Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Aztec Accessories: DailyBuzz Style 9x9

A special thanks to the lovely people at Accessorize who made this style challenge possible, and are the sponsors of this post.
 To check out their complete line of jewelry, please visit: http://us.accessorize.com/.

When I first saw this necklace I knew EXACTLY what I was going to pair with it. 

I had just purchased a tribal patterned tank and this rustic maroon floor length maxi dress at Savers a little bit ago. 
 I had an inkling that this WAS the look I wanted to showcase this necklace.

It all started with a necklace:

Which inspired me to pair it with this shirt:

Which led to feeling like a Aztec Princess:

Put on some heels to polish the look:

And escorted me straight into fashion heaven!

The patterns on the necklace and blouse 
reminded me of ancient pottery bowls and vases.

Necklace: C/O Accesorize.com    Shirt: Caribou NY @ Savers $5
Skir: Vintage D'Knits @ Savers $3

Thank you again to Accessorize.com and DailyBuzz Style for choosing Here and Wow for the 9x9 Style Challenge.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Daily {New Feature}

Finally there is Instagram for Droid!!

Since I am doing posts every Wednesday 
I will be snapping pics {of the other days of the week} with instagram everyday!

Follow me!!
Username: Kaylasjoy

{Preview of what outfit posts will look like on instagram}

also expect to see random artsy pictures & food deliciousness

Hope to see you via instagram :)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Recap: Thrift Spring Break Challenge

Doing this challenge has been exciting, cold, and a way to be more adventurous. 

I usually steer towards the autumn colors; tuscan orange, maroons, olive and forest greens.

Doing this challenge I tried to be more open to vibrant colors and various patterns. 

I also HAD to hunt. 

I just unpacked and placed some of my finds in my drawers. 
These are some pieces I didn't share with you all yet :)

Most of them are skirts and shirts -- perfect for this spring and summer weather 
that is coming our way!

If I could have changed one thing about the past week it would have been the weather. 
All of the clothes I thrifted in sunny warm Texas were not helpful in dressing me
 for the cold rainy California I came home to.

All in all, it was a fun experience and I cannot wait to wear all the new garments :)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

'Treaded' Last Day

Today is my last day of my 
'Thrift or Go Naked' Spring Break Challenge

Tomorrow I will do a mini recap of pro/cons of the challenge and what not :)

Today I did some final thrifting and got some great pieces all for a grand total of $28

Vest: Wrangler $3
Orange Blouse: New Look thrifted for $10 (its so incredibly silky)
Scarf: given by friend (used in prior posts)

Tread Sole Boots: Nine West $15

Thursday, April 12, 2012


I am finally home sweet home and looking forward to the 15 thrift stores my town has to offer. 

To start off this amazing trip home I just got notified that I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Awards by Vicky from Octoberchic.com

Thank you so much, I feel so honored and I am smiling like a school girl!

The VB Awards ask that I share 7 Fun Facts about myself 
as well as provide a list of 15 wonderful blogs that I swoon over.

Kayla Facts-O-Fun:
1. I think the prices at Goodwill are horribly expensive
 and only go when there are sales. 

2. I have a strange obsession with carrots
 and eat probably an entire bag every day. 

3. I have Celiac Disease 
(apparently Miley Cyrus does too - anyone else read the yahoo article on it?)

4. I absolutely HATE shopping for jeans & shorts

5. I am a somewhat fitness junkie and love working out and eating clean

6. I love Jesus Christ

7. I used to want to be a Pastry Chef -- Oh the irony.

Swoon Worthy Blogs
(the first 11 will be fashion, last 5 will be random assortment)
I couldn't pick just 15!

New Dress a Day
I probably owe all of my 'blog' success to this girl. She got me hooked on thrift shopping and showing that you can still look great without breaking the bank. Constantly wowing me with new creations, I will always love this blog.

Lovely fashion, DIY, baking, craft, funky blog of LIFE! 
I aspire to be like her.

Olivia has captured the perfect way to wear feminine, lacy, and high heels

Francesca is a fellow budget friendly fashionista!
I know her personally and she is great with DIY & Fashion projects!

Sea. Of. Shoes -- need I say more?

This blog is where I drool over $400 clothing delicacies. 
Kelly Framel provides a blog that is like
 flipping through a gorgeous magazine of fashion wonder. 

Krystal shows how to do fierce, untraditional business wear. 
She also puts together everyday outfits that are fantastic!

Jade is a sewing goddess! 
She sews a lot of her clothes and they always look stunning and flawless

Beautiful outfit updates 
that make me wish I didn't hate spending a lot of money.
Always providing inspiration to fellow fashion fans.

With home, how to's, fashion and DIY what else could you want?
Such a deliciously perfect blog.

Beautiful outfits always

Becca is an amazing inspiration for working out and lifting!

This girl knows her stuff! 
She makes awesome vegan recipe's and is a health enthusiast!
She also takes awesome pics of her meals that look pro.

Delicious, healthy, and amazing recipes

If you have any food allergies or food specifications, this lady has a recipe for you that you are going to love.

Delicious recipes that feed the soul, and don't fight the pant size

I was so shocked when I found out I had been nominated, and it honestly meant the world and a half to me. 
So many of these blogs are immensely successful and I look up to each individual blogger for inspiration and motivation. 
Through fashion and fitness these blogs provide a great encyclopedia for all of my inquiries. 

