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Halloween Doesn’t Have to be a Bust - Ideas For Great Fun

Halloween Doesn’t Have to be a Bust - Ideas For Great Fun

Everyone looks forward to all the spookiness of Halloween.  COVID doesn’t have to take that away.  There are lots of Spooktacular ways to have fun, stay safe and social distance while getting an eerie Halloween on.

Hit up your family, neighborhood, and friends to join in.

Family Ideas:

Scary movie marathon – Prepare to scream while watching any of the 56 Best Halloween favorites.  

Pumpkin carving contest -  Tap into your creative side and enjoy some toasted pumpkins seeds afterwards.

Halloween Pinata – whack a pinata to get your candy fix instead of trick or treating.

Spooky storytelling – dig deep for your scariest story to share.  Don’t forget to turn the lights out and add some special effects.  If you need help here are some good scary stories you can share.

Treasure hunt in the back yard or the house – Hide your favorite candy and gifts

Design Halloween Houses out of gingerbread – a spooky take on the traditional Christmas theme.  Click here to help you get started.

Costume contest – dress up as all the usual characters or add the 2020 touch to spice things up: Tiger King, COVID 19, Election candidates. For costume ideas, click here.

Make and eat some spooky treats – popcorn balls, candy apple bar, decorate your own cookies, candy bar.  Click here for more ideas and recipes.   

Everything can be shared with all your extended family and friends, virtually of course.

Neighborhood Ideas:

Ask your neighbors to place a Halloween icon (ghost, witch, scarecrow) outside so you can have a scavenger hunt to find them all.

Schedule an outdoor parade so everyone can see you in all your Halloween reverie.  Make sure to have a photo booth.

Organize a block party with pumpkin basketball, pumpkin and gourd bowling, gourd goofy golf or bob for doughnuts.   Click here for more Spooktacular ideas.

 

Friend Ideas:

Drive over to your friend’s houses and stand outside and show off.  Take turns and make sure to take plenty of selfies to share.

Challenge your friends to decorate their cars and drive around town listening to scary tunes.   Click here for decorating ideas.

Have a few close friends over to do everything already said.  Just remember to wear masks, social distance and wash your spooky hands.

Wear Something Gaudy Day is October 17. Let's Celebrate!

Wear Something Gaudy Day is October 17. Let's Celebrate!

Did you ever want to make up a holiday just to have something to celebrate?  Me too, but somebody beat us to it.  Rumor says that it started with the 1970’s hit TV Comedy, “Three’s Company”.  Character Larry Dallas was the first to tell us that Wear Something Gaudy Day was something to be celebrated and provided us with a fabulous example of how. Ever since then, people have been celebrating Wear Something Gaudy Day with a complete lack of style and fashion!

Take all the conventions of proper dress and throw them out the window.  Wear Something Gaudy Day on October 17th allows you to let all your best examples of excruciatingly bad taste hang out for the world to see.

The best way to choose something that is utterly without taste or fashion to wear, is to raid your mom and grandma’s closet.  Just kidding😊  You can find your way to thrift stores to locate out of date fashions that are rarely seen today and put together an ensemble designed to shock and appall. Getting a group of friends together for a ‘Wear Something Gaudy Day’ can be a new thing.  Raiding your friends closets as well may yield some gaudiness to flaunt.

The point of Wear Something Gaudy day is to stand out. This is your opportunity to show off the garishness that has passed through the annals of fashion history! Even throwing on an eye-searing boa can be a simple way to celebrate, or you can wear colors that clash. Everyone has pieces in their wardrobe that just don’t go together, so get in there and make people’s eyes pop out!

Check out old shows and cartoons to scout out some ways to bring out the gaudy in Wear Something Gaudy Day. Don’t be shy, it’s all about sticking out, causing a scene, and snubbing your nose at the rules of fashion!

If you need some gaudy ideas, check out the 20 best Wear Something Gaudy Day images at

https://www.pinterest.com/kasnewyork/wear-something-gaudy-day/

  • LaShundra Robinson
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Shopping Tips - Make The Most Of Your Fashion Dollars

Shopping Tips - Make The Most Of Your Fashion Dollars

Knowing how to make the most of your fashion dollars is a must have skill in today’s world.  Being a savvy shopper doesn’t require a lot of skill, just some basic knowledge.  If you are ready to become a fashionista on a budget, there are 8 tips you need to know about how to shop and where to shop:

  1. Need vs. Want

Do not shop for entertainment. When you hang out at the mall on a Saturday afternoon, you see things you don't need. Because you see them, you want them. This leads to impulse buying and costly mistakes that can wreck your budget. Ask yourself is this a need or want?

