Thrift Tips: Look At Things Differently

Do you ever see those transformation outfits that girls create from their thrift store finds? They buy these pieces, cut and stitch, and make them look totally different! Well kudos to those thrifty divas, because I can’t sow, though I wish that I could (anyone want to volunteer to teach me?).

For those of you who are like me, and aren’t that crafty, I have a simple thrift tips for you! When thrifting, it helps to look at things differently. For example, the other day I saw this floral vest. But the thing is, it isn’t a floral vest, it’s a button up dress. Instead of wearing it as a dress, I decided to unbutton it and make it into a long vest. There was no cutting or stitching to transform this piece!

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xo, Jennifer

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10 Tips For Thrift Store Shopping

Ever since our big move across the country, I have been trying to shop more at thrift stores and consignment shops, rather than big brand companies. It saves us money, is better for the environment, and I still get to treat myself to a little something without feeling guilty. Win, win! The other day I found this cute gray and black tank at the Salvation Army, and only paid $2 for it!!! Such a steal! So since I cannot link this top for you, I wanted to share some of my thrift store shopping tips!

1. Shop with a plan in mind. Thrift stores can be a little overwhelming. You can browse, but it’s always nice to go in with an idea of what you want or need.

2. Research while shopping. A lot of the times, while I’m thrift shopping, I come across brands that I am not familiar with. I always look that brand up on my phone. It’s helpful to gauge how much the company sells it’s product for. You may have a gem in your hand and not even know it!

3. Set a budget. Set an overall budget for your total purchase, and how much you are willing to spend on certain items.

4. Get creative. Loving the print of a pair of pants, but you need shorts? Cut the pants, stitch them up, and turn them into something that you need!

5. Know where to shop. Location, location, location. One of my favorite thrift stores in LA is located in Burbank. Burbank is home to Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros. Studios, and many others. This specific thrift store, called It’s A Wrap, sells movie and t.v. props and wardrobes. This means awesome brands, lightly used, and at a great price. Not all thrift stores are the same, so check out ones in different towns.

6. Know when to shopThe Salvation Army in my town posts a calendar that let’s customers know different deals that are occurring during the month. That is how I got this gray top for $2. The day that I went shopping was “All clothes $2”. At Goodwill there are sales based on the colors of the tags.

7. No hoarding. Just because something is cheap, does not mean that you need it. This is especially turn when certain items bring on nostalgia.

8. Don’t stick to your sizeI have tried on plenty of clothes that are in my size and do not fit. Explore every size.  AND TRY EVERYTHING ON!

9. Inspect the productPull clothes off the rack and to inspect items. Check for rips, stains, any piling of material, or faded colors from washing.

10. Give yourself timeTo truly have amazing thrift store finds, you need to put in the time. Go on a day where you can give yourself a couple hours to sift through the items. Patience will always pay off.

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xo, Jennifer

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What to Wear: Day Date at the Beach

Hey, loves! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend, and that your week is off to a great start. I was super excited for this past weekend because my boyfriend and I planned a day trip to Santa Barbara! We woke up early, cooked breakfast together, and then packed a picnic for us and our fur baby.

Since the weather was only in the seventies yesterday, I wanted to share with you my beach OOTD! For summer the typical beach look is a cute bathing suit and a fun cover up. But what do you wear when you’re just there to walk along the beach, browse the shops, and munch on delicious seafood? I chose to wear a crop top, comfortable shorts, and a lite weight sweater for our day date. For these California “June gloom” days, it’s important to layer. State Street (one of the main shopping areas in Santa Barbara) can get pretty warm because you’re walking in the sun. But drive ten minutes to the coast and it will get windy real fast. And of course, you can never go wrong with a pair of white Keds. Trust me, if you’re heading to a beach town like Santa Barbara, you do not want to wear sandals. There are so many cute shops, and delicious places to eat, you’ll lose track of time while walking around (like I did), and your feet will be sore from all the exploring. Remember, the goal is to be cute but comfortable.

How do you like to dress for a day date at the beach?

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boho beach look

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Until next time, thank you for reading!

xxo, Jennifer

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