Saturday, February 6, 2016

Personal Styling Session: Jacqui at Midway

Thrift styling client, Jacqui in her thrifted dress and scarf from Goodwill Akron
Last month I had the pleasure of thrift styling Jacqui at the Goodwill Akron Midway store. Jacqui is actually an experienced thrifter who follows a lot of the same techniques I share on the blog. However, being a fitness expert who teaches cycling classes at a local gym, she often finds herself resorting to workout gear most of the time. She was she was seeking some thrifty inspiration and thrift pieces that she can incorporate into her existing wardrobe.

Jacqui wearing her new thrifted dress and blazer
Jacqui's style can be defined as classic chic - think of Audrey Hepburn or Coco Chanel. These sessions are some of my favorites because classic pieces are the most fun to style due to their versatility. I kept an eye out for black dresses, structured blazers, effortless weekend wear, and pops of color.

Jacqui rocking her new vest dress

The Midway location is one of my favorite stores. I always find a mix of new and vintage items and their housewares are excellent. They also have a great purse selection.

Check out what we found:
  • BB Dakota faux leather vest
  • Pashmina shawl
  • Blazer
  • White House Black Market pencil skirt
  • Old Navy dress
  • XOXO Skirt
  • Ann Taylor blouse
  • Tee
  • Tunic
    Total after discounts: $26
I followed the same rules that I always stick to when thrifting by answering questions like: can she wear this three different ways? Can it be incorporated into her existing wardrobe? My favorite pieces were the black Old Navy dress and the BB Dakota faux leather vest pictured here. Both were classic, structured, and comfortable. You can see how we styled the black dress two ways just by using items I found at Goodwill that night.
Sorting through our finds

Jacqui making a grand entrance in her thrifted BB Dakota vest
Jacqui in her thrifted White House Black Market pencil skirt and Ann Taylor blouse and me
Jacqui was happy with her finds and her vest was a hit!  Also, thank you to Jacqui's friend Bruce Gates for stopping by and snapping some photos!

Style sessions are sponsored by Goodwill Akron.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

#12MonthsofThrifting: Cozy Sweater Recap

We're wrapping up our first month of the #12MonthsofThrifting challenge. This challenge is designed to help new and beginning thirfters build a thrifted wardrobe throughout 2016. The prompt for January was to thrift a cozy sweater. Early in the month, I shared my go-to tips to keep in mind while thirfting a sweater: be bold, be basic, be inspired, be like the boys. I chose a sweater as a prompt for January because if you get the right style they can be practical, comfortable, and stylish. We had a great mix of veteran bargain shoppers and new thrifters join us in January. Read about their finds and the tricks they use to thrift a cozy sweater.

I thrifted two cozy sweaters this month. I focused my strategy on finding loose, comfy and practical sweaters. I found the cream one in the men's section and the striped one was new with tags. Total spent: $6 on both.

Chrissy thrifted her sweater with pockets for $2 from her local thrift store. She likes to think beyond just sizes when thrifting, she focus on colors, patterns, and fabrics.

Kim's spin on this look included a $2.49 sweater from her local Goodwill. Shopping beyond your typical size is a must among thrifters. Kim's go to trick: "I try always try everything on. I'm a medium but have thrifted smalls and extra larges."

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Michele thrifted this staple sweater for $2. She looks for classic and vintage pieces that she can blend into her current wardrobe.

This sweater was $3 from Michelle's local Goodwill. Michelle follows some of my favorite thrift tips: she makes a list and always check's the men's section.

Janine thrifted this staple sweater for $4.59. Janine also sticks to a thrift wish list and uses thrifting as a way to fill in gaps in her closet.

