Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Scavenger Chic

I had a name for my go-to look in college (black flats with several holes in the soles, various thrifted black dresses, teased hair, night make-up during the day). I called it: "shabby chic." Meg called it "disgusting" and snuck into my dorm room one night to throw away those flats. R.I.P., old friends. It was for the best.

Anyway, these days, as a wise, aged adult balancing grad school with a teaching gig, I prefer a more refined version: "scavenger chic." I think this outfit manages to encapsulate this concept pretty well. I recently thrifted this great dress at 50% off the original price of $15—yes, a whopping $7.50. I paired it with some old favorites, and I'm happy with the result. Of course, the knowledge that I achieved this totally new-to-me look by spending money that did not exceed single digits doesn't hurt!

Strangely, even though I have been blogging about teaching clothes, I haven't yet mentioned my go-to "teacher bag"—a great vintage find gifted to me by my mother when I began teaching this past fall. She found it on etsy, and it's one of my favorite items. It makes me feel professional when I use it to carry my lesson plans, student papers, and books, but it also feels true to my personality and aesthetic.

Blazer: Anthropologie (40% off sale last fall)
Dress: Buffalo Exchange (50% off - $7.50!! similar style)
Belt: J.Crew Factory (similar)
Bag: etsy (gift from my mother -- thanks, mom!)
Necklace: thrifted (Uncle Margaret's in Northampton, MA -- now defunct)
Lipcolor: e.l.f. Mineral Mineral Lipstick in "Beautiful Berry" (my new favorite)

I couldn't resist including this hilarious shot of Griffin giving me stink eye.




  1. griffin looks majestic in the first shoot, and you look regal in all of them! <3

  2. That is a super cute dress!
    Jillian - http://epic-thread.blogspot.com