The Structured Shoulder Suit

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you’ll know that I love vintage pieces. There’s something so special about a piece of clothing that has aged gracefully and that has been able to transcend through time. While there may be tons of fashion faux pas that should remain in the past, we can all agree that structure shoulders suits/tops should not. Now, is this a suit or blazer? 

Outfit Details

How beautiful is this suit? I found this suit at Goodwill and fortunately, it had the original lace hankerchief but unfortunately not the matching bottom piece. I’m guessing it had to be a pair of trousers but how awesome would it have been if it was a mini skirt!? Ok, enough fantasizing, lol. Clearly not having the matching piece did not stop me from buying it because I knew I could rock it either way. Its been pretty cold here so I paired the top with a pair of black wool pants. It was the perfect pairing because the top did not keep me as warm as I would have liked. I thought about wearing black stilettos but I ain’t basic so I paired it with my hot pink python heels and my brooks brothers bag A.K.A fake birkin, lol.

Top: Vintage Suit, $4.00 // Pants: J.Crew Wool Pants, $5.00 // Bag: Brooks Brothers, $5.50 // Thrifted Total: $14.50


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Structured Shoulder Suit, similar here

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Steve Madden Pink Python Ankle Straps, similar here

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Structured Shoulder Suit, Cute alternative here and here

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T H R E E M I X: The Leopard Vest

The leopard vest or anything animal print might seem intimidating at first. It might even seem like a want more than a necessity. Ok, you don’t NEED this leopard vest but I bet I can convince you to get one. For starters, you don’t need to wear ALL black to wear this vest or wear neutral colors with it. This also includes denim – you don’t have to wear denim to pull this off. Lastly, it’s super stylish, fashion forward and dare I say, timeless? (too far? lol)


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Faux-Fur Leopard Vest, similar here

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The Limited Green Faux-Leather Skirt, similar here

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Nina Leonard Sweater Dress, similar here

Winter Coats

Ahh, cooler weather calls for layers and layers of clothes. Which means, we walk around looking like giant overstuffed turkeys. I’m not really a big fan of layering. I hate walking around feeling like I can’t move my arms. Also, having to remove pounds of clothes every time I walk in somewhere with a heater. I prefer to just wear one giant coat, warm shoes and call it a day. I love a coat that feels like I am being hugged by a giant warm blanket. I prefer a wool coat, teddy fur or faux-fur. I have a fair amount of coats but I’m always shopping around for more!


Something Navy, Teddy Faux Fur Coat, Available here 

Teddy Faux Fur Coat,
                        Alternate,
                        color, BLUE BRUNNERA

 

Zara Double-Breasted Coat, Available here

Image 1 of DOUBLE-BREASTED COAT from Zara

 

Zara Animal Print Textured Coat, Available here

Image 1 of ANIMAL PRINT TEXTURED COAT from Zara

 

Mango Lapels Faux-Fur Coat, available here

Lapels faux fur coat

Faux-Fur Leopard Vest + Leopard Dress = Matchy-Mismatchy

Here’s another fashion rule I am breaking today: Don’t mix or wear no more than one animal print at a time.  Consider this rule broken. *Side note* Believe it or not, this look was not inspired by Beyonce’s OTRT2 leopard print out.  

Outfit Details

The mixing of animal prints in one outfit has actually become a very popular trend and several celebrities and fashion bloggers have been doing it. In order to achieve this look,you’re grouping items in a similar print or color and wearing them together.* I actually did not mix my prints together purposely (to be on trend). I really wanted to wear this sweater dress but I wanted to wear a jacket to keep warm, so I pulled the vest out. Once I put them together, I really loved the look, so I was like, “what the hell.”  I almost wore a pair of lighter leopard booties but I changed my mind and now, I think I should have.

I chose OTK boots because it was cold out and the leopard booties I have are actually ankle booties. I knew I did not want to be towing around a coat with me everywhere so I figured I keep warm with boots and the vest. The accessories were pretty bare this time; I wore a brown lip and vinyl clutch. By the way, how cute is this vinyl clutch? For some odd and funny reason this clutch reminds me of a toad! I don’t why but it does, lol. If you really like this clutch, then hold on to your wig, cause guess what?! Zara, has a VERY similar style like this one, coincidence? I’m thinking someone at Zara saw the post of me wearing this bag and they copied, HAHAHA. I don’t think that’s true but you never know, right? lol.

