Festival Outfit for Summer ’16

summer go to festival dress

plus size festival go-to

summer festival dress plus size

festival essential mini backpack


Dress: Thrift (Anthropologie) | Shoes: Converse | Backpack: Gifted (Coach) | Sunnies : ASOS

          Yes this is a summer festival outfit in the beginning of fall (sorry guys), but I never got around the taking outfit photos this summer. Anyway here’s a look at one of my favorite outfits from the summer. I thrifted this dress in the winter and knew it would be perfect for hot summer days. I finally got to primer it at Rock the Garden, a local music festival here in Minneapolis put on by the Walker Art Center. I thought the dress was perfect since it had a cool festival vibe but didn’t scream FESTIVAL. The only downside is I’ve had some pretty weird tan lines all summer thanks to the dress. I’ve worn it a couple times since out around town and to the Pizza Luce block party to see Lizzo. It’s definitely my favorite easy summer piece and it has pockets. Was there any outfit you gravitated towards this summer? Let me know below.  And since I didn’t really blog much this summer here’s a little peak into my summer ’16.




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The Dreaded Bra-Blems with Third Love (and 15% off!)

 I hit puberty pretty early, my hormones got going and I went from zero to sixty real fast. I wasn’t exactly thrilled with my new (ahem) growing assets. I was never that girl the dreamed of having boobs, they just came. I didn’t go so far as Christina Ricci in Now and Thenand literally tape down my breasts, but when I watched the movie I seriously considered it.

Needless to say I’ve been through my share of “Bra-Blems.” Slipping strap? yep. Quad-Boob? been there, done that, still have nightmares. Cup gaping? oh yeah. Most recently I suffered though the dreaded digging in strap. It was so bad one day it felt like my bra strap was literally cutting into my circulation.  Here are a few things I’ve learned on my Bra journey:
  1. Get fitted. Most women are wearing the wrong size bra and you’ll be amazed at what the right size bra will do for you. 
  2.  If you have a little spillage on one or both breasts (Quad-boob or Tri-boob) a full coverage bra or going up a cup size may help.
  3.  If your strap is digging into you it may be due to a worn out bra or the need to go down a band size.
  4. If you want your bra to last hand wash it. Yes it’s a pain, but it’s worth it if you love the bra.
  5.  You get what you pay for (usually). Cheap bras are fine but I’ve found they generally wear out faster than better quality bras. 
  6.  Find a place that can actually fit you. Some places only offer bras up to a certain size, don’t be deterred by these places. If you have big boobs go to a store that stocks your size, a good fiting bra is worth it. 
  7.  If you’ve lost or gained weight you may want to get resized. Weight fluctuates for a variety of reasons and that can seriously impact your bra size. So, if you’ve gained or lost weight recently it may be time to get resized to make sure you’re getting the support you need. 
  8.  Lace bras are cute but impractical. I love a lace bra but I’ve found they’re generally better as a special occasion bras vs. everyday.  If you wear anything tight over them you’re gonna see the pattern of the lace through whatever you’re wearing.
  9. A nude colored bra is best under white. You may think a white bra would be better under a white shirt but actually a bra that matches your skin tone won’t show up under white.

Despite all that experience I can count on one hand the number of truly comfortable bras I’ve owned. Thus, like many women I know, once I get home my bra is one of the first things to come off.
But like it or not Bras are an important part of every women’s wardrobe. Those ladies need support! And a great fitting bra is an asset every woman should have. There is definite magic in a well fitting comfortable bra. But, for such an important foundation garment it’s funny how little we actually know about bras and how to fix all our “Bra-blems.”  

  Thankfully Third Lovehas come to the rescue! Third Love has worked tirelessly to revolutionize the search for the perfect fitting bra. They understand all breasts aren’t the same and bras should fit you and your unique shape. They’ve put together a few tips to help you fight those common “Bra-Blems.” 

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So if you’re in need of a new bra or just want a more comfortable fit click on over to Third Love and try out their fit finder for yourself. If you find a bra you like they’re also offering 15% off with the promo code BRABLEMS.  Go get yourself a comfortable and cute Third Love bra, so ripping off your bra won’t be the first thing on your mind the minute you walk through the door.

