Thrift Shop Mojo

I am a thrift store junkie. I remember when I was a kid, we didn’t have a lot of money. Every summer, my family spend a week in Auburn, WA at Lake Tapps. Auburn had tons of thrift stores and we’d go each year to pick up clothes for the school year. So, I wasn’t the most fashionable kid in the school, but I learned to love the adventure. That love for thrift stores persists today. I’d say about half my shoes and clothes come from thrift stores – a handful of handbags too! It used to be a necessity for money reasons, but today, I can afford new clothes. But I am used to thrift pricing now. ($100 for jeans?! HA!) And honestly, I just love the challenge and the hunt for a great deal.

Thrifting has become trendy recently. One of my favorite blog sites, Hello Giggles, has a whole series of posts about thrifting. The new CBS show 2 Broke Girls (which I find funny, but all my friends think it sucks) had a hilarious episode where the street-smart broke girl took the former rich-bitch broke girl to the Goodwill. Especially in today’s economy, and with increased sensibilities to ‘green living’, thrifting is a fantastic money-saving, reduce/reuse/recycle option. All it takes is some common sense and a sense of adventure. With a dash of patience. And hand sanitizer.

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Clothes. This is the easiest category. I only own one pair of jeans that did not come from a thrift store. Most of my dresses (I have a lot!) are from thrift stores. You will need to try things on – especially jeans. I have to try on 15 pairs for every 2 I go home with. But I have some nice jeans – Hilfiger, DKNY – and not a single pair cost more than $9.99. I have found cute tops, great sweaters – never spending more than $15 for any item. Here are some of my faves:
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Need New Years Eve party nails? Try stick-on nail polish!

It seems that intricate, detailed nail polish is the new ‘thing’. I’ve been seeing this trend everywhere – from Hello Giggles to this fun DIY’er on YouTube. Even my dear friend Deb included it in her recent fashion trends post (scroll down to ‘trends I cannot abide’ – although I believe there are some exceptions there!).

While some of us have the time/energy/talent to paint snowflakes or transfer newsprint to our nails, thankfully Sally Hansen has provided easy tools for the rest of us! After seeing print ads in magazines for their Salon Effects line, I finally went to my local ULTA and found them there. I bought the pattern called ‘Cut it Out’ and went home to give it a go.

The package comes with 16 nail strips in various sizes, a nail file, a cuticle tool and instructions. I strongly suggest reading the instructions carefully. I didn’t and missed a step or two at the beginning, so the first strip took much longer than necessary.

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