Hometown Friends

Monday, November 28, 2011

This past weekend, I had the privilege to shoot with an amazing photographer; Miss Elizabeth Sassman!! Lizzi came into my life a little over a year ago when she was just beginning her photography career. She is truly gifted and I feel so lucky that I have been able to work with her multiple times :) (She helped shoot my wedding & my trash the dress) Don't let her age fool you, she is a prodigy! If you live in California and you need pictures for any event, Elizabeth Sassman has a great eye and contemporary ideas.

We had a blast taking these photos in our hometown my outfit cost $173.77.... but $150 of it was a watch so the bulk of the outfit came in under $30!!!

This is a pretty well known landmark, such a cute vintage phone booth.

Brand: Talbots (100% Cashmere)
Purchase Price: $3.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill (SoCal)
Suggested Retail: estimated $150.00
Brand: Mossimo
Purchase Price: $7.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill(SoCal)
Suggested Retail: $29.99

Brand: Michael Kors
Purchase Price: $150.00
Purchased From: Ebay
Suggested Retail: $250.00

Brand: Michael Antonio
Purchase Price: $7.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill (SoCal)
Suggested Retail: $55.00

Brand: Forever 21
Purchase Price: $3.80
Purchased From: Forever 21

Brand: Unknown
Purchase Price: Free
Purchased From: Buffalo Exchange
** I bought got this necklace by selling clothes to Buffalo and instead of getting cash, I got this necklace :)**


P.S. Please check out Lizzi's Website: www.elizabethsassman.com
and "Like" her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/elizabethsassmanphotography

Viva Las Vegas

Thursday, November 24, 2011

My husband and I decided to use our Thanksgiving vacation time to get some gambling in. We found a deal on Groupon.com for two nights at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. For $138 we got two nights in a Corner room on the 15th floor. We were also given $50 in gambling tokens, $50 in drink tickets and $50 comped food. Yes, If you're doing the math, technically Vegas paid us $12 to go there. We ended up paying our dues though, we drank ate and gambled to our belly's were full and our wallets were empty :D

I have been to Vegas a few times and stayed in various hotels, but I have never spent much time in the Hard Rock. I was in love with its decor!!! It has amazing snake skin chairs at all their slot machines and there were some really cool chairs in the sports lounge with a faux zebra fur back. There was so much to look at and I really wanted to take some pictures. Unfortunately, a casino doesn't have the best lighting for styling pics, but we did our best :)

Brand: Maggie Barnes
Purchase Price: $3.99
Purchased From:The Goodwill (Southern CA)
Suggested Retail: $40.00

Brand: Forever 21
Purchased Price: $4.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill (Southern CA)
Suggested Retail: $15.80

Just chillin' in the elevator..

The view from our room... That's the MGM behind me.

Brand: Jeffrey Campbell
Purchase Price: $7.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill (Southern CA)
Suggested Retail: $120-$150

Brand: Hot in Hollywood
Purchase Price: $5.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill (Las Vegas, NV)
Suggested Retail: $40-60

Purchase Price: $3.80
Purchased From: Forever 21
Messing up our bed before Checking out...
Reverting back to childhood..
This is one of the chairs I fell in Love with!!
These stumps were pretty cool too! I kinda want to make some end tables like this!

P.S. If you find yourself in Vegas you can get an awesome 6oz Steak in Lucky's Restaurant in the Hard Rock. It's not on the menu so just ask your server for the steak special, only $7.77!! It's awesome!!!

Giveaway Results

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Hello Everyone,

Thank You so much to everyone who participated in my DIY apron giveaway!! I really cannot express how much I love you guys!!! Although many entered, only one can win. After a very dramatic hat draw, the winner is..... Drum Roll.........

Lindsey From www.lovelinds.com
I really did enjoy hearing about all of you and all your holiday traditions!! I plan to do another giveaway soon!! I hope you all have a fantastic Turkey day and I will be sure to share some pics from my Holiday in Las Vegas :)

Baby, it's gettin' cold outside

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Oh how I love fall!!! The last couple weeks has been really nice in Los Angeles and I almost felt like we were having a distinction in seasons (rare here in socal). I have so many winter clothes from living in Chicago and I never get the chance to wear them, hmph! So with the recent cold front I pulled out one of my nice and warm sweaters to show off :) This outfit cost $26!!

