Park Bench Fashion Show

Do you ever find yourself at times chillin on a park bench, sippin’ your pumpkin spice for Starbucks and taking in the scenery? By taking in the scenery I mean people watching, or fashion scouting as I like to call it. Then you see it!

That one outfit that is so well put together that you literally watch the person walk as if you are front row at N.Y.C. Fashion week. They’re a model walking down the runway but then…they catch you…AWwwKWARrrrD. Not like this has ever happen to me, *sarcasm major there*.

Sometimes I just can’t help myself! Especially when it’s such an interesting piece like a cool spin on a blazer that looks like a shirt and a pattern that mimicks that of houndstooth. Now, fellow (Re)Cyclist Jasmin or Jazzy J, as I like to call her, actually spotted this funky piece at the end of lecture. Fortunately for us Elisa is an acquaintances so that takes away some of the awkwardness. Either way we were hooked so yes I had to get a picture and show it to you all.

 

I love houndstooth fabric so much that I had to retire my winter coat because I wore the hell (literally) out it. I think black and white checkered fabric (done right) is just one of those fashion staples that is so classic and works with just about any and everything! Though I’ve seen houndstooth or checkered blazers before I’ve never seen it quite like this. If it wasn’t for Jas, I would have never noticed that it wasn’t a shirt but a coat/blazer.

Simple put the outfit was vintage chic.

Now I’ll admit I was so enthralled with this blazer I forget to get prices for everything but never fear, I’ll get them and post them soon but for now draw inspiration from the outfit and hit those vintage shops and create your own fly girl look. Just remember to hit the pavement like a model…what’s wrong with being someone’s fashion show for a few minutes. 😉

 

-Monica

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Eco Fashion: The Home Decor Edition

With a few sheets, you could have a beautifully decorated living room

If you’re anything like me, you want everything you own to be pretty, fashionable and chic–including your living space!
This week, I’m giving you a few tips and tricks on how to make your home, apartment or just your bedroom even more eco-fashion centric.
For starters, decorative pillows are extremely expensive. Instead of buying $37.00 Dwell Studio Pillows from Target, you can make your own functional pillow. Plus, you can coordinate even more since sheets come in all sorts of funky cool colors and patterns. And with the same sheet, you can make your own curtains and window dressings. All for under $40 bucks. That’s less than the cost of one designer pillow.

What you Need:
2 Throw Pillows (any color, you’ll be doubling the fabric so you won’t see whats underneath. Stay away from patterns though)

1 Sheets set (pillow case, fitted and loose)

*depending on how many windows you are covering and how big they are, this may change

Sewing Machine

Tape Measure

I won’t go into every detail but essentially, you’ll use the pillow cases for the throw pillows and the sheets for the window coverings. If you’re not good with a sewing machine, go to your nearest Michaels, Dry Cleaners or Seamstress (Check out the yellow pages to find those),give them your measurements and cough up about $15. That’s still cheaper than custom window coverings from a fancy home decor place.

And what about covering your walls?

the cardboard poster on either side of the bottle usually change every season, and all the department stores usually throw them away....unless someone wants them

There are endless, cheap solutions. You can head to your local department store and ask them if they have any post seasonal decorations in the back. Chances are, they do. I work at Macy’s and Perfume Pop Art is the first thing you see when you walk into my abode.And for a uniform, clean look, go to your favorite home store (for me it’s Target) and check their clearance kitchen items. You’ll see some plate chargers (they look like giant plates). Grab 4 of them. Then head to the craft store and grab some cool stamps and an ink pad. Stamp each charger with the same symbol and hang in a uniform location. At my house, they are surrounding the decorative mirror that serves as the center focal point of our living room.

These will make awesome additions to any space.

Finally, If you have a favorite pair of pajama pants or a really cool graphic tee that you can’t fit anymore or that shrunk in the dryer, those make awesome room decorators as well. Depending on how big the shirt is or how much fabric you have you can make pillows or frame the fabric for a cool work of art that is unique to your space.

Curious Doodles, a blog dedicated to DIY, shows you how below.

Last but not least, the most unexpected things can be used to decorate your room and chances are, they’re already in your room.


Ribbons and Headbands and Clips, Oh My!

