secondhand score: i see red (pear and valiant poppy)

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This fall I want to refresh my wardrobe a little to bump up the level of dress – more dresses and polished blouses, skirts, and pants. Polished jeans outfits will always be my signature style, especially for work sessions in closets and shopping sessions, because I need to be able to move with ease. I’d also like to have more go-to outfits to be a little more dressed up.

I always, ALWAYS (except for undergarments) shop secondhand first. I have great results with consignment shopping, and my latest trip to Elite Repeat was particularly fabulous.

Remember Pantone’s colors for Fall 2018? Here’s a little reminder.

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This season’s palette is gorgeous. Red Pear and Valiant Poppy are two colors that really suit my complexion and hair color, and I had what I call a secondhand score shopping session – I found several pieces I’ve been patiently seeking, and I LOVE them!

i see red, and a little quetzal green

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I have wanted red oxfords for a long time. And I found unworn – meaning BRAND NEW – Cole Haan suede red wingtip oxfords. So comfortable, so stylish. I also found Quetzal Green – Pantone’s fancy name for teal – block-heel pumps. I’ll wear these with dresses and skirts, but also cropped raw-hem jeans, which instantly bumps up the level of dress and style of the outfit.

I’ve been looking for a longer (tea length), flowy red dress since I saw a gorgeous one on someone earlier this summer. This Red Pear geometric print one is perfect – it has a built-in tie at the waist, and sometimes I’ll put a structured belt right over that for more polish. A bonus is the other faux wrap-style dress, which combines fall colors and has flirty, but not too fussy, ruffles. I’ll wear this with my cowboy boots for fun and dress it up with booties or pumps.

The two blouses are perfect for wearing with jeans or dress pants. The contemporary bell sleeves on the solid one are just right for me – some bell sleeves render your hands practically useless with all the excess fabric, which is a total deal breaker for me. And I love the cutout embellishments. The dark floral is just what I was looking for to wear with dark-wash jeans – and the block-heel pumps! – and to pair with slim-leg ankle pants or a fitted skirt.

Happy Fall!

fall already?!

Say, WHAT? It’s back-to-school time! How did that happen? My daughter is starting high school this year (ulp – not ready…) and has already dived into volleyball every day – three weeks before school starts. So not ready.

The weather is still scorching, but here’s a little taste of fall to consider when getting your wardrobe set for the season change.

pantone’s colors for fall/winter 2018

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Wearing “colors of the season” can help you feel contemporary and fresh, which leads to feeling confident and great about how you look. As you pull out your fall wardrobe or make choices for new (to you) pieces, look for these colors. Have fun pairing them together as well!

My favorites are Quetzal Green, Saragasso Sea, and Russet Orange. I like playing around with color pairings – all of the colors on the Fall palette work together, and pairing ones that you wouldn’t typically think of can create an edgy, stylish look.

Use prints to try colors you may not have worn before so they aren’t so overwhelming, and pay attention to what works for your complexion and hair color. Orange never used to be a color that worked for me, but since I let my hair go grey, it works, and I LOVE it! Almond Buff is a gorgeous neutral, but would make me look dead if I wore it by my face without a pop of color(s), like Nebulas Blue or Quetzal Green.

Have fun with color, and as I tell my clients, use white to add brightness and black to add contrast to an outfit. Be intentional with the colors you choose – dressing intentionally is the key to feeling fabulous!

 

 

organizing your closet

I have nothing to wear

We’ve all had that feeling before. You open up the closet doors and look at the jumble. The despair comes creeping in. Even though the closet is full, you feel like there is nothing to choose from that will work – much less make you feel great – when you put it on.

A big part of the issue may be organization – you can’t actually SEE what the options are! As I said in my last post on my methods for clothing care, multiple clients have been asking about how best to organize their closets. Knowing what’s in your closet, purging the items that no longer work, and organizing it in a way that works for you is essential to a more functional wardrobe.

organizing 101

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I organize my wardrobe in the hierarchy illustrated above. It’s not rocket science, which is why it works for me. I’m able to find pieces easily in each category, and nothing gets lost in the shuffle.

season

Even if your closet is big enough to hold all seasons of clothing (lucky!), it is still helpful to separate them. Some will be transition items that can either migrate or have their own section.

