Category Archives: Fashion

April 24, 2017

A Blue and White Scenario in San Diego

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Pattern mixing can be so so so good when done right. Even the most unlikely of patterns can go together with a little finesse and a lot of confidence. This is a more subtle approach to the style. I love polka dots and stripes together. The skirt has a very petite polka dot pattern and allows a louder patterned top to take center stage. Any color striped top would have worked well. Not that I need any more striped tops, but a kelly green or yellow striped top would have given this outfit a little color punch. A bright bandana around my neck would have added a pop of color too.

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We shot these in San Diego’s Balboa Park. That is one seriously gorgeous park, with SO MUCH to do. I have a ton of content to share with you about my California adventures, so stay tuned!

Outfit details

Skirt: Thrifted. Similar here, here, and here. I’m obsessed with pleated midi skirts. Wardrobe superheros IMHO.

Shirt: Madewell

Sandals: J.Crew from a million years ago. Madewell has a similar shape.

Bag: Vintage. This is a similar option, as is this.

April 22, 2017

Celebrating Earth Day with Thrive Exchange

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Happy Earth Day! My love for the environment is well-documented, starting as early as second grade. I’m not sure what the assignment was, but I wrote a “story” (all of four sentences) about how you will have more friends if you are kind to the Earth.

It will come as no surprise that I am a huge supporter of eco-fashion. Eco-conscious brands are becoming much easier to find as demand grows. One of the easiest ways to shop eco friendly is to thrift shop!

Did you know that Americans throw out an average of 68 pounds of clothings per person per year? 

By shopping second-hand, you’re keeping a TON of product out of landfills. You’re also spreading out the carbon footprint of a product. When a product is manufactured, there are emissions from its creation and delivery. When the item is purchased for a second time, the initial environmental cost is eliminated.

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I recently worked with Thrive Exchange to put together a spring outfit using their current inventory. Located in Somerville’s Davis Square, Thrive Exchange is in the middle of a vibrant area of the city. Their space is huge, and I spent quite a while going through each rack. I snagged this outfit for $20. Yes, that’s $20 for these like-new J.Crew shorts, a cute Loft tank in a springy color, and a mini backpack. The clothes are in great condition, and so great for the warmer temps of mid-spring!

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The U.S. EPA estimates that textile waste occupies nearly 5% of all landfill space.

You can grab awesome clothes at a fraction of the price at Thrive Exchange, as well as getting rid of your unwanted items. You can donate, consign, or trade your items – whichever method works best for you! They’re always looking for new items, so bring in your unwanted clothes, home goods, shoes, and accessories.

Textile reuse and recycling has the second highest potential environmental impact on reducing greenhouse gases compared to other recyclables. Recycling 2.3 million tons of clothing per year is the equivalent of removing 1.3 million cars from U.S. roads.*

A number of thrift stores partner with charities, so your purchase is actually a double-whammy of good karma. Thrive Exchange partners with National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and donates a portion of their sales directly to this organization.

Shopping second hand is a great way to find a cool look at while saving money and keeping items out of the waste stream. I mean, if that’s not a win-win-win, then I don’t know what is!

* Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures 2013. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Thanks to Jeff at Thrive Exchange for inviting me to come check out the awesome space and pick out an outfit! And thank you to my readers for supporting brands that support Champagne Thursday.

March 14, 2017

Black and Tan

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I met up with Madeline during a balmy afternoon to shoot this outfit. We met electronically via a Facebook group, and made plans to collaborate. I love her work, and was excited to meet her IRL. I immediately loved her. We chatted about all sorts of things – the beauty of Beacon Hill, pets, hair stylists, our love for California. She is a fabulous person and a total lady-crusader, and my unbiased opinion is that you should follow her on Instagram if you don’t already.

This outfit is made of pretty classic pieces: a (faux) leather skirt with leopard print and a camel leather bag. These are pieces that will be in my closet until they literally fall apart. Can we take a second to admire this bag? I found it at a thrift store for a whopping $10, and while there’s no brand markings, it looks like a vintage Coach bag. It holds an insane amount of stuff, and I’ve been using it non-stop because it’s that perfect color that goes with basically everything.

Outfit details

Sweater: J. Crew. This is the Tippi sweater, which is one of their classic styles that has endless rotating colors so if leopard isn’t your vibe, they have TONS of other options.

Skirt: J.Crew but I scored it at one of my fav consignment stores in Portsmouth, NH called Wear House.

Bag: Vintage, but some similar vintage options are here, here, here, and here.

Shoes: Steve Madden. I’ve had these forever and couldn’t find a link to the exact ones, but they’re not crazy unique and there are a lot of similar styles available. Try here, here, or here.

March 9, 2017

Statement Sleeves in San Diego

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Have you ever admired a style or trend on someone, but been too afraid to try it? Same. I loved statement sleeves on everyone I saw, but nonetheless shied away from them. Thank goodness for my friends at The Closet Electric. They knew the power of the sleeve.

The sleeves are so fun, and I couldn’t help but dance around when I had it on. Because the top is a little voluminous, I paired it with skinny jeans to balance out the look. Same dance moves, new sleeves.

I’m also wearing my current favorite heels. Long story short, I fell in love with them via an unrelated brand’s look book. Because said unrelated brand didn’t sell these shoes, I went on an internet hunt and finally found these – which were inconveniently six hundred dollars more than I wanted to pay for them. Amen for price alerts, because a few months after finding them, a handful of sizes in this light grey color went on sale. 60% off to be exact. They were still more than I wanted to pay, but considering I had gone months without ending anything that held a candle to these, I bit the bullet and am SO happy that I did. They’re basically perfect, imho.

Don’t be surprised if you see me wearing this top all of time IRL too, because I’m addicted to how fun it is and it may or may not have started a spiral of ruffles on everything. (I ain’t sorry.)

(Side note: How amazing is this mural?! It’s on the side of a Five Guys in San Diego. Boston, can we step up our street art game? Coolthankssss.)

Outfit details:

Top: The Closet Electric

Jeans: Abercrombie

Heels: Aquazzura. Lower heel version on sale here.  (These are the most similar style shoe at a more reasonable price. Madewell also had a nice pair, but it’s no longer on their site. Check in stores though!)

Sunglasses: Quay Australia

Thank you to The Closet Electric for their generous gift, and thank you for supporting brands that support Champagne Thursday!