Old bracelets, ribbons, headbands, fashion magazines, postcards and even feather’d hair clips can be used to pull back curtains, decorate your walls and add life to your space. I even have an old wine bottle that I use for a vase.

Now Go! Be Creative!

-Jasmin

Your (Re)Cylclist

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It’s Halloween! Get Ready for Simon Doonan–On CLEARANCE! (and other simple, re-imaginable costume ideas)

It’s the night before Halloween, and all through the house, not a costume was chosen…no candy was out.

If you have tons of money, you could go buy these peices...or you could make your own 🙂

What are you going to do?? Halloween is literally right around the corner and with most parties taking place the weekend before, you have to have SOMETHING ready before friday….Here are some ideas.
So what happens when the Minneapolis-based retail chain — the second largest discount retailer in the world — and the face of Barneys New York unite? What about the most chic Halloween costumes ever? Last year, Doonan introduced a series of costumes for the entire family (even the family dog) that are just as fashionable as they are occasion-appropriate.
The line, which hit stores Sept. 12, 2010 had a variety of inspirations and features 14 signature costumes. The costumes range from spins on the traditional threads, such as diva witch and A-list celebrity, to more imaginative costumes such as giant candy corn (Candace Corn) and spaghetti. Perhaps the most obviously chic costume is the glamour ghost, a large sheet-like hooded dress with the words “trick or trend” stylishly printed on the front. Doonan’s clever ideas are a twist on the popular and stylish interpretation of the fame-obsessed society we live in.
Halloween is probably the only day you can wear anything and essentially go crazy. Platforms, fishnets, pink wigs, body glitter — the whole nine yards. Anyone can throw in a Bumpit, bathe in tinted moisturizer, overdo the eye make-up and be Snookie for Halloween. But not just any girl can pull off a stylish plate of spaghetti or a glowing piece of candy corn.

Check out this link to find out what’s left:

http://www.target.com/s?searchTerm=simon+doonan&category=0|All|matchallany|all+categories  Plus, since the attire is now on clearance, you can grab several different pieces of each look and make it your own.
Not into cookie cutter costumes?
Try Urban Outfitters Online. They carry a few trinkets, headbands, hats and glasses, funky tees. If styled correctly (with things you already own), they can pass as the minimalist’s perfect costume. My favorite? A headband with giant pink bunny ears. Throw on one of grams old sweaters and you’re a fuzzy bunny. Throw on a sexy leotard and your a playboy bunny. Cliche? Yes. Easy? Mos Def.

Got a bunch of Hyvee bags in your kitchen and some tape? Be the Paper Bag Princess.

Here’s my favorite!
If you’ve ever lived in a dorm, you have a dry erase board. All you need are some angel wings (you can get them as cheap as $15 since you don’t necessarily need grown up wings).Get an old, plain shirt, take it to a T-Shirt Screening place (Acme, Flying Cow) and get the Twitter logo on it. You are now TWITTER.

**if all else fails, either go get a masquerade mask or  go grab a cute Halloween T from Target–they are simple, cost less than $20 bucks and they say things like “I’m a ghost. BOO!” or “I’m a celebrity”. Corny but cute.

Happy Halloween to all, and to all and fun (safe, sexy, exciting) night!
-Jasmin
Your (Re)Cylclist
and Costume Designer 😉
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Why TOMS Rock.

Shoes For a Better Tomorrow

TOMS (Short for Tomorrow’s Shoes) is an ethical Shoe (and Clothing Company) that over the last 7 years has become one of the largest ethical brands in the world. The famous slogan “One for One” represents the entire company–for every item they sell, be it shoes or eyewear, they give that same item to children and families in need all over the globe. Mizzou’s own Liz Scafer created Sseko Designs (http://www.ssekodesigns.com/) , an ethical brand that not only gives back physically but also provides women in Uganda with work and education.

The concept, while very risky from the financial side, has evolved and has inspired more give than a million give back brands in more than 15 countries. The idea is simple–We take something like shoes, simplify it to the bare necessities (a comfortable sole and an outer lining) and we sell them for a flat price.
Then, we take the profit and buy children in need there own shoes. Cheap to make, easy to spread. This year, TOMS even patterned with high fashion label “The Rowe”, selling there classic designe with the most luxurious textiles and fabrics in the world.

