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that’s what she wore ~ thrifted and vintage and dotted

IMG_8971This is the other outfit we photographed when I went to Texas at the beginning of this month.  As I mentioned in this previous post, I had gone along with my friend Randi Ownbey to shoot a wedding, and on our drive back to Oklahoma, Randi was kind enough to to snap some outfit pix for me in random Texas towns.  We actually took these photos in Randi’s college town: Nacodogdoches, Texas.  We had attended church there Sunday morning before heading home, and this is what I wore to church that day.  I follow several fashion blogs, and I think it’s kinda funny how a lot of the pro fashion bloggers just do a bunch of photo shoots of different outfits, as opposed to literally taking photos in an outfit they are wearing in real life.  I mean, I get that they can’t realistically do a photo shoot every single day of each outfit they wear, but when I first starting following fashion blogs, that’s pretty much what I thought they did.  I am fairly certain that I won’t ever want to be a professional fashion blogger, so what you will find on this blog will be real outfits worn by me in real life.  I like presenting my real-life stuff here.  But I also love clothes and styling and the fun of it all, which is what you will see with the thrifted outfit posts I do of other girls; such as the ones I’ve featured of ShaKari and Briana.

So let’s talk about this outfit.  I found this amazing, soft, huge coat at a thrift store in Omaha last year for around nine dollars, I think.  When I got it home, I actually thought about getting rid of it, because it really is pretty big.  But then we got some pretty cold weather here {for Oklahoma} and I dug it out.  I love how it’s big enough to fit over a sweater or blazer; and I also like the big, puffy proportions when it’s paired with something tighter/smaller on bottom, like it is here.

IMG_8983IMG_9001This bag is clearly the showstopper here {did you just sing Showstoppin’ by Danity Kane??  Because I totally did. “Show-show-stoppin’..”}, and honestly it was the basis for this whole outfit.  I found it at The Rink Gallery {my happy place}, which is not somewhere I typically buy clothes or bags.  The Rink is a vintage place, and wearable stuff {aside from jewelry – you can find some good deals there!} tends to be more expensive there as opposed to thrift stores.  {It’s more fun to shop The Rink for home decor stuff}.  But I saw this bag and loved it and paid way more than I normally would pay for a bag, and it made me really happy for a month or so, until one of the handles started falling off.. :-/  Once it was literally hanging by a thread, I admitted defeat and stopped carrying it.  You win some, you lose some.  {I’m sure I can repair it if I ever get motivated enough to do so.}  At least I got some quality photos of it, thanks to Randi.

{Sorry I found it necessary to use parenthesis so many times in that last paragraph.  And here.}IMG_9023IMG_9014IMG_9019As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t buy tights at thrift stores.  I honestly never really even see tights at thrift stores.  Don’t people just wear tights until they rip and then throw them away?  Anyway, I’ve had these tights forever, and even though they’re not an exact match for the blue in this bag, I figured the dots would give enough of a connection to make them cohesive. IMG_9085The black turtleneck and dotted skirt were both thrift store finds.  The boots were not.  I actually saw these boots at TJ Maxx and reeeeally wanted them but they were more than I typically like to spend on shoes, so I used all my self control to leave them there.  A week or so later, I was still thinking about them, so I caved and went back and bought them.  And I am so glad I did.  I have worn the heck out of these boots!  The thicker heel makes them very comfy, and the suede leather makes them nice and durable.  I think it’s so much smarter to spend a bit more on good quality leather shoes/boots that you can wear a ton without ruining, instead of buying lots of cheap shoes that won’t survive as long.  This mindset is the total opposite of what I used to have, which was generally that I want all the cute {cheap} shoes, all the time.  But, you live and learn, and I’ve paired way back on shoe purchases.IMG_9095IMG_9102I wanted to mention something before I wrap up this post….After I posted my last outfit post on here, I actually had a couple of friends text me to tell me that I’d inspired them to be a little more adventurous/creative/whatever with their clothes that week.  I love that!  It’s exactly why I do posts like this.  I like inspiring people to find new life in old clothes, whether they’re someone else’s old clothes {that you thrifted} or your own old clothes in the back of your closet or the bottom of your drawer.  Plus, I think there’s enough heavy stuff in this world, and I like thinking maybe something as simple as cute, fun outfits could bring a smile to your face or distract you from the less pleasant stuff for a few minutes.  I know the heavy stuff shouldn’t be ignored, but I think it can be balanced out with lighter fare occasionally.  Besides, you know what they say: looking good is half the battle. :)

~abi~

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