I did some thrifting this weekend and found plenty of great stuff for our next hunt.gather.style shop. My favorite find of the weekend was this sequin top. Of course this isn’t the exact top I found; this one is on eBay. It is, however, the exact top I found. Apparently there were two women sporting a sequin nautical top years ago.
Did you find anything good this weekend?
I think I have come up with a number for my fall budget. Think. What I do know is that there are several pieces I need. On the top of the list are two new pairs of jeans: one black skinny, preferably cropped at the ankle, and one dark denim skinny. Since Grechen spoke so highly of them, I have ordered Gap’s ankle zip legging jeans in black. I am hoping they work out since they are waaaaaaaaaaaaay cheaper than many of the other pairs that top my wishlist. I’ll keep you posted.
Sentimental pieces mean the most to me; sentimental pieces make you smile every time you look at them. They hold much more value than their monetary worth. They are what matter most. I recently lost my last living grandparent– my grandmother. Having a piece of her history makes me feel closer to her, like I still have a piece of her. Of course, I have memories, pictures, and stories; however, having something tangible is important to me. While those memories and stories will always be more valuable than an item, having something I can hold means the world to me. This beaded clutch belonged to my grandmother and I will think of her every time I carry it.
Do you have sentimental pieces in your wardrobe?
I have been on the look out for striped shorts ever since I saw them on Linda. I spotted some in Old Navy yesterday and snapped up both the navy and the green. I recommend you do the same.
My youngest sister is getting married this October and she has so kindly allowed each bridesmaid to pick their own dress. The only rules: it must not be shiny and it must be navy (but not dark navy). Since I get pick my own dress, I want to invest in something that I would wear again. My last bridesmaid dress that I was allowed to pick myself remained unworn past the wedding. I liked it, but it felt too bridesmaid-y for me to want to wear to any other event. This time I want to make sure I pick something both appropriate to be in a wedding and appropriate for post-wedding events. It needs to be close to knee-length, not too sexy, but not too boring that I won’t want to wear it again. That shouldn’t be too hard, right?
Here are a few currently in the running.
I am really liking this one by Topshop. I really like the fitted bodice and looser skirt; my only concern is that it might be too short on me.
This lace Joie one is definitely one I would wear again. The reviews aren’t the greatest; however, I have loved every Joie piece I have ever bought.
This strapless J. Crew one is gorgeous too, but I am starting to think I look a mannish in strapless dresses. It may be time to retire them.
This Allie dress, also from J. Crew, is topping my list, too. It looks like something that can easily we worn both day and night.
If I don’t find anything I love, I may rent one from Rent the Runway. This Tracey Reese Grand Opera Sheath would be a perfect bridesmaid dress. It scares me a bit to rent a dress for an event, so I would probably end up with a backup dress that I could return if this one didn’t work out.
Which do you like best?
I have never sat down at the start of the season and designated a specific amount of money to be spent on pieces for that season, but I am tempted to do that this fall. I want to write out a specific plan of pieces I need, pick a monetary amount allowed to be spent, and stick to it. This, of course, does not mean that I spend freely each season, I have just never actually set a budget and stuck to it. Yet the thought of doing it is quite intriguing. I don’t track what I spend each month on clothes ( I know this is terrible), but I have an idea of what I spend each month. Setting a seasonal budget is different than setting a monthly budget though. Trying to determine what one needs for the whole season seems a bit hard, but I am going to try it. Have you ever set a seasonal budget? Any tips?
My weekend was filled with new recipes, out-of-town friends, a pop-up shop, a bridal shower, an engagement party, and a bachelorette party. It was jam packed, but so enjoyable. On Friday I made a cauliflower pizza crust. It was really, really good. So good that my husband ate about 6 pieces. I think you should make this for dinner this week.
I changed the recipe a bit by adding more cauliflower and Parmesan cheese to the crust. Next time I would heat my pan first so the middle will crisp up a bit more. You would never know that this baked crust is cauliflower.
Topped and ready to be broiled. Saturday I had a bridal shower in the morning and our h.g.s vintage pop-up shop in the afternoon at Blue Elephant. It was great to meet new vintage lovers and see some of our customers from previous shops.
I’m wearing a vintage dress, JCPenny necklace, Banana Republic shoes, and hair that is finally fixed.
We had lots of great vintage bags. I can’t believe that vintage Coach didn’t get snatched up!
This amazing embroidered jacket was found by Grechen.
I ended Saturday with an engagement party and then a bachelorette party. Overall, it was a fantastic weekend, but I am a bit tired today! How was your weekend?