Organizing by season allows you to interact with your whole wardrobe at least two times a year, which helps you to remember what you have, think about what you are and are not wearing, and make decisions accordingly. This is a great time to purge pieces that you aren’t wearing, for whatever reason.

category

Some folks like to organize by work wardrobe and personal life wardrobe. I feel like pieces can be forgotten this way, and it’s easier for things to become disorganized. Organizing by category after season helps you to see regularly what pieces are there.

level of dress

This part of the flow chart is one that can make all the difference in the world. Many workplaces are becoming more casual, so pieces often cross over between work and personal life. Putting the pieces that can be worn both for work and casual between the two will make sure you see them when choosing outfits. These pieces can be used to dress more casually at work when appropriate and to dress up an outfit for going out or when you want to look more polished in your personal life.

color

I choose not to organize by color because my wardrobe isn’t that large, but some people find it to be really helpful. This way you know what all your choices are for the color you are selecting.

PRO TIPS:
  • Make sure you can see everything
  • Find a system that works for YOU
  • Organize by season, then use your system within that season
  • Engage with your whole wardrobe two times a year

you can do it!

The key to success is sticking with your system. Once you’ve got a system set, it’s easy to maintain, and the relief of not having to face the jumble every day is SO WORTH IT. And your wardrobe will be more functional, making daily dressing easier. And who doesn’t want that?

 

 

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how to: laundry tips redux

There often seem to be themes to client questions – several clients I’ve worked with in the past few weeks have asked for laundry and clothing care advice, and several others have asked about the best ways to organize your wardrobe. I figure if several people are asking me outright, others would like to know as well. Here’s the lowdown of my current laundry and clothing care practices. Watch for how to organize your wardrobe in my next post!

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Stains, wrinkles, and damaged or worn clothing don’t help you feel your best.

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Taking care of your wardrobe helps it to last longer and increases its functionality, essential elements of practicing sustainable consumerism.

I have pretty good success in preserving the quality of my clothing with the products and techniques I use. Note: this is not sponsored content, nor is it an official endorsement of any particular product – just sharing what works for me!

Read on for ways to avoid the iron without looking like you just rolled out of bed and other tips for keeping your wardrobe in top shape. Because face it, stains, wrinkles, and damaged or worn clothing don’t help you feel your best.

laundry products

washing

Wash items in as cold water as possible to reduce wear and shrinkage as well as energy use. I wash whites (underwear, undershirts, and socks) in warm and lights and darks in cold.

I use Whole Foods 365 2x Concentrated Unscented Powdered Laundry Detergent for whites and Seventh Generation Natural Free & Clear Laundry Detergent for lights and darks.

Both work well for me, but sometimes the powder does not dissolve completely in cold water –  especially in winter when the water is really cold – leaving residue marks on dark items. Both are environmentally friendly and scent-free as well as concentrated, so require very little product to be effective.

PRO TIP: Reduce fading and wear by turning clothes inside out, especially blacks, navys, and reds, before washing and drying. It significantly increases the life of the garment.

stain removal

True story: I was having a lunch meeting with a potential client and ordered a cheese plate with baguette drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette – YUM, right?

The server delivered our meal, and turned just a little sharply to set down my plate. Six slices of baguette drizzled generously with vinaigrette literally went flying and tumbled down my front and into my lap. I (politely) had my hands in my lap, so I had a pile of bread sitting on my arms. The moment I moved my arms, the bread continued its journey down my legs. At that point, the only item I was wearing that didn’t have dark vinaigrette all over it was my underwear. My linen scarf, sweater, shirt, and pants all were stained. Remarkably, I maintained my composure and shared laundry tips with my client. (And I got a free meal!)

PRO TIP: I wear many items more than once before washing (less washing = less wear on clothes and less energy used to wash and dry them). Important: check your clothes for spills and stains before putting them away. The sooner you treat a stain, the better luck you will have. If you can’t wash the item right away, treating the stain before you put the garment in the hamper will increase your chances of removing it because the stain won’t be able to set as well.

