Wednesday, March 14, 2018

5 of Richmond's Best Thrift Shops

Photo by Elissa Rumford
Photo by Elissa Rumford

Hello! If you know me then you know that the majority of my wardrobe is second-hand. I enjoy shopping Poshmark, Unitiques, yard sales and thrift stores in particular for most of my clothing. I've been on a bit of a thrifting kick lately as I start to fill my wardrobe with new styles for spring. I try to go to a wide variety of thrift shops in Richmond but I'm definitely guilty of hitting a few thrift shops more frequently than others. And I wanted to go ahead and share those favorites with you all- maybe you'll soon add them to your list of faves too? Anyways, keep reading to check them out!

1. Fan Tastic Thrift1914 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220. Located in the Fan area of Richmond- as the name suggests! I'd definitely say that you can find the best prices at Fantastic Thrift and I find that their merchandise moves through the store quickly so you're always looking at new (to you!) items. I discovered the cutest bubble gum pink vintage dress for around $5 there last year and it's still one of my favorite dresses in my wardrobe.

2. Diversity Thrift. 1407 Sherwood Ave, Richmond, VA 23220. Diversity Thrift has a great selection of clothing as well as bags and shoes. Like Fan Tastic Thrift, merchandise moves very quickly through Diversity Thrift and it seems like they often put out new items. I purchased the green Black House White Market top that I'm wearing above from Diversity for just a few dollars recently.

3. Hope Thrift. 11260 Patterson Ave, Henrico, VA 23238. I found a Juicy Couture dress in my size at Hope Thrift for just TEN dollars last week. Need I say more? You can often find nicer brands in this thrift shop; I also purchased a Mink Pink dress and Urban Outfitters dress on the same trip. Unfortunately, there's not as much vintage at this thrift shop and I usually prefer vintage.

4. Salvation Army. 2601 Hermitage Rd, Richmond, VA 23220. Half price clothes on Wednesdays! You can't beat that.

5. CHKD Thrift Store. 8032 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23294There's a wide selection of clothing at this thrift shop and they also offer a 25% off coupon on Mondays. Discounts on already inexpensive clothing? Yes please!

Do you have any favorite thrift stores in your area?

Photos shot by Elissa Rumford and edited by myself.

Green top: Black House White Market, secondhand from Diversity Thrift
Blue and white striped shorts: c/o Zaful
Sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage
Earrings: secondhand via a clothing swap
Green clutch: Vintage, secondhand from a yard sale
Green, open-toe booties: Urban Outfitters
Lipstick: ColourPop


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Color of the Moment: Red

Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography

Hello! Fashion moves fast; it's constantly shifting- whether that refers to a seasonal change or the emergence of new trends. For me, I'm all about color in fashion. And as the seasons and trends change, my color preferences change as well. March marks a transitional period in fashion as we usher winter out and welcome spring into our lives so it only makes sense that there's also been a recent shift in the colors in my wardrobe.

I fill my wardrobe with a variety of colorful dresses and vintage gems but usually one or two different colors reign supreme in my wardrobe. Baby blue and peachy keen hues took over my closet after I graduated from college and I flirted with yellow briefly afterwards before deciding to go steady with the color pink. And I've been rocking pink for a while now. At one point last year, the number of pink garments on my clothing rack surpassed the number of black garments. But in the past couple of months I've found that I've slowly been removing shades of pink from my wardrobe.

And what's been replacing those pretty pink hues? Bold shades of red. I've recently been really drawn to anything and everything red- from flirty red dresses to eye-catching shades of red lipstick. I've never really been a fan of the color red before but hey, there's just something about it that I can't resist at the moment. Maybe it symbolizes a change in mood? A fiery rebirth of my spirit as the weather warms up?

I think it's interesting the roles that certain colors play and how colors can affect your mood. Red symbolizes passion, love, adventure and seduction. It's certainly a strong color and there's something almost empowering about rocking the fiery shade. My newfound fondest for the color took me by surprise but in the best way possible. Expect to see a lot more red hues on the blog this spring.

Zaful recently sent me this playful red and white polka dot dress to showcase on my blog and I've been wearing it practically on repeat. I'd even go as far as to say that this dress perhaps inspired my recent lust for the color. You can check this dress out for yourself here for just $22.

Do you go through phases with color in your wardrobe? Or do you have a favorite color to rock? Let me know in the comments below!

Photos by Rachel Dwyer Photography.

Red dress: c/o Zaful 
Golden boots: Jeffrey Campbell
Boho purse: gifted to me by my Mom
Sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage
Statement earrings: c/o Zaful (retailing for less than $4!)
Boho bracelet: Vintage
Rings: Primarily vintage
"Tori" necklace: c/o Personal Necklace