Thrift Style Thursday – The “Mocktail” Dress

Hello, friends!  Okay, so I’m going to admit that I thought I was super clever, and I was totally gonna be like, “I officially coin the term “mocktail dress!”  But then I did a quick search of the internets, and… it’s been used before.  Oh well, I’ve never heard it before so I’m just going to take credit anyway!  ;)


Trend setting or not, let’s get to the outfit!  The theme for today’s Thrift Style Thursday is “Cocktail Dresses,” but since I rarely have occasion to wear actual cocktail dresses, or formal wear of any kind, I decided to change things up a bit for my post.  I do, however, love dresses, especially comfy dresses with pockets, which is why this dress is pretty much my ideal.  Can you believe I found it at Goodwill for only $8??  It is originally from Target, and it’s made of an amazingly soft jersey fabric with elastic at the waist to give it shape.  I have already worn it a bunch, typically with tennis shoes and few accessories, but I decided to jazz it up a bit to elevate it to “mocktail” status.


My absolute favorite part of the dress – aside from the material, the cut and the pockets! – is this super fun neon pink zipper accent on the back of the dress.  Oh, and that’s my tattoo; I’m a taurus!


Also, you may have noticed I got a haircut – I love it!  I have been in desperate need of more than a trim for a while, but this week I finally had the time to visit my hairstylist, and, as always, she has done an amazing job!  Don’t you just love the feeling of a good haircut??


The details: gray jersey knit dress (Target via Goodwill) // dark brown leather heeled sandals (Target) // teal elastic and tan leather belt (Old Navy) // mint and gold braided chain necklace (Forever 21) // neon pink stud earrings (H&M) // gold belt bangle (ModCloth) // neon pink aviator sunnies (Target Dollar Spot)


Well, now that we’re back on track, don’t forget to vote for next month’s Thrift Style Thursday themes on Sheri’s “Gone Thrifting” page and, before you go, check out these ladies’ fabulous cocktail attire:

Zhenya // Being Zhenya
Martyna // Spoolish
Miche // Buttons and Birdcages
Nout // Sandpaper Kisses
Justine // The Two Cent Chick
Jackline // Sincerely Miss J
Alex // Snippets with Alex
Megan // Eclecticity
Sheri // Confessions of a Refashionista
Jacki & Lesli // Sistas from Cali
Erika // Erika’s Style Diary

So, does this “mocktail” dress make the cut??  Let me know what you think, and, as always, thanks for reading! – Kristi :)


Bommer Canyon Hike

Hello, friends!  Today’s post is up a little later than usual because I went on a hike this morning with my mom.  We have been having the most gorgeous weather lately, hot with a lovely cool breeze, my favorite California weather!  Since my mom and I are both on spring break this week (I just happened to have this week off work, except Friday morning), we decided to turn it into a bit of a stay-cation.  To start off, we went for a hike this morning on the Bommer Canyon trails in Irvine.


It was a great hike, not too strenuous but still a good workout, as you can probably tell from our “victory selfie” at the top of the ridge.  Plus, there was this cool area that included some vintage equipment and original fences from the old cattle farm that operated out of this valley.  There were meadows, grasses, cacti, scrub brush and a nice, steep incline, too.  Oh, and did you catch the little cottontail bunny hiding in the undergrowth (in picture 4)??

I hope you’re having a fabulous week, and, as always, thanks for reading!  - Kristi :)



Sunday Review – The Croods

Hello, friends, Happy Sunday!  It’s been a while since I’ve posted a review, but my mom and I watched The Croods last weekend, and I am happy to report that it is delightful.  It was recently put up on Netflix, so if you have an account, I highly recommend you check it out.  Anyway, let me get to the review!



The Croods is a family/kids animation movie featuring the vocal talents of Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Cloris Leachman, and many more.  The story centers around a family of cavmen who are forcded to venture outside of their familiar, comfortable cave in order to survive the impending threat of earthquakes and major tectonic shifts.  They get help from a young caveman living in the wild who begins to form an attachment to the teenage daughter of the family, much to the chagrin of the father and Man of the House, or er Cave.  Obviously, hilarity ensues.

