Alex Marie floral day dress / $10

01 Half of Half dress

If you didn’t listen up about Half of Half the last time I mentioned it,
maybe this dress will do the trick.

02 Alex Marie floral dress

What a beautiful, burst-of-color, daytime dress…yes?
Honestly - I am still in shock over this deal.
Brand new, no visible flaws.

03 Alex Marie day dress

The brand is from Dillard’s.
And, much to my surprise, the design and construction is as good
as any designer day dress I’ve ever bought.
Piping. Pleated at the neck. Pockets.
Maybe the fabric won’t hold up as well or somethin’.
Even the belt is substantial and not a cheap afterthought
(unlike most of the belts that came with those designer items).

04 A hand fan. Lucha Libre style.

What a great deal.
I feel fancy in this dress.
In a “ladies who lunch” kind of way.

05 pretty summer day dress

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


thrifted F21 grey cotton skirt / $1.99

01 thrifted cotton skirt

02 thrifted grey F21 skirt

03 the skirt walks

04 grey F21 skirt

Basically the same cut as the other cotton tube skirt I recently acquired.
Turns out this style is perfect for…everything.
I’ll be keeping an eye out for more of them.
So good for summer.
The tshirt is also thrifted (buck or two, a while ago).

Last week I got the plants and flowers pictured for free!
A friend of a friend who works at a giant nursery was clearing stuff out.
We were literally told, “look around - take whatever you want!”
Dreamy. I filled my car.
Hopefully, I won’t kill them ALL.

posted 2 years ago


cotton on striped skirt / $4

01 Cotton On skirt CFTPA shirt

02 Cotton On skirt

I scooped up this perfect summer skirt last week.
Technically it was free because I traded in clothes, but was marked as $4.
Sweet deal.

03 Cotton On striped skirt

Navy/tan combo and stripe style reminds me of stuff from The Gap & Target in the early 90s.

04 dress form with xmas lights

Cotton On appears to be an Austrailian company and VERY reasonably priced.
There are a few shops in malls around Dallas, says their site.
May have to venture into the far reaches of North Dallas to check it out.


In Texas, if you aren’t wearing natural fibers June through September, you are sweating your ass off.
A comfy cotton skirt is a sure thing.
I’m really into the ease and style of this one.
Even put it on again the next morning :

stripes on stripes

This skirt will go with anything.

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


F21 faux wrap navy knit dress / $6

01 navy F21 dress

On Monday I needed a bit of girlie steph time…a pedicure & trip to Buffalo Exchange was in order.
Convinced I had outgrown the Dallas Buffalo (styles seemed to be skewing too young or something,
I just wasn’t finding anything my last several visits)
, this trek proved me wrong.
5 reallllly good dresses for $77!!

Dress One here shown in my new backyard.

02 faux wrap dress

04 aw a flower

Can I tell you how thrilled I am to have outdoor space again?
Very much so!

03 back of dress

My cats are overjoyed, as well.

05 jack attack
Balls of continuous purr and love, they are.

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


vintage black suede & leather dress / $14.50

01 vintage scoop back

A very good dress!

trying on the suede

Buffalo Exchange Long Beach.
There was a shop tag marked $110 attached.
Very soft and easy to wear.
I biked to the beach in it!
Score, right?

05 black suede and leather

06 lady bug friend

A ladybug was hanging around.
Probably wanted to join in on the red accenting.

02 toes in beach sand

03 red pink lips

I’m lucky to have the getaway to Long Beach available to me.
Belmont Shore is so beautiful. peaceful. quiet. mellow.
My brother lives there.
He still has the bad ass couch I passed on when I left Cali 5 years ago.
Every time I visit and sit/sleep on this marvelous couch, my brain calculates if it would be possible to get the couch back in my possession.
It’s deep. long. grey. seemingly unstainable.
And made by a local L.A. builder.
I bought it ten years ago at a local design boutique on 3rd Street (I think).
Couches are too much of a pain to move from place to place, sadly.
I’m glad this one is still in the family, at least.

on the beach

posted 2 years ago


thrifted kenneth cole leather skirt / $6.98

01 bath house

02 bath house

03 bath house

I don’t know why some thrifts list prices with .98 (vs.99), but they do.
This skirt’s leather is well-worn…supple, if you will.
Between the comfort & pockets, it’s an actual practical leather skirt.
Versatile length. Easy to dress down.

These shots were taken at the Bath House Cultural Center at White Rock Lake.
Lots of sun here lately. And warmth.
Everyone is terrified that may mean a 120 degree summer.
Maybe winter will show up in February?

