OFF THE RACK: Mixing it up with blue

19 Dec

Here are more photos of my experimentation with mixing prints!! I have been fascinated with mixing ever since.. well probably a few months ago. I decided I was not very good at it, but as the saying goes, practice makes perfect! The thing about fashion is that not everyone is going to like everything. This can definitely be a double edged sword. I thrifted this bright blue blazer, pants, and purse from Goodwill on two separate occasions. I recently found the blazer, while that pants I had sitting in my closet unsure of how to wear it. They’re so loud, which is OK with me because I am sometimes loud. They work. I bought the top from Old Navy about two years ago… I love the purple flowers on it. Although I do not have a favorite color, if I had to choose, purple would be it.

Mixing is all about being bold and unafraid. If you are unsure of how to mix prints together, start with similar color schemes or stay in the same family of patterns. For instance, pair a big floral print with a smaller floral design. Try mixing diagonal stripes with horizontal ones. This is the easiest way to look extra cool and like you have an amazing sense of style without the worry that it doesn’t work. For bolder print mixing… find a color that runs throughout all the items to UNIFY them. Try to juxtaposition prints together like I did below: use a nature print with a man-made polka dot or artsy design. Architectural stripes go nicely with earthy animal prints like snake and leopard. Some sense of unity is important if you do not intend to clash. Straight up clashing is a lot riskier… but if it is done right, the payoff is tremendous and you can look editorial!
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Shopping Spotlight: Dannijo

15 Dec

A few days ago I was perusing Instagram and came across a girl’s fashion photos. She wore crazy cool jewelry and I just had to compliment her! I’m a big lover of great jewelry.

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Anyways, she told me she was wearing Dannijo. I was like, oh, ok… Who’s that?I needed to do some googling.
DANNIJO.
-They only have some of the coolest jewelry in America. That’s it. No biggie.
*sigh*
Dannijo is now on my wish list, so I HAVE to find an affordable piece sometime in the near future. eBay actually had one hot pink crystal necklace listed- but that ended up being over my budget fairly quick. I love everything about Dannijo jewelry (except for the price point, being the frugal fashionista that I am); all the crystals to make things sparkle, the metals, the art deco inspiration! I’m partial to silver too, so they’re right up my alley. Enough talking, I’m going to just show you what I’ve been going on and on about. Ladies and gentlemen… DANNIJO:

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Events: Holiday Fashion Affair 2012

14 Dec

Get your tickets now to the 2012 Holiday Fashion Affair on December 20th at 6pm! This should be a great evening out at the Citizen Hotel with a lot of fun and fashion, of course.  Tickets are $15 and are available through the link below. See you there!

Click here to purchase your ticket!

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OFF THE RACK: Red King

11 Dec

I’ve promised you all that I would post looks of how I would style the do-it-yourself studded KING sweatshirt. I felt pretty inspired to wear red because the weather was quite nice outside today! It actually was sunny for once… so I dragged my husband and went outside to take photos. Here’s the look:

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DIY: Studded Sweatshirt

9 Dec

Hey everyone! I have recently been fascinated with anything studded. I can’t remember exactly what spawned the idea, but I decided to run with it anyways. I grabbed a sweatshirt, a studded belt from Goodwill that I thrifted almost four weeks ago, and got to work! Here is a picture of how it all turned out:

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So to begin I grabbed a studded belt from Goodwill. I apologize for the lack of step-by-step photos during this tutorial. Anyways, the belt looked something like this:

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I then took a pair of pliers and pulled off all the studs from the belt. It was relatively easy because the pyramid studs have a two prong closure. I also purchased an inexpensive black sweatshirt from Walmart.

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Since this shirt was for my husband, I conferred with him on what he wanted his sweatshirt to say. We ran through a lot of ideas but eventually decided on ‘king’. That’s when I made a quick mock up of the studs.

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Now at this point, I suggest you take a photo of the mock up, and then make some sort of place markings for the studs. I was too lazy to make markings so I free-handed the entire thing.

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Studding this particular sweatshirt took about 4 hours (with plenty of breaks) and was super affordable. I liked how it turned out and so did my client! :-) Its definitely something I will be borrowing from him once in a while. Watch out for a future post from me on different ways to style this sweatshirt.

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OFF THE RACK: Green Blazer and Mixed Prints

9 Dec

I thrifted this dark green Ellen Tracy linen blazer a few days ago and decided to mix it with a few of my prints lying around my closet to spice it up. Mixing prints is something I find interesting, and I’ve taken a personal challenge to mix as much as possible. It’s cool to mix together two things that don’t normally go together and realize that they actually do! I have found that floral print and animal print are an easy go-to mix. For some reason, the two tend to work quite well together. Here is my final look! Try it yourself and tell me how it turned out for you!

