Proud Wifey!

Monday, December 26, 2011

I have a quick little post I want to share because I am just bursting with happiness!! This Christmas my husband and I decided to stay in Los Angeles and not go home for the holidays. We planned on keeping it low key and just trying to relax instead of fighting holiday traffic. Early Saturday morning Brett (my husband) got a text from one of his friends asking if he was able to do a last minute project. In Hollywood when you're not famous, it's usually best to take any job that comes to you, even if it's Christmas Eve :D Long story short, Brett realized after he agreed to work that it would be a music video for Zack Braff and Donald Faison, better known as "JD" & "Turk" from Scrubs. Brett spent the entire day filming Zack and Donald do their own comedic rendition of 'Baby it's cold outside.' He then hung out at Zack's house with those two to edit the video in hopes of getting it up on YouTube before Christmas morning. After 12 hours of intense work, it was up! This type of project could have easily taken weeks to complete, and they did it in one day!

It was such a whirlwind experience, Brett and I woke up Christmas morning, saying "Did that just happen?" As the day progressed, we realized it was not over. This little video was gaining views at record speed, over 800,000 in the first day and over 1,000,000 in less than 48 hours!!!! This may be normal to some people, but things like this don't happen to us! We feel so blessed that we were able to be a part of something so cool!! This little project will definitely give Brett the street cred he needs to grow in this industry!

I am so very proud of my husband! He has been working so hard and I am glad his talents are finally making their way to the masses! Please stop by and see the video if you haven't yet. It is quite hilarious!!

Play Clothes

A lovely fellow Los Angeles blogger (Trend Righter) told me about a string of thrift stores in Burbank CA. So last week, my husband and I set out to check them out! They are located on Magnolia blvd. West of the 5 fwy if anyone is interested. Surprisingly it wasn't the thrift shops that captivated me on this trip, it was a quaint vintage store! The Store is called Playclothes and I imagine if I ever had a thrift/vintage store It would look like this. I am not a big Vintage store shopper, because A) I think the term 'vintage' is used too loosely in order to charge more for something and often times a lot of the clothing is not wearable and I fear ruining it. I do however Love vintage jewelry, but the price is usually a factor :/ Sorry, I digress, back the store! It was set up in era's,  you could transcend from the 20's to the 60's and everything in between. They had cases and cases of Vintage and artisan jewelry and gorgeous accessories! If you are a Vintage lover, you should check out this store, it was super organized and looked like it had some really quality merchandise! My very modern shopping look that I sported this day, cost $64.00 :)

{Trench Coat}
Brand: unknown (tags cut out)
Purchase Price: $14.99 (More than I usually pay)
Purchased From: The Goodwill (L.A.)
Suggested Retail: Unknown
* I really love this coat! You can't see in the picture but it's
woven with a teeny tiny houndstooth stitch*

Brand: Pink Rose
Purchase Price: $3.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill (L.A.)
Suggested Retail: $38.00

Brand: Nicole
Purchase Price: $22.99
Purchased From: Ross
Suggested Retail: $150-$200
*Also seen in this post:*

Brand: Unknown
Purchase Price: $7.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill (L.A.)
Suggested Retail: unknown

Brand: Charlotte Russe
Purchase Price: $4.00
Purchased From: Charlotte Russe
Suggested Retail: $6.00

Brand: Assorted
(Snake Chain -Target the other two are from Somewhere in China :D)
Purchase Price: Two Chinese one's were $1/each and the Target one $8
Purchased From: Target & L.A. Garment District
Suggested Retail: Unknown

** These last couple of photos we snapped inside the store. I just wanted to show some of the cool things they have :)**

This is just one of the many displays of bangles they had. So many accessories to choose from!

I think they're tags are great and very informative! I love that they have the decade included!!

