Sunday, September 27, 2009

3 Dollar Shopping Spree: Garmet District Boston, MA

Pair-eeeeee Clutch

High Waisted Shorts

Lumber Jack Flannel...Making its Appearance at Babson: Thank You Ariana!! xxo

The Big Red Dress

Striped T-Shirt

Alright, so the Garmet District is a massive thrift store right outside of Cambridge, MA on Broadway. On the first floor there is one section with all costumes (very popular right before Halloween) and in another room there is a floor covered about two feet deep in used clothing. When you go in here you get a giant plastic bag and you can sift through all of the stuff. Once you have gathered everything that you like, the employees weigh the bag and you pay 1 dollar for each pound of clothes. For these five items, I paid three dollars!! Ah! So amazing and I love them all!
The Clutch
The clutch has been an everyday item for me and it can be seen in a few of the pictures below it. I have been searching far and wide for a neutral colored wallet/pouch but haven't wanted to pay an obscene amount of money, so when I found this lovely little piece you can imagine my excitement!
High Waisted Shorts
I loved these because I feel like every time I go into an urban outfitters or some boutiquey store that's trying to be edgy, they always have pieces like this and I want to vomit when I look at the price tag.
High-waisted shorts and pants are always at thrift stores cause they are straight out of the 80's and every mother I know owned at least one pair of these at a time. It doesn't matter if they fit perfectly or not, as long as you have a good belt you can cinch them in and make it work. I would also wear these shorts with a white tank top and a black/gray sweater.
Flannel Shirt
I took these pictures from my fabulous friend! This is the most comfy flannel and I love the red! Luckily I found this one in my size but even the oversized ones can look cute over leggings or a solid color dress.
Flannels in general are another item that you should never buy at retail price. The most unique ones are always at consignment shops!
Red Dress
Ohh the red dress. I was attracted to this in the pile because of its color and the fact that its silk. It is definitely waaay too big for me but I still absolutely adore it! I took a navy blue sash and belted it at the waist and vooooila I have a waist! I had to cut shoulder pads out of this one as well but it was worth it.
The only thing I may alter on it are the buttons. I want to find some funky jewel buttons to give it a more antique look.
The Striped Shirt
This is my comfy shirt! I have been wearing it all the time because I love the pattern and how its kind of big so I don't have to reveal a lot. It actually an old Calvin Klein piece. I think it will look very sweet in the summer with shorts or over a bathing suit.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Week 2 Salvation Army Newport, RI

Blue Jean Baby

Item: Blue Jean Mini Dress
Price: $5.99
Designer: Jeewan Designs
Description: Blue jean mini dress, thin straps, decorative thread and sequin work on the front Thoughts: To be honest, when I saw this on the rack, at first glance it looked like an altered pillowcase for an unhappy backwoods hippy but I thought I would give it a try. What do you think? I wore it out in Newport and got so many compliments. People kept asking me where I got it and when I said I found it while rummaging through salvation army, people were shocked. Everyone wanted to know if I had washed it yet. haha. Not a chance.

My Essentials Used: Aviator Sunglasses, Thin Belt used to accentuate waist, neutral sandals, saddle bag (also found during one of my adventures dumpster diving)

The Perfect Summer Sweater
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Item: Sweater Tank Top
Price: $1.99
Designer: Unknown Description: Spaghetti strap, wool, fuchsia colored, small torso
Thoughts: When I saw this in the "blouse" section I fell in love. Because it is a pretty small tank top I knew it wouldn't be the best thing to wear when frolicking about town but for a daytime, over your bathing suit top it is great. For going out, I think that the best way to do it, is to pair it with a long sweater or oxford shirt. The color of the wool is absolutely gorgeous and the perfect example of the type of gems one can find in the thrift store. Though this shirt may not be found anywhere else, there are many other ones around, you just have to search. If you do, you are sure to find some fabulous camisoles you just have to be creative with what you pair it with and a little bit shameless when going out. Sometimes its a hit, other times a miss but at least you will always be interesting!
My Essentials Used: In image 1; skinny jeans(I like white with the fuchsia but black or jean could absolutely work with this outfit too), oxford shirt (in this picture I went for a jean oxford but a white, black, blue, striped, etc oxford would work beautifully as well). In image 2; because there are no patterns in the shirt I thought that a funky leopard ensemble would be perfect. In the photo, I am wearing my favorite leopard wedges, white jeans (this outfit would also work wonderfully with black skinnies), a long black sweater, a leopard clutch (Marshall's for 9 bucks! Not bad). For image 3; classic cutoffs ( just take old jeans you don't wear, cut them a little longer than normal and throw them in the washer and dryer a few times. Never buy cutoffs! total wanker move.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Alright, so last week I wore the Yellow Silk Shirt to Dinner and my boyrfriend and I were not on the same page with it. He told me that he was just picturing the type of person who wore it before me(shoulder pads and all). Put a damper on the meal...for him at least.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Week 1 Salvation Army Newport, RI

80's Yellow Silk Shirt

When I saw this I laughed because it looks completely horrendous on the rack and made me think of shoulder pads and crimped hair. But the color really stood out for me and the more I looked at it I realized that there were so many ways to camouflage it's 80's inspired past. This is the type of piece that can be found in ANY thrift store in the "blouse" section. It is a consignment shop staple. you are bound to find one like it and next time you do...give it a second glance ;)

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Item: Short sleeve blouse
Price: $3.09
Designer: White Moon London
Description: Bright yellow button down, shoulder pads(I cut these out right away!), decorative yellow threading around the buttons.
Thoughts: Because this is such an attention getting shirt, there is no need to bring anymore attention with other obnoxious pieces. The best thing to do is to keep other colors neutral. Also, first order of business...when you buy these old blouses they are bound to come with shoulder pads. CUT THEM OUT! Everyone has perfect shoulders, no need to enhance them with those bizarre foam objects.

My Essentials Used: In image one; white skinny jeans and neutral sandals. In image two; white shorts (other non patterned colored shorts would work fine), neutral sandals again, plain everyday clutch. In image three; my favorite jeans, everyday clutch and neutral sandals.

Short Sleeve Dress

I have worn this outfit more than you can imagine! On the rack it looks like a completely tacky mumu type cover up (the name of the brand Rum Reggae sums it up). If I didn't have a belt to cinch it in at the waist, it would be a no go.

Item: T-Shirt Dress
Price: $3.99
Designer: Rum Reggae
Description: Short sleeve shift, palm leaf print, turquoise, purple and cream colored
Thoughts: This is like any over sized t-shirt. If you have a fun design and a belt that can cinch you at the waist you are set. It gives you an effortless hourglass shape without having to squeeze into a bandage dress. This dress was definitely not meant for a 21 year old girl but who cares, it works!

My Essentials Used: Thin belt and neutral sandals. That is about all you need!