Spring, Where Are You?

Photography by Stephanie Olani Reyes

In the dead of a cold, blistering wind that could only be brought about by the presence of a tornado, Steph and I had this joyous shoot. Okay, so I may be a bit dramatic, but you try channeling Tyra Banks while freezing your tuchus off. You can’t say I’m not dedicated as I received looks from those passing by like I had been walking an warthog on a leash. Steph… she just laughed as she was all bundled up in her warm coat and hat.  At least I had my tea!

With graduation being right around the corner, I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for interview and business appropriate clothes. I am not one for a simple looking blazer, and of course, the blazers that I do like are really expensive and way out of my price range. So short sleeves it is!  My friend that picked out my item to alter this week actually spotted this top. It was $4.50 at Salvation army.  White is been really on trend and with the interesting neckline/sleeve detail, my mind was made up.  I was rushing around to finish projects for midterms and study for tests, so I needed a simple outfit that was easy and comfortable to get me through the whole day on campus (mostly in the library…in the farthest corner…on the third floor…with soundproof earphones…complete with three full days worth in meals and coffee). The vest was a last minute addition, as the library sometimes gets a bit chilly.

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While you are at it, check out my full DIY from my “Suit Up” Fashion Challenge featured on Rent the Runway (click here).  I will be attending their Capstone Weekend and leaving on Friday so I am really excited!

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Top: Salvation Army

Vest: Former jacket (I cut the sleeves off) that my mother didn’t want…and my mother didn’t think I would wear …. el. oh. el.

Jeans: Who else but American Eagle Outfitters, similar here

Boots: Dolce Vita, similar here

 

Happy Thrifting! xo

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Elbow Fat Is the Latest Trend: Fashion Challenge

Photography by Stephanie Olani Reyes

Remember last week’s Fashion Challenge with that hideous dress for $4.50? (Look here for a refresher) Here, I bring you part two! So again, here is the initial dress…

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While the print of the dress grew on me, I decided to make it into a top, a v-neck more specifically. I layered it with a lace bralette so I didn’t feel too exposed with the deep cut. I forgot to get some shots of the back, but I also put a deep v-cut in the back and kept the original buttons on the skirt.

Now if there is one part of my body I am insecure about, well it would be everything, just  like any other girl or woman.  But most of my insecurities stem from my arms. I have always felt they were “fat” and frequently refer to them as “bingo arms”. I have trouble finding tops that fit my small frame but large arms, which only adds to my troubles. And this photo shoot, I don’t know what I did but it really accentuated my arm… situation. To clarify, no I have never broken or sprained my arms. That is just their natural beauty. I decided to put these unflattering photos up anyway because I don’t really care anymore. Okay, I lied, I totally care. I just prefer to get it all out in the open. Fashion bloggers give women a bad rep. I don’t mean that in an entirely bad way, but it seems that most popular fashion bloggers are super skinny, pretty and model on the side. It gives us an idealistic image that society says we are supposed to look like, but most women do not. I will be the first to say that I do not fall into that idealistic image. So come one and come all to see my weird looking elbow fat.  Love it or leave it.

And a big thank you to my friend Angela who helped inspire me with her blog post on body image (link here).

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Top: Upcycled from Goodwill

Pants: American Eagle Outfitters, similar here

Lace Bralette: Aerie

Shoes: Target

Necklace: Urban Outfitters

Ring: Goodwill

Happy thrifting!

He Was A Skater Boy, She Said See You Later Boy

Photography by Stephanie Olani Reyes

The song “Skater Boy” basically defines my childhood youth.  I thought Avril Lavigne was the coolest person on the planet because she was such a rebellious female, breaking all the social normalcies for the feminine ideal. I look back now and I still agree with my naive idolization, she just could have done it with a little less eyeliner. As far as woman crushes go, Avril and I parted ways. I’m onto a new woman and she goes by the name Lana Del Rey.

This week I decided to get a bit cray and ventured to Salvation Army  for my thrift hunt to switch things up.  They were slightly more expensive, but had a bigger selection.  My local store also had some AWESOME, and I mean AWESOMEEEEEE, old school suitcases.  It wasn’t even like they had just a few, there was a whole wall of them in every color. Although I didn’t pick one up (yet) I will get some photos for you for next week!

The graphic tees have been a huge trend lately and I love them to death.  They are so easy to throw on when I just feel like being comfy.  This Indiana University tee was $1.50 and I can already see it becoming a staple.  One great thing about thrift shopping is that the pieces are already lived in. Some see that as a bad thing, but I relish it.  Someone has lovingly worn that piece so much and so often, that it felt worn out or they outgrew it.  And us thrift shoppers reap all the rewards. No need to break in those leather boots, our dear friend, we’ll call her Becky, broke them in just for you.  And that denim jacket? Wrap yourself in that luxurious cotton because…Chad wore it to some great concerts knowing you would love that denim jacket as if it were your own puppy. So love the wear and tear, friends!

