Fierce Frugal Fabulous: Marc by Marc Jacobs Black Wedge

HI Beautiful People!

Yesterday I found myself in the Sunset District of San Francisco and of course I had to visit my fav thrift store Crossroads Trading between 8th and 9th on Irving.

Earlier last week I was there and scoped out a pair of black wedge heels from Marc by Marc Jacobs. Now I have never owned a scrap of fabric sold by anyone with a name even closely resembling Marc Jacobs. So it was fun just for me to try on a pair of shoes that have that name on it. I liked them but I was not entirely convinced that I would wear them so I didn’t buy them.

Yesterday when I arrived I made a beeline for where I found the shoes and was happily surprised to see that no one had snapped them up yet. So I tried them on again and immediately was won over. I thought I could pay $35 for this pair of heels. So, I did! and now they are mine, all  mine!

Marc by Marc Jacobs black patent leather wedge heels

Marc by Marc Jacobs black patent leather wedge heels ($35)

I hear you calling me a brand whore but I don’t care

Yes, only $35

The shoes are fairly comfortable because when you consider the platform the heel is only 2-3 inches.  Hopefully I wont fall in them. The size is perfect…37 1/2. I didn’t even know Europeans sold half sizes. They are also in like new condition. :-)

Can you tell I am excited about my new shoes?



Thrift Store Score: Opening Reception Dress

Hi Beautiful People!!

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of heading over to Rags to Riches my most favorite-est consignment shop outside of San Francisco. It was time for me to drop off a load of fall/winter clothes and check on the new inventory. Yay!

A little background on Rags to Riches…I began coming here a few years ago because I had tons of clothes that didn’t fit me anymore and I didn’t want to just give them to the thrift store. I had been turned down at shops in SF and Berkeley (snobs) so I gave a last ditch effort at Rags to Riches in Benicia Ca and they agreed to consign nearly all my stuff. I actually find a lot of clothes to buy here too. The best part of the store is the used handbags in the counters up front. Remy has some of the most wonderful bags on consignment. I am still kicking myself that I passed on a lovely pink Kate Spade bag I saw there a while ago. Did I ever tell you how I accidentally left my prescription Coach eyeglasses in my bag of clothes that I left there to consign? Thank the goddess that Remy had someone call me. When I got there my glasses had a $25 price tag on them–yeah, those glasses were about $400 retail price. Ack! I am so thankful to the staff that they contacted me. But I digress.

I had a bunch of winter/fall clothes stashed for a while so I was super excited that I was finally able to unload them. I brought in my Missoni galoshes that never did fit me correctly, corduroys, two coats, shoes, skirts, etc. I was super excited that they took everything except for two garments! I agree, those items were pretty worn. So, I was happy with my haul. I headed over to the dresses and skirts just to browse. While I was still at the beginning of the rack I saw this gorg navy and tan fabric peeking out in the middle/back of the rack. I calmly continued to leaf through the rack until I came upon the mysterious lovely fabric.

The garment turned out to be a wonderful tank dress from Banana Republic….in my size. Honestly, I had not planned on buying anything that day because I had just got rid of a bunch of stuff. But I couldn’t help trying this wonderful dress on. Did I mention that it was my size but in a petite?!?! I convinced myself that it wouldn’t fit just so I wouldnt be disappointed but voila! it zipped up perfectly and will look even BETTER once I get on those Spanx! ;-)

I knew immediately this was the dress that I would wear to the opening reception for the new exhibit at the local history museum where I have recently been hired(!).

Opening Reception Dress from Banana Republic ($20)

Opening Reception Dress from Banana Republic ($20)

So what I am a brand whore?

Did I mention this dress was only $TWENTY DOLLARS$?!?! I only looked at the price after I tried it on and wanted it. Even Ms. FFF can afford a  $20 dollar dress! Yes, I know it is terribly wrinkled but

I am going to pair the dress with a short sleeved cropped white shrug and a wonderful pair of Kenneth Cole black heels I got at the Crossroads Trading in Berkeley. I am on the lookout for a new white shrug starting….now.

Black Heels by Kenneth Cole Reaction ($20)

Whaddya think of my new outfit?

Have a wonderful week!



Thrift Store Score Spring 2012 Edition

Hi Beautiful People!

