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Thrifty

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“Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to go shopping.”

Bo Derek”

Loving expensive labels can be a real challenge for anyone with limited funds. I am one of these people but am also a HUGE fan of buying luxury goods that are ‘pre-owned’ or ‘pre-loved’. You do not have to go out to an actual thrift store and rummage through thousands of items to find a few gems, now there are online sites and some of the best thrift stores even have their own websites. From handbags to wedding dresses you can find the most   desired items from 50 to 90% off the original retail price. I included only EXAMPLES of the luxury goods you can find on these sites, most of it goes very fast but they change everyday so please check the actual webpage for the most up-to-date items. Here are my picks, Enjoy.

-kel

Yoogi’s Closet, http://www.yoogiscloset.com/

Manolo Blahnik, $150.00

Gucci, $195.00

No joke, I bought my Manolo Blahnik Mary Janes in decent condition here for 150.00! I mean, what else can I say about that? They offer a fantastic selection of Chanel, Gucci and Burberry and have a 100% authentic guarantee on all their luxury items, 30-day hassle free return policy and you can gift wrap anything you buy. You can also sell any of your personal, luxury items, here it the link: http://www.yoogiscloset.com/how-to-sell-something . Do not forget about their accessories and jewelry, they have a decent variety for all budgets.

 

Portero, http://www.portero.com/

Louis Vuitton, $310.00

Tiffany and Co., $155.00

Burberry, $150.00

I love this site for their vintage goods: http://www.portero.com/shop-by-category/vintage.html. They have a whole selection of classic, vintage bags and watches some of which are 50% off. Check out the silk scarves, a lot of Burberry.

 *Tradesy, http://www.tradesy.com/

My personal bag(s) from Tradesy

Christian Dior, $150.00 & Escada, $50.00

Christian Louboutin, $349.00

J.Crew, $47.00

Tradesy is a site that offers a little something for everyone. You can input your name and email for extra savings but their prices are great without the extra information. Offering brands like Coach, Free People, J.Crew, H&M and Cole Haan and they have handbags, accessories, clothing and even wedding dresses for every budget. Tradesy includes a section for maternity wear and plus sizes, good fashion comes in all shapes and sizes! I actually just bought two Dior and one Escada bags from there (see above for two of my purchases) and will continue to use Tradesy.

FASHIONPHILE, http://www.fashionphile.com/

Hermes, $495.00

Prada, $295.00

David Yurman, $545.00

Not only can you buy great jewelry on this site (David Yuman, Hermes, Van Cleef & Arpels) you can also sell any luxury handbag you have on this site as well. Here is the link to sell a bag: https://www.fashionphile.com/sell-your-bag Its nice to use to site like this versus one like Ebay, it is a more direct audience to what you are selling.

 PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com

http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com/

Vera Wang, $425.00

Monique Lhuillier, $1,500.00

Amsale, $520.00

 Very few of us have $9,000 to spend on a wedding dress, this site makes it happen for a cut of that price. Wedding dresses are only worn once for the most part so why not make someone’s special purchase your own for ‘designer cheap’? This is a great site that includes designers like Monique Lhuillier, Reem Acra, Amsale and Vera Wang. Amazing.

Housing Works, http://shop.housingworks.org/

My own skirt bought in 2012 from Housing Works on the Upper West Side, NYC, Banana Republic, $25.00

By far, my favorite thrift store(s) in New York City. I have bought many items here and like all thrift shops, it wasn’t the perfect fit so all I did was take it to a TRUSTED tailor to create the size I needed. You can find clothing, shoes, accessories and antiques on the Housing Works website, for auction. Prices start very low so take a look, you don’t have to live in Manhattan to shop at them.

BAG BORROW OR STEAL, http://www.bagborroworsteal.com/

Tory Burch, $100.00 a month to rent

Jimmy Choo, $170.00 to buy

I first heard of this site from ‘Sex and the City’, the movie. Jennifer Hudson, (Carrie Bradshaw’s assistant) explained that this web page was how she “rented” her purse that Carrie was admiring. That movie made “leasing” popular and I believe BAG BORROW OR STEAL is easy and risk free to your budget. A genius concept allowing anyone to rent a luxury item one month at a time.

*My personal favorite

Mixing Patterns, Men and Women

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“I don’t consider my own clothing to be outrageous… The truth is that people just don’t have the same references that I do. To me it’s very beautiful and it’s art, and to them it’s outrageous and crazy” – Lady Gaga

In the past people followed fashion rules or guidelines but like everything, style has evolved and a common trend popping up is the mixture of patterns that would not normally ever been paired in the same outfit. This is a great technique if you are in need of an update to your clothing but do not have the budget to buy a bunch of new pieces. I stick with one rule when mixing and matching, keep the colors alike if you are going to clash the pattern. Keeping the same palate is appealing to the eye and will make your outfit look put together instead of a ‘hot mess’. Here are a few examples for women and men mixing and matching clothing. Enjoy, -Kelly

Stripes and Floral are a common mix, keeping the red in both patterns matching makes this outfit pop.

