A very Merry Christmas to all! I'm celebrating at home with my mom today, having turkey dinner and a marathon of "The Tudors" ... and too many sweets! Just wanted to share a few holiday snapshots from the last couple of days...
The CTA Holiday Train passing through my neighborhood...
My (vintage 1930s) elves on the shelf ... fireplace mantle, actually...
My neighbors' 4-month-old St. Bernard puppy, passed out on my sofa...
I got Louis and Dorothy for Christmas...
My Christmas Eve arm party...
Our holiday window display at Trends Boutique...
A cute little stocking stuffer from my manager...
Mom says that "True Chicagoans" wear North Face in wintertime - and she's kinda, sorta right - so she got me a fleece Denali jacket (and a few other goodies...)
I'm back at Trends tomorrow, then spending my weekend writing thank you notes, and out searching for some post-holiday bargains. Joyeux Noel, dear readers!
Every month, Poshmark user @alexislovebee - who has an amazing closet, by the way - hosts a themed fashion challenge for her followers. This month, of course, the theme was holiday-related - and since last night was our customer holiday party at Trends Boutique, I took the opportunity to show off my outfit submission for the Posh Challenge.
I kept my outfit fairly simple and comfy - since yesterday was extremely busy - but still stylish, and of course, sparkly! I wore a on-trend, sequin collar blouse with puffy sleeves by Los Angeles indie designer i.ner, with simple black leggings and boots. I skipped jewelry altogether, save for a pair of stud earrings, because the blouse didn't need anymore embellishment. My outfit scored me tons of compliments, and I'm already planning on recycling it for New Year's Eve.
Last Sunday, I finally put up my Christmas tree. Most of my ornaments have an Asian theme, in keeping with my apartment's decor - I even have glowing paper lanterns as my lights. Every year, I procrastinate till mid-December before putting my tree up ... then I remember how much I love my ornaments!
I've had an enjoyable holiday season so far, but I have to admit, I'll be relieved when the hustle-and-bustle of everything is over and done with! This time of year, I look forward much more to the fresh start of a New Year. This coming year, my resolution is to keep up momentum on my clothing reselling ... and so far, between starting my blog, my success on Poshmark, and my new job at Trends Boutique, I'm off to a great beginning!
I'm having a tiny bit of "Blogger Guilt" because it's been almost a week since my last update... and I'm way overdue for another "Thrifting 101" post. It's been a busy week at my shop - we're prepping for a holiday customer event next week, and I picked up an extra shift this weekend, so honestly, I'm exhausted! But since I'm off work today, of course I did a little thrifting, which inspired me to get to work on my latest blog series installment...
This time, I'm talking fashion - finding luxury designer clothing while thrifting. I've filled my own wardrobe with amazing designer labels found secondhand, and it's been ages since I've set foot in a retail clothing store ... well, except for the occasional impulse buy at H&M. To be honest, I don't need to shop retail, because I'm able to find better quality and more unique clothing by shopping vintage, resale, and consignment. Over time, I've honed my skills to find beautiful treasures amidst endless junk, and today, I'm sharing my secrets...
Lanvin, Emanuel Ungaro, Cacharel and Nanette Lepore - all thrifted!
Speaking of Diane Von Furstenburg, I scored another gorgeous DVF dress at my consignment shop this week, along with something I've been wanting for over a year - an oversized "boyfriend" watch. (I love the mint-green-and-gold combination.) Both of these came in from the same consigner this week, and I snatched them up as soon as they hit the floor.
Still wary of thrifting? My advice: get over yourself ... or try consignment shops instead. While consignment costs slightly more than thrifting, you'll still find awesome bargains on designer clothing, and most consignment shops - well, mine at least - have a cute, boutique-y feel rather than being kind of grubby.
I'll be working tomorrow, but I'm excited to see the new goodies that came in while I was off today. Happy weekend, dear readers, and if you haven't already, try some thrifting! Hopefully, you'll come home with some treasures.
