building your wardrobe

I don’t read many fashion blogs. I love pretty clothes and accessories as much as the next person, but so many fashion-related blogs and websites focus on items that are just not feasible with a petite budget like mine. Hey, I’ve been rocking my $30 Target boots over my $34 Gap Outlet skinny jeans and accessorizing with my favorite $6 Target earrings… and I’m mighty proud of it. But as much as I pride myself in my thrifty ways, it’s hard to read high-fashion blogs without feeling discouraged that I simply can’t afford that stunning $400 coat or those drool-inducing $250 riding boots.

The one fashion blog that I read consistently is What I Wore, written by Jessica Schroeder. Jessica has built a stunning, fashionable, and budget-friendly wardrobe with a few key “splurge” pieces, plenty of vintage flair, and loads of creative styling. While I’m certainly nowhere near having my act together as much as Jessica in terms of my closet, she has opened my eyes to getting creative with fun and inexpensive accessories, re-styling vintage (or Target!) pieces, and building a style all my own without blowing my budget.

photos via What I Wore

Jessica has just started a series called Build Your Wardrobe that I plan to sink my teeth into (when I have the time… ha) to make better use of the pieces I have without feeling like I need a new wardrobe every time the seasons change. (Because without fail, I always think I have “nothing to wear” when the weather gets colder… or warmer… or whatever.) I’d also like to add a few key items that I’m missing, which will hopefully make it easier to pull specific looks together on the fly.

If you haven’t already checked out WIW, get thee there pronto. Oh! And if you’re planning a wedding (or you just like weddings), Jessica is newly engaged and has started blogging about her wedding vision and plans at What I Wore Down the Aisle. I absolutely cannot wait to see how fabulously she styles her wedding day!

another present for myself

I promise I don’t do as much shopping as it must seem like from my posts… I just tend to share all of my purchases with you all! In particular, the fabulous finds I’ve happened upon on Etsy.

I originally found Cookoorikoo on Serendipity and Spark, and I started stalking the shop so I could snatch up this necklace as soon as it was relisted:

Isn’t it cute? Now I just have to figure out what to wear it with…

Check out the Cookoorikoo Etsy shop for more adorable yo-yo necklaces and other fun jewelry and accesssories!

Fancy Mood Swings

The lovely Kelly of one of my favorite blogs, Design Crush, posted about this gorgeous jewelry she stumbled upon over at Mood Swing Studio. I swooned over the photos, but immediately assumed they were pricey pieces…. I am rarely wrong (hehe), but I clicked on over there and found that they’re actually quite reasonable!

I love aqua and orange together… this necklace (currently out of stock) is $48

This amazing wreath necklace (also out of stock at the moment) is $44

How cool is this necklace? Only $40.60 (on sale, down from $58)

I love the “going steady” pendant on this necklace, $30.80 (on sale, originally $44)

What a cool vintage image made into a necklace — $15.40 (on sale, originally $22)

I know, I know — just because they’re reasonably priced doesn’t mean I can buy any with our current financial situation. But as soon as my money tree starts spouting twenties, I think I’ll go for the wreath necklace… or the “going steady” necklace… or maybe both…