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This month’s thrift hall came down to the wire; I thrifted all my finds this month just this past week.

I am still up in Northern Calfornia for a few more days, and while I was here I took a little trip to the bay area to visit a friend and we hit up Crossroads in Oakland, where we both found some goodies. Next, I want to go to thrifting in San Francisco. I can’t even imagine the amazing finds in that city!

I enjoy fall thrifting more than summer. People seem to clean out their closets more often at the end of the summer, espeically college students moving out. Does fall bring back memories of getting ready for school, making each fall a time for re-organization? I also enjoy dressing in the fall months more than summer; layers and warm colors! I am looking for warm colors, browns, deep oranges and reds, knit blouses, and midi dresses.

First up; these shoes. They are a bit snug, but I could not pass them up.

Also, my sister thrifted that rug at Salvation Army. Thrifting runs in the family.

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So new that I haven’t popped the tags yet.

I found items from Crossroads Trading Co (duh), the Salvation Army, and the cutest little thrift store called Thrift Shop operated by volunteers and full of the cutest old ladies in town.

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I ‘thrifted’ this fuscia blazer from my sister’s closet. It counts.

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A printed midi dress and a sheer black midi dress.

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Two pairs of pants that look like pajamas. Ultimate comfort.

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And playing in my sister’s closet. It’s cooler than yours, huh?

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What were some of your thrifting finds in August?

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I’m late! Uh, that’s what she said?

This month’s “What I thrifted…” post is late and lacking. I only thrifted one thing. It was not for lack of trying; I went out looking a few times, but I am trying to be more selective of what I buy, not just to save money, but to create a wardrobe that I actually love.

The only piece that I found in July that I loved was this white, lace dress at Buffao Exchange when I was in Phoenix. I’ve probably worn it at least once a week since I bought it. It is perfect for summer and so easy to style.

I’ve never been one to wear white; I’m clumsy, a little sloppy, and very, very not tan at all, but this dress called to me. And is it just me, or does it make me look a bit tan?

Yeah, I thought it was just me.

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// Dress: Thrifted via Buffalo Exchange // Kimono: Forever 21 // Shoes: Thrifted via Thrift Town // Necklace: Brandy Melville // Ring: c/o Style Lately // iPhone Case: c/o Caseable //

How cute is my iPhone cover? So cute you need a giveaway, huh? Ok, then! Look out for one coming later this week!

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I have so many fails from this photo set, that I need to share one early. Happy fail Tuesday!

I am actually a very creepy person.

I think this was me being excited to take a creeper photo of Ugly Mug as he was taking photos of me.

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All photos credit of Ugly Mug Photography

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Stress is a funny thing; as in not funny at all.

It can make the day go by with lightening speed. It can make you feel extremely sluggish. Anxious. Worthless. Helpless. Worried.

Let’s just say I am under a bit of stress lately, but promise to get in front of the camera this weekend and take some outfit pictures for the blog. I feel like it has been forever since I have posted a regular outfit post.

Here are a few shots from the last shoot I did with Shop Cuffs. Be sure to check out the site to see a few more! I have such a huge running wish list from this store; it is hands down one of the best local Sacramento stores. Curses to my shopping ban!

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All photos credit of Lacadia at Shop Cuffs.

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Last week was a little cra-mazing. Yeah, I had to go there.

I have recently been getting into modeling, and it still baffles me when I get invited to a casting, test shoot, or book a job. Not that I have booked many jobs just yet, but it is really intimidating being on set, even when it is just me. Add hundreds of other stunning models and a runway and I was holding my breath all last week, just waiting for someone to tell me that I was booked by mistake and it was time to go home. I was one of the 220 models to represent Wella Professionals during the week of the North American Trend Vision Awards in Vegas.

It started last Saturday; prep day! My hair was colored (you can see the initial results HERE) and honestly, it was not my favorite look. My hair has always been a big part of my identity; it’s always been long, big, and, save for one day eight years ago, my natural color. There may have been a couple tears shed when I got home. All in the name of art! Luckily, towards the end of the week, I got some highlights on the bottom layer and lowlights on the top and my color is definitely more even, and less tear inducing.

Last Sunday, I arrived in Vegas and headed straight to work. Sunday was a small presentation, but the first that I have ever done any kind of ‘runway’ walk. Prepping with makeup, hair, and wardrobe is always fun, but when the time came to actually “work”, I just about wet myself. Luckily, that did not happen and the first night went off flawlessly.

The next day was the biggest show of the week for me, I was walking on an actual stage runway and getting my hair styled on stage in front of hundreds of people. The only thing going through my head the whole time I was on stage was “Stand up straight! Sit up straight! Don’t react if he pulls my hair too hard!” My mom will be proud to know that I apparently set the standard for correct posture when sitting on the stage.

Fast forward to the last show and presentation on Friday and Saturday and I felt more excited than nervous.

