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Vintage Logo Trend

Logos are everywhere! We all remember logos from our favorite sporty brands like Nike and Adidas. Both women and men participate in this style trend.  This phenomenon has expanded to the fashion and luxury brands.  From the popular luxe brands like Gucci and Dior, tees and accessories, logos are showing up as part of the style lexicon.  You see logos all over Instagram and in fashion magazines and on your favorite You Tubers.  Brands are bringing back their old logos and patterns which is exciting to those who follow fashion and trends.  I will put links to some examples below! 

I have to admit, I do have some logo clothes and accessories in my closet.  I am not talking about having a logo from head to toe, but as an accent to your outfit. I love mixing logo t-shirts and accessories into my wardrobe for work, casual Fridays and weekends.  Tees and accessories with logos are easily found in-store and online or in vintage/second-hand shops.  The price difference between the luxe brands and other brands can be a cold splash of water, yet the trend lives on.  

One brand that has been very good at this trend is Gucci.  The Gucci logo is everywhere! From belts to t-shirts to handbags, Gucci has reinvented itself in its own vintage image.  The last few seasons have been full of the use of their own logo and fun images or patterns that the trend and fashion world has embraced. They have released new handbags with their vintage canvas logos and in vintage styles.  You can also find vintage and pre-loved bags, clothes and accessories on resale sites like The Real Real and Fashionphile.

One popular example is the logo tee trend. Brands from contemporary designers like Marc Jacobs as well as luxury brands like Gucci, Burberry and Balmain have t-shirts with their logos on them.  People love these tees.  I too have logo t-shirts in my wardrobe.  I mix them in with my outfits when appropriate for me.  Imagine these shirts under a blazer with jeans and your favorite leather sneakers… that is my go-to casual-smart outfit! 

Maybe you will jump into logo mania with the rest of the fashion world.  Perhaps not from head to toe, but with a few fun pieces.

Links to Items:

  1. Gucci Rose Belt (Nordstrom)
  2. Gucci Black Belt (Nordstrom)
  3. Gucci Cocoa Belt (Neiman Marcus)
  4. Gucci-Print Cotton Tee (Neiman Marcus)
  5. Gucci Interlock Tee (Nordstrom)
  6. Gucci Embellished Graphic Tee (Nordstrom)
  7. Men’s Gucci Logo Tee (Nordstrom)
  8. Gucci Small Marmont Matelasse Shoulder Bag (Nordstrom)
  9. Gucci Marmont Fringe Flat Black (Nordstrom)
  10. Men’s Pierre Balmain Logo T-Shirt (Nordstrom)
  11. Men’s Fendi Mania Pullover Hoodie (Neiman Marcus)
  12. Men’s Fendi Slide(Neiman Marcus)
  13. Men’s Adidas Originals Cap (Nordstrom)
  14. Balmain Logo Tee (Nordstrom)
  15. Burberry Sandon Card Case (Nordstrom)
  16. New Ace Gucci Band Leather Sneaker (Neiman Marcus)
  17. Dior Bracelet

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What I Wore… Doing my Civic Duty Fashionably (Oct. 2018)

Today our some of our Leadership Team went to local high schools to register students to vote! In 30 minutes we were able to register and pre-register many students! As a team, our office registered 787 students at 13 high schools! Something to be proud of for sure! To do this important work I wore (I will link as much as I can or similar below the pic):

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  1. Tory Sport Ruffle Sneaker 
  2. Gorjana Power Gemstone Beaded Bracelet
  3. Gorjana Power Gemstone Beaded Bracelet
  4. Gorjana Compassion Gemstone Bracelet
  5. Similar (mine is grey)- J.crew Parke Blazer, Size 10 – Black
  6. Similar NYDJ Marilyn Trouser Tie Belt Jeans, Size 14 – Blue
  7. Tory Burch Vote T-Shirt
  8. Similar (mine is blue) Lady Dior Medium
  9. Bombas Socks

Thanks for reading! XO, Dawn

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Online Shopping Services

I have been using these services for many years now.  The basic premise is that you go online, sign-up for the service and they send you stuff in the mail to try on.  You keep what you like and you send back what you don’t.  It is a win-win for busy people and for those who just don’t like shopping! There are many of these types of services out there.  Here are a few that I have tried and my experiences with them. I will include links so you can check them out for yourself.

