Friday, March 27, 2015

TST Swap & Gift of Thrift Giveaway!

A couple months ago, Martyna, who blogs over at Spoolish, had the brilliant idea to do a swap amongst us Thrift Style Thursday girls. So we paired up, settled on a price range, and each went thrift shopping for another. Wanna get in on the fun? Read all the way to the bottom for your chance to win a thrifted outfit we'll pick out just for you!


Miche, of Buttons and Birdcages, was my swap partner, so I tried to keep her sort of Bohemian, world-traveler kind of style in mind while I perused the racks. One of the pieces I picked up was this lovely, beaded skirt with a gold butterfly print, which I styled as a dress with gold and pearl accessories, before I sent it along to her.

Thrift Style Thursday: Swap!

To see what Miche did with this skirt, along with the other goodies I sent her, click on over to her blog.

Thrift Style Thursday: Swap!
Skirt: $5 thrifted and swapped // Belt: $2 thrifted // Bracelet: me-made // Necklace: inherited from Granma // Earrings: Etsy // Ring: gift

Now for the stuff she sent to me! Miche must have some awesome [read: super cheap] thrift shops in her area, because when I opened the box, the contents practically jumped out at me like one of those prank snakes-in-a-can.

There was a burgundy Merona tee and a beautiful red and green scarf, which I paired with my black skinnies, cream peep-toe flats, and an emerald (not real, of course) ring.

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The faux leather details and back zipper on the top were fantastic!

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Top and scarf: thrifted and swapped // Jeans: $7 thrifted and skinnified // Shoes: $7 Target clearance // Ring: $5 thrifted

The next item was this mesh tunic with lace details on the front. I can see this being a great swimsuit cover-up when it warms up a smidge more.

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For now though, I went a little hippie-chic, adding a woven leather belt, distressed jeans, teal sandals, a me-made necklace, and a mother of pearl ring.

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Top: thrifted and swapped // Jeans: $5 thrifted // Sandals: $5 Yerdle // Belt: $2 thrifted // Necklace: me-made // Ring: $3 thrifted

Next was a super cute burgundy Lush dress with black detailing.

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I kept it simple with my black leather Born boots, black leather Fossil bag, black faux pearl necklace, and a hematite ring.

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Dress: thrifted and swapped // Boots: $20 thrifted // Bag: hand-me-down // Necklace: inherited from Granma // Ring: $5 thrifted

Miche also sent me a black, loose-knit sweater, originally from Bloomingdale's. The high front and low back of the neckline reminded me of this hot pink dress I had, so I decided to give the whole sweater-over-a-dress thing a whirl.

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My black pumps and a gold locket [and of course my kick-ass tattoos] completed the outfit.

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Sweater: thrifted and swapped // Dress: $6 thrifted // Shoes: $5 thrifted // Necklace: inherited from Granma

My favorite of the items Miche sent me were this ruffled white NY&Co blouse and a navy polka dot pencil skirt originally from Target.

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The pearl bracelets were also from the swap, and I added my denim peep-toe wedges and a blue Sapphire ring.

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Top, Skirt, and Bracelets: thrifted and swapped // Shoes: $5 thrifted // Ring: Etsy

Finally, sharing my love of refashioning, Miche sent me a frumpy, floral skirt to makeover, and this navy blouse, which she may have meant to be worn as is, but I think I'm going to tweak it too. I repaired a busted side seam and replaced a missing button, but the neckline is just too tight for my liking. Check back on Sunday to see what changes I'm making to these two pieces!

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Are you as anxious as I am to see what the other Thrift Style Thursday bloggers swapped too? Well then, let's go see! Check out the other swap partners to see what they thrifted for each other!

