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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ready for my close up!

I felt a little like an old fashioned film siren when we came up with this getup, but I decided to just go with it (OK, I'll admit it, I kind of loved it)!
When Noa found this nearly floor length gray skirt, it was so much fun to see how we could modernize it.
While still keeping some of that old Hollywood glam I'm a little bit obsessed with.
Ready for my close up, Noa Dah-ling!
Tanya D.

Skirt - Thrifted $1
Shirt - Vintage
Belt - Vintage
Necklace - Forever21
Headband - Cotton belt from jumpsuit wrapped & tied

Monday, March 28, 2011

Shades of grey

It's been raining incessantly in Los Angeles for the past week. And while I do like the soft, California wet, my wardrobe has been crying out for a day without galoshes. Today the sun decided to oblige me and come out to play.

The glimmering, post-rainy weather inspired my gray, double silk, column dress. Purchased for $5 via thrift, I'd been waiting for a moment to slip on this luxuriously long sheath.
I found this amazing, vintage leather belt last month for $1.50. Because it was so ornate, I wanted to pair it with something fundamentally simple.
 The headband was another thrift item, (once again, a dollar splurge purchased this past weekend).
Hoops were all that this simple ensemble needed to polish it off.
I love the maxi length on this piece. Although it could be potentially more useful a couple of inches shorter, it's the extreme length that make it so lean and striking. Especially when paired with 3", neutral tone heels...
Sometimes you just have to make your own event.

Noa B.

Gray silk gown: via thrift
Vintage leather belt: thrift
Earrings: Boutique, Abbott Kinney
Heels: Steve Madden

Friday, March 25, 2011

Color block my world!

Okay, we are totally obsessed with this season's latest trend-- color blocking! It's so fresh and fun and bright! It screams spring just by pairing saturated colors together in simple, clean shapes.

We were so inspired by these looks from Rachel Roy and Lanvin that we simply had to put our own, Secondhand Star spin on them.

And here they are!
Two amazing pencil skirts in double faced silk, each purchased for $1.00!
Bright heels made these warm tones really pop!
And a strong vivid belt pulled together corresponding shades of blue...
Tanya's retro rolls and signature red lips brought a splash of the 40's into the mix.
And what better way to usher in spring in all its warmth then by grabbing some gelato!
Chocolate? Salted caramel? We couldn't decide...
So we ordered both! 

Picture perfect red walls make blues appear even more luscious!
Maybe there's time for another scoop...?
Or not...

And what color story would be complete without bright clutches for spring?
Or bright heels to add some whimsy!

On Noa: 

Pencil skirt: via thrift
Top: secondhand silk
Shoes: Enzo Angiolini
Bracelet: Thrift

On Tanya:

Pencil skirt: Maggie London via thrift
Top: Former dress re-cut from thrift
Belt: Vintage
Shoes: Forever 21

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spring Fling! Flowing silk

Just can't get enough... of the new flowing, female fabulousness of Spring! (Say that 5 times fast. I dare ya.)
Inspired by this bright mustard yellow Farragamo runway shot, I found an absolute dream of a skirt on the $1 rack. 100% silk in a dusty, lusty rose (Yes! Yes! YES!) 
I don't know about you guys, but there's something so very empowering about being ultra feminine. I'll use my wiles as I damn well please, thank you very much.  And the girlier, the better. 

When worn with a dramatic lace up, it's the perfect accessory just begging to peek out...
I topped it off with a redesigned red top that was previously a boxy suit jacket. 
And tested the waters with an afternoon west side wine tasting.
But I personally think this look is better suited to dance to the beat of my own latin love story. {Sigh}

Tanya D.

Skirt - Vintage via thrift
Top - Vintage redesign 
Belt - Thrift
Shoes - Charles David

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Raffia, Harem & Stripes. Oh my!

We found this beautiful, Jason Wu outfit featured on the runways for Spring 2011. Admittedly, the turban presented a bit of a challenge to "real life" dressing, but we were undeterred and wanted to take a crack at something similar, with our own thrifting twist, of course.

Enter our Spring must: Rafia and stripes.

And how much do we still love the harem? They're the fabulously stylish alternative to sweats or palazzos, and they make you look "oh so seventies", (a personal favorite era of ours).
Here's our version of this look, purchased via thrift!
The harem pants were a silk find, bought during a Sunday madness, dollar sale.
The belt was raffia elastic--a no-brainer for the season.
The adorable, cotton top was another dollar find that had been languishing in my drawer, waiting for the right pairing. In ordinary circumstances I would've thrown it over cut off jeans, but it just felt so current with the silk bottoms.
Aviators took the place of a turban... it just the right edge.
And wedge sandals completed the trend of using raffia for spring.
 But even sans sunglasses this outfit felt just right...
 Welcome spring!

Noa B

Cotton top: via thrift
Aviators: Street vendor
Raffia wedges:  Jellypop
Harem pants: Marion Wagner, via thirft
Raffia belt: thrift

Monday, March 21, 2011

Spring Must Haves!

Happy Monday morning Secondhand Stars!

We wanted to share our personal list of spring "must haves" for 2011 that we found via People Style Watch recently.  Many of these we managed to find this past week during our daily thrift-ing sprees! 

Bright jewel tones:
 Peasant and ethnic blouses:
 Floppy hats and rafia:
 Crisp white:

Bold stripes and color blocking:
Reds, pinks and fuscia's

We'll be bringing you our secondhand interpretations of these trends all week. Stay tuned!