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My #1 Pro Tip when Shopping Secondhand! Learn How I Scored My Favorite Wardrobe Pieces

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Shopping at the thrift store can be overwhelming and it’s hard to decide where to start first. With so many options for clothing, accessories, jewelry, shoes, home décor it’s hard to know where to begin looking!

As a seasoned thrifter, I can still relate to this feeling new or casual thrifters may experience. I tend to get overwhelmed when I am shopping at a new store and not sure of how the layout works and what the culture of the shoppers is like.

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Whatever the case may be, I have stuck with one sold tried and true tip when it comes to thrift shopping. and that is to make sure you shop the entire store! Now, if time is not on your side or you’re tired, hungry, or just not feeling it that day- then this tip may be a hard one to follow through. But, if you can counter those feelings by preparing ahead of time, shopping all corners of the store, while sometimes tedious, have delivered amazing results during many trips without fail!

How does shopping the entire store work for you? You might be skeptical as to why this is my favorite tip but, you might be surprised to know that about 50% of my favorite finds were discovered in sections where I least expected them. I typically wear a size M-L top, size 8 dress, and size 30 jeans. But, one of my recent finds, a organic cotton J. Jill button up floral top (pictured) was found in a size I would never typically to shop from.

This top is actually a size 1X. Yes! But, looking at how I styled it, you probably would never have thought of that right? And furthermore, you would never expect me to find something in that size that looks good on someone with my physique. With that said, you might wonder how many items YOU have passed up simply because you limited yourself to specific sections of the store.

What you need to understand is that the fun found from thrifting comes not only with shopping discounted prices but, also finding hidden gems in all corners of the store. I’ve found my favorite pair of Chuck Taylors in the men’s section and some unique tee shirts in the boy’s section simply because I looked for them and stretched the boarders of my imagination on how to incorporate them into  my wardrobe.

The next time you are out shopping try wandering over to the men’s section and browsing for a bit. My recommendations are to shop outerwear (jackets), sweaters, tees and shoes first. They are usually easier to style and are for the most part, unisex!

Good Luck,

Danielle

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Capsule Wardrobes: A Look inside my Capsule Closet for the Upcoming Winter Season!

In a previous post, I explained the benefits of 10×10 Wardrobe Challenge and the differences of creating a Capsule Closet.

Since then, I decided to tackle my own closet and created a capsule closet for the Winter 2018 season and I have been head over heels with for the last 3 weeks! My closet is filled with neutral colors, textures and patterns that provide me the ability to coordinate different outfits as well as keeping me warm through seasonal transitions, but more importantly, I am really beginning to settle into my own sense of style that is uniquely mine which is a mix of comfortable casual with a touch of sass.

I am always excited when fall comes around for multiple reasons but, my favorite always remains the fact that fashion always takes center stage in débuting its new trends to try.

However, this year was a little different. I challenged myself to only purchase trends that I absolutely knew I wanted to participate in over the next 3 months & evaluate if I really needed to purchase them. If the answer was yes to one or both of the previous questions, I would promise to shop secondhand FIRST to score those items. I am happy to report that I was able to salvage what could be found in my current wardrobe that had been put in storage last year to contribute to my capsule closet. Other items (about 50%) were thrifted from some of my favorite local thrift stores.

Below I will break down the different categories of apparel I am rotating currently within my closet- Enjoy!

 

*Comment down below what items you have in your wardrobe for this winter season?

xo

Danielle


Outerwear:

If someone were to ask me what is my favorite item of clothing, it would be outerwear. It is the last item of clothing to be put on but, it holds so much value since more than likely it is tailored to go with the rest of your outfit to “fit the occasion”. And I like to think of it as another layer to add to the bomb outfit that will come off in a quick reveling like motion.

Ellen Tracy Tweed Wool Blend Coat: This beauty was thrifted over the summer at a thrift store in D.C.! Wearing it has been everything that dreams are made off & strangers who have complimented me seem to think the same!

Lady GaGa Born This Way Faux Leather Jacket:  Although this jacket was purchased at a vintage shop in Adams Morgan, D.C. the shop owner said she loved the trendy gold lettering and the unique design of the unicorn & message of positivity. I have to say,  I 100% agree and I love pairing it with casual outfits on the weekends.

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Pants

GAP High Rise Denim Jeans: Black, skinny leg, high rise. What more is there to say? These pair of pants go with everything in my closet.

