I Know I Look GOOD!!!!!!

Hey my fellow thriftanistas have you ever had that moment where you rocked a thrifty look that was sooooooo fabulous you couldn’t take your eyes of YOURSELF? I had that moment last Saturday when I attended my high school’s all classes reunion party. First let me say that this was a white party (not people…….attire). So of course when I found out about the event the first thing I thought was what would I wear? I racked my brain trying to figure out what I had in my vast thrifty wardrobe only to realize I had nothing to wear. I know you are like sure YOU had nothing to wear? I swear it’s the truth. I apparently don’t thrift very many white items. This meant it was time to go THRIFTING. My goal was to find a really  HOTTTT white dress. On my first thrifting excursion I found a really cute white dress by ZARA. However I wasn’t quit sure I wanted to wear it. In that moment I remembered that I had thrifted a beautiful pair of white Trina Turk Los Angeles pants at the Salvation’s Army’s 87 cent per pound sale. In my mind I could see me rocking them with a fabulous white fitted blazer………… so back to the thrift store I went. Unfortunately I didn’t find the style I wanted. I was a little bummed but I decided I would just wear the cute ZARA dress and pair it with some hot accessories. Outfit complete so I thought. Two day’s later I stopped in my local thrift store to kill some time and the when it happened. I was in the store 3 minutes when the most beautiful white corset jumped out at me. I could not believe it. It would go with my pants perfectly adding that HOTTTT element I would looking for. The corset was $4,99 and NOT ON SALE but I was SOLD. I paid for my new white corset and hightailed it out the store. I got home and put the corset with the pants and new I would look good kicking it with my fellow EAGLES. Party night rolled around and when I put on my thrifty white outfit I felt FIERCE. I had ditched my thrifted mommy flats and became a SEXY THRIFTANISTA. I LOOKED GOOD!!!!!! Check out the pictures below to see how I paired my thrifty finds to create one SMOKING HOTTTT outfit. Oh and I had a great time with my LINDBLOOM EAGLES.

Until Next Time Smooches,

The Thrifty Fashionista


I don’t know what better……….the FRONT or the BACK?

I LOVE THIS CORSET! Thank you thrifting GODS!!!!

Thrifted Trina Turk Los Angeles pants

I thrifted this fab purse to complete the look


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.


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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

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.


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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!

1 Small Bag + $10.00= 18 FABULOUS Thrifty Treasures

Hey my fellow thriftanistas yesterday I went to Unique Thrift Store’s $10.00 Bag Sale. If you have never been to a bag sale let me break it down for you. The store gives you an empty shopping bag (in this case a small bag). You can fill that bag up with any of the qualifying sale merchandise. When your done filling up your bag you take it to the register and the whole bag (everything in it) is $10.00. Some restrictions and rules apply. Needless to say I had an absolute BALL at this sale. I can pack a bag like nobody’s business. Check out the video below to see how I used 1 bag and $10.00 to get 18 fabulous finds.

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Sex In The City Anyone?

Good morning my fellow thriftanistas. If you are anything like me then at some point in time Sex in the City was one of your favorite shows. I can honestly say I didn’t really watch it for the interesting stories. Although the ladies and all their antics did keep things interesting. I watched it for the fabulous fashion. That show definitely set some major fashion trends. One item in particular made popular by the shows main character “Carrie Bradshaw” were Manolo Blahnik shoes. Now I am all into fashion but I have to be honest and say that I had never heard of Manolo’s until Carrie made them famous. Her style was not always for me but I love that she took fashion risk. However her shoe game was always kick ass. I myself have a fabulous shoe collection. Being on a single mama budget I never fathomed that I could be a Manolo wearing mama. To be honest even if I had the money I am way to cheap to ever spend upwards of $600 on one pair of shoes. If you are trying to figure out where I am going with this story, here comes the punch line. The THRIFTING GODS did it again. I was in my local thrift store one day last week perusing through the shoe isle when a pair of shoes caught my eye. They looked to be in good condition so I picked them up to take a closer look. Imagine my surprise when I say that they were a gently worn pair of MANOLO BLAHNIK’S. I told you all things just jump out at me. I had not even checked out the price yet but I knew they were going home with me. I figured hell even if they were over my usual $5.00 budget it was worth it. We are talking about a shoe that retails for over $600. I turned the shoe over and to my great joy they were……………$5.99. Yes you read that correctly FIVE DOLLARS AND NINETY NINE CENT. Haaallllllleeeellllluuuujjjjjaaaahhhh, I am a MANOLO WEARING MAMA. I have to tell you guys the excitement really doesn’t come from the fact that I now own a pair of Manolo Blahnik’s. The excitement comes from the fact that I own a pair of Manolo Blahnik’s for $5.99. The fact that I was able to buy these shoes for $5.99 goes back to one of my first rules of thrifting. Go into the stores armed with knowledge. The store obviously did know what they had. I saw Nine West shoes priced higher. Their ignorance was my thrifting bliss. Take the time to learn fashion and brands. You can buy a good fashion magazine or use the internet to do research. If neither of those options appeal to you then just hire The “Thrifty” Fashionista. I can help you dress and look your best for much, much less. Yes I know that was a shameless plug but hell it’s my blog. You can find personal shopping information on my Lets Go Thrifting section.

Until Next Time Smooches,

My FABULOUS gently worn Manolo Blahnik Mary Jane’s

How can you beat $5.99???????

Manolo Blahnik Mary Jane’s from Sex In The City.

Neiman Marcus.com
Manolo Blahnik
Patent Leather Mary Jane, Black
$645.00. I will definitely take my $5.99 pair

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