Friend and fellow blogger, Abby thrifted this sweater on our thrift tour last fall. She's also ahead of the game with a thrifted trench (April's prompt). Abby knew she was looking for something oversized so she went straight to the men's section and scored this sweater for less than $6.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this challenge! The next prompt is a striped tee. Stay tuned for style inspiration and tips in the coming week. Be sure to share your finds using the #12MonthsofThrifting on social media for a chance to be featured. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Closet Organization Tips on Fox 8 Cleveland

I was back on Fox 8 Cleveland this morning sharing my favorite closet organization tips. For links to purchase items or to read all of the tips mentioned in the video, read the posts here. Thanks to Fox 8 for inviting me back! You can also watch the video on their website here.
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Friday, January 29, 2016

Lady in Red: Kewl Shop Bandage Dress Review

Just in time for Valentine's Day, this little number from The Kewl Shop is ready for a night out. Actually, to be honest my V-Day plans involve an Indian buffet so a bodycon dress might not be the best option. Instead, I opted to wear this dress for jazz night. The Kewl Shop is an online shop featuring hundreds of trendy pieces with a focus on bandage dresses, shoes, and leggings.

My initial reaction when picking out a dress on The Kewl Shop website was: hold the phone, how am I supposed to squeeze my hips into this tiny dress?

Let's be real, I fully embrace Spanx. They smooth everything out while hugging and accentuating my curves. So when I read this post on the history of the bandage dress on their blog, I was on board.  The dresses, although snug and somewhat intimating for someone with curves, really do celebrate and mold your body - kinda like Spanx do.  I went with the Cap Sleeve Bandage Dress in red, size XL.

Although the dresses run small they expand a bit to adjust to your body so keep that in mind as you take your measurements. I usually wear a medium to large and felt most comfortable in an XL in this dress, and as you can see, it's still pretty snug. I did feel a bit limited with the XL / Plus Size options.

The cool thing about this dress is that although it's snug, it's really easy to move around in. The thick material hugs every curve but isn't too heavy. I'm all about versatility and these dresses are extremely diverse in the way you can style them. Here, it paired well with my vintage fur coat but I can tone this down with a blazer or can ditch the tights and wear it as is to a special occasion in the summer.

Anytime I wear something super tight or short, I opt for more coverage up top. I love the balance in a long sleeve mini dress. That's why my first choice was this stunning long sleeve printed piece. Unfortunately, that dress in a medium wouldn't even zip up because it  was too small and they were sold out of XLs. The second round was more successful and although it's not long sleeve, the cap sleeve provides just enough balance with the rest of the dress. It keeps it interesting.

Their website offers plenty of information to help you find the right fit, shipping was super fast, and customer service was on point.

The Details: 
Dress | c/o Kewl Shop | $139
Tights | Polly Polly | $10
Coat | Vintage, thrifted at Goodwill Akron | $4
Shoes | DSW | Very old

Monday, January 25, 2016

Cashmere and Leather

Today was my first day back in Ohio after an incredible week in the Caribbean. I don't think I've ever felt more relaxed in my life. Having little to no WiFi on the trip allowed me to truly unwind and hit the reset button. I was beginning to feel a lot of unnecessary stress toward the end of 2015 so this vacation came at the perfect time. Plus, vacationing in the dead of winter is quite exquisite.  My husband and I decided to make it a new tradition. We visited three islands while on the Jazz Cruise (my husband was a performing musician) and I really did a number on the buffet. I consumed so much food there were many times where I was actually eating a powdered donut while ordering breakfast. You can check out my photos on Instagram.

This is an outfit that has been on repeat for the last month because it's so versatile. I wore it as featured here on New Year's Eve and traveled in it to our cruise but swapped the high wedges with flat booties, replaced the necklace with stud earrings, and the Chanel bag with a functional cross body bag. I have also worn this jacket here and the sweater here. I'm officially grown accustomed to my shorter hair. It feels a thousand times better and it's so much easier to style. It took me nearly two years to work up the nerve to cut it but I'm so glad I did. If you're on the fence like I was, jump! You will safely land on a pile of your own hair.

The Details:
Sweater | Cashmere, thrifted | $5 | Ohio Discount Thrift
Jacket | Thrifted | $3 | Goodwill Akron
Jeans | Old Navy | $12
Bag | Givits | $2
Shoes | DSW