I was able to remove all of the vinaigrette from my clothes with Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Liquid. Dawn is the best product for removing oil and grease stains (including vinaigrette). I have a bottle of it in my laundry area.

Rub it generously into the stain and throw it into the wash with everything else. It can even remove a stain you missed and has already gone through the wash.

If it is a really tough oil or grease stain: apply Dawn, rub it in, rinse it thoroughly with warm water, and then apply it again. Do several times if needed.

PRO TIP: To remove oil stains from leather, apply baking soda to the spot, let it sit overnight, then brush off. Repeat if needed.

For other stains (food, grass, blood, deodorant/sweat, all things baby) I swear by OxiClean Multi-Purpose Versatile Stain Remover Free powder. I don’t use it in regular loads as a laundry booster, but as a highly effective stain remover. I have a laundry bucket in which I dissolve a scoop of OxiClean in really hot water and soak items for several hours – usually overnight. Rinse the items briefly and wash with the regular load.

It is important to rinse the soaked items a little before washing because sensitive skin can react to the concentrated OxiClean if it is not fully removed from the fabric in the wash.

bras and other delicate items

I wash my bras, other lingerie, and some sweaters and blouses (turned inside out) in mesh washing bags in the regular load. They reduce wear, stretching of straps, and shrinkage.

I use the Handwash setting on my washer for most sweaters and other delicate items that call for that. Again, I turn them inside out to reduce wear.

PRO TIP: Never put your bras in the dryer. It will wear out the fabric much more quickly, making them ill-fitting and useless. It is best to air dry all of your delicates to reduce shrinkage and wear. If they come out of the washer wrinkled, toss them in the dryer on Air/Fluff (no heat) for 5 minutes before hanging them to dry.

put down the iron!

I hate to iron. Really hate it. Just thinking about it makes me irritable. But I do want to look tidy. With these simple tricks I iron about two times a year – for real.

Disclaimer: My personal style is more relaxed – my clothes are wrinkle-free, but my shirts are not crisp. If you want a really crisp shirt, you will have to use starch and an iron, or invest in no-iron dress shirts like this one.

PRO TIP: Dry everything on LOW. Always. Less wrinkles, less shrinkage, less wear.

If you can’t remove the load from the dryer immediately, toss the load again for 10 minutes to remove wrinkles before taking it out.

Fold and hang everything right after you take it out of the dryer – saving several loads to fold at once will re-wrinkle your clothes.

for items that wrinkle easily (or might shrink) – cotton shirts, polyester blouses, 100% cotton knit tees, dress pants, cotton dresses and skirts, cotton or denim jackets, linen

Put the whole load in the dryer and turn it on LOW for five minutes, counting the items you want to remove as you put them in. I have to repeat the number to myself several times so I don’t forget!

Tossing them with the whole load actually removes wrinkles more effectively than just putting a few items in the dryer – more balanced rotation and friction, I guess? 

Pull out the counted items after five minutes and hang them on hangers or a drying rack. The European-style drying rack is my favorite – it holds a lot of clothes and is great for drying items outside as well.

Smooth the collars, button plackets, pockets, cuffs, and hems of relevant items. Allow them to dry fully. Give each item a shake/fluff when taking it off the rack or hanger, and you’re good to go!

Energy-saving Tip: Toss the whole load on low for 5 minutes in the dryer to remove wrinkles and then hang all of it on the drying rack to dry the rest of the way. Your clothing will last longer with less drying as well.

tailoring and repairs

Even if clothes are clean and unwrinkled, holes and tears, missing buttons, frayed hems, and pilled or worn fabric only drag you down and can look unprofessional. So does clothing that is ill-fitting. Addressing these issues right away with repair or tailoring not only increases the life of your clothing – the longer you leave damage, the worse it will become – but also helps you feel polished. Feeling polished leads to confidence, which leads to showing your best self. All good things! Because that’s what it’s all about – feeling great.

Feeling polished leads to confidence, which leads to showing your best self. All good things! Because that’s what it’s all about – feeling great.

