Monday, December 2, 2013
Saturday mornings for me used to be reserved for sleeping in, that is until I discovered the magic and fun of a garage sale! I've heard of people who get up at 6a.m. and plan their entire day around garage sales. Now, here's the thing…I remember a few years ago, at my moms house there was a neighborhood garage sale and it was pretty cool! All of the neighbors came and shopped, I didn't make a ton of money but, I got rid of a ton of stuff. One Saturday about a month ago, my mom, my sister and I went to a garage sale that I noticed in my neighborhood, well after picking up some swag there, we went to another one. We got some nice things and my sister pretty much got her entire Halloween costume there…We went home and told my family about it…We all instantly became addicted to the hunt! Two weeks passed and one weekend we planned out the next Saturday. My mom went and got a news paper and circled all of the sales and we even planned out a route. We started at 6 am and wrapped up at about 11. I personally have a thing about wearing clothes that have already been worn but, you can find all kinds of cool things that you didn't even know you wanted! And its all dirt cheap! I bought a 350 dollar formal gown for 5 dollars…it's one of the best deals I've ever found! I can't fit it but, due to the fact that it was so cheap, I can get it altered and still come in WAY WWWAAAYYYY under budget. I also found a display case that I'm planning to use to display wallets and shades (refer to the closet case entry). It's a good time, with good deals and aside from the deals, if your family is like my family its going to be a great time all around. We had so much fun, we laughed, we joked and it was a great time! So, here are some tips--- *get your local paper and plan a route because most of them start and end pretty early. Look for more affluent neighborhoods for designer swag, and nicer items for a cheaper prices. If you know theres a certain neighborhood where all of the "old money" lives, don't be shy! Go over and check it out. You won't regret it. Warehouses too have really cool stuff in bulk. * don't get distracted by price. Things are very cheap but, don't overload yourself with stuff that you really don't need because if you do, you'll be needing to have a garage sale of your own to get rid of back stock. * Wash before you wear really this should be a rule for all clothing you purchase but, when its especially true for garage sales. You're not sure where it was kept or who wore it so, if your allergic to anything, you don't want to have an allergic reaction due to a $.50 sweater. * Travel in an SUV I speak from experience because, you truly never know what you are going to find. You may find a coffee table for 15 bucks! You don't want to leave it there. Also, if your going with a bunch of women, like I did, you will all need space for all of your things.
Monday, November 4, 2013
I am not a rich woman, I do own a few expensive pieces. A little Chanel here and there a couple Michael Kors items but, although I love to shop, I find that sometimes if you are a shopper, like I am, its easy to forget about the pieces that we already have and opt to go and get even more that we will eventually forget about as well. How many times have you thought to yourself, "I have nothing to wear"? But, here's the thing…you should always go through your closet, dresser, chests, what ever and if you still need to add stuff, then by all means go and get it. The thing is, for me at least, I'm always looking for more space for the things I own. The other day, I returned a handbag because, I realized how many of my handbags I don't even really use. What we all need to do is to reevaluate our inventories. I left home late. I moved out after I graduated college so, I bought so much stuff with no bills to pay that I didn't invest in key items. I just bought stuff I like. Now, that I'm older, wiser, and with far less money, I see the importance of spending more on fewer and better made fashion. I am currently in the process of turning my guest room into a dressing room. I don't have a lot guest but, I do have a lot of clothing and accessories. Shop your closet! I want mine to look like a store for a few reasons. After moving into this condo, I can see everything in my bedroom closet at once. I've recently done a shoe wall in the closet as well. Handbags (all mine are kept in dust bags) and boxed shoes are still tricky due to the fact that you can't instantly see them but, I'm going to figure something out. I'm also working on finding a way to displa jewelry because even though I have so many pieces, I wear the same things over and over again but, its mostly the most accessible things. I'm always late so, I don't ever have time to dig.You need to be able to see everything at once, that way you don't forget about anything and you can instantly compare, colors and styles to see what works. If you read any fashion magazines, look at the backstage pix of they layout everything when selecting a cover look. That's what you want to go for. You gotta set it up for yourself. I also think its important to have pictures and reminders of your style icons. I have a few pix of Marilyn Monroe including a huge portrait of her. You also should have a place for scarves, hats, EVERYTHING out in the open. Mirrors will need to be out too, you'll need to make sure everything looks good together. I used a Chanel handbag to set up a black/ white/ silver look in the closet so, pick a favorite item and base the look of your room after that. Also, stores make me happy so, getting that experience every day can be a rewarding thing for a girl. And in this store, your closet, everything fits and its all free! So make your closet your favorite store...and you can also bring your best friend in and no one complains. Some pix from my own closet! It's still a work in progress and you can see my sweet little Louis found his way into my pix!
