Posts Tagged ‘chic’

Thrifty & Chic: Hush Puppies


This last weekend was insane. I don’t believe I went to bed before 2 a.m. from Thursday through Sunday. There was just way too much to do & too little time to do it. Friday, as part of the Sewing Summit festivities, I led a group of ladies around downtown Salt Lake on a little thrift/vintage shopping excursion. Hands down I was the one that scored the most loot. I left a lot of fabulous stuff for everyone, but I found so many great things I just couldn’t help myself. It’s been a while since I’ve done a Thrifty & Chic feature, so I thought I’d do that today since I’m still trying to get on top of laundry, dishes, sleep, projects, etc.

I found these never-been-worn moccasin hush puppies for $23 at my favorite vintage shop: MisC. MisC isn’t like Goodwill or Salvation Army. The owner carefully curates her little shop keeping trends & seasons in mind.

I don’t shop there all the time, but when I’m looking for something different, specific & in near-perfect condition; I go there. Part of me was hesitant to buy these shoes because I’m used to finding deals for under $6, but come on! Where would I ever find a pair of shoes quite like these for even $23?

Have you found any good deals lately? Just recently my sister in thrifting, Laura, emailed me how she found an amazing modern wooden kitchen for $17. I won’t lie, I’m so incredibly jealous. Feel free to share links in the comments! I’d love to see what you’ve scored lately.

Thrifty & Chic: Glamping Boots


Have you noticed this glamping trend that’s been popping up on all the big design sites like Frolic, Blah Blah BlahgOh, Hello Friend? I started noticing this little trend when J. Crew’s 2009 winter shoot totally made Sorrels look high fashion. I love the styling of all the photoshoots I’ve seen, but I’m not totally sold on the whole aspect of actually doing it: glamour camping, that is. Isn’t the whole point of camping to get dirt under your nails? Not a mani-pedi.

With that said, my cousin-in-law found these boots for $5 but they didn’t fit her. Gladly I took them off her hands! The leather is in near perfect condition. Maybe I’ll wear them the next time I go glamping. Or Gliking. That’s glamour hiking, in case you didn’t catch that last one. Either way, I’m totally ready for all the snow next winter (and next spring).

Thrifty & Chic: Bow Purse + Giveaway – CLOSED


This post is brought to you by Tai Pan Trading.

One of my blogging friends, Jenni, always has rad giveaways. She works for Tai Pan Trading, a Utah-based wholesale home decor store (which has the awesomest stuff, btw) so she frequently features new items in stock & gives them away. Two weeks ago I won one of her giveaways & scored this incredibly sweet bow bag:

My old purse was starting to look really ratty when I won this purse; the timing couldn’t have been better.

I love how small this purse is while still fitting everything I need: wallet, keys, phone, business cards, pens, usb drive & poopy clutch. I also love that it has two detachable handles, a drop handle & a messenger bag-style handle. The messenger bag handle is perfect while riding my bike & wrangling Penelope. This purse normally retails for about $29.99. Not bad, right? I’m used to spending about $30 (give or take) for a purse. What about you?

Head over to your local Tai Pan Trading to drool over and buy their many wonderful purses. If you’re not near one (sucks to be you), you might want to try these alternates online:

Bow Bags

Watermelon Bags

Let me know if you find any other bags on the internets that are worth adding to the list!

Thrifty & Chic: Bedroom Edition


While looking for rentals last year, our place was listed as a two bedroom. Well, it wasn’t really. It has one bedroom upstairs & one downstairs in the unfinished basement. The second bedroom wasn’t really habitable before we moved in. We liked the finished part of the house, so we signed a rental agreement under the condition that the owner would make the second room liveable, i.e. remove the mysterious puddle of water in the middle of the floor, install carpet, paint the walls, install a ceiling and add a rod in the closet to make it functional. You know what they did? They installed the cheapest, ugliest carpet they could find and stapled (YES) faux wood paneling to the ceiling. See. . .

We didn’t have a closet OR a dresser for nearly two months. IT. WAS. AWFUL. Our landlord wasn’t going to do anything about it, either. So, Chris (the awesome husband that he is) installed a metal rod to the ceiling studs of the closet using a bunch of industrial chains. See, we couldn’t just put any rod in because the closet wasn’t/isn’t framed. Yup. The landlord’s grandson was in the process of ripping apart the studs of the closet to refinish the basement when he got accepted to dental school. Our basement was never finished.

We lived in this dump for about 5 months. I was so sick of sleeping in a dungeon, I made Chris fix it up with me. Now it looks like this. . .

