Long Beach: the largest port on the West Coast, home to the Queen Mary and the first ever Miss Universe pageant, and former home to musical legends Sublime, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg and Warren G. It’s culturally and demographically diverse , with a whole lot of personality and character, making it the perfect spot for one of the southland’s best flea markets, the Long Beach Antique Market. Continue reading
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! 🙂
Upon launching this 365 project, I’ve had a few questions as to what exactly the paramaters are for my second handing. Here they are:
- All clothes will be shopped for second hand (even work stuff) EXCEPT: underwear, socks, bras and workout clothes.
- Make-up and the above items are the only things I’m allowed to buy at Nordstrom. This one hurt me to type.
- Gifts… I will accept gifts that are new. Buy me whatcha want, ya know? 😉 I am going to try my hardest, though, to buy gifts I give second hand.
- Shoes. A toughie. I’m gonna try.
- If something is a necessity, I’m going to have to make an exception. Example: bridesmaid dress.
It’s December 30 and my mind keeps wandering back to the year of 2011. A year of amazing ups and very few downs. There was so much love and growth in 2011 for me and I’m very grateful for that. But, my year was still plagued by a deep, dark addiction that I’ve been battling for quite some time. Continue reading