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3 Tips To Make Your Next Thrift Store Experience Easier

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Loving vintage and being plus size is a double edge sword. So many super cool options but so few items are fond in the plus size range. Consignment and resale shops are dependent upon what they find at estate sales and donations so finding your size can be a challenge. I can honestly say that it’s always worth a stroll through a resale shop, I don’t find a size 16 as often as I would like but what I do find is worth the trip.What better way to find one of a kind accessories to express your individual style and elevate the look of your wardrobe basics.

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I finally got the chance to check out the selection at Mannequin a vintage boutique located in Cincinnati, Ohio in Over the Rhine. I have been intrigued by Mannequin’s perfectly styled window display. My expectations were exceeded when I found immaculately made suits and creative separates. I was so happy to find a wide range of classic designer pieces and fun quirky vintage accessories. I was also delighted by their men’s section that included clothing, shoes, hats,  and suiting accessories.

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Here are my 3 tips on how to make your next thrifting trip less stressful.

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Have An Open Mind

Thrifting does not have the same instant gratification as walking into a big box store where every item has been merchandised. Thrifting for vintage is like a treasure hunt so you can’t expect an abundance of any size. Keep your mind open and be on the lookout for quality pieces made of high-end fabrics. The more you open your mind to the possibilities the less likely you are to be frustrated.

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Creativity is Key

Did you find a smoking vintage blazer but you hate the buttons? You can replace the buttons what you can’t replace is craftsmanship. If an item is well made but has a small imperfection chances are it can be fixed. Did you find a great Louis Vuitton handbag but the zipper is broken? Most leather and shoe repairs will also replace the zipper in a leather handbag and the cost of the repair will still be considerably less than a new designer bag

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Size Ain’t Nothing but a Number

If an item of clothing looks like it may fit, give it a try. I have looked at the size of an item on more than one occasion and according to the size it shouldn’t  have fit but the clothes told a different story. Can’t find anything your size, earrings always fit. I have found some of my favorite scarfs and evening handbags at thrift stores.

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I found so many cool finds at Mannequin and I even found, gasp, a dress in my size! I can’t wait to share it here on the blog. You can find out more about Mannequin Boutique at http://www.mannequinboutique.org/  You can also follow them on Instagram @mannequinboutiqueOTR and on Facebook at Mannequin Boutique.

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Let’s Take A Daycation! The Perfect Picnic

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Don’t allow a lack of time or funds stop you from enjoying your summer. Take a daycation and relieve your work week stress. Nothing puts me more at ease than a great picnic with friends. Instead of going to the usual gathering place pick a new venue, pull out the cooler, and pack your picnic basket full of goodies.

The Perfect Get Away

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I actually found the perfect getaway right outside of Cincinnati at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park. Located in Hamilton, Ohio just far away enough to feel like I left town. Pyramid Hill is an outdoor museum focusing on monumental pieces of sculpture in an environment of meadows, forests, and various gardens. The beautiful art and wide open spaces were the perfect backdrop for a picnic with friends.

Get Real Martha!

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I love my adorable wicker picnic basket (on sale here) it’s Pinterest worthy but in all reality, it won’t keep anything cool. For a picnic for more than two  I always bring a cooler (similar here) in addition to my cute basket because nobody wants to eat warm potato salad. I pack a tablecloth, serving ware, napkins, and anything that is not temperature sensitive in my basket.

I’ve seen great photographs of picnics styled with real plates and ceramic serving dishes. It looks fantastic but ain’t nobody got time for that stick with light reusable food containers. You can be even more resourceful when packing a salad, clean the lettuce and assemble your pre-cut vegetables in the same plastic container the salad is sold in. That way once the salad is gone you can also throw out the container and pack up your things with one less container to take home. Keep in mind that whatever you pack, you also have to carry.

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Making sandwiches? Toast your bread at home and stick it back in the bread bag and you will have a load of toasted bread. You can assemble your sandwiches at the picnic and your sandwich won’t be soggy.

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How many barbeques have you been to this summer? Switch up your picnic options with light fun bites my Italian Potato Salad is perfect for a hot summer day!

Mayo-less Italian Potato Salad

Ingredients

1/2 lb pancetta 1/2 Pound of red russet potatoes

1/2 Pound of red russet potatoes

1 small jar of roasted red peppers

1/3 cup diced red onion

1/2 cup Italian Salad Dressing

1/4 cup of cut basil

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

3 teaspoons of salt

In a stock pot, salt the water and boil the red potatoes until fork tender. Drain the water and allow the potatoes to slightly cool (cool enough to handle but still very warm). Cut the potatoes into small cubes. Place the warm potatoes, diced red onion,  and 1/2 cup Italian salad dressing in a container with a lid and place in the refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight.

In a pan fry the pancetta until browned on both sides, place on paper towel, and allow to  cool.  Drain the roasted red peppers and dice into small pieces.

Drain the roasted red peppers and dice into small pieces.

Crush the pancetta into small pieces

Mix the pancetta, roasted red peppers, potatoes, and salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle the basil and parmesan cheese on top for garnish.

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If you have been in search for the perfect picnic basket here are few of my recommendations:



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#ILLW Recap |Breakfast Can’t Wait

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Before the revitalization of Cincinnati nightlife, Sunday morning brunch was frequented more than nightclubs on a Saturday evening. In Cincinnati if there is a bar where everyone knows your name they probably serve breakfast too. I needed to start my week of International activities with the most important meal of the day.

What I wore:

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This summer I plan on playing with A-line shapes. I think I’m over body-conscious shapes on my body. I love to show off my shape, but there is something about a full skirt that just brightens my day, and I also feel that you don’t have to show off every curve to give sex appeal.  I have been adding more classic cuts into my wardrobe. I love the idea of retro cuts and shapes with modern touches to keep my overall look of the moment.

Just in case you’re interested:

My favorite breakfast spot is Half Day Cafe located in the heart of Wyoming on the corner of Springfield Pike and Wyoming Avenue. Nothing makes me happier than to walk into this welcoming spot a few time a month and order my regular Half Day Benedict. It’s so yummy that I forgot to photograph it because well I was hungry. If you are ever in Cincinnati or live in the area, it’s the perfect place to stop in and get a bite to eat. I’d also recommend the sweet potato pancakes as well. #nomnomnom

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