Goodwill Finds

My bank account looks terrible right now due to holiday shopping and daily Starbucks visits because of finals, but of course I couldn’t pass up a trip to Goodwill. Here’s my recent purchases and I’m excited to add them into my wardrobe.

Blazing Red

I fell in love with the color when I spotted this little number on the rack. To me it looks and fits like a blazer, but it’s some type of sportswear apparently. The fabric is pretty thin but not transparent. I think layering a long sleeve under or a fuzzy thin sweater would be nice together. I also liked cuffing the sleeve when I tried it on at the store.

Flower Power

Since I saw Anne Hathaway in One Day wearing a similar dress to this, I’ve been in the search for this dress. The floral print is perfect. I want to pair this with a light denim wash jacket and my Dr. Martens to toughen up the dress. It’s also a bit big on me, but nothing a belt won’t fix.

Artsy Fartsy

I wasn’t sure to pick this shirt up or not. The softness attracted me and I thought it would be a great layering piece. This piece reminds me of something an artist or poet would wear with a cool hat and unique framed glasses while drinking coffee. So maybe my creativity will spark up when I wear this.

Monday Blues

Even though this skirt is for petites, I think I can get away with wearing it. At first I thought the pattern was made out of birds, but it turned out to be flowers. The sky blue gave me a sad and mysterious vibe and I want to wear this in an all black outfit, including my black hat and combat boots.

(All Photos by Karina Ultreras)

Thrifty Black Friday Deal

Goodwill

While everyone is distracted by the sales in Walmart or mall shops, take advantage of the amazing deals at Goodwill. The exclusive sale will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 9 p.m. on Nov. 28 and 29. Better get there early because the first 50 people in line will receive a $10 gift certificate. Goodwill is making the most popular weekend to shop fun for the customers by hosting a treasure hunt. There will be 200 free items hidden throughout every store. All clothing will be $3 from 8-10 a.m. and for every $50 spent customers will earn a $10 gift certificate to use in the month of December. This is a sale you do not want to miss. Check for your local Goodwill.

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(Illustration by Laila Hills)

Men’s Fall Fashion

When I search words like “fashion” or “style” the results are dominated by females. I feel a little bad that men’s fashion is kind of overlooked when males are a significant part of the fashion industry. Men like Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, and Calvin Klein have a strong presence in both men and women’s fashion. Someone who stands out in the blogging community is Prince Pelayo. I’m telling you his sense of style is on point. I admire his creativity and get inspiration for my own outfits.

For this post I turned to my best friend Johnathan for help. One of our favorite pastimes is to go thrifting, so his closet fit my idea of men’s fall looks with thrifted and new items quite nicely. He allowed me to raid his closet and style some outfits for him. After some bargaining and maybe a few threats against his life (totally kidding), he also agreed to be my model.

I hope this post comes in handy for you guys that want some fashion inspiration. Also for the ladies out there that would like to share some outfit ideas with their boyfriends, guy friends, or brothers. Enjoy!

Look 1

This look can be for a formal evening. Plain black jeans are used, but adding chino pants will complete a fancier look. The shirt is satin and paired with this shirt jacket tones down the look while still looking presentable.

Look 2

Very casual outfit while staying stylish. This band tee is used in a more put together look. Perfect for school, a coffee date or going out with friends.

Look 3

For this look, I went with a simplistic and minimalist outfit. These are fall looks, so sooner or later the rain will come and you’ll be prepared with a killer outfit. A raincoat is certainly not enough during the colder months and a hoodie is the perfect layering piece.

Look 4

On a night out with the guys, this outfit is perfect. You can never go wrong with all black, (it’s a way of life) but throwing in a hint of color can make the outfit complete. In this case, I added a green beanie, which is a popular staple this season.  Also mixing different textures while staying in the same color prevents the outfit from looking like a blob of darkness.

Look 5

As we get closer to winter, a large jacket or coat is a necessity. A neutral color jacket gives you freedom to play it up or down. I went for a more festive look with the plaid shirt. Perfect for any work or family holiday party.

(All Photos by Karina Ultreras)

Transitioning from Summer to Fall

We are now at that point of the year when you have no idea what to wear in the morning because of the weather. In the day the sun is shining bright and towards the evening the breeze begins giving you chills. You don’t want to say good-bye to all those crop tops and high-waisted shorts that dominated your summer looks, but it’s time to cover up. Before you go to extremes of burning them or just putting them in the back of the closet, I’ll give you some ideas of using summer clothing pieces in the fall. Let me remind you I live in California, so these looks work out with the current weather because we don’t have to cover up from head to toe.

After the sets, I included my own thrifted outfit for fall. I transitioned a summer baby doll dress with a sunflower print to a fall appropriate outfit. Knits add a cozy look, so I’m wearing a mustard cardigan and some thigh-highs.

White Crop Top

Summer:

Summer

Fall:

Still Sane

High-Waisted Shorts

Summer:

Washed Out

Fall:

Don't Want to be Your Girl
Fall Outfit

Summer Day to Fall Evening — Cardigan (Forever 21) Dress (DeeLux, $7.99) Thigh Highs (Unknown) Boots (Savers, $14.99) (Photo by Johnathan Ferndandez)

Trick or Thrift?

Halloween is around the corner, and deciding on the perfect costume is crucial. Since I can remember, I’ve dressed up almost ever year and only about five occasions were my costumes ‘store bought’. My mother and I had more fun coming up with ideas and searching for key pieces for costumes rather than bumping into cranky people or waiting in long lines at Halloween stores. One of my favorite costumes was a hand-me down sequins Little Mermaid outfit from my older cousin.This costume was special to me because it looked nothing like the traditional one. With this costume I even won second place in a costume contest during fourth grade. Yay me! In past years, I’ve also been a dead ballerina, a hippie and Lady Gaga.

