Thursday, August 30, 2012

Romping Around

 Petersen A --  Romper: H&M / Shoes: Enzo Angiolini - Consignment / Purse: Brahmin - Outlet / 
Watch: Michael Kors / Rings: dbDesigns 

Sarah B -- Romper: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Jimmy Choo - Consignment / Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs - Saks Off Fifth / Watch: Michael Kors / Rings: dbDesigns / Necklace: Saks Off Fifth

The art of thrifting has become a common art amongst fashion bloggers. Whether it is looking for mom jeans to craft into shorts, or one of a kind pieces...thrifting has become a staple activity and these Jobless Betches are thrift shopping addicts. Our shoes are both products of consignment shopping, both found new, both found for bargain prices. The sandals Petersen A is wearing are brand new, from Bloomingdales but were $10 at a Junior League Consignment Store. It's all the luck of the thrift. Knowing the days that thrift stores restock merchandise is an important angle -- knowing when new items will be untouched, not looked over. However, thrift stores can take some time to replenish their inventory in a substantial amount. So when thrift stores are at bay the Jobless Betches play at the outlets. Outlet stores such as Saks Off Fifth and Nordstrom Rack are a best kept secret of ours. Not only are the prices right but the inventory is all actually overflow from Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom -- they aren't filled with lesser quality clothes manufactured for outlet stores only. We both found our pursues in outlet stores. Both quality pursues that could still be found in an actual Saks-Marc by Marc Jacobs section and Brahmin's online store -- for full price mind you. 

The moral of the story is thrift stores and outlets can actually provide staple items for less. 

...Happy shopping.

x's & o's

The Jobless Betches

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Friday, August 10, 2012

On The Otherside of The Tracks

Sarah B -- Shirt: Parker from Nordstrom / Shorts: Express / Shoes: Tory Burch / 
Bracelets: Kate Spade and Tory Burch / Watch: Michael Kors / Cross Necklace: dbDesigns
Long Necklace: Nordstrom

With fall soon on the horizon, Jobless Betch Sarah B has started to transition some summer outfits with fall-like color tones into her daily looks. All year round we all try to stay in a variety of color families, that compliment the season and the end of summer-beginning of fall marks a stage of warm tones. Staying in the same color family allows you to get away with just about everything. For example, Sarah B's outfit is made up of browns, red, and golds. In combining these warm tones, that are complimentary colors, she can get away with color blocking the warm red, against the warm brown. 

The rule of thumb is you can always get away with colors in the same family -- for example, you can always wear black with white and/or grey. That's why outfits consisting of opposite colors never really go together, the outfit will clash. Colors not in the same family include: red and green, orange and black, or purple and orange. What makes colors not in the same family ironic is that the majority of holidays focus on colors that usually clash (are not in the same family) -- sorry we will never be caught dead in red and green or orange and black; but we suppose maybe with the holidays they surround exceptions may be considered...emphasis on the considered. 

Just remember, colors are fun -- they may even be your fashion friend -- but be wary of the clash. 

x's & o's

The Jobless Betches

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

And Then We Dyed



Fun Fact: Petersen A HATES feet.

We must dash. 

No, no, no!


Being a Jobless Betch is tiresome. 

Petersen A -- Shorts: DIY Roxy old - from PacSun / Sweater: Halogen from Nordstrom Rack / Bandeu:  DIY dress from Plato's Closet / Shoes: Elizabeth & James / Ring: 4th and Ocean

Sarah B -- Shorts: Thrifted and DIY from Salvation Army / Bustier: Forever 21 / Shoes: Toms / 
Belt: H&M / Headband: Forever 21 / Jewelry: dbDesigns 

Fashion websites are filled with "Do It Yourself" [DIY] dip-dyed shorts. Since Jobless Betches have nothing better to do, we craft; we craft a lot. So we thought we would give the bleach dip-dyed shorts a go around. Petersen A already had awkwardly long Roxy shorts, that she had bought in high school, and thought she would bring them back to life; while Sarah B hunted through the racks of Salvation Army to find the perfect pink high-waisted shorts. The Salvation Army and Goodwill are great resale stores, for not only do they have a huge selection of clothing [for very low prices -- Sarah B's pants were literally only $2!!], but your money spent goes towards great causes. Our advice, if you want to DIY pants into shorts, resale shops and thrift stores are the way to go!

Anyways, after we tried on and cut, and tried on and cut some more off of our tragically long bottoms, we finally had our shorts cut to our liking. A tip -- when you cut your shorts swoop them into a "dolphin cut," that way they can be the short shorts you want, while sufficiently covering the goods.

The next step was to fill a cooler with a 2:1 water to bleach concoction, tape our shorts to the sides, and ombre them to our satisfaction. In Sarah B's opinion, if your shorts are a light pastel, start off by dipping the very bottom of the shorts in the bleach, that way the ombre effect can blend from a pure white to the original color. Another factor of DIY shorts, for once in your betchy life, patience is well worth your while. Petersen A had one slurpee too many and hyperly wanted to wear her shorts then and there, but waiting was well worth her while. Also, don't forget to wash and dry your shorts once your through...otherwise you may smell a little bleachy. 

The Jobless Betches loved spending their day doing this craft and look forward to doing more end of summer shorts crafting this week! Until then..

x's & o's
The Jobless Betches

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Who Said I Needed a Prince to Save Me?

Petersen A -- Dress: Forever 21 / Earrings: Forever 21 / Headband: Saks Off Fifth / Ring: dbDesigns

Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, there was a betch. A betch who didn't have a job, but had quite an admiration for clothes. This Jobless Betch not only longed for a job but for a Prince to save her. Yet one day, as she wandered through a whimsical woods she realized betches do not need to wait for a Prince to save her. So rather than wait for a Prince, she found herself very content in the idea that she was in a simple tribal dress and earrings from Forever 21 -- and if her Prince is to come one day it will not be to save her but rather for him to gloat upon the fact that she once was a Jobless Betch who had a blog [this is with the hope one day this betch will have a job].

The past year and a half has been filled with a variety of tribal designs; in that time they have filtered down from bigtime-name-brand department stores [Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue] into stores for the retail masses [Forever 21 and H&M]. What attracted me to this tribal-maxi was not only the fact that is was under $20 but the fact that it wasn't the typical loud tribal pattern I regularly see. The print on this dress is subtle enough that it is a "sustainable piece." It can be worn during the day with flats, at night it can be dressed up with heels, or can be worn at the beach absent of shoes. The other sustainable factor is its color -- grey is multi seasonal and a perfect color for the summer-fall transition. I'm sure you're wondering: "Well if it's so sustainable why wouldn't you buy a more expensive version of this dress?" Petersen A has to say, "Why would I!" The fact of the matter is tribal will go out of style, especially with galaxy prints gaining in popularity, but until that time I will not regret having bought this from Forever 21.

P.S. Can you believe the ducks that were following us?

x's & o's
The Jobless Betches

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