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

 

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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


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: 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


Presenting To You…

I’m so sorry I didn’t post last week.  My mind was blank, and I had written about three sentences that were not cohesive (or coherent).  Plus, I had one of those weeks where I was always behind and never catching up.  So, speaking of catching up, here is a glimpse of what I wore over a week ago.

I wore this to Chris’s thesis presentation.  I was so proud of him for completing a project that he had been working on for over a year (by the way, his presentation went well and he looked great).

However, I think it was because I was more worried about Chris’ clothes that I didn’t know what to wear myself.  After discarding possible outfits, I ended up wearing this black dress, and as a last-minute addition, I accessorized with this belt (my standard way of dressing up an outfit).

I apologize for the little splotches on my dress and belt.  I swear I’m generally a (relatively) clean person!

My vintage Koret purse was the most logical choice for a handbag, once I realized I had a gold and black theme to my outfit.  I even wore my gold and black flats, since I had to do a fair amount of standing and walking (definitely more comfortable than my heels!).

All in all, it was a wonderful day to celebrate a long-awaited accomplishment.  Up next:  pictures of what I wore to Chris’s graduation (yay, he’s finished)!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Dress:  Express/Marshalls

Belt:  vintage

Shoes:  Kenneth Cole Reaction/DSW

Purse:  Koret/thrifted


No More Rainy Days

Yay, for sunshine!  Yesterday, I was finally able to wear the Oxford-type shoes that I bought about two months ago.  Every time I planned on wearing them, it was either rainy or had finished raining.  Luckily, Sunday was rain-free and back to spring-like temperatures.

I spent most of the day cleaning (don’t worry, I managed to wear my scrubby clothes for the deep cleaning and vacuuming).  I wore this outfit on my one outing for the day–a visit to my parents.

So, my photographer for the day was my mom!  She strolled out into the backyard in her satiny, heeled Mootsies Tootsies.  My mom even squatted in her heels to take a picture of my shoes!  I love my mom and her sense of “casual” fashion.

I think the theme for my outfit was flowy, springtime comfort.  This kind of weather is perfect for me.  I wish it lasted all year round.

I hope everyone had a good Monday.  Goodbye, April; hello, May!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Blouse:  Esprit/vintage

Dress:  Xhilaration/Target

Belt:  Betsey Johnson/TJ Maxx

Shoes:  Big Buddha/DSW

Sunglasses:  Franco Sarto/Marshalls


Birthday Special

I just wanted to take some time today to say Happy Birthday to my special someone.

I’m not the best gift-giver, so I basically waited until the last minute (meaning yesterday) to find a birthday present.  I ended up driving around most of the late morning, searching high and low for a specific t-shirt.  Unfortunately, the first place I went to didn’t have the correct size, so I drove to another mall.  Luckily, the malls are probably only about 20 minutes apart, but I’m sure I burned a lot of fuel.

I think it was well worth it.  For those who either have kids or are just kids at heart like Chris and me, you are probably familiar with the Disney show, Phineas and Ferb.  And if you know the cartoon series, you are probably quite familiar with Perry the Platypus/Agent P.  Perry is probably the coolest character on the show.  He doesn’t talk; he just stares.  In Perry’s world, a stare carries a lot of meaning.  So, you can imagine why this shirt was too awesome to pass up (although, originally, I was looking to buy another shirt–but this shirt ended up winning me over).

So, to sum up–don’t wait until the last minute to buy presents, Perry the Platypus is the bee’s knees, and Chris is awesome in every way, especially today.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

His

Button-down shirt:  INC/Macy’s

T-shirt:  Disney/Disney Store

Hers

Jacket:  Notations/vintage store

Scarf:  vintage