the IT list: february 1, 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Laura Wears dresses up a puffer vest with a few styling tricks that takes her look to the next level! Definitely one to recreate! (find Laurea Wears on Twitter!)
  • Everything but Ordinary shows a little love to our friends with feathers in an adorable casual look that is ready for just about anything! So cute! (find Everything but Ordinary on Twitter!)
  • Good Life proves that neon is here to stay even in the dead of winter! She is staying cozy by piling on the layers for a fun look that holds its own in the wind and snow! (find Good Life on Twitter!)
  • Seersucker + Saddles gives us a spring preview when taking advantage of a little warm spell! Her skirt is to die for - a must see! (find Seersucker + Saddles on Twitter!)
  • Undeniable Style is shooting for comfort but definitely isn't throwing style out the door! Pop over to check out this effortlessly chic look with a 70s vibe! (find Undeniable Style on Twitter!)
  • One Hundred Inspirations recreates the ever so stylish Julianne Hough's casual LA look on a major budget! A complete outfit for under $115?! Go check it out!!
  • Miss Top Ten is keeping it classy in a little black dress and letting her accessories do all of the talking! So chic! (find Miss Top Ten on Twitter!)
  • My Thrifty Chic threw practicality to the wind when she found a little black cape to the tune of $4! Pop over to see where she found it and what other steals she is sporting! (find My Thrifty Chic on Twitter!)
  • The Second Best found an adorable peplum top at one of her go-to stores and is giving us tips and tricks to get the most of our money when shopping! (find Second Best on Twitter!)
  • A Fashion Fixation is ready for spring and showing a hint of bare legs! This is the perfect look for when mother nature gives us a little tease with those warm temps! (find A Fashion Fixation on Twitter!)
  • Little Bit of Wo.We is bringing a little color to her winter wardrobe and mixing it with one of the season's must haves - dots! Pop over to check out this adorable look! (find Little Bit of Wo.We on Twitter!)
  • Rose a la Mode has found the perfect pair of wallet-friendly white jeans and you'll never guess where she found them! If you are in the market, you can't miss this one!(find Rose a la Mode on Twitter!)
  • Pretty Preened reworked her mom's wedding gown into an amazing little white dress (with feathers!) for her reception! It is incredible! (find Pretty Preened on Twitter!)
  • Sweetie Pie Style is looking ahead to spring and brings us affordable options for this season's must-have footwear! Pop over to find out where to grab a pair on the cheap! (find Sweetie Pie Style on Twitter!)
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Spring Trend Guide / 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

After I wrote my Color Trend Report last week, I quickly began putting together my Spring Trend Guide. I know the Spring/Summer runways took place last August and a lot of bloggers have already reported their findings. But if you're like me, you need a refresher course. You may have noticed some Spring fashion moving into retailers near you. It's that time of year when you are struggling to avoid frost bite and yet everywhere you look, someone is selling swimsuits.

I have put together my synopsis of the biggest Spring trends in 2013, and oh my word, there are so many! I have only featured 8 and there are at least 12 other "trends" depending on who classifies them. I chose to share these because they are the most unique, and honestly some of the other ones fall under into the same categories. For example, women's shorts suits are in, but that kinda falls under the Bermuda shorts category. Also high contrast black and white garments are in, but most of them resemble the Mod trend. Some of the trends not featured here are: floral, exaggerated silhouettes and large ruffles. I don't think those need much explaining though. Also, color will be huge this spring, so if you haven't read my Color Trend Report, I highly suggest you do so!

What is your favorite trend for spring? 
Are there any trends you will be staying away from?

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{outfit post} City Bee

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I was browsing the racks at my local Goodwill a couple weeks ago and I stumbled upon this turtleneck cape. I DO NOT do turtlenecks as a rule, but I was so intrigued by the design, I decided to overlook it. To be honest, it's a cool unique garment, but it's totally impractical. I really don't know how often I will be able to wear it due to functionality (and weather in LA). I feels a bit like a straight jacket when it's on... but man doesn't it look great with this outfit? Pshh... who needs practicality in fashion?