Rules When Awarded (if you want to):
1. Thank award-giver & link to them in post
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs you enjoy
4. Contact the bloggers and let them know about the award.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

To The Prairie

We visited The Prairie 
(also the home of Shabby Chic Couture Rachel Ashwell)

With a beautiful interior and vintage pieces -- I was in heaven. 

This dress was beautifully displayed in the Happy Hour room.
I am absolutely in love with this dress. 

The Shabby Chic Couture store was so delicately done, 
it was like walking into a beautiful fairytale.

Inside there were duvet covers, pillow cases and the most comfortable couches I have ever laid 'tush' on. 

Little elegant touches were added outside with frilly fabrics upon a clothesline.

Shabby Chic Couture by Rachel Ashwell
You can see a more budget friendly Shabby Chic line at Target

Fun Facts:
There is not only a store here but also a beautiful Bed and Breakfast!
I can personally recommend staying at the B & B! 
After seeing the place I wanted to plan a weekend here!

For more on the The Prairie B & B

They are also available for weddings
 (hello future wedding spot for me!)

-headed onto the plane to see the parents :)-

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A-maize-ing Find

Came across a treasure trove of goodies today - Free Giveaway Pile

What a dream!!

I scored with:
a few dresses,
a couple sleeveless tops
and two button up dress shirts!

Maize Yellow Dress - Free!! Found in giveaway pile :)
Vest- (Roommates-Thrifted) Wore it on the plane, so I had it with me

 Shoes - Carlos Santana (clearance @ Macy's - Packed w/ me)

Today is my last day in Texas :(
I get to fly home for a few days -- which means the ability to go to 12 more thrift stores!!

Tomorrow I have a few more things from my trip in Texas I want to share... 

Little Hint:
-Bed & Breakfast

Monday, April 9, 2012

Round Top Trip

We took a trip to Round Top Texas for a HUGE antique market
 these were some things that I found that caught my eye...

 Came across some original art from 1965 French Fashion Sketch Designer RL Simon
Provided by Maps & Art 

I absolutely loved seeing all the vintage and retro sketches in person!

I loved the various patterns and designs on this old tribal shirt

Hand-made lamp shades by Pattie Meyers

Just some cool things that caught my eye while antiquing in Round Top :)

Sunday, April 8, 2012

The Grand Geometric

Happy Easter everyone!!

I hope all of your Easters were full of joy, happiness, grateful hearts and family!

Today's dress was found at a garage sale!

DRESS BRAND: L.A.M.B by Gwen Stefani 
(most of her dresses are over $100 originally!)

What I paid: $4
(they were asking $5 but I am cheap and haggled a bit)

I loved the geometric shapes at the bottom of the dress, it added so much pizzaz and character to the piece. 

In the spirit of Easter, it reminded me of when you dye Easter eggs and then they crack!

Shoes: (roommates) from Target

Fun Story:
So, I was originally driving around looking for a thrift store I had heard good reviews on. Hunting for '11th Street.'
 As we came up to '11th Street' at the correct street number.... there was no thrift store.... BUT A GARAGE SALE!
(how random right?)

Here was the catch: We were in a somewhat questionable area.

-Special Thanks to my lovely photography Arlina Rose-

I decided to take the risk. 
-complete daredevil-
I found this dress and 2 other great items for under $10!

So what happened to the thrift store? 
Well me being the complete genius that I am didn't pay attention to the cities
 and just assumed it was the city of my current location. 

-ashamed of ignorance- 

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Hunt

Since today was the first day... 
I of course wore something I had planned to pack. 
(obviously I needed something to wear to thrift in... No shoes, No shirt, No service)

Today  we went thrift shopping at Goodwill, not the biggest haul but definitely some cool pieces!

We will be making another thrift stops on Monday
 for now I have enough to make ~3 outfits :)

These photos were taken by Arlina Rose Photography

Remember this skirt?? I wore it as a dress here!
I paired it with a shirt found at a Swap Meet & some T.J Max Clearance Shoes :)

Friday, April 6, 2012

2012 Spring Break Challenge: Thrift or Go Naked

So tomorrow marks the 'official' first day of my Spring Break
 so tomorrow will be the kick-off of my 'Thrift or Go Naked' Challenge!

So for the next week I will be doing daily/every other day posts of:

-My  thrifted outfit
(I pretty much only packed shoes & jeans for my trip so I need to find some good pieces!!)

-Antique/Vintage Treasures

-Other Cool Experiences

So excited to share this experience with you all! :)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Checkered Flowers

I have never been one to put crazy patterns together.
 I have always WANTED to be that person. 

I finally bursted my fashion comfort bubble and grabbed two patterns that usually wouldn't be paired together BUT because of their relating colors work perfectly together.

Dress: Thrifted @ Savers
Jacket: Thrifted @ Savers

I challenge you to try something you never thought you could do!
Maybe it's trying that fishtail braid, or a winged eye, or high waisted shorts -- go for it! 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Choice to Pack Nothing

Thrift or Go Naked.

This Spring Break I am going to Texas and than visiting my home town. 
As I am beginning to pack and cannot think of what to bring 
(due to weather being so up and down.)

This lead to me thinking of a possibly horrible  awesome idea!!

What if I only pack things I NEED like my delicates, some shoes, pair of jeans, shorts, and a few basics. 

And everything I wear has to be thrifted during my trip?? 

This could be potentially dangerous seeing as sometimes I don't find anything when thrifting. 

What do you guys think??
I could blog all week about my finds/failures and give little pics of what is up!