Introducing: Styled by Second Hand

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Logo by Jen Does Design 

I don’t believe that all good things come to an end. I think all good things evolve and change, and whether they remain good things is up to the universe.  If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been, the cat is now out of the bag: I’ve been changing and evolving, and so with me comes this blog.

Second Hand Challenge began as just that, a challenge. Could I really shop solely second hand for an entire year? Somehow, with just a few minor cheats along the way, I did it. And I learned a ton along the way. Of those lessons: second hand shopping was not just a challenge for me, it had become a way of life.

I love the thrill of finding treasure on the cheap so much more than shopping in a department store or the fast fashion haunts I once loved.  Second hand challenged no more- my wardrobe, my home and my life are Styled by Second Hand.

On October 1, Styled by Second Hand will be here to share ideas about incorporating second hand elements into your world, and glimpses of how I use them in mine. I’ll share my favorite outfits, DIY home projects, the people and things of the past that inspire me, and hopefully, a new perspective on recycling.

I sincerely hope you continue to read and connect with me; please join me on this new second hand adventure. Until then, look for behind the scenes, inspiration and pretty stuff on the following: InstagramTwitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and bookmark this. See you on October 1!       

“Fashion has always been a repetition of ideas, but what makes it new is the way you put it together.” – Carolina Hererra

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Music and fashion and sunshine, oh my

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I can’t believe I’ve been to Coachella four years in a row. It’s crazy how time flies, and it’s been very interesting to see the way the festival has changed even in just a few short years. What was once a festival that flew under the radar has become a media focus and totally commercialized; Modern Family referenced it a few weeks ago, Good Morning America chatted about it on air, and brands are scrambling to be in your face left and right, trying to get a piece of the popular pie. Continue reading

When in Indio…

As a kid, you look anxiously look forward to Santa’s arrival, summer camp and the nights your mom makes breakfast for dinner. As an adult, you look forward to long weekends away filled with behavior you’d prefer Santa not to see.

Ahhh the mid-twenties, a time where spending $800+ (at least) and two vacation days on a music festival in the desert is the only way to hail in spring. Though the weather wasn’t 100% desirable and I had a few tanning/wardrobe malfunctions, I overcame my #firstworldproblems in order to enjoy being young, wild and free. Here are some shots from a truly fabulous weekend.

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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