Category Archives: thrifting

Sam’s style | Burberry tie + overcoat

One last reminder to please vote for your favorite outfit of mine from last month — thanks in advance!

Sam’s classes that he’s been teaching this fall quarter are early-morning classes, so I often don’t get to see him until after I get off work, except on days that I work the night shift at the library. This day (which fortunately was a night shift day for me), I had to take photos of him after work because, HELLO. My man looks GOOOOOOOD, y’all. Professional, sharp, stylish. (Swoon.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, overcoat and thrifted Burberry tie

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, overcoat and thrifted Burberry tie

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, overcoat and thrifted Burberry tie

And the cognac shoes and belt? Brilliant! The lighter color of these faux-leather accessories really sets off the cooler colors of the lavender button-front and berry colors of this Burberry tie we thrifted this past summer. (Does that tie look familiar? I’ve also worn it already — as a belt!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, overcoat and thrifted Burberry tie

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, dark jeans and thrifted Burberry tie

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, dark jeans and thrifted Burberry tie

Sam also likes to have fun with the details. One of his (male) students cracked up when he spied Sam’s cuff links — which are in the shape of the Transformers. Such a cheeky detail! (And so very Sam! 😉 )

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, Transformers cuff links

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, overcoat and thrifted Burberry tie closeup

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Monthly budget adventures (November 2017)

A quick reminder to please vote for your favorite outfit of mine from last month — thanks in advance!

And now it’s time for my monthly budget adventures! I spent a grand total of $12 this month, all on new-to-me items that I picked up at an estate sale in Portland over the Veterans’ Day holiday weekend. We had gone down to Portland to stay with some friends, who happen to be experts at estate sales. (Tips they gave us:  Be polite; Dress well but not fancy; bring cash; and be prepared to walk away if the seller won’t agree on a lower price.)

We went on the final Sunday for an estate sale in the very nice Laurelhurst neighborhood of Portland, where I found these lovely items for half-off the original price:

  • Patent leather pumps with velvet bows, Franco Sarto {similar}:  Priced at $12, paid $6
  • Snakeskin and patent leather cap-toe flats, Bandolini {very similar!}:  Priced at $8, paid $4
  • Small square silk scarf {similar}:  Priced at $4, paid $2

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Librarian for Life + Style | Brown patent leather bow heels, estate sale find

Librarian for Life + Style | Snakeskin and patent leather flats, estate sale find

Librarian for Life + Style | Olive + burgundy silk square scarf, estate sale find

Librarian for Life + Style | Olive + burgundy silk square scarf, estate sale find

Librarian for Life + Style | Olive + burgundy silk square scarf, estate sale find

Budget recap:

Total spent for this month: $12
Total savings for this month:  $125 estimate

Total spent for this year:  $832
Total savings for this year:  $720


I have a few gift cards for Lands’ End that I’ve saved up, so I’m planning on some Christmas shopping for myself!

Monthly budget adventures, December 2016

It’s time again for my monthly budget adventures, and for the final month of the year, I spent a grand total of 25 cents! That’s right, one quarter. 😀

Thrift sale scarf

Right before our winter break, my college held its annual thrift shop sale, and that’s where I picked up this infinity scarf for a quarter. With its bold geometric chevron print and bright colors of green, yellow, and turquoise, I thought it might add a fun pop of color to different outfits. After the fact, I also realized the green shade is on trend for the Pantone 2017 Color of the Year. More “Greenery” added to my closet!

Librarian for Life + Style | Thrifted scarf, December 2016

Thrifted scarf {similar infinity scarf in yellow chevron}:  paid $.25, no label

Budget recap

Total spent for this month: $.25
Total savings for this month:  $0

Total spent for this year:  $475
Total savings for this year:  $698.70

Last month, I said I wanted to finish off the year with under $500 spent, and I made that goal and then some, which feels great! Next month, we need to reevaluate our budget, which includes our clothing budget, and the start of the new year is always a good time to reevaluate one’s closet, so I’ll be back with details.

Christmas gifts collage

These were all gifts I received for Christmas that were jewelry, clothing, or accessories. Thanks to my husband and family and friends for these super cute and thoughtful gifts! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Christmas gifts 2016 collage

Top row:  Cats-and-books print skirt from ModCloth (gift from mom) //  Fuzzy socks (stocking stuffer)
Middle row:  Front-and-back views of cat-themed tote bag from ModCloth // library card tote bag from Out of Print Clothing (both gifts from mom)
Bottom row:  Silver circle earrings (gift from Sam)  //  Tree circle earrings (gift from family friend)  //  Gold-and-silver Christmas present earrings (gift from mom)  //  Harry Potter quote necklace (gift from mother-in-law)

And yes, the quote from the Harry Potter-themed necklace?

When in doubt, go to the library.

