Monday, January 30, 2012

All in a days work

One of the ways I get clothes (besides hooking) is trading in my old clothes at those trading stores. Where I live we have Crossroads and Freestyle (but I hate Crossroads only for their terrible customer service). They are like Plato's Closet and Buffalo Xchange. What I like about Freestyle is that they have a vintage section. That way I'm able to take my thrifted goods in. Sometimes I even flip a profit, if I bought a skirt for 99 cents, and they sell it at 8 dollars, they give me 4 dollars in trade. Im such a tricky bitch. I traded in some items and got all 3 of these items in one day. I somehow thought they went together.

This hat is vintage and so warm. 

Yay life is so fun. Be a clown.

hat, dress, and shoes -Freestyle

My customers are going to love these.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Tiger wear

I'm working on my roar

From last Thursday till Tuesday, there was so sun. I have been living an uneventful life for the past couple of weeks. The highlight of last week was watching my mom back her car up into our trash can. Other than that, just a whole lot of Toddlers and Tiaras and Dance Moms. To top it all off, I was diagnosed with TMJ today. wwhhhhhhhhyyyyyy???? I just want a normal jaw that shuts without clicking.

My vintage tiger sweater from Gypsy Land- $12.99

the back

I wore it with a tiger sweater skirt from Eff-21

My boyfriend painted me some tiger stripes on my nails. Back in the day he used to paint me a lot of designs, but then I started biting them again. So here is me trying to say sober again.

He bought me my dream shoe, white Docs for Xmas but they just dont fit me! I got a size UK 4 then a 5. The 4 is too small and the 5 is too big. I wish they had half sizes. Gonna have to send them back again.

my shoe rack. 

My friend Sunny tagged me on her blog, so Im answering these questions.

  • What do you do to de-stress?
  • Read blogs
  • What do you want to be remembered for?
  • my art
  • What is your favorite thing to eat? (<----------- why am I always thinking about food?)
  • carbs and lipids
  • If you were stranded on an island, what one celebrity would you like to be there with you?
  • Ross Mathews
  • What is the one item of clothing that you own that every woman should have?
  • spanx black tights
  • What is your favorite scent?
  • pizza
  • What is the best song ever?
  • Sweet Thing by Chaka Khan and Let the beat hit em by Lisa Lisa
  • What is your favorite thing to do on a date?
  • make babies
  • Gold or silver?
  • gold, its more expensive
  • What is your favorite store to shop?
  • Any thrift store
  • Your favorite color?
  • black white and red.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Quartzite, Arizona

Last week my mom and I went to Quartzite, Arizona for an annual gem and mineral show. If you ask my mom, she will tell you she went to "Crystal Light", Arizona. She just couldn't get the name straight. My aunt and her boyfriend invited us as they are part of a gem and mineral society and they go every year. It only took us 2.5 hours to get there. It was a pretty rad event and huuuuggeee. You could spend days there.

I wanted this pyrite heart like sooo bad.

I wore this dress I found in the pajama section of Eco-Thrift in San Bernadino. Pardon my black flip flops, we were on vacay and I was not expecting such warm weather. I had no other shoes.

Patting my weave in the desert heat.

Minerals are priced by ounces and grams, you know, just like drugs.

So magical.

My bracelet I thrifted with Maricela for 10 dollars. Great bead work. 

I got one of these large Selenite lamps for 30 dollars. Selenite is one of the varieties of gypsum. It is found in Morocco and has a hardness of 2. That was a fun walk back to the car. 

The vendors set up their trailers like this as the show goes on for a while. 

Mother gave me grief about wearing this dress with the tear in the back. I was sick as a dog 2 days prior to this event so I had no energy to sew it. People still told me they liked it...when they saw it from the front.

Rock people are people too,

Monday, January 9, 2012

Presenting Maricela

Meet my friend, Maricela. Her and I met stomping around in our Mexican folklorico group in college.  Since then, homegirl has come a long way. She has been a bilingual elementary school teacher for years, and she even went back to school and got her Masters in Creative Writing. Not bad for a Jalisciense eye browed girl from East Los. She is one of my friends that I truly admire. We met up recently to go thrifiting, as she had never been with me before. Here's the account in her own words. She flogs (fake blogs) on her Facebook page, and emails me the tales, since I don't have a Facebook.

I envy Sophia's savviness and thriftiness for fashion. That's why I decided to try it. I, thankfully, didn't inherit my mother's shopaholic gene but don't underestimate the power of clothing. I mean, I was frustrated last night over what I was going to wear on my outing today. I'm frustrated because my closet is lacking anything trendy due mostly in part to my decreased paycheck. That was the main reason behind this new interest. I was really hoping to find cute and fun things to wear on my non-working days. And for my first thrifting experience, I think it went well.
The first thing Sophia taught me today is that there is more than what you see when it comes to articles of clothing. You can't just take a sequenced, pink bow tie for what it is. You have to use your imagination and get creative to make things work for you. Cutting, gluing, and sewing it back into another form are fair game.
That's when I spotted a purple, see-through, stringy thing. Sophia would know exactly what it was called but since I only shop for specific events, I buy whatever there is to buy within my budget of $15 or less. It was half a blouse and it had shoulder pads I could remove.
"Have you noticed," I asked Sophia, "how they're selling half-shirts for the full price?" Yeah, that's been bugging me when I go retail shopping.
After I found two more blouses, a pair of "Zumba" pants, and a pleated skirt for work, Sophia and I headed to the dressing rooms to make a show of our findings.
It was fun modeling what we'd deemed stylish for each other. I first tried on the purple blouse.
"I remind myself of JLO in In Living Color in this," I told Sophia. "with my tight jeans, the boots, and my short hair." All I needed to do was the Running Man.

$8 later, I walked out a thrifting-virgin no more!

I, Sophia, got these shoes for 2 dollars.

I know some people don't dig the idea of shopping at thrift stores but this is my take on it. I donate clothes regularly to my local Salvation Army truck located conveniently a block away from my apartment. Some of the stuff I give is new, tags still attached, other is stuff I wore once, and the rest if stuff that doesn't fit anymore. I never give clothes away that look like rags. I assume that someone could benefit from clothes that I don't wear and vice versa. Someone else's trash can become your treasure.
With that said, I can't wait to find the appropriate outing to show off my great $4 find!

Happy hunting to you!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year

I'm not drunk, I swear.

My new fave skirt. Thrifted for $1.80. I just put a short black skirt underneath it because it's sheer.

My new gold earrings from Gypsy Land.

Welcoming 2012 in my glitter Flitas (fake Litas)

I've been absent from the blogging scene for a couple of weeks now, but not because I havent been dressing up, rather, I've just been taking it easy and enjoying my time at our cabin in the mountains of Southern California. IT IS WARM here. Yesterday it was 80 degrees! I didn't wear my black jacket for long. I was channeling my friend Golden Light, or Dora Luz, with this outfit. I changed out of my Flitas into some flat black lace up boots to wear this costume to the local mall amongst my fellow trendy Mexicans of San Bernadino County. To my dismay, none of the bad girls from "Beyond Scared Straight" were there. Oh well, there's always the swap meet. Am I the only one addicted to prison shows?

Happy New Year to all my dear blog friends. I talk about you guys way too much in real life. It's kind of creepy,