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I’ve recently become obsessed with COLORED JEANS.  They just look SO fun and fresh compared to the regular old blue jeans I have in my closet.  On a little outing the other day with my boys I happened upon the most beautiful pair of teal jeans at TJMax.  They were $35 and I almost passed up even trying them on (because my pants limit is typically about $18-$20) but I figured there’d be no harm in just stepping into them and zipping them up.  Right?  WRONG.  I put them on and haven’t wanted to take them off since.  I LOVE THEM.  They fit so well, not the skin tight, low rise fit that most colored jeans are.  I’m about two pregnancies past the point of wearing anything like THAT.  I bought them.  And I love them so much I don’t even feel guilty about it.  Some of you may be wondering, “Great, but what in the heck do you wear with TEAL pants?”  Well, lots of things come to find out.  Here are a few of my favorites I rounded up from my closet.  I hope you like them and it gives you the confidence to go out and get your own pair of bright colored jeans!

This first outfit is a simple and sweet look with my thrifted bow shirt and a simple forest green cardigan.

Haha!! Look at me trying to be a tough guy in my little black military style shirt jacket.  I’m a dork.

I LOVE this tomato red thrifted blazer with the teal pants!  SO bright and fun but still sophisticated.

You see folks.  Don’t let those bright pants scare you off.  You CAN PULL IT OFF and they will rock the socks off any outfit!  🙂

P.S.  I have more creative tutorials coming soon!  So check me out again and tell your friends! 🙂  Thanks everyone!  HAPPY WEEKEND.

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My Top 10 Tips for Thrift Store Shopping (Fashion Edition)

 

  1.  Scope out the area.  If you are looking for brand names and designer tags shop at thrift stores in high-income areas.  One of my favorite thrift stores to shop at for clothing is in a neighborhood with million dollar homes nearby.  These ladies like to stay up with the latest trends and often donate gently used items after just one season.  If you are a teen or college student wanting to find younger styles, shop at thrift stores near college campuses.  When students move around they’re always “lightening the load”.  Also, if you love more of the retro, vintage fashions, shop near retirement communities.  My grandma used to take me into “Sals” (her nickname for Salvation Army) near her retirement community and we always found some amazing vintage stuff!
  2. Don’t go with a plan.  Thrifting is about the journey so ditch the plan and enjoy the surprise finds.  Hire a babysitter (kids are the biggest thrifting buzz kill), and block out an afternoon for thrifting fun.  Plan on perusing and don’t be focused on a specific item or you might be disappointed (thrifting is a hit or miss) and you might miss out on all the other great stuff hiding on the racks.
  3. Be dressed for success. Wear leggings and a tank top under a loose fitting tunic or dress for quick changes.  Often the dressing rooms are in shambles (doors don’t lock, stuff everywhere, etc.) or they’re just full so trying on stuff in the aisles may be necessary.  If you’re trying on shoes, nylon booties should be worn to prevent any yuckies from transferring to your little feet. 
  4. Go alone.  This may sound greedy but I like to do my thrifting alone.  I can move faster and I don’t have to fight over my great finds with anyone!  The worst feeling is to stare down your friend over a vintage Valentino scarf that’s going for 50 cents!
  5. Thrift on weekdays.  Hit up your thrift stores on a weekday afternoon if possible.  Weekends tend to get CRAZY and the extra people leave chaos in their wake.  Thrifting takes a lot of time and patience to sort through all the “rough” to find those “diamonds” and the rush of weekends can feel nerve-wracking and force you to walk out empty-handed or with a bunch of stuff you don’t really like.  Also, typically thrift stores run their specials on weekdays so call ahead or check online if you want to get a double-steal.
  6. Examine items carefully.  Before you try things on examine each item carefully for any rips, frays, missing buttons, stains, pit marks, or other blemishes.  But keep in mind some of these things can be easily fixed so don’t be too discriminating if you really love something and it’s a great price.  I have bought quite a few brand-name shirts and cardigans that have simply had missing buttons.  Also, if you find an issue you’re confident can be fixed, haggle!  They very well could knock even more off the price for “damaged” items.
  7. Bring cash.  Some thrift stores don’t accept checks and credit cards so bring cash if you’re unsure of the stores policy.  Also, dealing in cash will help you stick to a budget because it’s like my husband says, “A great price still ain’t FREE!”. J
  8. Create a clothing FLOW in your closet.  To cut down on a cluttered and overflowing closet, prior to thrifting, go through your clothes and find items that you don’t wear anymore (come on, you don’t REALLY wear those tie-dyed t’s anymore).  Bag them and bring them with you to donate.  Not only does this help the “circle of clothing life” but it will open up space for your new stuff.
  9. GET CREATIVE!  Develop an eye for repurposing and upcycling.  For example, you like the print on a dress but hate the shoulder pads and weird neckline.  Can you cut in off at the waist and make it into a skirt?  Or what about those espadrilles with the broken buckle?  Can you swap out the buckle for ribbon ties?  These are the kinds of questions you should be asking yourself all through your thrifting journey.  But keep in mind there is a cap on how much work you want to be doing for the price.  A $10 dress isn’t really a $10 dress when you put $20 extra of new notions and fabric to it and 18 hours of extra work.  There are plenty of FANTASTIC resources for ideas on repurposing and upcycling clothing.  Here are a few I found just to get the wheels turning:  http://craftingagreenworld.com/2008/05/23/girl-reconstructed-upcycling-old-clothes

