3.21.2011

Remember to Remember to Forget You Forgot Me

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Outfit details:
White blouse that my grandma altered for me: thrifted
Gray high waist trousers: thrifted
Brown leather loafers: thrifted


When I found this top at the thrift store I instantly fell in love with the flower appliques on front--the '80s power shoulder pads? Not so much. Lucky for me Lola took the pads out and turned the blouse in to a short sleeve one and I think it's pretty perfect for spring. So moral of the story, if you ever go thrifting and see an item that possesses some sort of quality that you really like, but the fit is weird, all it takes is a simple alteration to turn a frumpy piece into something really great.


On a semi-related note, I remember reading somewhere that wearing thrift store  duds from head to toe was considered a faux pas and to that I have to disagree. Well, I kind of have to disagree since I regularly wear  outfits solely comprised of thrifted items. I think as long as you look for items that have a modern shape to them then you're fine.


Moving on...
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A tale about the squeaky wheel getting the grease: a month or two ago I went to Target intending to buy only one item (moisturizer) but of course I got suckered in to buying much more--these fine tipped Sharpies included. I got home, opened the package, and realized that one of the markers (it was a two pack) was completely dried out. NO! On a whim, I decided to write the people who make Sharpies and told them I was sad that my pen was dried out and could they please send me a new one? I'm not sure what possessed me since I'm not really the type to uh, provide feedback for anything good or bad but anyway the gamble paid off and they sent me not one but four pens! Prrreeetttyyy exciting stuff.

27 comments:

  1. Okay, I think I've said this before but I LOVE your style. That blouse is amazing. I wish my grandma could alter pretty things like that for me!

    And four sharpies! I love that they sent you a super serious apology letter, too. That's good customer service.

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  2. ha! congrats on your free sharpies! sharpies are the best, just so satisfying to use, for some reason. and now you have 4X the satisfaction.

    i love the outfit! so audrey hepburn. very gamine.

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  3. I wear thrifted clothing every day, I think it's good to mix eras so it's not too costumey but don't see why it's a faux pas otherwise (you definitely are stylish and don't have this issue!).

    Funny story about the sharpies!

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  4. hi! i found you via calivintage and i am kind of in love :) you are adorable and i love your etsy store! this blouse is totally amazing and kudos to you for altering it to fit you better! and way to go for writing the sharpie people. i mean, that's what customer service is all about right??

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  6. This blouse is probably my favorite item I've seen yet. Totally obsessed. As always.

    xoxo
    Christine
    www.aquietdetermination.blogspot.com

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  7. That blouse has the neatest flowers on the front that I have ever seen. And score on the complimentary sharpies, how sweet of them.

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  8. This is such a great look! I have a very similar vintage top myself actually, it's really cute :) x

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  9. That blouse is gorgeous! I have some vintage items that desperately needs altering. I think I should ask my granny too :)

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  10. Love this outfit, and I agree...it doesnt matter if you are wearing head to toe anything as long as it looks good :D You could wear head to toe designers and it could look like garbage, haha
    And oooh wow, thats cool that Sharpie sent you new ones, you would think such a huge company wouldn't bother, haha...that gives them major points!
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com

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  11. I don't care what fashion specialists Says about fashion. I wear what I want! :)))

    It is so nice that You got four Sharpies.

    Few years ago I found a very very small bug in a gelatin(e) dessert. I was ask to sent this bug to producer. Then he sent me a big package of sweets and desserts to apologize. :)

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  12. Haha! They do say you should always write letters about these things. I had to for class one year, and got a new kettle! And a girl in my class got new jeans. ; )

    Also, a faux-pas to wear head to toe thrifted stuff? What kind of ridiculous rule is that? Sometimes thrift store stuff isn't even old or vintage, and is just from last season or something. Lame. Also, I was head-to-toe thrift yesterday.

    And finally, yeah, Soho is super cute. I haven't spent a lot of time there but they have cute narrow streets and little restaurants, and also this cupcake place which is apparently a blogger haven ; D and which definitely has amazing red velvet cake. I would say that Soho's not the cheapest area of town, but frankly, nowhere is very cheap in London. Let me know your dates when you're sure of them (or maybe you did, my brain is mush today). I should be in town for most of May anyway.xx

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  13. I agree, there is so much potential to thrift clothing, it just takes patience and a good eye. the little appliques are so sweet and really makes the white top stand out! and I can't believe they wrote you back, much less that you wrote them in the first place!!! hahahaa it's a great story!!! ^,^
    oh, and yes, definitely aliens ;)

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  14. super cute blouse! i love how it looks on you!

    and target always makes me spend more than intended! :)


    -laura
    http://thesemanyyears.blogspot.com

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  15. lovely outfit and photos <3 i adore your blouse :)

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  16. Haha I spent way too much time thinking about your title than I should have. :P I'm a dork!

    I love your blouse. It is so pretty. And I totally agree with you, there is nothing wrong with wearing thrift store finds head to toe. In fact, I think it's very chic to do so!

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  17. that blouse is gorgeous, that's cool your grandma altered it for you..i love thrift shopping and most of my closet consists of thrifted items..i dont care if its faux pas or not, i love it!
    and that's cool about the sharpies :)

    Fashion Bag 411

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  18. Gorgeous blouse and an exciting victory.. the pen is mightier than the dried out pen? yeah.. I wasn't going anywhere with that..

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  19. Love how you altered the blouse! So sute :)

    M - Even Artichokes Have Hearts ♥

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  20. You look amazing, AS ALWAYS. Im in love with your blouse x


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  21. wow!! now that's good cust service! and i love the details on that floral blouse, sooo pretty!

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  22. By the way, I finally saw your Refinery 29 video and I loved it. You're the best, I hope you win (and on top of that, the rest of them are pretty annoying, except that Zarna girl who seems cool). But please win and help keep blogland real!

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  23. So cute! I went through a few of your posts and I love your style. Awesome background choices, also, haha.

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  24. Free pens :)

    People who talk about a totally thrifted outfit being a faux pas are deluded. It's not like the clothes all say 'THRIFTED' on them in big letters, like it's suddenly going to get old or obvious that you shop second-hand. I've thrifted everything from kids' accessories to designer items. No one is any the wiser of their origin unless I tell them. Which I regularly do, because I'm an obnoxiously proud thrifter :)

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