Fashion

Wicker & Rattan |The Trending Bag That Makes a Statement This Summer

The wicker bag trend is one of those trends that everyone has jumped on within the last couple years. From the big, oversized beach totes and buckets to itty-bitty woven picnic baskets and clutches, each size definitely knows how to make a statement! I’ve seen a bunch of renditions of this style of bags pop up in the malls and at several boutiques; many of which I have had my eye on but, what stopped me from making a purchase is the fact that, I wasn’t quite sure how I would wear it? However, I told myself that if I can find it during a thrift trip, than I would pick it up and give it a go with styling.

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Since I usually thrift on the weekends when I have more free time, this past weekend I decided to try a new Goodwill outside of my typical honey hole location, and I am so glad I did! I found this gorgeous hand-woven rattan backpack, yes- BACKPACK that was obviously constructed by the most tedious and trained hand; I just knew that it would become the perfect summer essential to add in my wardrobe.

To describe it would be to tell you about its bumpy course texture as I run my fingers over it, the various gradient shades meet and pass each other from the multiple materials that were used to embody it. It has that familiar creaking and shifting sound from the tension of each woven stitch wrapped within itself when you adjust or remove the lid. When I saw it, it reminded me of outdoor picnics at the national park just as the golden hour of late evening set in, late night movies at the drive in, spontaneous beach trips, glamping with a group of friends (cause your girl doesn’t camp lol), and I wondered, how many bottles of chardonnay could fit safely inside without damaging the interior structure?

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When I come across something so rare like this, I instantly like to check to see who the designer is with just a quick Google search. Since this bag has NO internal markings or tags from the original creator, I typed in a few key words and was surprised to see there were a few others similar online for sale for upwards of $75! Seeing that this was priced for less than $6 I knew it must be special.

Also from my Google search, I discovered that that it is thought to have roots in the Philippines estimated production from the 70’s. It is in fact hand made, and contains bamboo, rattan and straw materials.

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Being the embodiment definition of a TRUE vintage piece, I will be sure to do my best in maintaining it’s condition given its age. I am beyond excited to use this in my upcoming adventures this summer! Pieces like this I also feel compelled to share with others and will be sure to pass it along to a new prospective home via my online store one my season with it is over. Stay tuned for updates when it’s listed!

 

-Danielle

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Are You Overlooking the Most Important Essential Accessory at Goodwill?

After years of thrift shopping, I have scored a lot of finds that I am always happy to share with you all. But, when I’m not shopping, I dedicate that time to let my wallet catch a breath while I live vicariously and enjoy a few thrift hauls with some of my favorite YouTube channels. Those that I follow always have a great perspective on what items to look for, how to style their finds while in store and by the end of their video, I’ve put a few new tricks in my back pocket and walk away with inspiration for my next trip.

However, one thing I’ve noticed is the lack of accessories that are highlighted in many thrift hauls. And by accessories, I am speaking about jewelry.

A question for you, What do you think about the idea of purchasing jewelry from second hand stores? For me, I have a guilty confession of purchasing many accessories from fast fashion companies like H&M, Target and Forever 21. Mostly because of the affordability, accessibility in finding pieces that are on trend and the ease of finding an abundance of these types of stores instead of looking for a thrift stores in the immediate area.

After thinking about why my shopping mentally is this way, I’ve deducted that the structure of most thrift stores sometimes easily allow for jewelry to be overlooked. As an avid thriftier, I find that I like to take my time when shopping. Maybe for obvious reasons- but, in most thrift stores, the jewelry and other accessories are behind glass casings, inaccessible for close examination or require assistance from a employee. So by the time I make it to the register, that is when I notice the jewelry; but its too late.

What deters me from making a purchase is a variant of things like, there are time constraints and I need to check out as soon as possible, budget, or to be frank, I am fatigued from shopping the whole store!

With that said, I want to make it more of a conscious effort to start there first, ensuring that I can take a few goodies home with me. As someone who purchases most of her clothing secondhand, the idea of buying jewelry is a no brainer. However, I’ve noticed that I hardly talk about the items that I’ve picked up overtime while shopping. So, I thought for this post I would show you a few of the jewelry items I’ve that I am currently obsessed with and have worn the most.

*Not all these items were purchased at the same store or purchased at the same time. 

