My favorite places to buy: flea markets, garage sales, goodwill, salvation army, basically any local thrift store

My go-to places to sell: eBay, Crossroads, Buffalo Exchange

If you’re allergic like myself, wear a mask or take some allergy medicine to minimize allergic reaction.

If you are okay with the idea of second hand items but cannot withstand the mess of thrift stores, I suggest eBay or Etsy for easier shopping.

 

miller group for goodwill

Have you grabbed your shopping cart? Let’s jump into how you can thrift like a pro.

1. Look through everything. It’s easy to think that you are looking at a pile of useless clothes but thrift stores have something for everyone. It does take some patience and a positive mindset. I even look through kid’s section because I’m petite enough to fit boys’ clothing. I also look through men’s for oversized boyfriend shirts, bomber jackets, or fun t-shirts that I can turn into crop tops.

2. D.I.Y.! (short for Do It Yourself) Don’t be scared to experiment. Most garments are so inexpensive that you can cut up the fabrics to turn them into something more wearable without worrying too much. Check out Thrift Tips: Quick Alterations (No Sewing!) video by the famous Clothesencounters to see how easily you can convert thrift finds into your own.

3. Don’t be fooled by the designer tag. I’ve found a $20 Dior blazer that was out of style, did not purchase. I’ve found a $10 Chanel silk blouse that was way too huge, did not purchase. If you don’t see yourself wearing it, don’t buy. Check for the material, rather than the brand name. Some fabric facts:

  • cashmere/wool/angora blend is guaranteed to be warm. The higher the percentage, the warmer the garment.
  • cotton/rayon/linen is breathable. Choose these fabrics over synthetic materials such as polyester or acrylic.
  • silk/cupra/modal feels luxurious on the skin. They fool you and say dry clean only, but they can be gently hand washed at home using some shampoo and conditioner

4. Check for any damage such as holes, snags or stains. If the damage is something you can easily fix at home, mention it at the register and you will most likely get a sweet discount. Once you’ve found some good stuff, you’re gonna want to clean them well. For your reference: How To Take Good Care of Hard-to-Care Fabrics

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jelly shoes fashion trend

It’s sandals season! And whether you like it or not, the clear PVC shoes from the 80s (and 90s), also known as Jelly shoes, are BACK in trend. Not only are they great alternatives to sacrificing animals, they are odorproof, waterproof, long lasting and 100% recyclable. I never saw myself owning a pair, until I worked for American Apparel and was expected to wear shoes sold in the store. I couldn’t help but risk a pair of JuJu Babe sandals by JuJu Jellies because they were weird, but in a good way- quirky, kinky, unique, and versatile, everything I need in a pair of shoes. They are surprisingly comfortable because the stacked heel is firm and supportive while the top part if soft and flexible. Now I became a fan and own them in two different colors, silver glitter and black. JuJu sells shoes only through other online retailers so if you wanted to get yourself a pair, you can do so through one of the JuJu stockists including ASOS, Topshop, Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, etc.

Here’s how you can rock your jellies this summer:

 

 

1. Beach-ready

Taking advantage of the fact that jellies are totally waterproof, keep your feet protected and stay cute at a pool party, at the beach, whatever the occasion may be.
If you haven’t already, check out Beach Essentials! 3 Outfits feat. JuJu Babe Jellies to see how I incorporate jellies into my beach outfits.

 

 

2. Show off your cute socks

For all my socks/tights lovers, you have all the right reasons to show them off!

jelly shoes with cute socks

 

juju babe with cute socks

 

 

juju babe with cute socks

<image courtesy: tumblr & official JuJu website>

 

 

 

3. Amp up your everyday outfit.

Honestly, there isn’t much secret to styling jelly shoes, there is no need to stress. Just throw them on to complete your everyday outfit and your look will be instantly more interesting. I get a lot of stares and comments when I wear my jellies, and obviously they are not everyone’s cup of tea. Fashion is fun, not to be taken seriously. So who cares? Dare to wear them and be proud- you are wearing shoes that are 100% recyclable, animal cruelty free, and vintage!

For some inspirations, check out how bloggers on Lookbook style their jellies:

 

lookbook juju jellies
<photo courtesy: Amy Valentine>



lookbook juju jellies
<photo courtesy: Emma Istvanffy>



lookbook juju jellies
<photo courtesy: Joellen Lu>

Can you feel the heat? Summer is right around the corner! I thought I would share some of my beach essentials. Enjoy:)

 

 

victoria's secret bikini

monokini Victoria’s Secret, fedora Santa Cruz hatshop, shades Unknown, JuJu Babe jelly shoes JuJu, contour brush no.17 Sonia Kashuk, illuminator in laguna Nars, bronzing powder in laguna Nars, tan in a pan palette pop beauty, waterproof crayon liner in gold Sephora, liquid eye liner in blackest black Milani, Just Bitten lipstain in Dawn Revlon
 
 
 
 

victoria's secret bikini

bikini Victoria’s Secret, sheer tank Betsey Johnson, instant print digital camera Polaroid, Flower by Kenzo, pure & free baby sunblock stick Neutrogena, multiple in Anguilla NARS, highbeam Benefit, everlasting liquid lipstick in outlaw Kat Von D, lipliner pencil in Hot Red NYX, waterproof stiletto mascara Maybelline
 
 
 
 

michael kors bikini

bikini Michael Kors, denim shorts Levi’s, JuJu Babe jelly shoes JuJu(altered), wet skin beach & pool sunscreen spray Neutrogena, argan oil of morocco body lotion & body oil organix,  airbrush finish bamboo foundation brush tarte, truematch concealer stick L’oreal, lipbalm Chapstick

When I made a trip to LA with my sister, she suggested that we check out the American Apparel Factory Flea Market located at 747 Warehouse St. I probably have more than enough clothes from AA because I used to work there but I said, sure why not?!

