Monday, January 30, 2012

The early 90's called... they want their boots back

Hey y'all,

I'm here with another OOTD. I bought these Prima Royale pixie boots from Goodwill a while ago. These boots are straight up classics, so I could not pass them up, especially for the 2 or 3 bucks I paid for 'em. I'm just starting to figuring out how to style them in a modern way. My biggest fear with these boots, was that I was going to look like I jumped straight out an episode of the 90's tv show Blossom! I think I managed to pull it off, though.

You can find these exact boots on Ebay or Etsy in a variety colors like brown, black, navy, white and the whiskey color I have.
jeans- Nordstrom
everything else- thrifted

Hope you enjoyed!


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Floral + Plaid

We have been loving the mixed patterns trend. While Classie is really good at styling this trend, I've had little success with it. But I think I finally got it right! What do you think?

Since I'm a beginner at pattern mixing, I kept it simple. 

I paired this two toned plaid skirt with a bold embroidered floral print cardigan.
 I like to mix textures, too.
The wool-like skirt, soft cardigan and shiny patent belt & shoes give the outfit depth.
cardigan, shirt, skirt, belt & earrings- thrifted
shoes- Burlington Coat Factory
tights- Walgreens

Until next time...

Sunday, January 15, 2012

BDIB Archives: Prep School

We like the Bloggers Do It Better series so much that we've decided to go back and play catch up by completing all the past assignments! In the coming weeks we'll be posting the BDIB Archives.

First up, from May 2011, is the Prep School assignment. Bloggers were charged with styling a preppy outfit.
 I included all the classic elements of the prep school look...
... button down shirt & striped tie
 ... khakis and varsity sweater
These peep toes pump with a girly bow worked perfectly to bring a feminine element to the look. You gotta have the school girl plaid, right?! 

cardigan- American Eagle- my husband's
shirt- thrifted
pants- thrifted
tie- thrifted
shoes- thrifted

Click here to see how other bloggers rocked their preppy looks.

Stay tuned for more posts from the BDIB archives!
Thanks for checking us out. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Everybody, Everywear: Black + White

Hey y'all,

It's time for another blogger challenge. This one is courtesy of Everybody, Everywear. The challenge is black and white. This is such a classic combination. It's always fun to throw in another color. Since it's more common to go with a bright color like red or yellow, I chose to accent my black and white with a softer more muted color.
 I didn't want to overpower the black and white theme so I added blush colored shoes & a matching flower. I don't call this color nude because obviously it's not my skin tone!
 I love the contrast of the black tights against the light shoes.
Pearls always add a touch of class.
skirt- H&M- thrifted
bodysuit- thrifted
shoes- Bakers
tights- Walgreens
flower- Love Culture
pearls- thrifted
earrings- random

Click the box below to see how everyone else rocked their black and white.
Black + White | Everybody, Everywear


Monday, January 9, 2012

OOTD: Casual Comfy Work Look

I was tired today and just wanted to be comfortable. I opted for these charcoal gray cigarette leg pants, a mustard colored cardigan and a cute pair of flats. This is one of my favorite silhouettes. It reminds me of an updated 50's look.

Yes, the Christmas tree is still up!
I love the faux animal skin patchwork pattern on these shoes.
Cute, simple, comfy and only cost me $10!
This is my favorite handbag. It's about 2 years old.
Great quality and color, goes with anything, and the older it gets the better it looks.

cardigan- The Limited- thrifted
pants- J. Crew- thrifted
tank top- random
shoes- Rainbow
handbag- Prada (bought in Paris, France)
belt- thrifted
earrings- gifted

We are working on picture quality. Bear with us. 
Thanks for stopping by.

We've Been Tagged!

So, we were tagged by Mrs. T. Mac. over at Nine To Fly. Faith will be answering this tag.

The Rules:
1. Post these rules.
2. You must post 11 random things about yourself
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post
4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
5. Go to their blog and tell them that you've tagged them.
6. No stuff in the tagging section about 'you are tagged if you are reading this' You have to tag 11 peeps.

