Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Thrift Challenge No. 8: Tulle

 Last month Katie and I asked you to help us decide what we should recreate for the August thrift challenge and I wasn't surprised when this tulle outfit from Seams for a Desire won the majority of the votes.

I've owned this thrifted Express tulle skirt for a few years and have never really known how to wear it without looking like I was trying too hard. (I have the exact same skirt in purple, also thrifted, seen here). This outfit is totally wearable and I didn't want to take it off! I love how Jessie from Seams effortlessly balanced a somewhat loud and fancy skirt with a simple gray tee. 

I thrifted the gray tee for $3, added a Forever 21 necklace and an old faux leather jacket that I bought at Gabe's years ago.

Considering I'm back on a spending freeze, I loved that I was able to piece this outfit together using items I already owned, including this vintage belt that I thrifted a couple years ago for $5.

I knew that I wouldn't get much wear out of a pair of thrifted snake skin pumps so I opted to save my money and wear a pair of heels I already owned. 

The details: 
Tee: thrifted $3, Village Discount Outlet
Belt: thrifted $5, Village Discount Outlet
Skirt: Express, thrifted $5, Village Discount Outlet
Jacket: Gabe's price unknown (old)
Shoes: Aldo, price unknown (old pair)
Necklace: Forever 21 

Now let's head over to Katie's blog to see how she painted a dresser! I can't wait see it, I love it already.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Summer Snapshots

Last Labor Day, I started a tradition on the blog by sharing the best moments of summer. It's been a busy year, and summer was no exception when it came to special milestones. Here's a snapshot of a few of my favorite moments, documented on Instagram!

I got engaged!
I was dunked in a dunk tank (and my co-workers made sure I never forgot it with a deck of cards)
Enjoyed snow cones with best friends at the Seville community yard sale 

Celebrated the blog's fifth anniversary

Talked about thrift shopping on TV
Enjoyed the beautiful colors of summer poolside and in the city

Relaxed on my newly decorated bright colored patio
Had so many game nights with friends

Enjoyed my fiancee's playing at my favorite outdoor venue downtown Akron
Rode with hundreds of Akronites at Akron Bike Party

How was your summer?

Friday, August 29, 2014

Inspired By: Chaka Khan

Top: Moda International, thrifted $2; Vintage skirt, thrifted $4, Hat, thrifted $3; Sandals, Target $10; Necklace, Forever 21

A week or so ago I happened to glance at my phone while listening to Pandora and instantly noticed Chaka Khan's monochromatic outfit on the cover of her 1978 I'm Every Woman album. I was in love; the hat, the maxi, the hair - this outfit is everything! I knew it would be totally easy to replicate at the thrift store. I was right,  one visit to Goodwill and $9 later, my Chaka outfit was complete. I'm not really a hat person but I think this floppy straw hat will serve its purpose on a beach sometime in the near future. As for the skirt, I've already worn in three different ways (with a black tee and a striped long sleeve shirt) and plan to get the most out of it before the temperatures begin to drop.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Practical Bike Outfits

I try to ride my bike as much as possible both leisurely and for exercise. I don't always like to wear workout clothes when I ride, especially if I'm meeting friends for dinner or riding to a concert. Every time I look up casual bike outfits for inspiration on Pinterest, I come up with some girl in sequins and a tutu riding a bike in the city. Totally not practical. I admire girls who have the ability and courage to ride their bikes wearing skirts and dresses but I haven't quite mastered that skill. Being casual doesn't have to mean yoga pants and sneakers, so I am sharing four practical outfits I think are bike worthy. They are cute enough for a leisurely bike ride yet still comfortable, and won't give the homeless guy downtown a peep show when you get off your bike to meet your friends for dinner.

From left to right:
Shorts and a breezy summer top
Denim on denim with flat booties
T-shirt, scarf, and converse shoes
Blazer, t-shirt, and oxfords (source unknown)

What do you like to wear when you ride your bike? 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Utility Jacket Four Ways

Remember the utility jacket I bought from Old Navy last fall? It's making another feature on the blog because I have already determined this is going to be my uniform this fall. Utility jackets are extremely versatile and I'm here to prove it by sharing four ways to wear one. Really, I came up with about six but I was hot and had a quiche baking in the oven when I took these pictures. 

With Floral Print

Details: thrifted floral top, Old Navy skinny jeans, thrifted wedges

With Stripes and Leopard Print

Details: thrifted top, thrifted scarf, thrifted jeans, thrifted boots

With a Simple Black Dress

Details: dress from Gabe's, thrifted flats

With Coral

Details: thrifted dress, thrifted shoes