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Happy National Thrift Shop Day!!!

Virginia FrancesComment

The question I get asked most by all you lovely people is: What are your favorite thrift shops? I can't believe its taken me this long to publicly respond, but better late than never right?! Above all, I strive to shop at thrift stores that support the work of non-profit organizations. It’s a win-win because I get rad stuff and the money I spend goes back into the community to support things like after-school programs for kids and emergency shelter for women fleeing domestic violence.

So...without further ado, here’s my list. You can click on the links to see photos of some of the fab (mostly vintage) items I’ve purchased and to learn more about each thrift shop and the Organizations they support <3

Seattle, WA

Olympia, WA

Longview, WA

Montana (from the Great Vintage Road Trip!)

 

That's it for now! Feel free to leave a comment with some of your fav spots to thrift. Let's spread the thrift shop love!! Queue Macklemore! HAPPY THRIFTING!!!!

 

Style Q&A with Javier

Virginia FrancesComment

Javier is my male style counterpart. He's one of the few people I've met that share many of my views on fashion. The day I met him I was being interviewed for a job and he was one of the three people on the panel ready to drill me with questions and judge my worth. The second I saw him in his carefully crafted ensemble (which of course included a bow-tie) I just knew that everything would be a-ok! Needless to say, I got the job and we've been hanging out-critiquing each other's outfits ever since.**


Hey Javier! What advice do you have for men who are trying to step up their style game?  Be Bold!  But be yourself.

What (or who) inspires you most in terms of how you dress?  Nature (a plant, for example), other men (I say, “I’ve got something similar, but pair it with . . . “), women’s fashion (not style, but colors).

How do you decide what to wear each day?  It depends.  Sometimes, I can plan a week in advance, or sometimes even, weeks in advance.  I may have an idea of an item I want to wear on a given day (shirt, tie, vest);  and use that as an anchor to build the rest of the outfit around it.  Also, I may be inspired by a time of season (Fall, Christmas) or a specific day (Independence Day or St. Patrick’s Day, for example) and find clothes that reflect the occasion.

What’s your all-time fav outfit combination?  Trick question?  There are lots.  Comments from others make certain combinations more memorable. 

How has your style grown/changed/developed over the years?  It’s gotten more colorful and bold.  I’m far more willing to take chances as the years go by.

If your closet caught fire and you only had time to grab one thing, what would it be?  Nothing!  It’ll give me an opportunity to buy from the ground up.

Your top 3 places to shop?  H&M. Macy’s. Vee Vintage, of course!! But of course!

What decade of style do you love most/wear most?  Current, with splashes from other eras.

Anything else you'd like to say about your style?  I love wearing hats and vests.  I believe my style is eclectic.  I love wearing “hand-me-downs” that other people would send for donation.  I don’t know what is not my style, because I like to co-op other looks and make it mine. I get a lot of comments from total strangers on the elevator [at work], on the streets and even in a parking lot from people still in their cars, rolling down their windows to make a comment.

In the photos above Javier is modeling his own styled look wearing a burgundy velvet blazer, a black floral print dress shirt, white denim pants (who says you can't wear white after labor day!), black buckle dress shoes, and a black & white bow-tie and pocket square. A perfect look for winter months at the office. 


**We also did a lip sync to Phantom of the Opera at our work Summer BBQ in 2015!