What I didn’t buy at the Thrift Store

I haven’t found anything too crazy at the thrifts lately. But I figured I’d share a few of the things I’ve noticed but for one reason or another didn’t buy.
1. Silver and White Vase
 I thought this vase had a pretty cool look and love the texture on the silver part. But I didn’t have a place for it at home.
2. Dooney and Burke Monogram Bag

This bag reminds me of hard of high school so hard, you know that time about 10 years ago (yeesh) when colorful monogram designer bags were all the rage. I carried it around thinking maybe it was worth something or my moms friend who re-sells things could re-sell it but I looked it up on the internets and it wasn’t worth much, so I left it for someone who’d love it

3. Silver and Turquoise Plates


I’m not sure what you’d use these for maybe as a bowl to hold fruit or something? Anyway I love the kind of southwestern vibe of the plates and I thought they were pretty cool.

4. Green Chair


The Upholstery of the chair isn’t great but I like the lines of it.

5. Clarinet


Aside from Pianos / Keyboards I haven’t found any musical instruments at the thrifts. So when I randomly opened this case and found a clarinet I thought it was pretty cool. I don’t play and don’t know a thing about them so I left it.

6.  Lanvin Bow Flats


Yes you read that right I found a pair of legit Lanvin flats that fit me perfectly, but I left them behind. Why? Because they were $100.00. The day I went they did have 30% off clothes, shoes and Accessories but $70.00 was still too much. I looked it up and that is a really good deal on these shoes considering they retail for 500.00-750.00 online. I probably should have gotten them, but I’m trying to save money right now so I passed.

7.  Orange Guy Bowling Pin


This bowling pin was unique. I would never buy it but I thought it was kind of fun.

Currently Obsessed : Flair

If you’re like me when you think of flair you think of this:

flair office space

But just like mini back packs and slip dresses TGI Fridays level Flair is back with a vengeance, and I’m kind of loving it. I recently thrifted a nice denim jacket and have since then been obsessing over what Flair I want to add, how much, and where. I’m all about DIY Flair and have been scouring the interwebs for cute patches, pins, and jacket inspiration. I’m also slightly obsessed patches on things besides jackets like shirts, bags, skirts and jeans. Here’s a few inspiration pics I’ve been drooling over.

Asos Levi patch jacket

patch bomber Urban outfitters embroidered back jacket
patch denim jacket hashtag

patch sweater

t-shirt patch
zara bomber patches
Y&R courtney jacket
zara patch bomber
zara patch purse
zara denim jacket

zara t-shirt patches

Since obsessing over flair I’ve noticed pin flair is a lot easier to come by than patches. I’ve found pins at flea markets and thrift stores, usually for around .99/$1.00. But patches… patches are harder to come by. So i’ve had to resort to online avenues to start my patch collection. Although I think I may check out my local Walmart, JoAnne Fabrics and Michael’s to see if they have any cool ones on hand as well. If you know of any good places to get cheap patches let me know! Patches it turns out are a bit expensive. Anyway, Here’s a little peek at some of my favorite patches from around the web.

AMY pin
BAM! patch


bad bitch patch


bando eye patches
cat patches
babe patch
creamsicle patch


chicks before pricks patch



comme de garcons patch
evil eye patch



deathly hallows patch

emojii patches smile
fancy pink poodle patch
Food truck patch
good vibes patch


gemstone patch
jurassic park patch
lip w_ tongue patch
lips patch
Luck wolf patch
neko katsume patch
peace patch
peach emojii patchsource
spixel saturn patchsource

pixel ufo patch


Pow! patch

tardis patch

Targaryen patch
tuesday bassen heart loli patch
wink set patch
yin yang patch

I also love this DIY embroidered signature jacket I saw by Youtuber Drew Scott. It’d be a lot of work but his results are amazing.

Finally I’m pretty sure I need another Denim jacket because while I love all the Flair part of me also wants just a simple denim jacket with no frills for my more basic days. Back to the thrifts I go!

Here’s my current Flair situation:

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Are you into the Flair trend? If so let me know if you’ve done any DIY’s ,where you’re getting your flair inspo, and where you’re finding your flair.

