In my early years of college, I decided to take on two jobs to help bring in money for any extra expenses I might’ve accumulated. Traveling expenses had become another bill for me once I decided to attend school and live in New Jersey Monday through Friday and travel back home to the Bronx where I lived on the weekends. One job in New Jersey and the other in New York. This was the exact moment in my life where I discovered my love for thrift shopping. There’s something so appealing about finding a piece in the thrift shop I know will turn heads & break necks. Not only would I sport some of the fliest gear no one else could get their hands on, but I was getting a good bang for my buck as well. As a college student trying to make ends meet and still be in style, thrifting was my savior. I fell in love with thrift shopping.
I knew I had a love for vintage clothes when all I wanted to do as a child was play in my grandmother’s clothes. From sequence dresses and shoulder padded blazers to buttery soft leather bags and large detailed clip on earrings. I always felt like I had an “old soul” and these vintage pieces were a pure example of it.
Ebay and Etsy played a big part in my online thrifting experience for the times I was too busy studying to visit an actual thrift shop. Auh2o has been my go to thrift shop for YEARS now, I discovered this little hidden gem on 7th street between 1st and 2nd Ave. They had me at hello from the moment I walked in and seen they’re massive collection of accessories. I have a love hate relationship with the Salvation Army, The Goodwill and Unique . They can be a hit or a miss, BUT when it’s a hit that means I found something mind blowing. L train vintage ( a shit load of thrift shops from Manhattan to Brooklyn all on the L line) has become my favorite thrift shops. The prices are just so amazing and the items I’ve found are even more jaw dropping. Beacons Closet, Buffalo Exchange & Crossroads, are my go to’s when it comes to spring/fall cleaning. I usually go through my closet twice a year or more in search of items I’m no longer interested in and bring them to one of these three in trade of a store credit or cash. Amazing way to save money & add new pieces to your collection.
Photos By: George Parente
I truly believe the most fashionable people in the world are those that take pride in the art of style. The ones that have an open mind & can appreciate different eras of fashion. The ones that feel like ANY & EVERYTHING is wearable if you put it together right. I’m saying this to say, it’s not always about the price you pay but about the amount of effort you put into creating a look.
Denim Mickey Jacket – No Relation Vintage ( Brooklyn)
Black Satin Button Down –L Train Vintage
Mom Jeans-L Train Vintage (Levis)
Black Leather Belt – No Relation Vintage (Lower East Side)
Black Leather Booties- Crossroads (Top Shop)
Black Bandana (I sprayed with bleach) –The Goodwill
I hope everyone had an awesome International Women’s Day! I am so grateful that I was born in the same month as this special holiday. International Women’s Day (March 8th ) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The popular hashtag #beboldforchange, is meant to encourage women around the world to call on themselves to help forge a better working place. I decided to browse the hashtag myself and loved the amazing events, inspirational words, and give-aways I discovered. It warms my heart seeing & knowing woman are supporting eachother day by day, one step at a time.
If you know me, you know how much I absolutely adore The Weeknd. I’ve been obsessed since my ears had the pleasure of witnessing “House of Balloons”. So when I found out he would be doing a collab with H&M I totally freaked out.
My obsession with accessories goes without saying. If you know me well you know how much I loveeeee accessorizing my outfits. You can have the simplest outfit on and still draw the most attention to yourself based on what gems you decide to pair it with.
Ah, these are the days I live for. I love a carefree, fun filled day. I believe it’s important to have at least one day out of the week to yourself, enjoying every part of your day doing what it is you want. Whether that is treating yourself to a day at the spa, taking your bike for a spin around the city , dining at your favorite brunch spot, or my favorite, taking a stroll through the park.
I absolutely love how much empowering each other as woman has impacted the world. With that being said, have you ever wondered if you should be claiming the F-word ? To be a feminist is to be an advocate of the rights and equality of women. People often stereotype feminist as raging, bra-less females that never pick up a razor to shave and hate men (sounds kinda funny). You don’t have to be anti-man to be pro-woman.
Every year around this time I would be scrambling through my closet looking for the perfect “date outfit”. Surrounded by all the cliche things that Valentine’s Day brings, I tend to forget the true meaning of love.It’s the simple things in life we forget.
On a normal day, I always wake up to a little sunshine streaming through my windows, unless it’s raining out. But on this particular day, the sun was shinning a little too bright for this time of year in New York. Knowing how tricky New York’s weather has been lately , I tuned into the daily forecast and to my surprise, 61 degrees was set to be the high. I immediately dashed to my closet in search of a comfy yet cute outfit.
Don’t you just love how fashion repeats itself? I can’t remember exactly when I started rocking velvet, but it’s definitely been awhile. As velvet made its come back last year on the runway, retailers began filling their stores with all sorts of velvet garments. My closet on the other hand, was already stocked with enough velvet pieces, from leggings and dresses to tops and chokers. I was well prepared to take full advantage of this trend.
The weekend has finally arrived! I don’t know what it is about the weekend that ALWAYS puts me in a better mood, but it’s a feeling I can never resist.