Monday, October 28, 2013
A wise woman once told me to "dress for where you want to be, not for where you are today". Now, here's the thing. I tend to use the word "Poser" a lot and I can see how this could be mistaken for "posing" but, its not. It's planning. You put out what you put out and you may not be in the best part of your life right now, hopefully you're not in your prime just yet. People around you don't need to know what's actually going on in your life by your appearance. Your boyfriend broke up with you? That's no reason to look like a zombie. If you don't feel like going out, then don't go out. Stay in your apartment in your pajama pants because honestly there are some days when thats all you want to do and thats fine! But, when you are ready to step out…you better STEP OUT. Or you have three bucks in your bank account but, you've been invited out. I speak from experience on this one. At some point in your life, you got a really beautiful present or a had some extra change and you bought yourself a fabulous bag. Break it out. Dress for the woman you want to be, not for the struggling college student that you currently are. For example, just a month or so ago, I went on vacation and I went to an amazing outlet mall. I have to add something here--- when going shopping, dress like you can actually afford to shop and watch the difference in the sales people. Well, I happened to wear my brand new (at the time) Tangerine Michael Kors "Hamilton" bag. Added on to a plain white button down shirt and high waisted dark wash denim shorts. I didn't know it at the time but, there was actually a Michael Kors outlet store there! When I walked in, dressed like a million bucks those ladies were offering me so much help and everyone was super nice. I felt like a celebrity and it was awesome! They didn't need to know that I couldn't afford a damn thing in there because as far as they knew I was a woman who had 10 Hamilton bags at home. Let me be my future powerful self for a day. Hell, I'm on vacation. So, what I mean is, if you dress it, it will come. If you want that office job, dress the part. Let people know that you clean up nice. Think of everyday as a show and of every outfit as a costume. Its unfortunate but, people will judge a book by its cover. You may be the sweetest girl ever but, if your cover says Goth punk rocker, the established business man you're trying to date isn't going to read past that. And that is just a fact. We all have our own personalities but, what is appropriate and when is something that why all have to learn. Going to a punk rock concert, leave those Louboutins at home, sweety. No one there is gonna care about them and beer might spill on them, now people at the show are calling you a poser and you just ruined a pair of 500 dollar shoes. Also when you look your best, you feel your best.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Pop Culture is a subject that I talk about a lot in this blog and the fact that the world is so desperate to fit and be popular that we will spend thousands of dollars in merchandise because it was mentioned in a song. I first noticed this with one of my favorite designers Michael Kors. Until recently, I worked in a store where his handbags have always been a pretty big seller but, we used to clearance his bags out all the time. Recently, we couldn't even keep them on the hooks for more than a few hours. The difference? Nicki Minaj. I would never discount Mr. Kors and I'm certainly not saying that he wouldn't be popular without it but, I think that maybe having an artist such as Nicki mention you in a song, exposes you to a different group of people then you would have originally been exposed too. It moves the designer from high-end boutiques to hair shops and street corners. I also notice that when this "pop culture effect" hits the marker, its usually in handbags and its a fast track to knockoffs. Over the last Summer I saw so many fake Michael Kors bags and I didn't even know that they made those! As soon as I heard her verse on Big Sean's "A$$ (Remix)" I said that I could never buy Michael Kors again because we've seen this happen so many times. Remember a while back when Jessica Simspon sported Murakami's white multicolor speedy by Louis Vuitton? That handbag exploded! Some would argue that the fame effect worked both ways in that sense but, its an interesting concept. And it works both ways, rappers especially mention high end designers to remind us that they have more money than we do and that they have more money than one another. I really don't get that though because I don't need to hear about Jay Z's Maybach to remind me that I couldn't