Madewell High Rise Sailor Pants: While I’m not the biggest fan of blue jeans, I find that these are more than blue jeans because of their unique double square pocket on the front side that sit perfectly on the high rise waist; they also have a wonderful stretch all around. I found these while thrifting in NYC for just $11.

Ann Taylor Ankle Ponte Pants: I scored these pants in three amazing neutral colors (grey, navy, olive) at Goodwill! They were new with tags and only $13 each! I wear these every week to the office to fit the business casual dress attire.


Sweaters

Caslon Fisherman’s Turtleneck Sweater I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid I lived in turtlenecks. Mostly because my mom did her best to keep us from getting sick during the brutal NY winters, but little did she know I actually enjoyed the secure feelings it gave me. I found this rich grey turtle neck sweater for just $4. I love the embellished knitting along the sleeves and the dense cotton fabric that pairs perfectly with any pant.

Banana Republic Cropped Knitted Sweater: That title almost sounds like an oxymoron right? But this sweater I found from J. Crew pulls its weight and provides the perfect amount of warmth! The thick cotton fabric, vented hem on the back and the bright red color all work in tandem to make me appear that I spent way more time on planning the outfit than I actually did- that’s a win, win for me!


Tops / Blouses

Ann Taylor Striped Top: When I was thinking of staple pieces, this style and pattern came up the most in my search results. I found this in new condition for only $2! The 3/4 sleeves provide warmth without sacrificing comfort (I don’t like long sleeve tops) and the horizontal stripes are complimentarily to tall frame! I like this style so much, I also found the same shirt, but in short sleeve!

Denim Chambray Button Up: Everyone has a denim Chambray top right? But I wanted one that had more personality than most. I saw this top and knew it was the one. What I love most is the deep V neck line that compliments bottom hem! It reminded me of a tuxedo jacket and without much more thought, I added it to my closet!

Green Camo Tee Shirt: A tee shirt may not seem like the most seasonal appropriate item to add to your closet during cooler months, but think of it as an opportunity to use as a laying piece! I found this top on sale at Macy’s for just under $7. I love wearing it on the weekends when I’m running errands or just kickin’ it around the house.



Shoes

Caslon Leather Ankle Boots: Originally when I saw these boots I wanted to sell them. Being that they are a size 11, black, and fall appropriate. They would be hard to come by for the average big foot girl (speaking from experience) However, I looked at my existing closet and noticed that my current boots were a bit beaten up, so much so I took a second look at these and told myself “I’ll only wear them once, what’s the harm in that?”. Well- as any re-seller would know, don’t wear your merchandise cause it will never get sold. And that’s exactly what happened. Now these shoes are now-forever mine lol.  I found these at the thrifts for $10.

Nine West Laser Cut Loafers: Similar to the Caslon boots, these were also originally intended to sell (I have a problem haha) but after listing and relisting these Nine West shoes twice I decided that they could join my shoe gang. I primarily wear these to work since they are appropriate for any look and add a spin to the usual loafer look with the exposed laser cut on the sides. I’m a fan of subtitle details and low prices like $12 that I found these for!

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My November Bucket List is LIVE!

Hello Beautiful People!

Now that November is in full swing, I thought I would create a bucket list of all the activities I would like to check off for the month. Typically I am not a bucket list kind of girl, but nevertheless I always try to have a great time & gain as many experiences as possible!

Since I live in the Washington D.C. area, there might be some items on the list that are specifically local to me!

Check out what I did last month by reading my review of October!

I hope you enjoy this read and welcome you to share what you plan to do this November!


November Bucket List:

  1. Make a garland out of  leaves
  2. Roast pumpkin seeds
  3. Finish The Circle novel and discuss with friends
  4. Attend DMV Black Restaurant Week – Nov. 4-11
  5. Have an outside photoshoot with friends
  6. Holidays at National Harbor Outdoor Vendor Market– Beginning Nov. 16
  7. Watch a New Christmas Movie
  8. ZooLights – Nov. 23 – Jan. 1, 2019
  9. Visit a new winery
  10. Go on a bike ride

 

xo,

Danielle

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How to Earn $800 by Reselling Clothing Online: My October Reselling Sales Report!

As we wind-down the month of October and prepare for November, I would like to share my sales over the last month with you all. Similar to my previous post recapping the month of September, I will list items by brands that sold and the profits I took from it!