Trunk Club

Trunk Club is a Nordstrom Company which is a bonus to the ease of this service because you can use your Nordstrom card and earn Notes.  They send you items (jewelry, clothing, accessories, shoes, etc) and you try them on at home. You keep what you want and send back what you don’t. The service is available for women and men.

So basically, to sign up for the service you fill out a profile about your style (I also linked my Pinterest so my stylist could see it) and schedule a trunk.  The stylist will chat with you through the website or app and ask you what type of items you need.  Most brands sold at Nordstrom are pretty much available.  I have even requested specific brands or items to be included in my trunk. You can even select a theme like wedding guest, workout/active wear or vacation items. They will send you an email with a preview of your trunk and you can say yes or no before the items are sent to you to and request other items they didn’t include.

This service has been the most successful for me.  I already loved shopping at Nordstrom and I now have a great Stylist (my 1st one & I didn’t click so I switched).  The fact that you see the items before they send them is great for me and I have felt like my requests and feedback on the items (you give feedback on what you like or don’t like) and that helps to build a rapport with the stylist. There is a limit on how long you can have the items at your house before you send back what you don’t want, so it is not like buying, thinking about it and returning it to the store–it’s a shorter timeline. I liked that you can either schedule a trunk whenever you want or if you are building a new wardrobe, you can have one sent on a reoccurring basis. 

Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix was the first shopping services I every tried.  I read about it in the style section of the San Francisco Chronicle and knew I wanted to try it. This service has a simple formula: you sign up; fill out a profile; and schedule a “fix”.  They send you 5 items (clothes, shoes and accessories),  you keep what you like and send back what you don’t. There is a $20 styling fee when you scheduled, but that $20 is applied to any purchase you make.  This service is available to women, men and now kids.  They also have maternity for those who need it!

This service was good for a while for me.  I found that after a while I started to get the same items but in different colors/patterns.  I believe that now they have a larger variety of brands that they offer. You are not able to select specific items.  You can give “notes” to your stylist, but ultimately they pick what think you might like.  This was great for me when I moved from the classroom to administrator and I needed more work place style of clothes.  I was able to build a base work wardrobe.  I haven’t been back for a while, but is an easy service to use.

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Thanks for reading! XO, Dawn

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What Worked & What Didn’t- 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The secret sauce of the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is that it has items that can be used this summer, but also includes items for fall! The 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends August 5 when prices will go back up to regular price. I have to say that there is so much included, you can find looks for every occasion at Nordstrom, from weekend to wedding and night out to vacation.

Here is how my ordering drama resolved itself.  So the 2 orders that I made that were cancelled within the system causing me to reorder were actually filled.  So, I ended up getting all but one pair of jeans, but I got many duplicated items. Again props to SA Elizabeth @ Valley Fair for watching over my situation like a guardian angel.  I have a thank you email set to go out to her (hello! I have manners).

So here is what I loved and if it worked for me or not:

Women’s Maggy London Ruched Waist Midi Dress 12

I loved this dress in the pictures and in person. It would have been a great option for work or a party.  Sadly, it didn’t fit me properly so I had to let it go.

Women’s Hinge Mix Print Peasant Dress, Large – Blue

I love the boho/peasant style of this! With booties or sandals in warm weather and with and cozy cardigan, tights and boots when it cools down. I ordered a size XL, but the sleeves were too long so I had to order a large. I’m hoping that will work.

Women’s Ag The Farrah Ankle Skinny Jeans 33R

For those who love AG Jeans… you must look at these.  I am new to the AG program – I got my first ever pair in May from Trunk Club.  I was excited to get my second pair to replace some older jeans that it was past time to sell/donate. OK they are a bit more than I would normally spend on denim, but my 1st pair really performed and you can save $76 before August 6.

