When I started loving myself…

There are moments in life when we hit a road block and feel we have no where to turn. Depression and confusion set in not allowing for our true authentic self to grow and radiate. I suffer from this sometimes. What always brings me back is a knowing that I’ve worked incredibly hard these past couple of years to regain the light that had been lost. Sometimes I forget or am not grateful for all that I have and accomplished. Recently I was reminded of how beautiful life really is. A yoga teacher at the studio I practice read a poem by Charlie Chaplin that struck such a cord with me that I felt like I had written it myself. 

The poem brought me back to a sense of humility and appreciation for life. It is my greatest hope that I can inspire people (just like my yoga teacher and Mr. Chaplin have here) to think outside the box and never give up, no matter what…

When I started loving myself” – A poem by Charlie Chaplin written on his 70th birthday on April 16, 1959:

When I started loving myself

I understood that I’m always and at any given opportunity
in the right place at the right time.
And I understood that all that happens is right –
from then on I could be calm.
Today I know: It’s called TRUST.

When I started to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody
When I tried to force my desires on this person,
even though I knew the time is not right and the person was not ready for it,
and even though this person was me.
Today I know: It’s called LETTING GO

When I started loving myself
I could recognize that emotional pain and grief
are just warnings for me to not live against my own truth.
Today I know: It’s called AUTHENTICALLY BEING.

When I started loving myself
I stopped longing for another life
and could see that everything around me was a request to grow.
Today I know: It’s called MATURITY.

When I started loving myself
I stopped depriving myself of my free time
and stopped sketching further magnificent projects for the future.
Today I only do what’s fun and joy for me,
what I love and what makes my heart laugh,
in my own way and in my tempo.
Today I know: it’s called HONESTY.

When I started loving myself
I escaped from all what wasn’t healthy for me,
from dishes, people, things, situations
and from everyhting pulling me down and away from myself.
In the beginning I called it the “healthy egoism”,
but today I know: it’s called SELF-LOVE.

When I started loving myself
I stopped wanting to be always right
thus I’ve been less wrong.
Today I’ve recognized: it’s called HUMBLENESS.

When I started loving myself
I refused to live further in the past
and worry about my future.
Now I live only at this moment where EVERYTHING takes place,
like this I live every day and I call it CONSCIOUSNESS.

When I started loving myself
I recognized, that my thinking
can make me miserable and sick.
When I requested for my heart forces,
my mind got an important partner.
Today I call this connection HEART WISDOM.

We do not need to fear further discussions,
conflicts and problems with ourselves and others
since even stars sometimes bang on each other
and create new worlds.
Today I know: THIS IS LIFE

Charlie Chaplin 70th Birthday poem

 

This is who I am

My clothing my art

My art the greatest expression of who I am

And for that I am grateful…

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And to the one who’s always stood by me – Mom, I love you. Thank you for instilling a love for all things creative. With out you my art would have never flourished. You inspire me everyday…

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Sacramento Antique Faire fun and the launch of our YouTube channel The Frugalistas!

Yeah, the Sacramento Antique Faire is alright. I guess they have some OK stuff sometimes. Ummmmmm, this is a lie! The Sacramento Antique Faire is quite literally one of my favorite things to do in Sac and the hidden gem of this city! I can just about guarantee that you will find something truly unique and amazing every time you go. I don’t just like it, I LOOOVEEEE it and get a rush of adrenaline pumping through me when I enter the gates on 21st and X the 2nd Sunday of the month.

