Sunday, May 24, 2015

Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show Recap



Earlier this month I participated in the Goodwill Good Style fashion show. As always, it's an absolute blast and such a great way to prove that anyone can thrift shop and look like a million bucks! This was my fourth year participating and it gets easier and more exhilarating every year. My collection, called ThriftAquarium was inspired by under water life, textures, and colors. The entire collection for 12 models cost less than $100. There are many more photos and videos to come in the coming weeks, but for know here's a recap of the show's excitement!

With my coral models 
Teal models
My color palette: I've found that it really helps to stick with a color palette when styling an entire collection so it's cohesive and makes sense to the audience. I stuck with cobalt blue, teal, and hints of coral and gold. 

With my cobalt blue models
Textures: I stuck with sequins (of course), embellishments, metallics, and any textures that reminded me of underwater life or waves.

Hair & Makeup: my sister rocked the house once again this year with the hair and makeup. She used seashell necklaces as hair accessories, bold pink lips for some of the models, mermaid waves, and an ocean blue palette for the eyes. It was beautiful!

Music: Girl Power playlist. Access it here.

Models: My friends plus two adorable mini models that we saved till the very end.
Ray Ray was a rockstar on the runway! 

Jenna rocked the runway too! 

Be sure to see prior year's collections:
>2012 Good Style Collection  
>2013 Good Style Collection - Moroccan Holiday 
>2013 Fashion Show Fitting Party 
>2014 Good Style Collection - Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants


Monday, May 18, 2015

Thrift Fashion Over 50



In honor of Mother's Day this month, I thought I'd help my friend's mom find a few things at Goodwill that she can incorporate into her wardrobe and to further prove that anyone can find stylish pieces at the thrift store.


When I spotted this $4 polka dot blazer, I threw it in my cart without any hesitation because there are dozens of ways one can wear polka dots. Little do I know that Terri also loved polka dots! We paired it with a $5 tangerine dress from Goodwill that is suitable for work or play, and then we styled it with a green button down shirt and jeans that Terri plans on wearing to the office on a casual Friday. The $3 denim wedge shoes were in near perfect condition, I'd be surprised if there were ever worn before.

It always helps to be inspired before you visit the thrift store. Try flipping through your favorite magazine or starting a Pinterest board to save all of your favorite looks, that way thrift shopping will be a breeze!

This post originally appeared on the Goodwill Akron blog. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Cascade the Runway Fashion Show




When: Friday, June 5, 2015
Time: Doors open at 7:00 | Show at 8:00
Where: Outside of Cascade Plaza, downtown Akron (you should be able to simply put 'Cascade Plaza, Akron, OH in your GPS)

The 7th annual downtown Akron fashion show is back and bigger than ever! The event will be held on June 5 this year outside of Cascade Plaza on Main Street and will showcase several downtown fashion retailers including NOTO, Rubber City Clothing, Allie M. Designs and lulumelon athletica. I'm thrilled to be serving as the guest emcee for the show as this is one of my favorite summer events. You can read my recaps from prior years when it was the NOTO fashion show here.

Tickets are available here
For more information visit the Downtown Akron Partnership's website. 

Hope to see you there! 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Girl Power Playlist


My ThriftAquarium thrifted collection for the Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show


Every year, Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland East Central Ohio invites area bloggers to style an entire runway collection using only items from their thrift stores. In addition to selecting our own theme, we're permitted to select our own musical playlist for our runway collections. This is my fourth year participating and developing the playlist is always a thrill. In 2013, I created a North African playlist to go along with my Moroccan Holiday theme, and for last year's Secret Life of Plants collection I put together an upbeat mix that included Mariah Carey and Diana Ross. This year, I went all in with a Girl Power mix. I loved this mix so much that I made sure each of my models received a copy of the CD. This is work-out approved and is a must for any girl trying to break a sweat or pre-game for a fun outing with girlfriends.

Stay tuned over the next week for a full recap of the fashion show. For now, bust a move! 

Girl Power Playlist

Free Your Mind - En Vogue
Independent Women - Destiny's Child
I'm Every Woman - Whitney Houston and Chaka Khan
Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
Roar - Katy Perry
Born This Way - Lady Gaga
Blank Space - Taylor Swift
It's Raining Men - The Weather Girls
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper

Monday, May 11, 2015

Spotted: Akron Style


Gabriel, 20 spotted at the University of Akron


I'm excited to introduce a new series on Dina's Days which will feature local Akronites and their style spotted around Akron. Now that we are all out hibernation and shed our winter coats, summer style is just asking to be photographed. I've enjoyed meeting new people throughout this process, including our first feature, Gabriel, a twenty-year-old student at the University of Akron. I happened to be on campus having lunch with my sister when I spotted his anti-bullying t-shirt. It wasn't until I got closer that I realized he also had his hair in a top knot. Win-win. Thanks for sharing your style with us, Gabriel!