Book Review: Looking Fly On A Dime

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I stumbled across Looking Fly On A Dime while looking for thrifting books on Amazon. I fell shamelessly, head over heels in love!

This is the best book I have read on thrift shopping. I love Patrice’s story about how she became a thrifting magician. The author is both relatable and gets to the point quickly, which makes for a good read.

The tips and strategies are simple and easy to implement, and a few caught me by surprise. Some of the tips include:

  • How to maximize quick trips to the thrift store
  • How to get the most out of in-depth thrift shopping
  • How to avoid buyer’s remorse and build your wardrobe
  • And even tips for sanitation 🙂

Looking Fly On A Dime is well worth its cost, and I’d recommend it for anyone who is wanting to polish up their thrift-shopping skills. 🙂

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Disclaimer: I am not being compensated for this post in any shape or form. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

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Blogger Spotlight: Refashionista

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Here is one of my thrift-shopping, treasure-hunting heroes! Her name is Jillian Owens, and she is the blogger at Refashionista. While thrifting blogs are great, I love the added twist of looking at an outfit differently and transforming it with a needle and thread.

Jillian Owens created a Dress A Day challenge, where for 365 days, she refashioned a dress every single day. That is just amazing to me! A whole year seems too intimidating to me right now, but I plan on doing a mini-version, and refashion one outfit a day for a month.

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Refashionista is one of my biggest blog inspirations. Every time I read a blog post, I start looking at my own clothing to see how to modify and change it. I love this quote by Jillian –it sums up exactly how I feel about thrifting, refashioning and the relationship with our clothing:

“We just go to a store and idly flick through racks of almost identical-looking clothing, try it on, purchase it, wear it and discard it. Refashioning is a radically self-reliant and involved process that makes you actually think about what you’re wearing in a more meaningful way.”

Here are 3 of my favorite blog posts at Refashionista:

1. Wanna Be Wednesday: Ressica Edition

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I love to see how she creates celebrity and fashion designer look-a-likes from clothing that has seen better days. Even if an outfit is ugly at the thrift store, it can experience a beautiful rebirth!

2. Finding Fashion Inspiration with the Refashionista 

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Jillian Owens is also a featured blogger at the The Good Life blog, owned by Goodwill. I love how she talks about finding sources of inspiration for our wardrobes. Inspiration can be found in all sorts of places!

3. Viva Las Vegas Dress

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This refashion post is right up my alley. I adore sparkly evening dresses, but have no excuse to wear them. And even worse -I love vintage so much that I often choose “grandma” clothing. I love how she refashioned it into a more modern, wearable dress. It could be fun to make shirts /tunics as well!

In short, Refashionista is awesome! What do you think of me doing the 1 month challenge? 🙂

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Disclaimer: I am not being compensation in any shape or form for this post. My opinions are my own.

 

 

Spring Is Here!

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Hallelujah! Spring has finally made it to Bismarck! While I am grateful for the reprieve this winter, I love to see everything turn green and come alive. The trees have started blooming around our apartment complex and they smell amazing. I looked outside, saw the sunset and knew I had to take some pictures. Ben, my awesome husband and camera man, was happy to help me out. 🙂

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Today’s outfit was a bit more “new” than usual… if you can call it that. 🙂 I bought my flats back in 2012, and they are still going strong! I like the get the most wear out of my clothes as possible.  I bought the shorts on clearance last year at Old Navy, and I love how comfy they are. I bought the necklace last week -it was 75% off at One World Boutique. So, I’m not exactly showcasing my thrifting skills today. That said, my outfit still comes out to a pretty low price.

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Green Shirt: Part of $1 Digger Bag, Thrifted (Maurices)
  • Shorts: $6, New (Old Navy)
  • Leopard Print Flats: $10, New -back in 2012! (Payless Shoes)
  • Green and Gold Necklace: $3, New (One World Boutique)

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I had to take a picture by my awesome car. I got her last year after my Suzuki Sidekick had a heart attack. She’s a little Ford Escape, and I love how I can spot this car from two parking lots away. A vibrant car deserves a vibrant name, so I call her Saffron. 🙂

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The sunset really was beautiful and I’m glad I got out to enjoy the lovely weather. It never manages to amaze me just how magical spring is. Even when I see the same trees and the same flowers each year, they still manage to take my breath away.

