wardrobe remix: Annie D’Souza

Happy Friday y’all!

I’m proud to present you with my first outfit profile. My goal with these is to introduce you to thrifty Twincy residents with unique styles that are complemented with thrift-store finds. Truth be told, I’m kind of a lazy dresser by nature, but I’ve learned a lot by seeing how other people, more motivated than me, put their ensembles together. Hopefully these posts will provide you with some creative inspiration, too.

Anyway, let’s get on with it, shall we?

The stylish lady pictured is Annie D’Souza, who, when she’s not trotting off to India or flash mobbing at the Vancouver Olympics, runs a blog about fashion, music and food. And writes. And does yoga. And while we may not have the same opinions on music (see below), we definitely share the view that thrifting= awesome.

Outfit Details

’80s silk blouse: Savers on Lake Street
Skirt: clothing swap
Frye wedge heels: clothing swap
Belt: ValuThrift in East St. Paul
Red purse by Francesco Biasia: My Sister’s Closet on Grand Ave.
Necklace: Rewind Vintage
Serpent earrings and ring: estate sale
Bracelet: garage sale

Me: Where would you wear this outfit?
Annie: A downtown happy hour where I pretend that I don’t work from home in my pajamas all day.

Me: What’s your favorite thrift store in town? Why?
Annie: I love Rewind Vintage, especially for jewelry, purses and belts. I always leave with something that I convince myself I need. I also like digging through the big places like Savers, Value Village and ValuThrift because you never know when a pair of designer jeans or a smart vintage dress is going to pop up for $9.99!

Me: What trends are you hating right now? Which ones are you loving?
Annie: I hate fake glasses. Why?! Just, why? And, although I’m scared to admit this, I kind of like shoulder pads.

Me: Any tips for successful thrifting?
Annie: Don’t rush it. You never know what you will find (or won’t find), so have patience and a free afternoon. It’s also nice to go with a friend whose style differs from yours so that you won’t be drawn to exactly the same things.

Me:  What’s your favorite classic rock album?
Annie: I’m not a fan of classic rock (High Plains Thrifter heresy, I know). I have been rocking a lot of classic ’60s bossa nova and French folk lately. For me, Astrud Gilberto and Françoise Hardy are musical and style icons.

Me: What are your favorite springtime activities?
Annie: The St. Paul Farmer’s Market, fish tacos at Sea Salt, garage sales…the concert calendars start to pick up in the spring too!

photos: louisa marion photography

Well, there you have it! Many thanks to Annie for playing along and Louisa for snapping the pics.

If you live in the Twin Cities and would like to be  “remixed,” email me!

I would love, love, love to hear from you!


I hope the fleeting hours of the work week go quickly and easily for y’all. Anyone have fun Easter-weekend plans? I’m going to try to: not go overboard on these, play with the should-I-buy-this camera, thrift Saturday morning (working on my big bro’s b-day present), have Ashley over for coffee, not have petty arguments with my mom and maybe, if I can kick this stupid cold, head down to First Avenue to see this band tomorrow (Hint: They’re not Spoon!).



easter-week sales round up

You don’t have to celebrate Easter to enjoy thrift-store savings. Here’s a quick list of sales happening this week.

Second Début
Break open a fortune cookie to reveal your savings—15, 20, 25 or 30 percent off your total purchase this Saturday, April 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Every cookie is a winner so stretching your money is guaranteed.

St. Paul Animal Ark Thrift Store
Take 50 percent off Easter items and save 25 percent on all art work this week. Heads up cooks: All brown dishes (bean pots, crocks, serving dishes, etc.) are also 50 percent off and the selection at Ark is out of hand. I spied a set of four lidded, individual serving crocks for around $5 and that’s before the half-off discount.

Putting together a last-minute Easter basket on a shoestring budget is easy with 75 percent off everything Easter-related. This offer’s running at all 12 metro-area Goodwill stores.

Assistance League Thrift Shop
Stock up on belts, purses, scarves and jewelry—they’re all75 percent off this week. Easter items are also on sale, but the selection is pretty picked over as of today.

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores
The Minneapolis store (2939 12th Ave. S.) is offering 50 percent off all things Easter. The St. Paul store (461 W. 7th St.) is offering 30 percent off anything related to the holiday.

Unique Thrift Stores
Take home Easter items for half-price at both the Crystal (4471 Winnetka Ave.) and Minneapolis (2201 37th Ave. NE) locations.

Hidden Treasures Thrift Store
Save across the board at this small St. Anthony thrift store—spring jackets, Easter items, media (including CDs, vinyl, etc.) and all items with purple tags are on sale this week.

I’ll update this list as I learn of more deals. If you know of any, drop me a line!

Now hop to it!

images: weheartit