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!


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.  





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!



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