Day 24 – October 2012: Buy nothing new month

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Recycling my wardrobe – Day 24:

This was my outfit today – and yes, I do realize I am some outfits behind for the month of October. Hard getting photos sometimes! Expect a collage of the rest of my outfits for the month of October tomorrow :)

I’m a huge fan of Tory Burch as well (I have a classic preppy side to me) and stumbled upon this beauty at, you would never guess?…Freestyle! I swear I should start doing marketing for them lol. When I went to NYC this past May for my B-Day, I was all set on buying myself either a brand new DVF dress or something Tory Burch. Well, I went to both stores and just couldn’t bring myself to spend the money! This blouse is the perfect example of why I couldn’t – I can find it WAY cheaper at a thrift store. This beautiful silk blouse cost me a whopping $18 bucks. (actually, it was free because I had trade!) New, it could of easily gone for $300. That’s huge difference and this is why I just can’t justify buying new when I can get them in le thrift stores.

Today was a beautiful warm day in Sac and the yellow blouse with the tan suede skirt was the perfect out fit for me…

Tory Burch silk blouse, Freestyle Clothing, $18 (but free because I had trade)

Bebe suede skirt, Goodwill, $5 (originally $10, but I got it on 1/2 off day)

Steve Madden heels, Freestyle Clothing, $14

Day 23 – October 2012: Buy nothing new month (When art inspires fashion)

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Recycling my wardrobe – Day 23:

I LOVE this dress – A LOT! When I found this Diane Von Furstenberg silk dress I was instantly reminded of the late artist Paul Jenkins. My favorite medium is watercolor and Jenkins’ painted in watercolor or acrylic. Even his acrylic paintings were just as beautiful and translucent as watercolors – so luminous and beautiful use of light. His work was Abstract Expressionism at it’s finest and the dress I have on makes me feel like a walking piece of art. DVF has some phenomenal printed fabrics and out of all my dresses by her, this one takes the cake. (P.S. do you notice the ruching in the front and back of the dress? See how flattering it is and why I love it so much? Ladies, keep your eyes out for dresses constructed this way – it flatters SO many different body types!)

Below are a few examples of Jenkins’ work:

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DVF, Freestyle, $18 (free because I had trade there)

Red leather heals, Freestyle, $9 (1/2 off, were $18)

Day 22 – October 2012: Buy Nothing New Month

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Recycling my wardrobe – Day 22:

This is the dress that started it all – well, at least my love for DVF that is. About a year and a half ago I was shopping in my beloved Freestyle and found this beautiful specimen of a dress. I swear it was hanging there saying, ‘Phoebe, where have you been all my life?’ I had only at that point dreamt of owning my own Diane Von Furstenberg dress – but at $450 a pop there was no way! That was until I went to Freestyle and got a used one for $18! I seriously almost screamed when I found it, but I didn’t want to get 86’d from my favorite store for actin’ crazy :)

This dress is a quintessential DVF wrap dress. It’s silk jersey, has pockets, and the PRINT – can we talk about this print?! Seriously, this is why I really love DVF – she produces the most unique and beautiful prints. Since that day over a year ago I have made it my mission to go in search for used DVF’s. So far I have 7! And I haven’t paid more than $25 bucks for one. I mean, this is why I love thrifting and want all you to know that if I can find stuff as cool as this dress you can too…

Have any thrifting questions or ever wonder how I shop at thrift stores? PLEASE feel free to write me and I would be happy to teach you my ways :) Seriously, it brings a lot of joy to me when I am able to help others find their inner fashionista through thrifting.

DVF wrap, Freestyle Clothing thrift store, $18

Casual Sunday spent running a race

Casual Sunday was very casual this week. I woke up bright and early to go out and participate in the Run for Rhett 5k race.  This post doesn’t have much to do with fashion, even though I do love my spandex! Really, I adore them and am currently wearing them as I type. I am how ever wearing Nike running pants that I got at Freestyle for $13 bucks in the picture below – yes I even go so far to get my work out clothes at thrift stores too!

Getting back to running, it has been a life savor for me and keeps me healthy both mentally and physically  – it is medicine for my soul and I wanted to share that with my readers :) This race ended up being a special one for me. I got 1st place in my age group! I set a personal record for my fastest 5k and got 1st place – needless to say, it was a proud moment for little ol’ me.

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Day 20 – October 2012: Buy nothing new month

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Recycling my wardrobe – Day 20:

This is a shout out to my wonderful mother, Deb. My mom is honest to god the best seamstress in the whole wide world and sometimes, when I’m lucky, she makes me something. This beautiful 60’s inspired suit was made by my Mommacita about 6 years ago out of light blue and chocolate brown boucle. There’s a high waisted skirt (there I go again with my high waists!) and beautiful jacket. The buttons are exquisite as well and made from tiny little pieces of abalone shells – an abalone mosaic! I just cherish this piece she made me and feel so blessed to call her mom. She inspires me everyday…

I may not be able to afford a Chanel suit, but at least I’m lucky enough to have a mom who can make me a suit just as good :)

Day 19 – October 2012: Buy Nothing New Month

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Recycling my wardrobe – Day 19:

I feel like I’m channeling my inner Madonna here, circa 1990’s. I’ve always been a fan of slicked back hair pulled into a tight bun. It’s so simple, yet elegant and sexy at the same time. As for the clothing, I found both pieces at a clothing swap. (can’t beat free!) I especially love the pants. They’re a little crazy and 90’s inspired – I actually think they’re from the 90’s by the looks of the tag and construction of them. I’m a big fan of anything with a high waist and these my friends are high waisted! Go big or go home right? ;)

Arden B blouse, free at a clothing swap

Trousers, free at a clothing swap

Earrings, my Momma

Tip: I highly suggest attending a clothing swap if you’ve never been. Check out your local Craigslist or have one of your own with friends!

