live shop / FEB6 


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posted 1 year ago


a thrift trip…come along

01 650

If you missed yesterday’s “live” thrift posts…head on over and “LIKE” the
so you don’t miss the next one.

I feel like this post has been a looooong time coming.
Here’s how I go about thrifting to find the good, dirt cheap stuff I exhibit on this blog…

Rule 1 : Look through everything. All sizes. All racks.
A size 8 is smaller in the 90s, even smaller in the 80s, teeny in the 60s.
A size 4 is larger with this brand, differently cut with that brand.

As I’m scanning racks, I look for fabrics, colors, patterns that jump out at me.
I almost exclusively buy only natural fabrics - cotton, silk, blends.
If something catches my eye, I check price & tag.
If it still seems a viable possiblity, I check for flaws and judge if it may fit.
Then toss into my cart or tuck it back into the rack.

Here’s some of how yesterday’s trip went down :

02 300   03 300
I’m drawn to surfwear brands. Cali nostalgia.
This grey sweater is a good color, but don’t like that the stripes don’t continue on back and the V is too deep.

04 300   05 300
Love tattered silk, but this pink Arden B was too small when I tried it on.
The Façonnable on the right, however, did fit.
It was $5.99, which is high for a thrift shirt, BUT! these things retail in the range of $200.
Bought it!

06 500
This vintage sweater interested me (the buttons button!), but could tell it was way too big.
(Even though labeled a small)
Back into the rack.

07 500
This one I went back and forth with. Simple, too simple?
Put it back, pulled it out again.
Because it fit perfectly and will be great this winter over leggings + pants.
The neckline hung really cool, when I tried it on.

08 300   09 300
I always browse the skirt & pant sets.
Often, I find one of the pieces is fantastic, even if the other doesn’t fit.
The pant set on the right was goofy and prompted a look, but not a try on.

10 300   11 300
This one did warrant a try.
I can’t resist yellow, even though it looks hideous against my skin.
Very very well constructed, but just a touch too restrictive/tight when hugging my arms.
And I would likely never actually wear it.
Oh well.

12 300   13 300
This sweater looked kinda cute, but was too youthful and too…cropped.

14 500
This dress I also almost didn’t take in to try.
The satin on the shoulders and hem was thick and luxurious,
but the dress fabric sorta crepe-y.

15 500
Oh! But the way it closes in back.

16 610
Another perfect fit.
My fave find of the day, it turned out!
$3.99, ya’ll.

And for the last thrift tip of this post…a must.

17 610
Lot’s o’ dust in a big thrift shop trip.
I keep a bottle in my car door at all times.

Ask away…

posted 1 year ago


mongrels in common dress / free

01 Mongrels from BUffalo

Friday I went to Buffalo Exchange to find a dress
for a Contemporary Ballet Dallas fundraiser that night.

Took a little bag of stuff and they bought it all, so I got this
beautiful, luxurious, light-weight velvet Mongrels In Common dress
with the trade balance.
aka FREE!

02 Mongrels in Common dress

Enjoyed a few demo ballet pieces…

03 Contemporary Ballet at Tower Club

…and the Dallas view.

05 Kayla poses with view

04 Kayla and I at Tower Club

Then checked out the new Dallas Performance Center.

06 Dallas Performance Center

Successful accompaniment, dress.

mongrels dress
On the Anthropology site and the Runway
Can’t imagine wearing it unbelted - it looks so different hanging off the flat-bodied model.

posted 1 year ago


feather accessory / $0

01 feather in hair

Last night Marianne stuck a feather in my hair.

06 stars and feathers pink

I had an up ‘do asking for it, I guess.

05 back of 'do

The feather came from a duck at White Rock Lake.
Found by a boy, given to Marianne, passed on to me.

02 duck feather

We are so used to seeing feathers - in real life and art.
Fashion, decor, floating down from a tree.
But when you take the time to really look at them, think about them -
the engineering and architecture is something else.

03 feather detail

04 close up feather

And birds just casually grow these things.

07 pedal's feather
This particular feather really brought out the wild cat in Pedal. Hunting eyes!

posted 2 years ago


stripes on stripes

01 stripes outfit

02 stripes on stripes

You’ve seen this top and skirt before.
Both from Buffalo (I cut up the tank).
I was feeling stripey last night.

03 stripes and Jack Attack!!

And look! Jack the cat is almost all better.
A fluke illness that stumped the vets.
He went flat like a pancake.
Stopped eating, drinking & grooming.
Apparently fat cats will die in 3-4 days if they don’t eat as their liver fills with fat and BAM!
Dead of “fatty liver.”
So, he was on IV nutrition for two days (oy).
Then came home Friday night and I had to force feed him high protein food.
This was the same day I had my root canal,
so a “fun” Saturday followed of us sleeping all day together as we healed.
Luckily, the one night of force feeding was enough for him and he perked up some on Sunday.
I offered him many temptations such as steak, rotisserie chicken and Alaskan canned salmon.
VET : I don’t care what he eats, just get him to eat!
He chose to ease in with Whisker Lickin’s soft treats and Fancy Feast juice.

