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Shopping Spotlight: Dannijo

15 Dec

A few days ago I was perusing Instagram and came across a girl’s fashion photos. She wore crazy cool jewelry and I just had to compliment her! I’m a big lover of great jewelry.

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Anyways, she told me she was wearing Dannijo. I was like, oh, ok… Who’s that?I needed to do some googling.
DANNIJO.
-They only have some of the coolest jewelry in America. That’s it. No biggie.
*sigh*
Dannijo is now on my wish list, so I HAVE to find an affordable piece sometime in the near future. eBay actually had one hot pink crystal necklace listed- but that ended up being over my budget fairly quick. I love everything about Dannijo jewelry (except for the price point, being the frugal fashionista that I am); all the crystals to make things sparkle, the metals, the art deco inspiration! I’m partial to silver too, so they’re right up my alley. Enough talking, I’m going to just show you what I’ve been going on and on about. Ladies and gentlemen… DANNIJO:

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Shopping Spotlight: Indie Cult Vintage

7 Dec

My shopping spotlight is on an eBayer called Indie Cult Vintage. They sell amazing vintage jackets and coats in pristine condition all over the world! I’ll let the images speak for themselves.

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So pretty right? Check out their store :Indie Cult Vintage

Thifting haul! 11 reasons why you aren’t good at thrift shopping.

7 Dec

Today I did a major haul of wonderful things at one of my favorite places- Goodwill Roseville off Douglas Blvd. I actually went with my husband this time and showed him a few pointers on how to be the most effective and find the good stuff. After we were done, I started thinking this would be a great topic for a series of posts on Thrifting. I will do a few of them and break down the ins and outs of finding new and vintage items in a thrift store. Thifting is an art form. Experienced thrifters know that everyone has their own style of shopping but there are guidelines one simply MUST follow in order to make thrifting worth your while and not to become overwhelmed.

1. Decide. Lay out your budget, the time you have, etc. do this in advance so that you don’t spend all day there, and you can still pay your rent.

2. Prepare yourself emotionally, mentally, physically. It will be a bit overwhelming. Large stores can be cluttered, noisy, and smell weird. It can be worth it though. Bring hand sanitizer and moist towelettes.

3. Start shopping! Begin at the ‘this doesn’t fit me rack’ near the dressing rooms. This is a great place to search for cute items that maybe someone changed their mind about or ( lucky you ) they couldn’t fit. I have found a few awesome things there in the first 3 minutes of being inside the thrift store by doing this first. It’s literally less work you have to do because they’ve already found it for you!

4. Search through everything!
Work quickly, leaving no syone unturned, no item unseen. If you like it, or think you might like it, put it in the cart. Don’t even worry about size labels yet, which brings me to my fifth point.

5. Don’t worry about size labels. These are deceiving. Because you are at thrift store, these clothes are more than likely used. Used clothing may get stretched out over time, or shrink during laundering. I never skip cute things unless it is visibly extremely small or extremely large looking. Just put it in the basket and go TRY IT ON!

6. Try on everything! NEVER buy an item that you thrifted unless you try it on! I guarantee; because of reason number five, that top you love labeled a small is actually a little large and will fit a medium. Certain clothing is cut differently as well so it may not work for you. Also- most thrift stores are final sale. Be sure to check the return and exchange policy before you shop and eventually make a purchase.

7. If you don’t love it, or need it- put it back! Where your closet is concerned, there’s nothing worse than unworn clothing. Do not fall victim one more time! When in doubt just say no. I would rather regret I did not make a purchase than make one I regretted.

8. Stay on budget! Keep track of your total. Don’t buy the little knick knacks available for sale up front. Remember what you came for- clothes- not incense.

9. Guard your cart!!! NEVER take your eyes off of that pile of gems. If people will steal a wallet, you better believe they’d grab a vintage Dior jacket or new with tags Ann Taylor pantset. I gravitate to sparkles- and my carts always catch people’s wandering eyes. I see them looking.

10. Finally when you are done, celebrate! You’ve just scored something awesome!

11. Wash everything!!! Items might still smell like your local thrifting establishment for awhile- so you might need to toss articles through the washer cycle twice with extra detergent. Do not wash your thrifted things with your other items. They need their own wash cycle full of love.

That’s the end of the 11 baby steps to successful thrift shopping. I will upload a new post on this series every Friday on my blog.

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OFF THE RACK: Beaded sweater- fuchsia bow

4 Dec

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Weekend Report: Shopping, A Party, and the end of my vacay.

2 Dec

This weekend feels like it flew by! I have been on vacation the past week and a half. It’s been so nice just being at home blogging, networking, and talking to family and friends more. I really need to consider this all as I get closer to the end of my enlistment! So… last week I finally bought my ticket to my squadon’s Holiday Party. At first I was skeptical on how it would be and if I would even enjoy myself, but there was not going to be any skipping the party because of the following three reasons: I am a member of the club that was throwing the whole she-bang, secondly Aaron volunteered to be the DJ, and thirdly, I volunteered to be a designated driver for anyone that needed one. That all in mind- I had to go. So I began picking out my outfit for the party about two days in advanced only because I often change my mind. Originally I wanted to wear a purple dress that I snagged from Kohl’s two years ago on a huge Black Friday sale, but I didn’t feel quite right in it. My second option was a vintage blue and silver sequined dress thrifted about a year and a half ago, but that also didn’t quite work. It was definitely sparkly enough however. 🙂 Finally, I remembered I had a thrifted black skirt that I have never worn somewhere in the back of my closet ( no surprise there) and felt that could work somehow. I paired with black sheer tights, high heels, a glittery jacket ( again- i have a lot of things I’ve never worn) and bold lip, and voila! That became the winning look just in the nick of time!! I felt great and was finally at peace with that skirt and jacket because they have been out and about. I bought my hosiery from Target, and found a purple bow tie for my hun at Macy’s! What do you angels thinks?

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