Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thrifted Goods, Blog Wins and Stretch Marks

PATTERNED DRESS - Bisou Bisou (Thrifted)
WOODEN BRACELET - Heavenly Treasures
BROWN WEDGES - Steve Madden

A funny picture of my belly modeling my thrifted purse!

"This is my baby.  Want to see?"  Princess Sparkles loves to show everyone the baby.  It would be fine except that she loves to lift my shirt up so they can literally see my belly - stretch marks, and all.  I wouldn't even want people checking out my belly if I had rock hard tanned abs!  And after having two kids already, it's like a balloon that keeps getting stretched!

This is the outfit I wore to Cardigan's tea party baby shower on Sunday. The dress is thrifted, thanks to my my mom, Fair Isle and I found the bronze B Makowsky purse at GW for $8!!! I couldn't believe it. It normally retails for $150. I couldn't believe what a steal it was! The military jacket is like a glorified sweatshirt. I got it at Nordstrom a few years ago, and it's very comfortable.

Princess Sparkles: "Want to see the baby?" 

I wanted to give a couple big THANK YOUs to a few blog friends who have recently (and randomly) chosen me as a winner of their giveaways!  I won a fun funky purple skull purse from Siren via the Cat Hag, a $50 gift card to the Limited from H&K Style Journey, and a scrapbooking kit from Unladylike.  Seriously, I never win anything, but I'm super lucky when it comes to some of these blog giveaways (and I'm extremely thankful too!).

Finding some great deals (either on the clearance racks of Target and Old Navy, or at the local thrift store) really makes my week enjoyable.  But still, nothing beats winning a blog giveaway (except winning 3!).  It almost makes me forget about all those stretch marks!  Almost...

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***Linking up to Pleated Poppy's "What I Wore Wednesday," Momma Go Round's "Real Momma, Real Style," Spunky Chateau's "Thursdays are for Thrifters"


The Suburb Experiment said...

Wow! Congrats on all your wins. I laughed at the balloon belly part. Completely understand. I was so excited after the 1st one that I remained unscathed but then #2. . . uh - it's the end of bikinis FOREVER. :)


Shels415 said...

You are one lucky girl for winning so much and what great find! You look awesome!


Francesca R said...

You won 3 giveaways??? Lucky girl! That dress is fabulous and the bag is a real steal!

D said...

Congrats on all your winnings! Had
to take a closer look at Princess
Sparkles' leopard print slippers.
She sure has inherited your style

Anonymous said...

Sexy dress. ;)

Closet Fashionista said...

Woah lots of awesome giveaway wins! :D
And I love the print of that dress :)

Style Journey said...

That picture showing your belly is adorable! Stretch marks are the pits. Love the military jacket too. Congrats on your winnings :) And oh m gee! Princess Sparkles sure is styling!

JustPatience said...

Your dress is very beautiful. Cute daughter.

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Anonymous said...

Ugh, I've never won anything haha--you're lucky stiff! And as far as stretch marks go...girlfriend, I've never had a baby and I've got them. So don't be bashful :)

<3 Cambria

Jayme and Mendi said...

Congrats to you lady!! Oh and I love the leopard that Princess Sparkles is wearing!! :-)

Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

Bonnie said...

Look at you winning all of these giveaways! Pretty soon, it should be my turn. Right? RIGHT??? :)

I love the print on this dress. It's really abstract and unique.

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Anonymous said...

HA! "This is my baby" That's so cute! But I can definitely see the lifting of the shirt being a problem... Oh silly kiddos. I love that jacket. And those shoes are great!

Teddi said...

when princess sparkles grows up, & has a pregnant belly of her own. you could lift up her shirt, & say, "this is my grandchild, wanna see?" fab thrifty finds claire. am i too old for a red tutu?

Frannie Pantz said...

Wow! Can you pick some lottery numbers for me??? Look at all your scores!

I HATED people to see my belly when I was pregnant. Poor Claire! How cute of your daughter, though. That is adorable.