What laundry tips are your tried-and-trues? Share in the comments below your favorite techniques and products.

 

summer travel: lyon and provence

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it’s research – really!

My husband travels to Europe periodically for work and research. Sometimes (not always, darn it) I get to go along and “help” by taking photos, being a second set of ears and eyes, etc. Someone has to do it, right?

This time I joined him for a quick visit to Germany to see good friends and then on to Lyon and the Provence region of France for the research. I know, it’s a shame.

When we travel, abroad or in the US, I do my own research. Style trends are different everywhere you go, and I find it endlessly fascinating to people watch and take in what people are wearing, what’s in the shop windows, and what you can find new-to-you. I especially love French fashion – the casual elegance is inspiring.

travel light

We stayed in Lyon for five days and then went on to Provence for four. We were gone two weeks total, and I did do laundry once in our Airbnb apartment (one of the many perks of renting an apartment instead of staying in a hotel). It’s super important to travel light, especially when you are moving from place to place. It just bogs you down to have too much stuff to lug around on trains or even when renting a car.

I do the travel capsule approach when packing for a trip like this, making sure that everything goes together so I can wear things several times in different ways. You’ll see in the outfit pics below that I wore my white jeans with several different tops, and the lightweight neutral cardigan ended up being a mainstay – the weather fluctuated a lot and was cooler than expected.

 

I brought very little jewelry on this trip and nothing of great value except for my wedding rings. This pendant necklace is graphically simple, so it pairs with a lot of things. I wore the oxfords frequently because they are super comfortable for a lot of walking.

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The shop windows in Lyon are stunning. Seeing the beautiful fabrics, designs, and attention to detail gives me so many ideas of ways to put things together and to have fun with my wardrobe (and yours!). A hands-down favorite were the patchwork pants at Atelier Yukako, an independent designer. So beautiful and whimsical!

 

I did purchase a couple of new items in our travels. These pink Haflinger comfort sandals live up to their name – I walked at least 7-8 miles on this day, and I was so glad I had them on! I picked them up in Munich for half the cost you would pay for them in the US, and I love the color and design. I’ll be wearing these for a long time.

The new-to-me Fossil cross-body bag was really great for keeping things organized in all its zippered pockets and comfortable for carrying all day. It’s nice to be hands-free for taking pictures and browsing the markets and shops.

 

Lyon has a good number of resale clothing (dépôt-vente de vêtements) shops. I checked out four on this trip – two had many interesting pieces, one had only about 30 very high-end pieces (not sure how the shop could survive), and the last (Frip’&Cheap) was very much like a thrift shop. My dream is to someday move to France and open a consignment shop – who’s with me?!

 

I struggled a little with temperature regulation (um, being prone to hot flashes and dramatic weather swings do not mix – at all). The weather kept changing in Lyon – it would be in the 60s and rainy/super humid and then 80 degrees. It kept swinging back and forth, so I was glad to have layers. I wore a sleeveless top and then wore the neutral cardigan or a sweater tied around my shoulders. I know I missed the brutal week of heat in Minnesota, so I’m not complaining (much)!

 

If you ever have opportunity, go to Lyon. This was our fourth visit, and I love it. Even more than Paris. It is gorgeous, the food is amazing, and the people are delightful. Just go.

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We rented a car and headed to Provence, ending up in the Bandol region on the Mediterranean. We visited a street market, tasted wine at a vineyard, ate at cafés, and soaked it all up. Glorious!

 

This dress was another retail purchase – I found it at a shop in Lyon and couldn’t resist the sweet beach umbrella print and breezy, summer style. It brings me a lot of joy and is classic in design, so won’t go out of style. I know I’ll wear it at least 30 times!

 

We stayed in an old Provençal villa with a lovely view and a donkey next door who greeted the day exuberantly each morning – at a reasonable hour, so it made me smile.

 

One day we went to Bandol, right on the coast, and took a ferry to the island Bendor. It was a hot day, so I was glad for this very lightweight sundress. Sundresses are great for travel, because they don’t take up a lot of space, and they are effortless polish. If you need to cover your shoulders for warmth or for going into a religious institution, tie a sweater  or throw a lightweight scarf around them.

