Momma’s to be: Style, thrifting, & tips for looking your best while pregnant

Last week’s Maternity Wear segment on Good Day Sacramento was one of my favorite looks I’ve put together since I started doing the show last November. All three girls definitely had that pregnancy ‘glow’ and made my Parisian/nautical vision an … Continue reading

The Launch x Fashion show 2013

Last night was a wonderful night filled with fashion, creativity, determination, and a spectacular show! I had the honor of helping out with the Launch x Fashion show and saw what it was like to produce a fashion show from beginning to end. Image Boy do I commend Lisa Kennedy and Sandra Yan-Crowell for producing such an impressive show last night at the Tsakopolous Library Galleria. Image (super cool bamboo jersey dress by the designer Frock LA – loved this collection!)

It was a delight to meet and speak with a previous Project Runway star and hear about how he makes his own knits, textiles, and designs. The star I am referring to is Joseph Aaron Segal of last seasons show. (Pretty Snake is his label) I mean, how fun are these candy leggings and headbands?! Makes you smile and feel like a kid again. ImageImage

You’re probably wondering what thrifted frock I wore to the event right? Well, since we had to wear all black I opted for my finest vintage dress purchased a couple of months ago at the Sac Antique Faire.Image It’s a 1950’s silk velvet dress that felt like it was made for me! It came with a little jacket, too, but I only wore the dress to the event. ($40 for the set – not too bad for a piece of history and art) Image

At the event I decided to do my hair in a ponytail with a puff on the top to make it seem a little more fresh and paired that with some dangly earrings my Momma made me. I was thrilled to see one of my favorite local fashion bloggers, Ms Bridgett, there doing press.  She’s such a talented writer and artist. The girl puts together some of the best ensembles around. There’s always a story and I absolutely love that! Image

In the end, it was a FUN night filled with fashion, education, and true talent. I really felt inspired to be around such talented and creative fashion minds. I attended the Launch x Music festival today and can’t wait to share with you all the best fashion I saw and my very own thrifted look for the day!

PS: If you are up tomorrow morning please make sure to watch Good Day Sacramento live at for a fun Maternity Wear segment. Bet you didn’t know that thrift stores have amazing maternity clothes huh? :) They do!


The Dress Fiend

2 announcements: Good Day Sacramento segment and I’m taking over Sacramento Press’ Instagram tomorrow!

Tune in tomorrow morning for a fun filled segment all about thrifted stilettos and how to walk in them. Just call me the “Stiletto Whisperer” for the day ;) We will be on at the 8 am hour on CW channel 31. 

For all you Instagram lovers I’m happy to announce that I will be taking over Sacramento Press’ Instagram account for the week of 8/5-11. You can follow me @sacramentopress on Instagram. See Sacramento through my eyes for the week! :) Starting with a fun/funny segment with Good Day.

For tomorrow’s segment I wanted to go ahead and spill the beans as to where I found all my thrifted fashion finds for the show:

1.) Freestyle Clothing Exchange is where I got all the clothes and about 1/2 the shoes. They are BOMB DOT COM and you have to go and check them out on the corner of 21st and L st in Midtown Sac. Or go to for one of their other locations! 

2.) SPCA thrift is where I got almost all the accessories and the other 1/2 of the shoes. Have I mentioned how much I love this little store in between 15th and 16th on E st in Downtown Sac? The BEST prices and such fun stuff! They also have 1/2 off sales going on for August. Blue and green tags are 1/2 off this month! Check out their FB page:

Here’s a sneak peak at what I’m working on for my next blog post. It’s all about the charity Hello XOXO clothing swap from last weekend! I found such great things. We will be having another clothing swap this fall, stay tuned! 

Striped Ann Taylor sweater, Ann Taylor pants, and tie dyed dress from the clothing swap! 


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:

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:

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:



Here’s the link to RSVP in advance:

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:

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

Thrift Town:

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


Links to Amanda’s info:



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


Great Gatsby inspired thrifted fashion show on Good Day Sacramento 5/11/13

Such a fun morning! I always love going on Good Day Sacramento, but especially this morning! I have such an affinity for the 20’s era of fashion and was especially inspired by the new Great Gatsby movie that came out last night.

I love the high attention to glamour, sequins/beading, and accessories – especially the headwear. I take a lot of pride in what I do and went out of my way to find some of the best Gatsby inspired clothing and accessories. Since today was a double segment, I decided to do a more feminine/soft flapper-esque lineup for the first segment and a more dramatic/dark evening look for the second. The first 4 girls had on light pink, tan, and sequin numbers that all went to the knee or slightly above. So fun and perfect for dancing, say the Charleston perhaps? ;) The 2nd group of girls had on more elegant looks ranging from floor length, (with a turban!) to a silk pleated skirt and blouse with a tassel, and an Egyptian inspired gold and black dress. (also popular in the 20’s) I, too, wore two different looks and did a fun short beaded number with a beaded head piece and a more elegant long silk velvet dress with a vintage stole. (My sweet Momma made the silk velvet dress 20 years ago – though not thrifted, I thought appropriate to honor her and her talented sewing skills for Mother’s Day)

My makeup artist Jessica Schubert did a fantastic job on the girls!!! I highly recommend using her for your next photo shoot and or wedding :)  You can find her information at:

Two of my models are fellow fashion bloggers as well! I think they are just adorable and talented writers and fashionistas :) Go ahead and check them out! :

Lastly…If you are wondering where I got all these wonderful things? Well, look no further! Here’s a list and a lot of what you saw on today’s show will be going back to the store today and will be available shortly!

