November 15, 2017

2017 Reading Round Up, Part Three


As a reminder, these are off-the-cuff reviews that I peck into my phone as soon as I finish the book. A literary critic, I am not.

Here's what I've been reading!

Sing, Unburied, SingSing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Beautifully written, haunting, sad. I didn't get into it as much as I expected based on how much everyone else loves it. I liked it though and it's a short book. I did love the story of Jojo and his sister Kayla. The chapters from Leonie's (the mom) perspective were harder to read.


StartupStartup by Doree Shafrir
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you want a fun way to spend a weekend, pick up this book. It's super short and super fun. I loved it. Weird abrupt ending, but great book.




We Are Never Meeting In Real LifeWe Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Man, this book is so good! I'm biased because I love Samantha Irby and will devour anything she writes, but do yourself a favor and pick up this heartfelt, hilarious book.




The Rules Do Not ApplyThe Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Harrowing, gripping, beautiful. Short book that you can read in a couple sittings. If you're a woman, make sure you know what it's about first. Brb, reading every article Ariel Levy has written for The New Yorker.



'Salem's Lot'Salem's Lot by Stephen King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Scary and suspenseful. This is his second book, and it's from the early 70s, so there's some non-PC language. Great book. Fun to read close to Halloween.





Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand AloneBraving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is kind of a companion guide to all the things Brene has been saying in her FB videos and book tour this year. It's a great book that everyone I know has really enjoyed and benefited from. It's also super short. I read it in two days. It's intended to be read by anyone in any political party, but if you're a liberal or progressive living in a red state, this book offers some solace.

QuentinsQuentins by Maeve Binchy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love these Maeve Binchy books so much. Don't @ me.






Born a Crime: Stories From a South African ChildhoodBorn a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A friend recommended I listen to this as an audio book, and I'm so glad I did. Trevor recorded the audio and I loved hearing him tell his story, plus the accents, languages, and impersonations. I especially loved the end when he tells the story of his mom. The way he peels back the curtain of family abuse and domestic violence is thoughtful and well done. The ending had me laughing and crying in my car. Great book.

Do Not Become AlarmedDo Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Couldn't put it down. Kind of brutal, kid violence wise, but great book.





In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and EntrepreneursIn the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs by Grace Bonney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is so helpful and inspiring. I've been reading it off and on for months and finally finished it. I marked a bunch of pages and passages and plan to flip through it whenever I feel stuck. It's a must-have for women creatives and entrepreneurs, or anyone who just wants to be inspired.

Why Not Me?Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hilarious and totally worth the read. Favorite sentence: "While I chewed on my eleven brioche rolls, I saw the likes of Gen. David Patraeus, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and that guy from Magic Mike, who also played a hot werewolf and was supposed to have a huge wang."


Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 by David Sedaris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So unbelievably funny. It's meant to be read in spurts, but I read it cover to cover in about a week. I couldn't put it down. Hilarious.





The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples TempleThe Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple by Jeff Guinn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Two words: IN DEPTH. This book is long and heavy, physically and emotionally. This isn't just a book. It's a masters class on Jim Jones and Peoples Temple. Fascinating, exhausting, deeply disturbing, horrific. People forget this happened in our lifetime. I was two years old when this happened. We haven't learned this lesson yet. Demagogues are still out there. Hell, we just elected one as President. There's a lot to be learned from this book.

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White HouseWho Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House by Alyssa Mastromonaco
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Finally! A work memoir that's not just cliche advice like 'don't cry in front of your boss' and 'never bake cupcakes for your coworkers'. Read this, and then buy copies for all the young women in your life. FYI, this book will make you really miss Obama.

All Grown UpAll Grown Up by Jami Attenberg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I looooved this book! It has all my favorite ingredients: female protagonist, NYC setting, ambivalent single lady in the city, family dysfunction, shitty job, confusion over life goals, alcohol, sex, drugs. I just made this book sound really dark, and it isn't. It's a great book! Just read it. You'll thank me.


Jab, Jab, Jab,  Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social WorldJab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World by Gary Vaynerchuk
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Ugh, this book. Why are there books on social media? By the time it's on the shelves, it's outdated. First of all, this book is unapologetically written for men. Aside from the fact that the title is a sports metaphor, the cover is a picture of boxing gloves, and the filler pages are high gloss red, the first paragraph in the intro is a football analogy. Imagine me raising my middle finger into the air right now. If you're a dude who thinks he's good at Facebook, and could be better, here's your book. If you're anyone else, and specifically if you're a woman, just read an article anywhere on the internet and save yourself the excruciating frustration of another man telling you how to do something you probably innately already know how to do.

