Two Stylish Kays: 2017

Stylish Review: One Tribe Apparel Floral Ibiza Clutch

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

I was recently contacted by One Tribe Apparel to do a review on their products. After browsing their online store, I was immediately drawn to their collection of boho handbags which includes fringe purses & suede cross-body bags. I selected the Floral Ibizza Over-sized Clutch because the pink fringe tassel and the embrodiery detail was so unique! Just like their site says this clutch is perfect for me to release my "inner boho goddess"!  So I had to get it! Plus it comes with a long suede strap that is removable, so it can be worn as a clutch or cross-body.

Events: Goodwill North Georgia celebrates National Thrift Shop Day 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Join us for a celebration! Enjoy a Thrift Shopping Party with the thrift style influencers of Thrifting Atlanta. Our thrift experts will share their tips for thrift shopping success. Learn how to identify vintage pieces, designer must-haves and staples for your wardrobe. Participate in a styling session too. Click HERE to RSVP

What I Wore: Ted Baker Timoxa Dress

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Ted Baker Dress ($8)- Ecologie Vintage, Kennesaw, GA 
Michael Kors Shoes ($20)- Alexis Suitcase Consignment, Johns Creek, GA 
Stell & Dot Necklace ($7)- Cherokee Rose Consignment, Canton, GA
Vintage Belt ($2)Goodwill of North GA, Conyers, GA 
Cole Haan Handbag (under $1)- Goodwill Outlet NY/NJ

Hair Care: Crochet Braids Freetress Water Wave Hair

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I have finally jumped on the crochet braids bandwagon. My styling team took less than three hours to install the Freetress Water Wave hair. I bought four bags for the install and they used each bag. Each bag of hair was priced at $5.99.

It's only been a few days, but I am already in love with this effortless look. I keep asking myself, why did it take so long for me to try crochet braids.

Do you wear crochet braids? What is your favorite brand and/or style of hair?

Events: 2017 June Thrifting Atlanta Bus Tour (Photo Recap)

Monday, June 12, 2017

What I love more than thrift shopping, is to share my passion and be an inspiration so others would try thrift shopping too. In 2011, I started the Thrifting Atlanta community because I wanted to get the message out to as many people that I could, here in Atlanta and nationwide.

Today our social network has grown to over 30K members who are thrift shopping veterans and newbies, resale business owners and "thrifting" fashion bloggers. We enjoy thrifting at thrift, consignment and vintage shops.

Through our in-person events including monthly thrift shopping bus tours, fashion swaps and our annual Thrifting Atlanta Fashion Week, we spread the joy and art of thrifting in the city we affectionately call home: ATLANTA! The bus tours are a great way for thrifting newbies and experts, to learn more about the great thrift stores in Atlanta.

We travel on a chauffeured bus to shop up to ten thrift, vintage and consignments stores on one weekend (Saturday and Sunday) each month. Shoppers enjoy exclusive discounts at each store and get a bag lunch too. But most importantly are the friendships developed during the day.

Last weekend we visited the following stores: Goodwill Sandy Springs, Alexis Suitcase Consignment Sandy Springs, My Best Friend's Closet Consignment, Cherokee Rose Shoppe, Goodwill Perimeter. 

Check out a brief photo recap our thrift shopping day.

My Best Friend's Consignment Closet

Uptown Cheapskate Johns Creek

 Best Kept Secret Consignment

Goodwill Sandy Springs

Alexis Suitcase Consignment


Thrift Haul of the Week: Summer Tops + Vintage Dress

Friday, May 19, 2017

As summer approaches, I knew that I needed to add some summer tops to my wardrobe. Because whenever I have to out for drinks or a quick run for ice-cream, my honeydoo prefers that wear jeans and a blouse, instead of dresses. I take it as a signe, that maybe he is tired of seeing me in dresses. So this trip, I decided to focus my thrift shopping on blouses only. However, blouses at Goodwill are priced at $5.99 and dresses are now priced at $6.99 a price increase from $6.36. So for an extra dollar, I would prefer to buy a dress. It makes getting dressed so much easier. So I ended up going home with four tops and one dress. I knew it would be a hard task, so my thrift sister came thrift shopping with me to make sure I stayed focused. She even helped me to pick out some of the tops. She actually went over to the dress section to pick out the vintage dress. I guess she felt a little sorry for me because she knows how much I love dresses.

Thrifting Tips 101: Use Your Smartphone

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Don't Forget Your Smartphone
Your smartphone is one of the most important tools you can use to be a successful thrift shopper. I use mine all the time to check prices for items, so I can be sure that I am getting the best bang for my buck.