Wise words! 😀 😀 😀


Linking up with Fran’s Budgeting Bloggers.

Thrifting tips round-up

Happy Wednesday! Today, I hope you will visit Nicole’s blog, High Latitude Style, where she has gathered tricks and tips from various style bloggers about thrifting. I was very excited that Nicole asked me to contribute to the post, and you can see my tip on her thrifting tips round-up blog post.

High Latitude Style logo

Y’all know I love thrifting, and you can browse my own thrifting adventures here. You can also revisit Nicole’s guest post on my blog from summer 2014, where she showcased her expertise in layering.

Thanks, Nicole! I also can’t wait to check out other bloggers’ advice about scoring great thrift finds!

Monthly budget adventures (January 2016)

Time again for my monthly budget adventures! At the end of December, I had a few gift cards and was looking forward to some shopping in the new year.

An eShakti return

But before shopping, I had to return my new plaid dress from eShakti. (Insert sad trombone sound.) My other dress from eShakti, my navy-and-black houndstooth dress, fit perfectly, as seen here. But the white-and-silver plaid shirtdress I ordered — in the same size as the houndstooth dress — felt 2 sizes too big on top. Behold:
Librarian for Life + Style | eShakti dress return collage

I continue to be hit-or-miss when it comes to eShakti items fitting me, as I have written about before, most recently here. Fortunately, eShakti has instituted a much improved system of returns, so I first sent the dress back to see if it could be remade. They said they were out of fabric to remake it — guess they couldn’t just size down from the dress I sent back! — so that meant a refund. Boo. 😦

Replacing my black skinny jeans

I had donated my old pair of black skinny jeans to the fashion swap this past fall. I have been on the hunt for a replacement pair, as I have found black skinny jeans to be quite versatile in my wardrobe.

I had two $25 gift cards to Old Navy or affiliated stores (Gap, Banana Republic, etc.) for a total of $50, so I thought that was a good place to start searching. I tried on the curvy skinny jeans in black at Old Navy, but they had only tall and short options in my size at the store. Neither worked when I tried them on, and I was starting to feel like Goldilocks! This one is too long, this one is too short… 😉 Also, the stretchy denim fabric felt a bit too thin.

Next, we went to Banana Republic, and I was quite impressed with the sales guy, who gave me a quick intro to Banana Republic’s line of skinny jeans (a bit of stretch but more substantial denim so they don’t stretch out). He also helped convert sizes for me according to their sizing system, and voila, this pair of black skinny jeans fit just right. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Shopping for black skinny jeans

  • Black skinny jeans, Banana Republic {exact}:  paid $14.50 (original price $89.50, applied $50 in gift cards + $25 Christmas cash)

And I’ve already worn this replacement pair of black skinny jeans multiple times, including in this post earlier this week:

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering textures and shades of grey + black

Thrifting adventures

I went thrifting twice at Here We Go Again, one of my favorite local resale boutiques, as I outlined in this post about my teal-and-faux-fur coat, and earlier this week in my thrifting adventures post.

Librarian for Life + Style | Thrifting adventures | Teal houndstooth coat with faux fur collar

Librarian for Life + Style | Thrift shopping adventures

And I still have a little over $6 left on my HWGA gift certificate! 🙂

Shoe shopping at Payless

On the same day that Sam and I shopped for black skinny jeans and thrifted at HWGA, we also stopped by Payless, as I had gotten a $25 Payless gift card for Christmas. I left with a very cute — and comfortable! — pair of black striped canvas flats, which has a fun lining of pin polka dots! I also got a pair of slipper socks that y’all saw earlier in my “A day in the life of an academic librarian” post. I have been LIVING in these socks since the night I brought them home.

Librarian for Life + Style | Shopping trip in January 2016

Librarian for Life + Style | Slipper socks from Payless

  • Black-and-white striped canvas flats, City Sneaks for Payless {similar} {polka dotted canvas flats}:  paid $0 (original price $19.99, used $25 Payless gift card)
  • Slipper socks, Payless {very similar}:  paid $1.99 (original price $10, additional 30% off sale, used remainder of Payless gift card)

New lipsticks

I have also gotten three new lip products, which I detailed in my earlier “A new lipstick era” post.

Librarian for Life + Style | New red lipsticks and lip liner

  • L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge 10 hr Lip Colour in “Refined Ruby“: paid $9.99
  • Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color in “Stoplight Red“:  paid $1.99
  • L’Oreal Colour Riche Lip Liner in “Always Red“:  paid $4.50 (original price $8.99, used 1/2 off coupon)

Budget recap

Total spent for this month:  $32.97
Total savings for this month:  $212.50

Total spent for this year:  $32.97
Total savings for this year:  $212.50


Linking up with Fran’s Budgeting Bloggers!