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Robyn on the Mike and Juliet Show!

November 11, 2008

Hello all,

 

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I had a NUTTY last week! In addition to the excitement of the election (YAY!!!!!!!!!!) I had the honor of making over FOUR beautiful women for the super fun Mike & Juliet show on Fox. The challenge: I could only shop at a thrift store and had a budget of $100 for each look, including shoes and accessories!

It was exhausting, but inevitably FANTASTIC!! I found a GORGEOUS $400 BCBG dress for $25, a $200 Calypso dress for 10 bucks, and a $500 pair of Moschino pumps for $35!! Yeow! I went to Beacon’s Closet and Buffalo Exchange in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. For non-New Yorkers, don’t fret: Buffalo Exchange is a NATIONWIDE chain, I just visited the one in Austin, and it too was POSH-tastic!

Here are some tried and true tips I gave, and check out the segment below to see the luxe looks for less.

xxoooxxoo, Robyn

PS- The cute grey sweater dress I’m wearing on the show was only $13 from Buffalo Exchange!!

3 Tips for Thrift Store Scouring

1. Hit out of the way thrift stores because they are less picked over. Take a day trip and hit the suburbs. 

2. Ask if they have “tag sale days“ or sale days where you can net even lower bargains. Thrift stores have ton’s O’ merchandise to move, so they are motivated to sell!

3. Many thrift stores will take clothing trades so make sure you ask!

Robyn on the Mike and Juliet Show

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Resurrection Boulevard

October 28, 2008

Hola!

It is downright CHILLY up here in NYC, and time to bust out the winter clothing. Usually I would go shopping and add some fun staples to my existing wardrobe. But because times are tough, I am spending some time repairing or updating clothing I ALREADY own. I feel every woman in America has a bag of clothes and shoes in her closet that she “means” to fix, whether a blazer needs a new button, or boots need to be resoled. Often times that “fix-it” bag can sit in the closet for seasons. 

I recommend dusting it off THEN dropping it off at the tailors or shoe repair store, pronto! I bet you can get almost a new wardrobe for under $100.

An even smarter option would be to mend those duds yourself. If you know how to sew but the thought of sewing sounds as much fun a washing dishes, why not invite a crafty friend over, pop open a bottle of wine, and make it into party? Like a “scrapbooking” night, but cooler.

If you can’t even sew a button on a shirt, there’s no better time to take up a new hobby! Make a date with a sewing savvy friend who can show you some easy tailoring tricks. Who knows, maybe a budding fashion designer will be born…

I myself am headed over to my friend Pepa’s house to try and make a sweater modeled after my favorite new one I found at Beacon’s Closet— a POSHTASTIC thrift store here in Brooklyn.

See photo below. Ignore my windswept hair and instead focus on the SLEEVES, how cool are they? Essentially this is a slouchy grey turtleneck with super fun-fitted sleeves from ANOTHER sweater sewn on at the elbow. This is a clever (and eco-chic!) way to get use out of an old sweater. I couldn’t find a label on mine,  but this seems beyond easy to make. Or so I think….

 


I’ll let you know how the line comes out….

Besos, xxoooo

Robyn