Style Crush: Mindy Kaling


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Goodbye re-runs, fall TV is here! Tonight, I am particularly excited at the return of The Mindy Project. I’ve loved star Mindy Kaling since the Kelly Kapoor days– laughing out loud at her book and pretty much every episode of her namesake show since. Tonight, I’m excited to see what’s going to happen between Dr. L and Dr. C., but even more excited to see what Mindy will wear.

The Mindy Project is easily as stylish as it is hilarious. Not surprisingly, so is Mindy Kaling. So much so, there is The Mindy Project Style Tumblr dedicated to both. She (almost) always looks amazing and I completely crush on how she embraces bold color and print. Here are a few of my recent faves, along with the lessons from Mindy’s style we can all apply to our own wardrobes. If you want even more Mindy-style, make sure to set your DVRs for 9:30 tonight on Fox (I should be getting some sort of kickback!) and let me know which of her I’m-sure-will-be-amazing looks are your faves in comments or on Facebook.

Mix Patterns, Preferably BoldlyIMG_0960.PNGIf Mindy’s character Dr. Lahiri has a style signature, it’s pattern mixing. Some of her choices are brave, even by my extreme standards. Still, she totally pulls them off. The reason these two work together? Common colors and varied scales– want to give mixing a go for yourself? Check out this past post for tips. Photo & outfit details: The Mindy Project Style

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I follow Mindy on Instagram and a couple of weeks ago thought it was awesome she shared that she put this Roberto Cavalli number on backwards. It worked. Now, wearing dresses backwards won’t always be so successful that you’ll want to rock them on national TV, but the lesson here is to look at your wardrobe and try to see what you have new ways. It’s something I do every appointment with clients. Can you belt a blouse to create a peplum effect? Tailor a high-low skirt to make it a current knee-length style? Roll up some sleeves or pant legs to create a new silhouette? Experimenting will not only uncover new potential, it will let help you showcase your personal style and make pieces your own. Photo & outfit details: The Mindy Project Style.

If You’re A Girl, You Should Own a Wrap DressIMG_0963.PNG

I mean, how amazing does Mindy look in this DVF number? Wrap dresses and wrap-style blouses are one of a handful of universally flattering styles I encourage clients to embrace. They’re dynamite for showing off or creating a waist and a super easy way to look chic at work or an event. Bonus flattery in this specific choice– a bold print, illusion details and contrast sleeves focuses the attention on the body and creates a long, lean silhouette. Photo & outfit details: The Mindy Project Style.

Always Show Off Your WaistIMG_0964.PNGWhen I speak at group stylings, I am almost always asked what’s the one style tip I would give someone. My answer- always define your waist. Too often when we’re trying to camouflage parts of our bodies we don’t love, we end up picking pieces that are super baggy and make us look bigger. An easy way to avoid this is to keep your waist in mind and look for ways to remind people it’s there. It’s an especially good tip to keep in mind when wearing this season’s cozy knits and statement coats. Create the look of this to-die-for Christopher Kane sweater with a colorful belt. Photo & outfit details: The Mindy Project Style.

Monday Inspiration: Run the Day


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One day last week my friend Kellee sent me this quote. She knows I’ve been going through some stuff for what now seems like forever and that recently I’ve been feeling ready to run. Happily, running toward good things, not away. Which, believe me, often seemed like the best option. Still some days running is easier than others.

Like this morning. I don’t think I’ve had a day where I’m as excited or ready to stretch those legs in a long time. I’ve been super busy with lots of great clients, I am getting ready for another trip to LA to work and there are gobs of amazing fashion shows I am behind on and excited to watch. At the same time, I’m feeling that anxiety about change that tugs you back and, at its worst, keeps you from moving. There are other motivators I play in my head on days like today, but none quite so simple as this little mantra. I’ve always prided myself on being a girl who runs the show, and today a little motivation to remember to show Monday who’s boss seemed like a good idea. Let’s make it a great one, Foxes. xo

Monday Inspiration: Maintain a Healthy (Fashion) Diet


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The next month or so is basically fashion Christmas. As I type,  New York Fashion Week is underway, with similar runway fests on the horizon in cities like London, Milan and Paris. My favorite part of the spectacle? The amazing street style attending fashionistas provide.