Another example, the gray in both pants and shirt make this one.

Different patterns of floral with the same pink color.

The black and white color combination is perfect for this spring look. 

Great every figure!

Mixing of different sized polka dots with layering. I think this is the easiest one to try and experiment with.

A scarf is a great way to start mixing patterns. Its a piece that can be used for a pop of color and pattern

I love this look, a touch of dalmatian spot and a bold colorful stripe.

A Perfect work outfit.

With men it’s a subtle mix. This jacket is the perfect way to start for men, a piece that can be removed.

A good reference for trying to mix stripe on stripe for work- shirts and ties.

This look is for the bold dresser, ambitious for any guy.

Staying in classic colors that match work the best.

Love the polka dot shirt and a plaid tie. Good for casual or work.


On A Budget

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“It’s a new era in fashion – there are no rules. It’s all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together.”

— Alexander McQueen

I decided to do a challenge, find a few pieces to add a little life into a Spring wardrobe, each item being under $50.00. I used only 6 stores: Old Navy, H&M, Gap, Kohls, Target, Forever 21 and American Apparel for this task. These are my picks for a mom, career lady or just the every day fashionable woman on a budget. Enjoy!

-Kel


Tops

H&M, Fine-knit Sweater, $17.95, http://www.hm.com/us/product/25403?article=25403-D

Forever 21, Tie-Dye Zippered Top, $19.80

http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=top_blouses&ProductID=2000070621&VariantID=

Old Navy, Women’s Tie-Front Blouse, $29.94

http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=79755&vid=1&pid=968252012

Tees

Gap, Essential heathered V-neck T, $22.95,

http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=8793&vid=1&pid=941508062

Target, Women’s Short Sleeve Tiered Top, $12.99

http://www.target.com/p/cherokee-women-s-short-sleeve-tiered-top-assorted-colors/-/A-15100268#prodSlot=large_1_28

H&M, Lace Top, $14.95

http://www.hm.com/us/product/22966?article=22966-C

Blazer & Cardigan

Target, Women’s Ponte Collarless Jacket, $29.99

http://www.target.com/p/merona-women-s-ponte-collarless-jacket-assorted-colors/-/A-15061439#prodSlot=large_1_6

Forever 21, Free Spirit Kimono, $19.80

http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=whatsnew_app&ProductID=2000126374&VariantID=

H&M, Loose-fit Pants, $29.95, http://www.hm.com/us/product/23106?article=23106-C

Forever 21, Everyday Skinny Jeans, $7.80

http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=whatsnew_app&ProductID=2000105849&VariantID=


Old Navy, Women’s The Pixie Skinny-Ankle Pants, $34.94

http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=86370&vid=1&pid=525427222

Leggings

Kohls, LC Lauren Conrad, Lace Leggings, $20.00

http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1473406/lc-lauren-conrad-lace-leggings.jsp

Skirts

H&M, Pencil Skirt, $34.95

http://www.hm.com/us/product/24682?article=24682-B

American Apparel, Stripe Full Woven Skirt, $38.00

http://store.americanapparel.net/stripe-full-woven-skirt_rsa0310s

Romper


Forever 21, Surplice Lace Romper, $24.80

http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=whatsnew_app&ProductID=2000063500&VariantID=

Dresses

Target, Mossimo Womens Sleeveless Dress, $29.99

http://www.target.com/p/mossimo-womens-sleeveless-dress-assorted-colors/-/A-15060388#prodSlot=large_1_9

H&M, Maxi Dress, $17.95

http://www.hm.com/us/product/10279?article=10279-F#article=10279-A

American Apparel, Fine Jersey T Dress, $27.00

http://store.americanapparel.net/fine-jersey-t-dress_2386

Shoes

Old Navy, Women’s Denim Pointed Ballet Flats, $22.94

http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=83866&vid=1&pid=939659002

DSW, Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Leopard Print Sneaker, $49.95

http://www.dsw.com/shoe/converse+chuck+taylor+all+star+leopard+print+sneaker+-+womens?prodId=286553&cm_mmc=CSE_GPS_Converse_286553&mr:trackingCode=4DAA6090-6F5B-E311-9917-001B2163195C&mr:referralID=NA&mr:device=c&mr:adType=pla&mr:ad=36065220944&mr:keyword=&mr:match=&mr:filter=26555622166&adtype=pla

Target, Women’s Sam & Libby Viva Strappy Heels, $34.99

http://www.target.com/p/women-s-sam-libby-viva-strappy-heels-black/-/A-14909394#prodSlot=medium_1_3

