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Friday, October 24, 2014

Joggers

I'm just going to say it, I love these pants. I feel so devious, dressing up what are essentially sweatpants with heels and a blazer and not feeling like I am committing a fashion faux pas.

I love my black pair of knit pants from East & Lo so much, that when they offered to send me over their new fall style, I simply could not resist. If you are feeling even the slightest bit tempted, East & Lo's price points are hard to resist as well! This pair of joggers is only $34, and they have lots of other affordable and cozy fall knits, in fact, nothing on the site is over $100. Plus you can shop worry free as they offer free returns (always very important in my book).

I only have one, tiny compliant with the pants - the image on the site shows them with black cuffs, which the pair I received do not feature. However I might just be too comfortable to mind.


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Kiss Tee J.Crew similar
Black Blazer Kohl's similar
Knit Joggers c/o East & Lo
Pumps "Gennie" Coach thrifted similar
Red Willis Bag Vintage Coach via ebay
Gold Twisted Bracelet The Cavernous Jewerly Box similar
Mini Punk Princess Bracelet CC Skye c/o Linger Rose
Spike Bracelet "Baby B" c/o Marrin Costello
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Pearl and Rhinestone Ring Forever 21
Sunglasses "Cat Eye Combination" Cole Haan via TJMaxx
Nail Color "Deep Blue Red" Mode




Thank you to East & Lo for providing me with these joggers. My views and opinions as always, are completely my own.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The softer side

The moment the temperatures drop, there is no wardrobe piece more important than outerwear. I consider my plethora of outerwear options the only silver lining to every season that isn't summer.

Because I'm going to be spending so much time in my coats and jackets, I feel they are pieces worth investing in. I'm particularly fond of the versatility of the leather jacket, it adds polish to denim, structure to boxy pieces, and a bit of informality to this chiffon skirt.

While there are plenty of faux leather jackets out there you can pick up for a song, I'm not convinced they can rival the genuine article. This leather jacket is another piece from Wallis's exclusive W collection, and I can't get over how soft it is. Not to mention how well it's cut - I know I pushed up the sleeves so you could see my bracelets, but had I not, you'd know they are the perfect length - always a challenge for a petite!

Everyone has their own ideas of what to invest in; for me it's a leather piece I know will last; as long as it's on sale!

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Black Tee Gap similar
Pleated Skirt Thrifted similar
Brown Leather Biker Jacket c/o Wallis
Leopard Pumps "Okala" Sam Edelman similar $
Red Willis Bag Vintage Coach via ebay
Gold Twisted Bracelet The Cavernous Jewerly Box similar
Chain Link Bracelet Thrifted similar
Gold Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Filigree Midi Ring Forever 21 similar
Pearl and Rhinestone Ring Forever 21
Sunglasses "Cat Eye Combination" Cole Haan via TJMaxx
Nail Color "Deep Blue Red" Mode



Thank you to Wallis for providing me with this jacket. My views and opinions as always, are completely my own. 

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dress for less - the thrifted work wardrobe

Over the summer I had the unique experience of having a film crew take over my home for three days to create an episode of the TLC show Extreme Cheapskates.

I never sought out to be a television star. While I'm perfectly happy going out into public with my camera for outfit photos and posting them here on the world wide web, the thought of being filmed for cable television was terrifying. The casting director reached out to me to be on the show because of the blog, and I wasn't sure my cheap ways were extreme enough, but the producers seemed to think so; who was I to disagree?

Fortunately every crew member I got to work with was wonderful, patient, and happy to share more than a few laughs with me. Filming a tv show is hard work, and I have a lot more admiration for those who find themselves in front of a camera every day.

While I can't giveaway any of the episode, and of course I have no idea what made the final cut, the premise of my segment is that I want to put together a fall look book featuring only thrifted items, and wouldn't you know it, I managed to drag Meg and my sister into the action.

I hope you will all watch my cable television debut tonight on TLC's Extreme Cheapskates at 9PM ET/PT!

Here is the post I put together for the episode, with my fabulous fall look book:


I am an avid thrift shopper, I truly believe shopping secondhand is the best way to curate an amazing wardrobe of high-end pieces for pennies on what the exorbitant retail prices are.

Many people who aren't familiar with the ways of thrift shopping become easily discouraged after one trip that does not yield a good piece, or overwhelmed by the volume and at times, disorganization of secondhand stores. When you shop secondhand, you do end up saving money, but spending time.

