Monday, February 6, 2017

Thrifted Prada & Escada

Finding designer pieces at the thrift store is the best feeling ever. I don’t remember if I’ve ever written about finding my Prada coat. I’ve had it for about 3-4 years now and I scored it at Thrift Town! It was only $29! 

I remember skimming through the coats when I eyed the gorgeous olive toned coat. The fabric felt of high quality and when I look to check the size, I was stunned to see it was Prada. It was even more exciting to see it was my size. 

As for the Escada blouse, it’s one of my many thrifted pieces from them.



Coat: Prada - Thrift Town $29
Blouse: Escada - Thrifted $5
Jeans: Cotton On $25
Booties: Gap $35



What are your favorite items from the thrift store?

-A.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Costco Style

When someone says Costco, I think of packed parking lots and free samples. I've never given much thought to looking through the clothes, but this olive/black cardigan really caught my eye. Who knew you could find a cool piece at a wholesale club.

I paired the sweater with a thrifted turtleneck sweater from my last haul, loafers, and my vintage St. John clutch.

Sweater: Costco - $30
Leggings - Cotton On - $10
Loafers - Dolce Vita via Bloomingdale's Outlet - $10
Clutch - St. John - Garage Sale $15

Oh! Yes! My St. John clutch came from a garage sale. Goes to show you never know what you're going to find at a Costco or a garage sale. At the end of the day, it's all about the deals!

-A. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

First Thrift Haul of 2017

Happy New Year! Or is it too late for me to say Happy New Year? I'm starting the first post of the year by showing you my recent thrift haul. I haven't been thrifting much because I feel confident about my minimalist wardrobe. (Future blogpost?) With that being said, I want to thrift more because I need more color and print variety in my closet. I think this is a good start. Maybe.

Jackets:


1. Forever 21 Short Trench - $1.70

Any type of trench coat is a classic, you can never go wrong with them. This one is a bit oversized, which I like because it adds a nice length. 

  • You can usually get away with a bigger size in jackets/coats when they have princess seams because it doesn't have excess bulk fabric. A princess seam is the curved seam at the front and back of the garment; there are always two! 



2. Forever 21 Short Herringbone Coat - $2.70

I think this is going to look perfect with a vintage blonde mink collar I have! It's not warm at all, but it was too adorable to pass up. 


3.  Plaid Jacket - $3

I needed this! I love plaid so much! I plan on wearing it with a black turtle neck, black jeans, and black loafers. 


Tops:

1.  Target Gingam Sweater - $2

I really liked the print, but hated it when I wore it. I still thought I would share because my finds aren't always successful. Who knows, I might give it another try worn with something else.


2. Hilfiger Turtleneck Sweater - $2.70

Ahh! I love this piece so much! I've lost track how many times I've worn it! 

  • Everyone needs a good quality black turtleneck sweater in their closet. I love this one because of it's length.



3.  Vintage 80's Mockneck Sweater - $.50

50 cents for a staple, yes please! I've also worn this multiple times already. 


4. Free People Beach Tee - $1.50

This one size fits all was definately a gem find. It fits like a loose top and is shorter on the front; I'm sure I'll wear it with high waisted jeans. 


5. J.Crew Graphic Tee - $.25

I'm venturing out to graphic tees; great to layer underneath my cargo and denim jackets. I found this tee in the boys section.

  • Don't forget to check the kids section, you'll be surprised how many adult sized garments end up there. They are also priced much cheaper!



6.  Land's End Stripe Button up - $4

This plain button up looks so much better tied at the waist! It'll look well with an a-line denim skirt or highwaisted jeans. 

  • Don't be afraid to play with boring button up blouses. 




7. Vintage 80's Chunky Oversized Sweater - $2.50

This is a great piece to just throw over leggings with ankle booties for a super casual look.


So I spent about $24 for 3 jackets and 7 tops/sweaters!

Hope you got a bit of inspiration on the kind of things to look out for and where to look. 

-A. 





Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Plaid Plaid Plaid

Each year I've written at least one post about wearing plaid and how much I love it. Last year, I recieved this plaid Luisa Brini poncho as a gift. I've worn it several times throughout the cold days, but this is the first time I actually incorporated it into an outfit.

I paired it with a vintage Express sweater tunic that I found at Family Thrift Center in Arlington and chelsea style booties.

Poncho: Luisa Brini - Gifted
Sweater: Vintage Express via thrifted - $5
Jeans: Cotton On - $25
Booties: Gap - $35

I think I'll incorporate this poncho with more outfits instead of just wearing it with whatever, like I have been. 

-A.


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Missing Alaska

It's been a little over a month since I got back from my trip to Alaska and I've finally decided to share my favorite highlights. 

Everyone has asked me, "Why Alaska?" One of my best friends moved up there a couple of years ago and I finally got the chance to visit her. The other question has been, "Why visit in October?" I wanted a high chance of seeing the Northern Lights and I did see them, TWICE!

These are the places that I absolutely loved! (In chronological order)

1.  Gulliver's Books - Fairbanks, AK


As a book lover, of course I had to check out this quiet little bookstore. Downstairs has new books and novelty gifts. While upstairs has a coffeeshop and used book section. I left with a poetry book about Alaska for a gift and a sticker for my laptop.



2. Chena Hot Springs Resort

This was the main HIGHLIGHT of my trip! We drove out to the resort where there was no cell phone reception or wifi (I actually had no reception the whole trip). It was out into what seemed like the middle of no where. It was a quiet place with a restaurant, cafe, ice museum, and of course the hot springs. It was also the place where I experienced the Northern Lights for the first time. 

Getting into 106 degree water while it was 8 degrees outside was quite an experience. You'd think you'd be freezing, but the temperature of the water balances it out. It also keeps you warm enough for you to go inside the locker room without feeling too cold. 



3.  Santa Claus House - North Pole, AK

This was such a fun stop! The North Pole is a real city and Santa Claus House is a large Christmas store! Actually, I think they're known for sending out letters from Santa. I have a tradition where I buy an ornament from every place I travel to and this was the perfect spot to buy mine.


4.  Eagle Summit 

I'm not really an outdoorsy person, but after this trip, I'm willing to be more outdoorsy.   I think Eagle Summit was what really made me appreciate nature even more. 

Eagle Summit was one of the most breathtaking places I've ever seen. I found it more beautiful than the handful of major cities in the States and Europe that I've been to. There was something really special about how quiet and vast it is. The fact that you're seeing mountains on mountains is really beautiful. I don't think it would have been this special if there hadn't been snow on the ground. 



I definitely plan on going back, but maybe during a summer. If you haven't been up there, I HIGHLY recommend making the trip.

-A.