August 12, 2017

Why I Rent the Runway

Who's down to spend hundreds of dollars on one piece? I.e. one dress...worn once....every 2 years?
Not me...anymore.

Regardless of where you are in life, you've spent hard earned money on formal wear for someone else's occasion, OR will soon be in the same boat. This post is to encourage you to skip that boat sinking ship.

At this point, Rent the Runway has been killing the game for years.
The "every girl's dream" start up was created by Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss in 2009 and has grown into a multi-million dollar one-stop-shop for thousands of women. 
Click this link to see a video showcasing their story.



This red dress fit like a dream! It was elegant, flowy, comfy on the dance floor and a compliment magnet.

This was most certainly a pricier selection for me, but renting a knockout designer piece over purchasing a trendy fast fashion throw away dress makes more sense now than ever. While prepping for this post in my mind (yes...that is a thing), it dawned on me how crucial this business model is for our "I have nothing to wear" culture. I'll cover more about this impact on a later post.

I've personally never ordered accessories, handbags, or casual day wear from the site. I usually reserve my RTR dollars for weddings or engagement parties, but with this last experience, I may give some casual wear a go. 





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The Beaux and I had an amazing night.



Seamingly yous,

J. Michael


July 16, 2017

Two Easy Seams



Bodycons have never been my go to item for several reasons...you can't eat, slouch, 
take long strides, run in a pinch, etc. 


So needless to say I ALMOST passed on this 90s orange dress during my last sourcing trip. 
The length and material were definitely the selling point on this one. 


*Hair flips*


Beyond easy to pin, add two seams, cut the sides, and go! 


Thrift Tip: 
Don't shy away from something that's one/two sizes to big. 
When it comes to tailoring your closet that can be the best starting point!


 Took these pics on the Southside in the sticks because the madre made a last minute visit. 
Hence the blogger's quintessential railroad track scene. 
Thanks big bro for the pics :)


This 70s bucket bag perfection came from @_itspoppin vintage



....and this is how I wrap! 


Seamingly yours,

J. Michael

April 2, 2017

Chop and Style


A good vintage romper is hands down my favorite thing to find while sourcing for the shop. The waist is always cinched just right and the legs are comfily loose. I honestly only needed to chop the shorts off for my trip to New Orleans with the fam last weekend. Everything else was perfect!


Of course I broke my phone....because technology is not my friend...
so the in-process pictures are gone along with a few other pics from around the city.


BUT I was able to salvage this amazing mural from Frenchmen Street. So serene.
                      

Shout out to the madre for the photos.


On our last day, we ran by the Lafayette Cemetery for a self guided tour of the grounds.
*thank you Google*


New Orleans' cemeteries are truly a site to see. The fact that entire families are buried in the same tiny box is befalling. It's eery to read the carved marble walls and realize there are 8 people inside!






Not Pictured: scrumptious food and left over Mardi Gras beads everywhere

Aaaaaaannnnnnnd...click this link
You're welcome. 

Seamingly yours,

J. Michael