At fashion week, the streets are almost as major runways as the catwalks themselves. Browsing through snaps, I’m always inspired to wear items in my wardrobe new ways. Often, the easiest street styles to adopt or adapt are accessories– either entirely new styles or old-accessories-made-new. I’ll be adding my faves to my Street Style Pinterest board as the fashion weeks march on– I hope they inspire you as much as me. Happy Monday, Foxes. xo

Fawkeshunted: Fall Fashion Trends


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As a sun-worshipping, flip-flop wearing California Girl, I don’t buy into summer ending or white getting packed away just because Labor Day happened. I do believe the passing of that three-day-weekend in September presents great opportunity for shopping and stocking up on warm, cozy styles in preparation for cooler nights (and days). For the first time in a couple of seasons, I feel like the style needle has really moved and we’re seeing new, fresh fashion. To guide you through these styles and silhouettes, I pulled together this fall trend guide for you Foxes. As always, you can click to buy any of the items in the collages on Keaton Row. And, of course, I’m always available for one-on-one styling to help you pick the perfect pieces for your wardrobe. Which fall trends do you love? Let me know in comments or on Facebook.

Capes and Ponchos

Cara Delevingne Burberry Poncho InitialsBurberry Prorsum’s personalized ponchos were some of the most photographed pieces from the fall runway collections. I mean, who wouldn’t want to wrap themselves up a cozy, monogrammed, designer blanket on a cold day and call it the height of fashion?! Stylish ponchos, blankets and capes are one of the easiest and warmest trends of the season. Any incarnation of the silhouette works, but the super chic will indulge in western details like fringe or intricate patterns. Drape one over a shoulder for an effortlessly chic boho vibe. Or, grab a thick belt and cinch at your waist to define a flattering silhouette.

Capes and Ponchos - Fall 2014 Trends - Rachel Fawkes San Francisco Fashion StylistHead-to-Toe Knitwear

Marc Jacobs Knit Leggings - Fall Fashion Trends 2014 - Rachel Fawkes San Francisco Fashion StylistPonchos not your thing? There’s still plenty of opportunity to snuggle up in softness this season. Some outlets hailed knits as the story of the Fall 2014 runways and there is little doubt that it’s a season where style meets comfort at a whole new level. Whether cozy oversized sweaters at Michael Kors or cable-knit leggings at Marc Jacobs , knits are head-to-toe for Fall 2014. If you try the knits-on-knits look, look for sophisticated styles and be cautious not to let the volume overwhelm you. You can still be fashion forward with the trend picking select pieces. In fact I don’t usually cite must-have styles, but an easy knit sweater you can luxe up with skirts or wear casually may be it for Fall 2014.

Knitwear - Fall 2014 Trends - Rachel Fawkes San Francisco Fashion StylistA-Line Skirts

A-line Skirts - Fall 2014 Fashion Trends - Rachel FawkesSan Francisco Style ExpertAll of my female clients know I love A-line skirts. They look amazing on everyone, hiding the curves you don’t want and creating curves you do, all the while highlighting your waist. So it’s a happy season in my book when A-lines are the in skirt silhouette. On early fall shops with clients, I’ve noticed many of the chicest styles are structured fabrics like leather in the Gucci look to the left and even neoprene in some cases. I love clean A-lines, but styles with some flounce add femininity to a look. The style transcends skirts into dresses and jackets, so look for this flattering style in a variety of pieces.

A-line Skirts - Fall 2014 Trends - Rachel Fawkes San Francisco Fashion StylistThigh-High Slits

Altuzarra Thigh High Slits- Fall 2014 FashionTrends-Rachel Fawkes San Francisco Fashion StylistAnd while we’re talking about skirts, it’s the season to channel your inner Angelina and adopt a thigh-showing stance. It’s especially haute for evening, but I have also seen milder versions of the thigh-high-slit in daytime skirts and dresses like the Altuzarra look on the right (looks like we’ll see this trend when his new Target collab hits stores Sept. 14). The look is daring so make sure you are appropriately covered in all of the right places. If you try the style for day during the cold months, you may even want to take advantage of the knitwear trend and consider some textured tights.

