Sunday, September 21, 2014

Old Love in Young Bodies

This outfit was almost entirely thrifted and that makes me so happy! Earlier this summer, I had a free day and decided to hit up the local thrift store with an interesting technique. My method was "only shop in the juniors section," and it paid off. I scored so many amazing pieces in that thirty minute trip than I usually do. I'm not that into shopping, but I love to thrift because it is so incredibly rewarding. It takes skill, determination, and creativity, but when it works out it's so worth it.


These photos were taken right after I got my hair cut, colored, and styled. Which is why it looks exceptional. I have a great hairstylist who deals with my, "I don't care" attitude. I know what I don't like, but I also don't know exactly what I like when it comes to hair. She nailed it on the perfect shade of white blonde. Plus, she is a master at styling my hair to be very big, messy, and crazy. I tried to memorize her technique, but let's be honest, I am lousy with a blow dryer.

Friday, September 19, 2014

How to Sell or Swap Your Clothes Online & Off

I change my mind all the time. Especially when it comes to my personal style. I've been searching for ways to swap and sell my clothes online and off for years. So, in an attempt to do so, I've experimented with a few of 'em.

Swapdom
Fees & wait time: No fees, extremely long wait

Swapdom is a cool idea. You post photos of items, the info, they have a set and expensive shipping, and you select other people's items you like, offer up some of yours, and wait and wait. Their system will eventually match you up in a multiple person swap. It's complicated and that's why it takes a long time. You have no idea which item might end up getting swapped and which you will get -- until they email you. This forces you to make very wise choices.


Vinted
Fees & Wait Time: They take a significant cut, pre-set shipping, relatively quick turn around

I like that Vinted has a really easy to use interface and iPhone app. I like the way this entire website works, however, I have some quips about it. First, I came here to swap, but most people are here to turn a profit. Vinted takes a cut, so prices are a lot higher than they usually would be. The shipping is in three pre-set tiers (more than I generally am able to ship for). The quality of people interested in swapping is very low and when you do want to swap, it costs money. This was a huge turn off for me. Vinted makes you each set the price to the same, say $12, you each purchase the item for $12. Vinted takes their cut and charges you for shipping. You then receive less than $9. To me, swapping should be free + shipping. The people on Vinted are pretty intense and kind of pushy. Out of all the "deals" I made with people, only one was successful. A lot of back and fourth.

Facebook Swapping
Additional Info: This is an unregulated system that works on the honor system.

This is probably my favorite for swapping. It's on your own terms, no fees, you arrange all swaps. Bartering isn't the most fun, but when it works out, it's amazing. The swapping is completely on your own, so you do have to trust people and hope they are honest (they almost always are). These groups are private and you will need to be invited to one.

Storenvy
Additional Info: Strictly for selling

I love Storenvy for selling. They do not take a cut and it's perfect for cleaning out your closet. Storenvy also adds your items to their marketplace so that your items can reach a whole other level of shoppers. It's kind of like a less homemade version of Etsy.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Freakish

I received this dress from Joules in celebration of the opening of their online U.S. store. I selected this tunic because it's not like anything I usually wear. It's a completely different cut than I typically steer towards, but boy do I love it. It's super classy and comfortable. I am absolutely in love with the quality of the items at Joules. It's not fast fashion, it's forever pieces and I've been searching for a company like this for years.

The next two weeks are going to be so hectic and I'm so ready! My friend's wedding is finally happening. Which is crazy because it seems like just yesterday that she was getting engaged in Aruba. The following weekend Skyla and I are headed to Northern Illinois for a festival. It's an eight hour drive, but it's going to be worth it for AMERICAN FOOTBALL.

I'm about to get brunch with a few of my best friends, so everything is REAL good right now.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Past Fall Favorites

Ah, I think it's officially Fall in Ohio. Temps below 65, non-stop rain, this ridiculous head cold I woke up with and those delicious pumpkin treats in all the corporate shops. I love the style of Fall, the smell of crisp air and the way the entire city of Akron seems to feel inherently different. I'm also a huge fan of all the traditions I have every year: apple picking, pumpkin picking, pumpkin carving -- you know, all the things I am awful at. Seriously, my pumpkin carving is hideous

I've had all my layers and cardigans packed away, so I need to seek some personal inspiration. Here are some of my past fall favorites. The best part about looking through my archives was realizing how truly unpredictable Fall in Ohio is. Plus I think my hair changes as much as the seasons!

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