 

The bay was gorgeous, and the sleepy pace was just what we needed. So beautiful.

 

Before we knew it, it was time to head home. The lightweight cardigan was perfect for the plane (both ways) – I paired it with athleisure pants, a tank, and sneakers. Super comfortable and the cardigan added a little polish.

My friend in Munich gave me this hilarious tote bag – the translation is “I have to go into the city to buy something for my headache – shoes…or something.” It turned out to be a lifesaver, because of the shoes (and other things) I bought! My suitcase was filled to the brim – I turned it into my “personal item” for carrying on the plane along with my huge tote bag. Again, travel light so you have room to bring things home!

 

 

 

a functional wardrobe: fewer items, more outfits

If you follow my Out the Door series on my Facebook page, you’ll know that I wear many of my clothes frequently, especially basics like jeans, tees, and jackets. This is intentional. When shopping (at least 90% of the time new-to-me), I choose pieces that are classic in design and well constructed, so they go with many things and are long-lasting in terms of both style and wear.

more with less

As a wardrobe consultant whose niche is to practice sustainable consumerism, I follow three steps with my own wardrobe and model them when working with clients:

  1. Make your existing wardrobe as functional as it can be
  2. Shop new-to-you whenever possible
  3. Shop ethically when shopping new

It’s a personal choice whether your wardrobe is large or small, although studies show that most people wear only 20% of the clothing in their closets. Often the other 80% languishes because the clothes either don’t work anymore (don’t fit well, outdated, damaged/worn out) or you don’t know how to wear them. Making your wardrobe more functional by purging the ones that don’t work and creating multiple outfits with what does allows you to have more choices with less clothing.

define your personal style

I have a classic personal style with preppy and French-influenced overtones. Think gingham, plaids, loafers, and tailored fitted cuts. My signature style is a polished jeans outfit – you’ll find me in that most days of the year. It works really well for my personal style, my body type, and my life/work style. In the hot summer months I switch to dresses, shorts, cropped pants and jeans, and some skirts.

Having a defined personal style helps you to be intentional both in shopping and in putting together outfits, which ultimately makes daily dressing easier. When you are clear about the clothes that suit you – both physically and in reflecting your authentic self – you inherently become more selective. This eliminates those impulse purchases that end up as unworn regrets hanging in your closet. The clothes that you are holding onto for whatever reason but aren’t wearing can be purged without guilt. Knowing your personal style frees you.

feeling current

I choose trends carefully. It’s important to feel contemporary – wearing something that’s on trend can help you feel current and confident – but choose only trends that resonate with you and your personal style. Wearing something you don’t really like won’t bring you joy, even if it is trendy!

Trends that are more enduring, like colors of the season (they really are all just variations on a theme), classic prints like polka dots and plaids, and timeless pieces like trench coats and silk scarves, are worth the investment. They won’t be “out” next year and end up a regret in the long run. Not only will they last, they also help you feel like you are being intentional (that word again – can you tell how important I think it is?) with how you dress. And that makes all the difference.

capsule wardrobe

Many people are embracing the idea of a minimalist wardrobe, like Courtney Carver’s Project 333 (wear only 33 pieces of clothing for 3 months), to have a smaller wardrobe and less stress. The idea is to put together a wardrobe where everything goes together, so that you can mix and match to create multiple outfits with fewer clothes. One caveat is that wearing the same items so frequently will cause them to wear out faster and you may tire of them more quickly.

I have more than 33 pieces per season, but there is value in thinking about the capsule approach. Determining that you can make at least 3 outfits with an item before you purchase it, with the added commitment that you will wear it at least 30 times before discarding it will lessen those impulse buys and the guilt that often comes with them. It also is easier on the environment, reduces the demand for poor-quality fast fashion that relies on unethical labor practices, and is more economically sound for you in the long run.

function fosters confidence

Having a wardrobe that meets the needs of your life and that represents who you are helps you to feel good about yourself. And feeling good about yourself conveys confidence, which not only impacts how others see you, but also impacts how you move through the world. It’s a cycle – what you are wearing impacts how you feel, and how you feel impacts how you live.

