Thursday, April 19, 2018

Richmond Fashion Crush: Shop Tailor

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! A couple of months ago, I attended a shopping event for Shop Tailor, an online fashion retailer based in Richmond. I attended a similar shopping event last year and met Taylor Pitera, Shop Tailor's owner. Taylor actually lives in the same neighborhood as me- how cool, right?! I was stoked when she invited me to the event at her home and immediately RSVP'd yes. 

I grabbed my roommate, Elissa, to go to it with me and we had a blast. Taylor provided snacks, beverages and the opportunity to shop (and try on!) Shop Tailor clothing and accessories. She has the prettiest "shopping" room set up in her home with carefully curated racks of clothing, plush carpet, a gorgeous light fixture and even a spot to try pieces on. 

I browsed through the racks and selected a couple of items to try on including this pretty paisley number. Its vibrant colors, retro psychedelic print and effortless silhouette all called out to me. I slipped it on and knew that it had to be mine. And boy am I glad that I purchased it! It's such an easy dress to style and I've been wearing it practically every week. It works surprisingly well as a transitional piece from winter to spring due to its simple silhouette; I've been layering turtlenecks underneath it, sweaters over it and even dresses underneath of it. I have a feeling that it'll be a favorite in my wardrobe for months to come. 

I wanted to play up its pretty seventies appeal for this look so I paired it with a pair of platform denim heels, a vintage basket bag and boho jewelry. I tied a purple paisley scarf around the bag to play up the print of the dress. A trendy pair of sunglasses perfected the look. 

Photos by Rachel Dwyer Photography. You can browse more of her work on her website here or her Instagram here

Patterned dress: Shop Tailor
Denim heels: Jeffrey Campbell via Poshmark
Basket bag: Vintage, thrifted 
Scarf tied around bag: Vintage
"Tori" necklace: c/o Personal Necklace 

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Retro Orange Creamsicle Dreams Editorial

Fashion, Trends & More
Fashion, Trends & More
Fashion, Trends & More
Fashion, Trends & More
Fashion, Trends & More
Fashion, Trends & More

Hello! When it comes to fashion, I find color to be a major source of inspiration. Strong color aesthetics draw me in time and time again. Maybe it's something about the powerful role that color plays in fashion? Color obviously holds visual appeal but color also possesses psychological properties that affect mood and emotion. I try to harness those powerful properties while styling to create looks that aren't only pretty but that also evoke a certain mood and create some sort of feeling. I enjoy styling looks that feel like they stepped out of the seventies so I often find my fashion inspiration in color palettes from years past. 

I enjoy styling monochromatic looks in particular; there's just something so visually strong about an outfit in entirely one color. I tend to favor warmer color palettes- think shades of pink, orange, peach, etc. These dreamy hues create a feeling of warmth and happiness; they have a distinct retro appeal to them as well. 

Ethereal orange and pink hues as well as vintage influence played an important role in the styling of the look that I'm rocking in the photos above. I wanted to go for a sort of "seventies orange creamsicle dreams" editorial vibe so I got to work on playing around with color. 

I pulled a gorgeous vintage orange dress out of my wardrobe to style the look around; its eye-catching color and retro style perfectly fit my concept for the look. I styled it with a pale pink pair of heels, peachy keen sunglasses and a woven basket bag with a pink scarf tied around the handle. A couple pearl necklaces and golden jewelry added to the sparkly dreaminess to the look. I wanted to keep the look very light, airy and ethereal (almost like floating on a dream) so I avoided dark colors. 

Do you like to experiment with color in fashion? Is there a certain color that you're drawn to in particular? Let me know in the comments! 

Orange dress: Vintage
Pale pink heels: Jeffrey Campbell
Golden bracelet & pin: Vintage, inherited from my grandmother 
Pearl bead chain necklaces: Kay Adams via Anthill Antiques
"Tori" necklace: c/o Personal Necklace
Peachy sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage
Basket bag: Vintage
Pale pink scarf: Vintage
Celestial earrings: c/o Zaful 

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Fashion on a Budget: Styling an Outfit for Less than $50

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

Hello! I've written about it before and I know that I'll write about it again but the notion that fashion can't be affordable simply isn't true. I put together all of my ~looks~ on a shoestring budget and you can do the same thing yourself. Fashion does not have to be expensive by any means; I highly suggest shopping secondhand over buying new pieces. There are SO many different reasons why it makes more sense to shop used rather than new. Buying secondhand pieces rather than new pieces is better for your wallet as well as for the environment. I highly support the "slow fashion" movement and shopping secondhand is a key element of the movement.