How do you use your smart phone while thrift shopping?

What I Wore: Vintage Pleated Midi Dress

Monday, May 15, 2017

One of my favorite days of the year is Mother's Day! It's the designated day of the year to celebrate my mom and let her know how much she means to me. I hope that you great Mother's Day too, no matter the circumstance. Whether you spent the day with your mom, spoke to her on the phone or reminisced about the sweet memories you shared with her, always celebrate your mom on Mother's Day!  

Our usual tradition is attend church, then go out to eat brunch at her favorite restaurant Adele's Cajun Experience. Well this year her favorite restaurant, became the favorite for everyone else, because their Mother's Day brunch was completely booked a week in advance. I was bummed but I was able to get reservations at Brine's Seafood Shack, a restaurant that I thought she would love.  Let's just say, being from New Orleans, we are very harsh critics when it comes to seafood.

Of course, I love getting dressed for the occasion, so I wore this vintage pleated dress that I scored from Goodwill of North Georgia, Decatur location. This dress was the color tag of the day, so it was an additional 50% off. My final cost was under $4. When I first saw this dress on the rack, I fell in love with the print and the pleated skirt. It is so lovely. I styled it with my satin Nina strappy sandals, also thrifted for only $3.

What I Wore: Black White Dress + Red Fascinator + Red Shoes

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

My favorite part about attending the Alpha Derby Party is getting ready for the Alpha Derby Party! I love themed events because I look forward to planning my outfit! Also, once I am at the event, I love to people watch and see how others interpret the theme too. I actually did a post about my favorite looks from the Derby Party HERE.

It actually took less than two weeks to decide on my thrifted outfit and the total cost was under $30. I already had this dress and wore it earlier this year to a friend's birthday party. The theme was black and white, so this dress was perfect. I scored it for only $10 at Civvies in Savannah, GA. By the way, this store has the most amazing vintage and resale fashion! My shoes were scored from Alexis Suitcase Consignment Buckhead location. These Steve Madden STS Heels retail for $129. Alexis Suitcase price was $19.

Now that I had the dress, the next step is deciding on a hat. I co-hosted a Derby Party event at Talbots and the Grand Diva also participated as a vendor. She came to the event with her collection of Derby hats and just my luck, I saw this red fascinator and immediately fell in love! I knew that I already had the shoes and I borrowed the clutch from my BFF Wendy of Just Jewels 4 U. So everything fell into place and I was Derby Party ready!

Events: My favorite looks from Alpha Derby Party 2017

Monday, May 8, 2017

I had the pleasure of attending the Alpha Derby, a weekend of events hosted annually on the first weekend of May by the Alphas of Atlanta. The festivities start on Friday with Kick-off Social, then the Derby Party on Saturday, and lastly the Jazz Brunch on Sunday. 

The Alphas of Atlanta is composed of several Metro-Atlanta of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. chapters located in Atlanta, Morrow, Gwinnett, Cobb, Conyers, East Point, Henry County, and Dekalb counties. They collaborate to organize this three-day Kentucky Derby Themed weekend event. The Alpha Derby attracts thousands of attendees, not only from the Atlanta area, but nationally too.

The Derby Party was held on Saturday, May 6th at the City Club of Buckhead. It is a truly a fashionable event! Men are decked out in bowties and suits, while the women wear ornate hats and stylish dresses. The Derby Party features a cigar station, silent auction, cash bars, specialty food, live 8-piece band and DJs. Proceeds from the silent auction and the weekend festivities benefit local charities supported by the local Alpha chapters. 

My favorite part about the Derby Party is checking out all the fashionable ladies and the dapper gents. Here are a few of my favorite Derby Party looks.

What I Wore: Neon Yellow Scuba Dress + Glitter Heels

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

This weekend we kicked off our 6th annual 2017 Thrifting Atlanta Fashion Week. Our kick-off event was an Awards Luncheon and Fashion Show. Over 100 of Atlanta's thrift fashionistas attended the event to celebrate our vibrant Thrifting Atlanta community. Click HERE for a photo recap of our event.

I wore this beautiful neon yellow scuba dress. I bought it from Goodwill of North Georgia Decatur location. Can you believe this dress was only $7. Although I would like to take all the credit for finding this dress, my thrift sister Wendy of Just Jewels 4 U, is the true winner. She  actually saw it first and then I begged her for it. She was such a doll for letting me have it. Then a week later, I scored the Steve Madden Carrson Glitter Heels from Uptown Cheapskate in Johns Creek, They retail for $39. My price $16. 

