Jelly Flashback

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I am very excited to discuss my new favorite trend, Jelly shoes! I used to wear them in the 80's, during my toddler phase, and now I am so glad to see them make a comeback!! I first saw them at the grocery store (who would have thought) a few weeks ago. I picked them up, showed my husband, and had a nostalgic moment, but I didn't buy them. Throughout the rest of that week, I kept thinking about those stupid shoes! I went back to the grocery store to get a pair and they only had one size 8 left which were on clearance for a whopping $2.99! I then, rushed to the other grocery store to see if they had any left and found another size 8. I was really excited to find a black and a clear pair, but I really wanted a pair of charcoal ones ( I know, never satisfied). Then, my lucky day.... I was perusing through the Goodwill (in my black Jellies) and found Steve Madden Charcoal Jellies!!!! I was beyond excited. Really, I have got to get a life if I am getting this excited about $5.99 used shoes... but hey, that's who I am :) So, now I have 3 pairs of my favorite childhood shoes and they all cost me under $13!  My Jellies aren't the only cool thing in my post today either!! My top is pretty sweet, and you might recognize my shorts from my previous beach shoot, I cut them off! To be honest, white jeans are not for me, but I can dig the white cut off shorts! What do you guys think about the Jelly trend? I actually haven't seen them in any magazines so, I might be alone on this one? My whole outfit today rang in around$37.00!!

[Shirt]
Brand: Silence + Noise
Purchase Price: $5.50
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
    Suggested Retail: $58.00

[Shorts]
Brand: J Crew
Purchase Price: $7.99
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
Suggested Retail: $98.00


I am in love with the back of this top!

[Bangle]
Brand: unknown
Purchase Price: $1.50
Purchased From: eBay
Suggested Retail: unknown
[Earrings]
Brand: Charlotte Russe
Purchase Price: $4.00
Purchased From: Charlotte Russe
Suggested Retail: $6.00
[Ring]
Brand: Charlotte Russe
Purchase Price: $4.00
Purchased From: Charlotte Russe
Suggested Retail: $6.00

[Purse]
Brand: Loeffler Randall for Target
Purchase Price: $7.99
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
Suggested Retail: $49.99
[Jellies]
Brand: Steve Madden
Purchase Price: $5.99
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
Suggested Retail: $31.00
I thought I'd throw in a pic of my new tattoo. It's my first and last, but I'm pretty excited about it!!

little corner of heaven

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

So, I know that it is frowned upon in our society to place too much value on things. There are all those sayings, about how you cant take it with you when you die, and yada yada yada. Well, deep down I do believe that too, but why can't I fully enojy my accessory collection? I used to have a girlfriend who obsessivly did laundry. I asked her 'why she washed her clothes so much,' She said because she loved to fold them and look at them. I kinda feel the same way about my accessories. I want to look at them everyday! The funny thing about all my "things" is that they have little to no dollar value, but my own personal sentimental value is enormous. I love my accessories so much, that I have figured out ways over the years to display them. I used to be very into chandelier earrings, so I found this 3ft by 4 ft window screen and hung all my earrings so I could look at them everyday.  In the past year or so, I have become bored with earrings and I have been collecting a ton of bangles, long necklaces and rings. I now have created a corner completely dedicated to all my accessories, I call it my "little corner of heaven."

Welcome to my corner!

I struggled for a long time trying to figure out how to display my necklaces. Then, one day I was in the dollar store and found these accordion type hangers (used for hats). They work pretty well, however I am thinking about painting them.

This little gem is a creation my Dad made me for Christmas. I needed something for my bangles and he invented this little tree for me. Problem is, I'm out of room! The hand is a really cool ring holder I got for Christmas too!

I love this jewelry tower! It was my Husband's grandmas, so I feel very privileged to have it in my possession. It hides gobs of more jewelry :D

This little display is very new to the mix. I have been addicted to the website pinterest.com and there are tons of DIY ideas. I saw this little metal tray at the thrift store and knew I could re-purpose it. It now holds some earrings and cocktail rings.


