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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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Reduce, Reuse, Relovv: The New App that Matches Sustainable Customers to Buyers Like Tinder!

If you are a conscious shopper and want to continue to lend a hand to evolve a world free from fast fashion waste, the easiest way to get a head start is by shopping second hand! Now, if thrift stores aren’t your thing, than start by shopping right from your phone. You may have heard of apps like Poshmark, Mecari, and Vinted that are developing in this market, but there is a new app on the horizon that are matching buyers with like minded sellers!

Currently, the app is in beta form which gives YOU the opportunity to test it out and provide valuable feedback as a new user directly to its developers.

 

Relovv makes buying and selling from your closet in 3 easy steps:

 

SHOP

Shop items matched to your personal style, size, and budget. Score deals on Free People, Nike, the best vintage, and more.

SELL

Sell items for free – no commission. We match you with the right buyers, like a dating app, so you make more money!

RELOVV

Don’t  break up with your closet – sell other people’s items by clicking “relovv.” Earn money and points when relovved items sell!

Curious to try it out for yourself? Use my reference link in the app relovv.com/app/threadlift when signing up and browse some of the cute items I’ve started to upload! You may also find my profile name by searching @threadlift.

 

Happy buying & selling!

 

xo,

Danielle

 

 

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What’s Good with threadUP’s Goody Box?

Have you been curious to try threadUP’s new Goody Box? If you are not sure what a Goody Box is, please take a look at their website and peruse around a bit! It’s an awesome concept that will allow you to receive 10 items in either new or gently used condition directly to your door. All items are tailored to your style preference and size according to your responses to a survey they provide! When your Goody Box arrives, you have the chance to keep the items that are perfect for you OR return the items that you are not so thrilled about— It’s that simple!

I selected my Goody Box to be tailored to an Athleisure Lifestyle while sticking to a neutral color pallet (black, white, grey, navy) with brands like J.Crew, Lululemon, and Old Navy. Ordering the box only cost $10 upfront with free shipping and an anticipated arrival of 3-4 business days. I am really excited to see what items I get!!

A good thing to note:

  • Items that you want to keep have a starting price of $20 that you will be responsible to pay for.
  • If you wish to return an item, it MUST be in the same condition as it was when it arrived. Tags on (if applicable) no tears, or stains, etc.

I am looking forward to reviewing my items with a box opening review on my YouTube channel with initial reactions to each item as well as writing up a follow up post!

Want to try threadUP? Use this link to sign up for your own personalized Goody Box right now!

Good Luck,

xo,

Danielle

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DIY Tutorial: Personalized Embroidered Sun Hat

If you thought summer was coming to an end, you might be lacking some essential Vitamin D, ’cause there is so much summer to enjoy and sun to be (safely) exposed to. OK, sure- there may be Halloween decor starting to pop up in stores (I love Halloween BTW) but that doesn’t mean you still shouldn’t plan your next beach destination!

One of my favorite summer trends for 2018 has been the embroidered straw sun hats that have cute sayings like ” Out of Office” or “Gone to the Beach”.

This DIY was inspired by my thrift buddy, Chanel Little of @mytullekit to create our own custom embroidery sun hats!  Like the sun hats stores with cute sayings along the brim, our ideas were similar, but we planned to use positive black culture colloquialisms like “Black Girl Magic”, Cute Blerd (black nerd), or “Melanin Popin” for our hats. HOW STINKING CUTE IS THIS?!

Chanel always comes up with gorgeously creative DIY projects and I highly encourage you to check out her other creations on her IG: @mytullekit for more inspo!

First task, find appropriate the sun hat. I found mine in store, but here are other similar options from Amazon.

Next, write down your ideas! What do you want your hat to say? Keep your phrase to about 2-3 words so that you have enough space to embroider on the hat and so others can read it!