Events: 2017 Thrifting Atlanta Fashion Week Recap

Monday, May 1, 2017

Thrifting Atlanta Style Wars Participants with Tacoma Perry, News Personality and Keren Charles, Founder of Thrifting Atlanta

This weekend we celebrated the Thrifting Atlanta Community! Our 6th Annual Thrifting Atlanta Fashion Week was held in the Pavilion at the Hilton Atlanta Perimeter Suites. Our kick-off event included an Awards Luncheon, Panel Discussion, Fashion Show and Style Wars Competition. Here is a photo recap of the day of festivities.

Stylish Review: eShakti Sash Tie Cotton Denim Jumpsuit

Monday, March 6, 2017

How many times have you gone clothing shopping, found the perfect item, but it does not fit or it is not the right length?  If only the sleeves were a little longer or the hem was a bit shorter? Do these issues sound a bit too familiar? Well this happens to me quite often, especially when shopping for pants. That's one of the reasons I prefer wearing dresses! Thank goodness for online stores like eShakti, an online retailer that sells custom and ready to wear women's fashion sizes 0-36W. I recently had another opportunity to review their clothing customization process and it was just as easy as the first time. I customized this Sash Tie Cotton Jumpsuit and it fits me perfectly. No shoppers remorse here.

Events: 2017 February Thrifting Atlanta Bus Tour (Photo RECAP)

What I Wore: Grey Tall Boots + Sweater Dress

Monday, February 13, 2017

I enjoy wearing sweater dresses! The great thing about them is there are so many styles, designs, colors, prints and textures available. I consider them to be a must-have staple in my Fall fashion wardrobe. I have worn one HERE, HERE and HERE. They are cozy, easy to wear, easy to style and look stylish all the time. Plus you will stay very warm in chilly temperatures. I tend to use the same formula for Effortless Style: Sweater Dress + Opaque or Textured Tights+ Tall or Short Boots.
On those "I have nothing to wear days" or busy weekends when you are running errands – a sweater dress is one of the easiest things to wear. 

Events: February Thrifting Atlanta Bus Tours

Friday, February 10, 2017

You are invited to join us for our February Thrifting Atlanta Bus Tours. It is scheduled for Saturday, February 25th and Sunday, February 26th 2017. Enjoy a chauffeured bus ride to shop Atlanta's must-visit thrift, consignment and vintage stores. Meet new friends, get exclusive discounts, light refreshments and a bag lunch too! Seating is limited. Click HERE to secure your seat on the bus.

Thrifting Tips 101: Buy The Things You Absolutely Love

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

BUY THE THINGS YOU ABSOLUTELY LOVE. The true joy of thrift shopping is being able to buy things for a fraction of the retail price. If you shop at thrift, consignment and vintage stores you can save up to 80% off the retail price. That pair of $200 designer denim jeans you may see at your favorite department store, will cost around $7 at your local thrift store. So with that in mind, thrift shopping may ball out of control at the thrift store and buy items because we consider it a good deal. By the end of our thrifting trip, we would have purchased 10 pairs of jeans. That's only $70, but do you really need 10 pairs of jeans. I often tell newbie thrift shoppers to be very strategic when thrift shopping. That way they would avoid buying items just because it's a good deal. Before you make the decision to buy an item, you should ask yourself the following questions for each item you are considering:
  • At this moment, do I love the way this item looks on me?
  • Do I have something similar in my closet?
  • Will I wear this item within the next month or will this item fit my lifestyle?
  • If I saw this item at the retail store, would I buy it at regular price?
How do you decide what item you will purchase?

What I Wore: Vintage Floral Dress

Monday, February 6, 2017

Last weekend, I finally had the chance to wear my vintage floral dress and pill box hat. I wore it to an event called Tea Party Socials hosted by my thrift sister Rhonda Thompson. Would you believe me if I told you that his vintage floral dress was only $1? I bought it last October from Helping Hands Thrift Store  in Buford, GA. Helping Hands Thrift Store is not a big chain thrift store. It is a smaller charity thrift store. The items they get in through donations are sold at rock bottom prices. I saw this beauty on the rack. I knew I had a tea party to attend, so I purchased it.

