Down East & Thrifting Part 1

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It’s a lovely day here in North Dakota. The sky is blue, the sun is bright, and …it’s exactly 1 degree Fahrenheit! It was so gorgeous out that I decided to brave the cold for this photo shoot. 🙂 I realized that I hadn’t shown off the clothes that I got from my Down East Haul, and I figured I should remedy that! Plus, I can show off some of my thrift store finds while I’m at it. 🙂

I adore this J. Crew sweater! I just love the look and feel of it! It is 100% merino wool, super warm, and super soft. I got it for free! Seeds of Hope, one of Bismarck’s thrift stores, has a room that is $1 a bag Tuesday -Thursday, and free on Fridays. I had seen it the day before and figured it would be gone before I came back. But there it was, hanging just for me!

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Brown and Black Merino Wool Cardigan: $0, Thrifted (J.Crew)
  • Brown 3/4 Sleeve Layering Tee: $3, New (Down East haul)
  • Black Pinstripe Pants: Part of $1 Sale, Thrifted (Maurices)
  • Black Pumps: $3, Thrifted (Comfort Plus)

 

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This is a fun little number. You can’t tell, but the pants are high waist in a 1950’s cut that look really cute and retro. I’ll have to show them off in a different post. 🙂 I really like the orange and navy. I think it’s striking without being over the top.

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Orange Layering Tee: $3, New (Down East haul)
  • Navy Short Sleeve Blouse: Part of $1 Bag, Thrifted (Maurices)
  • Navy Slacks: Part of $1 Bag, Thrifted (Marianne Fashion)
  • Leopard Print Flats: $9, New (Payless Shoes)
  • Gold, Mint and Orange Floral Necklace: Gift (from my awesome Mom-in-law!)

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I really love J.Crew. I am so stoked to have a thrift store nearby that sells this brand! I think the olive and green flats is a fun, wear to work combination. Granted, we have a strictly blue shirt policy at my work, but that’s okay. 🙂 I’ll wear on the weekend when I want to look nice.

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Gray Merino Wool Cardigan: $5, Thrifted (J.Crew)
  • Olive Short Sleeve Layering Tee: $3, New (Down East haul)
  • Gray Slacks: $2, Thrifted (Tracy Evans Limited)
  • Green Flats -$3, Thrifted (Nine West)
  • Black Clay Rose Necklace, $5, New (Walmart)

P.S. If you ever decide to come to North Dakota during the winter, please don’t walk out of the house like this! You will freeze your buns off!!! Bring a warm coat and scarf!

 

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My First Re-Fashion Post!

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I decided to do my first refashion post! In case you don’t know, refashioning is when you take an item of clothing and give it a new life. I decided to take a bright orange turtleneck sweater and turn it into a skirt!

I should have taken a before picture, but oh well. Basically, I cut off the sleeves, and sewed down the sides to make the skirt a little narrower. 🙂 It was a pretty simple change, and I think it turned out well!

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Gray Sweater -Thrifted, Part of $1 Bag (George, Walmart)
  • Orange Turtleneck Turned Into Skirt -Thrifted, Part of $1 Bag (Maurices)
  • Brown Leather Boots -$8, Thrifted
  • Teal Tights -$2, Icing
  • Pearls – $3, Thrifted  (I’ve had these pearls for forever… they’ve featured in several blog posts. 🙂 )

Ben and I went to Orange Leaf, a frozen yogurt place for date night. I was very amused to find out that my skirt matched the restaurant. I should have taken a picture of Ben and me while we were there, but we were too busy enjoying our frozen yogurt. I got pistachio and blackberry! But here’s how the general set up looks. Don’t I match? 🙂

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My Thrifted Christian Dior Blazer!

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There are some weeks that I have good finds at the thrift store, and there are some weeks that I hit the jackpot! This week, I went to Seeds of Hope during their Free Friday Digger’s Sale, and found this little gem tossed aside in one of the bins. I couldn’t believe my luck! I quickly tried it on the room, determined it fit okay, and brought it home. It ended up looking even cuter than I thought I would! That same day, I also managed to find a cashmere sweater and a knock-off Gucci purse. I got it all for under $20! It was such a good thrifting day!

