Thrifty Thursday Spotlight – Patrice J. Williams of Looking Fly on a Dime

Hello there and happy Thrifty Thursday! Today I’m taking a break from my Oprah’s Life You Want recap to introduce you to one of my favorite thrifty bloggers! Patrice J. Williams is the blogger behind Looking Fly on a Dime and I’ve been a follower since I stared blogging. Her blog covers all things thrift related, as well as affordable and stylish fashion tips and advice. Just a few short weeks ago, Patrice released her thrifting book Looking Fly on a Dime. This book is a great source for both avid thrifters, as well as those who want to thrift but don’t know where or how to start.

When it comes to looking fabulous on a dime, Patrice knows her stuff. It’s been a pleasure following her and I can’t wait to see what’s next for this New York fashionista. Take a look at her thrifty interview below and be sure to grab a copy of her book on Amazon. Enjoy!

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1. Name, location and how long have you been thrifting? 

I’m Patrice J. Williams and I live in New York, NY. I’ve been thrifting hardcore for 13 or 14 years.

2. Why did you start thrifting? 

My Mom says I used to always love the Salvation Army when I was a kid, but my first recollection of thrifting was when I was a sophomore at Temple University. I only started thrift shopping out of necessity. I had an induction ceremony to go to and I needed an outfit but had limited cash, as I was waiting on my work study check. I stumbled upon a thrift store near a fast food restaurant and I haven’t looked back since! I was able to get an entire outfit (button down top and suede skirt) for less than $10.

Looking Fly on a Dime

3. What are 3 of your favorite thrifted items to date?

About 70 to 80% of my wardrobe is thrifted, so it’s hard for me to pick, but some of my top picks are:

- Dsquared Parka for $2. I bought it at a Salvation Army coat sale and the sales associate marked the price down because she thought it was a children’s coat. I loved the coat, but eventually sold it on eBay for close to $500.

-Theory Military Jacket for less than $1. I like going to outlets and stores that have clothes priced by the bound or bag; that’s where you get the real deals. I found a Theory jacket at the Goodwill Outlet and it’s been a constant in my wardrobe for 5 years now. It’s an olive color, which I normally wouldn’t wear, but when something’s so affordable, you can’t help but try something new.

-Vintage Zig Zag Flat Boots. I typically wear heels, but I love a good pair of flat boots that have amazing details. The boots I found were less than $10 and I’ll have to resole them soon, but they always get serious wear every fall and winter. I always get tons of compliments when I wear them. I always tell people that it’s the little details that really elevate your outfit and my zig zag boots are a prime example of that.



4. What inspired you to write Looking Fly on a Dime

I tend to get the same thrift shopping questions over and over (how do you find a thrift shop, how do you clean the clothes, why do I keep striking out, etc.) so it was time to finally write the book on thrift shopping. There are hardcore thrifters, but there are also so many people who just don’t know where to start. In my book, I break it down from how to find a shop, the best strategies while you shop, and how to clean your clothes once you get home.

5. What’s the most important thing you want your readers to get from the book?

After readers finish their copy of Looking Fly on a Dime, I want them to feel empowered to thrift and cultivate their individual sense of style. I’ve worked at fashion magazines for years and I often see women who feel overwhelmed by style. My mission is to remove that intimidation from fashion and make it affordable and accessible for every single woman.


6. What’s next for you? Any T.V. segments, events…we want to know!

I just finished hosting another one of my Ready, Set, Thrift! events in NYC and I’m working on planning some events in other cities for late fall and winter. And of course continuing to promote my book.

7. How can we keep up with you?

Blog // Twitter // Facebook // Instagram  // YouTube


Personal Style Monday – Wearing a Jumpsuit and a Kimono

Happy Monday! I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend. Mine was great! The highlight was spending Saturday evening with Hubby at my 10 year high school reunion. Born and raised in Baltimore, I had the privilege of attending the GREAT Baltimore City College High School and I’m a proud member of the class of 2004. Not everyone was lucky enough to be a City Knight. In that case, other schools like Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (our rival school for decades), had to do. You’re probably thinking, is it really that serious? Well, yes…it is. Lol. But I digress. I won’t bore you with any more details, but you can  read more if you’re interested. ;-) All in all the reunion was amazing and it was such a joy to see everyone in person rather than on social media, lol. If you’re wondering what I wore to the event, I posted a pic on Instagram

Now, let’s jump into today’s OOTD post. Wearing a jumpsuit  and a kimono has become my uniform of choice lately. I’ve been looking for the perfect transitional jumpsuit for months and thankfully, I found one a few weeks ago while shopping at Nordstrom. The materiel is so soft and the fit is heavenly. Of course I’m smitten with the pockets, but I also like the length. The jumpsuit is long enough for me to wear with heels or flats, which makes this piece quite versatile.

