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Lupita Sweater




SAM_1519JCrew cardigan (Value Village -$?), Shirt (Teen Challenge Thrift – $2), Thakoon for Target skirt (Goodwill – $7), Miz Mooz heels (VV – $15)

So I call this my Lupita sweater because it reminds me of  the sweater that Lupita Nyong’o wore to the Toronto Film Festival.

lupita-nyongo-12-years-a-slave-toronto-international-film-festival-2013-portrait-2Seeeeeeee? Okay, so mine has buttons and is a deeper chartreuse, but I’m pretty sure that Lupita and I should be besties.

This sweater is one of those items that you find at a thrift store and think, “Who the HELL would give that away?” It’s just too perfect. It’s well made, has no blemishes and makes every outfit you pair it with DELIGHTFUL.  What gives, Person Who Donated Lupita Sweater? In any case, OMGTHX.



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Made in France

As soon as I touched the fabric of this shirt on the rack at Goodwill I knew I had to snatch it up. Even the cashier paused when she grabbed it from my small pile and said, “Wow, that’s thick!” And I said, “I know, right?!” The name on the tag was incredibly faded but I managed to make out the name of the brand: Orcival. Also this: Made in France. 100% cotton.

I wore it for like, 3 days straight? YEP.


SAM_1482Orcival Breton shirt: Goodwill. JCrew sweater: Value Village. Jeans: UO. Camper Pelotas: Ebay.

More about my Lupita sweater later.





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To Have and To Hold

IMG_1070Oroton satchel (Ebay – $17.99), Dooney and Bourke satchel (Give and Take Resale – $7)

I found that MAGNIFICENT Dooney and Bourke last weekend. It was a fluke, I was in the dressing room trying on a couple of dresses and I heard the cashier training the new employee. I wondered if some of the things that she was saying were for my benefit (actually they turned out to be anyway – ha!).

“We encourage our shoppers to BRING THE CLOTHES UP TO THE FRONT COUNTER if they don’t work,” she told him as she stood incredibly close to the curtain separating them from my underwear-clad body.  “Instead of putting the clothes back, because they always put them in the wrong place, you know?”


“Yeah, totally.” he said. “I will do that.”

“Here are the purses,” she said. “We keep the ones we don’t want stolen behind the glass up at the front counter.”

“NEED MOAR PURSE.” I thought. “WAH.” I’d already looked through the ones on the rack just outside of the dressing room and I hadn’t seen anything that I liked. I rarely ever checked out the ones behind the glass because I’m not trying to spend a lot on a used purse. But that day I did, because NEED MOAR PURSE. There were only two behind the glass but as soon as I saw the D&B I did a double take.

“Oh my gosh, can I see that one?” I asked the cashier.

“You mean the one I just put there five minutes ago, the amazing Dooney & Bourke satchel that reminds me of my favorite Coach bag?” she asked and pulled out her Willis to show me. (Wait, that sounded weird.)

“Um, yeah.”

“You’ve got a good eye!” she said as she retrieved it for me.

IMG_1067Don’t I though?



What sucks is that even with this incredible find I’m still thinking about this red Coach Willis bag that I let another shopper have for $15 at Value Village. Argh! Why, brain?

IMG_1076I had to Google random terms to find out what label these bags were, as the lining had been ripped out of both. They’re a brand called Letisse, and I got them for 4 dollars each at a place called Sandy Trading Post. I think they’re so adorable and the leather is just lovely. And they have feet! LOVE.

IMG_1093Ralph Lauren (Goodwill – $9.99), Yelos Young (ReRun – $?), Miz Mooz (Value Village – $7.99)

I am still so excited about the RL saddle shoes that I found for a steal. I LOVE SADDLE SHOES and my Bass pair need new soles so these truly are the stuff dreams are made of. And they look practically new! The second pair are a brand I have never heard of and they’re slightly too small but I DON’T CARE. They’ll stretch. *nods*

IMG_1094Ignore the shoes, look at the cute baby toes!