Last Sunday, July 14th, was a day for the books when it came to finding exquisite vintage clothes and accessories. My friend Katie of Thrift Your Heart Out came with me that morning not only to shop, but to launch our first YouTube video documenting our thrifting/antiquing hauls. Yes, drum roll please….. Katie and I have started our own YouTube channel call The Frugalistas. We have been friends for years and avid thrifters. We are like two peas in a pod when it comes to our mutual love for all things thrifted, consigned, or vintage. The Sacramento Antique Faire seemed liked a fitting place to chronicle out first haul! We hope you enjoy and subscribe to out channel! Below is the link to our Antique Faire haul and YouTube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheFrugalistas

Back to the amazing vintage finds. I’m not kidding, I almost fainted when I found this amazing black silk velvet dress with the original jacket and belt. ImageImage It’s in MINT condition without a single flaw. Come to find out from the dealer, Nora, it actually came from the original owner. Nora was consigning it for her and apparently she bought it especially for her honeymoon trip to Europe in the early 50’s! Ok, you can believe the story or not, but one look and inspection of the ensemble and there is no doubt in my mind or my moms (she’s the expert) that it’s from the 50’s. It’s fanfrickingtastic and a genuine piece of art and history. Phew, I’m getting all excited just writing about it. The cost for this one of a kind masterpiece was $40 and worth every penny! I got the hat the same day, too. It’s from another vendor, Marie, and cost $4.

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Ok, I’m calming myself down…On to the other finds! Along with the lovely black hat from above, I also got another amazing vintage hat from Ms. Marie. This blue hat with the bow is so amazing, too. You just don’t find things like this anymore. ($4 as well)Image

To top it off, I found this rad 60’s shift/A-line dress from the same vendor that I found the black ensemble from. It was $10 and worth it, too! I love that I have vintage blue suede heels from Goodwill to match the dress! My makeup is from Wet & Wild – it’s super cheap (good quality, too) and for $1.99 you can afford to have fun with a variety of different colors. ImageImageImage

Lastly, I found some great necklaces. There was an amazing stand where everything was laid out so well. Both Katie and I got 4 necklaces for $10! ImageImage

Thank you for reading and make sure to put the next Sac Antique Faire in your calendar! That’s 8/11/13 if you are wondering :) Also, make sure to keep a look out for The Frugalistas next thrifting video on YouTube!

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Love,

The Dress Fiend

2 events: Good Day Sacramento tomorrow morning and a Clothing Swap on 7/28/13!

Good evening fellow thrifters :) Just a quick note before I head to bed. Tomorrow marks my 11th time on Good Day Sacramento and I couldn’t be happier. I absolutely love going on the show and feel so blessed that I get to continue sharing with the great people of Sacramento my love for thrifting, styling, and all things budget friendly! 

 

Be sure to tune in at the 9 am hour to see a fun summery inspired segment. You can watch it live here: http://gooddaysacramento.cbslocal.com/good-day-sacramento-live/

I also wanted to give everyone a detailed list of where I got the clothes and accessories prior! Here’s the list:

1.) SPCA thrift – they are located on 1517 E St  Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 442-8118 (This is where I got a lot of the stuff and for cheap!!! – they seriously have some great finds. Every week they have a special color tag on sale for 1/2 off, too!)

2.) Freestyle Clothing Exchange –  2101 L St  Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 441-3733 (This store is frickin’ awesome – they have other stores besides Midtown. Citrus heights and a new outlet in Roseville!) Website: http://www.freestyleclothing.com/

3.) Goodwill – I go to the one on 1621 L street. It’s the boutique and the best goes there. I heart it and heart it even more when they have 1/2 off sales on major holidays!

4.) Crossroads Trading Company – 2935 Arden Way  Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 972-9900

5.) The Sacramento Antique Faire – 2nd Sunday of the month under the freeway at 21st and X street. OMG, this is one of my favorite things to do in Sac! Best vintage finds for cheap. 

I also wanted to mention a fun Clothing Swap I’m helping coordinate coming up on Sunday, July 28th at the Hello XOXO studio on 20th street in between I and J street. I would LOVE for everyone to come! I mean, who doesn’t love new clothes?! It cost $5 to get in and a portion of that and the leftover clothes will be going to WEAVE :) 

Besides all the wonderful clothes and accessories we will be receiving from people like you, we will also be getting – drum roll please… a bunch of clothes and shoes from Freestyle Clothing Exchange! How awesome is that?! Big thank you to Freestyle and their support for the clothing swap fundraiser. 

