Ebay Find: Metal Bird Claw Bangle

Really Big Talons

I very recently scored this sweet bird talon bangle on, believe it or not, eBay! I first saw something like this on Nasty Gal, a site I like to ogle but can NOT afford, and was intrigued but wrote it off as out of my bank account league.  And then, the amazing youtuber Jen Im of CLOTHES ENCOUNTERS wore a metal claw bangle in one of her videos. I saw how awesome yet effortless it looked on her wrist. When she said she bought it on ebay, I paused the video and went directly to ebay. I actually found the very same bracelet, bought it, and also found the one you see above. I paid $1.04 (including shipping!) for it.

And here it is with the rest of today’s arm jewelry. The faceted stone ring is from Forever 21 (for $3.80) and the big weird red ring is from a dollar store in my local mall (for $0.99).

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New shoes from TJMaxx

I need some new heeled shoes for work, so I picked these up at my local TJMaxx, a discount clothing store, for $34.99, a bit more than I usually pay for shoes. They normally would have retailed for a higher price in a normal store.

In some cases, you get what you pay for, and cheap shoes just don’t last.  At an event for one of my work-study jobs in college, one of my shoes broke, so I was stuck wearing my snow boots for the entire evening. The shoes were $15 from K-mart. Live and learn, right?

They remind me of these shoes I have been seeing on Japanese and Chinese fashion blogs:

 

Thanks for reading, thrifters!

Thrifty Finds: How much is $1 worth?

A ring! I apologize in advance for the webcam pics. My real camera won’t turn on (eeeek!), and updates are needed!

Thrifty alert!! Michael’s (the craft store) has these cool floral roses in several varieties for only $1 each. I bought two. Here’s the one I wore today:

Grainy picture, but it's a gem atop a rose decal, with fancy metalwork.

I have two!

I also got three clip in fabric hair flowers for $1 each. (My hair is getting so long that I’ve been lazy with it, so I am trying to spice it up a bit. Seriously, my hair is only an inch or two from my butt. I love it but it gets sooo knotty. I am considering getting it layered to make it more manageable but I have bad luck with hair stylists.)

Last week, my boyfriend and I decided to go to the big antique store near his house. When I say big, I mean five buildings big. We only went into two, but here’s what I found:

Only $2!!!!!!!!!

It was only $2! The stone is actually a thin hollow piece of celluloid, so it’s fragile, but cool nonetheless. It was falling off, so I used my super glue pen and fixed it. It’s a very cool, dramatic piece with a chunky chain. (Alliteration!)

A dollar can go a long way if you know where to look!

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3 Tips for Building Your Thrifty Wardrobe

I’m having some issues with my computer’s SD card port, so I can’t upload photos of recent finds! It seems the universe doesn’t want me to share such thriftiness.

So, to make up for it, I’m starting a new series of posts to offer you ways to be stylish but cheap… err, not cheap, thrifty! More money saved equals more money for cool stuff!

Tip #1: Knee high stockings/hosiery.


Knee-high and over-the-knee stockings and socks seem to be pretty “in” right now, based off of my constant Lookbook trolling.  (It’s a problem, I admit, but it gives me lots of ideas for my own outfits. I don’t need rehab!)

A lot of young people (like me) seem to have forgotten or perhaps never knew of cheap pantyhose. I’m talking about the kind that comes in the plastic bubble gum machine eggs.

That photo above is basically what they look like. They cram the stockings into those little bubbles. I imagine these don’t sell as fast as they used to back in 40s, 50s, and 60s when women wore hosiery almost all the time. These would have been cheap enough that a woman could buy a new pair each week.

You can find this hosiery-filled bubbles in the underwear or intimates section of department stores like Target, Wal-mart, K-Mart, and so on. These things are CHEAP! I got a pair for $0.34!  And, believe it or not, they’re decent. If they rip, just buy more. They come in tan, black, and navy. You don’t have to splurge on price-inflated stockings from places like American Apparel if you don’t want to. One warning — the pair I bought is slightly sheer. So if you want that opaque look then socks are your best bet.

Tip # 2: Vintage slips.

There’s always a rack of slips and silky nightgowns in every thrift store. They are never all that expensive. If your not creeped out by the thought of wearing someone else’s slips, these can be pretty neat. I mean, they’re not panties or anything. I got mine for around $1.50!

I have three slips. Two are the gown kind that you wear beneath a dress and the other is just a skirt slip. These are good for dresses and skirts that are a little see through, but they also serve as a cheap alternative to a petticoat. While they won’t help with that full, poofy skirt effect, they will add a more feminine touch if the bottom peeks out a bit, showing off the lace. If you have a skirt that’s just a smidge too short for you to wear out anD about, wear a slip underneath it!

Tip # 3:  Thigh high hosiery.


This tip is less about saving money but more about appearance. If you’re like me, you might have a little bit of pudge around your tummy. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love pantyhose, but I hate that no matter what size you buy the top of it always cuts you off strangely. Even if you have very little pudge, it will still create a muffin top effect. So, your left to either just deal with it and have a lumpy looking stomach under your dress or scrunch it down around your pelvis, and then that looks bulky. You really can’t win. I see women who seem to have mastered wearing pantyhose without these afflictions, but I haven’t quite figured it out yet.

For years I avoided wearing pantyhose with dresses and only ventured to wear them with high waisted skirts because I didn’t like how the pantyhose maid my stomach look. Then, while in Las Vegas this past summer, I found a part of vertical striped black thigh-high nylons. I wanted them so badly, so I got them. I realized that these solved my problem completely!  So, if you have the same problem, why not give thigh-highs a try?

Okay, that’s all for now! Happy thrifting!