Fashion

How I Wore My Favorite Summer Career Dress During the Winter!

Happy 2019 Everyone!

One of my favorite things to do at the start of a New Year is to evaluate the clutter in my life, and for me that means, starting with my wardrobe. Now that I have taken steps to maintaining a capsule closet, I have noticed that I currently own an abundance of dresses! And this is probably for good reason-they are easy to style! Choosing one piece of clothing over having to wear pants is literally a win in my book. It’s not that I don’t like wearing pants (maybe a little bit) but, really just the simplicity that comes with throwing on one piece of clothing and being put together in an instant that is so satisfying. I even find that dresses are consistently one of the more popular women’s item that I sell within my closet on Poshmark; women love to not have to think about what they want to wear, they just want to look good.

While I began cleaning my closet of unwanted items, I noticed a few of my favorite dresses were sheath dresses, sleeveless and career style. I typically save these dresses to wear to work during the summer months for their comfort and because they are the most appropriate attire for my office’s business casual environment (again I don’t wearing like pants). However, during the winter months, I always feel that I have a shortage of warm dresses to work with, forcing me to wear the same couple items in heavy rotation; until now.

It’s not much of a discovery in the general sense of the term but, during my last thrift trip I discovered this beautiful paid sleeveless sheath dress that would fit perfectly with the current color scheme in my wardrobe. It had these beautiful faux buttons on the chest and the perfect bottom length (tall girl problems) that basically screamed for me to picked it up!

Tuning into my creative juices, I decided to pair it with a black mock neck 3/4 sleeve sweater, tights and my new favorite thigh high sock boots I recently picked up from Poshmark to complete my look!

In minutes I realized that the dresses I reserved for the hot summer months could work for me during the winter too! The mock neck top in many ways elevated the dresses professionalism by adding an extra layer of contrast to the subtle plaid look while also giving it a fun & flirty look. My sock boots are on trend and pair with just about everything to give you that extra ump in your step while keeping your toes warm! My jewelry was simple for this look as I was careful to not over style this look- and paired a thrifted men’s gold/silver watch and minimal dainty earrings. I choose a thrifted leather on strap mini backpack to hold all my essential items for my commute.

I encourage you to look through your current wardrobe and create a new outfit idea inspired by some of your favorite pieces. Is there a top you love to wear during one season that can be accessorized with others and still work?

Leave your ideas below!

Good Luck,

xo

Danielle

 

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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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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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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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What You Need to Slay the Summer to Fall Transition: Wardrobe Pieces that are Every Woman’s Must Have this Year!

Soooooooooooo this year so far has been like…

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…and now we are at the end September! Phew! I don’t know how we got here so quickly, but what I do know is that I am ready for FALL! While fall is hands down my favorite time of the year mainly due to the combination of the trees changing colors, how the sun peeks through the sunny cool skies, the togetherness of friends and family on a hike or to an adventure to the pumpkin patch. And as the perfect bonus, there is always beautiful fashion that comes from this season!

As you may have noticed, Starbucks has already reinstated their pumpkin spice lattes (eww) and I’ve noticed a few stores break out the Halloween décor and candy (FYI Halloween is also my favorite holiday!)

And while this fall is a bit more special to me [I’ll be turning 30] I always find  myself stuck in a weird paradox with my wardrobe, and I’m sure the rest of you can identify with this. You step out in the morning and there is a cool crispy start at about 60 degrees and by the time you leave at the end of the day it’s back up to 85 degrees and you JUST.CANT.

What are you to do? Well the best solution is to dress with transition pieces that can balance to what mother nature is doing outside during these awkward months until there’s a consistent weather forecast. In preparation for this, I’ve taken a look into my current wardrobe in combination with inspiration taken from Pinterest to bring you some ideas on how to make your wardrobe cozy through this transition season!

Each item has a link for you to shop! Let me know what are some of your favorites!

