Little French Flea Market

Dress: thrifted (the tag says “14 years old, Made in Portugal.” So it’s meant for a 14-year-old Portuguese girl?)
Loafers: Payless thrifted, remixed
Tights: Kohl’s
Belt: thrifted
Coat (below): thrifted, remixed

I love flea markets. Unfortunately smaller ones are kinda tough to find in LA (the Rose Bowl one is huge.) So imagine how excited I was when I found the Little French Flea Market – not only it’s small, cute and full of vintage, shabby chic things that I love, but it’s also just a 10 minute bike ride away from my apartment. Of course I immediately made plans with my like-minded friends Katie and Debbi to meet up…

I only have that one outfit picture (taken by Debbi) because I was too busy taking pictures of the flea market myself. Check it:

Does this count as an outfit picture?

These tiny vases are so damn cute. I just don’t have anywhere to put them

I want this Monet umbrella so bad (he’s my favorite Impressionist.) Why oh why does it have to have a $125 price tag?

The place is full of pretty little flower arrangement like this

The must-have Nutella crepe

Katie found a cool vintage sequin top that makes her look like a mermaid:

And even though I’m still on the shopping ban, Debbi picked out this lovely blue vintage dress for me  (it’s very Mad Men, though more Megan than Joan.) But unfortunately I failed to, shall we say, sufficiently fill it out:

Yeah… no.

That doesn’t stop me from breaking my shopping ban though. My haul:

3 pieces of vintage lace/trim, 3 brooches, 1 pendant, 1 pair of clip-on earrings (I have something else in mind for them.) Total damage: I don’t want to talk about it.

I just couldn’t control myself. How could I, when there were these many pretty things around:

I’m Failing The Shopping Ban

Yes, I’m failing big time. This week I spent $20.50 on these:

Now I can justify the purchase all I want – I’ve been looking for a pair of close-toed wedges for a while now, and the belts are genuine leather, etc. – but there’s no avoiding the fact that I’ve spent 4 weeks’ worth of allowance. So it’s no more shopping in the next 4 weeks for me. I think I’ll have to go back to the rubber band therapy now…

Anyway, I have an exciting DIY project in store for those wedges, so stay tune!

Shopping Ban & Remix Update

Since I seem to be running out of material for the “Awkward and Awesome” feature, I’m moving the Shopping Ban update to Thursday for now.

This week, I spent $6 on a pair of shoes. I know I went over budget, but I’ll take the difference out of next week’s allowance, so it’s OK.

I’ve also decided to edit my 33×33 remix list a bit. I realized there were 2 pairs of shoes that I just couldn’t incorporate into my remix, so I took them out, added in this pair that I just bought and another top (which I’ve forgotten about.) So I still have 33 items, just less shoes and more tops:

As for the other two pairs of shoes, one has been returned to the store (the oxfords – they’re just too big for me), and the heels I’ve put away, to wait until I can wear heels without straps (me learning to wear heels is like learning how to ride a bike – I’m still in the “training wheels” phase :D)

Cat Lady

First order of business:

So I’ve made it through one week of my shopping ban. I found a pair of T-strap pumps and a striped cardigan at Goodwill but ended up not buying them because 1) I don’t like T-straps that much. I like ankle straps and Mary Jane’s, but not T-straps, and 2) The cardigan is almost exactly like my Forever21 cardigan, only with red stripes. I told myself I don’t need it.  And then I went right to the second-hand store next door (who put a Goodwill, a Buffalo Exchange and a Rewind Recycled Fashion store next to each other anyway?!) and spent my $5 on this:

I know, I know. I don’t need another shirt dress (a plaid one at that!), but it’s only $5.45! No? Not allowed? I should be ashamed of myself? OK. New rule: I can spend my allowance on accessories (jewelries, belts, maybe shoes. Maybe. But it has to be something I don’t own – like yellow flats or a pair of wedges) but not clothes. One exception: if I find the perfect mustard cardigan, I’m buying it. I’ve been looking for one since forever.

OK, on to today’s outfit:

I thrifted this cat dress a while ago because – kitties! And they’re wearing bow ties! Yeah, according to this cartoon, that’s pretty much how you will think whenever you’re in proximity of a cat. These aren’t even real cats and they still manage to shut down my brain. But I’m destined to become a crazy cat lady anyway, so I don’t mind 😀

The thing is, this dress is too casual for work, and somehow every time I went out for a casual thing (book sale, class, writers’ group, etc.) I always forgot that I have this dress in my closet, waiting to be worn… Well, no more! It’s kinda chilly and rainy today (rain! In LA! In the middle of May! Inconceivable!), so I threw on my old sweater to complete the look – every cat lady needs a black cable-knit sweater, right?

Dress, worn as tunic: H&M, thrifted
Sweater: hand-me-down from my sister
Skinny jeans: Target, remixed
Belt: Wet Seal, remixed
Boots: Bamboo thrifted, remixed
Necklace: pendant bought from Michael’s

Shopping Ban and 30×30 Remix Challenge

I’ve mentioned before that my thrifting habit is becoming a problem, but it was sort of half-joking. But now I mean it. It’s becoming a problem and I need to take care of it.

You might say, But you can’t spend that much at thrift stores. Sure you can, when you add it up. And besides, it’s more about money to me. It’s about wasting time and running out of space – I don’t have room in my closet anymore, and there are pieces in there that I haven’t even worn yet!

I’m determined to nip this problem in the bud before it’s become full-blown, especially after reading about Sally of Already Pretty’s 6-month shopping ban. Because, unlike Sally, who says she has an addictive personality, I have an obsessive personality. Which is even worse, I think. You’re addicted to something, you can quit. But once you’re obsessed, that’s it. So I’m taking a stance. And I’m announcing it publicly (well, as public as this tiny blog gets, anyway) to keep myself honest. Goals:

1. No more shopping. I’m not setting a deadline because I’m afraid that once I reach that deadline I’ll just reward myself with more shopping. So I’ll start small, like 4 weeks, and see where I’ll go from there.

2. I know quitting cold turkey isn’t a good idea so, like Sally, I’m giving myself an allowance each week. But I’ll make mine $5 instead of $10 like her. Like I said, I’m running out of closet space, and with $1o you can still buy a lot.

That’s it!

Oh and I’ve made this banner to put at the end of a post to count the number of weeks I stay on the ban (sort of like AA chips, but with shopping :P)

She’s watching me…

Now, on to the second part of the post. I said there are pieces in my closet that I haven’t worn yet. And lucky for me, Kendi of Kendi Everyday just decided to start up her 30×30 challenge again, but with looser guidelines and no time limit. It’s simply taking 30 pieces of clothing and creating 30 outfits out of them. So that’s what I’m doing with my unworn pieces.

As you can see, I have 33, not 30 pieces. So I will make mine a 33×33 challenge. Because the goal is to wear all of them – at least once. The problem is, there aren’t a lot of tops (I don’t thrift tops, for some reason.) But the good thing is that the dresses/tunics can double up as tops. Also I don’t have to do this all in a row, so it won’t become a chore.

So, yeah. A shopping ban and a 30×30… oh, excuse me, 33×33 challenge. I’m embarking on a whole new journey of style exploration here, people. Wish me luck.