top 10 fall trends in the Neiman Marcus catalog, I made sure to add it to my thrift wish list. I was thrilled to find this early 1990s Express fall floral dress on my first try at Goodwill on Waterloo! I used my 35% off coupon and got the dress for $2. This dress is comfy, perfect for fall temps, and the best part - it has pockets!

Dress | Thrifted | $2 | Shop Similar
Boots | Boohoo.com | Sold out.Shop Similar or try these low heel fringe boots or these adorable peep toe shoes
Bag | shop exact

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!