vendredi 27 mars 2015

Alexa Chung Is Stunning In A White-On-White Spring Look

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Photo via: Glamour UK

I mean... Alexa Chung is glowing in this cool white-on-white look for spring. Her hair looks perfect of course, and this may have just rekindled my love for lockets.

Beauty Inspiration: Bright Fuchsia Pink Lips

Fashion: 5 Style Lessons Rachel Green Taught Us

Like me, you're probably a little bit addicted to watching Friends. When I have a spare half hour I'll turn on Comedy Central and catch up on whatever Friends episode they're airing. I have seen every episode of Friends a few too many times. I fell in love with Rachel Green's style and despite being a show shot in the 90's her style is very relevant today.

1. Checkered skirts are always a good idea.

2.Layering clothes is always trendy.

3. Oversized clothing is the way forward.

4. Dungarees are definitely appropriate for adults to wear.

5. Turtlenecks are a style essential.

Shops my Rachel Green Inspired Picks here:

What style lessons have you learnt from Rachel Green?

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jeudi 26 mars 2015

Consigning + buying designer items at The Real Real

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garment rack built by Nick : ) Gap sweater + jeans, Sole Society pumps c/o

I've gotten lots of questions over the years on where to buy and sell pre-owned designer items - I've recommended using The Real Real before to readers in email, so when the company asked me to share more about their services I was happy to do so! Their website offers an outlet for both buying and consigning clothing, accessories, and now fine art from a list of specified designers. They have brand experts who carefully authenticate each item coming through their warehouse, alleviating a big part of the worry associated with buying pre-owned designer goods. And each morning at 10AM EST, a new selection of these items goes up for sale on their website. I initially heard about The Real Real through fellow bloggers who consign there, and have personally had a good experience buying (and subsequently returning shoes that didn't fit) through them in the past.

therealreal consignment1 Living in a small city space, I try to keep an edited closet but it's definitely hard to part with things. As you guys can see, my wardrobe has already spilled out of my closet onto a hallway garment rack! We all have changes in taste and lifestyle (or if you're like me in the past, guilty of buying items that don't fit perfectly in hopes of "making them work") so it's important to do regular clean-outs of pieces not getting any wear. I'm lucky I have a similar-sized cousin who is happy to take items off my hands, and I usually donate the rest to local thrift stores. For higher-value luxury items though, consignment is a great option if you want to recoup a portion of what you paid.

Years ago, I used to sell my designer items directly myself but the time and effort spent doing so just wasn't worth it to me in the end. Writing a listing, taking and editing photos, answering questions (especially those who challenge the authenticity of the items!), packaging and shipping, and then dealing with post-transaction issues and returns took up a huge chunk of time. Plus there's usually selling and Paypal fees on top of the work. I looked into various consigning options both locally and online - at each shop the consignor's revenue share ranged from 40% to 70% of the final selling price, where the shop takes the remainder in exchange for admin tasks and providing a marketplace.

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The Real Real stood out to me because it gives the consignor one of the higher revenue shares (60 to 70% of the selling price based on your annual sales), and also made the process extremely easy. Instead of having to wait for appointments and schlep items to a physical store, consignors get free shipping labels to mail in items, or can use the "White Glove" service where a Luxury Manager comes to your house to pick up items (must have 10 or more items for this service). Their team then photographs, lists, collects payment and ships each item on your behalf, and items sell on average in just 3 days. I thought this was an amazing timeframe, especially compared to brick & mortar consignment stores where things can take months to sell or just end up unsold. Some other info that I found helpful while going through this process:

- qualifying list of designers and item types

- resale value pricing guide for items consigned on their site

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My local Luxury Manager came by earlier this month and the process was quick and efficient. It took minutes for her to look over and log each qualifying item into her iPad, and I got an e-receipt in my inbox of items that were taken. A few days later I got an email notification on the processing of those items, and could log into my account at any time to track status and sales. Any items sent in that don't pass the authenticity and brand/condition inspection process by their warehouse would be shipped back and track-able in your account. For any readers interested in consigning as well, you can start the process here .

Amongst the items I consigned (now available for sale!) are these brand new in box Tory Burch mid heels and classic Prada pumps which were gathering dust in my closet. I bought them a while ago and they were both small on me, but somehow forgot to return within the window

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From the shopping side, I love popping in every so often and filtering the sales just for my size - I snagged these Valentino beauties when they popped up and have been mulling over which to keep. I love both styles and actually purchased the bow pumps last year at full price before returning. I thought they were darling shoes, but not quite versatile enough at the full price point. Valentino classics almost never go on sale, but are notably more affordable if you're OK with buying pre-owned. These flats were over 35% off, and the bow pumps were 60% off retail!

Thank you to The Real Real for partnering on this post! Below are a few of my picks from today's sales - such a big selection of DVF silk dresses at a good price. I'd love to hear any of your experiences and tips for consigning or re-selling your designer goods.

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mercredi 25 mars 2015

9 Ultra-Cool Ways To Wear Flared Jeans

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1. Géraldine Saglio by Hanneli

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2. Maja Wyh

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3. Collage Vintage

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4. Diana Moldovan by Livin Cool

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5. Vanessa Jackman

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6. Glamour Germany

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7. Moderosa

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8. Stockholm Streetstyle

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9. J'ai Perdu Ma Veste

I'm a forever fan of flared jeans and these ladies show how to style them just right.

Get the look:

+ Blank Denim Pull On Flare Jeans

+ ASOS Denim Bell Flare in White

+ MiH Marrakesh Flare Jeans

+ ASOS Lennox Kick Flare Jeans

+ J Brand Tailored High Waisted Flare

lundi 23 mars 2015

Shoe Crush: Kate Spade Luminous Pumps

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These pumps are spring-perfect and are the answer for any date night, wedding or casual chic look. The snakeskin version is stunning, but the pink ones are calling my name. I'd keep them from looking too saccharine by styling them only with black, white or denim basics.

+ Kate Spade Luminous Pumps in New Snake

+ Kate Spade Luminous Pumps in Old Rose Suede

dimanche 22 mars 2015

Weekend Inspiration: Casual In Plaid + Stripes

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Photos: UO

Here's some casual plaid and stripes style inspiration for your weekend.

Get the look:

+ Catarzi Classic Fedora Hat

+ BDG Flannel Curved-Hem Shirt

+ Paige Denim Sandy Top

+ AG The Legging Ankle Jeans

+ Circus By Sam Edelman Reese Monk Strap Boot