While I entirely understand why they are doing it (it's beautiful!), it's bugging me that a bunch of new fall fashions are being rolled out as "vintage." I'm talking to you Banana Republic, Lucky, and J Crew.
Sure this stuff is cute, but it's mass produced and you'll probably bump into someone else at the mall wearing the exact thing. That would be no fun!
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Have you ever done a clothing swap with your girlfriends? I haven't, but I'm going to!
It will be a fun, eco way to get some "new" clothes without anyone spending a penny. Well, except for maybe some wine.
I, just like most other girls, have tons of great clothes and accessories that I never wear. They're fantastic, but just not for me. So why not pass them along to another who would wear and enjoy them?
Here's my thoughts on the logistics...I'd love your input:
- Invite 8-10 fashionable girls and ask them to bring great clothes and accessories that they no longer wear (no bathing suits, jammies or anything else "personal"). Minimum of 20 items.
- Have the participants drop off the items at least 3 days prior to the event. All shirts, dresses, and sweaters on hangers.
- Sort thru the items and assign them a "value" of 1, 2, or 3 points. Keep track of each person's points. Display the items.
- At the event, hand out the points to each girl. This is their "money" for the event to "buy" the items they want. Give everyone a chance to shop before the buying begins.
- Randomly draw the order of who gets to buy first, second, third, etc. Continue 'til everyone is satisfied.
- Have 2 "dressing" rooms with full-length mirrors.
- Donate everything that's not wanted to the Salvation Army.
I think it's a great way for everyone to update their wardrobe...without spending a penny! Again, let me know what tips or thoughts you have.
Oh my goodness...I want to keep this gorgeous vintage necklace for myself! But, I can't because it's for the lucky winner of this week's give-away.
The Shonna Necklace was guest designed by Shonna Mctiernan, owner of Minky Mink and yesterday's Guest Blogger. Get some awesome fashion tips in her blog post yesterday by clicking here.
Made from an amazing vintage brooch and a silver-toned antique necklace, this beauty is for the girl who can pull off an asymmetric statement necklace. That's you! The flower is enameled in a gorgeous golden yellow with brilliant orange accents. Each of the petals has a row of rhinestones which are beautifully patnined. $110 value.
Remember that I'll be at Minky Mink in Glens Falls tonite for a trunk show from 5-8. Please stop by!
To win this gorgeous necklace, leave a comment on any (or every) blog post between now and Wednesday, September 23rd. I'll draw, at random, the winner at the end of the day on Wednesday. The more comments you make, the better your chances of winning. Let me know what you're thinking...don't hold back!
Isn't it gorge? Leave lots of comments throughout the week and increase your chances of winning!
The adorable and fashionable Shonna Mctiernan, who also owns Minky Mink in Glens Falls, is today's guest blogger. She has some amazing fashion info to share!
I'm thrilled to have Twinkle Studio jewelry in Minky Minky and even more excited about the Trunk Show that we're having tomorrow from 5-8 pm. Stop by for lots of great stuff at the trunk show including:
- Drawing for a $100-value Twinkle Studio necklace
- Free Minky Mink t-shirt with $40+ purchase
- Free Twinkle Studio earrings with $40+ Twinkle Studio purchase
Plus we'll be rocking out with music, wine, snacks...you don't want to miss it!
Also, check back tomorrow for the weekly give-away featuring a necklace designed with Shonna's brilliant input!
Premium demin made a commanding entry into the fashion world several years ago and is here to stay. Why, you might ask yourself, should I buy premium denim versus a pair of regular old blue jeans?
It's their fit, unique wash and just what they "do" to your body. The right pair of jeans can make you feel great!
Because jeans can be worn anywhere, they will always be a staple item in a wardrobe. A good pair of jeans is an investment on par with the classic little black dress.
If you're in the market for a new pair, try Adrianno Goldschmied's AG-ed Vintage. They are one my absolute personal favorites. They have genuine vintage appeal with a modern silhouette. They live up the hype!
The skinny-jean trend is alive and even hotter than previous seasons! The tighter the bottom, the better the look! Boots, booties, flats or heels are all perfect with the skinny jean. If you're a curvy girl, don't shy away from skinnies. Match them with knee high boots to lengthen the appearance of your legs.
In Minky Mink, I carry premium denim by AG, Seven for all Mankind, Citizen's of Humanity, and True Religion on the way. Stop in and I'll help you find a pair that you will love!
At Minky Mink, mixed in with the premium denim is a fantastic collection of vintage fashion that I have personally selected.
Pairing vintage fashion with premium denim is a fantastic way to be fashionable while being budget-conscious. Anything "old" piece of clothing can be fabulously worn again if you're clever.
Furthermore, I love to help fashionistas by mixing up what's new and hot with what she already owns.
For example, your (or your boyfriend's) not-so-favorite pair of jeans can be cut into shorts and worn over tights. Pair those with a button-down shirt, boyfriend blazer (or a comfy sweater) and a great pair of black booties. Gorgeous!
Then flip that outfit to another sassy one by wearing that button-down shirt over the top of some skinny jeans with a big belt and a statement necklace. You will keep everyone admiring your looks while being budget-conscious.
Hair Jewlery My #1 recommendation for the fall is Hair Jewelry! And you can find the most gorgeous and unique pieces designed by Twinke Studio carryed at MinkyMink!
I welcome you to come my boutique at 206 Glens Street in Glens Falls, NY and I'll help you put together some fantastic fall looks based on the above trends.
T-minus 6 days 'til Twinkle Studio's first big market trade show! Woot! I've been scrambling, but think that I'm close to being ready.
Buyers from all over the world attend. I'm hopeful some of them fall in love with Twinkle Studio!
I'm a bit nervous about my booth set-up, but I think it will work. I have some creative displays, including vintage jewelry boxes, that are really beautiful. I also bought a few styrofoam heads and painted them an antique gold color to display headbands...they're really cute.
I designed a bunch of new materials for the show including business cards, 4x6 postcards, "line sheets" (a 1-page mini catalog), and order forms. This is an image from one side of the postcards:
I still have to finish up my signage, figure out what I'm going to wear (comfy shoes are a must!), and pack everything up. Cross your fingers and send me good luck!
I have somewhat of an uneven, frizzy kink to my hair. But the Glossing Straightener kicks it's butt.
I wash my hair and just put a small dollop of the Glossing Straightener in prior to drying. I have never had my hair be so soft, straight, and smooth after just blow drying. I almost don't even have to use the straightener.
Yesterday I went to one of my favorite antique shopping destinations and found the most amazing things! That was, by far, my best outing.
The jewelry I bought is absolutely fantastic. I also loaded up on antique keys and chandelier crystals in new shapes and sizes. Plus I got a bunch of really beautiful, patinaed brass architectural details for some new jewelry ideas I have.
The characters we (hubs and me) met are so rich. I wish you could listen into some of the crazy conversations. I can't even begin to explain some of the insanity, but I will tell you that one interaction involved an antique dealer screaming at her husband and saying, "I'm going to kick your ass" because he sold hubs something at 20% of their asking price.
Oh, and a tip, don't believe a smooth talking dealer who tells you that two rickety armchairs were from the Waldorf Astoria in NYC and that they're a deal at $400. He's lying.
As always, I love to take photos of the adventure. Enjoy!