Tie-Dye's Gothic Uncle

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Sam 0 Comments

There's just something so 'fuck it' about acid wash that I love. I like to think of it as tie-dye's weird goth uncle. 

The best part of this outfit is that every single thing was purchased secondhand. Some of it was through Poshmark, some of it from thrift stores near my house. I really love that secondhand fashion is trendy these days. It's so much better for the environment than spending money at fast fashion retailers. I also find the act of secondhand shopping infinitely more satisfying than browsing the mall. There's nothing quite like sifting through racks and finding that one amazing piece that's so authentically you for a fraction of what you'd pay retail. For example, this McQ Alexander McQueen sweater I'm wearing would retail close to $300. I bought it at Buffalo Exchange for $20. There's no universe in which I could ever afford to purchase a McQueen except the universe where I'm a thrift store queen. 

One of my goals this year is to bring the secondhand ratio of my closet to about 95%. If I can keep creating outfits like this, that won't be a problem at all. How do you feel about shopping secondhand? If it's not your thing, what's holding you back? 

And please note my obligatory sunglasses photo. The sun decided to peak out for 2.5 seconds of my photo shoot and we've been sunless for about 3 months here in the PNW. I couldn't say no!

Recreate this Look (items marked with * were purchased secondhand):

Black size zip sweater*, McQ Alexander McQueen (similar)

Acid Wash leggings*, Rock & Republic (similar)

Black zipper boots*, Michael Kors (similar)

Wishbone necklace*, Marc Jacobs (similar)

Black sunglasses*, Perverse (similar)


Facing Fears and Making Changes

Thursday, February 08, 2018 Unknown 0 Comments

Well, hello there.

I doubt you're still here after all this time but on the off chance someone is still lurking about - I'm back.

It turns out working full-time in the fashion industry doesn't leave a lot of time for fashion side-projects. Especially given that I work with clothes all day every day, my weekends were decidedly not very fashionable. But, life is transiting again and there's been quite a few changes both personally and professionally since I was last here in May. Here's a run down:

-A year with a secondhand retailer has really upped my fashion game. I've been to exposed to so many things: new designers, vintage fashion, interesting trends. I feel like I'm dressing more 'me' than ever before.

-Black. I have just embraced my love for it. I used to consider my fashion to be more on the grunge spectrum but I'm definitely darker than that.

-About 90% of my wardrobe is now secondhand. Poshmark is my BFF - for both buying and selling secondhand fashion.

-I'm a salon accident redhead (stylist accidentally dyed me pink - I'm definitely not a pink person. Red was the only thing that would cover it up). But only for one more week so don't get too attached.

And the biggest change of all:

I'm going back to school for a BA in Psychology with the intent of pursuing a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology right after. I gave my two weeks notice to my current employer just yesterday. I'm excited and honestly, terrified of this new adventure. I've wanted to work in this field for some long it's just always seemed unattainable. But I'm at a point in my life where I'm ready to face my fears and take chances.

The good news is that I'll have a lot more free time. I snagged a little part-time stylist gig but for the most part, I'll be focusing on school. I'll need this space to maintain my sanity as an almost 30-year-old student. And since I will no longer be dealing with fashion for 30+ hours a week, I'll be able to get my fashion fix this way.

My plan is at least one update a week. I need some consistence and a place to play creatively. I hope you'll join me.

Shop This Look (items with a * were purchased secondhand):

Crop top*, Wilfred Free, similar

Longline black cardigan, Style & Co (gift), similar

Black highwaisted skinny jeans, Treasure and Bond, exact

Black ankle boots*, Lucky Brand, exact

Black studded purse*, Michael Kors, similar

Black braided logo belt*, Michael Kors, similar