A functional wardrobe allows you to dress intentionally,  which makes that cycle positive rather than negative. You don’t need a lot of clothes to achieve that – only clothes that serve you well.

 

 

[VIDEO] a spring in your step for mother’s day

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enjoy the spring weather!

 

i ♥ resale: twin cities new-to-you shopping guide – updated

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Source: NARTS: The Association of Resale Professionals

happy earth day!

Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day 2018. A couple of years ago, I marked the day with a resource guide for resale shops – mostly consignment – in the Twin Cities. We are fortunate to have so many choices of resale shops with high quality clothing being kept in the use stream!

“But the true gold mine is the constant savings resale shoppers realize every day, both in their personal budgets and in the reduction of waste by the recycling of gently-used good possessions.
~ NARTS: The Association of Resale Professionals

I’ve updated the guide this year to include more shops and provide current information about all of them. I’m so happy to add two consignment shops that carry plus-size clothing exclusively – Cake Plus-Size Resale in Minneapolis and Stacked Curvy Girl Consignment Boutique in Shakopee! Plus-size clothing has been under-represented in the consignment world, so it’s good to see that changing.

Elite Repeat is holding their annual fundraiser for Friends of the Parks and Trails this Sunday, where a portion of Earth Day sales goes towards planting trees in the community. Other shops are having sales to mark the day as well.

Enjoy!
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shopping new-to-you in the twin cities

women and men

Cake Plus-Size Resale (Minneapolis and online)  website

Clothing for all genders, sizes XL – 4XL+ | $ – $$ | Mall and online brands | Resale Process: cash outright | Independent shop

Cherie Consignment Boutique (Excelsior)  facebook page

Women’s sizes 0-14 | $$ – $$$ | High-level brands – Designer | Resale process: consignment | Independent shop

Clothes Mentor (multiple locations)   website

Women’s sizes 0-26 | $ – $$ | Mall brands – designer | Resale process: cash outright | Minnesota-based national franchise

Elite Repeat (St. Paul)   website

Women’s sizes 0-16 | $$ | High-level and designer brands | Resale process: consignment | Independent shop

Encore (St. Paul)   website

Women’s sizes 0-26 | $$ | High-level and designer brands | Resale process: consignment | Independent shop

Encore Designer Consignment Boutique (Eden Prairie)   website

Women’s sizes 0-3X | $$ – $$$ | High-level and designer brands | Resale process: consignment | Independent shop

Nu Look (Minneapolis)   website

Women’s sizes 0-16, Men’s, Children’s | $$ – $$$ | High-level and designer brands | Resale process: consignment | Independent shop

Second Début (St. Louis Park)   website

Women’s – all sizes, Men’s | $$ – $$$ | High-level and designer brands | Resale process: donated goods from Goodwill | Non-profit organization

Stacked Curvy Girl Consignment Boutique (new location in Shakopee opening April 28, 2018)  website

Women’s sizes 14 – 4X+ | $ -$$ | Mall and online brands | Resale process: consignment | Independent shop

Style Encore (multiple locations)   website

Women’s sizes 0-4X | $ – $$$ | Mall brands – designer | Resale process: cash outright | Minnesota-based national franchise

Turn Style (multiple locations)   website

Women’s – all sizes, Men’s, Children’s | $ – $$$ | Mall brands – designer | Resale process: consignment | National franchise

high-end/designer/couture

Fashion Avenue & Fashion Avenue 2 (Edina, Wayzata)   website

Women’s sizes 0-16, Men’s | $$ – $$$$ | High-level brands – Couture | Resale process: consignment | Independent shop

June (Minneapolis)   website

Women’s sizes XS – L | $$$ – $$$$ | Designer and couture | Resale process: cash outright | Independent shop

Mona Williams (Mall of America)   website

Women’s sizes 0-14 | $$$ – $$$$ | Designer vintage and couture | Resale process: consignment | Independent shop

