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Rain Drops Keep Fallin’ On My Head

Rain Drops Keep Fallin’ On My Head

Polka dots and raindrops go well together. Today’s storm-brightening outfit comes courtesy of the fabulous Miss Heather whose fabulous mom wore this hat in the late 60’s to early 70’s. A big shout out, as well, goes to my fabulous grandmother who donated this dotted umbrella to the cause. Other fabulous people include the unnamed fashionistas who donated the perfect 1970’s blouse, J Crew skirt, and new-but-with-retro-styling raincoat to Goodwill! I love you guys!!

Thanks, All, for brightening my day! 🙂

Thrift Store Style: Menswear Sweaters

Thrift Store Style: Menswear Sweaters

Especially at this time of year, Lindee and I are on the hunt for thrift store sweaters comfy and cosy enough to counter the January blahs. On a recent thrifting trip, we made sure to search both the women’s AND men’s clothing sections! Some of our favorite boxy sweaters are actually menswear scores! The addition of leggings, slim jeans, and/or boots helps to offset the larger size of the sweaters, while the cozy knits make us smile! Here are some of our favorites!

We wore these sweaters on our thrifting trip! My sweater is men’s Nautica, while Lindee’s is from Banana Republic. We practiced our “penguin huddle” to stay warm during picture taking! 🙂

Lindee’s awesome vintage pullover is a favorite from this post. Here cap, scarf, and boots help to play up the menswear vibe!

Another classic sweater, this time from Ralph Lauren! Although Lindee’s is thrifted, you can find the bear sweaters going strong in men’s, women’s, and kid’s wear from this Ralph Lauren show! (Check this post to discovered which celebrity tried to copy Lindee’s style!!)

I love that this Tommy Hilfiger sweater is long enough to wear with leggings! Finding a sweater that is long enough but not too large in the shoulders is challenging, so I was thrilled when I found this wool number! Boots and my favorite hat kept me warm on a trip to San Francisco’s Japantown.

Menswear sweaters make us smile! Say cheese!

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Fashion Challenge: Vintage Ralph Lauren Sweaters

Fashion Challenge: Vintage Ralph Lauren Sweaters

We love a great sweater, especially when we find it at the thrift store! Finding a quality sweater second hand often means finding a piece from a great brand. If the item is high quality to begin with, chances are it will hold up to, and maybe even be improved by, some gentle wear. Lindee and I found that some of our favorite thrifted sweaters are from the same brand- Ralph Lauren. We have worn R.L. sweaters in past posts and many times in daily life. If you haven’t already, check out Ralph Lauren’s Fall ’18 fashion show here at Vogue.com to see lots of sweatery, layer, texture-y greatness! We enjoyed the show so much that we decided to put together our own mini Ralph Lauren Tribute using favorite thrift store treasures. You may even spot some celebrities…

I was lucky enough to find this sweater at a second-hand boutique. The style is so classic that I don’t think it will ever go out of style! Those preppy stripes inspired me to wear the sweater in our  Fashion Challenge: Wannabe French post. The sweater’s best feature is a super comfy fit- not too blousy, not too tight, not too warm, not too drafty, and 100% cotton!

I styled the sweater with my vintage Levis from our Fashion Challenge: 1990’s Pants, cowboy boots, bandana, and a fav thrifted newsboy hat.

Lindee scored a Ralph Lauren sweater this fall! She couldn’t resist that preppy, patriotic flag! She paired the sweater with vintage high-waisted jeans.

Although the flag motif is classic, the cropped length of the sweater suggests that it’s from the 1990’s. Since cropped sweaters are popular again, Lindee’s find was particularly timely!

This next sweater is another thrift store score! I was super excited to find a wardrobe staple in such great shape! For this picture, I paired the sweater with a vintage wool skirt, but I regularly wear it with jeans and flats!

I looove that cowl neckline- it’s flattering while still not exposing one to too much cold or too much sweater warmth! Classics are classic for a reason.