P.S. Don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY!! It will end @ midnight 11-18-11 So hurry and go comment :)

Brand: Kensie
Purchase Price: $5.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill (SoCal)
Suggested Retail:$78.00
**P.S. I never make this face but I thought the pic was cute anyways ;)**
Brand: Unknown (cut the tag out b/c it was itchy)
Purchase Price: $4.99
Purchased From: Ross
Suggested Retail: ??
Brand: Joey
Purchase Price: $11.99
Purchased From: Ross
Suggested Retail: unknown, but they are super uncomfortable so I guess I got what I paid for.....
Brand: Hmm... I think Mossimo
Purchase Price: $2.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill (central CA)
Suggested Retail: Roughly $8-9
My grandmother gave these to me. She re-purposed the crystal beads from something and made these earrings. Aren't grandmas great!?!

One of a Kind Giveaway!!!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Alright folks, it is finally time for me to do a giveaway! I have been wanting to do this for sometime now, I just didn't know what I wanted to share with you. If you haven't seen my tutorial on how to convert a skirt in to an apron, you don't know how obsessed I've been with this novel approach. I recently figured out I could make a full apron from a dress too!! I would like to giveaway a My Thrifty Chic original apron! I saw this adorable pattern dress at the Thrift store and knew it would make a spectacular apron. Now, I have only been sewing for a few months so this apron doesn't resemble a factory made one. It is the only one of its kind and made with an immense amount of love!! I hope you love this apron as much as I do (I struggled with parting with it) and I know who ever wins will be the most stylish cook this holiday season!!

Note: This apron has ties so should fit almost any body type :)

To Enter:

1. Please Follow @mythriftychic on Twitter
2. "Like" My Thrifty Chic's Facebook page
3. Leave a comment on this page sharing a holiday tradition that is unique to your family
4. (Optional but huge brownie points) I would be thrilled if you shared my link with your friends via Facebook or Twitter

This giveaway will be open to US residents only, my apologies. The giveaway will end next Friday (November 18, 2011). I will pick a name out of a hat and contact the winner via email. So, please remember to leave your email.

The Hollywood Life

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Hi everyone! I had a really cool experience today and I can't wait to share it :) I don't know if I have ever mentioned what my husband does, but he works on TV and Film productions. Currently he is working on the set of Cougar Town. All the actors are off this week and the studio is pretty vacant so I was able to get a grand tour of where it all goes down. In the midst of my little tour, we stopped to take some blog photos :D I hope you enjoy my snip-it of the Hollywood life :) My entire outfit rang in at about $35.00!! That's Hollywood on an starving artist budget :D

 The "skirt" I am wearing is actually a dress that I threw a Tee on top of :)
Brand: H&M
Purchase Price: $7.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
Suggested Retail: uncertain, but I saw an identical one selling on ebay for $69.00

This ^^ part of set was of course my FAVORITE, it's the wardrobe department! There were racks and racks of clothes and not shabby ones either!!

Brand: Mossimo
Purchase Price: $3.00
Purchased From: The Goodwill
Suggested Retail: $8.00

This photo is taken in "Jules" aka Courtney Cox's backyard on set

The "Coffee Bucks" Set, This is the same set they had for Scrubs

 "Gray's Pub" another very intricate set

This is outside the Cougar Town set. As you can read, this is De Mille Theatre. If you're a film buff you've probably heard of it, if your not like me, you can google it :) Apparently its a pretty awesome screening theater and many classic films have been screened here.
Brand: Thrifted
Purchase Price: $2 for the solid silver one & $5.99 for the chunky one
Purchased From: The Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
Suggested Retail: Unknown
Brand: New York & Co.
Purchase Price: $5.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
Suggested Retail: unknown

Brand: Delicious
Purchase Price: $9.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
Suggested Retail: $40.00

*Please note, I have never seen an episode of Cougar Town so my knowledge of the set was very limited :D

New Bling

Monday, November 7, 2011

I hope everyone had an amazing weekend! Mine was too short as usual :( I haven't been able to pull off a style post in a few days for you, so I wanted to show you some of my most recent finds. I have been getting pretty lucky at the thrift stores these days with jewelry. Here are some new pieces I have picked up in the last couple weeks :) I promise a new style post will be coming this week... maybe two :) Have a great Week!!!

P.S. which one do you like most??

