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can’t get enough polka dots (and orange cats)

I really really like polka dots. Polka dot blouses, polka dot tees, polka dot skirts – they’re all fabulous and I can’t get enough of them. So, imagine my extreme shock (and excitement) when I found this amazing polka dot blouse at the thrift store. I am completely smitten.

Here I am pairing my lovely dot blouse with a simple stretchy black skirt. This skirt actually used to be a dress. My mom bought it for me as a gift and when the all the elastic in the top part of the dress completely disintegrated, I couldn’t let it go, so I went to a tailor and had him make it into a skirt.

Also, how funny is Ulysses the kitty in these pictures?

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Outfit details:
Top: Lands End, thrifted
Skirt: Made from gifted dress
Belt: Thrifted
Shoes: J. Crew, consignment credit
Necklace: 1928 magnifying glass necklace, thrifted
Bangles: Wooden, thrifted


happy plaid-day! {a workwear wednesday post}

Up until a few weeks ago, I had one plaid shirt. Now, I have two, and I’m sharing my favorite one today.

I wasn’t really a fan of plaid for a long time. I guess it reminded me too much of all the not-quite-cool clothes I wore in the 90s. A few years ago, I got a plaid vest and scarf and that’s when my dislike of plaid began to fade. I’m glad it did, because when done right, it’s actually a versatile, classic print that’s perfect for work ensembles.

Justine at the Thrifty Girl’s Guide is also sharing her plaid workwear wednesday outfit, so go check her out.

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What do you think of plaid for work? Do you wear it to the office?

Outfit Deets:
Shirt: Chaps plaid shirt, thrifted
Pants: NYDJ jeggings, TJ Maxx for about $30
Boots: Frye Veronica (I think) low boot, Nordstrom Rack clearance $88
Sweater: Open cardigan, insta-shop
Jewelry: Bangle/necklace – thrifted. Watch – gift from my MIL.

Henkaa Iris Convertible Dress for Date Night

Hi friends! I hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend! It’s not secret that I’m a huge fan of convertible dresses. This is my second post in the Henkaa Iris series (the first post can be found here) and this time I style the Iris dress for a date night with my sweet husband. Add a clutch, a fun necklace, heels, a jacket (optional) and voila – you’re ready for a night of fun!

This style is a halter dress and unlike my first Henkaa Iris review outfit which I wore with a regular bra, I wore this one with a strapless bra. I can do strapless for a few hours here and there, that’s why it’s perfect for a date night outfit. The dress is so versatile, you can wear it a bunch of different ways. I was a little worried about the amount of chest coverage I’d get from the Dotty style but I think it worked out great. I think halter dresses are so flattering on us curvy gals but look great on everyone!

The Henkaa Iris dress is SUPER comfortable because the fabric is so soft and smooth and has a bit of stretch. That means that no matter how you style the dress, you’re likely to be comfortable and able to walk, dance, or whatever you need to do. I can’t wait to wear this dress to a wedding in New Orleans in November, which goes to show you how versatile these convertible dresses are (Iris especially, because it does have sleeves).

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I hope you liked this style as much as I did. What do you think?


Where to buy: Available via Henkaa.com in royal blue, plum, teal, night black, wine, and charcoal grey. $138 for midi length (as shown here); $168 for maxi length.

Outfit details: vintage necklace, Betsey Johnson pumps (old), The Limited jacket (old), Nordstrom clutch (old).

This dress was provided to me from Henkaa in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own HONEST ones. Links on this page are affiliate links.

august 2015 budget

Hi friends! I can’t believe August is almost over. I can’t say that I’m sad to see it go. I’m not in school so it’s not like my summer break is winding down. And summers here in NC are so unbearable for me that by the time August rolls around each year, I am so ready for fall that I start wearing fall clothes a bit too early for the south.

So, I went a little over-board this August. First, there was a lot of thrifting happening. Then, there was some regular new-stuff shopping. Here’s what I got this month.

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  • Gap v-neck tee, $1
  • Ralph Lauren sweatpants, $1 (not pictured)
  • Lucky top, $1
  • Adidas shorts, $1
  • Corso Como wedge sandals $7.50
  • Cat nightie $2
  • Lands End fleece pea coat $12
  • Vintage Dooney & Bourke bag (missing straps) $2
  • J. Crew ruffle tee, $1.50
  • Ann Taylor LOFT chambray shirt, $3.59
  • Gap real straight grey pants $2
  • Replacement Dooney handles $13
  • Gap curvy straight jeans $5
  • Talbots sweater $4
  • Wood bangles $3
  • J. Crew polka dot top $3.39
  • Gap shorts $1.49
  • LOFT striped dress $4.59
  • Lands End canvas polka dot blouse $3
  • Gap body tee $3
  • NYDJ white jeans $5
  • Banana Republic trouser jeans $2
  • Liz Claiborne blouse $2
  • Eddie Bauer chambray shirt $2
  • Great lakes tee $2


    Not thrifted:

  • Frye boots $88 (I think they’re the Frye Veronica Short boots and I can’t believe I found them at Nordstrom Rack for that price…what a deal and I can’t wait to wear them! They’re originally $298!)
  • Costco jacket $20
  • Cat socks $7 from local boutique

Total spent = $203.06

SO…..I spent $203.06 this month but I made $190 selling stuff in ebay so really I didn’t end up going over my budget. After factoring in the money coming in, I only ended up spending $13.06!

Now it’s your turn to spill the beans…how did you do this month? Did you get any fall cool items?


As always, I’m linking up with Franish.

workwear wednesday: favorite work shoes

I’ve been into flats lately (well, for the last few years). During the hot North Carolina summers, I live in sandals, and these Born flower sandals are some of my favorites.

Don’t forget to check out Justine’s favorite work shoes on the Thrifty Girl’s Guide.

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What are some of your favorite work shoes?

Outfit details:
Top: LOFT denim shirt, thrifted
Pants: NYDJ white jeans, thrifted
Shoes: Born Yuki sandals, thrifted
Necklace: Groopdealz, old