Lucca restaurant will be donating food as well. Thank you Lucca!!!!! It’s sure to be a blast and I hope to see all of you there. Here’s the flier:

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Here’s the link to RSVP in advance: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5981975249

Goodwill 1/2 off sale goodies part 2

Are you ready for part 2?! My recent post on part 1 of my Goodwill 1/2 sale goodies was the more glamorous side of my purchases. In my make believe world I day dream about dressing to the nine at all times with a über fancy dress, hat, jewels, and handsome dapper lad on my arm. I think I’ve just watched too many classic movies :)

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But, I can’t always be in a ball gown and in reality there is no dapper man on my arm :-/ (my picker is broken and I’m taking a break from men! – I figure this is the best time to concentrate on myself anyways)

After realizing I own 2 tank tops and no t-shits, (over 100 dresses though, oops!) I knew that I needed to start buying more casual ensembles when thrifting. Again, my alter ego ball gown wearing self usually picks non-practical items over practical. But alas, when Goodwill 1/2 off day came I knew I was going to allow for a little fantasy (with only a few dresses purchased) and a lot of practical. (lots of casual wear!!)

Goodwill 1/2 off sales are always the perfect time to stock up on all things casual; from t-shirts, long sleeve, tank tops, and even work out clothes. (that’s another blog post in itself) For this post I got 6 casual wear items. I hope you enjoy how I put them together! See, even casual can be stylish – you just need to learn how to work the pieces into what you already have. You can take the casual piece up a notch with something stylish like a head scarf or a fab necklace.

I suppose you can take the dresses away from the girl, but you can’t take the styling away from her! It’s in my genetics, I just can’t help myself. (Mom used to be a designer and is still a sewing machine)

Love,

The Dress Fiend

Look 1: Ann Taylor striped top (Goodwill sale $4) Bebe suede skirt (previous Goodwill sale $5) Fedora (Freestyle $10) Necklace Forever21

* This is a great example of taking a casual top up a notch. The suede skirt, gold accent, and red lipstick makes it fun and stylish.

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Look #2 is a casual look with a graphic H&M top, (Goodwill sale $4) beaded necklace (Goodwill sale $4) Old Navy skinny jeans, (Freestyle $5) and Ninewest heels. (Goodwill $10) I wore the graphic shirt again 2 days ago to work. I spiced it up a little with a vintage leather skirt (Freestyle $10) and same Ninewest heels.

* Great example of how one shirt can be either casual or more dressed up!

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The third look continues my love for leather skirts! This time it’s a red leather skirt (Deseret Industries $10) that I adore, especially paired with my new Goodwill Ann Taylor black and white striped top (Goodwill sale $4) and Joan & David heels (Previous Goodwill sale $5)

*Please go and check out Deseret Industries at 3000 Auburn Blvd! Such an amazing thrift store with not only great merchandise, but SUPER low prices.

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Look #4 and 5 are very casual outfits, for me at least! The white Gap blouse (Goodwill sale $4) went perfectly with my high waist Joe Jeans (Freestyle $30) and $2 fedora from Goodwill! The necklace was also purchased at a previous 1/2 of Goodwill sale for $5. The print Calvin Klein top (Goodwill sale $4) is soooo comfy and was the perfect fit for my Gap ‘boyfriend’ style jeans. (Freestyle $10)

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Lastly, look #6 is one of my favs from the bunch. I got the yellow and blue silk scarf (made in Italy) on 1/2 off day for $2! I knew instantly I wanted to use it as a head scarf and how nice that it went so well with my Banana Republic button up blouse. (from a previous Goodwill 1/2 off sale at $5) Again, I’m wearing my Joe Jeans high waist trousers – I love them! The necklace is from the Sac Antique Faire this past weekend. ($2.50)

* The Sacramento Antique Faire is the 2nd Sunday of the month under the freeway at 21st and X street. It’s quite literally vintage heaven for all you out there that are obsessed like me.

