Monthly Archives: September 2013

thrift style thursdays – shorts for fall

Hi dearies,

Today I am linking up with Zhenya of BeingZhenya and Martyna of Spoolish to bring you a Thrift Style Thursday post – the “how to style shorts for fall” edition.

thrift style thursdays - shorts for fallFirst let me start by saying that I am not a shorts person. I don’t like them.  I have chubby, stubby legs and I don’t like showing too much of them. I don’t think they look good on me. I have 1 pair of khaki shorts (for when it’s super hot in the summer) and 1 pair of black bermuda short and I hardly ever wear either.

But when I was invited to join the Thrift Style Thursday linkup by Zhenya and Martyna, I couldn’t say no. Plus, I really wanted to think outside of my fashion comfort zone and try something new.

So, there’s the result…how to style shorts for fall. Here’s the fashion formula I was going for. I think this look can really work for any body style and budget. Curvy gals like me shouldn’t necessarily avoid shorts.

1. black or dark colored shorts +
2. Tights or fishnets (for added warmth) +
3. Loose blouse +
4. Jacket or blazer +
5. Heels or a pair of comfy booties (here I show you both, but I only wore the booties to work)
= Super cute chic look for fall (for the office, school, dinner, etc)

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What do you think of this look? I hope you like it and I’d love to see my readers’ takes on wearing shorts for fall. Please share!

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Outfit Details:
Jacket: Old Vivienne Vivienne Tam crop blazer, ideeli clearance for about $15
Shorts: Really Old Mossimo bermuda shorts from Target, couldn’t have cost more than $20 [I did cuff them a little bit so they don’t look so long]
Tights: Extra large fishnets, free sample from work
Shoes: Heels: Old LC Lauren Conrad from Kohls, Booties: Remington from JustFab (new)
Top: The Limited chevron blouse, clearance $11
Bag: Vintage Coach Willis, thrifted $26
Jewelry: Necklace from Egypt, bangles all thrifted for about $2 each
Cat: Ulysses, priceless

can’t get enough…denim vests

Here I am once again wearing a denim vest. I think the reason why I’m so obsessed with vests after so many years of swearing them off as “too 90s” is that they’re practical! I have chubby arms and often like the layering effects of jackets or blazers but dislike how my arms feel like sausages busting out of casings.

Enter the vest (denim or really any material). Great for layering, offers some warmth, some casual stylin’, matches many different styles, and easy to obtain or produce.

What do you think of this trend? How would you wear (or not wear) a denim vest?

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Outfit Details:
Vest: Gap jean jacket that I cut the arms off of [no sewing just scissors], thrifted $4.59
Dress: Merona from Target navy print & ruffle dress, hand me down from friend FREE
Belt: NY&Co. OLD
Necklace + Earrings: vintage nautical, thrifted $2, earrings are vintage too
Shoes: Strange tictactoe navy dance flats, thrifted $5

blazer love + new booties

I love blazers and now that it’s cooling down (just a tad) in NC, I’ll take every opportunity to wear them. Even if they’re a little more “springy” – ie. this floral print one.

Also, behold my new booties, from the LUXE line at JustFab. I wanted to give them a quick review for readers out there that are considering them.
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JustFab Remington bootie review (from their LUXE line):
Style: I love the casual chic look of this bootie. Simply, classic, no frills. 5/5

Fit: this is my “beef” with these shoes and justfab in general. They don’t make a size 9.5 WHICH IS DUMB. I wear a 9 in open toed and 9.5 in closed toed shoes (I have wide feet) generally. I had to size all the way up to a 10 in the Remington booties and so of course they are a tab bit loose. And being real suede, they are stretching. I would have really preferred a size 9.5.  3/5.

Comfort: They are pretty comfortable. Would have liked a tad bit more padding in the insole and less of a slippery sole but honestly, I wore them for like 9 hours and they were very comfy. 4/5

Color: Looks like clay. At least it’s a neutral color.  3/5.

Quality: Hard to tell at this point but I sprayed suede protector on the suede to make it last. The suede seems to be in nice shape and I hope it stays that way. I’ll go ahead and rate it 5/5 even though it might need to be reevaluated with more wear.

Price: while shoes from the JustFab Luxe line are a little pricier than their general selection, I think it’s totally worth it because the use genuine leather and suede. I am not a huge fan of synthetic materials because they tend to rub my feet and also smell. Not bad for $59 (plus they were offering a $10 off coupon)

Overall: I like them but I’d like them a lot more if they were a size 9.5! COME ON JUST FAB, make your shoes in 9.5!!! 3.5-4/5

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Outfit Details:

Blazer: LOFT floral blazer, thrifted $3.59
Top: LOFT grey print tank blouse, thrifted $3.59
Necklace: turquoise bubble necklace, gift
Scarf: egyptian scarf, gift from mom
Pants: Ralph Lauren skinny jeans, thrifted $3.59
Shoes: JustFab Luxe Remington in Taupe. [NOT A MEMBER? JOIN HERE PLEASE]
Bag: Coach Willis vintage bag, thrifted $26

casual stripes

Hi all,

Hope you’ve had a great weekend – even though it’s sad that it’s almost monday again ;(

Anyway, I wanted to share an outfit from last week – something very casual and comfortable. Plus, here I am wearing my vest again (it used to be a jacket). What do you think?

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Outfit Details:
Top: Gap striped short dress/tunic thing, thrifted $3.59
Vest: Used to be a jacket, old from Victoria’s Secret
Pants: David Kahn green skinnies, ideeli
Shoes: Sketchers BOBS, bought for my friend’s wedding from 6pm.com
Necklace: Key necklace, art show

office chic + straight hair

I felt really “put together” at work yesterday with my professional-looking outfit and my straightened hair. Nothing like feeling good inside because you’re feeling good outside:)

Also I hadn’t realized my hair had grown this much. It doesn’t grow very fast anymore (getting older sucks, in case you didn’t already know) and it’s very curly, so it’s hard to tell what’s going on with it. It was a nice surprise seeing that it was long again, as I’d been trying to grow it back out for several years because after having it permanently straightened chemically, it was very damaged and hard to grow out. I do not plan on doing that treatment again.

And lastly, I had forgotten about these shoes completely. They’re Sofft brand and even though they have a small heel, they’re very comfortable.

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Outfit Details:
Top: The Limited birds on a wire top, on sale for about $20 [no longer online]
Jacket: Vivienne Vivienne Tam, ideeli clearance for about $15 [old]
Skirt: Rafaella, thrifted $4.59
Shoes: Sofft patent t-straps, 6pm.com [old]
Bag: Vintage Coach Willis, thrifted $26
Jewelry: Swarovski bracelet; key necklace from a craft show