Spring has almost arrived here in California and this season it means pretty prints and pastels. I was so excited to see mint green, light pink and yellows all over the March & April issues of Vogue. Mrs. FFF has been seriously watching her pennies lately,  so I had the perfect opportunity to splurge a couple of weeks ago at the Goodwill Industries 50% off clothes and shoes Presidents Day sale!

Hubby and I went together because he loves a good deal just like me. I have to say that we made out like bandits that day. Hubby got a pair of brand new New Balance running shoes in all black (his fav type of sneakers) with Ross Dress for Less price tags for $12.50 after the 50% off discount. He was super excited because he wears a size 13 shoe and he never finds cheap shoes anywhere. Not to mention he actually wears these shoes, they do not just sit in his closet. So, he got a bit of karma early that saturday morning.

New Balance Mens shoes $12.50 (sz 13)

I also scored a couple of GREAT blazers, which is a garment I feel I need to add more of to my wardrobe. I found an excellent Anne Klein black  blazer in a petite size (which exact size I will keep to myself). The blazer is a huge score because it is all black and in great condition. I was super excited to add this coat to my collection because it is such a basic piece that will never go out of style. Plus, the sleeves are not too long. I wore this great blazer to my most recent job interview. I believe my outfit had a lot to do with me getting the job…along with my stunning intellect and wit. just kidding! Oh, did I mention the jacket was $5.50 after the 50% discount! :-)

Anne Klein Suits Blazer $5.50 (petite size)

Anne Klein blazer

The best item that I found is an ADOR-able mint green wool blazer with a beaded flower detail on the lapel from Old Navy (of all retailers). The beads are iridescent mostly tube beads accented with a sprinkling of seed beads. I fell in love with this jacket instantly and was just tickled to see that it was a size L to fit over my current Rubin-esque figure. The jacket was snug when I tried it on but for the very low price of $5.50 after the 50% discount, I bit the bullet and asked hubby to buy it for me. I wore it a few times and I just love it. I have to roll up the sleeves, but honestly I don’t really care–rolling sleeves can be charming in its own way.

Mint Green Blazer from Old Navy $5.50

Mint Green Blazer Floral Detail on Lapel

Thrift Store Score!!



Fall 2011 Thrift Store Score II

Hi Beautiful People!

Lately my life has been tres hectic as I have been super busy fostering homeless dogs, applying for much sought after jobs (and subsequently being denied), working on my Museum Studies degree at San Francisco State University, putting out figurative fires for my father, dealing with medical issues, surviving East Bay earthquakes, etc., etc., etc.

So, on Thursday I took a much-needed two hours to do something pleasurable for myself and that is…thrift store shopping!! I headed to the little village of El Sobrante, which is great as the Goodwill Industries and Thrift Town are located across the street from each other. Love Sobro for this reason!

Thrift Town is great because they have a section in the front of the store for ‘Better Clothes.’ This is where they put all the name-brand or designer garments. After perusing through, I decided to go through the dresses even though I am more of a separates girl myself. I am so glad that I fought the good fight with the old man buying about 15 dresses and the tangled hangers of tortured dresses. I am highly suspicious of old men buying tons of clothes in all sizes at thrift stores. I assume they are buying simply to resell on the internet. I hate greedy eBay re-sellers, I gave him a serious STANK eye and, yes, I made him move his huge stash of dresses out of the section of size mediums. But I digress.

My HUGE score was a…drumroll please…a Liberty of London for Target floral halter dress in mint condition for $7.99!! Now, this is a super adorable dress that I was so stoked to find as I completely missed the Liberty for Target extravaganza in 2010. I LOVE this dress…the poppy print is whimsical and perfect for our late Indian Summer here in the SF Bay Area. I love the details such as the ruffle neckline and drawstring waist. I am going to wear this dress for my date at the museum with my hubby. Yay!  Finding this inspired me to search eBay for other Liberty of London for Target items…there were several in my size for a reasonable price, but $7.00 for shipping! See comments regarding greedy eBayers above.

Liberty of London for Target Floral Slip Dress ($7.99)


Neckline detail of Liberty of London for Target Floral Slip Dress ($7.99)

On a used clothes high, I floated across the street to the Goodwill Industries. I regard this particular store as a hidden gem because it doesn’t look like much from the outside but I have found some amazing here (Burberry top for $6 anyone?). Lately, I have been on the lookout for versatile blazers as winter is coming and I am trying to appear professional so my Profs will be willing to provide me letters of recommendation. I went in knowing exactly what I wanted: a tailored blazer in a neutral hue that is flatters my figure with all types of outfits.

