You've heard of lucky hats and t-shirts, but what about a lucky shopper tote? Nappy Models are helping to save the environment by using their own lucky personal shopper tote for retail and thrifted buys in lieu of plastic bags. So, why is our bag lucky? This bag once contained makeup and fragrance gift samples from past Belk fashion shows in which we were honored to attend. Now that those days are long gone, we can still put our bag to good use. Whether shopping retail or thrift stores, this bag brings us lots of luck in finding the Belk brands that we love at great deals!
Dirty Converse. I guess that's the trend for young adults, but those dingy cloth shoes really annoy me; especially when worn by females. I mean, would it hurt to take a soapy rag or toothbrush and clean them up a little? Or why not take them for a spin in the washer with a couple of towels and detergent? I can not understand why any young girl would even consider purchasing a pair of white Converse with no intentions of ever washing them or even buy a new pair of Converse that already look dirty and worn (unless they are thrifted). I guess I'm just old and old-fashioned, but dirty sneakers remind me of the days when we only had one pair. If we washed them on a school night and they weren't dry by morning, then they had to bake in the oven for a few minutes. When we took them out, the white rubber trim looked scorched...and dirty...and embarrassing!
Check out Teen Tightwad's thrifted $4.00 Converse...before and after a spin in the washer!
Why is it always so cold at the movies? My guess is that since you'll be there for a while watching a movie that might not be the biggest movie release of the summer, a chill every now and then will keep you awake. Too much cold air can also be a distraction. With all the squirming and trying to turn your tee into a cocoon, you might miss everything but the movie credits. Here's how to keep comfy with a thrift and retail fashion mix from Nappy Model. A lightweight chambray denim top is a great choice to pair with cargo shorts. For a little extra weight, a crochet maxi cardigan does the trick. Add your favorite wedges, a vintage crossbody to smuggle in that candy bar, and the star of the cinema will be YOU!
It's fun shopping for my daughters because finding great brands in their sizes is easy. Today I thrifted a pair of wedges for Loris which retail for $128.00 and up and my thrifted price was only $2.99. Minutes later at another thift store, I scored an A-line crochet tank and you should already know what goes great with crochet and wedges. Denim shorts and wooden accessories. I created this casually chic look for less than $10.00! Loris is lucky to have me as her personal stylist!
As a mother of two daughters and grandmother of one granddaughter, modesty is a common topic at my house. I want my girls to dress stylishly but to also be mindful of exposing themselves in a manner that may draw negative attention. Since it's officially summer and everyone's letting everything hang loose we have our rules for modest styles for our modern girls.
1. No disease shorts?
My granddaughter and I were looking through ladies shorts and whenever I would see an itty bitty pair, I would frown and tell her that these are shorts that you do not want to thrift. Later, she told her mom that "Nana called itty bitty shorts, disease shorts." I never called them disease shorts, but implied that they were nasty after resting in dark,damp areas. My girls are allowed to wear distressed cut off denim shorts, but we have the "bend over" rule. If you can see butt cheeks, then "NO"!
2. No mini skirts without shorts.
I was super excited when I thrifted 10 designer skirts earlier in the week. They all pass the "bend over" rule, but to be on the safe side, especially if you're going to take the stairs or the escalator up, it wouldn't hurt to have a pair of knit shorts underneath. We take old leggings and cut them into "volleyball" type shorts and they are great for coverage underneath skirts.
3. No cleavage display!
I know that teens can be well-endowed and there's nothing more unappealing than a long cleavage line. Doubling up on tanks or wearing a light weight summer scarf can fix that faux pas!
4. No belly revealing tops!
There's a reason why extra long tops were invented. They actually take care of two problems by keeping the belly in and the butt crevice unseen.
5. No super-shredded jeans!
Have you seen jeans which are so heavily distressed that the entire thigh and more are showing? I'm a fan of distressed, but those spider web styles are not for the modest modern teen.
6. Absolutely no leggings with short tops!
Need I say more?
As you can see, the list of don'ts is very short which leaves countless doable stylish looks for teens, like screened tees paired with floral skirts, cargo shorts, flip-flops, seersucker blazers and more!