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=8.0             http://www.youtube.com/user/ThreadBanger

http://nikkishell.typepad.com/wardroberefashion/

http://refashionco-op.blogspot.com/

http://www.restylistas.com/

http://sewknitme.blogspot.com/

http://km-17.blogspot.com/2010/07/avec-2-chemises-dhomme.html

http://mytwobutterflies.blogspot.com/2011/03/spring-cardigan.html

http://thethriftstoreeducator.blogspot.com/

http://cottonandcurls.blogspot.com/

       10.  HAVE FUN!!!  Enjoy the journey and have fun!  Try on all kinds of things that you wouldn’t normally pick and think outside of the box.  Oh and DO NOT miss out on the accessories!  Purses, scarves, hats, jewelry, belts… you can find some amazing things!  And DON’T FORGET, when you get home with all your new finds, always wash before you wear and spray any shoes with disinfectant spray.

 

HAPPY THRIFTING!!


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My littlest boy turned 1 on Friday and I just can’t believe that an entire year has already come and gone since I had him!  It is a mean joke that pregnancy feels like forever but baby-hood goes by in a snap!

I have been working my big post-pregnancy-number-two butt off trying to get back into shape since I had the little guy.  My goal was to be back to my old self by the time he turned a year old.  I’ve learned since making that goal that there is no such thing as getting “back to my old self” and that parts of my body have fallen under the category “casualties of people making”.  Something that I’m trying my best to accept and work with.  *Sigh*.  Anyway, I HAVE managed to get back into my pre-Sawyer size very comfortably and have lost all but a few pesky pounds of my baby weight.  So, in honor of Sawyer’s birthday, I decided to give myself a Happy Birthing Day present and take myself out for an afternoon of thrifting for new threads.  A neighbor friend of mine was kind enough to watch the boys and I literally skipped to the car to go on my thrifty little way.  I can’t remember the last time I’ve been thrifting without kids.  I love it more than I’d love a day at the spa I think (but I can’t say for sure since I’ve never had a day at the spa…maybe for next years Happy Birthing Day gift…).

I made my way to a newer Goodwill about 15 minutes from my house to see what I could find.  I spent 3 hours of so rummaging through all the racks and aisles and tried on a billion different things.  It is the thrill of the HUNT that I love so much.  I love that thrifting is like a giant grab bag and you never know what amazing things you’ll find.  And man, I found some GREAT stuff on this trip!  Happy Birthing Day to me! 🙂

Here are a few of the things I found:

This AMAZING black and white pencil skirt by Ann Taylor.  This thing still had the tag on it (priced at $108)!  I got it for $7!!! YAY! I love the print and the pockets.  I also found this cute little black velvet corset top.  I thought it would be really cute under a jacket or over a plain white tshirt.  So fun.

I also found this fabulous vintage red pencil skirt.  It is kind of a linen-ish material and bright red.  I love it with this teal lightweight sweater I found (Gap).  The skirt was $7 and the shirt was $5.

Then I came across this vintage-ish featherweight floral dress.  So Anthropologie.  I LOVE it.  It was only $10.

Then I found these earrings in a basket at the checkout for $1 a pair.

I also found an adorable short and full navy and white plaid skirt with pockets ($7), a couple of great navy shirts to go with it ($5 each), another charcoal button-down highwaisted pinstriped skirt ($7), a long white beachy cotton skirt ($7), a pair of amazing Seven jeans ($8), and an adorable pair of wide leg trouser jeans ($8), not to mention a couple of toys for the boys.  It was a perfect thrifting afternoon of loveliness.

🙂

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