It’s All About Style, a Shout-out to the Irrepressible New York Times Street-Style Photographer Bill Cunningham (Ie: Where I Get Much of My Style Inspiration)

Many of you may have heard of the delightfully humble style icon (and one of my personal heroes) Bill Cunningham. He’s not an icon because of his own style, but because of his uniquely talented eye. Mr Cunningham has been honing that skilled eye since 1978 as a now legendary NY Times fashion photographer. Bill is unique in that he takes photographs of ordinary people, socialites and fashion personalities every day on the streets of Manhattan (no pictures of celebrities here!), capturing the ever-changing trends and personal styles of the people of New York. This is the heart of style, showing what real people, not celebrities or paid stylists, are actually wearing on the streets. He has a way of uncovering and distilling the best of this street-style into a few well-curated images that capture perfectly the feeling and mood of the season and the people week by week. These stylish photos are printed up in the New York Times every Sunday, and much to my delight, they are also collected in a short and charming (and FREE) video, which is narrated by Bill himself, available to everyone online. See it HERE. I look forward to these charming slices of New York style every week, and they make for great inspiration! I’ve gotten some great ideas here and they always put a smile on my face. Do yourself a favor and watch a couple videos today.

Remember, you don’t have to have a lot of money to have great personal style! It’s all about finding what you love, what looks great on you, and having fun.

At 86, Bill Cunningham is still going strong, and I hope he will continue capturing style for many years to come. There is also a documentary on Mr. Cunningham called “Bill Cunningham New York”, available to watch on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon.

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Photo Credit- CLINT SPAULDING

A Sunday Funday Fashion Post! Yes, you CAN Look Great Wearing Clothes from the Thirft Store…

I know I haven’t done a fashion post for awhile, so here it goes! I really liked the funky outfit I put together last night so I’ll share it with you.

I always like to prove you can do almost all your shopping from the thrift store and look great, so here is what I wore last night, with descriptions and prices on everything…

(Pictures taken at Denver’s Union Station)

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I love a little pop of color when wearing neutrals! It makes the outfit.

From Top to Bottom:

The long-sleeve square-neck black top is by “Velvet”, Goodwill $3.99, purchased this Summer.

Faux Fur Vest by Charlotte Ruse, also from Goodwill, $6.99, purchased last Fall.

DIY Black Heart Necklace (see it HERE) Created February this year.

Leopard-print brushed cotton jeans by Jones New York, Goodwill $8.99. Purchased last year.

HYPE black and gold clutch, Neiman Marcus Last Call, $38 (Originally about $200) purchased about 6 years ago. (this bag was a splurge for me, but I actually use it a ton.)

Costa Blanca Hot Pink satin ankle boots, Neiman Marcus Last Call $18. (originally over $100) purchased about 7 years ago.

Bracelet, Goodwill, $2.99, purchased a couple months ago.

 

So there you have it, more great looks from your neighborhood thrift store. What have you found lately? I’d love to hear about it.

 

Find of the (almost every) Week – Carolina Herrara & Jones New York!

It’s time for Find of the Week!

This week’s find is a gorgeous leopard-print wrap dress by Jones New York. I LOVE this dress, it’s very comfortable and flattering. Looks like new. I’ve already worn it 3 times. $8.99 at my favorite Goodwill. Also, a very nice pair of authentic Carolina Herrera sunglasses, in near perfect condition, only $7.99 also at my fav Goodwill. Hooray for the Thrift Store!

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Find of the (Almost Every) Week…GUCCI!

It’s time for Find of the (Almost Every) Week!

This week’s find…Gucci Slides! How cute are these? And perfect for this time of year with Spring just beginning to poke in it’s pretty head. They are in near-new condition, too. Oh Happy Me! Found these at my favorite Goodwill for $12.

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What great finds have you scored lately? I’d love to hear about it in the Leave a Reply/Comments section.

Find of the (Almost Every) Week…Theory & Laundry!

It’s time for Find of the (Almost Every) Week! It’s a two-fer this week featuring a perfect black dress from Laundry by Sheli Seagal And a cute wool color-block sweater from Theory, both shown here on my mannequin Tallulah…

I love this Laundry Dress. Comfortable and flattering, can be dressed up or down, and it’s in perfect condition. Retail about $225, Goodwill $8.99.

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And this darling color-block wool sweater by Theory, retail $195, Goodwill $3.99. I love it! I’ve already worn it twice. Totally my colors.

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What did you find at your favorite thrift store this week? I’d love to hear about it in the Leave a Reply/Comments section.

Ode to Chanel DIY Camelia Necklace with Polymer Clay

I love Chanel. The first thing I’d buy if I won the lottery is a big fat Chanel handbag. And some Chanel shoes. And belts, and scarves, and jewelry…ok, you get the idea. So in the meantime, I’ve created this Chanel-esque camellia necklace from painted polymer clay (Super Sculpy) and a vintage faux pearl necklace.

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I sculpted the camellias out of polymer clay. I promise they are easier to make than you think. (See the how-to’s on that process HERE) Before baking, I pressed the pin-back into the clay so there would be a solid indented spot on the back to glue it into once it cooled. Though I am showing it here as a necklace, I put pin-backs on all three camellias so I could also where them on jackets, hats, scarves, wherever I need a little touch of Coco 😉 I chose to paint them black, but you could pick any color you like. They are painted in black acrylic paint and coated in a semi-gloss clear coat.

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I used a faux pearl necklace I had gathering dust in my jewelry box. I made a little loop in it by simply twisting a little wire on. I could have left the necklace as is too, I just like the way this looks.

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Here is what the backs look like. A bit messy I know, but no one will see the back but you. (You could certainly finish off the backs if you wanted.)

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Just place the pins where you want them and voila! Use your neat old vintage pins on pearls like this and you’ll have a unique statement necklace instantly!

I love how this turned out. Ideally, I’d wear it with multiple strands of pearls like Miss Coco herself.

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Find of the (Almost Every) Week…Diane Von Furstenberg! (& Dr. Seuss!)

Find of the (Almost Every) Week!

It was a great week at my favorite Goodwill. I found several delightful goodies, including an adorable Diane Von Furstenberg dress for $6.99. It is in perfect condition, but alas, it is too small for me 😦 I am selling it on Ebay to help fund my future thrifting adventures (see it here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/121264480095?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 )

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I also found some great goodies for art projects,  a couple cute black tops by Velvet ($2.99 each) and this adorable set of vintage Dr. Seuss nesting blocks ($12.99). I have a thing for Dr Seuss, and I just love these.

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