Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Then and Now


Hey everyone!

Hope that you are all doing well and are having some sort of Spring weather popping up! We had two weeks of gorgeousness...and then we got six inches of snow yesterday. I was not a happy camper. 

Anyway, this dress is one of my favorites! I wear it to the office a lot usually with the same shoes and tights - yikes, I might need to mix it up a little. (Leave me some other styling suggestions in the comments!) 

But, the main reason that I love this dress is that it was my mom's! I swear every time that I head home, I find some of her clothes hidden somewhere in her house. The time that I found this dress though was when I needed the old clothing rack in the basement, so I helped her clean off "all the old coats" that were on it. Old coat! Pftsh - I found some of her high school dresses and some amazing 1970's bridesmaids gowns. And they all fit freakishly well. Genes are weird and amazing things. 

I think that this is the best kind of "thrifting"; when you find some amazing vintage things in loved ones closets because you get the story behind it! When I wear this, I don't just picture myself wearing it typing away at my computer in my office. I can also picture my mom wearing it, typing away at a typewriter in her high school typing class or working on a piece for the high school newspaper. While I can imagine wearing this for a casual Saturday date with Kuchanda, I can also picture my mom wearing this out when she met my dad. 

And that is what makes vintage clothes so awesome. 








Dress - Mom's 
Belt - Vintage - Given to me from my sister-in-law; it was her grandmother's. 
Gold bracelets - Consignment store - $5
Shoes - Thrifted - $.75


xoxo, 

Laura



Sunday, March 8, 2015

Date Night


Hey all!
I think a more appropriate title for this outfit would be "The Date Night That Never Happened." Last weekend I went to Pennsylvania for a work trip. I preached at a church on Sunday and was flying back to Elgin on Monday night, so Chandy and I were going to do something fun on Sunday night. Our date nights usually include burgers and Skee-ball. 

I packed this outfit so that I could wear with my lovely new skirt that My Sister's Closet sent my way. I probably would never pick this shape of skirt out my own - I'm usually all about the fit and flare, so to wear this more straight style that is tighter made me feel a little self-conscious. But then I just thought to myself "YOLO!" I liked the color of the skirt a lot, so I was going to wear it out for a rare date night with my King Goober ("Honey, what should I call you on my blog?" This is the answer that I get.) 

Only that date night NEVER HAPPENED. Instead we got some snow and had to stay in and watch Sherlock - not necessarily a bad thing. It was wonderful way to spend an evening; only it didn't require a skirt and heels!

So, when I came back to Elgin, I got one of my housemates take some shots of me before she and I had a housemate date night. So, I guess this skirt did get to have a date night after all! 













Target top - Thrifted ($1.50)
Cardigan, Shoes, Necklace, and Earrings - Thrifted 
Purse - Thrifted ($2.00)
Tights - I don't remember? 
Watch - Grandfather's
Lipstick - Urban Decay's "Catfight" - a Valentine's gift from my amazing boyfriend! 


xoxo, 

Laura 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Weekend Adventures


These past two weekends have been absolutely wonderful. 
Two weekends ago (Valentine's Day weekend) I got to see the love of my life! Corny, but true. Kuchanda came to see me and we stayed at an AirBnB in Chicago. It was cold (and by cold, I mean cold.) So, we stayed in a lot, only adventuring out to see the Cambodian American Heritage Museum and to get donuts. Yeah, I know. But they were probably the best donuts that I have ever had. If you are ever near Glazed and Infused- just trust me, go. 

So, a lot of our plans to explore downtown were thwarted by the extreme cold and long lines (two  hours to go up the Skydeck. TWO HOURS.) Instead we got Shamrock Shakes, went back to the apartment to watch Sherlock, order pizza in, and cuddle - it was awesome!







And then this past weekend I was in California! It was so wonderful. I didn't realize how much winter weather was getting me down - a dose of 65 degrees is what I needed. I was in Lake Arrowhead, CA for a discernment retreat; it was up in the mountains about an hour and half away from LA. It was so gorgeous. I have never been somewhere so pretty - we stayed in these cottages that weren't too far from the lake. Also, the conference itself was wonderful. I met a lot of cool people with awesome stories and ideas. 




And probably one of my favorite pictures of all time... all the Historic Peace Churches participants in the photo booth together. 


Back in PA this coming weekend for more adventures! It is travel season, y'all!

xoxo,
Laura



Thursday, February 12, 2015

Gee, Look Who is Three!


Thrifting Through Life turns three today! 

I can hardly believe that three years ago today I was sitting in my sophomore dorm room and started to blog!

This past year definitely hasn't been my best blogging year - hence the limited outfit posts. However, it was a pretty awesome living year! This time last year I was learning a lot during my senior internship at a domestic violence shelter. I was getting ready to graduate and figure out where I was going next. 

Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would be spending the next couple of months after graduating meeting all sorts of amazing people, traveling to Disney, moving to Illinois, and falling in love. 

Thank you to everyone who has supported me and my little blog this past year - you are all amazing and wonderful. 

So, here's to another year of awesome blogging and life. 

Oh, and of course, thrifting.  




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xoxo, 

Laura



Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Pink Stripes and New Frames


Hey everyone! 

I hope that you are all having a wonderful day! This is a little dress that I wore to work today; I love this dress because it the pink stripes are perfect for the Valentine season and it is really easy to throw on when you slept in (because you were on the phone with your boyfriend until midnight. Ooops.) 

A sort of funny story about this dress: I almost did not buy this dress last year because of the brand name. The brand is "Nick and Dom," which happen to be the names of two guys that broke my heart in high school and college. I'm glad that I realized how silly that was! And for $5, I couldn't really turn it down. 

