Polka Dot Fever

Sunday, September 30, 2012

I feel like I have been living in black and white, but I just can't help it. My style usually centers around a neutral color palate, but lately I feel an overwhelming desire to wear black and white. It's not even a conscious thought any longer. I am also obsessed with polka dots... it's a serious condition. I find myself being drawn in my their mesmerizing power.

I found these adorable polka dot shorts last week in Sacramento. I didn't even know if I was crazy about them at the time, but I had to buy them because of the print. The verdict is in now, and I thoroughly love them! They are so comfortable and surprisingly flattering on my voluptuous fanny. The lightweight cotton is great in Los Angeles right now, seeing as how the weather is not getting any cooler. That's right it's supposed to be 100 degrees tomorrow. Los Angeles, if you're listening, give me some damn fall temperatures!!

Total Outfit Cost: $40.17
Estimated Retail: $216.60

brand: Cotton + Candy
purchase price: $10.90
purchased from: Free Style Clothing Exchange
estimated retail: unknown

brand:Forever 21
purchase price: $4.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail:$12.80

brand: Forever 21
purchase price: Free (came attached to another pair of pants)
purchased from: Forever 21
estimated retail: $3.80

brand: Bakers
purchase price: $9.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail: $120.00

{deer ring}
brand: unknown
purchase price:$1.29
purchased from: eBay
estimated retail:


brand: various (thrifted)
purchase price: $13.00 for all
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail: unknown

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Sunday Around The Table: Garlic & Basil Pasta

It's becoming apparent to me that my blog is veering into the lifestyle category. Fashion is my number one passion, but I love to craft, cook, travel and share my stories. Often times I have something I want to share, but in the back of my mind I wonder if it's too disconnected from {mtc}'s POV. I hate labels and I hate feeling constricted. I started my blog because I wanted to fill a void in the marketplace. I didn't want to just post pictures of my clothes everyday. Although I love that aspect, I wanted to share more of who I am, and I am not just a  clothes hoarder.... I promise I have more substance ;) I also promise that everything I write about will always be Thrifty and Chic!

I want to start a weekly post about yummy and affordable recipes! I envy those bloggers who have their whole week planned out, but I am just going to start with Sundays. I feel like Sundays are the universal day for family dinners, so I thought it would be the perfect day to share my favorite recipes with you.

I happen to love to cook and I have noticed so many of my friends either don't know how or don't like to cook. I hope that through my simple and affordable recipes, I might be able to change some of them ;)

First up on my "Sunday around the table" series is Chicken-Lemon-Garlic-Basil Pasta. It's a mouthful to say and the best mouthful of pasta you've ever eaten (outside of Italy of course). I found this recipe via Pinterest, I mean how else do we find recipes these days!?! My grandma offered me an old Betty Crocker... umm, no thanks gram, I've got Pinterest :D I did however adapt the recipe, and shhh... don't tell the author, I think mine is better.

Let's Begin, Your ingredient list will need to include:
2 Chicken Breasts
4 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3-4 cloves Minced Garlic
1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
13.25 oz (whole box) Angel Hair Pasta
6-8 Fresh Basil Leaves
1 whole Lemon

Parmesan Cheese
Toasted Pine Nuts (My favorite are from Trader Joe's)
3 Diced Roma Tomatoes (scoop seeds out)

Begin, by preparing your chicken breast. I use the frozen breasts from the grocery store because they're really easy. Oven at 350 and 15 minutes on each side of the breast. But, you can prepare your chicken as you would normally. I like to season my chicken with copious amounts of lemon pepper and salt.

While your chicken is baking, mince your garlic. Add your extra virgin olive oil in a saute pan and lightly brown your garlic. I also like to add the red pepper flakes to the oil. Do not over cook your garlic. When it turns golden, turn the heat off and let it sit until the rest of the meal is finished.

Start your water for the pasta, but make sure the pasta is the last thing you cook. It will take less than 5 minutes to cook Angel hair, but you can start your water while you chiffonade your basil (fancy word for chop thinly).

When your chicken is cooked all the way through, cut it into cubes or shred it. I like to heat the olive oil back up and add the cooked chicken, to infuse all the flavors.

Once your pasta is cooked and drained, add the garlic-pepper-olive oil and chicken. Then, squeeze the juice of one lemon over the pasta, and stir in the chopped basil. Combine thoroughly,  and make sure all the pasta is coated with oil. If the pasta appears too dry, just add a little more olive oil. Make sure to taste the pasta to ensure you have enough salt and pepper before serving.

I like to serve my pasta topped with diced Roma tomatoes, Parmesan cheese and pine nuts (I am obsessed with pine nuts).

