11.03.2011

$10 challenge #2



when i saw this ralph lauren blue label, made in the usa, houndstooth skirt in the assistance league thriftshop...
i almost fainted...for reals.
$4 - for reals





ralph lauren skirt - $4
boys thermal, ripped so i cut the sleeves off - .25 (yardsale)
hue tights - $1 (marshalls)
pedro garcia brogues - free (story here)
old belt - .25 (estate sale)

total - $5.50

48 comments:

  1. Well done! Jeez you must have a posh charity shop in your neighbourhood.

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  2. Dear Janet, You are amazing. Love that look. Can't wait for more. Smiles to you,Susie

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  3. You can get a grande, not fat, wet, caramel, chai, latte at Starbucks for $5.50, or a fabulous outfit complete with shoes, bag and belt for $5.50.

    You Rock!

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  4. This one is definately my favorite! I absolutely love the fact that you just cut the sleeves off...I think only you could pull that off. :)

    I thought about you yesterday...I found a vintage wool blazer at the thrift store. I actually bought it too.
    Talk to you later - have a great day.

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  5. Amazing. And the nonchalant belt is perfect.

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  6. You're on to something with those sleeves, they are the perfect flattering length, I'm running for my scissors!

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  7. Call me inspired! I can't wait for more!

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  8. WOW! It's so beautiful!
    I love this outfit. I had a very similar skirt from Ralph about 20 years ago. Mine was black and I wore it throughout my 20's, finally it faded and I pitched it. The houndstooth is so much better, it won't fade and it will always be in style.

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  9. Oh what a find and I know how you love RL...I remember that shoe story too!

    I am wondering if there is any possible way that I could find an outfit for under $10 and I have been looking and so far it's a no go.

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  10. I used to have a pair of RL pants in that same exact material, ca. 1992. I think they had that same little pocket flap.

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  11. steve - really 1992? that's good to know. i knew this skirt was pretty old b/c of the usa tag.

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  12. another fabulous outfit!

    i'm heading out to a couple of thrift stores this afternoon, i'll be taking your inspiration with me.

    tera

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  13. I absolutely love it! That's an outfit that makes me want to catch the next flight over and steal it from you. x

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  14. Love it...good thing you are tiny...probably have better luck finding classics if I was thinner!

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  15. You look effing amazing. Ahh...to be narrow hipped and look good in skirts (they make me look like a wide load). You are gorgeous and inspiring. Those SHOES! They totally make my day.
    Did I tell you the vest arrived. You rock!
    xo Terri

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  16. Holy moly. I cannot believe you can do this! And it really is an entire outfit. Wow.
    Camille

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  17. It's gorgeous. You're gorgeous! You look great in everything.
    xo

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  18. Hi Janet,

    You look great!

    Madelief x

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  19. I love it when a lady in her prime knows how to dress.....and scoops up a bargain as well.

    fabulous

    Jo

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  20. You.are.my.idol.

    Love this! And $4????
    Really????

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  21. hello darling ajj,
    you've done it again! love the look.
    also...
    just fixed your pumpkin chili soup and it is delicious! very filling.
    just a thought...
    sometime when you have nothing to do.. (hahaha) you could put all your wonderful recipes under one heading... i always like them.. but not sure always which part of the archives they're in!
    i. love. your. blog.
    cheers!
    tammy j

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  22. what is WRONG with me?
    you have food under labels.
    and i don't mind browsing til i find what i want! thanks!
    i love your soups.
    tammy j
    and your salads...
    and ...
    gushing here i guess. :)

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  23. I think you need to start shopping for my wardrobe...I've been putting no effort into it, primarily since I'm broke so a few great $10 looks would be appreciated! :)

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  24. That is fabulous!!! You really have inspired me to take the art of buying in thrift shops very seriously. I have found some really great deals on a sweater, winter coat, and almost new shoes. Love your inspiration.

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  25. I WANT THIS OUTFIT!!!!! WAAAHHHHHHH BOO HOO HOO SOOOOOOO ENVIOUS!!!

    seriously, though, it's effin' amazing and could not possibly suit you better, totally classy!

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  26. Perfect. I love the details of the belt and shoes and the aqua bracelet in the first photo.

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  27. So cute Janet....are you on your way to a lunch with friends? Hope so!

    xoxo kelley

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  28. i love your skirt. and i love your hairstyle. i'm growing mine out and will try to copy a little from you if you don't mind.

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  29. Smashing indeed!

    I am still on "the quest" for a brown herringbone jacket/coat. I found a new one, full price, (very nice) but I am trying to stay true to my "no buy new" rule.

    You inspire me . . .

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  30. You are on to something quite good. You. are. amazing. Gorgeous.
    -Suzanne in Illinois

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  31. I am in love w/the skirt.. and belt.. shoes as well.. Perfect for a day in the country.. you've completely sold me.. I'm going shopping at the Thrift Store. Thank you.

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  32. Very well hunted and gathered and cobbled together. Your garden is looking great too!

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  33. love the skirt! you look fabulous!
    what an inspiration to so many.

    xojoan

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  34. The thrill of the hunt ... the bigger thrill of the deal. LOVE IT. You and Ralph are smashing together! Keep the outfits coming ...

    Shelley Rose
    South Pasadena, CA

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  35. This picture is my inspiration picture. A couple of years ago, I looked like that and was dressing like than. Then came "the pounds".

    I found thrift store shopping so much easier when I could wear size 8 or so. I have a closet full of great clothes waiting for me to get serious about weight loss.

    This outfit is amazing. I could live all year in it. I think the belt is perfect for the classy country look.

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  36. Hi Janet, thank you for your kind welcome! You really are a total inspiration. I LOVE that skirt on you.Old Ralphie should be begging you to be his muse! xx

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  37. you're killing me! What I wouldn't do for that skirt...I adore it and the way you are wearing it. Janet...you have the most amazing style! You look gorgeous!

    xo
    annie

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  38. OMG! I love it Janet! Further proof that my mom was right when she said, "money can't buy style".

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  39. Um, ok - so, I bow to thee! That skirt is amazing, and I can't believe you scored that for just $4!! Tell me there is a big rip in the back, or worse, unmentionable stains!?!?!?!? LOL!

    Love these $10 challenge posts! You're definitely the champ!

    xo,
    A

    Oooh, Sunroom pics up - hope you'll stop by.

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  40. I love your style. so chic and collected. and I love the price tag that comes with that too - I'll faint if I find RL skirt for $4 too! Hooray for thrift stores.

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  41. I have the matching skinny (think Laura Petry) slacks that match this skirt. Ive saved them for over 20 years as they are classic. :)

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