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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

My Outfit Monday: Fun Midwest finds

I popped up to Ohio recently for a quick visit. I'm originally from the Cleveland area, (Lorain County, for Ohio nerds), and most of my family is still there. This visit was not about shopping or coming back with lots of great finds. It was about seeing loved ones and spending as much time with them as possible.

Naturally, since I wasn't trying, I came back with lots of great finds! Isn't that always the way?



Feast your eyes on this baby. While I was visiting my grandparents, I noticed a sleepy little garage sale across the street. Up north, garage sales go all day. It's not like Florida where you have to start at 5 a.m. and shut down by noon to avoid sun blisters and heat exhaustion.

I wandered over with a few bucks in my pocket. There were a lot of ceramic bunnies and old board games. Then, I saw this gold glittering thing straight up out of the 1980s, shoulder pads and all. It was $1. A DOLLAR. I had to have it.

I wore it with a Target tank and Old Navy flare jeans, hemmed with love by the nice lady at Hana's Tailor-Made in Tyrone Mall. You can barely see my shoes (I am so, so, so short), but they are nude pumps by Gianni Bini. Bag is Betsey Johnson, necklace is Forever 21, cup is from a Starbucks in Seoul, South Korea (another vacation find!).


I went down to snoop in my grandpa's basement, which is a wonderland of old signs and treadmills and lamps and paintings and tools. Tucked away in a dusty corner was a huge framed print by pinup artist Edward Runci. I immediately fell in love.

"TAKE IT!" Grandpa said. He loves to give us stuff, like most grandparents. He said it belonged to his mother, and all my aunts and uncles remembered it hanging up in her house back in the day. Apparently she bought it at Sears. Another Deal Diva in the lineage!

Here I am at the UPS store with my new art, trying to figure out how to get it back to Florida.


You'll noticed the repeat bag and necklace from above. I tend to get hooked on certain items. My shoes are new favorites from Old Navy, scored at 40 percent off. The black top is Forever 21, and jeans are New York and Company. (They're supposed to be "ankle length" on regular-sized people. Sigh.)

And yes, my hair is pink in parts. Well, it was. I took a bucket list gamble on the Lauren Conrad color we chatted about, but it has already mostly faded after a few weeks. I loved it at first, but now it just looks like a Care Bear spit on me. My hair, I guess, will not hold any color other than EXTREME YELLOW. Sad.

I spent my life savings to get that painting home. Good thing the gold jacket was only $1.

Deal Diva Stephanie

[Last modified: Monday, May 21, 2012 12:10pm]


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