Thrifty Thursday: Getting Ready for Vacation!

I cannot believe I have not done a Thrifty Thursday in over two months! To be honest, I had to take a break because at school my closet was overflowing with the awesome deals I was finding! This week I decided I would head over to my favorite consignment store, Oh My Darling in Annapolis, Md. to see what deals they had going on.

They recently posted on Instagram a photo of a few pairs of pineapple earrings and I knew that I had to have these for the summer!

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Amy, the owner of Oh My Darling also posted today about a sale she had today if you mentioned you saw it on her Instagram.

Even though I originally went to the store for just the earrings, I knew I would not only be leaving with just one thing… I also found the perfect dress for a trip I have coming up this weekend to the Bahamas!

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The dress is made by Just Be… I tried to find how much the dress was sold for originally, but I was unable to find it. I can tell the dress is made with a quality cotton though, so I am guessing it was definitely sold for more than I bought it. I purchased this dress for $16!

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The lightweight cotton will be perfect for the hot weather in the Bahamas!

Out of the two things I purchased today, I would definitely say the earrings would be my favorite. I am in love with the pineapples. I am currently obsessing over anything pineapple related!

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I also love the earrings because they were made by a local jewelry designer! Here is her information if you are interested in purchasing this pair of earrings or looking to see if she sells something similar:

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I left the store today only spending a total of $45!

For all of my Annapolis area readers, Oh My Darling is having their biggest shopping event yet that you will not want to miss! Coming up on June 20, they are hosting an event called The Longest Day, which is raising money for Alzheimer’s awareness.

Leading up to the event, they will be having their #30DaysofDresses fundraiser. For every dress sold from May 21-June 20, Oh My Darling will donate 10 percent of the sale to their Longest Day team. If you go into the store and try on a dress and use the hashtags #30DaysofDresses and #THELONGESTDAY, they will donate $1 to their team.

 

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If this didn’t sound intriguing enough for you… on June 20 if you make a $5 or $10 donation to their team, you will receive an empty Oh My Darling shopping bag, which you can fill with anything you can fit into the bag and receive 10 percent or 20 percent off of the items in the bag!

For more information about the event you can contact Oh My Darling’s owner, Amy Darling at amy@shopohmydarling.com!

It felt so great to thrift again! I am glad that I broke my thrifting drought at Oh My Darling!

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Thrifty Thursday: Consignment Edition

Consignment stores are definitely considered a “thrift store.” The difference between a consignment store and a thrift store is that a consignment store will offer you money for your clothes so they can sell them in their store. What could be better than that? (I mean donating clothes to your local thrift store is also amazing!)

I haven’t posted a Thrifty Thursday is a while, but no fear, this week’s post is amazing!

The day after Christmas, one of my favorite consignment stores in Maryland, Oh My Darling posted a glorious photo on their Instagram (@shopohmydarling):

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…If you look closely you can see that I commented almost immediately on this photo, haha! I knew I had to see these magical bags in person. One in particular… the Alma MM.

After seeing the bag in person, I knew I wanted it, but I didn’t know if I could afford the bag in full that day. Well, Amy, the owner let me know that she has a layaway program set up for college and high school students so they can also own these designer products.

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I was sold on this layaway plan! I paid some on the spot, some online through Paypal and then some when I picked up the bag right before I came back for spring semester. Amy really worked with me so I could own my dream bag!

Oh My Darling has very reasonable prices, so this 1997 (oh my gosh, this bag is the same age as my sister!) Alma MM was $495. Originally, this bag costs… $1,810 brand new.

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I know that this is an updated version of the bag, but the concept is the closest that they have of my bag.

For me, I personally like that this bag was older because I like the way the leather handles and leather accents look better than on a new bag. The leather is a cream color rather than the light brown that it becomes over time.

If you choose to look for your next designer bag in a consignment store definitely ask if the bag has been authenticated and ask to see something to prove they are being truthful.

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I am beyond excited about my new Louis Vuitton bag! Make sure to check out Oh My Darling’s online shop, which is frequently updated.

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/Scarf: Lucky Brand/

This was not a sponsored post. I paid for the purse in full. 

Thrifty Thursday 

It’s that time of the week again! I hit the jackpot last week, so I thought I would go to Village Discount Outlet again. This week I found various amazing items, but I’m saving them for a future Thrifty Thursday! 😉
But, for this week I found two cute pieces that fit into my wardrobe perfectly. First, I found this adorable cardigan, which I bought for $3!


The black polka dots are actually sequins! I paired it with a black long sleeve underneath and my favorite pearl necklace from Francesca’s!

The second item I found this week is the perfect long black sweater. It’s almost a sweater dress, but not quite long enough, so I wore leggings underneath it.


Even though I’m wearing dark grey leggings, I decided to pair this look with my favorite cheetah scarf! I got this sweater for $3! It was supposed to be $5, but I saw that the same exact sweater was priced for $3, but in a different color. So I brought both up and asked them why there was a price difference, and because they couldn’t give me a reason as to why they were priced differently, they gave me the cheaper price!

And for a little fall-time fun…why not play with leaves?  

Hope you have a fantastic weekend & that you enjoyed these two looks!

Thrifty Thursday Fall Fashion!

Fall is more than football games, pumpkin spice lattes and leaves changing. Although I love all three of those things, just like most, my favorite thing about fall is the fashion. I love vests, knee high boots and feeling a little chilly.

On Sunday, I went to Value Discount Outlet in Akron, Ohio and they were having the best deals! Just like Goodwill, Value Discount Outlet has various color tags attached to the clothing, which lets the store’s staff know when the clothing came into the store. …This also allows for fun things like having certain color tags be a certain price that day!

