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A Short Truth About Shorts

We might be nine days away from the official start, but it certainly is beginning to feel a lot like summer. That means we’re traipsing around town wearing far less than we did even three weeks ago. Seriously, the weather has been crazy around these parts.

The last time we took advantage of a half-off sale at one of our favorite thrift stores, B-Thrifty, we were on the hunt for spring and summer clothes. We both found an abundance of long shorts and skirts that we plan to re-purpose into shorts so look out for some DIY, recreations coming to the blog soon.

Reese can sew, and this summer I’m going to finally learn. My first project were these really funky looking printed shorts. They were super long and so baggy that they looked like a skirt on me. You’ll have to take my word on what they looked like. I got to cutting them up and I was so intent on changing them that I forgot to take a picture of what they looked like before. Forgive me? Thanks.

I raised the length from the knee to about mid thigh (yes my legs are really long), and presto, here’s the look. I topped off the ensemble with this great thrifted t-shirt and wore it on the same day, unbeknownst to me, that the legendary, revolutionary Nelson Mandela, 94, entered the hospital.

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Reese also was strongly considering cropping her shorts, but realized she loved the high-waisted shorts at their existing length. So she just topped her ensemble off with this colorful and inexpensive tank she picked up at Walmart and finished the look with what else, her Chuck Taylor’s.

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We hope you’re staying cool in this heat, saving money and asserting your style by finding some pre-owned clothes to love!

And if you feel so inclined say a special prayer, word of thanksgiving, or offer up a sun salutation for Mr. Mandela. The Too Thrifty Chicks are certainly praying for you Madiba and sending light, love and positivity into the universe on your behalf. Whatever the universe decides we pray that it will be well with your soul. And if we don’t get the chance to tell you, thank you for your service.

— R&R


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Man of the Moment: William “Beaver” Brooks

One Sunday, we’re greeting folks at church, and William aka Beaver comes up to us and says, “I’ve been meaning to tell y’all, I love y’all’s style….and then we say (almost in unison), “We love yours too! We want you on our blog!”IMG_5044

That was a few months ago, and we finally got around to doing a photoshoot with Beaver and learning more about his style. He has a passion for thrifting and finding unique pieces. He’s a bigger guy and says that guys like him are often left out of the picture in this new thrifting trend. When he’s not singing in the church choir, or working his full-time gig, Beaver dedicates his time to helping other men develop their own unique style profiles. According to him, he’s dedicated to “keeping the big guy fly!”

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…Oh, did we mention he’s an entrepreneur too? His business, Bebow Fashions, focuses on designing handmade bowties and lapel pins. They are sooo dope and can be made to order. He believes in providing good quality because he doesn’t sell anything he wouldn’t wear himself, so he is often sporting his products whenever we see him. We’re waiting on our own custom designs (::hint hint Beave::).

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If you like Beaver’s style, check him out on Instagram: the_awesome_life_of_a_beaver and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BebowFashions.

BTW, what’s a Too Thrifty photoshoot without a little silliness? Check out some of the outtakes below. Between Reese’s silly jokes (Knock knock. Who’s there? Interrupting cow…interrupting cow wh…MOOOOO!) and Ricks’ ability to strike any pose on cue, we had a grand ol’ time. — R&R

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Chucks & Cupcakes

What do you get when you put together a birthday, cupcakes, chucks, and laughter? A jolly good time! We celebrated our friend’s birthday with a fantastically ridiculous photoshoot featuring our favorite sneakers. The bad side of such shenanigans? R&R drooling all over the converse website when we got home. No worries Operation Do Better friends. We refrained from purchasing new sneakers (after all, this is a want and not a need, right?), BUT when it’s time to celebrate another milestone, we already have pairs picked out.

This post doesn’t need a lot of words….the photos speak for themselves.

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Who shows up with an Ikea bag full of chucks? This chick does! Had to be at least 25 pair.

T with her pile of chucks…check out the custom made ones! *swoon*

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It’s cold in DC today, but Ricks definitely looks like Spring. Color and more color! Put away your drab clothes and pull out the fun ones!

Feeling a little flighty with the pale pink shorts w/birds on them. Paired with flowery sunglasses and this girl is ready to take on Spring.

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Quick! Blow out the candles that aren’t lit! (lol) Happy Birthday Nikki!

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If someone has a chocolate allergy it’s reasonable to assume she wouldn’t eat chocolate right? Wrong! This chick tried to be sneaky and snag a bite before anyone noticed…but the evidence is on her face! CAUGHT! (btw–she’s not being sentimental. Those tears are from laughing so hard!)

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Nikki, you’re fierce and fabulous. You have to learn how to growl. ROOOOAAAAARRRRRR!

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Red velvet cupcake to match the red chucks she got for her birthday. YUMMMMM! Nikki B. is all smiles and so were we. 🙂

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The birthday girl loves her car and her chucks…put them together and she’s in heaven!

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::singing:: Friends….how many of us have them?

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Look at this awesome collage. This is the only way to show you all the pics at once…LOL.

We had so much fun celebrating Nikki’s birthday…and nearly 500 photos to prove it. Have a friend who has a birthday coming up? Celebrate her in  a way that reflects who she is. We did, and we’ve got some fun memories to show for it. Happy birthday Nikki B.! We hope you have a fantastic birthday filled with laughs, love, and light!

xoxo

R&R


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Online Finds: A Few of Our Faves

We make it no secret that we prefer to sift through thrift store racks than visit vintage or specialty stores. BUT, there are a few exceptions. We’ve had some really great luck with three online vintage stores that have quality clothes and reasonable prices. Photo Apr 05, 4 37 08 PM

Lost in Vintage: If you follow this blog, then you know this is one of our absolute faves. We did a Q&A session with Lost in Vintage owners, Heather and Bo Liles, and fell in love with not only their store but also their business ethic and wonderful personalities. Ricks wore a dress purchased from them for Easter (if you missed the post, go check it out). A few weeks ago, this gem came in the mail as a gift. It was as if the universe decided this dress was absolutely made for her. Go ahead, check out their shop on etsy, but be prepared to want every single thing! You can visit them here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/lostindrawersvintage.