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Green Jacket: Thrifted;

Floral top: Thrifted;

Leopard Print Scarf: H&M;

Skinny Jeans: Express;

Wedge Fur Ankle Boots: Target

Shopping Spotlight: Indie Cult Vintage

7 Dec

My shopping spotlight is on an eBayer called Indie Cult Vintage. They sell amazing vintage jackets and coats in pristine condition all over the world! I’ll let the images speak for themselves.

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So pretty right? Check out their store :Indie Cult Vintage

Thifting haul! 11 reasons why you aren’t good at thrift shopping.

7 Dec

Today I did a major haul of wonderful things at one of my favorite places- Goodwill Roseville off Douglas Blvd. I actually went with my husband this time and showed him a few pointers on how to be the most effective and find the good stuff. After we were done, I started thinking this would be a great topic for a series of posts on Thrifting. I will do a few of them and break down the ins and outs of finding new and vintage items in a thrift store. Thifting is an art form. Experienced thrifters know that everyone has their own style of shopping but there are guidelines one simply MUST follow in order to make thrifting worth your while and not to become overwhelmed.

1. Decide. Lay out your budget, the time you have, etc. do this in advance so that you don’t spend all day there, and you can still pay your rent.

2. Prepare yourself emotionally, mentally, physically. It will be a bit overwhelming. Large stores can be cluttered, noisy, and smell weird. It can be worth it though. Bring hand sanitizer and moist towelettes.

3. Start shopping! Begin at the ‘this doesn’t fit me rack’ near the dressing rooms. This is a great place to search for cute items that maybe someone changed their mind about or ( lucky you ) they couldn’t fit. I have found a few awesome things there in the first 3 minutes of being inside the thrift store by doing this first. It’s literally less work you have to do because they’ve already found it for you!

4. Search through everything!
Work quickly, leaving no syone unturned, no item unseen. If you like it, or think you might like it, put it in the cart. Don’t even worry about size labels yet, which brings me to my fifth point.

5. Don’t worry about size labels. These are deceiving. Because you are at thrift store, these clothes are more than likely used. Used clothing may get stretched out over time, or shrink during laundering. I never skip cute things unless it is visibly extremely small or extremely large looking. Just put it in the basket and go TRY IT ON!

6. Try on everything! NEVER buy an item that you thrifted unless you try it on! I guarantee; because of reason number five, that top you love labeled a small is actually a little large and will fit a medium. Certain clothing is cut differently as well so it may not work for you. Also- most thrift stores are final sale. Be sure to check the return and exchange policy before you shop and eventually make a purchase.

7. If you don’t love it, or need it- put it back! Where your closet is concerned, there’s nothing worse than unworn clothing. Do not fall victim one more time! When in doubt just say no. I would rather regret I did not make a purchase than make one I regretted.

8. Stay on budget! Keep track of your total. Don’t buy the little knick knacks available for sale up front. Remember what you came for- clothes- not incense.

9. Guard your cart!!! NEVER take your eyes off of that pile of gems. If people will steal a wallet, you better believe they’d grab a vintage Dior jacket or new with tags Ann Taylor pantset. I gravitate to sparkles- and my carts always catch people’s wandering eyes. I see them looking.

10. Finally when you are done, celebrate! You’ve just scored something awesome!

11. Wash everything!!! Items might still smell like your local thrifting establishment for awhile- so you might need to toss articles through the washer cycle twice with extra detergent. Do not wash your thrifted things with your other items. They need their own wash cycle full of love.

That’s the end of the 11 baby steps to successful thrift shopping. I will upload a new post on this series every Friday on my blog.

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OFF THE RACK: Beaded sweater- fuchsia bow

4 Dec

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Weekend Report: Shopping, A Party, and the end of my vacay.

2 Dec

This weekend feels like it flew by! I have been on vacation the past week and a half. It’s been so nice just being at home blogging, networking, and talking to family and friends more. I really need to consider this all as I get closer to the end of my enlistment! So… last week I finally bought my ticket to my squadon’s Holiday Party. At first I was skeptical on how it would be and if I would even enjoy myself, but there was not going to be any skipping the party because of the following three reasons: I am a member of the club that was throwing the whole she-bang, secondly Aaron volunteered to be the DJ, and thirdly, I volunteered to be a designated driver for anyone that needed one. That all in mind- I had to go. So I began picking out my outfit for the party about two days in advanced only because I often change my mind. Originally I wanted to wear a purple dress that I snagged from Kohl’s two years ago on a huge Black Friday sale, but I didn’t feel quite right in it. My second option was a vintage blue and silver sequined dress thrifted about a year and a half ago, but that also didn’t quite work. It was definitely sparkly enough however. :-) Finally, I remembered I had a thrifted black skirt that I have never worn somewhere in the back of my closet ( no surprise there) and felt that could work somehow. I paired with black sheer tights, high heels, a glittery jacket ( again- i have a lot of things I’ve never worn) and bold lip, and voila! That became the winning look just in the nick of time!! I felt great and was finally at peace with that skirt and jacket because they have been out and about. I bought my hosiery from Target, and found a purple bow tie for my hun at Macy’s! What do you angels thinks?

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