Golden Globes Favorites

Hollywood royalty were in full glam tonight on the red carpet.  Here are our Golden Globes favorites.  There were several fashion fails from a few of our favorite fashionistas, but we decided not to mention them because we know that they will redeem themselves at the next star-studded spectacular.

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Did you have a favorite look of the evening?  If so, please Tweet us your top 5!

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Tis The Season | Vintage Inspired Festive Sweaters

Tis The Season in one of our vintage inspired festive sweaters!  Your upcoming holiday soirées will never be the same once you purchase one of our carefully curated fun finds. Our holiday inspired sweaters have classic vintage patterns, including pearl embellishments, festive snowmen, jolly Santas and more!

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Only a few remain, contact us for sizing, pricing and invoicing.  Sizes range from small to extra large.

Holidays Style Mavens!

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Tuesday Morning Slay – Solange

Solange is the new face of Michael Kors’ street style campaign The Walk.  The R&B songstress stars as the leading lady which was shot by photographer Tommy Ton around New York City.  The Walk, places emphasis on individual style and is the first of what shall be an ongoing series. We are totally here for this Tuesday Morning Slay and Solange owns these Fall inspired looks effortlessly.

Love this look.  Solange rocks a faux fur green jacket over a matching neck tie blouse paired with black leather pants and white platform oxfords.

Watch Solange style three outfits from the designer’s fall collection in a new campaign video.

Fans who want to join the campaign can share images using the #SidewalkSpotted hashtag for a chance to be featured on The Walk.

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Photos: Solange’s IG/MK’s IG

End of Summer Fun: Brooklyn Flea & AfroPunk

We took a mental break over the weekend for a little end of the summer fun at the Brooklyn Flea & AfroPunk in Brooklyn!  I spent a few hours at the Brooklyn Flea on Sunday and scored so many fabulous finds.  The flea market is held every Sunday in Dumbo and features quality vendors of furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles and antiques.  A few of my favorite vintage vendors who exhibit at the Manhattan Vintage Show exhibit at the Sunday Flea Market as well.  One in particular, had the most amazing vintage wide leg pantsuit that I scored for $40.  The pantsuit reminds me of something Willona Woods would have rocked on Good Times, yaaaas!

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The highlight of my NYC solo weekend trip was finding these three vintage albums at the Brooklyn Flea. Jazz music, in particular John Coltrane soothes the soul.  Thrifting and vintage shopping in New York is our favorite pastime, and we are currently finalizing the logistics for the Modage Style Holiday Inspired Fashion Bus Tour right before Christmas!

While in Brooklyn, I was able to reserve the most immaculate brownstone compliments of Airbnb and my hostess Ms. Verna was the absolute best.

Prior to stopping by AfroPunk, I visited SoCo in Brooklyn for a quick bite and the food was delicious.  I opted for the Clinton Hill Omelette with White Cheddar Grits and a Hibiscus Margarita.  The vibe was chill, the music was amazing and the service was stellar.

This was my first Afro Punk experience and I definitely plan to return next year.  The personal style was truly on another level.

Fun times with my sister-in-fashion Selina Howard of Vainglorious Brides.

My entire look was snagged while resale shopping (except my sandals).

I adore my custom Ankh and Cowrie Shell rings by Enoch The Jeweler of Those Brothers Jewelry at AfroPunk.

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Such an epic weekend and Janelle Monáe had the crowd groovin’.  This was the perfect end of summer fun and Brooklyn was such a great host.

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Fall Inspired Booties

Raise your hand if you are ready for booties season? Every girl should own a staple pair (or two) for Fall.  We are currently obsessing over these Fall inspired booties spotted at Neiman Marcus.  These are the perfect ankle booties to add a little pizzazz to your Fall wardrobe and for every season.

For Work

Joie Ciera Suede Tassel Bootie, Graphite $348.00

For Play

Chloe Bead-Fringe Suede Ankle Boot, Black/Mix $1,790.00

For Date Night

Christian Louboutin Miss Circus Peep-Toe 120mm Red Sole Bootie, Black/Mekong $1,995.00

For Coffee Runs

Alexander Wang Kori Studded Leather Lift-Heel Bootie, Black $695.00

Just Because 

Valentino Fusion Lace Pointed-Toe Bootie, Nero/Carne $1,445.00

Do you have your checklist ready? We are thinking cozy oversized sweaters, textured tights, pumpkin spiced everything, and an arsenal of ankle boots to wear every single day to add a touch of refined sophistication.

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What We Scored | National Thrift Shop Day‬

As a follow up to our previous post, we promised to update you on what we scored on National Thrift Shop Day.  Yesterday, while visiting Value Thrift Store located in Bladensburg, Maryland, we snagged these brand new Frye boots which have a retail value of $280.  Of course, we purchased them for a whopping $25!!

Prior to purchasing and scouring the racks for additional gently worn goodies, we did a little internet research and discovered that these leather beauties are called Frye Veronica Slouch. They fit and look amazing paired with skinny jeans or a skirt with a fitted vintage tee and motorcycle jacket.  Let us count the ways in which we intend to style these cuties during the cooler months.

Bound to become an indispensable part of our signature style, they look like a rugged yet chic pair of boots that were destined to join our style armoire.  These boots are made very well and the leather looks and feels like butter. Frye’s 150-year-old heritage of quality leatherwork is evident in every detail.

Hurry up Fall 💛💛💛

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National Thrift Shop Day

We are extremely excited that tomorrow is National Thrift Shop Day!  National Thrift Shop Day is celebrated throughout the United States and takes place on August 17, 2016 this year.  Many of our favorite resale shops will offer special discounts and incentives, such as Savers and Goodwill.

