Wednesday, June 5, 2013

To the Tropics

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What I wore:
Dress: Thrifted ($3)
Belt: American Apparel
Sandals: Saltwater
Bag c/o Ruche
Bracelets: Thrifted (all around $2 each)
Necklace: Brimfield flea ($1)
Snake ring: ModCloth (2011)
Midi ring c/o Lulu's
Sunglasses: a store in Austin, TX ($12 - similar)

I wore this to: keep cool

This outfit smacks a bit of 80's-mom-on-vacation (sorry moms), and I'm completely OK with that. I felt like I was on vacation! It was 90 degrees! But I was at work, definitely not on vacation.

Something I really appreciate about thrift shopping is how democratic it is (I think democratic is the right word, if it's not, tell me), there's no brand loyalty: if you like an item, and it's cheap enough, you buy it. Regardless- for the most part- of what's on the tag. While I do avoid brands like Target, F21, and H&M in thrift stores (for quality purposes), I've amassed a surprising collection of 'vintage' Fredrick's of Hollywood, Victoria's Secret, and Liz Claiborne. This little number is from VS, and while I would probably never think to order it from the catalog new, for three bucks I was willing to take a chance. And I'm happy I did!


Sophie said...

That's the thing I love most about thrifting is you can take a chance!

Elliementary, My Dear said...

You definitely look more chic than an 80s mom on vacation haha. I love your round sunglasses, you pull them off so well.

Anonymous said...

that's so true about thrifting! i never thought about it that way. and that dress is gorgeous on you!

Rebecca @ tr[i]b[e]cca

Hattitude said...

Hattitude Style Blog

i immediatly went to the outfit details to find out where that fabulous dress was from. I cannot believe you got it for $3 from a thrift store! I am so in love with it. How you styled it, is just PERFECTION Julie.

talk soon wild child
Hattitude Style Blog said...

Oh my gosh....what a great find!
I love it!
It's perfect on you!
-Adrienne. xo

Citizen of the World
Citizen of the World

Kallie, Happy Honey and Lark said...

THese photos are so pretty and summery. Agreed about thrifting being very democratic, I hardly think about where something is from if its what I'm looking for and in good condition.

Ashley Elizabeth said...

Shocked it's from VS - it looks great on you. Can we also say, hair envy!!

Olivia said...

The way the light is shine through that dress is beautiful, it's like the perfect unexpected accessory.

Anonymous said...

Your dress is beautiful! It looks great in the sunshine xx

Unknown said...

SOOOO true.

Melissa said...

Love this dress!!


Elizabeth, Delightfully Tacky said...

Ugh so much babeliness happening in these images. I would like to steal that dress, thx.

Sammi said...

Gorgeous dress on you, and such a great find. I'd never have guessed it was from VS! And it's definitely not 80s mom-ish on you in the slightest!

xox Sammi

Julie Smith said...

You look so much like summer! <3

Jennifer said...

That dress is an amazing find and even better that it was only $3!

xo Jennifer

myedit said...

I never thought about it like that but it's so true! Hmmmm...
You looking smashing BTW!

Geraldyne said...

Beautiful dress!! ... what a great find!

Unknown said...

Super into that dress -- you look great!
grey et al

Kate.Stoltzfus said...

I never imagined it would look this good! Then again, I'm not surprised. Great find. :) Love the lighting in the photos.

Gwen said...

What an amazing find!! I don't think this dress looks 80's at all, you look like a 70's goddess in it!

Valentina Duracinsky said...

How lovely! I love those sunglasses!

Valentina Duracinsky Blog

Kelly said...

Yes, I agree with Gwen, total 70s goddess look! I also agree with the idea of thrifting being democratic. I always, always feel good about supporting my local thrift stores, unlike when I buy something from a fast-fashion store, I cringe a little.

Anonymous said...

I love floral maxis. You wear this one very well.

The Littlest Smitten said...

Julie beautiful outfit! What a great score. I could never give up thrifting. Always so many gems to be found!

Anonymous said...

I ordered a neckace from Sisters of the Moon after seeing yours on your blog and I need to get in touch with them. The email on their webpage does not go to them but to a Rachel. Do you by chance have a way to contact them? Thanks,

Orchid Grey said...

Hi Amanda!

Sorry that you're having trouble getting in touch! Here's Bryce's email: sistersofthemoonjewelry at

They also have a facebook page (I would try the email first):

I hope everything is ok with your order and thank you for reading! Let me know if you have a hard time contacting them and I'll look into it.


laniza said...

I was thinking more 70s mom, but the dress is still rad nonetheless, haha :)!

Alaina said...

Definitely a 70s vibe to me. Awesome outfit! I try to look for higher quality brands when I'm out thrifting, but sometimes the price is so good (and the piece looks so new!) that I'll talk myself into a walmart item if it's under $3. :)

Alaina said...

oh, and are you guys all moved? This looks like a new photo spot for you.

Velveteen Mint said...

I LOVE this outfit. It doesn't remind of an 80's-mom-on-vacation at all! It looks like the perfect breezy outfit to wear on a hot summers day. Totally jealous that you thrifted that dress for only $3

Unknown said...

this is my favorite outfit on you!

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