Sacramento Fashion Week Launch Party 2/24/13

Yesterday evening marked the beginning of Sacramento Fashion Week. The Launch Party started in grand style at the Mix night club in the heart of Downtown, Sacramento.

Sooooo, I’m not much of a night club kind of girl nowadays, but I did my best to dress to impress for the occasion. As most of you might know, I fancy myself a beautiful tweed Chanel inspired suit over a ‘club’ dress any day. But, alas, I ventured over to my little ol’ closet (ok, it’s not little – it’s my entire dining room!) and perused through my dresses. And what did you know?! I had myself a cute club dress! Shhh, you can take the party out of the girl, but you can’t take the party dress out of her closet!

So, I put on my sparkly tight racer back dress, leather motorcycle jacket, necklace, and 4 inch heels and cabbed myself down to Mix. My job that evening was to mingle and document the event. I met some really great people and got a little insight into some of the happenings of the week to come. I also finally got to meet my favorite online fashionista, Bridgett! I love her, she’s just as adorable in person as she is in her pictures!

As I mingled myself around, I ran into my friend Ryan Ferguson. Ry is a model and is modeling for Sac Fashion Week! He was with one of the designers he’s modeling for, Jason Powers of Rampant Fashion. me  I got to sit down with the designer and ask: “Soooo, what was the inspiration for your collection?” Ummm, that was kind of cool.

Jason’s inspiration started from a red dress that he had to wear for a charity show. (he made it) From there he was inspired by a photo he found, which was very tribal and desert like. The picture for some reason kind of reminded me of some of the desert scene paintings that Georgia O’Keefe did. The desert like photo had very tribal and African connotations to it. Through the evolution of his collection, Jason found himself wanting to somehow “urbanize” the look and stumbled upon another picture that inspired him.  The photo was a dark and futuristic city scape, which brought in the end, the whole collection into sync.   He’s taking the lighter palette of the desert picture (tans, grays) and melding those into the futuristic city picture. (blacks) He’s calling the collection “Urban Tribe” and I can’t wait to see what he has to show us on Friday night for his Spring/Summer collection at the Elks Tower Ballroom! It’s a sold out event and sure to please :)

Overall, I had a blast mingling at the Launch event. I’m not into making New Year’s resolutions, but one of them was to go out and socialize more! Hey, I felt I accomplished that last night ;)

For a list of all the events this week check out

Here are a few pictures documenting the night!:

On the way to the Launch event:


Oh heeeey, look at my fancy club outfit:


My new cute friend, Mario, from Sac Press:


Yay! I finally got to meet Bridgett! Girl, thanks for inviting me :)


The owner of French Cuff Consignment, Corey!


My friend Ry, the model. He’s a handsome little buger huh?


Jason Powers of Rampant:


And I LOVED this guys outfit and loved it even more because it was thrifted! I can spot a thrifter a mile away ;)


What I wore:

Limited dress, Freestyle Clothing thrift, $10

Leather jacket, Freestyle thrift, $18

Necklace, Goodwill, $5

Ninewest heels, Freestyle Clothing thrift, $15

Vintage clutch, Deseret Industries, $3

You know I had to be representin’ my thrifted fashions!!!


When a house finally becomes a home

This labor of love took my blood, sweat, and tears to complete, but oh so worth it in the end! I’ve been going through this whole ‘woman’s empowerment’ movement and said to myself, ‘dammit Phoebe, you don’t need a man to help you with this!’ The challenge of remodeling my apartment at one time seemed impossible, but I conquered it and had to give myself one gigantic pat on the back when I finished.

A local magazine recently said they wanted to do a feature article on me, my thrifted collection, and thrifting in general. Now let me tell you, that was definitely motivation to get my booty into gear to start painting and decorating! The hardest part of remodeling was painting the dining room. I have enormous ceilings at about 12 feet high and curved edges. I had paint in my hair, eyes, and a stiff neck, but I did it!

Now my entire thrifted collection has a home for all to admire, they deserve that! They are my pride and joy :) When the writer of the magazine came over yesterday I felt so proud to show off my apartment and collection. What a beautiful feeling when a house finally becomes a home!

The article on me should be out in May and I will definitely keep everyone posted!

Below are some before and after pics:


My new fashion studio full of all my favorite things! Oh my god, look how organized it is – I’m so frickin’ proud of myself :)



I also revamped my living room:


I need your vote pretty please with sugar, a cherry, and sprinkles on top!

Dear Blog readers,

My sweet Momma and I are in the running to win this online contest called Vintage Closet. Will you PLEASE please please go on the link below and vote for my picture??? My mom made the dress over 20 years ago and it would be so cool to recognize her for her amazing talent!!! We could use all the votes we can get! The race is getting close, ahhhh! :)

Phew, I survived the big V-Day!

Happy last 8 minutes of Valentine’s Day!!! What is it about this Holiday that can make a person feel so sad?! Uggg! Alright, with that out of the way, I’d like to state that I survived today with grace and a smile on my face.

