When I say "this time I'm going to do my best" to start documenting my outfits, this time I mean it. I was telling a friend recently how a few years ago, my blog was starting to do really well. I was doing it under a different name then, but I had someone available all the time to take my outfit photos, I was getting a few ads, and even had people sending me products to wear on the blog (only things I really liked and would genuinely wear, of course). Then I got a new job, moved to a different state, and all kinds of (great) things started happening that really got in the way of my blog. But I have to say, I miss it. I miss coming up with fresh takes on my clothes for my readers, participating in link ups, hosting Thursdays are for Thrifters, and reading everyone's comments. So, even though I don't have a good way to take photos right now, I'm going to do my best to show you what I'm wearing and to talk about how I put things together and, my favorite part, how I find things. So here's a little look at something I wore just to run some errands a few days ago. This is one of those "I just woke up and I'm not getting dressed up" outfits.
|Dress: Old Navy, $14. Lace kimono: via Instagram trade, free. Boots: Mossimo from Target, $8. Purse: Forever21, via Goodwill Outlet, 75 cents. Hat: Mossimo from Target, $11.
I bought this dress several years ago when I was working at an Old Navy. It's so simple that it's still a go-to for me. I actually have two more of this same material that I just love. It has a slightly Aztec print on it, which was totally new when I bought it and I was crazy about it. I think it still holds up. I paid about $12 or $14 for it.
If you don't know yet, I am a little crazy about kimonos. About a year ago my mom said to me "What are you going to do when these go out of style?" Luckily, I don't worry too much about what's in style and just wear what I like. I have a TON of them and I wear the crap out of them. I can't lie. Something big and flowing is a dream to me. And I love lace, so I can't beat that. This one came from an Instagram trade, so it was essentially free. The brand is
The little booties are something from Target around the same time. The Target in the small town I lived in would never sell out of the best stuff, so I could wait and buy it all on clearance. I have about 5-10 pairs of shoes from Target that are still absolute staples of my wardrobe that I bought that year for $6-$8 each. I also have these in black.
Hat-same deal, Target $11, but bought a little more recently on a trip back home. In Nashville, Targets sell out of everything cool WAY before it gets marked down to clearance prices. I find the best things when I stop in at the Target at home, for about 1/3 the normal price. I've actually even had people in Nashville ask me how I was ever able to find a particular pair of Target boots cause they all sell out here.
Alright, let's talk about this purse. A fringed macrame looking thing? Gimme. I want to put a flower in it and hang it from the ceiling. Except it's a purse, so I can just walk around looking like I'm the kinda person who hangs flowers from the ceiling (cause I'm not, cause I can't grow anything really. Gah, I do wish though). So, this was about 50-75 cents at the Goodwill Outlet, which is my home away from home. I don't even like telling people about it because I don't want anyone to go pick out my treasures before I can, but I guess competition can be healthy. This is actually just a Forever21 purse, but here's the thing (like you couldn't tell), I am not all bougie when it comes to brands. I'm thankful for all these mall stores that mean I can afford to wear the looks I love. And when it comes to thrifting, I don't care where it came from: Vintage, high end, mall stores, if I like the look, that's all that matters. I'm a firm believer that style is about presentation and not price.
|Sorry for the dirty mirror. I always doodle on it to get my eyeliner working.
|Back. See, can't have that dress longer than the kimono.
|Sunglasses: Thrifted, no brand, $2 at Southern Thrift.