Sigh. This was a much needed improvement. If we actually owned the place I think we would have spent more time & money fixing the carpet, trim, door & closet but considering we may move out of this place any time it was just the right amount of investment. Here’s what we did:

  • painted the walls white
  • added a new light fixture
  • stapled white bedsheets to the ceiling
  • installed old kitchen cabinet to the wall for storage
  • made a shelf (from scratch! Chris is awesome), installed it & painted it white
  • added a headboard
  • hung artwork
  • added curtains to hide the closet
  • added curtain to the window

Here’s what we spent:

  • Paint: $28
  • Ikea light fixture: $30
  • White bedsheets: $18
  • Lumber for shelf: $7
  • Headboard: $8
  • Milk glass vases: $3
  • Brass cages: $1.50

Awesome, right? We managed to give this room a complete face-lift for under $100!

I love my new headboard. Susan pointed it out for me while we were thrift shopping together. I love the simple design & the rich color. Some day I think I’ll recover it with a hounds tooth or chevron pattern. Wouldn’t that look sharp? It works well in this room for now.

Our room is also rather A-symmetrical. Because of the off-kilter window & random raised-wall thingy, we went for an A-symmetrical look with decorating. Certainly not my typical style for decorating, but it works. I’m still not sure how I feel about how the frames are hung. I’ll probably rehang those at some point.

The cabinet (above) was from the previous kitchen & just taking up space in our basement. We painted it white & installed it on the wall. It’s the perfect place for my accessories & shoes. We had an awfully hard time finding a dresser when we moved in, we just opted to buy stackable Ikea bins instead. They’re not as gorgeous as the dresser I have in mind, but they’re cheap & functional. We figured it was better to buy these bins than a dresser we didn’t like. This way, if we find the perfect dresser we’ll just repurpose the bins as storage for my growing mounds of fabric or something.

This shelf was in the kitchen of our last apartment, but works perfectly in this little nook by the bedroom door. We stash our pocket contents here when we come in for the night.

For the longest time we didn’t have anything covering our closet. It’s so nice to finally have something hiding all that chaos.

I found these brass cages at the thrift store just last week. Aren’t they fun? I wonder what the original owner used them for.

Here’s my favorite decoration: our death masks. We made those when we were dating. Such a great reminder of our courtship!

There you go. We no longer live in a dungeon. Hip, Hip HOORAY!

Additional Info:

  • We got our bedding & shams from Target 4 years ago as a wedding gift.
  • We did not paint the ceiling (the reason why I covered it with bedsheets) before attaching the bedsheets.
  • We were really lazy & just painted right over the wood paneling. No priming. Next time we’ll prime before we paint, but it doesn’t really matter since we’ll likely move the end of next month.
  • Since the house has an unusually tall basement for a home built in the 1930s, stapling the bedsheets to the ceiling makes the room feel cozier, but not smaller.

•I M P O R T A N T•

I’ve received a few emails from concerned readers regarding the code of this bedroom. The shelterpop article was actually a little misleading. There is a window in the room (as evidence by the light in the after photos), it’s just covered by a curtain. The window measures about 2’x3′, which is pretty incredible for a basement window of a house built in the early 1900s. The window is also above ground (nice!). Bottom line, it does count as a room as far as Utah rental laws are concerned. It was just a poor excuse for a room before I got my hands on it. Additionally, we don’t live there anymore. Our current bedroom windows are GIGANTIC! Hooray for loads of natural light!

Springtime Refashion


I found this fabulous vintage Jaclyn Smith dress while thrifting a month ago. I fell in love with the color and pattern more than anything. The fit wasn’t so great, though.

The sleeves were loose at the upper arm & tight at the wrist. The fabric on the sleeves wobbled like the flabby skin on an old lady’s arm. So annoying. The length of the dress was too long to be a shirt, and too short to be a dress (too short for me, at least). The fit in the bust and waist was shapeless and too large, too. All these things are really easy to fix, so I did it!

Here’s what I did:

  • Shortened the sleeves
  • Took in the bust, waist and sleeves by 3 inches on each side
  • Chopped 6 inches off the bottom & created a curved hem
  • Added a bow to the neckline

All of this was really, really easy. The hemline was the most time consuming (I HATE hemming), but so worth it. I made the curved hem using a fabulous curved hem tutorial on Burdastyle. I really like how accurate and consistent the hem is all the way around the shirt. You should try it out.

I love my new shirt. I love how the black belt really makes the green pattern sing. What do you think? Should I have left it as it was?

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