Reflection and Purpose

Monday, November 12, 2012

I know I talk about LA a lot, and my love for this crazy city. I don't mean to come off as a pompous Angelino, I just feel like I've finally found the place I belong. Let me go back.... I grew up in a small town, the same small town both my parents grew up in. Everyone knew my family, and everyone knew me. Despite the comfort and familiarity, I never felt like I belonged there; something just never felt right. All of my friends growing up came from much wealthier families than mine, my parents were the first to get divorced, and I had a personality unmatched. I tried to blend, but always felt a like an outsider. My friends are probably shocked if they're reading this, because I'm sure they never knew my feelings. I spent 18 years in that town, trying to make it work, but itching to leave every second. I think it's normal for kids to say they hate their hometown and want to leave, for me though, I knew I was suffocating.

After many, many years spent searching the depths of my inner thoughts, I made the move to Los Angeles; I was 25. I can't explain it, but I immediately clicked with this city, I was finally home. I've never had that feeling before and I've lived in numerous places. I honestly didn't know if I'd ever feel like I "fit" anywhere. I still get the same feeling every time I pull off the 101 into Hollywood, my heart flutters a bit and I feel home. I know this city isn't for everyone, and I'm quite thankful for that, we have enough people as is ;)

Now that I found where I belong, I have made my peace with my hometown. I am grateful I grew up there and I have some amazing childhood friends. It wasn't until I left though that I could fully appreciate it.

I also have Los Angeles to thank for my journey with fashion. I always had the inner passion, but the spirit of LA really inspired me. My husband always says "to be inspired, you have to be inspired." It sounds pretty silly, but it's true. Inspiration doesn't come out of thin air, you have to find it, and when you do, you better hold tight.

So, thank you Los Angeles, for allowing me to make you my home, and inspiring me everyday. Even when I hate you, I wouldn't want to live anywhere else, apparently 4 million people feel the same way. I guess I'm not that special :D

In addition, if it wasn't for Los Angeles thrift stores I would have never had the inventory to start this blog... speaking of inventory, take a look at what I have for you today.

Total Outfit Cost: $32.78
Estimated Retail: $164.24

brand:Old Navy
purchase price:$3.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail: $29.94

purchase price: free (traded clothing for it)
purchased from: Buffalo Exchange
estimated retail: unknown

{maxi skirt}
brand: Banana Republic
purchase price:$5.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail: $79.50

{gold cuff}
brand: Forever 21
purchase price: $7.80
purchased from: Forever 21
estimated retail:$7.80

purchase price: $15.00
purchased from: Payless Shoes
estimated retail: $32.00

I am also Guest Posting over at Style at a Steal today! Go check out all my thrifting tips!!

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TheTinyHeart said...

Love the tribal top and the sexy off the shoulder! I understand how you feel about LA because I felt that way when I lived in New York.

The Tiny Heart

Unknown said...

Love this whole look! You look so chic!

Penniless Socialite said...

I love that maxi skirt. What a great find! I really like how you pulled off the off the shoulder look. It looks so effortless on you.
Penniless Socialite

Unknown said...

Adorable outfit, I love thrift stores. For me its not only the nice prices but the push to be creative and come out with a great outfit. stopping by from Loving Lately link up

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Secure In Style said...

As soon as I saw this, I SOOOOO wanted this to go on my blog. This is such an AMAZING look.

Keep an eye out on my blog later today. I'll be featuring this as one of the looks I love today.


Niki {Glossy Blonde} said...

I need that cuff!!! I love it!

Antionette Blake said...

Perfect thrifting tips and a great outfit that you wear well.

ThriftyGirl51 said...

Really great outfit, I like everything, especially that necklace!

Valerie said...

Wow! I was impressed with the outfit before I saw the prices. You amaze me.

Rachel said...

Wow, you get some great deals! Especially on the skirt!

Elena said...

Love love love this top-looks super sexy and cozy! You look amazing!

Preethi said...

Love the print on that top - so fun!

lace, etc.

Sheena Rae said...

I'm pretty much in love with ANYTHING Tribal!

Dropping in from WIWW!

Sheena @ A Girl's Guide to Retail Therapy

Lindsay said...

Oh my that top is just gorgeous! So in love with it!

Rebecca said...

Awwww I so can relate to this post...I'm also a recent LA transplant & I've never been happier. Yeah it's not perfect but I just feel so at home here!


Jeans and a Teacup said...

It's a great feeling to find a place where you feel like you belong! I'm happy that you've found that in LA! I feel like I "belong" in Philadelphia however I had to move to LA for my husbands job and we've lived here for about 2 years now and I'm kind of getting tired of it! Haha...just too many people and the traffic is ridiculous! But I would love to know what thrift stores you've found in LA because I just can't seem to find any good ones!

Unknown said...

This outfit looks REALLY comfy, yet super chic!! That necklace is pretty darn swell too!

Would love for you to come and link this post up at my Mommy & Me Stylin' Mondays Linky!