Black & Gold

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It started getting a little chillier here, and the greatest part about that is all of the layers I can finallly wear without being overheated. I wanted to take a fall color and highlight it with black and gold. A short black skirt and tights with sleek black boots is a super easy outfit to pair.

Photography by: Derek Carttar

Black Velvet

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I’m all about dressing up and feeling great about how I look. I’m all about a slinky, sexy look that makes you feel confident.

The intricate detail of the blue silk and black velvet matches well with an otherwise simple outfit.

I was inspired by the dark brown makeup palette of the 1930’s, though I kept it fairly light to match my skin tone.

What’s your favorite date night look? :)

Velvet dress: Compassion Center Thrift Store in Little Rock: $5

Audrey Brooke heels: DSW: $15

Burnt Umbre

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Even though it’s October, it’s still too warm in Arkansas for autumn apparel. I’m looking forward to wearing all my sweaters and fall coats, but for now I went with a vintage, earth tone ombre dress. I found it at an estate sale and loved it – the best thing about it is its simplicity, which gives it plenty of stylistic diversity. The colors have be that little bit of autumn without overheating me.

I hope you’re enjoying October this far! :)

Have a great rest of the week.

Dress: Estate sale: $3

Vintage Necklace: My grandmas

Brown hat: Yard sale: $5

Photography by: Derek Carttar

Moto Jacket

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Have you been looking for an awesome leather jacket? I know I’ve been trying to find that perfect one for me. I love black, but I’m more of a colorful person, especially with a leather jacket. When I stumbled into Forever 21 and found this one I was in love! Okay, I get what you’re thinking – Forever21 has cheap leather, right? Okay I feel the same way about most of their products, but I was so surprised as to how nice this piece really was. When I saw it, I almost felt like it was in the wrong store. The quality is really nice, and the look was perfect.

I paired it with some black Nikes for a more sporty look, and wore silver accessories to complement the silver zippers on the leather jacket.

Photography by: Derek Carttar

Leather Jacket: Forever 21: $32

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.