  1. Eyelet Detail Cropped Jumpers
  2. Lightweight Scarfs to wrap around your neck while its chilly and to later be used to hold back your hair in the afternoon
  3. Laser cut oxfords/loafer shoes. A 2-for- one combo. These will allow your feet to breathe, but also give you the coverage you need from soaking your toes in any unexpected wetness
  4. Faux Leather Satchel, backpack or hobo purse. Perfect outfit accessory and the best place to store you chunky sweater that you no longer need on your way during your evening commute
  5. Vegan Leather Embroidered Moto Jackets
  6. Silk Button Up Shirt. Provides the perfect coverage in the workplace and will help wick sweat in the warm afternoon through this breathable fabric. Bonus: This sustainable fabric will last you multiple seasons!

 

I update my Pinterest boards  everyday with some of my favorite things, so be sure to follow along! Also don’t forget to shop my Poshmark Closet for awesome steals on some georges pieces to add to your closet this season!

 

Good Luck,

xo,

Danielle

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FINAL UPDATE: The Next 5 Days (Days 24-31): Creating a Signature Work Uniform [August Challenge]

Hello Beautiful People,

Here is a review of the next 5 days and the conclusion of my August signature work wardrobe! Enjoy!

Day 25-26:

  • It’s the weekend, baaby!

Day 27 (August 27):

  •  Today I actually took a personal day from work to attend a family function. However, I used this time to refresh my clothing after completing laundry and steamed my tops the night before.

Day 28 (August 28):

  • OMG it’s been so humid lately around here! Its the end of August which means that it’s prime swamp weather here in D.C.- THANK goodness I have my lightweight cotton blouse to keep me cool! I paired my outfit with my long sleeveless vest and accessorizing it with a gold double tier tassel necklace. I’ve been loving this combo and has been my go -to the last few weeks!

Day 29 (August 29):

  • Another day, another dollar and a day in my work uniform.

Day 30 (August 30):

  • It’s been so hot that my last couple shirts were beyond repairable with some simple dabs of lemon juice and water lol I had to go through my other shirts because when you’re a sweaty girl, these things happen! Thankfully, today was the last day!

Day 31 (August 31):

  • T E L E W O R K    D A Y!

 

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Phew! I made it to the end of the month and to the end of my work wardrobe challenge! If I’m being honest, I really did not expect much from this challenge in terms of making it through the entire month while wearing the same  two main articles of clothing to work without :

A. Getting bored of the concept

B. Being exposed  by co-workers that I was wearing the same clothes for 30 days lol

To my surprise, neither of those happened! Besides my co-workers who I told that I would be conducting this challenge everyone else hasn’t noticed or given me so much of a side-eye. Which makes me wonder if I’m really that impressionable, or people HAVE noticed and aren’t willing to speak up.

My original goal of this challenge was to minimize my stress levels that were within my control throughout the day by eliminating possibly one of the most ridiculous decisions that lead me to stress in the morning; choosing what to wear to work. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I walked into my closet with an outfit I PICKED THE NIGHT BEFORE (I was prepared) put it on, and moments before I was ready to leave I CHANGED MY CLOTHES (WHAT?!)

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How many times I swipped through my closet, totally making a disaster of it and ended up wearing the same top/pants that I wore the week before. It was a vicious cycle that included no creativity, no change, but ultimately no gain (besides stress).

So what are my plans after this month? Well- comparing this month to just the month prior, I would say that this challenge has been beneficial to me and has saved me so much time in the a.m.  I think instead of sticking to the same outfit, I think that I am going to create a work capsule for myself that includes 5-7 items (tops & bottoms) that are appropriate to the season within a complimentary color palate. Since fall is my FAVORITE season, I am so excited to see what I can combine in my closet and from the thrift stores [of course] into a chic work attire capsule wardrobe. I hope to post a blog detailing what I choose as well as outfit combinations! (stay tuned).

I am happy to say that this experience has improved my conscience decisions when I am allowed the extra time to select different pieces to accessories and make use of my creativity with what I wear; and the ability it has allowed me to carry that momentum through the rest of my day.

The bigger question is, has my work performance improved? I can confidently say yes! While my job does not involve hella amounts of creativity I am finding ways to navigate old habits of completing my work into more stimulating routines! It’s been a great experience; I can’t wait to do it again!

 

Would you consider doing a work uniform challenge? What are your thoughts about creating a work wardrobe capsule? Leave your thoughts below!

xo,

Danielle

 

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