Circle, circle, dot, dot

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Aesthetically pleasing and lacking a single edge, there is no beginning and no end to a circle. In Hinduism, circles symbolize unity, female power, and the sun, the giver of life. In fashion, they are flirty, feminine and fun. Continue reading

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A new challenge

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At the onset of each new year, we set out with fresh, positive vigor to be better people, have richer lives, look more fly and outdo whatever success we met the year prior. I, for one, puffed up my chest at the onset of 2013, and vowed to have the best year ever.

Sometimes the universe has different plans, and on March 1, I came in to work (in a very cute, second handed outfit, I might add) and  was told I was being laid off, effective immediately. Jerks.

The shock has now worn off and I’m starting to kind of like this idea of unemployment. Its time to figure out what I really want to do, who I really want to be and spend time doing things that really make me happy. And, while I’m at it, those things I set out to do at the beginning of 2013. Continue reading

Its a way of life.

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A big giant hello, second handers! Yes, I am still alive. I’m sorry I haven’t had a chance to do a post in quite some time, but 2013 has gotten off to quite the start.  It’s been nothing short of cray, but whatever, I’m here now and damn it, I’m still second handing.

Since moving to San Francisco, my wardrobe has done quite the 180. Apparently winter exists and my prior Orange County staples of sundresses, tank tops and wedges have now transitioned to sweaters, boots and skinny jeans. Additionally, I have come to realize that a lot of things I own were great for a fashionable blog post, but in reality, they aren’t super wearable. After months of staring into my closet annoyed, I spent my President’s Day afternoon cleaning it out. I then promptly marched to the Fillmore St. Crossroads and off-loaded $150 worth of clothes. Continue reading

Cindy Sherman at SF MOMA

Caitlin McCarrick wearing silk vintage top by Talbots
(Buffalo Exchange, Fullerton, $10)

As soon as I arrived to San Francisco, I was struck by the street banners around the city advertising Cindy Sherman at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art. The women in each of them were, to put it plainly, weird.  I didn’t really get it, but I was intrigued. Continue reading

Hug a tree, Kiss a Second Hand Shopper

As most New Years resolutions start out, my pledge to solely shop second hand for 365 days was a selfish attempt at bettering myself. Though the financial benefits to second hand shopping are huge, the environmental impact is arguably much greater. Continue reading

Website Wednesday: Fruition Las Vegas

What IS shopping? If you spend a day at the mall trying on fabulous designer fashion, but don’t take home a single item, did you still go shopping? If you fill online shopping cart with thousands of dollars of merch only to abandon them in the cloud, did you really shop online? While perusing the internet for today’s Website Wednesday, I couldn’t help but wonder- why spend time looking at something that you never intend to buy? (yes, I just Carrie Bradshaw’d you)

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Website Wednesday: We Move Vintage

In an effort to be a better blogger and second hander, I’ve decided to add another weekly post in addition to Current or Classic? The humpiest day of the week, Wednesday, will bring you a different website selling the finest of second hand fashions through the information super highway.

The first website in the new installation is We Move Vintage, an awesomely weird collection of vintage pieces that have left me going “ahhhh” and “ehhhh?” My friend Jackie (mentioned here) shared today’s site with me, as she often tends to do, because she wants me to be poor. WMV describes themselves as “an artists collective dedicated to bringing you the most diverse collection of vintage and non vintage items around” that  “centers it’s world around finding items that are valued on style and relevance.”

Here are some of my favorite items: This gorg kimono (left) is still for sale at $86, but the to die for cape, sold out… of course.

        

Major designer score, Escada skirt $155 and the envy of all the gals, 60’s peach party dress $64

        

Serious statement Guatemalan hand embroidered jacket, $68 and easy breezy (and cheapie), white lacy day jacket $38

        

This caftan was posted on WMV’s Facebook with a caption reading “The perfect dress for Coachella,” which is amazing, because I just bought a bad ass caftan for Coachella. Winning. This one is $56, I scored mine for $11 at Buffalo. Sheer dress, $58.

In addition to Website Wednesdays and Current or Classic on Fridays, I hereby solemnly swear to bring you new posts on Mondays about yours truly’s adventures in second handing. I’ve gotten a bit back logged, but not for lack of inspiration or want, solely due to a lack of time. But you, dear second handers, deserve more. So more you shall get!

p.s. like that shit: http://www.facebook.com/SecondHandChallenge 

Coachella is coming! What are you wearing?

As Coachella swiftly approaches- 29 days to be exact!- blogs are all a flutter with discussing fashion’s favorite festival. As a Coachella-goer myself, I have been giving this thought for months, as you may remember from this post. With less than 30 days to go and 3 days to dress for, my second hand hunt is intensifying, as is my excitement. Here are some functional wardrobe tips and tricks to get you in the Coachella shopping mode.

If you think wearing that furry animal hat you stupidly bought is a good idea, think again. It’s HOT at Coachella, so you’re best off leaving that hat at home (or better yet, in the trash).

Hi! I don't belong at Coachella!

Cotton is the fabric of our lives and it’s also the fabric of Coachella. It breathes and it’s comfy, what more do you need? This is a great place to start with your Coachella outfit: jeans shorts and vintage tee. The best part? These are SO easy to find at thrift stores and vintage stores.

Cotton cool: shop this look at Nastygal.com

Who wears short shorts? Shorts are the best article of clothing when it comes to Coachella-wear. They’re easy, they’re comfortable, they look cute and most importantly, you can dance all over the place without exposing yourself. Personally, I’m a fan of high waisted shorts and I already have a few in my arsenal for this year’s Coachella attire.

Brooke's shorts were THE pair for Coachella. Plus her crop top & crocheted vest? Perfection.

Rompers & dresses: wear if you dare. A romper may seem to be a great option for coachella attire: it’s easy, comfy and keeps you ready to crowd surf or climb up on some muscular shoulders. Only thing is, Coachella’s ONLY bathrooms are port-a-potties, so every time you need to go, be prepared to get completely naked. Seriously.

Dresses are always fashionable, and being light/airy, they’re a great option for Coachella. BUT… sitting indian-style on the grass WILL happen, and exposed panties weren’t even cool when Paris and Britney rocked them. TIP: wear shorts under your dress if you’re going to wear one.

I wore a romper last year and will probably not be repeating that choice.

Accessories are arguably the most important Coachella necessities  when it comes to fashion AND function. Here’s some must-haves:

  • Hats: Not only do they look cool, they keep you cool. Direct sunlight to the face for 8+ hours is not exactly conducive to a flowing fountain of youth.
  • Fanny packs: I’m not kidding; my neon OC Weekly fanny pack was my best friend at Coachella last year. Though cross-body purses are also handy and the recommended choice as far as purses go, a fanny pack keeps all your valuables and necessities close to your body and hands-free all day.
  • Backpacks: Someone in your group should have a backpack, especially if you aren’t camping onsite, so you can have everything you need.
  • Cheap Sunglasses: Sunglasses are a MUST at Coachella, but nothing you wear/bring should be something you’ll cry over if it gets ruined or lost. So, leave your expensive sunnies at home and spring for a funky, cheap-o pair.
  • Comfy shoes: Yes, those new funky sandals are super cute and in an ideal world, Coachella would be the perfect place to wear them. But guess what? Feet are friends and we need to treat them that way; they deserve support, love and care.  I would highly recommend closed-toe shoes as feet stompers are abundant.

Ready to rock!

So, with that, get shopping! Also, get ready for my pre-Coachella post with all of my outfits entirely built out of second handed finds. What are you going to wear?

p.s. Second Hand Challenge is now on Facebook! Like that shit.