A lot of oldies but goodies from my closet today. A gorgeous vintage Escada Couture sheer blouse (with adorable sparkly buttons) finally saw the light of day again (last seen here). So did my LV bag. And these Ann Taylor shoes I’m pretty sure I’ve had since freshman year of college. The $10 bib necklace from New York Design Shop continues to reinvent itself in many an outfit.

I find it utterly refreshing to shop your closet, sometimes. As a fashion blogger, we often tend to ride the wave of new-is-better and “must-have” the latest and trendiest. I fall prey to that more often than not, but as I’m learning to tighten my belt (figuratively, as these high-waisted jeans are more than tight enough) and work on budgeting, it’s nice to know it’s possible to come up with a completely new, refreshing look without spending an extra dime. On anything.

I’ll bet you 10 bucks that [houston] wasn’t trying to be artsy with this next photo below. He is a guy. I saw this pop up in my photo editor and rolled my eyes. I had to include it because, you know, men. <collective sigh>

I also finally applied a nail polish color that I bought a long time ago, China Glaze “For Audrey”, a near perfect replica of the Tiffany blue-which-to-me-looks-green color. It’s marvelous. It’s unexpected but not garish. I think it’s a keeper.

Photos shot by [houston]. He’s a keeper as well.

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  1. Crinkle photography
    09.26.2011 / 12:04 am

    Great pants!  They fit so well, bit jealous

  2. 09.26.2011 / 12:37 am

    I’m trying not to buy so much as well – and shop my closet to bring out the old pieces I’ve forgotten about. It feels great to wear something new, but it feels even better to reinvent the old.

  3. 09.26.2011 / 12:37 am

    The detailing on your vintage top is incredible, it’s even more amazing worn with the gem bib necklace. I love, love, love that styling detail!

    • 09.26.2011 / 6:58 pm

      It’s so hard to describe how awesome this shirt is–and even more difficult to display in photos. It’s so cool how Escada did this sheer…it’s almost like…fishnet? I guess? It’s not just a sheer fabric, it’s the way it’s woven…so awesome.

  4. 09.26.2011 / 11:11 am

    Gorgeous look Kristina!  I totally agree that sometimes shopping your own closet is much more fun than going to the store and spending money 🙂

    Fashion Fractions

  5. 09.26.2011 / 11:24 am

    love the outfit!! is really shiny and sparkly! I like re-working my outfits and find new combinations as well. If only I didn’t get bored of my clothes so easily!

    • 09.26.2011 / 6:56 pm

      That’s why I like to cycle my clothes from the front to back of my closet (and vice versa). Then old clothes feel “new” again! It’s like reuniting with an old friend. 🙂

  6. 09.26.2011 / 11:26 am

    WOow AND this Vintage Couture blouse (certainly) deserved to the see the light of the day, as much its uber understated details § discreet play of transparency (exquisitely) wrap your classy prestance I can’t help BUT say Dear ! 
    à Bientôt, Antoine

  7. 09.26.2011 / 1:15 pm

    Ach! I love the bib necklace peeking out from the blouse collar. Brilliant!

  8. StacyAnnW6460
    09.26.2011 / 1:29 pm

    Love it!

    • 09.26.2011 / 6:58 pm

      Well he is such a guy…. 🙂

  9. kristin brophy
    09.26.2011 / 2:08 pm

    You look beautiful! Love going shopping in my closet too, it isnt always successful for me but sometimes it is and I am always very surprised!

  10. 09.26.2011 / 2:13 pm

    Great look! I love the LV bag, it’s such a classic style. I don’t own any from the Epi collection and seeing this picture made me realize how beautiful this simple bag really is. 

  11. Michelle Clark Quinn
    09.26.2011 / 2:47 pm

    I’ve been trying to find ways to shop my closet lately as well.  If I fell in love with the pieces originally why am I not giving them any love now?  It’s also such a fun challenge to try and breathe new life into older pieces.
    You, as ALWAYS, look so fantastic and well put together. I really love the bib necklace over the blouse!♥

    • 09.26.2011 / 6:59 pm

      Aw, thank you Michelle! Yes it can be hard because so often our attention diverts to the shiny new “toy”…but when we must, we must!
      (and I must.)

  12. Whitney Henley
    09.26.2011 / 2:48 pm

    The first thing that caught my eye was that necklace. I love anything big and bold…and of course sparkly. I admit I’ve been having trouble shopping my closet and always wanting more. I’m a little inspired to go find some hidden gems 🙂

  13. 09.26.2011 / 3:49 pm

    Lovely!  The blouse and bracelet are especially gorgeous.  And you’re totally right about shopping your own closet.  It’s why I really love doing the wardrobe swap each season.  It’s so fun to rediscover things you already own!

