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Late Summer Haul

Hello readers!

So once again I have accumulated a number of things to share with you. Of course I did not buy all of these things at one time; it was more of an item here, an item there over the course of about two months. I will link anything still available below, and I hope you enjoy!

1. Vintage Maxi Skirt

At the beginning of the month I went to the Park Ave Fest where one of my favorite local vintage boutiques called Treasure Trove Vintage had a booth. I was so excited to go because I heard that they had a $10 dollar bucket and a $5 dollar bucket, and while digging through the $5 dollar bucket I found this maxi skirt. I loved the brown color, which is perfect for fall and even the winter if I wear tights underneath. I was amazed that it fit, because it was literally a match made in heaven. I love skirts that button down the front, I love high-waisted skirts because they make my legs look longer and my hips slimmer, and I have so many crop tops that would work with it. Plus, it has belt loops to add a killer belt and further define the waist. I cannot wait until it gets cool enough to wear it, as the fabric is pretty heavy.

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2. Urban Outfitters Jacket

I have wanted one of these olive green, anorak-style jackets for a really long time, but they are always over $100 at UO and I just could not see spending that much money on a fall jacket. But when I saw that this was on sale in store for $40, I could not pass it up. I love the laid back vibes it has from being slightly oversized, and I know it will work really well with any outfit, whether it be just a casual shirt-and-jeans combo or a dress or skirt. I do wish it had a hood, but for $40 from UO, it was totally worth it. PLUS it has pockets, which is a major plus for me because I never know what to do with my hands!

Unfortunately, I’m not seeing it on the website anymore, so here is a similar UO option.

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3. H&M shorts

My mom actually made me buy these shorts because a few weeks ago I visited my boyfriend’s family at their cottage and she said none of my shorts were appropriate (too short, too ripped, etc. I disagree, but you know how stubborn mothers can be). So we headed to H&M and I found this pair that, sans holes and at a decent length, were mother-approved. I liked how the material was thick, rather than that skimpy, stretchy material that a lot of cheaper shorts are made of that feel cheap. I also liked that they were cuffed and a darker wash, and being low-rise, they are a nice change from my usual high-waisted go-tos.

I couldn’t find the dark wash pair, but here is a similar option in a medium wash from H&M.

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4. Thrifted Flannel

It took me a really long time to decide whether or not this flannel was ugly. I really liked how it had different patterns on the left and right sides of the front and back, but was the red and green to Christmasy? Gaudy? Hideous? But I was just so attached to it for some reason. Maybe it was the oversized fit and the really soft material. So I bought it for $5 and have not regretted it. It looks so good with a white T-shirt and some denim shorts.

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5. ALDO Chelsea Boots

I have been on the hunt for a pair of Chelsea boots for a very long time, because I had a pair from Urban Outfitters that I shared with my mom for years and finally the sole ripped off. I love how they work with any outfit, whether I wear them with rolled up jeans or with stockings and cute socks poking out of the tops. This pair from ALDO was a lot more than I was planning to go for, but my grandma very generously paid a good chunk of the price as a back to school gift, and I’m so grateful to her because these boots are really good quality and will be great for the fall. I’ll probably do a review of them as well once I get some wear out of them!

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6. The Art and Found Happy Camper Tee

I also found this at a booth at the Park Ave Fest. The woman in charge of the booth and I had a really nice conversation and she was super friendly, and when I learned about how her brand uses locally sourced materials and everything is handmade, I was sold! I especially loved this cute crop top I bought from her. I loved the schoolgirl vibes of the soft green and black flannel, and I knew that it would work great with my high-waisted jeans and skirts. I probably should have tried it on first because it is a bit tight in the sleeves, but for how cute it is I don’t really mind. It has a really boxy cut which is great for tighter bottoms. I seriously recommend checking out their Etsy shop because everything is adorable!

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7. The PERFECT Denim Jacket

Back in March I was at Treasure Trove Vintage and I found this denim jacket. I had been looking for denim jacket for a while, but just could not find the perfect one. And this one was amazing. It was slightly oversized, but because it wasn’t too long, it didn’t drown me. It was the perfect light (but not too light) wash and it was SO SOFT. Plus it was vintage (from the ’80s I believe) which gave it an extra-cool factor. But I didn’t have the $30 dollars to buy it at the time, so I passed it up.

Come July, I was still thinking about that jacket. So I called the store to see if by any miracle it was still there…and it was! It’s like it was waiting for me. So that same day I snatched it up and I’m so glad I did. It looks SO cute with skirts, dresses and patterned shorts. The only flaw is that it doesn’t have waist pockets, so I don’t quite know where to put my awkward hands, but I still am in love with it.

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8. H&M T-shirt Dress

I have noticed that my style has been drifting towards monochromatic basics with which I can add a ton of accessories to personalize the outfit. Because what could be easier than throwing on a loose, breezy T-shirt dress to which I can add basically any accessories I feel like wearing? A scarf, hat, layered necklaces…it’s all fair game. Plus think of all of the shoes that can be worn with them! So I picked up this heather gray option from H&M. I like the loose fit and the rolled-up sleeves that give a casual vibe. Plus I like that I could wear it in the fall with some sheer stockings, my Chelsea boots, a cardigan or denim jacket and a scarf. There are seriously so many styling options.

Here is a similar H&M option.

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9. Forever 21 Plaid Dress

Going along with my affinity for T-shirt dresses, I have this Forever 21 short plaid dress with large pockets at the hips. It has a ’60s mod feel that I love. It is a teensy bit itchy, but not unbearably, and it can be worn with bare legs if you aren’t too tall or with tights or stockings for the colder months.

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10. Forever 21 Black T-shirt Dress

Again with the monochromatic T-shirt dresses, I have this other Forever 21 dress, which, along with the dress above, were generous back to school gifts from my other grandma. This dress is made out of a thick, ribbed material that kind of feels like that scuba material that has been popular lately. I love the shape of it. I just find that high-necks, loose short sleeves and short cuts look best on me and make me feel most comfortable. I’m looking for a pair of black stockings with little black embroidered polka dots or something to add some pizzazz to this dress, which will also look great with my Chelsea boots, a dark lip and a boho necklace.035 040 042

11. Cropped Forever 21 Top

Lastly I bought this cute little knit top from Forever 21 which I thought would look really nice with high-waisted skirts and pants, which I feel like I have said about a lot of the items in this haul. But I liked how this top had a slightly sporty vibe with the contrasting neckline and sleeve hemlines.

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As always, let me know in the comments what your favorite items are, and what you are stocking up on for the fall months!

Thanks for visiting!

Lauren

Photo credits: me and my mom