Romen L. McPherson is one busy actor.   Most notably known for “Parallel: Dimension Under Siege,” “The Candidate,” and “Dead Presidents Society,” Romen contacted us in desperate need for a wardrobe for the upcoming Sundance Film Festival.

Romen told us he was quick to learn that with his growing fame, he is expected to wear something different for every event and every photograph opportunity.  A friend put us in contact with him, of course our first thought was to take him shopping at a Family Thrift Outlet, where everything is priced at only $2!

Here are a some pictures of him over the past few weeks.

On the set of "The Candidate" filming with Eric Roberts.

On the set of “The Candidate” filming with Eric Roberts.

Talking with Matt Bomer, from "White Collar" and "Magic Mike XXL"

Talking with Matt Bomer, from “White Collar” and “Magic Mike XXL”

 

"Going to the edge of the earth to save 2 world's". Parallel The Series

“Going to the edge of the earth to save 2 world’s”.
Parallel The Series

On set of "The Candidate" with Anthony Ray Parker (DOZER) from "The Matrix".

On set of “The Candidate” with Anthony Ray Parker (DOZER) from “The Matrix”.

Attending the Artist Project, at The Indie Lounge, at Sundance.

Attending the Artist Project, at The Indie Lounge, at Sundance.

With director Don Okolo.

With director Don Okolo.

Superbowl 2017 with Winslow Oliver, former Atlanta Falcons running back.

Superbowl 2017 with Winslow Oliver, former Atlanta Falcons running back.

With Carl Anthony Payne, from the Martin Lawrence show.

With Carl Anthony Payne, from the Martin Lawrence show.

Sundance 2017

Sundance 2017

Speaking to a group of students for "Career Day".

Speaking to a group of students for “Career Day”.

On the set of FOX with Isiah Carey.

On the set of FOX with Isiah Carey.

When Romen arrived at the Almeda Family Thrift Outlet, we quickly assessed his style and his needs for the film festival.  Coming from Houston, he would definitely need to beef up his cold weather wardrobe for the frigid Utah winter climate.  We used a rugged Robert Redford style inspiration to get him outfitted.  To say that our shopping trip was a success is a huge understatement!  We found amazing suede and leather button up shirts that we used to layer over trend tees.  We were also able to score Romen some high-end walking length wool coats, as well as a fabulous vintage Pendleton coat.  For those more formal events, we also outfitted Romen with several sport coats and slacks.

Romen’s total spent for the day was less than $40 for an entire winter wardrobe!  Below are a few pictures from our day with Romen, as well as some shots of him rocking his new duds!

Break a leg Romen, you’re amazing and are going to be a huge star!

 

Looking good in his light-weight packable down jacket!

Looking good in his light-weight packable down jacket!

$40 Thrift Challenge with Romen McPherson.

$40 Thrift Challenge with Romen L. McPherson.

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romen mcpherson

 

 

 

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Jen and I collect Christmas sweaters all year long, the uglier the better!

Last year we came across these gorgeous Ralph Lauren Christmas sweaters and I thought it would make a beautiful pillow.

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I don’t sew so I asked my mom if she could make my sweater into a pillow for me, she agreed and said it was one of the easiest DIY projects she has done.  (sorry I don’t have step-by-step pictures)

  1. Cut a straight line 1.5″ above where you want the top of the pillow to be.
  2. Turn inside out and sew the top of the sweater together (where you just cut).
  3. Insert the pillow form.
  4. Sew the bottom hem of the sweater together.

I know,  just way too easy!

The back of the pillow is the back of the sweater.

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Jens and her husband rocking an ugly Christmas sweater party!

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“The Fabulous THRIFT SHOP Challenge!!!!!!!” Pantone Fall 2016 ~ vs ~ TOO CHEAP BLONDES Color Block Sweater Dress

This soft wool Anthropologie dress look great alone or layer it under a cozy sweater over it.

It features most of the fall 2016 pantone colors!  $2 Score!

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Anthropologie:

  • Isabella Sinclair $148

Thrift Shop:

  • Dress   $2

Thrift or splurge … you decide!

We found this Dress at Family Thrift Center (OUTLET Store) for $2!