Exit WestExit West by Mohsin Hamid
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I don't know what to say about this book. I liked it. The language and the writing is beautiful. I didn't feel an emotional attachment to the book or the characters, but I'm glad I read it. The story and the perspective are so unique, I'd recommend reading it. Plus, it's short and you'll read it quickly. It's a good book.


P.S. Forgot what I read in the second part of 2017? Here you go!

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November 13, 2017

An Interview with Blogger Sheena Steward


You know those people you follow on Instagram and you're like, I know we would be friends if we knew each other in real life? I've thought that about Sheena for awhile now. From her Insta feed, I knew I liked her sense of humor, style, and inability to take a bad picture. But then I started reading her blog and I was blown away by her honesty and vulnerability. Reading her blog reminded me why I started a blog in the first place, to talk about my life.

A self-described, "Thrift Store Queen," if you've been to any of the Goodwill Style With A Purpose events, you've probably met Sheena. That's actually where I finally met Sheena, at the last event in Bellevue. Our racks were beside each other and by the end of the night, I had badgered her into spending a day with me eating tacos and thrifting our way down Nolensville Road. Meet my new friend and today's bitch, Sheena Steward!


What do you do and what is the name of your blog?

By day, I’m an IT recruiter for a healthcare organization. By night, I’m a blogger, public speaker and do-gooder. Yep, that’s a real word!

When did you first learn about blogging? How did you know it was what you wanted to do?

Blogging happened accidentally for me. My husband and I got married in 2016, and started having weekly dates shortly after we married. I posted the dates on social media, and through those social media posts a blog was born. December will be a year anniversary of the blog, and it’s morphed from a date night blog to a full-on lifestyle/relationship blog. I knew blogging was for me because it married (pun intended) so many of the things I love. Hence the name of my blog, Love At Any Stage. I’m able to write about life, marriage, dates, my truths, thrifting and anything else that moves me.

What is the best piece of business advice you’ve been given?

Just get started.


Can you name the biggest lesson you’ve learned or that helped improve the way you work?

Vulnerability is key for me. It’s something I work on daily. The more vulnerable I am, the more in tune I am with myself, others and my work.

What would you do with 2 more hours a day?

"Same thing I do every day Pinky... try to save the world."

What is your greatest success, or something you’re most proud of related to what you do?

My annual birthday good deed project is something I look forward to every year. Each year I’m amazed at the amount of goodness spread during those three weeks.


How do you decompress at the end of the work day?

Annoy my husband by acting like I’m 10. I sing, dance, climb things. You know the usual things married women do.

What’s a fear that keeps you up at night?

A few years ago, I had a job that I was doing well at despite loathing every minute of it. During that time I found out that success scared me more than failure. Some nights when I lie awake I think, what if I got everything I dreamed of, then I freak out.

What is one thing everyone gets wrong about what you do?

That I’m quiet. I’m VERY talkative. Seriously, I talk too much.


What does self-care look like in your life?

Right now, it’s listening to podcasts, secret good deeds and a great car concert.

What helps when you’re stuck? Do you have a motto or quote that inspires/motivates you?

I go back and read old things I’ve written. Most times I’m like DAAAAAMMMNNN I wrote that???

Are there any women who helped pave the way for your success?

My mother! She’s literally the greatest human ever! She also taught me to be who I am, challenge myself as well as others and not to be defined by labels.


Lastly, and most important, what is your favorite TV show and what is your favorite snack?

Sheesh, this is the most difficult question. I wouldn’t say that I have a favorite TV show, but Parenthood is one of my all-time favorites. I go through cycles with snacks, but you can’t go wrong with potato chips.

All photos courtesy of Sheena Steward

P.S. Meet last week's bitch:  Registered Dietitian, Erin Hendrickson!

P.P.S. Full list of My Bitches here.

October 30, 2017

An Interview with Registered Dietitian Erin Hendrickson


I met today's bitch over the summer when we were both asked to host a shopping event for Goodwill. Neither of us had hosted the event before and we arrived early and bonded in the back room trying to organize our racks. I loved everything Erin pulled for the event and her easy-going personality helped calm my nerves.

If you don't follow Erin on Instagram, you should. Most of the things she wears are thrifted, which you would never guess. She also wears a rotating wardrobe and demonstrates how to get a lot of looks out of not a lot of clothes. If you're looking to buy better and buy less, Erin is your girl. Meet today's bitch, the Minimalist RD, Erin Hendrickson!