Thigh High Slits - Fall 2014 Trends - Rachel Fawkes San Francisco Fashion StylistModern Mod Style

Matthew Williamson Mod Style -Fall 2014 Fashion Trends - rachel Fawkes Style ExpertThe A-line skirt trend is definitely overlaps a larger trend: mod influences in fall fashion. We see this in A-line and swing silhouettes, but also details like chunky heels, color blocking and psychedelic prints.




Mod Style - Fall 2014 Trends - Rachel Fawkes San Francisco Fashion Stylist

Wide Leg Pants

3.1 Phillip Lim Wide Leg Pants - Fall 2014 Fashion Trends-Rachel Fawkes San Francisco Fashion StylistYou may have read about the death of the skinny jean.  While these reports of their death are greatly exaggerated in my opinion, there’s no doubt that fashion is leaving the slim-leg, ankle pant silhouette behind in favor of wide trouser and palazzo styles. I think these look especially chic in higher-rises, which define a narrow waist, and with a tucked-in shirt. When you want to wear something untucked, short-over-long like the 3.1 Philip Lim runway look on the right is a smart style strategy. To make your legs look especially long, pair with pointed-toed shoes.

Wide Leg Pants - Fall 2014 Trends - Rachel Fawkes San Francisco Fashion StylistStatement Outerwear

Proenza Schouler Statement Coat - Fall 2014 Fashion Trends-Rachel Fawkes San Francisco Fashion StylistOne of my least favorite things about my grad school days living in cold east coast weather was having to cover up fabulous outfits with a boring black coat. Not the case this season. Statement outerwear in a variety of lengths and silhouettes is a thing. Details to look out for are volume, color and (faux!) fur…just not necessarily all in the same look!



Statement Outerwear - Fall 2014 Trends - Rachel Fawkes San Francisco Fashion StylistBooties

Emilio Pucci Suede Embroidered Ankle Boot - Fally 2014 Fashion Trends - Rachel Fawkes San Francisco Fashion StylistBooties have been big for a few years, so you should have basic staples (you should!). This season, it’s about amping up your bootie game. The cut-out and peep-toe trends we saw in Summer (yes, if you missed it, Summer booties were haute) continue. Other details to look for: intricate embellishments, fur, color blocking and fringe.  This trend is exceptionally versatile and looks great with all of the styles on this list– a word of advice, if you want to wear with skirts look for styles that stop just above or just below the ankle for the most flattering effect on your leg.

Booties - Fall 2014 Trends - Rachel Fawkes San Francisco Fashion StylistSneakers

Chanel-Sneakers Fall-2014-fashion-trends- Rachel Fawkes San Francisco Fashion StylistI’ve saved my favorite trend for last. I’ve already told you how excited I am when I find chic flats. Now, thanks to the likes of Karl, Raf and others, I can indulge in the comfiest of shoes in style. Streetwear sneakers are on a whole new level this fall with colors, embellishments and unexpected details. This trend is the most natural fit with knitwear and relaxed styles, though don’t underestimate the fashion forward. Both on the runway and red carpet, stylish sneaks and skirts and dresses are making their mark.

Stylish Sneakers - Fall 2014 Trends - Rachel Fawkes San Francisco Fashion Stylist






Best and Worst Dressed: VMAs and Emmys 2014


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Holy Fashion, Foxes! The MTV Video Music Awards and Emmys aired back-to-back the past couple of evenings. In case you missed them, that is more than 10+ hours of red carpets and award shows to absorb. Yay for DVRs; I was able to take it all in just under four…

At least, pretty dresses and dapper duds were there to dull the pain of segments like the obligatory accountant intro. Even better? The not-so-pretty dresses and less-than-dapper duds. It’s so mean but also sort of fun to be hater for an hour our two or four (or even longer writing this post. Wish I had it to you earlier today, Foxes, but it’s long. Here’s who I loved and who I didn’t. Agree? LMK in comments or on Facebook or Pinterest.


There were not a lot of misses last night and a lot of great style. It was hard to narrow it down for, so I picked the best, boldest choices and styles that I immediatel reacted negatively toward.