I would love to hear if anyone shares my passion for displaying their accessories? If you have any DIY ideas. I'd love to hear those too!

Maxi~licious

Monday, May 16, 2011

Today I want to share with you my maxi which I have been getting quite a few miles out of lately. Just a bit of back story on me and Maxi's (or any long dress/skirt for that matter).... I am only 5'5 on a good day, so I always felt that long dresses made me look shorter and squattier. I avoided long dresses all my life, except for the occasional prom dress. I loved the maxi trend that popped up a few summers ago, but I always felt self conscious wearing them. Currently I own two and up until about 3 weeks ago had only worn them twice. I have no idea what has gotten into me, but I am all about this maxi!! I recently wore this entire ensemble to an event in my home town (where I got quite a few compliments), so I wanted to share it with you :) This entire outfit cost me under $30.00.
[Maxi Dress]
Brand: Forever XXI
Purchase Price: $7.99
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
    Suggested Retail: $ 27.80   




[Necklace]
Brand: unknown
Purchase Price: $2.99
Purchased From: eBay
Suggested Retail: unknown

[Earrings]
Brand: unknown
Purchase Price: $8.00
Purchased From: Rapsody
(a “forever 21” kind of store in Montebello, CA)
Suggested Retail: $8.00

[Heels]
Brand: Guess
Purchase Price: $7.99
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
Suggested Retail: $60-$90

[Ring]
Brand: H&M
Purchase Price: two for $4.99
Purchased From: H&M
Suggested Retail: $4.99

10 rules to thrift by....

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Hello everyone, as you all know I am quite the thrift store whore. I love thrifting and I do it as often as possible. I am aware that not everyone shares my passion and I also know rummaging through thrift stores is not easy work. I have assembled some of my “rules,” which I try to abide by when I go thrifting, I hope you enjoy!  (disclaimer: “thrifting” is not an actual word in the English language, but I use it anyways. Once upon a time “ain’t” wasn’t a word either).

10 rules to thrift store shopping:

1. Start with a good attitude: Hands down, you have to be in the mood to search! 90% of thrift stores are disorganized and flat out messy. You have to go in with a specific mind-set that is free of expectations and time constraints. If you are having one of those days, where you’re just not “feeling it,” you should stop shopping and try another day.

2. Deal days: Always know what kind of sales or promotions the store is featuring. I know that the Goodwill and the Salvation Army have daily deals. I used to frequent a thrift store in Chicago that every Monday the entire store was half off!! Do not be afraid to ask a cashier what their daily and weekly specials are, a lot of stores have holiday specials too.

3. Do your homework: Be a smart consumer and know your retail prices. I will not pay more at a thrift store for something I could have bought brand new for the same price (or at least really close to the same price). You would think this is a huge “DUH!” but I have seen a Kmart brand dress for $24.99 before. Often times the people who price clothing and things at thrift stores are not super savvy and they do not know which items to charge more for and which ones not to. The Goodwill by my house will charge $15-$20 for DKNY and Lucky Brand Jeans and then only mark Joe's Jeans for $7.99. I laugh and appreciate the deals I get, but I also make sure they don’t over charge me on something from a discount store.

4. Quality Control: I am guilty of this, but you must check all the clothing before purchasing for tears, holes,  stains, broken zippers etc... Most thrift stores will not check the clothing for working zippers or missing buttons, that is your job as the consumer. You can imagine how frustrating it would be to buy a new purse and the zipper won't work or to get a new dress and realize there is a hole in the side. Check and then check again!

5. Be Practical: Try to steer clear of items you cannot match with anything in your closet. Again, I am guilty of this, I often times find an amazing top or skirt that I am sure I can find something to go with, but I’m usually wrong. I have an awesome Arden B blouse in my closet right now that I bought 2 months ago and I have nothing to wear it with, ugh! I am still searching for it’s perfect mate, but thinking back on it, I probably could have gone with out it.

