Pairing Patterns

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It’s always exciting to experience a new city! I went to Kansas City, MO for a few days, and it was like a breath of fresh air. I was pleasantly surprised by a city that I found to be more active and cosmopolitan than I had expected. There was more than enough to fill our time here, which included visits to a huge outdoor market that sold a lot of vintage items, a macaroon shop called Bloom’s Baking Company, and Union Station. I chose to take advantage of the crisp early morning weather downtown before the streets were too busy for photos.

This polka dot sweater is a J. Crew piece that I was able to get for a tenth of the retail price. It was in great condition even though I found it at Goodwill, and even had the original tags attached. I wanted to mix patterns for this outfit but to keep the focus on the vintage Nordstrom clutch. When pairing multiple patterns, you want to make sure there is a significant difference in the size. You also want the larger pattern above the smaller one. Notice that the larger pattern on top and the smaller on bottom is more slimming.

J Crew sweater- Goodwill- $3.50

Vintage skirt- Yard sale- $4

Nordstrom purse- Suzy Q’s Flea Market in Jacksonville, AR- $5

Loft flats- Goodwill- $5

City chic

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I found this dress at a Goodwill while I was shopping with a friend. The great thing about this kind of piece is its versatility. A simple, solid black wrap dress can be paired with a leather belt to add texture. To keep the focal point on the jewelry you can add a interesting necklace.  It’s an outfit that doesn’t need a statement piece – it’s clean, comfy, and makes you look sleek and put-together without much effort.

I wore my hair up for a more severe look, but offset it with dark lips and no eye makeup. I hope you enjoyed this set of pictures because they were so much fun to do!

Don’t let this Monday stop you from doing great things! :P

Have a great rest of the week!

Banana Republic dress: Goodwill: $4

Levity heels: Yard sale: $2(They were practically brand new!)

Clutch: Target: $24

Photography by: Derek Carttar

Falling for Autumn: Fashion tips for the season

318Some of the must-haves for fall, and how to find the best pieces! :)

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A great sweater is obviously a must-have!  I was able to find this vintage one at Goodwill along with the shoes. Whenever you’re salvaging for a find, especially at Goodwill, remember a color that you’re really wanting so you can eliminate the rest of the choices. I know my Goodwill is huge and I always stick with the yellows and oranges during this time of year.

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The most fabulous pair of boots! I didn’t get these at a thrift store though. I actually got them at Boohoo.com. I’m a big online shopper, but I usually just like to add all the items I want to my shopping cart, then press Exit. This time, though, I felt like my purchase was necessary.

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I found these loafers at Goodwill as well.. I felt like the look was so much more unique than regular loafers I see. :)

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Seriously though, I’ve been looking for a trench that was about this cut, because:
1. I can wear it over a cute dress with some heels in the fall…which equals LEGS.
2. If it’s a nice quality, I can be lazy and just throw it over whatever I want without looking bad.
3. It’s an essential fall piece! Seriously, it’s a girls best friend when the cut is right for your shape.

I got this one at Goodwill, but I had been looking for one all over online. It’s hard to find a trenchcoat when you don’t want to spend $90 on a super cute Zara Trench.
I’ll keep looking if anyone is interested in a similar one, though.
Sorry for the awkward hands;  I apparently can’t stand still very well, but I loved this light blue Gap trench. It’s going to be a staple piece for my fall outfits!

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One of the best things about thrifting and shopping cheap is all the men’s shirts you find along the way. I found a bunch of plaid Ralph Lauren men’s shirts at a yard sale for $1 a piece. Some tight jeans, pointed heels, and a men’s shirt is so easily paired with a feminine pea coat or fall coat. Cheap and easy!

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Headscarves are so much fun. Seriously, it’s something that is so versatile.. Keep in mind while you’re shopping: “Is this something that I can make multiple uses of?”

I hope everyone is enjoying this change in season as much as I am!

Let me know if you have any little tips for me as well! :)

Have a great day!

September on Vine

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This 100% silk skirt came from Goodwill! The pattern is somewhat art deco, and the belt added emphasis to the irregular lines. I had been looking for a replica of the Valentino shoes I like, and these were a cute and affordable find. I decided to use makeup that popped while using a more neutral blouse. I used gold accessories to bring it all together. I thought this ivy would be a nice border while it’s still around – green things tend to disappear quickly around here when fall begins!

Skirt:  Goodwill $4

Shoes: Boohoo $25

Belt: Estate Sale $0.50

End of Summer

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Summer is officially coming to an end, and it’s going to be an amazing fall! I wanted to do one last summery post because it’s still so hot here, it feels like summer is just beginning. I loved this dress, so I wanted to feature it while I still could. I have some exciting fall posts in store for this coming month. I’d love to hear some feedback on what you’d like to see! If you’re interested in pictures from my interior design work, I could show some of that as well. The houses I get to visit are amazing.

I hope everyone has a great Labor Day.

 

Emerald Green

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All this talk about fall styles has me so excited! Sadly, here in Arkansas it’s so humid. Hopefully it’ll get cooler sooner rather than later.

My dress is actually a piece I got from a garage sale. When I first picked it up, I thought it was a jump suit and I was kind of iffy about whether I liked the pattern. But when I asked how much it was, the lady told me it was 25 cents! Okay, there are times when I’d rather think about pieces after the yard sale, especially since you can’t just try it on there. Since the price was right I ended up taking it home. This was one of the pieces that fit me to a T, and once I saw the fit was a forties style I was so excited! Never leave a piece that you are thinking about until you ask about it. The people running the sale are more than likely just trying to get rid of it and you could get it for super cheap.

Gladiator

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I tried to emulate the effortless look in the street-style trends I’ve been seeing. I loved how my tall gladiator sandals looked with the outfit, and they were so comfortable.

I wore the outfit to a few yard sales earlier that morning and got a few dirty looks from the older ladies. It made me question the outfit a bit, but I loved it and wouldn’t let the opinions of others change my mind.

I’ve worn this thrifted hat before, but it’s been one of my favorite pieces lately. As soon as we finished this shoot, the sprinklers started up and got me soaked, but it was a welcome relief from the heat.

Black gladiator sandals: DSW sale: $30

Chelsea and violet sweater: Dillard’s sale:$23

Textured clutch: Yard sale: $3

Brimmed hat: East ninth Vintage: $25

American eagle shorts: Savers: $5 ( I don’t shop there very much cause they are usually really pricey)

 

Photography by: Derek Carttar

Blue Suede Shoes

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I found these Audrey Brooke shoes at DSW. I remembered seeing some similar Prada shoes online and I was amazed by the similarities.  I ended up buying them in-store and paid around 20 dollars, Once I found these, I knew I wanted to make a casually chic street-style outfit. 

Audrey Brooke shoes: DSW sale: $24

Blue Forever 21 blazer: Goodwill: $4

Black stone bracelet: Versona: $2

 

Bordeaux

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This look is so simple to do. I absolutely love tying in a nude top and shoes because it looks so clean, and it really shows off your natural beauty.I made my makeup a little darker; it’s always fun to do bold makeup and keep your outfit simple and chic.

I also tried the top braid, which was so much easier than I thought it would be! I’m awful at doing my own hair, so almost every time I try to follow a hairstyle tutorial video it ends up a mess. This time It wasn’t actually as hard as it looked.

Gold sunglasses: T.J. Maxx: $4

Black tight skirt: Yard sale: $6

Nude heels: Audrey Brooke for DSW: $24