Winter Coat Look book ’17…

If you don’t know I am a thrift Queen and want to show everyone what cute coats you can get at the thrift store and how to style them…Yes everything is thrifted…

This coat must be vintage but the designer is Yoki, Shirt is Target brand, Skirt is Gap, Shoes are Nine West…

Coat is DKNY, Shirt is H&M, Jeans are Zara, Shoes are Calvin Klein…(not thrifted)

Coat is Ali Roe, Denim Shirt is Levis, Skirt is Celine, Tank is UnderArmor, Shoes are Timberland…

 

Coat is Violanti…

Coat is Zara Basic…

Coat is Kenneth Cole, Shoes are Chase and Chloe…

 

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring, oh how I missed you!!….Stay tuned for more look books…

Enjoy and Love Always…

Be Creative With Your DIY…Home Edition!!!…

There are definitely levels to the DIY experience and today we will explore the home decor aspect of it. You can actually go from as small as decor accessories to furniture to home remodeling. I would start small and work your way up if this is the first time trying a DIY. I get so excited when I find ways to put my personality on anything really, especially things I find in the thrift store that someone deemed trash. Well, lets get started…

Starting with decor accessories…

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Cover with a light layer of paint
Cover with a light layer of paint

Moving on to furniture…

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Whenever I see these old dressers in the thrift  store, I see what they can become…

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These DIY’s are perfect for apartment dwellers as they are easy and removable…

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Peel and stick crown molding!

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Made with decorative tape

Enjoy and Love Always…

Dress up that dresser and make it pretty for me!!!

The other day my mother said she saw a dresser on the curb but didn’t know if I would want it. Just know mom, I always want it and I think this way because there is always something that can be done to bring it back to life and make it beautiful. If the drawers are unusable then you can try this…

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or if the drawers are the only thing good about it…

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If it is kinda boring, you can add little pops of interest in unexpected places…

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Try and add a little extra to the extraordinary with something like this…

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If what you’re looking for is to add something to the top then this might be what you’re looking to do…

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There are so many more interesting ideas out there to try…

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Enjoy and Love Always…

My Extra Super Thrift Haul Update!!!…

I told y’all I had something extra special planned to showcase the thrift treasures I found at Goodwill in one of my earlier post that you can find here at My Extra Super Thrift Haul.

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Here are some of the pictures from the shoot I had and you can find the Youtube video I made here, go should go check that out.

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I have been so inspired to share my experience of finding quality clothing at amazing prices that I am throwing a Fashion Show/Pop-Up Shop Extravaganza that you can get more details about over at GoFundMe.com . Stay tuned for more updates on that project.

Love Always…

 

 

 

 

Reason for the M.I.A…

I want to start off by apologizing for my absence. I have indeed been Missing In Action and I want y’all to know that I have been missing you over here. I want to update you on everything that I have been up to since my last post. So, first off, I have started school as of March 30th and have to say as much as I Love it the work load has some getting used to. I go to a private college in NYC for nursing and the first three classes that I am taking are Medical Terminology, Principles of Information Literacy and a Freshman Seminar class. I was most intimidated by the medical terminology class but it has since proven to be the easiest. I am in class three times a week.

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This would not be real medical terminology but it was funny…

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I am going to share a little bit of what I learned starting with medical terminology. The first thing I found interesting is that medical words are derived from either Greek or Latin origin. So, technically I am learning a whole new language. The second is they break those long, hard medical words like “subcutaneous” into word parts (prefix/word root/suffix) so each part has a meaning and corresponds accordingly to each other. This makes remembering the definition much easier for instance: sub/cutane/ous is broken down like this: sub means under, cutane means skin, and -ous means pertaining to, so subcutaneous means pertaining to under the skin. I thought that was so cool and a much easier concept to wrap my mind around.

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Then there is Information Literacy where we are taught how to gather information, where to find it, and how to put it together on a college and professional level. The assignment so far was to type a draft for a research paper in APA format, which to be honest with you, I had no idea what that meant so I am finding a lot of things interesting about this class. I am sure this will help a bunch in future classes that will be requiring papers, which is in fact why they designed this class.

Freshman seminar sounds like a pretty easy class doesn’t it but it is requiring the most reading and I thought it would be such an easy class that I forgot to do the first assignment. Not proud of that but I totally forgot that there was even an assignment to be done. I will make sure that never happens again, especially since she is not accepting make up work. I found that some of the information in the book is helping me organize my life, how priceless is that? Did I mention that I have to graduate with no less that a B-. Oh the pressure. But wait we have more…

I have finally put together my GoFundMe.com account along with a video that you can view  for my Fashion Show/Pop-Up Shop Event. https://youtu.be/ExYR4VOmVCA If you would like further details on that you can visit http://www.gofundme.com/yshanaquaysfashion

And I have also been paying attention to my music hobby by practicing some material I wrote, video to come.

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I Love sharing my life with you and promise to do better as I get a handle on my ever so changing schedule. Love Always…

 

 

 

My Extra Super Thrift Haul!!!

I had a ball in NYC today thrift shopping at the Goodwill. I think it’s my favorite thrift store so far because no matter which one I go to I find awesome pieces and deals. The one I visited today was in the Chelsea area, 103 West 25th St, New York, NY 10001.

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The goal was to keep my budget under $100 and here is what I was able to purchase…But first I found these shirts with the cutest sayings on them. The only thing I liked about them was the sayings or pictures so I think I would make pillows out of them, if I bought them. I think I might buy the one with the heart if it’s still there, you know how the thrift life is. If you don’t know…”get it when you see it”.