You know, I understand what it’s like to be lonely. I haven’t had a boyfriend in a long time and sometimes think that it would be nice to have someone spoil me a little on a day like today. But, the reality is that I’m loved and spoiled by many other people besides men all year long. (how special is that?!) Just this morning my Momma left me a bag of my favorite gummies and a card on my door. If that’s not love, I don’t know what is.

So, what I’m getting at here, is that on a day like today remember that love comes in all different shapes and sizes. The love I felt today came from my Momma, Freestyle Clothing Exchange and all their AWESOME workers, and the Manager at Chicago Fire Pizza who gave me a free pizza and $40 gift card for messing up my order. That’s a whole lot of love and future pizza.

I felt an urge to be photographed in my red leather pants; it is Valentine’s Day after all ;)


Leopard blouse, Freestyle, $10 – Vintage necklace, from my momma – Vintage red leather pants and belt, Deseret Industries, $10 & $1 – vintage red leather purse, Freestyle, $10


Quote of the day, LOVE it and so true:


The day I met Maria, my kindred spirit…

This past Sunday, February 10th, marked my 4th appearance on Good Day Sacramento. I woke up that morning confident, excited, and ready to rock it on the show! What was even more exciting was having my friends from The Find on Good Day too. Kind of a perfect morning right?! After the show I thanked the Universe for another successful show and for allowing me to shine, not trip, and giving my models the confidence to work it!

The girls from The Find and I decided to do a celebratory brunch after the show. We were enjoying life and our fantastic meals when all of a sudden I looked over and my ex boyfriend stood there with his new fiancée. I instantly felt sick to my stomach; like a turtle that wanted to crawl back into its shell. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but there was a time in the past where I lived quite a different picture than I do now. The relationship I had with the boy who I ran into at brunch was toxic for me. It brought out a person in me that is hard to fathom now. I lost my identity, my drive, ambition, and happiness. Seems dramatic, but it’s how I felt then.

I want to state that I’m not trying to bad mouth him, but more so expressing how that encounter brought me back to a yucky place. Why I fell so deeply into depression had a lot to do with the fact that I knew dating him was wrong for me. There were warning signs and I chose to not listen to that inner voice. My ego got the best of me, and in the end I suffered immensely.

After leaving the restaurant, I had to take a deep breath and remind myself how hard I’ve worked the last few years and how PROUD I am of myself. Sometimes in life we have to hit rock bottom in order to rise up and realize our true value and potential. At least that was the case for me. Once I accepted the things I can’t change, things really started to turn around for me.

As I biked home I thought to myself, ‘I am exactly where I am supposed to be’ and if I keep working my butt off the Universe will do the rest for me. I knew the best medicine when I got home was to take a few pictures for the blog and write. So I knocked on my kind Momma’s door and asked her to snap a few pics for me. This is where Maria entered my life…

When I say the Universe works in mysterious ways, I really mean it! Mom and I walked a couple blocks down to a favorite blue wall of mine. I wore a vintage dress that was recently given to me. The gentleman who gave it to me knew I loved vintage fashion and asked if I wanted his moms clothes from the 60′s – ummm yeah! (The gold dress I wore was purchased in 1960 – such an honor to have it) As mom and I were snapping away I looked over in the ally and saw the most beautiful woman walking by. She was wearing the most fabulous leopard coat and I literally stopped what I was doing and ran over to her. I thought to myself, ‘who is this beautiful creature?’ Come to find out her name was Maria and she was just leaving dance lessons at the Senior Center. She was honest to god, the most adorable older lady I’d ever seen. She wore a fabulous leopard coat, ruby earrings, pink blush, and get this! a dress that she got at a thrift store!!! Coincidence? I think not. I knew I had to include her in my little photo shoot :)

After she left and went on her way, I looked around and thanked the Universe for allowing us to have that chance encounter. I swear, I kind of felt like the good spirits had put her there to make me smile and realize that everything is gonna be alright. Maria, thank you for walking into my life Sunday. You reminded me how wonderful life really is. And girl, you reminded me that style and grace has no age! Pretty sure we are kindred spirits…

So to all the woman out there who have traveled to the depths of depression, I’m here to remind you that life gets better. Where I was just two years ago is another story. It was crazy and sad, not gonna sugar coat it. Also, listen to that inner voice we have – it’s almost always right! Remember that we are all placed here on this planet to do something great. I’m happy to say that my self esteem and love for myself has been restored fully :) Through my trials and tribulations I found out that I’m actually pretty good at something! Can you believe it?! My passion for the thrifted fashions has brought new meaning to my life. Life is grand, just look at Maria! Girl is taking dance lessons, wearing leopard, and indulging me in an impromptu photo shoot. I mean, how awesome is that? Hope I run into you again Maria and if not, thanks for gracing me with your beautiful presence Sunday.


Valentine’s Day themed Good Day Sacramento segment

Today marked my fourth appearance on Good Day Sacramento. I started the morning bright and early at 6 am; too early for Sunday right?! Though I was a bit tired, I was VERY excited to show off my recent Valentine’s Day themed thrifted finds! 

