The Look for Less: Nautical Edition

Hey my fellow thriftanistas happy Thursday. Last night I went to an event for my dad. He has been a  radio personality in Chicago for 43 years. For 25 of those years he has worked at WBEZ which is Chicago Public Radio. In celebration of this wonderful accomplishment the radio station threw him a party. Friends and family from all aspects of his life came out to support him and show their love. Did I mention the event was at Chicago’s Navy Pier? Of course you know me being “The Thrifty Fashionista” one of the first things I thought about was what would I wear. My mind immediately thought the pier, boats and an outside deck equals nautical fashion. The nautical look is a big trend right now so it can be found in every popular retail store. However you know my shopping destination was my nearest thrift store. I was on the hunt for the hottest nautical pieces to create a fabulous party worthy ensemble. Do you think I was succesful? Check out the pictures below of my nautical look for less. I event outfitted my whole family in thrifted red, white and blue fabulous fashion. The Gap kids have nothing on my babies. By the way the party was amazing and I am so proud of my dad. Pictures from the party will be available on my FB page Confessions of a Thrift Store Fashionista.

Smooches,

The “Thrifty” Fashionista

Navy Jacket $2.90
red and white tank $ $.90
blue and white skirt $ $1.90
navy blue belt $.99
red deck shoes $1.90
red, white and blue fish necklace $1.90
Grand total: $10.49= FABULOUS

 

Arriving at the party

 

My big girl in her thrifted red, white and blue fashion

 

My big boy in his nautical wear

 

My dad didn’t get the nautical memo but he happened to have on white and blue :).

 

 

 

Thrifty Look of The Weekend

This past Saturday I went to an event for an up in coming fashion magazine called HUSH Chicago. The event was to benefit and launch The Hush Kickstarter project. The who’s who in Chicago fashion were attending so you know The Thrifty Fashionista had to be in the house. So what was a thrifty fashionista to wear to keep up with the movers and shakers in fashion? Something FABULOUS and THRIFTY of course. Check out the pictures below to see my AWESOME look of the evening? What do you all think? Did I look like I could keep up with the fashion elite???????

Until next time smooches,

The Thrifty Fashionista

Akira Black Label Dress thrifted $2.00
Jewelry $1.00 a piece from my local beauty supply. (3 packs bangles, earrings, necklace and ring…… total: $6.00). Purse $3.50 thrifted. Shoes $9.99 Chernins Shoe Outlet.

Glam outfit $21.50………..Fabulous evening priceless!!!!!!

For more information on Hush Chicago Magazine check them out on FB at http://www.facebook.com/#!/HushChicagoMagazine

Even My Hair Cuts Are THRIFTY and FABULOUS!!!!!

As a teenager I stayed in the beauty shop. Every time I wanted a new look I would give my daddy a hug and ask him for the $50.00 it took to get my hair done. The funny thing about going to the beauty shop is that I never came home satisfied. There was always something about my hair that I had to come home and change. I had to put my Joslyn spin on it. I was just Joslyn then not THE THRIFTY FASHIONISTA. Fast forward to college. My Daddy loved me dearly but he was to busy paying tuition to pay for hairstyles. I had to figure out something else to do. What was a broke fashion student in Dekalb, IL to do about getting a fabulous hair cut on limited funds? I tried once to cut it myself but that didn’t go so well. What can I say I majored in FASHION not HAIR. In came my saving grace…………… SUPERCUTS. I have to admit I was a little skeptical at first………………okay I was A LOT skeptical. Not to sound racist but there was not one black stylist that worked in Supercuts and I was concerned that they didn’t know how to cut black hair. I called my mom and asked her if I should try it. She said they all went to beauty school so they should know how to cut anyone’s hair. Made since to me so I took her advice and went to get my first hair cut. They did an awesome job and it only cost $9.99. My hair problems were solved. I have been a SUPERCUTS client ever sense. The moral of this story is that I am thrifty in all aspects of my life. I am THRIFTY and FABULOUS from my HAIR to my toes. I even visited my local SUPERCUTS today for a new hairstyle. The hair cuts have gone up to $13.00 but it’s still a great value. In addition if you go online and sign-up for their mailing list they will send you a $2.00 off coupon. Oh and they have something for you app junkies too. If you check-in on Foursquare while you are in your local Supercuts you will receive special offers. Check out the pictures below of my new fabulous $11.00 haircut. As always until next time my fellow thriftanistas, smooches.

 

Fabulous THRIFTY hair and thrifted JUICY COUTURE top

Cute side view and thrifted Twelve by Twelve Los Angeles skirt

Back view (yes it’s a mohawk)

Thrifty Look of The Day: A Little JUICY Anyone!

Happy Tuesday my fellow thriftanistas. I just wanted to share one of my fabulous looks for less. This ensemble is perfect for a beautiful summer day.

Have a Fabulous Day,

The Thrifty Fashionista

Yellow and White Polka Dot Vintage Hat: Unique Thrift Store $1.50
Yellow Earrings: Unique Thrift Store: $.75
Juicy Couture Halter Dress: Unique Thrift Store $3.00
Royal Blue Patent Leather Vintage Purse: Salvation Army $3.00
Yellow and White Polka Dot Wedge Sandals: Rainbow $3.00 Clearance
Grand Total: $11.25

I Missed You All!

