First of all, where is summer?! Seriously, WHERE IS IT?! Since it’s only January and we have FOREVER to go until those balmy months, today’s outfit post/DIY shirt is a throwback to warmer weather because I’m ready to start dreaming up festival outfits and sweating my buns off outside. Anywho…
I had been seeing these vintage deep V tshirts EVERYWHERE except in a store where I could actually buy one. I had seriously been looking for more than a year and then just decided to make myself one. I found this ridiculous “cave art” tshirt at a thrift store and DIYd the shit out of it. I ended up loving it so much that I wore it to a Tame Impala show at Red Rocks.
Shirt: Vintage and DIY by me
Boots & Sunnies: Forever 21
**these pictures were taken on a different day than the show…I was too busy pre-gaming in the parking lot….oops.
I may have made this last summer but I’m totally going to wear it and more like it alllll summer. My question is…should I make some of these one-of-a-kind pieces for the shop? Let me know!
So this blog has been around for awhile now and unfortunately it’s been dormant for most of its sad life. The past two years have taught me so much of who I am and what I want (and don’t want) and I’m ready to actually do this thing. No more half-assed posts that I throw in there just because I feel pressured to do it or to just fill space. I’ve been planning and dreaming up this relaunch for months and I’m terrified and excited that the time has come to release it out into the world.
Anywho, without further adieu, welcome!
The new Chance & Coincidence will be a blog that focuses on my journey to creating and expanding my side hustle (aka my shop), outfit posts, DIYs, travel, tips, ideas, inspiration and things that genuinely make me happy. I may occasionally throw in a story or a memory because let’s be honest–weird stuff tends to happen to me, but I’m going to try my best to be much more focused in my approach. I’m hoping that as I do this more and more the blog will continue to organically grow into something that I’m truly proud of.
Take a look around…you’ll notice some new sections that I can’t wait to delve into in the coming weeks. This is what you can expect from each section–new and old:
Start Here/Meet Me: my about me section so that you can take a tiny peek into my head
Projects: DIYs, things I’m working on, etc.
Life: this will eventually be split into sub-sections but for now it’s a space for tips and tricks, anecdotes, inspiration, current music playlists, guest posts, things I’ve been into lately, fitness, food, things to do in Denver…anything that happens in life.
Adventures: pretty self explanatory–travel and things I get into
Style: Outfit posts, Style tips, things I’m dying to buy, etc
Shop: A link to the Etsy shop which will be relaunching with a new look in February and a link to “Gloria”…you’ll have to wait until Friday to see what the heck that is 😉
You’ll notice that the old content is still here but you can expect new content three days a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7AM MST. Follow my Instagram or Snapchat (username: fallingupstairs) for daily posts.
What would you like to see on here? Leave your ideas in the comments below!
Guys, I just bought a plane ticket to Florida in March and I couldn’t be more excited to get some vitamin sea!!! Of course this means I
need, ok so I want, new bathing suits. (I actually didn’t buy any new ones last season so I feel like I’m totally justified in this purchasing decision.)
Anywho I’m one of those people that hates trying on swimsuits at the store so I tend to do my shopping online. Here I’ve narrowed down my favorite shops (and why they’re my favorites) for grabbing a cute suit this season
Best Mix & Match: Target
Target is always a swimsuit go-to because they have many different options and they are beyond affordable. Love a certain top but want more coverage on the bottom? They have options for that. This year I’ve found that Target has the easiest way to find the suit that best fits your needs.
Bonus: You can return things to an actual brick and mortar Target store.
Cheap: Forever 21
I feel like Forever 21 is an obvious go-to when you need something cheap. They have some cute options this year!
A few of my faves:
Of course these suits are not going to be super well-made and will probably only last for the season but, hey, you get what you pay for.
Downside: You can’t do returns so be prepared to keep what you’ve got.
Best for many body types: ModCloth
One of the sites that I’m super impressed with this year is ModCloth. They have many great options and they truly have something for every body type out there. They’re even using girls of every shape as models and it makes the swimsuits look even more amazing.
I’m currently waiting on a restock of a dinosaur print, high-waisted bikini, because, duh.
Bonus: Easy returns and free exchanges!
Best sexy: Nastygal
First of all if you haven’t heard of NastyGal…it’s not a XXX website so don’t be afraid to type it into your Google bar. Lol! I’ve been shopping there for years and noticed that they have some absolutely BANGING options in their swim collection this year.
If you’re looking for a head turner or if you’re heading to Vegas or Miami you may want to grab something from here.
Bonus: You can return it if it doesn’t fit the way you like!
Best Overall selection: Asos
Just like in their clothing collections, Asos has many different options in many different price ranges.
Seriously though…they have some clearance bottoms as cheap as $3 and your choices go all the way up to a $460 Mara Hoffman one-piece stunner.
Bonus: The site makes it really easy to refine your search PLUS free shipping and free returns.
Now that I’m all inspired to buy a new suit…I’m heading to the gym.