Dress: Nina Leopard, thrifted : $5.00 // Vest: No Brand, thrifted: $2.50 // Bag: Vinyl Clutch, thrifted: $3.00 // Thrift total: $10.50


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Nina Leonard Sweater Dress, similar here

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No Brand, Faux-Fur Leopard Vest, similar here

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Vintage Vinyl Clutch, similar here

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Vinyl Pants + Vintage Sequin Sweater

One of the things that I love about thrift stores (besides saving money) is that I often end up wearing something that is unique. I love finding and wearing one of kind pieces because it makes me feel like I can caring on a legacy. Sure, it’s not “that” deep but buying from thrift stores really has helped me expand my knowledge of fashion, designer brands, save money but most importantly, recycling. Hence the name, ReChycd.

Outfit Details

You can probably quote me on this but this is probably my favorite vintage sweater. The sequin shoulders make this sweater 1000% that much better and prettier. I purchased these vinyl pants from Target last year on sale and I’ve said this before; these pants may be intimidating at first but trust me: THESE ARE SUPER DOPE. Sure, you are going to turn heads and maybe everyone might not like them, but who cares. Wear what you want. I really loved how this all black outfit turned out and what a cooler way to make an all black ensemble stand out by mixing different textures and adding a pop of color. The last element of surprise – the shoes. I didn’t want a simple black pair of heels because I felt like this outfit deserved a bit more, so, the black snake print heels it was. This has probably been one of my favorite outfits so far this season.

Sweater: Vintage, thrift store: $4.00 // Bag: Brooks Brothers, thrifted: $4.00 // Thrifted Total: $8.00


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Who What Wear Vinyl Pants, similar here

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Steve Madden Snake Print Ankle Strap Heels, similar here

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Vintage Sequin Sweater, similar here

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The Cashmere Shirt + Plaid Pants

Sometimes in life, things happen unexpectedly. Things that may knock the wind right out of you. But you gotta keep pushing through it all.

What is lovely never dies, but passes into other loveliness.

 

Outfit Details

Cashmere tops are so underrated and I can’t figure out why. Ok. I think I know why. Have you seen how much they retail for?! F$@*! The maintenance of cashmere also doesn’t help its case – DRY CLEAN ONLY. I have a friend I thrift with and every time she sees “DRY CLEAN ONLY” she puts it back on the rack. However, if the piece is worth it to me and if it’s in great condition, I don’t care.  I have thrifted several cashmere pieces and they are the absolute best. They’re super soft and super warm.

It was one of those super chilly mornings and I wanted to wear these wool plaid pants. I didn’t want to wear a sweater because I wanted the outfit to look more structured. In order to achieve that structured look I choose this black wool blazer and of course, in order to avoid the “bulky” look wore the cashmere top. Since I wanted to spruce up this outfit a little bit, I wore these leopard heels because you can wear leopard with anything.

Top: Banana Republic Cashmere Top, thrifted: $4.00 / Pants: Banana Republic, thrifted: $8.00 / Purse: Brooks Brothers, thrifted: $4.00 // Thrifted total: $16.00


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Banana Republic Cashmere Top, similar here

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Banana Republic Ankle Flare Plaid Pants, similar here

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Furla Bag and Steve Madden Pony Hair Leopard Ankle Straps

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Wool Blazer, similar here

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Desert Dry Skin

Hey there beauties! I am going to start talking about different things on the blog besides fashion. I am trying to blog at least 4x a week but of course I need more content. I’ll try to come up with a catchy segment name so stay tuned. I will not be talking about skincare or makeup exclusively, this is not a makeup blog and I absolutely do not love makeup enough to talk about it (don’t expect makeup tutorials, I am not video confident lol).

Let’s talk about my journey and discovery of – SKINCARE. I had mentioned in another post that I learned how to apply makeup when I was 22. It all started with Youtube Makeup tutorials (thank God!). I wasn’t terrible at it but let’s just say, I didn’t apply bronzer or blush. LIKE. EVER. I actually only used makeup for special occasions. Now that we’ve covered how terrible I was at makeup, let’s talk skin care.

I didn’t even know what skincare was. I didn’t even use face wash until I was 23-ish? I’m almost certain that the only reason why I even started to care was because of a magazine article or Youtube tutorial…? The only reason why I started caring so much was because of my dark circles and DRY skin. The dark circles were a hamster wheel issue – I was in college so sleep wasn’t a thing. The dry skin I discovered because one winter day ( 50 degrees is winter in Miami) I noticed a white beard around my chin and cheeks. That’s when I noticed that I had DRY SKIN. I immediately ran to Macys and purchased an exfoliator and a moisturizer.

