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

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

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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

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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!

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Thrifty Thursday – Plus Size and Wearing Shorts

Being plus size and wearing shorts is pretty liberating if you ask me. For years, I was a bit uncomfortable with wearing shorts, but not for the reasons you may think. Throughout middle and high school and college I played soccer, so I wore shorts all the time. But as I got older, I opted not to wear shorts because I wasn’t all that impressed with the scars on my legs (from soccer) nor was I sure which shorts suited my body type.

Now, I’m much more aware of my body and I pride myself on knowing how to dress my curves. The shorts I’m wearing in today’s post, purchased 2 years ago, are my favorite pair. They make being plus size and wearing shorts a breeze! ;-)

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Tunic – 2nd Avenue Thrift Store, $2.90 // Shorts: Macy’s, American Rag (Similar) // Earrings: Thrifted // Bracelet: Oh to be a Muse Giveaway // Sandals: Goodwill (Another Option)

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On this day, I decided to try the shorts 2 ways – with heels and flat sandals. Because hubby and I were going to a movie, I opted for the flat sandals. Comfort triumphed cuteness, lol. I didn’t however change the colorful thrifted tunic. I felt the tunic was a perfect choice. I usually wear longer and more flowy tops when wearing shorts. For me, it works. Check out my top 4 rules for being plus size and wearing shorts.

1. Don’t wear your shorts too short. I’m not a fan of “booty shorts” or daisy dukes or whatever you want to call them. So my #1 rule is to stay away from shorts that show…well, booty LOL! When shopping for shorts, I’m all about the old school rule - if they come past my fingertips it’s a no-go.

2. Make sure you’re comfortable. Being comfortable is key when wearing anything really, but especially shorts. I suggest shorts with a some stretch material. It makes life so much easier. I don’t like stiff shorts. A nice soft denim/cotton pair works best for me and so does linen, depending the look I’m going for. Simply put, stay away from shorts that are too tight. I can’t imagine being comfortable in a pair of shorts that cut off my circulation. :-(

3. “Practice Run”. I usually try on most of my outfits before I actually go out and wear them. I usually prance around the house for a bit and practice sitting, bending down to pick something up, and walking. Doing a practice run with shorts is always a good idea. Get use to the way they move and feel.

4. Be confident. Always be confident in whatever you wear – people can tell. How you carry yourself is so important, so be sure to pick a pair of shorts that make you feel amazing!

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Tote Bag: Ponte, 2nd Avenue Thrift Store  ($5.50) // Watch: NYC Street Fair

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I really love the way I feel when wearing shorts. If I could, I’d wear shorts, leggings and maxi dresses all year. Mmmm…maybe I should head to California and join my blogger friend Glenda. The weather in Cali seems to fit my dream wardrobe, don’t you think? ;-)

Take a look at a few of my plus size short picks below. I really love the black and white pair from Asos. They look like the perfect year long pair. Add tights and some cute patent leather shoes and you can take them right into the fall!


So tell me, what do you think about today’s thrifty look? What are your rules for wearing shorts as a plus or non-plus size woman? Let me know! 

Thanks, as always, for reading! Enjoy your thrifty Thursday, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

P.S. Check out The Curvy Fashionista for more even more plus size short options!

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Thrifty Friend #16 – Ayana of Thrifting Diva

Happy Thrifty Thursday! Today I’m excited to introduce you to yet another thrift lover, Ayana of Thrifting Diva! I stumbled upon Ayana’s site a little while ago and really admired her style. She’s always so chic and puts together outfits with such ease. I also love how she embraces color and how she accessorizes. But enough of me telling you how fabulous she is – take a look and get to know Ayana for yourself! :-)


Name, Location & Name of Blog?

Ayana Pitterson, San Diego, CA & my blog is Thrifting Diva.

How long have you been a thrifter?  
I have been thrifting for about three years.

How did you start thrifting? Did someone inspire you?  

A few years ago I decided to be super organized but didn’t appreciate the high prices of all the organizing containers and baskets at the retail stores.  So, I decided to head to a Goodwill close to my home to search for some baskets and spice trays.  When I walked in, I saw that there was clothes and shoes and I decided to leave the housewares aisle and browse.  I saw so many cute and different pieces that I knew I could rock and simply could not believe the prices I was paying for the items.   I left the store with more clothes than any containers that day!  From then, I was addicted to it and have tried to persuade everyone I meet that they should give a try.

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Cream Dress – Buffalo Exchange dress, $13

How often do you thrift? Also, what are your favorite thrift stores in your area?

