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Cheap n Chic

4 Aug

I strongly believe that you do not have spend a ton of $$ to look fashionable.  For those skeptics who may think I don’t have any money, well you may be right at the moment, but in the not so far recent past I worked for high end retailers including Barney’s New York and Ron Herman/Fred Segal, had a celebrity clientele and a big fat discount along with my big fat paycheck.  Instead of blowing my cash on clothes- I saved my money and took a $20,000 year long trip around world (I did the “Eat.Pray.Live” before it existed).  I flew to places like Fiji, Australia, Bali, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, Qatar, South Africa, Argentina, Peru, Costa Rica amongst other locales and experienced things no $200 shirt could give me.  Don’t get me wrong; I still buy designer handbags that I will use everyday and last a lifetime and shoes when I *must* have a pair, but I get quite a kick over saving money on clothes, and passing along fashionable vintage items at affordable prices to my customers.

Here is my $40 outfit:

Top-Thrifted, $4, Belt- H&M, $10, Skirt– H&M, $6, Sunglasses-Urban Outfitters, $12, Boots– Thrifted, $6


see the world. xo


San Francisco

14 Jul

Took a few days off this week to fly north and visit nearby San Francisco.  My boyfriend had 3 days off in a row from work so we decided to take advantage and take a mini-vacation!  We did some major thrift shopping and got some really good finds which should be posted by next week.  San Francisco is such a different city from Los Angeles- most of the people are really cool and laid back, artistic, fun, unpretentious- until you ride the public buses!  We found so many angry, crazy, yelling, pushing, hitting people… I guess public transit brings that out.  It was a nice change of pace though to be able to walk around and have an ample public transit system which is so very lacking here in LA, ie; TRAFFIC and never seeing people on the street like I’m used to in NY!  I was also enamored with the abundance of small boutiques. eateries and bars with a unique artistic vibe, and attention to sustainability and local growers/business.

We took a trip to the Golden Gate Bridge, then off to the piers to have some lunch by the water.  With only 2 1/2 days there, we didn’t have a lot of time to do everything we wanted, but definitely fit in some great thrift shopping in the Mission District, breakfast at Pork Store Valencia, amazing pizza at Delfina Pizzeria, saw an Asian cowboy perform at Amnesia, and finished off with a great massage and spa treatment at Burke Williams (courtesy via gift cards haha).

Now it’s back to LA, and back to work.  I’m shooting some shoes and swimwear today that we picked up and hope to post in the next day or so, and the clothes will be coming soon next week!!  Check out our latest additions before they’re gone at Castaway Vintage

Thrifty Chic

17 Jun

Finally had a chance to photograph a few of the items that have been filling up our spare bedroom over the last month!  It’s a terrible feeling to run a business and have so much inventory- just sitting around!  Being out of town the whole month of May, then my boyfriend needing a new car left us car shopping all of his recent days off.  Yesterday we were finally able to get in a photo shoot, and with our new camera I got for my birthday!  I still have to edit through all of the photos before they can be listed- but here is one of the outfits that will be going up later today or tomorrow, and how you can still be chic without spending tons of $$.  This whole outfit was under $100!

Just because you’re on a tight budget doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice style, and vintage doesn’t always have to mean transporting your look into another era (though I love my 60’s Twiggy dresses and 50’s plaid!!)

This look is  definitely a tad bit 80’s, but the shoes bring into the modern world.  Sometimes too much vintage can be a bit costume-y, and just mixing in some modern pieces bring into a look that translates into fresh, not dated.

The hat I borrowed from my boyfriend, who bought it for $5 on sale at Urban Outfitters, and I bought the sunglasses there for $12.

The black lace bodysuit is very American Apparel- but I bought it for $7 at Beacon’s Closet in Brooklyn- huge resale/thrift/vintage shop when I was visiting last month.

The belt I thrifted for $1- a little boy’s ‘Dockers’ belt.

The pants I thrifted, vintage Liz Claiborne, and these will be up for sale today or tomorrow are available now at

Castaway Vintage

The shoes are from the Cynthia Vincent for Target collection- $30!!

Same look- with black vintage high waisted pleated pants- also for sale now at   Castaway Vintage

More looks coming here and to Etsy soon!