Lindee first wore this vintage bear sweater for our Sweater-vember: Thrift Store Sweater Challenge! Although she wasn’t too sure at first, I convinced her to try this hand-knit, iconic piece. I love how she turned the preppy vibe a little more woodsy with the addition of a beanie, denim, and lace-up boots. 

Turns out, Lindee wasn’t the only one styling this sweater! WOAH! Kanye West was apparently trying to copy her style!!! Lindee discovered his picture here at Spott while researching this trade mark Ralph Lauren piece!

I may be biased, but I know who I would pick in a “who-wore-it-better” competition! 😉 Of course, new bear sweaters made appearances in the recent Ralph Lauren show! So Cute!

The next time you are thrifting, keep your eyes open for Ralph Lauren gems! They are sure to make appearances in your cold weather wardrobe for years to come. Just make sure the Kanye doesn’t spot that bear sweater before you do… 

Pumpkin Time!

Pumpkin Time!

I can no longer resist the call of pumpkins! For a short time at least, I’m seizing the moment to enjoy pumpkin everything! Pumpkin coffee, pumpkin bagels, pumpkin candles, and especially pumpkin decor! (I’ll send any haters a batch of pumpkin scones to console them.) Here are a couple of my favorite pumpkin crafts to help you join the pumpkin party!

I combine my love of both pumpkins AND pom-poms with this first project! You guessed it- I’m making cute lil’ pom-pom pumpkins to add to my fall centerpieces.

You can create these fuzzy little guys using pom-pom makers, different textures of yarn, and green pipe cleaners!  Check out our Pom Pom Pumpkins tutorial for the fun, easy DIY!

While I am very attached to my pom-pom maker, I also have a thing for fabric paint and stamps. I couldn’t pass up an excuse illuminate plain dish towels with fall motifs!

You can find the complete towel stamping tutorial in our post Nifty Gifties: Stamped Dish Towel!

I used foam stamps from the craft store, but you can also make your own! For step-by-step stamp making directions, check out our Funny Bunny Scarf post!

These make such cute fall gifts! I have given them away so fast, that I have yet to make some for me!

Of course, no pumpkin quest could be complete without real pumpkins! We made our yearly visit to a local farm to pick the perfect pumpkin, taste some apples, and snap pictures of the beautiful produce!

I was super excited to finally be able to wear this sweater and vintage wool skirt! To add to the 1940’s vibe, I accessorized with vintage earrings and a homemade snood hair net. You can find all the snood-making details in our DIY 1940’s Snood Hair Net post!

Happy Pumpkin Time, Everyone! Enjoy it while it lasts!

Jelly Beans and “Jresses”

Jelly Beans and “Jresses”

When friends come to visit, we love to take them to the Jelly Belly Factory in Fairfield, CA. With free tours and a jam packed gift shop, you inevitably learn a lot about and eat a lot of… jelly beans! For this trip, I wore a favorite thrifted “jress,” or jean dress! I loved wearing this dress in our Fashion Challenge: “Jresses” post (found here)! This time, I’m pairing it with bright vintage accessories, perfect for our colorful, sugarful adventure!




Check out my dream car!




Ok, time for the factory tour! Bright colors and delicious smells are everywhere! Fabulous headgear is mandatory.











There’s candy EVERYWHERE! Even on the walls! And the artwork!




No trip to the Jelly Belly factory could possibly be complete without a trip to the gift shop… It’s the pot of gold at the end of the literal jelly bean rainbow!










With a mounting sugar high, I drove home, proud owner of many jelly beans. I may possibly have a new truck as well… 😉


Fashion Challenge: Peasant Skirt

Fashion Challenge: Peasant Skirt

I love a great skirt, especially if it’s comfortable, versatile, and easy to find at the thrift store! Peasant skirts check all of those boxes! To prove it, I put my thrift-store-score skirt to the test to see how many looks I could create. Here is my skirt and outfits so far!