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My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Green Cashmere Sweater: $5 Thrifted
  • Blazer: Free! Thrifted (Christian Dior)
  • Purse: $15 Thrifted (Fake Gucci)
  • Pants: $8 Thrifted (Target)
  • Heels: $3 Thrifted (Comfort Plus)

This is a huge part of why I thrift. Not only does it help keep clothing out of landfills, and money in my pocket -I can find really cute stuff if I dig hard enough. I find something thrilling about sifting through piles of clothing and finding beautiful items. It part adventure, part meditation.

My Love Affair With Green

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Sometimes going with the classics is a good thing. And what can be more classic than a redhead wearing green? Ben and I went to Zoo Boo, a Halloween event that the Bismarck Zoo puts on for the local kids. I didn’t feel like wearing a costume, so I wore something nice and warm, and green. I really like the way these pictures turned out.

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Fall is one of my favorite times of year, because I can find lots of green shirts, dresses and accessories at the store. You can bet I’ll be stocking up on all of the green I can. J If you’d like to find this adorable green infinity scarf, you can get it at Wal-Mart for under $5! I love how many different shades of green there are. From grass green to olive to hunter to emerald, I really feel like most people can pull off green if they hunt for the right shade. Personally, I love them all. 🙂

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My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Scarf: $5 Walmart
  • Cardigan: $4 Thrifted (Old Navy)
  • Shirt: $3 Down East Sale
  • Purse: Gift from Ben (Thrifted, $8 (Kohls))
  • Jeans: $8, Thrifted (Target)
  • Boots: $8 Thrift -Last seen in my Chocolate Post!

It’s been a while since I’ve written here on Colorful Glamour. Life has been pretty crazy as of late. I went through major surgery, I got a new job, and I lost an additional 10 pounds (60 pounds of weight loss! Go me!) I’m feeling pretty good about my life, though. I am in the process of switching this website over to DanaBuchmiller.com. I have a brand new vision for this blog, and I am looking forward to sharing that vision with you!

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And here’s a picture of a tiger, because I went to the zoo, and well, who doesn’t like tigers? 🙂

Blue Teapot

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I love herbal tea, especially lemon and berry flavors. I also adore teapots! I have been looking for one these past few months. I knew that I wanted my teapot to be a beautiful blue. We found a couple of adorable antique stores at this mall nearby, and they had one similar to the picture above for $20. That was a decent price, but it wasn’t the exact blue I was looking for. Then, a couple of weeks ago, Ben and I stopped into this random Goodwill store. We typically don’t find anything we like at this particular location. As I looked through some shelves filled with dishware, this little beauty caught my eye. My heart pounded as I turned it over, to look at the price. I was shocked to see it for $4.99! So I quickly grabbed it and brought it home! I love thrift-store shopping, especially when I find deals like this one. 🙂

My Chocolate Outfit

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I haven’t done an outfit post in a while, and decided to put one up! This one is chocolate themed, for my love of chocolate! I thought it was a super fun outfit to wear, and thought that I would share it with you! As soon as I put it on, I felt like I was impersonating a chocolate bar. 🙂 Since I adore chocolate, I’d have to say it’s a good thing. 🙂 In any case, chocolate is a great color for fall. And, if you want to try a monochromatic look that isn’t black, I’m here to say it can work fantastic!

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What I’m Wearing:

  • Boots: Faded Glory, $8 thrifted
  • Capelet: Down East, $5 (at the Down East warehouse sale)
  • Shirt: Down East, $3 (at the Down East warehouse sale)
  • Brown Jeans: $4 thrifted

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Well, I’m off to take the practice GRE, so I don’t have a lot of time, but I really wanted to post about my fun outfit. I hope you liked it. And well, I hope I inspired you to try out your local thrift store (or maybe the fancy thrift store a little farther away)!

