Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Soup's for Sunday

Besides having a sunshine filled Sunday it was also a great opportunity to use up a roasted chicken I had lingering in the refrigerator. Cooked it down, pulled out the bones: added some bouillon, green onion, carrots and a sad lonely parsnip (thanks Meade's) and enjoyed a great soup supper!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

More Sunday fun!

This Sunday afternoon was beautiful and sunny!  A great day for some outdoor shots, instead of iphone, messy office pictures!

Hat: J.Crew-Thrifted
Shirt: J.Crew-Spring
Vest:  Lands End-Winter 2009
Cargo pants: Joe's-Thrifted

2 Link Bracelets: Thrifted (origin unknown)
Rings and watch: gift

On Board!

Like many new bloggers, I was a bit intimidated and maybe a little embarrassed about starting to record my fashion ideas and thoughts in such a public forum.  My initial response was to NOT. TELL. ANYONE. This weekend I let my husband read my few blog entries and his response was so sweet and supportive! As a result he ended up taking these pictures of my latest thrift finds!  Thanks, babe, I <3 U!

J.Crew hat: Thrifted

Saturday, February 4, 2012

My Story

I am 2nd generation dutch american (my grandparents were born in Holland) so the thrifty ways were passed along from family. My father is an auctioneer so EVERYTHING we owned had been loved before. I always wore hand-me-downs from my other dutch cousins a state away and thankfully they were ahead of our rural area in the "fashion scene"' so the idea of wearing second hand clothes never made me flinch. It did pose problems with fit so I learned my way around a sewing machine at a very young age.

I think I started thrifting by going through my grandmother's and/or mother's closets when I was in high school in the 80s and I liked the look of the 50 & 60s vintage. (I still have and wear some awesome dresses from my mom, see above) So, when I discovered thrift stores in college it was just an extension of how I had always acquired my clothes. Second-hand. 
I am now the mother to a 4 year old daughter who really thinks nothing of the church shops and charity stores we frequent. I hope she can continue to not be bothered by the thought of a "new dress" not really being new. 

Thrifted fun!

I am three weeks into my spring semester teaching load and I finally took off at 3:00 on Friday, picked up my girl and headed to our favorite and close by church thrift/consignment store (The Key). It has been over 7 weeks since I had thrifted and I was ready for some fun.  It was a low inventory week and the pickings were slim but I had a few ideas in mind and always find something to catch my eye. I ended up with the following $16 purchase: a mustard pair of GAP skinny cords (wearing right now), a felted wool J.Crew hat and a book. My girl fell in love with a unseasonable pair of pink CROC sandals and a summery pink dress! She looks adorable but, February in NY is not the time to wear croc's. She'll save them for the lake and put them to good use this summer.   See that smile....I can't wait to go!