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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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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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21st Century Church Ladies

Gone are the days of wearing boring, monochrome suits to church…at least for us. A little pop of color, a whole lot of sequins, a bow tie, and ruby woo lipstick came together well in our respective outfits.

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Reese, why are you always making me laugh right in the middle of a photo?

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The plum shoes + floral tights + black coat complimented the sequins perfectly. If you’re wearing something like a sequin top, toning down in other areas can make the sequins pop.

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The cut of the coat is simple, but this collar gives it so much pizazz! Small details like this make this church lady stand out from the crowd.

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It’s all about the red lip for Reese. Often times when she wears bowties, she soften up in other areas…such as lipstick or the old school clip on white earrings she’s wearing.

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Cardigans are a good option when it’s too cold to simply wear a jacket and it’s too warm to layer a coat over a jacket.

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All smiles after a great worship service.

This week, put that boring suit back in the closet and reach for something you would have never thought to wear in  the past. Who knows? Somebody might be waiting to say, “OMG! I love your style!”

Until next time,

R&R


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Ricks Style: Miss thing is wearing a tie

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Travel chic.

So the title of this post is random, which probably is a word that best describes my style. The title also is exactly what some lady said really loudly as I was strutting through the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to catch a connecting flight. o_O

Reese and I maintain that we don’t have personal styles in the traditional sense, but I’ve been able to nail down a few fashion constants that I’m probably going to be here for always.

Mad for plaid: Excuse my pajama bottoms, but get into this plaid! I didn’t go to Catholic school, or any school for that matter that required any kind of uniform, but I think I’ve loved plaid since I was a kid. It makes me happy. Nuff said.

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Preppy, tartan goodness.

Bold, funky, ethnic-looking accessories: I like to travel and when I’m not traveling, I like to look like I’ve shopped somewhere cool and other-worldly.

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The bigger, the bolder, the better.

Watches: I love a good timepiece. Old school, new school, real deal, knock off. I love them all.

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Big, small, I love them all.

Feminine blouses: I love soft, billowing blouses made out of light materials with bows, pleats, ruffles and beautiful buttons that move with me. They give a feminine touch to even the toughest look.

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I like being girly sometimes.

Bold bright colors and neon: I don’t much follow trends, but I so fell in love with the neon trend last year and I’m so going to rock it long after its gone. *kanyeshrug*

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Rainbow bright.

Long skirts: I don’t know if I’m channeling Little House on the Prairie or what, but I really like long skirts that are just shy of maxi.

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Look ma, no knees.

Jackets/Blazers: Whenever I want an outfit to look more pulled together I grab my fitted denim jacket or a great tailored blazer. Jackets just make everything look better.

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Fitted jacket = Instant sophistication.

A spectacle in spectacles: I know wearing glasses is all the rage with the kids today, but some of us are truly blind and actually need them to see. I’ve worn glasses since I was in fourth grade, but I’m so glad that today’s options look nothing like what I rocked back in the day.

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If you’re gonna have four eyes, they might as well be awesome.

Chuck Taylor All Stars: I only have one pair, but my wants list inside my head is probably filled with every color conceivable. I wear these dressed down with jeans, or dressed up with my favorite plaid skirt, a blazer and a cummerbund to church. My love affair with these kicks are that serious.

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Me and Mr. Taylor have a thing going on.

Just so this post won’t be stupid longer than it already is I’ll just tell you that I am also here for sequins, hats, skulls and crossbones, studs, a popped collar, pencil skirts, ultra feminine dress, cummerbunds, sweater vests, neckties and crossbody bags…WHEW!

Keep it thrifty,

— Ricks


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Style Notes: A Warm Day in December

On my recent trip and solo thrift at a Goodwill in Hinesville, Ga. I found a treasure trove of dresses including this little vintage gem of a shirt dress that caught my eye. It is perfect for me in so many ways. From the puffy shoulders and sleeves to the primness of the just below the knee hemline., how many ways can you say love?!