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Goodwill 1/2 off sale goodies part 1

Ok, I went a little crazy at the Goodwill 1/2 off sale on the 4th of July. (I stayed with in my budget though!) For those of you who don’t know, Goodwill typically has a 1/2 off sale on every major holiday. The sale is a big deal, people line up around the block, and sometimes there’s even a little pushing involved. Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating, but there’s definitely some massive crowds that peruse the aisles in search of the next hidden gem. It’s so much fun!

Here’s the low down on the sale: 1.) They advertise well in advance on their email list, FB page, and get this…they even have an app now that you can download from your smart phone. It gives you all the pertinent info on stores, locations, etc. 2.) Before you even get to the sale, set yourself a budget, go to the ATM to get cash, THEN go home and leave your ATM card there. When you are on a thrifting high you forget about the budget. This way if you leave your ATM card at home and only bring your allocated amount of money you wont go too crazy. (Side note: the cash line during check out is way faster – another reason I bring cash) 3.) They open really early for these sales. On the 4th of July they opened their doors at 8 am! My suggestion is to arrive at 8 am and get your booty in line. I’m not kidding, these sales bring out all the thriftoholics in town and no joke there’s a line around the block. 4.) Before entering the sale make a mental note of what you are wanting to find. For example, I love dresses and always start there, then head to shoes, tops, and jewelry. This way you can make sure that you are the first one to all the good stuff. Things fly out of the store! 5.) The dressing rooms can get out of hand and the lines too monstrous to wait in. What I do is wear comfy clothes that are easy to slip things on and off of. I basically find a mirror and make my own little dressing room. Why would I want to spend all my time in line when I could be shopping? Just say’n. 5.) Ok, after you’ve searched high and low through out all the aisles, tried on your amazing new 1/2 off pieces, then you are ready for check out! Again, I can’t emphasize bringing cash enough! The time difference between the credit card line and cash line is substantial. With cash you will be out in no time ready to go home and try on all your amazing new thrifted finds! 

For my Goodwill 1/2 off sale goodies part 1 I wanted to concentrate on what I started with first. They don’t call me The Dress Fiend for nothing and yes, I immediately headed to my beloved dresses when I got into the store. I was pretty good this time and only got 3 dresses. I’m all over the place with my decades with these 3 dresses, but lets face it, I’m all over the place with my style and I think that’s what makes me unique :) The looks I have range from 20’s, 40’s, and contemporary. Let’s start with the 20’s style dress. If I were guessing I’d say it was made in the 80’s as a 20’s knock off. It was a label I didn’t recognize, but was made in the US. That’s always an indication to me that it was made earlier. Clothes seem to all come from China now :( I absolutely adore the dress, especially with the 20’s style necklace I got at another Goodwill 1/2 off sale and the Salvatore Ferragamo tassel heals I got at Thrift Town. (yep, $400 shoes for $24.99!) Such a fun look that is right in style with the new Great Gatsby movie that came out a couple of months ago. Did you see Prada’s 20’s inspired line for the movie? Holy cow amazing!Image

For my 2nd look I skipped up two decades to the 40’s. Again, dress was probably made sometime in the 80’s or 90’s as a 40’s inspired knock off. (This I know is from the 80’s or 90’s because of the shoulder pads!) I don’t know what drew me to the dress, (besides it being $4) but my clairvoyant fashion mind must have known I was going to find this amazing vintage hat at the Antique Faire this past Sunday to go with it. ($4 as well) I fancy myself somewhat of a chameleon and love dressing up into different personalities, eras, and what ever my heart desires. Clothes are our greatest form of creative expression – have FUN with it! For my 3rd look, I went a little sexy. Sometimes you gotta bring sexy back right? I was really excited about this find. It’s an Express dress that I own in 2 different colors and love it! To find it with the new Express tags still on ($69.99) for $5 made me squeal with glee in Goodwill. Two of my favorite color combinations are turquoise and plum. How wonderful that I recently found a pair of turquoise Ninewest heels for 1/2 off at Freestyle ($8) and I already had a real turquoise necklace that my Mommacita made me. 

