Today is the day for us to consider and adopt habits that will help to leave a smaller carbon footprint on our environment. I could go on and on about recycling and reducing energy consumption and how it is beneficial, but if you’re an avid fashioniSTA reader, you’re most likely here for the fashion tips and tricks.
We love consignment. It’s what we do. Of course, we love consignment because of the amazing fashion finds and vintage/unique pieces, but have you ever realized how resale helps the environment?
Think about it.
The clothes hanging in your closet took hours to make, whether by hand or machine. The textiles alone were created before the final garment was even produced. So many different types of materials go into producing a final garment too, like plastic for buttons. The amount of energy that goes into the production of a garment is shocking.
If you are like us, you probably have items hanging in your closet that you never wear. Don’t just throw them away or let them go unused, consign and give them a second life. Not only will you make some money in the process, but you’ll also be extending the life of the garment. It is such a waste to see an item worn once and then tossed into the trash. If the piece of clothing is unwearable, donate it! Some charities will even pick up donations right from your home, if you have a large enough load.
So this Earth Day, we can make a difference for our Planet through something as simple as the clothing already hanging in our own closets.
Happy Earth Day, fashioniSTAs!
~ Taylor, fashioniSTA intern
College graduation is one of the most exciting milestones of your life. I remember how thrilled I felt on my high school graduation day, and I cannot begin to say how ecstatic I am to be graduating college in May! With most college graduations just around the corner, I thought I would share some tips to help you choose the perfect graduation dress. Because we all know, that what we wear under the cap and gown is still so important!
1. Keep it simple and classy
Opt for a cute and conservative style, which is most appropriate for the occasion. I recommend a shift dress; it is stylish, flattering and comfortable! Remember- you will be sitting, a lot. A spring shift dress will be perfect and there are so many different options, from lace to bright colors to prints!
2. Practical shoes
Choosing the perfect shoe is equally as important as the dress. Pick a spring number that will be easy to walk in and will look cute in pictures. My suggestions are wedges or sandals. Wedges are just as stylish as pumps, but are much easier to walk (no chances of tripping on stage). Sandals are also easy-breezy, and a metallic color will be a nice dressy touch!
3. Statement jewelry
Compete your look with statement jewels! Statement necklaces are a fun addition to any outfit, and graduation is all about fun and celebration. You really cannot go wrong with any choice, as long as it complements your color palette.
Choosing the perfect outfit for such an important event can be tough; but remember to pick whatever reflects your own personal style and makes you feel beautiful. If you keep these tips in mind, and you will surely find the winner!
Mary Morin Carlin, the fashioniSTA behind the personal style blog Sweet on Style, is no stranger to Second Time Around. She loves a great fashion find, while mixing and matching existing pieces within her own wardrobe. She created the “One Sweet Find: 5 Ways to Wear It” section on her blog to share these fashion finds and outfits with her followers. She describes her style as “elegant yet fun,” which we couldn’t agree more! She shops and sports any brand from J.Crew to Burberry, but is currently focusing on styling her little one, Charlotte. Mary is currently a stay-at-home mom, but has held all sorts of impressive positions from being an intern at Marie Claire to a Miss America contestant, then to a television news reporter. She definitely has had a hand in many industries and it reflects in how she styles herself. We love how polished she always looks and we are definitely taking pointers. Thanks for sharing, Mary!
Can’t wait to see your looks, fashioniSTAs!
If you didn’t already know, festival season is amongst us! From Refinery29 to Who What Wear, everyone is talking about festival style. My feed has exploded over the past couple of weeks and it has definitely inspired me. I’ve been busy taking notes for you guys. Don’t worry if you aren’t attending a festival, its all about dressing carefree this spring!
Who doesn’t love being able to throw on a dress and go? You have yourself a look without even really trying and that feels pretty amazing. Make it your own by adding a wide-brim hat, chambray jacket, and/or fridge boots - whatever you like! That’s what is awesome about a great dress – long or short. You can style it in so many different ways to make it edgy or girly, whichever your style.
