“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

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

“Life as it is”…

“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” – Wayne W Dyer

Life as it is revolves around me constantly working on being in the present moment, enjoying it, and embracing all that I have – not all that I don’t have. This is REALLY hard for me sometimes and it stems from a place where I once only lived in the past or in a make believe land of some future that didn’t even exist. We all do our own versions of soul searching in life and mine personally has been a choppy ride, but it eventually landed me to a higher, calmer ground known as peace of mind. 

Peace of mind comes in the form of having appreciation for the job that I have at the Crocker Art Museum, a roof over my head, (it’s my own apartment!) my new bike, friends, and my ability to be creative once again. 

Art takes on many forms and my form of art seems to have manifested in my clothing choices. I stopped caring what I thought others might think of me and started just wearing what made me feel good and creative. And thank god for thrifting and all the amazing stores in Midtown for providing me with amazing articles of clothing over the years. I may not have a car, but who needs one when ya live in Midtown next to so many great thrift,vintage, and used clothing stores! My outfits each day are my works of art. I don’t typically know what I’m going to wear when I get up. I let my clothes speak to me, inspire me, transform me to a character that I will take on for the day.

Embracing life as it is and accepting it, can be such a beautiful thing… 

Outfit:

Silk dress, Thrift Town, $2.99

Necklace, Thrift Town, $1.99′

Hat, vintage hand me down from a friend, belonged to her mother in the 60’s 

I wear what makes me feel good and confident and this fun 60’s look definitely made me smile. 

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My article in the May issue of Sacramento Magazine is out! (pg 29 and 30)

I have been waiting to write about this for quite some time now. Sacramento Magazine had asked me about 3 months ago if they could do a feature article on me and my thrifitng. I gladly accepted! This past week was an emotional week for me on many levels, but having the article come out Tuesday was definitely the pinnacle of my thrifting career thus far.

Emotions can run rampant sometimes, we are only human right? My emotions came from a place of remembering what it was like and what it is like now. 2 1/2 years ago I could have never imagined that someone, let alone Sacramento Magazine, would ever want to have anything to do with me. When I made the leap to finally change my life, I was then able to start mending the broken pieces that had kept me down for so long. With each piece mended, I got stronger and more confident. In 2 short years I’ve accomplished so much more than I ever knew possible. I hope that I can inspire anyone out there having a difficult time with life that things really can turn around.

As for the article, I am SO happy with it! Amy Ekhart (photographer) did a fantastic job representing my collection of thrifted pieces. (both vintage and newer pieces) I also loved how she was able to capture how proud I am to be riding my bike with heels and a dress on! Love the quote on the bottom of page 29,’I’m not going to sacrifice fashion just because I have to bike.’ Heck yeah! Also, HUGE shout out to Mari Tzikas for the wonderful article. Mari did a wonderful job describing my history with thrifting, collection, styling studio, and inspiration for it all. Thank you for mentioning my mom Mari, she really is my true inspiration and I feel so lucky to have such an artist for a mother. She is my number one fashion Guru. Oh hail to Ms Deborah/Momma ;) I’d also like to pay thanks to Mike O’Brien for giving little ol’ me a chance to show off what I love at the very core of who I am. Thrifting has become my art and finding incredible pieces for next to nothing has become my game. I love that I was able to share my thrifting tips to the great people of Sacramento. Hopefully they will find some great pieces as well! Big thanks to my make up artist Andrea Lewis too! Girl, you did a great job! You can find her business page here:

https://www.facebook.com/MakeupByAJ

If anyone is a lover of thrifting or interested in learning how to be frugal and fabulous, please save the date and take my thrifting class on May 30th. You can purchase tickets here and some of the proceeds go to WEAVE. Now that’s a feel good class all around!

http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5981489797/eorg

Here are some pictures of the photo shoot and the magazine:

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“I’ll take dresses with a side of dessert please”

Do you ever have those moments in life where it’s non stop crazy busy; be it in your job or personal life? Oh my gosh, that was me this past weekend! There was one point at work Saturday morning that I almost cried and I NEVER cry at work.

Isn’t that just life though? Where you stroll along with the greatest of ease and all of a sudden BAM! things get busy, crazy, and a tad bit tough. Life wouldn’t be fun any other way right? Well, work needless to say was very busy and a little cra cra this past weekend. (well, past two weeks really!)