I also pulled out this old mustard skirt from the back of my closet. I am just now realizing I have never shown this skirt on here before... That's when you know you have a problem folks. I have so many clothes I can't keep track of all of them and in 2 years there are still things you've never seen. I am the definition superfluous. On the other hand, now that I am unemployed, my shopping budget has altogether dried up. I look forward to bringing you new garments pulled from the depths of my closet!

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{outfit post} Somewhere over the highway

Sunday, January 27, 2013

What do you think of my new layout design? When I started my blog, it was my intention to make it look like an upscale magazine at some point. That point is now. Although, I am not a web designer, I do have a tad bit of graphic design background so I am trying something new. I have been studying a multitude of fashion magazines for inspiration and I am very excited to give My Thrift Chic a more editorial feel! I would love to hear your feedback!

My husband and I shot these images last week right above the 101 freeway. It was reaching the height of rush hour traffic and everyone was honking at us. That is one thing I don't think I will ever get used to; the attention one receives when taking photos in public. I hate when people watch me and in LA everyone cranes their head to see if you're a celebrity. You would think that after 2 years and thousands of photos later, I would be more comfortable with it... but I'm not.

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Color Trend Guide: Spring 2013

Saturday, January 26, 2013

I am guilty of not watching every runway show as it happens. I usually catch up on them a few months later, I know, I am an awful fashion enthusiast. The other day I was looking at some of the Spring/Summer 2013 runway shows from last fall. I initially thought I was going to discuss the "big" trends, but I quickly realized there needed to be a whole trend report solely dedicated color. In 2012 we saw a lot of color variation throughout the year, but this spring, you will have way more than just Easter egg pastels to choose from! Below I have outlined 13 different color options that are already hitting retailers. (Image Sources: FabSugar)

First on the docket, are these lovely citrus inspired hues. This trend isn't quite a neon, but it's not quite a lime green or banana yellow either. Chartreuse is the technical name for this color, but I'm sure marketers and retailers will have a few other catchy names for it, thus Citron. This hue is one of my favorite colors because it is such a statement in and of itself, that you virtually do not need any other styling. This color will stand alone and make a very loud statement. Another great thing about this color is that it looks great on almost any skin tone. I know that sounds crazy, but as long as you have cool skin tones you can wear it. This color is especially flattering on African American women!

Black is another hot color this spring! Black is timeless and season-less, but normally it only fills the Fall/Winter runways. Black made a huge splash on the S/S runways and will be BIG in spring. So, don't pack away your LBD's just yet, keep them out and pair them with bright accessories for spring!

I feel like I have been talking about Cobalt blue for years. Cobalt was really big last summer and apparently will be staying with us through the duration of 2013. Don't get me wrong I am not complaining! I love trends that last longer than a few months, it's much better on my pocketbook! (Do people still say "pocketbook?" Uh oh I think I just channeled my grandma.)

We've all heard it, Emerald is the Pantone color of 2013... we get it! But, there are so many other hues of green happening right now too! It's one of the first times, that I can remember in recent history, that green is acceptable in any shade! Normally certain shades of green are off limits, but not this season. Think Kelly, Grass, Forest, Sea foam and Spearmint! And a little styling tip, black and white compliment green really well, see the Alice + Olivia styling above.

Now, lemon is different than the Citron trend above. We're talking bright banana in-your-face yellow! I am not much of a yellow gal myself, so sporting a head-to-toe yellow short suit will not be in the works. I will however consider a yellow tank or printed top, but that is probably it for me.

