Friday Updates

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Had to make the switch from iced coffee to hot coffee this morning--so I guess that means fall is really happening. It also means that the 2014 Salvation Army Coat Sale is right around the corner, and if you checked out last year's recap, you know this annual event is one of the best of the season. (Check out the funky shag vest I picked up last year above!)

The sale is held on the first Saturday of each month, from October-December, at the Salvation Army's Hell's Kitchen outpost (536 W. 46th Street). For all you NYC-area thrifters interested in hitting up this year's sale, here are the official dates for 2014:

October 4
November 1
December 6

Doors typically open at around 9am, but there are usually plenty of eager shoppers lined up outside the door before then. I try to arrive between 8:30-8:45am just to be safe. 

On another thrift-related note, I wanted to give you all a heads up on a new e-book published by fellow thrifting blogger Looking Fly on a Dime earlier this week. Here's a quick description pulled from her blog:

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I really wanted to provide my readers with a comprehensive, A to Z guide of thrift shopping. This book is broken down into three parts and covers:
*what to do before you hit the thrift store {how to find one, best days to go, etc.}
*top strategies while you shop {what sections of the store to hit first, how to cut down on buyer’s remorse}
*how to clean your thrift shop clothes and style them to make the cheap clothing look expensive
— http://lookingflyonadime.com

Whether you're looking to try thrifting for the first time, or are a seasoned vet who wants to brush up on your skills, this is pretty much the only thrifting guide you'll need. You can get a copy on Amazon here. Happy hunting!

Going Dotty

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In a city as big as NYC, there's def a risk of coming down with a major case of FOMO (fear of missing out). Usually, I'm able to cure it with a quick reality check, but sometimes it can be hard to fend off, especially when it's Fashion Week. Both work and my home life have been crazy busy the last couple of days, and seeing the endless tweets and instagrams from fashion shows and events had me feeling just a tiny bit like I was missing out on a whole lotta fun.

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Luckily, I happened to be free when blogger buddy Sunita V. came through with an invite to a couple shows in midtown earlier this week, so I got a chance to partake in some mini-NYFW festivities. I managed to piece together a look using a sheer, polka-dotted dress from ASOS ($28, also worn here), switching out the dress's plain white slip with a black crop top ($1, scored from a friend's closet clean-out sale) and thrifted black mini skirt ($4, Unique Thrift Store) to give it a little edge.

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I added some hand-me-down black wedges, $6 street vendor sunnies and a $5 bag (also worn here and here), bringing my head-to-toe look to $44.

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Simple Sunday

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Hey thrifters--hoping you had a great weekend! Mine was full of plenty of R&R, and I spent a whole lot of time at home. Who needs to go to a club when you've got a stocked fridge, a heavy Netflix queue and a cuddly pup??

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On Sunday, I finally ventured out to explore my new neighborhood a bit, checking out the LIC Flea (lots of Asian fusion food and no lines!) and Long Island City waterfront with its gorgeous views of Manhattan.

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I got dressed pretty spur-of-the-moment for the excursion, but the weekend look came out a bit cuter than expected, so I opted to snap a few pics in front of a brick warehouse. I wore a pair of comfy navy shorts I got from a J. Crew outlet store a few months ago for around $20, and paired it with a crisp white lace tank ($1.50, Underground Thrift Store) that I last wore in Philly.

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I finished off the minimalist outfit with a gold bangle from H&M (gifted to me by blogger buddy Sunita V.) and a gold BaubleBar choker necklace (also gifted). With my nude $5 heels from Cauz for Pawz and some $6 sunnies, the whole look came out to around $33.

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