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How To: Fashionably Survive a Heat Wave

What’s a girl to do in hot times like these? Well, I have firsthand experience with what works and what doesn’t work in this weather. I dread this time of year. Obviously, I love the summer and all of the sun and fun it offers, BUT the heat waves do NOTHING for my hair/skin/commute in and out of the city… I feel gross going into work and even gross[er] coming home. Sweat isn’t attractive and I’m actually getting quite sick of feeling sticky all of the time. I figured all of us ladies are! So, I give you ‘How To: Fashionably Survive a Heat Wave.’

Palazzo Pants

Essentially, these are pajama pants that you can wear to work. They are THAT comfortable. Without saying, these are effortlessly cool, while keeping you cool. These are the only pants I will wear right now because of the easy breezy fabrics. I’ll be honest with you though, it took me awhile to find the right pair. Just like everything else, finding the perfect fit and cut is key. So, if you find a pair you love, grab them! Also, the louder the print, the better. It’s so fun for the summer. Your future hot (in temperature) self will be thanking you later when you’re waiting for the bus in 90 degree weather.

Oversized Kimonos

I have so many tops that are spaghetti straps, but my office (unfortunately) does not allow us to wear those kinds of straps. I will usually commute into work just wearing bare shoulders, but then when I get into the office, I’ll throw on a chambray top or a scarf. To take a look to the next level, throw a lightweight kimono over your outfit. The floral print ones are my favorite. I have been seeing a lot of fringe on them too, which I love. It definitely gives more of a laid back vibe. A great way to emulate what summer is all about.

Extravagant Accessories

Most of my summer wardrobe that is temperature sensible is pretty much neutral in color. I feel as though these pieces are meant to work well with others and get wear into many more months throughout the year. This being said, having amazing jewelry and accessories will help to vamp up your summer wardrobe without even trying. I have worn the same outfit, but with different accessories and felt like it gives it a whole new feel. I also feel more comfortable throwing my hair up into a bun when I have a sick pair of ear cuffs on.

How do you stay fashionably cool during the summer? Sound off below!

~Taylor, fashioniSTA

Photo Credit: Pinterest

What We’re Loving: Boyfriend Jeans

Boyfriend jeans are my go-to (more often than not). They are perfect for a casual day at the office when paired with a blazer and a great pair of loafers. Transitioning from day-to-night when wearing boyfriend jeans is a a piece of cake too. Throw on a sparkly blouse and over the top heels and you have yourself a look to take to cocktails after the 9-5 grind. Don’t even get me started on how amazing boyfriend jeans are on the weekends. Forget about your basic, black leggings! It’s as if these jeans were made for [presentable] lazy days. Pair them with a cute sweatshirt and converse sneakers. That’s what you’ll see me in come Saturday and Sunday.

There are a lot of ways your can style boyfriend jeans too. I prefer cuffing/rolling the bottom to show my ankles and (most importantly) my shoes. I usually wear a great pair of booties or sandals to really let them shine. Have a great belt? Tuck part of your shirt (loosely) into the front of your jeans. I love this trick. It makes the look feel effortless and carefree. With that being said, a looser fitting T is usually what I look for to pair with a jean like this. Last but not least… Taking your boyfriend jeans for a night on the town? Dress them way up with a multi-tier necklace, leather jacket, and a top knot! Believe me, styled or not, boyfriend jeans will amp up your cool girl style.

How do you style your boyfriend jeans? Sound off in the comments below!

~Taylor, fashioniSTA intern

Photo Credit: Song of Style

Backyard BBQs & Park Picnics

Ah, Memorial Day is here again. It’s time to break out your traditional recipes for the bash of your choosing (I’m sure you have had plenty of invites, now you just got to commit to one… maybe two). I’m getting full just thinking about all of the goodies that await, but what I really can’t wait for is to really bust out my spring staples after a long, cold winter. Here’s the roundup for creating the perfect look, so you don’t feel as bad while you’re stuffing your face.


Keys – Check! Phone – Check! Sunglasses… I always forget them when I’m leaving the house. I’m always sorry too because sunglasses give you instant glam. No makeup required. What a sweet relief! Also, it’ll keep you from squinting while playing horseshoes. You gotta be on your a-game, girl!