What do you do and what is the name of your business?

I am a registered dietitian working with healthcare companies and corporations to promote a culture of health, wellness and sustainability. My side hustle is Minimalist RD where I talk sustainable food systems, fashion and preach responsible consumerism.

When did you first learn about this field of work? How did you know it was what you wanted to do?

Things I love: food, the planet and helping people. A few years ago I figured out how to marry the three and I’m just now approaching my ‘zone of genius.’

What is the best piece of business advice you’ve been given?

Be authentic and live your truth. You can’t fake passion.


Can you name the biggest lesson you’ve learned or that helped improve the way you work?

If you aren’t happy with a circumstance or situation you’re in, CHANGE IT. Quit your job, move away, break up, take a class, make a new friend. Life’s too short for negativity. Getting outside of your comfort zone will produce the most growth.

What would you do with 2 more hours a day?

Cook more food from scratch and read more books.

What has been the biggest sacrifice you’ve made?

I quit my first job out of college after being miserable for years and having no purpose and no back-up plan. I traveled and was literally happier serving food at Chili’s than working in the toxic environment I was previously in. Eventually I landed a job in the health and wellness field and it’s led me on this journey I love.


What is your greatest success, or something you’re most proud of related to what you do?

I LOVE inspiring individuals to take just one step toward living healthier for themselves and our planet. I recently led a group of volunteers through harvesting produce at an organic urban garden, which was donated to a nonprofit that delivers healthy meals to food deserts around Nashville. THAT is my kind of success.

Do you have a morning ritual that helps you set the tone for the day?

Coffee + prayer time + taking the dog for a walk = a good morning.

How do you decompress at night?

I’m not good at turning myself off at night. In a perfect world, I’d cook a fresh dinner, relax with wine and read a book. Instead, it’s weekend leftovers and a few minutes of Netflix, ha!


What helps when you’re stuck? Do you have a motto or quote that inspires/motivates you?

I’m an advocate of taking a break, whether it’s a quick walk around the neighborhood or a weeklong road trip, to really get my creative juices flowing. When I’m in need of inspiration, I love revisiting Steve Jobs’ story. He said ‘stay hungry, stay foolish’ and that really resonates with me in both business and the things I’m passionate about in life.

What does self care look like in your life?

My self-care is making sure to create space in the midst of all life’s chaos - space to travel, go on dates with my husband, be physically active and to give back to those less fortunate.

Are there any women who helped pave the way for your success?

I have several strong, free-spirited women in my family that I absolutely adore and admire. The mentors I turn to most often are those that have shattered cultural norms and are living life on their own terms, while doing so much good in the world!


Lastly, and most important, what is your favorite TV show and what is your favorite snack?

I don’t have cable and rarely watch TV, but I’ve fallen in love with Chef’s Table, a documentary series on Netflix. Favorite snack: fruit + cheese + nuts!

All photos courtesy of Erin Hendrickson

P.S. Meet last week's bitch:  Goodwill Marketing Manager, Niketa Hailey-Hill!

P.P.S. Full list of My Bitches here.

October 23, 2017

An Interview with Goodwill Marketing Manager Niketa Hailey-Hill


Ever since I started getting Reiki, I've gotten super witchy. When I met Niketa earlier this year, I knew we knew each other in a past life. There was no getting to know each other, or slowly building a trust - it was already there. We were either the same dinosaur who became two people, or two dinosaurs who were best friends and reconnected as humans in 2017. (Please know that as I typed this, I made a pterodactyl noise.)

Recently, I've been able to watch Niketa work and the way she does her job is like nothing I've ever experienced. She is compassionate, thoughtful, and intentional. When you're in her presence, you feel valued. I've never worked for anyone like that and I can only imagine it feels amazing. It's even more amazing to be her friend. Meet today's bitch, my Mesozoic friend, Niketa Hailey-Hill!


What is your job title and where do you work?

I'm the Marketing Manager for Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc.

When did you first learn about this field of work? How did you know it was what you wanted to do?

I decided to switch majors to PR and advertising my sophomore year after an English Lit class nearly drove me insane. My best friend was a PR major in college and loved it. I was an English/Education major and didn’t love it. I knew the switch was the right choice when I was asked to create and manage a fundraiser for the local United Way. I loved being a part of an organization that was doing good work and having a positive impact on the community. I still do.


What is the best piece of business advice you’ve been given?

