Saturday, December 24, 2011

Spots on Spots on Spots

After the first spot comes the second then comes a polka-dot obsession...
I thrifted this sheer top on the same day I thrifted this high-waisted pencil skirt that also happened to be the same day I thrifted these ankle booties. Accessories thrifted too except for the tights.   
Catch my thrift? Womp womp. 

One more dotty look before the new year, I just couldn't resist.
I'd say this time I was pretty spot on!

My next dream career: stand-up.

Happy Thrifty Holidays to You and Yours
(whatever your dreams may be)

 

Photos by From My Eye To Yours

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Oh So Chanel

I don't know what it means but I've always been distracted by shiny objects.  I think it may mean I have a secret talent for finding buried treasure. My mom did always tell me that I'm "special."

thrifted this metallic threaded boyfriend blazer not only for its explicitly shiny aesthetic but also because the fabric looked like rows of fancy ribbon sewn together, and who doesn't want to be wrapped up in fancy ribbon?  I threw on my favorite (and only) pleather leggings because comfort is key, shine on top of shine is magic, and when I wasn't wearing them and bent over let's just say it wasn't very Chanel.

Which reminds me to tell you that the look I'm channeling daaahling is the mashup of Chanel Pre-Fall 2011 and Chanel Pre-Fall 2012 because mashups are all the fashion rage these days. My look is 100% thrifted courtesy of yours truly. So, use your thrifty imagination and squint your eyes, I bet you'll be saying to yourself...oh yea, that's so Chanel!

 

Thrifted Tunic Blazer; Thrifted Pleather Leggings; Thrifted Michael Kors Metallic T-Straps; Thrifted Beaded Evening Bag;  Thrifted Gold Chain Necklace; Thrifted Ring

Photos by From My Eye To Yours and Style.com

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Stealing The Scheme

For their 90th anniversary show the Gucci Fall 2011 collection delivered what the Huffington Post coined perfectly as the "contemporary female dandy."  And you know what they say...once a dandy, always a dandy...  so seeing this collection was more like an affirmation to my total dandiness. Oddly enough the vibrant deep color pallette also confirmed my craving for mixed berry fruit snacks. You'll get what Im saying eventually. 

I thrifted this neck-tie blouse and cashmere-wool blend pants on the same day.  They were both a part of suit sets that I wanted to break-up but I ended up purchasing the whole suit and re-donating the counterpart.  The shoes are Franco Sarto thrifted some months ago in perfect condition at Salvation Army. They have quickly become one my most favorites with their hidden platform and thick heel.  The cream hat and bordeaux fur jacket were thrifted recently and would've been perfect for completely stealing this style.spot.runway scheme had I remembered to put them on.
100% thrifted
photos From My Eye To Yours

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Color Me Harlequin

 
Thrifted Top, Thrifted earrings, Thrifted Ring; Harlequin via Google

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Silk Worm

I have always had a fascination with silk fabrics, my favorite being the raw texture of silk dupioni.   Part of this fascination stems from the fact that such a luxurious fiber can be derived from the not so prettiest of insects. I was lucky enough to see the process firsthand at a silk factory in China - one of the world's largest commercial silk producers (sericulturists).

I recently had a conversation with my new friend Claudia of ChicABoom Fashion about the importance of fabric when thrifting.  I would argue that when most people thrift they care less about the quality and feel of the fabric than it's look, style, and fit.  Unless its a very itchy wool or a thick sufficating poleyester they can tolerate most anything for a bargain.  On the other hand, when you are a regular thrifter (i.e. at least 1x every week), you are more likely to be more selective with your purchases. 

Just recently before the holiday weekend I thrifted two very different 100% silk pieces. The major differences being color, origination, and size.  I tried on this beautiful cream silk dress that fits me perfectly. I saw on the fabric tag the dress was produced in China. Then I looked at the designer tag and saw it was ChloĆ©! Then I realised it was only $4.99 and had slightly irregular heart palpatations for the next five minutes.  Somehow I recovered and continued shopping.

Then I found this guy.


While it may not be a Chloe dress in my size, it is the most fantastical piece of Italian silk joy by St. Stefano all wrapped up in a blazer.  Much too large for me but much too amazing to pass up.  Who doesn't want a brightly covered marching band all over their blazer? I know exactly the friend and he marches to the beat of his own {style} drum. Ba dum, ching!
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