Wednesday, June 20, 2012

little whispers

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I am fascinated with high/low dresses. Designers are genius because they have taken one of the most heinous hairstyles of all times and translated it into a fantastic fashion trend.

I'm still learning how to wear these dresses so this will be a work in progress. I added a blazer for the work appropriate audiences. Honestly, I prefer it with the blazer because it gives more shape. I didn't have a belt that I absolutely loved with it...yes, I broke one of my own rules with keeping the waistline defined.

I'm wearing:  dress (sugarlips); blazer (gap); shoes (kohls); clutch (thrift); necklace/headband (xxi)

Monday, June 18, 2012

feelin' fruity

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Have you ever had pieces that you loved but had no idea how to wear it? This is a pretty typical battle for me; and every once in a while, I throw caution to the wind and start pairing things. I'm hoping this pairing works a little more like peanut butter and jelly and less like that I think I about it, I kinda look like a fruitcake piece of watermelon.

I'm wearing:  all thrift. oh yes.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

scouts honor

Here's the thing with hunting in the thrift stores, aside from all the characters that typically shop there:  one may have to be willing to broaden their horizons in the name of fashion.

Case in point:  I had been looking for a skinny green belt to wear with this dress.  I didn't want patent leather or neon green.  So when I found this one in a thrift store for $1.99, I was ecstatic.  I put on the outfit and look down and realize that "girl scout" is printed right by the buckle. I'm probably too old to rock the girl scout fashion...also I never did girl scouts; but I love their cookies, and they make a great green belt. So there you have it.

I'm wearing:  dress/belt/necklace/clutch (thrift); shoes (payless)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

CMH Launch Party

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(I'll be doing a post on what I'm wearing here so stay tuned.)
I'm not sure how many of you get involved with local fashion, but I attended my first fashion event for Columbus last night. In spite of feeling like a fish out of water with "real" models and stylists, I was pleasantly surprised by how relaxed I felt once there.

Blogging kinda puts me in a bubble. Occasionally, I'm recognized in stores; but for most the most part, I blend in like everyone else in Columbus. So when the board member from CMH Fashion Week recognized me and said she read my blog, I instantly starstruck as if I had just been introduced to celebrity. I completely forgot my words. (I can write, but voice on voice interaction was lost.)

Therefore I'm not only encouraging all of you to get plugged in to your local fashion scene, but also come hang out with me at mine so I look less awkward. :)

Check out Ladybird if you like the above looks.

Mark your calendars:
Official Fashion Week of Columbus:  October 14-20
Oct. 14:  The Mayor's High Fashion Tea
Oct. 15-18:  Fashion Events
Oct. 19:  The Finale Runway Show, featuring top local designers
Oct 20:  Fashion Market Place by S.W.A.G.G. Revolution.

Friday, June 1, 2012

rise and shine

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So many of you have emailed and asked about thrift tips and how to choose the clothes....talking about this immediately makes me want to go thrifting....focus.

I'm wearing:  top (banana republic outlet); skirt/clutch (thrift); shoes (payless this season!)

So here are my rules with a few loopholes-- because sometimes a girl needs an out.

1. It's all in the fit:  knowing your body type and what shapes work for you is key. For example, I know that I'm considered a "neat hourglass," and all clothes should accentuate my waistline. Do I do this every day? Absolutely not. 

2. Quality Control
  • Seams should lie flat and not pull or wrinkle.
  • Check your hemlines--flat and even.
  • Don't be fooled when original tags are still attached.
  • Side seams should hang straight.
  • How faded is the fabric?
  • Search seam and necklines for holes.
3. Experimentation:  Do your research in magazines, blogs, and online fashion sites then hit the stores with inspiration and somewhat of a game plan. Don't be afraid to shake up your usual style with things you wouldn't otherwise try. If you pay $2, and it doesn't work--not nearly as guilt ridden as spending $20 or more on an item.

4. What to Wear to thrift:  Some places don't have changing rooms so I'm always prepared for that.
  • Thin cami or tank to try clothes on over.
  • Strapless bra
  • Loose fitting skirt for trying on pants/shorts
  • Comfortable shoes that slip on and off easy. (I wear heels every once in a while but they don't really bother me to wear for extended periods of time.)
Hope this helps and happy hunting!