Friday, April 18, 2014

Frugal Fashion Friday - Great Goodwill Finds

My love for Goodwill shopping is nothing short of legendary. I find all sorts of great items that I wear often and I also manage to buy the starters of awesome DIY projects. All for great prices. Case in point, the black sunglasses I used for my latest DIY. I've been lusting after a pair of pink sunglasses for some time now. When I saw these pink, sparkly sunglasses by Quay, I thought of the black pair I'd snagged at Goodwill last year. I knew I had to recreate them.

My sunglasses transformed by nail polish have turned out great before. I thought I'd try the same treatment for a pair of pink sunnies.

Sunglasses                                           $3 (Goodwill find)
Pink nail polish                                    $1 Full bottle $2 (already owned)
Clear nail polish                                   50 cents  Full bottle $3 (already owned)
TOTAL $4.50 (with tons of polish left over)

I painted  four coats of pink polish. I wanted the finish to be an opaque pink and very thick. Then I added two coats of clear.

Here they are, the finished product!

They will definitely be in heavy summer rotation.

It's more than funny that I'd planned this post today. I  combined a Goodwill find in one of my outfits and I posted it to Instagram and tweeted about it. Unbeknownst to me, my friend the DC Goodwill Fashionista, featured my outfit in her blog today! The blue Talbots silk blouse is one of my favorites and I snagged it at Goodwill for less than $5!! It's a great weekend to hit up your local Goodwill or other thrift store and score some great buys.

Happy Friday Real Girls!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Inspiration - Messy Braids

I've been smitten with messy braids ever since I spotted this one on Blake Lively. The forecast here in DC this week is calling for some rain and a braid is my go to when the weather is bad. Curling my fine hair in wet weather is a complete waste of time. A braid looks chic and will last all day and even better that it's supposed to look messy. When I get caught in the rain or wind blown, I'll be able to hide that I'm a hot mess. 

In order to create a braid this full and messy, I have to add texture to my hair. Products and teasing usually do the trick. I found lots of great styles to try.

Inspiration - Messy Braids

Here is a great tutorial from A Beautiful Mess (the style in the upper left is from their blog). I think it might even be easy enough, even for me and my fine, hard to style, hair. These braids will even work at the beach this summer. BONUS!

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

I spent the weekend in bed with a nasty stomach flu. So on top of my excitement in feeling like a human being again, this week's weather is looking warm and sunny (no snow in sight!). It's the perfect forecast for spring baseball. Spring evenings at the ballpark are always a blast but dressing can be a bit of a challenge. While the sun is out, it's warm but as soon as the sun goes down there is a chill in the air. I always want to root on the team looking chic but comfort is also key.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame
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An easy but interesting striped tee and some white jeans are a great base for this outfit. I added a black and white bomber (it also comes in plus sizes, both from I also love this one in silver. A trusty pair of shades for that late afternoon sun and my favorite ball cap to show my team spirit. The trek to the seats and standing in line calls for a hands free, cross-body bag. I usually opt for minimal accessories and of course comfortable walking shoes.

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