Please stay tuned for Goodwill 1/2 off sale goodies part 2 tomorrow! I got a whole lot of amazing finds I can’t wait to show you. 

Note: Go to your apps on your iphone and search Goodwill Locations. Download the app for all the up to date info. I would also suggest searching for your local Goodwill on Facebook and friend them. That way you’ll be in the know of all the upcoming sales. 

Look #1:

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Look #2:

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Look #3:

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Good Day Sacramento ‘fake’ glasses segment inspired by celebrities

Just wanted to do a quick blog post on the Good Day Sac segment I did last Saturday inspired by ‘fake’ glasses celebrities are wearing. There’s a big trend currently where celebrities are wearing non prescription glasses just as an added accessory bonus. I’m not one to follow every trend, but I do love a good pair of fake glasses. (I’ve always wanted to wear real ones) See, I have perfect vision, but really poor hearing. Seriously, I’m half deaf in my right ear and they just don’t make as cute of hearing aids as they do glasses. Maybe one day I’ll get a hearing aid with Swarovski crystals on it – I’ll just embrace the aid with a little bling ;)

Back to the glasses…. It was a fun segment and my four models did a great job representing the celebrities that the fashion and glasses were based off of. The celebs I choose that are known currently for sporting the fakes are Zooey Deschanel, Katy Perry, Ryan Gosling, and Justin Timberlake. (Actually, my JT could have easily been Pharrell as well – he was so perfect for both!) My glasses were based off of Jennifer Aniston or Anne Hathaway.

Here are some fun pics, where I got the clothes/glasses, and the the video clip! Also, Amanda Nichole, who played my Katy Perry, did such a fantastic job on her makeup that I just had to share her link.  She’s also an amazing model and photographer. Check out her site!

Where I got the clothes/glasses:

Freestyle Clothing Exchange: http://www.freestyleclothing.com/Segment:

Goodwill: I go to the one on 16th and L street

Thrift Town: https://www.facebook.com/ThriftTown?fref=ts

Glasses: Prevues Clothing – 2417 K St
Sacramento, CA 95816 

Segment:

http://gooddaysacramento.cbslocal.com/video/9065216-glasses-fashion/

Links to Amanda’s info:

www.amandanicole.net

facebook.com/amandanicolemodelsacramento

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Amanda’s amazing makeup! Girl, you are too cute :)

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Gypsy the Mobile Boutique

I love an innovator, and Ms Bridgette of Gypsy the Mobile Boutique is. I love everything about her fashionable, hip, and smart clothing boutique on wheels. 

My style is mainly thrifted fashion, but from time to time I venture away from my normal grounds and tread on over to new territories of the fashion realm. I have been absolutely OBSESSED with the jersey Maxi dress this Spring and Summer and just can’t get enough of the easy breezy wear of the dress. When you combine comfort and style I’m in.

As I follow Ms Bridgette on Instagram and Facebook, I get to see when she gets new things in. About a month ago I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go see her at one of her stops along the fashionable road. P.S. How frickin’ cool is it that she has a fashion boutique that can move from one site to the next? Fashion on wheels = genius. I arrived at 14th and D street to find a truck full of goodies and a beautiful smile on her face. I’m a huge fan of good customer service and every time I see her she beams with kindness, positivity, and a clear passion for what she is doing.

It must have been my Maxi dress day because when I arrived only one of the dresses I had been eying was left in my size. The only one left was on the mannequin and Bridgette didn’t even blink twice to take it off for me. What did I tell ya? Good customer service!

