Monday, April 27, 2015

Castle Exploration


Hi there everyone!

I hope that you are all having a wonderful evening!

These pictures are from a couple of weeks ago when my wonderful friend Katie was visiting. Katie and I met about two years ago when we roomed together at a blogger meet-up in Pittsburgh! We had a grand old time getting lost in the city and talking about our favorite blogs.

Now, we don't live far apart at all, which is very exciting! So, she came to visit and stay at my house one weekend. We just talked, did some thrifting, watched movies, and ate lots of donuts. 

We also planned to do a photo shoot and I had the perfect place in mind! I discovered on my town's Instagram that there was a random castle along the river! A castle. So, of course that needed to happen.

It was quite a fun adventure exploring the random castle area. There was a moat and everything - which was super scary, especially since Katie was wearing heels. (I definitely went into my "mother" mode during that one.) But, it was a gorgeous day and a wonderful spot, and no one fell in the moat so all was well. 

I can't wait until Katie and I get together again soon - she and I always have a blast! 

You should definitely head on over to Katie's blog and check out what she was wearing that lovely day! 

I love this outfit too - this is a pretty typical work outfit, but one that makes me feel really awesome. This vintage skirt is just so perfect - if I could I would want this shape of skirt in a bunch of different patterns. I wasn't a huge fan when I bought it, but I think I'm becoming an old lady because I'm liking longer lengths more and more. 

Well, anyway, I best get to bed - work tomorrow and all that. 

Good night lovelies! 













Vintage sweater - Gift from a friend's grandmother 
Vintage skirt, Target booties, Pennsylvania dutch necklace, and tights- Thrifted 
Purse - Thrifted ($2.00)
Belt - from another thrifted dress




xoxo, 
Laura 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Pink and Blue Easter


Hey there everyone! 

I'm finally getting around to posting my Easter pictures! I got to go home thanks to my daddy and the wonder of cheap flights; I flew into Pittsburgh super late at night (when the Pittsburgh airport is pretty popular - I don't understand?) and then the boyfriend and I got to make the four hour drive to our hometown for a great weekend of seeing friends, thrifting, and family celebrations!

I have both a happy and crappy about these photos. First, the crappy because it is rather minor. This dress might look a tad familiar because I wore pretty much the same outfit for Easter last year. I did have a different dress that I had gotten at an Elgin thrift store a couple weeks before, but when I tried it on at home it just didn't fit right at all. I'm thinking (read: hoping) that it got futzed up in the wash. And when I went in search of a church appropriate, spring colored dress, this is the only one that I could fine that I left at my parent's house. Kate Sanders would call me an outfit repeater. Hopefully no one at church was an outfit rememberer? But whatever, I got to wear my lovely Emilio Pucci wedges that I got from my friend Hannah, so that is definitely a happy in my book.

Another happy is that Kuchanda and I finally got non-selfie photos. It may have been windy, we may look like goobers in some of them, but they were not taken on a cell phone and that makes me really really happy!

I remember when he and I first started dating, my friend Sharon texted me and said, "you need to have couple outfit photos - THE WORLD DEMANDS IT." I am proud to say that we have finally met the world's (and Sharon's) demands. Sharon, I dedicate this post to you! (Seriously though, I miss you!)


Things have been pretty routine around here - I actually have an April funk right now, which is weird for me, because I usually love April. There is just a lot going on right now in my life. I'm prepping for work events that are happening in May and I'm ready for them to just get here. Plus, I'm started planning next life steps and it is scary, crazy, and exciting! But, also really difficult when you are making these plans with the one you love over FaceTime. Definitely not the most ideal, especially when it adds a little extra stress and sadness to your life, just by being a reminder of being three states apart.

My family birthday celebration during Easter (my actual birthday was on the 12th) felt a little rushed this year, since we needed to head back to Pittsburgh so that I could catch my early morning flight on Monday. My actual birthday was very chill, with some really wonderful parts throughout the weekend like estate sale shopping, donut eating, moving watching, and cake eating; my housemates made it a great weekend!

So, I'm looking forward to a relaxing weekend to sort of break me out of this funk and focusing on the little things that are making me happy: Marina and the Diamond's Froot album, Kate Spade note cards my cousin got me for my birthday, and chocolate milk. Those little things make life a lot better.

Hope you all have a great weekend!







Laura: 
Dress - Vintage - Thrifted ($3)
Shoes - Emilio Pucci - gift 
Cardigan - men's H&M - thrifted ($1.49)
Belt - from another thrifted dress 
Lipstick - Urban Decay's "Catfight" - Valentine's gift from Kuchanda 

(In case you are wondering, I got Kuchanda's tie at an Elgin thrift store for $.50. I would ask him where he got his other clothes, but I am writing this at one a.m. his time and he's an old man. <3 )

Also, this might be my favorite picture ever. 


xoxo, 

Laura 










Wednesday, March 25, 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