  14. Kelly Tang
    09.26.2011 / 4:02 pm

    I adore shopping my closet too, it is such a challenge!!  You look fabu!<3 Kelly

  15. 09.26.2011 / 4:02 pm

    Tucked: A lot of oldies but goodies from my closet today. A gorgeous vintage Escada Couture sheer blouse (with a… http://t.co/6I4wtrCC

  16. 09.26.2011 / 4:50 pm

    LOL at your “men” photo.  I love this sheer top!  So sparkly and pretty! (Just like you!)

  17. 09.26.2011 / 4:57 pm

    LOL at your “men” photo. I love this sheer top! So sparkly and pretty! (Just like you!)

  18. 09.26.2011 / 5:42 pm

    I’m in love with your blouse – sparkly but subtle. You always manage to add fun touches to your outfits but look classically put-together at the same time!

    • 09.26.2011 / 7:18 pm

      Thank you Sorcha, that’s so nice of you to say! I feel like “business with a twist” in this. Instead of a bow-tie, I’ve got a bib necklace. Instead of an oxford shirt, I’ve got see through metallic. And instead of slacks, I’ve got high waisted trouser jeans 🙂

  19. 09.26.2011 / 6:42 pm

    Love the Escada top – that is gorgeous – great necklace with it too.p. :0)

  20. 09.26.2011 / 7:08 pm

    That necklace is gorgeous! And your hair is looking extra pretty in this post!

    • 09.26.2011 / 7:17 pm

      aw, thank you kate! roots are badly in need of some touching up, though…’bout that time!

  21. 09.26.2011 / 7:47 pm

    Did you say $10.00??? What an amazing deal for such a gorgeous bauble!

  22. 09.26.2011 / 7:48 pm

    What a beautiful top! I’m so glad you pulled it out of your closet and gave it another try. I also really love your jewelry, that claw bracelet is very cool! Great overall look today!

  23. 09.26.2011 / 8:50 pm

    I agree that it’s always refreshing to shop your own closet, I always find something I had forgotten about!Bisous,

  24. 09.26.2011 / 11:51 pm

    You look absolutely amazing! I loved your sheer shirt and your necklace, and of course your lovely bag. Guys can be so artsy sometimes! hehe…mine does this too. 🙂

  25. 09.27.2011 / 12:18 am

    Where did you get that scarf? It’s the perfect touch of color and print for this outfit. 🙂

    • 09.27.2011 / 3:28 am

      Carrie, it’s super super old, but it was from Target years ago! I love buying scarves at target because they’re very reasonable and you can get them in such fun colors and prints!

  26. 09.27.2011 / 1:18 am

    agreed!! totally love the bib necklace btw …

  27. 09.27.2011 / 7:01 am

    There are so many things I love about this outfit: the blouse, the bag, the details (such as the scarf tied to the bag). Very inspirational.

  28. 09.27.2011 / 3:29 pm

    That blouse is amazing – I would love to see a close-up shot of the texture next time you share it on the blog. I love how you put these pieces together – you are a walking poster board for shopping your own closet! I saw above that you said you tend to cycle items in your closet front to back. That is so difficult to do in my closet I tend to stay in the same area all the time otherwise I have to do a complete overhaul!

  29. 09.27.2011 / 7:26 pm

    That blouse is so gorgeous and looks amazing with the bib necklace! I love finding new ways to wear items in my closet. I’m with you– I usually fall into the buying new things trap, but I need to be better about shopping my own closet! Lovely outfit post, per usual 🙂

  30. 09.27.2011 / 9:26 pm

    Wow…stunning! I think this is one of your best outfits ever. So chic, but so effortless. Love that you’re shopping your own closet! My sister and I recently started our blog about just that–working with what we’ve got, and learning to shop thoughtfully, instead of buying, buying, buying! Thanks for setting such a good example 🙂

  31. 09.27.2011 / 9:39 pm

    That blouse is gorgeous 🙂

  32. 09.29.2011 / 9:51 pm

    LOVE the Louis Vuitton Epi! Gorg! BTW are you using Comment Luv Premium? Just curious how you like it if so…

    • 09.29.2011 / 10:54 pm

      I’m not using Comment Luv at the moment. What’s the scoop?

  33. Belinda
    09.29.2011 / 11:19 pm

    What a beautifully put together look, Kristina! Yes, I agree with you about having fun shopping in my own closet…good grief, I have SO many things that have never even seen the light of day, and when you start mixing vintage finds with classics, and quirky accessories, and so forth, the options become almost endless, even, as you said, withoutin our own, already fully stocked closets. 🙂 You look stunning here, as always.

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