March 31, 2016

Mission #79, Day 4

Another thing that Jenna does effortlessly well is pattern mixing.  Before blogging, stripes and leopard wouldn't have even crossed my mind as a plausible combination.  I love the wide, bold stripes in Jenna's sweater but I had to go with what I had.  And what I had was one of my favorite sweaters I thrifted several months back.  I wear it in my off-time quite frequently.  And Jenna didn't have a jacket, but I think she would have approved.  

Also it is convenient to live in Colorado where you can take snowy pictures in January or February and they are still relevant at the end of March because we did just endure a blizzard a couple days ago.


Skinny Leopard Jeans-WalMart
Black and White Striped Sweater-thrifted
Mary Jane Flats-Forever 21
Leather and Fur Jacket-thrifted

March 30, 2016

Mission #79, Day 3

Welcome to my second favorite Jenna Lyons look.  Jenna does not shy from wearing fur, which I can appreciate.  I get the moral aspect, of course.  I don't know who would actually think that it was ok to kill innocent animals purely to make a coat out of their fur--who does that besides Cruella DeVille?  


I can't deny that I love the look of a fur coat.  


Skinny Camo Jeans-Kohls
Sequined Sweatshirt-Old Navy
White Fur Coat-vintage
Silver Clutch-thrifted
Earrings-Charming Charlies

March 29, 2016

Mission #79, Day 2

This was my favorite Jenna Lyons look that she had and one of my favorites to recreate.  I loved the mix of gold, yellow, pink and teal.  This is a look that I believe you could actually get away with wearing for various activities night or day.  For me, this was a casual Friday look.


Skinny Gold Jeans-Mango, JCPenneys
Hot Pink Shirt-Old Navy
Yellow Bag-thrifted
Teal Heels-thrifted

March 28, 2016

Mission #79, Day 1--Jenna Lyons

Jenna Lyons, the creative director and president of the beloved J. Crew, is a tried and true style icon.  She stands out, she does her own thing, and she's got something signature (her eyeglasses) in her look.  Not to mention, she owns all her flaws.  She has incontinentia pigmenti which is a condition that made her hair and teeth fall out.  She wears dentures.  But she owns that shit.  And I totally support and admire her ability to be so open and forthright about it.  Go Jenna!


Leopard Coat-thrifted
Rust Shirt-Kohls
White Eyelet Skirt-thrifted
Grey Tights-Kohls
Grey Mary Jane Heels-KMart

March 25, 2016

Dear Frannie Friday--Thrift vs. Consignment

It's time for another installment of my series with Denver Style Magazine--Savvy Secondhand.   When I first started thrifting, I didn't know it was a thing.  I started in the typical fashion--I was poor and needed something cheap for an interview/Halloween costume/school function.  When I first stepped into a consignment store and accidentally called it a thrift store to the owner (don't do that), I then knew there were very big differences between thrift stores and consignment shops.  Here's the showdown:  thrifting vs. consignment

Round #1: Price
Thrift stores are often non-profit or locally owned.  They get their clothes by donation and thus don't have a set retail price as the price set is the profit made.  Consignment stores take clothing by customers bringing in their merch and the consignment store acts as a third party sales person for the customer.  So there are two people that are making money when you buy consigned clothes--the owner of the store and the original owner of the merch.  So the prices will be higher so that they can both make a profit.   You can surely buy a sweater for a couple of dollars from a thrift store but you will likely pay clearance rack prices (depending on the brand, age of item and the style) at a consignment shop.

This round's winner is THRIFTING.

Round #2: Quality
Consignment stores have a long list of qualifications that your item must meet in order to be sold in their stores.  This may include the brand of the item, the condition of the item, the season of the item and how in style the item is.  Because of this, you are much more likely to find high quality, designer items in a consignment shop than a thrift store.  Don't get me wrong--I have found plenty of fun, perfect condition and even designer items in the thrift store, but you have to dig for them.  And your finding of such items is definitely not guaranteed because thrift stores will take anything and everything (used underwear anyone?).  When you go to a consignment shop, you are likely to find that the items are all in style, in good condition and possibly (depending on the shop) a designer or top quality brand.

This round's winner is CONSIGNMENT.

Round #3: Vintage
Again, you can find vintage at either consignment or thrift shops.  There are some consignment shops that are more for theater or costume and some that are specifically for vintage.  But for the most part, consignment shops will be carrying what is hot right now.  And therefore, you are much less likely to find vintage items at a consignment shop than a thrift shop.  Also, thrift shops take a multitude of items left over from estate sales, yard sales or people just cleaning out their closets.  For this reason, vintage is rampant in the thrift store.  This could mean that you will score an amazing buttery leather skirt from the 1970s . . . or that killer denim jumper that hits you mid-calf with the giant sunflowers on the bust.  You just never know.

This round's winner is THRIFTING.

Round #4: Style
The great thing about thrift stores is that you never know what you will find.  And that includes items that are vintage and items that are trendy.  That includes items from Forever 21 and items from Calvin Klein.  That includes items from summer 2012 and items from winter 1945.  With consignment shops, the owner will do the digging for you.  When you go to a consignment shop, there is not as much digging--everything there will be in style, in season and in good condition.  Either way, you are helping a small business or non-profit.  You are finding treasures that everyone won't already have.  You are saving money.  And you are coming out stylin'.

This round's winner is BOTH!!!

Green Shirt-gifted
Blazer-gifted by Patrick's grandmother
Houndstooth Skirt-thrifted
Mary Jane Pumps-Forever 21
Bag-Bebe, gifted
Diamond Stud Earrings-gifted

March 24, 2016

Thursday Mixer--Vintage Suede Fringe Jacket

When my grandmother gave me this jacket when I was a teenager I was smitten with it.  But I was too shy to wear it because it was such a statement piece (which looking back really doesn't make any sense since I was also wearing neon fishnets nearly everyday . . .).  Now that I am older and IDGAF about what people say or think about what I'm wearing, I grab this baby whenever I can . . . within reason.  Because it is very old and very special and I don't want anything to happen to it.   The jacket cost me nothing so I can't very well do a price per wear comparison on this one.  

Now, 2, 3, 4, 5

Jacket-vintage from Grandma
Dress-eshakti, c/o
OTK Boots-Amazon
Backpack-Jolly Chic, c/o
Burgundy Fedora-H&M
Boot Socks-Target
Earrings-DIY and gifted

March 23, 2016

Wordy Wednesday--Colorado

Recently, Denver, Colorado was rated the #1 place to live.  This caused quite the stir here because people in Colorado have legit Colorado pride.  But due to our beautiful mountains, excellent skiing venues, 300 days of sunshine and less we forget the legalization of marijuana, our population has about tripled in just the last decade or so.  I have never minded it.  To me, it's like the more the merrier (I hope you read that in Cher Horowitz's voice), but some people get all uppity about how they don't want any more people here in small town Colorado.  Nonetheless, people will continue to move here.  So here are some great quotes about Colorado.   And the mountains in general.  Because there are not enough quotes directly about Colorado.




Earrings-gifted from Patrick from Shane Co.
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