What I Wore: The Pier

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We had an unseasonably warm day in the city yesterday – at one point, my phone said 70 degrees, but that can’t be right!

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It seems only fitting to update with this new crop of photos that Tyler took back in September. That day was gorgeously sunny, but there was enough of a wind for me to break out this mint green cashmere J. Crew sweater (eBay, around $60).

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This was my first NYC shoot, and the setting is basically perfect, if you ask me. There’s something majestic about these shiny buildings hanging out in the background.

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I’m also wearing Kate Spade Gayla Sunglasses (a birthday gift), a Stella & Dot bangle ($20 on Ebay), my Kate Spade One in a Million initial pendant (a Christmas gift) and Kate Spade Gramercy Crystal Watch ($125 on Poshmark). I must say, that watch has the perfect name…

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The pants are Paige Denim ($20, thrifted) and the flats are the Cole Haan Manhattan style – again, so fitting! Those were around $25 on eBay.

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This Stella & Dot bangle is perfect for fall!

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I’m wearing the NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Lodhi on my lips. It’s one of my favorites – the coral pops against any skin tone!

City living is treating me well so far. I love it here – what’s not to like about having the world at your fingertips? That’s how I often feel, especially when taking photos like these.

Thank you as always to Tyler Constance!

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Lord & Taylor x Glamour

right sizeI attended a fabulous event last night at the Fifth Avenue Lord & Taylor. Many thanks to Glamour Magazine and Lord & Taylor!!

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I arrived a little late but was still able to grab a seat. A few of the beauty editors over at Glamour Magazine (my favorite magazine!!) discussed beauty trends and tips and took questions from the audience.

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These ladies definitely knew what they were talking about! According to them, dewy skin and stained lips are big for fall, and easy enough to pull off with only a few minutes of work.

I’m so glad I RSVP’d, because if your name was on the list, you received a tremendous swag bag including a $25 giftcard!

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The reusable tote contained a variety of deluxe samples and full sized products from Lancome, Clarins, Ahava, Clinique and more – even an adorable flower-shaped bottle of Valentino perfume. I used my gift card on this Lancome lipstick in Wine Party, and it turned out that I didn’t have to spend a cent!

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I met up with a friend and we had a great time browsing the cosmetics and enjoying free champagne, mini cupcakes and chocolate truffles. There was also a fun photobooth and I was not about to miss out on the opportunity to ham it up.

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…The cupcake didn’t last very long after these were taken.

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A year ago today…Madewell was in the Brand Spotlight!

 

 

 

 

 

Collection: Strap That

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Collection is a column that features a themed set of clothing, shoes, accessories and jewelry. Sets contain items that are meant to inspire, though sometimes they are still available for purchase.

Today’s collection features shoes with ankle straps. I love heels, but as you know, they can be incredibly painful. Ankle straps offer instant support and help pave the road to high-heeled nirvana.

There are more than nine items in this collection; you can see the rest by clicking the “strap that” link below the set.

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Thrift vs. Consignment

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This post is part of a series called Getting Started. It’s meant to guide new thrifters (or seasoned ones looking for tips)!

Today’s post focuses on the differences between thrift stores and consignment stores. Once you know the different facets of each store, you can make the decision to check out one or the other if you so desire!

A thrift store like The Salvation Army, Goodwill or Savers can also be called a hospice shop, charity shop (more commonly in the UK), thrift shop, or resale shop. Thrift stores sell goods donated by the public, and are often run by volunteers.

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A consignment store such as Second Time Around–or the higher-end items behind the counters at Buffalo Exchange and Crossroads Trading Co.–operates on a business model where the store acts as an agent, selling the items for the consignor and keeping a portion of the profits. Unlike a thrift store, the consignor remains a part of the process, retaining ownership of his or her items until the store sells them.

Of course each type has its pros and cons…

Thrift Store Pros:

  • Merchandise is typically less expensive, even dipping below a few dollars.
  • Depending on the area, competition is less fierce for contemporary styles.
  • Stores are often spacious and allow you to wheel around a shopping cart laden with finds.
  • Stock is constantly turning over due to the size and frequency of donations.
  • Proceeds often benefit one cause or another, like taking care of cute kitties!
  • Items that are new with tags pop up all the time, granting you an even better bargain.
  • Tag sales make for even better prices.

Thrift Store Cons:

  • Merchandise isn’t always in the best condition and can contain stains, rips and other imperfections.
  • Sometimes there aren’t changing rooms (but don’t worry, read this!).
  • Thrift stores tend to attract families–meaning children–which can be annoying, especially if they hog the fitting rooms.
  • They can be moldy, musty or dusty depending on the store’s inventory and building condition (think basement church shop or aging Salvation Army).
  • Selection can be overwhelming, and you may have to sift through a lot of duds before finding something you like.

Consignment Shop Pros:

  • Merchandise is carefully cultivated–typically only items in prime condition are sold.
  • Again, there are plenty of NWT articles to be found.
  • These stores try to attract contemporary and higher end brands and styles as opposed to big box store brands.
  • Stores are commonly locally-owned, allowing you to build a relationship with employees and the owner. They’re more likely to keep an eye out for you when it comes to wishlist items.
  • Consignment stores do have sales, and some operate on a color-coded label system where each color is a different discount, or prices drop after a certain date.

Consignment Shop Cons:

  • Merchandise is more expensive, and not always a good deal compared to retail (think J. Crew tops for only a few dollars cheaper than if you were to buy it on clearance at a J. Crew).
  • Sometimes outlet and factory items are priced like they’re from the regular store–but you can check out this guide for advice on that.
  • Fast fashion can infiltrate a consignment shop just like anywhere else.
  • Some stores price their items a little too ambitiously, in which case you might as well shop those items retail.
  • There’s a higher risk involved when it comes to items that end up not working for you, since you’ve probably spent more than at a thrift store.

I’ve covered everything I can think of, but I’d love to hear your own pros/cons! Happy shopping.

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A year ago today…Ash wrote about fall fashion for guys!

 

Bulletin Board

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This series of posts focuses on the non-thrift-related things/topics on my mind this week. Sometimes a visual representation is literally pinned on the bulletin board on my desk. The items on the list below are sometimes random and occasionally a borderline obsession.

Here’s what’s on my bulletin board this time…

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1. Selfie

I told myself there’s no way I would ever watch a show called “selfie”, but I’m a Karen Gillan fan (loved her on Doctor Who) so I eventually caved and watched the pilot. It’s actually very funny, and obviously the leads are not bad to look at either. Some of the ridiculous dialogue that came out of Eliza’s mouth–as well as Henry’s rant about Instagram–had me laughing out loud.

2. Neal Shusterman’s Skinjacker Trilogy

I’m currently reading the third book in this series. I’m a huge fan of this author and he’s one of those writers where I’ll read everything he or she has written. If you’re into young adult/dystopian fiction, these are the books for you!

3. Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Everything

I have a severe obsession with TJ’s pumpkin products right now. I don’t think I’m alone in this. I almost cried today when I went and they were out of This Pumpkin Walks Into a Bar. I overcame my grief by getting pumpkin ice cream instead.

4. Bo Burnham

Bo Burnham is a musical comedian/prodigy. I’ve been listening to him nonstop. I particularly love “New Math”, “Sad”, “Ironic” and “Love Is…”. If you haven’t already, go check him out ASAP.

5. It’s Only A Play

I saw this on Sunday and had the best time – it’s too hilarious and CHECK OUT THAT CAST. The best was that afterwards I got selfies with Rupert Grint (check out his crazy makeup for the show!) and Matthew Broderick. Definitely a must-see.

 

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A year ago today…I wore stripes and blush!