The Fabulous Thrift Tour 11/08/2014

IMG_1620 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! IMG_6154 IMG_1570IMG_1583IMG_1586IMG_1592IMG_1611IMG_1582IMG_1613IMG_1574IMG_1598IMG_1573IMG_1618

The Fabulous Thrift Tour on 1/25/14

It’s that time again! It’s the 2nd Fabulous Thrift Tour hosted by myself and sponsored by the ever fabulous Freestyle Clothing Exchange thrift. Link to get tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fabulous-thrift-tour-tickets-8841277499 We have an amazing party bus, prizes, 5 top notch thrift stores, … Continue reading

A work of art: Part 1

My mother and I haven’t always had the meaningful relationship that we have today, but through the years our bond has grown stronger and stronger.  Something I am supremely grateful for today is my realization and appreciation for my mother’s … Continue reading

A beret a day keeps the doctor away

Mondays have become my unofficial beret wearing day. The Museum I work at isn’t open to the public and the vacant atmosphere calls for something a little more low key – a beret!   (Sequin beret from Freestyle $8, faux fur … Continue reading

Free your mind and the rest will follow…

It’s days like today that remind me to appreciate all that I have, all that I’ve accomplished, and all that I continue to work hard towards. It’s days like today that I am grateful that I decided to make some … Continue reading

The weather for leather part 2: Jackets and accessories

Two years ago I picked up the most exquisite leather and wool jacket from Freestyle Clothing Exchange. It had never been worn, still had the price tags on, and came in at $650 new.  Can you guess how much I … Continue reading

The weather for leather part 1: skirts and pants!

This fall season I am OBSESSED with all things leather! This classic girl needs a little edge in her life. Edgy has come in the form of leather, leather, and more leather. There’s something about it that makes me feel cool, confident, sexy, and flirty. I have to say that this past week and a half has been really good and the sadness I was feeling has past and I’m feeling back to my normal self. What comes with my 31 years of age, besides a few extra wrinkles, is confidence and the courage to get my self right back up! Remember that movie When Stella Got Her Groove Back? Well, it’s almost as if Phoebe got her groove back, too. So with my new found ‘groove’ has come a new found edginess. How I express this best is through my fashion and I can think of nothing more confident and edgy than leather!

The more I thought about my leather fetish the more I realized just how much I actually own, enough to make this blog post a 2 part series! This post is dedicated to my love of high waist skirts and pants. 

Below are a few of my favorite pieces, stay tune for part 2 tomorrow!

~ Black vintage leather skirt, Freestyle Clothing Exchange thrift, $15

~ Red vintage leather pants, Deseret Industries thrift, $10

~ Black leather Bebe pants, Sei Bella Boutique Consignment, $24.99

~ Red vintage leather skirt, Deseret Industries, $10

~ Black faux leather pants, Thrift Town, $1.99 (30% 0ff!) 

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Tartan with a twist please

Recently I curated a fashion show for Good Day Sacramento with Tartan plaid being the main star. Image

This fall season the classic Tartan has been appropriated as the ‘it’ print and was seen all over the fall runways. I’m a classic girl by nature so the print is a definite yes in my books. What I’ve loved seeing is people taking the classic print and making it hip and modern; even edgy. This was exactly the direction I wanted to take the Good Day show I did. 

I say why not take your classic Pendleton pleated skirt and make it sexy with an adorable crop top (Heart Boutique $18) and a fitted leather jacket? (Freestyle $18! and yes it’s real leather and was originally a $650 jacket) P.S. This Pendleton skirt is reversible! (Freestyle $8)

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One item I pulled for the show that I LOVED was from Deseret Industries. It’s a vintage coat from the 80’s ($8) with a velvet collar and buttons. I paired it with a contemporary Ann Taylor sequin top (Freestyle $12)  to make it modern. Image

Remember this fall season to have fun with Tartan and don’t hesitate to make the classic print modern and hip with a leather jacket, leggings, or a sequin top or hat.Image

Here’s the link to the segment:

http://gooddaysacramento.cbslocal.com/video/9408935-fall-fashion/

“Gray”t Expectations

Expect an abundance of gray this fall season among the fashion forward. The color gray/charcoal/slate, what ever hue catches your fancy,  has been appropriated as the ‘new neutral’ for the season and was seen all over the fall 2013 runways. … Continue reading

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out!” ~ Dr. Seuss

Sometimes I still get that ‘well, ummmmm, maybe I shouldn’t wear that” or “maybe I should try and dress like that/her” and promptly realize that I am who I am today because I don’t like to ‘fit in’ and choose … Continue reading