Top 8 Thrifting Tips From Your Friendly Native New Yorker.

So you want to start thrifting, ay’? I am a believer that everyone should become part of the #thriftsquad – not only is it budget friendly, but in a world where mass production is the norm, thrifting is one of the easiest ways to help promote recycling. To help with your new vintage venture, or to expand your strategy of thrifting, here a few of my favorite thrifting tips:

SLOW & STEADY ALWAYS WIN.

Patience is a virtue. It may seem weird that I have patience as the first tip for thrifting, but in order to find those gems your friends are always flaunting, you need to be okay with committing a chunk of time to browse and shop. The best pieces are always the ones that are hidden. Be ready to spend a few hours, a full afternoon or evening, dedicated to searching through used clothes. It’s totally worth it, promise. 

DIGGIN’ DAYS AREN’T OVER.

When thrifting, it’s okay to check every single hanger from every single section. This is a part of the equation in finding those gem pieces. That funky little boys graphic can totally work as your new go-to crop. & Those men tees are PERFECT for the latest oversized-tee-as-dresses trend. The whole store is your playground, go ahead and dig for days.

ENERGY TIP.

If you’re like me, you are extremely dedicated to making sure you are never hangry, ever. Going thrifting is no excuse to ditch breakfast or lunch. This is actually the perfect opportunity to catch up with your home girl who you haven’t seen in almost a year. Brunch date & thrifting? Yes and yes. Oh, and of course keeping snacks in your bag is a MUST. Nuts and granola are my go-to snacks, they always provide that little boost of energy.

BASIC IS OKAY WHEN THRIFTING.

I hate feeling basic, especially when it comes to my outfit choices. However, when dressing basic, it is easier to try things on over your clothes. My typical go-to outfit is tights and a cami/fitted top. Feel free to add a spunky outerwear piece to keep you from crying about the basic look; trust me though, it’ll definitely be easier for those thrift shops that have no fitting rooms. Thank you, Salvation Army. 

WILL WE MEET AGAIN?

Try to imagine if you’re really going rock that dress, top or pants more than once. This is a general shopping tip, but it’s one that I love to emphasize when thrifting because when something’s only a buck or two, it’s easy to say “Why not?” I’m guilty of this too and it’s something I’m still trying to work on. If you can’t imagine at least 3 different ways to style one piece, say no!

I CAVED: BUT IT WAS ONLY A DOLLAR!

One of my favorite things to do when I realize that I haven’t worn a piece of clothing at all is posting it up on the selling app Poshmark. Here, you can swap or sell your clothes with fellow gals who are also dealing with overflowing closets. #thestruggleisreal It’s a great way to join the revolution on recycling your clothes, and the extra cash never hurts. There are a few other apps, too: depop and vinted are a few other popular ones. If you think your pieces are vintage shop worthy – you can even create an entire Etsy page dedicated to your one-of-a-kind vintage finds. The possibilities are truly endless.

TRADING LOCALLY.

If you have a great group of gal pals, feel free to trade amongst each other. You never know the treasures that are hiding in your besties closet.

DIY.

One of my favorite ways to force myself to wear a random piece that I have yet to rock is definitely customizing it to my liking. Distressing denim, cropping tees, adding patches and bleaching can really make you want to show off that one-of-a-kind piece all the time. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE rocking DIY’ed clothing – it’s one of the coolest ways to rock your personality.

I hope you find that your next thrift trip is successful after reading this list of tips. Do you have any tips not listed here? Feel free to list them in the comment section down below! I’m always down with trying out new tricks at the thrift shop!
Thank you for stopping by,

Happy Thrifting!

GC xo

Denim Diary: Vintage Maxi Dress.

Happy Wednesday:

I am a Flea Queen.

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I still can’t believe I managed to snag up this Vintage Denim Maxi Dress for only 3 bucks! It was the inspiration behind my month long denim outfits – of course, it was only natural that I save the best ensemble for last.

Embracing the chic Alexa Chung vibes from this dress was a bit scary, I don’t ever really consider myself chic, but when I was walking around flaunting this dress, I felt amazing. I’m always impressed when a piece of clothing ups my mood significantly – it’s a reminder of the true power that fashion carry and the reason why I dedicate so much of my time too styling.

Fashion is love. Fashion is life.

