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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.

Have you entered my Obiqo Skincare Giveaway yet?

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The Rundown
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.

Have you entered my Obiqo Skincare Giveaway yet?

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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


Friday, October 17, 2014

I love jewelry

When you are as accessory obsessed as myself, nothing sounds better than a line of jewelry that is both elegant and trendy, while still being completely affordable. Florida based I Love Jewelry is just that. The brand was built through Facebook auctions, but now everything is readily available on their site, including this elegant magnolia pendant which is currently on sale for $18!

Among I Love Jewelry's other offerings are a wide array of monogrammed pieces, including one that can be worn within this pendant - love!

As for the rest of my look, I was attempting to dress down my scalloped LBD with an oversized hoodie, but I'm not entirely sure I was successful. I find 'glamorous casual' to be the most elusive of all the styles. My approach has always been to go with a one to one ratio of dressy and casual items, but do you have any other suggestions?

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Scalloped Hem Dress Target similar
Grey Cashmere Hoodie Chelsea & Theodore thrifted similar
Pumps BCBGeneration via TJMaxx similar
Bag "Alexa" Danielle Nicole c/o Loving Lemons
Earrings c/o JoJo Loves You
Magnolia Necklace c/o I Love Jewelry
Gold Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Chevron Ring Etsy via Silver Canyon Jewelry
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Green Ring Taken for Granite similar
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Steel Grey" Rimmel London

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sweater weather

I'm not quite sure what the weather is up to this fall. We had the most perfect autumn day, bright and sunny, cool and crisp. What better day to wear than this gorgeous sequined wool blend sweater from Wallis's new W collection?

Then yesterday it was 80°.

I'll I can say is that I hope we don't jump from 80 to freezing and miss out on more days when I can simply wear a sweater and jeans and be perfect. Considering how quintessentially autumnal this embellished sweater is, with it's glistening coppers and pale blues, it does need a few more outings this fall. The style, as fancy as it is, reminds me of a baseball tee, and I think it would be so fun to pair it with my grey wool cap and converse. Or perhaps take a cue from the rest of Wallis's stunning, exclusive collection and dress it up with a metallic jacquard or a sleek leather pencil skirt.

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The Rundown
Sequin Floral Sweater c/o Wallis
Black Coated Jeans Joe's via TJMaxx
Black Toe Cap Flats Easy Spirit
Tote "Knightsbridge" London Fog c/o Linger Rose
Earrings c/o JoJo Loves You
Chain Link Bracelet Thrifted similar
Opal Ring T Tahari
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Nail Color "Steel Grey" Rimmel London