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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

Thanks for reading! XO, Dawn

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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):

1.2.3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Lady Dior lambskin bag - Lady Dior Dior9. 

  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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Handbag Review- Céline Nano Luggage

 

 

I will admit it—I am late to the pre-loved luxe game.  I definitely had some trust issues. I am a researcher, so in reading blogs, watching YouTube videos and groups on Facebook…. I was one nervous handbag lover.  My normal process is to research, try-on in store if possible, to check my savings and to check in with my handbag loving friends to see what they think.  So relying on pictures and other people’s descriptions was difficult for me.  I knew I had to expand my research to experiences that others have had before buying pre-loved.

When I focused in on a Céline Nano Luggage back in July, I decided that I would go with Fashionphile  because the site had several choices of the bag. Let me tell you that I got extremely lucky and in a few days I found one in excellent (a Fashionphile description category) condition.  I will say, finding exactly what you want pre-loved can be hit or miss with availability but don’t give up.  I was a bit nervous because I need to inspect the bag before purchasing. This was another reason I picked Fashionphile… they have a return policy that allows you to return if the bag was not as expected. I got it for a great price, so pre-loved is a great option for those looking for a deal.

Now about the bag…. I picked the Céline Nano Luggage in black drummed calfskin.  I had seen this version in several videos & posts and loved the style and simplicity of the bag. I love that you can wear it on your arm and use the long strap for cross-body.  The black is classic, so goes with everything.  The shape is a bit slim and tall, so if you fill it up you may be stacking your items.  I have enjoyed carrying the it and love the size for my lifestyle. It fits my phone and essentials with no problem.  If someone were to ask me, I would definitely suggest this style.

There are stories/rumors out there that the new designer for the line with get rid of some styles including the Luggage.  This makes me sad because it is a great option.  If you are in the market for a new one, get it while you can.  If you want pre-loved, head to your favorite site and search away.  I will link to my specific bag and to Fashionfile’s Celine page below.

 Used Celine      The bag I got: CELINE Drummed Calfskin Nano Luggage Black

Thanks for reading! XO, Dawn
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The Fear of Using Our Nice Things…

Hi Everyone-

I was thinking (on my traffic heavy ride home) about some videos and blogs that I have seen about people treating themselves to lovely things, but not using them because they are scared of “ruining” them. My friends and I have talked about this as well. I have suffered this affliction myself. Now that I have the means to actually get an item on my wish list, it has been a dilemma about wanting to use AND preserve my precious goods.

A prime example are my lovely pink suede loafers. I saved and consigned to buy them. I researched caring for the suede… I mean they are pink suede for goodness sakes! I ordered them and purchased suede protection spray & cleaning kit. When I finally got the box in the mail last year, I took them out of the box and tried them on again in my house and sprayed them with the protection spray. Then, I put them back in the dust bags and box and tucked them safely in my closet. A few months later after having my girlfriends ask about them several times and me lovingly describing them to a colleague, I put the shoes on for a day of work. I found myself constantly checking them to see if I got a mark on them….Like every time I sat at my desk! I had such anxiety all day, that upon arriving home that night I put them back into the dust bags and box and into my closet. This happened several times until ultimately I was able to overcome this (FINALLY!) and am wearing them right now as I type.

Gucci Marmont in blush pink suede 
Gucci Pink Suede GG Marmont Loafer Heels

 

Seriously! I am a grown, educated woman and I cannot escape the fear of messing up the stuff that I saved and planned for…. ugh. I felt the same way when I got my lovely Chanel Jumbo… that lovely thing stayed in the safety of its dust bag on the handbag shelf for way longer than it should have…

Jumbo in Caviar Navy with LGHW

 Making sure this lovely is in my rotation! 

I have read posts among my “friends” in handbag groups and I am not alone! I think my personal issue was that I want to take care of my nice stuff (clothes, shoes, handbags, home decor) because I spent my hard-earned money on it. I also think there is so much pressure to things to be in pristine condition if I later decide that it is no longer for me and want to sell it. Part if it is my own fault, because I too look for pre-loved items in excellent condition.

Then I remember that I bought those things because they caught my eye and I could not stop thinking about it… and when I use them it makes me happy, confident and happy. I have decided that I would use my fashion each week… so I can enjoy the things I worked so hard to get…. DON’T BE SCARED…. ENJOY YOUR LOVELY ITEMS!

Please share your thoughts and stories in the comments.

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XOXO, Dawn

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My Experience in Hermes

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Everyday in my work, I advocate for equity and social justice.  Then I go out in the world and hope to experience it in my own life.  I have been in love with fashion since I was young and it has blossomed now that I am an adult and can enjoy shopping for the stuff I used to only see in magazines.  Then I went into the Palo Alto, CA Hermes store (pictured above)…

It was a Friday, so I had nice work appropriate dark jeans on, cashmere sweater, Tory Burch ruffle sneakers and my Chanel Jumbo bag.  Not that appearance should matter, but I was presentable with a touch of Luxe. I went in to look mainly at scarves, scarf ring (because I am fancy like that) and to see if they had any watch bands to fancy up my Apple Watch.  I walked in with a smile on my face and said hello to an associate who replied but kept walking by.  I looked for quite a while at the cases with scarves, twillys & scarf rings but no one came over.  I was pretty much a sure sale, yet no one came over.  I took one loop of the store looking at items and one other associate said hi to me, but he too kept walking.  I went back and stood by another case.  There were only 2 other people in the shop that didn’t work there and about 5-6 people who worked there.  Crickets. 

So I left and went to Neiman Marcus where my lovely associate at Chanel greeted me and treated me with kindness and I spend my hard-earned money with him. Kindness and respect are everything with me… I have been in retail and know how a customer should be treated. Apparently I didn’t look like I could/should buy anything from their store.  So I will possibly make my Hermes purchase online and continue to shop at the Luxe shops that respect me no matter how they judge my appearance. I have watched some of my favorite You Tubers talk about the stress to get a Berkin or Kelly in the Paris store and are judged by the associate to be selected for a bag.  It is apparently true for many other situations in Hermes on any continent.  It’s just sad. Guess I will stick with my favorites: Chanel, Gucci, Dior and LV.  I have had EXCELLENT service there which is why they are part of my collection. 

Thanks for reading! XO, Dawn

 

 

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.

 

 

Buying THE bag….

How I got my dream handbag…

My girlfriends and I love shopping.  Hello… they call me Stylish Teacher. So we often have long conversations about our favorite thing…. handbags and small leather goods.  We love us some purses! I mean, we can talk for hours about them. So my holy grail {like many other ladies out there} a classic CHANEL bag. My crew and I have coveted a classic double flap bag, have visited it on shopping trips.

So after working hard to downsize my closets (yep I said closets—I know, I know)  by selling online (and donating to charity), I saved up enough to take the plunge.  I actually did it y’all.  NAVY. CAVIAR. LEATHER. DOUBLE FLAP. JUMBO bag with light gold hardware…. I am in love [well second behind my husband] with this bag.  It is a huge spend I know, but I sold a lot of clothes, shoes and bags that were not getting much love lately and saved all the proceeds for my purchase.  It is doable if you truly save for it.  I can’t wait to take it out for a spin.  I will add a pic when I unbox it. Screen Shot 2018-06-18 at 9.23.00 PM

Here is a link to the bag (but with the gold hardware): Chanel Classic Bag

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