Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Bucket List: Luxe Looking Budget Friendly Bucket Bags

I am loving my new bucket bag. I was initially worried about it being enough space to carry my everyday essentials, but after managing to fit all of my daily leggings and then some into it, I knew this was a match made in heaven. 

So my new inspiration is now your closet's (and wallet's) best friend. But I wasn't going to pull any old bucket you you beloved readers. Only the most expensive looking (not costing!) bags for you. Check out these 6 very expensive looking bucket bags all for under 50 bucks a piece.

You're welcome!
The Bucket List: Luxe Looking Budget Friendly Bucket Bags

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Consignment Crush: Jessica Stam for Rachel Roy Stam Bucket Bag

Created in 2010, model Jessica Stam and one of my designer crushes, Rachel Roy collaborated to create a perfect luxe but off duty collection, of which the star of the collection was this bag, the Stam Bucket bag.

Originally priced at almost $200, this bag quickly became on of the favorites of models and stars.
Yet the bucket bag boom of this past spring/summer now going into fall made me want to obtain a second one (my first is a vintage large Louis Vuitton, but that particular one seems too formal). 

In an impromptu shopping trip with my bestie, we ventured into Buffalo Exchange, originally looking for a skirt for church. However, while standing in line waiting for my friend to check out, I saw this:
Standing out from the other purses and bags on the rack was this work of art. Triangles, tribal patterns, gold tone chains and hard wear, in an unusual color (blue instead of typical black), with an additional clutch, and in beautiful condition for only $ was mine.

And now I can't put it down! It's roomy with plenty of pockets and even a metal closure in the front pocket. I think I'm in love.

Consignment Crush: Jessica Stam for Rachel Roy Stam Bucket Bag

Rachel Roy handbag

Friday, August 29, 2014

This Month in Thrift: August Round Up

August was good to me, very good to me. The findings have been pretty off the charts for this entire month. 

And because I donated (read rid myself) 4 full trash bags of shoes and clothes no longer worn but in too good of condition to toss, I have plenty of room to restock and grow up my wardrobe.

The most of these items were under $5 (the majority of them only costing me a buck). Here's what August gave me.

Philly Aids Thrift:
Calvin Klein top- $1
Free People pants-$1
Free People tank- $1
Gap Skirt 
Forever 21 Tank-$1
Hard Tail Sweatshirt- $1
Splendid Tee- $1
Floral Crop Top- $1
Ann Taylor dress- $1
Zara Sweatshirt- $1
Hard Tail Forever Track Jacket-$1

Greene Street Consignment:
J Crew Top
Diane Von Furstenburg- $9
H&M floral kimono- $3
Tahari pumps- $10
Dries Van Noten- $8
Palazzo Pants: $1

Buffalo Exchange:
Free People- $9
J. Crew Top- $8

Jessica Stam for Rachel Roy bucket bag: $30

Miscellaneous Findings:
A quote piece of art
An automatic wine opener
A gold and tortoise shell necklace
A glam bracelet from J. Crew

A cute hair clip and silver bangle

A pair of Dolce Vita mess pumps
A wicker wine rack
And a OXO candela flame less rechargeable light set

Not a bad month for thrifting at all. What will you find when you thrift?

Reclaimed Readables, August 29th

Happy Friday and cheers to the freakin' weekend!

It's Labor Day weekend and today's featured links include over 100 different sales (seriously), why Labor Day isn't the end of summer and outfit ideas worthy of a pool, BBQ, music festival, or wherever you plan to celebrate. Enjoy!

Racked: 71 (yep SEVENTY ONE) Labor Day Sales
Huff Post Style: Why Labor Day isn't the end of summer
Refinery 29: Music festival style
WhoWhatWear: BBQ and Poolside friendly outfit ideas
Refinery 29: More Labor Day sales (because why not)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

#ThrowbackThursday: Hazel Scott

A few weeks ago, I expressed my newfound (well I guess now not so new found) love for Vintage Black Glamour. One of my favorite pics was the one above of the amazing Hazel Scott. 

