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From Pre Love to New Love

October 3rd, 2018 | no comments

 

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From Pre-love to New Love!

Whilst we celebrate all things National Op Shop Week …here’s 7 Easy Ways to Rework Thrift.

Standard op shopping will for sure see you reap the one of kind outfits rewards, however there’s also many simple techniques you can try to take your looks next level. Just because you see it on the expensive runways and cashed up celebs doesn’t mean you can’t have it too, here’s how…

Remember the 7 R’s  – Reimagine, Reinvent, Rediscover, Revive, Restyle, Revolutionize, Ressurect.

1.Reimagine  – Op Shops offer a world of style possibilities, the only limit is our imagination. So when I’m thrifting I always aim to think outside the square and dream up ways I can recreate the trends. Take the big bum bag/fanny pack obsession, the designer versions are a serious spend so why not save your cash, support the planet and create your own. For my D&G version you see here – I used a faux Dolce wallet, plain stretchy belt and feather bag charm I found – for under $10 bucks. Then all I did was glue gun the wallet to the belt and add the charm to the side. Hey presto preloved chic.

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2.Reinvent – If it’s good enough for Madonna then why not adopt the reinvention ethos for yourself. I believe we should give our wardrobes a workout and look for ways that we can rework what we already have. I’ve been known to wear a blazer as a bustier (check out the pic below) turn scarves into asymmetrical panels under belts and over jeans, even wear scrap fabric embellished with sparkle as a top. Be inspired by the trends but don’t feel pressured to pay up – op shopping allows you to play.

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3.Rediscover – Accessories are amazing, a fool proof way to easily transform your op shop finds in an instant! Belts, bangles, blingy necklaces and my absolute fave – vintage brooches. They don’t have to be destined to a life as a one purpose pin, I put them everywhere possible! Inspired by the Gucci fanny pack encrusted with gold hard wear, I pinned a cluster of vintage brooches in the same formation onto a $2 patent toiletry bag attached to a belt! To recreate McQueen – I embellished a corset with an insane amount of brooches to get a similar look. Every time I go into an op shop I will buy a brooch to add to my collection – they are just such useful little buggers!

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4.Revive – Breathe new life into a basic piece with clever customising. Cowboy vibes are a big trend we’ve just seem strutt down the fashion week runways, so I headed to my local craft store to get my Clint Eastwood on. This white tassle trim cost me about 5 bucks then I simply stitched it to the bottom of the blouse. Like the brooches, why not build up a little craft kit filled with ribbons, buttons, embellishment, interesting trims and trinkets. Whenever you think you don’t have anything to wear try reviving.

Let make do and mend-ism be your muse!

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5.Restyle – Spring Racing is upon us but it can be such a wasteful, wear once sartorial affair. You will absolutely look just as chic as all the fast fashion filly’s in fact, you’ll be more fabulous because your outfit has a story. This trio shot is 3 outfits I sourced and styled from Salvos Stores and shows you that you never ever have to sacrifice style. Don’t just go for the standard dress either, my fave look is the pants teamed with a men’s jacket and scrap material turned into a stylish turban, simply by twisting it. The other two hats I customised as well, using broken jewels and brooches. Run your own style race sista!

6. Revolutionize – Be a change maker, shift the fashion mindset and stand for style with a purpose. When I was living overseas op shopping was genuinely all I could afford so I challenged myself to recreate luxurious designer looks I saw in the pages of Vogue for minimal spend. Whilst it initially just helped me feel good about myself I quickly realised I could be of service on a much bigger level. To this day second hand is still my first choice. I am so passionate about showing you that op shopping can absolutely be just as chic as high fashion, so whenever I can I love to DIY (sometimes with dressmakers and designers too) and really go to town on the recreation. This Maison Margiela Vs Salvos Stores offering for Fash Fest is one of my faves.

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7. Resurrect – Just like Jesus or Yeezus why can’t clothes be restored to life too!? Scary to say but Christmas is but 12 weeks away! This is another occasion when we get so whipped up into how much we spend and how many wrapped up goodies are under the tree. I much prefer a Merry THRIFT-mas, with the best kind of presents being the gift of thrift 

From the decorations, to the family table settings and of course the style – you can find absolutely everything you need in an op shop and to top it off your fashion dollar does something really positive for the planet. You divert textile waste from landfill, support the mission of a charity and empower your local community. Thrifting is such a great option for all the events we have at this time of year – check out my Today Show segment and why not plan a Merry THRIFT-mas for 2018!.

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Old To Renew

November 20th, 2016 | no comments

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Four items found on the $5 sale rack at the Salvation Army

4 new looks!

I was so excited to find these gorgeous pieces because I knew I could do so much with them, their mix match – ability is amazing.

Here’s what I bought from Rockdale Salvos Stores in Sydney.

