Thursday, August 11, 2016

Trendy ripped jeans under $3

Happy Thrift Thursday!!

This summer is flying by, but that’s ok with me because I am
so over this extreme heat and ready to enjoy being outside again. I have BIG plans for our new backyard once it cools down a little and if you know be any…I’m
not patience…if only mother nature knew my A-type personality.  However, I have been better at pacing renovations
at the new house. I’m doing reasonable things and trying to not give
my husband a heart attack by asking for new things every week, so maybe I am
relaxing a little…maybe??!? Or maybe it’s the little toddler running around
that doesn’t let me get anything done and has high interest in every tool which she either steals, hides, throws, or runs with?
  

As I slowly make progress on the house, I needed
a closet pick-me-up. The cool girls of Instagram finally convinced me to try the
casual ripped jeanslook. Since I was a teenager, I’ve always wanted huge knee ripped
jeans but the astounded horrified look from my grandmother and mother as they
questioned “why are you going to spend money on jeans with holes and rips in them” still
festered in my mind. So as my memories faded with laughter and complete understanding
as a mother now…I stumbled upon a $3 pair of jeans at the thrift store and
thought “what the heck…let’s take a scissor to them and see what happens”.

So
that is exactly what I did. I put them on and right at the knee I made an X with a
pen. That gave me a good outline of where I wanted the hole to be. I took them off and laid them on the floor, sperated the front and back fabric and cut right at the X by pinching the front fabric together. Then I just cut a large square shape where the knee is. After I finished cutting it did
look like someone just took scissorsto them and not really the designer celebrity
look I was going for, so I just used my nails and scraped and tugged on the hem
until the fabric started fraying.

I paired it with a classic white tank, flannel shirt tied
around the hips (all the cool kids are doing it haha) and these fabulous clearance heels I got from Marshals. What do you think? Worth the $3
and a pair of scissors?

Thursday, June 30, 2016

4th of July fashion bargain style

Ahhhh I love 4th of July because it means I get to go on vacation!! If you have been reading my blog for a few years, you know that Willie and I take an annual friends trip to Outer Banks. Last year we took our daughter but this year we are going childless so we can fully relax and enjoy some down time after a couple of extremely crazy and stressful months. I don’t think either of us have EVER needed a vacation more.

So happy Thrift Thursday 4th of July special! I wanted to do some bleaching/painting techniques I saw on Pinterest but my shopping trips to the thrift store failed and honestly I just couldn’t muster the strength after work this week to tackle a DIY project (instead my weeknights were filled with unpacking, home good shopping, chasing a toddler around her new yard, and trying to paint my daughter’s bathroom). The new house is coming along…yes we moved! Can’t wait to share more details soon!

My look was inspired more of the nautical look with hints of July 4th. The brand NEW Talbots red pants (these are cute too) were $6.50 from the thrift store and I paired that with my favorite Mossimo navy/white striped basic tee from Target (similar) that was on sale + a Cartwheel coupon about $4 (Cartwheel is the greatest, I think I saved about $40 that shopping trip by going into the app and making my list off sale items + my REDcard discount). Oh how I love stacking coupons! The american flag bandana headbandwas just one I have had for years that I styled like my favorite adorable country singer Jessie James Decker.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday! I am hoping to come back refreshed and rejuvenated to tackle all the DIY projects I have planned for the new house! Get excited 🙂

Thursday, June 2, 2016

High Waisted Jeans

I know I have been failing Thrift Thursdays lately…but this one is a good one! Summer is officially here in Virginia. We went from a horrible 3 week span of rain and dreary weather to HOT summer temperatures. Where did spring go?!?!

I was a little disappointed because I found these awesome high waist jeans and cute white boho top that I only got to wear once…I guess I have to wait for fall now to show off this cute outfit. The jeanswere only $4.45 and the white top was $3.00. So this cute retro look was under 8.00!! Heck yeah! Ohhhh and BOHO is SOOOO in right now 🙂 I paired it with some cute strappy blue sandals that I bought on clearance in Park City a few years back on vacation and a TopShop floppy hat that I got on clearance for $22 (similar).

One of the reasons I LOVE thrifting is because you can experiment with your style. I would not normally pick out these jeans at a retail store, but I thought what the heck, if they look horrible it was only the price of a morning latte. It is just so exciting to be able to pick out styles that you would not normally try for extremely low risk in spending too much money. Hope this look inspires you to go for something WAY outside your norm and have fun with fashion!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Long Sleeve Printed Dress

Have you ever had a print that just jumps out at you? Well this is sort of what this dress did for me. A couple weeks ago I got to have a WHOLE hour of dedicated thrift shopping without a husband or baby trying to rush me. I got to explore some new labels, some new sections I never hit, and tried to really re-imagine some items. To say the least, it was one of the better ME nights I’ve had for awhile. I walked away with 2 dresses, 1 blouse, 3 pairs of pants, a silk scarf, 2 designer men’s ties, and 3 pairs of pants for $60!! Ummm YEAH!

This dress by ASTR really grabbed me (especially since it had this amazing back detail…I’m a sucker for back details) and when I was able to research more, I found out that is a brand sold at Nordstrom’s with a retail price around $65.00 and I found for $6.50.
I decided to wear this to a bridal shower last weekend when the weather was finally gorgeous in Virginia.  I paired it with some fabulous clearance Jessica Simpson booties
(similar)
I found at DSW for only $30.00 for a more casual look. So I know it’s a little bit of a funky look for a bridal shower, but for the bride-to-be I think it fit perfectly for her fun personality. I never wear anything this short, and Kimberly actually had to reassure me a few times (even with a backup outfit in the car) that it wasn’t really as short as I thought and to ROCK it. Ekkk…so I did and I was really happy that I pushed myself out of my fashion comfort zone. I did however wear this to work the next day with a cute pair of black leggings
and it was just as spectacular 🙂
Happy Thrift Thursday!