Best Dressed

Allison Williams in Giambattista CoutureIMG_0826-1.PNG
This might have been my favorite dress of the Emmys. I love the pretty, classic shape meeting the modern graphic print. The soft pink (blush?, it’s hard to tell in photos) mixed with bright yellow is an unexpected combo that emphasizes a young, fresh look. She’s quickly earning Style Crush status.

Kate Walsh in Stephanie Rolland Haute CoutureIMG_0808.PNG
Maybe I am secretly (even to myself) into yellow right now, but when I saw Kate Walsh step on stage to present an award I thought she was wearing the most stand-out dress of the evening. The sunny silhouette and color are amazing and the sparkle on the oversized peplum, perfect!

Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karan AtelierIMG_0845.PNG
Lizzy Caplan is a bit of a style break out star this Emmy season and she surely saved her best look for last. Backless, cut-outs, a train. It is super hot and totally appropriate for someone who stars in a show called Masters of Sex. (Also, can you believe she was Janis Ian?!)

Gwen Stefani in Versace
I’m a total Gwen fan girl and my admiration for her only grew when she shined (literally) on the Emmy’s red carpet in head-to-toe Swarovski Crystal-studded Versace. I’m not sure if it’s a dress or separates. Either way, she looks glam, cool and effortless in a way only she can.

Anna Gunn in Jenny PackhamIMG_0828.PNG
If it’s good enough for K-Mid, it’s good enough for Skyler White. The Breaking Bad star was a big winner on the Emmys stage and on the red carpet wearing the Brit designer. I loved how the bright blue popped against the red carpet and her gold shoes were perfectly blingy as she crossed the stage to accept the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama.

January Jones in Prabal GurungIMG_0825.PNG
When I first saw this dress it was from the waist up and I was eh towards it. After taking in the full, full skirt, I changed my mind. Between the volume, the peekaboo front and train, it brings major drama. The styling was very smart too, January picked a select couple of accessories (just one earring!) with major impact that let the dress shine.

Kate Mara in J MendelIMG_0797.PNG
This is such a cool take on a draped Grecian-inspired gown. The intricate lace, cut-out gathering and asymmetrical hem are edgy against the feminine, pleated chiffon. So pretty, yet modern. Those Mara girls know how to do it.

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Cat did not get a lot of camera time, but reviewing the red carpet photos this Burberry gown was a clear winner to me. It’s so dreamy and such a beautiful color. I love how the ombre deepens around the waist– super flattering!

Matthew McConaughey in Dolce & Gabbana and Camila Alves in Zuhair Murad

Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves Emmy 2014 - Rachel Fawkes San Francisco Fashion ExpertDefinitely the sharpest and maybe most daring couple of the evening. Matthew’s blue tux is a great alternative to basic black and I’m a fan of the vest. Camilla’s cut-outs show lots of skin (the nude underlay is short!). Side-by-side, they look so Hollywood. Also, Alex (my sister-in-law), if you’re reading this, I still maintain you look so much like her, lucky girl (and lucky baby brother)!

(Most of) The Cast of Orange is the New Black

These ladies came to play! I guess if you are forced to wear a baggy orange jumpsuit on screen you’re hungry to show some glam whenever you can. Clockwise: Yael Stone in Falguni & Shane, Danielle Brooks in Nathaniel Paul, Natasha Lyonne in Opening Ceremony, Taryn Manning in Vintage Azzaro, Taylor Schilling in Zuhair Murad (the ear cuff, perfection!), Uzo Aduba in Christian Siriano (LOVE him!), Laverne Cox in Custom Marc Bouwer.

Ladies in Red

Red was THE color at the Emmys. Several stars stunned in the hue (or very close pinks and oranges). Clockwise, Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting in Monique Lhuillier, Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Carolina Herrera, Claire Danes in Givenchy (some are saying this rips off Kim Kardashian’s Givenchy wedding dress, thoughts?), Heidi Klum in Zac Posen.

Worst Dressed

Mindy Kaling in KenzoIMG_0784.PNG
Ahhhh, I hate to do this because I usually am in l-o-v-e with her and her style, but this dress doesn’t flatter her and there is something about the shiny satin I wish were different. A rare miss from one of my faves.