Do you use magazines, Instagram or Pinterest for inspiration?

Mexico thrift store style

After spending a few days in Mexico I had to share with you one of my favorite outfits that was 100% from thrift stores!  No, it did not happen in one trip, this was a collaboration of different thrift stores over the past 6 months.

  1. Goodwill,  hat $3.99
  2. Family Thrift Outlet,  blouse $2.00
  3. Cottage Thrift Shop, necklace $4.50  (check out our thrift shopping day we found amazing finds all over Houston)
  4. Goodwill,  woven clutch $3.99
  5. Family Thrift Outlet,  Jack Rogers sandals $2.00
  6. Family Thrift Outlet, Lucky Jeans $2.00

TOTAL:  $18.48

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We received the following e-mail from one of our fans: 

“I work in a middle school.  My birthday is in July and I am wanting to start a new wardrobe.  It is a present to myself.  Can you help me spend $100 to build a new wardrobe?  I am not a fashionsta and desperately need help with this.  I have cute shoes but not outfits to go with them.  I am not into designer names, just because I don’t know who they are.  I created a “My Style” board on Pinterest and it is what I try to go for but seem to fail when I actually go shopping.  I succeed on a hit and miss basis.  I welcome the change.  I have had the same clothes for several years now.  I am overdue.  I love seeing your “finds”.  Please help me!”
We were more than happy to take this lovely woman shopping for her birthday.

 

A few of our tips:

  • Start with the basics, such as skinny leg white and dark denim jeans.  These were the foundation to her EASY wardrobe makeover, knowing that her day needs to be professional, yet casual.
    With these staples, she can wear them with tanks and flip flops in the summer and sweaters and boots in the winter.
  • Look for tops that can be worn as a tank in warmer weather and layered under a sweater or jacket when it gets cold.

We also found a few dresses, a sweater and a jacket, giving her a quick wardrobe makeover for well under $100 . . . $30 to be exact, shopping at the Family Thrift Outlet where everything is priced at only $2 each.

Her wardrobe came to fruition in a little over an hour.  We gave her a mini styling session and showed her how everything coordinated together.

She sent us the sweetest message!  I want to thank you both again for taking the time out to help me. I have a better idea now of how to mix and match outfits. I’ll also be doing a lot of thrift shopping this summer.  Watching you to go through the racks to try to pair things up showed me I can shop without spending all day in the store.  I now have a better idea of how to shop to build a wardrobe rather than just buy pieces of clothing. There is a difference.”

Happy Birthday!!!!!

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Thrifting Trash to Treasure ~ Tory Burch Reva Shoes

We recently found this pair of snakeskin Tory Burch Reva flats for only $2 at a Family Thrift OUTLET Store, they originally retailed for $225.   The soles and insoles were in great condition, the snakeskin looked worn out and dry.   For a $2 investment it was worth our time to see if we could salvage them with some over the counter shoe products.   We didn’t have much “skin in the game” … lol

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The snakeskin leather was dried out but after applying “KIWI” Color Shine / Brown it brought a lustrous, sheen.  Use a Sharpie to fill in all of the spots the shoe shine doesn’t cover.   They turned out quite fabulous!

tory burch reva flats thrift store find

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Thrift or splurge … you decide!

A lace tank adds texture and interest to any outfit!

Thrift Shop:

  • Anthropologie Lace Tank                       $2.00
  • TOTAL:                                                  $2.00

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If you have any ideas for a “Thrift or Splurge” please leave a comment here or send an email, attach a link to the article,

at:  JenandPippa / @ / yahoo / dot / com

($2 items were found at Family Thrift OUTLET Stores, click HERE for locations)

More Thrift or Splurge posts:

Pink Peonies Outfit

White Puffer Vest

Lace Boho Top

 

12 items for a total of $24!

 

With the $25.00 Thrift Store Challenge, we set out to see what we could find at one of the Family Thrift OUTLET stores.  Since the entire store is priced at only $2.00, you feel like a kid in a candy store!  (Everything is only $2.00 on Thursdays, prices goes down $0.25 each day until they close on Wednesdays at noon to empty out all of the unsold merchandise and restock with all new inventory.)   You truly never know what you are going to find, and that my friend, is the most exciting thing about thrifting . . . some days we will find an abundance of amazing shoes, another trip will be all dresses, the next visit sweaters or just coats.   Of course there are even the days that we find nothing, absolutely not one thing!  On those rare days we don’t get frustrated and stop thrift shopping . . . no way!  We know there is always a good thrift haul just waiting right around the corner!

