The Champagne Life on a DIY Budget Since 2007

Secondhand Holiday Style 2014

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My secondhand holiday style (and actual Christmas outfit!): Lucky Brand beaded cape from thredUP, velvet GAP dress from Twice, beaded silk sash from Austin Goodwill, and Vince Camuto heels from thredUP. Photo by Amy & Nathan Russell.

Happy almost New Year’s Eve, babes!

With the sparkliest, Champagne-iest, danciest, glitteriest, hopefully most friend-filled night almost upon us, I wanted to share a little sneak peek of the look book that I put together for Austin Goodwill — with ideas for putting together a most celebratory outfit without maxxing out your credit card. Not even a little. Because each of these outfits cost less than $50, including shoes!

secondhand holiday style look book 2014 shoestring

Aren’t my friends gorgeous in Goodwill? I’m so lucky to have them in my life. Photo by Amy & Nathan Russell.

Modeled stunningly by my favorite dance-party-jamming, karaoke-belting, vintage-killing girlfriends here in Austin, we rang in “Friendsmas” with a little holiday party and photo shoot at my new house. (Note: the new IKEA hack bar and Pixie also both make cameo appearances!)

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We couldn’t find a holiday outfit in whippet size at Goodwill (this time), but that didn’t stop Pixie from bombing the cameras. Photo by Amy & Nathan Russell.

Hop on over to for the full Secondhand Holiday Style Look Book plus ideas for saving on holiday entertaining. There’s plenty of time left to scour your favorite local thrift shop so you can splurge on sharing a very important night with friends. They say how you ring in the new year sets the tone for all of 2015, so make it a good one…without spending a fortune.


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I’m so in love with this little glass deer figurine from Goodwill that I may just leave my winter terrarium out all year long… Photo by Amy & Nathan Russell

All photos taken by the lovely Amy & Nathan Russell. Hire them for your next Austin event, you won’t be sorry!