Rent the Runway

The holidays are here and I’m sure that they’re plenty of parties you have to attend to and parties that you might be hosting. I attended my very first holiday party of the season Saturday; my office holiday party. Out of all the parties that I have to attend this season, this is probably the most challenging one, outfit wise. I find it challenging because you want to look party ready but you want to keep in mind that whatever you wear, the people that you work with, A.K.A your boss will see you. The last thing you want is John from accounting to give you that creepy look (shivers).

Outfit Details

I had planned on wearing something from my closet but then I quickly realized that everything that I owned was not office party appropriate. Of course, I shopped at Goodwill and even went online but I couldn’t find anything that I liked. With the date coming up quickly, I turned to rent the runway. Unfortunately, I waited too long to decide on what to wear so by the time I went on their site, options were extremely limited. Their options were still better than anything I had hanging in my closet so I went for it. I ordered the dress on Black Friday as they a 40% sale on all orders placed on that day. I rented this dress AND a this dress, click here. While I loved both dresses, this one was my favorite. The second one was a bit too large on the shoulders and waist. I decided to wear the one shoulder dress because it fit better but it definitely was tight; I should have sized up. The dress fit me fine on the bust area but the hip area was constricting; you can see in the photos how “body-con” it was in the stomach area. The dress felt sexy and conservative and I received compliments all night long.

I kept my accessories to a minimum; I wore a beautiful pair of gold chandelier earrings, a black and pink lace clutch and a pair of gold embellished heels. My hair is usually the trickiest thing to style because it’s curly. I didn’t want to straighten my hair because I love my natural hair. I also didn’t want to wear a bun or a ponytail, so I did a half up ponytail. I wanted a bit of “drama” for my makeup so I did a purple and black smokey eye and a neutral lip.

Are you all ready for the holiday season? Anything you wish to see on the blog? Let me know if the comments section below.

*Disclaimer: This NOT a paid post or an advertisement for Rent the Runway.

Happy Fashion,

Karla

Follow my on Instagram @rechycd 


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Likely Georgia Sheath Dress, available for rent here

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Fashion Chandelier Earrings; Ebay, similar here

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Likely Georgia Sheath Dress, similar here

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Likely Georgia Sheath Dress, similar here

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Steve Madden Gold Embellished Pointed Toe Heels, similar here

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Kirna Zabêete For Target Clutch, similar here

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Likely Georgia Sheath Dress, similar here

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Python Jeans + Suede Leggings

Happy Friday everyone! Today I will make it quick. I am currently, cooking, deep conditioning and blogging. Talk about multitasking! By the way, it’s Thursday evening.

Outfit Details

I bought these jeans at the “bins.” The “bins” is the Goodwill Outlet, where clothes are sold by the pound. I typically don’t have much luck at the bins, but I was particularly lucky this day. These are the beloved Seven 7 Jeans and I got them for $1.39. I wanted a neutral look and I think it has a lot to do with yesterday’s outfit. I will admit, I have a thing for earth tones, especially during this time of year.  Since I wanted to keep the neutral tones going, I wore a grey shirt and this beautiful suede jacket. The jacket was another steal! It’s a Guess jacket and I paid $5.50 for it. Truly a timeless piece that will hopefully fit me for years to come. I finished it with this dark brown clutch and beige booties.

Jeans: Seven 7 Jeans: $1.39 // Top: Eileen Fisher Long Sleeve Top: $4.00 // Jacket: Guess Suede Jacket: $5.00 // Clutch: Vintage No Brand: $2.00 // Outfit Total: $12.39

Happy Fashion,

Karla

Follow me on Instagram @rechycd


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Seven 7 Skinny Jeans, similar here

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Guess Suede Jacket, similar here

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Eileen Fisher Long Sleeve Crewneck Shirt, similar here

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Shoedazzle Booties, similar here and brown vintage clutch, similar here

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The Plaid Blazer + The Herringbone Trousers

