Sharing is Caring: Men’s Edition

I love me a well dressed man. Who says paying attention to what your wear or enjoying fashion and shopping (gasp!) is “girly”? I know of at least 3 males that read or have read this blog, so I figure, hey, they deserve some second hand love too.

My friend Casey is a pretty cool dude- he’s an art director and  prominent bass player that hails from Minneapolis/St.Paul and was actually a big part of my inspiration to start this blog. Casey loves to thrift and always seems to find great things. He’s a creative guy, so he’s definitely got the eye for it, but like me, he also enjoys the thrill of finding something great for a little dough.

Euro layering- so hot right now.

This is a picture Casey posted on Facebook yesterday, which he captioned “euro suit-up.” From head to toe, almost everything is second hand; his coat was $20, sweater $7, shoes $14 and jeans $7. Hat & t-shirt, though new, were steals at $20 and $7 respectively, and the scarf was a gift. The execution of this get-up is spot on from the layering (I’m sure it’s necessary in MSP… brrr) and the accessorizing (love the hat) to the complimentary, natural solids with just a bit of patterning thrown in with the scarf. He looks EXPENSIVE, and the entire outfit cost him $75!

Here are two other looks Casey documented on Facebook while showing off his Movember mustachio progress. He’s rocking another scarf and jacket combo and a great pullover sweater. Again, both looks are second hand but look nothing less than fab. Money may buy you expensive designer goods, but you can’t put a price on style and a good eye. Snaps for Casey, my second handing counterpart.

Second Hand Saturday: Vegas Edition

If you had six hours to spend on your own in Vegas, what would you do with it? If you answered take a $30+ RT cab ride to Buffalo Exchange, then we should hang out more often. I could’ve gone and gambled, gone to a spa and gotten a massage, hell, I could’ve gotten one of those giant drinks and walked the strip. But why do any of those things when you can spend the money on something you really love?

After having room service in bed and a luxurious bath with a vodka cran, I turned to good ol’ Yelp to help me find a spot to hit. I really wish I would’ve had a car with me because there were multiple stores I wanted to go to. Fruition, which has a bad ass online store and blog, was definitely on my list but they had three dollar signs and reviews said they had lots of designer stuff- DANGER. Trend Traders looked promising also, but Buffalo hasn’t really ever done me wrong, so I stuck with old faithful. And old faithful did me right, once again.

Let’s start with the fact I spent about 2 hours there. This Buff was big and awesome- lots of designer finds, furs, leather jackets, vintage pieces and shoes. The service was surprisingly good too, which isn’t generally the first thing that comes to mind about second hand stores. I took about 20 items into the dressing room and ended up taking home the following:

J. Brand bootcut jeans, $18!!! WHAT A STEAL. Paired with a cape from American Vintage.

Banana Republic  Martin pants, $15. Perfect fit and great for work. Great quality.

The “mullet” skirt. “Leather” party in the front, poly/cotton business in the back. The Limited,  $18.50

And then, I fell in love. As I was checking out and trying to decide between a few items, I spotted these pups. The Oliver Peoples Tycoon. A major statement and total classic retailing for a cool $325. I’ve always wanted them but could never bring myself to spend that much on specs, but obviously the fashion gods had bigger plans for me. They were a massive score for $85!! I am debating rocking them a la Brad Goreski by pulling the lenses out and making them into real glasses or keeping them as shades. What do you think?

Oliver Peoples Tycoon sunnies, $85

This was definitely not my finest effort in saving money, one of my main goals in writing this blog. In fact, it could be argued that I used my blog as an excuse to splurge a bit, but in the name of fashion, I will pretend that I was just in the spending mood ‘cuz I was in Vegas. I mean, I could’ve blown that in about 20 seconds on the roulette wheel. Like our wise leader Carrie Bradshaw once said, “I like my money where I can see it- hanging in my closet.” Or in this case, on my face.

Sharing is caring: Second hand suggestions

It’s been almost a month since I started this blog, and let me tell you- it’s been way more fun than I imagined it would be. Not only do I find myself much more of an inspired shopper, but I am a much more inspired writer. The enthusiasm and support I’ve gotten from all of you has been the main motivator in this- I can’t wait to show you what I’ve found. Apparently that’s rubbing off a little and you are sharing things with me, like Tania’s recommendation to head to Costa Mesa’s Goodwill. This whole recycle, reuse and reduce thing just got a whole lot more fashionable and fun, thanks to all of you. Since sharing is caring, I’m going to re-share the shares so we can all share in the second hand love.

Jackie, a media planner and Venice Beach resident (read: she’s cooler than me), shared Ramona West, of which I am both thankful and pissed. Ramona West is a online vintage retailer from SoCal that is super picky about the pieces they stock- they want vintage that’s also current which is much easier said than done sometimes. Welp, Ramona knows what she’s doing. So thanks a lot, Jackie, this website will probably be the death of one of my main aims in this challenge- to save money. At least most these clothes are sized for 13 year old boys.

Some of Ramona’s looks. Beezus is probably pretty jealous.

Joanna, a fellow Anteater/journalist/Costa Mesa resident/second hand aficionado and of course, friend, showed me that second handing for a year doesn’t equal death. Living the Goodwill Life followed Beautiful Existence (yes, that is the name she uses) through 2011 as she solely shopped at Goodwill and saved a total of $13,000! Thanks to the above, I will probably not succeed in saving that much, but this blog is totally inspiring. If this lady can limit herself to Goodwill for a year, there’s no reason I shouldn’t be able to accomplish my task.