I got the most comfy and divinely stylish grey jersey Maxi dress with a low back, sexy right? I swear I wore it for 3 days straight after I got it. On hot days, nothing keeps you cooler than a Maxi dress that doesn’t cling to your skin. I hate pants and couldn’t imagine going through a Summer with them on. So I say hallelujah to Maxi dresses and how comfortable and breathable they are.  Besides the fabulous dress, I also found some amazing chandelier black and gold earrings; perfect accessory to the dress! See picture below.

If you haven’t checked out her fashionable boutique might I suggest you do? I promise you wont be disappointed! Follow her on FB to find out when and where she will be out and about. She also posts when she gets new merchandise in!  

https://www.facebook.com/gypsymobileboutique?fref=ts

Blog: http://gypsymobileboutique.com/

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Gold bangle in above picture from Deseret Industries ($1.99) and shoes are from Freestyle Clothing Exchange. ($30) Picture below: Hat from Goodwill, ($2) white jacket from Freestyle Clothing Exchange, ($25) Banana Republic white leather purse that was new with tags still on! From Freestyle ($25) See, I told you I loved the dress! I wore it to the Bay area recently.Image

 

Good Day Sacramento Plus Size segment

I’m totally late at putting where I got all the plus size clothing from last weekend’s Good Day Sacramento segment! Shame on me!

It was such a great experience and I was just thrilled to show the wonderful women of Sac that there really are great thrift stores that carry plus size clothing. And it’s not just junky clothes, but super cute and stylish instead!

Thank you to everyone who watched and sent me such nice comments after the show – warmed my heart…

If any of you have questions about what looks good on your body type, PLEASE feel free to write and ask me. I love nothing more than showing people how to look their best!

Here are the 2 segments I did:

http://gooddaysacramento.cbslocal.com/video/9020368-plus-size-fashion/

http://gooddaysacramento.cbslocal.com/video/9020384-carabba-on-the-catwalk/

Here’s a list of the stores I used that carry plus size clothing!:

1.) Deseret Industries. Seriously, really really good plus size selection at this store!

3000 Auburn Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95821
Neighborhood: Arden-Arcade

(916) 482-1480

Deseret Industries Thrift Store, Sacramento, CA
Hours:
Mon 9 am – 6 pmTue-Fri 9 am – 8 pm

Sat 9 am – 7 pm

2.) Thrift Town – I heart Thrift Town and their low low prices! They have such a great variety of things, including plus size clothes.

https://www.facebook.com/ThriftTown?fref=ts

3.) Goodwill – I mean, you just can’t go wrong with Goodwill. Great selection of plus size. Check out their 1/2 off sale this 4th!

I go to the one located on 1621 L St  Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 441-4407

https://www.facebook.com/goodwillsacramento?fref=ts

4.) Freestyle Clothing Exchange – It’s no secret this store is one of my favs! They go up to a size 16 here and don’t have an actual ‘plus size’ section, but they do offer great pieces that are up to a size 16 :)

2101 L St
Sacramento, CA 95816

(916) 441-3733

https://www.facebook.com/freestyleclothing?fref=ts

5.) The Firefly Exchange – great little thrift store with a small plus size section.

https://www.facebook.com/Thefireflyexchange?fref=ts

6.) SPCA thrift store – such a great store supporting such a great cause!

https://www.facebook.com/SSPCAThriftStore?fref=ts

Here’s some fun pics from the segment showing off some of the looks I came up with :)

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Upcoming 4th of July sales!

What do I love more than fireworks on the 4th of July? A whole bunch of thrift store sales that is! Listen up, there are a TON of sales going on this 4th of July and I’m here to spill the beans on when and where to be this holiday. Hope everyone enjoys their day off and Happy Thrifting!!!

Love,

The Dress Fiend

Sale Alerts:

Article Consignment: Sale will be on Friday the 5th and Saturday the 6th. They are going to have it where the customer draws for a discount from a basket full of coupons. There will be 10%, 20% and 30% coupons for your entire purchase! Here’s their FB page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Article-Consignment-Boutique/326251932174ImageImage

PS – With Goodwill, remember that earlier is better. So get there when they open! :)