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Dress Up, Dress Down: Polka-dot Dress

I few weeks ago I had the chance to guest post for Lindsay Living. I wrote about packing for a trip. In the post, I showed two different ways to wear one dress.

In this first version, I’m wearing it as a dress. No big surprise. I chose this one because it’s a jersey knit and won’t wrinkle in a suitcase. And because you never know what the weather will be like when travelling, cardigans are a great way to layer and be prepared. They’re nice for covering up in air-conditioned restaurants too.

dress as dress

Dress: Thrifted
Cardigan: Smart Set
Necklace: Gifted
Watch: Florida street market
Shoes: Flexx

Here, I’ve layered a top over the dress, essentially turning it into a skirt. It really changes up the look. One less thing to pack!

dress as skirt

Dress: Thrifted
Top: Papaya
Necklace: Forever 21
Cuff: Claire’s
Shoes: Target

I’m a fan of bringing costume jewelry on trips too. Accessories are an easy way to change an outfit quickly and they take very little space in a suitcase. I don’t take pricy pieces. Luggage gets lost, things get taken. It’s one less thing to worry about if you keep valuables at home.

Have a look at the post on Lindsay’s blog for more travel tips!


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Thrifty Thursday: Shopping Her Closet

You might recognize Andrea from my recent clothing exchange post. Andrea appreciates a bargain as much as I do and she has great tips on how to get a deal. As a fellow clothes horse, I knew Andrea had a lot of great styles in her closet so I challenged her to remix a few of her favorite pieces. The following outfits are items that Andrea hadn’t worn in a while and hadn’t combined in these ways.

hat and coat

thrifted blazer

Blazer: Clothing Exchange
Turtleneck and boots: Ross Dress for Less
Jewelry: Fred Meyer
Jeans: Paige via Marshall’s
Overcoat: Nordstrom
Hat: Boutique in Portland

hat and poncho

Poncho: Marshall’s
Hat: San Francisco Hat Company via PCC Natural Markets
Trousers: The Limited (Buy one, get one 50%)
Shoes and clutch: Ross Dress for Less


Jacket and skirt: Clothing exchange
Top, belt, and boots: Ross Dress for Less
Jewelry: White House Black Market

Looking at Andrea’s outfit, I noticed a few things: She loves classic pieces in neutral colors with pops of red. It’s definitely her go-to accent color. Also, she looks great in hats and isn’t afraid to wear them.

Andrea appears to be a Ross addict! Ross Dress for Less and similar off-price stores (like Marshall’s and TJ Maxx) are great ways to get designer items for a good deal. The buyers at Ross work with manufacturers to buy overruns and then sell them deeply discounted.

I asked Andrea to share her tips. Here’s what she said:

  • Once a year take everything out of your closet and put things back one by one. Reorganize your clothes and put them back in a different order pants on the left this time, color coded, etc.) to change the visibility. If you haven’t worn in it in over a year you probably won’t ever wear it again so start your clothing exchange/donate pile.
  • Keep your receipts! I often buy when I don’t need to and recently found a handful of items still with tags.  Most stores will honor original price on return if you have the receipt… even if it’s very old.
  • Push yourself to be bold. When going to work I have less fun, however have been newly inspired by going through my clothes and seeing so many things I forgot I had or was too lazy to work into an outfit.
  • Take photos of your favorite outfits. When you feel really good in something, make sure to take a photo so you won’t forget to put that ensemble together in the future.
  • Ensure you’re wearing the correct bra size.  It’s common knowledge most women are wearing the wrong size.  I have to tell you when I was correctly sized and got bras that fit well clothes started to feel and look better as well.  At some point I was wearing a 36C however I am actually a 34DDD.  Now the ladies are right where they should be!
  • Try out sockittome socks! Some of the most fun socks to wear even if you aren’t showing off the designs.

I have even more of Andrea’s outfit pictures so I’ll post part two in a few weeks.


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