 

Nautical Wheel Earrings

I actually found these while traveling in Puerto Rico at a secondhand store! I figured since I was on an island, surrounded by beautiful water, these earrings were an essential to pick up! Since then, everytime I wear these I think of the beauty of Puerto Rico and the memories I made there. I scored these for under $5.

 

Aztec Circle Engraved Earrings

These cuties were picked up during my last thrift tour in Washington, D.C. (recap post coming soon). I found these for $1 while waiting in a long line to to check out. I love the fun print on them that are oh so subtle but, still bold enough to make a statement.

 

Flower Fields Earrings

I have a thing for earrings, can’t you tell? I have tiny ears so, I love to add to them to make them appear larger (lol) These are my first pair of vintage clip-on style earrings. Unlike the typical clip-on’s, they actually screw-on. I had never seen anything like this and was amazed about how comfortable they actually are! With such a contraption, I was not expecting to last too long in them- a pleasant surprise to say the least! I picked these up for less than $3.

 

What are some of your favorite second hand jewelry pieces you’ve collected so far?

-Danielle

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The Return of the Dad Sneaker: A Style Guide

Sometimes style trends have the tendency to come around that we could never have expected to. Just to name a few: fanny packs, neon colors, shoulder pads, KANGOL bucket hats and classic white sneakers are all in a slow but steady movement making an encore appearance back into the fashion scene.

I will admit, that this dad sneaker trend crept up upon us (as they usually do) via the influence from social media channels, celebrities, bloggers, IG influencers, and most noticeably, during Cochella 2019. Nevertheless, there is no denying that white chunky sneakers were basically a staple in everyone’s wardrobe back in the 90’s. Fast forward 20 years,  now more popularly referred to as “Dad Sneakers” these kicks are undoubtedly making a comeback for this years spring/summer season. To paint an image of what a dad sneaker is: visualize a middle aged male wearing relaxed-fit medium-wash denim or jean shorts, a tucked in polo shirt, clip on cell phone holder to his belt and chunky white sneakers. The look at first, second and even third glances doesn’t exactly scream glamour OR fashion for that matter.

As a kid who grew up in the 90’s, I distinctly remember owning several pairs of white chunky sneakers (embarrassingly I will admit, they were all Sketcher’s designs) fanny packs of all colors and iridescent shades, shoulder pads, denim overalls and, somehow, I STILL wasn’t welcomed among the cool kids at my school. Now as an adult in 2019, it looks like my nerdy girl fashion sense has finally caught on to the masses and my childhood dreams are becoming a reality! (well, at least on Instagram).

Yet, if executed creatively there’s are several opportunities to make this trend work with almost any ensemble. From business meetings, date nights to sequin dresses, there is a new found freedom when styling your favorite pieces with these casual kicks.

Being a woman that gravitates to jeans, sneakers and tee shirts, I couldn’t wait to mix and match my favorite feminine pieces with my new shoes! Now while there is an abundance of white sneakers to choose from, I chose to purchase the FILA Disruptor II and am in love. What stood out to me was their jagged silhouette, noticeable chunky platform structure and sleek monochromatic colorway. They seemed to pair so well with almost everything in my closet!

 

So How Do I Style my Chunky Dad Sneakers?

I think the better question here is, how MANY ways can you style your sneakers? Majority of the pieces I’ve paired for this post were purchased with Goodwill over an extended period of time. Here are some of my favorite outfits I choose from.

1. The Summer Dress Sneaker

A classic take on femininity and comfort. Paring a comfy summer dress and sneakers isn’t exactly an emerging style trend but, it is the most common way I’ve seen these sneakers styled. It’s comfortable and functional for almost any casual activity you are engaging in.  The dress I choose is a vintage A-Line with a deep V-neck neckline and floral print. I also threw on this light-wash denim jacket for added texture.

2. The Athleisure Sporty Sneaker

How could we skip athleisure wear? When I’m not at the gym (which is regularly) I’m more than likely hanging out in my leggings and sports bra. I was actually shocked when I found this one piece neon pink body suit at the thrift. Moreover, I was surprised when it fit me! Since I don’t want to blind anyone, I paired the bodysuit with my favorite track pant that I found in the men’s section at Goodwill. Although blue and pink are not quite complementary colors, I love this pairing!

