“Dream on little dreamer”…

Dream on little dreamer And this is how it all begins Move your feet Feel how sweet it is Dream on little dreamer Follow all of your signs You got to gather what you need You got to choose a … Continue reading

Honoring my Momma for National Sewing Month

September marks National Sewing Month and I can think of no one more talented than my sweet mother, Deborah. My mom raised me by herself and we definitely had our hard times growing up financially. But, even through the hardest … Continue reading

When life gives you lemons make lemonade!

Oh how I’ve missed thee – ‘thee’ is making a point to write on here more often than once a week. I love writing, creating, and sharing with the world my thoughts, ideas, and art through my clothing. Life gets BUSY and all of a sudden it’s been 9 days since I’ve written! But, I’m here now and that’s all that matters…

I love the expression “when life gives you lemons make lemonade.” What that signifies is the fact that life can be difficult, tricky, and straight hard. But, with a little bit of sugar, or what I like to call optimism, those bitter tasting experiences you are going through will turn sweet and teach you a valuable lesson.

Life is pretty even keel right now and I like that. I don’t know if it’s because I picked up yoga a couple of months back, or if my perception has changed realizing that no matter what, everything will be ok. Am I a millionaire with out a money care in the world? Hell no! I’m what they call broke and fabulous and proud of it! I know with continued hard work,  the money will eventually come. Just as long as I have a roof over my head, (very grateful to have my own apt) food in my belly, and enough money to allow me an antique faire or thrifted dress on occasion then I’m happy.

I have so many projects going on right now that I sometimes feel like a chicken with it’s head cut off. But, I would never in a million years complain because of how frickin’ grateful I am for all that is happening. Plus, I just love all the challenges! It’s when I grow the most and learn. The lessons I’m learning are to be more organized, not stress out, work hard, and always give what ever I’m involved in 110%.

I will update all of you with the happenings in my life in another blog post and I promise it will be sooner than 9 days! As for now, enjoy some fun photos of thrifty looks ranging from summer wear on Good Day Sac to a recent blog post from Thrift Town. Check out my blog post for Thrift Town here: http://networkedblogs.com/NYeoc

Thank you to everyone who has followed and believed in me through out this journey, means the world to me…

Love,

The Dress Fiend

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All clothes and accessories from Freestyle, SPCA, and Thrift Town. All 3 stores have FB pages now. Follow them for all the up to date sales!

Feeling grateful

I’m feeling grateful these days for all that I have, not all that I ‘should have.’ The ‘should haves’ are the toxicities of life that never allow you to truly grow into your own authentic self. When we ponder around wishing that our lives were different, that if we only had more money, or if I only had what she has; we can make ourselves sick both physically and spiritually. I say this not out of observation, but from personal experience. This evening was a beautiful reminder that I am exactly where I am supposed to be right now and with continued hard work, dedication, and passion I will preserver over all other destructive thoughts or behaviors.

I had the most lovely time this evening with a new girlfriend I met recently. To talk life, truth, and mutual love for fashion was exactly what I’ve been needing. Maybe I’m getting older, but I don’t much care for the chit chat anymore and would much rather be myself. The conversation with my new friend reminded me to always remain grateful and humble.

Thank you new friend for talking ‘real talk’ with me. Tonight was such a great night – I just had to write about it and share my attitude of gratitude for life today.

My friend and I talked about how clothing is so much more than just a dress; it’s about style! We also talked about times when we couldn’t afford to shop and how we were forced to take a closer look at what we already had. Those challenges made us better dressers and in turn, more unique. I’m thinking a little no shopping challenge may be on the horizon soon – Stay tuned!

Cobalt blue with a splash of rainbow…

– Something to think about: Orange and blue are beautiful together! (My shoes are a dark orange here and dress a colbalt blue) They are opposites on the color wheel and look mighty spectacular together in my opinion :)

Dress is by Guess and thrifted at Freestyle Clothing Exchange for $18, shoes $8 there as well. Necklace and bracelet the Momma made.  (She’s the Jack of all Trades – she can sew, make jewelry, crochet, knit – what can’t she do?!)

P.S. The makeup is by Wet & Wild – cheap, fun, and great quality! Seriously their liquid eye liners and lipsticks are my favs.