Today, I want to show y'all how I style my ~looks~ on a budget- and how you can do the same! I usually splurge a little bit on shoes (because damn, expensive shoes are worth it!) but with the exception of shoes, almost all of my outfits cost me $50 or less. I fill my wardrobe with pretty $5 thrifted dresses, affordable trendy jewelry and inexpensive vintage purses. The main key to staying stylish on a budget involves thrifting- and a lot of it. You can also find great deals on secondhand fashion on Poshmark, Unitiques and Swap.com

To show you just exactly how I style my looks on a dime, I'm going to break down the costs of each item in the outfit that I'm wearing above. Would you believe that I put it together for just $50?! -even including shoes in the cost! Okay, so here goes the break down:

Black and white floral midi skirt: thrifted for just $5 recently at Diversity Thrift
Bubblegum pink top: thrifted for just $2 at Fantastic Thrift
Pink heels: these BRAND NEW Jefrey Campbells only cost me $30 on Poshmark
White beaded purse: thrifted for $3 at a thrift shop in the West End
Light pink sunglasses: purchased for $6 at Rumors
Pink earrings & rings: gifted from my parents
Pink scrunchie: $4 on Etsy

Total cost: $50

You can't beat that, am I right?

Like I mentioned earlier, shopping secondhand, and thrifting in particular, is what allows me to dress well on a tight budget. When it comes to thrifting, I find that it's best to keep an open mind. I'm definitely guilty of rushing straight to the rack of the dresses when I enter a thrift store and often only look at dresses. But you truly never know what you're going to find! It can be easy to miss out on a true gem while thrifting. So instead of searching for a specific style or garment, I urge you to just look, see what catches your eye and be open to possibility. For example, you may find a gorgeous vintage fur coat for just $5 in the dead heat of the summer but you may have missed it if you didn't check out the rack of coats. I also encourage you to keep an open-mind when it comes to the styling of vintage pieces; for example, I enjoy incorporating vintage lingerie tops and slips into my everyday ~looks.~

Photos by Rachel Dwyer Photography. You can browse more of her work on her website here or her Instagram here.

Midi skirt: Vintage, thrifted
Bubblegum pink top: Vintage, thrifted
Pink heels: Jeffrey Campbell via Poshmark
Earrings: Vintage
Rings: Vintage
Beaded purse: Vintage
Light pink sunglasses: Rumors
Hot pink sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

1970s Burnt Orange + Blood Red Fashion Editorial

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
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography

Hello! A few weeks ago, I reached out to Elina Oehlert, a VCUArts student who enjoys makeup as well as painting, through Instagram to discuss collaborating on a shoot. She immediately hopped on board and we began talking concepts. We knew that we wanted to do something more editorial and I suggested something retro-inspired. Elina found a gorgeous seventies retro wall paper design online and we decided to draw inspiration from the pattern for our collaborative shoot. The print encompassed several different floral designs in an interesting geometric arrangement; shades of burnt orange, red and mustard yellow really solidified its retro seventies appeal.

Elina took charge of our makeup for the shoot, painting a couple flowers from the inspiration pattern on both of our cheeks. She also worked her magic with eyeshadow on our eyelids, blending away with warm orange and gold hues. Her makeup skills blew me away and I hope to work with her again in the future on more shoots.

We wanted to focus on color as a key element of the shoot so we played up the warm tones of the makeup with clothing and accessories in orange, red and yellow hues. I grabbed a pair of red, just slightly flared pants from my wardrobe to style my look around. I love the powerful statement that these pants make; I feel like they give off a definite air of strength. I paired them with a pretty, vintage orange blouse. The colorful combination of the pants and the top definitely created an eye-catching statement on its own but I decided to play around with color a little bit more while accessorizing. Burnt red heels, a seventies silky scarf, mod earrings, a red purse and fun shades all added to the retro editorial mood of the look.

Elina started her look with an effortless pair of tan corduroys. I suggested styling an orange top with the pants and she also slipped into a cool pair of flatform sandals. She added a little bit of a cool mod appeal to the look with a circular belt and a circular beaded necklace. I accessorized her look with some fun shades, a red vintage purse and orange vintage earrings.

I reached out to local Richmond photographer, Rachel Dwyer, to shoot the collaborative editorial. I've worked with Rachel countless times in the past and am always impressed by the quality of her work. She has an incredible eye for light, angles and capturing looks on camera in a pleasantly unexpected way. We shot around Carytown and in the Fan and I love how the photos from the shoot turned out. I usually shoot more ~everyday~ looks but it was fun playing around with something slightly more editorial. Stay tuned for more editorial shoots in the future!

