Category Archives: Thrifted

Day of Green

Happy late St. Patrick’s day! I admit,  I think I subconsciously wore green for the holiday. Until a few hours into my day, I didn’t actually realize I had put on this green pleated skirt to honor St. Patty’s. And the wind made for an interesting photo-taking experience.

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I found this vintage mint green skirt at a thrift store for 99 cents! It has most definitely been one of my best (and most versatile) thrift store finds. The leather jacket is from Victoria’s Secret online and the shoes are about 7 years old so I don’t remember where I found them.

Chambray & Dots

This nice, mild December day provided the motivation to get out and take advantage because who knows how much longer we’ll be spoiled with this unseasonable season.  I must admit, it’s felt a little strange to omit the coat these past several days, but it has been pretty great.

The light was so interesting and beautiful today.  There were these orange-y warm tones coming from one end of the sky and dark, somber clouds on the other.  The combination made for some awesome photo opps.

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Denim shirt and polka dot dress (worn as skirt) from H&M; Jacket by Antonio Melani from Dillard’s (n/a); Belt and necklace from Anthropologie (n/a); Boots from Aldo-similar; Thrifted Dooney & Bourke cross-body.

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Brisk November

Admittedly, this was a bit of an impromptu photo session for this blog post.  I thought,  ” I love this jacket…let’s do a blog post.”  This plaid blazer was a sewing project of my mom’s from the 70’s.  Pretty awesome, right?  I actually just pulled it out a few days ago, because I had completely forgotten about it.  I’m thankful that my mom was apparently the same size as me when she made (or bought) some of these great pieces I’ve confiscated from her archived wardrobe.

And while I love this jacket, the weather was actually just a little too brisk to wear this plaid number and be warm enough-even with a fisherman sweater underneath-for our downtown Cleveland adventures yesterday evening.  Even still, for being 40 some years old, these wool threads sure have held up well and hopefully will continue to for years to come.

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The bright orange lining makes it even better, in my book.

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Also sporting mom’s silver hoop earrings.

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It’s a sad fact that these trees behind me were beautifully colored only a couple weeks ago, and now they’re so bare and prepared for the inevitable winter ahead.

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Fisherman sweater from L.L.Bean
Pilcro cordouroys from Anthropologie (similar).
BedStud Manchester boot, found here.
Plaid jacket, made by mom
Dooney & Bourke purse, thrifted.

 

Happy Halloween!

I hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween!  Just wanted to share a picture of my costume this year– I went as the Dior New Look girl from the 1947 ad.  I must admit, it was one of my favorite costumes to date.  And the best part is, it only cost me 99 cents for my basket hat…everything else I already had in my (or my sister’s ;) ) closet!

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Google image.

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An Ohio Fall

These last couple weeks of October seem to be the perfect time to view the changing colors of the leaves.  It’s always so exciting to see when they start changing and then like a light switch, suddenly there are bursts of color all around.

We re-visited the Ledges in Cuyahoga Valley National Park for this post, this time to see all of the warm and wonderful hues.  Honestly, it was a nature-tastic treat.  Not only were the views awesome, but so were the aromas…you know, that crisp, crunchy leaf smell of fall with a hint of cool air? Ahhh. :)

Pretty much every fall, I always find myself saying, “I could never live somewhere that doesn’t experience all 4 seasons” because Autumn is by far the most aesthetically pleasing… especially if you live somewhere like Ohio where, let’s be honest, it is a totally picturesque season.

(Warning: Photo-heavy post ahead) ;)

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AG Slim Straight Jeans (similar here)
Necklaces-handmade and thrifted
Boots-Mom’s! ;)
Purse-Dooney & Bourke, thrifted

Fall Transition

I will admit, I love that Ohio experiences late summers basically every year.  What I don’t like though, is dressing for them.  Honestly, it’s a little challenging.  What do you wear when it’s around 55 degrees in the morning and at night, but about 85 in the middle of the day? It’s what I like to refer to as the ‘transition period’.  We’re on the verge of cold, but that summer heat is still hangin’ on.

Usually to counter this ‘transition period’, I’ll opt for pants and a tank, or shorts and a long tee and will always make sure I have a jacket or blazer to throw on just in case the chill lingers around.  Dresses too, are always an appropriate option.

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Did more exploring within #CVNP–what beautiful scenes we’ve come across. ;)

 

 

Tank and jeans-Anthropologie

Booties-Bed Stu

Necklaces and earrings-Vintage and made; various rings

Purse-Thrifted Dooney & Bourke

Blazer-Paul Smith from Beacon’s Closet in Brooklyn, NY

Sunglasses-Jessica Simpson

As Seasons Change

Welcome to my first official “Fall” post!  I can’t believe it’s already September and as of yesterday, is starting to feel like it too, with that cool Autumn air creeping its way in.

