THE FAIR IS HERE!!! Every fall, the Coastal Carolina Fair comes into town, but the last few seasons I haven’t had the opportunity to go due to work or traveling. I’m always waaaaaaay too nervous to go on any rides (have you seen how quickly those are put together?! NOPE.) but I love partaking in fair food: caramel apples, Elephant Ears, deep fried Oreos (seriously amazing if you’ve never tried them.)
I had the opportunity to collaborate with photographer Nicole Mickle for a really cool night shoot amidst the food stalls and ferris wheels. Read more for full outfit deets and to see all of the incredible photos!
One of my goals for the blog is to do more editorial shoots as opposed to standard outfit photos. What I love most about editorials is that I can be a little more creative in my approach, and let’s be honest, standard outfit posts can get really boring. Read More
I’ve got a little stowaway in my pocket today 😉 I’m still deciding on what to name him. He looks a lot like my cat Mr. Mittens, only much thinner (Kittums has become quite the chubster).
It’s been an incredibly eventful week for me, and those of you who know me in real life, there’s big news. My computer was on the fritz, seeing as how it had OVER 1,000 VIRUSES–I didn’t even realize that was possible?!–but Geek Squad managed to fix the problem at no cost to me (thank goodness). And, the best part of the week, I got a full-time job I can use my degree for. I start at the end of the month, which means I can finally afford to move out of my parents’ house and in with Jordan! I’m glad to finally have a place of my own to decorate and where the kitties can roam to their hearts’ content.
As much as I hate living in Summerville, the aesthetics are unbeatable. I tried to capture a few shots of the Azaleas, but they were halfway dead by the time I got around to taking photos. Easy come, easy go, I suppose. I’m still trying to figure out my best poses and how to work my camera, but these photos turned out quite nice aside from the contorted expressions on my face.
At one point, a professional photographer saw me struggling(?) and offered to take pictures. I was a bit taken aback, and I got extremely uncomfortable; I only let him take a shot or two before I scurried away. Leave it to me to have such a random encounter. The up-close of my face is the one he took; I like the pose, but, again, I’m a creature of habit, and I prefer doing things on my own.
I’m on my way to setting up an editorial calendar for the blog, and I’ve been scribbling down ideas left and right. Once I start my big-girl job, then I’ll be on a set schedule to make these posts happen. Huzzah!
So this has turned out to be QUITE the late post. Basically, my computer is a jerk and decided to go berserk (heh, look, I rhyme!) right before I submitted my post yesterday. Really, Windows? You fail me sometimes.
Happy Labor Day, everyone! This is the first year since probably the age of 16 that I’ve had this day off. Isn’t that just crazy? Luckier for me, it’s absolutely gorgeous outside, so I’m just soaking it all in until I have to go back to work tomorrow.
I bought this warm-weather dress from one of my new favorite clothing sites, LalaMagic. The yellow color goes great with my skintone (I don’t own a whole lot of yellow dresses–can you believe that?!). This dress is great because of its versatility–it’s relaxed enough to wear to a picnic but also nice enough to wear to a dinner date at a four star restaurant. I’m desperately clinging to the last days of summer, so I’m wearing this lovely as much as possible before the weather changes.
I got this dress because of all of the subtle details put together that I wouldn’t find in a garment unless I made it myself.
What were some of your favorite parts of the summer?
I’ve been on a thrift store binge since I cashed my paycheck in the bank…oops? Tee hee. (Truly, what’s a few dollars here and there, right?) On my latest thrifting adventure, I acquired this lovely red hat that reminds me of something I would’ve seen in a children’s book. I decided to wear it to honor my boyfriend and I’s three year anniversary 🙂 (I love you, Jordan!). I tend to revel in the eccentric, and I was amazed by how many compliments I got on the walk to the restaurant. People can be so great sometimes.
Moving on, I constantly get asked how I find such goodies at secondhand stores, so I’ve decided to share from my own experience how to effectively shop for the best deals & steals:
Rule 1: Look at what you have in your closet before you go. I know this sounds like common sense, but I can’t tell you how many times either myself or a friend has gone thrifting and come back with a garment incredibly similar or exactly the same as one in the closet. Think about what you have a lot of, what you don’t have a lot of, what outfits you’ve seen lately that you’ve liked or were inspired by, and what colors you would like to see more of in your wardrobe. I personally have an overload of skirts, so I shop around for purses and blouses when I can (I need more blues!).