While those may sell for more than $100, TOMS traditionally range anywhere from $45-$60 dollars and because they are such a versatile, comfortable shoe, the investment is both good for you feet and for the planet (they only use recycled fabrics and rubber).
So, If you don’t own a pair, go online, go inside your favorite retailer or go ask a friend. They are worth it. And with just $45, you can leave a positive footprint on the planet and change the world.

-Jasmin

Your Ethicist

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Pretty in Pink

If there is one thing that I love (besides a good thrift store) is a good sale and I am not talking about the 15% off or 20% off sales. I never really understood those sales promotions…I mean, thanks for saving me…tax? Personally I prefer the sales that look a little something like this…

ADDITIONAL 50% OFF ALREADY REDUCED ITEMS!

I live for those days when I receive e-mail notifications from my favorite stores because truthfully speaking sometimes you just want something new but not with a huge price tag! Patience once again is the key! Just like thrifting when it comes to shopping the sale you have to be willing to dig. The end reward is amazing when you have a top that was once priced at $68 and is now down to $8 or pants that were once $54 and are now $12.99. (True Personal Story)

Spotted in Leopard

I’m also a fan of mixing sale items with my thrifting finds and so is Solida Wise, a soon to be graduate of the University of Missouri and a good friend of mine. I love how she mixed pieces found at Goodwill and items found on sale. I was especially jealous of the boots that were originally $110 and she only paid $40 bucks for.

“I am all about budgets but I like new pieces as well just not with the heavy price tag. So I shop sale racks pretty heavily or my friends closet which is where I got my necklace!” 

Most people think that if items are on sale they must be pieces that are going out of style or season, which is not always the truth. I always suggest to friends to take a quick glance at what’s seen on the runways during Fashion Week, pay attention to colors, silhouettes and prints and always remember to think classic and polished.

Pretty in Pink, fashionable for any Fall Day

Keeping this in mind and what you saw on the runway while shopping the sale racks will help you seek out those trendy pieces and look just as fabulous as Sonni on a Fall day.

Be sure to check back next week for style tips on dressing a curvy figure, I’ll show you how to hide the flaws and flaunt your best assets!

Your (Re)Stylist

-Monica

Shopping Information: Boots, Journeys originally $110, sale price $40, Dark-Denim Jeans, Marshalls, $14.00, Sweater, Goodwill $4.00, Pink Jacket, Goodwill, $7.00, Scarf, Express, sale price $10, Purse, Goodwill, $3.00, Necklace, free thanks to a friend!

 

Not Your Typical HeadBand!

Okay so I know last week I told you I’d give you some D.I.Y tips by using cufflinks, but I found something even better! Aside from the relationship articles I really love reading Cosmo magazine for their health and beauty tips.

Mila Kunis in Cosmo Magazine

Mila Kunis in Cosmo Magazine

This issue the magazine featured some very creative tips to recycle your jewelry down to your jeans! The most intriguing bit was about “Hair Necklaces”!

The idea is to wear old necklaces like a headband and since I’m always down for something new…I decided to try it out for myself and with friends!

The different tones in the necklace draw attention Kheyra Halane's beautiful hair color!

The article mentions that you should first spray the clips and pins with hairspray to give the necklaces extra hold and to secure them in your hair.

After that find 3 or more necklaces and lay them out flat on a table as shown in the pictures below.

Steps 1, 2, 3

Follow these easy steps!

Next, connect the necklaces using the clap at the end and remember to do the same to the other end. Finally connect the entire necklace to form the headband.

Now that you’ve connected the necklaces and formed the headband, play around with it to form different styles. You can twist the chains for a more noticeable and bulkier look. You can also space out the necklaces or wear them closer together. This works great especially if you chose tones that are different. Denita McCarthy, a Junior at the University of Missouri also suggest incorporating a ribbon for added style.

Denita show's you three ways to rock your chains!

If you’re not comfortable wearing necklaces in your hair in fear that of tangling, no worries. Turn your old ‘laces into bracelets, another necklace, or a ring if it’s a small chain-link bracelet as shown below. Add an exotic nail polish to your tips to draw even more attention to your accessories.

ReAccessorize your necklaces

Simple, easy and the best part about recycling your old necklaces? You make room for new ones!

Come back next week for more D.I.Y tips!

