Are You a Fashion Fiend?

Do you pay attention to the trends of the season? Are you always on the lookout for the next new thing? Or do you not care at all about what is considered fashionable?

I was on the phone with my sister the other day…what else is new, right…lol. And we started talking about clothes and handbags. This led to a marathon session of looking at clothing websites and scrolling through the trends together.

It started off in Ann Taylor which led to Bergdorf Goodman which led to who knows what else. Just scrolling and laughing and occasionally finding something that we would wear. We got to Fashionphile and my head nearly exploded over all the wonderful designer handbags. You know I am a sucker for a good bag.

I used to do this all the time. I was always up on the latest things. I had subscriptions to Vogue, InStyle, and Vanity Fair. I couldn’t afford all the high-end designer clothes, but I would look to see what colors were trending and what was in and then I would go to places like Old Navy and Ross and pick a few items that would work for the season. I guess you would have called me a low-budget fashionista.

It was the same with makeup and nail polish. I would go with the trends that suited me and not worry about things that didn’t. I never could get the winged eyeliner thing down. Hair, I never looked at because mine was always short. But things have changed.

Since moving to the islands, I really don’t know what is going on in the land of fashion. I am usually running around in shorts and tee shirts, and I can’t tell you the last time I had on a pair of actual shoes. I live my life in slippahs (flip flops). But I have to tell you something…I miss it.

I miss shopping the way I used to. Looking for the right jacket or shirt that would look good with jeans. LOL, I haven’t worn jeans in 10 years!!! Nowadays, I just throw on anything and call it a day. I hardly ever wear makeup anymore. And ever since my hairdresser moved back to the mainland last year, I have let my hair grow long and natural. All this sums up to one thing, I am bored with myself and my look.

I am over the just throw on anything who cares look. Which means it is time for a change. This does not mean that I am going to walk around looking like I just got off the catwalk during Fashion Week. But it’s time to get back to MY basics. Looking to see what’s in and then translating it into my casual island look. Yes, it can be done. I just have to start looking again.

Maybe I am feeling restless because it is Fall. This is the season I love, and I am always up for change this time of year. And this time, the change is my look. First thing to go is my hair. I never feel right with it long, it messes with who I am. It sounds stupid, but it is true. I have a previous post about my love/hate relationship with my hair that explains it better. Then it’s off to the fashion files to see how I can turn my laid-back look into more of a polished beach look instead of just a sloppy look. Be on the lookout, because when I get my look back, you may just see me strut up the street and do a little spin like I am on the catwalk.

***Question for the comments…Do you like fashion? Do you pay attention to trends, or do you not care at all about what is in?

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Thrifting? Yay or Nay?

Are you a thrift store junkie? Do you roam the aisles looking for that gem that no one else saw? Today is National Secondhand Clothes Day, so I pose the question to you…do you thrift?

I love thrift stores and secondhand clothes shops. You never know what you are going to find. It’s almost like being in a bookstore to me, I can spend hours looking at all the things. I hit every area, from clothes to books to housewares. I don’t like a lot of kitsch in my home, but if I find the perfect thing for me, I will buy it.

Secondhand stores appeal to me as a writer. I get a glimpse into people’s lives by what they have bought and discarded. I don’t know the actual person who got rid of a certain item, but my head fills up with stories about why they bought an item to begin with and then why they got rid of it. (I live in the land of make believe, Mr. Rogers would be proud, lol)

When I enter a thrift store, I make a beeline to the handbag section. I am convinced that one of these days I will find, in the midst of all the junk, a designer bag that is worth a lot of money. I am not a label watcher by nature, but if a Chanel or a Prada ended up in the mix of things in the store, I am buying it. I have a knockoff black backpack with a Prada label on it that I bought at the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet that I love and still carry, but I would be extremely happy to discover the real thing on a thrifting outing.

I have a friend that goes secondhand shopping on a weekly basis and posts his finds on Facebook. He is really into aloha shirts, albums…well, just about anything that catches his eye. He makes a day of it and has found some really cool things. I will have to go with him one of these days.

When I first moved to Hawaii, I was walking around exploring my neighborhood and came across Bailey’s Antiques and Aloha Shirts. It is a well-known store that I had read about in a guidebook before I moved here. I walked in and was in heaven. 1000’s of Aloha shirts plus a lot of Hawaiian memorabilia. In the back of the store, in a basket on the floor, I saw an almost brand-new Roxy backpack. It was black and the pattern on the front was perfect. I picked it up for $20. I used that thing for years. It finally faded to a greyish color and started to fall apart. I was sad to see it go.

I will always go rooting through bins and shelves whenever a thrift store comes into view. It is the thrill of the hunt that I enjoy, the finding is just the cherry on top. I might have to change my plans today and go check out a store today to celebrate the holiday.

***Question for the comments…Do you like thrift stores and secondhand stores? If you do, what is the best thing you have bought from one? If you don’t, tell me why.

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