Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Any Way You Tie It

Amongst the emerging Fall 2012 trends from red leather to peplums, a microtrend is sneaking its way through: The Tie-Front. 

 Popular on the streestyle scene in a much more timid form last summer, the tie-front blouse, if you remember anything at all about 90's fashion you'd know this is a not-quite-so-new trend.
However, let a trend incubate long enough, add a dash of drama because it's 2012, and voila! 
 Lesson learned. Accentuating curves never goes out of style.

 Just wait until the D-I-Y'ers get their hands on this one.
(Best worn with ankle-strap shoes)
Christopher Kane PreFall 2012 ; DKNY PreFall 2012 ; Giambatista Valli PreFall 2012

Monday, February 27, 2012

Thrifty Chic

There is something about the feeling of realising all that goes into creating a moment and defining a vision.

I think Walt Disney said it best: "If you dream it, you can do it."

A sneak peak into my very first Thrifty Chic photoshoot.

(There's more where this came from.)

100% thrifted, of course.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


The Party meets The Cardigan. The Partigan.
Happy Mardi Gras Y'all!

thrifted vintage sequin wool cardigan ~ thrifted sterling silver/14ky gold plated ring

Monday, February 20, 2012

Sweet Dreams

Sweet mother of LadurĂ©e macarons and pleated pastels, this Pixie Market ad is working. it. out.

Thursday, February 16, 2012


Accidentally and completely on purpose, a thrifty theme emerged.
You could say I've taken a new angle on office dressing...
I call this "sporty chic," a thrifted grey Zara sweatshirt part of it's younger line, the Trafaluc collection, with geometric shoulder accents.
My favorite thrifted prism necklace (last seen here) so very "Pink Floyd" of me.
Ahhh...the real gems of the outfit....
[Hint: NOT the thrifted red trousers]
Roger Vivier Patent Leather Prism Buckle pumps.
Sadly not thrifted (gasp!) can't win em all!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

Joy Division

Today my coworker told me that the print on my dress looked like the Joy Division album cover.
I said "Cool!", scrunchy forehead, then came home and wiki-googled it.  Damn she's good.
The album cover was created by English graphic designer/art director Peter Saville who has also worked with fashion designers such as Jil Sander, Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, and Givenchy. 

Fashion designer meets graphic designer equals design destiny.

 I thrifted this wrap dress by Margarita Saplala for $1.99 after racking up enough points at Goodwill to get a $10 rebate.  That's a $1 for every point, 100 points gets a rebate, you do the math.

The dress is 100% silk with a built in mesh slip. The colorful electric pattern gives it daytime sass but the black background makes it easy to transition for night.  I layered on my thrifted vintage cherry red blazer labeled "Marce original" to class it up for work.  The blazer fits snuggly at the waist and gives a peplum effect. Judy prefers the mesh-slip-only look. Go figure.
100% Thrifted Silk Dress and Thirfted Vintage Blazer
While I do enjoy a classy outfit, I care less about dressing sensible for work and more about distracting myself with overly stimulating tactile ensembles. 

I'm fairly proud of this necklace I crafted with a thrifted gold chain (that originally came with a horrible pendant) and a thrifted large pink quartz pendant.  Not much intricate skill involved but yes, I'll still refer to it as crafting.  The weight of the quartz keeps the chain from looking too delicate and the weave of the chain makes it seem fancier than a $5 project. To this I say...BAM!

I thrifted the bubble-gum pink heart shaped rabbit fur purse on a thrifting-roadtrip at a Salvation Army in Wisconsin. I'm obssesed. How random? How wonderful? It was love at first sight. Paired with my thrifted bordeaux rabbit fur jacket it's a dash personal style and a wee bit of The Beckerman Sisters....specifically Callianne in this post with a twist of Samantha here.  The best part? It's 100% thrifted!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

In the Mix

Just a couple of things I'll be keeping in the mix for Spring 2012...100% thrifted of course!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Getting Into the Swing of Things

By the title of this post you most likely expected that I am a) perfecting my trapeze routine b) signing up for dance lessons c) becoming a professional golfer. Fooled YOU Sally! The swing I'm referring to is the Swing Coat, a popular piece in the 40's-50's-60's a la Baby Boomers aka plenty o' pregnancy bumps.  Food babies real babies, whatever it is you want to hide, the swing coat gets a full nod from me, my insatiable apetite and my menstrual cycle, since by design it was meant to be oversized.

I thrifted this Grey Wool Ribbed Swing Coat at Salvation Army.  It doesn't have a label but by it's faded lining it is definitely a vintage piece. It's clean lines, neutral color, and structure are perfectly complimented by a subtle ribbed texture, which makes it stand out alone yet is understated enough as strong backdrop for layering and color.

Oh yeah, and I found this mannequin on the street and brought her home.
Her name is Judy. She's headless but smart enough to recognize Style.  She likes being naked just as much as she likes dressing up...which means we have more than a few things in common.  It's great having her around when I want to write a blog post but feel less than inclined to get out of my pj's.  Here's a few pictures of Judy doing her thang...ya know, posin'.

Armani Collezioni
Narcisco Rodriguez
Thrifted Wool Ribbed Swing Coat
Armani Collezioni via WWD; Narcisco Rodriguez via
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