Go Vintage

During some recent travel I was reminded of a fashion faux pas that I (unfortunately) see time and time again. Ever been on a vacation that you simply just did want to forget? Traveled to a far away place that seemed like heaven and you did want to leave? Instead of selling all your possessions and moving to that lavish island or fabulous city you settled for purchasing that t-shirt. Yes, the one that has the name of the location that you were just in plastered across the front of it. It is usually prefixed with an “I LOVE ____” so that everyone who passes by can see that yes, you are in love with Washington DC, or Aruba or wherever. We all know that after we return home from our adventures, unpack our suitcases and get ready to do a couple of loads of laundry we are faced with that t-shirt purchase. As we stare at it and wonder “what in the world was I thinking?” we all know that the t-shirt will never don our bodies again. Yes, we even wash it and have good intentions of wearing it but really, c’mon, are you going to sport that “ALOHA” tee in public? We all know that we wont, we just wont. So it was basically a waste of our hard-earned money.

Here’s another approach to remembering that trip or vacation. I recently was in Chicago and did a little due-diligence (and by that I mean spending 3 minutes googling on my blackberry) to find a vintage clothing store in the area where I was staying. To my pleasant surprise there was an amazing little boutique about 3 blocks over from my hotel. On the last day of my trip I ventured over to the store and spent about an hour flipping through the racks and trying on some pretty amazing pieces. Although I REALLY wanted to score that dreamy cream Chanel dress,  the $1200 price tag was a tad much for me…so I searched a little more and found this really cute army-green stretchy belt with a gorgeous, shiny gold buckle that I had to have! Price: $28. Now that’s a piece that I have worn several times and every time I put it on I think of that awesome trip to Chicago. So when traveling, lose the cheezy t-shirt and search out that great vintage store that just may have the perfect article that keeps you remembering your travel experience for years to come.

Oh, and if you’re ever in Chicago remember to check out Sofia’s Vintage!

http://www.sofiavintage.com/

Christmas in September

If you’re like me, your closet isn’t exactly big enough to hold all of your summer and winter clothes. So every April and every September we go through the tedious task of switching over our seasonal wardrobes.  (Unless you have the privilege of living in San Diego where it’s 75 degrees year-round! Yes, we hate you all and are insanely jealous of the perfect hair weather you get to enjoy day in and day out!)  Sorry, I digressed. Ok back to the changing of the guards.  This can be a daunting job for sure but doing this early in the season can actually save you some money down the road. I make it a practice to go through my fall/winter clothes right after Labor Day…even if it’s still warm and sunny outside. It gives me a chance to check out what I still have from last fall and a few falls ago.  I often shriek with delight when I see an item that I forgot about or a fabulous steal that I purchased at the end of the season that I stored away and havent worn yet. I hold it up in the mirror and try it on…it is exactly what I wanted! Yes, it is just like Christmas! Only you bought this present for yourself! As I sit and relish in my new, warmer, fuzzier clothes this week I am actually saving money and time. Many of us go right out and start shopping in August for the newest fall must-haves and spend a fortune on items that we may already own or have something extremely similar to. By going through your wardrobe BEFORE you go shopping you can assess your arsenal and then purchase the pieces that you really feel you need.  Like those gray suede booties you are salivating over…

Here’s a gorgeous pair from Banana Republic that just might be worth the splurg…after all, it’s Christmas. 🙂

http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=779374&kwid=1&sem=false&sdReferer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bananarepublic.com%2Fproducts%2Fshoes.jsp

Timing is EVERYTHING!

I was reminded today that yes, in the world of fashion and retail, timing is so important. I never (ok, rarely) go shopping unless I know that a particular store is having a savings event. I make an effort to sign up for email alerts from my favorite clothing stores so that I know exactly when they are doing a 30% off or a buy one-get one sale. The end of July and August are particularly excellent times to find the steals from the recent summer season. Many retailers are promoting up to 40% sale items…that’s huge savings for us! It’s such a great time to find those end of summer deals, wear them once or twice more and then have them fresh and ready to go for next summer. This is where is pays to look for a staple piece that can be worn again and again rather than a trendy style that you will look at next summer and ask yourself, “why in the world did I buy this?”

One of my favorite stores, LOFT, is running a 40% off all sale items today…who knows how long it will last… http://www.anntaylorloft.com/catalog/department.jsp?N=1200042&categoryId=3364&loc=TN

Just to give you all a little incentive (like you needed one) I ran over to the LOFT this morning and purchased a silk dress for under $10…yes, that’s $10 as in 10 $1 bills. When I find a steal like that my heart literally starts pounding as I realize that I have just scored – bigtime. So go ahead and seek out that steal today…its waiting for you! 🙂

ModGrl

ok, hello everyone…well, I’m new at this “blog thing” so here goes. So its my vision for this blog site to be an area where we can come together and discuss the latest fashion, where to get it for less and what trends work for different body types. Sometimes its hard for us (and I mean “us women”) to translate whats hot in the fashion world to what works for us and our individual body structures. Ok, confession #1, I love skinny jeans. Jeggings. Leggings. Love them all. Problem #1, I’m 5’4″ and lets just say that the skinny jean doesn’t exactly accentuate my best features. They actually make me look shorter than I am and slightly dumpy, in my opinion. Now, by the world’s standards, I’m not really overweight at all but I could look 1o pounds heavier just by choosing a pant like this that is unflattering to my body. I don’t know a woman, anywhere, that would want to do that to themselves. But ask me, go ahead ask me…Faith, do you own skinny jeans? As I lower my head to hide my shame I would have to shake my head and answer in the affirmative. I have them and I wear them, I wear them proudly. Here’s the deal, if you LOVE a trend and absolutely HAVE to have it figure out how it can work for you. My skinny jeans work for me because I pair them with fabulous heels (elongating my short legs) and a great top that I can wear a belt with. The belt gives me a true waistline and thus eliminates the dumpiness that low waisted jeans/pants can give us petite girls. It’s all about choosing the trend that you love and them figuring out how it looks best on your bod. After all, not all women are 5’10” and 115 pounds. And you don’t have to be…trust me. So hopefully we can get some nice discussions going about our favorite fall essentials, where you got them (hopefully for a steal!) and how you make them work for your personal style.

Passion for fashion!