Lena Dunham in Giambattista ValliIMG_0844.PNG
OK, here’s the deal, I love the idea of the look and, honestly, I think it’s a lot better than a lot of the things she’s rocked on the red carpet in the past. Pink is really pretty with the new platinum hair. Problem is, it wears her instead of her wearing it and something about the fit looks frumpy, as always. Wah wah.

Laura Prepon in Gustavo CadileIMG_0870.PNG
It looks like this dress is swallowing Laura Prepon. The color is flattering to her, but it is just too much of too much and makes her look boxy. She is really the only cast member of OINTB that didn’t look fab in my book.

Michelle Dockery in Rosie AssoulinIMG_0842.PNG
Another worst dressed selction I wish I didn’t have to make. I like Michelle Dockery, but I am obsessed with her stylist Micaela Erlanger (Lupita Nyongo anyone?). Both ladies are known to take risks and I think that this dress is almost great, but it just falls flat. The colors are kinda weird together and remind me of an Easter basket and the flaps on the side are bad. I wish I had some scissors. She would be amazing.

Betsy Brandt in A Designer Who is Wisely Keeping Identity SecretIMG_0817.PNG
Breaking bedspread. So bad.

Jonathan Silver Scott in Really Bad BoxersIMG_0809.PNG
I mean, really? My inner HGTV addict could have sworn he was a designer and could be trusted to have good taste.

MTV Video Music Awards

Obviously the stars were saving the good looks for the Emmys because there was not a ton on this red carpet I really loved. It’s always a fun one to watch because people take risks, they all just seemed end up bad…

Best Dressed

Ke$ha in Johanna JohnsonIMG_0859.PNG
Often worst-dressed Ke$ha has had a complete style turn-around. This dress is such classic Hollywood glam and, paired with the (amazing) rainbow hair, it looks so rock star to me. She’s gone through some tough times recently and I think the fact she wears it with confidence and happiness also shines through.

Beyonce in Nicolas JebranIMG_0867.PNG
It was Queen Bey’s night and she dressed like royalty on the red carpet. The only person who could upstage her, her mini-me. How cute was Blue Ivy’s dancing and clapping for her momma?

Jennifer Lopez in Charbel ZoeIMG_0871.PNG
JLo showed the newbies how it’s done. So many cut-outs plus a thigh-high slit could go wrong fast, but the shimmery bodycon silver was perfection on her.

Iggy Azalea in VersaceIMG_0868.PNG
I’ve really enjoyed watching Iggy Azalea’s style during her breakout summer. She does a great job of mixing of street and edge and glam into her wardrobe and I appreciate the way she always looks like herself and shows off her assets (watch out Kim & JLo). I can’t stop staring at the intricate beading on this dress and totally dig how the cut-outs and almost shield-like motif at the bust add toughness to a glam silhouette.

Jordin Sparks in Unknown DesignerIMG_0872.PNG
I love a little white dress and Jordin Sparks picked a particularly good one. She was often pictured cozying up to longtime beau Jason Derulo, but I loved seeing the deep-V and tulip skirt when she stepped away solo. The hints of skin were perfectly balanced by a sleek silhouette complete with long sleeves and a midi-length skirt…not quite midi enough though. Shapewear malfunction!

Kelly Rowland in KaufmanfrancoIMG_0869.PNG
Maybe it was pregnancy glow, but I think the amazing blush/nude color of this dress made Kelly Rowland look amazing. The sequins look like liquid and the shape flatters her and her bump beautifully.

Laverne Cox in Marc BouwerIMG_0873.PNG
This girl does no wrong and incidentally is the only person to make my best dressed list both nights. She (and designer Marc Bouwer) won the red carpet this week.

Nick Jonas in Vivienne WestwoodIMG_0864.PNG
I had to throw in a guy and to me, the cream of the cuties was Nick Jonas. This is how a rockstar tux should look. The pop of blue on the jacket and vest, a little bit of hardware, maybe leather/satin/waxed trousers and boots. He looks totally dapper, but these little twists on classic styles make him rock-and-roll.

Usher in Pyer Moss2014 MTV Video Music Awards - ArrivalsIf Nick Jonas was rock and roll, Usher was street chic. I love the crisp white shirt and kicks. He looks totally true to his impeccable style, yet completely appropriate for the VMA carpet.

