Friday, March 14, 2014

1st Class Fashion!

Haven't you heard? Traveling the world may only cost you the price of a stylish outfit. I was introduced to this website called 1st Class Fashion, which serves as a platform for individuals all around the world to showcase their personal style. Now its not called 1st Class Fashion for no reason! You have the chance to win a FIRST class round trip ticket to any destination you desire to travel.  What a treat it is to be rewarded for being stylish! And another fun fact, 1st Class Fashion was founded by Collins Ezueka, a medical doctor, I'm assuming a fashionable one at that. All that being said, I need all of you to click on the link above and create your 1st Class Fashion account to begin uploading your most stylish outfits.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Swap Soiree!

We played party planner and hosted our very own Swap Soiree. This was our first event as D.R. Thrift and our very first swap party.  We invited all of our close friends for an afternoon of food, fun, and fashion! Every single one of us had an absolute ball! Brunch was full of laughter over quality girl talk! We had our friends each bring their gently used, unwanted clothes and accessories to trade with the other party guest.  There was quite a selection of clothes for everyone to choose from so no guest left empty handed.  We are so thankful to our friends that came out to support our event and a big shout out to Mama Black (D's mom) for all of her help!  We had so much fun hosting our Swap Soiree and we simply cannot wait to host our next event! Stay tuned...

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Alvin Ailey

If you're a lover of the arts, then you must attend an Alvin Ailey show.  This was my first Alvin Ailey performance and it was breathtaking. I found myself creating a story of each piece as I watched from the audience.  It amazes me sometimes how gracefully and beautifully the body can move.  I attended the show with my college friend, Kayla, my mom, and her friends.  I took Alvin Ailey as an opportunity to wear the sexy, Carmen inspired number.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

In the name of LOVE

Well hello! D.R. has been extremely busy this past week, but now that the week has passed we can show you all some TLC.  So shall we recap on our Valentine's Day? We were fortunate enough to not only have one Valentine, but we each had three! We shared our V-day with our beautiful friends.  Valentine's Day is meant to be spent with ones you love and we did just that. Nothing is more important than loving on your friends.  The four of us got gussied up and went to dinner at Two Urban Licks in Atlanta.  The atmosphere was intimate with dimly lit lights and a live band, which made our night all the more special.  We hope your day of love was spent just the way you hoped.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Texturizer!!

Let us texturize, shall we?  We are not texturizing our hair, rather we are mixing different fabrics! Since this is a new venture for me, I played with the traditional hard and soft contrast. For my hard I wore my faux leather leggings from H&M and for my softer side, I wore my velour
 blazer.  I purchased my blazer from Park Avenue Thrift Store for $7.57, but received half off since I had a 50% off coupon. My floral printed shirt was thrifted from Park Avenue Outlet. As oddly as it sounds Park Ave, a thrift store, has an outlet store with extremely lower prices. My navy, floral shirt was less than $2.  So a quick background,depending on what day of the week you shop at Park Ave Outlet, nothing costs over $2. Monday everything in the store could only cost .75, but on Friday everything could only cost $1.25. Now back to my outfit!  My $3.93 earrings were found at the popular Goodwill. I added my crown brooch as a $3.53 signature touch, also from Goodwill. I wanted to keep the look dark and in the same color family. However, it would not have been right if I didn't add a pop of color.  My bright yellowish/lime hat was the perfect pop to act as a contrast to the dark side.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Rare Bird

Lately, I have been so inspired! Prints have found a place back into my heart. I was reintroduced to prints by way of Iris Apfel, Peter Pilotto's Target Collection, and Mara Hoffman's nyfw14 collection.  I was most influenced by Iris Apfel.  She is known as an interior designer and fashion icon. If you consider yourself a true fashionista and do not know who the fabulous Iris Apfel is then I dare you to do some fashion research! You will thank me later for the homework assignment.  Mrs. Apfel's style is confident, outrageous, bold, unpredictable, thrilling, flamboyant, and inspiring.  When asked in an interview by T Magazine, how do you define style, Mrs. Apfel replied, " Attitude, style is attitude attitude attitude. It ain't what you do, its the way you do it." With that in mind, I took my attitude and some fashion inspiration from Mrs. Iris Apfel and strutted my stuff in loud colors, vibrant prints, and my purple turban. And if you too become inspired by The Iris Apfel, but aren't sure where to start, she has her own jewelry collection called Rara Avis (rare bird) sold on HSN. Take a peak of her collection by clicking here!  

Introducing Iris Apfel

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Monochromatic Fever

R and I must be more in sync with each other than we thought.  I was so excited about what I was wearing to church this past Sunday when I sent a picture to R and in return she sent one back.  We both seemed to have caught mono, that is the monochromatic bug! I was prancing around looking like a hot pink high lighter, wearing a bright hot pink dress and tights adding a pop of color with purple heels.  R was doing her all black errthang, with black velour blazer and pants throwing in a touch of softness, wearing her beaded pastel pink heels.  

Friday, January 31, 2014

Let Your 20's Roar!!!