 Women’s Halogen Lace Detail Camisole-Blue or Black Floral Large

These Halogen camis are so comfy with great lace detail and a bit of stretch.  I have worn it under a cardigan and on it’s own when outside in the heat.

 Women’s Rails Bretton Heart Print Top, Size Large – White

Another brand I am new to is Rails.  This top is the perfect shape for me at work.  The white with the fun black heart detail will work with my pencil skirts and trousers.

Women’s Rails Cara Star V-Neck Tee, Size Large – White

My other favorite from Rails is this cute tee.  I am loving stars lately and this v-neck has a subtle pattern and a great fit.

Women’s Caslon Hooded Cardigan, Size Large – Grey

This is one of the 1st items that I saw that I knew I wanted.  I originally wanted it in black, but it was sold out and I was able to get a grey one.  I am happy with this light-weight cardigan.  It has a drawstring at the waist, so you don’t have that giant sweater look, but a slim silhouette.

Women’s Barefoot Dreams Cozychic Lite Circle Cardigan M 

So I knew I had to try this sweater out because 4 of my favorite bloggers (Lux Mommy, Chase Amie, Shea Whitney &  Miss Louie) said I must.  Boy were they right! This is the softest sweater in the history of sweaters! I am serious! I got the blue one in size medium and it is truly cozy.

Women’s Vince Camuto Kochelda Over The Knee Boot, 8.5 Wide Calf

So I never thought I would like an over-the-knee boot.  My problem is my wide calf action (thanks a lot Zumba) which limits my selection significantly.  These fit me perfectly and I saved $80!  I can’t wait for the weather to cool down!

 Women’s Tory Burch Benton Ballet Flat, Size 8 M – Black

Tory Burch Flats. CLASSIC. Enough said.

Women’s Halogen Hailey Bootie 8.5 M 

Biker Chic. You might need these.

Women’s Leith Tie Front Skort

IT’S A SKORT! Navy with a hint of Lavender. I mean… it had me at skort.

  Women’s Halogen Plaid Stripe Pencil Skirt,  14- Black

I love me a good pencil skirt.  Great for work and those who know me know that I will also wear with a tee and canvas sneakers. Classic fit.

 

Items that I got that maybe sold out, but I hope they will restock:

  1. Beauty Blender blend.cleanse.carry Set
  2. Thermal Henley Top by SOCIALITE Large
  3. Women’s Halogen Ribbon Stripe Slim Jeans, Size 33 Blue
  4. Treasure and Bond Sporty Stripe Sweater Large Grey

 

So many fun items with good prices this year.  Remember,2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends August 5 so get moving.  You can get FREE shipping or pick up in store.

Hope this was helpful!

Thanks for reading! XO, Dawn

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Selling, Consigning and Donating Your Stuff

So I have been doing this for a couple of years now— selling, consigning and donating my stuff.  Like most women, I love pretty things.  Having a background in fashion and merchandising has instilled a love for fashion and design.  So I use the opportunity to do this to keep items out of the landfill and fund my new items.

I have been selling and consigning online at various sites, which can get tricky since websites come and go. This is not a list of all of them, but a list of the ones that I have personally tried.

Sites that I have sold, consigned or donated to (click on the name to link) and see the summaries of my experiences below.  

  1.  The Real Real (consign)
  2. ThredUp (sell or donate)
  3. Give Back Box (donate)
  4. Ebay (sell)
  5. Glambot (sell)

