AJ Wears :: A thrifted blazer

I've been inspired recently by all of the incredible bloggers I follow that have that coveted knack for thrifting. I used to scour Goodwill on a weekly basis in high school looking for plaid school girl skirts and ties (okay, okay, I MIGHT have gone through an Avril phase...!). But somewhere in adulthood and the opening of Forever 21, I decided I'd just buy cheap clothes and that was that. Besides the odd vintage piece I picked up at (overpriced) vintage stores or online, I haven't done much in the way of thrifting lately.

Thanks to countless posts from you guys of your ridiculously awesome finds, I decided to try my hand at it again. There's something about finding a great piece in a sea of castoffs that gets my blood pumping. And it doesn't hurt that vintage and older pieces are scarce - making it easier to get a more unique look. I hit up my neighborhood Goodwill yesterday to do a little digging and found this J. Crew blazer...and I love it. I love the contrasting lining and the pretty olive color. And I love that not only was it $5, it's built better than anything I would have bought at Forever 21. I might have to make treasuring hunting a weekly venture from here on out. Please excuse my smug face in this blog post. I was feeling pretty darn proud of myself.

 Blazer, J. Crew (thrifted - similar at ModCloth).
Scarf, The Limited (similar under $20).
Sweater, Forever 21.
Sunglasses, JustFab (and a little obsessed).
Booties, JustFab.

Take One, Day 24 :: Striped Tee

It's my LAST DAY of Take One, Pass it on! *sob* I passed my black and white striped tee for today's outfit. It doesn't show the best part in today's outfit, which is this fantastic little chiffon hem. I first spotted it on the XXI website and then snatched it up when I stumbled on it in the store. Did I need another striped tee? NO SHUT UP. I did not. But I love wearing the ones I have so much, I figured one with a fun little detail like this to add to the rotation would be nice. Anyway, I wanted to really show the versatility of the shirt in true take one style by tucking it in.

You may have noticed, I pulled the booties from my very first Take One look to remix with this look - with that, we have come full circle. I'll recap all of the outfits and my thoughts on the whole experience tomorrow, but for now, just take in all of these delicious stripes and ponder why I can't seem to wear these boots with anything but purple. You can also play "find the pug hair" or try and figure out why anyone would make a skirt where the lining shows through like it does. So many games while you wait.

Top, Love 21.
Skirt, Target.
Booties, Zurich by JustFab.
Jacket, Kohl's (Elle).
Necklace, JewelMint.

Take One, Day 14 :: Leopard Sweater

I started off the day remixing the pink jacket over a dress, but realized I wouldn't want to wear a dress on a Saturday, so I changed to the sweater before we went out to lunch. I know, I know, no one should put that much thought into this challenge, but I'm weird and I did.

The result was an outfit bordering on stumpy biker chick (I swear, I looked less short and wide in real life), but at least I'll have something to wear tomorrow that doesn't require sitting with my knees together. I get very casual on Saturdays.

Sweater, Old Navy.
Jeans, JustFab.
Boots, Ryane by JustFab.
Jacket, Forever 21. 
Bag, It says Chinese Laundry, but I have no idea where it came from.
Necklace, JewelMint.