Thrifty Shopper

I’ve had to be careful about my spending habits these past few months.  It’s almost become a weekly ritual to go shopping.  The only way I don’t feel too guilty about my frequent spending is if I go to the thrift store.  I bought this dress with the tags still on for a cool $10 at a nearby Goodwill.  I wore it to a dear old college roommate’s wedding earlier this summer.

I think I’m now addicted to thrift store shopping.  If I’m not buying clothes, I’m buying purses (note:  this purse is part of my vintage/thrift store-purchased collection).  I also search for jewelry and home decor.  In fact, it’s gotten so bad, I can’t remember the last time I bought a clothing-related item for myself at a regular store.

This isn’t to say that I won’t go back to shopping at the mall.  Speaking of weddings, I should start looking for a nice gown for my cousin’s wedding next year (it’s supposedly going to be a black tie event).  We’ll see what I can find on the clearance rack.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Dress:  twenty one/Goodwill

Heels:  Steve Madden/Marshalls

Purse:  Jay Herbert/thrifted

 


Bellwether Blues

It’s not quite sweater weather yet, but when there is a slight chill in the air (or the air conditioning is on full blast), I do like to layer.  I especially like the versatility of wearing vests; you can wear them year-round.  Unfortunately, when it gets too hot, I have to retire this particular vest.  But, on a day where you can stand to wear something for extra warmth, this vest is the way to go.

Some days I’m in the mood to wear a certain color.  Blue was the color of choice for this outfit for what was supposed to be a simple mall outing (we ended up leaving the mall past midnight because of a traffic debacle, and so, to avoid idling in our car, we went to the movie theater and caught a late night show).

I added something from our Japan trip to my purse.  The bell makes a “jingle-jangle” every time I step.  I suppose it’s my way of making sure I don’t get lost in the crowd as well as having a memento of vacation to hold onto (sorry you have to witness a close-up of my dry hand).

What trends do you like to wear year-round?  Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Shop with Velocity/Marshalls

Vest:  Kaisley/Marshalls

Shorts (not pictured, but were definitely worn underneath my long top):  Banana Republic/donated

Purse:  vintage Coach

Shoes:  Merona/Target

Necklace:  Richelieu/vintage store


Summer Breeze

I almost wore this exact same outfit yesterday (note:  the outfit pictured was from over a month ago).  But, instead of a denim skirt, I wore denim shorts.  And I wore my brown slingback flats.  And–apparently, my outfit from yesterday was quite different from this outfit, although I did recycle what I wore up top.  Anyway, this is one version of what I call “breezily casual” because this comfortable, flowy top is perfect for when I need some natural air conditioning (and air reminds me of the word breezy–get it?–ugh, sorry I have a horrible sense of humor.).

This is a fun summer outfit because I don’t feel over-exposed or too overdressed.  I also wanted an excuse to wear my green wedges.  I’ve decided that I absolutely need to start adding more color to my outfits.  And wearing colorful shoes is a good place to start.

How’s everyone’s summer so far?  Stay cool, my dears.

P.S.  I hope my hyperextended elbow doesn’t freak out too many people.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  derek heart/Marshalls

Cover Up:  Girl Talk/TJ Maxx

Skirt:  Gap/donated

Wedges:  Mossimo/Target

Purse:  vintage Coach/thrifted

Sunglasses:  London Fog/Marshalls


Tokyo Trip: One Last Look

And now for my last outfit of the trip (I really know how to extend my vacation, don’t I?).  It wasn’t anything fancy; just something that I could wear and be comfortable in for the long journey home.

I reworked my leggings from earlier in the trip and layered with socks (I thought that I had forgotten to pack my gray socks, but apparently, I didn’t look hard enough).  This was essentially my version of a nightgown that I could wear in public (by this time, I also had a full-blown cold, so I really couldn’t have cared less about what I was wearing).

The best part about this outfit was the vintage suitcase that I bought a few weeks before our trip.  It’ll probably be the first and last time that I’ll use it though.  The fabric started to unravel and I was afraid the whole thing was going to be in pieces by the time we made it to the airport.  Luckily, it survived–and thankfully, you all survived my drawn out recap of our trip.  I miss Tokyo, but I hope we’ll be able to go back and see more of Japan someday.  In the meantime, I’ll see you stateside!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

T-shirt:  Something Navy/Marshalls

Dress:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Leggings:  Xhilaration/Target

Socks:  Charter Club/Macy’s

Shoes:  Big Buddha/DSW

Belt:  Betsey Johnson/ TJ Maxx

Purse:  Chinese Laundry/gift

Bow:  WEGO in Harajuku

Suitcase:  vintage/boutique store in Delaware


Tokyo Trip: Pocket Moments

For Day 6 of our trip, we went outside of the city and into Kawagoe, a quieter area with small shops and restaurants.  I wore a flowy top, which in my mind’s eye, was my closest approximation to a kimono (please excuse my dour face; this is when I was starting to not feel too well).