Rule 2: Have a crafty eye: Think of items outside of their designated function. See a broken chest of drawers? How about a bunch of old picture frames? What about a pair of suede shorts that’s roughly 10 sizes too big? Instead of seeing these things at face value, think about how else they could be used. Those individual drawers could make great wall shelves for your heirlooms, and those frames a wicked awesome collage above your nightstand. Hell, buy the $2.99 shorts just for the fabric–suede isn’t cheap, you know!
Rule 3: Avoid looking frumpy by pairing your thrift store finds with contemporary, handmade, or new pieces you have at home. The thrift store fallacy I see so very often is wearing thrifted upon thrifted upon thrifted garb. While granted this look can be coveted given the right person in the right garments, secondhand layering often looks sloppy and tired (Take it from me, I overdid it in high school). Those high-waisted thrifted palazzo floral-patterned pants, for example, would look great with your Modcloth crochet vest, H&M button-up, and vintage cat-eye sunglasses.
Rule 4: Don’t pay attention to sizes, age, or sex when it comes to clothing. I have found grungy plaid greatness in the little boys’ section and one kickass blazer in the men’s formalwear aisle. I also regularly wear women’s size clothing 0-14 (I wear a contemporary 3-4). Don’t let labels throw you off; try on the clothes, because vintage sizing is virtually outdated compared to our size standards. Also, don’t be afraid to meander throughout the entire store. Who cares if that lady gives you a weird look for wandering down the men’s shirt aisle? She’s probably just jealous of that t-shirt dress you’re going to make by upcycling that XXL Rolling Stones’ top.
Rule 5: Keep researching new stores in your area; what you find may surprise you. True, most thrift stores change their stock daily, but that doesn’t mean you should stick to the same store each week (or each day, in my case). Everybody has their favorites, but don’t forget to look up new vintage joints or secondhand scenes to grab your gear from; the store you go to now may not have the Gunne Sax dress you’ve been pining for since you first watched Forrest Gump, but the gently used place down the street might!
Rule 6: Even though everything is cheap, don’t buy every single thing you see! Fatal error: Overspending on a bunch of items you won’t ever see or use again. I know that everything is cheap, trust me, I know, but try to be selective about what you buy. Ask yourself these questions while browsing to solidify your investment: What will I use this for? Will I actually use/wear this item? Do I have anything like this already? Could I give this as a gift? On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do I really like this item? What makes this thing special or unique? Is it worth what I’m paying for it?
Rule 7: Hire or get to know a personal tailor to bring your vision to life. It will be the best investment you’ve ever made. I’ve gotten the most compliments on the (especially thrifted) clothes that I have gotten professionally altered to fit my body’s shape. Are tailors expensive? Sometimes, usually yes. (Luckily, my mother’s been sewing for 25 years, so I have the hook-up.) However, if you want the best fitting, most comfortable, most flattering clothes you’ve ever owned, either take your clothes to be professionally altered or get on a close and personal level with a professional seamstress; secondhand clothes are no exception. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your ideas, too–just make sure that pro is around to perfectly execute your plans, whether it be turning a maxi in a mini skirt and lining the pockets with leather straps or simply taking in a dress to make it fit just right.
Rule 8: If you see it and love it, buy it right then and there–don’t play the waiting game, because you will lose. I hear the phrase all of the time: “If it was meant to be, then it will be here when you come back.” I’m here to tell you: THAT IS A BIG FAT FREAKIN’ LIE–that’s just something people tell themselves to feel better about not buying things. If you see something that you are absolutely, head-over-heels, gaga, over the fence for, then buy it, because chances are it won’t be there when you come back and you’ll have a missed opportunity to add that zing to your wardrobe. I mean, where would I be if I hadn’t found this killer red hat for only three bucks?
(I mean, come on, this hat is perfect!)
What were some of your favorite thrift store finds? How did you wear them?