Worst Dressed

Katy Perry and Riff Raff in VersaceIMG_0874.PNG
I was digging all of the B. Spears tributes at the VMAs, but this wasn’t the best look then and it isn’t the best look now. Also, Katy Perry may be able to hang with Miss Spears, but let’s be honest Riff Raff is more Federline  than Timberlake.

Amber Rose in Laura DewittIMG_0861.PNG
I actually think this would be a great stage costume, just not the red carpet. It wasn’t great for Rose McGowan in 1998 and doesn’t do anything for me now. Put on a skirt. Or at least hot shorts!

Taylor Swift in Mary KatrantzouIMG_0875.PNG
And speaking of hot shorts…I am SO happy Taylor has ditched the neverending parade of gold sparkly gowns. I am also SO sad this is what she picked. The shape is cool, but what is up with the weird alphabet soup design and sickly blue? A silver lining– I really liked the shoes. Super into that color right now.

Kim Kardashian in BalmainIMG_0876.PNG
Just no. I wish the skirt were longer and the top were sleeker and didn’t look like a camping tent. Her waist is one of her best assets and it is completely hidden. Fabric in all the wrong places.

Chloe Grace Moretz in Louis VuittonIMG_0865.PNG
I actually love this look, I just think it’s a) not right for the VMAs and b) too old for such a young, fresh star. Done right, it looks like something a grown woman on the UES would wear to lunch. Done bad, those pink pants borderline senior citizen to me. Pretty, but just too old.

Charlie XCX in MoschinoIMG_0862.PNG
It’s like the worst Wilma Flinstone imaginable. The orange is too orange. One shoulder is too much. I’m all for pattern mixing but the clutch fights the jumpsuit. I’d tame it (ha ha). A little styling and it could be OK.

Honorable Mention – Sarah Hyland in Kaufmanfranco (VMAs) and Christian Siriano (Emmys)

I had the Modern Family starlet ranked high both nights and ultimately decided that there were others who were better as bests in my book. Still, up against style heavyweights like Gwen Stefani who also walked both carpets, it’s impressive she beat them out. Sarah’s always gone big on the red carpet and I wouldn’t be surprised if she became a best dressed regular as her style evolves.

Monday Inspiration: Dress Selfishly


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Fashion Says Me Too Style Says Only Me - Rachel Fawkes San Francisco Fashion StylistWhen trying on clothes, a question I always ask clients is “does it feel like you?” Sometimes clothes look amazing on you, but if they don’t express you or your style, they’re not for you. It’s always a happy moment when clients have a definitive answer to my question and even more exciting when they don’t. Working with a client to discover their personal style and and then seeing the happiness that comes when we find it is one of the best feelings a stylist can have.

The week (or two) ahead on Fawkeshunter is all about amping up your personal style. Well we’re always about that, but looking at the calendar, there will be even higher concentrations of it. Everything from what works and what doesn’t (VMA & Emmy’s Best and Worst Dressed!!) to fall trends to (of course) rulebreaking pieces that will make those trends your own. Get ready for the fun and have a happy Monday, Foxes. xo

Monday Inspiration: Make Doors Open


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IMG_0773.PNGLast week was a really great week for me. New clients, new connections and new opportunities, most of which were the direct result of taking some chances and putting myself and Fawkeshunter out there. Just like compliments received after taking a fashion risk, these successes were a great reminder of the rewards that await us when we live life boldly.

Today, let the doors that opened for me be an inspiration to you. Take a risk or two and make bold moves toward what you’re dreaming of achieving, or at the very least, what you’re dreaming of wearing. Happy Monday, Foxes. Knock loudly.

National Thrift Shop Day: How to Score the Best SecondhandDeals


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And so the day is almost upon us, National Thrift Shop Day is Sunday! A day where I can brag about the Kate Spade purse that I got for $1 or my $20 pair of Citizen Jeans. Thrift store and consignment shopping has become thrift-shopan art to me. Slowly picking though the racks finding those unbeatable prices for gently used clothing. With all the “good” mixed with the “bad” sometimes fingering though the rack of endless clothing can get frustrating. Here are some tips for you Foxes to help get though the good and bad on this wonderful day.