  1. Have a Plan

Needs are wardrobe items that are either staples or the trendy pieces necessary to round out your collection.  Shop with intention.  Shop the sales. When you shop sales to buy needed items, your shopping stays focused, and you get more for your money. Pre-season and post-season are great times to find bargains.  But don’t buy just because something is on sale. Do you really need it?

  1. Buy what you love.

While I do believe that there's something to be said for classic pieces, I don't believe in buying something just because you think you should.

Whenever you find yourself in the dressing room grappling with the should-I-or-shouldn't-I conundrum, just ask yourself one question: Do I love this? It sounds simple, but it works. You'll be surprised how all the things you love can work together and complement each other without the help of a “foundation piece”.

  1. Imagine it.

When you're deciding whether to buy something, you should always try to picture it in your wardrobe. Some people say you should be able to think of at least three items you can pair it with in order to make it worth it, but I say as long as you can think of one, you're all set. Here's why: If you've already got Tip #2 down, then you love it, and that's the most important thing. This will encourage you to shop outside of your comfort zone, and chances are, you'll start finding more things that will go with that new piece. Styles evolve—don't hold yourself back by choosing the same things repeatedly.

  1. Try. It. On.

So true. You really don't know how something is going to look on you until you try it on…for better or worse. Sometimes a piece is stunning on the hanger but just doesn't look right on your frame and sometimes it's the opposite. It's also important to try on a variety of styles (midi skirts, high-waisted trousers, boxy tees, crop tops, shift dresses, etc.), so you have an idea of which styles tend to work best for your body. This'll help when you're shopping online, too. 

You’re going to be trying on a million different items, and it can be hard to see the potential in a cool shirt when it clashes with your leggings. Wear something simple that could match with a variety of styles.  Try something simple:  wear a solid colored t-shirt and jeans/solid leggings, along with your favorite pair of boots.

  1. Know when to spend money and when to skimp.

The key to a balanced wardrobe (and budget) is to have a mix of high- and low-end pieces. Spend where it counts. There are times when it is worth it to spend a few extra bucks on high quality items. Use a little math. Take the cost of the item divided by the number of times you would probably wear it in a year.

For example, my favorite pair of jeans were $85. Since I typically wear those 3 times a week for let’s say 20 weeks, it works out to 71 cents for each time I wear them in one year. Money well spent.

  1. Stick with Classics with A Little Flair

Build a great wardrobe by basing it on timeless foundation pieces, and then add trendier clothes each season.  Owning the right foundation pieces isn’t just about looking great – it’s also about saving money. By putting your fashion dollars toward good-quality pieces that never go out of style, you waste less on poorly made clothing that only lasts a year or two in both style and wear. Plus, you always look current because you can simply pepper in colors, shapes, and fabrics that change with the seasons – and with your tastes.  Timeless pieces that never go out of style:

Black pumps

Trench Coat

Dark wash jeans

Pencil skirt

Riding boots

Tailored button-up

Blazer

Neutral satchel

Perfect white T shirt

Little black dress

 

  1. Know Your Price Point

To be successful in shopping for clothes on a budget, you must decide how much you are willing to pay for an item before you start shopping.  Everyone’s budget is different, so you have to decide what works for you.

Some price point examples:

Tennis Shoes: Under $50

Women’s Jeans: No more than $100

T-shirts / Tank Tops – Under $15

Sweatshirts – $30

Socks – $1 per pair

Places to find classics and trendy clothes for reasonable prices:

American Apparel

Old Navy

American Eagle Outfitters

Charlotte Russe

Aeropostale

Abercrombie and Fitch

Forever 21

Hollister

Pac Sun

With retro continuing to be a popular trend and because saving money is always worth the effort, consider thrift shopping.  Apply the same basic tips with a few twists to be successful.

Go with a Friend

A second opinion is always valuable and shopping with a friend is just more fun.  Make it a date, a girl’s day out.

Give Yourself Plenty of Time

Thrift stores are a treasure trove, but because of their haphazard arrangement, it’s more difficult to find what you want.  It’s necessary to look at each individual piece so go slow and really search.  Finding the right pieces amidst the menagerie will take time, but when you have a pile of unique items at bargain prices, it’s worth it.

Reach for Texture and Color First

When searching through clothes, reach only for pieces in a color and texture you like. This way, you’re only pulling out clothes that have some promise, and you’re cutting down on time spent mindlessly flipping through hangers. This is especially helpful if you already have a color palette in mind or at least know which colors look best on you.

Size Is Relative

Don’t look only in your department store size.  Older brands tend to be sized differently than the sizes we see today. The golden rule of thrifting is the number on the tag means nothing, but fit is everything. Obviously, you’re more likely to find clothes that fit in your typical size, but a lower size will have pieces that run large, and a higher size will have pieces that run small. A sweater that’s one size too big may be perfectly oversized. A too-small shirt may be the right fit for a crop top. Pieces like flannels and button ups are good for layering, so they may not need to fit perfectly on their own.

