Gone Native

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Like many families in America, my family has some Native American blood that runs through it. Although, most ties to native cultures has been lost, my family still maintains a deep respect for the Indian lifestyle. My Grandfather is an painter and a collector of all things Native American. I mean, he makes walking sticks,  Kokopelli dolls,  and pueblo houses amongst many other things. He even travels to Arizona and New Mexico every year to stay with Native American friends. Getting to the point.... I was raised with lots of tribal textiles around, but I  never thought they were very fashionable. Now, however, I am very excited to see all the new Native American textile trends showing up on the runway. I think I have finally found a fashion trend my grandpa and I can both enjoy :D This cost $43.97 + tax.

[Dress]
Brand: Famosa
Purchase Price: $29.99
Purchased From: M~Fasis
    Suggested Retail: $29.99
(I had a gift card though… I rarely buy anything @retail)



[Earrings]
Brand: unknown
Purchase Price: $5.99
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
Suggested Retail: unknown

[Bracelets]
The purple one, my girlfriend gave to me from her travels in Italy,
And the silver one, I made with beads and twine J

[Heels]
Brand: Aldo
Purchase Price: $7.99
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
    Suggested Retail: $60-$80
** Also seen in http://mythriftychic.blogspot.com/2011/01/merry-2011.html**

Artsy Fartsy

Monday, July 18, 2011

Before I discovered my love of fashion, I was an artist. I have been painting, drawing and simply creating since I was a toddler. Usually I only created for personal reasons, but back in 2009, I has the opportunity to paint my first mural. The junior high I attended asked me to paint a nutrition inspired mural for their cafeteria.  At the time, I had never done something of that magnitude; the wall was over 16 feet tall and 22 ft. wide. I summoned my Dad to help me take on this huge project. The hilarious thing about all of it, is  that the wall I was painting, contained a mural my Father had painted when I was in 6th grade! I was very amused they unknowingly called me to cover up one of my Father's originals!! (I'm glad he wasn't upset).

The only guideline the school gave me for the mural was, that it has to be based on nutrition. Being, that my style of art is impressionistic, I immediately thought of something I could see in a coffee house. I do not paint in a realistic style and I did not want my mural to be straight forward. I came up with the concept by playing with the  food pyramid. I decided to take the triangle theme and instead of creating a vertical food pyramid, I made a horizontal one. I had a blast painting this and it was even better that I got to share the experience with my dad! After it was all said and done (only 6 days later) I loved it, the administrators loved it, and best of all the kids thought I was pretty cool!

The old Mural. My Dad painted this for Character Counts in 1996. You can see, it was falling apart.

Laying out the new design

Barefoot and painting, that's how I roll :D Note: these are not style photos! I was a hot, dirty, sweaty mess!!

My "cheeser" face

Shading my corn on the cob

Adding a really cool quote I found, "To Eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an Art"

Almost Done....

Adding a border was the perfect finish!

Cool Summer Days

Thursday, July 14, 2011

There has been some heat waves radiating throughout the country the last few weeks, and LA has not been immune to it. However, it is those disgustingly hot days which make you appreciate 68 degree weather like today! In Southern CA, we've had nice mild temperatures all week and it is so nice! I recently bought a new scarf and I am so glad I didn't have to wait until fall to try it out! This whole ensemble cost roughly $29.00

[Tank]
Brand: Forever 21
Purchase Price: $3.99
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
Suggested Retail: $ 15.80

[Shorts]
Brand: Harris Cotton (100% Linen)
Purchase Price: $ 5.50
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
Suggested Retail: unknown


[Ring]
Brand: unknown
Purchase Price: $3.00
Purchased From: Flea Market
Suggested Retail: unknown

[Bracelet]
Brand: unknown
Purchase Price: $4.99
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
Suggested Retail: unknown

[Shoes]
Brand: Yellow Box
Purchase Price: $7.50
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
    Suggested Retail: Around $40

[Scarf]
Brand: Unknown
Purchase Price: $3.99
Purchased From: Goodwill (Hollywood, CA)
Suggested Retail: unknown

Shoes for days

Thursday, July 7, 2011

I'm finally back in action! I'm sorry for the hiatus I took last week. I made a long vacation out of my three day weekend... it turned into a 6 day weekend :D But I had a blast, so, thank you America for having a birthday! After being out of Los Angeles for over a week, the first thing I did when I got back, was hit the Goodwill. I sometimes get a little anxiety when I haven't been to the thrift store in a while, it's like my brain thinks I'm missing really good deals and starts to hyperventilate :D It is a good thing however, that I got my "goodwill itch" because I found some amazing heels and they were 25% off!  So, for these four pairs of heels, I paid $32.50 and the retail price for them would have been over $ 379!! That's a 91% savings if you're keeping track :D

Brand: Diane von Furstenberg
Purchase Price: $7.50 (Marked for $9.99, with 25% off)
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
    Suggested Retail: Upwards of $200!!! I am in shock too!!


Brand: Nine West
Purchase Price: $7.50 (Marked for $9.99, with 25% off)
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
    Suggested Retail: $89.00

Brand: Yellow Box
Purchase Price: $7.50 (Marked for $9.99, with 25% off)
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
    Suggested Retail: Around $40 (can’t be positive)

Brand: Madden Girl
Purchase Price: $9.99
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
    Suggested Retail: $49.95
( I bought these a few weeks ago, but I haven’t shown them off yet! I love them and they are so comfortable!! Steve Madden is my man!)

Happy Fourth Of July!!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

I hope everyone is thouroughly enjoying this glorious American Holiday! God Bless America, recession and all :D I, myself am having a fabulous weekend, full of sun, water and refreshments; thus, I am unable to share any new outfits. I hope you are all as busy as me and don't mind!!! Enjoy your Monday off and I'll be back next week with something thrifty :)