Thursday, April 28, 2016

How to Clean Thrifted Purses

A question I get asked a lot is: "How do you clean your purses that you thrift?"


Here is this Tory Burch tote that I have yet to clean!

Outside


Inside:



STEPS:

1. Vacuum the inside - The first thing I like to clean first, is the inside. I've never found anything ridiculously crazy in a purse. However, I'm always weirded out when I see crumbs. Vacuuming is the best solution to get everything (crumbs, dust, lint etc.) out of purses effectively.

If the purse is a delicate vintage one, I opt. out of vacuuming. I instead take it outside and just try to beat everything out. I then use a lint roller to take out the excess mess, if any left.

2. Gently wipe down the exterior with soapy water - I would avoid using anything with chemicals. You can also use vinegar if you feel the need to extra sanitize. If the purse is leather, that should do the trick to get rid of dirty spots. 

If the purse is fabric and stained, I would mix a small amount of oxyclean to water. Text it on a spot not noticeable to make sure the dyes don't bleed. Then gently pat the stains. Never rub! That can cause dyes to bleed. 

3. Scratches/nicks on leather - Shoe polish is the answer! 

I'm still trying to figure out how to properly clean white/cream leather purses.

If all fails, you can always get your purses professionally cleaned. Most cobblers offer that service!

I hope that answers your questions! Feel free to reach out if there is something that I didn't discuss! 

Happy thrifting!

-A.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Black and White

Remember when I was obsessed with novelty prints and color?

I don't know what happened to that! I find myself being drawn to solid colors; mainly shades of black, grey, and white. I'm also learning that I love clean, straight lines. Don't get me wrong, I still love a touch of femininity thrown in the mix.

 Saturday, I spent the day exploring and eating with my boyfriend. I kept my outfit super simple. Black high waisted skinny jeans with a loose vertical striped blouse.

Blouse: Forever 21 - $25



One of the things I love about this blouse, is the ruffle on the second layer. It definitely keeps my outfit a bit more feminine.

Btw, how cool is the building I chose to use as my backdrop?

I couldn't find that much info, but the company still exists. From my understanding, they sell machinery for construction. I did find this neat article that talks about how there's a tunnel underneath the building connected to the Ambassador Hotel. It used to be a speakeasy during prohibition. I love finding buildings with a bit of history to them!


Here's what it looked like between between 1930 & 1945! 

-A.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Thrift Trips: Theory, Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Chanel, Ferragamo

Hi! Just wanted to combine my past 3 thrift trips and show you what I found! Lately, I've been trying to stay away from clothes. I've been obsessively looking through purses with the hopes of finding something exciting. Here's what I've found:

Thrift Trip - March 4

1. Theory Blazer $10

I had been looking for a classic black blazer for the longest time! I wasn't looking for anything fancy, just something I could through over my shoulders to tie a look together. Everything I'd seen seen at the thrift store was way too baggy and dated. You can imagine how over the moon I was when I spotted this blazer.

Retails: $395- $425


I'm not too crazy about Tory Burch. It's just kinda everywhere and I personally would prefer another brand or something cool looking.  However, when I spotted this tote, I couldn't pass it up for $15. Not to mention the leather is in mint condition. My mom was really excited about this find, so she's keeping it. 

Retails: $345

3. Vintage 80's Lion Purse $6

Now this is my kind of purse! It's funky and a lot more unique looking. I tried finding something similar online, but wasn't too successful. I did find something similar, but still pretty far away from my purse. I'm obsessed with the deep hunter green!!! I added a fur pom to make it look a bit more luxe. I also love that it's a cross body! I use this purse just about everyday, I'll probably keep using it until I find something cool again.

Retails - $35?

Thrift Trip - April 7th

1. Kate Spade Saturday Top $2

This top is seersucker, polka dot, and Kate Spade; just a few of my favorite things.  It'll be a great summer top to try and beat the Texas heat. I can picture it with shorts and espadrilles!

Retails: $60?