So, while the story probably isn’t anything brand new or groundbreaking, it is fun, lighthearted and totally entertaining.  The film is absolutely charming, touching on the family dynamics that span all countries and, apparently, eons, and making it feel as though you could be watching your own family movies.  Between the sulky teenage daughter, the tag-along younger siblings, the nosy grandmother, and the overprotective father, the characters feel warm and familiar, but definitely not boring.

I laughed out loud while watching the cavemen discover amazing new technologies, like fire and shoes.  You may have seen a preview in one of the trailers, but I have to say that when the women of the family discover the joy of shoes for the first time, it is hilarious and an all too familiar scene.  There were so many fun moments in the film that really made me laugh; although, I have to admit that I am easily amused, so it may just be me!  ;)



All in all, the story was cute, the characters were engaging and the comedy was totally on cue.  I very much enjoyed watching The Croods, and if you are at all a fan of family animated movies, then I definitely recommend you check it out, too!

As always, thanks for reading!  - Kristi :)




Thrift Style Thursday – Gotta Love Grunge

Hello, friends, Happy Thursday!  I have to admit that I had no idea what I was going to style for my “grunge” look, but I knew I wanted to come up with something, and guess what?  I had SO MUCH FUN!!  I’ve never been one to rock a particularly dark look.  Of course, I went through the typical “emo” phase in high school, but that pretty much meant I wore a band t-shirt and chucks with my jeans instead of a blouse and flats.  But, since starting this little style blog of mine, I’ve been able to rediscover what I love most about fashion: it’s fun!


I think what I loved the most about playing around with this week’s theme and creating this look was really just taking the chance to try something new and different.  Walking around the park heading to my favorite tunnel for the shoot, I felt like it was Halloween and I was playing dress up.  I guess this look isn’t so totally out of my norm; after all, these items were all in my closet, but still, it felt good to step out of my comfort zone and stretch some different creative style muscles.


I found this awesome running-inspired shirt in the men’s section at one of my favorite local Goodwill stores and did a quick refashion turning it into a tank top.  I love using an oversized men’s shirt because it’s loose and comfy, and long enough to wear with leggings like these camo print leggings I got at a swap meet in Las Vegas (along with this pair of leggings).


Ooh, also, a quick spotlight on these new neon pink aviator sunglasses I found in Target’s “Dollar Spot” for, you guessed it, only $1!!  They are a little cheesy, but clearly that’s never stopped me before; plus, my favorite pair of mint sunglasses broke the other day so I needed a replacement ASAP.  Another shout out to my new favorite bra!  I found this awesome tank top bra at Walmart for only $5, and even though you can’t see it, it has lace trim along the neckline so that when it shows under tops, it looks like a regular camisole.  They had a ton of other fun colors, and at only $5, I might just have to go get one (or two) more!


Details: plaid flannel shirt (Vans Outlet store) // tank top refashion (Goodwill) // camouflage print leggings (swap meet) // black moto boots (Roxy via DSW) // bracelets (handmade & gifts) // neon pink sunglasses (Target) // neon pink bobby pins (gift)


So, what do you think, did I pull off the grunge look??  Are you a fan of grunge style, and would you rock it??

Remember that you can vote for our Thrift Style Thursday themes on Sheri’s “Gone Thrifting” page and, before you go, don’t forget to check out these other fashionable and frugal ladies to see their grunge-styled looks:

Zhenya // Being Zhenya
Martyna // Spoolish
Miche // Buttons and Birdcages
Nout // Sandpaper Kisses
Justine // The Two Cent Chick
Jackline // Sincerely Miss J
Alex // Snippets with Alex
Megan // Eclecticity
Sheri // Confessions of a Refashionista
Jacki & Lesli // Sistas from Cali
Erika // Erika’s Style Diary

Okay, before I “sign off,” I have a bit of a surprise… I finally decided to bite the bullet and upload my very first YouTube video!  While shooting photos of today’s outfit, I thought, “Why not shoot some video, too, and see what happens?”  So, I did, and then I put together a quick OOTD video.  It’s short and sweet and I hope you like it; and, as always, thanks for reading (and watching)! – Kristi :)


What’s In My… Backpack?!