Failed attempt at tousled bed head looking more like a hot mess than a sexy mane? This go-to summer staple is a day saver without breaking a sweat. Actually… If you do break a sweat, a fedora will cover up the frizz and flyways. Everyone wins!

Skirts & Dresses

Once it’s warm, you will rarely find me wearing pants. I just feel like I have to take advantage of the season! Slip a dress on and you’re good to go! Maxi dresses and skirts – same thing! So easy to throw on and look effortless without even trying (which is funny because you shouldn’t have to try to look effortless ;) ).


When attending any sort of an event that will be taking place on grass, you got to wear wedges. Heels will sink into the grass. No one wants to fall flat on their face in front of a whole party, do they? Keep the stilettos at home and grab a part of funky wedges to really get the party started!

Tell us below – What are your Memorial Day plans? And lets cut to the chase – What are you going to wear?

~Taylor, fashioniSTA intern

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Festival Style Essentials

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!

Easy Dresses

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.

Oversized Blouses

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…

Matching Separates

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?

Denim Shorts

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

Photo Credits

Easy Dresses Collage – Photo 1, Photo 2: Pinterest, Photo 3: Pinterest, Photo 4, Photo 5, Photo 6, Photo 7

Oversized Blouses Collage – Photo 1: Pinterest, Photo 2, Photo 3: Pinterest, Photo 4: Pinterest, Photo 5: Pinterest, Photo 6

Matching Separates Collage – Photo 1, Photo 2: Pinterest, Photo 3: Pinterest, Photo 4, Photo 5

Jean Shorts Collage – Photo 1, Photo 2: Pinterest, Photo 3, Photo 4: Pinterest, Photo 5

Show Us Your #FashioniSTAfind

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

Life Hacks: Closet Organization

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

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Life Hacks: Closet Cleanout in 3 Steps

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.

2. “Should I Stay or Should I Go?”

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

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Get the Red Carpet Look

I’m still in awe over the dresses from this year’s Oscars. There really weren’t any looks that I didn’t love or thought to be distasteful (even Lady Gaga surprisingly rose to the occasion). What really keeps me watching these red carpet events is the confidence that these women ooze. I know, I know. They are all A-list celebrities, but you have to remember that with the right dress and accessories you can feel like a celebrity too. With that being said, after watching the Oscars there are a few looks that would work perfectly as inspiration for pieces in our own closets.

The Cape – As seen on Kate Hudson, a cape is an accessory that can amp up a red carpet look. For us, a cape of more substantial material can do the same as an everyday look. With jeans and a t-shirt or dressed up with skinny pants and an oversized hat, the cape can take your look to a whole other level. How chic does a cape look just draped every so slightly onto the shoulders?

The Lace LBD – Who doesn’t love a little black dress? Oh wait, no one. It is the staple piece that we all already have in our closets (if you don’t, then you got to get one – life changing!) because it makes women feel like a powerhouse. So, why not add sophisticated lace to your LBD? Let’s take Diane Kruger’s Valentino frock. What is so prefect about this dress is that you’re showing skin and totally covered up all at the same time. How provocative is that?

The Flirty Skirt – I couldn’t write a blog post about the Oscars and not include Lupita Nyong’o. Her custom Prada gown was straight out of a fairy tale. How fun would it be to twirl in a flowy skirt until you were dizzy, like when you were a kid? That’s what her dress makes me want to do. Off the red carpet, a long or short flirty skirt is all you need to feel like a princess.

I am definitely going to be on the hunt for these pieces after watching the Oscars! These pieces can transitional your wardrobe and make you feel like a celebrity. Don’t take my word for it, just look at how amazing these ladies look!

~Taylor, fashioniSTA

Photo Credits: Refinery29 and Pinterest

In Like A Lion, Out Like A Lamb

Finally! March is upon us and SPRING is just around the corner! Although summer will forever be my favorite season, spring has a special place in my heart too. There is so much excitement this time of year- changing over your wardrobe, traveling to warm destinations, and the days start to get longer! But it is no secret that March can be one of the most unpredictable months when it comes to the weather.  One minute we are all enjoying clear sunny skies, and the next minute it is down pouring. So to help you make it through this ever so unpredictable month, I have put together a March Style Survival Guide. These items are perfect to get you through the crazy wind and rain (and sometimes snow) that March brings. You will be armed to fight anything with these pieces in your wardrobe, and I promise that you will look stylish while doing so!