I give myself a once a month allowance on shopping.  I have run out of closet space and therefore, simply cannot shop too much.  My favorite stores in San Diego are below. However, I really love thrifting at its core and can always find something everywhere. :-)

Buffalo Exchange – 3862 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
Thrift Traders – 3939 Iowa St, San Diego, CA 92104
Goodwill – All locations, I have never left empty handed
 United Cerebral Palsy Thrift – 4341 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92105

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

I would tell a newbie to go with someone who does thrift, if possible.  Having someone guide you in the first couple of trips will ease a lot of anxiety some may have upon entering a thrift store.  But, if you don’t have someone like that, then second suggestion is to know what to expect and make a plan.  Thrift stores are organized like the mall stores.  Therefore, understand that you will need patience and to start in one section and stick to that section until you have viewed the items.  Browsing in a thrift store is not going to work.  Things won’t really catch your eye unless you sift through each piece.  That is why I say, section by section to thrift.

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Blazer – Goodwill, $4.50// Denim Shirt - Banana Reublic (Buffalo Exchange), $11 // Express Skinny Jeans – Salvation Army, $4.99 // Guess Heels – Goodwill, $9.90

What are your top 3 thrift finds? (feel free to provide pictures; they don’t have to be clothing items)  

(1) Michael Kors black pumps, $19.00 from Buffalo Exchange, (2) Tory Burch blazer, $14.99 from Goodwill and (3) Lennox China Set for 6, $24.00!

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

Midi skirts, sequin shorts/skirt and polka dot pieces!

Are there certain items you will not thrift? If so, what are they and why?  

I cannot/will not buy undergarments or swim suits.  It might be irrational thinking since all other items I thrift were probably worn, but I am just unable to feel as though anything could be cleaned well enough if it was worn on the private parts of others.

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Sequin Top – Buffalo Exchange, $14

Describe your style in 3 words.

Colorful, feminine, chic.

Who are some of your style inspirations? (family member, celebs, blogger, etc.)

Blogger - Rachelle Borderhammer, YouTube Personality – The ChicNatural, Blogger – Style Pantry

How can the WNJ readers keep up with Thrifting Diva?

Facebook

Instagram

Bloglovin’

Pinterest

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Shift Shirt/Dress: Buffalo Exchange, $8 // Wedges: Buffalo Exchange, $11

Personal Style Monday | Why You Should Invest in Statement Jewelry

Hey there! I hope you’re all doing well. I’m still coming down from a wonderful weekend, so I’m feeling pretty good for a Monday. Side Note: See some of my weekend events here :-) Before we get into today’s post, just wanted to give you a heads up about my June giveaway. I’ll be announcing the giveaway items this Wednesday; check out my Instagram for a sneak peek of one of the items! :-)

Ok, now…let’s get into today’s Personal Style Monday and talk why you should invest in statement jewelry!

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1. Stand out. Investing in and wearing statement jewelry is a sure way to stand out and make a fashion statement. There’s nothing wrong with following trends and wanting to emulate some popular styles. But adding a unique statement piece will help set your outfit apart.

2. Add the WOW factor. Do you have a few outfits in our closet you aren’t wearing because you feel like it screams, “Blah”? I guarantee that if you add one statement piece, you’ll see the same outfit in a different light. Adding one piece can instantly take something like a plain denim button up shirt and a pair of slacks to another level.

3. Express your Personal Style. I enjoy wearing statement jewelry because it’s a way for me to express my personal style. On days when I feel like wearing something simple, throwing on a unique thrifted ring or an interesting cuff  with a pair of vintage earrings makes the outfit my own. Little touches like that go a long way when is comes to personal style.

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I’m not the only one who loves statement jewelry. Blogger and DIY/vintage extraordinaire Sacramento of Mis Papelicos is also a fan! Her personal style submission from last week caught my eye. Not only do I love her skirt and neon heels, but her DIY (statement) earrings were the perfect finishing touch! A follower of Sacramento for a few years now, I’ve always admired how her style choices and statement pieces speak to her personal style. She enjoys and has fun with fashion; something that’s always refreshing to see. I’m also smitten with her love of vintage clothes; we’re definitely kindred spirits when it comes to all things vintage! :-)

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So tell me, are you a fan of statement jewelry? What are some of your favorite statement pieces to date? 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! 

