I’ve been wearing this outfit quite a few times this week and it’s safe to say it’s my favorite for the week! It’s getting a bit cooler now and the vest is totally appropriate for those chilly days sitting underneath the air conditioner in a lecture theatre. Warm enough, but not so much that you’ll need to take it off because you’re baking in your outfit! This is another bargain miracle, some elements from eBay, some from Dotti, and some from the children’s section at Target ;).

Hairband – Diva, $1 (I’m too addicted to these for my own good..)

Tiny Heart NecklaceeBay, $1.80

Rhinestone Deer NecklaceeBay, $1 (The seller that I got the necklace from originally a year ago is out of business now—at those prices no wonder—but you can get the same necklace at the aforementioned link for a little more)

Jacquard Vest with Sherpa Trim – Target Kids, $17.60

Dress – Dotti, $20 (I have two of these, one bought for me from my ‘pimp’ Andy that cost $79 or so, and another that I got from the reject bin at DFO because it had a rip in the collar. The entire dress is actually pretty flimsy and I had to repair a hole in the seam on the sleeve this morning before I went out, but it’s still so cute!)

Belt – Dotti, $6.95

Stockings – $2, Woolworths

Total is $50.35!

My tip of the day is to go to a direct factory outlet near you and comb through the damaged goods corner for things that you can repair yourself when you get home, like my Dotti dress with the detached collar. It only took about twenty minutes to stitch it back up and I got a brand new dress out of it! The belt was also in the bargain bin but I figured that since I already bought one, I wouldn’t need another broken one—but go figure, it snaps a few days later and I had to fix it anyways!

I’ve since learned that Dotti may have high prices, but some of their clothing isn’t particularly better quality than the stuff you’d find direct from China on eBay..

Happy (and smart) shopping, guys!

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