(Note: These pictures were taken on May 6th. It took me a while to actually share them here at Dana Maye.)

Celebration Time, Come On!

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North Dakota is having a heat stroke! This winter has been unbelievably mild. I love it. I decided to celebrate by pulling out my awesome new pants! That, and going on a fun walk with my sister Heather. It really is just beautiful out today. It’s 61 degrees out – total t-shirt weather! I stopped by this lovely house and thought it would be a fun place for a photo shoot. It reminds me of Ben. 🙂 (He works in construction).

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But let me tell you about these pants. As usual, I found them at the Digger Room at the Seeds of Hope thrift shop. I saw this glorious pair of pants strewn across a pile of clothes, and snatched them up immediately. Apparently they were too loud and crazy for the average digger, but not for me! They remind me of seventies disco, and the ocean. Of course, I also love the color. I have so much blue, green, teal and turquoise in my closet. I think it makes up most of my wardrobe these days.

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My awesome sister Heather and I on a cook out in 2010.

Ben said they remind him of a pair of pants I used to wear back in the day. I think I can see a resemblance. These jeans had a really fun bleach splatter to them. What can I say? I like pants with a personality. 🙂

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I also love this necklace! I found it at Boehm for $3! I went with my awesome sister-in-law Lizzie when we went to visit her in Boise recently. When I walked into Boehm, I fell in love. The clothes were so fun and cute.  I managed to find this delicate little necklace on the jewelry clearance rack. It has gold and crystal disco balls on it. I think it’s very fitting for this outfit. 🙂

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My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Navy T-shirt -Part of $1 Digger Bag, thrifted (Velvet)
  • Gold Necklace -$3, new (Boehm)
  • My Super Duper Fancy Pants – Part of $1 Digger Bag, thrifted (Express)
  • Black Sneakers -$50, new (New Balance)

And that’s my blog post for today. What do you think?

 

 

 

Down East & Thrifting -Part 4

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Today is the last part of my Down East & Thrifting Series. My Down East Haul finds sure can stretch far and wide! I decided it was just too cold out, and opted for an inside photo shoot. 🙂 Today I am showing off three dresses from Down East.

This first one is a little brown dress. 🙂 It has a simple design to it, and it’s easy to layer and helps stretch my wardrobe. I guess you could call it an LBD for redheads. 🙂 I paired it with a really fun hunter green necklace from One World Boutique and some rose-colored rose tights. 🙂

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Little Brown Dress: $5, New (Down East haul)
  • Green Necklace: $9.99, New (One World Boutique)
  • Rose Tights: $2, New (Icing)
  • Brown Leather Boots: $8, Thrifted

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You last saw this dress in my Brother -in-Law’s Wedding post. 🙂 I’m wearing it here more like a skirt. I thinking the green tights are fun. To make the look a little less like Elphaba, I paired the tights with green flats. Plus, it gives a longer leaner line. 🙂

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Blue Button Up Blouse: $2, Thrifted (Old Navy)
  • Gray Dress: $5, New (Down East haul)
  • Green Tights: $4, New (Kroger Supermarket)
  • Green Flats: $5, Thrifted (Nine West)
  • Tiger’s Eye and Agate Necklace: $0, Handmade with Gifted Beads 🙂

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This is my favorite dress of the three. It is green, and just so dang cute! I wear it a lot with brown boots, but I decide to try black boots. I still like it better with brown, but this is a fun look. I love green, and I struggle with not pulling this little beauty out every time I want to wear a dress!

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Green Dress: $5, New (Down East haul)
  • Sunflower Pendant: $3, Thrifted
  • Black Boots: $5, Thrifted

And that’s the end of my Down East & Thrifting Series! I hope you liked it. Now that you’ve seen all twelve outfits, which one is your favorite? You can tell me in the comment section below.

 

Down East & Thrifting -Part 3

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Welcome to part three of my Down East and Thrifting series! In case you didn’t know, I did a Down East Haul post a while back, and I’m showcasing my finds. Today, I am doing jeans and casual wear. And yes… brr! Snow is beautiful, but oh so cold… 🙂 I’m doing my best to focus on the beauty this winter.