Remember…try it on.  Because you’re being flexible with sizing, it is vital to try everything on before you buy it. Even if a piece looks like it will fit perfectly, even if it’s already your size, it may cling or sag in strange places, and you’ll never know until it’s fully on. Most thrift stores don’t allow returns, and you don’t want to spend money on clothes you’ll never wear.

Try on More Than You’ll Buy

No matter how perfect a piece looks on the hanger, there’s no guarantee it will fit. Even on the best day, not everything you choose will be suitable to buy. And that’s okay! Some days half the pieces you choose work, and some days, out of an entire cart, nothing works. Thrifting is a gamble. Because of this, don’t be afraid to try on more than you think you’ll buy. If you’re careful about only buying pieces that truly work, you’ll walk out happy. It’s better to try on three shirts and only buy one than try on one, get frustrated it doesn’t work, and leave with nothing.

Check for Damage

Clothes end up in thrift stores at varying levels of worn. Some clothes still have the tags on while others have been worn for years before being donated. Because you’re already trying everything on, always inspect a piece for damage! Run your hands all over the garment and feel for rips, loose threads, or missing buttons. Examine it in different lighting for stains that aren’t immediately visible. This is also a good time to check the washing instructions. If you know you’ll never take an item to a dry cleaner, don’t pick up a garment that’s dry clean only.

Know what you can do

Some of the clothes you find won’t be perfect. Some just need a good ironing, but others can need some serious work. Know what you can do: how good are you at sewing? Do you know how to hem? Can you patch that hole or fix that tear? Can you replace the buttons?  Understand your own limitations.

Check out brands

If you’re looking for clothes that can last, then you’re going to want to pay attention to the brand names. Some of the more recognizable ones you stumble across are going to act as reassurance that the garments are of good quality and won’t fall apart after one wear.

Vintage does not equal thrift

A lot of the clothes that you find at thrift stores are going to have some vintage inspiration, but vintage clothing isn’t necessarily thrifting. A lot of vintage stores will give you sticker shock, and you won’t find anything there if you’re on a budget. Know the difference between the two!

Places to Thrift Nearby

Plato’s Closet

Yours Truly

Goodwill

Salvation Army

Magnolia’s

Style Encore

HDE

The Attic

Building a unique, perfectly expressive wardrobe doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Hopefully, these tips will inspire you to feel less daunted and more inspired to find beautiful pieces while saving money. Happy thrifting!

Fall Fashion Must-Haves - Updated Retro

Fall Fashion Must-Haves - Updated Retro

Designers dug into their bag of tricks this year, not for just one decade in the past, but for multiple updated retro looks for the fall fashion season.

Some looks you may recognize, others maybe not, but either way fall is on the way with some fun styles to make getting dressed some fun.

Scroll on for some fall must-have ideas.

Chain Necklaces - these have been around for a few seasons.  To update the look layer several over a solid color top.

Fuzzy Sweaters – A look that fall is all about.  Try a cropped version with high-waisted cargos and work boots.

The Micro Minidress – Choose the grooviest print you can find with bold sleeves to keep the attention from top to bottom

Halter Tops - Look for an animal print or a top with matching pants.  Pair with a denim jacket.

Sheer or Glitter Tights – So fun for boots or with dresses. Pair slightly sheer tights with a long leather dress and strappy pumps, boots or rock some tights with a line on down the back or with a bow.

Tattoo Print Tops – If you don’t have tattoos, get the look without a needle.  Double up on layers of sheer contrast prints and add some edgy jewelry.

Cropped Mock Turtlenecks – Style this in monochrome so your midriff really breaks up the look with matching pants or paired with jeans.

Plaid Pants – Plaid is out there so go plaid all the way from top to bottom in bold tones or tone it down and go for wide legs. 

Groovy Print Maxis - Let your style shine and allow the pattern to speak for itself by accessorizing with nothing but a few bangles.

Rimless Color Tinted Sunglasses - Match your shades to your outfit

Platform Boots -  Get your Elton John game on with some serious leather flare pants

Bohemian Style Fringe – Rock this look with fringe anything or try for a fringe-covered sweater with ripped jeans and pointed-toe boots.

Waterfall Earrings - A fitted black turtleneck makes a sleek backdrop for your chandeliers.

Statement Scarfs – Bold as can be paired with a monochrome outfit.

Tie Die Converse  or Checkered Vans – Get the Van look you want by choosing a black and white version and make them your own with whatever colors you choose.

Long Black Coat  - Nobody does this better than Keanna Reeves in the Matrix.  Add your flair with a pop of color underneath and minimize the jewelry.

Have some fun adapting the past to your fashion personality.