wearing a kimono and jumpsuit

Jumpsuit: Sejour, Nordstrom (Same) // Kimono: Thrifted // Sandals: Mossimo, Goodwill

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The jumpsuit trend is hot right now and I for one plan to wear it out! As you may know, I’m not one for trend hopping, unless I can make the trend work for me. By adding the kimono to this look I added a touch of chic, but still kept the overall look relaxed, thanks to with the flat sandals. It’s the perfect pairing and of of course, it plays to my personal style.

I also added my black tote bag, also from Nordstrom. The reversible tote bag is a fall staple and comes in 4 other colors. This look is perfect for so much, including work, running errands, brunch, shopping, and more! So yea, you’ll be seeing a lot of it here on WNJ. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. ;-)

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Tote Bag: Nordstrom (Same) // Beaded Bracelets: Thrifted // Nameplate Necklace: oNecklace

wearing jumpsuits and a kimono

So tell me, what do you think about today’s OOTD? Are you going to be wearing a jumpsuit anytime soon? Let me know! 

Before I go, I want to congratulate Rachel for winning my September giveaway! Congrats to you and thank you SO much for being a faithful WNJ reader and supporter.

One more thing….don’t forget to show off your personal style by linking your recent OOTD pots(s) below. Just be sure to link your outfit back to this post. Also, visit the other bloggers who’ve linked up and say hey. Have a wonderful day…be blessed and be safe! 

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Linkups: Manic Monday, How I Fall, Style Sessions, Tuesday Pretties, Let it Shine, Trend Spin, Thrift Sisters, Favorite Fashion Friday, Random WednesdayBeautiful You, Working Girl Style, WIW, LYLS, Tres-Chic Thursday, Sincerely Jenna Marie, Fab Friday Favorites, GYPO

Thrifty Friend Feature #16 – Anna of Melodic, Thrifty & Chic

Melodic, Thrifty, Chic…perfect words to describe today’s Thrifty Friend feature. I remember stumbling across Anna’s blog months ago. I was so taken with her unique and eclectic sense of style, and the fact that she was an avid thrifter served as a huge bonus! Melodic, Thrifty & Chic is actually the name of her blog and she is indeed all that, and MORE. Oh…one more thing before you scroll down to read! Anna attended university in Nishinomiya, Japan and is proficient in Japanese. Pretty cool, right?! OK, now you can scroll down and read more to find out her thoughts on thrifting – enjoy! :-)

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Name, Location & Blog?

Anna Martin from the Midwest and my blog is Melodic, Thrifty & Chic.

How long have you been a thrifter? 

My mom really inspired me, as she would often take me shopping with her when I was younger. She always went straight for the sale racks and she would have a ton of clothes in her cart by the time we’d get to the check-out counter. I always expected the final total to be in the triple digits given how much stuff she had, but it never reached that level. My mom could do a lot for us with very little and I really respected that.

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How often do you thrift and what are a few of your favorite thrift spots? 

I’m on a year-long spending freeze, so the only new clothing I receive is from my clothing swap group (for the cost of shipping). However, prior to this, I would thrift as often as I could. If I had the money to spend, I’d spend it (albeit as wisely as possible!) I have quite a few vintage shops that I love, but unfortunately there aren’t any thrift shops that I frequent in my area. If we had a Buffalo Exchange, I would certainly go there!

What would you say to someone who wants to try thrifting but has no clue where to start?

Oh dear. Well, I would tell this person to wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to do a lot of sifting. Thrift stores vary in terms of how organized (and clean) they are. So, you’ll have to make a choice as far as where you’d like to shop. I’ve been to thrift stores where clothing is just piled on the floor in some parts of the store. It’s off-putting, but I’ve also found things I love from picking through those piles. Of course, it goes without saying that you should thoroughly wash everything you’ve bought before wearing it! I’ve been to really well maintained thrift stores, too! In that regard, some of the best ones have fitting rooms! Not all, though, so you should also be prepared to figure out what will fit you without being able to try anything on. I suggest bringing a roll of measuring tape and being very familiar with your flat bust/waist/hip measurements. All of this can be really overwhelming and there’s no guarantee that you’ll find anything spectacular when you go, but eventually you will and it will be so worth it! I speak from experience!

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What are your top 3 thrift finds?

