Winter Whites and Gale Force Winds

I recently went to NYFW (read: was in NYC during Fashion Week) because my best friend was in town for a children’s clothing expo.  It just so happens that my best friend is also a professional photographer. So I put on the outfit I’ve been dreaming up since the moment I knew I would be within 100 miles of NYC during fashion week, and dragged her down to Battery Park before thrusting my camera into her hands.

On our way back to our hotel via Korean food, we happened upon an uncovered Subway grate that simulated gale force winds. Since Christa and I become completely blind to social norms when we are together, she pulled out the camera, adjusted the shutter speed, and told me to back up and walk over the grate again. And again. And again. Together we created this effortless looking Marilyn Monroe sequence.

All of these photos were taken in one walk-through because Christa is #goals. The repeats were so that we could capture a boomerang! #millenials

I left this experience with a newfound respect for the calm that Marilyn Monroe portrayed in this situation.  Nothing about this scenario is chill.

Christa and I were in the city together for 4 days and left the camera behind on our other adventures.  I think it’s the first time that we’ve hung out – just the two of us – since 8th grade.  And it was DIVINE!  Highlights include, but are not limited to:

  • seeing Wicked for the first time
  • taking a pedicab for the first time
  • going to Stand Up NY
  • eating all.the.food (pastries, cookie dough, milk bar, sushi, Korean BBQ…)
  • and staying up way too late to talk about nothing and everything every single night.

Outfit details

Headband: Lysande
Teal coat: Talbots via the Charlottesville Goodwill
Denim jacket: Express via the Charlottesville Goodwill
Poppy shirt: no name via my mom’s closet
Bag: LYDC via Rethreads in Charlottesville
White dress: Banana Republic (retail)
Shoes: Naturalizer (retail)


One more thing!

I am over-the-moon-and-beyond THRILLED to say that I was featured on DC Goodwill Fashionista’s Blog this past Friday.  You can read the post here and please be sure to follow her on social media!

I AM (the) MOANA (of thrift shopping)!

In the same way that Moana comes from voyagers, I come from dumpster divers. My Great Granny Florence would go “shopping” at the dumpsters in Alexandria, VA and bring home any and every item that was in reasonable and recognizable condition. My first jewelry box was a mini wooden wardrobe-style contraption (like, 11 inches tall) that she rescued from one such dumpster. It made.my.life. and I still have it.  The things she didn’t gift or use for herself, she cleaned, laundered, and donated to the Goodwill. Amazing, right?!

Florence was a thrifty caretaker which might have come from raising six children by herself during WWII and having to stretch every resource as far as she possibly could.  It also could have just been her nature.  It’s surprising – or maybe not? – that her daughter (my dad’s mom) was the exact opposite, indulging in the finest clothes, etc. Well, I always loved the excitement and passion that I saw on Great Granny’s face when she showed us the treasures that she found and imagined the ways that they would be used in their next life.  As I grew up, learned about the world, and was responsible for buying my own clothes, I quickly realized that thrift shopping was made for me: I can thrift clothes that are higher quality than those I could afford new, and I get a warm gushy feeling inside from saving someone else’s well-loved items from going into a landfill. And when I want to update my wardrobe? I can take the high quality, well-loved pieces back to a Goodwill for their next journey!

I went shopping last week for the first time in a li’l while and it was a smashing success! I hit up the fancy Goodwill (in Westport, CT) with the goal of tackling the pants situation. Pants and I have a thing. But y’all it paid off! $60 later and this was my haul.

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Yes, I took individual photos of each item. And yes, I learned adobe photoshop so that I could make this collage. #goals #motivation #marketableskills #someoneplzhireme Clockwise from top left: Jeanne Pierre cotton brick red sweater (obsessed with the texture); Ann Taylor Loft black and white geometric sweater shirt; Abercrombie&Fitch pink crop sweater with moose detail (moose’s have my heart); Levi’s distressed, cropped denim; Talbot’s cropped blue pants; plaid sweater with pink stripe from unknown brand.

The Levi’s were $25 which is more than I’ve spent on a single item of clothing in a really long time.* But they made me feel SO GOOD that I decided to go for it. I can’t explain it. I haven’t worn an outfit this deliberately shapeless in a long time but something about The Pants feels absolutely magical. I love the rise, I love the wash, and there’s a certain other je ne sais quois that puts some extra pep in my step.

Denim and sweater from Westport Goodwill, thrifted teal, Talbot’s peacoat from Charlottesville Goodwill, white headscarf from http://www.sleepandsparkle.com, shoes by Naturalizer via Nordstrom’s semi-annual sale.

The Talbot’s pants were $11.99. I saw the shade of blue and immediately recognized them as being the match to a Talbot’s skirt I thrifted about 5 years ago in Charlottesville. It was the first skirt I bought in my adult life that fit my curves in all the right places so I was thrilled to see a matching pair of pants!

The bears and I had a post-nap dance party. Everything piece of this outfit brings me intense joy.
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My dear friend Hannah and me in the Grand Central Terminal after a restaurant week double date with our favorite people. I’m wearing my new fave Talbot’s pants.  (Hannah’s style has always been #goals for me!)

Moral of the story? Go in with a goal. Y’all I tried on 75% of the pants that were in the Goodwill. And 99.99% of those fit like a joke. But I was so excited about the two pairs I bought that I wore them the same day I bought them and without laundering them. *gasp* And those baggy Levi’s and that red sweater? I wore them 3 days in a row without a second thought! If the clothes don’t make me want to dance (I had a good 45 minute post-shopping-nap dance party) then they don’t come home with me.

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The headscarves are, of course, from http://www.sleepandsparkle.com. I hope that people pass my scarves down for generations the way that I pass on my favorite clothes and accessories!

*Note: All of my shoes – except for a pair of steel toe cowboy boots that I bought at a thrift store in Laramie, Wyoming – come from retail stores. I wear a women’s 12.5 which I can’t reliably thrift.