Cracked Plastic ring with a very unique shape - $3.99

Bold Silver Cuff - $5.99

Two toned metal bangle -$5.99

Black and Gold Circle necklace - $7.99

Double Strand Mint Green beaded necklace -$5.99

Multi colored beaded necklace - $4.99

Vintage metal tear drop necklace - $4.99

fear no eBay

Thursday, November 3, 2011

I do a lot of online shopping and one of my favorite sites is eBay. I often get complimented on things I buy from there.When I tell people where things come from, the reaction I get is a sense of awe and reluctance. I talk to people all the time who say they are nervous about eBay and they would rather pay full price than take the risk. I am here to tell you that shopping at Forever 21 is a bigger risk than shopping on eBay!

I have purchased items like jewelry, shoes, jeans, electronics, accessories and wait for it... even my Wedding dress from eBay. I would consider myself a pretty savvy shopper! I would like to take a moment to dispel any anxiety one may feel when they think about bidding on an eBay item. Let me preface, I am not a spokes person for eBay, I am just a girl who loves a bargain and wants you to share in the fun too!!

Let's begin with Security: In a world full of identity theft and online hackers, we are trained to be weary of entering our credit card information online. It has been my personal experience that eBay when partnered with Paypal has some of the best security measures out there. Paypal is so thorough, they won't even give me information about the paypal account I share with my husband (that is linked to my bank account) without him present. They are annoyingly protective! I think eBay has a few ways you can pay for items, but I always use Paypal because I feel very secure on their site. After buying over a hundred different things on eBay, I have never felt uneasy about identity theft when using their site.

Now that we have the scary part out of the way, I want to talk about another common complaint, Quality. Quality is never a guarantee when shopping anywhere, even in brick and mortar stores! I know that anything I buy online can lack my standards of quality, but that is a stupid reason for me not to even consider it! Most of the items (90%) I buy on ebay are under $10. When you are paying miniscule amounts of cash, you should know you're gonna get what you paid for. I have purcahsed things before that are complete junk, but I only paid $1.50 and free shipping, so nothing is really lost (It's a rare occurrence). I have also been completely satisfied by only paying $2 for things that are totally amazing!  You are always gambling when you buy something you haven't seen with your own eyes, but that is why God created return policies :D

About eBay's Return Policy: Even though each seller has the option to list their own customized return policy, eBay reserves the right to make the final decision. eBay is much more protective of the buyer than the seller. They have a policy called  Buyer Protection, in which buyers are protected and are eligible for a full refund if they are not satisfied with the quality of an item. My husband and I have tried to sell multiple things on eBay and know all too well how a buyer can still get money back even if it is specified "no returns" on the item listing. We have had to refund two buyers their money because they felt our descriptions were inaccurate and they just didn't like the product. I disagreed, but in the end, eBay ruled in their favor and we had to return their money. I was not pleased by the refunds, but as a buyer on eBay, I feel more secure knowing eBay's got my back!

The last thing I want to talk about to hopefully set your mind at ease when shopping eBay, is just being an Educated Consumer. It is your obligation as a consumer to educated yourself on what you buy and where your spend your money. My husband is an electronic junkie! He has a very skilled method to shopping for electronics and I think his method can be applied to purchasing anything online. First, he goes into a store, usually Best Buy or Fry's. He searches for what he wants and checks the quality, brand and price. He then goes home and starts scouring the internet to find out who carries the product and what their costs are. eBay is always his first stop, he searches the brand and model to see if it is any cheaper than in store prices. Nine times out of ten, it is!

I use this method when buying important items, like jeans and fine jewelry. I like to try on designer jeans at Nordstrom and figure out my size because it changes by the brand and then I go on eBay and find used pairs for pennies on the dollar! Very occasionally will something I purchased not fit, but that is what the return policy if for :) I just recently purchased a pre-owned Michael Kors watch from eBay. I went into Macy's and tried on a bunch of styles and narrowed it down to which one I wanted. I then took to the vast market place of eBay and bid on the one I wanted. I won and paid $100 less than what it retails for!! The watch is in great condition and I am so stoked about it!!!

I love eBay and I get such an adrenaline rush when I get a deal on there! I want you to share that same feeling as well :) I hope I have taken some of your fears out of purchasing on eBay, please feel free to email me if you have any questions or want to know anymore secrets to my online shopping addiction :D

Have a Great Day & Happy Bidding!!!

Here are just a few of the wonderful things I have bought on eBay :)