First off, rainboots are a must have! Although most of us would prefer to wear a cute pair of heels or flats, it isn’t worth ruining them by traipsing through puddles. Luckily there are so many cute rainboot choices out there, you will be glad to have a pair! My favorite are Hunter rainboots, preferably in a bold and bright hue.

Finding outerwear that is ideal for spring can be challenging. A jacket that is lightweight, water-resistant and has a removable liner is the best choice. The trenchcoat is a classic that will never fail you, and if you want to mix-up this timeless piece, you can purchase one in a fun color or print. However, if you wish to stay away from trenchcoats altogether, a cargo jacket is a fabulous alternative!

Umbrellas. Even though it can be a struggle to use one when the wind kicks up, there just isn’t a way to avoid owning one. And if you are going to own one, well… it might as well be cute! Bright colors and patterns will brighten up any dreary day!

Now earlier I preached about not traipsing through puddles unless you are wearing proper footwear (super cute rainboots). Realistically though, rainboots truly aren’t fit for the workplace. But who wants to lug around a second pair of shoes, right?  Well the good news is that flats are cuter than ever and they are so easy to transport! Seriously there are so many options… d’orsay flats, smoking loafers, ballerina flats. And, transitioning from rainboots to flats is completely hassle-free!

Okay, so I have covered outerwear, what shoes to wear, and how to protect your pretty hair; but what you wear with all of these things is just as important. Light layers is the key to dressing yourself in March! The sun might be out, but temps can sometimes stay pretty chilly. My favorite things to layer with this time of year are blazers, vests and sweaters in all different colors and patterns!

The final touch to any spring outfit are sunglasses of course! My only advice with this is to try on different styles to see what looks best with the shape of your face.  Classic aviators and Ray Bans are a great go-to, but don’t be afraid to try something bold!

March usually requires quite a bit of layering and you might not be able to ditch tights or cashmere right away. But, who says you can’t have fun with layering? Brighten up your outfits with a bold handbag or statement jewelry for a pop of color! Soon the sun will be here to stay!

Until next time,


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Rainboots 1, Rainboots 2, Rainboots 3, Rainboots 4, Rainboots 5, Trench 1, Trench 2, Trench 3Jacket 1, Jacket 2, Jacket 3, Umbrella 1Umbrella 2 Umbrella 3Flats 1, Flats 2, Flats 3, Flats 4, Blazer 1, Blazer 2, Blazer 3, Sweater 1, Sweater 2, Vest 1, Vest 2, Shades 1, Shades 2Shades 3, Shades 4, Shades 5

The Oscars: Our Style Nominations

It’s safe to say we’re obsessed with awards shows.  There’s so many breathtaking gowns we could only dream of wearing, by all of our favorite designers.  After the splash the stars made at this years Grammys and Golden Globes, we can not wait to see what they’ve got planned for the Oscars.  Can’t blame us for having high expectations! Here’s whose looks we can’t wait to see on the red carpet next week.

Lupita Nyong’o

This girl killed it at the Golden Globes in her red hot cape, and we’re sure the whole world can’t wait to see if she’ll knock it out of the park again.  So far she’s made a name for herself by taking a daredevil style and making it oh so chic.  Oh and for her movie 12 years a slave… Good luck Lupita!

Jennifer Lawrence

Sorry to forever associate her with Katniss, but Jennifer Lawrence really is the girl on fire.  As one of the best dressed at last years Oscars, we have faith she’ll defend her sense of style.  Last year her fairytale wedding gown-like dress had us all swooning, but we wouldn’t mind seeing her in something more edgy this time around.  Maybe a tasteful and elegant crop top paired with a tea length skirt!

Amy Adams

Always the epitome of fresh and sweet style, we love Amy’s looks.  As this girl has trouble NOT making the best dressed list, we can’t wait to see what stunning gown she’ll grace us with this year.  With all of the pastels that rocked the runway at New York Fashion Week, we would love to see a soft hue on Amy.  Her flawless complexion is begging for it!  Come on lavender!

Sandra Bullock

The word “class” doesn’t even begin to describe Sandra Bullock as an individual, even her style always radiates effortless sophistication.  Her Elie Saab gown last year was perfection, and we wouldn’t complain seeing her in a similar style this year as well.  If anyone can pull of repeating a style, its her.

Good luck to all the stars, for your nominations and your gown of choice!

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