Are there any sites you like to shop for bathing suits? Let me know so that I can check them out.
I have never been one to enjoy the cold (a winter in Chicago nearly killed me) but I have to say that I love when it snows here in Denver. It’s not like the winter storms in Tennessee where everyone runs to the store to grab all of the milk and bread and all of the interstates become littered with abandoned vehicles…it snows and things continue on almost as normal.
Today I took a break and went wandering in the snow.
To get ready I threw on an animal print sweater, chambray shirt and a cozy fur vest to go under my puffy winter coat. My leggings are fleece lined–hello comfort!
Warm, snuggly layers have become my wardrobe’s best friends this season.
Chambray Shirt: Nordstrom
Fur Vest: Unknown
This slouchy fringe bag is my current go-to and I’m loving the boho vibe it adds to my outfits.
Bag: Vince Camuto
This down-filled puffer coat is the perfect length and squishes into its own little bag so that I can even throw it in my purse if I need to.
Coat: Ralph Lauren
Hat & Glove Set: J Crew
And today I went with my motorcycle boots because they’re my faves but, just to be clear, next time I walk in the snow I’m wearing my snow boots–even though they won’t look as cute.
Boots: Lucky Brand (No longer available)
Some of the items I’m wearing are no longer available but I’ve found some similar ones for you to shop!
Shop the look:
Forever 21: $14.90
Urban Outfitters: $59.00
Forever 21: $40.99
Macy’s: $142.99 (On Sale!)
What are your favorite things to wear on a snow day?
I’ve been thrifting my entire adult life. I don’t remember just how far back my love of “treasure hunting”, as I like to call it, goes but I distinctly remember going in high school to find cool vintage tees. There’s just something about digging through a pile of old, thrown away and forgotten clothing only to find a Dior suit or a pair of Frye boots that just makes me happy.
Throughout the years I have been asked countless times “how do you find the good stuff?”, or “I wouldn’t have thought twice about buying that but it’s really cute” and “can I come thrifting with you?” so I thought it would be a good time to share some of my tried and true tips so that you can have the same ‘luck’ that I do…
- Choose where you want to go.
There are tons of secondhand stores that you’ve probably never heard of…just Google search ‘thrift stores’ and tons will come up. I suggest trying out the smaller, lesser known stores instead of heading to Goodwill; prices and selection tend to be much better.
- Many stores don’t have fitting rooms so plan accordingly.
I try to wear a pair of leggings and a close-fitting top so that I can throw things over to roughly see how they fit. If it’s cold out, I’ll wear layers to stay warm because some stores don’t have the best heat!
This mirror and rack in the back of the store is considered the “fitting area”. You most likely won’t want to be getting naked back here.
- Carry a little backpack or a cross-body purse so that you can have both hands free.
To find the goodies you’ll be digging in the racks (most stores are sorted by color…not by size) so make sure those hands aren’t taken up by lugging a bag around.
- Clean out your car.
You never know when you’re going to find the perfect coffee table (that you weren’t looking for) or you need to buy EVERYTHING in the store. Many places will hold items for 24 hours but I find it easier to just take it with me.
- Pack a tape measure.
That way I always know if things will A. fit in my car and B. fit where I want them to go.
My trusty little tape measure. (My mom taught me this trick)
- Stop by the ATM beforehand.
To cut costs even further some stores only accept cash and some will charge tax or a credit fee on your card. I typically take out $20-60 depending on how many stores I’m heading to or what I’m looking for.
- Go through the racks hanger by hanger.
Or box piece by piece. You get the idea. You can’t tell what an item looks like by seeing a sleeve. A lot of times the goodies are wedged in there.
- Try to see things not how they are but how they could be.
Sounds so deep doesn’t it? Haha but for real, do you like the print on a long skirt but it looks too old-lady? What if you cut it and made a cute mini out of it? That oriental looking muumuu? Add a belt and it’s an amazing dress. That old bridesmaid dress? Add a few pieces of gold chain and viola, a formal dress. And a pair of perfectly worn in mom jeans become those high-waisted cut off shorts you’ve been eyeing at Urban Outfitters. When you’re spending $3 on something you can really go wild with cutting it up. You can see a couple of things I’ve changed up here and here.
- Don’t feel obligated to buy a two-piece set if you only want part of it.
This was a mistake that I used to make all the time because I was too afraid to ask and I ended up with pieces that I just had to re-donate. Some places will only sell it as a set but a lot of stores will let you buy only the item you want, just ask.
- Check for stains, holes, broken zippers, missing buttons, etc.
Some things can’t be fixed, like an ugly, 20-year-old coffee stain, but stitching up a hole in a seam or adding a button (or changing out all of the buttons) are easy fixes. As for stains, always look over the item carefully, they can be easy to miss but can make something completely unwearable. I don’t know how many times I’ve come home super pumped about something only to get it into the natural light and there’s a hideous stain on it…if there’s a window in the store take the item over to it and look it over…many stores aren’t well-lit places.
