Thrift Shopping with Nate!

Today Nate and I decided to have a romantic date at our local thrift shop. Though thrift shopping has become a popular conquest to get that vintage look, the task at hand is a lot harder than it is made out to be. Many a time I have left a thrift shop empty handed – people threw this stuff out for a reason. Or, I have run into shops that price their goods way too high for what they are worth. I am a very particular shopper – a very stubborn bargain shopper. Too picky for my own good – but today’s little adventure turned out great. Here are our spoils:

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For a grand total ofโ€ฆ$7!

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Immediately upon walking in the store, I spotted these shoes for Nate – classy eh? $5.

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This was also my doing – probably the first time I have ever found a bow tie in a thrift shop. I always have a difficult time shopping for a simple, self-tie bow tie, thrift shop or not. $1

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And finally, Nate magically found me a polaroid camera. How he did, I don’t know. But I love it. It just needs film and batteries – I can’t wait to actually start using it ๐Ÿ™‚ $1.

And that is all! A successful thrift shopping experience ๐Ÿ™‚

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Girls’ Night Out – Holiday Shopping

Unless you’re the type of person who does their holiday shopping mid-summer, the mad rush of shopping has just begun. Stores are preparing for the notorious Black Friday and Cyber Monday, malls are playing the Carol of the Bells, and Bath and Body Works has all their Christmas scents lined up. There is a sort of hype in the air; an excitement, a warmth. If you plan on participating in the chaos that is Black Friday, or leftover Saturday, take some friends along, and dress up! Here are two outfit ideas for a girls’ night out of holiday shopping:

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First and foremost: wear comfortable shoes. I prefer my combat boots. In addition, I am wearing one of my favorite summer dresses turned fall with my cut-out black tights and burnt orange cardigan. To add that touch of class, I am wearing my pearl necklace (always does the trick). Rebecca is wearing this great maroon and dark navy top from Target, black leggings, a gold collar necklace, and a gold dragon ear-cuff.

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So there you have it: two different takes on fall outfits. I hope this is of some inspiration for the holidays ๐Ÿ™‚

Photo credits: Cindy

My Outfit:

Dress – Forever 21

Cardigan – American Apparel

Combat Boots – Guess

Tights – Uknown

OKA Jewelry – Stackable Stretch Bead Bracelet Set Stone Coral Charm

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It was a wonderful surprise to receive this bracelet set from OKA Jewelry! I only recently came into contact with them, and I have to say I am very impressed by the quality of their work. The bracelets I received are identical to the ones in the picture on their website. These bracelets are perfect for fall with their green and red/coral tones and are just enough to spunk up a neutral colored outfit. I wore these with my black and white striped dress, and it matched quite nicely.

In addition, these bracelets are good for those with small wrists like me. I always have so much difficulty wearing bracelets because they fall off so easily, and then I find myself losing them. These bracelets are somewhat small, but have just the right amount of stretch to fit many types of wrists. I think my favorite would have to be the pearls! What’s nice is the fact that you could also wear these bracelets separately. I prefer stacking them, but for a more simple look, I would probably wear the pearls with a more formal outfit.

If you would like to purchase this exact stack of bracelets, click here. OKA Jewelry has very reasonable prices, if not better prices than most jewelry places. They have many good-quality items that come in sets for great prices! Coming up next will be a necklace and earring set also from OKA Jewelry.

Another thanks to OKA Jewelry for their wonderful gift!

Claire

Coach

Coach

I don’t actually use my purse very often – the number one reason being that I would stand out like a pimple in this casual town. So, pockets are generally the way to go. Secondly, the shopping options here are limited and for the most part, overpriced. Therefore, this purse really only comes into use when I go out of town (or out of state).

It is a real Coach purse, not a knock-off. When it comes to purses, bags, etc., I prefer having a strap to sling around my shoulder. I have a tendency to lose just about everything, so if something is strapped to my body I have a much better chance of not leaving my savings on a shelf in the shoe section.

La Jolla Spree

La Jolla Spree

Recently I was in La Jolla, CA, and if you have ever been there, you would know that there is great shopping downtown. Saving for school being my highest priority right now, I could not go crazy with the shopping. Me being a thrifty shopper, I still found a way to come home with something! The dress is from Ross (not from downtown, but in a different area of La Jolla) and I got it for a whopping $5.99. The necklace and earring set, however, I got from a store called Georgiou in downtown. It was $22, so that was my single splurge.

If you are ever in the area, I would recommend going to Georgiou. It is a little expensive, but they were having a buy one get one half off sale when I was there. They have very classy, yet casual clothing. I spent a lot of time in Francesca’s as well, but the prices could not satisfy my thrifty nature. A close-up of the necklace and earrings will come up soon.

The Power of Solids

The Power of Solids

Part 2 of Target haul. So, here’s the story: I spent roughly an hour tearing apart the already ransacked swim suit department at Target one day. It was nearly impossible to find both pieces to a bikini, much less anything that actually matched. I’ve really been into patterns lately, but nothing seemed to work. So, I forced myself to browse through the boring section at the back; and after trying on what I thought wasn’t worth the trouble, I soon discovered the value of solid colors.

For one thing, you really can’t go wrong with solids. You’re not going to stand out, but you’re also not going to get looks from people wondering who on earth picked out your swim suit. This pink bikini top may not have been displayed with the “popular” swim suits, in fact it was in the back with the “mom” swim suits (as I have come to know that area), but it had a much more flattering look than the push-up, polka-dot, lacy bikinis. Plus, this look will never go out of style; you can’t get any more basic than this. In addition, this top can be paired up with a number of bottoms to change up the look. For example, black, navy, white, or pink polka-dot bottoms would all work with this top.

After long consideration, I purchased this top, and this top only. (Did I mention how ridiculously soft it is?) So, moral of the story: don’t be afraid to stray away from the popular sections where swim suits are made more for display than for flattering the body.