Thrifting Tips 101: Shop the Label

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

SHOP THE LABEL. Whether shopping for vintage pieces or high end designer you should always shop the label. Do not use the label solely to determine the size. It tells you much more about the item. Labels tell a story! The label on the inside of the garment will answer the following four questions: 

What I Wore: Tweed Coat + Sweater Dress

Monday, January 30, 2017

One of my favorite fashion pieces to thrift is outerwear. This is one item that you will truly get the best bang for your bucks, When selecting a winter coat, I always look for a style that is timeless and can last for a few seasons. Since a winter coat is the most important piece you wear over your clothing, I shop for coats that are trendy enough to make a fashion statement alone and a coat that I can wear with sweaters too. The details, fabric and length are other things I consider before making a purchase. So when I noticed this leather trim tweed winter coat by Cynthia Rowley, while thrifting at Intown Thrift Store, I knew that I hit the jackpot. This coat met all of my needs! It retails for $400, but the thrift store price was under $7. This tweed coat is my go-to winter coat when I leaving home to head to work. It is a perfect piece that I can wear during the daytime. Plus if I have to meet up with friends for an after-work happy hour date, I still look very stylish.

Stylish Review: LuLaRoe Julia Dress

Monday, January 23, 2017

I am so excited that I had the opportunity to review LuLaRoe, a clothing line that I recently discovered. Tiffany King, a LuLaRoe independent consultant reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing a few pieces from their collection. I had never heard of this clothing brand before. But after reading the reviews, learning more about the collection and the company structure, I was very intrigued and more than ready to give it a try. In case you are not familiar with LuLaRoe, their collection of women’s clothing, include dresses, skirts, cardigans and leggings. Tiffany sent me the Julia DressLindsay KimonoLeggings and the Classic-T.

Today, I will review the Julia Dress.

Events: January 2017 Thrifting Atlanta Bus Tours (RECAP)

Friday, January 20, 2017

What I love more than thrift shopping, is to share my passion and be an inspiration so others would try thrift shopping too. In 2011, I started the Thrifting Atlanta community because I wanted to get the message out to as many people that I could, here in Atlanta and nationwide. Today our social network of over 30K members who are thrift shopping veterans and newbies, resale business owners and "thrifting" fashion bloggers. We enjoy thrifting at thrift, consignment and vintage shops. Through our in-person events including monthly thrift shopping bus tours, fashion swaps and our annual Thrifting Atlanta Fashion Week, we spread the joy and art of thrifting in the city we affectionately call home: ATLANTA!

The bus tours are a great way for thrifting newbies and experts, to learn more about the great thrift stores in Atlanta. We travel on a chauffeured bus to shop up to ten thrift, vintage and consignments stores on one weekend (Saturday and Sunday) each month. Shoppers enjoy exclusive discounts at each store and get a bag lunch too. But most importantly are the friendships developed during the day.

Last weekend we visited the following stores:
InTown Thrift, Goodwill Piedmont Store, Alexis Suitcase Consignment Buckhead, Out of the Closet Thrift Stores, My Best Friend's Closet Consignment, Ecologie Vintage, Cherokee Rose Shoppe, Buckhead Thriftique and Goodwill Johns Creek.

Check out a brief photo recap our thrift shopping day.

Thrifting Tips 101: Leave Thrift Store Empty Handed

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

IT'S OK TO LEAVE THE THRIFT STORE EMPTY HANDED: The joy of thrift shopping is being able to find items that you love at a good deal. You will have your good days and you will have some bad days. The good days are when you find so many items it is hard to decide which ones will make the ultimate cut. But the bad days are when you go and do not find anything worth even trying on. Trust me it happens to all of us, the thrift veterans and the newbies too. However, that should not leave you disappointed! It is OK to leave the thrift store empty handed. 

New thrift shoppers define thrift shopping success as leaving with a bag of stuff. They buy things just because they are on sale or "it's only a dollar". After a while your closet will be filled up with stuff you do not love. Do not ever feel that you have to buy something to validate your thrift shopping trip. Don't ever think that it was a waste of time, just because you did not buy something. Just know that you can go thrift shopping another day! The main thing you do not want to do is to waste money buying items you have no use for. 

How do you feel when you go thrift shopping and leave the store Empty Handed?

What I Wore: Poncho Sweater + Skinny Jeans + Ankle Boots

Monday, January 16, 2017

When it comes to selecting a poncho sweater, you must try it on to get the full effect. I almost let this beauty get away because it was so unflattering on the hanger. I am a big advocate for trying all items before making a decision to purchase, especially dresses. However, when it comes to tops and blouses, I am not so excited to try them one. When I saw this poncho sweater on the rack, it looked like a pile of knit fabric and it did not appeal to my style. Then, as I looked closer, I noticed the sequins and plunging neckline. That is what caught my attention. I tried it on and I was immediately in love!  It is now one of my favorite thrifted finds. I wore it this past weekend, while hosting the Thrifting Atlanta Bus Tour . I paired mine with my very old and faithful Express skinny jeans. I cuffed the jeans a little past my ankle, so I can highlight my thrifted ankle boots.