I had five girls this segment and my goal was to show a little bit of everything. We all have different personalities and aesthetics, so I wanted to showcase a range of looks for all my girls out there! I was really excited to use my friend April, who is 6 months pregnant and my friend Stephanie, who just had a baby a month ago! For April, I wanted to do something soft, flowy, and sweet. (just like her) The flowy Audrey dress I choose for her was from Freestyle and was the perfect dress to accentuate her cute little baby bump. As for my friend Stephanie, she is 5’11 and has the most BEAUTIFUL legs ever. (I’m a little jealous, not gonna lie) I chose a beautiful black sequin Robert Rodriquez tunic style dress. I still can’t believe she had a baby a month a ago! 

What I’m learning through all my TV appearances and styling adventures is how each and every one of us has a very unique style and body. It has been such a great learning experience for me to figure out what thrifted look is best on who and why. Each time I go on TV I learn something new and get ideas for future shows! What can I say? I think the thrifted fashion/styling world may be my calling :)

Thanks again to all my supporters and for watching bright and early on this beautiful Sunday! Below you’ll find the link to the segment, where I got the clothing, and some picture highlights from the day:

1.) Freestyle Clothing Exchange,  

2.) French Cuff Consignment, 

3.) Cuff’s, 

4.) Goodwill ( I frequent the one in between 16th and 17th on L st)

4.) Deseret Industries, 3000 Auburn Blvd. 



Love me a day away…

A good dose of San Francisco, the De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, and great company was exactly what the doctor ordered today. I swear, a little SF is good for the soul sometimes. The air smells different, the light beams brighter than normal, and the energy of people brings one gigantic smile to my face.

As we all know, I’d probably wear my ball gown everyday. But, today’s excursion called for a casual thrifted attire. You know I still had my heels on though! Look, my friend that I was with is 6’5 and I had to wear heels ;)

I’m Dutch and had to go see Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring today at the De Young Museum. It’s not everyday that The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis loans out it’s beautiful collectionOh Vermeer how you capture light…

Speaking of light, I was able to get a great little photo of me in Golden Gate Park. The light was just extraordinary today! Isn’t it amazing how much beauty is around us when we open our eyes?

(Sorry for the iPhone pics, forgot to bring my good camera! Shame on me I know – still pretty pic though)


Thrifted outfit:

BCBG striped shirt, Freestyle, $12

Yellow scarf, Freestyle, $8

Express jeans, Freestyle, $10

Ninewest booties, Freestyle, $15

* The cream coat is Banana Republic and I’ve had it for years. It was originally $250, but I got it for $50 new! It was on super sale. I bought it in the Summer time and had to wait 5 months to wear it, but it was worth it!


Just for fun…

My outfit from yesterday. I was inspired by the Pantone color of the year, emerald. Had some fun sprucing up my emerald H&M dress (Freestyle, $14) with a black belt, necklace, and fishnets. Have I mentioned how great Forever21 accessories are?! Cheap and cute, can’t beat that.


Interested in finding a Valentine’s Day look on a budget? Watch me this Sunday on Good Day Sac to see what kind of looks I come up with!

If you are up early this upcoming Sunday (2/10) please make sure to catch my thrifted Valentine’s Day themed fashion show at 9 am on Good Day Sacramento. I have 6 girls this time dressed head to toe in thrifted and consigned items. I’ve got an outfit for every kind of girl! (So excited to be using color for this segment) I may not have a Valentine this year, but being able to style a fashion show for TV is a heck of a lot better than a man right now! When you have a passion for something, all the other things in your life not going so perfect seem miniscule.

My good friends over at The Find will be on as well showcasing their beautiful event furniture decor. They’re doing Valentine’s Day theme too! What a wonderful coincidence that we are both on the same day and the same time. Check out their site:

Link to watch Good Day live on Sunday:

And here are a few sneak peaks of what the girls are going to wear:


Totally random Monday

I just wrote this entire post and it disappeared :-/ Starting over… Hi! These past few weeks have been very busy for me at the Museum I work at. We have been exhibiting the work of Norman Rockwell and the show has been POPULAR! Yesterday marked the last day of the show and I’m finding myself a little bitter sweet. As I sit here on this fine Monday in my lovely spandex (hey, girl deserves a day off with her spandex pants, crazy hair, and no makeup – so not cute, but SO lovely right now) I think of all the thousands of people that graced the Crocker doors these last couple months. Though it has been insanely busy, it has been nice to see so many new faces enjoying art the same way I do. Art is a vital part of my life and my heart is warmed when people from all different walks of life get excited and inspired. But, yes, it is VERY nice to have a day off to enjoy blogging, my kitty cat, and sunshine.

My photos have been spotty the last few weeks so I decided best to throw in some randoms I’ve taken during this time or admired (the dress tree pic below is the coolest picture ever!)


Best picture EVER! Hi heaven


I love dressing the part and in honor of the last day of Rockwell I dressed in my 40’s cashmere sweater and 50’s pleated skirt.


Next 2 ensembles my mom is making for me!


My Momma made this about 20 years ago.



My clothing rack broke! The after math – suppose 100 dresses will do that :-/