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Lately I have sold mostly to and website called ThredUp.  It is pretty easy— you sign-up and they send you “clean-out bags” and you send them your stuff.  The site recently started offering labels as well so you can use your own box. The deal with this site is they want some stuff and some they don’t.  The site tells you upfront that they are very picky.  You can let them recycle the rest of your stuff or pay a fee ($10.99) to send back what they don’t want for their site.  Over the last year, it is hit and miss which items they want.  I have had stuff that I have sent in and gotten returned to me, but when I sent it again, they accepted it.  I guess it depends on who evaluates your bag.  I always pay the fee to get my items back so I can donate any items they rejected and get my tax receipt or sell it elsewhere (instead of letting them profit from the recycling of the fabric) One big tip with this site is to send items that are current for the season (if it is summer, send summer items).  You can also donate with them by sending in your donation bag and they send you a tax receipt.  They definitely don’t pay out much for non-designer items and the fees can add up, but it is an easy way to clean out your closet if you don’t have time to sell them or take them to a charity shop yourself.  Payment is through a prepaid Visa card, website credit or PayPal.  Overall, I have had a pretty good relationship with ThredUp.

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My most recent endeavor has been consigning with The Real Real.  I first went here to find pre-loved designer handbags.  But I saw that they consigned and decided to give it a go.  They have a strict list of designers they will accept and quite high fees, but again it is great if you don’t have time to sell the stuff yourself.  They authenticate, photograph, price and list everything for you and you get the commission when your item sells.  They will send you a Fed-ex label and even an empty box to send in your items.  In some cities like here in the San Francisco area, you can take your stuff into their offices be evaluated or schedule a pickup.  It is a great website to find pre-loved designer stuff that has been vetted and have a pretty good return policy.  I am still a newbie on The Real Real, but the process has been easy so far. Payment is made by check or direct deposit.

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Of course there is eBay. Many people buy and sell from eBay.  Yes they do charge a fee (10%) for the months you sell items and they let you list up to 100 items for free.  So that is not too bad in the fee category, but it’s the time that it takes to photograph, list and then ship each item that can deter people from using the service to sell their items.  I have sold with eBay, but I did find that the time that it took was worth the fees charged by other selling  or consignment websites.  I have found that if you tag your items the right way, your items will come up in searches and generate traffic for your goods.  The buyer pays you directly with PayPal.

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Next is Glambot.  Believe it or not, they buy & sell new or gently used makeup.  It’s true! So that eyeshadow palate that didn’t quite workout or free items with purchase that you didn’t use or give to your friends, you can sell it to this website and they will pay you for them. If you follow the directions and send the items and brands they accept, you can clear out your cosmetics drawers with this website.  They will email you a free shipping label, but they will not return items that they don’t accept so you should truly be ready to part with the items.  They pay or with website credit or PayPal.

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Finally, I want to talk about Give Back Box. I first heard of it through Amazon.  It is a service that connects you to a charity so you can donate items. They want you to reuse the boxes you get your order with Amazon to send items to charity with a free shipping label.  On the site you can fill out a form for taxes when you print out the labels.  This is ideal for me as I order from Amazon frequently (you know you do too) and I don’t have to save up a bunch of bags of stuff to drive to a charity shop.  I can pack up a box, print up a label and request a free pick-up from USPS.  Easy breezy.  Give Back Box have connections to many companies whose boxes you can use and many charities where your items go.  It is a win for your closet and a win for charities that get your stuff.

 

 

I’m looking for ways to be more stylish at work. It is tricky for teachers because school is not the best place for nice or expensive clothing and shoes. There are markers, paint, glue and kids that can be a mess after recess. So how can teachers get out of the rut of wearing our worst clothes so we don’t ruin our nice ones. And don’t get me started about wearing uncomfortable shoes (for most heels) when you have to stand all day. Well, I think that there is a happy medium from rolling out of bed and throwing on your faded- and sadly sometimes mom jeans- and faded t-shirt and dressing like you’re going on a dinner date. I will take a cue from my style god & goddess, Clinton Kelly and Stacey London, wear simple basics that fit! Please, for the love of all things fashionable, NEVER wear themed sweaters or sweatshirts! That is the reason that when people think of teachers, they think of us as frumpy ladies with apples on our shirts!

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I am really feeling the sweaters this fall! The patterns are a great escape from the plain sweaters of autumns past. Everyone should be brave and try a sweater with a little fun woven in!

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