She believed she could so she did

  Today’s post is short and sweet:  Dreams can become realities if we stop for a moment and realize that anything is possible when we work for it and believe in ourselves. Everyday when I wake up I start my … Continue reading

“Gray”t Expectations

Expect an abundance of gray this fall season among the fashion forward. The color gray/charcoal/slate, what ever hue catches your fancy,  has been appropriated as the ‘new neutral’ for the season and was seen all over the fall 2013 runways. … Continue reading

Goodwill 1/2 off sale goodies part 1

Ok, I went a little crazy at the Goodwill 1/2 off sale on the 4th of July. (I stayed with in my budget though!) For those of you who don’t know, Goodwill typically has a 1/2 off sale on every major holiday. The sale is a big deal, people line up around the block, and sometimes there’s even a little pushing involved. Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating, but there’s definitely some massive crowds that peruse the aisles in search of the next hidden gem. It’s so much fun!

Here’s the low down on the sale: 1.) They advertise well in advance on their email list, FB page, and get this…they even have an app now that you can download from your smart phone. It gives you all the pertinent info on stores, locations, etc. 2.) Before you even get to the sale, set yourself a budget, go to the ATM to get cash, THEN go home and leave your ATM card there. When you are on a thrifting high you forget about the budget. This way if you leave your ATM card at home and only bring your allocated amount of money you wont go too crazy. (Side note: the cash line during check out is way faster – another reason I bring cash) 3.) They open really early for these sales. On the 4th of July they opened their doors at 8 am! My suggestion is to arrive at 8 am and get your booty in line. I’m not kidding, these sales bring out all the thriftoholics in town and no joke there’s a line around the block. 4.) Before entering the sale make a mental note of what you are wanting to find. For example, I love dresses and always start there, then head to shoes, tops, and jewelry. This way you can make sure that you are the first one to all the good stuff. Things fly out of the store! 5.) The dressing rooms can get out of hand and the lines too monstrous to wait in. What I do is wear comfy clothes that are easy to slip things on and off of. I basically find a mirror and make my own little dressing room. Why would I want to spend all my time in line when I could be shopping? Just say’n. 5.) Ok, after you’ve searched high and low through out all the aisles, tried on your amazing new 1/2 off pieces, then you are ready for check out! Again, I can’t emphasize bringing cash enough! The time difference between the credit card line and cash line is substantial. With cash you will be out in no time ready to go home and try on all your amazing new thrifted finds! 

For my Goodwill 1/2 off sale goodies part 1 I wanted to concentrate on what I started with first. They don’t call me The Dress Fiend for nothing and yes, I immediately headed to my beloved dresses when I got into the store. I was pretty good this time and only got 3 dresses. I’m all over the place with my decades with these 3 dresses, but lets face it, I’m all over the place with my style and I think that’s what makes me unique :) The looks I have range from 20’s, 40’s, and contemporary. Let’s start with the 20’s style dress. If I were guessing I’d say it was made in the 80’s as a 20’s knock off. It was a label I didn’t recognize, but was made in the US. That’s always an indication to me that it was made earlier. Clothes seem to all come from China now :( I absolutely adore the dress, especially with the 20’s style necklace I got at another Goodwill 1/2 off sale and the Salvatore Ferragamo tassel heals I got at Thrift Town. (yep, $400 shoes for $24.99!) Such a fun look that is right in style with the new Great Gatsby movie that came out a couple of months ago. Did you see Prada’s 20’s inspired line for the movie? Holy cow amazing!Image

For my 2nd look I skipped up two decades to the 40’s. Again, dress was probably made sometime in the 80’s or 90’s as a 40’s inspired knock off. (This I know is from the 80’s or 90’s because of the shoulder pads!) I don’t know what drew me to the dress, (besides it being $4) but my clairvoyant fashion mind must have known I was going to find this amazing vintage hat at the Antique Faire this past Sunday to go with it. ($4 as well) I fancy myself somewhat of a chameleon and love dressing up into different personalities, eras, and what ever my heart desires. Clothes are our greatest form of creative expression – have FUN with it! For my 3rd look, I went a little sexy. Sometimes you gotta bring sexy back right? I was really excited about this find. It’s an Express dress that I own in 2 different colors and love it! To find it with the new Express tags still on ($69.99) for $5 made me squeal with glee in Goodwill. Two of my favorite color combinations are turquoise and plum. How wonderful that I recently found a pair of turquoise Ninewest heels for 1/2 off at Freestyle ($8) and I already had a real turquoise necklace that my Mommacita made me. 

Please stay tuned for Goodwill 1/2 off sale goodies part 2 tomorrow! I got a whole lot of amazing finds I can’t wait to show you. 