I had already gotten a great score at Thrift Town so I really didn’t expect to find exactly what I wanted but I think you know where this is leading…I found exactly what I wanted! My second thrift store score was a great black and white petite sized tailored blazer from the Ann Taylor Factory Store in perfect condition for only $10.99! I had to swallow my pride when I saw the size was a 14P (!), but the fit is loose enough that I will be able to wear a sweater under it and still be comfortable. I love the buttons on this blazer! They are very chic and the tailoring makes it appear very expensive!

Ann Taylor Factory Store Blazer ($10.99)

Back of Ann Taylor Factory Store Blazer ($10.99)

Yay for my Fall 2011 Wardrobe!

Happy Thrifting!



Fall 2011 Thrift Store Score!

HI Beautiful People!

With all this talk of designer collaborations such as Missoni and Versace I felt the need to get back to my roots. So, I headed over to my local Goodwill Industries to browse through some used clothes.

While I was there I tried on a few things…a couple blazers that didn’t necessarily work for me (boo). I am on the lookout for great classy blazers lately.

However, I did find a great camel colored DKNY JEANS sweater in fabulous condition for only $6.99! This sweater is perfect for fall 2011 because neutrals, especially camel (fancy way for saying tan), is particularly hot for the season.

I love the details on this sweater: tunic shape, sweet bell-shaped 3/4 length sleeve, and metallic stitching at the hem; all of these dress the garment up. The deep V-neck necessitates a camisole or t-shirt underneath, which allows you to dress it up or down. I absolutely love clothes that are versitile enough to wear to work, school, or play! This sweater is great for any occasion, which is perfect for the lady on a budget. Ignore the wrinkles…I haven’t washed it yet! I was so excited I had to share with my lovelies ASAP. :-)

DKNY Jeans Sweater ($6.99)

DKNY Jeans Sweater

DKNY Jeans Sweater (tri-colored metallic detailing at hem)

DKNY Jeans Sweater (sleeve detail)

Whaddya think of my latest Thrift Store Score?? Not bad for $7 right?



How would you wear it? (ZigZag Sleeveless Sweater)

Hi Beautiful People!

Yesterday I wore a great casual outfit that I want to share with you.

I paired my new Missoni for Target sleeveless sweater with a pale pink button down, my Citizens of Humanity jeans, and Gucci patent leather loafers. I wore some awesome peacock earrings from H&M athought you can’t really see them in the picture.

How would you wear it??

Missoni for Target Sweater $29

J.Crew Pink button down (final sale clearance) $20.99

Gucci Loafers (Used–consignment shop) $20

Citizens of Humanity jeans (Used–Goodwill) $16.99

Peacock Earrings from H&M $5.99

Total cost: less than $100!! Yay!



Thrift Store SCORE! Burberry Top and Citizens of Humanity Jeans for $22

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Hi Beautiful People!

Ok, I know what you are thinking…this woman needs to get a job instead of living at the thrift store.  I agree that lately I spend way too much shopping for used clothes; however, it is just a phase and soon enough I will be a busy bee with several obligations (that do not include shopping).

This past week though I did have a lot of free time on my hands and found myself near a couple Goodwill stores.  I am taking classes at San Francisco State University so I found myself in the West Portal district of San Francisco where there is the elusive and mythical *Goodwill Boutique.* This is where all the donated brand new, designer, and high quality merchandise is sold…yes the prices are higher but not so much as a consignment store. For example I bought a pair of like new (meaning not faded) Citizens of Humanity brand jeans for $16.99. That is an amazing deal because these jeans retail for $178. I would NEVER pay that much for jeans—that is insane to me.

At a different Goodwill Store (in El Sobrante, CA) I found an adorable vintage Burberry Golf polo shirt for a mere $5.99. I really love the detailing on this polo…the signature Burberry plaid piping on the seams and sleeves is really cute. The Wailea Resort (in Maui, Hawaii) logo is embroidered on the breast…it is really a charming top. I couldn’t pass it up (especially for only $6!).

Also for those of you San Francisco Bay Area—East Bay Goodwill Industries is having a Back to School sale featuring 50% off clothes on Saturday August 13, 2011. Check your local Goodwill stores for similar sales in your area!


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