If you are vegetarian, you can simply leave out the chicken, the original recipe I found did not call for it. I have also made this exact same recipe with salmon too!

This picture was before I discovered adding tomatoes. Broccoli makes a great side dish too!

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the good, the bad and the ugly. but mostly ugly.

Friday, September 28, 2012

This is a throw away post, I'm just going to say that up front. There is nothing exceptionally fashion'y about it, but I thought the photo sesh was funny enough to share with you. This look I am featuring is me on an extremely plain day. A day where I set my alarm to 6 pm (that's not a typo), my hair had more powder in it than one of George Washington's wigs and I just did not want my picture taken. My husband talked me into shooting these before I headed off to work, and as you will see, he had a bit of fun with them. As he was taking the pictures I was describing to him how so often I think I am looking sexy and hot in my pictures and then I see the film. I feel like one of these memes.....

Okay, so maybe I'm not that bad, but you catch my drift... not all my pictures today are bad, but I hope you get a laugh ;)

Total Outfit Cost: $55.42
Estimated Retail: $372.78
 the "pretty" pose


brand: Old Navy
purchase price: $11.99
purchased from:Old Navy
estimated retail: $19.94
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the "I smiled so hard I gave myself a lazy eye" pose

brand: Zara
purchase price: $5.50
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail:$59.90

the "does this look hot? bleh" pose

the "(insert horse noise)" pose


brand: Xhilaration
purchase price: $4.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail:$19.99

* Did you know, Target donates a ton of unsold merchandise to Goodwills across the country? Check it out, it's new at a used price ;) *

the "look at me, I'm excited" pose

....and we're back to normal photos

brand: Banana Republic
purchase price: $9.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail: $250.00

{palm bracelet}
brand: Slimskii
purchase price: $22.95 +shipping
purchased from: Slimskii
estimated retail: $22.95
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I splurged on this palm bracelet. I spent way more than I ever would have considered, but let me tell you why. When I did the Project Style competition a couple weeks ago, Jeannie Mai had one on. I was captivated by it all day because I have never seen an accessory like it. I immediately hopped on the internet to track one down and there are almost none! Seriously, without exaggerating, I found 6, yes SIX palm bracelets in the whole world wide web! Maybe I'm not searching by the right name, but If there are only six styles available, I had to own one.

You might think this sounds superficial or cheesy, but there is a rush of adrenaline I get from owning something before everybody else. Yes, I copied Jeannie Mai, but she's the only person I've ever seen one on. What can I say, I'm a geek that way.

The picture isn't that great, but you can see what I am talking about.

And.. Nicole Scherzinger has one too, which she wore on the X Factor. I'm telling you, these haven't caught on big yet, but I think they're going too!!

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The "IT" List: Sept. 28, 2012

It's that time of the week again, "IT" List time! If you didn't catch it last Friday, I have linked up with some awesome bloggers to bring you the highlights of our week. Every Friday for the next 9 weeks, I'll be featuring some of the hottest fashion posts! Jill of Good Life, puts the whole thing together every week and I am so excited to be apart of it!

The "IT" list is a great way to drive traffic and it gives me (and you) a chance to meet new bloggers! If you are intrigued by any of these ladies, jump on over to their blogs and tell them My Thrifty Chic sent you ;)

  • My Fancy Pants is whipping out her fur vest! Pop over to see how she pairs it with a dress and wedges for a beautiful transition to Fall!
  • Miss Top Ten Image shows us how versatile dresses can be and it is all about layering! It is amazing what a belt and cardigan can do!  (find Miss Top Ten Image on Twitter!)
  • The Mrs. and The Momma is sporting Fall's hottest color and pairs it with a little something unexpected! So cute! (find The Mrs. and The Momma on Twitter!)
  • A Fashion Fixation holds nothing back in a pair of bright pants! Her husband isn't so sure about them but I know we all are! (find A Fashion Fixation on Twitter!)
  • The Double Take Girls show us two ways to style the same top - stripes or print! Go pick your favorite! (find The Double Take Girls on Twitter!)
  • Citrus Refreshing Fashion dresses up animal print leggings with a blazer and a pop of color! Head over to see this effortlessly chic look!
  • My Thrifty Chic channels the first lady and her entire outfit costing her a mere $27 - so impressive! (find My Thrifty Chic on Twitter!)
  • 100 Inspirations recreates Emma Watson's minimalist style for under $112 - including a blazer! Such a steal!
  • Sweetest Somethings pairs polkadots and channels fashion from decades past with a hair scarf - such a fun way to dress up a casual outfit! (find Sweetest Somethings on Twitter!)
  • Olivia Moone says goodbye to summer with a roundup of some of her favorite warm weather looks! Tons of eye candy here! (find Olivia Moone on Twitter!)
  • Everyday with a Red Head pairs printed pants with a hint of colorful sequins for an amazingly bold look! Love!
  • Lily Says Go has come up with the perfect fall strategy to make the most of her wardrobe! Don't miss the great tips she is giving - head over! (find Lily Says Go on Twitter!)
  • Ash 'n' Fashn is carrying florals in to Fall by going neutral - perfect for pairing with a big cozy sweather! (find Ash 'n' Fashn on Twitter!)
  • Second Street East found an amazing deal on original artwork that looks like it came straight out of the Williams Sonoma catalog! Such a great find! (find Second Street East on Twitter!)
  • Sweetie Pie Style shares some cute pieces all for under $25 - you will have a hard time not jumping at all of them!  (find Sweetie Pie Style on Twitter!)
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Weekend in Tahoe

