Thrifting Tips

I love thrift stores.  The wild variety of one of a kind items.  Knowing there is absolutely nothing in this store that you can’t afford.  It’s the great democracy of shopping.  Everyone has their own way of going about things.  Here’s mine.

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Don’t worry about getting there at just the right time.  I know when new merchandise goes on the floor at my favorite thrift store.  But if I have something else going on on Thursday mornings I don’t sweat it.  Even if I show up on Friday there will still be plenty of deals for me to find.  Thrifting shouldn’t be anything to stress over.

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Have plenty of cash in small bills.  Not all stores can break big bills.  It would be sad to leave that magenta disco dress just because all you have is a fifty.

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Wear slip on shoes.  If you are at a store that has a dressing room, and not all do, then slip on shoes will make trying on so much quicker.

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If there is no dressing room, there is no shame in slipping the clothes on over top of what you’re wearing.

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Above all enjoy yourself!  Where else can you have this much fun for under ten bucks?

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Until next time…

Debbie

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Summer Brights

I don’t always wear my heart on my sleeve but I do wear my thoughts on my tee.

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Live the Life You’ve Always Dreamed Of

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I always dreamed of being a writer.  Besides blog posts and columns, I write poetry, essays and short stories.   I keep looking for new ways to make my dreams come true.

What dreams do you have?  Are you working on making them come true?

I’m participating in Share-in-Style this week with the ever lovely Sacramento.  She inspires me with her style AND with the thoughtful posts she sometimes shares.  Our Share-in-Style prompt is “Summer” and nothing says summer to me more than summer brights.  I found this midi/maxi skirt at Goody’s and fell in love with it’s versatility.  I wore it here as a midi skirt.  Halfway through the day, I pulled it down into a maxi.  I love the versatility of the wide waistband that can be folded or not for differing lengths.  I like this style so much I have also bought one in black and one in a gray and black stripe.  What says “summer” to you?

Live your lemonade life,

Debbie

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A Girlfriend Getaway

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Serendipity means, “the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for.”

Serendipity also means that when my hairstylist best friend asked the lady she was doing color on where she worked, it led to us discovering a place we’d never heard of before.  Before the appointment was over, we had reservations at Snug Hollow Farm Bed and Breakfast for lunch!

All this wonderful serendipity lead to a flavorful, home cooked vegetarian lunch on the screened porch…

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…and relaxing walks around the grounds…

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There were beautiful flowers all around…growing outside…and arranged in vases inside.  All in all it was a beautiful day that happened by chance.

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It makes you wonder.  What is serendipity going to gift you with next?

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What I’m wearing:  White top, retail on sale.  Pink shrug, Burlington Coat Factory.  Denim shorts, Walmart…I told you I was a “mart” girl!  Vintage pink flower pin.

Live your lemonade life!

Debbie

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Girls Day Out

My best friend and I were planning a day out.  Our first question after deciding where we were going was “WHAT ARE WE GOING TO WEAR?!?”

I need to build an outfit and I want it to be girly.  I start with a pink scarf.

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Add some over-the-top earrings…

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Big girls can still like “Hello Kitty”, right?

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With all this color noise, I need to turn down the volume with some neutrals.  Part of our day will involve a walk, so I want to be comfortable and casual.  I add a white top and denim shorts.  Pile on a bold ring to match the earrings and a pink flower vintage pin and I’m good to go.

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What I’m wearing:  Scarf, local store.  White top, Belk’s on sale.  Denim shorts. Walmart.  Belt, Eddie Bauer Outlet.  Earrings, retail store.  Ring, local store.  Purse, Burke’s.  Flip-flops, local store.  Vintage flower pin.

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I’ll post next time about our girl’s day out and show you the final version of what I ended up wearing.  We had an unusual day in a place we just discovered!

Until next time…live your lemonade life!

Debbie

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Love and Danger

Pink signifies love, romance and friendship.  Red signifies danger, energy and passion.  Put them together and you get a a dangerous friendship, an energizing romance, a passionate love…or maybe just a brilliant color combination.

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Red and pink together remind me of Molly Ringwald’s red hair and pink dress in Pretty in Pink.  It’s a cute, fun and girly combination.

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One of the easiest ways to get dressed is to go with one of your favorite color combinations.  What are some of yours?

Live Your (Colorful) Lemonade life,

Debbie

Walmart Statement Necklace: Are You a “Mart” Girl?

Some people would not be caught dead at Walmart.  I’m not one of those people.

I am just as comfortable at Walmart as I am at Louis Vuitton or at a thrift store.  I love the whole idea of high-low.  Give me a thrift store skirt and a top from Walmart paired with a designer anything and I’m happy.

My mom and I were picking up some things at Walmart a couple of weeks ago and she found a display of ten dollar statement necklaces.  We each picked out our favorites and I came away with this pastel stone and crystal vintage inspired number.

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My favorite “Mart” store is Target but it’s quite a ways from where I live.  Walmart and Kmart, however, are close by.  And who doesn’t like picking up something “fun” when you’re in the middle of picking up the week’s groceries.

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What I’m wearing:  Dress, Maurice’s.  Grey cardigan, thrifted.  Silver shoes, Shoe Show.  Vintage earrings, my grandma’s.  And of course…Statement necklace, Walmart.

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Live your lemonade life,

Debbie

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