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Here are some of the treasures that I put on the maybe list but I ended up not purchasing…

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Here are the looks I actually took home all for under $100 and mostly name brand items…

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I Love when I find that the tags are still on the clothes, which was the case for my Old Navy top…Which was 50% off today so it was $4

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I know this Liz Lange top is maternity but it feels really comfortable and in an extra small you can barely even tell…

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I thought I had a picture of me trying this on but I guess not. Probably because there was a line forming as I tried on nearly 20 items and could only take three items in the dressing room at a time. You should have seen the faces I was getting, but what you gonna do? I was on a mission. It is a size 8 as you can see which is not my size but it looked super cute baggy and flowing. Don’t worry I have something extra special planned  to show you  how I put these looks together. So when thrifting explore clothing that is not in your desired size, you might be surprised…

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I didn’t try on the pants at the store because I found them on the way to the counter and couldn’t risk finding more amazing things to buy. They had a lot of great stuff. These Zara jeans fit like a glove and are so comfortable, and I got the yellow ones half off, so they were $3.99. Awesome right? Even though the Banana Republic trousers were super cute and a size 4, they are a little too big. So I have to exchange them and I think I will need a chaperone for this trip before I get myself in trouble. The other pair of Zara jeans are actually a dark purple. I wish I could go back and get every pair of Zara jeans they had there because they really are super comfortable and seems to have never been worn. Real quality stuff…

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I found the Mossimo jeans below in the children’s department which was 50% off making them $5. shhh. If you happen to be in the smaller sizes you can explore that side of the store as well.

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Let’s not forget about the accessories…These pearls are actually kind of heavy, so they feel substantial and the price of $14.99 is offset by the dainty chain I found for $2.99. You can never go wrong with a pair of pearls and these have a little bling added to them in the most perfect way…

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I know the weather lately got y’all thinking that it’s hot out but my hands are always the first to get cold and I was definitely needing these today. I was so glad I ran into them while on the checkout line… actually I found them after I was finished my transaction, so this is not part of the $100 budget but definitely on my wish list. Oh yeah they match perfectly with my fox collar wool coat. You can’t beat a pair of leather gloves for $15. God was definitely showing off today…

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I actually bought these items below from a street vendor that had a couple of cute pieces which totaled $20…

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For your amusement only I have an epic fail to show you…this was an XL Maternity dress. It shows you that everything that looks cute on the hanger might not always be cute on, so try and stick to the thrift stores that let’s you try items on or at least exchange….

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I thank you for joining me on my most awesome thrift day, too bad I can’t give you this 10% thank you I received from Goodwill but whoever wants to come with me next time should let me know in the comments below, maybe we can meet up. Another too bad is that I can’t shop for other people being that I found so many cute things that were not in my size. Hit me up if you’re looking for a personal thrift shopper. Hope you enjoyed and Love Always…

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P.S. – The exact total was…drum roll please… 13 items for exactly $96.47. So that Starbucks coffee was totally in my budget, cause I really needed it. Go me.

Look At The Wings On That Wingback Chair!

I will always take quality over quantity and you will find some great quality furniture in the thrift stores, as I have mentioned many times already. You will have to be able to look beyond the surface because they are definitely not pretty. I gave you some ideas with the before and after post and the dresser post, so it’s only fitting I show you what you can do with a  good old wingback chair because for some reason they made A LOT of them in the old days. I am almost sure that you will find one in any thrift store that sells furniture. I tell you what though, they work well for taking a good nap, but you can’t sleep on how beautiful the possibilities are for this chair. Enjoy and Love Always…

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The Dressed Up Dresser!

I have posted how I Love to dress up the old furniture I find in thrift stores and give it new life. If you haven’t had a chance to read that one you can go check out the post titled “Thrift Furniture Before and Afters”. In this post I will put the focus on what we can do to the dressers I see left for dead on a daily basis. Take a look at the possibilities here…and Love Always…

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Beautiful aren’t they? We are only limited by our imagination. Enjoy!

Thrift Furniture Before and Afters!

When I thrift, I thrift for everything not just clothing. I enjoy, finding furniture that was well made back in the days, and giving it new life. I look for home décor items that I can repurpose or refreshen. I find that the craftsmanship of the older furniture still has a lot of years left in it due to the quality of work and materials but the appearance is very much dated. So if we can update the appearance you have a whole new piece of furniture that you can enjoy for years to come at a fraction of the price. You will need an imagination and a lot if patience it you plan on doing the work yourself but it’s worth it. Some projects will be harder than others and will require an investment in some of the equipment that may be needed like sanders, drills, or saws. Then there will be projects that will only require a can of paint. I have found some inspirational photos to share with you…

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Below the fabric is painted. Yes really, with paint you put on the walls. Amazing right? I can’t wait to try this one out. If you do it first, let me know how it went. Love Always…

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A Pretty Good Thrift Day!!

I had just enough time in my schedule to pop into one of my regular thrift stores and found these awesome pair of Nine West boots that reminds me of one of my favorite pair of Gucci boots that I have my eye on…constantly. They were just sitting there waiting for me in my size, looking oh so cute. I snatched them up incredibly fast and looked around like the owner was coming back for them. That’s when you know you found a treasure, not to mention they were marked $30 but rang up $15. This was a pretty good thrift day, I must say. I also found two pairs of Steve Madden pumps that I can’t stop thinking about but decided not to get because the way my bunion surgery recovery is set up, the heel was made only for door to door service. I might go back for them though. I’ll let y’all know. Love Always…

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P.S. – The holes in those, thrift store find Levi’s jeans were organically made by squatting down low one day. Yea, then the holes just grew larger and larger, and so you have it. I now refer to them as my rock star jeans. I have since seen this become a style so I guess it’s all good. Sometimes we just need to embrace the mishaps. Love Always…