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5 reasons to shop local

I’m sure I’m not the only one to espouse the benefits of shopping local. I’ve noticed that recently I prefer shopping locally at a store (and even thrifting!) than buying items online, even though I know sometimes it’s necessary. Here are my 5 reasons why I think you should shop local:

  1. Your money goes to support a local family instead of a corporation. That family uses the money from their store to take care of their kids, support the local community, and grow their business.
  2. You get to see and touch the items before you buy. For me, I have a hard time fitting in clothes and/or shoes unless I already know the cut or the brand. At a local boutique, you can try out new brands, styles, and cuts without having to deal with mailing back returns. You can use all your senses from sight to smell to pick a favorite piece to take home (think luscious leather bag!).
  3. You get personal attention. If you need help picking out that perfect gift for Mom, stopping by a local boutique is a good way to find something with the help of an expert. They’ll spend the time to help you find what you’re looking for.
  4. You might make new friends. I know this sounds a bit unusual, but take it from my personal experience that when you frequent a small local shop, you tend to see the same folks there and eventually you get to know each other. You might even make a few new friends!
  5. You might find a trendy surprise! Local boutiques often get unusual, handmade, vintage, or hard-to-find pieces. So if you’re looking for that trendy yet one-of-a-kind of piece of jewelry, purse, or dress, check out your local boutique!

Peachy Keen boutique - Cary, North Carolina Peachy Keen boutique - Cary, North Carolina Peachy Keen boutique - Cary, North Carolina Peachy Keen boutique - Cary, North Carolina

I’ve hopefully convinced you that shopping local is the best. Now let me introduce y’all to a great local shop that I had the pleasure of visiting last night. Peachy Keen {yes you can shop online!} is a trendy local boutique in Cary, North Carolina that shares a space with an amazing fine jewelry consignment shop, Joint Venture Jewelry.  I’ve sort of known the lovely family that owns the shop for a while, as they sold my hubby and I my gorgeous engagement ring back in 2008. So when I was invited to a VIP event at Peachy Keen, I was excited to check out the new space (they had moved a few years back).

Peachy Keen has a lovely selection of Liebeskind Berlin bags, lovely clothes (even Johnny Was), jeans, shoes, and jewelry. I had no idea that I’d be coming home with two pairs of Melissa shoes for myself and a lovely Hobo International wallet for my mom’s birthday–all on sale.

Melissa Petal - Pink Pearl - Shoes Melissa Petal - Pink Pearl -- Melissa Harmonic Sandals

If you’re local to the Triangle area of North Carolina (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary), go check out Peachy Keen and Joint Venture Jewelry in Cary. If you’re not local, you can still shop online.

And if you are local, I’d like to invite you to some upcoming events in Cary, NC:

  • Joint Venture Jewelry’s 18th Anniversary Winesday Party 
    • August 17 from 5-8 p.m. at Joint Venture Jewelry
    • Joint Venture Jewelry is inviting Triangle residents to celebrate its 18th Anniversary in style! Come sip wine and sparkle! There will be a special wine tasting as well as storewide sales and exclusive offers.
    • Visit for more information.
    • Location: 250 Grande Heights in Cary, NC. 
  • Peachy Keen’s 4th Birthday Party
    • August 27 from noon to 4 p.m. at Peachy Keen
    • Triangle residents are invited to come celebrate the milestone with fabulous sales, a tasty food truck and trendy trunk shows including Paige Denim!
    • Location: 250 Grande Heights in Cary, NC. 
  • Peachy Wears Hope Fall Fashion Show 
    • September 29 starting at 7 p.m. at Peachy Keen
    • Shop for a cause at Peachy Keen! Cocktail hour starts at 7 p.m. with live music, a braid bar, tasty food and Peachy Keen models showing off the hottest fall fashions. All benefits go toward Headbands of Hope and Duke Children’s Hospital.

november 2014 budget

Hi friends! I can’t believe that tomorrow is December! It seems this month has gone by quickly and thriftily. I guess I’ve been rebitten by the thrift bug this month because I’ve just not been able to stop thrifting! I even went thrifting with my mother-in-law for Black Friday.

Here’s what I got this month:

november 2014 fashion budgetLeft to right:

1. NYDJ black slacks, $6 from Salvation Army Store
2. NYDJ skinny damask print pants, $5 from Salvation Army Store
3. Eileen Fisher stretchy pants, $3 from DRM Store
4. Sweatpants (grey), $3 from DRM Store
5. Terry sweatpants (black), free from DRM Store (buy 1 get 1 free offer)
6. NYDJ leather panel denim leggings, $30 from Marshalls
7. Karen Kane black slacks, free from DRM Store (buy 1 get 1 free offer)
8. Levis Demi Curve jeans, $4 from DRM Store
9. NYDJ jeans, $3 from Pennies for Change Store
= $54 on pants

SHOES & Accessories!
november 2014 fashion budgetLeft to right (top to bottom):

1. NAOT sandals, $1.75 from DRM Store
2. Stuart Weitzman patent and cork sandals, $3.59 from Goodwill
3. Stuart Weitzman kitten sandals, $3.59 from Goodwill
4. Clarks sandals, $3.59 from Goodwill
5. Sanita professional clogs, $3.59 from Goodwill
6. Vintage Dooney & Bourke All Weather Leather red and brown leather crossbody bag, $7 from DRM Store
7. Bass sandals, $3.59 from Goodwill
8. Worth New York leather belt, $10 from Goodwill
9. (BELOW) Charles Jourdan shoes, $5 from NRM Thrift Store
= $41.70 on shoes etc.
november 2014 fashion budget - charles jourdan shoes DRESSES!november 2014 fashion budgetLeft to Right:

1. (Top horizontal) Eileen Fisher t-shirt dress, $4.59 from Goodwill
2. Lands End chambray dress, $4.59 from Goodwill
3. Ann Taylor navy stretchy sheath dress, $6 from Salvation Army Store
4. Boden jersey dress, $4.59 from Goodwill
5. Eileen Fisher black dress, $4.59 from Goodwill
6. Lands End purple and white polka dot dress, $4.59 from Goodwill
7. J. Crew white and navy polka dot dress, $4 from DRM Store. Ok so the story about this dress is that I couldn’t leave the store without it but it’s a size too small. I’m planning on getting back on track low carb-wise and losing a few pounds and hopefully it will fit. If not, then I can see if my tailor can let it out. If not then I’ll consign it, but it’s a great dress!
= $32.95 on dresses
november 2014 fashion budget - j crew polka dot dress
TOPS and whatnot!
november 2014 fashion budgetLeft to right (top to bottom):

1. French Connection striped sweater, $4.59 from Goodwill
2. Chevron tunic, $3.39 from Goodwill
3. Ralph Lauren leopard print button-down, $2 from Pennies for Change
4. Lands End Canvas eyelet shirt, $2 from DRM Store
6. Lily Pulitzer white tank top, $2 from DRM Store
7. Dana Buchman silk top, $2 from DRM Store
8. Polka dot chambray shirt, $3.39 from Goodwill
9. Old Navy skirt, $2 from DRM Store
10. Worthington jacket, $4.59 from Goodwill
11. J. Jill jacket, $2 from DRM Store
12. (NOT PICTURED) long open sweater cardigan, $25 from insta-shop
13. Turquoise necklace, $3 from DRM Store
=$55.96 on tops and misc.

TOTAL = $184.61

YIKES! Ok, so I spent almost $85 over my budget! But, I got a lot of GREAT staples, including the Sanita clogs, which I LOVE and wear almost every day! I’ve also got a bunch of stuff to consign and donate because I don’t want to have too much stuff, I want to have just the right amount of stuff, so I’m trying to get rid of stuff if I buy new stuff!

Ok friends, it’s your turn…how did you do this month? Did you do any thrifting or shopping for Black Friday at all?

LINKING UP with Franish for budgeting bloggers!

newly thrifted: polka dot dress & stuart weitzman heels

Hi friends, I hope you’re having a good weekend so far. I did some thrifting today and found nothing 😦 but last week I made out like a bandit and I want to share a few of my favorite finds: a sweet Lands End polka dot dress, a stretchy Worth belt, and OMG I CAN’T BELIEVE I FOUND THESE – almost brand new Stuart Weitzman kitten sandals. I’ve seriously lusted over this brand for a while and the shoes were either WAY too expensive or not my size. So of course, these SW sandals are my new favorites – the heel is about 1.75″ so they’re super comfortable and yet still stylish.

See what you think…

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So, what have YOU found thrifting lately? Anything good?

Outfit Details:
Dress: Lands End, thrifted $4.59
Belt: Worth New York, thrifted $10
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman Huarache nubuck heels, thrifted $3.59

April 2014 Fashion Budget

Hi friends, another month has gone by and it’s time, yet again, to recall our purchases.

Here’s what I ended up with this month:

  • Marc by Marc Jacobs crazy cat lady necklace, insta-shop $22
  • Vintage Coach purse, Goodwill $40
  • Mephisto slip on shoes, Goodwill $4
  • Nine West Sandals, Goodwill $3.39
  • Banana Republic mustard sweater, Goodwill $4.49
  • Floral print linen shirt, Goodwill $3.39
  • Lafayette148 collar shirt, Goodwill $3.39
  • Van Heusen striped nautical tee, Goodwill $3.39
  • Talbots green jacket, Goodwill $4.59
  • J. Crew navy cropped pants, Goodwill $3.39
  • Classiques Entier cardigan, Goodwill $3.39
  • Forever21 Bird Kimono top, Buffalo Exchange in Charlotte $9.50
  • Mel by Melissa Pop Heart Jelly Flats, Lord & Taylor $24.69

Plus, I had been forgetting to “skip this month” for JewelMint so I ended up with 2 credits ($60 total, yikes). Here’s what I got:

  • Leading Legacy Necklace
  • Time Capsule Pendant
  • Gem Mosaic Necklace

jewelmint necklaces
TOTAL Spent: $185.12. Well, I went $85 over my budget, mostly due to the frivolous jewelry spending. I did end up getting 4 necklaces, 3 pairs of shoes, 1 leather purse, 2 sweaters, 1 pant, 5 tops, and 1 blazer/jacket, which isn’t’ that bad if you think about it 🙂 Oh well! Here’s to a better May.

Now it’s your turn, friends. Spill the beans…how do you do this month on YOUR fashion budget??


Linking up with Franish so don’t forget to check out her post.

florals and flowers

Springtime means it’s time to break out the floral prints, sandals, and it’s time to take a break and smell the flowers:)

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So exciting!
floral blazer4Here are the new sandals I got at Goodwill, they’re perfect for spring! I love them but I’m glad that I only paid $3.39 for them because they’re already falling apart =/

And here are some pictures I snapped while visiting Duke Gardens a few weekends ago. The tulip garden was in full bloom and so beautiful!

Have a great monday everyone! I hope you’re enjoying spring 🙂


Outfit Deets:
Jacket/blazer: Rafaella floral blazer, thrifted $3
Tank: Caslon black tank, thrifted (gift from Mom)
Jeans: The Limited (old), $20
Shoes: Nine West sandals, thrifted $3.39
Necklace: Melinda Maria moon star necklace, gift from hubby