The Year of the Thrift.


Every year when I jot down my New Year’s resolutions I usually have a section dedicated towards fashion. I make a list of trends I want to try, directions I want to take in my personal style, ideas for stepping outside of the box, etc. 

This year is a little different. Instead of having a few different ones. I have one. Yep. Just one goal.

In 2018 I will not buy anything “new”. Everything I purchase will come from a thrift store (some exceptions. see below). Now that I’m typing it out, I’m scared. What am I thinking?!

Well, I’ll fill you in on why.

  1. Environmental. I remember reading a while back that a shit ton of clothing gets thrown out each year. It just ends up in dumps. When we consume more and more from fast fashion stores we are contributing to that problem. We buy buy buy, and then throw it all away just as fast as we bought it. By purchasing used clothing we are cutting back on the clothing that needs to be made which is wasting resources that can be used for far better things than a crappy pair of jeans from Forever21, that will most definitely end up in a dump. By buying used we can cut back on polluting the earth.
  2. Uniqueness. There’s nothing better then wearing an outfit you know nobody else will be wearing. I see so many girls today that all have the same style. And while they do look cute. There’s nothing unique about it. When buying used you're usually getting pieces that nobody else has. When I’m thrifting, the older the better. Something that was made 20 years ago (but is still style relevant today), I know very few people would still be wearing. I love it when I get a compliment on a piece I’m wearing and I get to tell the it’s from Salvation Army or Goodwill when I’m sure they were expecting me to say it’s from a store in the mall. I was at J. Crew the other day wearing a pair of heels (pictured above) I found From Goodwill in Michigan and the employee made a point to come up to me and say “I just wanted to tell you I really love your shoes”. I smiled and proudly told him the were from Goodwill. Definitely straight out of the 80’s but in a style that you would see at a department store right now. And just an hour before that a nice lady in Nordstrom complimented my plaid blazer I picked up from Salvation Army a few months ago. I didn’t tell her where it was from but I smiled and thought, if she only knew. Those two compliments validated my decision on making this the year of the thrift. People appreciate uniqueness. I can do this.
  3. $$$. Thrifting is cheap. I can buy a whole month’s worth of clothing for $30. My favorite day to go to Salvation Army which is where I find most of my thrifted clothing from is on Wednesday. Clothing, shoes, and accessories are 50% off. Hell yeah. When I’m scrolling through Instagram or flipping the pages of a magazine and see something I like but I know is wayyyy out of my budget I jot it down in my “to thrift” notes on my phone. I know I can usually find something similar to what that name brand designer is selling for literally pennies compared to the price they stuck on their piece. 
  4. Inspiring. Even though thrifting is my love I sometimes get stuck in the mentality that I need this and this from these stores from the mall. Changing my mindset from mall to thrift store, I know will help me step outside of my comfort zone and try new things with my style. If I can’t find that one specific piece I will have to use some creativity with what I’m able to find at the thrift store.
  5. Fun! I think this will be a really fun (sometimes challenging) step for me to take. I enjoy looking through all the racks of clothing. I love when I spot a piece of “gold” as my husband calls it and instantly I get a rush of ideas on how to wear it. I love finding something and thinking, this looks just like something a designer label just put out. I also love when I DO find those designer pieces. Some people just don’t know what amazingness they have in their closet. But hey, I’ll take it!

So. There will be exceptions to The Year of the Thrift.

1. Underwear and bras. Because, duh. I wont go that far.

2.Shopping local. We love to travel and if I spot something I absolutely love from a boutique I will buy it. I don’t mind breaking the rule for supporting a local shop. 

3.If I receive gift cards. I will most definitely use those up!

4.If there is something super specific I want/need and can’t seem to find it at a thrift store I will purchase it from somewhere that isn’t.

There you have it. I will stick to this. I will, I will, I will. 

Am I crazy or am I crazy?

xo, Mercedes

Top - Salvation Army
Blazer - Salvation Army
Purse - Volunteers of America, Lansing, MI
Belt - Salvation Army
Heels - Goodwill, Lansing, MI
Jeans - Topshop via Nordstrom

New Years x 2.

By now it should be no surprise how much I enjoy thrifting. 

I call it the 'thrill of the thrift'.

I wanted to show you how easy it is to create specific looks with thrift store finds. I've had these pieces for awhile now. I bought them during the summer (another good tip is to buy out of season just like you would do at a traditional retail store when looking for a good deal) so I've been waiting for this moment to show them off on the blog. New Year's from the thrift store.

The dress is actually from Target's Who What Wear line but I DID find it at a thrift/bargain hunt type store so it counts. I love the style and how flattering the shape is. I paired it with these red boots that I am literally obsessed with. These are definitely not thrifted but they were cheap. I've been trying to find a pair while out thrifting but I hadn't come across any yet. SO when I spotted these at Target the other day I ran up and grabbed them. Mine!

