J’adore Dior

I have thrifted some pretty amazing things over the years, but nothing more special to me than this vintage men’s Christian Dior button-down. I don’t like to play favorites with my shirts, but this one is very special!

I’m really loving all things over-sized right now and the fit couldn’t be more perfect; not too overly big or loose, it’s like this shirt was made for me. It has the look of a tuxedo shirt, but way more laid back. I love the way I have it styled here, but I can also see it paired with a sequin maxi skirt for a unexpected formal look or a pair of cut-off’s and chucks for an elevated laid back look.

All I’m missing is a pair cuff-links!

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P.S. To the little old lady who made her little old man donate this shirt to the thrift, I thank you!

 

 Get the look:

Shirt: Vintage Christian Dior

Jeans: Gap (style no longer avaiable) Similar found here

Shoes: BCBG

Thanks SO much for reading!

XOXO,

Minnie

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Hi vs. Low ft. BlueFly and DSW

Hello. My name is Minnie and I am a shoeaholic! But really, what girl isn’t???

This weekend I went shopping for a shoe-shelf in an effort to contain my massive collection. To reward myself for all my hard work, I went hunting for a new pair! I checked out two of my favorite sites to shop for shoes, DSW and BlueFly. I love both these companies; their selection of shoes are second to none and their motto’s are the same…..to bringing shoes, clothes and accessories to the masses for a fraction of the retail price!

As I was browsing on BlueFly, I saw a pair of Jimmy Choo booties that looked so much like a pair of Heart and Soul booties I got from DSW, I had to do a double take and it got me thinking, how many other shoes could I find at DSW that looked similar to shoes I could find on BlueFly? And the challenge was born!

Below are some high end shoes and their low end look-a-likes plus a few tips to help you take a high end designer shoe and find its more affordable counterpart!

 

Tip one: Look for shoes that have a similar shape and color!

There will be times that you just luck up and find a high end and low end shoe that look so much alike you will have to do a double take!

      VSBCBG Paris Jaze Pump

Salvatore Ferragamio ($420.00)       BCBG Paris Jaze Pump ($59.95)

 

 

 

Jimmy Chooblack suede latticework vamp back zip 'Dane Sue' peep toe booties VS   Heart Soul Patricia Bootie

Jimmy Choo ($789.99)         Heart and Soul ($44.95-sale price)

 

Tip Two: Look for shoes that have similar embellishment!

If you can’t find a dead on exact match, look for shoes in the same color family and with like embellishments!

Christian Diorblue grosgrain bow detail quilted leather ballet flats  VS Aldo Lovecia Ballet Flat

Christian Dior                              Aldo

 

   VS   

Badgley Mischka ($129.00)                 Audrey Brooke ($59.95)

 

 

Tip Three: Look for shoes that are similar in shape and have “like” prints.

Its not always about finding a dead on match. A low end shoe with the same shape and pattern story as a high end shoe can work just as well!

 

Fendiblack and white and yellow calf hair patent leather heel pumps  VS    Via Spiga Carmen Pump

Fendi ($520.00)                                Via Spiga ($119.94)

 

 

I hope these simple tips help you take a high end shoe and find its more affordable twin!

 

Thanks SO much for reading!

XOXO

Minnie

 

 Get the Hi or the Low look:

Salvatore Ferragamo Bisque Patent Leather Pointed Toe D’orsay Pumps vs. BCBC Paris Jaze Pump

Jimmy Choo Black Suede Latticework Vamp Back Zip Dane Sue Peep Toe Booties vs. Heart and Soul Patricia Booties

Christian Dior Blue Grosgrain Bow Detail Quilted Leather Ballet Flats vs. Aldo Lovecia Ballet Flat

Badgley Mischka Textile “Salsa” Crystal Charm Peep Toe Pump vs. Audrey Brooke Taylor Pump

Fendi Black and White Yellow Calf Hair Patent Leather Heel Pumps vs. Via Spiga Carmen Pump

Top 5 Tips to Successful Thrift Store Shopping

Ultimate Guide to <b>Thrift Store Shopping</b>: 34 Tips and Tricks for ...

I love shopping at thrift stores and I like to think I have become sort of an expert at it. For a first time thrifter though, it can be an overwhelming experience. So many people, so many racks, so much digging; you can quickly get frustrated and walk out vowing to never go again. But I am here to help. I have listed my top 5 tips for successful thrifitng and I hope this will take some of the anxiety out of your first thrifting experience.

1. Go in with an open mind and go often!

This is a two for one tip. Never, ever, ever go thrifting with a specific item in mind, you won’t find it! For one to be a great thrifter, you can’t have tunnel vision. Unlike going shopping in Target and looking for a certain item, chances are you won’t be able to do that shopping at the Goodwill. That doesn’t mean don’t go to the blazer section to see if they have that hot pink blazer you are dying to add to your collection, but be open to the other blazers that are for sale; who knows, you may find a black one that’s pretty damn hot! And be sure to go often. I have been know to find that one item I am looking for; vintage wool plaid culottes anyone; on my third or fourth trip to the same thrift store. Inventory changes by the week or the day, so be sure to go just as often to get the good stuff!

2. Give yourself plenty of time!

This rule is a must; you have to have plenty of time to thrift! Remember, you are not taking a quick stroll through Target where the racks are super organized and in dedicated sections throughout the store. Granted thrift stores like Goodwill and Salvation Army do try to keep clothes in sections and are at times colored coordinated for easy shopping, you still have to do a massive amount of digging to find what you are looking for. To really uncover a hidden treasure or treasures, I suggest you give yourself at least 1.5 to 2 hours. This will give you time to scour the store for treasures, try on all of your finds and edit your choices down for final purchase.

3. Dress comfortable/Try everything on!

This is another two for one tip. You will find that most thrift stores have limited return policies; you can either return for store credit/exchange or no return at all, so trying on all your choices before you leave the store is a must. Most thrift stores have dressing rooms, but if they don’t, have no shame in your game and try them on right in the isles! Make sure you wear clothes you can easily take off or if you are squeamish about trying on clothes from a second-hand store right on your body, I recommend wearing leggings, a form fitting tee.

4. Shop the entire store!

Just because you are women’s size 6 does not mean you have to shop just in that section. Shop the entire store and you will be surprised what treasures are hiding just beyond your section. I have found some of my favorite pieces in the boy’s and men’s sections of my local thrift stores. So don’t limit yourself and you will be amazed at what you find.

5. Don’t get discouraged!

There are times you will go thrifting and find so many things your head will spin and there are times where you won’t find a thing. During those times DON’T GET DISCOURAGED!!! You’re not always going to hit the jackpot every time you go thrifting, but trust me when you do the treasure you uncover will be well worth the wait!

Bonus tips:

Check for stains, rips and tears!

Not everyone looks over their clothes before taking them to the thrift, so be sure to look over your items with a fine tooth comb before you purchase! Some stains can be removed and some rips and tears can be fixed, but if it looks like it can’t be don’t purchase.

My dry cleaner and my seamstress are my friends, best friends!

If you thrift as much as I do, you need to keep these people in your back pocket and I am very lucky to have both. Many times I get clothing that I need to take to the cleaners or get a quick nip and tuck before I wear them and having these lovely ladies on hand is a good thing. Make sure these are people you trust and will give you a honest opinion. Nothing would be worse that a dry cleaned assuring you a stain will come out knowing that it won’t or a seamstress taking off too much from a fabulous skirt.

Hopefully these tips will make your thrifting experience less stressful and get you excited to go out to your local thrift and uncover some amazing pieces you will add to your closet!!

Thank you So much for reading,

Minnie