Fitted tanks are still holding the number one spot for summer. It's simple, cool, versatile, and can be found at your nearest Walmart. Wear them underneath blazers, sheer tops, or even alone with your favorite statement necklace. Pair them with cargo shorts, high waist denim, or even a flirty skirt...possibilities are endless. Check out this ensemble featuring a white Faded Glory tank, blue statement necklace, printed Marc Jacobs mini, and vintage Coach crossbody bag. Top notch outfit for less than $8.50. Wow!
It makes me feel totally uncomfortable; the way that style and beauty are described these days. It's violent, heinous, but approved by many beauty and fashion experts with terms like beat which describes flawless makeup or whipped and snatched to describe impeccable hair styles. The violence only escalates from that point to the greatest crime of all, death. Yes, it's common to read where certain celebrities killed or either slayed on the red carpet.
Magazines with their sadistic tendencies are inflicting pain to millions and here's how. It's a constant reminder to victims and their families of situations that no human should ever experience. Need I post statistics of victims of domestic violence, victims of stalking, kidnapping, and sex trafficking? Should I post the number of women tortured and slain right here in the US each year, each day, each second? Magazines are sending a message, the wrong message, that such terminology in the beauty and fashion industry is acceptable, the norm, and in a weird sense telling women that it's okay to boast of that jealous boyfriend who "snatches" you around a little...because he loves you. It's time to stop teaching our daughters that beauty hurts! Let's stop the violence!
When Loris told me a while back that my once favorite designer, Ralph Lauren, had denim cut offs with star designs this season, I was firecracker hot! When I saw them for myself this past weekend while shopping at Belk, I was ready to explode. I featured my own Betsy Ross star-studded denim cut off shorts back in 2104 http://www.al.com/living/index.ssf/2014/07/fourth_of_july_betsy_ross_insp.html and here it is two years laters and his rip offs are on the shelves. I guess I should be flattered that my former designer lover and I have similar styles, but only of us was born under a lucky star and reaping all the rewards. Well, RL can call me a sore loser, but he's now my ex-favorite and a fallen star.
I recently ran into a thrifting sister from many years ago and you can guess where...the thrift store! After we parted, the smell of her perfumed lingered heavily on my clothing. I told Loris, "I know this fragrance. It's something that we wore a long time ago." After calling out fragrances such as Chloe and Ciara and not being sure which one it was, I gave her a call. She was wearing a 1977 YSL fragrance called Opium. Can you believe that?
I know of an old friend from highschool who won't wear anything but Beautiful by Estee Lauder which was introduced in 1985. I'm actually still a big fan of Gloria Vanderbilt perfume which was released in 1982. Loris' new favorite is an old release, White by Kenneth Cole. So you see there's nothing wrong with throwback fragrances, in fact, after so long they become new again to the younger generation.
Today's purchases were the Maybachs of throwback perfumes: Salvatore Ferragamo perfume released in 1998 and F by Ferragamo from 2006. Stop by Marshalls and try a new, old fragrance because nothing smells like yesterday...especially if it was a good one!
It's a rare occurrence when I'm more intrigued by men's styles than women. Such was the case as Loris and I perused the men's department at a local Steinmart today, enveloped by the styles of Allan Flusser. Flusser is a bad dude you know, a designer and authority on menswear. He wrote the book on men's classic styles...seriously, he has written books on the do's and don'ts of what to wear to keep men's styles interesting. Don't tell me that you're not attracted to a well dressed man. Okay, okay... guys in work boots and hard hats are interesting too but when it's time to step out for a night on the town, the dirty look is not acceptable!
So, do you run out and buy a copy of Flusser's Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion or do you whip into Steinmart for a fresh blazer, tie, pants, shoes...the whole works? Well, as I looked around at items that I thought would suit my friend well, I remembered words of wisdom from my mom who says that when she met my dad, he was pairing big floral shirts with plaid pants. With her fashion expertise, she hooked him up and you know the rest of the story. So, you'd be better off leaving that man in his work boots or he might just spend a night on the town with someone else wearing the clothes and shoes that you bought. I left the shoes and hopefully my friend is still right where I left him. Better safe than sorry!