Thrifted: Heart-Shaped Purse

In my daily life I enjoy being as eccentric as possible, not in a way that comes off as trying hard or being something that I’m not, but in a way that almost every other Aquarius can relate. Being weird is in our blood and we just naturally gravitate to many things that others may shy away from. There have been drawbacks to this, like being labeled a freak when I was younger, or being disliked by the general population in my school for the way I dressed. Unlike many others who may have been in my situation, I have embraced the title of a “walking freak show.” In recent years, I have really met my “people” through various online outlets.

This week’s thrift store find is a mix of old and new pieces. I know I mentioned in an earlier article that coming in with a plan is some times not the best idea when thrift store shopping. Today I’m breaking that rule and contradicting myself. During this trip, I knew that I wanted another black piece to add to my wardrobe. I was also looking for something that could fit in with the summer heat while staying true to my eclectic style. Just like my past few trips, I got lucky and found some very cool pieces.

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A few years ago my wardrobe was full of dressy button ups, and I don’t really know why that was. It may have been sparked by my newfound love of Tumblr. As of now I own about three dressy button ups, one of which is a dress (you always need a little black dress). The one I found at the thrift store is so cool because not only is it long and baggy, it’s also sleeveless. You can do a lot with sleeveless garments, such as pairing them with a light or heavy piece of outerwear. That’s pretty much the only way I’ll personally wear something under an open piece of outerwear, such as the sheer cardigan I’m rocking.

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These days, people often get cardigans confused with the American style kimono. The easiest way to tell the difference, it’s all in the sleeve. The American kimono has a specific shaped sleeve that totally sets it apart from a cardigan. This really cool floral print cardigan that I’m sporting is something that is not only great for the current weather, but also is exactly what I look for in outwear. Sheer garments have been a favorite of mine since I was a young teen, mostly because I’m still all about looking as “provocative” as I can at all times. If you don’t own a sheer garment in your everyday wardrobe right now, go out and buy yourself one. They are so much fun to wear!

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The statement piece of this outfit is obviously this really sweet vintage heart shaped purse. This wasn’t a thrift store find, but I did pick it up at a second-hand store of sorts. As soon as I laid my eyes upon this purse, it was a done deal. I didn’t leave that day without making sure this baby was mine. Statement pieces are what make great outfits, especially a look like mine which is devoid of any other color. There isn’t much room in this purse, but that isn’t the point of it. This was designed to make you the talk of any room you walk into. That’s why this beautiful piece is a big part of my wardrobe.

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I was given these boots as a gift from my best friend’s mom (she’s basically my mom too) about two years ago and they have been my favorite pair ever since, as you can tell by the leather peeling from the front of both boots. They have an edgy feel to them, thanks in part to the way they’re laced, which makes them a staple in almost any outfit I put together. If it’s not on the cutting edge, then I don’t want it!

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Thrifting Tip: Bargain days can be your best friend. Make sure to find out when they have special deals at your local thrift store and try to plan a trip around it. Every Wednesday my local thrift store has a half price day and it has helped me get a lot of my favorite pieces!

So, would you rock this outfit? Is it the love of your life or a total flop? What would you have done differently? Let me know in the comments below!

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