The strangest part was seeing people take photos of me, or my hair presumably, and being fawned over daily with hair and makeup.

The best part was the new friendships I made. I went in expecting to be the outcast, surrounded by stereotypical, shallow models, but I met the nicest, funniest, most down to earth, supportive girls. I believe I have made at least a couple of real friends from this experience.

I am really encouraged to take more risks, really move forward with this whole modeling field and see where I can go with it.

Enough with the sappy feelings, here are some photos, some from my phone, some professional, some stolen from stranger’s instagrams (so please excuse the differences in size and quality), to give you an idea of my week.

Day 1

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Day 2

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Watch a short video HERE from the Connect 2013 show from Monday night. I set it to start at my part, so don’t blink!

Day 3

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Watch a couple of Instagram videos that I found of the NATVA Installation show. See if you can spot me HERE and HERE!

Day 4

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I want to share many more photos, but this is enough overload for now. If I recieve any other professional photos from stage, I may share them.

I will leave you with this gem though. Leo babies united in Vegas!

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Also, THIS. DRESS. Am I right?

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P.S. Models, myself included, are obsessed with taking selfies. It is embraced, and expected.

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As promised, here are some of my favorite photos from my last Modcloth shoot! You can see the rest of the photos here.

This shoot was so fun. I love the retro, pin up styles, especially my hair! My bangs reminded me of Lucille Ball. I know the Modcloth style is far from the usual style that I convey on this blog, but I would wear every single one of these outfits. I’ve got my eye on those striped shorts for sure!

I am still in Vegas for NATVA. I have walked two runways, and have two left. It has been an amazing week and I will be sure to share some photos and video when I can. Until then, I’ve been documenting my days on my Instagram, so be sure to follow me there!

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Any favorites?

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I am currently in Las Vegas modeling for NATVA, the North American Trend Vision Awards, representing Wella Professionals.

I snapped a few photos the day my hair was prepped and it is a big change! Fun fact: I have only had my hair dyed once before, and what was supposed to turn out an auburn shade turned out undeniably purple, so the next day I went (to a different salon) to get the color stripped out. That was more than seven years ago. With one hair trama under my belt, I was understandably nervous to get my hair done for this event, but it was such a great opportunity, I dove right in. It was colored for teaching techniques and for the specific hair style I will have on the runway and I cannot wait to share images from this week’s show and presentations!

I will be honest, I have mixed feelings. I’m sure most women can relate; my hair is a big part of my identity so such a drastic change is a little terrifying.

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Ready for the big reveal??

One more fun fact: I worked with Wella in April as a live hair model for a teaching seminar in their studio.

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Drum roll please…

…Excuse my exhausted expression.

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I still do a double take when I look into the mirror.

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To keep up with my Vegas adventures this week, and you’re going to want to see the CRA-ZY things going on with my hair, follow me on Instagram!

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Oh, did I enjoy my three day weekend or what. So much so, that I needed an extra re-charge day, so I’m sharing some photos that are a little older.

I have something super exciting to share with you. Click on over to Modcloth to see me modeling their Valentine’s Day looks! (Unreleated to this blog). This is the first modeing gig I have booked. I really look forward to working more in this industry, knock on wood. Fashion is so inspiring to me and to be able to work with deisngers and stylists to be a part of the creative process in bringing the clothes “to life”, so to speak, is a really exciting process.

I will share more of the photos when I get the high resolution images!

How was your weekend? I’ spent it eating cupcakes, (mostly) window shopping, and spending time with my extended family. If you read my last Friday Favorites post, I mentioned that I was celebrating a second Christmas with some extended family this weekend, and it always ends up being one of my favorite weekends of the year. And as you can imagine, with the majority being women, there was a lot of wedding talk going on!

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// Sweater: Thrifted via Crossroads Trading Co // Jeans and Hat: Urban Outfitters // Trench Coat: (Gap) Thrifted via Goodwill //

Hey, that’s my house behind me! Don’t stalk me please.

These photos did not turn out to be my favorite, but you win some, you lose some, right? I love this outfit; I probably wear it once every other week or so, actually. I feel like it either doesn’t photograph well, or maybe the location doesn’t enhance it. Or quite possibly, it is just an ill fitting outfit. Those always tend to be my favorites though, and my typical weekend wear.

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Before I appreciated my hair, I used to straighten it everyday. I haven’t done that in years, but my sister begged me to let her do it and it was a nice change of pace for a few days.

But can I give you some advice? If you notice someone in your life has changed their hair, there is no  need to come up to them and pet them. I cannot tell you how many people at work commented on my hair and then proceeded to pet me on the head. Like a dog. Excuse me while I go wash out the grease you left in my hair. I appreciate the compliments, but I also appreciate personal space. Am I alone?

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Hope your hump day is fabulous!

All photos credit of Ugly Mug Photography

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