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To keep up with the chic, vintage vibes, I decided to add my Old Navy mules – I am a little sadden though because they definitely left a blister on my toe. In their defense, they are a half size too small. Y’all know I’m obsessed with my chocker scarves, so of course I used it as simple pop of color & topped off the look with my pink Fringe cross body.

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Outfit Details:

Dress: Flea Market

Shoes: Old Navy

Scarf: Gift | Mom

Bag: Urban Outfitters

 

What do you think of my outfit? How would you style a Denim Maxi Dress?

Thank you so much for stopping by!

‘Till next time,

GC xo

 

Life Update:

This denim filled month was supposed to be over last week of June, but things on my end have gotten a bit wonky again! I am about to start job 2 in a few weeks and weirdly, feel this urge to clean up my home life to better fit my new lifestyle. Things have been on a constant roll of change and I am seriously blessed. I just need a few more weeks to get in the hang of things – no worries though! I WILL be coming back stronger than ever.

I’m also in the works of taking my blog to the next step by self hosting. That should be ready and done by the time I come back. Oh & another reason I need a break? I have a vending event at a local Flea on June 22nd. I REALLY need to put more of my time and energy there & in order to do that, I need to take a break from the Blogging & YouTube.

I definitely don’t mind the breather: I need to get my life in order to properly give my platforms lots of love.

Sending all of my love your way! I hope you had a fantastic 4th of July weekend. I’ll catch you soon.

Peace. Love. Harmony.

Lived In.

Happy Wednesday:

I’m a huge sucker for oversized tees.

Maybe it’s the super laid back vibe they give off, or maybe it’s the fact that they literally feel like you’re wearing your jammies – or it could be both. Nonetheless, I’m obsessed with this super, duper, totally relaxed, casual trend.

I’ve been caught wearing my oversized tee with heels – adding heels gives the overly slouchy top a more feminine feel.

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But for today’s post, I wanted to really play around with the roughed up, lived-in look.

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Sublime is definitely one of my favorite bands of all time – whenever I listen to them, I am automatically put in a good mood. When I saw this tee at my job during an overnight shift, I just knew it would be the perfect slouchy band tee.

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To give this top some edge, I added my HUF socks. There are many reasons why I love my HUF socks, but the main reason? They always add the perfect amount of honest sass to my outfits. For that true Urban, New York look, I threw on my Timberland boots. I swear  I always feel like I can kick ass when rocking ’em.

To cover up on this breezy, summer night, I completed the look with a semi-oversized denim jacket. It’s a true essential in my closet.

There’s only one more outfit left in my June Denim Diary series. I hope you’ve been enjoying my denim inspired looks! This next one is definitely my favorite look! 

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Top: Old Navy

Jacket: Gap | Thrifted

Socks: HUF

Boots: Timberlands

 

How do you style your oversized tee?

Thank you so much for stopping by!

‘Till next time,

GC xo

1 Year Blogiversary. | La Mama Hada

Happy Monday:

My blog’s officially turning the big 1.

It’s actual birthday is on Wednesday, but since I already have a post schedule for then, today is just gon’ have to do!

To celebrate, I decided to dedicate this post to some of my favorite shots from this past year. I have experienced so much growth on so many different aspects of my life since starting my blog – I’m super excited to see where this next year will take me.

Thank you so much for stopping by, & reading!

Seriously thankful beyond words!

‘Till Wedensday,
GC xo

Bad Boyfriend.

Happy Friday:

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Top: Old Navy.

Off-the-shoulder is definitely one of my favorite trends this season. It’s literally all over the runaways and street style blogs. There’s just something inevitably delicate about exposed shoulders – it’s dreamy.

I’ve been dying to get my hands on a perfect off-the-shoulder top to style endlessly this spring/summer season. I found this one at my job for less than 20 bucks! I love how dainty white can be & with the added ruffle, it has the ultimate boho vibe.

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Bag: Brandy Melville. 
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Necklace: DeadGypsy & Co. ; Earrings: Thrifted ; Headscarf: Local Store. 
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Denim: Target.

To style this top, I decided to pair it with boyfriend jeans. I honestly love being able to flaunt feminine vibes with loose fitting clothing. There’s just something so powerful about being able to feel beautiful in non-fitting clothing. Am I the only one who feels that way?