Love,

The Dress Fiend

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When opposites attract…

I like my colors the opposite just as much as I like my men the opposite of me. I’m a Taurus and have a tendency to like Scorpios! I just can’t help it, they’re so much fun! Just like the color play with this orange dress and blue accessories were.

Recently I have been re-falling in love with the work of Piet Mondrian and the simple use of bold colors and lines. I particularly loved his use of red-orange and blue together.Image Though opposite on the color wheel, orange and blue are complimentary colors and go, in my opinion, fabulously together! In fact, orange and blue are my two favorite colors. And I’m not just biased because I’m Dutch, Piet Mondrian is Dutch, and the colors of Holland are orange and blue ;)

I was so inspired by Mondrian that I wanted to somehow mimic one of his paintings. I took my red-orange Ann Taylor dress and paired it with blue vintage accessories, shoes, AND makeup. Here’s a big tip girls: Wet & Wild is frickin’ awesome and has amazing cobalt blue liquid liner and gorgeous orangey lipstick. And for a mere $1.99, you can pretty much afford to try all the different colors they offer. 

When opposites attract, it can be electrifying – make a statement!

‘Art isn’t about following the rules. It’s about breaking them.’ ~ David Sedaris

Outfit:

Ann Taylor dress, Freestyle Clothing Exchange, $13

Necklace, Goodwill, $3

Ring, Goodwill, $2.50

Vintage blue suede heels, Crossroads, $7

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All that glitters is not gold sometimes…

90% contentment, 8% joy, 2% gratitude…

Living in contentment, joy, and gratitude is what I aim for every morning when I get up. But, not every morning do I achieve this and sometimes the Richter scale is sent askew and I’m thrown off balance to a land of vertigo. This weekend I found myself more in line with resentment, jealousy, and anger. Not a good place to be at all for me.

I just spent the last 2 hours writing a really heart felt blog post to have it magically disappear. I take this as a sign from God. (Ganesh perhaps?) to shorten the post. Short and sweet it is…

Ladies if you had a bad weekend like me, I feel you. All that glitters is not gold and things are painful to experience sometimes.

To be short and sweet: If I’ve learned anything at all, it’s to find something you absolutely love with all your heart, soul, and might. My clothes are my love. It is plain and simply my art, what drives me to be creative and free. When I’m feeling the downest of the down, I turn to my clothes and let them speak to me. And you know what? They bring me back to life and make me feel whole again always. Find something that makes you feel whole, I guarantee it will save your life and empower you to be the best woman – the woman you were always meant to be…

I woke up Sunday a little blue, but I quickly took that melancholy state of mind to a creative happy place. A little fashion shoot always cures the bluesy heart for me. I say phewy to the achy heart and hello to something that brings contentment, joy, and gratitude – thank you clothes for bringing out the best in me.

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Outfits:

Top to bottowm:

Hat, SPCA thrift, $8 – Crop top, Freestyle Clothing, $12 – Express jeans, Freestyle Clothing, $10 – Leopard belt, Sei Bella Boutique, $10 – Steve Madden heels, Freestyle Clothing, $15

Hat, Goodwill, $3 – J.Crew dress, Freestyle Clothing, $7 – DVF jacket, Freestyle Clothing, $13 – Necklace, Goodwill, $3 – Bebe boots, Freestyle Clothing, $14

When vintage tells a story…

This jacket has a touching story and it involves a really sweet, kind, and good hearted lady who reminded me a couple weeks ago that angels might actually walk this earth. Honestly, I was blown away by her kindness – she had the aura that could light up a room and it did the day I walked into her store.

Right before Christmas I went into a local shoe store here in Midtown Sacramento to get my Mommacita a pair of really nice slippers. I walked into the store and was immediately greeted by the sweetest lady. She offered me a bottle of water and helped me pick out a nice pair of sheep skin slippers for Mom. We got to talking and I told her a little about my life, blog, and love for vintage pieces. During our conversation, she told me about a fur coat she had purchased in 1974. She had bought all those years ago for a party she’d attended and had had it hanging in her closet for all these years. I had told her that my mom was picky and that I may be back to exchange for a different pair of slippers after Christmas. Well, mom loved them, but wanted a different pair of course, lol.