3. The Vacation Sneaker

If there is any an appropriate time to wear sneakers, it’s on vacation. I’ve paired this tie- dye off the shoulder dress with, yep, you guessed it-my Fila’s. I love everything about this dress and the color and pattern combination. Threw on my oversized straw hat, and I’m ready to go!

4. The Night Out Sneaker

As I stated above, I am a jeans and tee-shirt kind of girl. So. when it’s time to have a night out or date night, I sometimes struggle to figure out what outfit to wear that doesn’t involve painful heels or dresses that hug me like a hot dog casing. I found that incorporating dark black denim will elevate most outfits for a night out. For this outfit, I decided to pair dark denim with a silk bold red tank top that I actually found in the intimate section at Goodwill! I added some accessories and a black moto jacket over my shoulders to complete the look.

Which look was your favorite so far? Do you plan on trying out the dad sneaker trend this year? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Good Luck

Danielle

 

 

 

 

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Winter to Spring Closet Transition and Capsule Closet Curation with Goodwill

Its that time of year again when the weather is warming up and all of my cute& chunky winter pieces begin to make their way into retirement once again. My pale skin and off the shoulder blouses welcome the warmth of the sun!

When this season comes around, I often feel a sense to want to purge my existing warm weather clothing and buy new items to stuff into my closet but, typically doing so without just cause. Aside from the new and emerging trends on the market, I remember that I already have the perfect place to shop from, and it begins within my own storage closet! There is something that sends off positive feel good emotions when the concept of shopping is mentioned. Which, can be true for a lot of people. Even if I shop second hand and from thrift stores, simply consuming just to consume is still wasteful. Just like anything else, things are best approached with care and responsibility.

In order to resist the urge to splurge and when fall turns into spring, I do a huge swap in my wardrobe by setting aside one day during the weekend to rotate pieces within my wardrobe that are more weather appropriate for the season. Just as I’m welcoming fall’s arrival last year, I gathered my summer and spring items and placed my out of season items into one of my large suitcases (to use as storage) while simultaneously taking items out of the same suitcase that are from the last season. As I begin sorting, I am conscious when analyzing what to keep and what to donate. As I get older, I find that my style and tastes remain the same year to year, but, sometimes I always have a few pieces that I am ready to part with after it has served its season in my life.

During fall & winter 2018, I successfully created a capsule wardrobe that included items that I was absolutely in love with and enjoyed wearing and re-wearing multiple ways. You can read more about that post here

Now that spring has sprung, I am ready to look through all my items and separating what should stay and what should go. This season, I am anticipating wearing more classic feminine cuts, colors and silhouettes. I am also hoping to shape my closet with pieces that will work well in transitioning from business casual into after work social blogging events.

WHAT I REMOVED

Winter had some bitter unforgiving cold days. My many thick knit fisherman’s sweaters were perfect in protecting me as much as possible but, are now way too warm to even think about. Other items that are going into retirement, include my Michael Kors silver down jacket, my various solid mock neck tops (although some of them that are 3/4 sleeve make for great pieces to layer with a faux leather jacket during the cold spring mornings. Oh- and my many, many pairs of suede black booties. Honestly, I might keep my olive Sam Edelman chain wrapped booties and my chunky heeled booties for late nights out. They look great paired with skater and slip dresses. A couple dark wash trousers will remain in rotation for work as well.

WHAT I SWAPPED

I was surprised by how many colorful items I already have in my warm weather collection and felt a sense of pride for accomplishing this last year. As someone who loves her neutrals, I must say, I did an amazing job and adding pops of color, especially different hues of yellow, and pink/ purple pastels. Various cuts of dresses were also to be found as I continued to sort. An assortment of bomber jackets, windbreakers, denim and basketball shorts, embroidered floral tops and bottoms and silk & linen blouses.

WHAT I ADDED FROM SHOPPING SECONDHAND

As I mentioned earlier, I wanted create a capsule wardrobe with my spring and summer wardrobe and lucky for me, that means that I will get to add a few pieces to my current mix. Since I have done an great job incorporating color, I am going to focus on collecting similar colors (I’m thinking yellows, greens, and mauve’s since they look great with my warm weather tan) while also channeling both comfortable yet vibrant chic vibe. I also want to include more edgy footwear. Usually I’m a booties girl and love when fall comes around for that reason. When it warms up, I usually play it safe (and sometimes boring) with sneakers, flats and slip on shoes, and I want to change that. I am thinking more natural heel sandals and straw detail wedges.