04 bath house

05 leather

06 viewfinder

05 bathhouse

posted 2 years ago


black cotton gap dress / $2.99

01 Gap dress

02 abandoned shed

03 thrifted dress

It was 70° and sunny yesterday in Dallas.
But technically we are still in winter.
This dress was a good weight and style for the non-winter weather day.
When I was “sent home to change” for wearing a scandalous outfit to work,
I headed to the thrift store near (my former) work and grabbed this Gap dress to throw over.

05 Deep Ellum tin bldg

Ended up working out, since this is a great basic.

04 opal ring
From my grandmother’s collection.

06 black dress

Have a great weekend!

posted 2 years ago


thrifted black duramesh tongue purse / $4.99

duramesh bag 1

duramesh bag 2

duramesh bag 3

duramesh bag 4

If someone told me I had to pick a uniform, it would be a version of this.
Black skinny pants with a comfy, heather grey, worn-in tee.
But anyhoo blah blah blah, let’s focus in on this awesome purse I thrifted.

duramesh bag 5

Duramesh is so…fun to caress. So…slinky. So…reptilian.

duramesh bag detail

This thrifted purse goes the extra mile into cool city with a goddamn TONGUE clasp.

tongue duramesh purse


posted 2 years ago


vintage howard wolf suit / $6

a girl a tree

Okay, the whole suit was $6.
But, in vintage teeny waist sizing, this vintage size 8 skirt is about a modern size 2-4.
And it even has pohh-hohhh-ckeeets (cry).
I wish I could wear the two pieces together, but that’s not happening.
So, instead, I only get to show off this beautiful tweed top.

vintage Howard Wolf embroidery

Embroidered with a lovely flower.

vintage embroidery flower

tweed buttons yep

How sweet.

I love how the vintage Howard Wolf label background says :

Howard Wolf Dallas New York

howard wolf outfit

Sometimes I think I have enough stuff & should take Kendi's advice and shop my own closet for a while.
That feeling never lasts too long.
Constant closet rotation in my wardrobe is the spice of style.
I do this with as little expense as possible.
Looking over at the two bags of turn-ins I have for Buffalo Exchange,
I am excitedly anxious for tomorrow when I trade it in.
And, truly, finding treasure at my favorite thrift stores is not getting old.
A lot of us love tv shows like Pawn Stars, Storgage Wars, etc.
Why isn’t there one for fashion?!
I’d happily create & produce one.
Holler at me Hollywood friends.
I’ve got ideas.

posted 2 years ago



robert rodriguez skirt at window5

robert rodriguez skirt at window2

robert rodriguez skirt at window 3

robert rodriguez skirt at window4

I always sweep romantically through my day in this thrifted Robert Rodriquez skirt.
Pleated organza. Soft silk cummerbund waist. Even the lining is silk.
A beautiful garment.

posted 3 years ago


…a charmer

thrifted Marc Jacobs black silk skirt set

This is the first time I’ve worn this thrifted Marc Jacobs silk skirt set
since it was originally on Those Tricks.

textured silk Marc Jacobs fabric

See what I mean about hems and the Texas heat?
104. For days it seems. Be gone fabric!
I have no need for you now!

thrifted Marc Jacobs etc

As you can see I feel sunny in this outfit.
Even though I went all black.

Heels and Purse also thrifted = 100% Resale!
Oh and ps - it was a windy day. That bag was a nice weight on the skirt.
And I def wore a slip underneath.

posted 3 years ago


jane his wife

awesome thrifted high heel

These shoes.
$9.99 thrift w. a $5 coupon = $5.
So comfy. I mean…unbelievably comfortable.
They add some sass & sauce to pretty much every dress, jean and skirt in my closet.
The brand is Michelle D.
Really cheap on ebay, etc. so I’m guessing a Kmart/Ross/Target brand or something like that…??

They pretty much kick all my other heels’ azzes at the moment.

hot red high heels from thrift store

But wait……………………..there’s more!

Jane Jetson dress

I LOVE this dress.

F21 XXI tag with Buffalo Exchange tag

Forever21 (seriously I would rather type that than XXI - ew) dress
from Buffalo Exchange : $9 (“free” with trade credit!).

It’s kinda this dress, but way better cut and with actual design.
Hello Jetson’s sleeves!

cool dress sleeve


Jetsons dress

Crossbody bag also thrifted making outfit 100& Resale!

posted 3 years ago


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