The only thing that was bringing me down about the dress was it is unlined and a bit too thin for the cold we were enduring. I feared that I would have to stare longingly at it in my closet until spring, but a rare December day when temperatures easily reached mid-60s was my now or later moment. I was so psyched to wear it, but still decided to pair it with a turtleneck, and dark tights because it is still winter!

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Ricks rocking a vintage dress that is in incredible condition and it cost *drumrollplease* $4.99!! Pick your jaw up or you will trip over your bottom lip.

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Ricks paired the dress with a black turtleneck and tights because even though the weather was giving her early fall, the calendar says it is almost winter! Gray faux suede and blue platform pumps by Nine West were bought new from the Salvation Army for $14.99.

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Ricks paired the dress with her signature glasses, gold tone accessories from Aldo, Forever 21 and Marshall’s.

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Poppin collars…off to work!

Until next time…Keep it thrifty!

— R&R


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A season of thanks…

It’s the most wonderful time of year when we’re all preoccupied with friends, family, food and frolic. Thanksgiving ushers in a feeling of gratefulness and reflection, as we race toward the conclusion of another year. We here at Too Thrifty Chicks will take the time to savor these fleeting moments and hope you’ll do the same. Take time during the hustle and bustle of the season to slow down, breathe, turn inward and reflect. Make space for joy that can’t be bought.

And while you’re reflecting, take time to think a little bit about the nifty, thrifty looks that you can pull off this holiday season. And don’t forget to look for a post about ideas for gifting thrifted items.

Check out what Reese and Ricks wore to a conservative gathering and a more casual affair. Enjoy!

Getting ready for thanksgiving dinner. Needed to wear something comfortable and casual that would be acceptable for a more traditional setting. Love love love this green sweater I found at B-thrifty. I’m pretty sure it’s handmade.

Attended church service with my partner’s family. The church is on the conservative end, so I needed to dress appropriately for the venue without looking drab. Paired a gold shirt with a classic skirt (both thrifted), olive green tights, oxford heels, and a corduroy jacket.

A casual ensemble that travels well while riding in a car and effectively hides a food baby. 🙂 Thrifted items: Gap jean jacket $5.99 and skirt $3.99.

Tell us how you hide your food baby during the holiday season of feasting that kicks off with Thanksgiving and lasts through New Year’s Day!

 


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It’s my day off and I’ll wear sequins if I want to…

So Nov. 16 I had a rare day off with nothing more to do than frolic in these streets with A. Reese. She had a few hours to kill before jetting off to paradise so we made a plan to pop up at the Warby Parker Class Trip pop-up showroom at Woodrow Wilson Plaza. Stay tuned for an epic post about that adventure.

A. Reese says: “Wear something blog worthy.”

I say: “But of course.”

Enter my sequin dilemma…

Challenge Thy Name is Sequins for Day!

I love sequins y’all. And by love, I mean would wear them all day every day, ya know? I lucked up on this top for FREE as a “thanks for volunteering” gift about a year ago. And while I loved the colors and the mint condition of this silk and beaded halter-style top when I first laid eyes on it, I’ve been stymied for months about how to make it work.

And my lack of an idea meant that the top’s time was running out — it was coming up on its expiration date. I have a strict rule that I live by so that my closet doesn’t overflow with stuff I don’t wear…if I haven’t worn it in a year, it’s gotta go.

But low and behold inspiration struck. After one of my marathon conversations with A. Reese, my creative juices started flowing and, eureka, I figured out how to turn my challenge into opportunity. The rest is thifty fashion history.

First things first. I needed a way to make this work. This halter-style top would have worked on its own in the summer, but its cold outchea! So enter, my trusty white button down shirt. A workhorse staple of my wardrobe.

Once the dilemma of how to turn this halter top into a weather appropriate shirt was solved, the ideas flowed faster than hot chocolate sauce.

So many ideas and just one little old me :-(. The possibilities are endless and even, dare I say it, work appropriate.

You’ll have to stay tuned to see which outfit I chose for our photo shoot at the Warby Parker pop-up. The suspense is killing you right?

Until next time…

Keep it thrifty,

— M. Ricks

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