A fall trend to get ruffled about

By Abby and Elle

As we work on this 200th or so blog post, we’re acknowledging that life is too dang busy. Sometimes we’re too busy to write (and more time passes between posts than we’d like), and we know you’re sometimes too busy to read, especially if you’re using all your reading time to keep up with that minor matter called the Presidential Election.

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Wanna Swap Clothing?

Spago dress $20

Spago floral dress, $20

By Abby and Elle

In the mood to shop consignment but don’t feel like leaving the house? If so, we have a solution for you.

Abby discovered an online consignment store, Swap.com, that offers baby, kids’ and women’s clothing (including maternity) and accessories — even games and toys. (Sorry, dudes: You are totally excluded unless you’re a cross-dresser or shopping for your beloved.)

Abby has shopped Swap.com several times for clothing for little Isabelle, and she loves it.

Swap.com is easy to use, she says. The site features ton of filters so you can narrow down exactly what you’re looking for. She often gets free shipping, and her orders arrive in the blink of an eye.

Not only can you buy through Swap.com, but you can also sell.

According to the site, the company has more than 600,000 items in their inventory, so SURELY you can find SOMETHING that strikes your fancy.

The prices, you ask? We curated a few items to give you an idea. Happy browsing!

Kenneth Cole New York $7

Kenneth Cole New York skirt, $7

Swap.com Shirt

Apt. 9 blouse, $5

Guess Shoes

Guess Shoes, $12

ann taylor blazer

Ann Taylor Loft blazer, $15

Forever 21 $15

Forever 21 dress, $15

All Wrapped Up

By Abby
Wool Overs is not pulling the wool over your eyes when they say their natural fiber clothing is an amazing value. The company offers wool, cashmere and cotton knitwear, mainly in classic styles, for both men and women. They were nice enough to send me a piece to review, and I chose a ballet wrap cardigan, made from silk and cotton, in natural white — perfect for cool summer evenings.

The cardigan is everything they said it would be: soft, comfortable and versatile — three qualities I love in my clothing. This cardigan can be casual or dressy and can be tied in different ways to achieve different looks. Continue reading

What to Wear…And When

By Abby and Elle

Evening dress by Tadashi Shoji

Evening dress by Tadashi Shoji

So you have an event to attend, but you’re unsure what to wear. Naturally the answer depends on the what, when and where. For instance, if you will be attending Cleveland Fashion Week’s Black Tie Gala and Runway Show this coming May, you best not show up in your jeans (even if they do have jeweled embellishments). But if you’ll be attending a wedding on the beach on a July afternoon, then a sundress will work splendidly.

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Why I Bought It #2

By Abby

Several years ago I was browsing through Passport to Peru, and I fell in love. I fell in love with a floor-length black skirt. Unfortunately it was many sizes too big. I bought it anyway. The skirt is wrap-around so I figured I could just tie it tight enough not to fall off. Luckily that has worked for me all these years.

Cotton skirt (note the accidental tie-dyed bottom)

Cotton skirt (note the accidental tie-dyed bottom)

I bought the skirt because I fell in love with the design. It has a grey wave across the bottom and stitching that mirrors the shape of the leafy pattern above it. It reminds me of the sea, a night storm approaching.

The first time I washed it some of the black bled out. Most often, laundry accidents are not good surprises. This time I was fine with it. The bleeding created a tie-dyed effect on the grey area. Although I think it distracts from the stitching, I rather like a tie-dyed look.

The other reason I love this skirt is its versatility. It can be:

Casual: The skirt is perfect for summer evenings or going to the pool. I wear it with black tank tops, bikinis and sandals.

Formal: It can be dressed up when paired with a black silk blouse and heels.

If you come across a great fashion find like mine, don’t limit yourself to it being only casual or only formal. Mix it up a bit and have some fun!