pay my rent this month. So, they get the pay off by mentioning a designer which tells us that they are rich and the designer gets exposed to an entire new audience that, although they may not be able to afford it, will find the money to be able to have the handbag that Nicki Minaj was talking about. And the concept is nothing new. Look at how many companies pay celebrities millions to star in ad campaigns! I remember when I was in middle school, I loved Britney Spears, still do to an extent. Well, I remember she did a Pepsi commercial, for the record I hate pepsi!!! And for me, that didn't change that fact that it tasted disgusting to me but, for millions of people, it was enough to get them to try it. What I'm talking about here though is a little different. How many times have we heard the name Crystal mentioned on the radio?…too much for Crystal. The famous champs line asked rappers to quit mentioning them in their music! I think that was a good decision on their part. Jay Z called them "racists"…I think they are "classist" if anything. They spent decades creating a certain image for their drinks and I just think that they were tiered of being synonymous with being poured on strippers. I also remember a while back, Abercrombie&Fitch asked the kids from Jersey shore to stop wearing their clothing on the show because it wan't the image they wanted to project. Now, I personally don't think that their image of sexy underaged kids at a lake house, where every one happens to be white, is that great of an image but, who am I to judge. And I'm sorry if I offended any of my readers by saying that but I wish more designers would protect the integrity of their brands by sticking up for themselves. I mean Drake and 2 Chains "Versace", I love these two guys but I was like "How dare you play Versace like that"? I get ready for the upswing of Tom Ford due to Jay Z's new song of the same name. Knockoffs are going to be tremendous for Tom Ford but, IDK how thats gonna work since I'm not quite sure if he has a specific logo. There's a lot of examples I could give but, just think next time you're about to shell out over 100 bucks for a bag, are you doing it for the back or because of the pop culture effect. Because if its for the latter, pop culture is a revolving door of designers and styles and its not worth the cash. So do yourself a favor and think for yourself. See THIS is not what Chanel was intended for Justin Beiber!!!!
Monday, October 14, 2013
For those who are not aware, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. As someone who has lost a few family members to Cancers of all kinds, I proudly support this cause. My mom was even diagnosed with the disease a few years ago. She is now cancer free, THANK GOD. I even had a little scare myself. I want to encourage all of you to support this cause. This is probably the most publicized and easily accessible charity related to this sickness due in large part to its biggest non-profit Susan G. Koeman. Aside from that particular charity, everyone puts their spin on this months signature color, Pink! Pink, in my opinion is part of the reason that its so popular. Every year my family and I run the Susan G. Koeman race for the cure and all of the different foundations, non-profits, and hospitals show up and give free stuff to the racing teams, and its always such beautiful gifts for such an amazing cause. Anywhere you look right now pink is going to be front and center. Look at the NFL, the players wearing pink cleats and gloves with coaches and owners wearing pins to show their support. And I don't know if you all know this about me but, I'm a huge professional wrestling fan and the WWE is partnered up with Susan G. Koeman to bring the "Rise Above Cancer" campaign. Each Superstar or DIVA has a version of their merchandise that will be sold to fans with a portion of the proceeds going to the foundation. It's pretty amazing and its so easy now to be a part of something great! SGK is not the only place that you can go either. You don't even have to go out and buy anything new, wear something pink that you already own to show your support. And when your asked to donate, remember that every little bit helps so, whatever you can spare is good enough.Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to attend the Breast Cancer Awareness Symposium and it was similar to the race where different organizations came and passed out swag and information, doctors were on hand to discuss things and it was just an all around good time. We went there to celebrate Survivors and there was even a fashion show. More than anything though it was a chance to sit with my mom, sister, and aunt and to spend an evening with them. If you ever get the chance to walk in the Race for The Cure, take it! Its such a fun bonding experience, and you meet survivors and it helps you to realize that every single emotion you had, in whatever brush with cancer you had, you aren't alone. Also boys, you all can get in on the action! We all know that no one appreciates boobs like you guys, so stand next to us and fight to help us find a cure. Real men wear pink! In closing, its a really great cause and you should defiantly get behind it because you could save a life some day. My sister on the left, me on the right and my mom in the center, she's a breast cancer survivor and she's SOOOO AMAZING