Hey my fellow thriftanistas I know it has been a looooonnnnnnnngggggggg time since my last blog. What can I say I have been extremely busy being SUPER mom. I don’t know why I thought that it was MY summer to get a little relaxation. What the hell was I thinking????? My mommy life has been busier than ever. So here is the latest and greatest. Over the last month my daughter participated in an end of the year talent showcase, a movie filming, rehearsals, rehearsals, rehearsals, got a chance to meet one of Beyonce’s choreographers and auditioned with her friends for a competition called Demi Lobo’s Most Talented Under 12. Oh let me not forget they rocked the audition and are going to the semi-finals in Atlanta, GA. In addition to that I have a busy, lively, smart and did I say busy almost 4-year-old. I need to take a breath just from typing all that. Needless to say my busy family schedule has not left me with a lot of leisure time. I know what your thinking OH NO has THE THRIFTY FASHIONISTA not had time to THRIFT? The answer is I will NEVER be too busy to sneak in a quick thrifting excursion. Unfortunately I have just been to busy to really sit down and tell you guys about it. However I’m back now………. I THINK. I want to thank you all for sticking with me and continuing to follow my blog. I promise I have some great things coming up.

Okay so now that I have you all caught up on my life LETS TALK THRIFTING. In my last blog I told you all about my first ever thrift buy the lb experience. It was AWESOME and AMAZING. So amazing that I went back for DAY 2. One again I apologize that I am posting this 2 1/2 weeks late but please check out the video below to see my awesome finds. Spoiler alert I found a Chanel purse. What???? I had to make you want to watch the video. Please tell me what you think of my fabulous finds and what great items you have thrifted recently.

Utntil Next Time Smooches,

The Thrifty Fashionista

The girls and I at the audition for Most Talented Under 12

Thrifting BUY the LB!

Hey my fellow thriftanistas I will keep this post short and sweet. Recently one of my Local Salvation Army’s had a thirft BUY the LB (pound) sale. They had boxes, and boxes and more boxes of merchandise to look through. Oh and did I mention all the items were 87 cent a pound? Can you say phenomenal? I had never seen anything like it in my life. I have heard of stores doing this in other cities. However I never knew of anyone having this sale in Chicago. Of course you know THE THRIFTY FASHIONISTA had to check it out. I found some amazing thrifted treasures. There were to many to photograph so please check out the video below to see all of my fabulous finds. Spoiler alert I scored another pair of Manolo Blahnik’s.

Smooches,

The “Thrifty” Fashionista

The Thrifting Gods Are Real: Part 1

Good morning, my fellow thriftanistas I hope you had a great weekend and a fabulous Monday. I spent a wonderful weekend with my amazing family annnnnnddddddd the “Thrifting Gods” smiled upon me. If you are saying to yourself who are these “Thrifting Gods” she is always referring to let me tell you. This past Wednesday my big brother’s car had a serious meltdown. This was unfortunate for several reasons. The first reason being that this obviously left him without a car. The second very important reason was that he had court on Thursday morning. Let me add he is not on trial for anything. He is an attorney so he had to go to court for a client. Any-who me being the WONDERFUL little sister that I am I told my brother that I would be his chauffeur for the day. This put a serious hitch in my normal Thursday morning routine. On Thursday’s my local Unique Thrift Stores have their early bird sale. What kind of thriftanista would I be if I didn’t at least poke my head in on a sale? However for my very AWESOME older brother I would just have to miss it. So on Thursday morning I picked him up, dropped my kids of at school and we headed off to court. While we were on the expressway I tried to decide what I would do to kill time while he was in court. The court-house was way out and I knew nothing about the area. We finally get off the expressway and as I turn the corner I see a strip mall. Of course the first thing I think is, it’s not thrifting but I guess it doesn’t hurt to look. I check out the Marque to see what stores they have and low and behold the sign said that they had a Unique Thrift Store. I know you are like shut-up and stop playing. Oh but I am sooooo serious. I looked at my brother and just started laughing. The “Thrifting Gods” were looking out for me. They put a Unique Thrift store 3 minutes from the court-house. Okay I know they didn’t create a Unique Thrift Store that morning and put it there for me. However the fact that it was so close to the court-house was a thrift blessing. I never knew there was a Unique out there. Actually it was a double blessing. I found a new store and was able to shop the early bird sale. I told you all the” Thrifting Gods” are REAL. Check out the pictures below to see my fabulous finds. I spent $9.00 and some change. Oh and did I mention that one of the items I found was a Diane Von Furstenburg top? I love being a thrifty fashionista! I would love to hear about your thrift miracles. Please leave your story in the comments section or email me at thethriftyfashionista@gmail.com.

Until Next Time Smooches,

The “Thrifty” Fashionista

I LOVE this Dress. The colors are absolutely fabulous!

 

My baby girl loves tutu’s

 

I LOVE black it makes me look skinny :)

 

Assemetric, animal print and Diane Von Furstenburg need I say more!

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