Happy Halloween!

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Hey guys--hope you're having a great Halloween/Friday so far! Just wanted to share a few fun little things before signing off for the weekend:

  • To all you NYC thrifters, don't forget that the next 2014 Salvation Army Coat Sale is THIS Saturday, November 1 at Salvation Army's Hell's Kitchen outpost (536th W. 46th St.). I usually try to snag a spot in line by 8:30am, but doors open at around 9am. If you can't make it, the very last (and usually coldest!) sale is Saturday, December 6. Get tips on how to shop this sale here.
  • Wanna win this amazing necklace? Blogger buddy Sunita V. is hosting her first giveaway on Instagram. Just post your fave fall pic (i.e. a fall-inspired outfit, the perfect fall food/drink or some gorgeous fall foilage, etc.) and hashtag "#SunitaV" for a chance to win one of two necklaces. (This was my entry!)
  • It's almost holiday party season, so for those of you looking to dress high-end on a budget, Rent The Runway has plenty of designer dress rentals starting at just $30. They're running a promo right now, offering $20 off for every $75+ rental with code "TREAT2014", so it's the perfect time to book ahead for those big November and December events! You can browse their cocktail and formal dresses here and here.

See you all Monday! xoxo

Vintage Vibes

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In today's edition of "2014 Salvation Army Coat Sale Finds," (see previous editions here and here!) I bring you this adorable collar-less vintage coat, scored for just $20. The coat doesn't have tags, so I have no clue where it's from or when it was made, but it's in great condition, with textured outer fabric and a satin red lining. (I've since spotted similar vintage-style imitations at Zara, H&M and Forever 21, including this one, this one and this one.)

salvation army coat sale
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I wore the coat as part of a work outfit earlier this week, pairing it with a J.Crew boucle skirt I purchased from Unique Thrift Store in Brooklyn for just $4. I added an old purple sweater (cost unknown) I've held on to since college, along with a pair of black tights ($8, Old Navy) and my black ankle boots ($6.50, Housing Works Tribeca). With my gold necklace ($10, street vendor) and black sunnies ($1.50, purchased on sale from Forever 21), the whole look came out to $50.

salvation army coat sale
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salvation army coat sale

Also, if you missed October's coat sale, just a heads up that the next one is this weekend, on Saturday, November 1 at Salvation Army's Hell's Kitchen outpost (536th W. 46th St.). You can find some tips on how to shop the sale here. Happy hunting!

salvation army coat sale

#UGTakeOver Recap

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Hey guys! In case you missed it, I recently wrapped up a fun project with Uncommon Goods, a Brooklyn-based online retailer specializing in unique gifts, decor and accessories, many of which are handmade or sustainably-produced. I can get lost browsing their site for hours, so when they offered me the chance to take over their Instagram for a week, I naturally jumped at the opportunity. 

This being my first Instagram takeover, however, I was definitely a little nervous--I was worried my photos wouldn't be up to par, or I wouldn't get enough likes! (#InstagramProblems) But in the end, everything worked out, and I loved getting the chance to exercise my budding photography skills. Plus, getting to use my dog Koko as my model and muse was another fun bonus. :)

Here's a round-up of a few of my fave #UGTakeOver photos, featuring the site's Handmade Lidded Basket Hamper, Wooden Wine Glasses, Crescent Necklace and Waterfall Ring. Be sure to check out @uncommongoods for more!

And P.S.: With the holidays coming up, Uncommon Goods is one of my go-to sites when it comes to shopping for that "person who has everything," since it offers tons of cool, hard-to-find items at all different price points. It's never too early to start putting together that Christmas list! You can find some great holiday picks here and here.

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UG Take Over

Disclosure: Sample products were gifted from Uncommon Goods. Opinions expressed here are my own.