Tuesday, February 21, 2017

thriftaholic: tips & tricks for your next thrifting adventure

if you've been a reader of diary of this girl for some time, 
then you know i am a thriftaholic! many of my clothes, shoes and handbags
 were purchased second-hand (including these flats, this sweater and 
this dress). thrift and consignment shopping is a 
passion of mine - i love the thrill of thrift shopping; you just never know 
what you'll find! 

putting together outfits to share on my blog is a wonderful hobby,
but keeping up with current trends, while also providing new
content (and thus, new outfits!), is expensive. i can't always
justify purchasing those new ankle boots or that faux fur vest.
however, when purchasing items second-hand, and at a
much lower price point, i feel like i'm being kinder to my wallet.
while i typically find fun pieces when thrifting, there are days 
i come home empty-handed. unfortunately, it all depends on what's 
available at your local thrift or consignment shop. some days are better
than others, and it's important to go back (again and again!).

a few areas of the thrift store i always make sure to check?
shoes, handbags, sweaters, skirts and dresses! 
if i have extra time, i also look through the shirts
and blouses, and i sometimes browse the men's section
(some of my favorite flannels were purchased in the men's department).

when thrifting, allow yourself plenty of time!
thrift and consignment shopping requires patience. you often
have to dig (and dig!) through the racks and of course, try on any 
items that end up in your cart. check for major holes and/or snags. 
minor adjustments, such as hemming skirts
or pants, can be made. i've also bought tops that were 
missing a button because this is a quick and easy fix.
additionally, don't be afraid to look at items outside of your usual
size range. for example, i like to browse sizes small through large,
as vintage pieces are generally sized larger (and fit smaller)
 and clothing may or may not be mixed up.

and now, for a few of my favorite thrifting destinations!

for years, i have been an avid supporter of goodwill. while i 
have found great designer items at a variety of goodwill locations, 
the redmond store (located here), the ballard store (located here)
and the capitol hill store (located here) are where i typically
have the best luck!

located in the university district, buffalo exchange
is where i often sell gently-used items from my closet. while i'm
waiting for the staff to look through my clothing, i subsequently browse 
(and often purchase!) from here as well. 

when visiting my parents on weekends, i make sure to 
stop by gigi's closet, located in mukilteo. it's a small, locally owned
consignment shop for women. their merchandise varies, 
but i've found several pairs of shoes and jackets for work.

crossroads trading:
crossroads trading, located on capitol hill (not
far from urban outfitters!) is full of vintage, gently-used
and new clothing, shoes and accessories. i can spend forever
looking through everything, and my favorite pair of distressed
madewell jeans were purchased at crossroads!

my love for thrifting began in college. we would
visit the local value village for vintage sweatshirts and
halloween costumes each year. i soon realized everything else value 
village had to offer, and my loyalty has continued!
i prefer the lake city, lynnwood and redmond locations.

where are some of your favorite places to thrift
or consignment shop? i'm always looking for new places to visit!

p.s. the jumpsuit i'm wearing in the photos above is a thrifted find 
at goodwill by my photographer, elizabeth!

Friday, February 17, 2017

the denim fit lab

denim, oh denim, what a love-hate
relationship we share!
purchasing the perfect pair of jeans? a seemingly impossible 
feat! and finding a pair that aligns with your personal style,
fits well, and is within your budget?!
the struggle is real.

however, i recently discovered that finding quality denim,
that is both tailored to your body type and gentle on 
your wallet, isn't impossible!
thanks to the amazing ladies from my style suite,
jag jeans and fitcode, i came home last week with the most adorable
(and beautifully-fitting) distressed skinny jeans!
and let me tell you, i cannot wait to pair these ripped
jeans with my blouses and under dresses later this spring.
disclosure: fitcode and jag jeans graciously provided me with a complimentary 
pair of jeans. all opinions are my own!

to find your perfect pair, start by taking the fitcode quiz;
specific measurements are not required - simply 
answer a few questions about your body type, how you like denim
to fit your shape, and the style of jeans you like best.
you're then have your personalized 'fitcode.'

at this event, we partnered with jag jeans. according 
to my fitcode, the stylists recommended three different fits/items
that would work best for my body type and denim needs!
while i liked both the 'alex boyfriend' and the 'marla legging,'
i just couldn't leave without the 'sheridan skinny' jeans.
^^^ fellow seattle bloggers and friends, asa from lace & pearls 
and lisa from story of my dress ^^^

i had a wonderful time previewing the denim fit lab
 last week, and of course, catching up with my favorite blogger-friends!
for my seattle friends, if you are looking for that perfect pair of jeans
 (and are tired of visiting numerous department stores and online
retailers), be sure to stop by the next fit lab:
 saturday, february 18th at my style suite
located at westfield southcenter from 12pm to 5pm.
for more information, visit here.

your jeans are waiting!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

wear to work

with my recent career change - i previously 
worked as a preschool teacher and am now 
an office professional for a finance company - my wardrobe
subsequently underwent a dramatic transition. i used to live in my 
denim, leggings, and all things comfortable (and i may
or may not have worn ripped jeans a few times each week). 
i would arrive home after a long day with dried remnants of lunch, snot, 
and dirt from the playground 'decorating' my outfit. 
it certainly made for good story telling, and my clothing
was washed often (very often!). 

dressing 'fancy' was never a priority. the ability to chase after 
and keep up with ten toddlers took precedence. while i greatly miss the kids, 
i don't necessarily mind staying clean throughout the day ;)
**disclosure: coach graciously sent me the handbag featured in this post.
all opinions are my own!

i've always been drawn to skirts and dresses,
and i find myself wearing a sweater or blazer with my skirts
and dresses most often. our office culture requires 'business 
professional' attire (and 'business casual' on friday's).

working in a professional office, however, 
doesn't mean i want to change or sacrifice my style - 
after all, style is a form of self-expression!
patterns, prints and statement pieces are still important.
while it is sometimes more difficult to put together 
outfits during the work week (and look office-appropriate),
i welcome the challenge.
^^^ and whether it's tuesday or saturday, coffee is imperative ^^^

this sweater and skirt combination is something i recently 
wore to work. i thought it would be fun to showcase my work style
here on my blog! to add a bit of flare to this look, i chose my 
leopard print flats. i kept my accessories to a minimum 
with delicate rings and traded my usual tote for a coach crossbody bag. 

sweater: loft (similar here), skirt: loft, leopard flats: thrifted (via seattle goodwill)
rings: target, crossbody bag: c/o coach (exact here)

how do you dress for work?
where do you like to shop for work attire? i'm always
looking for new ideas and inspiration!