Thifted Oxfords

Hey there!

Today I have a new thrifting find to share with you! I’m super pumped about this one!

I found the most perfect oxfords and for only $4! I had been on the search for these for some time, so when I spotted this pair on the shoe rack at a Goodwill I was ecstatic. I was even more ecstatic when I tried them on and they were a perfect fit! Its too often of an occurrence where I’ll find the perfect pair of shoes only to find that they are far too small… (always too small!) I swear 99% of the people who donate shoes to Goodwill are size sixes.



I googled the brand (Xanadu) of these shoes, but I couldn’t really find anything useful. There were a few Etsy listings for some vintage shoes of the same brand so I’m thinking these most likely are vintage. I absolutely love them!

-The Whale


April Showers

Hello everyone!
(<3 Whale Boots!)

So spring has finally sprung here in Indiana! I'm beyond stoked to be done with all the cold and the snow. Not my thing… There was a lovely calm rain going on the other day. I felt the need to snap some pictures because it just felt so tranquil. So out in the rain I went, and you know what? It didn't bother me one bit.

Here are a few of my favorite shots:




I hope you all are also having warmer weather!

-The Whale

Upcycled Round 1.


So I have FINALLY finished some of the thrifted items that I was altering! I still have a few more [and I’m quite sure I will be acquiring more before these are finished] to go, but I figured I would post this bunch since they were finished and all.

So here we go…


Take a look at this beautiful dress. All the way to the floor and can you say shoulder pads? The fit wasn’t bad though.


For this one all I really had to do was remove the lovely shoulder pads and chop off a foot or two. Easy fix. :]


Check out this work of art… such a lovely attached vest that reminded me of my middle school art teacher [which I assure you is not a good thing].


For this one I simply removed the beautiful vest, which was only attached to the front, and then shortened the back to be the same length as the front. [Don’t mind my silly faces] :]

This final one I don’t have a before photo of it, but basically the skirt was longer. Now its shorter. :]

I would also like to note that pretty much this whole outfit was thrifted minus the tights. I got the shirt yesterday along with the things I posted about here, as well as my shoes from this post. The belt I actually snatched from my mother’s closet along with a few other things I found interesting. Maybe I will post about them as well some day. :]

Well that’s about it for now. Check out my Etsy Shop!

-The Whale

I know I’m Slacking…

Well hello there. Long time no posts I know. I am truly sorry and I have missed you! School has been taking up my time [as it should] and, okay I admit it, I have been watching ridiculous amounts of Lost on Netflix… you know, the show from a few years back where people were stranded on a crazy island? But don’t worry. I’m on the final season so it won’t be taking my time for much longer.

Anyways, I am posting today to update you on some of my thrifting finds from the past month or so. Now I like to thrift a lot… so yes I do have a lot of items I have found since my last post. I suppose I shall just tell you about the ones I was most excited about. :]

First off, I had been looking for some ankle boots or oxfords or both for a bit of time, and I was really excited to find this pair at Goodwill one day! They need broken in a bit, but for $6 I can deal!

Another find that I was pleased with is this small leather shoulder bag. I was looking at a few of them trying to decide which one I liked better when this particular one caught my eye. The little fringe detail on the front instantly sold it to me over the other two I was deciding between. Plus it was cheaper. Only $4. :]

My final find that I feel the need to tell you about is my new leather jacket! I’ve been wanting one since they have appeared in just about every store this fall, but I was determined not to spend as much as those would cost. I found this one at my favorite thrift store ever, Valley Thrift Store in Fairfield, OH. It’s 100% leather and my favorite leather color. I looked it up online, and the same jacket can be bought off ebay for about $65. How much did I pay? $7. Yep. :]

Well that pretty much brings you up to date with my thrifting. There are a few things that I have also found which you will be hearing about later on. Things that I found and am currently working on altering and upcycling to suite my own taste, and I’m very excited to show you the finished products as soon as they’re completed!

Until then, you should do yourself a favor and check out my Etsy Shop!
-The Whale-

Oh How I Love Thrifting

Hello Hello!
Long time no see I know, I apologize but last week was my first week back at school and a bit hectic to say the least. I also was not able to fit my herb garden in my car for my initial move back to school, so obviously I can not blog about its progress. You can expect an update this coming weekend though.

So I have so many posts I need to work on! Recently I have upcycled two lovely outdoor chairs, as well as a pair of shorts I hope to inform everyone about. I also need to post an update about the new Etsy shop!

However, this particular post is about a new item I thrifted today! I went to the Goodwill not so far from my apartment with my roomy. We were searching for interesting clothing items we can recreate [inspired by this fantastic blog
I found earlier today. You can expect to see posts about the found items soon as well!] As we were searching through the clothes, I spotted these awesome sandals!

They were only about $4 and my favorite color! Comfy as well!

I’m so happy to have found these and am very excited to wear them often :]

-The Whale

Childhood Memories

Hello there! Happy Saturday! :]
I have been meaning to make a post about this find for some time now, but it escaped my mind until this morning when I finally decided to put them to use.

The discovery are these fantastic ‘jelly’ shoes that everyone [or at least me] wore a few years back [or maybe more like 10 or 15 ha] I have been wanting to find a pair of these for some time, but with no success, that is until I was strolling around town and wondered into a local flea market. I found these lovelies for only $1! I was ecstatic. The only problem was that they didn’t have my size, but I due the the flexibility of the rubbery material, I was able to make a size smaller work!

Well that is all I have to share with you today. Please come back and keep reading!

-The Whale