I love this time of year when seasons are transitioning. It gives everyone such a great opportunity to fall in love with their wardrobe and evaluate what items you currently have before running out and purchasing new pieces blindly.

What are you doing to transition your wardrobe this winter to spring season?

 

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DIY Home Makeover: How to Build a Gallery Wall!

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With spring in the air, many people tend to equate the changing of seasons with the physical act of replacing their winter wardrobes with their spring. However, there are so many other ways you can channel that energy! I thought I should take a moment to  reevaluate my living spaces and see what improvements could use a bit of a pick-me-up. After looking around on Pintrest and Instagram, I decided upon the idea to create a gallery wall. The concept is very easy to create, budget friendly, and if you rent an apartment space like me, you know that leading with creativity might not always fit the rules you landlord has set in place. Thankfully, this DIY is guaranteed to meet your expectations and won’t damage your walls too much in the process!

You don’t need to watch too many episodes of Property Brothers or Queer Eye to understand that speaking from a design perspective, creating a gallery wall has the ability to instantly elevate any space with personalized style. Using your favorite prints and art pieces of various sizes, shapes, and colors gives you the opportunity to create a gorgeous gallery that gives your guests a chance to get to know who you are, through photos.

So let’s get started!

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Pick Your Frames

While this project is fairly simple, there still needs to be thought put into the assembly of it. As I got started, I thought about what color scheme I wanted to work with, which wall I wanted to use, and what theme my prints would represent. If you’re indecisive like me, take down your thoughts on pen & paper to sort out the many ideas you have floating in your head.

Next, search for your desired frames. This is one of the more important steps in the process because your frames will set the tone of your gallery. Do you want thick frames, thin? Are they square, rounded, oblong? Also think about what colors they will be. Since  this is a spring transition, think about what colors inspire you for the season. In addition, think about the space you are working with. What color are your walls and the surrounding areas (carpet, furniture). If you are working with a classic white background, than almost any color will compliment it. However, if you have painted walls like me, think about which shades of frames will compliment them and make it really stand out within your space!

It’s Hammer Time- What You’ll Need

As far as tools go, here’s what you’ll need to create the gallery wall of your dreams…

  1. Picture Frames
  2. Hammer or Scotch Hanging Strips
  3. Nails
  4. Leveler (if you don’t have one, you can download on right to your phone!)
  5. Pencil & Paper
  6. Small Notebook
  7. Extra nails and screws
  8. And a good playlist going to keep the inspiration flowing

 

Pick Your Prints

Ok- now THIS is the fun part! As I mentioned above, if you want to add some cohesiveness to your gallery, make sure you are combining similar frame shapes and complimentary colors. This includes what images you choose for your prints! For example, your gallery could consist primary of people, animals, places you’ve visited, or inspirational quotes; but don’t feel like you should limit yourself. The most important thing is for your wall to represent you- your tastes, history, and what you  love the most. I sourced by prints via Etsy, but there are thousands of prints you can print for free and affordably from Google, Canva and Unsplash by simply searching images according to the theme you want to achieve.

Lay It Out

From a designers perspective, it comes recommended that you first measure the amount of wall space you want to fill and then tape off that section on a clean floor. This process allows you to space everything out the way you want in advance allowing you to save time and (let’s face it) disappointment of securing it on the wall and not exactly enjoying your results. And not to mention, avoiding unnecessary damages to your wall. Once you lock down your favorite arrangement, take a few photos on your phone and compare layouts. Use your photos as reference when you’re hanging as a guide to go back to as you begin hanging.

Hang In There

Now it’s time to get that art onto the wall! Starting small in this case is not recommended. As a matter of fact, starting with the largest frame will help you visualize how to place the others around it. Placing your larger piece a bit of centered won’t allow it to steal the show, but rather, will allow you to build the smaller pieces around it. Hanging is more of a building framework that yields positive results from the top down. Remember to refer to the photos of the layout options you took on your phone and feel free to move some pieces around as you begin to hang them; remember you are not committed to one idea, this is YOUR wall.

I hope these tips helped you become inspired to create your own gallery wall & revamp up your space!