Routine 

Today, I am still trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t. However, I have a routine that seems to be working. I workout 5x a week and with dry skin this means that I can only use a face wash once a day. I have found that many soaps no matter how “mild” they are, they can dry out my skin.

Night time Care: I wash my face at night with a mild face wash and this one seems to be working Dove DermaSeries Dry Skin. I then follow with a night oil, currently I am sampling this Khiels Midnight Recovery oil, that I LOVE but I can’t afford. I’m also currently sampling Laneige eye sleeping mask and I LOVE IT. I have been using this one for a month and I can definitely see an improvemet.

Day time care: I don’t use makeup every day. I usually wear it more during fall and winter because I like the extra level of moisture and lets be honest, I can use the color. In the AM, I simply splash my face with COLD water and pat dry. I then apply a toner and and I pat it into my skin. After the toner has set into my skin, I rub argan oil. I’ve been using the Physicians Formula Argan Oil; again, I pat it into my skin and I let it sit for a few minutes. I finish it with  Belif, The True Cream Aqua bomb moisturizer, I pat this into my skin.

I exfoliate once a week depending on how bad my skin is. My HOLY GRAIL exfoliator is the OLENHENRIKSEN sugar mask! I bought this on a whim at Marshalls one day because it was on sale and boy was it worth the $14.99 I paid. After I used it I realized how amazing this product was and I immediately log onto Sephora. The bottle lasted about 4 months or so because a little goes a long way. It leaves your skin soft and smooth and any face product that you apply with sink into your skin smoothly. I can’t say enough good things about this product.

This post is totally NOT sponsored and these are just the tips and tricks that work for me. This post is entirely too long now so I’ll stop here.

Let me know if the comment section what tip and tricks you have or what has been your journey with skincare. Do you have one? Let me know.


 

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Vintage Baroque Blouse + Wide Legged Trousers

Inhale. Exhale. Blogging is not as simple as one might think. ONE HUNDRED things can go wrong before you even upload the photo to your computer and then ONE HUNDRED other things can wrong before you click “publish.” Case in point this  – this post. This all started Saturday (and I will not bore you with all the painful details) we arrived to our “safe” spot for photos and there was a couple there taking photos. No biggie, we drove down the block for another spot. This was around noon so the sun was out and we live in Charlotte, where there are literally 1000 trees within a mile radius. This means that although it was sunny out, there were shadows everywhere so we had trouble getting good lighting for the photos. After several attempts, we decided to go back to our “safe” spot and after we parked, we find another couple there hanging out. Annoyed at this point, we move around and again, lighting was terrible. There are more things that went wrong but I’ll spare you.

Tonight, this post almost didn’t happen. I uploaded the photos to my laptop, edited photos and just as I was starting to work on this post, my computer decided to go awol. It LITERALLY lost its computer mind.  I took a walk, took a breather, took a shower and I decided it’s time to finally buy a new computer. To be fair, I’ve had this laptop since college and it might explain WHY it lost its damn mind but still, work when I need you to dammit. Ok, after writing this down I realize that my “problems” aren’t big problems, more like annoyances and inconveniences and not the end of the world. I’m grateful for all things, even the bad ones. Everything happens for a reason even those small inconveniences can sometimes lead to big blessings or discoveries.

Outfit Details

A few weeks ago, I headed to the thrift store specifically looking for a piece of black lace fabric for my Halloween costume (check it out here). I was supposed to be in and out of the store but of course, that was a lie. An hour later, I walked out with this baroque silk shirt, these black wide legged pants, a pink sweater and fabric. The shirt was hanging outside the racks, hanging at the edge of the clothes rack just waiting for me to snag it. I totally was on a mission to find my fabric but this shirt lured me into quick browsing, lol.  At the store I tried on the top with these wide legged trousers and I knew, I had to buy the entire look. This is definitely one of those tops that will turn heads. It has two buttons right above the waist which gives the top a deep v-neck. There is definitely frontal boob display or you can wear a cami underneath. I wore a simple black bra that had a sheen to it with an X design in the middle and it looked like a bustier when the wind blew it open. I uploaded one photo were you can see the top and bra in detail. This outfit gives me 70’s vibes and for some reason, all I could think of was Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface and Farrah Fawcett.  It has to do with the pants, I’m 100% sure of that. I thought I was going to do a red lip with this outfit but instead I went with with a purple smokey eye. I LOVED how my makeup turned out for this shoot. I kept everything else fairly simple since the top commands all the attention; black heels and a black clutch.