I would have to say (1) a red/white checkered vintage top that I scored while on a trip to Austin last year, (2) a beautiful 60′s plaid shift dress from a local vintage shop, and (3) a floral corduroy vest, also vintage.What are 3 things on your spring must-thrift wish list?I’m dying for something in daisy print. I finally broke down and started adding more florals to my wardrobe, last year. I have seemingly every manner of floral print, except daisy! I’d love to get a chunky, grandpa cardigan in a deep forest green and rich brown. I probably already have way too many cardigan, but I don’t care. Haha. A pair of patent loafers would be rad, too! I have really big feet (like 10.5/11) so I’d probably end up having to shop in the men’s section at a thrift shop to get those shoes.

What are 3 things on your must-thrift wish list? 

I’m dying for something in daisy print. I finally broke down and started adding more florals to my wardrobe, last year. I have seemingly every manner of floral print, except daisy! I’d love to get a chunky, grandpa cardigan in a deep forest green and rich brown. I probably already have way too many cardigan, but I don’t care. Haha. A pair of patent loafers would be rad, too! I have really big feet (like 10.5/11) so I’d probably end up having to shop in the men’s section at a thrift shop to get those shoes.

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Are there certain items you will not thrift? 

I’ll thrift just about anything, really. I’d draw the line at intimate clothing, swimsuits, socks. It just depends on whether they are in their original, sealed packaging.

Describe your style in 3 words.

Eclectic, theatrical, unpredictable.

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Who are some of your style inspirations?

Generally speaking, I draw a lot of inspiration from bloggers who have a command of color and patterns. The more unique and unexpected the color/pattern combinations, the more the gears in my head start to turn. Bloggers who have a gift for layering tend to catch my eye, as well. I think I have a natural aptitude for layering, but I’m always interested in learning more about how I can take it to the next level (i.e. playing with fabric lengths and asymmetrical patterns). 

How can the WNJ readers keep up with you?

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Thrifty Thursday: Thrift vs. Consignment

Hey there! Today I want to talk about thrift vs. consignment. While I’ve been more partial to thrifting, I must say that consignment shopping has been a fun adventure lately. As the Consignment Thread writer for DomiCile Magazine, I’ve been trekking across the DMV area looking for the best spots for consignment shopping. Some people have asked what’s the difference is between the two (thrifting & consignment shopping), so today I’m going to share my thoughts.

Consignment vs. Thrifting


Consignment Shops/Boutiques 

People bring their (gently) used items to consignment shops to sell. Once their item(s) is inspected/evaluated, it’s up to the store to determine if that item can be sold at their location. Once that is determined, the item is marked and placed on the sales floor to be sold on behalf of the consigner. Each consignment shop has their own system as to how they “watch” the consigners items. In the end, the consignment shop takes a percentage of the sale and then pays the consigner the remainder.  If the item(s) doesn’t sell the consignment shop returns the item to the consigner.

Thrift Stores

Thrift stores are filled with donated items like shoes, clothes, jewelry, dishes, furniture, etc. Most thrift stores are charity and non-profit based. (i.e. Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc.) Thrift store prices vary, but most times the prices are very affordable. Depending on the thrift store, the items will be sized and organized by section (i.e. pants, blouses, handbags, kitchenware, etc.). Some thrift stores are not as organized as others, so the finding what you’re looking for may require more time.



Why do I like consignment shopping? 

When consignment shopping, I know I’m going to find quality items that have little to no wear and tear. Am I going to pay for that? Yes. But certain thing like authentic handbags and shoes, exquisite and rare jewelry finds or authentic paintings from a certain time period I don’t mind shelling out more cash for. I also like the attention I receive when consignment shopping. Most consignment shops are small boutiques, especially those that carry higher end items. So you get that one on one shopping experience; the staff helps you find exactly what you’re looking for, or they point you in the right direction. The consignment shops I’ve visited like Rita G’s or Style Finds have staff members who know their inventory like it’s their own. In some cases, the owner is on the sales floor helping customers find the perfect item. I love that!

Why do I like thrift shopping?

Thrifting is all about the thrill of the hunt. To be quite honest, you may or may not find what you’re looking for the 1st time. But along the way, you find some pretty cool stuff! If you’re an avid thrifter then you know which stores to go to find what you need. Unlike consignment shops the prices are more affordable. However, the items may require a bit of TLC due to their less than perfect condition. Some of my favorite things to thrift are  leather and winter jackets/wraps, handbags, and “on trend items” like kimonos. I’ve also found that the clothing sizes range wider while thrifting than I while shopping consignment stores. Something to consider. ;-)

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So tell me, what do you think about Thrift vs. Consignment? Which “method” of shopping do you prefer? Let me know!

