The Haul: When in Wicker Park…

When in Wicker Park, it’s a must to go thrift shopping. Wicker Park is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Chicago. It’s filled with unique stores, restaurants, and coffee shops. Every time I venture out there, I tend to spend the whole day wandering around discovering new places. My trip home was short, but I made the most of it by hitting all my favorite spots. First things first, we stopped into Stan’s Donuts for a quick treat. I’m not even a sweets person, but Stan’s is home to the best donuts I’ve ever tasted. Crossroads Trading Co never fails when looking for unique pieces. I scored a black shearling vest, perfect for layering. Next we stopped in Buffalo Exchange. Although the set up can be a tad overwhelming, I was able to find a SheInside jacket for $26 and a trendy fringe skirt from Hollister (Surprising, I know) for $14. Finally, it’s not a trip home without a stop to Akira. I’ve been lucky enough to be a brand rep for them and my obsession has only grown since. I bought quite the haul: Patterned poncho wrap for $20 (orig. $45), CHI tank for $18, plaid scarf for $12 (orig. $25), and two pieces of jewelry for less than $10. It’s safe to say my shopping addiction has been satisfied until my next trip home.

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A New Take on Preppy

I recently wrote about this vest in my The Haul: Winter Break post. I normally don’t wear many vests, because they’re usually a bit too preppy to integrate into my wardrobe. When I found this one thrifting, I loved the black, white, and gold tweed with chunky gold hardware. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to style something new, especially in my favorite color combination. I’ve styled this vest in two ways (second to be posted next week), but I love how this unconventional pairing completely changes the vibe of the vest. I went for a more sleek, city vibe by adding the dark skinnies, leather boots, and graphic NYC sweater. To bring out the gold detailing in the vest, I accessorized with a statement necklace, earrings, and bracelets.

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Statement Sweater

Out of all my thrifting trips, this sweater has been one of my favorite finds. I picked up this Rehab sweater for $18, originally priced around $70. It’s truly a unique garment, which has been fun to incorporate into my wardrobe. The sweater is definitely an eye catching statement piece but extremely comfortable. I can easy pair it with simple leggings and leather boots to create a well put together outfit. Add some red lipstick and the look is complete.

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