Chelsea Girl

thrift blog

Hey thrifters! I spent part of my weekend helping a friend film a video project, and since I had to spend some time on camera, I made an effort to look just a litttttle more put together than usual. I pulled a couple to items out that I haven't worn, including this cute tribal-inspired Zara skirt I bought at a friend's closet clean-out sale for $3.

thift shopping

I paired the skirt with a loose bronze-colored top ($2), also from the closet clean-out, and my favorite black hat ($10, from a small shop in Queens), which I wore last year here, here and here, and million other times.

thrift blog
chelsea boots

I finished off the looks with a couple bangles (gifted), and took my new pair of black Chelsea boots out for a spin. I snagged the boots a couple weeks ago from Dorothy Perkins for just $67 with a 15% discount, which you get when you sign up for the DP newsletter. (The leather pair I purchased are here, but you can also get the exact same ones in faux-leather for $44.) Head to toe, the whole look came out to $82.

thrift blog

#SharingIsTheNewShopping

clothing swap

Last weekend, I attended an amazing swap event in DUMBO put together by the Ethical Writers Coalition and online vintage boutique Mode Marteau. Not only was I able to get rid of a bunch of still-cute stuff I never wear, but I also found some amazing gems to bring home, including two pairs of pants, some necklaces and a couple of tops. Plus, I was even able to drop off a bunch of leftovers from my #OtherWomanSwap party for recycling via Modavanti's ModaCycle program. So it was basically a win-win-win!

thrifting blog

After raiding the racks, my fellow swappers and I hauled our stuff into a corner to try everything on (anything that didn't fit or we weren't completely sold on got put back), and I loved one of my finds--a denim button-up top--so much that I decided to keep it on and wear it the rest of the day.

clothing swap brooklyn
thrift shopping

I paired the top with some black pants ($20), and since it was still relatively warm out, an army green jacket ($1.50, from Underground Thrift Store) tied around the waist. I added a silver necklace ($4, scored at a friend's closet clean-out sale) and my green-gray boots (around $1, from Housing Works Buy The Bag), and with my $6 street vendor sunnies, the whole look came out to around $32.50.

thrift shopping blog

And P.S., this look was featured by fellow style blogger Joua To The Rescue as part of her new "Budgetnista" series. I did a little Q&A about my budget-shopping ways, which you can check out here!

Midi In The City

nyc thrifting

Hey guys! Had a pretty fall-tastic weekend upstate, picking apples and pumpkins, sipping on cider and taking long afternoon naps. So as you can imagine, it's a little tough to be back in the swing of things on this chilly, cloudy morning. But here goes!

thrifting blog

If you caught my Fall 2014 lookbook video, you probably already saw this look, featuring a vintage faux-leather midi skirt I purchased at Cauz for Pawz for just $2. I actually bought the skirt nearly a year ago, and it had been sitting in my closet since, totally forgotten about. But when I recently invited blogger buddy Sunita V. over to help me breathe some new life into my closet, she immediately pulled it out of hiding and was inspired to put together this chic look.

secondhand style

She paired the midi skirt with a plain white tank (cost unknown), and dressed it up with an Aztec-print vest I bought on sale at Forever 21 for $11.99 last winter. With the addition of a silver necklace and bag ($4 and $5, scored from a friend's closet clean-out sale) and my nude heels ($5, Cauz for Pawz), the whole head-to-toe look came out to around $28!

thrift blog

And P.S., I'm taking over the Uncommon Goods Instagram this whole week, so be sure to follow @uncommongoods to see what Koko and I get up to! xoxo