Cool in Culottes

Outfits

I have to admit, I’ve always been apprehensive about wearing culottes. They’re quite an unusual shape and posed something of a challenge for a curvy girl like myself. When I came across a pair of denim culottes in the pile of clothes at the Goodwill Outlet, I picked them up and threw them in my cart, thinking I wouldn’t be losing much if they didn’t work out (since clothing is sold by the pound there, you can take more fashion risks!) After some searching on Pinterest, I found a chic, French-inspired outfit that incorporated denim culottes, thanks to the blogger, This Time Tomorrow. It was the perfect inspiration for my Pinspired Lookbook and it gave me the chance to break in the pants I’d found! I love how the look came together and I’m happy to say I feel cool in culottes (see what I did there?)

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Details: Scarf, St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, $2//Cold-shoulder top, Freestyle Clothing Exchange, $11//Anne Klein purse, Goodwill, $8//Culottes, Goodwill Outlet, $1//Heels, Poshmark, $10
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Otherwise Engaged

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I am so excited to announced that my boyfriend, Christopher, and I are engaged! He completely surprised me and proposed to me over the holiday weekend in the most thoughtful way possible (did someone say Paris?). Christopher is the best thing to ever happen to me and I could not be happier to go on this adventure with him. Let the wedding planning commence!

I have to say, his timing was pretty great, because now I can wear wedding whites all summer long, starting with this sweet eyelet dress that I picked up at a clothing swap a while back. Though it’s a casual dress, pairing it with an elegant clutch, fun necklace, and heels (my “something blue,” naturally), makes it the perfect outfit to celebrate such an occassion. Perhaps this will make an appearance at our engagement party…

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Details: Eyelet dress, Clothing swap, Free//Necklace, WeaveWorks Recycled Fashion, $5//Heels, Charming Charlie, $25//Vintage clutch, Eco Thrift, $6

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Beauty at the Bins

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The Goodwill Outlet holds many things, though few of them can be described as beautiful. The large bins (hence the nickname), are filled with, well, everything. Shoes, clothing, housewares, furniture, bras, books, and undies. Yes, undies. I know, I’ve painted a lovely picture for you. Oh, did I mention how crowded and hectic it gets in that big warehouse? So why do I continue to shop there–why do I get SO excited to dig through those bins? Because every now and again, you find beauty within those heaps. Case in point, this vintage dress. It was buried under piles of clothes, but something about the print drew me in. I pulled it out and marveled at its unique shape and sweet details. The cut of the skirt, the slouchy pockets, the metal zipper. It is a true vintage beauty and so worth the effort.

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