Monday, October 7, 2013
We live in a very celebrity driven culture and people enjoy finding someone to emulate. I don't have an issue with that, I DO think that you should definitely find your own style and your own persona but, I don't have an issue with finding inspiration somewhere else. My little sisters entire outlook on fashion changed when she discovered The Kardashians, well mostly Kim. Kim Kardashian taught my sister that being 5'4" and curvy was not only ok but, it was a great thing. She jumped out of that goth stage, threw on some heels and called it a day. She got very confident in her style and now knows how good she looks. Stephanie and Meghan are my two little cousins. They are both teenagers and based off of what I've seen, it looks like they based their styles on Basketball Wives, not LA but, the original one, with Evelyn. Even as teenagers though, they have developed their own style. Meghan is REALLY into shoes and being popular, as most teenagers are. Steph, on the other hand is also very athletic. She's either in volleyball shorts or six-inch heels. Amazing how those girls can walk in heels! And my youngest cousin Adrianna, who is 8, is already developing her own sense of style. Her style right now is the more glitter the better, no one taught her that, she just figured it out on her own. My mother always looks at various different style icons to find her looks. She loves Oprah and Michelle Obama. Which I guess makes a lot of sense. With her cardigans, suits, and handbags she was Michelle Obama before we knew who Michelle Obama was. She credits one of her teachers for showing her what a working woman looked like being that she came from a world where almost everyone she knew was either a home maker or a house cleaner. I luckily grew up watching her. I thought of her as business Barbie. She was always going to work, all dressed up and wearing perfume, she would go and get her hair done and she was always just so damn classy! Aside from my mother, my style icons are quite a mashup. I have always been enamored with the allure of Marilyn Monroe for my entire life, my entire closet/ dressing room is plastered with framed pictures of her. My body type is not suited for that though, so I had to learn that my style is a lot more Audrey Hepburn. Which most people would be flattered by but, I come from a family of beautiful full figured women so, thats what I wanted to be. Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina is one of my earliest WOW moments in fashion. Her in that strapless dress on the tennis court was amazing. Another WOW moment for me was the first time I ever watched Sex In The City. I identify so much with Carrie Bradshaw and I will always credit that show with teaching women all over designer names that they may not have known else wise. Imagine a 35 year old woman in Idaho knowing what a pair of Manilo Blahniks are without Carrie Bradshaw. I guess what I'm trying to say is that, we all have to get inspiration from somewhere. You might even look at me and not see any of those icons in my style but, trust me, they're in there. You should do the same. No one should ever copy anyone outfit by outfit but, its ok to find your muse. And everybody has multiple ingredients to create your own style gumbo. Find your style inspiration
Monday, September 30, 2013
In today's world, what used to be models, actresses, and socialites have been replaced by reality starlets and pop singers, most of which are known more for the fashion than for their talent. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that pop culture has changed so much. If you just look at magazines while in line at the grocery store, you can see how few models are actually on the covers of magazines anymore. I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing. So, in this post I kind of just want to talk about five of today's style icons and what they've brought to the table and how they've changed the way we look at fashion.