Two Stylish Kays: 2017

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.

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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