Flower Power

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Spring has sprung and I am finally on spring break. I am really proud of the outfit posted because it’s super affordable and I somewhat broke through my distaste for fast fashion. I really needed to update my wardrobe, but didn’t have the cash-money to blow at my typical shopping spots. I hit up the Grove and reluctantly entered a Forever 21 with my girlfriend. I don’t like fast fashion, I don’t like mainstream and I don’t like feeling like I am buying something that every other girl has in her closet as well. Thing is, with fast fashion, the trends change so much that you actually won’t be walking around wearing the same thing as everyone else.  

 We stopped into Forever 21 and did a quick walk through, I silently decided there was NOTHING in the store for me. Luckily, the friend I was with didn’t give up so easily. She pointed out a few cute items and I decided to do one more walk through of Forever 21, but this time I was going to treat it like vintage clothes shopping. One of my favorite things about vintage shopping, is piecing outfits together that you wouldn’t think would go together – a special and unique piece paired with an equally special and unique piece. Or you can take a somewhat dull piece and pair it with a flashy piece and suddenly the entire outfit needs its own photoshoot. I always feel really proud of myself when I am able to look past what may seem like an “OK” article of clothing and pair it with something else to make the ideal ensemble. That’s what I did with Forever 21. 

Before I knew it, I was heading to the dressing room with 12 pieces of clothing. I loved everything I tried on! The next night I had a magazine cover release party to attend for Annex Magazine and ended up wearing a whole outfit by Forever 21. The next night I had a date and wore the outfit pictured above and received a flurry of compliments. So, in conclusion, I have changed my stance on Forever 21….or I understand it rather. It is an awesome way to keep up with the trends of the time and still keep your bank account unharmed. I actually am looking forward to the next time I can “vintage shop” at Forever 21 😉 

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Poshmark

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A long time ago, I was bored and searching for fun apps to download and I came across Poshmark. I saw that it had something to do with shopping so I downloaded it. Problem is, I never opened it. Then a little while later, I decided to clean out my iPhone because it looked too “cluttered” (hmm, I wonder why). So there went poor Poshmark, deleted and out of my phone without me even giving it a chance. Thennnn, some while later, I read about Poshmark and how great of an app it is and when I went to go download it, I realized I already had it at one point. Needless to say, I now have it downloaded and check it religiously. I have already purchased more items than I care to admit and am steadily building my closet.

So what is Poshmark? I will let them tell you…

Ever wish you had a style-mate and could shop her closet? Now you can. Poshmark connects you to people whose style you adore, allowing you to shop their closets, anytime you’d like.

Have items in your closet that you love, but just don’t wear anymore? List it for sale on Poshmark in less than 60 seconds. Sell what you have in your closet so you can shop for what you really love today.

With Poshmark, you’ll fall in love with your closet…again.

Ok. The idea is pretty brilliant, right? Shop other people’s closets at discounted prices and sell them yours!

What is even better is that when you list an item in your closet for sale and someone buys it, Poshmark does all of the hard part for you. They instantly send you a shipping label and all you have to do is package that bad boy up and drop it off at a blue USPS mailbox. Once the recipient receives the package, Poshmark delivers the money into your account that you have with them and from there you can transfer the money to your own personal account…or spend it on more clothes. The decision is yours.

And because I feel like I still haven’t said enough about this brilliant company…you can enter your size in jeans, shirts, shoes, etc and search for items based on your size. Personally, I love shopping by brand (THEY HAVE ALL THE BEST BRANDS BTW-Zara, MK, Elizabeth and James, Lululemon, Urban Outfitters, etc) and you can find brand new items (with the tags) for half off.

It’s my new obsession. Check it out. Oh-and feel free to shop my closet, I am adding more items soon 🙂