Note: Go to your apps on your iphone and search Goodwill Locations. Download the app for all the up to date info. I would also suggest searching for your local Goodwill on Facebook and friend them. That way you’ll be in the know of all the upcoming sales. 

Look #1:

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Look #2:

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Look #3:

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Spread your wings and fly…

Could you imagine what it would be like if you were surrounded by a swarm of butterflies? Image To feel completely overwhelmed by the presence of such magical little creatures. I’m sure I’m not alone when it comes to admiring the butterfly. Anytime I’m in my backyard and a Monarch butterfly graces me with its presence, I am instantly filled with a sense of light and joy. What is it about this magical creature that captivates so many of us? For me, it’s the ballerina like ways of floating through the sky like a tiny little dancer in the wind. It’s for the exquisite coat of arms that it carries with it everywhere; always fashionable and always admired. 

Image                  When I found this Diane Von Furstenberg dress at the thrift store last year (Freestyle, $25) it was literally love at first site. Graphic prints are fun, but this print meant so much more to me. I have a very fond admiration for the butterfly and the elephant, so to find a dress with butterflies all over it made me a very very happy girl. 

It’s the kind of dress when you put it on allows you to free yourself of all the toxins that had been plaguing you in life. It allows you to open your wings and rise above to a sense of calm and contentment. As silly as it sounds, there are some dresses that I have, which evoke a kind of wonderful power over me when I wear them. This DVF butterfly dress is one of them and does allow me to spread my wings and fly with confidence, style, and happiness…

 

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When opposites attract…

I like my colors the opposite just as much as I like my men the opposite of me. I’m a Taurus and have a tendency to like Scorpios! I just can’t help it, they’re so much fun! Just like the color play with this orange dress and blue accessories were.

Recently I have been re-falling in love with the work of Piet Mondrian and the simple use of bold colors and lines. I particularly loved his use of red-orange and blue together.Image Though opposite on the color wheel, orange and blue are complimentary colors and go, in my opinion, fabulously together! In fact, orange and blue are my two favorite colors. And I’m not just biased because I’m Dutch, Piet Mondrian is Dutch, and the colors of Holland are orange and blue ;)

I was so inspired by Mondrian that I wanted to somehow mimic one of his paintings. I took my red-orange Ann Taylor dress and paired it with blue vintage accessories, shoes, AND makeup. Here’s a big tip girls: Wet & Wild is frickin’ awesome and has amazing cobalt blue liquid liner and gorgeous orangey lipstick. And for a mere $1.99, you can pretty much afford to try all the different colors they offer. 

When opposites attract, it can be electrifying – make a statement!

‘Art isn’t about following the rules. It’s about breaking them.’ ~ David Sedaris

Outfit:

Ann Taylor dress, Freestyle Clothing Exchange, $13

Necklace, Goodwill, $3

Ring, Goodwill, $2.50

Vintage blue suede heels, Crossroads, $7

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All that glitters is not gold sometimes…

90% contentment, 8% joy, 2% gratitude…

Living in contentment, joy, and gratitude is what I aim for every morning when I get up. But, not every morning do I achieve this and sometimes the Richter scale is sent askew and I’m thrown off balance to a land of vertigo. This weekend I found myself more in line with resentment, jealousy, and anger. Not a good place to be at all for me.

I just spent the last 2 hours writing a really heart felt blog post to have it magically disappear. I take this as a sign from God. (Ganesh perhaps?) to shorten the post. Short and sweet it is…

Ladies if you had a bad weekend like me, I feel you. All that glitters is not gold and things are painful to experience sometimes.

To be short and sweet: If I’ve learned anything at all, it’s to find something you absolutely love with all your heart, soul, and might. My clothes are my love. It is plain and simply my art, what drives me to be creative and free. When I’m feeling the downest of the down, I turn to my clothes and let them speak to me. And you know what? They bring me back to life and make me feel whole again always. Find something that makes you feel whole, I guarantee it will save your life and empower you to be the best woman – the woman you were always meant to be…

I woke up Sunday a little blue, but I quickly took that melancholy state of mind to a creative happy place. A little fashion shoot always cures the bluesy heart for me. I say phewy to the achy heart and hello to something that brings contentment, joy, and gratitude – thank you clothes for bringing out the best in me.

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Outfits:

Top to bottowm:

Hat, SPCA thrift, $8 – Crop top, Freestyle Clothing, $12 – Express jeans, Freestyle Clothing, $10 – Leopard belt, Sei Bella Boutique, $10 – Steve Madden heels, Freestyle Clothing, $15

Hat, Goodwill, $3 – J.Crew dress, Freestyle Clothing, $7 – DVF jacket, Freestyle Clothing, $13 – Necklace, Goodwill, $3 – Bebe boots, Freestyle Clothing, $14