Thursday, September 30, 2010

6 New Things

Hey all!

I was fortunate to get to Brooklyn yesterday to do some thrifting. We went to Beacon's Closet and I really liked it. I'd heard so much about it and was anticipating great things. My finds were beyond great. I'm so excited to share!

We also stopped at Forever 21 and Buffalo Exchange. It was a really great day for shopping and I didn't spend an arm and a leg. (Thank goodness!)

Here are my new things:

1. Oscar de la Renta Scarf from Beacon's Closet

The pattern on this scarf struck me and when I picked it up I knew that I wanted it. Then I saw the de la Renta signature and snagged it! Did I mention it was $10? A little much for a scarf, but it's gorgeous and OdlR! So worth it!

2. F21 Hair Bows

A perfect fusion of my love for leopard and sweetness. Also, really cheap. This purchase was a no brainer.

3. Gap Camel Coat from Buffalo Exchange

I've been planning on buying another winter coat. I have about four, but I get so bored of the same rotation. It's always good to add a new one to the mix. I was anticipating buying one for about $100-200, but this coat found me, instead. It's a size big, but it fit pretty well, the color is on trend, it's a great length, and seems very warm. Also, it was a great deal at $22. 

And it has a hood! It's like the unicorn of coats!

4. By Corpus for Urban Outfitters Skirt from Beacon's Closet

Definitely one of the best things about thrift shopping is when you see something you passed on buying that's now in front of you, in your size, and marked 75% off of the price you would have paid. (One of the worst is seeing something you bought months ago in another store, in your size, marked off 75% of what you paid for it.) The first scenario is exactly the case with this skirt from Urban. Total luck!

I've had the second scenario happen to me, too. Ouch!

5. F21 Necklace

I bought this because I just needed some cute, cheap jewelry. It totally does the trick.

6.  Marc Jacobs sweater from Beacon's Closet

I'm so excited about this buy! It was $21 and it's my first Marc Jacobs piece. (I have a few Marc by Marc Jacobs things, but no Marc Jacobs (period).) And of course it photographed badly!

It's a vibrant red--exactly what my closet needed-- and the bow is bright purple velvet. It has a cute pleat in the back and I love the bow! It was also a size too big and a little lose in the arms, but I could never walk away from such a great find! I can SO work with this sweater.

I'm excited to get some outfits in the works now!

Have a good one!


Monday, September 27, 2010

Rainy Day Woman

I have been waiting for it to rain. Not drizzle. Rain. Like umbrella, raincoat, and wellies for days.


Because, like any lady who's interested in fashion, I already had an outfit planned. An outfit that I saved precisely for a rainy day.

It's exactly how I planned it! Down to the socks. I'm actually in it, as I write this and I still can't wait to head back outside and splash around!

I have some big plans for this skirt, too. Rachel Berry, anyone?

I'm wearing a J Crew tissue tee, a plaid skirt from Target, Hunter rainboots, socks from Target, and a belt from somewhere that I can't recall at this moment.

Unfortunately, I'm hearing that it's going to rain until Saturday. I guess that's what I get for wishing for rain. Plenty more outfits with rainboots to come, I guess!

Have a good one!


Friday, September 24, 2010

Friday's Photos 9

Quick post before I get to my weekend! I'm doing normal fun stuff like seeing a movie, going out, definitely some shopping, but I also need to get through all of the collections, so we can dish ASAP!

This post is all about shoes! 

Okay, let's all get ready for a fun weekend! Hopefully we'll all be wearing fantastic shoes!


Monday, September 20, 2010

True Love

I've been giving this some thought. I'm always buying something new. Clothes, I mean. But I wonder why we--women, I mean-- are always in the pursuit of something new?

I get that it's exciting to have a new piece of clothing and the joy we all get when we're still pondering just how to wear it. But so often I find that after a few wears a piece will loose its luster and I'm stalking a new piece to fill its void.

It's a vicious and expensive cycle. I'm not sure why we do it. I suppose we just love falling in love with clothes and the idea of newness.