I need to get this off of my chest and say that I am an oversized blouse hoarder… They are just perfect/addicting and great for any occasion. Tuck the front into a long skirt or over jean shorts. Heck, just skip the pants and wear it as a tunic, like some of the ladies above. It’s carefree dressing, after all. I just wouldn’t recommend wearing something like this in front of the big boss…
I love, love, love matching separates, especially crop tops! These are perfect for taking on a trip because you can wear them together or separately. Take a look at the girl in the photo all the way to the right. Her look is hands down my festival style inspiration. Then, there’s the girl in the bottom left hand photo who looks like she took two pieces from different matching separates set and paired them together. Genius, no?
Can’t forget about the good old denim shorts! These are my best friends in the summer. Take an oversized blouse or the crop top from your matching separates set and you have yourself a Coachella approved look! You can thank us later. Wear booties or sandals to finish off the look.
Oh, and don’t forget your hand made flower crown and aztec tribal paint!
Have something to share? Leave it in the comments below!
~ Taylor, fashioniSTA
Every year, Pantone announces a color of the year that is predicted to be prevalent not only among fashions but also furnishings, home décor and even weddings. Last year the color was Emerald, the year before was Tangerine Tango, and this year it is Radiant Orchid. This unique color really is radiant; it has captured the attention of designers and started appearing in spring fashions!
Although it is a bold and vibrant color, Radiant Orchid can be incorporated into anyone’s style; whether you’re fair-skinned or tanned, blonde or brunette, conservative or daring, a trendsetter or fashion follower. Test the waters by purchasing accessories in this rich hue, or embrace the color head-on with a Radiant Orchid party dress or lipstick!
Below you will find some of my favorite style inspiration for this color- it is truly eye catching.
This color is definitely one to experiment with. There are so many different styling options- it can be paired with neutrals such as nude and black, or other bright colors like orange and blue. Try something new this spring and embrace this fun color; it is sure to make you feel refreshed and radiant!
At Second Time Around, we never know what will walk through our doors. Consignment is all about the thrill of the unexpected fashion find. Each of our stores post the latest items onto social media not only for our followers, but to show off the amazing pieces that came into their stores. We love seeing how excited our customers get when they find an item that they want to give a second life to, but what bums us out is that we don’t get to see what happens to these special pieces when they leave our stores.
So, that being said… We want to see YOUR fashion finds from Second Time Around. We want to see how you styled your finds and made them your own. Using the hashtag #fashioniSTAfind, tag us in your photos or tweets via Instagram and/or Twitter for a chance to be featured by STA!
This week we are featuring blogger Megan Jedlinski of Stylish & Scatterbrained. The name of Megan’s blog is totally relatable to anyone who feels like they’re alway running around, but still has time to look put together through stylish pieces and accessories. She knows how to style with unexpected pieces, which I love! Take a look at how she mixes floral print with her leopard Steve Madden pumps she got at STA. She also wears the same pumps with neon yellow. I honestly would have never thought to pair the two, but clearly it works! Don’t even get me started on her Kas New York romper (also a STA find). I don’t do rompers, but this look makes me want to reconsider. Thanks for sharing, Megan!
Can’t wait to see more looks from our fashioniSTAs!
~ Taylor, fashioniSTA intern
Every woman has experienced the stress of standing in front of the closet, unable to find a thing to wear. It’s 9:15 in the morning and you were supposed to leave 15 minutes ago. But instead, there you are muttering about being sick of all of your clothes and throwing them on the floor in a fury. Some of us go through this routine almost daily; it sounds all too familiar doesn’t it? It might seem like it takes a lifetime, but eventually we find the perfect outfit by the third try… or fourth… or fifth.
However, there are certain times in life where this dilemma has no business occurring. For instance, no woman should ever have to struggle to put together an outfit for an interview. I have put together a list of the 5 staple pieces that every woman should have; so that when a woman needs an ally, her closet will have her back. These pieces are versatile classics, they can be dressed up or down and I promise they will become go-tos for countless occasions.
