I adore this blazer! It got mixed reviews on Instagram when I posted it last year for comments, but the fit was great and I loved the Sherlock Holme’s esque feel. Since I tend to keep my outfits streamlined, a patterned blazer is a great way to add some personality and omph to an outfit- especially a reworked one! The last time I wore the blazer was here and here. Different looks each time, but one stand out item – this 2nd hand blazer.
Now that you’ve had a week of re-worked outfits and patterned inspirations, how will you work those into your wardrobe? Snap a pic and share!
sweater – Banana Republic / tank – H&M / jeans – Citizens of Humanity from Baggio Consignment / boots – Coclico from Baggio Consignment / scarf – from Baggio Consignment
I’m back with another re-worked outfit. It’s great to have a few staple outfits in your mind because you can always fall back on them in a dressing pinch. I last wore a variation of this here and it works just as well in the dead of winter as it did for fall. The best part? I am already dreaming up ways to make this work for spring/summer.
What patterns or pieces do you have that can be worn across seasons?
striped top – Splendid / jacket – J. Crew from The Hall Tree / jeans – Banana Republic / boots – Coclico from Baggio Consignment / scarf – thrifted / watch – Citizen, my husband’s / silver ring – the Nest / alligator cuff and ring – Barry Kieselstein-Cord from Baggio Consignment
Happy Monday! Is it snowing where you are? After a weekend of 60 degree weather? That’s how the weather rolls here in Richmond. I am so ready for spring/summer! I have some fun posts this week all about re-mixing outfits. I didn’t even realize this week would be a week of re-mixes until I was going through my photos. This is a style blog, but it’s also about how to style yourself for your every day life. I have a tendency to re-wear a lot of outfits, and let’s be honest, sometimes you just need to re-wear something you already know works. The best solution? Change it up through one simple change (see the last time I wore this here). With this outfit, I also wanted to add a bit of texture and pattern and paired it with this cardigan from Banana Republic. The cardigan has a silk panel in a black/white pattern with contrasting black sleeves. Paired with the colored and slightly patterned skirt and blue scarf, I was loving the result!
What will you miss most when the weather turns?
cardigan – Banana Republic from Plato’s Closet / skirt – GAP / boots – BCBG Generation / belt – thrifted / scarf – Europe, gifted from a friend / bracelet- NYC, gifted from a friend / watch – thrifted / earrings – estate sale
It is FINALLY Friday. This week seemed to have added days on me (a sentiment shared by @DKNYPRGIRL). I am working with a local consignment store to manage their eBay and we sold our first items (3!!) over the weekend. Of course the first time you do things, nothing ever goes smoothly and I spent about an hour on the phone with eBay/PayPal sorting out various issues. Needless to say, by now, the two pairs of Tory Burch shoes and a lovely pair of Jimmy Choos are on their way to their new owners. My head is all over the place. Still struggling with this organization thing, which is really weird for me. I am a super type A (also a CD on the DISC which we just did yesterday at work) so not being organized and on top of things is making me more stressed which of course leads to more disorganization. Let’s just cut to the outfit shall we? I wore this last Sunday to a birthday brunch at Stella’s (a must stop on any RVA tour) and it has a lot of my favorite elements: dark jeans, cute flats, a crisp white button down and simple accessories. Here’s to a weekend that will hopefully bring some organization to my life!
top – J. Crew / jeans – J. Brand from Finicky Fox / shoes – Salvatore Ferragamo, thrifted / necklace – Ralph Lauren from The Nest / scarf – NYC street vendor / bag – J. Crew from Plato’s Closet Short Pump
PS: I rarely discuss my day job here on the blog, but for the past 3.5 years, I have been working for nonprofit that provides transitional housing to individuals who need support services upon release from jail or prison. I am the development director which means I an primarily responsible for the grant writing, fundraising events and community outreach. I try to partner with local Richmond businesses as much as possible and this week we are having a fundraising event at Rumors Boutique! As readers of this blog, I know you love shopping, fashion and second hand, and Rumors is a great place to find really cool pieces. They were the first 2nd hand store I found when I came to Richmond. When you come out and shop Tuesday night, 20% of their total proceeds will be donated to my nonprofit. So come out, see me, shop, and feel good, knowing you are helping others!
Date: Tuesday, March 4, 2013
Time: 4 PM – 7 PM
Where: Rumors! or 723 W. Broad Street (on the VCU campus, same street as Cold Stone)
See you there
My posts are a little off this week – it’s HARD juggling life, work, blog, family, husband, friends, social life, etc., etc., etc. I am sure you all can agree! But at least I have my second hand goods to get me through life. I found this sweater at Ashby a few weeks ago and while my husband hates it (he says it looks like I have shoulder pads), I LOVE it. I have sweaters on my to-buy list as most of my current ones are old and worn out (have you taken the challenge yet?) so this was a perfect fit. I also found this great felt bag at Clothes Mentor. I have a grey and brown one that I use as my work tote and, seriously, love. The biggest surprise? It’s a Barnes and Noble product! I don’t know if they actively make these, but I found mine last year after the holidays and couldn’t resist this one as a replacement or just another tote for farmers markets, blog items, etc.
How do you balance life and all that it entails? Any tips, tricks or organizing things are welcome.
sweater – Sisley from Ashby Consignment / jeans – J. Brand from Finicky Fox / boots – coclico from Baggio Consignment / bag – Barnes and Noble from Clothes Mentor Short Pump / earrings – old
Nothing is more amazing than finding a good vintage treasure that 1) fits and 2) is on sale. Both of these apply to this jacket I found at Halcyon Vintage last weekend while out with husband. We were running a ton of errands and just happened to be driving down Robinson Street when I spotted their sign outside. I always forget about Halcyon when I am shopping, not because I don’t love a good vintage store, but because it’s off my beaten path. Well let me tell you, I’m about to reroute my paths. Not only did I find this hand made silk jacket (swoon) but I also checked an item off my list: replace my old beat up wallet with a new one – this one is a super soft olive green leather wallet. I also convinced another shopper to buy a cape while she was there and in turn she assured me I must buy this jacket. So I caved. Did I really need it? No. But it was only $20 and it’s actually a perfect transition piece as it’s thin, yet warm. Get ready spring, you’re about to see a whole lot of this jacket.
Have you ever fallen hard for a great vintage piece? If so, what?
dress – Banana Republic / sweater – J. Crew from The Find / boots – BCBG Generation / tights – Target / jacket – vintage / coat – J. Crew / cuff – Unearthed / scarf – H&M / earrings – Claire’s
Another outfit from last week after we survived our snow storm. This one is full of more layers, only this time it’s a cashmere button down and a sporty vest. One of my favorite things about shopping 2nd hand is the ability to purchase quality pieces for an amazing price. This cashmere piece is a Richard Grand for Bergdorf Goodman from Baggio Consignment and I will readily admit that it’s the first cashmere piece I’ve owned. It feels so luxurious that I even wear it around the house in my pjs. Cashmere for lounging? It’s the ultimate luxury, afforded by shopping 2nd hand 1st!
Any cashmere in your life?
button down – Richard Grand / vest – thrifted / jeans – H&M / boots – Atrex / earrings – Stella and Dot / tank – J. Crew