How to Style Thirfty Finds

Now that you’ve accepted and taken part of the thrift store world, you’re probably wondering how to pull off all these new clothes. You don’t want to look like a walking cartoon wearing three different prints. You hope to resemble those cool girls that hang around Urban Outfitters or that shop at Nasty Gal.

You’ve got the clothes, now all you need to do is style yourself.

By using this nifty new social media tool “Storify” I’ve carefully collected a list of articles, images, and YouTube videos to help you create a look for yourself from the clothes you thrifted. I hope these tips and tricks inspire you to do something different with your wardrobe; try something new by pairing together some items that you never thought would work together. Pair a fitted blazer with a funky printed blouse or try a velvet garment in the fall that will keep you warm and trendy.

Follow my link here to help style your freshly thrifted clothes.

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xo

Elvira

DIY Glitter Shoes

Everyone needs some sparkle in their life, and with New Years Eve just around the corner why not invest in some mod podge and turn your old beat-up heels into something fabulous.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 jar of glitter
  • 1 bottle of mod pode
  • Tape
  • Paint brush
  • 1 pair of thrifted shoes

Step 1: In a bowl mix your modge podge and glitter together. The consistency should be 80% glitter and 20% modge podge, and still a little runny.

Step 2: Tape off the area that you would like to glitter.

Step 3: Apply your first layer of mod podge to the shoe and let it sit for an hour

Step 4: Once the first layer is completely dry apply two more layers of your glitter + mod podge paste

Step 5: Take the loose glitter and completely cover the already mod podged area

Step 6: Wait a few hours until the glitter is completely dry

Step 7: Once it’s dry, carefully peel off the tape

Step 8: Say hello to your new & improved shoes!

 

xo,

Elvira

Thrifting for a Cause

Merci

My name is Liza Showalter, I am a mother of two, I have a15 year old and a 8 year old, both girls.

And I love downtown Iowa City

I work for Catherine, she and Sheila Davidson, who owns Revival, this was their idea and she just asked if I wanted to a part of this again. Because, we were open in April and May.

The concept is to be able to give people affordable name brand clothing, we have

Tory Burch dresses that are $80 instead of $500, and they’ve been used once or twice.

We also give 10% of our proceeds back to the community. Last time we did four charities; Domestic violence, Crisis (center), a shelter house, and James gang for the arts.

This time we’re just going to split the 10% between Mission Creek and Domestic Violence.

The secret with, like, thrift stores and second-hand stores and consignment is to move the material around a lot. So that what people didn’t see last time they were in and this time they come in and it looks like a different store.

Because, you know, you do have to dig a little bit, to find great deals but also it just kind of refaces the store. And it’s fun to see something different when you come in.

They’re more willing to give it up (clothes), per say, when they know it’s going to a good cause.

And we did have such good luck last time we were here, that a lot of the same repeated donors came and gave stuff again.

Last time I noticed we had a lot of high-end bags, this time we didn’t get as many, but I think that you can only have so many Louis Vuitton bags.

I’m putting together a Halloween Facebook today, so just putting together some of the weird, funky stuff we have. Like, we have a “Thing 1” sweatshirt.

Catherine and Sheila wanted to find a better way to give money back to the community, and also do something that they were experts at. So they knew it couldn’t fail.

Do you take only cash?

Nope we take credit…

 

(Background noise, sales exchange.)

FEATURE: White Rabbit

This week I will be interviewing Cortnie Widen, owner of my favorite vintage apparel shops in Iowa City. I remember when I first discovered this gem of a store nearly 4 years ago. I was a freshman looking for something different to wear, that not every girl on campus had in her closet. Since that first day, I’ve always loved going back to White Rabbit. It’s always a hazard as I know that I’ll fall in love with almost everything.

Over the years, Widen has stayed true to her vision for the store and their selection is always consistent. The vintage clothes are meticulously picked to compliment this years latest trends while giving you a unique fabric or detail that you wouldn’t find at a department store. Each time I leave White Rabbit, I’m usually on the phone gushing to my friend about how I just found the best thing ever.