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Wedges: Steve Madden

I wore my Steve Madden wedges to give my outfit a more clean feel. With all of the bagginess going on, the contrast from the shoes is what ties the look together. I added casual accessories to keep my outfit brunch date appropriate – beaded jewelry is always my go to! I simply love how sassy jewelry can make you feel: it’s the world of sassy self expression! Headscarves have been really fun to incorporate into my outfits, too. I need to pick up a few more and start playing around with different designs. This headscarf game is real. 

How would you style this off-the-shoulder top? Let me know in the comment section down below!

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I have been wanting to style my boyfriend jeans in a blogpost for the longest and since June is denim month over on my blog, I couldn’t help but go for it!

‘Till next week,

GC xo

Urban County.

Happy Wednesday:
I am jumpsuit obsessed – and my new job doesn’t help my obsession AT ALL. 
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Bag : Thrifted
I started a new position at Old Navy for Visual Styling and Merchandising and never have I ever loved a retail job as much as I love this one. I was sucked into the retail world right after high school, needing the extra cash to support myself through my college years. At the time, I dreaded it – working for a larger company can make you feel unmotivated, and can definitely make you feel stuck in a rut. But Visual Styling & Merchandising is a world that I am absolutely in love with. Styling because hey, my name is Glendaly and I have a fashion blog. Y’all know my love for styling outfits is real. Merchandising, though, is a field in the retail world that I’m starting to explore – it’s interesting trying to figure out what will sell best in the floor plan. It’s the technical work behind the master business plan & as someone who wants to eventually own their own boutique, being able to learn the ins-and-outs of visuals is a blessing.
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Hat : BillaBong | Earrings : Local Store | Scarf : Thrifted | Lippie: Colour Pop
Another bonus: being surrounded by cute, fun clothes. The inspo never ends! Old Navy has definitely stepped their game up; they’re not your typical mom shop anymore. They are totally fashion forward at an affordable budget. My favorite thing, though? Being able to pick up inexpensive looks for the whole family! As a working momma on a budget, being able to keep my entire family looking fashionable while being able to afford it is bomb.
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Jumpsuit : Old Navy
This denim jumpsuit was a piece I fell in love with immediately the day it came into my store. I knew for a fact that it would sell out super quick. I’m so glad I was able to get my hands on it because this is one piece that can be styled in various ways. It’s the beauty of jumpsuits – they can be dressed up or down, for almost any occasion. Any piece that can give me variety is a piece I need in my closet. It also makes me feel really funky, any clothing piece that can make me feel like a burst of fashionable sunshine is a piece for me.
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Shoes : Steve Madden
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Necklace : Gift
Disclaimer: I am NOT sponsored by Old Navy, I just work there. I do, however, recommend giving their current collections a chance – the current sales are insane. 
How would you style this denim jumpsuit?
Thank you for stopping by!
‘Till next time,
GC xo

May’s Collage & Wishlist | 2016

Happy Monday:

And I’m back at it again with another monthly Collage & Wishlist.

This type of post is definitely becoming one of my faves – recycling old magazines in an inspirational way keeps my creative drive going. Make it a plan to invite all of your closest gal pals & have a mood board party! Worth. Your. Time. Trust me.

 

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This months collage is a hybrid between wordspiration and denim daze. Denim is my current go-to fabric and I am sensing a bit of foreshadowing action happening in this months collage. I have been denim obsessed as of late and cannot wait to share some funky denim ensembles I’ve been planning.

I’ve also been obsessed with inspirational quotes. I recently found this Instagram dedicated to quality quotes and I swear it has enhanced my daily perspective to pure positivity. Even on my off days, these quotes inspire me to be grateful and to always feel blessed regardless of my struggles. The page is called @thegoodquote and I recommend everyone give them a follow.

 

Summer Daze.

 

 

My Wishlist is relatively simple this month. The minimal vibes have been getting stronger as I’ve been getting older. It’s just a way of life, I think. I’m totally in love with this romper – it reminds me that I still need to invest in the perfect romper this summer season. To highlight the delicate black print on the romper, I decided to add black accessories. Cool summer nights need a romper like this to breeze through.

What’s been your inspiration as of late? Is there anything on your current Wishlist? Leave me a comment and let me know down below!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

‘Till Wednesday,

GC xo