6. Mix it up: Try not to buy only one type of clothing or one color. I color coordinate my closet and It is very evident black is the predominant color. I always keep this in mind when thrifting and I steer clear of the black section. I also use this same rule with shoes and purses, and if I already have similar styles and colors I will have to really weigh my options!

7. Check the store return policy; I never knew that the Goodwill (in Los Angeles) had a 7 day return policy on clothes and electronics (not on shoes or purses though). I think that return policies are few and far between with Thrift stores but it never hurts to ask. I like return policies because it gives me a chance to take something home and see how it will work with my other garments. I also I hate trying things on (which leads to my next rule) so, If I can return the clothes, then I don’t have to waste my time in the store trying them on.

8. Trying on everything is essential: I loathe trying on clothes, if I can avoid it I will! However there have been dozens of times I just knew something would fit and I tried it on anyways, then it looked like crap. It happens all the time, some things look better on the hanger and vice versa; That is a little trick my momma taught me at a young age. My mom used to make me try things on even when I thought they were ugly and she told me “you never know what it will look like on.” I use this little nugget of wisdom every time I go to the thrift store and I pick up things that might scare people, just to see if it looks good on. If you can’t experiment in the thrift store, where else can you?

9. Practice makes perfect:The more you go, the better you get! I am privileged to work from home and that means I can go to the thrift store whenever I want! I tend to go to the thrift store at least twice a week. Even if I do not buy anything, thrifting is therapeutic for me, so I like to go often. I also think if I go more frequently I won’t miss out on anything (truth is you can’t miss what you never knew was there, so I’m a little crazy). I create a lot of excuses to go to the thrift store,  but the truth is, the more I go, the more comfortable I become with the store. You can eventually learn how to look at racks and pick out patterns, textures or colors. I no longer have to touch every piece of clothing to know which ones I’m interested in. I can look at an entire rack of jeans and immediately be drawn to the designer ones. It is truly a skill to know how to shop in thrift stores, but it can be honed!

10.  Shop for the Now: Try to stay away from fixer-uppers or things you want to sell. I have learned from my experience that I rarely follow through on projects with thrift store finds. I have had thoughts of shortening dresses, dying pants etc.. and  in the end I never find the time or eventually forget. You may not have the same problem but I strongly suggest only purchasing things you can use right now. This rule also goes for not buying pants that are two sizes too small in hopes of fitting in them by summer. Trends change so quickly, don’t buy things you cant enjoy immediately. Also, linked in with my last rule is be very careful of buying things you think you can resell. I have been blameworthy of this, so I speak from experience. I find a lot of designer things I think I can resell to a consignment shop or on eBay and I rarely get my money back. Unless you have an eBay store or resell clothing for a living I wouldn’t mess with this as a hobby.

If you have any questions, comments or recommendations I would love to hear about them! Please share you own thrifting experiences I love to hear how others find deals !!!!

April showers bring May flowers

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

 I am so glad it is finally May, hopefully rainy season is over and summer is just around the corner. My dress today is definitely inspired by spring and all the floral trends happening right now. This all totaled to $23.00

[Dress]
Brand: Forever XXI
Purchase Price: $7.99
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
    Suggested Retail: $22.80  

[Earrings]
Brand: Walmart
Purchase Price: $4.99
Purchased From: Walmart (almost a decade ago)
Suggested Retail: $4.99

[Necklace]
Brand: unknown
Purchase Price: $7.99
Purchased From: Goodwill (Pasadena, CA)
Suggested Retail: unknown
** Also notice my Sally Hansen “frock star” nails.
Thank You @cupcakesandcashmere for the idea!!**


[Heels]
Brand: Aldo
Purchase Price: $3.00
Purchased From: Unique Thrift (Chicago, IL)
Suggested Retail: Probably around $60 when they were new
I bought them when they were worn out, because I liked the look of the wear & tear