I love cropped jeans -I think they are a lot more flattering than capris! For this picture, I just rolled up a pair of my regular cut off jeans. These are a bit too big, so I put on a blue belt. Pardon the random pole by the tree. We can just pretend I’m tap dancing.  🙂

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Brown Long-Sleeve Layering Tee: $3, New (Down East haul)
  • Pink Sweater Vest: Part of $1 Bag, Thrifted (Field Gear)
  • Jeans: Part of $2, Yard Sale (Black House White Market)
  • Blue Skinny Belt: $2, Thrifted
  • Red Flats: $5, New (Rue 21)
  • Pearls (Part of 3 piece set): $8, Thrifted

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This outfit is pretty simple. It’s purple with a lot of black, but sometimes you just need a simple outfit. 🙂 The black boots help step it up a bit though. I also wear a lot of cardigans, because you know… North Dakota is cold… 🙂

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Black Skinny Pants: $8, Thrifted (Target)
  • Black High Heeled Boots: $5, Thrifted
  • Black Cardigan: $2, Thrifted (Ambience Apparel)
  • Purple Layering Tee: $3, New (Down East Haul)

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I love this outfit. Again, cardigans are great in cold weather! I wear lots of layers. 🙂 Here, I have the same pair of jeans that I wore previously, and the blue belt is hiding underneath my shirt. I love this purple cable knit cardigan, especially the satin edge. I’m also wearing leopard print flats, but they’re covered up by the snow. Let me tell you, my feet were red when I hopped back inside!

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Purple Cardigan: $4, Thrifted (Old Navy)
  • Egyptian Necklace: $5, New (Rue 21)
  • Brown Layering Tee: $3, New (Down East Haul)
  • Jeans: Part of $2 Bag Sale, Yard Sale (White House Black Market)
  • Leopard Print Flats: $10, New (Payless Shoes)

Which one is your favorite? 🙂 Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

Down East & Thrifting -Part 2

 

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Yesterday was the slacks edition, and today is all about skirts! I’m really having fun showing off my pieces from the Down East Haul, as well as my thrift store finds. 🙂 And yes, it is very, very cold outside. 🙂

I think this outfit is a fun look! I love how the white skirt matches the snow. I found this really neat leather jacket at the Seeds of Hope $1 bag sale, and I fell in love with it. I’m so glad it fit when I got home!

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Brown Leather Jacket: Part of $1 Bag, Thrifted (YMI)
  • Green and Blue Striped Shirt: $5, Thrifted (Target)
  • White Summer Skirt: $5, New (Down East haul)
  • Brown Boots: $8 Thrifted
  • Pearl Necklace: $3, Thrifted (This necklace has shown up so many times on my blog!)

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This outfit is a little better for North Dakota. The midi length helps to keep me warm, and I rather like the china blue pattern to it. I paired it with red flats and a yellow shirt, but the navy jacket helps to tonE it down a bit. This jacket was also found at the $1 bag sale. 🙂

My Outfit Deconstructed

  • Yellow Layering Tee: $3, New, (Down East Haul)
  • Navy Jacket: Part of $1 Bag Sale, Thrifted (Vanity)
  • Red Ballet Flats: $5, New (Rue 21)
  • Blue Midi Skirt: Part of $1 Bag Sale, Thrifted (Worthington)

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Now, I love this outfit! That little black satin shirt is one of my first thrift store finds ever. I found it when I was clothes shopping in preparation for college. Although it is almost 10 years old, it’s still in great shape! I also thought the purple tights and bright necklace as a fun addition to the all black outfit. 🙂

My Outfit Deconstructed

  • Black Satin Shirt: $4, Thrifted (Express)
  • Black Sparkly Pencil Skirt: $5, New (Down East haul)
  • Fashion Statement Necklace: Gifted by my awesome coworker Jane! (Charming Charlie)
  • Purple Tights: $4, New (Kroger Supermarket)
  • Black Pumps: $3 New (Comfort Plus)

Which one is your favorite! You can leave a comment below!