Between both platforms in the month of September I made just under $800 net (after fee’s taken from platforms & shipping) selling items from my personal wardrobe and from sourcing at my local thrift stores! In comparison to last month, my profits are a bit lower and there are reasons for that. I took this month as an opportunity to focus on my wardrobe and created a capsule collection of pieces that were versatile and warm to get me through the chilly seasonal months to come. That included shifting through clothes I already owned as well as shopping for new pieces at the thrift store.

Compare best practices on how to prepare your wardrobe for the upcoming winter season!

If you have any questions about how to get started with your own Poshmark closet, feel free to message me and check out my closet in the meantime for inspiration!

Items that’s sold in October:

  1. PRIMA J.Jill Pure Tee Shirt -$25
  2. ALDO Boots-$10.05
  3. LOFT-$10.05
  4. Who What Wear Skirt (Re-Posh)-$12
  5. UGG Duck Boot-$76
  6. Bundle of Joe Jeans, Belle Sleeve Floral Top, Madewell Tunic-$72.71
  7. Bundle of Lululemon and Patagonia Fleece-$57.51
  8. Anthropologie Pop over Top-$11.05
  9. Deletta Top-$5.51
  10. PAIGE Skyline Skinnies -$17.51
  11. PINK Crushed Velvet Bralette-$4.00
  12. PURE J. Jill Sweater-$20.80
  13. Steve Madden Vest-$17.60
  14. KIMICHI Blue Sweater-$12
  15. Zara Men Denim Top-$11.11
  16. Terri Jon Velvet Blazer-$17.51
  17. Club Monaco Cardigan-$7.91
  18. Sam Edelman Booties -$30.31
  19. Lilly Pulitzer Sweater-$31.20
  20. Ann Taylor Blouse-$9.51
  21. GAP Vintage Denim Jacket-$16
  22. Sam Edelman Espadrilles- $11.05
  23. J. Crew Sheath Dress-$13.51
  24. LulaRoe Dress- $21.51
  25. Ann Taylor Silk Skirt-$5.51

BONUS Sold Items From Ebay!4

  1. Patagonia Blouse-$15
  2. Zara Top-$3
  3. Athleta Zip Hoodie-$36
  4. Soft Surroundings Caftan Robe-$40
  5. UGG Boots-$45
  6. Banana Republic Blazer-$5
  7. White Mountain Booties -$16
  8. American Eagle BF Top-$14
  9. VICE Sweater-$15
  10. American Eagle BF Button Up-$15

 

If you enjoy this post after reading it, please use this list for inspiration during your next sourcing trip or when you’re wondering what to list for profit!

Good Luck,

xo

Danielle

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Is 30 the new 20? My October in Review and Turning a New Decade!

If you read my latest post How I Made an Extra $1,000 Over the Month of September by Selling Clothing Online! then you will know why October is one of my favorite months of the year! And this year brought even more reason to celebrate I turned a new decade, HELLO 30!

There are tons of articles online that highlight 30s being an age to look forward to and I am here, ready to make the most of it! Since my birthday is at the end of the month, I decided to  make my birthday into a birthMONTH and gain as many experiences as possible with friends and loved ones. They say a photo is worth a thousand words so I thought a photo gallery below would be the most appropriate way to show you all the fun I had!

 


I was invited to sponsor and promote the first Annual Adult Play Date in Crystal City, VA.  We had a good time enjoying being outside again and playing games like we did as kids! Growing up as a 90’s kid we played games like silent musical chairs, relay races and hula hooped all day long! I even had the chance to shoot paint ball guns!

 

It wouldn’t be fall if I didn’t visit a pumpkin patch and winery! My friends and I drove down to Bluemont, VA  to Cox Farms and had a great time checking out the animal farm, eating cider donuts and of course snapping some pictures! There were three birthdays to celebrate during the month (including mine) and we ended the night with cake and laughs!

 

I was given the opportunity to join the marking team as a brand ambassador with bumble to represent the Washington D.C. market! As ambassadors it is our job to tell the community about bumble and show them the amazing benefits it provides empowering women! There were a few Happy Hours I attended as well as setting up and hosting my first bumble event with a blogger and real life friend, Alana. Our event focused on the importance of self-care and relaxation. What better way to bring that into a physical form than with Yoga & Brunch? The ladies we met were so lovely and I look forward to holding more events similar next month!