This picture was taken in their "western" section. It was a very 'John Wayne-esque' corner :)

Oh, Christmas Tree

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

So, there is a cute little Christmas tree lot around the corner from our apartment and I have been wanting to shoot some pictures there. I thought it would be fun to have a little festive shoot! However, my husband and I had to pose as potential buyers and snap pictures discretely. You see in Los Angeles, almost everyone is connected to the Entertainment business or aspiring to be. Local businesses are hip to the game and if they think you are going to profit from something of theirs, they will charge you top dollar, or at least tell you no.

For example: A year or so ago, my husband and I were in a 7Eleven and they had a stack of used scratchers. We asked the clerk what they were for and he said they were trash. We very politely asked if we could have them and the clerk brushed it off and said yes. My husband made the mistake of turning to me and saying "these will make great movie props!" All of a sudden the clerk perked up and said "Oh, then those will be $20." My husband and I being relatively new to the city, thought he was joking, so, we laughed. He was very serious, and once we figured that out we were in a state of shock and said "umm... never mind then!" The clerk realized we were not going to pay $20 for the used scratchers so he said "5 bucks then?" They are such hustlers in this Town!! Everyone is trying to make a buck off of someone else, its ludicrous!"

After that past experience, I was worried the Christmas Tree lot owners would kick us out if they thought we were using their lot as a free modeling site :D Needless to say, we got our shots and left. It wasn't hard to walk away empty handed, considering they were selling trees for $95!! That is insane!!

My entire outfit is cheaper than one of their trees!! Only $27.00!!

Brand: Jones New York
Purchase Price: $5.50
Purchased From: The Goodwill (L.A.)
Suggested Retail: $89.00

Brand: Paris Blues
Purchase Price: $7.99
Purchased From: Ross
Suggested Retail: $34.00

Brand: American Eagle Outfitters
Purchase Price: $5.50
Purchased From: The Goodwill (L.A.)
Suggested Retail: $49.50

A little story about this ring... I found it a week or so ago on a sidewalk! I was really excited to find it, but sad for whoever lost it :( It's a really pretty ring and I suspect it will be missed. I wish there would have been a way to determine an owner, but it was very vague where they would have come from. With 400 office buildings in the immediate area, I had no idea where to go. So, I shall keep it and cherish it :)

Brand: Bongo
Purchase Price: $7.00
Purchased From: The Salvation Army
Suggested Retail: Unknown, probably around $40, when Bongo was still making boots
Brand: unknown
Purchase Price: $0.99
Purchased From: The Garment District (L.A.)
Suggested Retail: unknown

One Year Anniversary!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Disclaimer: My technical one year is December 20th but I figured this was the last week that people would have any brain power left :D Personally mine stopped functioning two days ago :)

Happy one-year anniversary to My Thrifty Chic!! I cannot believe is has been a whole year since I began this little hobby. I never considered myself a writer in any form, but I have really fallen in love with blogging. It is amazing how fun it can be to write about things you are actually passionate about (what a novel idea). This blog means so much to me, probably more than I can explain. This blog has brought me back in touch with things I am passionate about, things I thought I was loosing interest in. When you work so long doing the things you “have” to do, you sometimes forget about the things you “want” to do. My Thrifty Chic has reminded me I can have a future in fashion and I can make my passion a reality. I started blogging as an outlet with no real expectations. In the last year I have steadily increased my monthly page views from 1,000 to over 2,000. I know it is not a ton, but my husband keeps reminding me about exponential growth. I have big dreams and big plans for My Thrifty Chic, and we are going to get there one way or another!!

I want to thank everyone who has been a part of this first year!! You have no idea what your support means to me. As an artist we are a bit self-doubting and external feedback really makes it all worth it. I hope I have inspired you to follow your passions and to look fabulous doing it! I have a very special thank you I would like to dole out to someone who probably has no idea she has touched my life. A young lady by the name of Jenni Radosevich. She is the author of I saw an editorial on her in an In style Magazine a little over a year ago, where I was introduced to her blog. In the past year a lot of blogs have inspired me but Jenni was the catalyst; she is the sole reason I started blogging. So to you, Jenni, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for doing what you do and inspiring me also!

