Category Archives: Spring

animal prints {a thrift style thursday post}

Greetings friends! Another TST is upon us and this week’s theme is animal print. I have been a fan of animal prints, specifically leopard prints, for many years off and on and although I don’t have a whole bunch of choices, I did have this cool Phillip Lim for Target skirt. I also have a velour blazer and a scarf in leopard print that I love, but they’re more fall pieces. So is my leopard vest. I decided for this quickly-warming weather, a skirt was the best option and doubled up on the leopard print by adding the belt. Check it out:

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Now tell me, what do you think of animal prints? Which are your favorites? What pieces are wardrobe musts?

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TST crew:
Zhenya at Being Zhenya
Kristi at Alligator Toe
Miche at Buttons and Birdcages
Jackline at Sincerely Miss J
Justine at The Two Cent Chic
Meg at Eclecticity
Sheri  at Confessions of a Refashionista
Martyna at Spoolish
Alex at Snippets with Alex
Lesli & Jacki at sistasfromcali
Erika at Erika’s Style Diary
Beth at BethieTheBoo
Rachel at Rachel’s Lookbook
Outfit Details:
Top: LOFT, thrifted $3.59
Skirt: Phillip Lim for Target, clearance $15
Necklace: Jewelmint sale
Shoes: Nine West sandals, thrifted $3.59
Leopard print belt: Consignment, $15
Bracelet: Gift from a dear friend ❤


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

stripes + rain boots

The forecast for today promised to be rainy (and maybe even freezing rain or snow) so I thought it was a perfect opportunity to wear my new rain boots to work. Too bad it only rained a tiny bit, and by the time I left the office, it had already stopped. So even though I didn’t get a chance to test the boots’ waterproof properties in action, I had fun wearing my new polka dot rain boots!

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By the way, the story about rain boots is this: I had a pair from wal-mart that I bought when I was in college (many moons ago). They sat in my closet, unworn, for many years. Mostly they were uncomfortbale but also because a chance hadn’t arose where I needed to wear them, so off to the donation pile they went. Fast forward to this winter, where it’s been colder, snowier, and wetter than I can remember, and I wished I hadn’t donated my old boots.

I decided I wanted a nice pair of rain boots, something affordable yet still made in the USA. I’m glad I found the brand Sloggers (purchased from Amazon) – they come in a variety of colors and are American made. I’ve only worn them once (sized up a size per the reviews and they’re a tiny bit loose but better than tight and uncomfortable like the old ones) but they seem very comfortable.

Anyway, that’s it about the rain boots – hope you all had a great tuesday:)

Outfit deets:
Sweater/Sweatshirt: Jones New York Sport striped top, thrifted $3.39
Shirt: Chambray, thrifted $3.39
Necklace:, $12ish
Jeans: Denizen leggings, thrifted $3.39
Socks: Marshalls, $5
Boots: Sloggers polka dot rain boots, Amazon $37.44

vintage inspired outfit + professional photos!

I spent the afternoon at Duke Gardens with my friend and coworker Rachel, owner of Rachel C. Ward Photography. She graciously photographed me in my thrifted outfit for the Thrift Your Heart Out OutFIT contest. I was going for a vintage 50s/60s look which I hope I accomplished!

Rachel is a wonderful photographer and captured the beauty of nature as well as moi. Kudos to Rachel and a big THANK YOU to her for allowing me to post her photos here.


If you’re in Central North Carolina and need a lifestyle or wedding photographer, don’t hesitate to contact Rachel!

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***I hope you like these photos, they’re the first professional photos on this blog and that makes me HAPPY!***


Outfit details:
Dress: Adrianna Papell Matte Jersey & Taffeta Dress in dark blue, thrifted $4.59 from Goodwill (it’s originally $178, OMG)
Necklace: vintage faux pearl 3 strand necklace with rhinestone clasp, jewelry consignment store in Greensboro, NC $15
Earrings: Hollycraft pink rhinestone earrings, thrifted from Pennies for Change Thrift Store, $16
Bracelet: Vintage rhinestone bracelet, thrifted from Goodwill $1.99
Scarf: Vintage silk scarf, thrifted from Goodwill $1
Shoes: Anne Klein purple suede pumps, thrifted from Goodwill $8
Bag: Vintage Bobbie Jerome patent clutch with tortoise plastic handles, thrifted from Goodwill $1.99
total: $48.57

easy colorblocking

The easiest way to jump on the ‘color blocking’ trend bandwagon is to buy a dress that’s pre-color blocked. haha! I think I’m so clever, don’t I? I really like this dress. It’s bright and very comfortable.

Well, I wasn’t really planning on buying anything, but I went into a JC Penney (or is it called JCP now?) store to return something I had bought online and… GASP….I found SO MANY CUTE THINGS. I literally had no bought anything at JCP since the late 90s. I ran into this dress on a clearance rack, and the rest was history.

Outfit details:
Dress: Allen B colorblock (turquoise, pink, orange) midi dress, JCP clearance $14 in store ($18 online)
Shoes: Nickel t-strap sandals, thrifted $4.59
Jewelry: Necklace, local store for $13.50 + bangles, thrifted $2-3 each + spiked bracelet, consignment store $5.99
Clutch: Talbots black patent clutch, thrifted $4
Belt: pink skinny belt from Charlotte Russe, old
Jacket: Vivienne Tam blazer, Ideeli clearance from a while ago, about $18

What do you think about the color blocking trend? Are you a fan?


PS. I really wanted to say something about the recent tragic events in Boston and Texas but I don’t really know what to say. When these types of events take place, it seems that words just fall flat. Humans are suffering all over the globe and it’s my sincere wish that one day, we won’t hurt each other any more. Peace, <3, and baby goldfish.