Exhibit A: Peasant Skirt


Outfit #1 Nerdy: My “Otter Half” tee, flip flops, sun hat, and backpack kept me super comfortable on a warm day, while also satisfying my nerdy side.


#2 Preppy: Stripes, a scarf, and a jean jacket are my wardrobe go-to’s. I changed things up a bit by pairing them with the flowy skirt.


#3 Western: This look was a great excuse to wear my suede jacket, western belt, and boots, all favorite thrift store finds!


#4 Layered: I grouped varying shades of denim blues together for this look. The outfit was great for a cooler day and will be a fun idea to carry into fall.


#5 Boho: My favorite way to wear a peasant skirt is also the easiest! Add a tank top, layered jewelry, and sandals (all thrifted!) and you are ready for that beautiful, summery day!


Hope you enjoy putting on your perfect peasant pizazz! 🙂 Check your local thrift stores to find your new favorite skirt!


Fashion Challenge: “Jresses”

Fashion Challenge: “Jresses”

I am admittedly a vintage denim addict. It’s not just the name brands or current hipness that attracts me. I love the softened feel and super utilitarian vibe of these pieces, as well as their availability at thrift stores! This addiction sometimes leads me to purchase pieces that I love, but later find challenging to wear. One example is the vintage jean dress, or “Jress” as my hubby calls it. I love how a jress is casual because it’s denim, but not totally casual since it’s a dress. Jresses are, however, more than a little funky… Here’s what I’ve learned about wearing these thrift-store-scores!

Break up the denim-ness when possible. I love the easy midi length of this jumper/dress, but that IS a lot of denim! I brought in the striped shirt and patterned scarf to mix things up a bit. I wore my outfit on a Goodwill shopping trip and, while I didn’t find more vintage denim, I did eye those animal print purses!

Speaking of demin, this midi dress has lots of it! However, the striped pattern and big, industrial buttons, break things up a bit. A belt really helps too, because it defines the waist and interrupts the column of denim. Shopping note: search thrift stores for cute and comfy belts! Never know when they’ll come in handy.

I love how this jress has kind of an industrial Rosie-the-Riveter-meets-1990’s vibe! I put the belt and scarf tricks to work and added another favorite accessory- boots! If in doubt, try putting a vintage dress with modern boots and see what happens. The boots should help pull the dress into the present!

Admitting you have a problem is the first step to dealing with addiction. However, I already have garments lined up for another vintage denim posts! *Sigh* Stay tuned…

Thrift Store Style: Blooms and BBQ

Thrift Store Style: Blooms and BBQ

It was Sunday and it was raining. I wanted to look cute, but was willing to invest minimal effort into an outfit that also had to be comfortable. Surprisingly, I found my outfit answer in a dress that I had previously worn all gussied up for a vintage post! I looove multitasking dresses like this, especially when they are thrift store scores! Soon, I was ready for the drizzle… and some local BBQ!

Here is the dress when I styled it for a Vintage a la Thrift Store photo shoot. (You can check out that post here.) I love the stretchy material, retro cut, and crazy daisies! I styled it with vintage accessories and vintage-inspired shoes and basket purse.



This time around, I was feeling a bit more lazy. I paired the dress with a comfy sweater and knee boots, but couldn’t help adding vintage earrings and a scarf for easy pops of color. Everything, with the exception of my socks, had been thrift store finds! Even the boots were bought new from Goodwill, whose stores sometimes get donations of new, clearanced items from retailers! I set out with Hubby to check out a local barbeque place we had been dying to visit!



The super friendly people and vintage decor boded well for our future meal! While we waited for our order, we snapped a few photos.


I ordered the pork ribs, while Hubby got lamb. With our bag of yumminess in tow, we could hardly wait to get home! I had to persuade him to take the last photos…



I wish I had pictures of the meal, but by the time I thought about it, my hands were covered with barbeque sauce! It was a lunch too delicious to interrupt! You can check out the restaurant, Pack Jack’s Old Style Texas Bar-B-Que (here), to see for yourself!