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Swap it Out!

IMG_9863When in doubt, swap it out.

Spring is quickly giving way to summer, and you already know that in addition to it being toe-out season, it also is spring-summer dress season. Spending money for new-to-us dresses is something we’ll avoid if we can and nothing was more true for us this Easter.

I know you’re all like,  “But Thrifty Chicks, Easter was months ago. Why are we talking about what you wore from way back then?”
Well, because we’re rusty at this blogging thing and because any time is a good time to swap it out. Whether it’s Easter or some other occasion where you want to look cute without cost, swapping can be an even thriftier option than actual thrifting.IMG_9883

Swapping can be as easy as asking to “shop” a friend’s closet, or it can be a more
formal meet-up where everyone brings something to an agreed upon location to swap with everyone else. In fact, it’s a great way to clean out your closet and replenish it at the same time.

Instead of buying new dresses for Easter, we swapped. Our friend Tasha gifted  this fitted floral number to Ricks, and Ricks gifted a yellow frock to Reese. New fashion for each of us. Zero cost.

 

 

 

 

 


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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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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.

Gone with the Wind Fabulous

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?