Saturday, May 31, 2014

This Week in Thrift: When Thrift Goes Lux

This post could actually be called this month in thrifting. It's more of a compilation of a bunch of little thrift shop trips over the passed 30 days and beautiful finds I purchased rather than a large once a week trip post. 

It could also be one big "Who Just Finds this Stuff?" due to the various high end items I managed to find in May. Like seriously, this months find were definitely of the epic variety as far as shopping goes. 

Either way, prepare yourself for some awesome little discoveries.

First up, this gorgeous little silk flower printed dress, perfect for church, is by Lilly Pulitzer, and cost me all of 7 bucks.

Then there was this cool and casual Michael Stars tee with the tags still on it.

Grabbed this light knit top by LA Made, a brand I was only unfamiliar with until now, still with the tags on.

A Givenchy double gold chain necklace

This crazy cute trench
By Leifsdottir, a company who makes great coats but for far more than $18. Gorg.

I needed a light spring jacket and this one from French Connection really did the trick. Only one dollar.

Another company I was unfamiliar with is Reiss, a British design company, whose bags can run as much as $500+. I managed to find this beautiful good size one in great condition for $7.

Sam Edelman is quickly becoming one of my favorites for shoe design, especially after finding these spike peep toe heels. A steal for $25.

I had been wanting some black wedges and these Dolce Vita ones are super comfy and super sexy. Grabbed these for 2 bucks.

Both of these little cases, one by Nicole Miller and the other by Coach were a dollar each.

These adorable J Crew gold cork and wood wedges cost me $5.

And last but not least, this little dress by Johnatahn Sanders for Target cost me one dollar.

May was a good month indeed. Thinking about taking a break in June to finish purging and really editing down the incredible pieces I have, and maybe making plenty of room for new ones.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Reclaimed Readables, May 30th

Happy Friday folks. Today's in the Readables, we achieve perfect off duty hair, make our own tulip skirt (it's easier than you think) carry the most stylish tech, read a new French mag aimed at the cool girls we all are deep down, rejoice at our new dress size, and bask in our amassed style skills.

A Pair and A Spare: DIY Wrap Tulip Skirt
WhoWhatWear: Style skills you should have mastered by 30
Byrdie: The Lazy Girl's Guide to Model Off Duty Hair
Wall Street Journal: Why your dress size changing is a good thing
The Cut: Why this "cool girl" mag will make you want to start dressing like the French
WhoWhatWear: Stylish Tech for the woman on the go

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Look for Less: Cuffed Up

I am a major fan of ear cuffs. They can be either simple metallic bands wrapped around the ear or bejeweled masterpieces that render any additional jewelry useless. They are cool, elegant, slightly unusual and always very edgy. 

But what they shouldn't be is expensive. I've seen these amazing inverted earrings cost up to 400 bucks (the most elaborate I saw was almost 30K!) Craziness. Good thing you have this comprehensive list below of ear cuffs and ear jackets, none of which break the $50 Mark. You're welcome!

The Look for Less: Cuffed Up

Topshop jewelry

Stone jewelry

Steve Madden jewelry

Ear cuff

Gold jewelry

Stud earrings

Ear cuff

Jewels jewelry
$14 -

Forever New ear cuff
$9.22 -

Reclaimed Readables, May 29th

Today on the Reclaimed Readables: saying goodnight to Maya; how you can achieve your best posture and amazing summer hair; how exactly to wear and style those caftans and jumpsuits; styling tips we could only learn from Nasty Gal; why fashion girls are already hype for Maleficent; and the return of Reading Rainbow. Happy Thursday!

Into The Gloss: The Busy woman's guide to excellent posture
Man Repeller: You're gonna see a lot of Maya Angelou tributes, mine included. This is one of my faves
Refinery 29: Shop like a fashion consultant
The Zoe Report: How to wear a caftan, the Zoe way
The Guardian: The rise of the jumpsuit (and why you may want to consider wearing one)
WhoWhatWear: Other than the interesting story, fashion fans are gonna love Maleficent, here's why
Refinery 29: The lazy chick's guide to perfectly summer hair
Relevant: Did someone just say Reading Rainbow is coming back???
WhoWhatWear: Styling tips we could only learn from NastyGal

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Lessons from Maya

I can still remember it. Opening up the package sent to me by my Great Aunt Stine. She frequently sent us northern girls books and stories from down south, the perpetual teacher and lady that she was constantly teaching us with the lessons instilled in every single page. This particular event was my 5th grade graduation. I unwrapped the package to find a small blue book with gold writing on the cover. It was the inaugural poem for President Bill Clinton, entitled "On the Pulse of Morning." written by a poet that at that time in my childhood I had only heard a little about, Maya Angelou...

"Here, on the pulse of this fine day
You may have the courage
To look up and out upon me,
The rock, the river, the tree, your country.
No less to Midas than the mendicant.
No less to you now than the mastodon then.
Here on the pulse of this new day
You may have the grace to look up and out
And into your sister's eyes,
Into your brother's face, your country
And say simply
Very simply
With hope
Good morning."

To this day I still have and treasure this little book, although its original gifter as well as the writer of this poem have both now passed this very year.

Today, Maya is at rest, just as my great Aunt, both great women inspired me to be thirsty for knowledge and justice, strive to do my best, love fearlessly and to live a life of meaning and purpose. Here are some of my favorite quotes by Maya Angelou.

Thank you for the lessons. Rest well. 

Reclaimed Readables, May28th

Happy Wednesday good people.

These are Today's Readables; how you can not only find but keep your focus in the middle of distractions; 2 videos addressing the ThighGap phenomena (one of which is hilarious); how you can be the next ASOS Curve model; why LadyPockets is the new fashion parody blog we are all falling for; how to tame your curly mane; and why there is no such thing as a soul mate (sorry, you will just have to find completion within yourself). 

Enjoy and happy hump day folks!

Steven Furtick: Finding Focus midst Distractions
Refinery 29: Here is a way how not to address the ThighGap, and a way that is actually funny
The Zoe Report: Your rubber flip flops get a fashion girl update (yay?)
Refinery 29: Want to be the next ASOS Curve model? Here's how...
LadyPockets: Ever wonder where Ruth Bader Ginsberg gets her duds? Me neither but this hilarious parody site will tell you anyway.
Refinery 29: This curly haired beauty shares her fave products to tame your tresses
Relevant Mag: There is no such thing as a soul mate, here's why...

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tuesday ShoesDay: Birkenstock Style

The Birkenstock, once the shoes of nerds, hippies, and the otherwise off beat, is now the fashion girl sandal of choice. I recently got my hands on a pair of these and soon after started seeing them everywhere.
With ladies now shoveling out upwards of 400 bucks for these super comfy ugly-pretty mandals, you may be wondering how to get in on the trend. 

Never to fear, Reclaimed people! Here is a high end/ low end Birkenstock style sandal list for your shopping perusal. 

Tuesday ShoesDay: Birkenstock Style

Rachel zoe shoes

Birkenstock sandals
$76 -

Office white sandals
$59 -

Office slip on shoes
$42 -

Leopard wedge sandals

Wet seal shoes