The Ultimate eBay Purchase

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I am obsessed with wool. Much like everything else in my world, this squarely falls on the shoulders of my mother, a lovely woman who dragged her family to the Woolrich store in Woolrich, PA every Black Friday. Buffalo check, plaids and wool everything as far as the eye could see. But then I got a little older and even though my love for Woolrich remains strong, I discovered the gorgeous patterns, colors and craftsmanship of Pendleton, and, in particular, The Portland Collection.

Like any good crush, I fell for Pendleton's Portland Collection hard. I admired it from afar, Google searching images, blogs and pinning items from their collections to my "Stuff I Want" board on Pinterest. They taunted me with their collaborations. Ariat? I love cowboy boots! Nike? I have sky high wedge dunks! Opening Ceremony? I...nope. Too expensive. But come on! Opening Ceremony is amazing! 

My favorite piece has always been the reversible masterpiece, the Penobscot poncho. 

A piece from the first Portland collection, the poncho is the design work of Rachel Turk and Nathaniel Crissman (of church + state). The thing is in a museum, it is so perfect: 

I would stalk the poncho on eBay, but alas, I would find it at outrageous prices, like $500 for a starting auction: 

I once saw it sell for more than $1,700 on eBay. So sad. So reversible. So expensive. Still, like any lovesick fool, I would torture myself with the continued admiration of the poncho. Then, last week, I found it on eBay...$139 OR BEST OFFER. And, new with tags. How is this possible? Something had to be wrong with it. Right? "No," Nikki the Seller wrote in an eBay message, "I just never wore it." What insanity just fell into my lap? So, three years after my crush began, my best offer was accepted (the most I have spent on any one item in as many years), and today, it arrived: 

It's beautiful and everything I crushed hard over for three years. Nikki, I don't know you, but you have made me very, very happy!  

Fall Haul

Monday, October 6, 2014

I kind of live for fall fashion. I love wool, tweed, chinky knits and oooooh....all those scarves, hats and gloves. For the second year in a row, I have perused the mall, rejected the fall fashion at retailers and resorted to eBay. Wonderful eBay! My new approach: nothing over $20. Also, plaid, wool and more plaid! Here we go!

What I'm calling my Biggie Smalls Chic look:

Gap buffalo check wrap skirt: $8 (free shipping - I bought this last year,'s so good I needed a backup)
Off brand red midi skirt: $14
Gap buffalo check pea coat: $13 ($5 shipping)

Gap tartan plaid wool shorts: $9 (free shipping, a major score...these still had $44.99 tags on them) 
Tights: H&M and Forever 21(because you need to match)

Gap grey wool pleated shorts: $17 (free shipping and more than I wanted to spend). 

That's it for now. I am "watching" a slew of ponchos that I will go back and forth on. Check back for how I'm wearing some of these! What are you wearing this fall?

Vintage. Leather. Midi. Aahhhhhhh....

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I am so in love with midi skirts. They're flattering on every body type and are so versatile! Fortunately, they're everywhere for fall 2014. I was able to snap up a great basic black full scuba midi last spring for $10 from SammyDress and have another on order from them (red necessary, right?)! 

Occasionally, I peruse Pinterest looking for outfit ideas and stumbled upon some pretty amazing leather midi looks. Now, not sure about you, but I don't have an extra $400+ laying around for a full price off the rack leather skirt. Being the budget shopper that I am, I logged into eBay and found (cue glorious Hallelujah singing) amazing options! I decided on a great fit and flare vintage brown leather midi skirt reduced from $38 to $22.80 with free shipping or best offer! I'm not one to buy it now when a best offer is on the table, so I offered $20 with free shipping and....they accepted. Yay me! It arrived on Monday and fits perfectly. 

And because I have absolutely no shame, I wore it to work on Tuesday. Because leather in August in the workplace needs to be a thing. Again, yay me! 

What items are you looking forward to for fall? 

$25 Ray Bans and Reality

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

My apologies to those who read my blog. It's been a lean summer. I have barely shopped and when I have been shopping, it's been for household items on a major Dollar Tree budget. I would love it if I had the seemingly endless disposable income of other bloggers, but alas, that is not my reality. So I'm back to share my big score of the summer - Ray Ban wayfarers from the online yard sale that I belong to. They were only $25 and sold to me by a woman who presumably has a disposable income, as she sold Ray Bans for $25. No matter, I needed a new pair of sunglasses desperately, and these are classic frames that will look great for years to come (presuming they don't get lost or sat on). So grateful to have found them!

Derek Cardigan Fluoro Frames

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

I love presents. Who doesn't, right? But presents are super awesome to me, because my family doesn't exchange gifts anymore and hasn't for years. I basically become a four year old on their birthday whenever I am at the receiving end of an unexpected surprise. So when I got a pair of surprise frames from Coastal as part of their Style Ambassador program, I was ecstatic.

The frames are matte, purple, yet kind of clear. Super modern and fresh, and perfect for summer. Like all of my other Coastal frames, they are also super comfortable! 

Although I have worn them with bright colors and neutrals, I adore how they look with my new favorite cream romper from Forever 21 (still sold out online). Aren't they fun?

A huge thank you to my friend Tammy for taking these photos, and a huge congratulations to her on her new job. Yay! 

Forever 21. You. Go There. Now.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

My love for Forever 21 is no secret. I tell everybody to shop there and have no idea how more people (my age) don't shop there regularly. No worries. I've got Forever covered for you.

After stalking this romper for weeks, I finally found it in the store and was pretty amazed at how well it fit and how high end it looked for less than $30. I can't wait to wear this! P.S. Please excuse the dirty Forever 21 mirror. Currently, the romper is sold out, but when it's back in stock, I will share the link!

Next up, the fit and flare scuba dress. Fit and flare dresses are so flattering and easily one of my favorite silhouettes. Add in scuba material and a bright royal blue (plus an exposed back zipper) and I was all in before I even saw the $22 price. I wore this to work today and it's so comfortable and versatile. For anybody who wonders how this material washes, the answer is easily and well. 

Solid finds. I kind of wish they made both of these in every color of the rainbow. Rest assured, I will let you know when they do! 

The Cutest Wedding and a New Dress!

Monday, June 2, 2014

I love going to weddings. Celebrating friends and family and dressing up for a day? What's not to love? With a few weddings coming up this year, I was on the hunt for a few new dresses. A few weeks ago, I found another gorgeous Tracy Reese dress on eBay and after some more hemming and hawing, I bought it. Totally fell for the mixed media print, beading and pocket detail. I didn't realize it had tulle underneath for added fullness in the skirt, but that just made it an added bonus for me!

When my friends Scott and Kim got engaged and Kim started pinning her ideas online, I knew it was going to be a fun and beautiful wedding! Not only was the setting (an historic farm in central Pennsylvania) amazing, but the attention to detail was meticulous, right down to barrels with complimentary water and beer for the outdoor ceremony and the surprise arrival of a food truck for treats well into the reception. Their wedding was absolutely adorably perfect - and a true representation of them as a couple. I couldn't be happier for them!