#1. Little Black Dress
Every girl needs a LBD… it can go for anything formal, a casual date night or drinks with girlfriends!
#2. Classic Pumps
If you don’t already own a pair, invest in neutral pumps ASAP. They go with everything… the aforementioned LBD, jeans, cropped pants, dresses, skirts, etc. etc. etc. Do not put off buying a pair, because when a girl desperately needs them, naturally she will not be able to find any.
Not only are blazers a secret way to look instantly more polished and professional, they are a great layering piece. They can be worn no matter what season it is! Blazers are so much fun, don’t be afraid to wear them with more than just trousers and pencil skirts. Pair one with boyfriend jeans, shorts or a cute dress. They are the most versatile staple!
Not owning a pair of ballet flats is like not owning a plain white t-shirt; they are the “basics” of shoes. Flats are feminine, classic and comfortable and they definitely can be dressed up or down. Solid colors work great for everyday errands, or there are fancy options like Chanel and Ferragamo. Invest in a pair at least for the sake of running around on-the-go!
#5. Blue Jeans
Thank goodness for the invention of blue jeans. i don’t think any of us could imagine life without them, except for Anna Wintour. I can’t really say that they can be dressed up because most of us are still limited to wearing them on “casual Friday” at work. However, they definitely look awesome with a blazer and a pair of pumps! On the other hand, jeans with a basic top and cute sandals will never fail either.
If you have a walk in closet, I beyond envy you. Whether you have a huge walk in or a teeny tiny closet (like me), everyone can use some pointers about getting themselves and their closets organized.
Merchandise your Clothing by Type
You might be thinking that this is my OCD kicking in, but in all seriousness categorizing your clothing makes your closet the easiest to navigate. In my closet, I have dresses all together and hung all the way on the left. Same goes for jackets. They are all together and hung all the way on the right. I fill in the middle with all year round pieces, like tops and pants. When I am looking for a certain piece, I know exactly where it is. This is extremely helpful in a time crunch. If you’re looking for pants to go with a top, all of your options are categorized together and in front of you.
Invest in Matching Hangers
First off, get rid of your metal hangers from the dry cleaners! They are okay to hold your clothes for a short amount of time, but when in your closet, they misshape the fabric in the shoulders. Invest in matching hangers. This will add a little bit of luxe to your closet and give it a cohesive look. I personally like velvet hangers. They are nonslip, so you don’t have to worry about finding your favorite dress on the floor of your closet next year.
Keep Shoes Visible
Before I made my (not-so-mini) shoe collection visible, I had them stored in a bin at the bottom of my closet. I was wearing the same heals and flats over and over because I couldn’t see all of my options laid out before me. I am definitely a grab-and-go kind of gal, especially in the morning before I out. Just think of the missed opportunities, people!
I have always wanted to make a shoe display on a bare wall from floating shelves. So cool, but I don’t have the space to do it where I am living now. In this case, build onto your existing closet. Have an upper shelf already built into your closet? Add to that! I bought a ClosetMaid organizer to put on top of my existing shelf. It gave me an additional two shelves to put shoes onto, while keeping them organized. Another good tip is to stagger your shoes (right toe out, left toe in). This maximizes space. I know for a fact that you’ll be amazed at how many options you have for footwear now when you’re heading out of the house.
Organize Handbags by Color
If you haven’t already noticed, I am usually running out of the door. I wouldn’t call myself late, but I am definitely one to rush. Organizing your handbags by color makes it easier to grab on the go. Again, I am sure you find yourself wearing the same bag over and over (just like the shoes before) because you don’t have time to change it in accordance to your outfit. Get your handbags out and on display. My favorite handbag is on my headboard because I love it so much. I always go to that one for a night out or a special occasion.
Have any organization tips? Leave them in the comment section, below!
