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Trail Blazers: Jones New York Blazer Dress

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Trail Blazers: Jones New York Blazer Dress

Hello everyone! It’s no secret that Lil Red loves the Goodwill – a spark which has burned brightly since doing a majority of my apartment shopping there when I moved in. Similar to TJMaxx, shopping secondhand feels like a treasure hunt. You literally never know what you’re going to find. Sometimes the shopping trip is fruitless and other times you walk out with a bagful of things you didn’t know you needed until you laid eyes on it.

For example, the last time I was at Goodwill, this amazing Jones New York dusty pink blazer dress was just hanging out on one of the end caps and it was instant love. With vintage vibes and a color I rarely wear, this purchase felt exciting and I am so looking forward to sporting it this holiday season. Take a look:

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The very cool thing about this little number, aside from the fact that it looks fresh out of the 1950s, is the options that it comes with. Yes, it could be worn as a dress, which I plan on doing for at least one holiday get together. But, it also can be thrown on as a trench style coat, which will look particularly becoming in the spring. Buying pieces that can be worn a multitude of ways helps the garment continue to feel exciting with every use and it always makes me feel like I’m getting a lot of bang for my buck.

I spent a whopping five dollars on this dress and I’m sure that the original price tag was at least twenty times that. And, that’s the beauty of secondhand shopping. For five dollars I got to treat myself with an old piece of clothing that feels brand new to me and there is really nothing better than that!

What has been one of your favorite secondhand finds? How do you shop secondhand? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Unsung Wardrobe Heroes: Jack Trench Coat Edition

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Unsung Wardrobe Heroes: Jack Trench Coat Edition

Hey hey and welcome to a new edition of Unsung Wardrobe Heroes! One thing that I love is reading through fashion magazines. Vogue, Allure, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar – I’m a fan of it all. The ads, the articles, the fashion stories, it all has me hooked. When I was about fifteen, I remember thumbing through one of my beloved fashion bibles and seeing a fashion story about trench coats – it was literally called “The Allure Of The Trench” and I think that I would pinpoint that moment as when I got interested in fashion.

In this story, the photos featured a gorgeous, smokey eyed model with long, black hair in a smart and classic trench coat paired with black tights and heels. She looked stunning. But she also looked effortless – it was truly a piece about timeless beauty and that is the trench coat. I wanted to look like that model. I wanted to be that model. In fact, I still have the pictures hanging up in my room:

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^^^ Isn’t that beautiful?

You can probably see why I became obsessed with getting my own trench coat after seeing that picture. And shortly thereafter, I did. When I was younger, PacSun was my favorite store to shop at, and I ended up working there for four years. While shopping one day with my mother, I saw the most beautiful Jack trench coat on the planet. I was fifteen and it screamed “fashion” at me. It was perfect.

In the moment of seeing my trench and trying it on, I could see why the fashion story was called “The Allure Of The Trench”. I felt grown up, elegant, and devastatingly chic at fifteen years old and I knew that that was how the model in the pictures felt, too. I had to have it. And, over eight years later, I still wear my beloved trench often – as seen below:

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The pictures seen above are an ode to that wonderful fashion story that introduced me to the trench coat. It’s an ode to the moment where I fell in love with fashion, and an ode to still being inspired by an almost decade old fashion magazine story to this day. I wish that I could remember what magazine it was featured in, but I will always remember “The Allure Of The Trench” just the same.

What is your first memory of falling in love with fashion? Does anyone have a story similar to mine about a loved trench coat or another wardrobe hero? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Vacation Purchases

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Vacation Purchases

Hello everyone and happy Tuesday! I have regrettably been home from the beautiful Asheville, North Carolina for about a week now but with some fab purchases made during my vaca, it makes transporting my mind back to the fun I had just a little bit easier. I stocked up on one of my favorite beauty products as well as added some super cute new accessories to the mix so take a look and let’s discuss:

The Haul:

  • Appalachian Naturals Complexion Bar
  • Two fringe bandanas from Francesca’s

Beauty Bar: When I was in Asheville in June, my mom and I must have spent at least an hour in Appalachian Naturals which boasts a wide assortment of handmade beauty products. We still have a ton of body bars left but I was in need of another one of their complexion bars. I began using my first bar in June and I am still not done with it yet, which just shows you how long lasting their products are. This beauty bar is one of the best things that has ever happened to my skin and leaves it feeling (and looking!) like a million bucks. I can’t recommend the products of Appalachian Naturals enough and urge all of you to check out all of their amazing goodies on their website!