My last and final Thank you goes to my Husband. He is my biggest fan and he thinks everything I do and make is amazing, God love him! He came into my life when I was in my 3rd year of college working on a Psychology degree. He asked me why on earth I was doing psych when I clearly loved fashion so much more. It was at that moment of blankness I decided he was right (a rare occasion) and I switched my major, moved 2,000 miles from home and paid 25K/year to get a degree in Fashion Marketing. I bitch a lot about college and the price of it, but I wouldn't go back and change a thing! I did receive a great education and everyday I find myself using something I read in a textbook. With my passion and education of fashion I am 100% confident that I will find success in this crazy industry. I do not know how or when, but it will happen. So, Thank you to Brett Cameron Thompson for always pushing me to dream a little bigger!

I hope you have enjoyed my first year as much as I have, please fasten your seat belt and sit tight because next year is going fly by even faster!! 

Cheers, to the little blog that could, and is, and will!!

Below I've composed just a "few" of the pictures I've taken over the last 365 days :)

Sequin Dreams

Monday, December 12, 2011

I have been desperately wanting something covered in sequins lately! I have been on the look out for a sequin skirt, blouse or even a pair of pumps. Much to my good fortune, I found a great sequin dress last week! I am planning on wearing it to a Christmas party this year :) I want to play around with how I style it, I was thinking a cherry red blazer would look great, but I don't own one... yet ;) I am also contemplating the idea of pairing it with cobalt blue or fuchsia too.... I'll definitely post pics of how I end up styling it!!

This version of the look, cost me just under $50.00!!

Brand: H&M
Purchased Price: $9.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill (LA)
Suggested Retail: $59.95

Brand: Mossimo
Purchased Price: $5.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill (LA)
Suggested Retail: $29.00

Brand: Forever 21
Purchased Price: $5.50
Purchased From: Forever 21
Suggested Retail: $10.50

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

Brand: New York & Co.
Purchased Price: $5.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill (LA)
Suggested Retail: $24.95

Brand: Nine West
Purchased Price: $7.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill (LA)
Suggested Retail:$89.00

Brand: Jessica Simpson
Purchased Price: $10.00 (Brand New)
Purchased From: A Peddlers Market
Suggested Retail: $58-$68

Mustard Mullet Madness

Thursday, December 8, 2011

I have been seeing a ton of 'mullet' skirts and dresses this season, which I happen to love! I guess I should explain what exactly the 'mullet' trend is for anyone who doesn't already know: The Mullet skirt or dress, implies that the hem is shorter in the front compared to the back (simply put, it's an asymmetric hemline). It is not a new concept in fashion, it just has a new name. Up until a few months ago I had never heard the word 'mullet' used in a positive manner. :D

Often times, I see other bloggers or a celeb wearing an article of clothing and I begin my search to find something similar for myself. The mullet trend, was not very high on my radar. Though, I really do love what I have seen, it did not propel me into full on hunt mode.

As luck would have it however, I happened to stumble across a very lovey mullet dress. I discovered this little number at my neighborhood Goodwill (of course). I find it most intriguing because, I think somehow the designer was able to squeeze not one, but three trends into just one garment.

1. It is mustard in color (fall trend)
2. The print is very close to all the tribal trends happening right now
3. The silhouette has been seen all over the runway lately

 I think the dress is a ton of fun and I was really excited to find it! 

My look today cost under Twenty-Four Bucks!