Side note: What are the odds of me finding the EXACT vintage thrifted purse? I’m not good at math but the odds are improbable. However, I found the EXACT purse online, on Poshmark and of course, I linked it down below on the photo.

Top: Vintage Silk Baroque, thrifted: $3.50 // Pants: The Loft, thrifted: $5.00 // Thrifted Total: $8.50. ***I linked several different sites that have similar tops, as captioned on photos.


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Silk Baroque or “Chain” Shirt, similar here

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Vintage Quilted Patent Leather Purse, SAME one here

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The Loft Crepe High waisted Wide Legged Trousers, similar here

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Silk Baroque or “Chain” Top, Similar here

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Silk Baroque or “Chain” Top, Similar here

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The Shift Dress + Leather Coat

I have a traditional office job where business casual is required. I’m actually happy that this is the case because at my previous job, it was business professional (suits or at least blazers on most days). This is actually the ideal dress code for me because it allows me to play around with clothes that I can wear. Modest for work and a rebel on the weekends. However, it is because of my traditional office job that I have a lot of dresses. As a child, I HATED wearing dress, skirts anything that required showing my legs. As an adult, I can’t get enough of dresses. The dress is THE easiest item of clothing to throw on in the morning when you only have 5 minutes to spare. It’s also the easiest item to transition to from day to night without even trying too much. It’s no secret, I choose dresses over any item of clothing.

Outfit Details 

This is one of those outfits that took me 5 minutes to put together. I love burgundy and animal print together, especially anything leopard pint. I wanted to wear my hair down for this outfit but I wanted that extra “wow” factor so I accessorized with a wool hat. It was the perfect replacement to sunglasses. Weird Fact: My eyes are SUPER sensitive to sunlight so that is why 99% of my outfit posts feature me wearing sunnies. It was a bit cold this day so I wore this beautiful black leather coat and carried on with my black brooks brothers bag.

Dress: Ann Taylor, Goodwill: $5.00 // Bag: Brooks Brothers, thrift store: $5.00 // Hat: Wool, No Brand listed, Goodwill: $2.00 // Leather Coat: The Limited, gifted. // Total thrift: $12.00


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The Limited Leather Coat, similar here

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Ann Taylor Shoulder Shift Dress, similar here 

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Wool Floppy Hat, similar here

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Ann Taylor Shoulder Shift Dress, similar here

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Steve Madden Leopard Ankle Strap Heels, similar here and Brooks Brother Leather Satchel, similar here

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Double Breasted Vest Dress

Try saying that title 5 times fast! Every now and then, I’ll find something at the thrift store that will make me jump from excitement. This is one of those pieces that I feel like I’m not worthy of, LOL. This is a beautiful Emanuel Ungaro masterpiece that I happened to have stumbled across in the “dark section” of the thrift store. This is the section that most people skip because the things that are there are deemed too “unfashionable” or outdated and it’s not worth the hassle. Well, I am the girl that goes to the thrift store and spends 5 hours going through every section hoping to find that masterpiece. *Full disclosure*, I don’t recommend anyone spending that much time at any store, I just have a problem. LOL!

Blazers, blazer dresses and vest dresses are having a huge moment right now. I think we can thank Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex for this as she has worn blazers dresses more than once now. It is definitely having an “IT” moment.

Outfit Details

Originally I was going to wear this vest dress with a bodysuit but I did not like how the one that I have looked. I still want to wear it with a bodysuit, so look out for that post as soon as I find one. Thankfully, it was one of those warm fall days so I was able to get away without something underneath. I really wanted to keep this outfit minimalistic so I styled it with a pair of silver H&M heels and a black Brooks Brothers bag. I finished out with my sleek “chocolate swirl” ponytails, my go-to sunglass and a pair of navy/silver/black drop earrings.

This entire outfit was purchased at the thrift store.

Double Breasted Vest Dress: Emanuel Ungaro $6:00 // Brooks Brothers Bag: $4.00 // H&M Silver Heels: $5.00 // Thrifted Total: $15.00


 

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Emanuel Ungaro Double Breasted Vest Dress, similar here

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H&M Silver Heels, similar here and Brooks Brother Leather Bag, similar here

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Emanuel Ungaro Double Breasted Vest Dress, similar here

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Emanuel Ungaro Double Breasted Vest Dress, similar here

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