Monday, January 30, 2012

solar winds

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Thrifted vintage sweater, thrifted vintage wool trousers, thrifted vintage leather shoulder bag, Aldo Mignonga wedges, and Icing necklace and sunglasses.

You can't tell from the photos but, it was incredibly windy at the time. My outfit ended up being perfect because the fabrics didn't let the cold in. It was my first time wearing these wool trousers I picked up for $2.50 over the Summer. I have to say, they are quite comfortable. Who knew a dress pant could be more comfortable than jeans?
Wearing my favorite shoes and one of my favorite sweaters helped the comfort factor too. There's nothing like piling on all of your favorite things at once.
I got this purse on Friday at the holy grail of all sales. My mom and I strolled into a thrift store we knew was closing, just to check out some deals. To our surprise there were bins and bins filled with purses, all at 40 cents a piece. I scored this awesome 40's/50's leather bag and six other bags. It all came to 3.50, it was insane! I think this one is my favorite though. So stylish and useful.

I hope everyone finds some great deals! It's definitely the season for it.

Friday, January 27, 2012

blue velvet

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Thrifted handmade coat, Target dress (also seen HERE) and tights, thrifted boots, and Kathy Van Zeeland bag.

Way back in October at a Salvation Army run I came across this coat. I was awestruck at this sapphire beauty and its matching emerald mate. These two coats were something out of a fairy tale. In hindsight I should have gotten both, since something like this is so hard to find.
It's obviously handmade, but the craftsmanship is amazing. I almost didn't buy it because I thought 15 dollars was too much. My mother stepped in and convinced me to get it by buying it for me. She's ridiculous and I love her.
I don't know if the coats were made as costumes, or just as a throwback, but I feel special when I wear it. Although, the rest of the world probably thinks I'm "special" when they see me. My boyfriend absolutely hates it. I think it's because he pictures a little boy from the 1800's donning something just like it.

I'm jamming to my favorite 80's classics, about to start a dance party. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

zig zag

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Missoni for Target cardigan, boyfriend's old v-neck, years old Zana Di jeans, and BCBG Generation pumps.

In my beloved cardigan in a pretty lax outfit at work. It's been so gloomy here the past few days, I figured a pop of color would brighten my spirits. I love how colorful most of Missoni for Target stuff is. It brings a little southwestern sun to our Western New York winter.
I've been on a jeans kick lately, I've been trying on all my old pairs to see which fit still. These old skinny jeans fit me really nicely, I'll have to break them out more often. There's nothing like trying on an old favorite pair of denim, it's like reconnecting with a lost friend.

I probably should have written this after I had something to eat. Oh well, tummy rumbling has never hurt anyone.

Monday, January 23, 2012

the simple life

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Rue 21 pullover, thrifted Bongo jeans, vintage sunglasses, and Vintage Ferragamo flats.

When I'm having a "what the heck do I wear today?" crisis, my favorite fail-safe is a simplistic outfit. These outfits almost always consist of my favorite black skinnies. Black skinny pants go with everything, and instantly give an ensemble the extra "something" it needs.
This pullover was the result of a recent mall bender with my boyfriend. Rue 21 was having a huge sale, and it was 4 bucks. I got two, why the heck not?
Also, a huge part of my simple outfits are my vintage Ferragamo's. I've worn them so much, they're literally falling apart. I either need to find a new pair, or take them to a shoe guy. I can't live without them!

PS: how beautiful was Sunday night's sunset?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

a love for ugly sweaters

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Thrifted vintage sweater, Charlotte Russe leggings, thrifted boots, and Vintage Ray Ban wayfarers.

When I'm not feeling up to par, my favorite thing to do is slip on a comfy sweater and relax. Most of my sweaters seem to be wacky and tacky items of clothing. I don't care though, I have a strange love for them. My boyfriend, and pretty much everyone else hates them. This one especially. I found this crazy sweater at a thrift store for two dollars, I couldn't help but take it home. It looked brand new.
I wore it to a gathering to watch playoff games. I definitely had the most sparkle in the room, maybe that's not a good thing.

Monday, January 16, 2012

in the snow

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Hello Kitty for Forever 21 leggings, thrifted pullover sweater, I don't remember where I got this coat, Target boots and scarf.

Let's be honest, Winter around here is the least glamorous season. I've been extremely spoiled by upper 40's pretty much all this season, I forgot what real Winter felt like. This weekend it was really cold. When the frigid weather hits, I try to keep my style without freezing. Sometimes that's really hard.
On Saturday, to keep warm I donned many layers and my Hello Kitty leggings. I love those things so much, they are just the right amount of kooky. Also, even though I wore boots my feet were still freezing. I guess that's what 16 degrees will do to you.

It's still pretty cold here, I'm going to make myself some soup and warm up.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

decisions, decisions

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vintage 1950's dress

As many of you know, I run my own vintage shop. I have a store front as well as an online business. I see a lot of pieces flow in and out, but this one I'm stuck on.
When I found this dress, it was something no one would have wanted on their body. The previous owner obviously used it for square dancing. I could tell from the square dancing pins still attached. I worked really hard to get it back into mint condition. It's gorgeous now and smells laundry fresh.
When I went to model it for my eBay listings, I found out it fit me perfectly. This is where I became stuck and need your help. I absolutely love this dress, if I keep it I don't know if I would wear it.
So readers, should I keep or sell?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

the red dress

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I picked up this dress at a half off sale right after Christmas. I wanted to share it with you, because I don't think I'll be wearing it soon. That's probably because it's Winter. Even though it's been in the 40's all week. Let me tell you, that's heaven to me.
Anyway, I'm just in love with this dress. I love the cap sleeves, flouncy skirt, and original rose pin. I guess it just appeals to the frilly girl in me.
What are some of the best finds of your lives?

Friday, January 6, 2012

laid back

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Hang Ten jeans, thrifted navy button up, vintage necklace, and Sam Edelman Zoe boots.

Today was unseasonably warm, something that I really enjoy. 50's in January is unheard of around these parts. I kept it airy and comfortable in this blouse that cost me $2.50. Now that I think of it, these jeans were also around $2.50. I got them on super sale and immediately regretted it because they were too small. Then, I lost ten pounds and they fit great! Hurrah!
Like I've said before, I don't wear jeans too often because I have a problem. I can never find a pair that fits right.
I liked keeping it casual today, I believe a button up adds a little snazz to any outfit.

I need to get ready for a night on the town with my family and boy. Have a great weekend!