 

Last but not least, MY BIRTHDAY! I started the day with my Dad & stepmom and had brunch at one of D.C’s most popular brunch spots; Farms Fishers & Bakers in Georgetown.  After brunch Chris and I went to get our nails and feet done (yes, he got them done as well. Men need self-care too!) then went to an amazing four course meal provided by a local D.C. chef at one of my favorite restaurants and cafes, Songbyrd in Adams Morgan. Dinner was complimented by a round table discussion from diners on their belief of finding love in 2018 and of course wine parings.

Chris and I also dressed up as our favorite characters, Rick & Morty for Halloween and danced the night away at a neighborhood bar!

 

xo

Danielle

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10×10 Closet Challenge or Capsule Wardrobe? Which Style Approach Should you Bring to your Closet this Fall & Winter Season?

Now that fall is officially among us, the urges to purchase new clothing items are on every fashionistas brain. “If I only just had THIS sweater in THIS color my fall wardrobe would be complete!”

And while shopping for a few things here and there to add to your existing wardrobe is completely healthy, the underling problem many of us will face is buying in excess and not acquiring only those items that we actually need.

If you scroll through the feed of your favorite fashion blogger(s) you might begin to see repeating hashtags like #10x10challenge and #capsulewardrobe but what is the difference and why is everyone onboard to this fashion bus that I never knew existed. And wait- should I get onboard too?

The answer might actually surprise you; because this time I would say it’s better to follow that crowd on this one.

-Stay with me here-

Check out fashion pieces you need to slay the summer to fall season transition!

10×10 CHALLENGE

Let’s look at both of these wardrobe concepts and their purposes. Starting with 10×10 Challenge. This challenge begin around 2015 with the concept to help encourage creator (Style Bee) to get more creative with her clothes during a 30 Day Shopping Fast. The concept is essentially a micro capsule closet of 10 items that you work with for 10 days, trying new looks and styling your clothes in ways you might not otherwise try! Below is a formula for how beginners can adjust their wardrobe to start the challenge for themselves!

BEGINNER’S FORMULA FOR 10×10 CHALLENGE

  • 2 Pairs of Shoes (1 heel + 1 flat)
  • 4 Tops (Consider pieces that layer well like a fitted long-sleeve, a button-down and a cardigan)
  • 1 Dress
  • 2 Bottoms
  • 1 Top Layer

A few other tips for choosing items:

  1. Check the forecast and pick practical items for the weather.
  2. Don’t give yourself too much time to choose. Try to make the call in under 30 minutes.
  3. Go for an easy, lean or neutral color palette. Think creams, browns, denim, white, black and grey.
  4. Reach for your favorites first and then add one or two pieces you’d like to wear more or aren’t sure about.
  5. Avoid Dry Clean Only items or pieces that are a pain to launder so if need be you can refresh them during the 10 days.
  6. Any accessories or jewelry you add to a look does not count as a part of your 10 items. For example:
    • Hats
    • Bags
    • Scarves
    • Necklaces
    • Gloves
    • Jewelry

SUMMARY: The current 10×10 Challenge officially began on Instagram on October 22, 2018 and will last for 10 days! If you are looking to bring creativity to your wardrobe by placing a number on the limit of items to work with, this challenge is best suited for you! There is a possibility to mix and match outfits that you may have never thought of because you had an abundance of options. This concept I think is better for those who enjoy a strict challenge that disciplines their creativity to work with pieces they already own. Search the #10x10challange for outfit inspiration and start posting today! Challenge ends on October 31!

The Capsule Wardrobe

Now, let’s look at the idea of creating a #capsulewardbrobe. Contrary to the 10x10challanege creating a capsule wardrobe involves gathering a greater number of clothing items that either already exist within your wardrobe or are sourced new (or thrifted). While keeping a minimalist ideology, capsule wardrobes essentially create a “mini-wardrobe” made up of really versatile pieces that you totally love to wear. Each season (spring, summer, fall, and winter), you clear your closet except for a set number of pieces that encompass your capsule wardrobe. The aggregate number between bloggers seem to fall somewhere around 25-40 items, but that number can vary by season and individual personalities.

HOW TO START YOUR OWN

1. Pair down your closet to 25-40 items. (try not to focus too much on hitting a number if you have more pieces that you love in your closet)

2. Wear only those 25-40 items for three months.

3. Don’t go shopping during the season until…

4. The last two weeks of the season, reevaluate your current capsule and shop for your next capsule season.

5. The amount you buy for the next capsule is up to you, but less is more!

SUMMARY: Capsule wardrobes allow for a greater range of pairings and opportunities to mix and match items you already own and love in your closet as well as the flexibility to purchase items once per season to add to your rotation. Similar to the 10x10challange, capsule wardrobes enforce the idea of creativity and challenges you to find your true style instead of following each fast fashion trend as it comes and goes. I have created a capsule wardrobe of my own for fall and am having the most fun in seeing what outfits I can come up with each day! So much so, I have encouraged my boyfriend to transform his wardrobe and try it out for himself!

