Modern Zebra

Finding a garment or accessory that is just right for my wardrobe is a game that I thoroughly enjoy playing. Even if it takes a while to put it all together, I've probably been thrifting as long as Macklemore. This particular outfit took me 5 years to complete! Crazy, right? I also love thrifting because it lessens the demand for new garments and keeps old ones out of landfills.

 
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This outfit started with me buying the purse, which is the only part of my outfit that isn't thrifted. Even though I have stuck to the “use what you have” motto for over a decade and I made sure I took care of my purse in order to get the most wear out of it, I didn't think it was in good enough shape for a detail shot.

 
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Random interjection: I wore this gun metal hoop with my black diamond stud because I lost the other hoop and I always love a good opportunity to wear something differently.

 
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Two years after buying the handbag, I came across this crop top while searching for a Halloween costume at Buffalo Exchange. When I noticed the top had a similar black and bone striped print that resembled my purse, I had to buy it. Duh.

 
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This skirt was given to me by a dear friend last year who hated it because the actual cut of the pattern falls straight across the knee and is far from flattering. Agreeing with her, I decided to tuck in the outer layer to create a peplum silhouette that would accentuate my figure. Now, it adds a little milkshake to any of my crop top looks.

 
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Three months ago, I found these 3’’ Inch almond toe booties at my local Crossroads. It was a lottery winning moment when I discovered they were my size. After I walked around the store with them on for a minute, I decided they passed my comfort test. So I bought them and then took 3 months to finally shoot this look.