We just can't shake metallics, can we?!? This is another color trend I feel like I keep writing about. Like I said before about the Cobalt blue, it's great because you can recycle clothing from past seasons, but quite frankly, I'm a little bored with it. If you're going to incorporate metallics into your spring wardrobe, stick with rose golds or champagne tones. Don't go crazy with gun metal metallics, that will be too heavy for the season.
Nude and natural tones were big on the spring runways, which only means I need a tan. Nudes are hard to wear for most women, so unless you have perfect alabaster skin, or gorgeous sun kissed skin, you're going to look washed out. Instead of wearing true nude garments, you can play with light peaches, pinks and grays too!
We saw hints of olive green in the fall, but back then we were calling it Army green. No matter what name you give it, olive green is here to stay! I am pretty excited about this color and I like to pair it with hot pink! Do you remember my Color Combo post a few weeks ago? I like to use olive green as a neutral, and then you can pair it with bright spring colors to liven it up! If you wear Olive with dark hues it will read more fall, but if you add a chartreuse pump, it will make it more spring!
The dreaded orange. I am going to go out on a very unscientific limb and say that 90% of the population would never wear orange. It's just one of those colors that only a very small amount of people can wear. I don't even think I own anything orange. A way to ease yourself into this trend (if you want) is by wearing red-orange or coral. Both of those hues are variations of orange but without being in your face about it.

Pastels... the typical spring color palette. Yes, pastels will be a staple this spring, but not those Easter eggy ones. Think more refined hues instead of baby shower shades. I love the peach and sea foam hues featured above.
I have spent a lifetime hating pink and promoting others hatred of it... but I think it's finally getting to me. I have found myself being drawn to more and more pink garments as of late, and there's nothing I can do about it. I think it's best if I just surrender now. Damn Kate Spade and her fabulous collections are really corrupting my mind.

Rich purples are usually reserved for Fall, but Spring will have a healthy does of purple this year as well. I have to wonder if global warming is not only affecting the weather patterns, but the color patterns as well. It seems like colors that have been traditionally only worn in certain seasons are now becoming popular in other seasons as well. It's very odd, but I'm not exactly going to write Al Gore a letter about it.

Last but definitely not least, is white. White is an expected shade in the warmer months, but this season white is making a statement. There are floor length gowns, short and pant suits and a plethora of other garments being produced in the most purest of whites. I have been stocking up on white accessories lately, and I will be picking up some other white garments very soon!

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the "IT" List: Jan. 25, 2013

DIY Jewelry Making: Textured Metal Collar

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Let me just give you a glimpse into my brain. Last Saturday I was laying down attempting to take a nap and my brain just wouldn't turn off. A million different thoughts were running rampant and then my vision focused on one single thought... a DIY. All the other thoughts were gone and I began to piece together this craft project. As soon as I realized I had all the materials needed in my apartment, I was vertical and knew, no nap would be achieved.

Stiff Felt
Metallic Duct Tape
Hole Punch
Jump Ring
Hot Glue Gun

{outfit post} American Vintage

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I'm just going to put it out there, I am obsessed with these images. Last weekend, my husband and I went driving around LA, looking for different locations to shoot a couple outfits. While we were meandering some random streets in Hollywood, I spotted this red VW van. I immediately knew the van would make the perfect backdrop for my American flag shorts!

I was so excited to take pictures in front of the van, but taking pictures in LA can be tricky. It's the land of movie makers, and everyone in the city is hip to the game. No one will let you use anything they have as a prop unless you pay them. I knew we had to snap these shots quick and get out of there before the owner yelled at us! The very last picture we took, I wanted to sit on the bumper. I told my husband to get ready because I was positive someone was going to yell at us. Sure enough, after the first flash, a voiced yelled above from a window to get away from their car.... but we still got the shot! Then, I had to go home and put a vintage Photoshop filter on these images. Seriously, don't they just feel so retro?!?

Total Outfit Cost: $23.23
Estimated Retail: $168.97
brand: Levi Strauss
purchase price: $4.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail: unknown

*I'm not sure if these are an original Levi design, or if someone painted them.
The pattern is pretty uniform so kudos if they were DIY'd*

brand: Mossimo
purchase price: $5.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail:$34.99

brand:  Anna Kristie (vintage)
purchase price: $3.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail: unknown

purchase price: $8.26
purchased from: Kohl's
estimated retail: $54.99
* You can buy a pair here