1.) Freestyle Clothing Exchange on 21st and L st. I LOVE this place with all of my fashion heart. Quite a few of the dresses are from here

2.) YSJ Vintage at 924 12 th st. They have some of the best vintage clothing in town! They are also opening a new store in Rocklin this upcoming week! Here’s the info:

3.) Firefly Exchange thrift is a super cute little thrift store located at 1910 P street. I always find awesome accessories there

4.) Thrift Town – I usually go to the one off of El Camino. Hands down one of the best thrift stores. Just the best prices out there.

5.) Cuffs is located at 2523 J street and has new and vintage pieces.

6.) Goodwill – I go to the one in between 16th and 17th on L st. It’s the boutique and has the best stuff! Their next big sale is Memorial Day where everything is 1/2 off starting at 8:30 am!

7.) The Sacramento Antique is the 2nd Sunday of the month and located under the freeway on 21st and X st. It’s tomorrow morning and you know I will be there!

8.) Sei Bella Boutique is an amazing consignment store located at 1950 Douglas Blvd. They not only have great contemporary pieces, but beautiful vintage pieces as well. And the prices are great, too! If you are in the Roseville area I highly suggest checking them out.

9.) Prevues has amazing vintage and newer thrifted pieces. The neat thing about this store is that they have costume attire as well. They are located on 2417 K st.

Here are a few picture highlights from the morning :)

Happy thrifting!


Charity thrifted fashion show for the Sacramento Children’s Home

I was sitting here this lovely evening with a belly full of Chipotle (don’t judge) and gelato when it occurred to me that I never blogged about the charity thrifted fashion show I did a couple of weeks ago! It was held at Lucca Restaurant and the proceeds raised that evening went to the Sacramento Children’s Home.

I felt honored when Terri, the owner of Lucca, asked me to be a part of the 4 part series of fundraisers she was doing to celebrate Lucca’s 10 year anniversary. Terri and I go way back and I think of her as a second Mom. So when she asked me to be a part of it, I gladly said yes! Whenever there is fashion and charity involved you know I’m there :)

Out of all the fashion-y events I’ve done, this one was the most challenging. I had 11 models and 12 looks, all of which I spent well over a month searching for the best thrifted pieces. I spent countless hours visualizing what I wanted the feel and theme of the show to be. In the end, I was steered toward bright Spring colors with a 60’s inspired twist. The 60’s are not only a favorite of mine, but just so happens to be on trend for the Spring season as well. One of the models, Stephanie, had on an AMAZING authentic 60’s ensemble that I purchased at the Antique Faire.  I loved the green shift dress on her with the head piece and broach. (see photo on bottom of article) Steph reminded me of the beautiful 60’s model, Jean Shrimpton – both are just absolute knock outs. Image

My friend Jessica Schubert did the most fantastic job on her makeup and the other girls as well. (Jess, you are the bomb girl) Here’s the link to her page:

What really warmed my heart and made the event so special was one of the models I used for the show. She was an actual resident of the Sacramento Children’s Home and had lost her mother the year before. I felt so privileged to have met her through a friend. I was able to get her outfit she modeled donated and had my professional makeup artist friend, Jessica, do her makeup. She seemed so happy and that just touched me to the core.

In the end, I was finally able to breath and take in the night. It was one of the best experiences I’ve had yet and taught me a lot about myself and what I’m capable of. I was pretty proud to know that I can actually put on a successful fashion show! All the looks were thrifted and I was able to showcase thrift stores like Deseret Industries, Thrift Town, Freestyle Clothing Exchange, Cuff’s, Sei Bella Boutique and the Firefly Exchange. That’s a whole lot of 2nd hand stores that got to shine that night, too!

So this evening I count my blessings for all the challenges that have presented themselves to me this past year. With each new challenge I’ve grown in ways that make me want to cry sometimes. I know I’ve worked hard and all, but I really do feel blessed – I truly truly do. People have been so kind and compassionate towards me and it was nice to give back at Lucca that evening and raise money for the Sacramento Children’s Home…

Here’s the link to the professional pictures taken by Sacramento Magazine:

And a few that I was able to snap through out the night (when I wasn’t running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off!)

If you’re wondering what I wore: Vintage 60’s Jonathan Logan yellow shift dress from Freestyle,  $15 – Earrings from Cuff’s, $16 – Ninewest shoes from Freestyle, $15. You know I had to represent the 60’s style I love so much! I even did the big french twist, cat eye, and fake lashes. (fake lashes are so fun!)