How to Shop Second-Hand Gifts Like a Boss (Part II of II)

Well here we are friends: Hanukkah’s passed, it’s just days ‘til Christmas, and if you have, say, a life, some things have slipped through the cracks. To combat the gift-giving aspects of your predicament, here’s the best tip I’ve got:

What: Anything lululemon

*Where: Trusted Upscale Brick and Mortar Consignment Stores (at this point it’s too late to order online)

SHOP IT LIKE A BOSS: Go for signature (new with tags) leggings - it’s what put them on the map. If this feels too intimate, grab a fun layering piece or accessory -- an infinity scarf, a loose fitting tank, tee or hoodie -- in good condition. You can always have staff help you with your final selection: there’s usually an expert on-hand to assist and they tend to be very good at what they do.

Photo Courtesy of Common Threads in Denver.

Photo Courtesy of Common Threads in Denver.

XOXO,

LUCIANN

*We love Common Threads in Denver and BoulderReal Deal Collection in Santa Fe, June in Minneapolis, Luxury Garage Sale in Chicago and online great: The Real Real. We’re always looking to expand our book of national recommendations, let us know about your favorite stores across the country and around the world!

An Ode to Fashion Bloggery: The New Weekly

It’s easy to tear down the internet: the irony of use is palpable. Although it provides mind-blowing access to people and perspectives, studies show time logged online leads to more group-think and less empathy; more comparison and less meaningful connection to all walks of life. AND YET: there is unimaginable opportunity to learn, to share, and to engage. In our world, that means disrupting staid concepts of fashion, closet and wardrobe virtually and virally.

Before ushering in our new Weekly Blog (our focus: lives lived fiercely and fashionably with sustainable sensibility), we pause and pay due respect to our lineage. Here, an ode to Five Favorite Fashion Blogs (may we someday join them in the annals of Fashion Bloggery).

1.  The Classicist: Wardrobe Icons by Laura Fantacci: http://wardrobeicons.com/

2.  The Subversive: Man Repeller by Leandra Medine: https://www.manrepeller.com/

3.  The Realist: The Frugality by Alex Stedman: http://www.the-frugality.com/

4.  Timeless Inspiration: Advanced Style by Ari Seth Cohen: http://www.advanced.style/

5.  The European Flair(ist): The Fashion Guitar by Charlotte Groeneveld: http://thefashionguitar.com/  

Join us each Thursday for our Weekly beginning next week; meantime, enjoy the spoils of our passion. Kiss, kiss - enjoy!

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Autumn Love.

There is a crispness in the air.  Leaves on the trees are starting to change color.  The sunsets are arriving earlier & the farmers markets booths are overflowing with squash, apples & sunflowers.  AND, just like clockwork, pumpkin is starting to show up in, well, pretty much everything.  Here in Colorado, the change of season is certainly upon us & boy, do we love change!

In the consignment world, Fall is our BUSIEST time of year.  It's kind of like how the holiday season is for "typical" retail stores - crazy, hectic & fun all at once!  At the end of Summer, everyone heads to their closet or storage area to put away their lightweight wardrobe & bring out their transitional pieces.  It's at that very same time that we get absolutely flooded with consignment.  (The exact thing happens when there's a rainy day or even after a weekend - our stores are busy the following day because consignors had the time to go through their closets.)  

At the beginning of September, both of our stores began accepting Fall consignment!  But, we always seem to get the question:  What exactly does Fall entail?  To us, it is the season of transition between hot & cold that is full of layers, thicker fabrics & texture, texture, texture!  

We're extra-choosy this time of year because there is SO MUCH coming in, so here are a few specifics we are looking for & what to look for in your own closet. 

1. Current styles.  We have a rule of thumb:  if it wasn't in a full-priced store within the past two years, we're going to pass.  We have such limited retail space & really love the idea of shopping in a highly curated space.  If you shop our stores, you know that we keep our store inventory current, but tend to steer clear of "mall brands".  We select unique brands, designer labels & boutique styles to sell, so there is absolutely no digging for gems - you are surrounded by them!