So... want to hear a funny story about these flats? I bought them the day after Christmas. They were the last pair in the entire store! I felt so lucky that they were my size! As I was signing my name at the check out, the cashier was double checking the size. She couldn't find the printed size, but voiced to me they looked the same. As she handed me my receipt, I showed her where the size was printed... big mistake! We figured out one was an 8 and the other a 7.5. I was not bothered by this fact because I can wear a 7.5 just fine, yet the cashier insisted that she could not sell them to me. In reality she already HAD sold them to me, I was holding the receipt! But she took the shoes from me and had one of the floor salesmen go check the back for more shoes. I knew there were no others to be found. I argued with the cashier a moment because I had already paid for them and technically they were mine. She told me she was not allowed to sell them to me, and that I would have to take them to the customer service department to return them. Is this making sense to you? I paid for the shoes and now she was telling me I HAD to return them? My mom and I quickly put 2 and 2 together. I told the cashier I was just going to find the salesman and then return them. I went to the shoe department, where I found said salesman aimlessly searching and I told him, I would like my shoes back. I simply put the shoes in my bag and then walked out of the store! I couldn't believe that they were going to make me return shoes I wanted because the cashier negligently sold me two different sizes. I totally get the reasoning for not selling them like that, and I would have let it go, had I not already paid for them!  Long story short... these are a half size apart, but only cost me $8. It is not my fault said cashier doesn't know how to find shoe sizes! Does that make me an ass?

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BB cream vs. CC cream

Monday, January 21, 2013

If you are entirely confused by the title of this post, you are not alone! 2012 was a huge year for BB creams in the US, so you might be used to seeing this term, but what is BB cream? BB stands for "Blemish Base" or "Blemish Balm." BB cream has been very popular in Korea and Asia since the 80's, but originated in Germany in the 60's. Ugh, why is America always the last one to receive new trends?!? Still, what the heck is it? Very simply put, "BB cream is an all-in-one cosmetic beauty and skincare product. Depending on the brand you choose, this cream can act as foundation, concealer, sunblock, and moisturizer all in one."  for the whole history/science behind BB creams, check out this article on Squidoo.

I recently received my first sample of CC cream in my December Ipsy Glam Bag. At first I thought it was a BB cream (which I am still curious to try), and then when I read CC, my mind went into a tail spin. I had no clue what these products were, and I knew I had to start researching asap!

When I turned to Google, I found that CC stands for "color control" cream, which was developed in Korea. It's basically the improved version of a BB cream. Most CC creams have a high SPF and are touted to even out every skin tone... sounds to me like foundation. I don't know how revolutionary either of these products are, I wonder if it's all just a marketing ploy and a new name for liquid foundation/tinted moisturizer? We'll see how it all plays out over the next few years.

The CC cream sample I have is by the brand Juice Beauty. I actually do really like the effects the CC cream. If my face wasn't so broken out, I would only use this cream and forgo foundation altogether. The down fall to this specific cream is that it smells awful! Like wet dirt and leaves. It's an organic brand, so maybe that is exactly what they were going for? Anyhow, this sample and all my research on these double letter creams intrigued me to figure out which ones I should try. I hope the other brands smell better!

I counted 21 BB creams sold at Sephora alone, but there aren't very many CC creams out yet. I imagine in the next coming months CC creams will begin to show up just like the BB creams. Here are the top 10 rated BB creams on the market right now: (Sources: Huff Post/ Allure Magazine)

1. Estée Lauder - Great for Oily Skin $39.00

2. Garnier - For Dry Skin $11.99

3. Dr. Jart + - For Sensitive Skin $34.00

4. Flexitone - For Dull Skin $39.00

5. Clinique - For Uneven Skin $37.00

6. Too Faced -  For a Natural Look $34.00

7. Stila - For Mature Skin $38.00

8. Iman - For women of color

9. Smashbox - For a camera ready look $39.99

10. Maybelline - For the cheapskate (me) $7.44

Depending on your price point and your skin tone, you should be able to find a BB cream that was created just for you (or someone like you). I will be setting out this afternoon to pick myself up the Maybelline brand (because it's the cheapest). I might even pick up Olay's CC cream since it is the first of it's kind and the only CC cream available at large retailers.

What do you think about these creams?
Have you tried them? Would you?

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