Tastefully Trendy

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Vacation Shopping!

One of my friends asked me last week if I’d help her find some clothes for her trip to the beach in August.  I was, of course, more than happy to oblige.

My friend had a couple specific things in mind, so I went to work.  Let me preface this by saying, if you want something specific in a designated amount of time, it is harder to find good bargains.  Most of my clothes have been obtained by just happening upon them; not by going out with a specific item in mind.

For the first outfit, she was looking for a sequin skirt in a tribal/Aztec print to wear with a simple tank and sandals.  I’ve seen these skirts a lot, but finding them online was a little trickier than I expected.  I did manage to find a few, though – the skirts on the left are all sequined; the one on the right is the print my friend wanted; just without the bling.

C's skirts

For the second outfit, my friend wanted some shorts – either lace or patterned, and preferably in blue or orange.  Well, shorts are much easier to find, and I was able to come up with quite a few choices I think she’ll like.

C's shorts

On the left are some patterned options (including one sequined Aztec print short), and the right are the lacy-options.  I realize it’s not the prettiest picture ever – cropping out models’ hands makes shorts look weird.  But, you at least get the point.

All of these items are for purchase  – just click the small pictures below each outfit.  And the shorts/skirts all come from some of my favorite stores for (fairly) reasonably-priced trendy clothes:  Dress Up (a Georgia boutique), Altar’d State (a faith-based store that gives back to the community with every purchase); Fiore (a sorority girl boutique), and Francesca’s (where my haul the other day was from).  If you’re looking for something specific and on a leaner budget, I would also recommend checking out Thread Up – it’s an online thrift store with a lot of cute clothes, a very user-friendly interface, and very affordable prices.

Also, I always feel compelled to say that I don’t really enjoy online shopping.  It takes the fun out of it for me really, plus sizing is hard.  But, if you hate malls, don’t have time to go to drive around shopping, or aren’t scared about possibly having to return something, it’s helpful.

And, if you need help shopping, I’m always happy to hassist!  At some point, I will have to start charging, but until then, let me use you as a guinea pig and we can find some great clothes together!  Happy Monday, everyone!

How to succeed at Christmas without even trying

We interrupt this (ir)regularly scheduled program to bring you a public service announcement:

I’m here to help you win Christmas!

Over my years of working in retail/blogging about fashion/knowing men, I have heard so often a sad, resounding theme, “It doesn’t matter what I buy; she’s just going to take it back anyway.”  And every time I hear it uttered, it is with such discouragement and total defeat that my heart breaks a little for the poor guy who has tried so hard!

So, I want to help.  There are only 20 shopping days left til Christmas – fewer if you shop online – but that’s more than enough time to get a gift she’ll really love.

Before I explain how we can do this together, let me explain who I think might benefit most:

  • Anyone who is tired of hearing “it’s the thought that counts” as they hand over the receipt
  • Anyone who feels completely out of his element shopping for a picky wife/girlfriend/mom/sister/other female relative
  • Anyone who hates malls – especially at Christmas time
  • Anyone who is just really busy right now (or really lazy – no judgment)
  • Anyone with a holiday party or other special event (interview, big date, wedding, etc.) coming up that doesn’t know what to wear

Notice, I said “anyone” – feeling lost at gift giving and shopping is a challenge that affects both sexes (although men seem to complain about it more).

So, how do we overcome this challenge?  It’s really easy – let me shop for you!  You give me a few details about who you are shopping for (I’ve got a survey all drawn up); what you are looking for (a full outfit, a nice sweater, jewelry), and your budget, and I’ll give you three choices on what to buy, so that you can still say you picked it out! (Don’t worry – they will all be approved by me, so you can rest assured there is no “wrong one” to pick).

I’ll then send you the ordering information, the guaranteed delivery by Christmas date, and return information…just in case.  All you have to do is place the order and then wrap. Preferably not like this, my dad’s wrapping one year:

FB_IMG_1415764797406The best part is, I’ll do it for free!  All I ask is that after she opens her new favorite gift on Christmas you write a review for me, ideally with pictures, so that one day I can charge money for this service.

So what do you think – have we got a deal?

To get started, or if you have any questions, please email me at tastefullytrendyATgmail.  Of course, if you know me in real life, you can always send me a text or fb message.  Looking forward to working with you!

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