Clothing Swap tomorrow (10/25) at Orphan on 34th and C Street starting at 4:30 pm!!!!!!!!!!

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I’m not even kidding – I had an out of body experience the last clothing swap I went to at Orphan some months back. It’s simple ladies and gentleman: 1.) You bring a $5 donation for a selected charity and 2.) you bring a bag of your old clothes and accessories. What you get in return is: 1.) ALL the swapped clothes you want (seriously, there’s no limit)  2.) appetizers and refreshments and 3.) possible raffle prizes! I mean come on!!! It raises money for a good cause and everyone leaves with a new wardrobe.

Look, we all have things in our closet we don’t want anymore. Why not attend a clothing swap where someone’s throw away is another person’s treasure? And all of this is free (besides the $5 dollar donation to a charity)

Here’s what I left with the last clothing swap I attended by the group that’s throwing it tomorrow:

Vintage dress, James Perse t-shirt, Nike running shorts, Gap ballet flats, necklace, green suede skirt, vintage pink leather jacket, Volcom sweat shirt, Gap long sleeve shirt, Old Navy long sleeve shirt, Forever21 dress, Joe Jeans, J.Crew shirt, Ann Taylor suit, Express blouse, cute sweat shirt with stars, BCBG slacks. I’m sure I’m forgetting some stuff, but I think you get the sense that there is a lot to be found and good stuff too!

This time I have 3 bags of clothes to give them . Out with the old and in with the new! I hope you will join me tomorrow starting at 4:30 pm on 34th and C Street at Orphan restaurant. I guarantee you wont be disappointed :)

Day 18 – October 2012: Buy nothing new month

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Recycling my wardrobe – Day 18:

Brrrrr, the cold weather has arrived and the time has come to say hello to my trench/rain coats and gloves. Some of you may not know this, but I actually ride my bike everywhere. I don’t own a car and have an old blue Schwinn that I adore with a white basket to get me around. What this means is 1.) I bike in dresses 2.) I also bike in heels! and 3.) I even bike when the weather turns nasty out. This is my third season doing it and I have become the bike apparel expert on how to bike functionally and fashionably.

For the cold weather season I layer layer layer and find that gloves, scarves, and hats are absolute necessities. Today wasn’t so cold that I needed a hat and scarf, but I did layer with a lovely coral rain coat that I got at Goodwill last year and some leather gloves that I got two years ago at a thrift store in Woodland. I arrived to work in one piece, warm, and still stylin’ – most important thing right?

Coral Charter Club rain coat, Goodwill, $5 (originally $10, but it was a 1/2 off day)

Black and white chevron striped shirt, Freestyle Clothing thrift store, $14

Ann Taylor leggings, SPCA thrift, $4.99

Charles David leather boots, Freestyle Clothing thrift store, $30

Leather gloves, thrift store in Woodland, $5

I made the necklace

Day 17 – October 2012: Buy nothing new month

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Recycling my wardrobe – Day 17:

Casual Sunday is back and was spent enjoying the beautiful Fall day in Apple Hill with the love of my life – my mom. Apple Hill is wonderful for so many different reasons. For me, it’s the color of the leaves changing, the positive and happy demeanor of all the people, the apple picking, great photo opportunities, and most importantly – the food! I’m not gonna lie, I’m usually at a coffee shop working on my blog, but tonight I’m cuddled up in bed. I’m seriously in a major food coma! More like sugar coma. (sugar is my weakness) Mmmm kettle corn, apple fritters, and apple cider. It’s my belief that Sundays should be a day to enjoy the little things and indulge a bit – or in my case A LOT. For now, I will continue to savor my hot apple cider that I’m heating up on the stove and ignore my upset stomach :) Happy Sunday everyone, hope you all had a lovely weekend. P.S. I love this thrifted outfit! I’ve had a couple of these pieces I have on for years. See, recycling the wardrobe never looked so good!

Hat, Crossroads Trading Company thrift store, $8

Scarf, my Momma got it for me as a gift years ago – I love her

Ann Taylor jean jacket, Goodwill, $5

Ann Taylor dress, Freestyle Clothing thrift store, $12 – but free for me because I had store credit

Tights, Nordstrom rack, I stole them from my mom – shhh, don’t tell her

Italian leather boots, Freestyle Clothing thrift store, $18 – also free because of store credit

Classic Dooney & Burke purse, Crossroads Trading Company thrift store, $12

Tip: I know that I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m going to mention it again. If you have tons of clothes, shoes, accessories laying around the house that you’ll probably never wear again bag it up and take it down to your local Crossroads or Freestyle stores. I’m not even kidding, I feel like I get a lot of my items free because I take advantage of trade. Hence 2 of the pieces I’m wearing in this picture I got free. That’s a $30 dollar savings! So go ahead and get selling people, then shop a little with the trade that you make ;)