Hello, friends!  I have a bit of a fun/silly post for you today, it’s my take on the “What’s In My Purse” post!  I love reading these types of posts because I always wonder if everyone else carries the same amount of crap stuff that I do; so, after reading Justine’s post (here, on her blog The Two Cent Chick), I decided to create one of my own.  Except, more often than not, I carry around a backpack rather than a purse, so here’s my version instead!


Lately, my backpack of choice has been this cute little Roxy mini backpack that I picked up on clearance from Sport Chalet several months ago.  It has been my go-to bag because it holds a lot of stuff, but it isn’t so huge that it gets too heavy.


The front pocket:

  1. Cellphone – I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 phone in an old Minnie Mouse sleeve I bought at Disneyland years ago that is slowly falling apart, but I love it so I will keep using it until it disintegrates.
  2. Pen (and pencil) – I always have a pen on me because, well, they are always coming in handy.  I sometimes carry a pencil as well, just in case.
  3. Sunglasses – I live in Southern California, it’s almost always sunny, so these are always on hand.  Sadly, my most favorite pair of mint sunnies broke recently, but this pink and tortoise shell pair does the job.
  4. 16 gb USB drive – I often need one for work and sundry; boring, but useful.
  5. Chapsticks – Yes, I carry three chapsticks with me at all times.  My classic Burt’s Bees is my most used chapstick, but I also love their tinted chapstick and I absolutely love the cherry flavor tinted Baby Lips.


The main pocket:

  1. Wallet – I’ve currently been using this snap closure wallet (from Target years ago), but I like to change my wallet up periodically.  I generally favor smaller/thinner wallets, for the most part.
  2. Compact mirror – Actually, I don’t usually carry a compact mirror, but they do come in handy and this one is super cute.
  3. Keys – Car keys, house keys, work keys, a Sharpie key chain and my (many) retail club cards.
  4. (Bear) Necessity Kit – This is my handy-dandy pouch full of all of those lame little necessary things a girl just has to carry around.  You know what I’m talking about – tampons, Advil, band-aids, hand sanitizer, hand lotion, tissues – the list goes on.
  5. Snacks – I eat A LOT, and OFTEN.  It is absolutely necessary to my sanity, and the sanity of those around me, that I have snacks on me at all times because, when hungry, I often lose all ability to make decisions whatsoever.  Just ask my boyfriend, whose main job in our relationship is to make sure I am fed.  (Haha, I so wish I was kidding!)  Anyway, this small reusable snack bag (from Target) is typically carrying raw almonds, my quick snack of choice, and sometimes Craisins.
  6. Notebook(s) – I often carry around some small notebook or other, mostly for jotting down lists and ideas so I don’t forget them.
  7. Tech Case – Refer to next list.  (Have I mentioned I like lists??)


The Tech Case:

  1. Tablet – This is my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1″ tablet that I absolutely LOVE and adore!  It is an older, refurbished model, but I don’t care because ever since I got this puppy (on sale from Groupon, I might add), I have fallen fast and hard for it.  It is so handy with tons of useful apps, especially for keeping up with my blog and social media on the go!
  2. Kindle – Technically my first tablet, this is my Kindle Fire (1st gen.), which I still love, but now use almost solely for reading since getting my Samsung tablet.  I also carry this around with me much less regularly than my Note.
  3. Accessories – As soon as I realized the actual productivity potential of my Samsung tablet, I scoured Amazon for accessories, including my bluetooth keyboard ($19.99 + free shipping, here), which I love, and my SD card and USB adapters that allow me to plug my USB drive and my SD card from my camera directly into my tablet.  I also have a little lens/screen cleaning cloth because I’m a nerd.  I could go on and on about tech, but I won’t (unless you want me to!  Let me know if you’d like to learn more about my favorite tech!).


