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Lora Oliver  Outfits, thrifting, furkids, crafting, & a 30-something's adventures in the Bay Area surrounded by amazing people and incredible food.


This dress was a Christmas gift from my husband. He does that. Buys me cute things to wear. .
The flu swept through our home this week and I still sound like Sam Elliott, but I think we are on the upswing.
How are the first days of January treating you?

Hey, Tiger.
The final installment in the Urban Sparkle is the most sparkly and perfect for NYE. .
I love this vintage sparkler that I found at a local Goodwill. I feel like a million bucks in this baby.
And, these gorgeous tigers by @dragonschool99 don’t hurt either. .
Happy New Year, you beautiful, talented people!!! 💋

Another vintage piece that makes me feel like I shopped in Betty Draper’s closet! .
I love this gown, the color, the cut, the history, and THE POCKETS! Yes, this beauty has pockets for snacks because I cannot possibly fathom what else one would require pockets for in a fancy dress.

This gunmetal stunner was a Christmas gift from my husband in 2013. There is something magical when your significant other picks out clothing for you. .
The red shoes, earrings, and lip are the same vein of WOW factor based on an uncommon color accent that I pointed out in the blush dress.

The days of my Urban Sparkle are winding down! This blush dress from the 50’s with the crinolines built in has been begging for a spotlight. .
It is so beautifully made and oddly comfortable that I always feel amazing in it. .
One of my favorite style tricks is to pair unexpected colors, like blush and this red. I feel it takes an outfit from great to WOW!

A dress that looks as good from behind as it does from the front. .
This LBD is an eye popper with the lace detail and knee length hem.

This may be my favorite find to feature. .
At Halloween, thrift stores put out items that they think can be costumes. This green dress spoke to me. I planned to add purple on the top, a red wig, and maybe a crab and a yellow and blue fish. Then I check the manufacturer tag.
Badgley Mischka.
No kidding. So this dress will stay as it is in all it’s emerald glory.

Headed back to not-so-basic black for the next Urban Sparkle moment.
Every once in a while, you come across a piece that you know is classic and gorgeous. And doesn’t fit. .
But you buy it anyway, telling yourself it will fit someday. Then it does and you do a happy dance through the house. .
That is the story of this dress which I am guessing is from the 1960’s. It oozes Jackie O and has a panel that hangs down the back that I tried to show off without looking like a duck.

Urban Sparkle taking a subtle turn. I figured after the gold sequins, this plum number would do the trick. .
This is one of the few outfits I purchased brand new for a beautiful fall wedding 9 years ago. ☺️
The fabric, (heavier satin), and the cut of the dress keep it from being dated. The little cardigan that stops at precisely the right place on my ribs is such a perfect fit for this dress, I fear having to replace it. And those earrings! My grandma would have referred to them door knockers.
Oh, and I am totally drawing strength from the Tiger behind me c/o the phenomenally talented @dragonschool99 who is beautifying Oakland.

Another one in what I am jokingly calling the Urban Sparkle series and this time, I actually brought the sparkles!
Flat or matte sequins are a great way to up your shine and yet not feel like a disco ball. Add black tights and shoes and it keeps the look sleek and modern.
Dresses like this stretchy number are 1) comfortable and 2) stylish for years.

For #mixbook Holiday prompt Tradition, a holiday soirée that asks guests to bring donations for the Food Bank instead of gifts for the hosts. 💙

Holiday season generally means parties and parties often mean dressing up. .
I am sure it comes as no surprise that I love to dress up, so the next posts are going to feature some of the dressier pieces I have stashed in my closet.
Starting with this classic number, which in another life, was someone’s bridesmaid dress. Again, thrift stores and online resellers like Poshmark are full of these dresses. With a great pair of shoes and some sparkles, you have a timeless knockout look for very little investment.
The key is keep the cut simple and the fabric rich.

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