OOTD: Too Cool for Spring

Top &Shoes: Thrift | Skirt: ASOS 
May was a pretty busy month for me as there’s mothers day as well as my boyfriend and mom’s birthdays.  I’m not sure why but It seems like half the people I know have May birthdays. Anyway I wore this to my boyfriends birthday dinner with his family, he turned the big 2-5. Honestly it wasn’t quite warm enough for this outfit, but I wanted to wear something cute and this was the only thing I liked that day. In my defense the week before had been pretty cold so when it was kinda warm out I may or may not have gone a little overboard. But I like the outfit nonetheless. I only really wear this skirt in the warmer months so it’s fun to break it out.

I would also like to add my deepest condolences to the families, friends, and loved ones of those who were violently gunned down in Orlando last weekend. Here are a few links if you’re as mad as I am about the continued gun violence in our country: resources for turning our sadness into action , contact your representative, remember those lost. And finally just remember that love is powerful so if you hear someone saying homophobic, racist, or islamophobic things speak up, Your voice is powerful.

Collective Thrift Haul 2015 to … now

I haven’t done a thrift haul in a year! Sorry guys I’ve fallen off my blogging game, but I’m coming back I promise! I’m aiming for twice a week. Anyway I have found some awesome stuff in the past year so I figured I’d get my butt in gear and show you what I’ve found!


1.  Vintage Green Coat with fur collar

One thing I’ve been searching the thrift stores for since forever is a nice vintage coat that fits me well. I’ve found a good number of coats that meet this description but all of them have been way too long. I’m a hearty 5’1 so many of the coats are made for taller people and leave me looking like I’m playing dress up. So I was shocked when I tried this bad boy on and it not only fit but it wasn’t too long! It was originally $24.00 but I got it on sale for $12, score!
2. Mid Century Modern Blue lamp 
I found this guy at the salvation army during the MLK day sales. I wasn’t sure if they were having  a sale or not but it was near another thrift store and I figured I’d check and see what they had. Fortunately they were having a sale and I spotted this lamp. I immediately went into a mini frenzy and wasn’t sure if I should get it. There were two lamps and they were marked 39.99 a piece. WTF salvation army? but the sale made them around 20. I decided to compromise and only get one since I had already spent way too much money. But yeah in hindsight I should have gotten the second one, since it would have been better to have a pair. But you live, you learn right?

3. Mid Century Teak Lamp

I found this guy at Savers for like $7.00 a little before Christmas. I’m always looking for these teak lamps since I don’t see them much at thrift stores. It has a broken end but for 7 bucks I was willing to overlook that. I really like it and it’s almost identical to one I saw at the Junk Bonanza for way more. Now I just need to find a cool lampshade.

4. Red Wing Pottery Capistrano


I found this at the Salvation army in early November. There are a bunch more pieces than those shown but I didn’t feel like digging them all out for the picture.  It was in one of those baskets they make up for matching dishes and was pretty expensive,  like a $120.00. I think it’s probably the most expensive things I’ve ever bought at a thrift store. But, my mom collects this pattern and It’s Red Wing pottery so it’s very collectible. My mom went to an estate sale once that was selling this pattern and they were selling each piece individually so I figured even if it was expensive It was still a pretty good deal based solely on the sheer number of things in the basket and it would make a good Christmas gift for my mom.

5.  Fiestaware creamer

This is another Christmas gift for my mom, she also collects/ uses Fiestaware dishes. I saw this little creamer and knew it was an item she didn’t have. Usually if I see Fiestaware at a thrift store I pick it up for her.

6.  Michael Kors Bag


I found this guy for $19.00 and from what I’ve read on the internet it’s a legit Michael Kors bag. It wasn’t in the glass case where you usually see suspected designer purses it was in the small home decor section next to candles and stuff. But I really like the bag and I’ve been using it pretty heavily since. I found it just in time too since my old purse was seconds away from breaking.

7. Stuart Weitzmen studded loafers


I found these the same day at the Michael Kors bag, sometimes you just have those days when you’re on a roll. I haven’t completely broke them in but I like em’ a lot and they were around $14.00.

8.  Christmas Pyrex


I found this awhile ago at a Goodwill but never shared it on the blog. It’s one of the odd Pyrex pieces I’ve picked up in the last few years.  I’ve mentioned before I’ve pretty much limited myself to only picking up pyrex with patterns I like on them so it weeds out a lot of Pyrex. This one has a very cute and festive design though so I went ahead and picked it up.

