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

 


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


Graduation Then Vacation

If you were ever wondering, I burn first, and then I tan.  I was reminded of this last Saturday at Chris’s graduation where my shoulders got almost fried.  But on a positive note, it was a beautiful day!

After graduation, all of us (Chris’s family came down for the day to celebrate) took a little trip and ate at the Inner Harbor.  Then, Chris and I ended the day with a neat photo shoot by the American Visionary Art Museum (a wedding and an engagement shoot were happening nearby–it was a popular place for taking pictures!).

This week is going by fast.  And by fast, I mean I wake up, I eat, I work, I eat, I sleep, only to wake up a few hours later and start all over again.  In the midst of all of that, I’ve been preparing to go on vacation.  Don’t worry–when we come back, I’ll share pictures from our trip.

Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll see you in two weeks!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Dress:  Imaginary Voyage/Marshalls

Shoes:  Nine West/Marshalls

Purse:  Coach/thrifted

Necklace:  thrifted

Sunglasses:  London Fog/Marshalls

Bracelet:  Bloom/shop in Delaware


Fun Finds

I went to the thrift store today, and was pleased with what I found.  I like to shop different thrift stores, because some thrift stores have a better selection than others.  This particular store had many racks of clothes, scarves, and handbags.  I’m happy to say I bought something from each section.

First up, is this bold, blue skirt.  I don’t think this shade of blue looks the best on me, but the brightness and the material reminded me of what I, as a young one, envisioned myself wearing as an adult.  The length is demure, and I can cinch a belt around the waist.

I was also intrigued by the scarves that I bought; the colors and designs were what attracted me.  With both scarves, I’m able to imagine an array of outfits to create around each motif.

I was late in snatching what appeared to be a vintage black leather Coach purse (I just happened to witness the moment another customer picked it up, and in that same instant, I knew she was going to put it in her cart).  I was determined to find another vintage handbag, and about a minute later, I came across this Koret purse.  The leather was still in good condition, and it came with an attached coin purse.

My last find of the day was this bamboo purse.  Initially, I was hesitant to get this purse due to the small size, but I was drawn to the unique craftsmanship.  I ended up carrying it (along with everything else I was planning on purchasing) for about half an hour before I decided to buy it (I tend to just hold onto things that I think I might want to buy before I make my final decision; even at the thrift store, I realize that you still don’t want to overspend on things you don’t need or won’t use).  In the end, I thought it would make a pretty summer accessory.

I’m excited to actually use everything that I bought.  When the time is right, I’ll come up with a fun outfit (or two) using what was purchased today.  Yay for successful shopping!

Skirt:  Requirements

Scarves:  (1) Totes:  Made in Italy; (2) Made in Japan (no label)

Purses:  leather:   Koret; bamboo:  no label


Hint of Red

Some of the best years of my life were when I was in college.  So, I had a great time hanging out with good college friends at our alma mater this weekend.  I wore this outfit to a school event as an attempt to off show my school spirit.  Unfortunately, the main color should have been red, but I didn’t feel I had a suitable red shirt for the outfit (university apparel shopping, here we come!).  I chose to make red the accent and chose some of the secondary colors (black and white) as my theme for my top.

I decided to wear my dark denim blazer (not a school color) as a jacket and, at the last minute, realizing it would be chilly, I threw on a completely non-matching purple and magenta scarf (not pictured, but you can probably see how I was veering into ‘looking like I went to another school’ territory).  I topped off the look with a pair of black jeggings, black flats, and a black-jeweled necklace, knowing that black at least matches everything and is a part of the school color scheme.


I like to think I captured enough of the colors in my outfit to show that I’m a proud alumna.   And if I didn’t, I guess I just have another excuse to go shopping.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Poof!/TJMaxx

Tank top:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Blazer:  Merona/Goodwill

Jeggings:  Van Pierre/Marshalls

Shoes:  Divertente Studio/vintage

Necklace:  Alfani/loaned


Comfort and Joy

I had to take a picture of what I wore to run some errands.  I wore a slight variation of this outfit over a week ago.  I wore it again because I thought it was comfortable and would keep me from getting too cold (you can never tell what the temperature is going to be like when it’s overcast).  The cheery message (see below) urged me to buy this t-shirt at a thrift store.  One of my favorite types of shirts are the tissue tees because of their comfort and their versatility (I wore this t-shirt over black spandex leggings last time–in this picture, I’m wearing skinny, black cargo pants).

My shoes were a closet find from my bedroom at my parents’ house.  When I tried the shoes on, I discovered that they fit, weren’t too worn out, and were pretty comfortable.  The funny thing about them–they were shoes that I wore when I was 10 years old!  So yes, I’m rocking Stride Rites in this photo.  What can I say?  I have small feet!

Hope everyone had a good day (the t-shirt says it all)!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

T-shirt:  American Eagle Outfitters/Goodwill

Pants:  Almost Famous/Marshalls

Shoes:  Stride Rite/?