Thrift Style Thursday – Balboa Beach, Cute n’ Quirky

May 15, 2014

Hello, friends, Happy Thursday!!  I have been lacking in posts around here lately because I’ve been in celebration mode.  You may have heard that Tuesday was my birthday, and I spent the whole day with Derek doing everything I wanted (within reason, of course).  We started with a yummy French breakfast at Mimi’s Cafe, followed by, what else, thrift shopping, then we headed down to the beach for a photo shoot and dinner at Ruby’s on the end of the Balboa pier where I got a burger and a birthday shake!  It was a super fun, relaxed birthday, exactly what I wanted because I knew that yesterday I would be spending the whole day at my favorite place on Earth: Disneyland!  I have had the best birthday and one of the best parts is that I have a million fun photos for today’s Thrift Style Thursday: Cute n’ Quirky!


I love today’s theme because it is so broad, it can be interpreted in a million different ways.  I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to wear for today’s post, until I found this amazing Maison Scotch top at a local Crossroads Trading Co. store.  It is absolutely gorgeous with the light chambray fabric, beautiful palm tree graphic and fun neon embroidered collar.  Cute?  Yup.  Quirky?  Definitely!  I also kept my Me-Made-May pledge running with some custom upcycled shorts (you may remember seeing these shorts as a pair of jeans in another Thrift Style Thursday post).


I made poor Derek take a ton of photos at every possible location, but how could I not?  It’s been sweltering here lately and the beach was just gorgeous!  I also want to point out my fun cupcake earrings, which I have been wearing all week long to help keep the birthday celebrations going.  Aren’t they just the cutest and quirkiest?!  ;)

The details: top (Maison Scotch, thrifted) // white wash jean shorts (upcycled, thrifted) // blue bow sandals (Marshall’s) // white leather crossbody purse (thrifted) // neon orange sunnies (Walmart) // cupcake earrings (ModCloth) // blue & white wrap bracelets (gifted) // vintage faux opal ring (Etsy)


I had so much fun exploring all the little corners of Balboa, one of my favorite beach areas in Southern California.  Derek and I used to head down there all the time, but it’s been years since our last visit, so we had fun stopping at our favorite spots, including Balboa Candy (with the yummiest salt water taffy direct from Salt Lake City, UT).  There were so many unique little corners for photos, too, so I will definitely have to head back down there soon for more photo shoots!


Well, I think that pretty much sums up my birthday at Balboa and my cute n’ quirky outfit, but don’t forget to check out the other Thrift Style Thursday girls to see what they came up with for today’s theme, and remember to vote for June’s themes over at Sheri’s “Gone Thrifting” page!

Buttons and Birdcages // Spoolish // Sandpaper Kisses // Sincerely Miss J // Confessions of a Refashionista // The Two Cent Chick // Snippets with Alex // Eclecticity // Being Zhenya // Erika’s Style Diary // Sistas From Cali // Bethie the Boo // Rachel’s Lookbook // Muddy Flowers // Lipstick and Yarn


As always, thanks for reading, farewell from the beach!  – Kristi ;)



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  • The Fashion Huntress

    Great look! Happy belated birthday!!

    May 15, 2014 at 9:54 am Reply
  • meganarz

    Happy Belated Birthday!! You look adorable. Glad you got some fun time to celebrate :)

    May 15, 2014 at 9:56 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you, it was really nice to have a couple days off!! :)

      May 15, 2014 at 10:33 am Reply
  • Confessions of a Refashionista

    Massive birthday wishes! That top is the epitome of adorable quirk, love it! and once again your accessorizing is killa! :D

    May 15, 2014 at 10:21 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you, thank you!! I think the earrings are my personal favorite, especially because I only wear them for my birthday! ;)

      May 15, 2014 at 10:35 am Reply
  • Rachel

    Happy belated birthday dear! And LOVE this look, I love that the top is both cute and quirky in one! It’s beautiful!

    May 15, 2014 at 10:55 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you so much! This top was definitely love at first sight!! :)

      May 15, 2014 at 12:18 pm Reply
  • buttonsandbirdcages

    That collar is darling! I’ve never been to Balboa but I think they talked about it on the OC..which is my only frame of reference for it. Looks beautiful though!

    May 15, 2014 at 12:13 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you!! Hahaha oh dear, The OC, I will admit I totally watched it, but that is definitely not the OC I know ;)

      May 15, 2014 at 12:17 pm Reply
  • Brittany

    Happy belated birthday! I adore everything about this outfit and post. You look like you had a spendid time. The detailing on the collar of the top is so lovely (and quirky?).

    May 15, 2014 at 12:32 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you!!! It was a lovely birthday, exactly what I wanted! :)

      May 15, 2014 at 1:26 pm Reply
  • bethietheboo

    Oh my gosh, that collar! How fun is that!! Belated birthday greetings to you as well!

    May 15, 2014 at 12:58 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you, I love this collar, too!! Thanks! :)

      May 15, 2014 at 1:27 pm Reply
  • Sincerely Miss J

    Hey girl! When I first found out about the TST theme I instantly thought of you! This outfit it so adorable! I love that collar detailing and the colour pallete. The best part is that it looks like you had a lot of fun in the sun!
    Cheers girl.
    Sincerely Miss J

    May 15, 2014 at 1:10 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Aw thank you, that is so sweet!! I just love the design of this top, and I had a fantastic day! :)

      May 15, 2014 at 1:28 pm Reply
  • The Two Cent Chick (Justine)

    HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY FRIEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You totally pull off cute and quirky :)

    May 15, 2014 at 4:28 pm Reply
  • sistasfromcali

    Lovely view, and your shirt is too cute. We love the relax look.
    Jacki and Lesli

    May 15, 2014 at 7:51 pm Reply
  • Erika ~ Erika's Style Diary

    Happy birthday Kristi! I’m glad you got to celebrate the whole day and do what you wanted! :)
    I’m super jealous you got to take your pics by the beach, that’s what I wanted to do but it didn’t work out. lol :) Beautiful pictures!

    May 15, 2014 at 9:51 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you! It was lovely down by the beach and so nice to spend time there since I so rarely get to go very often anymore! :)

      May 15, 2014 at 9:53 pm Reply
  • alexnguyen

    Happy belated birthday! And super cute outfit!
    -Alex of

    May 16, 2014 at 6:06 am Reply
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