Ok, when I say it has been cold, I mean, it has been COLD. My skin is definitely suffering and my body wants to go into hibernation. I don’t know how you Northern folk or people that live in cold places do it. Charlotte’s winters are fairly mild compared to most cold places and I know that most of you that live in these winter wonderlands must be laughing at me. Like I tell everyone, I have “tropical” bones and my body can only handle 80+ degree temperatures. I should mention that this is only FALL and I am already complaining. I am NOT looking forward to old man winter 😦

Outfit Details

Now that Fall is in full swing, you can expect way more sweaters, coats and turtle necks. Of course, you will see lots of wool, cashmere with a little bit of sequin sprinkled here and there. I really wanted to up game with trousers (specifically “work” trousers) because they are warmer than wearing dresses with stockings. I actually recently purchased these Banana Republic trousers for a MAJOR steal at only $5.50. Considering the weather, what a better way to wear these with a turtle neck and this beautiful plaid blazer? I will admit, I was a little nervous about mixing these two prints together because you typically don’t see people mixing herringbone and plaid. HOWEVER, since I’ve been on a “kick” lately to try different things, I figure why not. I went for a very monochromatic look because I just loved how the different shades of beige looked together. From the semi-dark beige colored trousers, to the subtle hints of brown on the blazer to the dark brown color of the clutch. The best thing about this outfit?The ENTIRE outfit comes from a thrift store.

P.S. This was one outfit that was hard to find pieces that were affordable; I’m assuming because of the wool.

Pants: Banana Republic: $5.50 // Blazer: Harvé Benard: $4.00 // Top: Talbots: $4.00 // Clutch: $2.00 // Shoes: Nine West: $8.00 // Thrifted Total: $23.50

Happy Fashion!

Follow me on Insta @rechycd

Karla


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Harvé Benard Plaid Blazer, similar here 

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Vintage No Brand Clutch, similar here

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Talbots Cable Knit, similar here

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Nine West Patent Leather Pointed Toe Heels, similar here

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Banana Republic Herringbone Trousers, similar here

The Vinyl Pants

The long weekend is over and its back to work. I have to admit, I was in bed 75% of the time. I rarely take the opportunity to nap and sleep in and that’s exactly what I did. I did all of my “black Friday” online shopping Saturday and ate leftovers on the couch. I didn’t get much done as I had hoped but I still get some things done. It’s Monday so back to the grind it is.

Outfit Details

These PVC pants have been everywhere this season! When I purchased them, I thought I might be one of the handful of people to wear them but I have been proven wrong. It is actually the perfect season to wear them because there is now way you are going to wear these come summer time. This is my third time wearing them and I figured I mixed a little bit of faux-fur ( this top is fur but it was thrifted).  I wanted a very feminine look with this outfit so this top was perfect for the occasion. In order to keep the look feminine and so “fetch” I wore these sheer bow kitten heels and a PVC clutch.

P.S. I had the hardest time finding a top similar to this one.

Top: Willi Smith: $4.00 / Shoes: J.Reené: $1.97 // Clutch: Kate Spade: $1.99 // Thrifted Total: $7.96


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Willi Smith Faux Fur Collar Knitwear, similar here

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Who What Wear Paperbag Trousers, similar here

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Kate Spade Clutch, similar here

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J.Reené Bow Top Kitten Heels, similar here and here

Plaid + The Houndstooth Mini

Happy Late Thanksgiving to all of my US folks! I hope you enjoyed spending time with your families, eating, drinking and eating some more. I spent a very quiet Thanksgiving with my husband and dog. We ordered takeout and did our own thing. Since moving away from home, my husband and I decided not to cook this year. It logically makes sense because we have different diets and essentially did not want to deal with leftovers. I’m only forward to Black Friday sales but only online. I’ve done the mall more than once on a Black Friday and I am over it. The hassle of finding parking, the crowded mall AND dressing rooms and all the other annoying things that come with it. Are you doing online shopping or headed to the mall? Let me know in the comments section below.

