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what i actually wore: marc jacobs via savers

what i actually wore: marc jacobs via savers

A new Savers thrift store opened around the corner from my house at the end of February. Of course, I had to go on the day it opened. Lucky I did, since I just so happened to find a Marc Jacobs dress (to be clear, not Marc by Marc Jacobs, just Marc Jacobs) for $13. Do you hate me? It's ok, I understand if you do.

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It has a great retro vibe, nice defined waist, and cute but subtle black on black floral print. Here's how I recently wore it:

Bruiser was giving art direction

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Interesting (and comfy) Sofft shoes.

Interesting (and comfy) Sofft shoes.

what i actually wore: modern and comfortable

what i actually wore: modern and comfortable

I have the knees of an 80-year-old, so in the last week, comfortable footwear has sadly taken priority over vanity. I actually really liked how this outfit turned out, it looks clean and modern, but was still comfortable.

tee - h&m $5; pants - old navy $12 plus alternation; shoes - target $20; necklace - flea market $?

tee - h&m $5; pants - old navy $12 plus alternation; shoes - target $20; necklace - flea market $?

As I'm writing the sources and costs (total outfit under $50!), I'm realizing that these are all budget items, but things that are pretty classic and that I get a lot of use from. Unfortunately, I can't link to specific items, since they're all from more than a year ago. The pants are a lovely silky fabric and they were on clearance at Old Navy for $12. I liked them so much I bought a camel colored pair as well and had them both hemmed to different lengths - one for heels, one for more low heels (this pair).

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This necklace is one of my favorite possessions. It's wood with metal plating on top and wooden beads. I found it at a flea market (the Gypsy Caravan, run by the St. Louis Symphony Volunteer Association on Memorial Day weekend - if you're in St. Louis, you have to go!). You might have noticed that I wear it constantly (see here), I just feel that it gives a simple outfit an arty vibe.

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I had just gotten my hair cut when I took these photos - Ashley at Hair Theatre is a genius, if you're in St. Louis, let me know if you'd like her info.

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UPDATE: here are a few more photos of Ashley's hair magic. The image on the left below is my inspiration pic I brought her and the image on the right is my hair after she was done. The one below them is the most recent time I got my hair cut.

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what i actually wore: more rain and casual monday

what i actually wore: more rain and casual monday

As much as I would have liked to have enjoyed some lovely spring weather, that was just not in the cards for us here in St. Louis last month.

blouse: dvf; pants: old navy; boots: marshall's; sweater: ann taylor loft outlet (also worn here)

There's been lots of layering and water-resistant footwear. (This blouse is my only piece of Diane von Furstenberg clothing, although I'd love to add to the collection at some point. Have you read about how my friend Elise ended up with a vintage DvF dress?)

Left - tee: h&m; jeans: thrifted; boots: dansko; necklace: flea market find. Right - dress: h&m; necklace: flea market find; boots: nine west

As I've said before, I could probably get by with just wearing black with chunky necklaces for a very long time. Here's the proof.

Left - trench: h&m; tee: old navy; jeans: james jeans; shoes: target; necklaces: old navy and the other purchased in Paris.  Right - dress: old navy; necklace: thrifted target via goodwill; shoes: nine west (last summer)

I work at a performing arts organization, and on Fridays we need to be presentable, so instead we have casual Mondays. I've been so excited to wear my new James Jeans, however, I still need to hem them. I felt pretty creative when I layered these two necklaces a while back for a night out and it worked well for dressing up my casual Monday outfit as well. These sandals are so great because you can wear the most boring outfit, throw them on, and voila, something worthy of a blog post (I hope!).