I have always been a huge fan of jumpsuits and rompers. If you have been following my blog, you have already seen me rock some awesome jumpsuits or rompers here, here, and here. To me, the right jumpsuit on a woman makes a statement that sometimes a dress cannot. However, not every woman can wear just any jumpsuit and look stylish. There are definitely some dos and don’ts when purchasing a romper or jumpsuit to ensure that they buy a piece that is flattering to their body, and and looks fashionable and appropriate for whatever occasion. Of course, it goes without saying that you can find some great jumpsuits at amazing and thrifty prices.
Welcome to the stage your LBD’s little sister, the LWD, aka the little white dress. Similar to your little black dress, the little white dress is a classic beauty. However, as the weather warms up, the little white dress is lighter, carefree and frankly more appealing than your little black dress. The LWD is a spring and summer staple as it’s the best way to instantly create a fresh, crisp and chic look.
Live A Great Story! When I was first approached by this San Diego-based apparel company to style their inspirational tank, I was immediately hooked by their philosophy Live A Great Story. It certainly made me stop and ask myself whether I Live A Great Story.
I am a happy person because I believe that I Live A Great Story. I have found a passion in thrifting that I am so happy to share with others, even if this passion was born out of a need rather than a desire. I first started thrifting in high school while living in Bronx, New York. I shopped from thrift stores because my mother, a single parent of six, simply couldn’t afford to buy me the name brand clothes that my classmates wore, and those that I wanted. Thrift stores offered me the ability to stay stylish and allowed my mother to use her hard earned money for the more important things we needed in life. However, I will be honest with you, I was embarrassed that I wore second hand clothes. I was embarrassed that my clothes didn’t come with all the new tags. I was embarrassed to let anyone know where my clothes came from.
Fast forward years later, I am still thrifting. However, I thrift not because I have to, but because I want to. I thrift because I love stylish clothes that don’t always look like the next person on the street. I thrift because I am simply not about a life where I pay full retail price for everything I wear. But, most of all I thrift because I absolutely love the opportunity to hunt for that amazing piece and create a beautiful and stylish outfit for a fraction of the retail price. Today, I am proud to say that I thrift.
I Live A Great Story because I am now in a place where I can fuel my passion for style and thrifting to inspire other women. I love that my Thrifting Divas Facebook group has over 15,000 members, all thrifting divas who are proud to show off their latest finds. This passion has led me to start this awesome blog which continues to grow each day. While it’s a lot of work running a blog, there is a huge feeling of contentment when I read an email from a new mother who has been inspired to start thrifting her new wardrobe post baby, or a young woman who has started a new job and not having the funds to purchase great suits at retail price. I Live A Great Story through sharing my passion for thrifting.
I styled this inspirational gray tank with this beautiful floral pencil skirt from Asos and thrifted Nine West heels from Salvation Army for a casual look.
Live A Great Story! Work towards it. Wear it. You can purchase your own tank or tee from Live A Great Story and save 25% off by using the code DIVA. Ten percent of sales go to Live A Great Story’s “Story Fund” for reinvesting in inspiring stories – whether it’s an individual working to better the community, a small business doing cool things or a non-profit. To complement its line of inspirational tees and tanks and to bring inspiration to the community, Live a Great Story shares influential individual’s remarkable stories through personalized videos, podcasts and blog posts on its website and social media.
So, I ask you, do you Live A Great Story? Share your story with me.
First, I think every woman should have at least one midi skirt in her closet. Second, I think every woman should have at least one fabulous clutch in her closet. I was recently invited to a preview of the Neiman Marcus fall fashion line. Follow my next post for my review of the fall trends. But, back to this post. After getting the invitation, the first thing that went through my mind was “what am I going to wear?”