Thanks for reading another one of my Thrifty Thursday posts and I hope you have a better understanding of the whole thrift vs. consignment thing. ;-) If you have more questions, feel free to contact me. Until next time, be blessed and stay safe….XO!


Linkups: Thursday Favorite Things, Tres-Chic Fashion



Personal Style Monday – More Summer Wardrobe Remixing

Happy Monday…and happy August! From the title, you can see today’s post is about (more) summer wardrobe remixing. I decided to give remixing another try with this colorful thrifted blouse/tunic. The 1st time I wore it was with shorts and sandals. Over the weekend, I decided to style it with a pair of denim and flats. Both looks, considered casual in my book, are extremely comfortable and perfect for summertime. I wore this outfit while running a few errands with the hubby, and actually ended up wearing it to work today. We’re able to dress down at the office during the summer, so this outfit seemed perfect.

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Tunic: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue // Denim: Roz & Ali, Dress Barn (Same Brand)// Flats: Tory Burch, Nordstrom Rack

casual summer OOTD

The whole idea of summer wardrobe remixing or wardrobe remixing in general isn’t a new one, but it’s something I’ve been adamant about this season. I really wanted to focus on wearing what was already in my closet. To my surprise, it’s been easier than I thought. I’ve been able to remix and rework a lot of my wardrobe items, which has saved a lot of money and time.

I have however purchased a few new accessories, which I think is smart when trying to remix certain wardrobe pieces. I mean think about it - you can wear the same black dress 3 or 4 times, but with new accessories, jewelry and shoes you have a totally different outfit. It’s all in the details. That’s what I did with this look; I changed up the jewelry, shoes (and pants) and bam! Another fashion forward and stylish OOTD! ;-)

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Bracelet: Purchased While on Vacation // Watch & Earrings: Thrifted

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Summer Wardrobe Remixing

Speaking of new accessories, check out my favorite link from last weeks linkup! LV of Food, Fashion & Flow is rocking her green Micheal Kors bag, gifted to her by her darling son for Mother’s Day. How adorable?! I love the bag and I’m sure LV plans to mix and match it with different looks year round. I’m also a huge fan of her animal print heels and crisp button down top; all of those items are perfect staples for a successful summer wardrobe remixing party! ;-)

So tell me, which look is your fave; the tunic with the shorts or with the denim pants? Let me know!

Now, it’s your turn to show off your personal style. Link up your recent OOTD pots(s) below - you just may be my favorite pick for next week. Just be sure to link your outfit back to this post. Also, visit the other bloggers who’ve linked up and say hey. Have a wonderful day…be blessed and be safe! 

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Linkups: Manic Monday, How I Summer, Mix it Monday, Share in Style, Fashion Friday’s, Fab Friday Faves, Style Sessions, Stylish Tuesday, WIW, Random Wednesday, GYPO, Style Me Wednesday, Tres-Chic Thursday, LYLS

Thrifty Thursday – Versace Inspired Thrift for $2

Versace inspired clothing immediately catches my eye whenever I’m at the thrift store. I have 2 or 3 blouses in my wardrobe that can easily be mistaken for a Versace original (ha!), but this vintage Versace inspired blouse is my favorite, hands down. Purchased for a whopping $2, this piece has hung in there with me for about 3 years or so. It’s one of those clothing items that feels like an old friend; it’s comforting, flattering, and speaks to my personal style. All the makings of the perfect wardrobe item. ;-)


Blouse: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue (Another Option) // Ankle Length Denim: JCP (Another Option) // Sandals: Thrifted (Another Option)


I love wearing outfits like this. Besides maxi skirts and leggings, I feel most comfortable in a pair of (the perfect) ankle length fitted jeans and a flowy top. I’ve probably mentioned that several times on the blog before, but it’s so true. Outfits that require minimal fuss is all I want.  Don’t get me wrong; I’m a sucker for some avant-garde pieces, as well as some trendy styles. And trust me, I can pull out a freakum dresses and stilettos when necessary. ;-)  I just prefer, in my day to day life, to wear clothing that’s practical to my lifestyle.

It’s funny…some people think because you’re style is simple and practical that you can’t like any other style. That’s ridiculous. Yes, I’m comfortable in clothing items that, to some, seem simple but I love and constantly draw inspiration from all styles. But when you get right down to it, I’m a simple girl who can practically live in leggings, maxi’s and outfits like this.


So tell me, what do you think of my Versace inspired thrift find? Do you have a clothing item(s) in your closet that’s like an “old friend”? Let me know!