Search the hashtag #capsulewardrobe on Instagram and Pinterest for outfit inspiration and start posting some of your favorite fall outfits!

Which challenge are you eager to try?

Good Luck,

Danielle

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How I Made an Extra $1,000 Over the Month of September by Selling Clothing Online!

Ahh, another month down. As we say hello to October and welcome fall festivities, I am reminded to take a moment to reflect on all that I have accomplished so far. And while many people do not regard October as a month of reflection, it has always meant more to me than just being the 10th month of the year.

October is home to my birthday month, Halloween (my favorite holiday), the best season (fall), and newly to the anniversary month of my reselling journey on Poshmark & eBay!

This blog post will run down items that sold over the month of September and list the profit amount I took home each item. Between both platforms in the month of September I made just under $1,000 net (after fee’s taken from platforms & shipping) selling items from my personal wardrobe and from sourcing at my local thrift stores!

Check out fresh items for fall you need to add to your current wardrobe!

Selling online has been a journey for me that started off incredibly difficult, but got better over time with persistence and understanding how to provide materials customers want. If you have any questions about how to get started with your Poshmark closet, feel free to message me and check out my closet in the meantime for inspiration!

Items that’s sold in September:

  1. Diane Von Furstenberg Cotton Button Up – $14.50
  2. Ted Baker Men’s Swim Trunks – $7.05
  3. Bundle of Vineyard Vines Men’s Polo’s – $16
  4. Isabella Fiore Embroidered Hobo Bag- $48
  5. Nanette Lapore Wide Leg Trousers- $15.20
  6. Just Fab Bootie Stilettos- $16.10
  7. Rebecca Minkoff Boots- $20
  8. Joie Silk Tunic- $9.05]
  9. Free People Beaded Blazer- $16
  10. Lululemon Wunder Under Leggings-$28
  11. NIKE Men’s Crewneck Sweater- $10.50
  12. Steve Madden Ankle Boots- $24
  13. Anthropologies Cardigan- $9.05
  14. COOGI Canvas Sneakers- $10.50
  15. Lilly Pulitzer Dress- $36
  16. BCBG Blazer- $12
  17. Vera Wang Booties- $20
  18. Tahari Sling Back Pumps -$12
  19. Coach Vintage Messenger Purse-$41.51
  20. Anthropologie Poncho Sweater- $20
  21. LOFT Skinny Curvy Jeans- $16.80
  22. Clarks Oxford Heels- $17.70
  23. F21 Plaid Skirt & Cat Eye Sunnies- $10.50
  24. Madewell Suede Flats- $22.50
  25. Rachel Roy Printed Shorts- $7.05
  26. Eva Mendes/NY&C Sheath Dress- $20
  27. J.Jill Cowl Neck Sweater- $16.10
  28. Sam Edelman Kitten Heels- $13.60
  29. Splendid Flats- $16
  30. Vera Bradley Laptop Bag- $24
  31. Tommy H. Leather Boots- $12
  32. Banana Republic Skater Dress- $10
  33. Calvin Klein Sheath Dress- $7.05
  34. AG Stevie Ankle Jeans- $29.70
  35. Zara Blouse- $10.50
  36. H&M Leather Jacket- $10.50
  37. Boutique 2 piece set- $24
  38. Franco Sarto Loafers- $16

 

BONUS Sold Items From Ebay!

  1. Robert Clergie Platform Shoes- $105
  2. Nike Dri Fit Livestrong Jacket- $25
  3. J. Crew Men’s Button Up- $12
  4. Synergy Organic Cotton Dress- $18
  5. Lularoe Carly Dress- $20
  6. Habitat Sweater Tunic- $24
  7. Roz & Ali Vegan Leather Skirt- $15
  8. Zara Man Crewneck Sweater- $13
  9. Eileen Fisher Silk Sweater -$24

 

If you enjoy this post after reading it, please use this list for inspiration during your next sourcing trip or when you’re wondering what to list for profit! Also let me know if you would like to see more insights on how I sell online and I can begin to do more post each month!

Good Luck,

xo

Danielle

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