Thrifty Thursdays: Red and Black and Thrifty

I recently submitted a photo to Kyla over at Blue Collar Catwalk. She has a thrifty fashion challenge that encourages people to put together outfits for $100 or less. She’ll be adding me to the rest of the participants soon. In the meantime, here’s another thrifty look I assembled.

I got my inspiration from the spring tulips that bloom every April at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. If you live in Washington State or BC, I highly recommend the trip to Mount Vernon. Apparently the weather there is very similar to the weather in the Netherlands so it’s prime tulip-growing country.


red and black

red and black

Top: Express ($20)
Jeans: JC Penney’s ($11)
Boots: Naturalizer (via Goodwill) ($9)
Cuff: Claire’s ($6)
Earrings: Claire’s ($5)
Umbrella: Swag giveaway ($0)


The real deal here is the $9 Naturalizer boots. They were practically new and didn’t show any signs of wear. Normally these would retail for about $120. Shoes usually put me over the $100 mark. The rest of my outfits are pretty inexpensive. I bought the jeans at Penney’s during a “70% off before 1 pm sale.” The top was on sale at Express.

I took the Blue Collar Collective Challenge:

Blue Collar Collective

And finally, don’t forget National Poetry Month! Here’s the poem I picked for today’s post:

A Tulip Garden

Guarded within the old red wall’s embrace,
Marshalled like soldiers in gay company,
The tulips stand arrayed. Here infantry
Wheels out into the sunlight. What bold grace
Sets off their tunics, white with crimson lace!
Here are platoons of gold-frocked cavalry,
With scarlet sabres tossing in the eye
Of purple batteries, every gun in place.
Forward they come, with flaunting colours spread,
With torches burning, stepping out in time
To some quick, unheard march. Our ears are dead,
We cannot catch the tune. In pantomime
Parades that army. With our utmost powers
We hear the wind stream through a bed of flowers.

~ Amy Lowell



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2 responses to “Thrifty Thursdays: Red and Black and Thrifty

  1. RK

    I’ve recently come to love the comfort of Naturalizer and Aerosoles shoes. What a good find at Goodwill! The pop of red looks great, too.

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