90% of my closet is upcycled, second-hand clothes that have been gifted to me. I am so grateful for this and somehow, the MOST perfect things land in my lap.
For instance all the clothes you see below.
I go to clothing swaps. They are SO FUN and a brilliant way to meet other women and keep your closet fresh.
I also have friends that give me there shoes and accessories when they are either tired of them or just have not worn them and want to give them to a woman that will gladly utilize them.
If you want any suggestions or someone to accompany you on a shopping spree please reach out. I am really good with color and matching (and finding) your style with your unique personality.
Also, I cut my socks to turn them into arm warmers/fashionable arm embellishments. I think they make outfits look sassy and fun plus they keep you warm during the cooler months.
I had this nice (fake) leather jacket in my closet for a while and had not worn it in over a year. So, I thought I would jazz it up a bit and add some flowers to it.
Since I have been painting with them on canvas for a while now, I used acrylic paints. The acrylics stick to the fabric really well. In fact, the acrylics dry fast and, so far, do not come off when water is applied. I do however, recommend only washing hand-painted items like this by hand and then air drying.
I love the way it is turning out and now, I want to paint on clothes for the rest of my life!
I guess there's nothing stopping me right?! Do you want something unique like this for yourself? Hit me up at email@example.com and let's chat!
Here's the original jacket without any paint on it yet.
Somewhere along the way, pink and red together got a bad reputation, but when paired purposefully, they can actually look quite classy, modern and eye-catching.
To break this fashion rule, keep the red true, and add any shade of pink, from pastel to fuchsia.
For instance, for my outfit of the day I paired this red flowing dress with a classic pair of bright pink pumps.
The whole outfit was almost ALL compliments of the quarterly “Naked Lady” clothing swap I attend.
Red dress: Lulu's in size small.
Bright Pink shoes: International Concepts from Macy's. Size: 8.
Bright Pink Necklace: Macy's
Handmade Candy Wrapper Clutch: for sale in my POSHMARK closet. I got this clutch at a clothing swap.
Photo is by me.
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A couple years ago, I started writing a book about my (almost unbelievable) life. But you know what? I stopped because I kept thinking, “Who wants to read a book about love and life that was written by a woman that has never been married and has been single for the past 14 years?!
Well guess what?! I’m writing this book! You know why?
Cuz, I know a SHIT TON and SO MUCH about love and life. I have spent the past 14 years, EVERY DAMN DAY, working on myself like it’s my full time job. I have come from the trenches of self-loathing to becoming my biggest ally and fan. I have learned how to NOT make someone else an idol nor responsible for my happiness. I have learned how to love even when I may not feel like I’m loved.
I haven’t let ANYTHING - all the insecurity, the lack of finances, the lack of help, the chronic pain everyday, migraines, being single, being scared, and feeling really alone a lot of the time, stop me from doing whatever it takes to go after my dreams and push myself beyond what I think I can actually do.
I am determined to rid myself from all I am NOT (bondage, attachments, addiction, religious programming, people pleasing etc) to become the free and liberated woman that I now am becoming AND to fully unleash the infinite and endless creativity, joy, love and power that exists and has always existed inside.
So here I go again. It’s time to write & get it out!
I acquired most of the items you see in these outfits from the clothing swap I go to. The mustard pants were bought from Agaci.
Khaki and yellow look great together. Mustard yellow and navy blue pair well too. And don't be shy to mix and match patterns. For instance, I paired the khaki leopard print belt with a blue and white patterned top.
Layer. Express yourself. Go for it. The sky is the limit.
A few years ago I was hired to paint faces at a birthday party. At the party I met a woman that started following my Instagram Stories. A few months after that, seeing how much I love fashion, she kindly invited me to a clothing swap she holds every three months. A party she holds every three months, she calls this clothing swap the "The Naked Lady Party."
What exactly is a clothing swap? It is a gathering where a bunch of women come together exchange items from their closet, like clothing, shoes, purses and jewelry they are no longer wearing, in exchange for a "new" yet upcycled and free wardrobe consisting of someone else's second hand donations.
Recently, at my third Naked Lady Party, I found a navy blue dress. This dress fit perfectly and was so unique and cute. The only problem was that it was getting old and the fabric was looking a little drab.
At the same clothing swap I was also drawn to another dress, not because I liked the style or fit, but because there was something special about the fabric. It was covered in these gold metallic flowers. So what did I do? I cut out about 150 flowers from the dress I was not going to wear and sewed them onto the navy blue dress to create a BRAND new piece of wearable art.
Fall has arrived and with that comes cooler temperatures, more layers and therefore, in opinion, even more fun when it comes to the endless options of styling your outfits!
For this look I took second hand pieces I received from friends and from clothing swaps along with a few items I purchased with my own money to create a comfortable, casual yet fun and flirty everyday look.
4. Because there are no buttons on the cardigan, to cinch in the waist, I put on a silver sparkly metallic belt I got from Forever Twenty-One many years ago.
5. I love layering necklaces. The more the better in my opinion. So, for this look, I put on three different necklaces. I can't remember where I got the beige and light peach one but I am pretty sure I got the turquoise one at Macy's.
6. The undershirt is a long sleeved body suit in white. It sits low on the shoulder but once I took the pictures for the blog it was already in the wash. So, I took a picture of a simple long sleeved sweater that would look nice for this look instead.
For the photos, I took them with my iphone 8. One I took in front of a big wall outside of Macy's in Walnut Creek, CA. The other, I had my housemate take outside the house I am renting a room at.
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