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OOTD: more nautical!

More Nautical! Navy Blue + White Sheath dress + Nautical charm necklace + blue pumps
More Nautical! Navy Blue + White Sheath dress + Nautical charm necklace + blue pumps

I just can’t get enough of the nautical trend this spring. I hesitate to call it a trend because I feel as though the style is classic and timeless.

I picked up this super tacky nautical charm necklace from ebay and couldn’t wait to pair it with my navy blue + white stripe sheath dress. It was my first time wearing this dress and I got so many compliments at work. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

What do you think?



Outfit Details:
Dress: Rafaella Studio sheath dress, thrifted $4.59
Shoes: liz claiborne johnnie patent blue heels, thrifted $10 [Worn HERE and HERE]
Purse: Vintage Coach shoulder bag, thrifted $25
Necklace: tacky vintage? nautical charm gold necklace, ebay $5
Bracelet: vintage red and white bead + link bracelet, thrifted $2
Belt: Brighton navy skinny belt, thrifted $2


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. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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)!



red leather jacket

I just LOVE this awesome red leather and fabric jacket I picked up at the local Goodwill thrift store a few weeks back. And black & red being one of my favorite color combinations, I just had to wear it with black.

I will admit that it’s not exactly my size (it’s a size small and we all know I’m no size small) but I just had to have it. Good thing it fits pretty well as long as I don’t try to zip it up.

Check it out:

outfit details:
Jacket: Peter Nygard red leather and fabric jacket, thrifted $6
Top: Old black tanktop
Belt: brown Aldo elastic belt, thrifted $2
Skirt: Talbots black pencil skirt, thrifted $4.59
Tights: Old patterned tights
Shoes: liz claiborne johnnie patent blue heels, thrifted $10
Jewelry: Melinda Maria moon and star necklace (gift from hubby) in gold and studded bangle, thrifted $1

I hope you all have a GREAT weekend!



dressed up for no reason

Today I decided to get dressed up even though I usually spend the weekends in sweats. Why, You may ask? Because I was proud of myself for finding and putting together a cool outfit for not a lot of money. And I was happy that this new awesome dress had pockets! And I’ve been really liking the idea of ‘little black dress’ a lot more.

check it out…IMG_1411 IMG_1413 IMG_1415 IMG_1417 IMG_1420

My OOTD consisted of these budget pieces:
thrifted Jennifer Lopez sleeveless black ponte fit and flare dress – $4.59
gifted turquoise faceted bubble necklace
gifted gold clutch from Nordstrom
old backseam pantyhose (maybe from Victoria’s Secret?)
thrifted green Perceptions swing jacket – $4.59
thrifted black elastic belt – $1.99
old Forever21 mint headband with bow
vintage black rhinestone earrings from ebay
thrifted Liz Claiborne Johnnie blue patent pumps – $10

Then right after my sweet husband took these pictures, I discovered a hole in the pantyhose the size of a small country. And I was reminded why I don’t wear pantyhose EVER. Hope you had a great Saturday!

thrifty outfits + more bubble necklace!