As always, thanks for reading and commenting. Don’t forget to check out my latest #summerwithnic style feature; show her some love! :) Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

P.S. Don’t forget to link up your recent outfit to my Personal Style Linkup:-)


Linkups: Tres-Chic Thursday, Working Girl Style, LYLS, Thrift Sisters, Favorite Fashion Friday’s, Fab Friday Favorites, Style Sessions, Stylish Tuesday, WIW, Random Wednesday, GYPO, Style Me Wednesday




Personal Style Monday – July Style Recap

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you had a fantastic weekend! I was in NYC for most of the weekend; my little sister was in her 1st high fashion runway show. :-) We had a really good time and she did SO well! I can’t believe how much that little 12-year-old has accomplished and experienced at such a young age. Such a blessing. I actually took a few videos of her on the runway and posted them on Instagram if you want to check them out. :-)

Now let’s get into today’s July Style Recap. Can you believe July is almost over?! I mean summertime has flown by…whew! Take  a look at a few of my favorite outfits from this month. My personal fave is the black and white outfit; the look is so chic and classic. And of course, that clutch totally added a nice touch. :-)

Personal Style Pick from the Week of July 21st

After checking out the links from last weeks link up I picked Jenna Marie’s look as my fave. As the summer winds down, I’m dressing more casual and her look is the perfect stylish, casual OOTD. I love the simple basics incorporated in her look; denim, a basic t-shirt, sunnies and an oversized tote bag. The Birkenstock are an added bonus; they’re on trend and look so comfy. Perfection!

 So tell me, out of the 3 looks from July which was your fave? Let me know!

Now, it’s your turn to show off your personal style. Link up your recent OOTD pots(s) below - you just may be my favorite pick for next week. Just be sure to link your outfit back to this post. Also, visit the other bloggers who’ve linked up and say hey. Have a wonderful day…be blessed and be safe! 

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Linkups: Visible Monday Manic Monday, Stylish Tuesday, Style Session, Thrifters Anonymous, Style Confessions, Random Wednesday, WIW, How I Summer, I Feel Pretty



Thrifty Thursday – The Newest Addition to My Thrifted Summer Wardrobe

Today’s outfit includes the newest addition to my thrifted summer wardrobe; a $3 orange ruffled dress. As I’m typing this post, I have to chuckle. Normally I don’t purchase dresses (this style) that are too big for me. However when I saw this orange dress hanging on the rack at the Columbia (Maryland) Goodwill, that thought flew out of the window! I was determined that no matter what the size, I was going to purchase and wear this orange ruffle dress. I thought to myself, “orange is my favorite color, I don’t wear the color as often as I’d like, and it’s cute – who cares if it’s too big? I’ll make it work!” Well, I like to think that regardless of the dress size, I made it work for me. :-D


Dress: Merona, Goodwill  ($3.00) Another Option // Purse: Gifted // Heels: Ellen Tracy, Macy’s (Another Comfortable Option)

Thrifted Summer Wardrobe Item

As I previously stated, I don’t normally do this but I just had to add this orange beauty to my thrifted summer wardrobe! I plan to get it tailored for a better fit next week; the bust line needs to be lifted/changed to fit me a little better. Right now it’s too droopy. Nonetheless, I had to wear it once just to get a feel for it. ;-) It’s stretchy, soft and so comfortable. Can you say perfection? I also love the ruffled details because it adds a soft feminine touch to the dress.

This outfit is the perfect example of how to mix a thrift with non thrift. The “key player” of the outfit is the thrifted $3 dress. The nude pumps, purse and accessories (minus the watch) were purchased elsewhere and serve as great additions to this stylish look. I get a thrill when I mix thrift and non thrift, so this outfit is definitely one I had fun with.  A look like this is perfect for the following:

1. The workplace

2. After work dinner & drinks

3. Date night

4. A semi-dressy event during the summer

thrifted summer wardrobe - orange dress


Hoops: Gifted // Nameplate Necklace: oNecklace

So tell me, what do you think of my latest thrifted summer wardrobe addition? Have you ever LOVED an item so much and purchased it anyway…even though it was too big? Let me know!

As always, thanks for reading. If you haven’t done so, be sure to head over and add your recent OOTD to my Personal Style Linkup; there’s still time! Also, be sure to catch my latest #summerwithnic blogger feature. :-) Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!


Linkups: Tre-Chic Thursday, WIW, Let Your Light Shine, Knocked Up Fabulous, Working Girl Style, Fab Friday Faves, Mix it Monday, Style Session, Stylish Tuesday, WIW, Random Wednesdays, Style Me Wednesday, Fashion A La ModeFavorite Fashion Friday