Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Country Living

Lace Overlay: Maurices | Mint Lace Top: Maurices {similar}| Skirt: Maurices {love this}| Boots: Maurices | Bag: Rachel Zoe | Jewelry: c/o Southern JewelsJCREWSkagen, c/o A Beautiful Heart | Sunnies: Jessica Simpson {simlar style}

One of my favorite reasons that I love this time of year so much is that there are so many different fashion options to choose from! I can wrap up in a warm fur vest, or can use tons of different blazer options, I can finally wear tights, and I can also go a little bit country with my outfit choices without being criticized! So I did exactly that! I love love love anything lace and when I saw this lace overlay I knew it would be perfect with this great maxi skirt! Hope you guys adore it just as much as I do!

Have a great Wednesday fashionistas!
Keep it cool and refreshing!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Gangnam Style

Blazer: Lauren Conrad {similar} | Gingham Blouse: Thrifted Plato's Closet {similar} | Pants: Lauren Conrad |  Shoes: Lauren Conrad old {love these} | Bag: Zara | Necklace: JCREW | Arm Candy: JCREWSkagen | Sunnies: Jessica Simpson {similar style here} | Lip Color: L'Oreal Infallible Lip Gloss 

Loving gingham lately! It is such a fun way to add in some pattern play to any outfit!

Happy Cyber Monday by the way!

I am back in the U.S. now and will be getting back to the grind :) Look for some of my posts from my travels later this week!

Sidenote: If you are looking for a cheap and easy way to update your handbag collection..check out Zara! They have some really great finds right now and this gorgeous Celine inspired tote was less than $50!

Have a great day ladies!
Keep it cool and refreshing!

Thursday, November 22, 2012


Top: TJMAXX {similar style}| Pants: Old Navy | Necklace: Zara sold out {love this option}| Handbag: Big Buddha {similar} | Shoes: Zara sold out {very similar}| Scarf: TJMAXX | Sunnies: House of Harlow | Arm Candy: JCREWSkagen, c/o A Beautiful Heart

I am so IN LOVE with teal this season! Teal and peplum is a fantastic combination!

P.S. Just wanted to have a little fun with the scarf :)

Have a great day everyone!
Keep it cool and refreshing!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Leopard & Bordeaux

Vest: Dillard's old {great alternative}| Chambray Top: Old Navy sold out {similar}| Pants: JCREW sold out {LOVE THESE!}| Shoes: Zara | Clutch: ASOS | Sunnies: House of Harlow | Jewelry: JCREWSkagen, Dillard's, David Yurman

I don't know about you guys but I think this is one of my favorite outfit posts! When I saw these pants at JCREW I knew they would be a staple in my closet for years to come! I love how animal print has become a neutral in the fashion world! I hope it sticks around for awhile!

Have a great day everyone!
Keep it cool and refreshing!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Pink Tweed

Polka Dot Top: Thrifted {similar style} | Skirt: JCREW sold out {similar style} | Shoes: JCREW | Handbag: Gianni Bini | Necklace: JCREW | Arm Candy: JCREWSkagen, Kate Spade

One of my favorite style trends of the fall is mixing darker hues with pastel colors! Nothing is out ladies so mix and match to your heart's delight :)

Just as long as you keep it cool and refreshing!

Monday, November 12, 2012

A Hike with a Pup

Vest: Thrifted $2 find! {similar style}| Shirt: JCREW sold out {almost identical}| Shorts: Lauren Conrad old {love these}| Booties: TJMAXX {similar}| Bag: Vintage Louis Vuitton | Necklace: JCREW | Sunnies: Jessica Simpson {similar style}| Arm Candy: JCREWSkagen, David Yurman

I love these two more than anything and I miss them so much! The countdown begins until I see my two favs again! 

Now onto the outfit! One of our favorite activities is to go on hikes in the woods! Now of course if we were actually doing a 3 of 4 day hike I would never dress like this! But since the weather has been much cooler lately I decided to throw on these favs for a day of exploring! Love my $2 leopard trimmed collar vest {still had the tags on it}. Now this combo may not be everyone's taste, but I kind like it!

Hope you have a great day!
Keep it cool and refreshing!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Shift to Thrift - Part 4 "Make Time and Go Often"

Tip #4: Make Time and Go Frequently

The beauty of thrift store shopping is that these types of stores are constantly restocking the shelves and racks daily! Now I am not saying to go to the thrift store once a day, however once a week or maybe once every other week is a really great idea! One of the biggest reasons to visit the thrift store on a regular basis is to avoid having to dig for hours in clothing items that you have already had the prior pleasure of scouring through. If you frequent the thrift store enough, you can go ahead and eliminate items that you have already searched through and you will have a much more keen eye in spotting items that are brand new to the store! It will also save you a TON of time.