IMG_1097Okay, now you can look at the shoes.




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In The Light




SAM_1419Fossil cardigan, thrifted dress (Value Village), HUE tights, Doc Martens boots

Whenever the sun breaks through the clouds I jump for joy.


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Snow Day





SAM_1376Thrifted Piretta coat, thrifted AA dress, HUE tights, Sock Dreams socks, Tretorn boots

Snow! It’s snowing! Everything is so bright and white and beautiful. *Sigh* And now that I’ve looked at it for two days, I’m ready for it to MELT. I’m such a Debbie Downer, I know. Eh. You just can’t take the California out of the girl.

I found this Finnish Piretta coat at Value Village a couple of weeks ago for 7 bucks. It’s AMAZING. The texture. The fit. The button-on hood. BEST.

Hair update: It’s been 10 months since I cut my hair and I’m so amazed at how fast it’s grown. I’m loving this stage! I decided to do a wash and go out of pure laziness and I really liked the results. I used Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap Conditioner and Hair Rules’ Curly Whip. My strands were a little crunchy, but I think I’ll use more oil next time to combat that. My big chop anniversary is in April and I’ll post a before and after collage.

And now, a little music to fit my mood:


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Hi there! Just a random post showing off some of the goodies that I’ve found the last several weeks.

SAM_1339Thrifted Fossil dress, thrifted tapestry doctor bag

There’s nothing better than throwing a cute hat on when I don’t want to do my hair, by the way. Does the job nicely.

SAM_1351Thrifted Piretta coat ($7!) and Little Bit Mini-Bag

I found this adorable Anthropologie polka dot Little Bit Mini-Bag at William Temple House.


I decided to take the strap off and put it on my new tapestry bag instead, and use the mini-bag as a wallet. It worked out beautifully, except it took an ungodly amount of time for me to actually wrangle the strap off of that mini-bag/wallet/thing.

SAM_1340I love my new tapestry bag, did I mention?


IMG_1927Thrifted cardigan that I’ve been wearing constantly, see below for proof (Pay no attention to the strap I was using originally. I SAID IGNORE IT.)

SAM_1318Yeeeah, my obsession with doctor bags continues. Usually I’m a just leather type of gal, but lately tapestry bags with leather accents have been spinning in my head. Of course the thing that draws me in every time is the brass hardware. ILOVEIT.


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Quiverfull of potential!

  When I showed Andy the dress that I found at Value Village for $5.99 he said it looked like something that Quiverfull women wear. YEESH.


SAM_1330What sold the dress for me was the collar and the sleeves, but it is true that the rest of the dress looks kind of…dowdy.

I started playing around with the belt and came up with three ways to potentially wear it:

SAM_1335The most obvious conclusion, cinched waist and straight skirt: a clean look. Andy liked this one the best.

SAM_1337Tying the belt frontwards gives it a nice silhouette, made the skirt look fuller.


Cinching the belt higher brings to mind a regency gown  (totes Pride and Prejudice).

In conclusion: IN YOUR FACE ANDREW!



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More like Laura Smashley

So I found this vintage Laura Ashley at Value Village a couple of days ago. The pattern and the quality of the fabric is what reeled me in, and for 7 bucks I thought: “WHAT COULD IT HARM?”


Let’s pull things in a bit, make it look a little less sloppy.

SAM_1246Pushing up the sleeves greatly improves the look of things, don’t it?


To add a bit of shape let’s button it up a tad.


Ah, getting better. Hey, where my Norwegian Wood harness at? (Oh, did I mention that there’s pockets? Indeed.)


I made the mistake of buttoning the topmost button. It hurt like the dickens.




So many possibilities!

Thrifted Laura Ashley dress, Norwegian Wood harness, HUE Fair Isle sweater tights, Frye boots



P.S. Here’s another dress I thrifted for 7 bucks:

SAM_1260Isn’t she lovely?


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