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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Parallel Universe

I am a firm believer that one can look chic at any price point.  You don't have to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on each outfit.  Anyway, who does it really?  Famous actors, singers, very successful business people...  The rest of us (mortals) have to think of food, mortgage, children, education, retirement...   Even if I were a millionaire, why spend that kind of money on clothing when you can look chic in vintage.  Plus, I think it's more fun that way.  I would think it must be utterly boring to wear only expensive brands.  But what do I know?  Well, OK I would enjoy expensive shoes ;)
So here is my little comparison Earth vs. Parallel Universe

$16.80 on my eBay vs. $325 Stella McCartney Tiger Print Tee

$29.99 vintage striped dress on my Etsy (SOLD) vs. street style vs. $148 at Nordstrom

$12 colorful paisley skirt on my Etsy vs. $2,330 Jill Sander skirt at Polyvore

$69 art deco black sequin dress on my Etsy vs. $10,500 art deco Gucci dress

$22.80 black sheer pleated palazzo pants on my Etsy SOLD vs. Macy's

$10 snakeskin and hardware clutch on my Etsy vs. $3,950 Celine bag from Polyvore

thrifted jungle print pants (my own, not for sale) vs. Anne-Cathrine Frey's similar pants

pastel mint and peach shorts, pastel pink bag, mint clutch (all thrifted, all my own)

my own thrifted tapestry purse vs. Dolce & Gabbana winter 2012/2013
Linking up with Spunky Chateau's Thursdays Are for Thrifters Link Party.

The next day EDIT:
I hope I did not give a false impression of someone following trends blindly.  I buy things because I like them...  Like those mint green shorts and peach pastel shorts I purchased in 2010 (at Goodwill).  Please check out this POST of me wearing those peach shorts.  I was obsessed with mint green and pale peach in 2010 as you can see from these posts with super cheesy titles: Georgia Peach, Peaches and Plums, and Home Alone2.  Talk about setting trends!  JUST KIDDING!!!!
Similarly, that tapestry purse and the jungle print pants...  I purchased them because I thought they were beautiful.  Later, I saw D&G runway collection and street style versions and thought: hmm, wait a minute... that looks just like what I got at Goodwill, lol

30 comments:

  1. You've got a good eye for finding things!

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  2. It's fun to splurge (splurge=full price at T.J. Maxx) every now and then, but you're so right about vintage. Most of it is also so much better quality than new stuff too. Great comparisons!

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    1. ha-ha-ha, Sara! To splurge at T.J. Maxx. We are so much alike. And I agree that most vintage is better quality than some the new ones.

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  3. Great post, Maya.
    perfect way to present your items.
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  4. wow..you scored with great buys! Definitely thrift for me! You can create unique looks from these pieces. My favorites are the paisley skirt the striped dress and the floral pants. Vintage looks are so "in" now!

    mongs
    mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

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  5. you have an excellent and discerning eye.
    the tiger print shirt is cool!
    thrift (or consignment) is a very wise choice. i'll never forget when i first discovered thrift stores. i felt i'd literally found a gold mine. :)

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  6. I love it when a blogger does this!
    You can find any current trends when thrifting, sometimes you have to be patient, but at the end you will find it!

    And I love this lion t-shirt! wow! I might buy it!

    Ariane xxxx

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    1. Ariane,
      Let me know first if you decide to buy it. Because this tee is listed as Free Shipping I listed it for U.S. buyers only. I'll change that if you email me first :) not problem.
      xx
      maya

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  7. wooow! those finds are amazing! love the tiger shirt

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  8. I totally agree about not having to spend big bucks to look good.
    heck i see a lot more people that do spend big bucks and look terrible!
    i have to say that if i did have the money i probably would indulge a bit here and there!!
    your got some great finds
    brett

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  9. Maya, what a beautiful collection you have! Mne nekotorye veshi nravyatsya dazhe bol'she chem full-priced!

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  10. Nice layout and what a fantastic inventory you have!

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  11. those printed pants are so RIGHT mow, maya! beautiful i, too, agree there is a parallel to everything out there.

    [oomph.]

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  12. I absolutely agree with you! And I love the idea of doing more than buying new item after item- I believe in stylish re-use! Your vintage picks are great and you are highlighting the fact that one can dress in vintage and still look contemporary, chic and modern. Lovely!

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  13. aww, those finds are amazing, i'd die to have this tiger shirt :(

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  14. I absolutely agree. I love how you're comparing these looks and prices. Such a good idea! Thanks for linking up with Thursdays are for Thrifters!
    -Meagan
    www.brassinpocketblog.com

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  15. Great finds! I always dig thrift stores because I can't afford branded items and I always find treasures from them. ヅ


    P.S. Please stop by soon to check our thrifted finds and let us know if you want to follow each other. 乂⍲‿⍲乂

    http://fashionmoto.blogspot.com

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  16. nice pics)

    http://natcosmetics.blogspot.com/

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  17. Aaah ! Great post !!! I love when people think by themself and are not brand puppets !!! I totally agree with you !!!
    http://selenite.weebly.com

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  18. Hi Maya! Cheers from Mexico. I keep checking your blog even if I don't comment ;) And I wish to thank you again for inspiring me, whenever I purchase vintage clothes and custom jewelry I remember you. I just posted some recent findings if you want to take a look. Wish you the best!

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  19. Great post! I love the comparisons.

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  20. Hi dear!How are you?
    Really interesting post.Love your thrifted tapestry purse.Very beautiful :)
    Hope you are great.
    Kisses Sophie and Anna

    P.S ქრისტე აღსდგა.გილოცავ აღდგომის ბრწყინვალე დღესასწაულს.

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    1. cheshmaritad agsdga! Thanks for your comment. How are you girls?
      xx
      maya

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  21. What a fantastic post - Maya you are so busy and entrepeneurial (and always right on trend!) I think your lion t is so real you could reach out and pet him! Loving also that tapestry purse

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  22. I am so into the flapper dresses, the Gucci plus the one that's not so expensive! I never get tired of a flapper dress. Thank you for following my blog and the nice comments you left. I love posing in front of my kids' artwork, it's colorful and fun! I'm looking forward to more of your posts. This is a good one, I have to stop looking at expensive stuff! XO, Jill

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  23. Great comparison pieces here. I too often find that something I've had in my wardrobe for ages is suddenly on trend. I have a pair of my mum's rose print trousers from the nineties. I took them in a couple of years ago so that they were skinny style, rather than bootleg and have worn them occasionally - but suddenly flower print trousers are everywhere, thanks to Mary Katranzou.

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  24. Amazing comparisons. Love your personal and for sale items. Your butterfly belt is getting such great attention from my customers too..
    Daphne.

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  25. Impressed by your ability to match the runway looks!

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