Etsy is one of my favorite online places to shop! You can find anything for any taste and style there and curate a closet or home full of personalized touches from all over the world. Any time I find a few new shops I’m loving I have to share a round-up to get the word out! Here’s what I’m loving lately on Etsy:
My love for statement earrings dates back to my 13th birthday when I was *finally* allowed to get my ears pierced! For the last 16 years, I’ve been adding to my ear bob collection and some of my favorite pieces are ones I designed or DIY-ed myself! After seeing THIS pair of earrings, I knew I had to attempt my own “inspired by” version to share with y’all! You can make these earrings with any color combination your heart desires and the best part is they pack a huge statement-making punch without hanging too heavily on your earlobes or your wallet! Scroll down for full video tutorial and supplies list!
I can’t believe it’s already been a year since the last Nashville Steeplechase! This is one of my favorite Annual Southern events and I’ll admit I spend months planning out and putting together my outfit! If you’re going to a derby this year, or just need some outfit inspiration, I hope you enjoy these two looks! I’ve curated a “Proper” and a “Preppy” ensemble, so whether you’ll be celebrating from a general tailgating spot, or from box seats, you’re sure to impress with either of these outfits!
I can’t remember the last time I purchased a piece of clothing (used or new) without altering it in some way! I love re-designing clothes so they’re uniquely mine. If you’ve been reading this blog long It’s probably not surprising to discover I had something special planned as soon as I saw what the Victoria Beckham x Target collaboration looked like! From the minute I laid eyes on the scallop sleeve blouse and the shoulder bow dress I knew there was no way I’d wear them as-is off the rack, and I’d enjoy cutting them up!
The day the entire collection dropped I went online to purchase the dress and blouse. Unfortunately only the dress was sold online, so I snatched it up while my husband went to the nearest Target in search of the blouse! He knew I’d been planning this project for quite some time and actually offered to go for me when I exclaimed in dismay that I had only been able to order the dress! Truthfully I think he just wanted some ice cream and was using me as an excuse to go to Target, but I let it slide and thanked him (it was a Sunday morning and I had no intention of getting out of my pajamas that early!) After my husband brought home the blouse that Sunday I chose the exact shoes and bag I wanted to take pictures for this blog post with when the dress was done! (Side Note: One of my favorite fashion bloggers styled the original orange version of this dress with blue shoes and earrings too! Great minds think alike when you’re Southern girls!)
I originally took the pieces to a tailor with sketches of what I wanted done, but it was going to take longer than I cared to wait for them to finish, so I ended up going back and picking everything back up so I could DIY it myself! To create my perfect dress I layered the top part of the blouse underneath the shoulders of the dress and sewed them together before trimming out the excess torso fabric. Next, I opened both sides of the dress and put in knife-pleat chiffon inserts (from an old maxi dress I destructed years ago!). On one side the insert goes from the hem to the waist and on the other side the insert goes up the length of the dress and stops under the arm. The original dress shape was a shift style, which is never flattering on me since I’m 5’2″ with wide hips, so to accentuate the new, a-line silhouette I put two tabs over the chiffon pleats on the long seam to cinch in the waist and eliminate overflow of fabric when I wear the dress belted.
After publishing an exposéon my personal shopping habits earlier this week I had so many of you message me on social media to tell me about ThredUp! I’ll be honest, y’all; I had never heard of ThredUp till last week and I can’t thank you enough for encouraging me to check it out! I’ve already placed my first order and am anxiously awaiting its arrival! I scored an all-designer-label outfit for $154, which retailed for almost $950. Beyond the great deals though something that I really love about ThredUp is that you’re not going to see these outfits duplicated. You can buy an entire, head-to-toe look and know you’re wearing items that were at one time lovingly chosen by another woman… many other women, in fact! Getting to create an entire, matching ensemble pulled from a dozen women’s closets is fascinating and exciting! You’re giving these pieces a new lease on life and a chance to be loved all over again in a new way!
I admit I was skeptical when I first clicked on the website, but was quickly impressed with the selection, quality of brands available, variety of sizes, and most of all, the prices! I was expecting consignment store pricing, but these items truly are priced at thrift store level. I was also impressed that most of the items for sale are styles that are still popular and trendy. There’s nothing worse than finding a thrift store full of stuff that isn’t wearable due to being painfully dated! ThredUp boasts being the world’s largest online thrift store, and so far I think this claim can be substantiated based on what I’ve seen so far! One of my favorite features is the ability to set your sizes and then only be shown pieces that you know will fit. You can always change your preferences later, but I hate being bombarded with items I can’t have. On ThredUp I don’t even have to look at stuff I know won’t work for me!
The items shown above are the things I purchased: A Diane Von Furstenberg navy blue shift dress with the tags still on (retail $395), a Vera Pelle Italian leather bag (retail $200), a Banana Republic silk scarf (retail $50), A Vera Wang trench coat (retail $200), and a pair of Alfani satin and fur pumps (retail $90). I’ll be posting a follow-up when the items arrive to let y’all know what I think, but I think I’ve found my new favorite thrift store!
Let me know if maybe a weekly ThredUp round-up to shop is something you’d like to read about? The round-up will be a collection of my favorite items currently for sale on ThredUp.