It’s “Tailored Tuesday” and today I’m excited to highlight Kelsey. Kelsey and I were Apparel Merchandising, Design, and Production majors at Iowa State University. Kelsey started Closets Collide when we were in undergrad. Closets Collide is an ever-growing clothing swap organization that’s positively affected over 1,000 families and students. I’m thankful that we were able to do many group projects together as Kelsey is amazingly organized and was always a blessing to work with in group projects. I’m thrilled that we are able to collaborate again today! You should also check out her blog. I’ve always known that I’d remain in contact with Kelsey after graduation because she thankfully has family in my little hometown in Iowa! So thank you again Kelsey for guest posting today!
What an honor it is to do a guest post with Allison! I so enjoyed working with her during our college days at Iowa State. I admire Allison for her drive to go above and beyond in whatever her endeavor may be – she is the type of person that positively affects everyone around her. So, when she asked me to do a guest post – I was thrilled!
Speaking of endeavors, for “Tailored Tuesday’s” I’d like to talk a little about my newest style adventure. After departing my recent marketing position, I became a merchandiser for Chloe + Isabel jewelry to keep myself motivated during my current job search and get active again in my “passion for fashion”. (Yes, I said it!) I was drawn to Chloe + Isabel’s innovative mission: to revolutionize direct sales in a social retail environment. By utilizing Facebook, Twitter, Polyvore, and Instagram I market my business in a very real-life way that isn’t at all the 1950’s ‘Tupperware party’ setting.
One of my favorite things is styling Chloe and Isabel jewelry with items I already have in my wardrobe, an easy way to keep things current with fall trends without having to make a new purchase. One of my favorite ensembles is a mint-colored blouse I found at Target this summer with Banana Republic skinny denim and Frye boots. My Frye boots are in their second year and I absolutely love them- a great investment in a staple piece. I added gold tones with the Rutilated Quartz Drop Earrings and to add the hot Mykanos Blue and Emerald colors for fall I used the Le Rococo Stackable Rings.
Consignment shopping. Isn’t it the best? You can get designer wardrobe items for a fraction of the cost- plus you shop ‘greener’ by buying used (or wholesale items that might end up in a landfill) and not brand new. Oh, and you can sell pieces in your closet to get store credit or cash. A-mazing! One of my favorite consignment shops is Miss Meyers in Ames, Iowa where Allison and I attended Iowa State. After I moved to Silicon Valley with my husband, I was on the hunt for my new consignment shop. After attending a Polyvore Meetup shopping excursion at Crossroads Trading Co. I finally found my Silicon Valley shopping haven!
One of my favorite finds was an Isabella Sinclair (Anthropologie) silk blouse that would retail for over $75, however, I got it for just $23! There is something about the search for the perfect piece to add to my wardrobe that I enjoy. Searching through rack upon rack of clothing with an almost unsaid friendly competition with the shopper on either side of you to grab that Leifdottir or Ralph Lauren top before the other. I love it.
I styled the Isabella Sinclair wrap blouse with a basic Chloe and Isabel teardrop earring and a Michael Kors crossbody bag. (Which I found at Marshall’s!)
It’s been fun to recount my discount finds with A God Fashioned Life on your Tailored Tuesday’s, Allison!