3 Lessons I Learned From Cashmere and Goodwill

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About a month ago, as I was shopping at my local Goodwill, I came across an amazing find –a 100% cashmere scarf made by Saks 5th Avenue. It’s a beautiful brown ombre scarf, and I adore it. It’s soft, beautiful and incredibly warm. I can’t wait to wear it this winter, when I am in icy, blustery Rexburg. As I have enjoyed this scarf, I have come to realize 3 key lessons:

1. There really is a difference between luxury goods and cheap China goods.

Now, I have owned many scarves in my life time –some fashion, some functional, and some in between. But I have never had a scarf this high quality, this soft, and this beautiful. I know there is this conspiracy theory that the only difference between designer goods and cheap goods is advertising, and that companies try to trick you into believing the difference. While that might be true for some things, I really don’t think it is for fashion. If you invest in high quality clothing, you will receive high quality clothing.

Now, I have taken a few clothing classes, and through my personal experience, I have learned two of the main components of luxury goods are good clothing construction, and high quality fabric. That blue-light special K-Mart polyester blouse simply will not last as long or fit as well as the well-crafted silk blouse from Saks 5th Avenue. Period.

2. You don’t always have to spend a fortune to get what you want.

If you have an eye for quality and are willing to search for it, you can find what you want at lower prices. One important lesson I learned in 11th grade was from a kind woman in Virginia. I was staring at the clothes racks in Salvation Army, eyeing them with disgust and thinking, “I wish I could shop at the mall.” This woman saw my face and took pity on me. She walked over to me, and began teaching me to look at every tag, searching for the brands I wanted. Because of her, I was able to see gems that I otherwise would have skipped over. I showed up to school dressed in Old Navy shirts and American Eagle jeans, which for a teenager, was sheer bliss.

Since then, I have had several years of practice looking at tags whenever I shop. I found that as I continued to do so, I became familiar with more brands, and I was also able to recognize quality –both in the original quality of the garment, and its present condition. As my tastes matured, I began researching more brands. Because of this, I am able to wear brands and designers that I like. Imagine my excitement when I found a beautiful Ralph Lauren wrap dress that was perfect for me!

One suggestion I would make for those wanting to have the same experience thrift store shopping, is to write down a list of brands that you like. Visit their stores, and become acquainted with their clothing style. Then, as you shop in thrift stores, look for those brands. At first, it may feel annoying to sift through every single shirt and pair of pants, but I promise, it’s worth it. As you practice this, you will be able to spot high quality clothing much quicker.

3. It’s better to own 1 scarf you absolutely adore, than 20 you only kind of like.

I am definitely guilty of this. I own over 30 shades of lipstick, and out of all of them, there’s only 1 shade I absolutely adore (not so coincidentally, it’s a higher quality brand.) What typically happens is that sometime down the road, I end up giving the lipstick away, or even throwing it away, if it expires first. What a waste of time and money, and what a way to burden the environment! And of course, I’ve done my fair share of this with clothing.

When you own something you love, two things happen –you use it, and you take care of it. You can bet that I’m not going to leave my cashmere scarf on the kitchen counter, where it can get smeared with ketchup and grease. No, after every time I wear it, I carefully place it back in its special spot in my closet. And yes, I wear it inside, to feel glamorous, even though I currently live in Vegas, in the middle of August. If I’m willing to wear it now, I’m definitely going to wear it in winter!

It can be really tempting to buy lots of cheap stuff, instead of a few nice items. Having lots of stuff may help us feel good in the short term, but in the long term, it adds unnecessary guilt and clutter to our lives. Wouldn’t you rather have a smaller wardrobe filled with clothes you love and wear all of the time, than a wardrobe full of clothes you never wear? I sure would. I mean, if you don’t use them, it’s like you have a small wardrobe anyways.

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In short, I’m convinced that a life of minimalist luxury is far better than a life of maximalist cheapness.