I’ve never met Cortnie Widen and I can’t wait to hear what she has to say about thrifting, fashion, and her adorable store.

xo,

Elvira

REfurbished Tweed

I’m wearing: Vintage yellow stone necklace from the 40’s, Polka Dot Top from H&M, vintage tweed skirt, and beige bow flats found in a second hand shop.

While I was out hunting for my next find, I came across this tweed skirt. The first thing that caught my attention was the quality of the tweed and the beautiful colors woven through turquoise. When I first held it up to get a better look, I knew the length had to go. Here is my photographed journey of turning this tweed skirt into something worth showing off.

What you’ll need: a really cool tweed skirt that needs some attention, scissors, buttons, thread, a hand sewing needle, and a steady hand.

First: Try the skirt on and decide what length you want. I found safety pins helpful in trying out different lengths. Once you’ve decided on a length, have a friend be your fit model and cut the skirt while being worn. This will ensure precision and an even cut.

TA-DA

Look! You can see my knees. (gasp)

I did a raw cut with no hemming. This just means that I left the edge of the skirt untouched after it had been cut. I think this adds a rugged look to the feminine skirt.

Now, Details. By now you know that I love the little details. It’s frosting on top of the cake. It’s necessary. I purchased this skirt at Crowded Closet in Iowa City, IA, and this second hand shop also has buttons, needles, fabric, etc. I picked up a set of gold cabochon buttons to add to the pockets. I hand sewed two buttons to each pocket by hand.

And there you have it! A tweed skirt that doesn’t look like something your grandma would wear.

This skirt cost me $2 and the buttons cost $2. My grand total is $4 for this chic steal that will look amazing with a pair of black tights and leather booties in the fall.

xo,

Elvira

Shopping to save money

Kate Waters, 20, is a student at the University of Iowa who has turned to buying second hand clothes to save money to pay off her student debt. Waters is a sophomore studying French and Business and has been passionate about thifting since a young age. Waters shares her insight on thrifting, tips to start, and how it’s an easy way to save money.

Vintage blouses

Now that it’s officially the second day of fall I’ve started looking for warm thrifty finds to add to my closet. I love this time of year because you get to layer and layer yourself up and not look ridiculous. It’s also fun to take two different prints and layer those to get a retro- unusual outfit.

These two shirts I adore. Both were purchased at White Rabbit in Iowa City, the store is an absolute treasure chest of goods. I find the quirkiest clothes there but it’s sort of boutique-y so you aren’t paying the dirt cheap second hand price. These two shirts cost me 25 dollars together. The first shirt reminds me of something that Lisa Frank would create after drawing unicorns and rainbows. It’s very MIU MIU meets Marc By Marc chic.

The second shirt is GINGHAM. For some odd reason, I obsess over gingham (& polka dots). The burnt orange gingham shirt is a button up with a straight panel covering the buttons and only exposing a large vintage button on the color. It’s just the right amount of detail to compliment the already loud print. This shirt is over-sized so I plan to wear it with distressed leather boots over black skinnys for a causal but polished look.

And this is what fall has brought me so far…
x0

Elvira

Bleach Gradient DIY

While the ombre trend is dying, I think a more subtle gradient will transition better into fall with a modern feel. I love that denim shirts are coming back & this is a great way to take something casual and add a little jazz. Admit it, you still love the ombre.

1.) Hang the shirt on a hanger upside down. Make sure the shirt is buttoned and that the collar is popped for even results.

2.) Find a wide bucket and fill it with 2 cups of bleach and 4 cups of water. Evenly submerge the shirt into the bleach and have it sit there for an hour. Bleaching effects change between different types of fabric.

3.) After an hour, take the shirt out and hang it in the shower or outside to absorb and dry. Once semi-dry rinse the shirt out with cold water and have it air dry.

4.) TADA! After the shirt is completely dry, add some gems to the pocket with super glue. I also dipped the cuffs into the remaining bleach for some jazzy detail.

Good Luck!

xo

Elvira