Accessories

Kohls, LC Lauren Conrad, Palos Verdes Tortoise Oversized Square Sunglasses, $30.00

http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1672559/lc-lauren-conrad-palos-verdes-tortoise-oversized-square-sunglasses.jsp

Forever 21, Forever Cool Cutout Necklace, $9.80

http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=acc_jewelry-necklace&ProductID=1000071245&VariantID=

*H&M, Shoulder Bag, $9.95

http://www.hm.com/us/product/12886?article=12886-C

The Button-Down

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“Fashion Changes, but style endures”

-Coco Chanel

 

The Button-Down shirt was once ONLY an option for suits or slacks. With a twist in color and pattern this shirt has become a wardrobe basic in or out of the office for everyone. Enjoy a few of my picks for this amazingly versatile top.

-Kel

 

The Floral:

Brooks Brothers, Floral Print Shirt, $89.50

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Floral-Print-Shirt/WV00513,default,pd.html?dwvar_WV00513_Color=DKBL&contentpos=2&cgid=0242

 

The “Girly Boyfriend”:

Gap, Fitted Boyfriend dot Oxford Shirt, $49.95

http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1003735&vid=1&pid=941991052

Silk:

Uniqlo, Women Silk Print Long Sleeve Blouse, $49.90

http://www.uniqlo.com/us/store/lifewear/women-silk-print-long-sleeve-blouse/078851-69?ref=womens-clothing

 

Lazy Woman, aka “Non Iron”:

Banana Republic, Fitted Non-Iron Candy Stripe Shirt, $69.50

http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=949984012&locale=en_US&kwid=1&sem=false&vid=1&sdReferer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bananarepublic.com%2Fproducts%2Fwomens-dress-shirts.jsp

 

The New Grunge:

Nordstrom, Current/Elliott, ‘The Prep School’ Plaid Shirt, $198.00

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/current-elliott-the-prep-school-plaid-shirt/3683264?origin=PredictiveSearch-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=2375500&fashionColor=&resultback=3533&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-searchresults-_-1_10_D

 

Hint of Polka Dot:

Burton, Eva Woven Top, $70.00

http://www.burton.com/default/eva-woven-top/F14-11207100.html?dwvar_F14-11207100_variationColor=11207100104&cgid=womens-shirts-sweaters

 

The Original:

Ralph Lauren, Plaid Camp Shirt, $165.00

http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=29874116&cp=1760782.2735224&ab=ln_women_cs1_shirts&parentPage=family

 

The Jean Shirt:

Loft, Dark Chambray Softened Shirt, $54.50

http://www.loft.com/dark-chambray-softened-shirt/339074?colorExplode=false&skuId=16009738&catid=catl00009&productPageType=fullPriceProducts&defaultColor=0604

 

 

The White with a twist:

Old Navy, Women’s Tie-Front Blouse, $29.94

http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=79755&vid=1&pid=968252002

10 Accessories Under 50.00

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Any opportunity to adorn oneself is human, and accessories are an easy way to do it.
Marc Jacobs

 

What girl doesn’t like to add a little glitz and glam to an outfit? Even better though, doing it for under $50.00? I have never been a fan of spending a ton of money on accessories. Mostly because jewelry styles/colors are always shifting. My motto for jewelry is: quantity over quality, but still find something that looks expensive even though it isn’t. In the last few years I have noticed buyers for department stores have done a great job with finding pieces that are timeless and for any budget. These are just 10 accessories that caught my eye this season. Enjoy.  

 -Kelly

 

H&M http://www.hm.com/us/product/23426?article=23426-A

Straw Hat, 9.95

Short Necklace, 17.95

http://www.hm.com/us/product/24845?article=24845-A

Loft

Grey Agate and Pave Teardrop Earrings 34.50

http://www.loft.com/grey-agate-and-pave-teardrop-earrings/338681?colorExplode=false&skuId=15808141&catid=catl000023&productPageType=fullPriceProducts&defaultColor=6076

Banana Republic

Milk and Honey Hinge Bangle, 39.50

http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1005876&vid=1&pid=969119002

Kohls

LC Lauren Conrad Silver Tone Cabochon “I Love You” Note Charm & Envelope Necklace, 20.00

http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1637511/lc-lauren-conrad-silver-tone-cabochon-i-love-you-note-charm-envelope-necklace.jsp

 

Coach

Bunched Leather Small Turnlock Bracelet 48.00

http://www.coach.com/online/handbags/Product-bunched_leather_small_turnlock_bracelet-10551-10051-99625-en?cs=gdrd&catId=5000000000000000502&navCatId=7100000000000000640

 

Target

Dangle Earrings-Gold/White 7.99

http://www.target.com/p/dangle-earrings-gold-white/-/A-15051118#prodSlot=large_1_11

 

