Thrift Style Thursday // Pinspired

A few weeks ago I picked up this pair of burgundy straight leg skinnies from Suzy Shier for $26. I've been seeing jewel tones all over Pinterest, and I am thankful that hues of the most vibrant and rich colours are back in our wardrobes. These pants also offered the perfect base for Pinterest inspired everything. 

In my case, everything but the pants are thrifted: pleather and zippered Ricki's jacket? Salvation Army; striped Olsen tank and vintage waist belt? Talize; 80s black leather vintage Hudson's Bay boots? Value Village. It's quite the turn around from last week's TST, isn't it. 

Sadly, though, I don't have a lot to say about this outfit other than the boots still smell of leather, and I have the exact shade of lipstick to match the pants. 

Maybe it's that I don't feel the need to justify my choices to fit the theme - each item is pretty self-explanatory. As such, my sass seems to have disappeared. What if this is a sign?! What if my blogging sass comes from breaking rules and stretching themes and when all is said and done and I have followed the rules exactly, my humour, nay, my personality, falls into line too? 

And here I was under the impression that it had something to do with my haircut. 

Ah well, live and learn Pinteresters, live and learn. 

pants // Suzy Shier, here
tank // Olsen, thrifted, Talize
blazer // Ricki's, thrifted, Salvation Army
boots // Hudson's Bay, vintage, Value Village
belt // vintage, Talize
earrings // Ardene

As always, stop in to see the other TST ladies and see how they Pinspired things up today. There's some spectacular style out there!

-  Thrift Style Thursday(er)s  -

Being Zhenya // Spoolish // Buttons and Birdcages
 Alligator Toe // Little Did You Know 
Erica's Style Diary // Bethie the Boo

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Thrift Style Thursday // Sporty Chic

I'm not a sporty girl. Never have been. Never will be. My ideal workout is none at all, and the only sport I will ever get a gold metal in (should it exist) is the sport of yarn works.

When I think sporty chic, I think about Columbia Sportswear (do you folks have that in the USA?) and Nike. I don't think 'oh hey, this is a style I would really like to blog about.' It isn't even a style I venture to wear. So for today, I am keeping it simple: slouchy tank and jeggings. That's sporty, right?

I also have a confession to make about this week's outfit. There is only one item that was actually thrifted, and it is the least sporty thing of all: the necklace. I am not going to try and apologize for this, because I have to say, sometimes reusing what is already in your closet is the best way to be thrifty (I believe Pinterest calls this 'upcycling'). Buying new should mean buying versatile and quality items that will take your closet through the years.

Thus, earth tone jeggings from AE, a classic grey cardigan from Suzy, and genuine leather "peter pan getaway" shooties (bootie and shoe put together? Who knew?!) from Aldo may not have been thrifted, but they are staples. As for that H&M slouchy racerback tank ... it was passed on to me from Nick's sister this weekend after she very intensely closet purged.

I also scored a pair of once-worn Steve Madden gladiators. But we'll save those for another time.

tank // hand-me down, Nick's sister
jeggings // American Eagle, my closet
cardigan // Suzy Shier
lace-up shooties // Aldo, $100 (find them here!)
necklace // vintage, thrifted, Value Village

Thanks for stopping in, friends! Hope you have a wonderful Thursday. Don't forget to check out the other lovely and thrifty gals! They'll be happy to see you. 

-  Thrift Style Thursday(er)s  -

Being Zhenya // Spoolish // Buttons and Birdcages
Sandpaper Kisses // Alligator Toe
Rachel's Lookbook //Erica's Style Diary // Bethie the Boo 

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Thrift Style Thursday: All About the Layers

I seriously want to just graze over the theme for today with some generalized statements about how great this outfit is because I have to talk about the fact that I chopped 6-8 FREAKIN INCHES OFF MY HAIR!

