I'd been staking out this guy for 15 minutes before I managed to get this fast photo. I noticed him when I first got to river but I wasn't fast enough with the camera to snap a picture before he caught sight of me and disappeared below the water.
Blazer: J.Crew (thrifted)
Sweater: George Cashmere (thrifted)
Scarf: Fred Meyer/Kroger
Jeans: Paige (thrifted)
Unseen Shoes: Sears
Handbag: Liz Claiborne Leather
This is not a particularly thrilling outfit, but a nice solid one for everyday running about. And look, no navy blazer! (Well, it is a blazer....) A cashmere sweater, jeans and a blazer is as classic as it comes but next time Ill wear higher shoes. Maybe my leopard print booties, that would be cute!
This past summer I really made an effort to only thrift nice, quality items. If I didn't find something that was of decent quality I didn't buy it. So I ended up not buying a huge amount of stuff this summer, but all of the items that I did purchase have been items that I really love and are things that I would normally never be able to afford, like these Paige jeans. $200 is way out of my price range for jeans but thanks to the second-hand shops, I've been able to try on different, upper scale brands and while I've learned that Citizens of Humanity jeans never fit my body type, Joe's and Paige jeans are fabulous for those of us with large behinds. (It's a nice e way of saying I've got a big butt.) By being patience and waiting for the items that I love to come along, I've gotten a few pairs of nice jeans this summer.
This is really similar to how it can be for buying cars up here. We sold our jeep and we've been looking this summer for a second, reliable car, but used cars go for insane prices up here. Everything that runs decent (decent, not well.) has been $4,000 and up with the really good cars going for 10k and up. Yikes....
But we got so lucky this morning! I checked craigslist out of habit and we noticed a Crown Vic that had just been posted. The price was good and after checking it out, we walked away with it. Its an older police car that has had excellent care and the miles are low. Evan, my dad and my brother looked it over and they were all really pleased with how good of shape it was in. So yay, we now have two dependable cars for winter time and it feels like a huge weight has been lifted off of our shoulders. With the extreme cold and a really unreliable public transport system, good cars are essential up here and there is nothing worse than breaking down in -50 below.
Anyways, getting back on topic, I'm linking up to Coffee and Cardigans's thrifty Thursdays. (You should go check her out, love this lady's style.)