The Thrifted Closet: This is a new shop with fabulous pieces dying to find new homes. Run by Tasha, this shop features hand selected pieces good for anyone who’s looking to stand out . There are soooo many  things I want from this shop, but I gotta keep my debit card in my wallet. I did purchase this sheer blue dress that I absolutely love. It’s light, flowy, and itching to make a debut at happy hour or brunch. I’m being a good girl and not buying anything else, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go treat yourself if your budget allows. Tasha created a lookbook so you can see how the items look on a real person: http://thethriftedcloset.bigcartel.com/lookbook. IMG_3907 IMG_3900

The Vintage Starfish: I was browsing Etsy one day and came across this shop. The owner’s name is Emily, and she has an eye for bringing together eclectic things: vintage clothes, glasses, and lamps are among the things currently available. While browsing the shop, I scored this fabulous romper for $8.99, which was shipped promptly with a handwritten note for a discount code for my next purchase. Keep an eye on this shop, as Emily is restocking for the summer soon! Check out Emily’s shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheVintageStarfish.IMG_3800 IMG_3801

We will always love our crowded, slightly disorganized thrift stores, but it’s nice to have reliable shops that can provide specific items we’re looking for. Do you have any favorite online stores? Share them with us! But if we buy anything we’re not supposed to, we’re blaming you!

Until next time,

R&R


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Flirty Florals: Spring Time is Here!

It is the most wonderful time of the year — SPRING! And we are so about it. After a long, long winter layered under black and gray it’s time for a little skin and a whole lot of color.

And what better way to introduce color and look blooming good than to break out your favorite floral prints? Right now we’re loving these really comfy pants in vibrant floral prints that we picked up on our trip to NYC. These pants are so light and comfortable that it’s like wearing pajama pants in public, but they’re super stylish and won’t get you the stink eye because…well…you have your pajamas on in public. Floral prints are apparently the “in” thing this season, but we’ll probably rock these long after the cherry blossoms are gone.

We each picked up a pair at Uniqlo for under $10 a piece! Crazy right? Ricks went for a pair of the most colorful ones she could find in the store, while Reese opted for a more subtle color palatte. In addition to these great affordable finds, Ricks lucked up on an amazing pair of flowered pants at a thrift store in Brooklyn called Junk. She added some elastic to the bottom and presto! Instant on trend and fly for about $8.

Because of all the colors in the pattern of the pants, the possibilities are endless. We dressed them and dressed them down. Check out how we work.

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— R&R


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Feeling dainty in a little boy’s shirt

We heart buying shirts from the boy section….dress shirts, t-shirts, sweatshirts…we have them all. Some little boy’s nightmare becomes our treasure.

I  was in the mood to wear this skirt, but wasn’t exactly sure how I wanted to style it. First I threw on a black and white plaid shirt + a sweater. That didn’t work so well. Made me look like I was carrying some extra weight in the midsection, and I really don’t have any time for speculations about a [nonexistent] tiny human growing inside me. I then tried it with a black, purple, and silver sequin top, but for the shape of the top didn’t work well with the skirt.

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I finally settled for pairing this boys (size 14) pale yellow button down shirt with the skirt. I am not really a button down and skirt kind of girl, but I really heart this combination! So, I decided on a top….now there was one more tough decision: what color tights? I started with green, and thought they looked a little too putrid with the yellow. Then I moved on to blue and wasn’t feeling that. I settled on a dark purple pair to contrast the pale shirt. Threw on a pair of pearls, earrings, the best booties ever , and some Ruby Woo lipstick……gave myself a look in the mirror, and thought, girl you betta weeerrrrkkk! IMG_3529

Next time you go to the thrift store, check out the boys and/or men section–especially if you’re a girl who finds herself in this-doesn’t-fit-me-quite-right shirts far too often.


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A frock fit for Easter (or Any Time :)

Easter is nearly here and it’s time to break out your best frock, and your most stunning (or at least entertaining) chapeau for all the world to see.

I’ve been waiting since Christmas to wear this 1980s navy and white,  polka dot dress that Reese got me from our good friends at Lost in Drawers. When I saw it, I immediately thought, “This is what I’m wearing for Easter.”

But who says your Easter dress is only good for one day of the year? Not me. I plan on rocking this dress as much as I can and the best way to do that is to style it as many ways as you can think of.

Here are my three best looks.

Exhibit 1: Gone with the Wind Fabulous!

There is nothing more fun than a flirty hemline and I’ve known that since I was probably 3 years old. Now twirl, twirl, twirl.

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Adding a structured jacket to the top of the dress in a bright, fun color keeps it classy with a punch.

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Exhibit 2: Don’t Be Cardi for the Party!

The calendar might say spring, but where we live? Baby it’s cold and this boyfriend-style cardigan in a bright yellow is warm with a pop of “Hello!”

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A statement necklace, a slimmer belt at the waist and even some statement tights make me ready for the Easter Egg roll at the White House (if I could have smuggled a little kid in there.)

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Exhibit 3: Oh, Chambray!

Nothing like a denim shirt to make the dress instantly more relaxed, and the chambray color makes it a subtle contrast to the navy background of the dress.

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This girl is ready for a casual brunch with friends. Happy Easter Day!

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Until next time.

— Ricks

How are you planning to get more wear out of your Easter clothes?