Rodeo Drive (Minneapolis)   website

Women’s sizes 0-18 | $$ – $$$$ | High-level brands – couture | Resale process: consignment | Independent shop

eclectic/vintage

b.  (Minneapolis)   website

Women’s sizes 0-16, Men’s | $ – $$ | Streetwear and vintage | Resale process: cash outright or store credit | Independent shop

Buffalo Exchange (multiple locations)   website

Women’s sizes 0-16, Men’s | $ – $$ | Mall brands and vintage | Resale process: cash outright or store trade| National franchise

Everyday People (St. Paul)   website

Women’s 0-16, Men’s | $ – $$ | Funky and vintage | Resale process: cash outright | Independent shop

My Sister’s Closet (Minneapolis)   website

Women’s sizes 0-16 | $$ – $$$ | High-level brands, designer, vintage | Resale process: consignment | Independent shop

Rewind (Minneapolis)  website

Women’s sizes 0-16, Men’s | $ – $$ | Funky and vintage | Resale process: no walk-ins, appointments for large quantities or estates | Independent shop

teen/young adult

Gina+Will (Minneapolis)   website

Girl’s sizes 0-3X, Guy’s | $ | Mall brands | Resale process: donated goods from Goodwill | Non-profit organization

NTY Clothing Exchange (multiple locations)   website

Girl’s sizes 1-19, Guy’s | $ | Mall brands | Resale process: cash outright or store credit | Minnesota-based national franchise

Plato’s Closet (multiple locations)   website

Girl’s sizes 0-20, Guy’s | $ | Mall brands | Resale process: cash outright or store trade | Minnesota-based national franchise

children

(Children’s sizes only)
Children’s Orchard (multiple locations)   website

Baby – Kid’s size 16 | $ | Resale process: cash outright or store credit | Minnesota-based national franchise

Once Upon a Child (multiple locations)   website

Baby – Kid’s size 16 | $ | Resale process: cash outright | Minnesota-based national franchise

(Children’s sections)
Nu Look (Minneapolis)   website

Baby – Kid’s size 16 | $ – $$ | Resale process: consignment | Independent shop

Turn Style (multiple locations)   website

Kid’s sizes 2T – 16 | $ | Resale process: consignment | National franchise

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i ♥ resale: 5 items for spring

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Shopping resale is a great way to add a few key on-trend pieces to your wardrobe to keep things fresh without breaking the bank (and it’s easier on the environment). I always say only embrace a trend if it resonates with you – these trends are all classic and enduring, which I love.

You never know what you will find at a resale shop – and remember, consignment is much more reliable than thrifting. Both are great, but are very different experiences. Consignment shops have already applied the quality control and current style filters for you.

When I shop resale (90% of my wardrobe), I shop with an item or style in mind, and I’m open regarding brand and variation. I may find the exact item I want, or come across something that is only within the category, but is perfect for me. I reliably find what I want. Sometimes, if I’m looking for something very specific, it may take more than one shopping time – to me it’s worth the wait, unless I need something for a particular event.

Here’s what I’ll be looking for this Spring.

Find all of these images and more inspiration for Spring on my Spring 2018 Pinterest board

1. military green utility jacket

Utility jackets have been in for a couple of years and show no signs of going out, because they are so functional and so fun. I recommend them constantly to clients, but have never gotten one for me – that will change this season! You can almost always find them in the consignment shops.

2. oversized plaid blazer or top

This trend started last Spring, and I love it. I love classic prints, and plaid is the ultimate. This one may take a little looking and patience to find the perfect one for me – I don’t mind though – more reason to scope the consignment shops! 🙂

3. sheer embroidered floral dress or duster

I LOVE the feminine combination of sheer fabric and a small print floral, especially embroidered. This is a style where I will use the chic runway look as inspiration, but am open to variation. It could be a dress, skirt, or duster, and I’ll know the right one for me when I see it.

4. bold print blouse

Bold geometric and graphic floral prints as well as mixed-print blouses are a beautiful way to add a little edge and interest to business wear or to dress up a jeans outfit. This category of blouse is reliably in stock at consignment shops. Choose a print that speaks to you.