The pants and top both came from Salvation Army. I wore these pants to an industry party recently and got so many compliments. I love when someone compliments a look and I can say, Salvation Army Baby! The look on their faces is the best. And I hope I can inspire someone to recycle fashion and look chic while doing it. Thrifted doesn't mean dirty and old. It means reusing unwanted items and breathing new life into them. Like they say, one woman's trash... 

Anyway, back to the outfits. I love how each look paired perfectly with this vintage gold purse. It's such a great bag for special events. And you know how I love my gold accessories. Heels, hoops, all the stuff. 

Everything gold!

xo, Mercedes

Dress - Who What Wear (Thrifted in Tennessee)
Red boots - Target
Purse - Salvation Army
Pants - Salvation Army
Top - Salvation Army
Heels - J. Crew
Embellished earrings - J. Crew
Gold hoops - Nordstrom



Holiday gift giving tips with JORD wood watches.

JORD wood watch, JORD wood watch in Frankie. Black and gold. 

As we all know, it’s that time of year again. Holidays, shopping, gift giving.

I’m so excited to be partnering with JORD wood watches again for this holiday season. These wood watches are incredibly beautiful and a gift that everyone needs in their wardrobe. Watches are a timeless piece and the gift that keeps on giving. Even if it’s for yourself. I mean, who doesn’t buy themselves at least one Christmas present? ;) JORD is also now offering engraving. With mine I got my initials, but if it’s for a special someone why not add a little love note? Or a special date perhaps? When someone looks at the time they will be reminded of the loved one who gifted it. That’s a gift win in my book. My husband wears his JORD wood watch daily and get’s so many compliments on it. And if my words haven’t already convinced you, all watches come packaged beautifully! Complete with it’s own wooden box, oil pen, cleaning cloth, and humidity pack to ensure it’s beauty for years to come. 

I love that all of their watches are unisex. Chris and I have the same style in Frankie but in different colors. I am obsessed with the dark wood and gold detailing on mine. The gold is the perfect subtle touch that will pair easily with any look. Dressy or casual.

My gift to all of you this season, is a coupon for 25% off any purchase made at JORD. All you have to do is sign up right here and your coupon will be delivered straight to your inbox. Just in time for Christmas shopping! 

*Coupon code will expire December 19th, 2017

Now, I’m usually a pretty good gift giver, but there’s always those people who are hard to buy for and leave me stumped. I hate buying gifts just to buy them so I try to be very thoughtful when giving and making sure each gift will be used and cherished. Here are some tips to make sure you are known as the best gift giver in your circle of family and friends.

1. Think ahead. Taking the time to thoughtfully think about gifts before the holiday season is the key. I always have a list on my phone of things I’ve thought of throughout the year that someone would enjoy, or if someone mentions something I jot it down before I forget. This makes it SO much easier when the time comes to purchasing. You wont be scrambling to find something or end up buying just to buy. 

2. Make it personal. What’s their favorite hobby? How do they like to spend their time? Do they like to cook? Workout? How do they spend their downtime? These are questions I always ask myself. It really helps to narrow down ideas. My niece loves to draw and be creative. I know I can always buy her art supplies or something in that category and she will love it. Even if it’s something small like a set of nice colored pencils. She will always remember that I encouraged her abilities and invested in her talents. 

3. Ask. If I’m stumped I just ask. If it’s a college student or someone who I know doesn’t really have the budget to buy themselves anything special I just send a text out asking, What would you like for Christmas this year? If there something you are needing? I feel like this is the best way to make sure certain people have the things they need but would never purchase themselves. 

4. Experiences. If gifting items aren't your thing, gift an experience instead. My husband and I rarely buy each other presents. If we do it’s either something we need or something very small. Instead we usually gift each other with a trip somewhere. This year we are getting ourselves Disney World yearly passes. We live in Florida and are very close to the parks. We are so excited to take our daughter with us! Other ideas for experiences are, passes to the zoo or aquarium for young kids, tickets to a museum or show, a staycation, even a nice dinner out. It doesn't have to be a grand trip. And you can even join them! Which leads me to my last tip…

5. Quality time. While presents are fun, what really matters is spending quality time with our friends and family. Honestly I don't remember many times where I was gifted something but what I do remember are the times all of my family was able to get together or all of my friends were able to hang out. Those really are the memories (gifts) that last a lifetime. 

JORD Frankie wood watch in Ebony and Gold. 
Frankie JORD wood watch in Ebony and Gold. 
JORD wood watch in Ebony and Gold. 

I hope these tips help with your Christmas shopping in the next few week!

Just in case you missed it above, here is the link to sign up for the 25% off coupon code.

Sweater - Uniqlo
Jeans - TopShop via Nordstrom
Tank - Thrifted from Salvation Army
Heels - H&M (similar here)
Sunnies - Warby Parker
Purse - Madewell
Earrings - Nordstrom
Watch - c/o JORD

xo, Mercedes