1.A beautiful vintage long khaki coat

2.Vintage butter soft high waisted Calvin Klein jeans

3.White midi skirt

4. Slogan tee

All items are in incredible condition and super comfy to boot

For the grand total of $20

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From old to Renew

All I needed was a few pieces from my existing wardrobe like my $1 white sneakers, neutral heels, never fail Valentino bag and my customised corset belt

The amazing neckpiece is from Purple Mango Eco Fashion 

When you pick classic pieces you will always have something to wear and wear it well you will!

Images Bryan Marden 

Spring on a Shoestring

September 25th, 2016 | no comments

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Fashion Hound Spring on a shoestring, it’s so the thing! If you read my blog you’ll know I’m a serial op shop offender. I’ve really got to know my way around these preloved pit stops, but you know what I missed!? The serious amount of incredible second hand you can find online, in particular Gumtree. Currently refashioning our apartment sustainably I’ve been head down behind up in gumtree’s furniture department, not thinking to take a peak over in their style side of town.

But once I did…oh dear…I kind of haven’t stopped #whoopsie but the wonderful thing is its sustainable baby.

First cab off this rank is this gorgeous white flared top from seed heritage. The original RRP was about $140 and I got it for $79 plus the lady who sold it to me was a total sweetheart, hand delivering it to my house!

Being spring and all, I’ve had a good clean out and I wanted some fresh new pieces to add to my capsule wardrobe. This top is such a great basic and as you can see looks just as lovely casual as it does dressy. One top two ways.

Dancing around with my favorite faded denim and slick black staples, all from The Salvation Army thrift stores here and in NYC; she’s a very welcome (near) new addition to my eco fashion family.

Saying Yes To Less

April 21st, 2016 | no comments

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I’m about to embark on a round the world trip with my boyfriend and I’m challenging myself to only take what fits in this small suitcase!

I’ve created a capsule wardrobe, all sourced from op shopping and vintage and I will create multiple mix and match looks from what I have. Anything else I desperately need I will thrift and if it doesn’t fit on the way home I will donate it back

I’m saying yes to less. Keep in touch on my instagram for all my tips, ideas and outfits

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Sunday Escape

April 4th, 2016 | no comments

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I just love the weekends, wonderful adventures and worn in comfy clothes that can go anywhere with you. While its easy to  head out in your activewear for a sunday escape sometimes its nice to add a little chic into the equation.

You can never go wrong with a classic white shirt, loved a lot vintage Levi’s and lace up sandals – I picked up all 3 pieces at the Salvation Army in NYC for $5 each, yep $5 and I’ve lost count how many times I’ve worn them, but this is a great thing #30Wears

I’m a big fan of teaming inexpensive thrifty finds with special investment items like a statement handbag that you will keep and make use of for many seasons to come.

A classic capsule wardrobe, that’s easy on the planet too

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Eco Chic

February 16th, 2016 | no comments

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It’s so much fun blowing peoples minds on how stylish second hand can be. Here’s just a snippet of my work over the last few weeks. From sourcing and styling the Salvos Stores street boutiques, to hosting eco style workshops where I did things like reinventing a mens shirt 4 ways (see top pic), to making a start on some customised preloved beauties for my online store, you can see op shops are far from retro and costume hire havens.

They can absolutely be modern and high fashion, just with a lot more heart.

Here’s my top 5 tips to a successful op shopping trip

  1. Treat it like a normal shopping experience – only buy the things you really need and love. Change your perception of what op shops are – they are so much more than daggy destinations filled with retro and costumes…there are serious amounts of eco chic to be found
  2. Go with an idea in mind – what do you need or do you have an event you are going to? Perhaps you have seen a look you love – start by just looking for that to avoid the overwhelming feeling.
  3. Educate yourself – learn about fashion, follow the trends, look at websites like WhoWhatWear and Vogue Runway. British Vogue is my bible – it has taught me so much about the language of style and not just the editorial. The advertisements hold so much information about the aesthetics of brands – it’s because of these that I can now replicate looks from Chanel, Balmain etc for less.
  4. DIY and customise – so much of what we see in fashion, especially now is quite simple to replicate. You don’t need to pay hundreds of dollars for ripped jeans when you can do it yourself.
  5. You can absolutely build a super stylish wardrobe with op shop finds….my suggestion is to start with the fashion fundamentals – the basics like a great black dress, cool denim, a classic trench for example then you can add the trends and play around with ideas from there.

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She’s the man!

February 9th, 2016 | no comments

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I believe in the fashion underdog 

Re-loving the discarded and giving it another shot at a stylish life 

I see the opportunity in a shoulder pad and get a genuine buzz from a beautiful fabric, a cool cut, a vintage vibe. 

It begs the question, how can I make it modern and heck why can’t I!? 

