I must confess that I purposely didn’t further discuss my attempt at my “Fashion Sobriety” (original post here) because I failed so miserably. I was doing well for about two months, and just crashed and burned. I’m a shopper, and I can’t deny it. Knowing myself and that I enjoy shopping immensely, what I can do is redirect how I shop and what I shop for. I’m in a better position financially, so I’m going to do my own version of a capsule wardrobe, by purchasing more investment pieces and mixing it into what I love. I realize now that my hair can be an “accessory”, updating my style with color and cut. With my hair and other accessories, I can incorporate some of my favorite brands like Miista, Boy London, Irregular Choice and United Nude with higher end pieces to keep that “edge” that I’m always looking for. This means I’m officially going to clean out my closet by selling older beloved higher end designer and mid-price pieces that have a lot of life left in them, and then donating the rest. I can proudly say I’ve put my mini-light studio to good use and have already started an Any Second Now store on eBay (click the link to take you directly there)! All listings are good for 30 days, and I will relist what doesn’t sell immediately.
Here are the first eight pairs of shoes I’m selling on eBay, directly from my closet, including the ones pictured above. In fact, one pair has already sold, which really surprised me at how fast it happened. I’ll be adding more items often, so I hope you stop by and check them out.
Aren’t cameos beautiful? I own three (so far) and am always happy to add more to my collection whenever I come across a beautiful one. Full of whimsy, they always remind me of the era of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth anyone?). They are delicate and intricate, adding a vintage touch to any outfit. I wore one for my “Military Luxe” outfit that I bought from Forever 21 (seen here), but I have an antique cameo that I got from my mom quite some time ago that can be worn as a brooch or a necklace (the one pictured above).
I’ve included a couple of cute cameo items I found on Modcloth that I will be adding to my collection (I’m such a fan of “Pride and Prejudice” that it’s funny the bracelet I found is called “Ms. Darcy”). I just purchased a mini-lot of cameos on eBay (sparking the idea for this post). Now that my cold has run its course and as soon as the weather permits, I guarantee that all of these cameos will accompany a few outfits on many a pictorial.
(Click on the Modcloth pictures for links to the items)
When Rodarte designed a line for Target, there were two jackets that I wanted: the kimono floral print rain coat and the leopard print faux fur jacket.
I bought the rain coat because it reminded me of the opera coat that Carrie Bradshaw wore over a Calvin Klein silk tank dress in the episode of “To Market, To Market” from SATC Season 6, where she is running late to the NYSE (note: that coat is from SJP’s own wardrobe). I love the copper buttons and that it’s so light. In fact, I don’t even wear it in the rain. I detached the little hood and wear it just the way Carrie wears it, with something plain like a black or nude tank dress or with a plain white t-shirt and jeans with heels.
I truly regret not getting the faux fur leopard print jacket when I had the chance. The Target that I went to only had the jacket in large and it was just too big. It wasn’t online anymore, but I didn’t really make any attempts to get it at any other Target. When I went back to the Target that had the large, that was gone too. My intent at the time was to have it altered to fit.
After searching everywhere I could think of to get the jacket, I gave up…until recently. These last few weeks, I have been scouring eBay for Rodarte items, and couldn’t find my precious leopard jacket. But my efforts have finally paid off and I was able to find it today! Leopard print will be a big part of this fall and always returns to the runway in some cool incarnation, so I am confident that this purchase will be a staple that I will bring out again and again.
The jacket I purchased is pictured on the right. The double-breasted styling and details are like a classic pea coat, but the print gives it an edge. Isn’t it adorable?
I have learned two things from this shopping experience: 1. Go with your gut and make that purchase when you truly love something; 2. When all else fails, go to eBay!