Staying Fashionable on a Clothing Diet

May 19, 2016

Earlier this week, I had dinner with a few of my closest girlfriends. These are the women in my life who can talk and laugh about literally anything (don’t you love friends like that?). During our usual rapid fire of life updates — spanning topics such as new jobs, pants suits, and the perfect brussel sprout — my friend asked me how blogging was going.

I replied: great! Well, except for the fact that I’m on a clothing diet and haven’t added anything new to my closet since I purchased a house. Same clothes, different day. Yawn.

After I got home from dinner, I decided to scroll through my camera roll — basically a visual diary of my life (mainly full of cat photos) — and decided, you know what? I actually have been getting my fashion game on! It’s just a little more subtle and a little more thrifty than usual.

So today I’m sharing a little photo diary on how I’m staying fashionable on a clothing diet:

Sam Edelman Trina sandal

Sam Edelman Trina Sandals // I purchased these sandals secondhand via Poshmark. Regularly $120. My price? $30 (plus I had store credit, so basically they were free!).

Beachy waves thanks to a straightening iron

Beachy waves… with a straightening iron! // My bestie swears that a flat iron is the best way to curl your hair. This method never, ever made sense to me. A straightener?! For curls? Until I finally watched a helpful YouTube video that broke it down. And look at the end result. Beachy waves!

Banana Republic New Sloan-Fit Dash Print Slim Ankle Pant | Style Me Thrifty

Banana Republic Sloan Ankle Pants // I shared my love of these pants in black a few months ago. Well, I also bought them in this fun print. In attempt to jazz up my wardrobe using items I already own, I added this hot pink skinny belt that I rarely wear. Hello cute little work outfit!

Fitbit Alta with Leather Blush band

Fitbit Alta with Leather Blush band // The reason I work out? So I can eat cupcakes! I’ve been wearing a FitBit Flex for the past two years, but was thrilled when FitBit came out with their Alta tracker, a slightly more fashionable option. My husband got me one for my birthday last week — I’m loving the digital display (reminiscent of an Apple Watch) and blush band.

Summer trend to try: rompers!

Be Bop Romper (similar) // I took my own fashion advice and purchased a romper from Poshmark. I haven’t actually worn it yet because it’s been so dang chilly and rainy here, but I can’t. wait. to. wear. it!

SOKO People x Pencils of Promise V Cuff

SOKO People x Pencils of Promise V Cuff (c/0) // There’s no such thing as too many bangles in my book. This thin cuff pairs perfectly with my other arm party favorites — and it benefits a great cause, Pencils of Promise.

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Trend to Try: Rompers

May 4, 2016

Now that my toes have been painted and are finally free from months in boot prison, I am turning my shopping focus to warm weather fashion trends. And you guys, I want a buy a romper.

Buuuut… I feel very conflicted about this idea. You see, at age 33, I have noticed that I hesitate anytime something super trendy catches my eye. My 23-year-old self would have bought a sassy romper without a second thought… but the wise voice in my head now scolds me: you need to be investing in classic, timeless clothing — not something that you have to take off entirely to go to the bathroom. 

And then I see adorable models confidently wearing rompers and all my mature fashion sensibility flies out the window. SO CHIC.

Warm weather trend to try: Rompers!

Banana Republic Paisley Romper | Madewell Perimeter Romper

So the challenge today is: can I find a one-piece romper that skews slightly more mature? Something with more than a one-inch inseam and a little extra arm coverage? Something that doesn’t break the bank so when I age out of this trend, it’s NBD? Spoiler alert: I sure can!

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Are you ready to try the romper trend? Post a comment below — I’d love to hear your thoughts!


Outfit: Bold Blouses + Blogging News

April 7, 2016

JCrew printed blouse, JCrew Factory necklace | Style Me Thrifty

JCrew Blouse (consigned from Current Boutique) | JCrew Factory Necklace (similar)

In my last Wish List Wednesday, I dropped a super not-subtle hint: my husband and I bought a house! Hooray, we’re homeowners!

What I didn’t tell you is: I’ve started another blog. And it’s about my new house. And yes, I’m nutso. And yes, I’m also so excited! (Don’t worry; Style Me Thrifty isn’t going away).

Let me back up: after four years of renting, we decided to jump into the wild real estate world and purchase a rowhouse right down the street from where we rent. It just-so-happens that our good friends Sydney & Ephorm also just bought a house on the same street. Two friends, two houses, one street. Pretty cool, right? We thought so, too. So cool, in fact, it felt blog-worthy!

So today I’m thrilled to introduce you to my new side project: Rowhouse Rookies. If you like budget home decor as much as you like budget fashion, then I have a feeling you’ll dig our renovation & decorating blog! You can follow us on Instagram and Twitter (@rowhouserookies).

Here are a few snaps we took for our About page — after looking through these, I need to add more bold blouses to my closet! Bright colors make me happy.

Rowhouse Rookies | Home Sweet {First} Home

Rowhouse Rookies, a home decorating blog

Rowhouse Rookies

Style Me Thrifty + Rowhouse Rookies

Rowhouse Rookies blog

On Maddy: JCrew Blouse (consigned from Current Boutique) | GAP Jeans | BP. Booties | JCrew Factory Necklace (similar) | Gorjana Bracelet | Andrew Marc Jacket (last seen here)

On Sydney: GAP Tank | H&M Necklace | Old Navy Jeans | Payless Booties

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