I decided that I would give myself an ultimate thrift challenge - in one day, thrift pieces and put together six, chic, professional looks, all for under $10 each (excluding accessories).

How did I get all these clothes for so little? The Goodwill Outlet Store. Bin upon bin of clothes and bags, all sold by the pound. Lots of refuse, but plenty of gems. Beaded tops, cashmere sweaters, leather bags. On trend items like jumpsuits and kimonos are mixed in with classic pencil skirts and blazers to create the looks you will find below.

I hope you enjoy them, and yes, (nearly) everything here is thrifted!

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Beaded Wool Shell Banana Republic via Goodwill Outlet
Black Blazer Vintage via Goodwill Outlet
Leopard Pencil Skirt  Vintage via Goodwill Outlet
Black Pumps Ferragamo via Roundabout
Bling Earrings c/o JoJo Loves You
Alphabet Necklace c/o Gorjana
Bracelet The Cavernous Jewerly Box
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via SweetOliveJewerly

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A well suited tee

While perusing the racks of one of my favorite thrift stores I happened upon this graphic tee. A tiled graphic of faceless men in suits in gold foil. I'm not sure why I found it so compelling - sure I do love a good metallic - but it's such an absurd print.

The tags read Saint Augustine Academy - and a bit of googling revealed that while the Australian's website appears to now be defunct, this tee was part of an '07 menswear collection inspired by British rock artists.

It was only fitting that on it's first time out, I wore it to a concert.

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Graphic Tee Saint Augustine Academy thrifted
Distressed Jeans Old Navy similar
Black Leather Moto Jacket Express similar
Studded Booties Guess via TJMaxx similar
Willis Bag Vintage Coach thrifted
Gold Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Chain Link Bracelet Thrifted similar
Spike Bracelet "Baby B" c/o Marrin Costello
Snake Ring Brilliant Imports
Thin Gold Rings Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Deep Blue Red" Mode


Monday, October 20, 2014

The big chill

I think the chances of another 80° day this October are slim, now that this cold snap has hit, and every weather forecaster rejoiced when they got it right for once.

At least it hadn't gotten cold yet this past Thursday when I was having the most miserable time in New York. I'd been invited to an event at the Anthropologie show room to preview the BHLDN spring line. The evening promised drinks, hors d'eouvres, a photobooth and hair stylists from Dry Bar. Overall, it sounded like it would be a really fun event.

All day long on Thursday it down poured and I was thinking I might just skip it and stay cozy and dry at home, but then the rain let up, I checked the train times and realized if I wanted to go I'd have to be out the door in under 20 minutes. The event did sound like it would be really fun, so I hustled to get ready, sped to the train station, bolted (in heels) all the way to the last platform (why are the Metro North trains always on the last platform?) and got there just in time to watch the train roll away.

The next train was only 40 minutes later, and it was an express train, so I rationalized I'd only be 30 minutes late, and took it. That train ended up arriving in Grand Central over 10 minutes late. I went to grab a cab, but the line was five people deep and not moving, so I gave up and decided to walk - it would only 15 minutes. I would only be an hour late.

I walked half a mile in the wrong direction. I finally got a cab. It was rush hour traffic. I would only be an hour and a half late. At last, I was on the right street going the right way, and I walked right passed the address. I backtracked to discover the destination was a big black metal door with no outside handle sandwiched between a Moroccan restaurant and a hair salon.

I didn't know what to do. I looked at BHLDN's instagram account and saw photos of the bloggers who had managed to be punctual sipping champaign and getting their hair done. I sobbed. I didn't know what to do, so I went to Starbucks, got a cup of tea, called my Mom, cried, and then went home.

I suppose if there is a moral to this story it's always be on time, or always make sure you have an event coordinators phone number. One of those.

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Chevron Dress c/o London Times similar
Fur Vest American Eagle via TJMaxx similar
Boots Migliorini via TJMaxx buy on ebay similar
Willis Bag Vintage Coach thrifted
Pave Disc Necklace Avon
Fatima Bracelet c/o Gorjana & Griffin
Gold Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Spike Bracelet "Baby B" c/o Marrin Costello
Thin Gold Rings Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Antler Ring House of Harlow
Nail Color "Deep Blue Red" Mode



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