2. Fredericks of Hollywood Top $2

Something about this top just made me really like it. I don't know if it's the vertical stripes or that it reminds me of this 10 Crosby dress. I'm not sure if I'll wear this, but I could use a styling challenge. I think it would look really good with flares. (Too bad they look awful on me!)

Retails: ?

Thrift Trip - April 10th


The only vintage things I shop for these days are handbags, home decor, and silk scarves. There is something sophisticated about a silk scarf. It's almost like an art piece to me; especially designer ones. I always wear one when it rains or in the winter or on a purse. I think it's the old lady in me that always looks through bins of scarves. I was super ecstatic when I saw the Chanel logo on this navy scarf. To further inspection, I quickly validated it's authenticity. I was also excited about the classic navy and gold color scheme. I know that this was a popular print in the 80's. My co-worker even has the same one! I kinda want to show it off, but haven't figured out the right outfit. 

Retails: $150 - $350

2. Vintage Ferragamo Purse $3

It's no secret that Ferragamo is easily one of my favorite brands. I wish I could afford buying it at retail price! However, it's one of the easier designer brands to find at the thrift store. I've only been able to find shoes (I'm not complaining). When I spotted the purse I thought that the patina on the leather was quite pretty. On closer inspection, I was delighted that it's an authentic Ferragamo and made in Italy. Italian leather is probably as good as it gets. This will probably become my summer purse once the days get hot. I couldn't find the exact purse anywhere, but even vintage Ferragamo purses are expensive. I know a brand new one about this size runs around $1400 -$2500.

Retails: $130 - $250

3. Where'd You Go Bernadette $3

It's never occurred to me to look at the book section. I've been following more reader/book IG accounts and got inspired.  There wasn't a large selection and thought some of the books were overpriced for a thrift store. This is a book that's been on my to read list for a couple years now, so I'm glad I found it at an okay price. 

Retails: $9

That's it for my past 3 thrift trips! I roughly saved roughly, $1,079 - $1,429!! I only spent $45 on 8 items.

I'm extremely pleased with my savings. I'm hoping to go something before the weekend. Fingers crossed I find good things again! 

-A.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

A Minute in Mexico

This past weekend, I took a quick trip to Mexico. The circumstances weren't the most pleasant, but it was really nice to see the country of my ancestors once again. I hadn't been to Mexico in almost 10 years! It was nice to get a feel for the area as an adult versus when I was a teen. 

Don't think I got to go a big city near the ocean or the mountains.  I also didn't get to visit the exact town where my grandparents are originally from. I  instead visited a border town named Piedras Negras in the state of Coahuila. Right on the Texas border and an hour away from my grandparents home town. 


After crossing the border, we stopped to eat lunch. We ate at a Restaurant named La Herradura. The food was alright, nothing amazing, but way better than Tex-Mex. 




After lunch we stopped by the Mercado. It was fun seeing the beautiful colored dresses and folk art.






As for what I wore, I kept it super casual and comfortable. Since we drove, I opted for a sleeveless graphic tee and jeans. That way, I would get wrinkled clothes. The weather was a bit windy, so I'm glad I didn't wear a dress.

Hamsa Tee: Stolen from my mom's closet

Jeans: Frame Denim
Sandals: Zara (old)

Something that really stood out to me on this trip, was all the old decaying buildings. Something about them was really pretty.



This may have been a quick trip, but I'm glad I got to see a bit of pretty things. 
-A.







Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Dim Sumday

I don't often have Sundays off, so when I do I take advantage of the brunch opportunities. Easter Sunday was my last Sunday off and I spent it with the boyfriend eating Dim Sum.  We ditched mimosas and eggs for shumai and green tea. Oh! And those delicious egg custard tarts! I didn't really take photos because I was so hungry, but it's not like they'd do the food any justice.

I tried to keep my outfit as springy as could, since it was an extremely windy day.


Dress - Cynthia Rowley via T.J. Max $15
Lion Bag - Vintage via Thrifted $4

What's your favorite brunch spot? 

-A.