11 Random Things About Me:
1. I am a tv junkie.   
2. People smacking on their food annoys the hell out me!
3. I have more black t-shirts than any one person should have.
4. My basement looks like a thrift store... complete with clothing racks and shoe shelves.   
5. I am allergic to shellfish.
6. For a person who loves fashion, I get tired of shopping really fast.   

7. I love heat! I sleep and work with a space heater almost everyday/night, no matter the season. 
8. I have been a praise/spiritual dancer for about 20 years, and I'm only 30.
10. I could probably eat french fries everyday. (But I don't for obvious health reasons)
11. I love drinking water and consider myself a water connoisseur.

My Answers to Mrs. T. Mac's questions:
1. If you could be any profession besides your current profession, what would you be? Food Critic
2. What guilty pleasure TV show can you not miss? I can't miss any of my shows! (See random thing #1.)
3. What was the last song you heard? He's Able by Kirk Franklin and The Family
4. Cat or dog? Dog
5. Who is your celebrity crush? Idris Elba & Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
6. What is your preferred style of shoe? High heels w/ a platform
7. After a bad day at work, what will make you feel better? Good food coupled with a good tv show.
8. What is one of your bad habits (we all have them)? I talk too much sometimes. I ramble on & on.
9. Do you speak any foreign languages? No
10. Have you ever broken a limb? No *knock wood*
11. What is your favorite genre of music? I have 3- Gospel, R&B, Hip-Hop

I honestly can't think of 11 questions or 11 people to tag, so I'm not going to tag anyone. Sorry. But I had fun doing this. Thanks for tagging me Mrs. T. Mac. Make sure you check out her blog here.


Friday, January 6, 2012

Bloggers Do It Better: Sequins

We are so glad to finally be a part of the Bloggers Do It Better movement!! For those of you who don't know, it is the genius idea of blogger Kristina at Pretty Shiny Sparkly. She gives a style assignment and bloggers from all over link-up posts of their interpretations of the assignment. It's a really neat idea. Click here to join the movement.

The latest assignment is SEQUINS, which is perfect for us! We own several awesome thrifted sequin pieces. We could hardly decide what to post.

I'm wearing a vintage black sequin jacket with gold bead detailing. I styled it with a body-con skirt, tank top, tights and sequin peep toe shoes. By adding all black everything, I allowed the jacket to be the star of this look.

jacket- thrifted
shoes- Guess
tank top- random
skirt- Forever 21
tights- Walgreens
earrings- thrifted

Hope you enjoyed!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Five Favorite: Thrifting Tips

If you are new to thrifting, there are some things you need to know before you start. We could probably come up with a lot more, but we have narrowed it down to five very important tips.

1.) When thrift shopping, wear close fitting clothes.
Not all thrift stores have fitting rooms. Sometimes you may have to find a corner and try items on over top of your clothes. Wearing leggings and a tank top makes this easier. Also, wearing skirts or dresses makes it easy to quickly try on bottoms.

2.) Carry a hands-free purse or none at all.
When you are thrifting you don't want to be bothered with holding a purse or fussing with a large bag. If you sit your purse down, someone else might try buy it! Carry a cross body bag or a hip bag (aka fanny pack).

3.) Inspect items thoroughly.
Before purchasing, always check your items for rips and stains. Also make sure you try the zipper and check for missing or damaged buttons. (Note: Don't count out really good items just because of buttons & zippers. These things can be easily changed, if it's worth it to you.)

4.) Clean thrifted items.
It is very important that you clean thrifted items. Clothing should be washed or dry cleaned, depending on the fabric. Earring posts should be clean thoroughly with alcohol. You may even want to change the insoles of thrifted shoes.

5.) Check for sales/discounts. Go on the right day.
Most thrift stores have daily discounts on certain color tags. Also, you should get to know your local stores so you can go on the right day. Some stores have holiday sales and weekly or monthly sales such as 50% off everything on the last Wednesday of each month. Getting thrifted items at a super low price is great because sometimes you'll buy an item to experiment with. If it doesn't work out, at least you didn't spend much on it.