Sunday, July 17, 2011

It's not about the money, money, money!


First of all, I really love how this outfit came together.  This is the first time I've worn this dress.  It's a spaghetti strap summer dress that looks like it's from the 70s.  It's crazy sheer and I felt too exposed to wear it bare, so I added this jean vest that used to be a jean jacket until I de-sleeved it with a pair of scissors!  Add a belt for cinching and some substantial shoes and, "Hello World!  I'm ready to go!"

Aside from the shoes, I don't think that there is $5 in this whole outfit.  In a nutshell, I think this is EXACTLY why I blog.  You REALLY can look exactly how you want without spending very much money at all. Whether your style is high fashion, bohemian, preppy, vintage or ________ (you fill in the blank!); you  don't have to spend alot of money to strut your style!

I don't like to spend a lot of money on my wardrobe.  First of all, I have a short attention span.  There are few things in my closet that I've had more than 5 years.  So although I hear all the talk about investing in select high dollar items, that just rarely works for me.  I tire of them too easily.  There's not much by way of garments that I absolutely wear out.  Shoes, I don't tire of as easily; but clothes seem to have an expiration date.  So for me, it just makes sense to scour thrift stores for treasures!  Bonus:  I LOVE the thrill of the hunt! 

You know what I really like spending my money on?  Good Food!!!  Everybody knows, we can all feed ourselves pretty cheap if you're not looking for quality.  I mean, Ramen noodles can be bought for 10 for $1!  But quality is more essential in what I put IN my body than what I put ON my body.  So if I have to choose between cutting costs on wardrobe or diet, I'll skimp on wardrobe.  I KNOW I can make my thrift finds look fabulous!  But my FOOD on the other hand, that simply HAS to be the good stuff!  

18 comments:

  1. I'm also very careful of what I feed myself and my family by following a mediterranean diet and good quality vegetables and meat I've got that under control.As for clothes I don't seem to be able to save for expensive items and trully I don;t see the need to do it.Through reading blogs I have come up with a formula so I can find good quality clothes in cheap prices.So we are all happy!

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  2. Thats the ticket Angie! There are less expensive clothes out there......it's fun to be creative with them!

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  3. WOW, do I love that vest. It's so great with that outfit, the belt, and (of course) the shoes! If I OWNED a denim jacket, I would be grabbing the scissors as we speak! Nice job.

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  4. I think it's amazing that you can look so amazing while spending very little money! All my life I've been opting for 'plenty + cheap' when it comes to filling my wardrobe, but now that it's stuffed to the brim I think I'm going to switch to 'fewer + quality'... it might be a hard swap, though!

    Leia

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  5. I hear you Serene and you DO know how to look fabulous! I just love your creativity and confidence!

    I think your outfit today is perfect...I love the casual yet still gorgeous vibe!

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  6. I also love the thrill of the hunt but you are way better at finding treasure than I am!! Love these shoes and I have been hitting thrift shops in search of a red belt..so far...nothing! YOU LOOK GREAT...cool and crisp!

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  7. You look fabulous, and you are so talented at putting an outfit together, Serene. You have the ability to grab your scissors and make something special. xoxox- Patti

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  8. It never occurs to me to pick up spagetti strap or strapless dresses, because I have never thought of just putting a vest over them. I also didn't consider that almost any old jacket could be made into a vest. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  9. Another beautiful skirt! Those Franco Sarto heels are killer! Love them!

    ~Meghan

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  10. You are so right. It's not all about
    the money! My aunt taught me "Save on what you need and spend on what you want" My husband and I have a blast.
    I do like clothes. I'm a first name basis with the GW chicks and can't remember the last time I purchased a clothing item retail.
    That dress is simply beautiful. I love the delicate fabric next to the denim!

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  11. The outfit is really attractive but what blows my mind is how inexpensive it was. You created something out of practically nothing. Good work. And I'm with you on food!

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  12. I'm with you--I would rather splurge on fruit or cheese and keep hunting for treasures. Soon I hope to do a post on what I've been spending in thrifts the past few months.

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  13. Yet another testament that looking great is independent of how much money you spend. . love the look! x

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  14. I always just drool over those franco sarto sandals, gf! Love the idea of the vest over a spagetti strapped, sheer dress--brilliant! I have a similar dress that I was dying to wear--same deal--you can see through it. BUT my arms are like an 115 year old so the vest wont work. but you've got me thinking....

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  15. Serene ~ I love this dress. The peach flowy sheerness of the dress is fabulous paired with jean jacket. And those shoes! Excellent. ;) ~ Susan

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  16. I love the outfit on you... I think the shoes really pulled the whole look to a modern chic level!

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Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! ~Serene