Remember that you might not always have great luck when you are on the hunt for a great piece. There are many times that I have left the thrift sore empty handed...but don't be happens to all of us! However, you are much more apt to find great vintage treasures if you allow yourself the opportunity to go on a regular basis! And hey...the best part is that the husband will be 100% on board because you are at the thrift store and saving a ton of MONEY! He will be super happy {at least I keep telling myself that!}.

I think the best piece of advice that I could giveaway from the entire "Shift to Thrift" series is to give yourself enough time to find these great treasures! A 30 minute time period before your hair appointment is NOT ENOUGH time. I have sometimes spent upwards of 4 or more hours in the thrfit store before. You are saying how is this possible..believe me it know why...because there are treasures to be found..and I love finding them! Another good rule of thumb is to take someone along with you who has the same mindset as you. If you know you have a friend who gets bored easily or just scans the tops of racks for clothing might want to let her sit this hunt out! I love shopping with my mom..we don't try and rush eachother..and we take our time. That is probably one of the greatest reasons why I have found so many awesome pieces!  


 I hope you have all enjoyed the "Shift to Thrift" series! Now it is time to get out there and put what you have learned to the test! You can do this..I believe in you :) 

If you have utilized these tips in your thrifting trips I would LOVE to hear about the great items you have found! Send me an email to or leave me a comment! I would love to feature your thrifted find!

Have a great week everyone!
Keep it cool and refreshing!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Leopard and A Vest

Vest: Old Navy | Leopard Top: Thrifted {similar here} | Jeans:Kohl's | Boots: Maurices | Bag: Modalu | Flower Pin: Maurices | Sunnies: Jimmy Choo | Arm Candy: SkagenJCREW, Dillard's | Necklace: Old Navy {recent}

Who doesn't love a good leopard print with a splash of red and a really awesome militray vest?! Hope you guys love it just as much as I do!

Have a great day everyone!
Keep it cool and refreshing!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Burgundy Heart

Cardigan: Chaps via Kohl's {similar style}| Top: TJMAXX {similar style}| Skirt: Thrifted | Belt: TJMAXX {love this one} | Bag: Steve Madden via TJMAXX {another great sparkle option} | Shoes: JCREW | Necklace: Charlotte Russe sold out {another great option}| Bracelets: Kate Spade sold out 

Ok so I have to admit that I am an avid fan of Gossip Girl! So sad that it is the last season and will truly miss all of the awe-inspiring fashion from the show! However, I feel like I totally hit a grand slam with this Blair Waldorf minion insprired look! Think she would allow me to be in her posse?

Have a great day everyone!

Keep it cool and refreshing!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Shift to Thrift - Part 3 "It's OK to Dig!"

Ok ladies how many of us like to get our hands dirty? I don't mean planting a few flowers in your flower box kind of dirty...I mean backwoods, mud riding, camping overnight in the woods kind of dirty??? Ok it might not be THAT serious..but we have to have a good understanding that thrift store shopping is going to take a little bit of work...and we MIGHT just GET DIRTY for a change! Everybody still with me? Ok let's get started!

Tip #3: Dig, Dig, Dig, Dig, Dig!!

Good things do not come to those who just idly search the racks! If you are hoping that a vintage Chanel jacket will come jumping out at you like the guy with the chainsaw in the haunted house...then you  might just walk away sorely disappointed {although if you have a really great eye and know your designers and fabrics EXTERMELY well then you might just have a shot at it!}. For most of us, however, it is going to take some more effort than that! 

They key to finding a really great designer piece at the thrift store is to get beyond the immediate layers that are easily visible to shoppers, and find the gems that others have overlooked. Be prepared to lift a box or two, shuffle through some old stuffed animals, or move a few plates and figurines. If you don't you might be missing something very important that you never knew existed! 

I found these gorgeous paisley print pants by following this very  advice! Not only were they extremely affordable but they are almost identical to the new JCREW spring paisley glitter pant! Everything always comes back around :)

Visit EVERY section in the thrift store. Just because you have already searched through the dresses section does not mean that one hasn't accidentally been misplaced in the pajamas section! SERIOUSLY! I once found this great hat from Lord and Taylor that was mixed in with some wicker baskets and children's toys of all places! The minute I found it, about three other ladies tried to snatch it from me because it was so cute and only $1.50! Similarly, sizes can get all mixed up and stored in the wrong places, jewelry could be lying under an old picture frame, and vintage belts could be hanging on the end of every aisle hardly noticeable to a passerby. It all goes back to keeping an open mind (Tip #2) and allowing yourself to scour the store to find that hidden piece your heart is set on!

So let's get out there ladies and let's dig!

Have a great week everybody!
Keep it cool and refreshing!

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