Monthly Archives: September 2011

loafin’ around.

Outfit details: Liz Claiborne blazer – $5 @ MRCI Thrift Store in Mankato; Flower pinDIY; American Eagle button-up – $2.50 @ All in Vogue Designer Consigner in Rochester; Vintage men’s Timex watch – $3.50 @ WSP Antiques in West St. Paul; Belt – $6.98 (on clearance) @ Target; Gap pants – $1.49 @ Goodwill in St. Paul; Ann Taylor loafers – $4 @ Animal Arc Thrift Store in St. Paul.

I’ve been seeing a lot of loafers in the fashion scene lately and while I was hesitant about them at first, I found this lovely Ann Taylor pair for a heck of a deal at a new thrift store I recently ventured to. I saw it as a sign to give the trend a whirl. Here are some various ways women are wearin’ them, but this is my favorite. What’s your take on sportin’ the loafer look?

Have a great weekend everyone! Be sure to stop back again tomorrow for my weekly inspiration post :)

Until then… keep it chic!


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workwear: penny-pinched pencil skirt.

Outfit details: {Necklace – $6.80 @ Forever21; Forever21 cropped top – $4.99 @ Goodwill in West St. Paul; Antique men’s Timex watch – $3.50 @ WSP Antiques in West St. Paul; Vintage clutch – $5 @ Sophie Joe’s Emporium in St. Paul; Antique cocktail ring – $12 @ Treasure Chest Antiques in Waseca; Ralph Lauren pencil skirt – $1 @ MRCI Thrift Store in N. Mankato (now closed); Apt. 9 heels – $28.99 (orig. $49.99) @ KOHL’S} Nail polish in “Merino Cool” by Essie.

Yesterday a $0.99 maxi skirt, today a $1 pencil skirt. Although both wonderful deals, I think the pencil skirt wins hands-down between the two in terms of style.  The pencil skirt is a classic you can’t go really wrong with. And for the price that I snagged this particular one at, you really can’t go wrong! What’s a timeless item you’ve recently purchased for a fab deal?


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maxi madness.

Outfit details: Leaf earrings – $3.80 @ Forever21; H&M scarf – $9.99 @ H&M; Kensie cardigan – $4.99 @ Savers in Rochester; Liz Claiborne belt – $1.99 @ Goodwill in Maplewood; Casual Corner maxi skirt – $0.99 @ Arc’s Value Village in Brooklyn Center; Mossimo flats – $4.98 (75% off clearance) @ Target.

I never thought I would wear an ankle-length skirt in an attempt to be “fashionable,” but after seeing some of my favorite bloggers sport the maxi skirt look so effortlessly (here, here, and here), I decided to give it a go. I managed to get just what I was after for a mere $0.99 at one of my local thrift stores, and before I knew it, I was rockin’ the maxi! I am loving the fact that it’s suprisingly comfortable and gives off a different aura of sophistication in comparison to say, a pencil skirt. And what’s even better is that as the temperatures start to drop, you can simply slip on a pair of leggings or sweater tights underneath without anyone knowing the difference. I am calling this “bohemian chic.”

What is your opinion on the maxi trend – love it or leave it?


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workwear: 9 to 5 neutral

Outfit details: Vintage sunnies – $1.60 @ Arc’s Value Village in Brooklyn Center; Limited blazer – $2.50 @ MVAC Thrift & More in Mankato; H&M top – $4.99 @ Goodwill in West St. Paul; H&M hobo bag – $10 @ Everyday People in St. Paul; Liz Claiborne leather belt – $1.99 @ Goodwill in Maplewood; Banana Republic pants – $6.99 @ Goodwill in Maplewood; Mossimo pumps – $29.99 (splurge alert! – buy ’em here) @ Target.

Recent fall polish purchase splurge:“Merino Cool” by Essie.

There are about a million ten other colors I currently want as well, but at $7.79 a bottle (@ Target), I am keeping them as an ‘every-now-and-then-treat’ type of purchase. However, out-of-season colors should be going on sale soon enough. And speaking of which, if you missed my post a while back about how to snag Essie polish for fractions of the retail price, check it out HERE.

Have a great weekend friends! Back sure to stop back tomorrow for my weekly dose of inspiration, and again on Sunday for my weekly recipe reveal!

Until next time…


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DIY: faux flower pin.

First off – Happy September :) We are officially transitioning into my favorite time of the year – fall! And if you haven’t experienced a Minnesota fall, you’re missin’ out my friends. But enough about that… onto business! I promised last week in this post that I would feature a DIY pin tutorial, so here you have it.

What you’ll need:

  • Fake flower(s) of your choice
  • Bar pin
  • Permanent bond glue
  • Pair of scissors

Step-by-step directions:

Pull the wire stem out from the flower.Glue or cut any petals that are curled. Glue bar pin onto flower base. 

Once dry, pin onto a blazer or cardigan. And there you have it – a custom “simply chic for cheap” statement accessory. Let’s hear it for flower power!! Okay, kidding… kind of.

Now make a stop to your near-by craft store and get to it! :)


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