My girlfriends and I enjoyed ourselves this past weekend celebrating our radiant friend, Monica's 23rd birthday! Yay for the Jordan year!  We all took a journey back in time and found ourselves grasped in 1923.  We spent the night surrounded by flappers, gangsters, and glamorous dames doing the Charleston and dancing to jazz music.  It was a fun night of illegal drinking (due to the prohibition, for you non-historic ladies and gents), smoking cigarettes (a thing of the 20s), and capturing each moment with a flash.  Most importantly, we were dressed to the tee! I paraded the party in a fitted velvet gown I found while browsing Free Fab'rik! A dress that only cost me $18. And that fabulous white fur draped across my shoulders was $35 courtesy of the Goodwill.  Rachel twirled around the room in her $12.50 soft pink gown and $40 Italian made heels from Rag-O-Rama.  And because I loved my dress so much, it was only right to take the birthday girl thrifting to find the perfect dress for her roaring celebration.  As a Free Fab'rik fanatic, I brought her there to find her attire.  Her angelic white dress was originally $18, but she got it for $6 using Fab'rik great Scoutmob deal! 

Inner "ROYALE"

There comes a time in everyone's personal styling endeavors, when they assemble an outfit that brings out their inner "royale". Although D and I share the same love for fashion and thrifting, our styles slightly differ in taste. I enjoy polished looks that include solid contrast colors like black and white, while she enjoys prime colors and prints, which allow her to stand out. This past Sunday, I pulled out another one of my thrifted finds from Fairfax, click here to read about my Fairfax experience. And boy did I feel spiffy. I wore white fitted pants from Zara with black Ralph Lauren leather boots. To top it all off, I completed my ensemble with my thrifted, embroidered wool double breasted blazer. When it comes to fashion, wear what makes you feel "royale".

Monday, January 27, 2014

Cyber Thrift

Public Service Annoucenment: For all my readers out there who can't get enough of online shopping, I have the next best alternative to enjoying the outdoor hobby of thriftingthredUP is an online consignment shop that specializes in providing premium brands, like new clothes at reliably low prices. It's a perfect place to find higher end pieces for you brand whores out there (and I know you're out there :)) Once you enter the site, there are options to Shop, Sell, or Donate. I personally have not made a purchase through thredUP yet, but after reading about it in another blog, I just had to share the great news with my readers. If you're excited about making your first purchase through thredUP, be sure to get the 20% off promotional on your first purchase and free shipping over $50 (if you get too excited). Check it out and please share a personal review below!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Jacqueline of all trades...

Shall we take it back to a time when the Kennedy's dwelt in the White House and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy reigned the fashion world? I simply adore Jackie O., everything from her polished presence and classic style, to her infamous pillbox hats! She is one to take notes from, so ladies please pull out your pen and paper! I bought this powder blue dress to embrace the essence of Jackie O. Fast forward to present day,  it is my canning way of appearing to be draped in Kate Spade.  I took my powder blue dress to a wooded wonderland for some photography fun!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Lets all take a field trip!

Do I have great news for you! If you want to thrift, but do not know where to start than I have the perfect venture for you.  Thrifting Atlanta is a site that is sponsoring a bus tour in the following month (February 1st to be exact).  The bus will meet at a central location in Atlanta and take passengers from thrift store to thrift store. The best part about this deal is that you don't have to do any work, other than sit back and enjoy the ride, the bus ride.  Be advised that there is a limited amount of tickets available, so you want to purchase your ticket soon.  Tickets cost $35, with only 13 available spots! I need to purchase mine so I can experience the tour to tell you all about it. Do not fret, Thrifting Atlanta does bus tours often so if you miss February's there will be one sure to follow! To get all the details and purchase tickets, click on here to link you to the website.

                     P.S. We have shopped at many of these stores, so you will not be disppointed!

Friday, January 3, 2014

NYE Kardashian Style...

This year my lovely friends and I decided to end the year a little differently.  I'm not talking about an ugly sweater party or some wild New Year's Eve party. Instead we bonded over hair, make-up, and beautifully thrifted fashion! So what I am trying to say, is that we had a good old-fashioned photo-shoot.  The idea was inspired by the Kardashian family's annual Christmas card, so we decided to do our own electronic version for our social media friends.  This was a fabulous and fun way for us to spend some much needed friend time, since we are all rarely in the same place at once. Our shoot consisted of two-looks, one for our Christmas card and the other for our New Year card.  Fun fact about my friends and I, we like to do things in the grandest of ways. Our Christmas card was a Janelle Monae inspired look, masculine/feminine, and we wore sequenced dresses for the New Year, which brings me to the thrifting portion.  Each of us wore beaded dresses that were collected over time by Rachel and I from various thrift, vintage, and consignment stores. Sidenote, Chanel brought her own thrifted sequenced dress.  The photos came out phenomenally thanks to our lovely photographer, Kebrianna "Keke" (check out her work on instagram, #kaughtbykeek). Everyone's inner model came out that night! Take a look, we're pretty smokin'! Happy New Year from the gals!!

Good-bye Thriftginity!!

Over the summer, R and I took our good friend Yesica on a little thrifting excursion.  It all started when she was moving into her new apartment and we went through her closet. Between us, somethings in her wardrobe simply had to go! Yesica has been wanting to go thrifting with us for a while, but after her closet make over her wardrobe was in need of restocking.  Yesica is heavily involved in her sorority and needed pieces that were business causal for her meetings and other school events.  Rachel and I kept it simple and took her to Goodwill to break her thriftginity.  To make things simple she gave herself a budget of $60 (Sidenote, it's always a good idea to have a budget). We looked through blazers, slacks, blouses, basically the whole women’s section and left with a satisfied friend.  And she stayed under budget, her total ended up being $40.24!