Photos by Rachel Dwyer Photography.

On me:
Orange blouse: Vintage via La Retro Girl, c/o Unitiques
Lace-up heels: Nasty Gal via Ashby
Earrings: Vintage
Silky scarf: Vintage
All sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage
Red purse: Vintage
Gold belt: Vintage

On Elina:
All sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage
Orange hoops: Vintage
Red purse: c/o La Retro Girl

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Monday, April 2, 2018

5 Tips for Transitioning your Wardrobe from Winter to Spring

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
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography

Hello! Happy April! The weather finally seems to be warming up here in Virginia and I'm stoked to begin transitioning my wardrobe from winter to spring. Who would have thought we would have to wait until April to start rocking pieces from our spring wardrobes? I certainly didn't! However, it's not time to pack up all of your cozy sweaters quite yet. This transitional winter to spring weather marks a difficult period of time for styling ~looks~. Some days you'll be grabbing your favorite winter cardi as you walk out the door and some days you'll be out and about with bare legs and bare arms. So what's a girl to do? I've given it some thought and put together a list of my five best tips for transitioning your wardrobe from winter to spring:

1. Layer socks underneath your open-toe heels and sandals. Want to break out your favorite pair of sandals but it's still a little nippy outside? Don't be afraid to break fashion rules and style a cute pair of socks with open-toe heels or sandals like I did with my star printed socks and black velvet heels above.

2. Select dresses and skirts in midi lengths. Need help styling your midi skirt? I've got you covered here.

3. Throw a fur collar on with a spring mini dress. Add warmth to a little spring dress with something cozy but not ~too~ cozy such as a fur collar like I'm wearing above or a knit shawl. You'll be happy you did when a breeze sweeps past you.

4. Keep your favorite turtleneck out as a chic layering piece. Style it underneath your favorite spaghetti strap dress for just a touch more warmth.

5. Start with more layers in the morning. You can always take off layers off as the day progresses and the weather warms up.

What do y'all think? Do you have any more tips for transitioning your wardrobe from winter to spring?

Photos by Rachel Dwyer. You can browse more of her work on her website here or her Instagram here.

Patterned dress: Mink Pink, thrifted
Black velvet heels: Jeffrey Campbell via Poshmark
Fur collar: Vintage, c/o La Retro Girl
Earrings and statement necklace: c/o Chloe + Isabel
"Tori" necklace: c/o Personal Necklace
Red purse: c/o La Retro Girl
Sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage

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Monday, March 26, 2018

8 Outfits to Rock this Spring

Hello! Last week marked the official beginning of the spring season and I can't wait to ditch my winter wardrobe. Nothing will be sweeter than the moment that I pack away my heavy winter coats, my one surviving pair of tights from the season and chunky knits. It's still a bit cold here in Virginia but weather forecasts appear promising. And thank goodness, right?! Because I'm ready to show a little leg and break out the crop tops- who's with me? Keep reading to check out 8 outfit suggestions for this spring:

Spring Outfit Idea #1


1. High-rise bellbottoms + a crop top. This combination is easy as well as chic- and what's better than that? Accessorize the outfit to complement your personal style.

Why it's a great combo: It's very flattering to the waist and easy to personalize to match your unique sense of style.

Where to wear it: out for happy hour drinks, to go on a date


Spring Outfit Idea #2


2. A patterned dress + fringe leather jacket. All eyes will be on you in this playful boho spring look.

Why it's a great combo: It's easy to take the jacket on and off as the weather rises and falls throughout the day

Where to wear it: to your favorite local band's show, for lunch with your gal pals


Spring Outfit Idea #3


3. A midi skirt + fitted turtleneck top. You can style this sophisticated combination many different ways to match your personal taste.

Why it's a great combo: It works well for chillier spring days without feeling like a ~winter~ look.

Where to wear it: school or the office


Spring Outfit Idea #4

4. A boho romper + vintage shawl. Go for a boho look with a romper in neutral colors and a vintage shawl or poncho.

Why it's a great combo: Layers are crucial for transitioning your wardrobe from winter to spring and a poncho/shawl works perfectly for this.

Where to wear it: for running errands, for going on a date with your significant other


Spring Outfit Idea #5


5. A denim mini skirt + striped top. Play up the retro vibes with a denim mini skirt and a striped top. Bonus points for yellow aviator sunglasses.

Why it's a great combo: It feels playful, fun and fresh- a winning aesthetic for spring.