P.S. Feel free to grab a button and let people know you’re a regular here at Personal Style Monday! Thanks in advance. :-)

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Personal Style Linkup – Remixing Your Wardrobe

Are you a fan of remixing your wardrobe?! I’ve found this skill to be very beneficial to my time, budget, and overall personal style. In this post, I talked about a few ways to style transitional wardrobe pieces – a huge part to remixing your wardrobe. Today, I want to show how I re-styled 2 of my favorite wardrobe pieces, as well as give you a few tips on how you too can re-style and remix your threads! :-)

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TOP: THRIFTED, 2ND AVENUE // MAXI SKIRT: NORDSTROM RACK (Similar) // SANDALS: MOSSIMO, GOODWILL (SIMILAR)

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I 1st wore this thrifted crop top with a pair of denim. This look was casual and trendy, and is also one of my favorite looks I’ve shared on WNJ to date. The lace maxi skirt, 1st debuted with another thrifted top, is also another OOTD fave. Now when it came to mixing these two items, I wanted to create an outfit perfect for a causal Spring or Summer weekend. I knew I had to include 3 items: (1) cute sandals, (2) cute jewelry, and (3) a pair of sunglasses. 

When remixing your wardrobe, it’s important to chose items that can easily be re-styled. Simple enough, right? So if you have an plain top, try re-styling it with a pair of “fun” pants that have some type of print. If you’re re-styling a solid color bottom, flip it and add a colorful or “fun” top. For this season, adding a pair of cute sandals and sunglasses is probably a no-brainer. Lastly a little edgy/or trendy jewelry never hurts. That’s the reason I chose to wear my oNeckalce name necklace and gold bamboo earrings with this look. Topping a look off like this with that kind of jewelry is what I call a perfect touch! ;-)

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Sunglasses: Ivanka Trump, Nordstrom Rack (Similar) // Earrings: Thrifted (Similar) // Name Necklace: oNecklace // Purse: Thrifted

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Another expert at remixing your wardrobe is Glenda from So What to Twenty. I’ve mentioned Glenda here on WNJ before; I’m a huge fan of her feminine and classic style. In a recent post, she too showed how to re-style an outfit. Her take on fashion and personal style is refreshing, true and always inspiring. The look below is from last (last) Monday’s linkup. I mean who doesn’t love a classic pencil skirt and a good pair of sexy sandals?!

So tell me, how do you feel about remixing your wardrobe? Are you a fan? What tips do you have when it comes to remixing and re-styling your wardrobe? Let me know!

Now it’s your turn to link up your recent outfit below! I want to see your personal style and who knows, 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. Thanks for participating and as always, thanks for reading. Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Thrifty Thursday – Top 5 Thrifted Outfits

Who wants to see my top 5 thrifted outfits?! Well today for Thrifty Thursday, your wish is my command. ;-) While Spring cleaning my closet, naturally I’ve come across a plethora of thrifted pieces. So today, I’m taking you down my thrifted memory lane! Let’s check out my top 5 thrifted looks, starting with #5.

5. The Blue Set.  Never a fan of “sets” this blue set changed my mind forever! Hubby and I traveled to Missouri for a wedding last year and of course, we had to pop into a few thrift stores. There was a Salvation Army in the area and as soon as I walked in, I saw this set. After trying it on and showing hubby, we both agreed that the purchase had to be made. $4 or $5 later, I was a happy girl! The thing I love most about the set is its potential. I can do SO much, or so little, with it. It’s a blank canvas that can be adorned with gaudy and over the top accessories, or played down with little to no accessories. Either way, it’s fabulous!

4. Psychedelic Tunic Outfit. Although you can’t see the entire outfit, this look is is a definite favorite. I purchased this tunic from 2nd Avenue in Columbia, MD last year (I think). I literally wear this tunic once a week to work. It’s extremely versatile and unique and quite frankly, it’s amazing!

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 3. Hand Painted Tee & Leopard. This t-shirt was also thrifted last year. I actually cut the neck and part of the bottom for a more feminine look.  I put this look together and knew I had to add some leopard print. The shirt is a definite statement piece and because of it’s unique design, I feel like I’m wearing a piece of art whenever I wear it.

2. Vintage Embellished Skirt Set. Another set, lol! :-) Wearing this Golden Girls inspired outfit was like a dream. I’ve always loved the late 80′s and early 90′s styles and for years, I wanted to re-created a look that resembled that decade without looking too cheesy. Purchasing this $4.90 skirt set helped me achieve just that! Adding my Love, Cortnie clutch and the (thrifted) pink pumps was a great way for me to add some trendy touches. Mixing vintage and modern helps keep a look like this from looking too outdated.