This stain will most likely never come out of this satin skirt and it’s SUPER noticeable.
This would be an easy fix.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for a discount if something is damaged.
I’ve gotten things handed to me for free because I’ve brought it up.
- Don’t be afraid to walk away from the item.
If you’re going to have to put in a ton of work and the store won’t give you a discount is it really worth buying for $3? Usually my answer is no but that’s always going to be up to you.
- If buying shoes, check the soles.
Over time they tend to break down and fall apart. I’ve worn super cute shoes (that looked like they were perfectly fine) and after about an hour I walked right out of the soles…another time big chunks just started falling off everywhere that I walked. When shopping pick up the shoe, turn it over and bend it. Is it cracking? Falling apart? If the shoes are worth it you can have them re-soled but I usually just put them back.
- Look through all of the sections.
The little boy’s section is perfect for finding a great fitting shrunken blazer and the men’s section is great for finding that perfectly oversized shirt.
- Try everything on.
Vintage sizes can be much different and very deceiving on a hanger.
- Look for things when they aren’t in season.
For example…ugly Christmas sweaters. Most places will put them out all year so you’ll find the better ones when it isn’t holiday season.
- Become friends with the staff or get on their email list.
Many places will have discount days that are totally worth going to…these can be anywhere from 50% off everything to $10 for anything you can stuff into a shopping cart. Be careful if furniture shopping though…some places will mark everything up the week before so that half off isn’t super cheap.
- Give everything a good washing.
Most people clean things before they donate but they can take on a musty, old smell. Be sure to check the tags to see if it’s dry clean only and if it’s something super old and fragile wash on the gentle cycle. You can also get tips on how to clean hats and shoes if you’re worried about cooties and critters (although I’ve never seen anything like that).
- Keep a list of things you’re looking for.
I keep a running list in my phone of all of the things that I’m currently in the market for. Right now I’m looking for flannel, faux fur and a small desk. Just write down what you definitely need and any dimensions that may be important to buying furniture and other items.
- Always remember that just because it’s at a thrift store, it might not be the best price. I’ve seen many pieces of furniture, household items and toys that could definitely be bought new for around the same price, or less, so keep that in mind as you’re shopping.
- Some things that you can thrift but may not think about it:
-Christmas lights (always plug them in to make sure they work)
-Picnic blankets or, in my case, festival blankets
-Pet gates (baby gates)
-the perfect flannel shirt
-furniture ottomans (so easy to cover with new fabric)
-old books for decorating (look for the old Reader’s Digest Condensed Books…they always have great covers)
If you have any questions or a tip you’d like to add, I’d love to hear them! You can email me or leave a comment below.
Happy treasure hunting, friend!
So my outfit posts have definitely been lacking lately and I hate that but I’ve been without a photographer and, well technically, I still am. There are so many variables that have made it really hard…since Mom is in Tennessee, she’s out…Jonathan now has a full-time job and with Daylight Savings it’s dark by the time he gets home, so he’s out and I work weekends so we can’t even get together then! I decided it was time to figure it out so I took things into my own hands…literally. Please bear with me over the next few weeks as I figure out how to make sure I’m in focus while I’m using a self-timer and a tripod (or I make a friend that just happens to be a photographer that wants to help me out).
Today was my first day trying it out and it went absolutely terribly. It was a beautiful sunny morning so I went over to the park where a freak storm blew through. Not even kidding. It was sunny when I got there and then the wind started which almost blew over my tripod–I had to scrounge for some rocks to put around it so I wouldn’t break my camera. My tripod bag blew away and my efforts to retrieve it were absolutely futile and then it started pouring rain on me. I ran back to the apartment to take a look at the pictures and they were all blurry. I peeked out of the window and it was sunny. (Insert angry, red face emoji here).
I went out to give it another shot, adjusted the settings and tried again…still blurry. Ugh. Anyway I decided to just make these work while I continue to learn.
I found this little cape (that was mercilessly flapping around in the storm’s wind for the pictures) at a thrift store last year and I basically ran to the counter with it. I love capes!
Capes can be worn in many different ways but for this look I decided to make it the main part of my ensemble. Since it’s such a classic staple I paired it with a bunch of other classics…the white button up, a pair of worn in boyfriend jeans and some pinkish-nude pumps.
I rolled the bottoms of my pants and my sleeves and tucked one tail of my shirt into my waistband just to give the look an easier feel.
I’m not one to look overly preppy so to give it a little edge I chose some studded pumps, added a metal necklace and I put a silver cuff on each arm. I love how the silver just peaked out of my rolled up sleeves.
And the shoes, well of course I just love these little babes. They go with just about everything.
Every piece of my outfit was thrifted except the jewelry and shoes so if you like the look I went ahead and searched the interwebs for very similar pieces that you can shop by clicking below.
Nasty Gal $78.00
Do you have a cape? How do you like to wear it?