Outfit Details

I am all about mixing patterns as of late and today I bring you the houndstooth and plaid version. I did not purposely set out to mix these two but I really wanted to wear this top. I knew I didn’t want to wear it with trousers because I wore it like that for work already. Perusing through my closet, I “stumbled” across this skirt ( it was actually hanging in the “black hole” section of my closet) and I immediately knew I wanted to wear it with this shirt. This outfit instantly gave me that 70s vibe and to complete the look, I added these cutout booties. It was pretty cold out so I wore it with this comfy blazer and my hand-me-down LV bag. I wrote a short story about this Louis Vuitton bag and will be releasing this Saturday so stay tuned for that piece.

Top: Talbots $4.00 // Coat: Eddie Bauer $4.00 // Thrifted Total: $8.00


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Shoedazzle Cut-out Booties, similar here and Louis Vuitton Bucket Bag, similar here

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Vintage Talbots Side Pleated Plaid Chiffon Blouse, similar here

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Eddie Bauer Wool Blazer, similar here

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The Loft Houndstooth A-Line Mini Skirt, similar here

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Faux-Fur Leopard Coat + Leather Skirt

The most rewarding thing about thrifting is knowing how much money I save on clothes. An even greater feeling is when I am able to find “on trend” pieces at thrift stores for a fraction of the cost at a regular stores. Take this coat for example,  I bought this at a thrift store for $25.00. While for thrift stores this is considered steep, it is still MUCH cheaper than what you’ll find at regular stores. This coat is in perfect condition, it’s not designer but it’s one those brands you find mostly at Macys (Alfani) so you know the MSRP was probably $150+ (similar style here) Even H&M’s version of this coat is pricey at $129.00! A greater feeling about thrifting though – is when someone compliments you on your outfit and you proudly say, “this whole look is from the thrift store.” 

Outfit Details

It’s that time of the year when I go hunting for the perfect leather/faux-leather skirt. I have an undisclosed obsession with leather/faux-leather skirts. I’m specifically in the lookout for the perfect mini or pencil skirt. Today,  I bring you my most recent leather skirt find. It’s the perfect buttery soft (designer if I may add) leather skirt that I can wear to work and off hours. I actually have a few leather skirts in my collection but I have had to let them go because no one told me that at 30 my hips and but would get wider and fatter. Seriously, what the hell? Since I’ve had to replace all of my skirts, I am now on the hunt for the perfect suede mini or pencil skirt, stay tuned.

Since this is a work outfit, I wore this silk crew neck black and white striped blouse and these red heels for a pop of wow. For some reason, I figured I wear my fishnet socks and lets just say, my husband wasn’t a fan. I however, wanted to go for the exaggerated look so I kept the socks on. I originally did not set out to wear this coat but it was cold out so why not. It was the perfect, “don’t overdress but I’m overdressed look, lol.” I pulled my hear back to a side bun and a black leather clutch.

P.S. If you want to keep up with me on social, check me out on Insta ! @rechycd

Top: Talbots, $4.00 // Skirt: Kay Unger, $4.00 // Coat: Alfani, $25.00 // Skirt: $4.00 // Clutch: Bally, $3.00 // Thrifted Total: $40.00


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Kay Unger Leather Pencil Skirt, similar here

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Alfani faux-fur leopard coat, similar here

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Urban Outfitters Fishnet Pearl Crew Socks, similar here and Shoedazzle T-Strap Bow Heels, similar here BTW those are HOT and on sale so act fast!