For example, this Sunday was any green-tagged item was only $1, yellow-tagged items were 50% off and I also received 20% off because I had my student ID! It was a really good thrifting day.

Lets see what I bought!

Right as I walked into Value Discount Outlet (VDO), this yellow vest popped out at me from the 1000s of racks of clothing! My absolute favorite color is yellow.

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The vest had a small patch that was sewn on it, but I knew it wouldn’t be an issue to remove it with a seam ripper! This vest is honestly perfect for Kent State football games. I paired the vest with one of my favorite Kent State shirts!

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I then found this gorgeous pink shirt! This shirt can totally be work with jeans, as pictured or I can definitely wear this to my sorority’s chapter meetings, where we have to dress up. I love to thrift things that can work in my wardrobe for many occasions.

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I was a little worried that this shirt was a little too much of a summer color, but then I just said “ehh, I’ll make up my own rules!” and bought it anyways. 🙂 This shirt only cost me $8, and it was brand new with tags on it! It was originally around $35!

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This next outfit features two purchases! I bought both of these times for only $1!

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I can definitely see this sweater becoming a staple in my wardrobe! I cannot wait to wear it with my black vest and pearls, which will make for a super fall outfit!

I love fall so much! I cannot wait for later October when it comes time for Halloween outfit shopping. Keep your eyes out for upcoming Halloween thrifting adventures! Happy fall!

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P.S.: My amazing friend, Mara did an awesome job taking these photos for me this week! Thanks you so much!

Thrifty Thursday: Summer to Fall Bag!

So, Defining Danie reader’s, it’s been a while. I’ve missed you all! School has been more than hectic, which is why I haven’t blogged in what feels like a lifetime.

Look at this amazing purchase that I found. The bag was originally $45 and at Goodwill it was being sold for $17, and then I got the student discount and ended up getting the bag for $15!

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This week’s Thrifty Thursday is based on a bag I found a few weeks ago that was originally from Target. Orange can go for either summer or fall, but adding this scarf definitely adds more a fall-feel. The bag was brand new and I bought it from Goodwill in Kent, Ohio. Goodwill and Target have a partnership where the Goodwill sells the clothing/accessories not sold during the time that they were being sold in Target so they have another chance to be sold again. The clothing/accessories are sold for a cheaper price than they would be sold in Target.

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Although the oranges are not the same, the scarf and bag still complement one-another. The bag has more of a coral undertone and the scarf has a darker orange, magenta, yellow and various colors of taupe! I love the scarf, which I got for only $1.00!

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Take a look inside this bag! It even has the perfect compartment for pencils and lipstick. 😉 And the polka dots are a lovely touch.

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Incorporating thrifted items into your daily outfits is not hard at all! It was a coincidence that I was actually wearing was thrifted over the summer.

I hope everyone is having a lovely start to fall!

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Campus Fashionista Interns at Luxury Lifestyle PR Firm

WhyCCI?

Danie Minor at Chic Communication

by Elline Concepcion

Junior public relations major Danie Minor found her niche in luxury lifestyle PR. This summer, she brought her unique style and skills to Chic Communications, a PR and marketing firm in her home state of Maryland.

Chic Communications is a small communications firm that specializes in fashion, beauty, health, wellness and hospitality in the Annapolis and Baltimore area. The firm works with clients ranging from salons and real estate agencies to ABC’s “Extreme Makeover Home Edition,” “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.”

Minor, who contributes to Kent State’s HerCampus blog and runs her own fashion blog Defining Danie, started her internship search in February.

“I did not want to go back to my regular summer job,” Minor said. “I wanted to start getting out into the real world and gain some experience in the field that I cannot wait to go into.”

At Chic Communications, Minor…

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Favorite Day of the Year!

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Yes, you read that correct It is National Thrift Store Day! To any of thrifting queens and kings out there, you understand my excitement. This day can beat any of the major holidays for me. I have never told anyone why I love thrifting so much so I am going to do my Top 5 Reasons Why I LOVE Thrifting and you can also check out my top favorite thrifting finds of the year below!

TOP 5: 

1) The amazing deals that you can get. As all of you know, I am a college student and as a college student, I do not have a lot of money to spend on clothes! There are great clothes that people just giveaway…hoping that you will buy them! Go when they have 50% off certain color tags, meaning that it will be 50% off of the already low prices!

2) The hunt is FUN. This is something that I have mastered. A lot of people do not like the “hunting” part of thirsting, which is why Goodwill’s across the nation have created Goodwill Boutiques, which are also near and dear to my heart! But… I love it when I am searching around the store and I can’t seem find anything worth buying that day and then all of the sudden that one piece of clothing just POPS out to you! It is seriously magical.

3) I know when I shop at a thrift store, that I am doing good for the community. An example is by shopping at Goodwill, you are helping them succeed at their mission, which is to provide work for people who may not be able to find it somewhere else!

4) You never know what you will find. There are so many odd pieces that you will find in a thrift/consignment store! There will be things in there that you did not even know existed but that is what makes it so fun! I think you can also learn a lot about history. Walking into an older thrift/consignment store and it is like walking into the past! Go in and see what you can find/learn.

5) Great for DIY. Whether you want to revamp your house or you’re moving into a new apartment, there are great deals you can find on furniture, kitchen supplies (plates and even kitchen tables/chairs!) and bedroom furniture. There is nothing a little TLC and some paint cannot fix! I always see great dining room furniture that just makes me so excited to have my first apartment!

Top Thrifting Finds: 

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I would love to hear everyones reasons why YOU love thrifting! Also, I never noticed I always pose the same way in all of my photos, haha!

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