 

Shots from behind the scenes of our photo shoot Chanel and I had this weekend with our hats!+6

Summer Photoshoot at The Wharf DC - August, 5 2018 - Thread Lift x My Tulle Kit - Photos by Chris Bulbulia - Models Danielle Dukes and Chanel Little

Summer Photoshoot at The Wharf DC – August, 5 2018 – Thread Lift x My Tulle Kit – Photos by Chris Bulbulia – Models Danielle Dukes and Chanel Little

Summer Photoshoot at The Wharf DC - August, 5 2018 - Thread Lift x My Tulle Kit - Photos by Chris Bulbulia - Models Danielle Dukes and Chanel Little

Summer Photoshoot at The Wharf DC – August, 5 2018 – Thread Lift x My Tulle Kit – Photos by Chris Bulbulia – Models Danielle Dukes and Chanel Little

Summer Photoshoot at The Wharf DC - August, 5 2018 - Thread Lift x My Tulle Kit - Photos by Chris Bulbulia - Models Danielle Dukes and Chanel Little

Summer Photoshoot at The Wharf DC – August, 5 2018 – Thread Lift x My Tulle Kit – Photos by Chris Bulbulia – Models Danielle Dukes and Chanel Little

 

Get to it!

  • Purchase sun hat of choice
  • Sequin Trim. Ours came from Micheal’s
  • E600 Glue. Ours came from Michael’s
  • Other accessories to decor as desired (flowers, beading)
  • Pintrest for inspiration

Instructions:

  1. Eyeball or lightly trace what you want your hat to say. Use fabric chalk or sketch with a pencil your phrase.
  2. Most wording is done in cursive so take your time when deciding what you want to say. Have a friend review your penmanship to make sure it is legible.
  3. After you have carefully placed your sequin trim and have your spell out, begin using the super glue to place your words in place. [Tip] It might be easier to use sewing needles to hold down the trim while gluing so everything stays in place. E6000 is extremely durable and dries relatively quick, so be carefully, a little goes a long way.
  4. Let your hats dry for at least 30 minutes to ensure it is complete.
  5. Enjoy

That’s it! I would say this project took all of 1 hour from start to finish!

 

Comment below what your personal embroidered sun hat would say?

Good Luck,

xo,

Danielle

 

 

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The #1 Reason These Retailers Make the Perfect Fit for Tall Boss Babes

As a woman who is 5’9″ it could be arguable that I am (not that) tall in comparison to other women. However, what is not arguable is my pain when trying to find clothing retailers that have figured out my long legs and arms in a way that makes me look like the goddess I am! (lol)

With that said, here are my top choices for retailers for ladies who are 5’8″ and up! And the #1 reason why they are perfect; it’s BECAUSE THEY GET US!

Read on:

ASOS Tall: It doesn’t matter what occasion you are dressing for, chances are ASOS will have you covered with everyday basics to formal events. Their prices and frequent online sales add the cherry on top to this first pick.

Old Navy: Seriously, I have never tried on a pair of Old Navy tall apparel and said, “this isn’t long enough for me”. In fact, I’ve had the opposite experience with some items and their regular sizing did just the trick. If you haven’t tried Old Navy, you’ve been asleep…it’s time to wake up.

Alloy Apparel: A new to me brand that I am dying to try! Their entire line is dedicated to tall women, and they even have categories that are specific to women 5’8″ and under so theirs a size for every type of “tall girl”.

Amailltall.com Another new brand for me that I am eager to try. I stumbled across their profile on IG after they liked a post of mine and their story has caught my attention! Their mission is heavily rooted in women empowerment and the idea that tall is not restricted to just length, but that it also comes in a variety of shapes & sizes!

J.Jill: One of my favorite brands to wear and resell! They offer over 200+ styles for tall women that are stylish, easy to wear and versatile for any wardrobe.

I hope these brands are intriguing to you as they are for me! Let me know of your fave retailers to shop!

xo

Danielle

 

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How I Effortlessly Shopped Luxury Brand Names by Supporting Small Businesses (Your Wallet Will Thank You)

I visited Fia’s Fabulous Finds, a local boutique in Washington, D.C. last weekend and picked up some amazing goodies! She was holding her annual Fill-A-Bag sale which allowed you to get as many items that could fit into a takeaway bag for ONLY $35.

I shared the below video as a try on haul on my Instagram stories and decided why not compile them into one video and show you guys what I got- Enjoy!

I highly recommend you check out Fia’s if you are in the DC area!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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