This stems from a time when I really didn’t have a choice…I was a nomad on not much of a budget 

The more I created my op shop outfits because of necessity the more I realised my eco chic concept was actually a thing. 

Thanks to the gods of Instagram I’ve been able to connect with like minded people who are totally on my trip

Allow me to introduce Anita, she’s an actual rocket scientist and has taught me so much about living a zero waste lifestyle 

You know all those small plastic bags we fill with our veggies and fruit at the supermarket? Well switch them out for reusable produce bags 

Love coffee? Well why don’t you stop contributing to the 500 billion disposables that end up in landfill every year and get yourself a keep cup 

Find an epic 80’s power suit then share it with a cool eco sister and give it a slick new look

That’s just what we did 

I took the jacket and teamed it with a slip dress (aka my 10 year old nightie) and a choker moment I made myself 

The high waisted pants were a perfect fit on Anita and as an ode to my favorite city in the world I just so happened to find this killer slogan tee #NewYorker 

If I do say so myself we look super fly and suitably (yep I just did that) on trend. 

Everything sourced from Salvos Stores 

Follow Anita on Instagram @rocket_science seriously you’ll be so inspired 

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The easiest DIY ever

January 22nd, 2016 | 2 comments

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Hands down, this is the easiest DIY ever. I discovered this brilliant way to reinvent a mens white shirt on a pair and a spare. This is just one of the genius ways, there’s 3 others so make sure you head over to Geneva’s blog and check them out. I was so inspired I had to try it myself and have been showing everyone since. Its super simple, sustainable and seriously chic.

We all have a white collared shirt in our wardrobe or if we don’t we can steal one from our man, Dad, brother, friend, gay husband or do like I did and thrift an oversize one for $10 from the Salvos.

Here’s how to get this look

Step 1. Put the shirt on normally and button from the bottom to just above your boobs.

Step 2. Take one arm out so the sleeve is empty and your sexy shoulder and arm is exposed

Step 3. Take the empty sleeve and wrap it around your front section to create a belt or cummerbund effect. Tuck the end of the sleeve into the back of your pants or skirt.

Step 4. Play around with it and gather and tuck the shirt to have it sit just right on your form. I tucked mine in at the back and baged it out a little. Then I gathered it more at the front to create a streamlined fit.

Step 6. Add a timeless pencil skirt, heels and clutch – I found all these at The Salvos Street boutique in Kiama. That place is a treasure trove and the little beachside town is just heavenly.

This is such instant, easy chic and you could team it with so many things. Ripped denim, black jeans, cargo pants, I could keep going but I know you get it.

Give it a try kids

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Noir et Blanc

August 12th, 2015 | no comments

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Noir et BlancBlack and White…its everlasting wonder will never cease.

The stark contrast is style personified and the simplest of routes to chic.

Icons from Katherine Hepburn to Keith Richards are privy to its power and Karl Lagerfeld wears nothing but.

What this mere style mortal knows however is that you don’t need a millionaire budget to create this bold impact.

My entire outfit hails from op shop and vintage haute

The necklace I made with my own two hands – it’s 4 second hand pieces upcycled into one knockout statement…inspired of course by the brilliant #dylanlex dames.

My advice: always treat thrifting like a normal shopping experience, be discerning and only select those pieces that reside at a certain level of style.

Great cuts, fine fabrics, delicious detail and items that are in it for the fashion long haul

Second hand never has to mean second best

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Vintage upcycled leather jacket Fabrique Vintage | Calvin Klein mens shirt, Paul Frank Shades and cropped jumper Salvos Stores | Levis, Housing Works NYC | Ankle Boots, Save the Children Store, Notting Hill London | Neckpiece as above

Thanks to my lovely intern Ally for the pics xx

Roll with the ponchos

June 30th, 2015 | no comments

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As I write this, I am literally wrapped up like an armidillo and conducting a close personal relationship with my oil heater.

I love the cold weather but PS it’s really chilly at the moment and while I can layer like its a sport sometimes that just doesn’t cut it.

For such moments my friends may I suggest you roll with the ponchos…it’s like wearing a blanket, totally the best thing in my opinion.

I fancy mine up with clashing textures and a feature belt to highlight the waist, I adore the navajo feel of this one and really like the more classic pieces blended with it as an interesting dichotomy. The other vibe I love is the bohemian blanket 😉 Saint Laurent are all about the poncho this season so I set myself the challenge of recreating their stunning

$5000+ look for $85 with Salvos Stores finds.

I even iniatiated my new intern Allie to model it – doesn’t she look amazing and as she put it

‘This is so comfy and how cool there’s even holes for my arms’

So if you have to leave your bed this winter, now you know how to be the most beautiful walking blanket in town.

You’re welcome

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Love to Arrnott from Rogue Homme for the pics of me