-Monica

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A Gordon Gartrell Original: The ancient art of Cropping, Cutting and Making New, Fly Sh*t


Anyone else addicted to the Cosby Show? Remember the Gordon Gartrell Original?
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So. You’re going through your closet and you realize that even though it’s October,  you live in the midwest and its still like 90 out. Plus, if you’re a college student, you have millions of free, useless t-shirts. You keep going through the rest of your stuff and you find a Really cute sweater that you’re sure you won’t be fitting into this fall (whenever it officially arrives) and you’re thinking you’ll probs be tossing it in the goodwill bag. You also find a pair of skinny’s that are sorta out of season and a bright orange blouse that looks ridiculous on the hanger but probably looks better on….

What WILL you do? Well for starters, organize your closet. So what if it’s 90 in October. You should put all of your “nearly summer” pieces on a shelf and the rest of your closet should be in fall mode. NO Flip Flops. No Daisy Dukes (Why do you even have those?)…you get the idea. Just because it 80 doesn’t mean you should be wearing ALL of your summer finds. Sure you can layer and re-imagine those really nice summer blouses and lace but Indian Summer’s only last a little while.

Next, College T’s are perfect for in between weather like this. Grab some scissors and cut em up! Wait! Don’t get crazy. Just shark crop them a little (thats when you cut the bottom a little jagged), maybe cut the neckline and boom! Pair with some cool jewelry and your favorite toms and you’re cute and trendy. If you’re a rock star like me, you can get some fabric paint and make them sexy by adding your own spin to whatever they already say.The solution for the skinny problem is simple. Peg ’em. My general rule is to do a 2 inch fold but this will vary based on how small your ankle is and how “skinny” the jeans are.

Throw on some oxfords. Hot. The blouse can be layered since color blocking is in.

And those sweaters?

Wait until you hear this.

Take your scissors. Cut off the sleeves. Now grab the sweater as if you were putting it on, but stop right before you’d normally put your arms through. Turn and look in the mirror. You are now rocking a tubular scarf.

Now obviously, this look takes a bit of perfecting BUT. If done correctly, its sexy.

Jasmin

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The Mommy Budget

Though I’m not a mommy yet, (one day!), I always find women who are fascinating. I look at the women in my family and it still boggles me how they are “jacks of all trades” but still manage to stay fly and on a budget. So with that in mind it shouldn’t surprise you why I admire LaNee Bridewell, a graduate student studying Social Work at the University of Missouri. I met her over a year ago when she worked in my department.

Audrey Hepburn without the black turtleneck

She’s incredibly smart, a Bill Gates Scholar recipient and very driven. I’ve always found it amazing how LaNee manages to stay incredibly stylish while transitioning from Undergraduate to Graduate school, being involved in her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Incorporated, various projects and programs that support single mothers in college, all while raising her beautiful son Jia.

One day in typical girl talk conversation I shared with LaNee that lately my luck has been low with finding good blouses at Goodwill. “Sometimes it’s hard to find something nice but you have to be willing to dig. I like to dig because the end reward is worth it” is her response to my frustration and many others. ” I go often, sometimes I don’t find anything and sometimes I walk out with one piece but that one piece is always a winner. ” I’d have to agree after spotting her in a very pretty fuchsia shell top from Goodwill.

“This was just one of those “that one piece” and my pants (a pair of black knit ponte pants) I’ve had these for so long I can’t even remember when I bought them. I think the most expensive thing I have on is my Oxford’s, which I paid $15.00 for but this top was either between $3.00 – $6.00″

Shell Top

So how does a graduate student and a mother of one stay so incredibly stylish? “I spend a lot of time in thrift stores, consignment stores and the Goodwill during some of my free time” says LaNee. I believe LaNee and many other single or married mothers are proof that you can still be fashionable as a mother all while striving for a degree in higher education.

“My son will always be my number one priority but sometimes I like to treat myself and I’ve learned to do so without breaking the bank plus I love finding good bargains! Who doesn’t love a good bargain?!”

I surely love a good bargain but you all should know that by now. So I’ll keep searching and maybe one day soon, I’ll find that “one piece blouse.”

Come back next week for D.I.Y tips and I’ll show you how to accessorize cufflinks and broken necklaces in more ways than one!

