Today was a “Good Day”

Every time I go on Good Day Sacramento to do one of my thrifted fashion TV segments I am just as grateful that day as I was the first time I went on 15 months ago. I’ve become pretty good … Continue reading

Fashion inspiration: American Hustle the movie

Inspiration, for me, manifests itself from art, architecture, people, nature, and in this case, the movies. (American Hustle) I am fond of the past for not only its rich history, but especially for its truly phenomenal fashion. American Hustle was … 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 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/

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 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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