Get the RIGHT Price

When people hear thrift store, they think of extremely low prices, and while this is true, always ask is it worth it? Really look at the piece of clothing. Look for holes, wear, and stains. Look at the price, is it 40% or more off? Stores have sales all the time, anything less than 40% off is just not worth the “used” Clothing Saleprice (unless it was limited edition and that’s just a whole new category). Getting over-excited about the low prices is an easy way to overspend and buy junk. Before you commit, look at the piece and try to picture at least three outfits that it will go with.


Find the good stuff

Some second-hand stores have no idea about the treasures they hold. To find them you have to be patient and have a good eye. I personally push all the clothing on the rack to one side and flip through each piece, takes like 30 seconds for each rack. This lets you see everything, even the pieces that are not designer and more vintage. Some excellent thrift shops around the area include; Plato’s Closet in Pleasant Hill, Way Side Inn Thrift Shop in Lafayette and of course the local Goodwills and Salvation Armys always holds a few surprises.


Do it yourself….. There are so many ways to make a $2 shirt look like it was $100. It is just a matter of how. With the handy Internet you can look up how to dye, cut, and sew almost any piece of clothing into runway-worthy fashion. Don’t be afraid to let your inner designer out. If you’re not creatively inclined you can always look too Pinterest or another one of my favorites High on DIY, both give detailed explanations on “how-to” and keep to new and upcoming styles.

Consignment stores

Different from thrift stores, which usually carry donated items, consignment stores carry select merchandise that they sell on behalf of the owners, who get a portion of the sale in exchange. The curated items here are a great alternative if you don’t like going through the racks of a thrift store. Items are priced 30% or more below the retail price. These shops are in almost every town and always carry big name brands. If you’re near us in the East Bay, North Main Street in Walnut Creek holds many excellent consignment shops such as Labels, which carries luxury designers such as Louis Vuitton, Manolo Blahnik and Burberry, along with many others. Other options on Main include Main Street Rags and Consignit Couture.

Go on the right day

Here’s the trick; go on the weekends. The weekend is when these small stores plan for the most traffic and will offer the best deal in hopes that the customer will buy more. Also, make friends with the staff, or at least small talk and keep it extremely friendly, sometimes you can smile yourself into an extra 10-20% for “early sale item”. Savvyinterior

Re-sell stores are the answer for us shopaholics. Giving us stylish clothes at a great price. Though I only mentioned a few there are a ton of re-sell stores in almost every city, so have fun exploring. Remember to be patient and don’t get overwhelmed! Happy hunting Foxes!

You Need These Shoes: Wear With Everything Bootie


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When I met Anastazja, one of the first things we bonded over was our love of our fringe booties. We each have a pair and, even though they’ve been around a season or so, we agreed they are irreplaceable in our hearts. So much so we’re each ready to invest in new pairs since our trusty fringey friends met a sad end (her pair) and are wearing out (my pair). I also have to say, they are sooo comfy and I often wear them working on-set at photoshoots. Other stylists I work with always love them and more than once we’ve even wished my size 7s fit the model (usually a size 9+). As you read her post and styling tips, know Louies have the endorsement of at least 4 stylists. You really do need these shoes! xoxo – Rach

I can honestly say I have a TON of shoes, but I can not say enough about my Sam Edelman Louie Ankle Fringe Bootie. Wow! They really go with everything, skinny jeans, dresses, skirts and even shorts. These shoes are a god send. With real leather and a small two and a half heel these shoes can really make a outfit.shoes_iaec1294934

I have taken my ankle booties everywhere with me, from clubbing to business meetings these boots have always helped in making a great easy outfit for any occasion. Sadly my own pair have been destroyed due to a accidentally spill and have not made a  successful recovery. I tried to find another pair of booties that would meet my high standards but could not find one that matched the comfort, style or craftsmanship of the Sam Edelman Louie Ankle Fringe Boot. Look no further for the best shoe purchase of your life.


How to Wear the Louie Bootie


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The Booties come in seven colors and are priced just at $160. See what’d I tell you? The perfect shoes.





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