Rough patches like this are when I bemoan being single.
I could have really used the comfort of a loving other on Saturday for big hugs, hot tea making
and turning the Netflix off on my iPad when I fell asleep on hydrocodone.
Oh well.
All better now.

posted 2 years ago


thrifted silk F21 party dress / $4.99

01 F21 dress

02 spinning fantasy

03 back is pretty

04 blurring out

Oooooooh a good Good GOOD find.
One of those that when picked up, I thought, “will this even fit on my body?”
It did.
I mean, it does.
It’s a comfy, floating, sexy little thing, no?

05 dress hanging in bathroom

The wrinkling is basically impossible to combat.
Steamed it in the bathroom, then took an iron to it.
The top will de-wrinkle, but the skirt just wrinkles back up again, so sticking with that.
It works.

06 on the town at the Stoneleigh

Have a good weekend.

posted 2 years ago


silk flutter skirt / $15

resale jon silk flutter skirt

an outfit see

lionette earrings

silk fluttery skirt

walk this way

Can you believe I found ANOTHER resale skirt like this?
It was lucky because I wore out the last one.
I like the new version more.
Bigger and better fluttering!
Have a good weekend.

posted 2 years ago


prom 2012 / $19.96

01 steph prom 2012

02 floating dancing leaping

03 three dancers

04 move with me

05 pink and purple organza fabric

06 down the ramp

07 look to the light

08 dont go into the light copy

The Coliseum.
I needed to be wearing something fancy-ish with layers of skirt there.
Just one of those apparent things.
This Delarue dress was thrifted for the purpose.
Extra girly dresses were never my thing from about age 8-33, so I’m donning tulle and organza at 36.
Hey, it’s my style-blogging right, OKAY?!
[ wink ]


posted 2 years ago


calvin klein reptilian knit dress / $22

01 calivin klein dress

A buffalo exchange win.
Exemplary showing in the “professional, yet sexy” category.

02 Lakewood Library balls

Equally cozy & saucy in a flattering medium-weight knit.
The coolest part is the zipper is in front, up the side.

03 zipper on calvin dress

Bow chic a bow bow.

04 Lakewood Library Balls

posted 2 years ago


[ restructured ] thrifted tee / $1.50

01 restructured tee

This SCREAMING hot pink tee yelled at me from the rack.
A nice lightweight, comfy fabric blend.

02 Bahamas restructured tee

Figured I could attempt a restructure similar to one of my favorite tanks.
I won’t go into too much detail, but basically used the grey MTV tank someone else restructured as a guide.

03 shirt before

04 guide tank

05 cut and pinned

06 sewing machine07 AFTER

Cut this one to size, so it wouldn’t have the tie-it-up issue the grey one has.

08 back

Seriously into how it turned out.

you are getting very sleepy

In case you forgot, mother’s day is Sunday.
Do something nice for your mother.

posted 2 years ago


arden b dress / $13

arden b dress from buffalo exchange

Gah, only $13, can you believe it?
Thanks again, Buffalo Exchange.
This flirtatious dress feels as good on as it looks.

arden b bustier top pf dress

pretty asian style pattern

vintage leather clutch

Belt and Bruno Magli heels thrifted.
Clutch from Feeling Vintage in Athens.
I thought I had blogged this purse, but can’t find the post!
Very soft leather. I busted the pop clasp/strap holder in the Madrid airport.
So now it’s a clutch.
It doesn’t mind.

instagram arden b

posted 2 years ago


today was awesome / $0

01 shoot day

02 shoot day

03 shoot day

04 shoot day

05 shoot day

06 shoot day

07 shoot day
Thrifted Marc Jacobs silk top.
Pants and tank from Buffalo Exchange.
Really fun, productive day courtesy of The Good Life.

posted 2 years ago


guess what color I painted my new pad?

GREY, of course!
All the walls were a peachy/yellowish color.
I did one dark accent wall, then the rest are white paint with a tiny bit of the dark grey mixed in,
to give off a light grey tint against the pure white trim and built ins.
Plays nicely with the dark grey slate in the kitchen and bathroom.

dining room

living room


I love moving. Get to clean out built up crap and set up a fresh space.

photo 3

I think I’m going to furnish the living room with a leather loveseat, to ward off cat hair.
I’ve come across good lookin’ brown, black and white versions on craigslist.
Can’t decide…
What do you think would look best?!

posted 2 years ago


thrifted vintage givenchy pants / $4.99

Two Looks

When I found these vintage Givenchy’s, they were too small.
Dismayed in the dressing room, they were also too fantastic not to free from the thrift store ($5!).

vintage Givenchy Sport tag
"Givenchy" lined from waist to hem. Funny.

Behold The Pant

I put them on ebay at a high price (cause they’re amazing) but they did not sell.
My logic was if I couldn’t get top dollar, I would keep them,
hoping and praying I could fit into them eventually.
The day has come!

Happy Day The Pants Fit

Below is the before from April 2011. 10-15 lbs heavier.


I had to wear spanx and suck it in HARD for these photos.

Now I can just wear the pants. And still breathe and all.


Givenchy GG embroidered on vintage pants

What a pant!
Let’s give them a round of applause…

Instagram Pants

posted 2 years ago


…and later

a study.

01 later

02 later

03 later

04 later

let’s all just roll with it.
shall we?

posted 2 years ago


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