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that’s what she wore ~ black and gold and yellow

015 yellow blouse black gold pants outfitWell, I ended last week with a style post, so I thought I’d start off this week the same way. {{{All photos by my awesome sis Mandi.}}}

Around two years ago, I pinned some fab gold trousers on Pinterest, and I swear I’ve been on the hunt for some to buy ever since then. First, I thought I would surely come across some at a thrift store; but since that hasn’t happened, I’ve also looked online and at non-thrift-stores I’ve allowed myself to enter {I only say that half-jokingly — I have a serious shopping problem, so I really try to limit my forays into any store where too many cute things will tempt me…}. So when I saw these black and gold pants for a cheap price at Burlington Coat Factory last fall, I snatched them up. They’re definitely  not as cool or perfect as the gold ones on Pinterest, but they’re fun pants anyway.

I found this cheery yellow blouse at my favorite thrift store for twenty cents, I believe {on a sale rack}. Not even a week after buying this, I saw a post on Garance Doré’s blog that highlighted a fun outfit from the Balmain x H&M collab, and it gave me the idea of pairing this blouse with these pants. I added a gorgeous nude bag with fringe tassels that I also found at Heart & Hand, and finished the look with some incredible vintage shoes I thrifted.011 yellow blouse black gold pants outfit007 yellow blouse black gold pants outfit008 yellow blouse black gold pants outfit010 yellow blouse black gold pants outfitI actually just got up and checked the bottom of these amazing shoes to see how much I had paid for them, and would you believe they’d been marked down to ninety-nine cents?!

This whole thing just caused a flood of memories to wash over me, so bear with me for a bit and let’s walk down memory lane…Most of y’all probably already know this, but I was raised in a super strict Baptist church, where altar calls were the norm, and people often, as in almost every service, went forward and knelt and prayed at the front of the church. {I promise this has to do with thrifting and shoes, hold on…} When I was young {as in pre-teen and early-teen years}, I can distinctly remember being so worried that the thrift store price on the bottom of my shoes would show whenever I went forward and prayed in church. I mean, really. I was sooo embarrassed to have paid ninety-nine cents for some shoes. Now, I am ecstatic about it, and I’m bragging about it on a blog for anyone in the world to read! Haha! Isn’t it funny how sometimes, the thing that embarrassed us when we were younger can turn out to be the very thing we are most excited to show off when we are older?!

Anyway, check out these rad ninety-nine cent, leather soled shoes… Yeah!009 yellow blouse black gold pants outfit012 yellow blouse black gold pants outfitI think this blouse has a cool vibe when the neck tie is undone, but I also really like it looped up.013 yellow blouse black gold pants outfit014 yellow blouse black gold pants outfitLast week, I got several inches cut off my hair, and now looking at these pix, I’m so happy it’s shorter. It just looks heavy and blah here. If you follow my Instagram, you’ve seen my shorter ‘do, but I definitely need to do some more outfit pix soon so I can show it off on the blog, too. :)016 yellow blouse black gold pants outfitHappy Monday, friends. Let’s have a fabulous week!

~abi~

p.s. Tell me your embarrassing stories so I don’t feel alone in my teenaged-thrift-store-shoe-shame.

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Anna DiceFebruary 23, 2016 - 2:35 am

You look like Belle from Beaty in the Beast when you wear yellow I love it! Totally inspired to get a thrift store addiction.

JenniferFebruary 23, 2016 - 4:22 am

I don’t have any embarrassing stories when it comes to thrift clothes. I grew up in the 80’s where hand me downs and cheap clothes were what everyone was wearing in my neighborhood and school. I have always embraced frugal shopping and love bringing life back into something. I love your style and enjoy your posts. I think you look amazing. I wish everyone would feel confident in the clothes they wear and enjoy the process. I feel sad when people worry about what they are wearing and follow a trend, they don’t even like, because they are afraid to venture out. You inspire me.

Abi RuthFebruary 23, 2016 - 9:34 pm

thanks so much, jennifer! that is such a nice compliment. :) i also wish people would loosen up and enjoy fashion a little more.

Abi RuthFebruary 23, 2016 - 9:35 pm

aw, thank you! *blushing*
please do get a thrift store addiction! :)

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