I wanted to share a great article I found on  WhoWhatWear with a guide on what to thrift and what to buy for this season. Be sure to check it out!

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Top: Salvation Army

Pants: Can’t remember for the life of me. But they are falling apart and I’m a pathetic person for letting these pants reach that point.

Shoes: Converse

Hat: Borrowed from my wonderful sorority “little”

Rings: Madewell & Goodwill

Happy thrifting!

Snip Snip Here, Snip Snip There : Fashion Challenge

Photography by Stephanie Olani Reyes

What is a dress without a matching vest?! It is nothing, that’s what it is. It is exactly why this dress and vest number is simply undeniably… horrible. Thank you to my friend Amanda S. for picking out this trend-setting piece for 2014. You, ladies and gentlemen, can find this, or something similar, it at your local thrift store for $4.50. Make sure you check out the football shoulder pads as well!

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I was utterly stumped for this one and initially wasn’t too thrilled with the print but it ended up growing on me. With ethnic prints becoming such a huge trend I figured I could make it work…but that is for next week! There will be two parts to this transformation as I had so much to work with.

The first alteration was a simple one, but I ended up liking it a million times more than I thought I would. So if you can’t see, the outfit is in fact a dress. The white top is sewn into the ethnic skirt.  I detached the top with a few simple cuts and took out the shoulder pads. I don’t know what is up with me and the crop tops lately, I guess I’ve just really been feelin ’em. Also, I am not usually one to wear a crop top without high-rise pants or high-rise shorts, but since they are still stuck at home while I am stuck at school, you will have to bear with me.  Next up, some research! I knew I wanted some cut outs. Hollah at ya girl Karla who is simply amazing. She makes me want to buy the  simplest, chicest fashion. I can only hope to one day be as cool as her. So I just sort of went for it, and hoped for the best, eyeballing it the whole way.

I definitely want to see if I can pick up some more plain tees and sweatshirts to do some more cool cut outs because I’m obsessed.

Any of you blog lovers out there, I just found out about this site called “Bloglovin”. I kid you not, it will make your life so much more organized! It allows you to follow your favorite blogs all in the same spot, giving you one newsfeed with all your favorite bloggers newest posts. It can organize them for you by ones you have or haven’t read and you can also “favorite” articles and discover more new blogs. Here is a link to my page on Bloglovin that you can follow me on!

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Top: Upcycled from Goodwill

Pants: American Eagle Outfitters, similar here

Shoes: Target

Necklace: Urban Outfitters, similar here and here

Twelve Pack:  Courtesy of Rugby

Why Oprah and I Are Twins

Photography by Stephanie Olani Reyes

When thrifting, you would be considered lucky if you found a good name brand or designer piece. With my phenomenal thrifting skills, hard work, dedication, motivation, intelligence and any other adjective you would use to describe Oprah, I’ve been able to find quite a few pieces on my adventures. (If you didn’t already know, a lot of people compare me to Oprah for some reason. And by a lot of people I mean just myself.) I was staying in Pittsburgh last summer while completing an internship when I found this Diane Von Furstenberg  blouse at a vintage consignment shop . It was a little pricey for a thrift shop find at $16, but it was totally worth it. Yes, I realize it is weird looking and odd, but I still love it as I would my first born child. Have I gotten made fun of when I wear this shirt? Totally. But at least I look killah when I do. It’s one of those pieces that I think is great on it’s own so it doesn’t need much accessorizing, simple jeans and heels will do. Check out these awesome shots below where you can see some great close ups of my cold ears, hair tie marks on my wrist, and crooked teeth…just like Oprah.

A lot of my friends often ask how I find such great pieces at thrift shops.  One of the biggest keys is location.  With thrift shops there is always a Goodwill and Salvation Army nearby. Usually you can find a few good pieces there if you are in a good area. When I’m home from school, I go to a Goodwill about 40 minutes from my house, but I usually find some great brands there so for me its worth it. The store is located in an area that is known for it’s wealth so they don’t mind giving away a few good brands with the rest of what they consider junk. Another big thing  people sometimes forget about is consignment shops. A lot of times, people don’t do their research.  Even just in your local area you may have an awesome consignment shop you never knew about just because you never heard of it. There is Plato’s closet of course where I’ve been able to find some great stuff, but I’m talking about the real consignment shops. When in Pittsburgh, I was on the prowl.  I ended up finding this absolutely amazing local consignment shop with a lot of awesome name brands. My friend was able to score some Alice and Olivia pants for $11! At the same shop, I ended up finding what is now known as the smurf jacket.  Don’t worry, I won’t leave the smurf jacket open to interpretation.  There will be a post on the smurf jacket, Girl Scout promise.

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Top: Vintage Diane Von Furstenberg

Jeans: American Eagle Outfitters (cut with my handy skills to make them cropped)

Shoes: Express, clearance of course

Wallet: Michael Kors (another gift from the boyfriend)