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

This past weekend, I went to Tahoe for a girls bachlorette weekend. It's a fun tradition, and is really a nice way to get some girl time with my friends I don't get to see very often. The majority of the weekend was spent lounging, day drinking and spa time. However, Saturday night we decided to get gussied up and hit the town.

First let me say, I have some very stylish girlfriends. They all have their own unique sense of style and I would never try to change that. I do enjoy however, experimenting with new looks on my friends. I picked up a light wash denim vest the other week and I have been contemplating different ways to style it. I thought about denim on denim, maybe a punk rock vibe, or even an girly meets edgy style. I packed my vest, with no intentions of actually wearing it, but when my girlfriend Wendy walked in all dressed up in her form fitting cobalt blue dress and mint green pumps, I seized the opportunity.

Wendy was such a good sport, I asked her to try on the vest with her outfit, just so I could see what it looked like. Wendy isn't really a punk rock kinda girl, she's more of a Fossil/Lucky Brand Boho-Chic girl, but I thought she rocked this look. She let me change her accessories and teased her hair extra to make a cohesive look. We all loved the look so much, that Wendy ended up wearing the outfit for the whole night.
What do you think? Do you like the addition of the 80's style vest?

Thank you so much Wendy for being such a good sport! And, I am so jealous of your post baby body, you are a Hot Mama!!

{More Pictures}
Here are a few other snap shots from the weekend...

The one in the polka dot sweater is the Bride-to-be! She has adorable style too!

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Real v. Steal: Valentino Studded Pumps

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I feel like I have been majorly slacking on my Real v.s. Steal editorials, my apologies. Today's "RvS" was inspired by a segment on the Today Show. They were featuring the Shoe Dazzle version of this shoe, but I instantly knew it was inspired by this Valentino masterpiece.

The Valentino pumps are available at Nordstrom for $895.00 (insert gasp). They have more intricate detail, and I would assume they are really well made. As for the Shoe Dazzle version, they have fewer pyramid studs, but I think they are equally eye catching. Both pairs are also available in nude.

{Celeb Style}
Here is Alexa Chung sporting the nude pair of Valentino studded flats. They are exactly like the heels, but without the pain ;)

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First Lady Style

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Yes, it's an election year, no I'm not getting political on you. No matter your political party, you can't deny that Michelle Obama has suburb style. In my opinion, she is the most stylish first ladies since Jackie Kennedy. I am a really big fan of how affordable her fashions are as well! I have a feeling she has always been a frugal shopper, but in our economic depression, she has really tried to not go over the top with her fashion choices, and I immensely respect that.

When I found this dress, I immediately thought I could see the First Lady wearing it. It's classy and elegant, but still trendy and young. I love the purple tweed mixed with the navy color blocking. I think the length is great and the seaming is slimming.

I have ran through a variety of ways I want to style this dress; printed tights, a fur vest, a neon blazer.... but today, I went classic with it.

Total Outfit Cost: $26.98
Estimated Retail: $243.80

{Sheath Dress}
brand: Anne Klein
purchase price: $7.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail: $150.00

brand: Forever 21
purchase price: $22.80 (Free to Me c/o South Bay Galleria)
purchased from: Forever 21
estimated retail: $22.80

brand: Jewel IO
purchase price: $15.00
purchased from: Jewel IO
estimated retail: $25.00
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brand: unknown
purchase price: $3.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail: unknown

brand: Qupid
purchase price: $20.00 (Free to me c/o South Bay Galleria)
purchased from: Love D
estimated retail: $40.00

{First Lady Style}
As you can see, the sheath dress has been a staple in the current First Lady's closet, along with previous First Ladies. It's a silhouette that truly stands the test of time!