Living the Goodwill Life’s header

Like me, Jo has pretty much furnished her entire apartment off second hand goods, most of which were found out at Goodwill. Check out this cute side table she snagged this week for $20.

Great find, Jo!

Orly, a fashion professional living in New York (my friends are pretty accomplished, eh?), posted the Uniform Project on my Facebook wall. The Uniform Project is way more gnarly that what I’m attempting to do. For one year, Sheena Matheiken wore the same dress every day (she accessorized with recycled or donated pieces) as a means to fundraise money to educate kids in the Indian slums. Sheena raised more than $100,000 and with that money, was able to put 287 kids in school. And good karma she got- more than 2 million views on her blog, was in New York Times, London Times, spoke on Ted Talks, was in a gagillion magazines and has now expanded into a year two of projects. Sheesh, Sheena! Makin’ me look like more than a rookie. A giant two thumbs up for the Uniform Project!

Sheena in her black dress… various days of fabulous accessories

Orly also had this amazing idea: a clothing exchange. Basically, you and your friends get together and each of you bring items of clothing you’re tired of. Trade. SHARE. Get that top of your friends you’ve lusted after for years. No money is exchanged- only wine, laughs and fashion. SO INTO IT!

And last but not least, a big thank you to my friend Rachel who posted this on my Facebook page with a sweet comment that every time I blog a photo, she wishes it would appear in her closet. Maybe if we have a clothing exchange, Rach! 🙂

Second Hand Sunday: Costa Mesa Goodwill

After a tip from my friend Tania, I was itching to head to Costa Mesa’s Goodwill. She said the magic words- Theory, DVF, Missoni and Michael Kors. Though it can be difficult, designer duds aren’t impossible to find at thrift stores. But rarely do you hear such an impressive line up, these labels are generally reserved for the consignment spots. Of course I had to see for myself if it was too good to be true.

I headed to Goodwill on 19th Street in Costa Mesa on Sunday afternoon, continuing my tradition of Sunday second handing. It was packed- apparently I wasn’t the only one with this idea. I’m not going to lie, thrifting is my least favorite form of second hand shopping. Yes, you can find some real gems, but it’s never without digging through lots of crap. I have to be in the mood to dig and have the time on my hands, which is why it’s perfect for a Sunday.

Though the designer duds alluded me (minus a Theory jacket that didn’t fit), I did find some gems. First, I found this little red polyester  number for $2.50. Straight out of the ’80s, I loved the asymmetric details, the color and the button placement.

Polyester red top paired with F21 “leather” skirt, Calvin Klein tights and ShoeMint shoes.

I also found this beautiful silk blouse for $5.99 which was “expressly made for Saks Fifth Avenue,” or so said the tag. Like the red top above, it hailed from sometime around my birth and had fatty shoulder pads that I cut out the second I got home. I love this top (I’m actually wearing it at work today) and think there’s a lot I can do with it. To make life a little more fun, I decided to create a full second handed outfit around the blouse. Everything down to the rings.

From top to bottom: Gold necklace, $4 Salvation Army (Melbourne). Silk blouse $5.99, Goodwill (Costa Mesa). 70s costume rings, family find. Gold clutch, $5 Goodwill (Fullerton). Joes Jeans, $40 Buffalo Exchange (Costa Mesa). Christian Louboutins, $189, Crossroads Trading Post (SF)

This next find was something I was REALLY excited about. For as long as I can remember, our family has had the iconic, red “You Are Special Today” plate. Though we often forget to use it, it’s up there in the cabinet and something I remember from my childhood. I found two of these taped together, marked as $2.50 for the pair. These plates retail for $58, so you can imagine how stoked I was to get my own and one to give away for under three buckaroos. Who wants to come over for dinner and feel special?

Coachella fashion mania

If there is one thing and one thing only that I’ll be shopping for over the next three months, it’s Coachella. Let’s forget the music for a second- as far as fashion is concerned, this weekend is HUGE.

It’s the time to wear something you’ve always wanted to try, but there isn’t a place. It’s the time to show more skin than you can anywhere else (hey, it’s hot!). But at the same time, it’s the time to look amazing without trying too hard. No one likes someone that tries too hard, especially hipsters.

Get ready for Coachella fashion-mania!

Second Hand Sunday: Orange Circle Vintage

70s maxi

A perfect Sunday is almost never without one (or more) of the following:

  1. brunch
  2. a walk or hike
  3. shopping

Yesterday, I went to one of the most perfect spots in OC to have my perfect Sunday- Old Towne Orange. Lauren and I had a ridiculously amazing brunch at Felix’s Continental Cafe (cheap, delicious and gargantuan portions. MMMM.) and followed it up with some second hand browsing.

I found the above 70s maxi dress for $25 at Country Roads Antiques. Country Roads is like many of the antique stores in Old Towne. They rent out stalls to various antique sellers, which is great because they all have different aesthetics and interests. I love this- in one stall you are finding war artifacts, in another, a funky stove from the 60s. Even if you aren’t there to buy, the window shopping is top notch.

I can’t wait to wear this dress with a wide brown belt, some great gold jewelry and wedges. It’ll be the perfect outfit for a perfect Sunday.