9.  ASOS loafers


I got these at Savers last year sometime in like new condition and they’ve been in heavy rotation ever since. They’re pretty comfy and I think they look pretty cool.

10.  Sole Society Pumps


I’ve been looking for a good solid pair of pumps for more business-y situations and I think these fit the bill. I like that they have a smaller heel, I’m not real confident in heels just yet so they’re kinda the perfect height. They give some height but aren’t so tall I feel wobbly in them. They’re around $69.95 dollars retail but I got them for $9.

11. I heart __ picture frame


This picture frame has been in my ModCloth “loves” list forever so when I saw it at Savers I had to pick it up. I’m either gonna give it to my bf for a present at some point or keep it, we’ll see.  If you like it you can get it online here.

Spring/Summer 2016 Essentials

 ss16 wants

 My list of wants this season are pretty small since the 70’s trend has continued full speed into this season a lot of the pieces I acquired last year have transferred pretty easily. Off the shoulder is the main trend I’m obsessed with this year and I am definitely looking to add some key pieces to my wardrobe. Everything else is pretty accessories heavy. I’ve been digging strappy shoes for awhile and definitely need a pair of strappy flats to add to my summer rotation. I’m also pretty obsessed with the white sneaker trend. With all the events that go on this season a good walking shoe is essential and a white sneaker is one of the chicest ways to go. And of course everyone needs a chic pair of sunnies to top off any summer look. I’ve been obsessed with the Dior So Real sunnies but I can’t afford to drop $300 on a pair so cheaper knock offs it is!

This thing called life

Prince Rogers Nelson 1958-2016


As pretty much everyone knows at this point Prince died Thursday of unknown causes at Paisley Park.  I won’t lie that day was a pretty rough one for my family. My mom is a huge Prince fan and has been since the early 80’s. I was raised on Prince, he was one of a few artist my mom would blare loudly on Saturday mornings when I was a kid as she cleaned the house. And as a local (and international) Icon his music has always played on the radio here no matter what the station. Possibly rarest of all is that he stayed in Minnesota and was really a part of the community. There are other celebrities from Minnesota but very few still make Minnesota their main residence ( and weather wise that’s understandable) but the fact that Prince stayed always made us love him even more.


So even though I never met Prince and didn’t know him it was almost like he was part of the family, as silly as that sounds. When we heard he had died, officially, the rest of the day was pretty much a loss. I even cried which legit I’ve only done for one other celebrity, my fave Amy Winehouse. I was so glad I got to see him live earlier this year but deeply saddened and in stunned disbelief that he was really gone. While there were many dance parties and events that night I just couldn’t bring myself to mourn that way. I love to dance, but I just didn’t feel like dancing that day. I did though love seeing some of the performers on live-streams via facebook.  After a few days it’s definitely gotten better and i’m moved on from just being sad to being able to really celebrate his life. May he rest in purple.


OOTD dark v darker

I wore this last Saturday to see Batman v Superman. I actually enjoyed the movie, although I did have low expectations. There were definitely some things I didn’t care for in the movie but overall pretty good and I’m super hyped for the Wonder Woman movie.

Jacket: Target (old) T-shirt: Thrift (Old Navy) Jeans and Shoes: Thrift (Target) 

Anyway my desire to wear bright springy colors hasn’t quite kicked in yet. I think It has to be a bit more consistently warm and nice out to spark a little color in my wardrobe. So for now I’m still gravitating towards blacks, grays, and olive green. But I did get to wear my new to me leopard booties. I’ve worn them a few times and they’re pretty comfy. I wouldn’t wear them for a long time or on a real walk intensive situation but they’re fun and add a nice pop of pattern to the outfit.

 It was a cold and wet day that Saturday so grey seemed appropriate. Unfortunately my jacket, which is a good four/five years old is on it’s last legs, the “leather” is ripping and it’s just time for a new one. I’m hoping to find a good one during end of season sales or next fall, we’ll see. Obviously the best scenario would be to find a great one at the thrifts, so I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out there as well. Anyway hope you all had an awesome Easter if you celebrate or at least enjoyed some 50% off candy and/or time with your family if you don’t.