Invest in and learn about yourself. Having a clear understanding of your personality, strengths, weaknesses, triggers, motivations, beliefs and emotions helps us be at peace, act consciously and be compassionate with ourselves and others.

Can you name the biggest lesson you’ve learned or that helped improve the way you work?

Relationships matter. Take the time to get to know people and know that everyone has something to teach you.

What would you do with 2 more hours a day?

Sleep.


What is your greatest success, or something you’re most proud of related to what you do?

I am proud of my time (2006-2012) serving on the Hands On Nashville board, specifically the year of the flood when I served as the communications chair. The mission of Hands on Nashville is to meet community need through volunteerism. The work we did together as a board and organization that year was especially inspiring, uplifting and important. Being a part of a community coming together to help one another during such a hard time was something I will cherish forever.


How do you decompress at the end of the work day?

My husband, Adam, and I cook supper together most nights. It’s a stress-reliever and way to catch up about the day.

What’s a fear that keeps you up at night?

At this time, I do not have any fears that keep me up at night, and, for that, I am extremely grateful.

What is one thing everyone gets wrong about what you do?

That’s tough. I don’t know that I care to even ponder that. Who can know!?


What does self care look like in your life?

Morning walks at Shelby Park, listening to music (anything from 70s) or podcasts (love OnBeing, The Moth, and Death, Sex & Money), cooking/baking, dry brushing, lavender anything (hello, Thistle Farms), laughing, sage smudging, GlamGlow masks, and reading Rumi, Pema Chodron or Brene Brown.

What helps when you’re stuck? Do you have a motto or quote that inspires/motivates you?

The trick is not to get stuck! Acknowledgement of when you are triggered about something is key to understanding yourself better. Instead of giving yourself a hard time about feeling a certain way about someone or something that happened, you simply acknowledge that it is there and take a deeper look. Move closer to it versus fleeing. That’s the hard part! There is something to learn from the moments that inspire you and bring you joy just as there is something to learn from the moments that bring you sadness and anger. It all comes and goes. Both are needed and necessary. I try to remember this daily.

I do love this Pema Chodron quote: "Gloriousness and wretchedness need each other. One inspires us, the other softens us. They go together.” Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living by Pema Chodron.


Are there any women who helped pave the way for your success?

I feel so fortunate to have several webs of women who have weaved such supportive, nurturing, positive environments around me. In my younger days, I would say that my mother, my Aunt Patty, my grandmother Opal, and my high school yearbook adviser Lana Jackson kept me on track, challenged and encouraged. They are all good, strong, humorous women born and raised in Western Kentucky. I’ve been fortunate to stay friends with a core group of women from high school who I go to for advice, sanity and jokes at any time of the day or night. Our near daily text conversations keep me going some days, and I mean that wholeheartedly. I also have a personal “board of directors” who help guide and support me spiritually, professionally, and mentally. They have no idea that I call them that, but I am pretty sure they know who they are.


Lastly, and most important, what is your favorite TV show and what is your favorite snack?

It’s hard to name just one favorite TV show! Some of my faves include Catastrophe, Game of Thrones (I love Khaleesi!), Frazier, Call the Midwife, and Finding Your Roots.

My favorite snack is guacamole and tortilla chips. Lipstick Lounge’s guacamole and honey jalapeno salsa are divine! Yum!

All photos courtesy of Niketa Hailey-Hill

P.S. Meet last week's bitch:  Attorney and Fashion Blogger, Betsy Appleton!

P.P.S. Full list of My Bitches here.

October 16, 2017

An Interview with Attorney and Fashion Blogger Betsy Appleton


There are a million reasons I'm thrilled to partner with Goodwill on their Style With A Purpose events, like having more reasons to thrift and making people shop a rack of things I pick out. But what I looooove, is getting to know the other bloggers, many of which I've followed on Insta, but never met IRL. Today's bitch is one of these women.


Betsy wears fancy clothes to a fancy job. And guess where she gets those fancy clothes? Goodwill. If your job requires professional outfits, but you don't want to spend a lot of money on those outfits, Betsy is your girl. Make sure and follow her on Instagram, and if you want to meet her in-person and shop a rack of items she picked out, come to our event on October 19! RSVP here. Now, please meet my very sweet new friend, Betsy Appleton!


What do you do and what is the name of your blog?

I’m an attorney by day and fashion blogger at Goldwill Digger by night.

When did you first learn about fashion bloggers? How did you know it was what you wanted to do?

