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back to basics {a thrift style thursday post}

Hi friends!

I am so happy about this week’s TST post: back to basics. My favorite wardrobe basics are color-based or article-based. I wore my favorite khaki skinnies, black tank top, kimono type jacket, coach crossbody, and birkenstocks.

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What are your favorite wardrobe basics?

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Thrift Style Thursday 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
Brittany from Lipstick+Yarn


Top: Caslon (Nordstrom), thrifted $2-3?
Pants: Gap khaki skinnies, ThredUp ~$12
Jacket: Forever21+, Buffalo Exchange ~$8
Shoes: Birkenstock, old
Bag: Vintage coach, thrifted ~$5
Necklace: Jewelmint


OOTD: pink + black + bangles

I’m trying to wear as many black clothes as I can before it gets too warm! One of my favorite color combinations is black and pink or fuchsia. Plus I’ve been buying a lot of thrifted bracelets and wanted to wear those too.

Outfit details:
Cardigan: Black Ann Taylor cardigan, thrifted $4.59
Top: Bitten by SJP cotton eyelet tunic, thrifted $3
Pants: Skinny Jeans, the Limited clearance, old
Belt: silver skinny belt stolen from a dress
Shoes: Cole Haan black leather pumps, ebay $26
Jewelry: Bangles, Bracelets, Cuffs: all thrifted, about $2 each + thrifted necklace, $2

Plus here are some more cool bracelets I’ve thrifted recently:

Thrifted Bangle
Thrifted Bangle- very similar to Jewelmint Birdcage Bangle, but only $2
Thrifted Cuff + Bracelet
Thrifted pewter Kirk Stieff Aster flower cuff + silvertone link bracelet, $2 each

I hope you all had a good monday and also that you’re getting some great weather this week! It’s getting closer to 80 degrees every day and I’m really enjoying the sun!

black lace dress: a short story about tailor-fit clothes

Just a note that I will be on vacation starting Saturday 3.16.13 through 3.25.13 so blogging might be sparse until I get back.


This is a post about how you shouldn’t fear your local tailor. Being petite, I usually have to get all my pants hemmed so I’m no stranger to my local tailor. This is a little different. Here’s how the story goes…

I found this classy vintage lace dress at the thrift store, and I was instantly smitten. I had been looking for a black lace dress at thrift shops for months. Unfortunately for me, this amazing dress didn’t really fit. it was a size 10 which I can sometimes fit in without any problems but I couldn’t even get my arms in the armholes. The body of the dress was tight. It was not a good look. I had promised myself that I WOULD NOT BUY ANY CLOTHES THAT DIDN’T FIT. Once again, I broke my own rule.

So I paid the $5 for the dress, which was a great deal anyway, thinking that I’d take it to a tailor and see what they could do. I could always have the dress dry-cleaned and consign it if alterations just did not work.

I decided to try a new tailor nearby and he recommended not only adding extra fabric in the armpit area but also to let the whole dress out. I was scared… of the cost and of the possible outcome. I won’t lie, it wasn’t cheap (it’s not like it’s just a simple hem or tuck). But when I tried on the dress after its surgery, I was very happy!

So friends, the moral of the story is that I would recommend trying to get your inexpensive thrifted clothes tailored when possible, especially if it’s just a simple hem or taking in pant waists, shortening skirts, etc. Buying clothes that just don’t fit at all is always a gamble. This time I took a gamble and was happy with the outcome. 🙂 🙂

Outfit details:
Dress: vintage Liz Claiborne? black lace dress, thrifted $5 plus $50 worth of alterations ($55 total, not bad for a cute LBD)
Belt: Skinny silver belt stolen from another dress
Necklace: long peacock pearl strand, gift from husband
Shoes: patent Bandolino Apparently Pumps, old from Piperlime.

Hope you like my dress and how it turned out! I also hope you all have a great weekend (and week)!



spiked heels + OOTD

I saw these spiked / studded sandals on ebay and I just couldn’t resist…They’re not terribly comfortable, unfortunately. But I love them nonetheless.

Studded shoes were a little too ‘edgy’ for me at one time but now I really like them.

Check out my OOTD from a couple of days ago:

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Outfit details:
Jacket: Velour burgundy Nautica jacket, thrifted $4.59
Pants: David Kahn super stretchy black skinny jeans at Ideeli on clearance, $29.99
Top: Max Studio black/white patterned top, consignment shop $8
Shoes: Saks Fifth Avenue Tristi black leather and studded sandals/heels, ebay $27 (including shipping)

What do you think of studded or spiky shoes and accessories?

Prabal Gurung for Target & OOTD

I wanted to share my Prabal Gurung for target purchase. I went to Target not really planning on buying anything but in wound up getting this super colorful pleated skirt.

Check out my OOTD (and kitty):

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Outfit details:
Top: Michael Stars black t-shirt, thrifted $1.39
Skirt: Prabal Gurung / Target Pleated Skirt in Nolita print, in store for $30
Necklace: apple green bubble necklace, ebay $15
Shoes: Lands End navy suede flats, thrifted $5
Cat, Ulysses the orange tabby

I hope you all had a great weekend! the work week begins again tomorrow, ack!