I'm three months out from hitting the one year anniversary of Aye, Sir! Ally, and I think I'm starting to get a hang of fashion blogging. Taking photos of myself has not been the easiest task, but at some point you stop feeling self-conscious about taking photos of yourself posing in public places.
When I started going through pictures from my most recent shoot, I noticed a recurring lack of smile on my face. I've started calling it my "stank face" because it looks like I'm doing anything but enjoying the moment (as you can witness in the second photo). It would be a complete lie to myself if I said I was just paying tribute to the stone-faced Victoria Beckham. We frown in the name of fashion! No, that's not me. The truth is that I've always been insecure about my smile. It may seem silly, but I swear my nose doubles in size at the hint of laughter. But I digress. Onto the real stuff.
In two weeks time, I will be turning 28. The reason why I'm bringing this up is because from the day after my birthday, I will be trying my hand at the 87 Days of Vintage challenge. When I first read about #87daysofvintage on Elle.com, I knew this was a cause that resonated with me. I'd done my share fair of fast fashion in my early years of college and had never really thought about the sustainability or the origins of my closet. A very timely documentary, The True Cost, also just became available for download and discusses how we are truly paying the price when it comes to fashion.
Shopping thrift stores has now become something I am frequently doing more and more. In fact, this look features my most treasured Tibi button-down that was thrifted for $2 at a local shop. Yes, I repeat, $2! I couldn't believe someone would give this shirt away because I'm in love with the X-stitching below the collar. Since this particular shirt is a size 8, a few sizes larger than what I usually take, I try to utilize its oversized characteristics as much as possible. Half shirt, half cape. The rest of the outfit are what I feel are staple items that were obtained at a liquidation store in Austin, TX. (You can see how I style them previously for the new year, with leather trim details, and as a awkward librarian.)
And so, starting from June 13th to September 7th, I'll be only wearing clothes that I already own or pieces obtained by way of second-hand. If any of you want to join in on this, I'd absolutely love the company!
What I'm Wearing
Thrifted Tibi button-down shirt
Theory pleated midi skirt, navy
Groceries Apparel muscle tank
Pierre Hardy Leather Platform Wedge Ankle Boots
J. Crew factory men's laptop bag
Do you shop at thrift stores often? What's your favorite item that you've found from a second-hand shop? Let me know in the comments below!