Anthropologie

Sunny Garden Infinity Scarf 48.00

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/accessories-wraps/30336473.jsp

 

 

Cotton Club Clutch 48.00

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/accessories-bags/30280382.jsp?cm_sp=Grid-_-30280382-_-Regular_46

 

 

Bethkaya/Etsy

Stud Set, 3 for 25.00

http://www.etsy.com/listing/167235788/the-3-pairs-stud-set-by-bethkaya?ref=shop_home_active_39

Spring Forward – Kelly’s Debut A Color Review

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Hi all! So this is my first posting for BethKaya Design & Consulting and I wanted to take the time to thank her for this opportunity. As these pieces develop I hope to find a voice you all can relate to and please feel free to ask any questions or comment.

Since we are all anxious on the east coast to pull ourselves out of this polar vortex I want to talk about the Spring season (Woohoo) In particular, the colors that will be present in department stores and magazines for the 2014 season. For over 20 years Pantone has surveyed the collections from designers and then put out their color report. This is what tells the fashion world what we are likely to see on the runway and in stores. It is a great guide to staying relevant in an always changing fashion world. I wanted to include a few of my favorite looks and items for this years Spring color report. Enjoy!

-Kel

 

Violet Tulip: Aubrey Plaza at the Golden Globes

Boreal earrings

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/accessories-jewelry/31008790.jsp

Hemlock: 2014 Fashion Week

Shimmered Swing Sweater

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-new/30634539.jsp

Paloma: 2014 Spring Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

Draped Top

 

http://www.zara.com/us/en/new-collection/woman/trousers/low-rise-denim-jeans-c358005p1668671.html

H&M Top

http://www.hm.com/us/product/23630?article=23630-B

 

Sand: Women Military Parka

http://www.uniqlo.com/us/featured/womens-new-arrivals

Nike Dunk Sky Hi

http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/pd/dunk-sky-hi-print-shoe/pid-834419/pgid-654061

 

Freesia: Jessica Alba

Sun blossom Dress

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-new/4130294800011.jsp

 

Cayenne: Lupita Nyong’o at the Golden Globes

 

The Large Clutchable in Bar Stripe Leather

http://www.coach.com/online/handbags/Product-the_large_clutchable_in_bar_stripe_leather-10551-10051-30361-en?cs=gdvrm&catId=5000000000000015035&navCatId=7100000000000000598

Celosia Orange: Ralph Lauren 2014 Spring Collection

Nanette Lepore Riviera Goddess Maillot

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-new/30160824.jsp

Radiant Orchid: Patent Weejuns

http://ghbass.com/shop/womens/footwear/loafers-weejuns/

Dazzling Blue: Ginny Goodwin

Long Sleeve Printed Chiffon Blouson Top

http://www.scoopnyc.com/long-sleeve-printed-chiffon-blouson-top.html

Magenta Purple: Circular Skirt

http://www.hm.com/us/product/22907?article=22907-D

Comfrey: Aimee Song aka Song of Style

Rippling Bracelet

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/accessories-jewelry/31402563.jsp?cm_sp=Grid-_-31402563-_-Regular_12

Meet BKDC’s First Contributing Writer – Kelly Hecht

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As I mentioned in the last two posts – in 2014 I am rolling out a new plan for this website. I plan to turn this into a powerhouse of information, fashion, art & design.

Kelly has been a longtime friend of mine socially and professionally. She has great style and a knack for words. Here at the BKDC – She’s going to share her passion for fashion, trend and whatever else she wants to. She’s that cool – and we want in!

Here’s a little bio – expect more gab from her in 2014!

 

About Kelly – From Kelly

“I am a chameleon. Whether it is fashion or life, I am looking for new ways to change and evolve. I am never satisfied in the same place for long.  I was born in Korea, and adopted as a baby.  Despite being raised in the DC area; I spend my time going between my hometown of Maryland and my second home New York City trying to eat Spanish tapas and traveling whenever possible.  My first “real job” was with The Washington Post’s local newspaper, naturally then the Gazette, and most recently I was a buyer for the Trump Organization in Manhattan.

Living and working in both the NYC and the DC area, I have tried to develop a style all my own. I am looking for ways to stay both trendy and classic but find myself asking the question, “What does a 30 year old wear?” I want to focus on that question as I know I am not the only one that asks themselves that question each day. Trend spotting and setting is my lifeblood! I am constantly updating with the newest styles, every season on and off the runway. It is my mission to discover – how can these elements be tied together and how it can they be incorporated into your closet at home.  From Jordan’s to Chanel Espadrilles, Neiman Marcus to Target- I adore fashion and have a deep respect for people that make style their own. My number one rule on “style”: If you are in love with what you wear chances are you will look and feel good too.”

There you have it!

Have a great week! Stay Tuned!

Beth