Fashion

Event Recap: Goodwill Summer Style Exchange

Hello beautiful sustainable shoppers!

This post will be a recap of the event I proposed and created along with Goodwill of Greater Washington D.C and my community. The event, Summer Style Exchange was inspired by a similar event held within the Nashville area Goodwill and roughly titled, Style with a Purpose. After viewing their event preparation, concept and execution on Instagram it was safe to say that I had serious FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and I wanted so badly to have that experience for myself in my community. After pitching the idea to the Marketing Director with D.C. Goodwill, we were a GO & what’s better is that this event was held on National Thrift Shop Day on August 17th, perfect timing!

Summer Style Exchange’s main goal was to gather a select few of Washington D.C.’s thrifty and sustainable fashion bloggers for the opportunity to curate a collection by hand picking their own garment racks for customers to shop from. Each collection will then be displayed on a garment rack for customers to learn their individual style, thrifting tips and to get a personal look into the style of their favorite bloggers! In addition, shoppers have the opportunity to experience styling tips from various body types, tailoring tips, enjoy refreshments and music!

Having individual collections from bloggers would aid in building relationships between bloggers & followers by taking away the barrier that social media builds by allowing each party to get to know each other through a mutual enjoyable activity. There is no better way to get to know someone on the fly than to appreciate how they choose the clothes they wear!

Leading up to the event, I had the opportunity to curate my own rack, and let me tell you, it was liberating! For events like these, anything goes. You don’t have the pressure to pull together the perfect thrifted outfit to impress others on the gram because, you are simply choosing items that bring you joy, that spark pleasure FOR YOU. In just under 2 hours I curated my perfect rack consisting of my primary moods including, athleisure, graphic tees, skinny jeans, printed dresses and masculine outerwear. Needless to say,  I am satisfied about how my items came together. My friend and co-host, Carolyn even said “I can tell this is your rack just by looking at it”.

Event Recap:

7AM comes quickly but even more so when it’s a Saturday morning lol. Despite my grogginess, I was excited for the next few hours to come! I got dressed, make-up, hair black tea in hand & headed to Goodwill.

Once there, Carolyn and I set up a marketing table, food table, and the DJ arrived shortly after to set up his table for the tunes. As we got closer to the start time, bloggers began to trickle in and attendees started to outline the outside of the building; things began to become a bit more real. I think anyone can relate to that feeling you get just before something great is about to happen. It’s like a 6th sense that is indescribable but, it FEELS good. That’s what I had as the bloggers greeted our guest just before opening the doors. And let me tell you, once those doors were open, it was a race! It for a moment reminded me of my retail career on Black Friday or the day before Christmas but, in a much more wholesome harmonious way.

During the event, I took time to focus on witnessing our customers experience, their behaviors, identifying any inconveniences and looking for room for improvement. I also took this time to just relax. After planning and organizing, its nice just to live in the moment of your event and live vicariously through each attendee. I documented majority of the event on Instagram stories and in feed posts as it was happening. However, I still have a ton of photos to file through but, these photos speak to the volume of this events success.

I’m already eager to plan the second iteration of this event before the year ends. Stay tuned!

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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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4 Consignment Style Curated Boxes Every Fashionista Must Try This Month

If you’re like me you have a wardrobe full of clothing that covers just about every style and trend that has come in gone within the last 5 years. And if you’re also like me, you probably only wear about 20% of your wardrobe. Do you constantly find yourself staring at your closet and wondering…hmm, “why don’t I ever have anything to wear?!” Well- I am here to offer a solution! So put down your credit card, back away from the computer and let me introduce you to 4 consignment style curated boxes that spruce up your wardrobe once and for all!

 

By now, most of us are familiar with style curated boxes and the benefits they can provide. But, just in case you are totally lost, style curated boxes like Stitch Fix, Rent the Runway, ShoeDazzle, and Gwynnie Bee eliminate the hassle of women having to shop for affordable fashion and provide personal styled, premium clothing delivered straight to their door every month! Sounds like a dream come true, right? Wait- there’s more.

A new twist that I have recently come across in style curated boxes, is the introduction of consignment style curated boxes. These boxes promise to deliver the same benefits popular brands bring, but aim to provide you with items that are gently used or next to new!

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If you are a thrifty girl like me, and love the nostalgia of pre-loved garments, than you will appreciate a style box like this! All items will be in conditions similar to an item in your own closet that you’ve washed and worn a few times-it’s that simple. How do you know if you are a good fit for a subscription like this? Here are a few tell tale signs:

You:

  • Like surprises

  • Love getting new clothes but hate the idea of shopping for them

  • Love getting new clothes but hate paying $40 for a shirt (seriously)

  • Are environmentally conscious & want to save the planet

Check out a few subscriptions I plan on trying this month!

Thrift Fix

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Boxes of beautiful thrifted items that fit your style and budget. Subscriptions start at $20 for 1 styled piece to mix and match with your wardrobe.

 

Goody Boxes by ThreadUP

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Just answer a few questions and get a box filled with 10 unique finds, starting at $20 per piece and only pay for the items you what you keep! Best part is, they actually do not market themselves as a subscription service- allowing you to cancel at any time, so there is no pressure!

Rent the Runway

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Odds are you’ve tried Rent the Runway for a wedding or two (or at the very least, know some friends who have). RTR now offers customary rental options for clothing (Unlimited, Update, and Reserve) to fit your subscription needs just in time for that special date, brunch, or networking event. At the end of your month, send it back or buy them at their member discount price!

 

Poshmark

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This one is a no-brainer for me! Poshmark is one of my favorite apps to shop new and used clothing ( I also sell on the platform find me @thread.lift). The cool part about this option is finding seriously AMAZING closets where the seller offers style curated mystery boxes virtually customizable by size, aesthetic, color, and season! I have listed a few of my Posher favorites that I highly recommend for you to check out!

 

@Alvictoria

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I’m not sure how she finds her amazing items, but she is the ultimate Posher and is killin’ the game as a #girlboss. She is my soul’s girl crush and literally want to wear everything in her closet!

@clothingcompass

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Hannah has some breathtaking flat-lays that are seriously, GOALS. She has some gorgeous collections that you’re sure to love! She also creates wonderful mystery boxes that you have to be sure to snatch up!

@thespottedsparrow

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This #poshboss has an beautiful selection that is abundant and at a great price! There is usually a sale in her closet that she posts to her social media with the same handle. Be sure to check her out!

 

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