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I’ve been in the process of simplifying my wardrobe this year and funny enough, it required more purchases, but the *right* purchases.  I want my wardrobe to be full of quality basics, lots of neutrals and very mix-and-matchable.




I found this awesome tunic (flowy long shirt) and thought it would be a perfect addition to my wardrobe if it didn’t have the beading on the top (not my style + a few beads missing)…




So I paid the $1.99 for the top, and with my teeny-tiny sewing scissors,
painstakingly removed all the beads one by one from the delicate mesh fabric.




Totally worth it.  I see tops and tunics at high end boutiques that look similar to this,
and it’s always for $30-50. I paid $2, and have thick quality material, and a high end
looking top, I just had to see the potential and put a little effort in.

And this cardigan is my favorite. $5.99 (instead of $30-40 elsewhere)
and it’s my easy go-to pattern with solid basic layers.



THIS BAG. Can we talk about this bag??
I seriously bought this 10 years ago at Thrift Town and it is still hands down my favorite
purse. Edgy, boho, girly, a little rock and roll, and such a gorgeous color. Vintage leather
is so cool to own, and with a neutral wardrobe, it’s a fresh pop of color that I can throw
on with anything.




That leather look, while being stretchy, comfy, and has different panels with other black fabric for visual interest while still being a black legging you can wear with whatever.
Basically, this outfit is all my favorite things all in one place.


— Kari, Reposted Blog from earlier this year


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     imageKari Shipman is a personal stylist, image consultant and art director with her company   Juniper James. Thrifty, crafty, and resourceful this passionate momma and business owner has been our featured blogger since we started the blog in 2010, and has a serious passion for helping women in need. Kari lives out her passions in Northern California with her wonderful husband Charles, and their feisty little girl Olive.


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