Brand: Eight Sixty
Purchase Price: $7.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill (L.A.)
Suggested Retail: $108.00

I have to take a moment to show you this fabulous necklace I just received!! Vanessa, From Stylishly Me, hosted a lovely Taylor Kenny Jewelry giveaway, and I was the winner!! Such a cool experience, because I never win anything! The necklace is simply amazing and I feel so lucky to own it!!
{Wooden Bangle}
Brand: unknown
Purchase Price: $1.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill (Las Vegas, NV)
Suggested Retail: unknown

Brand: Diane von Furstenberg
Purchase Price: $7.50
Purchased From: The Goodwill (L.A.)
Suggested Retail: Over $200

Brand: unknown
Purchase Price: $5.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill (L.A.)
Suggested Retail: unknown
* I like to pretend that accessories like this are Vintage and are worth boat loads of money... but judging by the tag 'made in china' probably not :D *

DIY Bookends

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I don't know about ya'll, but I love Pinterest! My girlfriend introduced me to it in May of this year and I think I have spread it like the plague to all my friends. I am always getting tons of ideas on how to DIY things and thus making my already cramped apartment more cluttered (I like to call it eccentric). I recently saw how a lady took garden statues, spray painted them and then used them as bookends. So, I have been on a mission lately to find something relevant to try it out on.

Today, whilst shopping at the Salvation Army I found two really cool 'actual' bookends. They are in the shape of giant chess pieces and I thought they were really cool. They started out a goldish color, which wasn't all that bad, but I was dead set on painting them!

See my journey below :)

P.S. The bookends only cost $5.99 for both and the spay paint was $7.99.... Grand Total of $14!!!

Here is the before. Not so bad, right? But, I was on a painting high :D

The medium I choose. I want to find one with a mirror finish.. perhaps a part II in this saga...
After Coat #1
The final product!
Yay!! My two new Knight bookends! Like my bookshelf needs more things and stuff :D

I am so gosh darn excited about these!!

How to {spray} paint shoes

Monday, December 5, 2011

So, I really wanted to title this post "you can spray paint anything," But I figured that is just a "Duh" comment. Any DIY'er knows you can seriously spray paint just about anything! I had this epiphany while I was shopping in my local Hardware store. I saw a can a spray paint that was specified for vinyl and I thought to myself "hey, I can spray paint my patent leather pumps with this!"  So.... that is exactly what I did!! I have never heard of anyone using this method but I figured I'd give it a shot. My shoes were wrecked, so no harm if it didn't work. Below you can see how bad of shape my Steve Madden's were in. They are my most comfortable heels, so they have many miles on 'em and thankfully many more miles to go! I am so very pleased with the results that,  A) I wanted to share it but, B) I'm gonna do it again. The next time I try this, I am going to get either a pink or blue can of paint to test out.

Let me know what you think?

Here are a couple before & after's. As you can see they were pretty torn up before.

I sure know how to wear the heck out of a pair of heels.... but I was able to mask the illusion :D

Now, here's how I did it:

I started by stuffing my shoes with plastic grocery bags. I then put masking tape over them to keep it all compacted.

This is the spray paint I used, notice it says for Vinyl... who says it won't work on patent leather?

I went outside with one my my puppy's potty pads (they have many uses) and proceeded to experiment.

Finally, I put on a few coats and it worked pretty darn well! Now, they're never going to look brand new, but if your not inspecting them with a microscope, you can't detect any imperfections.

P.S. I did this project a few weeks ago and they paint is still in place with not peeling! It was a success!!

Painter's Palette

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Here are some more pictures I shot with Elizabeth Sassman last week!! I love the print on this dress, it reminds me of what happens when you drop alcohol onto a wet watercolor painting. I also love all the fall colors Lizzi was able to capture, fall is my absolute favorite season!

This Look cost me under $50!!
(suggested retail for all of it is at least $265)

And remember to stop by and see Lizzi's other amazing pictures on her website :)

Brand: Lush
Purchase Price: $7.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
Suggested Retail: $46.00

Brand: Gap
Purchase Price: $5.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
Suggested Retail: $89.95

Brand: Unknown
Purchase Price: $4.99 (plain silver) $7.99 (embellished)
Purchased From: The Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
Suggested Retail: Unknown

Brand: unknown
Purchase Price: $7.99
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
Suggested Retail: unknown

Brand: Steve Madden
Purchase Price: $9.99
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
            Suggested Retail: At least $130.00