Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Under the desert sky: Santa Fe thrifting with Meg & Cara

On Cara: silk cami that was her mom's, H&M skirt, Dansko sandals (can't find the specific ones, but there are some great Danskos on sale over at 6pm.com!)
On Meg: Bar III dress, Birkenstock Madrid sandals, flower crown from the Melrose Trading Post
Femmes & friends, can you forgive me for my extended absence? Instead of groveling, I'm going to jump right in with these photos from my trip to Santa Fe with Cara, my oldest friend (we met in the first grade!).

On Cara: Gap pants, Anthropologie top (Meg's)
On Meg: 90s romper from Savannah, GA, J. Crew denim shirt
 The great things about going on vacation with your oldest friend include a) a second suitcase to pillage, and b) guilt-free thrifting day to get things off to a good start. We hit Double Take (a kind of local version of Buffalo Exchange, so a little pricier than true thrift stores, but Cara scored some amazing finds!), Salvation Army, Goodwill, a hospice shop, and St. Vincent de Paul. Perhaps the most amazing find of the day was this incredible jumpsuit that Cara found. It's a little sexy, a little bohemian, and in this pose looks like it could be Cara's signature super hero costume.


I got my Isabella Stewart Gardner on with this floor length maxi dress originally from H&M. I would have never thought to try this on in a retail store because of the old fashion rule that short people shouldn't wear long things, but all of the rules evaporate in the calming and familiar embrace of the thrift store...


I kind of love the super-high slit and the ease of the loose armholes. I didn't get a shot of it, but the back dips a little low and in a nice triangle. Not bad for fast fashion!

H&M dress via Salvation Army, Target sandalsMadewell earrings, belt pilfered from another thrifted dress.

Generally I find that setting specific goals for a thrifting endeavor, like "I want to find an amazing romper" sets me up for failure. Instead of looking at each piece for what it is and its possibility, I look at every piece thinking "why are you not a cool romper in exactly my size?" Fortunately, when Cara and I discussed rompers and how she was in the market for one, it didn't lay a curse on our day. I managed to spot this incredible lace one pice that fit her great and is maybe the most versatile garment in the world. Thanks for making our dreams come true! I also need to make a bit of a humblebrag about these Remix Vintage Picasso wedges (retail for $172!) that I spotted for Cara for a cool $19. That said, Remix is a great local LA company that I completely encourage supporting! 
Thrifted romper, Remix Vintage Picasso wedges (thrifted from Double Take)

More Santa Fe style soon-- our suitcases were definitely bulging by the end of this trip!

xox meg