I'm lucky to have Fridays and Saturdays off this month, so I'm able to enjoy a regular "weekend." I promised myself I'd write another blog post, but here it's Saturday night, and I'm just getting to it... I have several ideas for upcoming posts, but tonight, I'm eager to share with you my enormous weekend shopping haul! Some of these pieces, I found at the consignment boutique where I work, while others were found thrifting, but none of them cost me more than $8.00 each!
Tuesday night, we had our employee holiday party at Trends Boutique. We catered in dinner and drinks, and everyone got a $50.00 shopping credit. I quickly snatched up this Tracy Reese belted cardigan (L) and this Diane Von Furstenberg colorblock dress (R). The cardigan was $18.00, and the dress was $30.00 - each about 90% off their retail value.
Friday night, I went out for Thai with a friend who lives near Bucktown, and today, I went shopping for a few "thrift scores" ... and made a huge haul! I paid less than $50.00 total for everything below.
Burnt orange, open-weave, wool sweater by Vince. Beige wool tunic dress from Cut25 by Yigal Azrouel.
Navy silk charmeuse, button-up blouse by A.P.C.
Navy striped wool pencil skirt by Hoss Intropia. Dark denim, wide-leg "Gatsby" jeans by Joe's Jeans.
Purple silk, double-breasted crop top by Nieves Lavi.
Vintage, authentic Fendi crossbody bag. Studded loafers by Dolce Vita. Open-toe, metallic gold flats by Loeffler Randall.
Black leather shoulder bag by Coach. Vintage floral silk scarf by Christian Dior.
Paisley silk scarf by Michael Stars. Pink leather wallet by Kate Spade. Nail polishes by Julep and Deborah Lippman.
Crystal & rope bracelet by Cara NY. Leather belt with logo buckle by Moschino.
I figured, since I've sold so many things lately, and I'm almost finished with my Christmas shopping, I'd replenish my closet a little. And since I'm working tomorrow afternoon, I can stay up a bit later tonight working on some new listings for my online closets. (I'm considering selling a few of the pieces above, but I'm rather tempted to keep them all for myself...)
Finally, I'm really excited that I've been invited to write for the Poshmark Tips blog, and I plan to cross-post on Avant Girl. Any ideas or suggestions are more than welcome! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yesterday was my first full day at Trends Boutique, and I have to say, so far I LOVE it! I spent the bulk of my day learning the consignment process, as well as doing inventory and merchandising. I saw so many cute things coming in while I was doing consignments; it's going to be seriously tough to resist all the new goodies! (I admit, I already set aside an amazing DVF dress for myself ... hey, I got a new job, so I deserve a reward.)
Working with clothes, shoes and accessories all day is literally my dream job. There's just one little "adjustment" that I'm still getting used to. I went from sitting in a cubicle at an office, to standing up and moving around all day. I like having an active job, and I'll likely lose a little weight, for which I'm grateful. But... I've had to give up my high heels...
So, my newest challenge is styling outfits that look cute with flat shoes. (And, for that matter, finding cute flats, since the bulk of my shoe wardrobe is heels.) Yesterday, I wore my riding boots - today, I'm wearing some basic ballet flats. But my latest shoe obsession is lace-up oxfords. I recently scored a pair of vintage Bally of Switzerland snakeskin oxfords at Goodwill, and I'm still figuring out the perfect outfit combination to wear them.
Clockwise from left: My vintage Bally of Switzerland oxfords, $5.00 at Goodwill. Loeffler Randall leopard calf-hair oxfords,
$295.00 at ShopBop. Snakeskin embossed leather oxfords, $100.00 at H&M. Balenciaga purple lace-up oxfords, $450.00 at Yoox. "Blazon of Glory" studded oxfords, $65.00 at ModCloth.
While my oxfords are vintage 1980s, they're far from "grandma style," and perfectly fit the modern oxford trend with their snakeskin embellishment. Today, oxfords sport colors, textures, cut-outs and studs, and look adorable and polished with trousers, leggings or jeans. And... they're comfy! I know mine will be getting a lot more wear now that I'm much more physically active at work.
Any more style ideas for cute flats? I definitely need more in my wardrobe, and I'm happy for any advice to keep my feet looking fashionable and staying in good shape!