5. oxfords/brogues

Lucky me – during the preparation of this blog post, I found the bottom-left oxford (unworn!) in black and white at Fashion Avenue in Edina. Love them, love them, love them! Now the rest of the snow just needs to melt…

and one for summer – comfort sandals

I typically wear more refined shoes – clunky footwear can throw off the balance of lines of an outfit. The comfort sandal is very on trend now though with stylish Birkenstocks and big, cushy-soled variations. And, they’re comfy! I’ll be looking for something comfortable for a lot of walking to wear with casual outfits this summer, and I like the idea of a bright color or something with a little edge to it. We’ll see what I find!

Think Spring!

 

 

spring break travel capsule

My best friend from high school, Meredith, and I both marked our 50th birthdays this past year. To celebrate, we’re going to HAWAII!!! It’s been a bucket list destination of mine, and we leave on Sunday for a week of stunning natural beauty, sunshine, beaches, and VOLCANOES. Can. Not. Wait.

Meredith and I in high school. Let’s just say some of my 80s fashion choices and my fascination with perms were unfortunate and leave it at that.

So, what to bring?

warm weather travel capsule for a carry-on

I like to travel light and not check bags. A travel capsule is the perfect solution.

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1. two swimsuits

At a beach destination, you definitely want two swimsuits. I prefer bikinis, and a lightweight cover-up shirt or a skirt with a tank makes transitions from beach to other activities easy. Flip-flops are a must!

2. sunscreen

Every single thing I’ve read about Hawaii emphasizes how important sunscreen is because the UV rays are so intense there. “A sunburn will wreck your trip.” I bought a 3-ounce bottle of waterproof sunscreen so I could put it in my carry-on and be ready to hit the beach right away. I’ll buy more sunscreen there.

Tip: look for sunscreen with no oxybenzone – an ingredient that stains fabrics and is harmful to coral reefs!

 3. water shoes

I plan to see a sea turtle up close and personal (again, bucket list), and water shoes allow you to scrabble around easily in the ocean when snorkeling.

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4./5. shorts and shirts

This is where I’m most using the capsule approach – I made sure that I can mix and match my shorts and shirts to make multiple outfits with them. One shirt is long-sleeved in case it is a cooler day or evening.

6. comfortable sandals

We’ll be doing a lot of exploring, so I’m bringing sandals that I know will be comfortable for walking.

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7. sturdy shoes for hiking and longer walking

When we hike the volcanoes and craters in Volcanoes National Park, we’ll need more structured shoes. These are super comfy and lightweight, so they’ll be good for other uses as well.

Tip: Wear your bulkiest shoes on travel days to make more space in your carry-on.

8. small backpack, weather gear, and camera

When a vacation includes outdoor adventures, I always bring my small backpack – it’s old, but works great for taking a water bottle, sunscreen, hat, camera, and other necessities to the beach or hiking. It rains almost every day in Hawaii (just a little most of the time!), so I’ve got an umbrella and lightweight rain jacket.

Tip: if your raincoat doesn’t have a built-in pocket pouch, zip it, fold longways, and roll it into the hood. (Learned this from my awesome outdoor gear expert nephew!)

9. athletic wear for hiking and active adventures

It’s hot in Hawaii (can’t wait to ditch the parka!), so cool clothing will be great for hiking.

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10. sundress and maxi-dress

We’ll enjoy the local restaurants, and maybe even go to a luau, so it’s nice to have a sundress or two.

11. lightweight sweater and shawl scarf

If the evenings get cool, I’ll wrap a lightweight sweater or scarf around my shoulders. This sweater can also be worn with shorts or thrown on over anything, if needed.

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12. utilize all the nooks and crannies of your carry-on

I pack as tightly as possible in my carry-on – filling in every little gap with socks, underwear, etc. And I use every pocket on the suitcase. The side zip-pocket has a pair of sandals in it! I’ll also bring a tote bag to carry my camera, books, purse, and travel sundries.

Visit my Facebook page next week for pics of Meredith and me on our grand adventure!

 Aloha!