The thrift gods blessed us on this particular day, we found a huge haul of casual clothes, 12 items for only $24!!!!!!!

12 items for a total of $24!

12 items for a total of $24!

Utility Jacket $2:   Pair with skinny jeans or denim shorts, tennis shoes, or boots, and a striped or plaid tee. Add a scarf to complete the look.

family thrift store utility jacket

utility thrift store cargo cheap blog styleAsymmetrical sweater $2:  The diagonal hem of a top or pullover adds lots of visual interest.

family thrift store assymetrical sweater

 

Geo print sweater coat $2:  similar to this Free People version.

family thrift store geo sweater jacket

Trendy jeans $2: a must have for every wardrobe!

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Faux leather moto coat / sweatshirt sleeves $2:  This jacket combines the look of a leather jacket with a comfy sweatshirt.

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Jersey tunic dress $2:  It’s the perfect not-too-tight, not-too-loose throw-on.  Pair with boots in cooler weather or sandals for summer.

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Blanket tweed / leather messenger bag $2: plenty of room for your iPad and everything else you haul around!

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Tunic $2:  this is one of the most versatile wardrobe pieces you can own!  Wear them with straight or skinny jeans, even shorts (no skirts).

anthropologie thrift store challenge

1/4 zip Brooks Brothers wool sweater $2:  don’t forget to shop the men’s section!  This sweater is the finishing touch to make your outfit looked pulled together.

brooks brothers thrift store challenge

White boho blouse by “Free People” $2:  pair with jeans, wear it to the office or throw over swimwear.

free people thrift store challenge

Heavy cotton boyfriend blazer with knit trim $2:  easy to pair with t-shirt and jeans or over a simple dress.

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Chambray shirt $2:  a chambray shirt is a must have staple! This color shirt goes with everything.

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As you can see from what we found, it is quite easy to recreate current trends that you see in magazines and on Pinterest!  We always start our shopping day sharing our list of what we are looking for with each other. Be intentional when thrifting and shop with a list of basic items that you need to update your wardrobe.

  • Follow us on Pinterest to see our thrifting inspiration and wardrobe building ideas!  HERE
  • Follow us on Instagram to learn how to look like a million bucks for just pennies!  HERE
  • Follow us on Facebook to see our most recent thrift store finds.  HERE
  • Just in case you missed the link to a few of our favorite Houston thrift stores.  HERE

Happy Thrifting!  Jen and Pippa

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thrift splurge denim hoodie cheap

Thrift or splurge … you decide!

The denim hoodie is a cool, easy to add casual sportswear piece to create a tomboy edge to your look.

Thrift Shop:

  • Denim Hoodie                       $2.00
  • TOTAL:                               $2.00

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If you have any ideas for a “Thrift or Splurge” please leave a comment here or send an email, attach a link to the article,

at:  JenandPippa / @ / yahoo / dot / com

($2 items were found at Family Thrift OUTLET Stores, click HERE for locations)

More Thrift or Splurge posts:

Pink Peonies Outfit

White Puffer Vest

Lace Boho Top

 

 

 

thrift or splurge puffer vest

Thrift or splurge … you decide!

Vests are a simple way to add some style to any outfit and still be warm.  They can be worn with anything from t-shirts to plaid shirts, riding boots to converse or trainers.  Add a scarf for an extra layer.

Thrift Shop:

  • JCREW puffer vest              $2.00
  • TOTAL:                              $2.00

 

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celebrity puffer vest

If you have any ideas for a “Thrift or Splurge” please leave a comment here or send an email, attach a link to the article,

at:  JenandPippa / @ / yahoo / dot / com

($2 items were found at Family Thrift OUTLET Stores, click HERE for locations)

More Thrift or Splurge posts:

Pink Peonies Outfit

White Puffer Vest

Lace Boho Top