But as I decided to post this outfit, I tried to include pieces that I still get excited about wearing. It turns out that I have many in my closet, which is a really good thing.

I still get really amped whenever I wear all of the pieces I'm wearing here. The skirt from Conway is about six months old, the blouse from Gap is more than 3 years old, my shoes are over a year old. All together, I really like everything I have on. And most importantly, I'm always excited about how to style these things.

I'm even still loving this trench that I bought last year and wear at least twice a week. I guess it's proof that we may all search for excitement, but true love really does last.

I'd love to see the pieces you've owned for a long time, but still love. Or maybe outfits that you've styled years ago and still rock today.


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

FNO or Bust?

How is everyone? School and my social life are kicking my butt right now! It's actually been pretty difficult to get back into the swing of things.

Unfortunately, I don't have all day and night to do outfit photos and write posts, but I get them done when I can. Whether it's outfits at 11:15 AM and posts at 2:30 AM, I do try to get to my blogging.

Speaking of butt kicking. Fashion's Night Out also kicked my butt! I didn't go last year, but I wanted to. I was actually pretty disappointed. But I stepped up and went this year.

The jist of FNO is that many NYC (and other big city) stores stay open late and have special products you can buy. Celebs also go to all the stores, they have special appearances by singers, and some stores have paparazzi platforms and other exciting features.

That's all "in theory." In reality, however, the whole concept is kind of scattered. Some stores are open late and most of us can't really afford to buy anything from those stores. Though, it is fun to look around. Also, if you want to see a celebrity, they're easy to miss. (Mostly because they don't stick around for long.)

I also didn't really know where anything happening was, well, happening. We bumbled around the lower west side for a while and then we decided to go shop. My friends and I brainstormed stores where we could actually afford to buy something. And something (relatively) cheap, to boot.

Enter: Marc Jacobs!


We saw one celebrity (the dad from Gossip Girl) outside of Cynthia Rowley (I think...). I wasn't too excited, but we did get to go to Marc's new bookshop: Book Marc! Freshly stocked with books about, of course, fashion.

Marc by Marc was full of affordable bracelets, key chains, and scarfs. It was also extremely crowded, but my friends and I were all able to score Marc by Marc Jacobs t-shirts. For the exceeding low (and at the same time, kind of high) price of $18.

Here's mine.

I wore it with my yellow cords from Gap, a leopard print scarf, and my leopard print heels from UO.

 FNO was kind of a bust, but I'm loving my t-shirt.

Did anyone else go to FNO? What did you guys think of it?


Friday, September 10, 2010

Friday's Photos 8

All photos today brought to you by and Christian Siriano. Aren't they lovely?

This is actually the first show I've looked at so far, but I'm pretty taken with it.

This would be a great work look.

Emmy and Oscar dresses (respectively)? I think so!

Happy Friday all! Get ready for some serious fashion over the next week. I'm excited!


Thursday, September 9, 2010

I've Been... I've been back at school for about a week and I've already scored four new pieces! What can I say? This city inspires me to shop!

I've already shared my new school bag and Jcrew "Jackie" cardigan--if you're in the market for a nice cardigan, I would most definitely recommend it. I also wanted you guys to meet my new friends: gray dress and olive dress.

I'm hoping the gray dress will be appropriate for school "business casual" events. It's short, but I think it's pretty conservative up top... The olive green dress, however, is just for fun. I'm wearing it as I write this with capri leggings and flats and it looks very cute! I feel like it's a pretty versatile buy and hopefully will transition into winter.

How I hated olive green before! Now I love it! The olive dress is my fourth olive green purchase in two months. I guess people can change...

Have a good day, all!


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

First Day Jitters

Hello, everyone! I hope your long weekend was fun and relaxing!

I've been back at school for just about a week and I've already forgotten what it feels like to be rested and relaxed. I guess that means summer has already worn off!

Like I said, I started school last week and I wanted to share my first day outfits. I decided it would be fun and would also make sense to have two "first day of class" outfits because I have the same set of classes two days each week (ex. Monday/Thursday and Tuesday/Friday classes).

