Fashion

One Summer Trend I Am Not Ready To Let Go of This Fall

“Bring on the sweater weather” I exclaimed!

On September 23rd, 2019 I was, like most people, ready for fall to roll around. Fall has a beautiful appeal to it. The cooler weather, comfort foods, the natural changing colors of nature around you can easily evoke feelings of nostalgia and comfort.

However, this year was a bit different. What changed? Well, actually it all comes down to this very unique purchase I made from my local D.C. Goodwill that made me miss the occasional blistering days of summer. I will start off to say that I do not play into fashion rules, as they are a bit restricting. Besides, I like to think that fashion has no rules to follow. Each of us have an internal desire to express ourselves and what role we play in the world. So, what an easier way to do that than by expressing that through the clothes we choose to wear?

Rules such as no white after Labor day or to someone’s wedding, show less leg & cleavage for modesty, and my all time favorite, tall girls shouldn’t wear heels are rules that are at this point laughable. As restricting as they may seem, there is still one that I even found myself contemplating and that is, “should I continue wearing linen in the fall”?

This question, normally something that I would never ask myself but, when I came across this beautiful piece from Zara, I instantly knew it was special. Lately, I have been obsessively checking Pinterest and Youtube to make sure that I am up to date on all the latest fashion trends for fall and have created quite the vision board for the upcoming season. So far my color palette has surrounded around nudes, neutrals, textures, and versatile patterns. However, when I caught the eye of this top, it reminded me that its possible to blend the two wonderful seasons together through the wonderfulness that is  linen fabric.

As you may have experienced, early fall days seem to resemble much of summer (at least in the afternoon) when the sun comes to its highest point and that cozy sweater in the mornings becomes a furnace with sleeves. And because of that, I found that this piece is perfect because of a.) its breathability within the fabric, b.) its natural brown hue and of course c.) its versatility to be paired with so much already in my closet!

The top has a beautiful deep v along with a predetermined wrap detail attached creating the perfect syncing to your waist, creating the perfect silhouette to any frame. Although this top is an extra large, the natural belting detail constructed into the top compensates for it being a size too big for me normally. Here I decided to pair them with my slightly distressed boyfriend denim jeans with raw hem along with my new favorite kitten block animal print heels; because you aren’t doing fall right if you don’t have at least one animal print in each of your outfits 😉

What are some summer pieces that you want to style into the summer-fall transition season?

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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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DIY Projects

DIY Home Makeover: How to Build a Gallery Wall!

*Collaborative post

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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Fashion

3 Ways You Can Style A Men’s Vintage Blazer to Fit Into Your Wardrobe!

Is it possible to find vintage pieces in the men’s section? Well, of course. But, if you are like me, majority of your clothing comes from the women’s and when concerning vintage pieces, the sizing can be a bit ‘off’ and can leave you discouraged. For me, I typically wear a size 8-10 in womens pants and a size M in tops. However, during my last thrift trip, I tried a number of sizes and nothing seemed to fit. Trying to keep it together inside was a struggle because I really thought I gained a bit of weight but knew that couldn’t be further from the truth; But that doesn’t mean that I wasn’t ready to give up!

In a recent post I shared in my last post about how I sourced my latest pair of vintage mom jeans  by checking out the men’s section. When you think of cute vintage pieces you can sometimes automatically think they are found in the women’s section. But just like the mom jeans I found, this beautiful houndstooth blazer was also in the men’s section and I was lucky to score it for just $7! I saw so much potential in how I could style it & knew I needed to make a video look book for you all!

Of the 3 looks I came up with on the fly, which outfit is your favorite?

 

 

xo,

Danielle

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My Trick to Finding the Best Pieces While Shopping- The Location will Shock You!

Would you believe this top is actually a size 2X?

Yeah…I couldn’t either!
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Here’s a pro tip: Scanning the return rack saves you 100% of the time and effort than searching the racks one by one. Items left on the ‘go back’ rack are items that have already been plucked because it caught someone’s attention and was worthy enough to try on. And if it caught their attention, it might catch yours as well! Scanning returns eliminates majority of the effort shopping requires, which to me, is a plus ’cause I like to work smarter not harder!

This method has done me well when I’m feeling overwhelmed and just aren’t having much luck. Keep in mind, this trick can work in a regular stores as well! Doing this has landed me this gem & so many others! I encourage you to try this out during your next shopping trip! 🤞🏽

Thrifted Outfit Details:
Top: Land’s End
Bottoms: Gap
Shoes: Steve Madden

Good Luck,

xo,

Danielle

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Fashion, Lifestyle

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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Tips to Keep In Your Back Pocket To Make Sure Your Next Thrift Adventure is a Success!

I thought I would share some of my favorite thrifting tips to you the next time you are out hunting! Enjoy!

5 Savvy Tips to Keep in Your Back Pocket for a Day Thrifting:

  • Research the trends: Typically, I always have an idea of what I am looking for when I walk into the store. To prepare, do your own research and gather inspiration from latest fashion blogs, magazines, or browse Pinterest for the latest trends!
  • Make a list: If you’re like me, your mental calendar is a little unreliable sometimes, so write your ideas down! Get a strategy of items that are must haves to pick up during your trip- you’ll save yourself the headache of trying to decide at the register when it’s finally time to check out!
  • Keep it simple!: I cannot stress this enough- Trust me, dressing for success while shopping includes wearing a loose fitting top, flat shoes, and bottoms you can easily get in and out off will keep you comfortable while browsing the isles & in the fitting rooms.
  • Patience, is a virtue: Sometimes the perfect find takes time, so thrift often! Best times to shop are post-holiday and spring cleaning for incredible inventory options!
  • HAVE FUN! Always remember to have fun with your style and during thrifting. Don’t be afraid to take those risks without going broke during your trip!

BONUS Tip:

  • I love to start in the same section every thrift trip. Mine happens to be shoes or dress. I normally have the most energy when I begin shopping which is perfect since these sections can get pretty crowded!

 

What are some tips that you keep in mind while shopping? Leave a comment below 🙂

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