I went back into the store about a week after Christmas to exchange the slippers for another pair and when I had my back turned, the owner of the store came up to me with this exquisite coat and said, ‘I want you to have this.’ I’m not even kidding, I wanted to cry. I was so unbelievably touched by her generosity. I thanked her repeatedly and said I would cherish it and wear it proudly. She said to me something that I’ll never forget, which was, ‘I know you are thankful and by you wearing this, it makes other people happy too.’ What I gathered from her words is that it made her happy to see someone 39 years after she purchased the coat be so excited to wear it and bring it back to life again :)

When I buy vintage pieces I put them on and close my eyes and imagine who might of worn it and where it may have traveled to. In the case of this beautiful 70’s coat, I didn’t have to close my eyes and imagine the story, the story was told to me first hand. That right there brings warmth to my heart, tears to my eyes, and a big ol’ smile to my face.

If you ever need a really beautiful pair of comfy shoes or slippers please make sure to visit the wonderful people over at The Birkenstock Store on 25th and J street. It’s the kind of place that will not only make your feet happy, but your heart too.

My mom said I should channel my ‘inner hippie’ in the coat and so I did (or tried) by doing my hair curly (it’s naturally curly) and wearing my high waist bell bottom jeans. Mom topped it off by making me a necklace and earrings. She’s pretty awesome like that.

Outfit: Jeans are Joe Jeans from Freestyle Clothing thriftstore, ($30) & wooden platform shoes are Michael Kors also from Freestyle Clothing thriftstore. ($30) Both pricey, but lets be real – Joe Jeans are normally $200+ and the Michael Kors were probably 100+ new.

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Happy New Year’s Eve – a big thank you to my fans/friends for supporting me this year!

Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! Oh my goodness, I can’t believe these are my last hours of 2012. Man, time flies when you’re having fun right? I have to admit that 2012 was probably my favorite year yet for a multitude of reasons. Not only did I grow personally and emotionally, but I also grew in my career at the Museum and finally started my blog! Shoot, I guess turning 30 did me some good!!! Heck, I grew up and found myself – that makes me smile :)

I want to thank all my fans and friends out there that believed in me throughout this journey of mine. Some of you have known me before the blog, when I would wear my great clothes and talk about one day having the courage to put fingers to laptop and finally write. I am now fully immersed into it and so thankful I mustered up the courage to do so.

Follow your dreams peeps – man, it was a good year!

As if 2012 wasn’t good enough, I got a call from Good Day Sacramento today and they want me on this Sunday, 1/6/13 at 9 am for another segment. Perfect way to start of 2013 right?!

To wrap up 2012, here are a few of my favorite thrifted looks:

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30 days 30 dresses: It was an iPhone photo kind of day – please forgive me :)

The weather today was dreadful and made for taking a proper photo with my good camera nearly impossible. I had to improvise with my iPhone and the picture quality is not quite up to par. I LOVED my day outfit today. I combined polka dots (shirt) with leopard print. (scarf) The idea came to me a couple days ago and I have to say I just adore it! The outfit was made even more fun with a vintage leather skirt and fish net stockings. Later I changed into a dress for a date. I wore one of my favorite dresses that I showcased recently on Good Day Sac. It’s my BCBG blue, black, and white print dress – very fun and sexy. I glammed it up with a fun necklace from Forever21. (and the 4 inch Ninewest shoes helped too!) My necklace has been a hit with everyone and it was under 10 bucks! Forever21 may not have the most stellar clothing, but they sure do have some great accessories! My fish net tights are from there as well. 

Day:

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Evening:

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Outfit:

#1:

– Scarf from my mom

– Ralph Lauren polka dot blouse, Goodwill, $6.99

– Vintage leather skirt, Freestyle Clothing thrift store, $14

– Tights are Forever21

#2:

– BCBG dress, Freestyle Clothing thrift store, $16

– Forever21 necklace (recently purchased – they should still have it in the store)

Tip: Why not be a little creative and mix and match prints? I have to say that I even liked matching my polka dot shirt with my tan leopard scarf as well. Try it out!