Thursday, May 31, 2012

Brings Back Memories...

Big hair, big hoops, and Elvis belt 70's style.  When I saw this belt in the thrift store I immediately thought of Elvis.  And having a soft spot in my heart for The King I bought it...even though I had no idea what I was going to wear it with.  I've had it for about a year and I think this is the first time it's been worn. 

I got to see Elvis live in concert when I was 15 years old.  That was about a year before he passed away.  I'll never forget the unbelievable electricity that was in that arena when he entered it and the whole time he was up on that stage.  I can still feel it running through me every time I remember that night.
Did any of you get to see him...and did the experience leave an impression?

Thrifted Items:  Jeans $2 Sonoma Lifestyle, lavender tank top, purple top w/ gold chain $3.50, belt $2.99, purse $2.99 Via Demizon, leather deep purple heels $3.59 Cathy Jean Brazil.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Forest Floor - Dusty Fern and Mushroom

Thrifted Items:  Skirt, brown jacket, brown t, bracelets, scarf $1.40, purse $3, sandals $4.20 Merona.
Gold Watch $16.99 and Earrings = Target

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Hazards and Joys of Thrifting

Yesterday I did a little thrifting at Goodwill.  Pink tags were 99 cents.  Yay!  Two of the other colored tags were 40% off.  So I threw several things I liked into my little pull along wheeled basket.  Most of the items that I randomly tossed in there ended up making quite nice little outfits when paired together.  I used to always try everything on, but I've recently gotten lazy and will sometimes forego trying on every single shirt.  Pants are a must for trying on before purchasing though.  However, yesterday was a holiday and there were loads of people waiting to use the dressing rooms.  I didn't have a ton of items, so I thought I'd just take a chance that they'd fit.  My total purchase came to $29.01 and I got 2 pair of capri pants, 1 pair ankle length pants, 4 tops, a cardigan, and 2 scarves.  Pretty good!  That's the joy part. :)
The hazard part comes from not trying on.  I soooooo loved these salmon colored capri's.
I loved the color and they went with the tops I'd purchased, plus lots of stuff I already have, plus I'd planned to wear my new bubble necklaces with them, and they were only $3.59 and Nine West brand.  Well...when I got home and tried them on I could get them on, but they fit my legs and butt like a sausage casing. haha  I need to lose 5-7 pounds before I can wear them in public without causing mass hysteria. lol  So that's a real bummer.  I may wear them for outfit photos (just at home) anyway, because who know when and if I'll ever lose that 5-7. 
Next item that goes on the hazard list for not trying on before purchasing is this pair of brown ankle pants
I really needed some brown slacks for work and these polyester beauties were only 99 cents.  The bad part here is once I got them home I noticed they were a "petite" size.  I have other petite pants that do work for me because I guess I have shortish legs.  I really like the ankle length pants and thought that's what these were.  Well, they're not really.  They just fit me that way.  People may think they're just oddly short, but I'm going to wear them anyway and pretend they are chic, in style, and purposely intended to be that length.  If I knew how to sew properly I could taper the leg a little more at the ankle to make them look better...but I'm afaid if I tried I'd just end up totally ruining them.  So I'll have to think about that. 
When you see these photographed for my outfits and laugh at how strange they look...just remember I only paid 99 cents for them and I'm determined to rock them out. haha

Okay, so here are the other things I bought that I'm totally happy with.  I have colored tank tops to wear underneath the floral tops.  I thought the red and white polka dot scarf was fun.

Do you ever buy things because they're inexpensive or just because you love them, but they don't really fit properly?  Or do I have a serious problem?  Don't answer that last question.  I already know the answer.  Because.... if I had tried on the above 2 pair of problem pants and realized their issues in the dressing room...would I have gone ahead and purchased them anyway?  Probably so.  I would have rationalized all of the above to myself and walked right out of the store with them.  Like 2 little rescue dogs...only pants.

*Note:  This is my longest post evah! haha

Monday, May 28, 2012

In Observance

Thrifted Items:  Navy capri pants $5 Jamaica Bay, denim shirt, red cardi, navy/red pin $2.10, purse $5.60 Tommy Hilfiger, red wedge sandals Alfani.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Garden Variety

I hope you all are having a lovely Sunday!

I'm linking up with Patti for Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style.

Thrifted Items:  Pale yellow jeans $3 Gloria Vanderbilt, fuschia turtleneck, blue cardigan, scarf, purse $5.60 Relic, wedge sandals $4.90 Fioni.
Gold Watch $16.99 = Target

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Red, Extra White, and Blue

These are the comfiest shoes ever.  Had to have 'em.

Thrifted Items:  White capri pants, striped t-shirt $2.99 Ralph Lauren Sport, purse $5.60 Tommy Hilfiger, slip on sandals $5.99 Montego Bay Club.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Walk This Way...In a Lavender Sandal

I'm wearing my lavender sandals for the first time today.  and this scarf is a rarely worn item even though I do like the colors and metallic quality to it.  I have to say I think I'm feeling my inner Steven Tyler rocker today with the long scarf. ha
Happy Friday!

Thrifted Items:  Rose jeans $4.50 Gloria Vanderbilt, light pink top, white blazer $2.50 Kasper & Co., scarf, lavender sandals $4.90 Nine West, purple purse $2.99 Via Demizon.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Blue + Green + Purple = :)

Thrifted Items:  Jeans $2 Sonoma Lifestyle, purple short sleeved sweater, green cardi, green wedged sandals $5.60 Classified, green bracelet, purple purse $2.99 Via Demizon.
Gold Watch $16.99 = Target
Scarf = Purchased on a trip to San Diego a few yrs ago.

I'm linking up with
Thrifters Anonymous  and Rolled Up Pretty

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Sweaters With Sandals

On my way to work.  Hope you all have a great day!

Thrifted Items:  Red sweater 99 cents Karen Scott, black bracelet, black leather purse $8 Fossil.
Sandals $20 = Marshalls

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Farm Girl Without The Farm

Do you ever feel kind of awkward when you try a new trend for the first time?  I feel a little like that today as I attempt the ever so popular partial shirt tuck.  But I'm giving it a go.  For some reason I feel like I should be holding a pitchfork for this photo. :) 

Thrifted Items:  Jeans, turtleneck, gingham button down $2.50, tassled necklace $2.40, low wedge red buckle shoes $10.50 Franco Sarto.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Gray-ciously Inspired

I thank the beautiful Tamera Beardsley for inspiring today's outfit (and hairstyle).  She looked so pretty in her City Shorts post that I got to work and shopped my closet to come up with something similar for myself. 
Here's my lovely inspiration:
This is not the first time she's inspired a new outfit for me.  Thanks, Tamera! 

Thrifted Items:  White capri pants, white button down $4.99 Separate Issue, gray sweater $2.80 St. John's Bay, purse $6 St. John's Bay, heeled sandals.
Necklace $5.98 = Target

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Casually Untucked

I'm linking up with the lovely Patti at Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday.  Hop on over and check out all the sweet and stylish ladies.

Thrifted Items:  Pale yellow jeans $3 Gloria Vanderbilt, yellow top, plaid button down $3.50 Cherokee, jean jacket, bracelet, necklace, floral hair accessories, wedge sandals $4.90 Fioni.