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I finally checked out the thrifting scene in SF last weekend. Since we live in Lower Haight, I decided to go down to Haight-Ashbury, where there are a ton of vintage and second-hand stores. I went to Buffalo Exchange first since I’ve been to a couple of their stores in New York, but this location was way too crowded and their stuff was a little overpriced in my opinion. A little disappointed, I headed a couple of stores up the street to Crossroads. The store had more higher-end stuff as well as lots of fast fashion brands. I found this Jason Wu for Target bag for $18.

It was in excellent condition, just a few tiny stains, which I was able to remove with an old toothbrush and laundry detergent. It’s nice and roomy, the perfect bag for work or school.

Next, I headed to Goodwill, which turned out to be full of treasures! I spent a good 3 hours there. The store is pretty organized, which made searching for the gems a lot easier. They also played really awesome music! Always a plus when it comes to a pleasant shopping experience. The only downside was that they only had 2 dressing rooms and a 5-minute time limit (I had to line up twice). Anyway, here’s all the stuff I got at Goodwill.

This gorgeous pair of Steve Madden leather wedges. At first I thought they were really high, but when I tried them on, they were actually not bad. And they were the perfect size for me. Pretty good condition, a few minor scuffs on the edges. But they are so fierce and only $10.49!

Here’s another pair of shoes I got. Brand new Merona pumps! They were size 6.5 and just a little big for me, but with some insoles they fit me just fine. The mid-heel makes them comfortable and easy to walk in.

I also got this mini crossbody bag and brown belt, just because they’re items missing from my closet.

Now onto the clothes. This gorgeous 100% silk maxi skirt was only $5.49!

This top was from Forever 21, but I loved the vibrant color and cute yet work-friendly style, and it was only $2.74.

Next I have 2 dresses. The first one is from Ann Taylor LOFT. I’m pretty sure this LBD is brand new (it still had the “please remove before wearing and washing” tag on). The style is perfect for both formal and casual occasions, and the little ruffles on the collar are so cute.

The second dress is this BCBG number. I love the print and the purple and yellow color combo, as well as the sleeves.

And here I am wearing 2 of my thrifting finds!

I was very happy with my haul this time, and due to the proximity of these stores I think I might make regular trips down there from now on. The great thing about thrift stores is that it’s never the same each time you go!

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This outfit ended up being unintentionally a little Robin Hood, a little school teacher.

White collared shirt from Charlotte Russe, camel hair sweater dress thrifted in Montreal, black tights from Calvin Klein, brown belt thrifted from Goodwill, boots from Payless.

I’d also like to show off my newest nail look:

I call this look 1001 Caribbean Nights, because I realized afterwards that it reminded me of a shimmering ocean under a night sky. I’m totally new to nail art, but I’m starting to get into it more. It’s so much fun treating your nails as little canvases where you can unleash your creativity!

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I don’t have a good full-body shot of my outfit but I really loved this look so I’m sharing this photo:

Top from H&M given to me by a friend, skinny jeans, red patent flats from JCPenny, white and gold woven belt thrifted from Goodwill, gold origami crane necklace from Forever21.

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Just bend a metal wire hanger into 2 hooks and you have a hanger to hang your belts in the closet!

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Dress from China, red belt from China, black wool tights, red patent flats from JCPenny.

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Featuring 3 of my recent purchases: vintage inspired tiered floral mini dress, large bronze owl necklace, and brown leather messenger bag (because my fashion resolution this school year is: no more backpacks!).

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“You can also wear it as a shirt!” Said the Chinese saleslady desperately trying to get me to buy the white and green floral skirt I was looking at. I laughed it off then, thinking that it was just a last ditch effort to get my business. At any rate, I bought the skirt, and the saleslady’s comment was long forgotten. That is, until now.

As it turns out, the lady was right. With a little creativity, you actually CAN wear a skirt as a dress. This is how it’s done.

So here is the original skirt:

Here it is worn as a top:

This will work with almost any skirt that is at least knee length and has an elastic waistband. Just pull it up to your chest and throw on a belt, pair with leggings or skinny jeans, and you’ve got an entirely new look out of the same garment. Here’s another one of my skirts worn this way:

Oh, and also, a wide elastic belt is probably the best accessory ever.

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