Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Never Meant

I had one of the best weekends I've had in a really long time. Skyla and I headed to Champaign-Urbana, Illinois (a seven hour drive!) to see American Football's first official show in fifteen years. Which is kind of a really big deal. We also got to see other bands like Bishop Allen, Owen, and Into it. Over It. There was also a lit fest, comedy, and tons of exploring/good food. I'm working on a whole post full of photos and details of our adventures -- where I'll bore you with the details.

American Football is fronted by Mike Kinsella (Owen, Cap 'N Jazz) and he's been a very prominent fixture in my life. He's one of those musicians that is always creating in different bands and I have been a huge fan of every single one of them. I am beyond obsessed with his voice and the way in which he writes simple yet emotionally catastrophic lyrics. American Football was one of those bands that got me through those sad teenaged years of mine. Getting the chance to see it live when I never thought I would, all these years later, was a truly monumental moment in my life.

It was extraordinarily hot while in Illinois. I don't own a lot of tops, so I thought this mixed print combination would be perfect for a day of exploring a new city in the heat & seeing some bands live. It had a lot going on, but sometimes it's fun to break fashion rules and where something out of your comfort zone, right? Right.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I'm a necatar

This past weekend, my beautiful friends got married! If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw some photos. It was a seriously beautiful day. I mean, the weather was cooperative (mostly) and hit 80. A close friend did the ceremony in a non-denominational historic church in a rustic part of town and it was short, to the point, and absolutely beautiful. As a bridesmaid staring the parents and groom in the face, I was getting a little emotional. Seeing people cry out of pure happiness and love is a truly special thing. Nothing went wrong, no one got in a fight, everyone looked beautiful, and I wasn't the only member of the bridal party that wasn't in to dancing. It was so much fun to spend the day with my family, her family (which is basically family), all of our friends, and his family (that I wish was my family). It was a lot of work and time and energy, but I totally get the magic of weddings.

It's officially Fall and I can feel the change. I'm not prepared for the snow. But am I ever? I thrifted this dress and while I'm not crazy about front zippers, I'm totally into the colors. For $2, I couldn't pass it up. Plus it's turquoise blazer season.

We shot these photos downtown before dinner and there were multiple places on the sidewalk to take photos so we experimented a little bit with backdrops. I couldn't decide which I liked more so you get both.

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.

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.

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.

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.