Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Shop Like a (Thrifty) Fashion Editor, part 2

Welcome back. This is part 2 of a 4 part series. Click here for part 1. One of my favorite magazines, InStyle features an article titled "Shop like a Fashsion Editor". Here's a quick recap of what it's all about. Three editors are given a budget of $400, $2,000 and $4,000 respectively. Each editor in turn shares what has “inspired” them and then goes about finding key clothing pieces within their budget. This is an ongoing thing lasting 4 months or so. The funds are spread accordingly, ie: approximately $100 of the $400 budget gets spent per month. Well, this segment is for the gal who's got a budget of $50.
This time around I was inspired a cute display of light house yard ornaments that I pass by every day at a local nursery.  You’ve probably heard me say before how much I love the nautical look and these scream nautical to me.
This month’s (April) selections were found at Goodwill and other various thrift stores;  and believe it or not, there’s even a couple of retail purchases too. 

My inspiration

Liz Claiborne striped pullover hoodie: 4.49 - Notice the little touches of orange?

Gruen Fashion Watch via hospital gift shop: 12.99 These bright watches are really trending right now. Love the way orange goes so well with navy. If you’re willing to splurge, Coach has a very similar version.
OP blue on blue dot flip flops via Walmart: 3.88 – So cute and beachy looking. These may only last through one summer, but I’m cool with that.

Vintage Simon Says navy and white sundress: 6.99 - I’m a sucker for this color combo and the swirl pattern is a welcome departure from the usual dots and stripes.

White Stag red ¾ length sleeve cardi: 4.49 – Red, white, blue…are you noticing a trend here? Can’t wait to wear this with the sundress.

Bill Blass Easy Fit white jeans: 5.99 – gotta have white jeans; they’re essential for the nautical look!

Parkhurst coral sweater:  5.99 – I couldn’t resist this color and the rolled, unfinished edges; plus, it’s 100% cotton, made in Canada. I've never owned anything made in Canada before!

Antonio Melani green zebra print purse: 5.99 – Ok, so this isn’t exactly nautical, but it’s good to mix the look up a bit don’t you think?

 Total for April: $50.81
                                                                       $99.32 remaining
See you all at Monday Mingle and Visible Monday.


  1. I really like the sundress with yellow belt. I'm going to be looking for yellow pieces to go with a navy skirt I have.

  2. Very nice shopping, Style Agent! I love the dress and the coral sweater -- and all these pieces will get you though summer very fashionably.

  3. Oh I am in love with the dress! :) Gotta love thrift shopping!

  4. You don't just stretch a budget - you make it do gymnastics!! Amazing finds, all beautiful. I especially love that swirly blue dress, and your pops of orange are perfect. I like this concept.

  5. So happy to have found you Style Agent 909! I can see that you a talented thrifter. Orange is one of my favorite colors, and love how you've paired it with navy stripes. And coral with green zebra - outstanding!

  6. Great finds!!

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  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love this post and I love that you were inspired by something other than a photo of clothes! Now following you!

  8. Love your choices and energy!! Great thrifting!!!!!

  9. Love that vintage sundress! I love to thrift, and it's where most of the items in my closet come from... it's such an adventure, and it proves that you don't need to spend a lot to like the way you look! :)

  10. You are better then a style editor!! Love it all--especially the zebra purse!!

  11. Hi Sheila! I'm so happy that you commented so that I coudl read your blog. It's so funny that you're writing a series about this...just last week I randomly decided to flip through an InStyle Mag and I saw the article you're writing about. Of course, their budgets were WAY over what mine is, so I LOVE that you're doing your own take on it! Pretty colors :)

  12. First, thanks for commenting on a recent post on my blog...I appreciate your advice to connect with Mama Violet!

    Now...on to this post: Can I just tell you how jealous I am of these great deals that you've vound? My local thrift shop does not have deals like this...if they did, I would be in there more often. I love the A. Melani handbag...very chic!

  13. Oooooooh, you got some goooood stufffff! Love that dress!