My partner: Miche of Buttons and Birdcages
Martyna of Spoolish and Andrea of Little Did You Know
Zhenya of Being Zhenya and Beth of Bethie the Boo
Kristi of Delightfully Kristi and Brittany of The B Life



And now if you've stuck with me to the end, you deserve a prize! Here's your chance to win an outfit thrifted just for you! That's right! All you have to do is follow some or all of us TST ladies on some or all of your favorite social networks by filling out the Rafflecopter below for up to 36 chances to win a thrifted outfit of your very own. Four winners will be selected and a pair of participating TST girls will go shopping for you! How awesome is that?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thrift Style Thursday: Winter Blues

The theme this week was chosen by Andrea, of Little Did You Know. While she, in her northeastern climate, may be experiencing the more traditional winter blues, my blues are instead caused by the brevity of winter in my area.

Thrift Style Thursday: Winter Blues

Thrift Style Thursday: Winter Blues

I took this challenge as an opportunity to experiment with a color combination I've been wanting to try - cobalt and turquoise.

Thrift Style Thursday: Winter Blues

Thrift Style Thursday: Winter Blues

In addition to colors you might not think to put together, I also paired unlikely fabrics - a jersey knit maxi skirt and a 100% cashmere tank top.

Thrift Style Thursday: Winter Blues

And since it was such a lovely day, I decided to try out some different lighting scenarios as well. I wandered around the park for an hour and a half, playing with light, shadow, and camera settings. There were plenty of failures, but I think the successes made it a worthwhile enterprise.

Thrift Style Thursday: Winter Blues

Thrift Style Thursday: Winter Blues
Cashmere top: $1 thrifted // Skirt: refashioned // Sandals: Yerdle // Necklace: me-made // Lapis ring: thrifted // Blue opal earrings: anniversary gift

How do you think the other Thrift Style Thursday have chosen to express their winter blues? Click their pics to visit their blogs and find out, or the TST icon in the center will take you to our Facebook page.

And be sure to check back tomorrow for the TST swap unveiling! See all the goodies we thrifted for each other, and have a chance to win a thrifted outfit for yourself!





Sunday, March 22, 2015

A Healthy Dose of Fiber

I didn't get any sewing done this weekend because yarn. And I mean serious yarn. The 10th annual DFW Fiber Fest was bigger than ever! It all started Thursday evening with a 10th anniversary kick-off event featuring the Yarn Harlot herself, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. She premiered a new talk, "Knitting: Can't Stop, Won't Stop," written just for us, and we all laughed and laughed and laughed. And for those knitters who didn't already have all her books autographed [read: not me], she did that too.

The vendor hall opened and classes commenced on Friday, though I did not attend either what with the whole "work" thing. However, I was able to witness the return of Franklin Habit on Friday night - his third time at DFWFF, but my first time hearing him speak. His presentation, "Five Women, Five Shawls," was also a brand new talk and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Afterward, he was kind enough to sign a copy of his book for me and grace me with a photograph. (He also called me a "mad woman" for the time that went into my Mini Mania shawl.)

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On Saturday and Sunday, the vendor hall was packed to the rafters, it seemed, with glorious yarn, fiber, and tools of the trade, along with many a knitter, crocheter, spinner, and weaver basking in the glow of it all.

It hung from the walls.

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It filled cubbies and bins.

DFW Fiber Fest

Some was twisted up in neat, color-coordinated hanks.

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DFW Fiber Fest
DFW Fiber Fest

While others were allowed to hang free.

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Ultimately, I showed great self-restraint, bringing only three of them home with me.

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Before going shopping, I gave my stash a once-over on Ravelry. I noticed an abundance of blues and greens, so I decided to lean toward reds and oranges on this excursion.

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I found [left to right below] a lovely hank of Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply fingering weight yarn in French Marigold, some hand-dyed Merino Lace from Gynx Yarns in the Rustic colorway, and a tasty morsel called High Wire 3-ply from Yarn Carnival aptly named Damnation!

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Just don't ask me what I plan to make with them. I honestly have no clue yet. But I can assure you whatever they become will be gorgeous!