I wanted a classic “day” look as it was a midday event. After a
more than few looks I decided on this beautiful full midi skirt. I have heard a lot of women say that styling full midi skirts can be difficult to style. I’m not saying it can’t be tricky at times, but it’s all about balance. Since the midi skirt is “full”, then the top should be form fitting. The top should be able to work with the skirt to accentuate an hourglass shape. I got this ASOS midi skirt from Buffalo Exchange in San Diego for $18. And, yes, I do silent screams in the fitting room when I find items on my thrift wish list. But in this case, this was pure perfection with a tag price under $20, so an audible YESSSSS was appropriate!
Since the star of the show here is this green full midi skirt, I went with a simple, form fitting, silk black tee from Banana Republic which was a gift to me from another fashionista. The details around the collar is so glamorous. Tucked into the midi skirt and belted, the tee does not outdo the skirt but makes it’s own statement.
If you have been following me for a while, you know that I am not shy about color. I could have easily gone with a pair of black pumps, but why pass up the chance to throw in a “pop of color.” I literally stalked the internet to find these Jessica Simpson’s yellow snake print heels. First, they were sold out everywhere, and when I did find it at certain locations, their prices weren’t “thrifty” enough for me. I finally found them at Century 21 Department online store on sale for $45 with free shipping! That was at least half the price I had seen at many other stores. These heels are everything to me! And, they were the perfect fit for my full midi skirt look here.
Completing this look is this printed black and white magazine clutch. I have a serious thing for clutches. I tend to gravitate towards clutches over any other type of purses 9 out of 10 times. This clutch is my new FAVORITE clutch that I own. It’s pure elegance and adds that final touch to any outfit. This outfit felt complete with the addition of the clutch.
Have you tried styling a full midi skirt lately? What are you tips to styling the midi skirts?
This is the second time around that Keren Charles of Two Stylish Kays and I are styling plaid. You may have remembered our first plaid styling here. Don’t forget to check out Keren’s blog for the details of her plaid dress with pretty hues of grey.
As I have said before, plaid isn’t the easiest pattern for me to style. But, while visiting Las Vegas a few months back, I found this beautiful plaid blazer in a Savers thrift store. The pattern immediately stood out and I took a chance. Now, while the blazer fit perfectly, the sleeves appeared to have been altered and were really short on me. However, this Ralph Lauren blazer cost $7.99 and I was determined to add more plaids to my closet and work with it. In this case, I simply rolled the sleeves and without me telling you, there is really no reason for you to believe that the sleeves are too short.
In styling this outfit, I went with a little more edgy look. Definitely not an everyday look, but hey, if you are going to step up your fashion game, you need to sometimes work outside your comfort zone. I found this black and cream sheer bodysuit during the same Las Vegas trip at Buffalo Exchange for only $6.00, and decided to style it with my plaid blazer.
I styled the blazer and sheer top with a high waist skater skirt. I purchased this skirt from Asos several months ago for a ridiculous clearance price. The skirt originally sold for $59.00. You already know that this Diva was not paying that price for it. But, stalking a site has its benefits. The skirt finally went on sale for $9.99 and I happily purchased it at that thrifty price.
Of course, I am getting my full wear out of my over the knee boots as you see here, and here. I swear, I will make those boots go with every outfit. I added some fishnet stockings in this case, and loved how this outfit turned out. I am slowly warming up to plaids. The trick is definitely pulling it out and giving it a try in styling rather than packing it in the back of the closet.
Have you tried styling something that you normally don’t wear?
Now, it’s time to jump into our Thrift Sisters link up! Keren and I launched our Thrift Sisters link up, encouraging you to post thrifted or thrifty priced items to this link up. We are very appreciative of those who take the time to link up their great outfits. This week’s featured Thrift Sister is Troy from Thriftanista in the City. Check out her blog for great thrifty style inspirations.
Now it’s your turn to join us this week. Please note that you can still link up with us even your items are not thrifted. We are looking for your favorite thrifted OR thrifty priced item. Go ahead and link away for a chance to be featured as our next Thrift Sister!