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the "IT" list: September 21, 2012

Friday, September 21, 2012

Hey Guys! I'm sorry I am going to be a little spotty on blogging for the next five days. I am in Lake Tahoe for a girls weekend, and I had all the best intentions of keeping up on my blog.... but girl time is much needed. I will be taking lots of pictures though for next week :)

Today however, I am a part of the weekly "It List," Jill at The Good Life For Less, hosts every Friday! It's a great way to link up with 16 other bloggers and see they're best post of the week. You can see a brief synopsis for each lady below, and if you see something you like, please click the links :)

  • The Glossy Life shows us how to make those cute elastic hair ties from Anthropologie at home! A fun project that will save you some cash! (find The Glossy Life on Twitter!)
  • Olive and an Arrow transports back to the 70's in her fab pants! A true testament to fashion repeating itself! So cute! (find Olive and an Arrow on Twitter!)
  • Coffee Beans and Bobby Pins gets gussied up for a night at the show! A cute dress and even cuter heels! You have to see them! (find Coffee Beans and Bobby Pins on Twitter!)
  • Urban Frill is enjoying the cooler weather and finally being able to wear her new jacket, which is the perfect mix of girly and cozy! (find Urban Frill on Twitter!)
  • It's Not That Deep shows us her rebellious side and mixes a rocker tee with a prim and proper pencil skirt  - all topped off with gorgeous curly locks!
  • For All Things Lovely is sporting a favorite fall color combo - wine and magenta! Head over to see what (unexpected) color she paired it with! Love!
  • My Fancy Pants nails the polka dot and colored denim trend in one shot! These happy pants look amazing paired with leopard!
  • Miss Top Ten Image cheers up on a rainy afternoon with a few pops of red! A bright spot in an otherwise gloomy day! (find Miss Tope Ten Image on Twitter!)
  • The Mrs. and The Momma looks so chic in a maxi and menswear inspired hat! Such a cute (and comfy!) outfit for running around! (find The Mrs. and The Momma on Twitter!)
  • A Fashion Fixation is extending the life of her summer wardrobe with the tried and true denim jacket - a must have for transitioning to fall! (find A Fashion Fixation on Twitter!)
  • The Double Take Girls shares some tips on how to pull off the ever popular printed pant look. Pop over for a few style tips! (find The Double Take Girls on Twitter!)
  • Citrus Refreshing Fashion is channeling Audrey in a Breakfast at Tiffany's inspired look - complete with pearls! So cute! 
  • My Thrifty Chic is a show stopper in pink and black lace! Pop over to see how she keeps her formal dress from looking too stuffy! (find My Thrifty Chic on Twitter!)
  • Second Street East is shelling out advice on where to look for less expensive light fixtures! Don't miss this tip! (find Second Street East on Twitter!)
  • Sweetie Pie Style gives us the run down on a fabulous color combo for fall - black and emerald! She gives us tons of choices to easily implement the look! (find Sweetie Pie Style on Twitter!)
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A little bit British

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

First off, let me apologize for the poor image quality. I had to shoot these quickly before my photographer/husband ran off to work this morning. The sun was just coming up over the buildings so there's a lot of back light too. But, I still really love my outfit.

You may not be able to decipher the colors but my dress is back and white striped, and I paired it with a navy blazer, navy belt and then a couple pops of mustard. This dress is my new go-to dress because the print is so versatile and I don't have to wear a bra with it! A few years ago, that concept would have made me so self conscious, but as I am getting closer to my thirties and have given up all hope of my boobs ever "coming in," I am embracing it. I hate wearing bras, I worry I might give them up forever :D

I also have to brag a bit... you see that navy blazer? Well, it's vintage Oscar De La Renta!! I found it at the Goodwill (of course) for under $6! It's a heavier fabric, almost a tweed, so I have been anxiously waiting for the weather to cool off so I could wear it!

To finish off my look, I wanted to bring in a pop of color. I thought my matching shoes and bag would bring the whole look together :)

Total Outfit Cost: $31.96
Estimated Retail: $300.00

brand: Forever 21
purchase price: $7.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail: $22.80

brand: Oscar De La Renta
purchase price: $5.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail:

brand: unknown (I think they're from Urban Outfitters, but tag is worn off)
purchase price: $9.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail: unknown

{cross-body bag}
brand: Urban Expressions
purchase price: $7.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail: $42.00
*This bag inspired the title of the post, because if you flip it open the studs form a British flag. I was really digging the UK punk vibe.


If you think Mustard colored shoes are not versatile, think again! This is the third post I've worn them in, and countless other times in my day-to-day life. Which styling is your favorite?

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