Did I mention I only had two days of classes last week? It was a glorious short week!

Here are the outfits...

Thursday's outfit:

Like my new digs? I do! My new room is pretty spacious and in a good location on campus. I'm in love with my new building and room, if you can't tell from these pictures. I lived in a large triple last year and wanted to pull my hair out in frustration everyday! But that's in the past now, thanks God!

I'm wearing a Jcrew cardigan that my mom got me last week while she was here in NYC, an embellished American Eagle top, a tweed skirt from AE, and Mary Janes by Gianni Bini.

Friday's Outfit:

Sorry for the super cropped pictures! I'm trying to keep my roommate's stuff out of this blog as much as possible. (However, the second picture is meant to be cropped the way it is...)

Do you recognize this dress? My mom and I made it over the summer! Not to disappoint you, but we didn't make the flats from Jcrew or the HandM bag, either. Sorry.

Speaking of the HandM bag, it is my new favorite! I want to take it everywhere! And even though I always lament about how much I prefer khaki over olive green, there isn't a thing I don't love about this bag! Including its color...


Have you gotten a piece that you're in love with for fall, yet, or are you still looking?

Have a good one!


Thursday, September 2, 2010

6 Ebay Finds

Hello everyone! I'm safely moved in and back in NYC. It's good to be back, even though it is terribly hot and humid out here. Now it's time to get serious and get back to school... and blogging!

Let's get right to the point of this post, shall we? I've had a short list of vintage trinkets I've been wanting for some time now. Over the summer I finally had the money and availability to participate and win some Ebay auctions.

And what do I have to show for it? 6 Ebay Finds!

1. Vintage Gloves:

I believe these were from Neiman Marcus originally (they came in their original bag). I wanted a bright color glove to wear with long sleeve dresses and shirts in the fall and winter. These are very prim and fifties with their scalloped edge.  I was hoping to get these for less, but I thought under $15 was still a good buy!

2. Crest Brooch

I really labored to find a cute crest brooch after I saw one made of enamel in a vintage store a few months ago.  I must say that I was really lusting after the one in the store, but I deemed $25 dollars for a pin far too expensive. Then I found this for under $10! I fell in love! Especially with the little dangling pearl and gold facing.

3. Vintage Sweater Clips

I am an old lady. Yeah, I'll admit it. The second I saw a sweater clipped with a sweater guard in a spread from Lucky that I raved about on a recent "Friday's Photo," I was sold.

I omitted a clip that looks just like the third one in this picture.

Unfortunately, I am a huge loser at Ebay auctions. I feel like I'm always at my computer or near my Blackberry, but the second I walk away from one of those devices I lose all my auctions. Suffice it to say I lost about four auctions before I bid on two lots of sweater clips. One lot had four clips, the other had two clips and three shoe clips.

By some magic I ended up winning both (YES!).  I received in the mail six truly immaculate sweater clips! I always expect Ebay Vintage to have some wear, but seriously these clips came to me in brand new condition. Which is amazing because, like me, some of them are very old!

You can't really tell in these pictures, but the black cameo sweater clip is the most beautiful. It's shiny, new looking, and perfect!

And both lots were purchased for around $5-$7!

4. Vintage Shoe Clips

These accompanied the sweater clips in a lot. I wasn't really in the market for shoe clips, but I really like these. They definitely jazz up a plain pair of pumps.

As for the odd third clip, I may use it as a pin, pendant, or a hair clip (perhaps accompanied by a tall Breakfast at Tiffany's style do?).

 5. Vintage Gold Belts

You've likely seen these on my blog before, but I still feel the immense victory of winning these gold belts from Ebay. Especially because one is Anne Klein (lion on top) and the other is Ferragamo (bottom).

I even have some new additions that I love!

6. Vintage Dress

I've already featured this dress on my blog, but I love it! I also won it on Ebay and it was, in fact, just about $15. All good reasons to feature it again, I think.

Do you have any Ebay victories to brag about?

I'm glad to be back! I'll return to posting regularly (hopefully) by Monday!