As I took my break Saturday at work the sweet sweet waitress (Jessica, bless her heart) from the Cafe bought me a beautiful pink cupcake to cheer me up. That cupcake was exactly what I needed! The little treat got me to thinking about the two things in life that bring me immense joy in times of stress, depression, and blatant craziness.  Might sound silly, but it’s dresses and desserts. I’m simple like that. Phoebe depressed and not wanting to be = Phoebe putting on a dress, going out, and eating dessert. That’s exactly what I did Saturday night after my rough day. I got dolled up, went on a nice date, had an excellent dinner, and finished it with a lovely lovely dessert from The Press Bistro. Ummm, if you haven’t been there please go!

The picture below is an oldie, but I dragged it out of archives because it shows off both a dress and desserts :) The dress is Betsy Johnson ($20) and shoes are Ninewest. ($15) Both items are from Freestyle Clothing Exchange thrift store on 21st and L street.

http://www.freestyleclothing.com/

Cupcakes I decorated myself to match the dress! The picture below this one is an array of all the desserts I consumed this past weekend. Ok, I also had Key Lime pie from Rick’s Dessert Diner, but forgot to take a picture :-/

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They call me mellow yellow…

It has been pouring rain for the last week or so and I decided that I had had enough of this yuck/depressing/soggy weather! I was gonna wear a bright colored dress today and that bright color was gonna make the sun come out… and by golly, it did!

I recently got a bright yellow 60’s style tunic dress from Banana Republic for a steal of a price. It was originally $140, marked down to $54.97, then an extra 40% off the day I went in! Super awesome deal right? I love me my thrifting, but heck, a brand new Banana dress for $34 bucks ain’t bad. (that’s $106 dollars off the original price!)

Though it’s a ‘Spring’ color, I went ahead and channeled my inner rebel and wore the bright yellow dress in Winter anyways. I seasoned it up appropriately with a chunky black and white necklace, white stockings, (no, those are not my legs! I know I’m pale) and some great black leather boots. See, in order to be a trend setter, one must think outside the box from time to time and take some risks. I was happy with my risk today and was especially happy about getting my dress for a steal of a deal. Hey, I buy new when the price tags right ;)

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New Banana Republic dress, Banana Republic, $34

Necklace, made by a co-worker of mine

Tights, I stole from my mom, she’s gonna demand them back now watch

Ninewest black leather boots, Freestyle Clothing Thrift Store, $28

When nature inspires fashion…

The Fall colors, to me,  make for the richest of palettes and this season has produced the most vibrant leaves in years. I’m constantly inspired by things around me and it was no surprise recently that my ensemble was inspired by a beautiful tree outside of work. On the third floor of the Museum there’s a gallery that has the most spectacular view of Crocker Park and all it’s beautiful trees. One tree in particular struck my fancy; it’s leaves were a rich ochre yellow color. You know when you have that ‘light bulb’ moment? Well, I did and remembered that I had a 60’s inspired tunic at home that had a print very reminiscent to the tree I was staring at. 

So, if you’re ever feeling ‘blah’ and uninspired take a look outside and let nature speak to you. You never know what kind of inspiration it may lend…

Below you’ll find my nature inspired look (when looking at the image with 4 pictures, take a look at the top right one. Those are the leaves that inspired me!):

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Outfit:

No name dress from Goodwill, $10

Earrings, Forever21, $4.99

Both pairs of tights are from Forever21, each $4.99

Ninewest boots, Freestyle Clothing thrift store, $28

Tip:

Try layering your tights to get cool effects like I have done here with my yellow and fishnet tights. Very fun way to spruce up a Fall/Winter outfit!

 

Day 24 – October 2012: Buy nothing new month

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Recycling my wardrobe – Day 24:

This was my outfit today – and yes, I do realize I am some outfits behind for the month of October. Hard getting photos sometimes! Expect a collage of the rest of my outfits for the month of October tomorrow :)

I’m a huge fan of Tory Burch as well (I have a classic preppy side to me) and stumbled upon this beauty at, you would never guess?…Freestyle! I swear I should start doing marketing for them lol. When I went to NYC this past May for my B-Day, I was all set on buying myself either a brand new DVF dress or something Tory Burch. Well, I went to both stores and just couldn’t bring myself to spend the money! This blouse is the perfect example of why I couldn’t – I can find it WAY cheaper at a thrift store. This beautiful silk blouse cost me a whopping $18 bucks. (actually, it was free because I had trade!) New, it could of easily gone for $300. That’s huge difference and this is why I just can’t justify buying new when I can get them in le thrift stores.

Today was a beautiful warm day in Sac and the yellow blouse with the tan suede skirt was the perfect out fit for me…

Tory Burch silk blouse, Freestyle Clothing, $18 (but free because I had trade)

Bebe suede skirt, Goodwill, $5 (originally $10, but I got it on 1/2 off day)

Steve Madden heels, Freestyle Clothing, $14