I first stumbled upon fashion bloggers while I was in college, but I really started to discover bloggers and the blogosphere while I was in law school. Following fashion bloggers helped me escape the monotony and stress. The idea of blogging crept into my mind during my last year of law school, but I didn’t have the time or creative energy to put into honing my craft. Also, I struggled to find my niche in the fashion blogger world. I wanted to offer helpful, unique, and informative inspiration to my peers, but I didn’t know what that looked like. I wrestled with what made my style and blog unique for many months before I pulled the trigger on a launch date.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

The answer to this question changes as I venture into each new chapter in my life, but one thing that has stuck with me is a quote I heard over 10 years ago, "The purpose of life is to have a life of purpose." I keep this little nugget of wisdom in the back of my mind and constantly remind myself of my purpose.


Can you name the biggest lesson you’ve learned?

There is only one you. In the blogosphere with hundreds of thousands of bloggers, it’s very easy to get caught playing the comparison game. I have to remind myself that there is only one me, I am unique, and no one else can be me.

What would you do with 2 more hours a day?

Read more. I really enjoy reading, and I can never find the time to enjoy a good book. When I do find time to read, I fall asleep two or three pages into the chapter.

What has been the best thrift find you’ve made?

One word. Gucci. Specifically, Tom Ford for Gucci circa 2010. It’s an outrageous fuschia maribou fur stole, and I’m obsessed. I did not technically find this piece because my mom found it, but I am now the proud possessor so I am going to take credit for it. Plus, any time I get the chance to talk about this work of art, I do.


What is your greatest success, or something you’re most proud of related to your blog?

I have two. One is when I hit publish on my very first post. I look back now and would change a lot of things about my first post, but it was a scary, vulnerable, and important leap to open yourself (and your writing) up to public consumption. Another surreal moment was being included in a Buzzfeed feature on thrift bloggers.

Do you have a morning ritual that helps you set the tone for the day?

Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. No, but really that’s the only consistent morning ritual I have besides feeding my cat.

How do you decompress at night?

I have to exercise at some point during the day. I’ve found that to be my most effective form of decompression. Also, I try to turn off everything an hour before bedtime and read until I fall asleep.


What helps when you’re stuck? Do you have a motto or quote that inspires/motivates you?

When I’m feeling uninspired, which happens often, I love to surround myself with creative and motivated women to remind me why I started in the first place. I also keep myself in check when I get discouraged by looking back to when I first launched Goldwill Digger and acknowledging and appreciating how far I’ve come and how much I’ve learned about myself.

What does self care look like in your life?

For me, it’s very important to show my body love by fueling it with healthy, natural, and quality foods. This is a financial and time investment, but it’s a long term investment in my body and my health.

Are there any women who helped pave the way for your success?

Most definitely my mother. She instilled me with values and drive from the womb. She alway made me feel empowered, confident, and loved. If I wanted to sell puka shell necklaces door to door, she would 100% support me!


Lastly, and most important, what is your favorite TV show and what is your favorite snack?

Does The Today Show count? I watch it every morning and have since second grade! If calories didn’t count, I would eat Little Debbie’s Christmas tree brownies for every meal the rest of my life. For a healthy snack, my go-to is Trader Joe’s plantain chips with tahini sauce.

All photos courtesy of Betsy Appleton

P.S. Meet last week's bitch:  Writer, Lucie Witt!

P.P.S. Full list of My Bitches here.

October 6, 2017

Thrifting List for Fall


I love a good To Do list, and after reading the September Issues, I made a To Thrift list. Fall is my season. I love the weather, the colors and the clothes. Unrelated, but I also love Halloween. You, too? Good! Come shop with me on October 19!


Goodwill is hosting a meet-up called Style with a Purpose. Get personalized advice from a dozen local bloggers and shop merchandise especially selected by the experts (that's me!) to reflect our unique styles (and possible Halloween costumes). We'll share our shopping strategies and help you put outfits together.

There are a few fall trends I think will be easy to thrift:

Oversized blazers
Calf-length floral skirts
Ironic tees.

Here's the thing, some of these trends won't be around next season, and I don't know about you, but if I'm only going to wear something for 3 months, I'm not spending $120 on it. But a $6 oversized blazer from Goodwill? Yes, please. I'll take four.


Thrifting List for Fall:

1) mixed patterns
2) animal print (faux fur)
3) floral / silk bomber
4) oversized blazer
5) hard plastic accessories
7) embellished box jacket
8) stacked loafers
9) robes over jeans
10) ironic tees


@r29Fahion, @mrspress, @nytimesfashion

First up, mixed patterns. I'm so into this trend, even though I have yet to successfully pull it off. I'm currently on the hunt for patterned pants. There are a bunch that fit the bill, but don't fit my body. The search continues!


