nifty thrifty

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Y’all, this Plenty by Tracy Reese dress was a dollar. $1.The blazer? $2. They retail $250 together, but cost me $3. Yep. Thrifting is one of my most favorite hobbies, and while I do also shop at big box retailers, I find thrifting to be the most rewarding. Never tried? Want to do more of it? Check out my list below!

Reasons why I thrift:

1) It’s good for the environment! Clothes in a landfills is a real problem across the world.

2) It gives back! A lot of thrift stores benefit local communities, give jobs to people in the community, and often recycle clothes they don’t sell.

3) It’s affordable! $1 dress above. Enough said.

4) Hunting for deals is a joy in (my) life! Finding a gem while thrifting is just a happy thing.

Thrifting doesn’t make your heart sing? No problem! Check out this handy dandy chart to see what you can do with your old clothes.

 

Dress: Plenty by Tracy Reese via thrift ($1, retails for approx $130)

Shoes: Sam Edelman ($50 marked down from $150)

Blazer: Express via Thrift ($2, retails for $120)

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more mint please!

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I think we can all agree that my obsession with mint may be reaching an unhealthy level. But seriously, I cannot stop myself and really see no reason to anyway. I can’t help but think back upon a time when colored pants weren’t even being made with much frequency, unless, of course, they were Spandex (80s and 90s). I love how liberating it is to be able to choose between jeans, dress pants, colored pants, printed pants, leggings, you name it: because our options are seemingly unlimited. The world is our (fashion) oyster; more mint please!

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Plaid button down: Gap ($7 marked down $50)

Floral sweater: Ann Taylor Loft ($5 marked down from $55)

Pants: NYDJ via Nordstrom Rack ($20 marked down from $110) NYDJ sale

Necklace: vintage pearls (gift)

Shoes: Sam Edelman ($50 marked down from $150)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I’ve recently found that Nordstrom Rack is stocking a LOT of Not Your Daughter’s Jeans brand jeans for really affordable prices ($30-$5). The online sale prices at the official NYDJ website (link above) aren’t great, but I would argue that these pants are worth it if you have a hard time find pants that fit well, especially if you are pear shaped. NYDJ also stocks standard jeans, as well as colored pants in various colors and cuts. I’m a first-time buyer, but now a long time fan. You can see how I last styled these pants below:

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2) This time of year is the perfect time to grab the last of winter items that are now on clearance. Most stores are stocking the last of their sweaters and heavier pants, and have them at the lowest prices you are likely to find. A recent visit to Gap revealed sweaters between $5-$10, and Ann Taylor Loft ‘final sale’ sweaters for around $3-$5. I’ve found that many stores no longer have much outerwear on sale, as I’m guessing it has sold out, but certainly pants and sweaters are still being sold at great prices. 

Anyone else finding some end-of-winter deals? Any recommendations for where to look? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

entrenched in a trench

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Greetings, readers! Another day of warmth and sunshine in Chicago, and I am loving it! I’m having one of those weeks where my thoughts are entrenched in their own space. So, I decided to just ride the wave and be entrenched…in a trench. (I clearly have an addiction to puns, by the way). With another amazing pun, I’m off to my thoughtful place…

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” Buddha

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Dress: Burberry (gift)

Cuff: Hermes (gift)

Necklace: vintage pearls (gift)

Tights: Hue via Nordstrom Rack ($3 marked down from $15)

Shoes: Sam Edelman ($50 marked down from $150) Trench: Banana Republic (gift)

Scarf: Burberry (gift)

Bag: c/o Neverest Outfitters

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Tights in warmer weather always throw me through a loop. I feel like “spring” tights “should” be lighter colored tights, though I’m not entirely sure if that is true. If I’m wearing a darker colored dress in spring, then I do like to opt for light tights, personally. However, I would love others’ ideas on this topic!

2) A trench, for me, is a wardrobe essential. As much as I love prints and bold colors, a neutral khaki trench is one of the most versatile coats around. You don’t need to spend a ton to find a nice one. This time of year, trenches are not likely to be on a sale, approaching spring. However, if you are looking for a trench, May and June are likely great times to find them on sale! 

Anyone else have opinions or tips for “spring” tights? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!