Monday, July 21, 2014

Just Say No To Sweatpants

My sister and I had an interesting conversation over the weekend (and it had nothing to do with any of Weird Al's amazing new music videos.) We were discussing how most people come home after a long day and immediately put on sweatpants or even no pants at all. But the interesting thing was that I disagreed with doing that while she was practically the spokesperson for comfy clothes. My argument was pretty simple in that if my clothes weren't comfy in the first place, I would not even want to own them. This outfit is a perfect example because everything is stretchy. My favorite fabric! It feels good on my body and it looks pretty cute, too. I don't believe in uncomfortable clothes. Shoes on other hand....

I know I have the unpopular opinion here but I swear that Tim Gunn can even back me up. To quote from his book Tim Gunn's Guide To Style:
"The truth is, with a bit of investigative effort and imagination, you can find something just-or almost-as comfortable that will not tell the world that you may take a nap or hit the gym at any moment."
Where do you stand on this issue? I would love to hear your take on this in the comments below.
 Outfit details - Kimono, .79 cents (thrifted) - Tank top, paid w/ GC (ASOS.com, old) - Skirt, $7 (thrifted) - Leopard print flats, $10 (Wal-Mart) - Necklace, won in giveaway - Lip color, Dolly by Buxom

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Thrift Store Legend

"You look like you go to a lot of thrift stores," is what I heard from the woman working behind the counter of a thrift store. It's like she knew my life! While I usually reject stereotypes and having preconceived notions based on a single look, being a thrifter is a title I will accept with open arms.

The topic of identity has been on my mind lately so I'm glad to have this photo set from a quick trip I took out of town last week to visit some new & old secondhand shops. When I say "identity," I don't mean who I am in real life but rather who I present online. What parts of my personality end up on Twitter? Am I accurately represented on my blog? Is that my real face on instagram? (Just kidding! It is! No photoshop for me.) It's kind of like an identity crisis in the digital era. I know who I am but how do I make that come across online?

It's so easy to become a character or a parody of yourself around here. I've recently been asking myself some tough (ok, so they're not really tough) questions to make sure I'm always presenting a true version of me on the web.

I just wish I could invite everyone over to my house so we could hang out and play board games so you could see who I really am. ;)
(Also, for more reading along the line of what I talked about today, visit Lyndsey's blog right now!)

 Outfit details - Tank top, paid w/ GC (Asos.com) - Shorts, $1 (thrifted) - Kimono, $1 (thrifted) - Necklace, .50 cents (estate sale) - Sunnies, .50 cents (thrifted) - Sandals, $15 (Target, old) - Purple lipstick, Divine by Covergirl

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

5 Things You Can Do At A Thrift Store For Free

Going thrifting is fun, environmentally friendly, and a great way to save money. But did you know that you can do a bunch of other things there without spending a dime? Here are 5 things you could be doing right now at a thrift store: 

It's like going to an art museum. Thrift stores are filled with vast amounts of old paintings waiting to be discovered by you! You just might find an unknown artist or one well known hidden among the stacks of old frames.
Much like a library, a thrift store is a great place to kick back with a book on some used furniture. Some stores prohibit this sort of loitering and others have no way of stopping it from happening.
When I'm low on cash but have a creative project I'm working on, sometimes I'll flip through crazy junk at a thrift store to get some ideas flowing. An old floral muumuu? Sure, why not!
If you're thinking about splurging on a purchase online but aren't sure it's worth it, try to find something similar at a thrift store to compare it. You just might find the internet is offering a better deal. This is also helpful for online sellers to get an idea of the secondhand market. You can get some real world knowledge about what's popular and how much it's going for.
This is popular among ex-high schoolers who try on prom dresses at the mall in an effort to seem youthful. (Totally done it myself!) But it works just as well with any age range looking to try out new trends without committing to the price tag. You could even challenge yourself to come up with a whole outfit out of just items in that thrift store!

What do you do for free at thrift stores?

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