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Thrifty Thursday: Dinner and Drinks

I put together an outfit for “fancy drinks” and I realized on the way home that I spent more on my food and beverages than I did on my entire outfit. No, the restaurant wasn’t that expensive. This was a testament to being thrifty. I went to Black Bottle with my friends Angie and Suzanne. The space is noisy and eclectic and anything goes. There were groups of friends, couples on first dates, and the cutest pair ever: two still-in-love octogenarians, out for a romantic dinner. I hope I’m that lucky in 40 or 50 years.

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Jacket: Bebe via Goodwill ($8)
Dress: Richard Chai for Target ($44)
Scarf: Thrifted ($2)
Clutch: Gifted ($0)
Shoes: Nine West via thrifted ($8)
Bracelet: Premier Designs ($35)
Earrings: Stella & Dot ($14)

The jewelry puts me over $100, but when I was thinking of the price of the food and the price of the outfit, I didn’t factor in the baubles. Minus the bling, this get-up comes to $62. That’s about how much I ate and drank. And it was money well spent. The family-style spicy veggies, flatbread, and bubbly went really well with good company.

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Blue Chai T-Back: Target Dress #4

This Richard Chai design is the fourth and final Target dress from the mini-spree I had a few weeks ago (and it’s also a GO International Designer Collective piece). It’s a great alternative to the Little Black Dress. Meet the Little Blue Dress.

I wanted to make sure I could change the look of this dress and wear it to a variety of functions, as well as in different seasons. First, I paired it with silver shoes, a pewter clutch and silver jewelry. I’d wear this to a fancy dinner, a wedding, or a New Year’s Eve event.

Richard Chai dress

Dress: Richard Chai
Clutch: Victoria’s Secret
Shoes: Steve Madden
Bracelet: Gifted
Necklace: Fred Meyer’s
Earrings: Target

Next, I swapped out the silver shoes for a nude pair and threw on a bright orange scarf. This would be a nice dinner dress or something I could wear to the symphony.

Richard Chai dress 2

Scarf: Street vendor in NYC
Shoes: Nine West

Finally, I thought about girls’ night out and how I could get a little funky with this dress. I added a black satin blazer, a golden-baubled necklace, and tan faux suede boots with a kitten heel. I’m carrying a flashy, bronze hobo bag too, to make this more fun and less formal. I swapped out the silver-tone earrings for a gold version.

Richard Chai dress 3

Blazer: Bebe (thrifted)
Earrings: Target
Necklace: Mary Kay
Bag: Thrifted
Boots: Rampage

Here’s a thrifty tip: I found the Bebe blazer at Goodwill for $8 but it’s a size 2 (and I’m not). Because of its length and shape I realized this would work as a coat. I can’t button it up, but let’s keep that between you and me.

The total for the first outfit was $65; the second was $105; the third was also $105. Obviously I bought the dress only once so all the pieces you see here total $275. Proof that you can look like a million for much less.

fabric details

I love the detailing on the deep blue dress

mixed textures

Mixing textures and colors makes the outfit less formal

Don’t forget that April in National Poetry Month. To celebrate, here’s a fitting poem:

A Blue Dress

A lady
in a
blue dress

caught
a tear
on the end
of her finger
returned it
to her eyes

and smiled.

~ Heather burns

To see the other dresses, and how I styled them, see:

Spots: Jovovich
Stripes: Thakoon
Floral: Jovovich

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