This is what the factory looks like, with a HUGE parking lot so you won’t have to worry about parking. They have both factory boutique, typical AA store with full retail priced items, and factory flea market, where you will get some great discount.

Their items are significantly cheaper than the retail price, but be aware that the majority of merchandise sold here have factory defects (pen marks, stains, wrong cut, off size, off color, etc). Don’t get me wrong though, you can find normal items if you search well and if you are lucky. Kudos to AA for selling these at a cheaper price rather than wasting them.

If you are looking to buy AA products for cheaper but without the defects, try visiting an outlet store if there is one near you. At outlet stores, they sell normal merchandise that weren’t necessarily the ‘popular’ style at a cheaper price.

american apparel factory la

american apparel factory boutique and flea market la

american apparel factory flea market la

 

 

First impression: this place is HUGE! The flea market has pretty much everything you can buy from AA, from accessories to basics to hoodies. You can find hoodie of any color and t-shirt of any color(for both men and women).

american apparel factory flea market la

american apparel factory hosiery

american apparel tshirts

american apparel hats and vintage sunglasses

american apparel denim shirts

 

american apparel hoodies

 

So is it worth making the trip here? In my opinion, Yes.

In addition to having every style made by the brand, I was impressed that they carried a lot of new styles here. You can definitely steal some disco pants or riding pants for $50, which is a lot more affordable than what they originally cost.

I bought two basic black leggings, which both had grey pen marks on. The markings weren’t very noticeable and I wasn’t bothered by them too much so I got them anyway. I came home, washed them and now the markings are almost gone. So it was well worth it.

american apparel factory flea market la

As explained in 4 Reasons Why You Should Thrift , thrifting is awesome, it should become a hype that never dies. In this post I want to share how I style my favorite thrifted items of all time depending on the look I’m going for. I will be listing all items, plus the price for second-hand pieces so you can see that you don’t need to hurt your bank account to stay in trend. I really hope this post will serve as a reason for some of you to check out thrift stores!

 

Casual:

obey hat, converse, american apparel fanny pack, cheap monday jeans

snapback Obey, $5
raglan shirt Arizona Jean Co., $1
fanny pack AA
dark indigo jeans Cheap Monday, $10
platform high tops Converse

 

 

Street smart:

camo jacket, nike shirt, timberlands, levi's shorts

camo jacket by the U.S. Army (sleeves rolled up, name tag removed), $8
shirt Nike (men’s shirt, D.I.Y. sleeveless crop top), $4
high waisted denim shorts Levi’s, $10
vintage nubuck boots Nine West, $49
chain cuff H&M

 

 

Chic:

ellen tracy blazer, banana republic shirt, american apparel skirt, jeffrey campbell

shades unknown
navy oversize cropped biker blazer Ellen Tracy, $8
shirt Banana Republic, 50¢ (originally $2, went in on a half off everything day. additional half off for a easily removable stain)
houndstooth skirt AA
earrings Anne Klein, $4
gold bow Madewell
watch Swatch x Jeremy Scott, $60
black ankle strap pumps Jeffrey Campbell

 

 

Romantic:

maxi dress, bcbg leather jacket, dior shoes

maxi dress Espresso. $3
moto leather jacket BCBGMAXAZRIA
ankle strap pumps Dior, $200
necklace H&M
crystal earrings Zara

 

 

Sophisticated:

kate spade purse, american apparel disco shorts, pour la victoire pumps

silk top Barrie Pace, $2
disco shorts AA
pearl earrings Anne Klein, $6
chain purse Kate Spade
watch Anne Klein, $6
chain bracelet unknown, (handmade item from Korea)
ankle strap pumps Pour La Victoire

 

 

Carefree:

h&m bustier, thrifted cardigan, levi's shorts, doc martens

bustier H&M
lilac cardigan unknown, $5
black high-waisted denim shorts Levi’s, $10
mock garter tights House of Holland x Pretty Polly
knee high socks AA
boots Doc Martens, $60 (broken in, made in England)

 

 

Attitude:

fendi vest, stylenanda earrings, H&M necklace, uniqlo cardigan, american apparel leather shorts

vest Fendi, $15
leather shorts AA
cardigan Uniqlo, $3.50
leather strap sandals Report
fringe earrings Stylenanda
chain choker H&M
 

 

If you want to learn how to properly clean your clothes without damaging them, check out my previous post: How to Take Good Care of your Hard-to-Care Fabrics at Home