How to: Sell/Trade Your Stuff

Your closet is full, your wallet is empty; it’s a dilemma many of us are all too familiar with. What’s a girl/guy to do when they need space and money in order to satiate the need for style? You gotta sell your stuff to get more stuff! Recycle, reuse, make money and buy more stuff. That’s how it goes, right?

Before you lug all your crap to the nearest Buffalo Exchange, Crossroads Trading Co., or your local buy/sell/trade joint, here are some tips to be mindful of before you sell. Continue reading


What I Wore Wednesday: $1 Outfit

It might sound a little pathetic, but it’s the truth when I say that my favorite part of the day is getting dressed every morning. Playing dress up has always been one of my favorite past times; there’s nothing like a cute outfit to make you walk into your day with your head high, ready to take on the world. Continue reading

Second Hand 70’s Style: To the Max

Photography by Sal Taylor Kydd

If I had to choose one piece of clothing to wear for the rest of my life, it would without a doubt be a dress. Fun, easy, flirty, flattering- what more could a girl need? When I found this maxi dress from te 70’s at Country Road Antiques in the Old Towne Orange, I knew it would become one of the pieces in my wardrobe I was most excited about. And for $25, it was a major steal. Continue reading

Casual Fridays: Second Hand Style

Fridays are my favorite day of the week, but not just because they’re the start to two days of freedom from sitting at a desk. I love Fridays because they give me a chance to enjoy more of my closet! We have casual Friday’s here in our office, and though we can wear jeans, it costs $5 to do so, so I try and boycott that as frequently as possible. How so? Cute dresses with a jean jacket or an outfit like todays, which is almost entirely second handed. Continue reading

When life gives you lemons…

When life gives you lemons, screw the lemonade and wear ’em!

I found this awesome vintage satin skirt at Buffalo Exchange (Fullerton) this past weekend for $13. Not only was it a cheap find, but it’s totally on trend.

Dolce & Gabbana‘s entire spring show was comprised of big, bold graphic prints of vegetables on 50’s inspired  silhouettes. It makes sense; produce is literally and figuratively fresh and  it’s the most vibrant and colorful section of the grocery store. Continue reading

Rockin’ Rainbow Silk

Photography by Sal Taylor Kydd

The last of the presents that made their way across the Pacific, this hot silk number from Australia’s chain retailer Portman’s is one of those tops that is not totally me, but in a good way. Wearing this see-through number, I feel like quite the rock star/sex kitten. It’s colorful and playful, yet the sheerness makes it totally sexy. Continue reading

Vintage Vixen: Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese in Vintage Dior

Dita Von Teese in vintage Dior, via InStyle

“I advocate glamour. Every day. Every minute.” – Dita Von Teese

There are few women on the planet like Ms. Dita Von Teese. Actually, it’s arguable that she’s one of a kind. She’s a walking contradiction- she exudes class and old Hollywood glamour, but she makes her living (and a damn good one, at that) by taking off her clothes.

Dita and I don’t have much in common, but the more I learn about her, the more I like her. She’s from a small town in Michigan, but moved to Orange County as a teen and went to University High School in Irvine, right across the street from my alma mater, UC Irvine. She was a dancer most of her life and frequently goes en pointe during her shows. She doesn’t do burlesque for the men or the money, she does it because she loves the hair, costumes, the dance, the history of showgirls and embracing being a woman.

She is also a  lifelong fan of vintage clothing and heirlooms from eras past. Continue reading

Sharing is Caring: MoMoMod’s Thrifted Vintage

photos via MoMoMod

There’s nothing I love more than a cheap thrill, especially if it’s in fashion form. When I saw MoMoMod’s amazing thrifted vintage outfit, I was immediately envious- she built an entire outfit out of cheap, vintage, thrifted thrills. Talk about the mother load. Continue reading

Wrapped Up in Red

photography by Sal Taylor Kydd

Red silk. There’s a reason Chinese emperors draped themselves in it. To the Chinese, the color red signifies good luck, energy, happiness and wealth. Shit’s luxurious.

You can imagine my excitement when Megs pulled this red silk wrap top by Australian designer Perri Cutten out of her bag and gifted it to me along with her other second hand pressies. I love wrap dresses and tops- they are incredibly flattering and draw attention to all the good spots. I’m not sure what era this top originated from, but that says something big about it- it’s totally timeless. Continue reading

Fashion & Friends from a Land Down Under

photography by Sal Taylor Kydd

Friends and fashion. They go together like peanut butter and jelly, chips and salsa, John and Yoko, vegemite and toast. One without the other is pretty awesome, but together, they form a magical duo. When fashion and friends join together in an Aussie-style surprise, life can’t get any better.

You can imagine my shock when not only the anticipated one, but TWO, of my closest Australian friends walked off the plane in LA. Tears were shed, Facebook statuses were updated in all caps, and “I’m so excited” was exclaimed repeatedly. As if it wasn’t enough that they surprised the shit out of me, Megs brought me a gift she knew I’d freak over: some awesome Australian vintage pieces. Continue reading