Thrifty in the City – Manolo Blahnik

Manolo Blahnik with Swarovski Crystals! Aren’t they just darling?
Happy Thrifty Thursday! 
When I’m not shopping from the sales rack at the department stores, you can find me in a discount store or my favorite thrift stores. I’ve always been drawn to designer labels but never paid designer prices. One of my favorite shoe designers is Manolo Blahnik (after my birthday twin, Salvatore Ferragamo of course). I have owned a few pair of Manolos and honestly, they are one of the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned. As I grow older, it is all about comfort for me. This is one of the reasons I’m not that big into Christian Louboutin. Louboutins are NOT comfortable! 
These beauties were found at a local thrift store for under $15! As you can see from the bottom, they are brand new. They only flaw is the missing stone on the right shoe. But that’s nothing a trip to Michaels can’t fix. Since I am at Michaels all the time buying items for DIY projects and designing jewelry. It’s no big deal for me to find the perfect Swarovski crystal gem to replace the missing stone. 
If these weren’t my size I would definitely sell them in the POSHMARK store for a profit. But luckily for me that fit perfectly! And I cannot wait to wear them!
As for comparison, the retail value of these shoes lies some place between $700 – $1,000. This particular style isn’t being manufactured this year. However, here a pair closest to the design at a whopping $1,095!
Here’s a list of my favorite thrift and secondhand stores in the DC area.
– Fia’s Fabulous Finds: 806 Upshur St. NW, WDC 
– Frugalista: 3069 Mt. Pleasant St NW, WDC
– Rosario: 3616 14th St NW, WDC
– Georgia Avenue Thrift Store: 6101 Georgia Ave NW, WDC 
– Second Story Boutique: 3903 Georgia Ave NW, WDC
– The Goodwill Store: 2200 South Dakota Ave NE, WDC 
– Mike Thrift Store: 3842 34th St, Mount Rainier MD
– Salvation Army 7505 New Hampshire Ave, Takoma Park, MD
– Value Thrift: 22277 University Blvd, Lewisdale, MD
Happy Thrifting!
KK

Eating Healthy at Home

Happy Sunday I’m Eating Healthier! 

As I grow older and older, I realize that it’s what I put into my body to give it longevity and vitality that becoming more important to me. So today, and hopefully this day forward, I committing to a better and more healthy lifestyle. This oatmeal with bananas and granny smith apples is delicious and will hopefully give me the energy I need to get my Sunday errands done. 

Cheers to healthy living and lots of love! 

Speaking of love, the moments I share with loved ones feeds my spirit & brings joy to my heart. I’m thankful for those times. Just a friendly reminder to love hard on your loved ones, tomorrow is never promised.

RIP Kate Spade

Just like many other fashionistas all over the world, I’ve been a longtime fan of the brand you created. I have so many Kate Spade items from jewelry to handbags, books to homegoods. I always felt the brand reminded me of Tiffany Golightly from the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s (one of my favorite movies!) and defined my vintage, girly, classic style. 

Yesterday was my birthday and as I celebrated my life my life, it’s so heartbreaking to know that she had taken her own. Mental Illness is a real serious issue; not just here in America but all over the world. I always say that my favorite quote is “Be Kind. Everyone is fighting an internal battle you know nothing about”. Words can kill or cure a person, you never know. If you know someone that’s depressed, sad or having a really tough time thru lives obstacles, reach out to them, check up on them and ask them to talk to a professional if/when needed. If you are having feelings of self harm, please seek help. 

National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255.

Rest in peace Katherine Noel Brosnahan.

XoXo, KK

Astor Burger & Fries

Astor Mediterranean of Adams Morgan is one of our favorite neighborhood places to eat. It has great food and it’s inexpensive. It’s definitely in my top 5 spots for neighborhood cheap eats. And although I don’t eat red meat, Bae does and absolutely loves the Astor Burger! I usually eat half of his fries because they are so light and crispy. There is so much on their menu to enjoy. I recommend the Eggplant Parmesan Panini, it’s sooo delicious. Also the Veggie Pizza and the White Pizza are some of my favorites. 

Check out their menu here:  Astor Mediterranean