Since I was starting to get the sniffles, I had several tissues in my pocket.  I’ve realized that I feel incomplete if I’m wearing an outfit without pockets; I need pockets to store essentials or for a place to rest my hands.  Thankfully, my skinny cargo pants has many pockets.

We walked around and enjoyed the smaller town-feel.  As the sun moved out from under the clouds, the day got a little bit hotter.  I used our umbrella to shade myself, almost wishing I had a prettier parasol instead.

We went back to Ginza tired yet sad that this would be our last night in Japan.  We wanted to go to a hibachi, but since we were tired, we settled on McDonald’s and ate our food while watching a variety show in our hotel room.  An unexpected yet fun way to end our trip.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Living Doll LA/TJ Maxx

Camisoles: (1)  Merona/Target; (2) Imaginary Voyage/Marshalls

Pants:  Almost Famous/Marshalls

Flats:  Mossimo/Target

Socks:  Target

Belt:  Calvin Klein/Marshalls

Purse:  Chinese Laundry/gift


Tokyo Trip: Mish-Mash Mood

This is my outfit from Day 5 of our trip.  I ended up going on a solo excursion because Chris wasn’t feeling well, so I saw this as a perfect opportunity to go antiquing.  Fortunately, there was an antique mall just a block away, so I was able to comfortably spend an hour or two perusing the display cases.  By the time I came back, Chris had enough energy to tour another area.  We decided to spend the rest of the day in Akihabara and then come back to Ginza (where we were staying).

Unfortunately, it was another rainy day, so I had to bring my raincoat.  I know the rain can’t give you a cold, but I’m sure the conditions (weather being cooler, being jet-lagged and sleep deprived, and being around someone who was already sick) helped to lower my immunity; I started to feel worn out by the end of the day.

But luckily, these pictures were before I started to feel under the weather.  I did combine a mish-mash of items to create this outfit.  I liked how an older woman on the street had worn her scarf, so I emulated her style by wearing my scarf (worn for the second time on this trip) in a similar way.   I was also in a menswear mood, so I added my vest over a Harry Potter shirt that I hadn’t worn up until that day (I packed it because I knew it would serve as a cool white t-shirt for me).

To add more color and depth to my outfit, I wore a short navy blue skirt over my jeggings.  I think I was in a layering mood that day (note:  my amused look is because I had to move out of the way to let someone pull their cart out).

Back in Ginza, I admired the store displays:

I have two more outfits to share with you.  We’re almost there!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

T-shirt:  Harry Potter/Hot Topic

Vest:  vintage/thrifted

Scarf:  Totes/thrifted

Skirt:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Jeggings:  Grane/Marshalls

Flats:  Mossimo/Target

Purse:  Chinese Laundry/gift


Tokyo Trip: Let’s Go For the Bow

And here is my Day 4 outfit.  It was my favorite outfit of the trip.  When I originally bought this skirt, I envisioned wearing a black cami and wearing a scarf around my neck as an ensemble.  However, when I bought this bow hair clip during a short jaunt to Harajuku earlier in the week, it inspired me to wear my black and white striped shirt with the skirt instead.  In fact, the fashion inspiration that I got from my hair clip made me want to go back and spend more time in Harajuku (which we ended up doing later in the day).

But first, Chris wanted to see a panoramic view of the city, so we went to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.  We took pictures in the square and went up to the observation deck afterwards.  Unfortunately, we were unable to see Mt. Fuji, but we were able to get a bird’s eye view of Tokyo (note:  all of my outfit photos were taken at ground level!).

I added Totoro to my purse because 1) he’s a cute cartoon character, and 2) I wanted to add a bit of Japanese style to my everyday look.

We then spent most of the afternoon in the Harajuku and Omotesando area.  I bought a cute vintage dress in a thrift store in Harajuku (sorry that it’s not pictured!).  I hope to wear the dress sometime in the fall or on a cool day (sadly, the material isn’t hot weather-friendly).

I’ll share more from the rest of our trip (only 3 more outfits left!).  Hope everyone had a good weekend (and a Happy Father’s Day!)!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Poof!/TJ Maxx

Skirt:  vintage/thrifted

Belt:  Betsey Johnson/TJ Maxx

Shoes:  Big Buddha/DSW

Purse:  Chinese Laundry/gift

Bow:  WEGO/Harajuku

Earrings:  Guess/Macy’s

Keychain (Totoro):  shop in Nakano