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1. Leopard Crop Top, Vintage Jacket & Denim. Surprise! My #1 thrifted look isthe crop top outfit. I’m not sure if I love the crop top or the vintage jacket more, lol. Both pieces were a steal and styling them for a casual and trendy look was so much fun. Wearing this outfit, you couldn’t tell me a thing! I was very confident and excited to try the crop top trend. Thrifting trends like this one is smart because it allows you to try the trend without breaking the bank. Head to toe, this thrifted look is my all time fave! From the leopard print, to the embellished flats, to the funky art-deco inspired jacket, it has “Whitney written all over it.

20140408-203317.jpgSo tell me, which of my thrifted outfits is your favorite? Are you feeling the “sets” or are you leaning towards the crop top look? Let me know!

Be sure to check out my Personal Style Linkup on the blog! I’d love for you to link up and show me your recent OOTD – I’ll be featuring my favoirte look next Monday by the way. ;-) As always, thanks for reading and feel free to keep up with me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I’m always posting and saying something, lol. Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Thrifty Thursday – How to Casually Style a Floral Duster for Springtime

Happy 1st day of spring! My sheer floral duster is the object of affection for today’s edition of Thrifty Thursday. Although there’s still snow on the ground and the weather has been less than desirable lately, this floral duster puts me in the mood for warm weather, cool breezes and…well, Spring!

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Floral Duster: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue (Similar) // Shirt: Lord & Taylor // Jeans: JCP Brand (Other Selections HERE) // Heels: Nine West (Similar) // Necklace: Gifted // Purse: Arcadia // Watch: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue // Triangle Ring: Oh to be a Muse Giveaway

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I’ve had this floral duster for years and it never seems to go out of style. I find classic and unique pieces like this all the time while thrifting. In the past, I’ve paired this duster with a sleeveless dress and the overall look was very ladylike and stylish. With this particular outfit, I decided to casually style the duster with a pair of JCP denim and kitten heels – perfect choice for an impromptu date night, don’t you agree? The elements of this outfit play to my personal style very well. I adore flowy and free tops and when wearing jeans, I prefer a fitted and straight pair. As I’ve said before, I can tolerate a low to moderate heel and these Nine West kitten heels are perfection.

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So tell me, do you like the way I styled my floral duster? What are some other ways would you style this classic piece? Let me know! 

Thanks for reading! I hope you’ve been inspired to start thinking about different ways to style your thrifted and non-thrifted spring pieces. Regardless of the weather, try to think warm and happy thoughts – spring has officially sprung! :-) Until tomorrow, be blessed & stay safe…XO!

P.S. Don’t forget to link your recent outfit post to my Personal Style Linkup HERE

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Personal Style Linkup – Dressing Up My Curves in All Black

Happy Personal Style Monday! Today’s outfit is a perfect “thrifted curves” look.  Like many curvy women I know, I haven’t always been fond of showing off my curves. However over the years, I’ve become a lot more comfortable with flaunting my curves in a classy way. Take the look below…I was getting dressed for a recent event and my goal was to look both sexy and ladylike. So of course I pulled out my thrifted sheer blouse, which I LOVE so much, and added a pair of leggings. 

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Trench Coat: Calvin Klein (Goodwill)// Blouse: Thrifted// Leggings: Lord & Taylor// Heels: Lane Bryant// Necklace: JcPenny ($3.50)// Earrings: Bakers// Clutch: Love, Cortnie

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For me, this is an automatic go-to look whenever I want to bring sexy back, lol. This outfit, sexier than my norm, still stays true to my comfortable, classic and unique personal style. I’m all for dressing up and looking good for an event, but I’m not one to sacrifice comfort for fashion.

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To complete this look, I adorned my neck with this pretty floral necklace and added my black and white Love, Cortnie clutch. I’ve been all about black and white looks lately so, this clutch was a definitely necessary. I find that bold accessories are always a great way to pull a look altogether.

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Speaking of great accessories, take a look at Rebecca of Red Tag Chic Los Angeles. Her outfit from last weeks linkup was a personal favorite. When I saw that she linked up this look, I was immediately smitten with her mid skirt. I love the way she included the animal print belt, classic Michael Kors purse and those amazing  sunnies, Her accessories were perfect. I love it all, Rebecca! :-)

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So tell me, what do you wear when you “dress up”? Do you use bold accessories to add something extra to your outfits? What do you think of Rebecca’s look? Let me know! 

As usual, don’t forget to linkup your recent outfit(s) below - I want to see your personal style! All I ask is that you linkup your look back to this post. I can’t wait to to see your looks! Thanks so much for your continued support. Until tomorrow, be blessed & be safe…XO!

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