My Grandma’s Closet.

My Nana is a hip, hip lady.

She and my Big Daddy — who I’m convinced are the ULTIMATE relationship goals — moved out of their house a bit over a year ago. Leading up to the big move, they passed down some of their knick knacks to us grandchildren.

I’ve always liked my grandma’s style. My best label for it is retro Anthropologie. If Anthro was a store in the 50’s, 60’s or 70’s, she would have definitely shopped there. Perhaps the Anthro founders were inspired by their mothers and grandmothers.

I’ve scored some awesome stuff from her.

Since first perusing her closet a couple years back, I’ve inherited this thick and comfy, colorful sweater (from Australia), a couple of vests, a few dresses and a floral skirt. I wear each on a regular basis.

A few weeks back, I wore my great grandma’s dress to work. Honestly, I was a bit nervous because it’s a little out there. But I received a plethora of compliments that day which encouraged me to bring it around more often.

Yesterday was perfect Spring weather, so I threw on an old H&M spaghetti strapped dress and partnered it with Nana’s black floral vest. I think it tied together the outfit really nicely.

Sharing is caring.

The best way to save money and shop is by inheriting clothes or borrowing from friends. I’m thankful that Nana’s clothes are the perfect combo of hip, fun and old school to where I can resurrect them from their glory days.

Have you checked out your grandma’s closet? Maybe you’ll find something you like.

 

I-35: From Waco to Austin.

This was a crazy weekend for me.

On Friday, I visited Baylor friends in Waco. On Saturday, I went to a college roommate’s wedding in Temple. Then Saturday night and Sunday morning, I celebrated a friend’s impending wedding in Austin.

I started on I-35 in Dallas and made my way down slowly but surely each day. And man, it was so incredibly exhausting. But also so incredibly worth it!

Things you must do in Waco:

  1. Magnolia Market- everyone knows about this, thanks to Chip and Jo. It’s really adorable and the backyard is great.
  2. Downtown Waco Farmers Market- every Saturday morning starting at 9 a.m. (I think?) So many vendors sell local goods and foods and wonderful things!
  3. Spice Village- located on Franklin, it’s a shopping addict’s wonderland. Clothes and knick knacks galore.
  4. Lula Jane’s- tucked away on Elm St., their pie and coffee is a lethal combination. And they have the kindest workers.
  5. Cameron Park- surprisingly huge and also great for hikes, who knew Waco had real terrain? There are swings at Lover’s Leap!
  6. Circle of Death- this traffic roundabout is absolutely terrifying bc we are Americans and Texans, and there’s no signage. But it’s actually hilarious and thrilling.

Things I did in Austin:

  1. Rainey St.- Technically I didn’t join in because I was sleeping, but my friends hit up this street for bars and great nightlife. I hear it’s awesome.
  2. Bouldin Creek Cafe- on 1st street. So delicious. The migas are a win, the endless drip coffee is a win. I don’t eat blueberries, but their blueberry cornbread looked sick.
  3. Sweet Ritual- My friends love this place because they serve vegan ice cream. Personally, not my thing. But their peanut butter was pretty good!
  4. Barton Springs- a few years back, I dove into the ice cold waters on a hot summer’s day. Best thing ever.
  5. Graffiti Park- really fun and makes me feel edgy, so yeah.
  6. Zilker Park- puppies galore. Great vb courts and wide open spaces for ultimate, football, or whatever your heart desires.

Man, it was good to get away.

I’ll be in St. Louis next weekend, so stay tuned for more #dimebeyonddallas!

Thrifting Queen: Family Thrift Center.

 

My name is Maelyn, and I am a thrifter.

I started thrifting sometime around my sophomore year of college. After wanting to express myself through my clothing and realizing I had almost no money in my sad, sad bank account, I transformed into a thrifting queen.

I can smell a thrift store from a mile away. It’s like a sixth sense. And if I can’t smell it, I definitely can eye it from hundreds of feet up the road.

Sure, the clothes are used. It’s not like I don’t wash them.

I thought it would only be appropriate to feature my favorite store as my first “Shop” post.

Family Thrift Center located in Plano at K Avenue and Park is an immensely huge thrift store roughly the size of a local Walmart. It features racks upon racks of dresses, pants, suits, blouses, sweatshirts, jackets, shoes, coats. It’s overwhelming at first, but once you dive in, the water is great.

I’ve scored amazing deals here. I wear my “lizard” dress all of the time (it’s brown and green and has a lizard-like print on it). I can’t go out in the cold without my puffy jacket. And don’t even get me started on my brown, leather wedges (yes, I sprayed them).

Thrifting is great because it costs little and does not harm anyone in the process. Stores like Goodwill and Salvation Army also benefit great causes.

If you haven’t thrifted yet, go ahead and try! You just may like what you find.