In celebration of National Thrift Store Day, here are a few helpful tips that will enhance your resale shopping experience:

  1. Wear your resale uniform: Black leggings, black top and comfy shoes.  Think of the infamous all black outfit Audrey Hepburn rocked that screamed “effortless style.”  Another option is a fitted top and skirt that can be removed with ease.  This will allow you to play dress up without getting fully undressed.  The dressing rooms during discount days and events can be very busy, so you want to be prepared.  Also, leave your big totes at home and bring either a crossbody bag or backpack to free up your hands while scouring the racks.

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  1. Building your Fall/Winter wardrobe should be fun because you are basically purchasing items for a fraction of the original price {that alone is winning, so no stressing}! Make a fashionable transition with ease by having a sound vision {a.k.a. resale wish list}, a set budget, and patience.  Create a mood board (see below) or jot down a few “must have” items that are required for the upcoming fashion season.  Remember to shop with a purpose and only purchase what you need.
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Here’s our Summer Resale Wish List. Feel free to share yours with us at @MODAGE_Style on Twitter.

  1. Be on the lookout for Fall/Winter finds that can enhance your wardrobe. Don’t be afraid to experiment with color, patterns and various textures that you normally wouldn’t entertain.  For example, now is the time to find stylish blazer and one-of-a-kind leather vintage coats. Trust me, we have been snagging them weekly.  Pictures forthcoming. Waiting for the weather to turn frigid to begin resale shopping for these items can be stressful.  We encourage you to shop now while others are not thinking about it. (Thank us later).
  1. Visit very early in the morning to ensure that you snag the most stylish finds. Avoid peak hours which usually are between 2PM and 6PM.  Also, if you have little ones, try to find a sitter so that you can really focus without any interruptions.
  1. Try on each item of clothing, including shoes and accessories. Inspect each item carefully for imperfections that will require alterations or repairs.  If you are purchasing household items, please make sure to request assistance with finding an electrical outlet to test out the appliances/hardware.  Yes, they will provide you with a light-bulb to test out the vintage lamps.

We hope that you benefit from all the specials at your favorite Thrift Shops and don’t forget to use the hashtags #NationalThriftShopDay and #MODAGEStyle when posting your frugal finds on social media.

We’ll share ours with you on Friday in our Friday Five With MODAGE Style segment.

Enjoy!

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DC Goodwill Summer Trunk Show

Goodwill of Greater Washington will be celebrating the summer with a major trunk show at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery. The DC Goodwill Summer Trunk Show will operate from 11AM – 7PM on Thursday, August 25 and Friday, August 26. We had the pleasure of pulling fabulous resale pieces for sale for this event and we are beyond ecstatic! If you are available and in the area, feel free to secure your ticket here.

Goodwill DC has also decided to feature DIY items that have been transformed through Tim Kime’s workshops where many of them came from Goodwill (how freaking cool)! The exhibit is called The Art of Transformation Exhibit: Transformed, Upcycled, Functional Works of Art and the deets are listed below:

Tuesday-Friday, August 16 – August 19, 2016 12PM to 4PM
Saturday, August 20, 2016, 8AM-1PM
Pepco Edison Place Gallery
702 8th St NW Washington, DC 20068

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I have been shopping at Goodwill for over twenty five years (before it was cool to say that you were a certified resale shopper).  Resale shopping is my therapy and I always walk away with new to you finds that spark conversations.  I like that I have the ability to create individual looks that screams freedom of expression.  It is all about having fun with fashion, especially while thrift store shopping!  I am a firm believer that you do not have to break the bank to look great. When traveling, it’s imperative that I schedule time to visit a Goodwill retail location in hopes of finding fabulous items to bring back with me in my suitcase.

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Resale shopping in Atlanta.

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Most recently, I snagged a silk Christian Dior polka dot print skirt while in Virginia and a vintage Diane von Furstenberg dress and Jimmy Choo sandals while resale shopping in Maryland.

High End Goodwill Finds

The items that I curated for Goodwill’s upcoming Popup Shop would be ideal for Sunday brunch and would be considered appropriate for the office as well.  It’s all about modern essentials that can be styled in unconventional ways, while infusing a splash of edge into the mix.  We also pulled a few pieces for those who appreciate a simplistic approach to style which involves all casual wear that can be put together in no time.

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Love This Blazer – Curated Find For The DC Goodwill Summer Trunk Show

While visiting the DC Goodwill Headquarters, we were able to snag a few rebellious pieces that will turn heads and have people thinking you’re not from here, nor were these pieces snagged while resale shopping.

Vintage Love – Curated Finds For The DC Goodwill Summer Trunk Show

We look forward to seeing you at the DC Goodwill Summer Trunk Show next week and hope that you appreciate our curated finds!

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Vintage Vibes | Cicely Tyson

Vintage Vibes | Cicely Tyson

We’ve always been a huge fan of Oscar-nominated Cicely Tyson and her fearless style. Her confidence, poise and fashion choices throughout the years has always caught our eye.  Ms. Tyson is a living legend and known for her groundbreaking portrayals in film, TV, and theater, which spans over six decades.  She was the first black woman to wear cornrows on national television, and she refused to compromise her personal style and natural boldness in the 60’s and 70’s.

Here are a few our favorite vintage vibe looks that Ms. Tyson slayed back in the day.

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“I saw that I could not afford the luxury of just being an actress. So I made a choice to use my career as a platform to address the issues of the race I was born into.”  Cicely Tyson

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  May you banish all your fears, doubts and worries as you make room for dreams, aspirations and joys. You have the strength to rewrite the story of your life the way you want it to be.  Let’s raise a toast to a Happy 2016 Style Mavens!

Happy New YearNew is the year, new are the hopes, new is the resolution, new are the spirits, and new are our warm wishes just for you and your family.  We pray that you have a prosperous, blissful, healthy, and stylish 2016!

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