{L.O.V.E.} – Thrift Style Thursday

February 13, 2014

Hello, friends, Happy Thursday and Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day!  The theme for this week’s Thrift Style Thursday post is “something you love,” so, naturally, I put together a date night outfit for Valentine’s Day tomorrow with a few fashion items I absolutely adore!


I don’t know about you, but I love dressing up for special occasions, especially if there is any sort of theme that I can incorporate into my outfit.  For Valentine’s Day, the color red and hearts were a no-brainer; but, I also wanted to add some pizzazz since I was going for a date night look.  I added the polka dot tights to the knit sweater and eyelet lace dress to play up their different textures, and I added the heels and the clutch purse for some height and sparkle!


I love this new-to-me sweater that I picked up way back in November or December at one of my favorite local thrift stores.  It is a lovely thick cable knit with contrasting knit sleeves, and I knew right away that the vibrant red color would be perfect for Valentine’s Day!  I also love the eyelet lace fabric of this dress, which was given to me by a friend, and these polka dot pattern tights are another favorite of mine.

If I had to pick one favorite item from this outfit, however, it would probably be the heart locket necklace because it is the very first piece of jewelry that Derek ever gave me (9 years ago!!) and it is one of my favorite necklaces.


Outfit details: black eyelet lace dress (gift) // red knit sweater (thrifted) // black polka dot tights (Target) // black heeled booties (Target) // black faux snakeskin belt (“stolen” from Mom, i.e. borrowed and never returned, thanks, Mom!) // sequin clutch purse (c/o: 1dress.co.uk) // garnet hair clip (borrowed from sister years and years ago and never returned, thanks, Sarah!) // red heart stud earrings (vintage, gift) // silver heart locket necklace (gift)


I do not dress up often, so I had a ton of fun playing with my new clutch purse.  I love that the structured shape is compact enough to fit easily in my hand, but still has room for all my essentials, e.g. phone, keys, tinted chapstick and cash/cards.  Plus, the faux cocktail ring snap closure is super cute and a really fun feature, and the purse came with two different length removable straps!

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Most of all on this Thrift Style Thursday, however, I love blogging and all of you for taking the time to read my blog, and I especially adore these amazing thrifty ladies who inspire me each week to do better and better!  Let’s see what the other thrifting divas from Thrift Style Thursdays love:

Zhenya // Minneapolis a la Mode
Martyna // Spoolish
Miche // Buttons and Birdcages
Nout // Sandpaper Kisses
Justine // The Two Cent Chick
Jackline // Sincerely Miss J
by Alex // Snippets with Alex
Megan // Eclecticity
Sheri // Confessions of a Refashionista

As always, thanks for reading :), Kristi

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  • alexnguyen

    I’m absolutely loving that clutch! Great date night outfit. Have a good Valentine’s Day! :)
    -Alex of http://snippetswithalex.wordpress.com

    February 13, 2014 at 7:22 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thanks so much!! Too bad it’s going to be in the upper 80’s here tomorrow; I might have to forego the sweater for date night haha! ;)
      Happy Valentine’s Day!

      February 13, 2014 at 7:25 am Reply
  • Confessions of a Refashionista

    Yep…that clutch is fabulous! I’m lovin’ your groovy layering as well! Have a fantastic nite out tomorrow ;)

    February 13, 2014 at 7:59 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thanks!! I had a ton of fun styling it! :)

      February 13, 2014 at 8:48 am Reply
  • marmargerbil

    I’m loving all these valentine-inspired looks from around the world this week, and yours is no exception. I’m feeling so warm and fuzzy! Your photo with the heart made from the clutch chain = so stinkin’ cute!

    February 13, 2014 at 10:25 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you!!! Glad we could give you the warm fuzzies! And I don’t mind admitting I was pretty chuffed about the chain heart, too! ;)

      February 13, 2014 at 4:50 pm Reply
  • meganarz

    OMG! That purse is so amazing. I absolutely love it! What a perfect date night look :)

    February 13, 2014 at 2:39 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thanks!! I love this little purse, too! :)

      February 13, 2014 at 4:58 pm Reply
  • The Two Cent Chick (Justine)

    Three words: Polka. Dot. Tights.
    Haha is it bad that I was immediately jealous when I saw these?! But aside from the adorable tights, I love everything about this. You’re so talented at putting accessories together! The clutch is totes adorbs, and the skirt, boots and sweater all look so wintery and Valentines-y at the same time :)

    February 13, 2014 at 4:13 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Hahaha thank you, I knew you would appreciate the tights!! Too bad the forecast is predicting super warm weather tomorrow so I’ll probably have to change my outfit plans to a tank top, yeesh! ;)

      February 13, 2014 at 5:02 pm Reply
  • sincerelywhitney

    im obsessed with this purse!

    February 13, 2014 at 6:56 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Omg me too, thank you! Haha I was super excited when I got it in the mail from 1dress.co.uk; I have loved this style for a while, but never found one that was really “me,” but I love this little clutch! It’s even prettier in person!! :)

      February 13, 2014 at 7:56 pm Reply
  • Lysa@MonkeyAndSquish

    So cute! Loved everything especially the little ring closure clutch!

    February 13, 2014 at 11:18 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you!! I am totally in love with this clutch, too, and I especially love the “cocktail ring!” :)

      February 14, 2014 at 7:00 am Reply
  • SweetCandyDreamer

    You look so pretty in this! Cute clutch! :-) xx

    February 13, 2014 at 11:56 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you so much! You are too sweet!! :)

      February 14, 2014 at 7:00 am Reply
  • BeingZhenya

    That clutch is beautiful! I love the look! Finally catching on everyone’s posts today!
    Happy Valentine’s Day,

    February 14, 2014 at 6:38 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you!! Happy Valentine’s Day! :)

      February 14, 2014 at 6:48 pm Reply
  • drowninmelancholy

    That’s my favorite outfit of yours so far :)

    February 15, 2014 at 3:33 am Reply
  • Nout @ SandpaperKissesBlog

    love this whole outfit but my favorites are the tights and the little purse! so cute! hope to join you this week for TST, I feel withdrawals :)

    February 17, 2014 at 8:34 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you!! I hope you can join, too!! :)

      February 17, 2014 at 10:00 am Reply
  • Tiffany Ima

    I adore this outfit! That bag is amazing :)
    Tiffany Ima
    Style Honestly

    February 20, 2014 at 12:05 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you!! This bag is a hit, I think I’m going to have to style it more! :)

      February 20, 2014 at 12:55 pm Reply
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