You may have noticed from my last post that I got new glasses! I needed a new prescription, but I was kind of sad to give up my Firmoo glasses. So, I was really excited when I got an email asking to do another review! I picked these tortoise shell ones that are similar to my other new ones, but a little lighter which is nice when I wear golds and browns. I really like Firmoo glasses, they are always very reliable, which is nice for clumsy me. 

Anyway, life is pretty typical around here. Battling the cold and getting things done at work. I have been spending my nights watching "Bones," writing letters, and reading Sarah Bessey's amazing blog.

Speaking of blogs: my wonderful and stylish housemate Theresa started her own blog, Shamrocks and Sequins! Her style is a perfect mix of edgy and classy and I'm so glad to have another stylish lady in the house to talk blogs with!

Well, I'm off to hang out with some of my housemates and prep for my weekend in the city!

I hope that you all have lovely evening!

xoxo, 

Laura 









Dress - Thrifted 
Sweater tights - TJ Maxx
Boots - Christmas gift last year
Mouse necklace - Church yard sale
Earrings and Bracelet - Thrifted 
Glasses c/o - Firmoo
Lipstick - Wet n'Wild Cherry Picking 




Monday, February 2, 2015

Orange Suede in Geneva


Hey there everyone! 

You might have noticed a few small changes around here - hopefully there will be more to come! I'm working on updating my blog a little bit; one of my friends is one of the IT guys at my office and has been helping CSS clueless me. He actually took these pictures too (thanks, Don!) 

These pictures were taken in the cutest little town called Geneva that isn't too far from where I'm living. This has been my third time there since I moved to Illinois and definitely not my last. The weekend these shots were taken, my housemates and I were doing some window shopping at the antique stores there. We also stopped at this awesome consignment shop that used to be an old church; half their sales are consignment and half of them are donated to the local hospital! Whenever I'm at a new thrift store or something of the like, I always try to ask what their proceeds go to - it reminds me one of the main reasons why I love to thrift - supporting local business/organizations!

This outfit is a little different from what I have posted on the blog before, but I love it. It feels very me, which is kind of surprising. I have been leaning towards more casual outfits and making them unique with some interesting accessories. But, my favorite part of this outfit? My jacket. I got it at a yard sale about a year and half ago; my aunt's 55+ community was having their community sale on a weekend I was home from school. It was one of the last sales that my mom and I stopped at and I was running low on cash. So, of course, I found this amazing vintage suede jacket that was only $5 being sold by the cutest elderly couple ever. I tried it on and fell even more in love. But, I only had $3.50 in my wallet. I don't mind haggling, but I knew that this jacket was completely worth the price they had and didn't want to rip them off. The lady saw that I had some ones in my hand and that my mom and I were digging for quarters, so she said to her husband, "oh, take the $3.50 - she will really appreciate the jacket." I think she was tickled that I liked this jacket so much. And I still do! 

Other than fun weekend trips, life is pretty routine here! I'm about to start traveling a lot for work, but not before the boyfriend comes to visit for Valentine's Day! I'm super excited; I've only been in Chicago once since I moved, so I'm glad he and are going to be able to explore it more together! 
What about you all? Any fun Valentine's Day plans in the works?








Vintage Jacket - Sears Roebuck - Yardsale
Cardigan - Hand me down from my sister
Jeans - Gap - Thrifted
T-Shirt - Old Navy 
Necklace - Gift from Amy 
Pearl beanie - Charlotte Russe (on super clearance! Also probably the first "new" thing I bought in months.)
Shoes - Target - Thrifted


xoxo, 

Laura 



Thursday, January 8, 2015

Chilly Nights, Summer Memories

Hey everyone! Eights days in and it is still blowing my mind that it is 2015; when did that happen? 

I hope that everyone had blessed and memorable holidays! I got to travel home to Pennsylvania for two weeks and it was heaven. I got to see my family, the boyfriend, and a lot of friends that I haven't seen since summer - which is when these pictures were taken! Gosh, I can't even fathom not wearing something on my legs right now; we had -30 wind-chills this morning. It is so cold, I don't even want to talk about it.
I didn't really take a lot of pictures when I was on my blogging break and I'm looking at these and thinking "what the heck was wrong with you, 2014 Laura? Were you too busy adjusting to post-graduation life, falling in love, working, and preparing to move out of state to take pictures of your outfits?" The answer is yes, yes I was. 

But, I found these pictures buried on my memory card and all these memories came back to me. These pictures were taken on a photo shoot adventure with my bestie Maggie; we had such a blast: there are many outtakes of me coughing, giggling at something Maggie said, and my "oh crap, you caught me getting my picture taken" awkward face that happened when a bunch of youths walked by.  I have some shots of her too, that I will definitely need to post soon. 

Now, she's engaged and living in Alabama! I'm still learning how drastically life can change when you aren't confined in the structure and schedule of college life, something that is both terrifying and exciting at the same time. Anyway, I got to see Miss Maggie over the holidays; we just got to go a coffee shop and talked about our families, different books, jobs, our fellas, and of course, her wedding plans. I can't wait until we are both back in Pennsylvania again (around September) and are able to accomplish some really awesome wedding plans for her special day! I might not even have to wear two pairs of sweater tights...fingers crossed!













Dress and Shoes - Thrifted 
Earrings and PA Dutch necklace - Yard sale
Belt - From another dress
Lipstick - Wet n' Wild Cherry Picking 



xoxo, 
Laura