The idea of getting back to the authentic self has been heavy on my mind this last month. As humans, we get so caught up with the world around us that we forget sometimes to check in on the most … Continue reading →
Yesterday marked my 3rd thrift tour I’ve hosted and helped coordinate. As many people know, I love nothing more than spreading the love, knowledge, tricks, and tips to shopping second hand. I’m not just passionate about recycling and purchasing second hand, I’m actually obsessive. It’s ok, I’ve accepted and embraced this path of mine. We are all born to do something, love something… My something is the passion for the thrifted fashion. It’s my creative outlet and I know it can be for others, too! When the Utilities Exploration Center in Roseville, CA asked me to help coordinate a thrift tour promoting thrift and recycling, I was instantly on board! A lot of thought, energy, and love went it to this tour and I would like to first thank Rachel Tooker from the Utility Exploration Center for asking me to do this and for working hours and hours to make this tour, well, FABULOUS! Rachel taught me so much! Did you know that the average American throws away approximately 68 pounds of clothing a year?! Something so great about this whole experience was all the press we got. Not only were we able to promote the tour, but we had the opportunity to give the actual statistics of why people should donate or sell to second hand stores. Pretty cool, right? We had about 40 people on the bus yesterday and hit up a mixture of thrift, consignment, and buy/sell/trade stores. I wanted to show the guests that there are many different facets to the world of second hand clothing. This way there was a little something for everyone! A BIG thank you to Reinvent Clothing Consignment, Freestyle Clothing Exchange, Thrift Town, Sei Bella Boutique Consignment, and Crossroads Trading Company for participating! I’d also like to give another thank you to Deeda Salon, Magpie Bakery, the Sacramento Antique Faire, and Roxy Restaurant for donating gift cards and delicious foods! If you are interested in the FUN, please join us on our next tour scheduled for Saturday, February 21st from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. You can call (916) 746-1550 for more info and tickets! It’s through the Utility Exploration Center. If you have any questions for me please ask away! Here are some pictures from the wonderful, fabulous, shop filled day!
This is the first summer in many many moons where I feel like I’m actually enjoying the season and taking the time to get some much needed R&R. This past year at work was non stop and the nice weekend getaway I experienced this weekend was the perfect antidote to calm this busy bee’s mind, body, and soul.
We are very lucky here in California with all of the vast and diverse terrain surrounding us. This past weekend I experienced the wine country, (I don’t drink, but I do appreciate its beauty) the Russian River, and the picturesque beaches. All three of these places were with in a 30 mile radius of each other.
So going into my work week tomorrow I feel an incredible sense of calm and tranquility. By the looks of the pictures below you can probably tell why :)
For my perfect weekend getaway look I opted for this easy to wear Free People dress from Freestyle Clothing Exchange thrift, ($25) Italian made floppy hat from SPCA thrift, ($6) & espadrilles from Freestyle Clothing Exchange thrift. ($14)
TIP: The dress I’m wearing is PERFECT for traveling. The cotton material naturally has a crinkled look to it so you can literally throw it into your bag, unfold it, and be off with your vacation day. The dress is by Free People. Pay attention to this brand when thrifting, it’s fab!
If you have any thrift or styling questions please ask away!
My style is ever evolving, but one thing is always constant – my love for vintage. 60’s fashion will always remain my favorite era for vintage, but as of late I have been sneaking over to the 70’s side.
Vintage and thrift shopping speaks to me in ways that no contemporary new department store can. My style is a direct result from my years of exploring all the different aisles upon aisles of second hand wonders.
The other day I dreamt of hot summer nights with a beautiful dress that flowed in the warm breezy air. I dreamt of beautiful head scarves, big sunglasses, and a smile that glistened from ear to ear. Lucky for me, I dream of ensembles for inspiration and sometimes I’m lucky enough to find my dreamt up looks in my favorite thrift stores.
My Bohemian flowing dress dreams came to fruition this past weekend at my beloved Freestyle Clothing Exchange thrift store. They have a small vintage section, but because they are meticulous about what they buy from people it’s always good! The beautiful floral print flows with the greatest of ease in the hot summer winds.
And you can never go wrong pairing that perfect vintage dress with an even more perfect pair of vintage 70’s glasses. Big shout of to my friend Omonivie of Tula in Bloom for making the beautiful earrings I have on. She’s a true artist, check her out: http://www.tulainbloom.etsy.com
Also, if you are in Sacramento please check out one of the 4 Freestyle Clothing Exchange’s for some of the best vintage: http://www.freestyleclothing.com
Vintage 70’s dress, Freestyle, $12
Vintage 70’s shades, Sac Antique Faire, $2
Espadrilles, Freestyle, $15
The day has finally come that I officially own The Dress Fiend! This will be my final post on this site. I adore and very much appreciate all of my fans out there and would love for you to keep following me. Would you all do me a favor and head over to thedressfiend.com and subscribe/become a follower? It’s as easy as this: Go to the site, scroll down a bit till you see ‘subscribe to blog via email’ on the right hand side and voila! You’ll now be able to get notices when I post.
A few super amazing add ons to the new site:
– there’s a color wheel where you can click on a color and it directs you to outfits I’ve worn in that color! This way if you’re wondering how to wear certain colors you can get a little inspiration from my outfits
– I share my thrifting tips
– All of my social media is connected to it
– and there’s a hire me section! If you need a stylist or someone to redo your closet I’m your girl!
PS A big thank you to Colour Me Classic for doing such an amazing job on my site!
I look forward to seeing you all over at thedressfiend.com
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