I hope you’ve enjoyed this tour of what’s in my backpack, and thanks to Justine for the inspirations (and the nudge to post it up)!  I have to know, do you carry as much stuff as I do, or do you think I’m on my way to becoming a crazy bag lady??

As always, thanks for reading!  - Kristi :)


Thrift Style Thursday: Spring Pinks

Hello, friends, Happy Thursday!  Today is my day off so I am doubly excited to have a super fun spring outfit to show you today AND the chance to get some stuff done, including (hopefully) some upcoming blog posts.  Before I jump the gun, however, let’s get back to today’s post!


While perusing my closet for an appropriate outfit for this week’s “Pretty in Pink” theme, I realized that I actually have a lot more pink than I first thought.  Then I realized that I already wore my two thrifted – and refashioned – pink dresses in two previous Thrift Style Thursdays (which you can see here and here).  Luckily, I also have this super fun vintage plaid shirt with bold pink stripes that I picked up on a trip to Boulder, CO, at a vintage shop in their trendy main street area.


Outfit details: vintage plaid shirt (vintage shop in Boulder, CO) // cutoff denim shorts (DIY from a thrifted pair of jeans) // chambray tennis shoes (Target) // pink bandana (old) // pastel pink skinny belt (borrowed) // neon pink stud earrings (H&M) // pink leather watch (old) // colorful bead bracelets (old) // braided bracelet (handmade)


This edition of Thrift Style Thursday is just a teensy bit special because it is the first theme chosen by YOU – or at least whoever voted for this month’s themes!  That’t right, in case you missed the previous announcement, we are now letting our readers choose our Thrift Style Thursday themes each month, and you can vote for next month’s themes over on Sheri’s “Gone Thrifting” page, right here.  So, go vote to decide what themes we’ll be styling in May!

While you’re at it, don’t forget to check out the other Thrift Style Thursday ladies and their pink ensembles:

Zhenya // Being Zhenya
Martyna // Spoolish
Miche // Buttons and Birdcages
Nout // Sandpaper Kisses
Justine // The Two Cent Chick
Jackline // Sincerely Miss J
Alex // Snippets with Alex
Megan // Eclecticity
Sheri // Confessions of a Refashionista
Jacki & Lesli // Sistas from Cali
Erika // Erika’s Style Diary

I hope you have a fabulous weekend and, as always, thanks for reading!  - Kristi :)



How To: Take a Chill Pill


Hello, friends!  Today I am talking about stress, that unwelcome, practically unavoidable, and definitely unhealthy presence that is an unfortunate fact of life.  Try as we might to keep our stuff together, we all get tense from time to time, which makes it not only important, but necessary, to develop strategies or methods for dealing with that stress.  It is well known that the negative consequences of stress or anxiety are numerous including mental, emotional and physical side effects that can even have lasting damage if left untended.  I want to stress the fact that I am in no way a medical professional, but I do recommend seeking professional help if you need it!  I will, however, readily admit that I get stressed often, and so I have found a few techniques that work well for me when I feel myself getting overwhelmed.