Speaking of adorable, this dress was made for you and your belly! You look absolutely stunning!

Mani said...

Girl, you look very stylish! Fabulous oufit, well put together!
Princess looks beautiful, she is so sweet!

hugs and kisses by Mani.

Mileide Almeida said...

very cool that pics!!

Mackeys Moments said...

new follower!
I love your style! You're so cute!

The Cat Hag said...

Hehe your new bub must be bringing you massive amounts of luck! :)

You look gorgeous in that patterned dress, all casual and chic.

Hope you are having a good week sweetie. <3

The Cat Hag

Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

Wait--princess Sparkles outfit--hello? Leopard, Kitty, and tutu--seriously she puts Betsy Johnson to shame!
You always make me laugh Claire! Hope you are feeling ok and taking it easy!

xo Mary Jo

Rebecca said...

That print is pretty.

Jo Bao said...

You're such a lucky lady! I adore your outfit, I love the colors, so nice and pretty! Princess Sparkles is sure cute <3 !!

Jo Bao ♥

Amy Fashion Blog said...

Congrats on winning the giveaways

Meagan said...

That is a great purse! Love that you thrifted it!

Mongs said...

you lucky girl! Your post title makes me giggle..hehe..I was trying to guess the relation between each items. You look fabulous of course, the printed dress so psychedelic chic. You are getting big and adorable, can't wait to see your baby!


Alice /// VESTIGIAL WINGS said...

aw! princess sparkles is too adorbz.

Baby Budget Blog said...

Wow, congrats on all the loot :) I know I'll be prone to stretch marks if I have kids so of course I'm horrified at the idea :) LOVE the print on that dress and the neckline. Sexy!!!


Summer-Raye said...

Cute bag

Punctuation Mark said...

she's so cute!!! congrats on the wins... it's always nice to win a little something!

Sunny & Star said...

Wow congrats on winning the giveaways. You're a lucky girl.

I love your outfit. You look pretty. And Princess Sparkles is adorable.

Mónica C. Welton said...

nice belly


Tiffany said...

You look beautiful, Claire!! I know all about stretched out bellies. It's been 18 months and mine's still all mushy. lol

oomph. said...

um, yeah...let's not talk about those stretch marks, lol. makes me sad.

i've won a few giveaways recently, too. congrats on your wins!

i have my eye on a green jacket too...i like this one with the orange dress.

What's the next line? Help write the story!

Jazmin said...

The dress is pretty! How exciting to (The Limited gift card) I like their pants and blouses, makes finding clothing that fits look nice for work.

Don't miss my giveaway: http://summerlilacs.blogspot.com/2011/11/weekend-giveaway-cupcake-camisole.html

Kimberly said...

congrats on the wins and cute outfit love the bag!


Stylishlyme said...

you look beautiful!! Congrats on the baby and your adorable little girl!! I can't believe you paid 8 dollars for that bag.


PS Giveaway on my blog! http://stylishlyme.com

Anonymous said...

Wow 3 wins? Did u play the lotto too? You're on a roll! And 8 bucks for a markowsky bag is a total steal!

marissa said...

you look great I love your outfit! I'd love it if you would add this to my blog party at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com

Tara said...

Love that dress pattern...it's gorgeous!

I can't believe you won three in a week...I'm goig to come hang out with you to see if I can get some of that good luck to rub off :)

Shea said...

You always find such amazing deals--that bag is awesome! And i love that jacket with the dress!

Megan Mae said...

Wow! What a great deal on that bag. Your dress is very pretty too. Congrats on all your winning. ^_^

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Shon said...

You are always on point!! Love the look. My kids always wanted to expose me as well when I was expecting. Too funny!

rachel said...

you are so lucky with the blog giveaways AND with finds at the thrift store! nice purse and dress!

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Anonymous said...

She's very proud of her new sibling..haha That dress looks great on you and can probably work after giving birth too.

You are giving so many ideas for my future(1-2 years away) maternity style.