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Talbots Silk Black and White Striped Blouse, similar here

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The Jacquard Blazer + The Accordion Maxi Skirt

In my college years,  I was a major American Apparel fan. I remember being obsessed with their skater skirts and high waisted jeans. In Miami they have the regular store on the main strip of the mall but if you walked around the store, you could walk up to their Outlet. I remember spending a good chunk of my paycheck here and splurging during black Friday sales. Over the years, the fever started to wear off and my obsession slowly subsided. I think it had a lot to do with the fact that I can’t fit into their clothes any more AND the fact that they no longer have store locations. I don’t want to purchase jeans online to then have to go through the unbearable online return process, ugh. I am still a huge fan of their bodysuits. Nowadays, I’ll stumble across American Apparel items at thrift stores and I gotta say, they’re hard to pass up. I’m sure in LA they finding their items might be very common but I don’t think that’s the case for everywhere else.

Outfit Details

While we are on the subject of thrift stores, this entire outfit (except the shoes) was purchased at Goodwill. I bought this AA skirt at a Goodwill in Miami. I think I’ve owned this skirt for a few years now and I am finally getting around to wearing it. I actually decided that I am going to sell this piece so if you’re interested, it will be available (soon) on my poshmark, username @theo_dores. The skirt is in good condition but I must admit, it feels a little tight on the waist so it’s time to let it go. The skirt is super sheer so undergarments are a must! I checked the AA website and it looks like they no longer sell these, so if you want it, go grab it.

I wanted to create a look with this skirt that you could easily transition from the office-to-cocktail party. I wanted to wear this skirt to work but I wanted it to look office appropriate so I put on this blazer. With my goal in mind of “office-to-cocktail” look, what a better way to achieve this than with a Jacquard blazer. The skirt is a shimmery cream color and the blazer is cream with gold leaves. I wanted to wear a sweater that complemented both the skirt and the blazer alone so that I would be able to remove the blazer for cocktail hour. Truth be told, the blazer is cocktail hour approved. However, my body gets really warm after a few drinks, especially if the heater is blowing. The sweater happens to be a Halston Heritage (Goodwill find) piece and it happens to be shimmery as well so I was a walking disco ball. Since I happen to be wearing everything gold and shimmer, I figure I wear gold heels. I accessorized with a pair of blush/cream chandelier earrings and a vintage beaded clutch.

P.S. Taking photos spinning is NOT as easy it looks LOL.

Skirt: American Apparel: $5.00 // Top: Halston Heritage: $4.00 // Blazer: Premise: $5.00 // Clutch: Vintage No Brand: $2.00 // Thrifted Total: $16.00


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American Apparel Accordion Skit, similar here

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Halston Heritage Metallic Knitwear Sweater, similar here

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Premise Jacquard Metallic Blazer, similar here 

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Steve Madden Gold Embellished Pointed Toe Heels, similar here

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Tuxedo Dress = Office-to-Cocktail Dress

Happy Saturday!! This is like my first ever Saturday post and I might be posting on Saturday’s from time to time. Saturday’s are usually blog photo days so that’s why I typically don’t blog on Saturdays but today (the day this post is actually being written) is Thursday (shhh).

Outfit Details

Is this really a tuxedo dress? It’s actually a silk dress and it looks like a tuxedo, but is it a tuxedo? Doesn’t matter because I really love this dress. I purchased this at a Goodwill in Los Angeles over ago and I just around to wearing it. This was actually on the pricer side of thrifting because it was $12.99 ( I know lol) and it is a Trina Turk dress. This is actually the perfect office-to-cocktail dress. Considering it is the holiday season, I will be featuring the outfits that will take you from the office to cocktail hour. I accessorized this dress to a minimum since I needed to keep it professional for 8 hours. For cocktail hour a quick change of lip color and a pair of chandelier earrings can easily take you to cocktail hour. If you’re like me that carries a clutch inside their handbag, then you can pull your clutch out and leave your bag in the car. It’s that simple. No need to run home to change or even worse, change in the car.

Dress: Trina Turk $12.99 // Coat: Yeohlee $10.00 // Thrifted Total: $22.99


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Yeohlee Duster Coat, similar here

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Trina Turk Tuxedo Dress, similar here

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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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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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