The Best Compliment I Ever Received

Photography by Stephanie Olani Reyes

If you know me, you know how obsessed with Miley Cyrus I am. I don’t care how crazy she is, I love her. I have loved her since her Hannah Montana days (and yes at that time I was way too old to be watching the show) and will love her forevermore. When my friend Alyssa saw my outfit for the photo shoot, she said it “was very Miley”. I nearly cried with joy. And it wouldn’t have been that silent, “please don’t notice me” cry. It would have been the mascara-running, “are you even breathing?”, “where is all that snot coming from?” cry.  Lucky for Alyssa, I chose to keep my cool.

I had been on the lookout for a good pair of “mom jeans” after seeing them pop up on every website, even getting noticed by abc news. I wish I was lying when I said that, but sadly I am not.  Now the trend is coming to the masses with various articles educating those that don’t spend their time on the computer when they should be writing 2 papers, studying for a test and preparing to present at a business conference…not referring to anyone in particular of course.

Mom jeans are tough when it comes to outfitting (check out this post for some inspiration), but I promise you, you will thank me. They are more comfortable than anything, especially if you pick up a pair already worn in from a thrift shop, but unfortunately, Mackelmore lied, they won’t be 99 cents. I grabbed mine on sale at Salvation Army (yes, they even have sales!).  They were originally $4.99, but it was “Family Day”, so certain tags were half off, snagging these for $2.50.

Thrift away smilerz, cause this denim trend is here to stay…








Top: American Eagle Outfitters (if you have not gathered by now, I currently work there), similar here and here

Jeans: Salvation Army

Shoes: Amazon, this pair is also pretty cute here

Necklace: American Eagle Outfitters, similar here

Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters


Happy Thrifting! xo


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!



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!







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.






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)