Bandanas: One of my favorite accessories are bandanas. I love wearing them with flannels, jackets, T’s, dresses, – basically any clothing item that you can imagine. I think that they are so fun and edgy and they add just the perfect amount of grungy cool to any look. My family went shopping at the outlet malls while in NC both times and a Francesca’s had opened shortly after we left in June. Shopping in the relatively new store was a lot of fun and when both my mom and I saw my two new bandanas, we instantly knew that they were mine.

Of course, the black one was a must for me and I’m actually wearing it right now with a black sweater and a camouflage trench coat from Urban Outfitters. But, at buy one get one half off, I figured I might as well indulge in other style as well. I don’t own a white bandana because I never really cared to but I really like my new one! What made me love it so much is that not only does it have cloth fringe but it also has metal chains hanging from it, too. I had never seen anything like these new additions to my wardrobe and I am having such fun incorporating them into my OOTDs. My new bandanas instantly transform any outfit and I am so pleased with my Francesca’s purchases.

I didn’t return from my vaca with a huge haul of goodies but I could not be happier with the items that I took home. They are the perfect little mementos from my trip and I look forward to getting great use out of all three items.

So there you have it, my Vacation Purchases! What has been your most recent treat yoself item? What is your favorite local store to shop at? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Monday Update: Photo Shoot Edition

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Monday Update: Photo Shoot Edition

Hey everyone and welcome to another week here on lifewithlilred. On Saturday I had the pleasure of being photographed by one of my dear friends, Britta. We spent two brisk hours on Saturday morning having a photography adventure at one of the hiking trails in our area. It was a chilly thirty-five degrees but that didn’t stop us from braving the cold to get some fantastic shots. You can check out all of Britta’s work on her photography Facebook page as well as some more shots of yours truly! Please be sure to give her page some love when you visit it! Now, take a look at some of my favorite shots:

What I Wore:

All Black Outfit:

  • Jacket: American Eagle Outfitters
  • Crop Top: Target
  • Lace Skirt: Target
  • Heels: Target
  • Hat: PacSun, Brandy Melville
  • Cross Necklace: Target

Outfit #2:

  • Trench Coat: PacSun, Jack
  • Sweater: TJMaxx
  • Jeans: H&M
  • Heels: Kohl’s, Juicy Couture

I can’t thank Britta enough for taking the time to take such beautiful shots of me. Once again, please be sure to check out her Facebook page and give it a like! Then come back tomorrow to check out some more of my favorite photos! Until we meet again, what is your favorite outfit to be photographed in? What is your favorite subject to photograph? I wanna hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

OOTD – Trench Coat Time

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OOTD – Trench Coat Time

Hello one and all and happy Sunday!!! Today I’m sporting one of my all time favorite “classy girl” outfits that I just had to share with you guys. So take a look at my appropriately titled “Trench Coat Time” OOTD!

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As usual, here’s a break down of the brand of each item in this outfit and where it was purchased from:

  • Trench coat: Jack, PacSun
  • Floral dress: LA Hearts, PacSun
  • Heels: BCBGeneration, TJMaxx ❤
  • Forest green floppy hat: Gypsy Warrior, PacSun
  • Black floppy hat: Brandy Melville, PacSun

STORY TIME: Once upon a time when I was around the tender age of fifteen, I developed a deep love for reading fashion magazines. Vogue, Elle, In Style, W, I read it all and loved each of them equally. After I was through reading the pages upon pages of style tips and high lights of fashion shows, I would take it upon myself to tear out the pictures of the fashion spreads that I so loved to look at and tape them onto my bedroom walls. I’m sure if you’ve been following lifewithlilred you have noticed all of the pictures adorning my walls when I post pictures of my room. Anyways, one day I was thumbing through a spread in Elle, if I remember correctly and I came across the most miraculous fashion story I’ve ever seen. The spread was called “The Allure of The Trench.” I remember thinking to myself that I’ve never seen anything more beautiful in my life. The model being photographed looked so damn chic. She looked classic, sophisticated, and drop dead gorgeous. I wanted to look like that. So about a month later, I was shopping with my mom in PacSun, and I saw it. The most perfect trench coat that I’ve ever seen. I tried it on and instantly felt like a sharp and well dressed young woman. The coat was about eighty dollars and my mom wasn’t thrilled with the price. I begged her to buy it for me, and she finally caved. And the rest is history, as they say. Five years later and my trench coat is still one of my most beloved articles of clothing to this day. Here’s a picture that I have hanging in my room from the life changing “Allure of The Trench” spread:

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Gorgeous. ^^^^ ANYWAYS, what I so love about the outfit that I pieced together is that I feel so insanely good in it. I feel the perfect combination of sophisticated, classy, sassy, sexy, and insanely confident. I love the come hither vibe of a bare leg strutting about beneath an almost knee length coat and dress. It’s the chicest kind of provocative I can think of, without being trashy in the least possible way. I adore my BCBGeneration heels so much as well. These little beauties were such a fantastic TJ’s find, and I really like the way that the chestnut coloring of them pop against the light tan trench…bringing even more attention to my leggies that look a mile long with them on!! 😉 Honestly the look could be over right there without one of my floppy hats, but Lil Red loves her floppy hats so they were a must. I usually alternate between wearing my black and forest green one but I’ve been growing very fond of the Gypsy Warrior green one as of late. I love the way that the color pops against my pasty pale skin, bright red hair, and hazel eyes. In fact, when I wear this hat, my eyes usually have the tendency to turn green to match it, which is fun! I always bring up in my OOTD blogs that the most important thing about a look is that it makes you feel confident – and this outfit does that for me. I feel like a super woman twenty something on the go and it doesn’t get much better than that!

Does anyone else have a deep love for trench coats as I do? What was the first fashion magazine that you read? Was there a spread that inspired you as “The Allure of the Trench” did for me? I’d love to hear all about it, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Have a fantastic super wonderful Sunday! -Sarah

Lil Red’s Fall Fashion Obsession!

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Lil Red’s Fall Fashion Obsession!

My fall fashion staple this year is everything khaki! I think it’s the most fantastic neutral in the whole world. To narrow my obsession down even more, let me specify with these three jackets – which I plan on wearing all fall and winter long!

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All three of these coats are from PacSun, the trench coat is Jack and the two pictured on the right are LA Hearts. I bought that gorgeous belted trench when I was 16. I remember seeing it and thinking it was the most beautiful thing in the world. It’s probably the most classic article of clothing I own. Therefore, four years later, I’m still madly in love with it. My favorite way to wear my trench is with a super sharp pair of skinny jeans, knee high boots, and a bowler hat. Whenever I work variations of this outfit, I seriously feel like a model strutting down the streets of New York City. It makes me feel SO chic and stylish. It’s such a simple outfit too, yet so timeless. Ten years from now, when I’m 30, I know I’ll be wearing something similar. My LA Hearts parkas are also fantastic fall staples and layering pieces. The top right jacket was purchased a year ago, and it still remains as my go to fall coat. The contrast between the khaki structure and the charcoal gray sleeves is so alluring to me. And don’t even get me started on the cute Aztec elbow patches! Love. No matter where I go, I always get complimented on this coat. Both right hand pictures are great for layering. I usually pair both of these with a sweater and some type of scarf to tuck into the neckline. When paired with something heavier underneath, I can usually get away with wearing these babies into the snowy winter weather. One thing that I fell in love with about my bottom right coat was the utilitarian feel of it. I liked the symmetry of the two sets of pockets and I thought the toggles on the waist were a really sweet touch. The plainness, for lack of a better word, of this coat really drew me in, because I knew I could pair it with anything and it would look awesome. I’m excited to pair this baby with a dress and tights this fall. Honestly, I’m excited to pair all of these with whatever I want this season, because no matter what, they’re going to go with 100% of my wardrobe. Khaki is a fantastic take on the usual neutrals such as black, brown, gray, or navy. It feels a lot fresher, which is what I really like about it. I’m always on the prowl for the “fresh take” on go to colors or pieces, and I think khaki fits this to the T!

What’s everyone’s go to fall piece? How do you plan on wearing it? How do you make your neutral pieces pop? Leave me a comment and let’s chat! -Sarah