2. Outerwear.  Thick twill, classic denim, military-esque & yummy leather jackets in modern shapes & like-new condition.  

3. Blazers.  While we are transitioning into cooler weather, this staple is one that can pull a casual outfit together in an instant!  We are always looking for wonderfully tailored pieces in gorgeous fabrics, such as wool suiting, velvet (so hot right now!) & thick knits for a more casual feel. 

4. Scarves.  But not just any ol' scarf.  We look for season appropriate colors, luxurious textiles (think cashmere, wool, silk or modal) & current prints.  Brands we love include: Faliero Sarti, Chan Luu, Avant Toi & Matta.  

5. Texture.  Beautifully-knit oversized sweaters, delicious cashmere (always a great seller), fringe, frays, distressed denim, natural leather, studs, tweed & interesting woven pieces...  We love it all!

6. Layers.  Great basics that translate to multiple seasons so we can get more milage out of them, chunky "grandpa" cardigans (or any cardigan for that matter!), leggings to wear with tunics or dresses & ponchos that can be worn for either a sweater or outerwear look.  

7. Boots & Booties.  We did an entire blog post about this, which you can read HERE.  We sell booties like mad & taller boots are close to follow!  Colorado women really do LOVE their boots & with good reason too - they are a true transitional piece that can practically be worn year-round.  Best selling brands include: Fiorentini + Baker, Rachel Comey, Rag & Bone, Prada, No. 6, Stuart Weitzman, Freebird & Frye.  

When going through your own closet, be sure to keep those heavier-weight garments (& holiday party pieces!) for your Winter consignment drop-off.  Chunky knit hats & scarves, winter boots (Sorel, Ugg, etc), thick puffer coats, ski & snowboard clothing, wool coats, turtleneck sweaters & anything that has bling or sparkles that would be great for holiday!  

We look forward to seeing you soon!  Happy consigning & shopping!

xoxo

Photo from our Fall photoshoot, courtesy of Noelle Ireland Photography.

Photo from our Fall photoshoot, courtesy of Noelle Ireland Photography.

BOOTIE-FUL!

It's funny to think that (especially when it's ninety degrees out!) we'll soon be transitioning our Colorado wardrobes to Fall!  While many other local retailers have been receiving their pre-Fall & Fall deliveries, we're usually the last to switch over our inventory.  Our shoppers are more "shop for now" instead of "shop for the future", which is great!  Needless to say, we're not selling cashmere sweaters when it's sweltering out....

We start saying ¡Adios! to Summer when the kiddos return to school in mid-August & the evenings start to get a little chillier.  With that comes along lighter transitional pieces:  cardigans, twill & leather jackets, blazers, long-sleeved blouses, felted hats & you know it - booties!  

Being in the consignment business, we have found that booties are the one accessory that every woman loves - our shoppers just go CRAZY for them!  Heeled or flat, leather or faux, studded or buckled, chunky or slim, they really are the perfect shoe to complete (almost) every look.  With a tee & jeans, sneakers often look too casual, but a chunky-heeled slim bootie is the perfect answer to making that combo dinner or date appropriate.  With a dress & blazer, pumps can many times feel too dressy, but adding a bootie dresses it down a bit - looking hot....not overdone.  

Beginning September 1st, we'll begin transitioning to Fall in our stores & this is prime time to bring your booties in to sell or to shop for them.  Mark your calendars & start going through your closets!  

Our predictions are that Fall 2017 is going to be full of booties, luxe scarves, quality sculpted hats (think Royal Stag), amazing designer basics (hello, anything from Cedar & Hyde!), the coolest denim & a drool-worth color palette of peachy-nude, mauve, burgundy, merlot, mushroom forest green, navy blue & of course charcoal grey!  Download our Fall color palette below to your phone & bring it with you when you shop!  

xoxo