Where to wear it: shopping with your bestie, for a local festival/market event


Spring Outfit Idea #6


6. A statement jumpsuit. Turn heads in a stunning jumpsuit. Go big or go home when it comes to the color, print or silhouette of the jumpsuit- but not all at once.

Why it's a great combo: It's perfect for making a statement.

Where to wear it: out on the town


Spring Outfit Idea #7


7. Distressed denim jeans + a denim jacket. Because denim on denim will always rule. Distressing gives it a little extra edge.

Why it's a great combo: It's effortless yet eye-catching

Where to wear it: for running errands, hungover brunch with your girls


Spring Outfit Idea #8


8. A lightweight turtleneck + spaghetti strap dress. Make a fashion-forward statement in this stylish look.

Why it's a great combo: You get to wear that summer dress that you've been dying to wear but it's still not ~weather appropriate~ and you're tired of wearing it with the same denim jacket

Where to wear it: for work or girl time with your best friend

Do you want to try out any of the ideas above? If you do, I would love to see! Just tag me in your #ootd post on Instagram @toriradday.


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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Taking Style Cues from Clueless

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! Alex, the CEO of Unitiques, texted me a photo of this yellow and black abstract houndstooth print mini skirt a few weeks ago to ask my opinion on it and I immediately fell in love with the Clueless vibes of the skirt. This skirt is just one of the many gorgeous pieces offered on Unitiques, an online fashion marketplace. Unitiques offers the opportunity to both buy and sell new and gently used clothing and accessories. When Alex offered to send over the mini skirt as part of my collaboration with Unitiques, I jumped on board right away.

I wanted to play up the Clueless vibes of the mini skirt so I took cues from the nineties film; for me, crop tops, classic preppy prints and miniskirts represent the style in the movie.  My skirt covered two of those style cues with its preppy print and mini skirt length. I styled it with a black and red dragon crop top to pull in that third style cue. I also incorporated other elements of 90s style into the look; my dramatic hoop earrings, black cat-eye sunglasses and silly little vintage purse all added to the Clueless aesthetic of the look.

Wanna style your own Clueless-inspired look? I recommend heading over to Unitiques; shopping second-hand is better for the environment as well as for your wallet. And Unitiques makes it easy for you- so what are you waiting for? Browse everything that they have to offer here.

Photos by Rachel Dwyer Photography. You can browse more of her work on her website here or her Instagram here.

Yellow skirt: c/o Unitiques
Dragon crop top: Wish
Red purse: Vintage
Watch: c/o Lilienthal Berlin
Leo earrings: Urban Outfitters
Black cat-eye sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage
"Tori" necklace: c/o Personal Necklace

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Richmond Fashion Crush: Shop Evolve

Photo by Catherine Page
Photo by Catherine Page
Photo by Catherine Page

Hello! Creativity, community and support define the Richmond fashion scene- and it's one of my favorite things about Richmond by far. I try to support local fashion brands as much as possible so it should come as no surprise that I was stoked when Shop Evolve, a fairly new RVA fashion retailer, sent me a personal, hand-written invitation to their pop-up shop earlier this month at Lou Stevens Glam Squad Studio on Broad Street. My roommate, Elissa, and I attended the event together and I can definitely add Shop Evolve to my list of favorites after the experience.

Many items caught my eye at the event but this black and white star skirt called out to me in particular. I immediately grabbed a couple sizes to try on and headed to the dressing room. I fell in love with the skirt the second that I slipped it on; it's a little sexier than what I normally go for but having fun with fashion is all about pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone, am I right? So I went ahead and purchased it- and boy, am I glad that I did. I've already worn it more than a handful of times since buying it just a few weeks ago. Stay tuned to see all of the different ways that I style it this spring! You can add it to your own wardrobe for $32.50 here.

I wanted to play up the "cool girl" vibes of the mini skirt so I styled it with a sassy red "honey" crop top. I love how the white detailing of the crop top emphasized the white star design of the skirt. A faux fur leopard print jacket added to the stylish aesthetic. I slipped into a pair of black velvet heels, grabbed a red-hot vintage purse and called it a ~look~. Red lipstick, simple golden accessories and white + blue "clout" sunglasses perfected the outfit.

Photos by Catherine Page. You can browse through more of her work here.

Black and white star skirt: Shop Evolve
Red "honey" crop top: Wish
Black heeled sandals: Jeffrey Campbell via Poshmark
"Tori" necklace: c/o Personal Necklace
Red purse: Vintage c/o La Retro Girl
Celestial earrings: c/o Zaful
Sunglasses: Wish

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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

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