@nytimesfashion, @leandramcohen, @thecut, Michael Kors, Balenciaga, Marni

#DUH. I have in my possession an animal print blazer and a velour animal print robe that looks just like the Michael Kors coat in the bottom left-hand picture. I bought them both from Goodwill and will wear them with the indefatigable swagger of an Instagram influencer.


@nytimesfashion, Gucci

Silk bomber jackets are all the rage and I'm here for it. I've seen this trend go in a couple of different directions. First, the sexy secretary vibe up top, but also the cool L.A. girl style of Tuesday Bassen. Totally different directions, same trend. I have 2 of the floral jackets, both from Goodwill. The one I'm wearing in this picture up top was just 99 cents!


@whowhatwear, @whowhatwear, @nytimesfashion, @nytimesfashion, @manrepeller

Oversized blazers! I'm so excited about this trend because I own approximately 20 thrifted blazers. Here's what I've learned. These are a dime a dozen at the thrift stores, so start there and expect to pay $3 - $8. If you want the long, oversized blazer, it needs to already be long. I keep trying to make XXL blazers work and I end up looking like shrunken-head-Beetlejuice. I've been buying blazers about 1-2 sizes too big, and that works. Also, try mens blazers. They'll probably already be long, plus they won't have shoulder pads.


Chloe, Bally

I'm back on earrings. For the past few years, I've been keeping my earring game low-key, instead focusing on bracelets and necklaces. But I'm obsessed with earrings again. These glossy black and red accessories are everywhere. I found my mouth earrings at Pre to Post Modern. The pom pom earrings are from Zara, and the black and white ones are vintage.


@nytimesfashion, @whowhatwear, @whowhatwear, Stella Luna, @nytimesfashion

I'm into all these weird shoes! I just recently started buying thrift store shoes. First of all, almost all of them have never been worn, and the ones that have I just wipe out with a Lysol wipe. It's fine! I've got silver boots, metallic mules and stacked loafers. I'm still on the lookout for a heeled v-shoe.


Dolce & Gabbana, @whowhatwear, @nytimesfashion

I love boxy embellished jackets. Such a statement piece! And such a thrill to find while thrifting. Some of my thrifted blazers are box-shaped, but they're not embellished. I don't come across these very often, and when I do, I talk myself out of it. "Are you really going to wear a jacket with epaulettes AND fringe?" This year, the answer will be yes.


Fratelli Rossetti

Okay, this is a stretch. I bought these American Eagle stacked loafers at Goodwill for maybe $2. Despite being from 1995, they have never been worn. How do I know they're from 1995? Because I worked at 3 different American Eagle stores from 1994-1999. Shout-out to Hickory Hollow Mall, Cool Springs Galleria, and Stones River Mall! Also, shout-out to malls. RIP.


@manrepeller, @r29fashion, @blaireadiebee @nytimesfashion, @nytimesfashion, @manrepeller


@whowhatwear, @jackswifefreda, @whowhatwear, @whowhatwear, @manrepeller, @manrepeller

I hope to live long enough to be known for something other than wearing robes over jeans, but can any of us really control our legacy? Not if Alexander Hamilton is to be believed. Now that I own every available thrift store robe in the tri-state area, I'm looking to transition to dresses over jeans. I've been slowly experimenting with it, but haven't gotten the look quite right yet. The good news is, the weirder the dress, the better the outfit. So at least I'm shopping in the right place.


@nicolettemason, @shopbando, @whowhatwear, @manrepeller, @r29fashion

I love an ironic tee so hard. Finding a tee with the right logo in the right place in the right size is a really triumphant feeling. There are approximately 3 million t-shirts in any Goodwill store, so a bit of 'strategery' (is that joke still funny? were any of you even alive when George W. Bush was President?) is required. I prefer to look in the Men's section. I start with white tees in size L. I don't look in every color and I cap my search at 10 minutes.


Get a head start on your To Thrift list by shopping my curated rack at Goodwill on October 19! If you know you're coming, RSVP. Having a headcount helps know how many drinks and snacks to buy. I did mention there will be drinks and snacks, right? See you on October 19!

All photos sources are @ Instagram

P.S. Shopping tips for creating a street style look on a budget!

P.P.S. For more fall inspiration, read my September Issues report.

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