Remix: Blocks of Black

Are we tired of the “pops of color” phrase and phase yet? Well after the last outfit post, I was curious to go back through the archives and see my pops of black dotted through my wardrobe. Because I am a lover of extremes (all black, or all color), there really weren’t that many instances over the course of 9 years blogging! So I rounded up these. We all have different basics, right!?

Per usual with these remix posts, click on the image to see the original post.

Black top with a simple green skirt!
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Or adding a black jacket and accessories to a white dress ensemble
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Sort of weird to see how this is similar to the first outfit with the green skirt! (note to self, wear this vintage skirt more often).
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Mixing black and blue, still my favorite party dress!
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A nice black coat in a longer length to add flair
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A little black pencil skirt!
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A black jacket that I should be wearing more often!
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I used to wear this black spandex leotard under dresses (as shown above also). I still have it, but I don’t know what to do with it anymore!
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See, here it is again. I guess it was my go-to black outfit piece when I lived in Las Vegas!
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Everyone has, or should have, a go-to black piece in their wardrobe that you can mix with anything. I had been on the lookout for a new pair of black slacks that will work in the workplace but also off duty. I actually found them, but I have to take the hem down a bit before they’re wearable. What about you, what is your go to black item in your closet?

Pink & Black

I will be honest – I had initially bought this dress many moons ago while on a thrifting expedition. BUT with the total intention to resell it, not to wear it. This is collateral from my days when I was working several part time jobs and reselling clothes on the side. Luckily those days are behind me, but the urge is still strong – to buy things I know I can sell at a later point. I tried on the dress, but the hot pink color left me shrugging my shoulders. It came home with me but went to the bottom of the closet with other things to be sold.

Well, it sat there in that pile for months and months. Then some more. I finally decided to sell all that stuff once and for all (and a promise to myself to stop shopping for others). But the hot pink dress didn’t look so bad after all. And, I kind of liked it! Because of our transitional weather, I had to be a little more creative than how I’d rather imagine myself wearing it (warm weather, not layered, with some beige sandals) – but alas, until then, layers it is. So I kept it uncomplicated with the all black.

Item From Made in… BUY
Marc by Marc Jacobs dress thrifted China -
Uniqlo turtleneck Uniqlo.com China HERE
Spanx opaque tights Nordstrom.com USA HERE
Sam Edelman Petty boots Shopbop.com China HERE

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Thrift Eye, style blogger, marc jacobs dress, marc jacobs pink dress, pink and black outfit

It didn’t stand up to the wrinkle test after a long day, but oh well…

Stripes for the weekend

Not sure about you guys, but I’m already counting the hours and minutes to to weekend. It’s been a long and rough week that I’m glad to say goodbye to (I’ll just say, working at a library on tax week is very stressful). I’ll hopefully be lounging again in my new favorite dress, where I can just throw on a pair of boots like this, or flats, and be on my merry way!

Item From Made in…  BUY 
 Three Dots dress Shopbop.com USA HERE
 Sam Edelman Petty boots Shopbop.com China HERE

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Thrift Eye, style blogger, striped dress, three dots dress, Sam edelman petty boots

This dress is one of my more recent Made in USA purchases from the Shopbop sale! I’ve accumulated three different Three Dots tees to replace my cheap ones, and glad to now add this dress into the mix. I kinda want to wear it with a denim shirt knotted over it. It’s made out of a really thick (but stretchy) two layered cotton, so that it has a great feel to it. Have a lovely weekend! :)

A literary take on fashion part 28

If you’re new to this books into fashion series, you can catch up with the others HERE.

It’s been quite a few months since I’ve done a books post! And while I’ve read lots of books in between, it’s hard to think of one that will translate well into a collage. It works best with characters that are described very vividly by authors, this is translated particularly well with juvenile books! Good thing I love tween/teen fiction!

Nudged after seeing A Little Princess film for the billionth time, I realized I should finally read it! Since I loved the Secret Garden, I knew A Little Princess would not disappoint either. Sarah Crewe grows up in India with her beloved father, spoiled by his riches, but unaware of her special lifestyle or circumstances until her father has to leave for war and she’s put in a girls school with the terrible Miss Minchin. There, she’s ridiculed for her intelligence by many, but Sarah is unfazed and continues to live lavishly but also humbly, making friends with unexpected characters. In a sad twist of fate, her papa dies, and all their money lost in the diamond mines. Sarah is left with no one, and nothing to her name after Miss Minchin takes everything away – that is, except her doll and a dress she quickly grows out of. Sarah gets to stay at the school as a charity case, where Miss Minchin more or less tortures her everyday and the only solace Sarah finds is making up stories, being friends with a rat, and continuing to believe that all girls (including her) are princesses. It was a great, and timeless story.

A little princess

Coraline by Neil Gaiman, was one of those books that seemed to get stuck in my to-read list. When I finally read it last year, I was pleasantly surprised by the adorably dark story. Coraline is in a slump after moving to a new flat – her parents are distracted and aren’t giving her the attention she needs/wants. So she begins to poke around her new home and meeting the odd fellows living upstairs and downstairs. Some of which are curating a circus of mice, others that talk to themselves. She’s given a stone with a hole and doesn’t know what to do with it. But when she suspects the neighborhood cat is more than a cat, things start getting weird. She finds a door that leads to nowhere in her home, but at night that door opens into another dimension in which there’s a bizarro mother and father that treat her much better – the only caveat is that they have buttons for eyes. Coraline quickly learns things aren’t what they seem and has to fight to get back what she had before. It’s the perfectly untypical kid story, no fairy tales, no princesses here!

Coraline

Have you read either of these books before? If not, you must!