-Monica

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Go Green/Save Green

When we as consumers think of being sustainable, we think of buying products from companies who use green practices. Little do we know, there are a number of ways to be sustainable on our very own. Eco-fashion considers the long-term environmental and social impacts of what we wear each day. For most us, this means recycling. Instead of throwing away that t-shirt that was ruined in the washing machine, think of ways you could turn it into something else, for example cleaning rags or maybe a tote. Supporting the sustainable fashion movement is easy, and here are seven simple ways to get you started without even spending money!

  1. Wash your clothing in cold water: It takes more energy to heat the water you use to wash in hot water than in cold water.
  2. Line dry whenever possible: Line drying your clothes saves energy.
  3. Swap clothes with your friends: You already have most of each other’s clothing anyway, so why not? Organize a clothes swapping party with your friends allowing each other to browse through wardrobes to reinvent the clothing as well as yourselves.
  4. Shop your own wardrobe: Instead of buying brand new stuff each season, dig into your closet and find something you probably haven’t worn in a while. Spruce up an outfit with accessories or piece together something new.
  5. Donate to a thrift store: By donating clothing to a thrift store, you are contributing to the “closed loop” apparel cycle. The life of the clothing is extended because it will eventually be reused by someone else instead of ending up in a landfill.
  6. Experiment: There are millions of combinations within your wardrobe. Don’t limit yourself, use your favorite pieces to create a new look.
  7. Do it yourself: Learning to sew could be an intimidating task, but it is a skill that can be very beneficial. Being able to tailor your own clothing saves you money, extends the life of the clothing, as well as allows you to add your own personal touch to your wardrobe.

 

I hope these simple tips helps in getting you more interested in the sustainable fashion movement. If you have tips and ideas of your own we would definitely love to hear them!

Enjoy!

 

Dana

Your (Re)Cyclist

Wear The Trend…Without The Price Tag!

As a Stylist one of the issues that I come across a lot with friends is how to dress like you just stepped off the runway but without the runway price. For many people it can be a challenge but if you think of Fashion as a circle that continuously loops and it does, you will come to find that it is not as hard as you think. Take for instance two of the many trends for Fall 2011, lace and plaid.

 

Courtesy of gossipygirlz.com

Meet Stacy Ike, a Junior Journalism student attending the University of Missouri. I spotted Stacy in Starbucks and immediately fell in love with her cream colored lace dress.

Lace Dress

I thought for sure the dress must have cost over $40! Actually I thought the entire outfit must have cost at least $80 or more. How wrong was I, my thrifting card should probably be taken away for this.  The total price of Stacy’s outfit was $36.98. I looked in amazement as she started listing her finds and the prices.

“80 bucks?! No way! I bought this dress at the Goodwill here in town (Columbia,Mo) for only $7.99, my brown bangles were only a $1.00 from H&M, my necklace (silver) was only $8.00 also from H&M. The most expensive item are my shoes.” A pair of brown Oxfords from Target, only $19.99. Completing the look were a pair of pearl earrings, a family heirloom given to her. “I like to stay trendy but at a price that fits my budget and the Goodwill offers some pretty good finds” says Stacy.

However, for some thrifting may not be your thing which is perfectly fine. You can still stay fashionable by learning to recycle and restylize what you already have in your closet. DaMonica Boone, a Senior Magazine Journalism student, attending the University of Missouri has this down to a T.

I ran into DaMonica at a Resource Fair on campus, the item that caught my eye? Her lace covered hat. “I’ve had this hat for a year, I bought it from ASOS and my shirt I bought two years ago at Urban Outfitters. My pants are from TopShop and my blazer is from H&M and I’ve had both for six months. As for my Burberry rain-boots, I’ve had these for three years now. ” So as you can see it is not as hard as you may think it is to wear what is in season.

While speaking as a guest speaker for the Textile and Apparel Management department, Laura Schuffman, stylist for ABC’s Pretty Little Liar’s, said that “A good stylist knows how to think outside of the clothes.” I would agree as this is key for recreating items you already have but a trendy girl also knows how to think ahead. If you can think outside of your clothes and are somewhat psychic, you will be able to dress in champaign style but on an up and coming fashionista budget!

In my coming post’s, I will show you how to revamp your closet and learn what to keep and what to toss.  As always come back next week for more information on Sustainable Fashion and dressing on the dime.

-Monica

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