Hazel Dorothy Scott was born on July 11th, 1920 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobego. At the age of four, Hazel moved with her mother to New York. Quickly regaled as a musical prodigy, Hazel was given scholarships to study at the Julliard School. Hazel officially began performing jazz in her early teens and was performing on the radio by the age of 16. 

She continued to dazzle film and live audiences leading to her becoming the first African American Woman with her own television show. However soon after, she like other artists, escaped to Paris to evade persecution, not returning to the states until 1967. She passed in 1981. 

Some quotes by Hazel: 

"Who ever walked behind anyone to freedom? If we can't go hand in hand, I don't want to go."

"I've always known I was gifted, which is not the easiest thing in the world for a person to know, because you're not responsible for your gift, only for what you do with it."

Reclaimed Readables, August 28th

It's Thursday! One more day closer to the big holiday weekend. 

Featured today are 7 subtle styling mistakes you might be making, a drugstore make up shopping guide, 5 things you're paying too much for, the evolution of our favorite side kick, the purse, 5 easy but very cool ways to update your fall wardrobe, and 8 no spend ways to double (maybe even triple) your current wardrobe.

WhoWhatWear: 7 subtle style mistakes you could be making right now
Byrdie: The Smart girl's guide to drugstore make up shopping
Refinery 29: 5 Things you're probably spending too much on
The Cut: 5 Cool and easy ways to update your look for fall
WhoWhatWear: 8 clever ways to increase your wardrobe (hint: don't spend any money!)
Refinery 29: Know your history: The evolution of the handbag

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Real Vs Deal: Mirrored Aviators

Reclaimed Readables, August 27th

Happy Hump Day readers!

Today's links feature the above picture and a very important conversation on our ingrained body issues, adults who can't get over back to school shopping, 9 amazing products to solve your (eh-hem) embarrassing skin issues, celebrity finds for under $100, easy and unique tiny closet fixes, and the busy girl's guide to staying fit and eating well.

Refinery 29: Some of us won't ever get over back to school shopping
Byrdie: 9 of the best products for those embarrassing skin issues
WhoWhatWear: Beyoncé, Jessica Alba, and Jamie Chung share their under $100 finds
Refinery 29: Stuck with a tiny closet and a big wardrobe? This could help
Huff Post Style: This is the Photoshop fail that starts a very important conversation
Byrdie: The Busy Girl's guide to staying fit and eating right

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Reclaimed's 500th Post

I celebrate milestones. 

Birthdays, anniversaries, achievements great and small I feel are deserving of some form of celebration. 

Well this post represents a milestone. A pretty big one... 

This is my 500th post. Right're reading it. 

This is my 500th post of a blog that I wasn't sure I should start, that I was not sure would do well, that I was not sure I could maintain. 

But here we are, 500 posts, over 20,000 views, not to mention the exponential growth on The Reclaimed social accounts, sponsors, and even guest writing for other sites (more news on that coming soon). 

Not bad for our first year together.

You guys have been a great support and wonderful to write for. 

I hope that you have appreciated reading The Reclaimed as much as I've loved writing it. Here's to many more fashionable and frugal years together!

Tuesday Shoes Day: Real VS Deal Emmy Awards Edition: January Jones in Christian Louboutin

Last night (unless you were under a rock, or simply didn't care, no judgment) you heard something about the Emmy Awards. 

I have to say that as far as red carpets goes, this one was probably the best I've seen since I've started blogging. The sheer glamour, the elegance, the sophistication, I felt like I was in blogger paradise watching these gorgeous works of fashion float down a crimson runway. Amazeballs...

So today, I'm sure you've already been bombarded with so many posts on the best (and probably the worst) dressed of the evening. But I'm not going to do that to you. 

Instead, with it being Tuesday Shoes Day, I'm talking the gorgeous heels worn by one of the most talked about looks of Emmy evening, Ms January Jones. 
She looked every bit of a starlet as she donned a pair of killer strappy Louboutin pumps that went so well with this high-low Prabal Gurung red and black gown.

But those shoes cost over $1000. Achieve a similar look (without missing a mortgage payment) with these 2020 Ave's strappy booties. 

You're welcome.

Real VS Deal Emmy Awards Edition: January Jones in Christian Louboutin

Black shoes