For those who believe clothing should be an expression of ourselves, but not 0ur value (mind over price tag), who aren't afraid to shake up an office casual day or who want to let their hair down on the weekends.



Rejuvenated: Light Brights

nnn Spring Time nnn

I'm so glad that Spring is here.

I love riding around on the highway with the windows cracked and some poppy rock song playing in the background. It means it's time to put away some of those grays and start taking out some of my favorite colors.

I found this panel skirt for $4.99. Cotton mixed with ribbon mixed with lace - it's quite an assembly. Combine that with a lacy tank top from The Gap and a $2 thrift store belt, and I ready to spring into action.


Reinvested: Separates Not Equal

I’ve been seeing all these cute girls in vests on the Madewell website since the beginning of Fall. How I envied them with their cotton tees, dark jeans and fitted vests looking so relaxed. Leave it to a thrift store to provide the perfect one.

Originally, this vest was a part of a 2-piece vest/skirt combination priced at $7.99. Would I buy this outfit for only the vest for $8? Yes. Would I buy it for half off during a sale? Double, yes.

The wool skirt doesn’t fit, so I’m donating it back to the thrift store. Maybe someone else can use a nice Herringbone skirt. The vest, however, is all mine.

Oh, and the belt, was $1. Take that girls.


Refreshing: Necessityisthemother

I'm going to broaden the horizons of this blog a little bit. Still focusing on reused/recycled items, but not just items I find from thrift and resale stores. Maybe a little music, too. iTunes downloads are after all good for the environment, as well as, purchasing used vinyl.

So I wanted to feature this designer on Etsy. Her name is Arielle. She finds terrific fabrics at thrift stores and repurposes them as these fabulous Pinafore dresses and skirts. I bought this one from her, and I can't wait to get it in the mail. She does do alterations if the one you love is not in your size.

This one just spoke to me. It's bright and cheery and a little bit whimsical.

Check out her shop necessityisthemother. She does great work.


Reinvention: Housecoat to Going Out Dress

Before / After

Could this blue embroidered housecoat work as a dress? I don’t know, but I’m certainly willing to try it out. It’s too pretty to be left inside all day. The Gap has a lot of long scarves in stock. I wanted to purchase about five of them, but with my 25% off coupon I bought two. This blue and beige one covers up the opening while adding a little bohemian flair. Can’t wait for warmer temperatures.