  1.        Start with a deep breath.  In the heat of the moment, when you are ready to scream or cry or maybe both, just take a deep breath.  Taking a good ten seconds to slowly breathe in and then breathe out helps release momentary tension and allows you to gather yourself in the midst of a stressful situation.  Personally, I find that taking a deep breath when my exasperation meter nears boiling point helps me regain my patience and find a creative solution to whatever problem is at hand.  Also, if one breath isn’t enough, take a few breaths, take a moment to center yourself and reign in your emotions.  As a daily or routine practice, meditation or yoga is amazingly helpful for managing stress.
  2.        Take a walk.  Sometimes, a little separation is all that is needed when I feel stress mounting.  If I am working on a particular project and making little progress, I will literally just walk away from what I am working on so that I can get some space and distance from the source of my frustration.  In a very literal sense, taking a walk can be a great way to change gears and change perspective.  One of my favorite bloggers, who is all about positivity and radical self love, is Gala Darling, and she wrote an article all about “how a simple walk can change your reality.”  And it totally can!  I love being outdoors, enjoying the sunshine, the breeze or even the rain; just so long as I am breathing fresh air and soaking up the world around me, I find it so much easier to put things into perspective and realize how wonderfully lucky I truly am and all the blessings I have in my life.  Stress?  What stress??  ;)
  3.        Talk about it.  Sometimes our problems still feel overwhelming, even insurmountable.  But guess what?  You’re not alone.  Talking to someone about whatever is troubling you is a great way to relieve some of that burden of stress and anxiety.  And other people are often able to offer a different point of view, seeing something that you might have missed while you were busy totally stressing out.  Even just having a friend be there for you to listen and sympathize is sometimes all that is needed to relieve some tension.  It’s like when you’re a kid and you have a terrifying nightmare, only to realize after describing it to your parents that it wasn’t so terrible as you first thought.
  4.        Work it out.  By this I mean, of course, exercise.  Even if you haven’t seen Legally Blonde, most people nowadays know that exercise releases endorphins and endorphins make you happy (and “happy people just don’t kill their husbands!”  Sorry, I had to!).  Elle Woods references aside, exercise is a great, and healthy, way to relieve stress and anxiety.  Whether jogging, rock climbing, practicing yoga, swimming, hiking, dancing, playing a sport, or doing anything that gets your heart pumping, exercise helps wake you up and clear your head.  So put on some good tunes and get moving!  (Listening to music is another great way to relax, as well as reading!  :))
  5.     Laugh!   Laughter is the best medicine, after all, and it just makes you feel good.  I think something like nine out of ten doctors agree that YouTube is a proven source of laughter-inducing videos of pets, ridiculous people and talented comedians.  Okay, I made that up, but I bet if someone took the time to survey some doctors, a large majority would, at the very least, admit to giggling over a belly-laughing baby or even Jimmy Fallon.  Amiright??  Whatever it is that makes you laugh or even just smile, do it!  Spend time with some of your favorite people, talking and laughing, and take your mind off your troubles for a while.  Nothing is better for the soul than connecting with the world around you, especially the people in it who you love!

*I should also note that a healthy diet and a routine which includes getting plenty of exercise and sleep are fundamentally important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and reducing stress and anxiety.  But, as I mentioned above, I am in no way a medical professional, and I urge you to consult a doctor for any potentially serious or chronic conditions.


While I am not an expert, I have discovered (through much trial and error) that obtaining and enjoying a healthy lifestyle is all about finding that just right balance of work and play, indulgence and restraint, and just plain old doing what we want versus doing what we have to do.  I will admit that stress is something I constantly struggle with, mostly because I have very high expectations of myself and so many, many different things that I am interested in; but, I like to be busy, that’s just who I am.  The downside, of course, is that I must constantly reevaluate my priorities and find a way to make time for everything I have going on in my life.  I could, for example, quit this blog, which would free up a lot of time, but it would also make me unbearably sad.  I love this blog and the creative expression it affords me; plus, I would miss all of you terribly!  So, for now, I will simply continue to do my best, and trying my very hardest to do my best for this blog.  ;)

What do you do when stress starts getting you down?  Is there anything you think I missed??

As always, thanks so much for reading, and, truly, thank you for being so wonderful and supportive!  Love you, Kristi :)


Pinterest Lately: March

Hello, friends.  Sadly, I have been feeling a little under the weather lately, but I am confident that I will be over this cold in no time!  In the meantime, however, I have been perusing Pinterest to keep myself occupied.  Here is my latest “pinspiration” for spring:


Lots of light, bright colors having been catching my attention and I’m definitely looking for easy, breezy looks for spring and summer.  Oh, did anyone else catch the TARDIS in that terrarium??  ;)

Don’t forget you can follow me on Pinterest, and, as always, thanks for reading!  - Kristi :)


A Walk in the Park

Hello, friends, Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a lovely weekend.  I worked this weekend, but Sunday I was able to spend some time after work with Derek’s family and later went for a walk in the park with my mom and our doggies.  The weather has been absolutely beautiful here lately, and everyone is taking full advantage of it, myself included!


