Guest Post: Threads and Buttons

Greetings from Taipei! I survived the first (longer) half of the trip! As I’m whiling away my 10-hour layover with The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (perfect book to read while traveling. Yes I do know where my towel is, thank you very much), please enjoy today’s guest post. It’s from the wonderful Kelley of Threads and Buttons, a fellow thriftaholic whose simple but fun and versatile style I’ve always adored.

Hey there 14 Shades of Grey readers! My name is Kelley, and I blog over at Threads and Buttons (not to be confused with my Etsy store Threads and Buttons Shop). I don’t know about you guys, but while I was sad to hear that the good ol’ US of A would be losing Salazar, I’m also excited at the prospect of hearing and learning more about Vietnam as I read her future posts.

But, until then, Salazar was nice enough to ask me to stop on by and entertain you guys for a short while. I’d like to discuss something that Salazar and I both LOVE. Thrifting!

Loafers: Thrifted – Skirt: Thrifted – Belt: Thrifted – Shirt: Target –Blazer: Thrifted – Necklace: Gift

I would say that 78% of my closet is made up of items that were once owned by someone else… But I probably just say that because I’m no good at math… It’s probably more like 98%. No matter what the percentage, just know it’s a lot. And after all that thrifting, I’ve learned a thing or two (hopefully I’ve learned more than two things… But, for the sake of brevity, let’s say two, shall we?).

1. Check the Brand: I know it’s not ALL about labels and designers, but it’s always a good idea to check for brands that you KNOW make good quality products. Not only does this mean that the items will hold up better over a longer period of time, but it’s also more likely that the previous owner (somebody who cares enough to spend money on high quality clothing) took good care of it. This was definitely something that I had in mind when I picked up this J.Crew blazer at Goodwill. The fact that it’s a $188 blazer and I got it for $5 didn’t hurt either 😉

2. Check for Versatility: This is KEY! Even with thrifting, you’ll spend a small fortune if you start buying some pieces for “fancy” occasions, some for “casual” outings, and still more for those times when you want to look cuter than casual but not like you’re “trying too hard” (don’t lie, you know you do it). I always try my best not to buy an item unless I can think of at least three ways to wear it. For example, this blazer works well for meetings and somewhat “fancy” occasions, but I’ve also worn it in more casual ways (seen here and here).

So there it is, from this certified thriftaholic to you, the top two most important rules to thrift by. For more thifting finds and fun (outfits, DIYs, recipes, photography and more), feel free to check out my blog! Until then, happy thrifting!

-The Thrifty Kelley


Guest Post: Feathers & Freckles

Today’s guest post is courtesy of the lovely Megan from Feathers and Freckles. She’s a thrifting queen, and as a fellow thrifter, I’m constantly in awe of the amazing items she’s able to find. Check out her collection below!

Hi, I’m Megan from Feathers & Freckles. If you know me at all, you know that I love to thrift. I will often have friends say, “I just went to Goodwill and thought of you!” I’m hoping this is because I spend a lot of time inside of them and not because I smell like used clothing.

I started thrifting at a young age, back when it wasn’t hip (is it hip now or am I kidding myself?) and I remember lying to my friends about where an item was from. I would tell them, “Oh, it’s from Gap”… and leave out the fact that it was from Gap 3 years ago and up until yesterday had a mustard stain.

Below are some items I’ve thrifted over the past year.

DRESSES:

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SKIRTS:

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TOPS:

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BLAZERS:

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CAT VEST:

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OK, I’m kidding, I didn’t really buy that cat vest. (And I regret it every day).

Happy thrifting!!!


Gues Post: Animated Cardigan

So for the first guest post, I have my friend and Style Imitating Art co-creator Jess of Animated Cardigan. I’ve always admired her senses of style and humor, both of which she’s brought in this adorable post. Take it away, Jess!

Hi everyone! I’m Jess of Animated Cardigan and I thought that with Salazar on the move, I’d offer some wise words about packing and luggage. I’ve traveled a fair amount, and I’ve had quite a few blunders over the years. (Remind me to tell you about the time I almost got stuck in Ireland for four extra days.) Here’s my advice!

1. Dress to match your luggage. Not only will you be more likely to know what’s what, but when anyone sees you walk by, they’ll say “oh, there’s the sensible young woman who matched her black turtleneck to her black suitcase!” Bonus points if it’s summer when they say that.

2. Make sure you have everything you need. I am well packed here for a three week safari. You may bring more, but I prefer to wear one jumpsuit and turn it inside out halfway through my trip. That way I don’t have a lot of laundry when I get back.

3. Don’t abandon your luggage. First of all, Metro security will hunt you down. They always do. Second, do you really want to lose all those adorable tiny bottles? No way.

4. Don’t throw your luggage. I mean, you can, but you shouldn’t. You know you’re a butterfingers, that’s why you never grew up to be an all-star NFL quarterback.

5. Similarly, don’t knock, push or shove your luggage to the ground. The TSA is watching you, and if you accidentally bump your carry on to the ground, they will reward you by taking half an hour to test your curling shoes because they are made of a “suspicious material”. (Not that I’m mad or anything.)

6. Go ahead, sit on your luggage. It is not only comfortable but extremely sturdy and not at all prone to collapse.

7. Once you’re there, don’t forget your luggage. Don’t be That Person whose luggage ended up on the airport version of Storage Wars. There’s no bouncing back from a shame like that.

8. Last but not least: if your luggage starts to multiply, RUN.

Thanks Salazar for letting me guest post! I wish you the happiest and safest of travels!