Sometimes during a different season, I like to head back to places where I’ve taken previous blog photos.  It’s fun to see the differences of a place from one season to the next.  This time, we headed back to Whipps Ledges, an area within the Cleveland Metroparks that we visited last December when all the leaves were gone and everything was covered in snow.  It is a beautiful area that’s the location of many a wedding photo and the like.

Not having been back to Whipps Ledges since last December, it was like walking into a whole new place.  In the winter, everything is so bare and wide open, the area looks huge! Not to mention very, very bright.  Now, in September, the lighting is completely different from all of the leaves and foliage, the perception of space, and of course the overall appearance.  I’m already making a note to myself to come back later in the Fall to see all the warm colors.

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These earrings are a favorite pair of mine.  The color is great and they look like they’d be super heavy on your ears but they’re surprisingly light weight.

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Sweater and Shoes: Target
Top: Anthropologie (last summer)
Jeans: AG
Purse: Dooney & Bourke, thrifted

Lock[ed] Treasure

I’ve really been enjoying getting to know more of the nooks and crannies of our wonderful Cuyahoga Valley National Park, aka #CVNP.  Each place is like a little piece of treasure, some more hidden than others.  We wandered around the park near Deep Lock Quarry, which was the biggest lock (#28) of the entire Ohio Erie Canal.  It’s about 17 feet deep which is pretty impressive to see in person and to picture how it had been utilized in the past.

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Top: made by me

Shorts: thrifted Levi’s 501’s and cut off. Belt also thrifted.

Shoes: Target

Purse: Vintage Coach

Bracelet: Target (? Long time ago!)

Furry Finds

Last year I had a few posts featuring some awesome fur pieces that I’ve acquired from my mom whose Grandma worked at a furrier in her day.  I really enjoy playing around with fur coats and ponchos or shawls because being fur, they just have a way of adding so much glamour to an ensemble.  They somehow instantly make you feel like a movie star. 8)

Now I know fur can be a controversial topic.  And if you’re against real fur, faux is always an option.  I, myself opt for vintage, or secondhand furs.  The quality is usually still fantastic, the prices aren’t bad either and the way I see it, if it’s secondhand or vintage, it’s more eco-friendly than buying a real fur that’s brand spankin’ new if you want the real deal.

This particular coat I found at an awesome vintage store on the west side of Cleveland in Lakewood, at Chelsea’s Vintage Clothes and Costume.  I got it for an astounding $70, which is a real steal considering it’s real mink.  There was only a minor repair necessary on the lining before it was back to mint (or mink?) condition. ;)  Chelsea’s is a vintage treasure trove…if you’re in the area and love vintage, stop in but be prepared to spend multiple hours sifting through the endless racks of pieces from various decades.

 

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I’ve been wanting to wear these high-waisted cream pants for a while…I thrifted them for 99 cents(!) back in the fall and just haven’t worn them.  They’re kind of a medium weight wool so they’re appropriate for this time of year or maybe early spring.  I was pretty excited with the find, so I’m glad I finally found something to pair them with.

This leather purse is my most recent vintage find that I’m quite content with.  A vintage leather Coach purse from the 1970’s.  I found it for about $16 at a vintage store near Akron.  I think what excited me the most about it was when I looked inside to see the Coach stamp and number that read “Made in New York City”.  Unfortunately, that’s not often what you read on labels anymore, let alone in Coach bags.

 

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…and the other furry find of the day… :)

 

Vintage fur coat-Chelsea’s Vintage and Costume in Lakewood, OH
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Cream pants-Thrifted for 99 cents! :)
Kenneth Cole belt-Thrifted
Shoes-DSW clearance about a year ago
Beaded necklace-Urban Outfitters
Leather necklace-made by me
Leather purse-Vintage Coach

Stay tuned for some upcoming fur favored posts! :)
 

Officially Fall

Well, as of Monday it is officially Fall. Soon all the leaves will be vibrant colors and we’ll all be sipping hot cider, going on hay rides and picking the best pumpkins. Fall really has all the good stuff, doesn’t it ?

And of course one of my favorite parts of Fall is bringing out the leather jackets and boots, because somehow they just really help with the mood.

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Jacket is Buffalo by David Bitten, Arturo Chiang combat boots (no longer available), Theory blouse from second hand store, necklace from LOFT about 4 years ago (no longer available).