The details: charcoal gray T-shirt dress (H&M) // aztec pattern leggings (swap meet in Vegas) // neon green jacket (New Balance via Burlington Coat Factory) // hot pink Nike Free Flyknit tennis shoes (Nike Factory Store) // hot pink headband (Target)


I am in love with these super soft, fun leggings and I cannot believe I got two pairs for only $15!  I am also so completely stoked over my newest pair of tennis shoes!!  I found these amazing, barefoot shoes at the Nike Factory Store in Las Vegas.  These shoes retail for $130, but I got them on sale for only $60, which probably still sounds expensive, but they are definitely worth it.

What items in your closet are you willing to spend a little extra for extra quality??

As always, thanks for reading!  - Kristi :)


PS. A special thanks to my mom for acting as photographer and taking these photos, you’re the best!!  :)

Playing with Pastels – A Refashion Love Story {Thrift Style Thursday}

Hello, friends, Happy Thrift Style Thursday and Happy Spring Equinox (i.e. the first day of spring)!!!  Today’s theme is (appropriately): pastels.  I have to admit that when pastels first started coming back into style, I immediately thought of the “baby” blues, pinks and yellows of childhood (and the 90′s), and grimaced.  But, given much more attractive names like mint and lavender, and matured a bit, pastels aren’t so bad!  Case in point: this “baby pink” tunic I refashioned from a vintage dress.


Here is the “Before” photo of the dress (please excuse the lower quality, it was taken with my older camera):


As you can see, the dress had long sleeves, a much longer hem and a couple stains along the bottom of the hem as well.  I actually thrifted this dress a couple years ago, but after starting the refashion, I got stuck at hemming and removing the sleeves.  I had modernized the dress, but I knew it could still be cuter.  Luckily, inspiration struck when I pulled this dress out of my closet for today’s Thrift Style Thursday theme, and I turned it into a dip hem tunic!


I simply cut the desired hem shape I wanted and used my trusty serger to finish the edges.  I wanted to keep the tunic as casual as possible so leaving the hem with a bit of an unfinished look really gave it the right vibe.  I am now totally in love with my new-to-me tunic!

I decided to play up the pastel theme by pairing this tunic with my favorite pastel blue/mint jeggings.  I got these jeggings at Walmart last year for a killer $10 and I have worn the heck out of them ever since!  I also added a bunch of fun, colorful accessories in honor of spring, including two giant plastic flower rings taken from the cupcakes at my mom’s birthday celebration this past weekend.


The details: pastel pink tunic (thrifted, refashioned) // pastel blue/mint jeggings (Walmart) // white & hemp tennis shoes (Vans outlet store) // turquoise earrings (gift) // turquoise bobby pins (Target) // beaded bracelets (old) // braided wrap bracelets (handmade) // plastic daisy & pansy rings (cupcakes from Sam’s Club)


What’s your take on pastels?  Do you love them in your wardrobe or are they only for Easter??

Don’t forget to check out these other fabulous thrifting ladies to see their pastel perfection:

Zhenya // Being Zhenya
Martyna // Spoolish
Miche // Buttons and Birdcages
Nout // Sandpaper Kisses
Justine // The Two Cent Chick
Jackline // Sincerely Miss J
Alex // Snippets with Alex
Megan // Eclecticity
Sheri // Confessions of a Refashionista
Jacki & Lesli // Sistas from Cali
Erika // Erika’s Style Diary

Psssst!  Are you a fan of thrift shopping?  Do you like Thrift Style Thursdays??  Well, now’s your chance to get in on the fun by helping us choose our next Thrift Style Thursday themes!  Simply head over to Sheri’s blog, Confessions of a Refashionista, to vote on upcoming theme options.  Check out her “Gone Thrifting” page – HERE – to cast your vote for our next month’s round of Thrift Style Thursday themes!  If you’re a thrift shopper and a blogger yourself, feel free to contact any one of us if you want to join in on the thrifty fun!

As always, thanks for reading!  - Kristi :)