~ Taylor, fashioniSTA
Photo credit: Pinterest.com
Here we are nearly a week into spring, and most of us are still rocking winter coats! Although these winter get-ups are necessary, we can still have some spring in our lives, even if it isn’t from sunshine. A handbag can be incorporated into your wardrobe no matter what the temperature is outside; and this year’s spring handbags will definitely bring you warm and fuzzy feelings. We love all of these fresh trends, from the ultra-cool backpacks to the feminine mini-bags. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself adding more than one of these styles to your spring wardrobe, they are irresistible.
Warning: when you view the contents below it is likely that you will experience an overwhelming urge to go bag-hunting ASAP.
Pastels are the unconventional and chic neutral; they complement any look and they’re perfect for Easter!
The bucket bag… put this one on your wishlist ladies, it’s stylish and functional! You can fit all of your essentials in this funky number.
Backpacks have made their comeback and they’re perfect for the city-girl who is forever on the go. Get rid of those overstuffed totes and adopt this cool and effortless look!
Next time you want to make a splash with a bold handbag, choose one in a graphic print. Whether it is bright or neutral, a printed bag pairs great with virtually everything.
A top-handle bag is the most functional spring bag out there; it transitions wonderfully from casual to dressy. And they come in all different styles, from structured shapes small duffels.
The mini-bag… my personal favorite! Yes, these bags are tiny but they are so cute and feminine! A mini-bag will add a lady-like touch to any outfit, whether you are out for a day of shopping or a night on the town.
Start spring off right with one of these fun bags! Which style is your favorite?
It is that time of year again – Spring Cleaning! We all know what that means… It’s time for “out with the old and in with the new.” That motto is all fine and dandy, but some of us struggle with a true spring cleaning overhaul more than others. For those of you that just need a little extra push in the right direction, this post is for you. So packrats, unite! I give you three (yes, three) easy step that will overhaul any closet. Let’s get started!
1. Divide & Conquer
I couldn’t tell you the amount of times that I got overly ambitious and started to clean out my closet and dumped all of my clothes from my closet and drawers onto my bed. Then halfway through the overhaul, I got tired or frustrated from cleaning and dumped everything back into my closet and drawers.
This is the worse way to cleanout your closet! Take it from me – I learned the hard way. It’s important to divide your closet and drawers into sections. I personally like to divide my space into zones based on category. I’ll go through my shoes separate from my jackets and coats too ensure that I go through my closet with a fine tooth comb. This ensures that you’ll allot yourself enough time and energy into each section. This is the perfect way to spread an overhaul over the span of a few days, rather than dedicating one whole day (like your precious days off) to the mess that is now your closet.
This is definitely the hardest part of cleaning out your closet. There have been plenty of times that I’ve kept an article of clothing hoping to lose weight or in anticipation of a special event (that will [most likely] never happen). Let’s be honest here, if you have had it for two years and it has never been worn (red flag: price tags still attached), it is time to say goodbye. Unless of course, it is something very sentimental. I’m sure you aren’t still rocking gaucho pants that were ever so popular circa 2007/2008.
Another trick to figuring out what should stay and what should go is to reverse all of your hangers so that they are facing outward (towards you). When you wear an article of clothing, put it back into your closet as normal (hanger facing inward – towards the back of the closet). Do this for about a month. The items that are left facing outward (sorry to say) got to go.
3. “Another Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure”
Now, your former belongings need a new home. If you have items with tags still attached that are in style and/or in good condition, consign them at Second Time Around! This is the perfect opportunity for you to make some cash on clothing and/or accessories that were just sitting in your closet, taking up space and collecting dust. For a limited time, STA is offering up to 70% on consigned handbags. Details here.
I love going into Second Time Around and using the money I made from my consigned items and putting it towards a piece I know will fit perfectly into my new, clean closet. If you have items that are not in sellable condition, like a pair of beat up sneakers, donate them! Goodwill and Salvation Army will take all of your unwanted clothing for those in need.
That wasn’t too painful, right? It really is easy when you have a guide to go by. Stay tuned for next week’s post on organizing your closet after an overhaul.
Have any tricks you use when Spring Cleaning? Leave them in the comment section, below! We’d love to hear ‘em!
~ Taylor, fashioniSTA