I bought a plaid skirt from the Valley Rescue Mission thrift store about a month ago for $3.99 and finally got it tailored and now I’m in love with it. It was originally about a size 8 and I had the seamstress bring in the waist so that it sits high and hangs at calf length as a midi. The tailoring cost about $9.00. I paired it with a basic black turtleneck, sheer black stockings and booties.
Black Long sleeve turtleneck-Target
Abetter Platforn Booties– Mark Fischer
Statement bracelet- Flea Market (Atlanta, GA)
I love this outfit because it’s festive and very appropriate for the Christmas Holidays. The long skirt is also very warm for winter, and you can’t go wrong with classic booties. The silhouette is classic and the turtleneck doesn’t compete with the skirt. The outfit is very girly and feminine, which I love. I felt very chic, I can’t wait to try other styles of blouses with this skirt.Next time, I may wear a petticoat underneath the skirt to add a little more fullness since I’m lacking in the curves department. LOL.
I took a trip to New Orleans with good friend Ja’Lissa [who go graciously went with me even though she was under the weather :-)] for my 25th Birthday which is today by the way [insert Birthday cabbage patch :-)]. We had a great time in NOLA, ate some delicious food, took in some great and not so great sites and did a little shopping…
At my apartment before we left…
Headed to Bourbon Street…
Hand Grenades, best drink in NOLA!
Pissed off this alien because I didn’t give him a dollar… eeek!LOL
Got 3 free rides on this mechanical bull! First time ever riding one!
Two seconds later…
Yeah, I was pretty terrible at it. LOL
Saturday morning Breakfast at this great place called Stanley in Jackson Square.
Oops! Wasn’t ready!
That’s more like it!
Delicious corned beef hash, breakfast potatoes and poached eggs with Hollandaise sauce served with french bread! Yummy!
Tons of art on display on Jackson Square…
Can’t remember the name of this church, but nevertheless it was beautiful…
I love Henna Tattoos!
Ja’Lissa at the smoothie stand in the French Market…
The famous and crazy busy Cafe Du Monde!
No food, Beignets ONLY! LOL
One Word. DELICIOUS!
Headed to dinner at Mr. B’s Bistro in the French Quarter! Sorry no pics of the shoes but I am wearing DEBA pumps, I wore them here too.
This is a Bebe body con dress, I got it on sale this past winter. It was my first time wearing it [shopaholic confessions]…
My hair was amazing this weekend. This was a flat twist out with Jamaican Mango & Lime Locking gel, see the post on it here.
Ja’Lissa looking fierce with her color blocking skirt and blazer!
Waiting for the Valet…
5 stars for the BBQ Shrimp at Mr. B’s Bistro. It was delicious, the sauce was AMAZING, but it was super messy though. They literally put a bib on you, I even flicked a little bit on my friend Ja’Lissa across the table. LOL. Luckily I had my Tide pen on deck. 🙂
Chocolate Molten Cupcake with Vanilla Bean ice cream, compliments of Mr. B.
Next stop, The Hookah on Decatur Street.
In line waiting to eat breakfast at the delicious Camelia Grill, open since 1946!
The “Who Dats” riding around the French Quarter had me rolling! LOL!
That’s all folks!
Happy Birthday to me!!!!
I got introduced to thrift shopping by my best friend Erica during a trip to Atlanta, GA back December in 2010. Atlanta has so much to offer when it comes to thrifting. There are a variety of stores from GoodWill [which my bff and I like to call Neiman Marcus! LOL] to Value Village, and even Flea Markets [another one of my favorites]. During that trip, I fell in love with thrifting and was disgusted with all of the money I had spent buying new clothes, and vowed to add thrifting as one of my shopping options. Much to my surprise, Huntsville has quite a few of the same stores [maybe not as much selection, but the same all together]. Luckily, fashion comes back around so many of the styles and trends of the past decades are back in, we just call it vintage [in my most bourgeoisie voice]. Another reason I love thrifting is because you can get as much as you want and not feel guilty about price tags! That is a blessing for a shopaholic fashionista like me.
A few tips for Thrift shopping:
1. Take your time. Find a rack and take your time to look at the clothes. Racks in thrift stores are usually packed and you can miss some great pieces rushing through or assuming there won’t be anything you’ll like on a particular rack.
2. Keep an open mind. Sometimes the store isn’t so appealing, but keep looking. Is there something in your closet now that would be fabulous with it? Can it item be repurposed? Lengthened? shortened? The best outfits are the unique ones.
Purple pleated midi skirt turned high-waisted midi skirt- $1
3. Dry Clean and Tailor. After purchasing thrifted items I always have them cleaned and tailored if needed. Good tailoring can make all the difference when it comes to thrifting. I love it when I get a pair of fantastic pants for $1.50 and tailor them to look like a million bucks. Tailor! Tailor! Tailor your clothes!
High-waisted wide leg wool pants with belt tailored at the ankle to Harem pants- $1.50 for the pants, $10 for tailoring! #winning [My Favorite! :-)]
4. TRY IT ON!!!! If you can, always try on the clothing items you buy from a thrift store. Trying it on will help you make a decision to buy or not to buy. Who knows, you can be on the fence about an item and find that it looks great or not so great on you when you try it on.
5. ALWAYS INSPECT IT!!! This is probably the most important tip for thrifting. Inspect everything you buy from housewares to clothing for breaks, tears, rips, holes and anything else. Check the hem lines, seams underneath the arm holes and neck lines for rips. Don’t forget to check all over for stains and moth holes.
6. Bring a Friend. I like to bring a friend with me when thrift shopping to bounce ideas off of one another. A view from the outside is always good when trying on thrifted items, thinking of ways to style something or even looking for damages in clothing.
It retailed for $40 at Pier One.