To help you be a little creative and save some cash for this special holiday, I put together reviews of thrift stores you should hit up for your Halloween costumes or accessories.

Savers

(Photo by Karina Ultreras)

I love Savers all year-long, and especially when it is Halloween season because this thrift store has great deals. This store stands out to me because they carry a variety of products. Here you can find second-hand costumes as well as new ones. The section that caught my eye right away was the wigs. They have different styles, colors and costume-oriented wigs to choose from, and the best part is they aren’t ridiculously priced. In addition to all the awesome accessories, Savers will have 50 percent off Halloween decor during the week before Halloween.

Goodwill (Rowland Heights)

(Photo by Karina Ultreras)

If you want to put together a unique costume, then Goodwill is your store. They have a designated section with donated costumes and accessories. A good portion of the costumes are lightly used since most people like to change their costumes every year. Past this section, Goodwills have a ton of clothing to search through for your costume ideas. Whether you want to be a scarecrow and need some overalls or a dead bride and need a wedding dress that you wouldn’t mind tearing up, the possibilities are endless.

Now I need your help. I’m torn between two of my favorite cartoon characters, which are Spinelli from the classic 90’s show Recess and more currently Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time. I can be shy at times and Spinelli would be my alter-ego. She is one tough girl that you do not mess with. Lumpy Space Princess (LSP) speaks her mind and is hilarious. She might not be the most graceful princess, but LSP has more girly interests.

For my costumes, I thrifted key pieces, bought new accessories and included my own belongs I already had.

SPINELLI

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Jacket ( Savers, $7.99) Dress ( Savers, $5.99) Tights (Party City, 5.99) Boots ( Arizona, Gift)

Lumpy Space Princess

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Dress (Savers, $7.99) Wig (Goodwill, $7.99) Cream Makeup (Party City, $1.99 each) Lipstick (Daiso, $1.50) Paper (Michaels)

Thrifting Tips

Shopping at a thrift store can be pretty intimidating for beginners. There aren’t manikins dressed in the latest trends or size options for an item. Thrifting can be tiring but when you score a $4 top similar to one for $30 you were drooling for online, the satisfaction is magnificent. In the featured video, one of my favorite You-tuber provides important tips to find great pieces.

(Photo by Johnathan Fernandez)

Savers – $4 (Photo by Johnathan Fernandez)

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Bardot – $30

Here are some other tips to keep in mind:

-Browse the shoe section first (there are fewer shoes than clothing)

-Look for store’s sale dates (Savers 50 percent off sale on Memorial Day)

-Search all sizes (Oversized t-shirts and tops are trendy)

-Wear comfortable clothing (Try on all of your selections)

Review: DeeLux

DeeLux Window Display

Photo by Karina Ultreras

We often hear the phrase “fashion repeats itself”, but not many people think of this when they’re shopping. Most people are ready to revamp their closets with overpriced and sometimes poor quality clothing. If we hear this phrase so much, why did it just become oh-so-popular to own secondhand clothing? I’m not so sure, but Macklemore & Ryan Lewis did an awesome job explaining this trend with their song.

DeeLux is store I recently discovered while exploring the heart of Claremont, CA. At a glance, I thought it was a cute little boutique and window-shopping wouldn’t cause anybody any harm. I then found out I had hit the jackpot of a new thrift store.  DeeLux is one of a few thrift stores that doesn’t accept donations, instead, you sell or trade your items for 35 percent of the original price in cash or 50 percent in-store credit. This way of thrifting is a little different because the employees pick out everything. Trusting that they have good fashion sense, hunting for a good find isn’t necessary.

Jelly Sandals ($20) Photo by Karina Ultreras

Sandals By JuJu (£ 28.00) Photo by Office.co.uk

The clothing, shoes and accessories selection ranges from brand new to vintage items for men and women. The new items are affordable, and dupes can also be found. For example, American Apparel’s basic hoodies are $48 while DeeLux has the same hoodies for $30. Another dupe you can find is the trendy jelly sandals. Band T-shirts can also be found here. A few that I browsed through were Joy Division, The Cramps, Misfits and The Strokes. In addition to clothing, DeeLux carries cool knickknacks and accessories. If you are looking for a stylish pair of sunglasses, this store is for you. Random items like room sprays and socks with bacon illustrations greet you at the door. This thrift store gains a ton of cool points because of its shoe collection. Here you can find a good pair of heels, sneakers, sandals or boots. Behind the counter they keep all of the popular name brands including Dr. Martens, T.U.K. and Jeffrey Campbell.

Since winter is around the corner, check out DeeLux's boot selection.

Since winter is around the corner, check out DeeLux’s boot selection. Photo by Karina Ultreras

Overall DeeLux is a great shop that is aesthetically pleasing. For an avid thrifter who knows the effort of searching rack through rack for one good find, this thrift store saves you time since you find great items in no time. Almost every time I visit, I leave with a satisfying purchase. The only downsides are that the thrill of thrifting is lessened and, the brand new items can be a bit overpriced. Without those little bumps in the road, I totally recommend visiting one of the two locations.

Rating (Least ☆ to ☆☆☆☆☆ Most)

Brand Names: ☆☆☆☆

Price Range: ☆☆☆

Finds: ☆☆☆

Overall: ☆☆☆☆