Saturday, April 27, 2013

Gone Thrifting

It has been ages since I took a day off from online shopping and headed over to Goodwill or any other thrift stores that catch my eye.  Naturally, I became overexcited to see what I would encounter.  I was crossing my fingers that I would own a pair of Levi's by the end of the day, but by no means did I expect it.  Goodwill had none that fit me right, but the Zanna Jane's consignment store a few doors down had just one that was miraculously a snug fit on my hips.  They were only $6, which made me love them even more.  The flare style is a bit outdated, though, so I plan on going all DIY cutoffs on this denim.  I glanced at the Louis Vuitton coin purse on the last minute before checking out, and although they aren't the real thing, the condition is great and the cute factor is irresistibly all the same.  I added my own "D" initial charms to personalize and make glam.  Also, it was only $7 and exactly the kind of mini wallet I had been looking for.  Each of the beaded bracelets (my obsession) are colors that could go well together and with multiple outfits.  The green evil eye one is a favorite and is similar to one I already have in blue that my mom got me from Greece.  All of these were each under $4, which is a great deal compared to those you find in boutiques.  Plus, it's all for a good cause, right?   As for the Buddha necklace, it reminds me of an Om necklace I own, and for $3 how could I not snag such a thing?  I feel that every girl needs or wants a turquoise ring, including me, so I finally joined the club.  Last but not least, stripes and crop tops:  no explanation necessary.  I guess now I will check with my good friend, Goodwill before paying for retail.  My expectations might just be found!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Brandy Melville &!!

The top two on my favorite stores list have no doubt blown up so much in the past years.  I remember discovering just over a year ago and being blown away myself.  Why do I shop here more than elsewhere?  Well, first off, they offer 30% off new arrivals.  Not to mention, they add new items daily (except Sundays), items that are either not common or are cheaper than on other sites.  Tobi now offers free returns, but I have yet to become tired of any clothing or accessories I purchased there.  On the down side, since more and more people have become familiar with Tobi, the cutest of the cute usually sell out quick, like within one or a few days.  What I do is, I keep track of how many of the products are in stock, and that way I can prioritize when and which items to get first over others that will have to wait until I get myself unbroke again.  When it comes to Brandy Melville, it's definitely not a shocker as to the immeasurable craze that surrounds this brand.  It is now the store that "defines" everyone's styles, as every girl says, and I hate to say I agree.  Their pieces so simple and prices well within reason tease us females and allow us to incorporate an added touch that alters the comfortable, soft attire into a fun, fashionable outfit.  Although Brandy needs a major ego check with its increased shipping costs, they do fix damaged item issues (in an untimely manner, however) and are sometimes worth the pain.  Check out a few of my personalized outfits assembled from both trending shops to catch the fashion fever yourself:

Floppy Disk Red T-shirt from Zara
Daisies Skirt from Brandy Melville (sold out)

What's Your Nombre Dress from (get it here)
Annette Top - Black from Brandy Melville (sold out)

Annette Top - Haze from  Brandy Melville (sold out)
Melville Denim Shorts - Forest Green from Brandy Melville (get them here)

Caged In Blouse - Mauve from (get it here)
Black Shorts from Forever21
Jewelry from Brandy Melville & Gifts