Some other things I’ve found but aren’t pictured are a charcoal J. Crew pea coat I purchased for $6 [what a steal!], retailing at $255.00 and a set of 6 designer bamboo bowls for $3, retailing at $30. Huntsville has quiet a few thrift stores to check out here’s a list!
New Life Thrift Mart
3801 Pulaski Pike Huntsville 858-0840
411 Hughes Rd. Madison 830-0400
819 N Memorial Pkwy Huntsville, AL 35801-5847
(256) 533-2990 Monday-Friday 9 am-7 pm; Sunday 12-5 pm
The Thrift Shop
8554 Hwy 72 W Madison 864-0008
Watchman Ministry Thrift Shop
3001 Hood Road SW Huntsville, AL 35805 (256) 880-0782
Off the Hook Thrift & Boutique
807 Oakwood Avenue Northwest Huntsville (256) 489-1224
Rags to Riches Thrift Store
1650 Jordan Lane Northwest, Huntsville, AL
King City Thrift Store
526 Jordan Lane Northwest Huntsville, AL 35805
Thrift Store II
2408 Memorial Parkway Northwest Huntsville, AL 35810
Old To New Thrift Shop
1405 Winchester Road Northeast Huntsville (256) 858-6577
Village Marketplace Thrift Store
1000 Meridian Street North Huntsville (256) 518-6104
Breaking Free Rescue Mission
2007 Memorial Parkway Northwest Huntsville (256) 851-1688
Find more Thrift stores at TheThriftShopper.com!
I picked out this cute little get up for lunch with my line sisters one Saturday. I loved this outfit because it was cool, simple and not fussy (mainly because of the oxfords). I love high heels but sometimes you gotta give your feet a break, and this weekend I did.
Scarf Print Shirt- Marshalls; Highwaist shorts-H&M; Oxfords- Not Rated; Owl and Feather earrings- Target
J.C. Penny has really stepped up its game. I’m really happy with its clothing and shoes, ESPECIALLY the dresses. I bought this eye-popping sheath dress last week while shopping with my girlfriend.
The black panels on each side really sinch the waist and add shape (see above and below).
This raspberry pump really took it up a notch!
Pear Shaped fuchsia earrings compliment the dress.
Geometric Sheath Dress- JC Penny, raspberry velvet pumps- urbanog.com, Fuchsia pear-shaped earrings- Forever21
I really love how this dress brings together the classic high-neck sheath with trendy neon colors and geometric shapes. And the panelling really helps a shape challenged girl like me!
Have a good one!
I have a new favorite dress! I got it from J.C. Penny for $40 about 2 months ago. I wore it last week on vacation to a resort in Belize Central America. I thought that the zig zag pattern, vibrant colors and one shoulder style of the dress would be befitting for the last dinner of the trip. I really love it and I can’t wait to wear it again!
Patterned Multi-colored Allen B. Dress- J.C. Penny; Woven Belt & Headband- Forever 21; Gold pear-shaped Earrings- Target
Have a Good one!
As a self-confessed shopaholic, who often would trick myself into thinking the thought ” I don’t have anything to wear”, I decided to try another method. Shopping my closet! I really like this idea and I must say it is very helpful. I pondered my behavior when it came to shopping…It basically is like a shopaholic for real. I go shopping, buy loads of clothes and crap, get home, hang clothes up with the other millions of long-lost forgotten pieces, some event comes up, I forget about everything I just purchased, I think “I have nothing to wear”, then I go shopping. Rinse and repeat. When I had this epiphany I decided to go shopping in my closet(s), find/create/put together lots outfits, take pictures on my tablet of the ensembles for different occasions like date night, girls night, club, casual weekend and when the thought comes to my mind that I have nothing to wear, just scroll and pick an outfit as I’m reminded how much I have. I like it!
Here’s one that I put together on my tablet, and ended up wearing to a Birthday dinner! 🙂
Orange Top- TJ Maxx, Turquoise Skinny Jeans- Forever 21, Camel pumps- Mango
Braided Gold and Turqoise necklace- TJ Maxx
After having this whole light bulb moment about my clothes I realized that its’ not so much about not having enough of this or that. It’s about sitting back and reflecting on what you do have and being grateful because we indeed are truly blessed. It’s about contentment, if I’m [we] are always focused on what I [we] don’t have all of the time, I [we] will never be truly content with what I [we] have. I think that this whole shopping my closet idea was truly insightful. I [we] have more than enough in Jesus name and if I need some reminding I’ll just take an inventory of all my blessings. 🙂
Here are somethings that I’m so loving right now! 😉
Kozy Shack Rice Pudding… yes, I’m serious! I love this stuff! It’s creamy and delicious and a guilt free snack when you want something sweet but not too sweet. I’m a sucker for creamy desserts…custard pies, ice cream, creme brulee…I could go on and on…
Buns! I have been ripping and running for a few weeks now and bunning my hair is a fast and fierce protective style. I love the way my curls are moist and defined when I take the buns down at night. Bunning traps the moisture.
Pre-cut Celery Sticks and “Jiffy Peanut Butter To-Gos”! Well, I didn’t expect to be so full and satisfied with this snack but I am, and I love it! It is perfect for those late afternoon snacks at work when I just need something to carry me until dinner. plus the celery sticks are only 10 calories! #fullandwinning
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Yogurt! Let me tell you, I love this Jumbo Eye Pencil because it is so easy to apply and gives great pigment. Who doesn’t love a an easy product to throw on in the morning? I just apply the pencil to my inner eye when I have no time to apply full shadow and Boom! It INSTANTLY polishes and finishes my look! I can’t get enough. I ordered this one on eBay, but the pencils can also be purchased at ULTA beauty stores.
There you have it, things I’m currently digging! Hope you dig them too!