The brand of the poncho sweater is MODA International, which retails at department stores like Macy's for $49. The Goodwill Stone Mountain, GA thrift store price was $6. I also thrifted the ankle boots the Goodwill Covington Store. The brand is Mossimo Supply Co which retails at Target for $37. The Goodwill thrift store was price $7.

Thrifting Tips 101: Wear Your Thrifting Uniform

Thursday, January 12, 2017

WEAR YOUR THRIFTING UNIFORM: If you are a die hard thrift shopper or a newbie, wearing a thrifting uniform is essential in your thrift shopping success! There are so many thrift shops that do not have dressing rooms and if they do have dressing rooms, there are usually people standing in line waiting to use it. Then they often have signs posted indicating a try-on limit. It is usually a small number like 3-4 pieces at a time. Who truly has that amount of items to try on? Especially at a thrift store! 

So to avoid the hassle, of wasting thrifting time standing in a dressing room line or only be allotted a certain number of items to try on, you should make sure that you have on some type of thrifting uniform. 

A thrifting uniform will allow you to try on clothes without having to get undressed. Ditching the drama of using a dressing room. Wear leggings (or a skirt, dress) a close fitting top and shoes that are easy to slip on and off. Plus wear a cross body bag to free up your hands for searching the racks. 

Do you wear a thrifting uniform when you go thrift shopping? What does your thrifting uniform consist of?

What I Wore: Tall Brown Fringe Boots

Monday, January 9, 2017

I have wanted to add fringe to my wardrobe for a while now. About two years ago, I added several types of fringe fashion to my thrift wish list (HERE). The thrift wish list is like my vision board for the fashion pieces. The goal is to purchase the items on the wish list from a thrift, consignment or vintage store. The wish list also keeps on track while thrifting, that way I tend to buy items that I truly love.

I purchased these tall brown fringe boots from Alexis Suitcase Consignment in Johns Creek. I highly reccommend shopping Alexis Suitcase Consignment for designer shoes and handbags. You will not be disappointed.

The fringe boots are from the brand Boutique 9. They are leather and suede with a nice height of heel. Priced at $27.99, the fringe boots were a steal. You can find similiar style (HERE and HERE). Due to the color tag sale that day, I saved an additional 10% off. Also, I shopped with my Thrifting Atlanta tote bag, so I received an exclusive discount, making my total less than $21.

With a little determination, patience and favor from the thrift fairy, I hit the jackpot and can now scratch fringe off of my thrift wish list!

Thrifting Tips 101: January Best Month For Thrift Shopping

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Make sure to go thrift shopping this month. You can download the Thrifting Atlanta app (Google Play and Apple Store ) to locate stores in your area. The thrift, consignment and vintage stores are filled to the brim with last minute donations from the shopaholic who cleaned out her closet to that, unwanted Christmas gifts and overstock from the manufacturer who needs to get a tax credit. January is truly the best time to really find the best deals!

Thrift Quickie: Back By Popular Demand Consignment $1 Sale (RECAP)

Sunday, January 1, 2017

What I Wore: 
Knit Sweater Dress from Monica's Consignment & Boutique, Johns Creek, GA: Buy similar HERE
G by GUESS Women's Aikon Tall Boots: Buy HERE 
Outerwear- BCBG Generation from BCBG Outlet, Dawsonville, GA: Buy similar HERE
Vintage Sunnies from Lotus House Thrift Chic Boutique, Miami, FL 
Necklace from Diva Diva Boutique, Alpharetta, GA
Beret from Goodwill Johns Creek: Buy similar HERE

I attended a Dollar Sale hosted by Back By Popular Consignment in Lilburn. The fashion collection at this consignment is filled to the brim with designer clothing, shoes, accessories and handbags too. The Dollar Sale event happens several times throughout the year. It is sale that is also a fundraiser. So the money generated is donated to support a local charity. That is one of the reasons I enjoy going. Because I can great designer fashion without breaking the bank and support a good cause. I call that a win win situation. One main difference between this dollar sale, compared to previous dollar sales, is the amount of items available. In the past the sale would boast about 15,000+ pieces (reviewed HERE & HERE). That sale would have hundreds of people in attendance. This one was much smaller with only 2,000 pieces. However, it was just as fun and I did very well. 


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