So here they are. Generalized statements:
1. The theme is layers. It's good for autumn's weather mood swings.
2. I chose to wear pink because I like it and no fall weather is going to force me into an orange and black combo.
3. It's bloody cold outside today!
4. Layer your accessories for some added dimension.
5. Layers, layers, layers.

Whooo. That was a lot of generalization. Now to the good stuff.

My hair is short. I have never had my hair this short. And this is a big deal.

I've been toying with the idea of an elongated (or "graduated" as Pinterest is so prompt to correct me these days) bob for quite sometime. I didn't know if I wanted to chop my hair off, because, quite frankly, I spent 2 years growing it out after my last short(ish) cut. I knew that if I didn't like it, I would be committing to gradually growing out again. Ain't nobody got time for that!

So I did a lot of research. And by research, I mean Pinteresting. And by a lot, I mean that I have almost an entire 'hair and beauty' board full of bobs. After two months of humming and hawing, my cousin and I finally made hair appointments (girl date!) and I had the hair stylist chop it!

I am so glad that I did. After adding a bit of colour (I had no interest in keeping my grown out highlights in an effort to look all ombre), and shaping it (or layering - see how I tied that back in? Huh.. huh..), the cut was perfect. I love it. It's just so darn sassy.

And I am all about the layered on sass.

dress // The Gap, thrifted, Value Village
blazer // Ricki's, thrifted, Salvation Army
boots // Le Chateau
belt&necklace // thrifted, Value Village
scarf // H&M

Don't forget to check out the other wonderful Thrift Style Thursday ladies to see how they layered up for fall! You can also check out our new and improved Facebook Group to find all sorts of other great TST things! 

-  Thrift Style Thursday(er)s  -

Being Zhenya // Spoolish // Buttons and Birdcages
Sandpaper Kisses // Alligator Toe
Rachel's Lookbook //Erica's Style Diary // Bethie the Boo 

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Thrift Style Thursday // Adding Vintage

We all want to wear vintage in our outfit, but sometimes it's difficult to do. Vintage is fickle. It's old. It's hard to incorporate. If you have some, it may be a fad and have no place in a current wardrobe aesthetic. So the thing to remember with vintage is this: start small, look for quality, and opt for trend over fad.

If you're not an avid vintage wearer, and cannot pull off a Jentine, try vintage in small doses. Find a staple accessory, such as a necklace or purse, and subtly build the vintage into your outfit. If you can, sport vintage shoes - like I did here and here. Once you're comfortable with that, start investing in quality vintage. Find a coat that you love or invest in a great dress. The key is not to overwhelm your wardrobe with cheap old stuff that you thrifted and led yourself to believe was vintage, but instead to add classic items that work in your wardrobe and serve a lasting purpose. As a rule, invest in the trend items - the ones you know are coming back in style - leather boots, fringe jackets, Jackie Kennedy blazers - instead of the fads that won't come back at all. Research how to wear your vintage, too. For instance, it's important to know that crop tops are back, but should be worn with high waisted skirts/pants, as opposed to uber low-rise jeans (the 90s called, they want Clueless back),

So that brings us to my outfit, because you're probably wondering, "What the heck is vintage on this?!"

I'm glad you asked!

I really did add only a touch of vintage to this outfit - the structured faux snakeskin 80s purse is my vintage item, here. However, you can see what I mean about trend. This purse will never go out of style. It is a true classic. Not only that, but it has stood the test of time - it is well made, structured, and has many more years of life ahead.

That's the beauty of vintage. Every time you wear it, it's like giving an old friend a fresh start at life.

tank // Thrifted, The Salvation Army
cardigan // Borrowed, My Mom's closet
pants // Jacob, Thrifted, Value Village
booties // Payless Shoe Stores, circa 2009
purse // Thrifted, Talize

Be sure to check out the rest of the thrifty ladies to see how they styled vintage by heading over to our new and improved (and easily accessible) Facebook Group where we're now sharing links to everyone's posts! 

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