Good Luck,

Danielle

 

 

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Why you Shouldn’t be Afraid of Pattern & Print Mixing: The Perfect Way to Experiment with Your Closet This Spring!

As someone who has a endless revolving color palette of neutral colors including blacks, greys, creams, and browns in her wardrobe, I figured since the curse on winter is nearly passed us here on the east coast, (fingers crossed) I should start pulling together some outfit trends that I have been eyeing for this upcoming spring season!

As the weather begins to warm up, most of us start to experience sheer excitement and motivation to pull ourselves up and out of winter’s hibernation. It is a time when you purge the old, tired, and warn in excange it for some of the major fashion trends of the year.

Bringing in the new equinox means that the days are longer and the sun is shining brighter! That transition within the solar system should also mean that the same transition should also be considered within your wardrobe as well. While my color palate revolves around neutral and rich dark colors, spring collections tend to assist me in leaning towards animated prints, cuts, patterns and colorful curated clothing compared to fabrics typically worn through fall and winter.

While there are many resources where you can search trends to try for 2019, lets start with the most common and simplest concept to liven up your closet-COLOR.

More specifically, color and print mixing!

Take a moment to think about what colors come to mind when you think of spring fashion? For me it includes various shades of purple, pink, red, green, yellow, and blue. These colors are actually the official colorway for 2019 spring/summer collection according to the NY Fashion Week’s Pantone color chart. With this in mind, I went to a couple of my favorite Goodwill Thrift Stores on the hunt for outfits to fit the occasion.

This will be part of a 3 part series so make sure you come back to keep reading & what looks I put together!

Look 1-Hip Hop & Rhythm & Blues

The first look I put together was a collaboration of 90’s Hip Hop & R&B mixed with the comfort of athleisure. I found these beautiful Adidas blue track pants in the men’s section when I was on my way out of the store. After one glance I knew they needed to be a major part of my spring/summer wardrobe! The colorway including a prominent white side paneling with black trim piping made it the perfect piece to mix and match with your favorite white tee or crop top.

I chose this striped cabbage trim crop top that I happened to score for less than $2! It was on sale for the color of the week (yes!) and already have ideas on to style it with other outfits. Pattern mixing like I’ve done here, is done very subtly and might I add, easily! And that is due to the colors contained within each piece. My track pants and top both include neutral colors and also happen to be of the same color (black & white). However, while I have stripes on the top, it is complimented by the solid color blocking from the pants below.

 

 

For shoes, I would have loved to find a nice pair of white chunky sneakers (preferably FILA’s Distrputor’s) to really make this outfit a throwback hit but, my nomad high-top canvas trainers from Bangs Shoes will do just fine! Despite my luck on finding my dream sneakers, I think the leather fanny pack really made up for it and really set the outfit off, making it all come together.

Stay tuned for my next couple posts where I show you more spring outfit inspiration and outfits I’ve put together for you!

In the meantime, what are some of your favorite spring trends you’re excited to try this season?

Good Luck-

xo,

Danielle

 

 

 

 

 

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Can Your Shoes Be Vegan Too?? The Newest Shoe Brand to Look Out For!

What are vegan shoes anyway? They are vegan in the traditional sense just like in foods, however, please don’t try to eat it. What it simply means that they are made without any animal ingredients or by-products! It’s a win-win for consumers and our impact to stop the cruelty to animals.

I’ve teamed up with this amazing company, BANG Shoes to share adventure inspiration and fashion that gives back!

BANGS shoes are 100% vegan and are created in a humane, safe and clean environment for its workers. BANGS (meaning ‘help‘ in Mandarin) believes in the power of adventure- with every purchase the company invests 20% into entrepreneurs to begin their journey! As an entrepreneur, I resonate with this the most and know that many of you will too!

I feel so lucky to have been afforded the opportunity to be part of such an incredible brand that focuses on uplifting, adventuring and helping others!

Want a pair for yourself? I have an awesome code that will get you money off your first purchase. Just send me a private message and I got you!

I am currently their National Nomad High Tops that come with a fill-able map of the United States! Allowing you to color in each state you visit as your adventure continues!

They have tons of other styles on their website to choose from for guys & gals. Take a look around and remember you are making a difference in the dreams of an entrepreneur!

Good Luck,

Danielle

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