Thursday, May 28, 2015

Thrift Style Thursday: Pastel Perfection

At first glance, I didn't think Kristi's pastel challenge this week would be all that difficult. I mean, surely I would *something* appropriate in my closet, right? Nope, apparently not. What can I say? I like bright, saturated colors. Also, I'm clumsy, so light-colored clothing is risky, at best. With the wearables eliminated, I delved into the refashionables and found this men's XL silk shirt from a clothes swap a couple years back. It's not quite pastel, but it'll do.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday Sew-Day: Damaged and Drab

Not every refashion has to be a mammoth undertaking. Sometimes a little sewing goes a long way. For instance, it only took me about an hour this weekend to transform this paint-splattered blouse and this nighty-ish dress into much more wearable pieces.

2015 Spring Clothes Swap HaulSnappy Plaid - Before

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thrift Style Thursday: Stylist for a Day

Andrea of Little Did You Know, gave us a real challenge this week - to let someone else put together our outfit for the day!

Thrift Style Thursday: Stylist for a Day
Thrift Style Thursday: Stylist for a Day

Luckily, the friend with whom I entrusted this task knows me pretty well and understands my... control issues. She went easy on me.

Thrift Style Thursday: Stylist for a Day
Thrift Style Thursday: Stylist for a Day
Thrift Style Thursday: Stylist for a Day

Speaking of control issues, I'm sure you noticed my furry little photobomber. We had to have a little discussion about behaving while Mommy is taking pictures.

Thrift Style Thursday: Stylist for a Day
Thrift Style Thursday: Stylist for a Day

In the end, we came to an agreement.

Thrift Style Thursday: Stylist for a Day
Thrift Style Thursday: Stylist for a Day
Cami: $2 thrifted // Lace top: clothes swap and refashioned // Pants: $10 thrifted // Converse: $2 Yerdle
Fossil bag: $20 thrifted // Jewelry: mostly me-made plus one pearl bracelet from our TST swap


Let's go see if the other Thrift Style Thursday ladies chose their stylists wisely! Click their pics below to go see their blogs, or the TST logo in the center will take you to our Facebook page.

And don't forget our newest member, Alison! We'll have an updated graphic including her soon!




Sunday, May 17, 2015

Clothes Swap Haul

This week, I had the pleasure of attending the Spring 2015 Fabulous Ladies Clothes Swap hosted by Echo Theatre. Much fun was had and many a garment accompanied me home.

There were a couple goofy t-shirts I just couldn't resist - a blingerific smiley face and Cap'n Funny Bones!

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There was a semi-sheer top with solid sleeves and back.

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I also got a 100% silk Ralph Lauren sweater and a blue shell with no tag, but I believe it's also silk.

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Then there's the 100% silk wrap-around blouse and this fun skirt in shades of grey. I also scored a sheer black dress with a red lining underneath.

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It's far from scarf weather here, but give it another 4 or 5 months and I'll be rocking this snow leopard print scarf. The red American Eagle shoes were an interesting find, though I look forward to figuring how to wear them.

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There were a few pieces that have me on the fence as well. I can't decide if I like this top. Normally, I'd be all over sheer and polka dots, but the peplum kinda puts me off. I'll have to play around with how to style it and see if it passes muster.

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This 100% linen tunic looks great on Rosy (though clearly, it needs an ironing), but it's a little snug on my hips. I may be able to get away with leaving the bottom button open, or I may shorten the hem a bit into a standard blouse length. We'll see.

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I'm wary of this Nicole Miller dress as well. Its gold and black mod design immediately brought to mind the ladies' uniforms in the original Star Trek series, and so I brought it home without a second thought. Unfortunately, when I put it on later, I was not only reminded of why I don't wear yellow very often with my skin tone, but also, the cut just wasn't very flattering. I'm still deciding what to do with it.

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And then there were the refashionables. This beaded capelet thingy has me a bit stumped. I've no idea what I'll do with it, but no one else seemed interested in taking it home, so I thought I'd give it a go.

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Two long leather skirts - one black and one dark brown - also found their way into my bag.

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This orange and pink dress will likely only need a few tweaks, but the green number is far too small (it's just pinned to Rosy at the shoulders), so I'll need to get creative on that one.

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This polka dot swing top would have been perfect, except for a paint splotch on the tummy. I have an easy fix in mind for this one to give it new life.

2015 Spring Clothes Swap Haul

Speaking of polka dots, this burgundy skirt has tons of fabric that will be put to use somehow. And lastly, I can always find a use for a floral skirt, though I have no concrete plans yet.

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So that's 21 pieces for the $20 entry fee. Not too shabby!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Thrift Style Thursday: Oppan Gingham Style

Today's theme was my idea! We're exploring a classic pattern that's making a big comeback for spring and summer - gingham!

Thrift Style Thursday: Oppan Gingham Style

Thrift Style Thursday: Oppan Gingham Style

Thrift Style Thursday: Oppan Gingham Style

Over the last couple years, I've developed a fondness for plaid. Gingham has much the same feel, but unlike plaid, with its stripes of varying widths and unlimited color combinations, gingham is only comprised of two colors (one of them typically being white) and its stripes are all the same width. You can see how this might appeal to someone with... idiosyncrasies such as mine.

Thrift Style Thursday: Oppan Gingham Style

Thrift Style Thursday: Oppan Gingham Style

Thrift Style Thursday: Oppan Gingham Style
Top: $4 thrifted // Jeans: $6.50 thrifted // Steve Madden pumps: $5 Yerdle // Leather Fossil bag: hand-me-down from a friend // Sterling & lapis ring: $7 thrifted

Now go forth and enjoy the gingham stylings of the other Thrift Style Thursday ladies! Click their pics below to go see their blogs, or the TST logo in the center will take you to our Facebook page.

And be sure to say hello to our newest member, Alison! We're working on getting her added to the graphic.