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a lovely gift: convenient cross-body and shoulder purse

February 25, 2010

A few weeks ago, my sister came home from work with a thirft store find just for me. It seems she was able to make some time to have a look around a local Raleigh thift store: ReTails Thrift Shop. So I’ve finally taken some pictures of it and here they are. I am absolutely loving it by the way. It’s so practical and cross-body purses are so convenient. I guess that’s why I’ve been kind of obsessed with it (that and I don’t really have any of my purses here with me now and my outfits have felt so incomplete without them). This super inexpensive gift (its tag read: $4) is something I’m really enjoying–probably a little too much.  I’ve been wearing it almost everyday since I got it. It’ll probably start to get worn out if I don’t put it aside for a little while so I’ll just have to find something else in my sister’s closet to replace it.

As mentioned above it was found at ReTails Thrift Shop in Raleigh, NC… of which their cause I want you all to know a little bit about:

ReTails is the the only nonprofit thrift shop in the Triangle that gives 100% of net profits to help the animals.
100% of the profits from ReTails Thrift Shop support THE $20 FIX, our targeted spay/neuter assistance program that enables low-income pet owners to spay/neuter their pets for $20. ReTails is owned and operated by AnimalKind, a nonprofit organization established in 1998…When we have surplus, we either donate it to local charities or sell it for export to countries with short supply, with the income from those sales going to THE $20 FIX program. We always try to ensure that usable surplus merchandise goes to people who need it (or in the case of blankets and towels to animals that need it!).

I’ll be posting next about a couple of skirts I also found on a second trip to ReTails. Gotta take some pictures of them first though.

inside my favorite magazine

February 24, 2010


Oh, Lucky Magazine….you never disappoint.

So I finally got on top of my t0-do list and have put up my favorite finds from Lucky Magazine–my favorite fashion magazine of all time. I adore just about everything that Lucky’s pages have to offer. 

First up is an adoreable dress by H&M that made my day because it is so undeniably affordable. Okay, okay…so $50 might be a little more than hard to swallow, but I think it’s fair–though that might just be because I am in love with this dress. Honestly though, if you take extra care with your clothes you’ll find they can last you a long time. With my clumsy tendencies, perhaps I shouldn’t be the person dishing this kind of advice, but oh well.  Slowly but surely I will learn that for me: hot cocoa and a [new] lace top is not the best idea.  


Speaking of lace and tops…

A 'delicate and feminine' Lacy Top by Tracy Reese

The second piece I found oh-so-irresistable  is a sleeveless number by Tracy Reese (as well as the perfectly styled outfit) found among the many beautiful items spread throughout Lucky. I think you will too.

looking for inspiration

February 19, 2010

(…and got lucky. ) 

Take a look at this photograph. 

The Gone Red by Harem Parham


How timeless does this feel? I think it’s stunning and equally as striking is the elegance exuding from her and her ensemble. (And that’s considering we don’t see half of it!) Visit Harem Parham’s photostream for more of his work. 

I had to share this because I’m guessig I’m not the only one who adores it.

To: the crafty and fashionable Re: help and hope for Haiti

February 17, 2010

…and anyone who wants to help the people of Haiti who are still in need.

Craft Hope clip (click to see their website)

(Sorry this is a quick post. I just found out about Craft Hope and wanted it up right away.

Click on the links provided for more info.)

You can help the Haitian people in many ways.

Craft Hope is dedicated to helping others. They are currently accepting craft donations to their Etsy store, and 100% of the proceeds will go to Haiti relief.

Craft Hope is dedicated to helping others. They are currently accepting craft donations to their Etsy store, and 100% of the proceeds will go to Haiti relief.
Courtesy of OttLite

Also I stumbled upon an amazing organization to help other victims of natural disasters: The Sewing Machine Project.

The Sewing Machine Project is dedicated to providing sewing machines and sewing tools to low-income individuals and those displaced by natural disasters…

Please get involved if you can.

The Sewing Machine Project © 2010 All Rights Reserved

jenny lewis, fashion icon to follow

February 16, 2010

Jenny with band-mate Blake Sennet

I completely forgot I had these photos of Jenny Lewis in concert as part of indie rock band Rilo Kiley (which I mentioned in my last post and just realized now that I could share some of my own photographs).

Front woman must be fun

Revving up the crowd

We saw them in concert at The NorVa in VA, the summer of 2008. It was a fun road trip my two best friends and I took to VA beach and then NC to see my sis plus getting to see this concert (of which this was all planned around). I love Jenny Lewis really. Her style is all her own–drawing from the past but looking ahead too. She’s one of my favorite artists to look to for fashion inspiration.

That night she wore a sequined dress, gold tights, and a headpiece I badly wish I could rock just as well. Love the mermaid locks too!

Here are some other photos I found of her…enjoy ’em!

Courtesy of (Getty Images)

Featured in Rolling Stone Magazine

Wearing Karen Walker Eyewear

Image courtesy of

many moons

February 15, 2010

I think I’ve actually settled on this blog’s final face lift…well okay I’ll be honest: not the final, but at least not for many moons.

I’ve been in love with this photograph by Gabriela Camerotti for a while now and I’m glad I can incorporate it here.

It was real luck that I ran into this photo and I am so glad. If you’d like to see more of what she’s got to show for her talent visit her photostream on flickr.

Listening to Rilo Kiley ( “I Never”) while  mixing a few things together for dinner and writing this post…nice and quiet while I multi-task (well for once). This is a good moment.

Here’s the full photo titled Vintage Ladies

indie fashion

January 28, 2010

So twitter just made my day because I discovered a new site and it’s all about Indie Fashion!

Which means…

A place to discover and shop for one of a kind clothing, accessories, and jewelry from Independent fashion designers around the world.

Perusing Us Trendy Store I came across some gorgeous, inventive, lust-worthy dresses.

I’m still broke so I may  not be able to afford them, but I’m going to share my favs because maybe one of you can.

You’re going to love them…!

1) The Reversible Abby in Green 2) Off The Shoulder Secretary Dress

3) Fala Dresses 1, 2, & 3

and last but certainly not least:

4) retro print by sakeena

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