Thrift Shopping with Purpose in 2018

Hello friends! It’s been a while. December was a busy month with a lot of travel and holiday festivities. During all the fun and merriment I made time to thrift, as usual. So tonight I bring you my first post of 2018. It’s all about thrifting for a cause!

Every new year that goes by, each one of us works hard to refocus, find new purpose, improve our lives, and the world around us. So I want to begin this year by recapping my finds at an incredible thrift shop called NO Fleas Market in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Thrifting for a cause is not new to me. My favorite thrift store in Austin is a non-profit that gives proceeds to back to the community and grass roots organizations — it’s called Treasure City, and their mission is “Solidarity, Not Charity”. So naturally, my first shopping stop in the Crescent City was a thrift store that gives it’s proceeds to animal shelters and rescue groups to be used towards veterinary services at the Louisiana SPCA Community Clinic. Donors assign their items to a participating shelter or rescue and when the items sell, proceeds are given to that group. And the person buying those items, leaves with some stylish swag purchased for a good cause. A win-win for everyone!

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During my adventures, I purchased 4 apparel items, 1 vinyl record, and a VHS tape, totaling $24.98. All great quality finds and the clothes are perfect for winter weather, New Year’s, and holiday soirees. I met some lovable fur babies along the way — MeKal and Ammon, and found a lot more treasures than what I could actually buy. I had a blast shopping their eclectic records, VHS collection, and cassettes. My vinyl and VHS finds were an Alison Moyet record and a Madonna VHS tape.

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Ammon, the cuddly cat, looking for a forever home.

Another highlight, was meeting the manager, Heather and staff member, Ashley. They were delightful, friendly, and helpful, offered to hold my items and dressing room while I stocked up, explained how their shop benefits the LASPCA, and offered treats to shoppers’ pups. Also noteworthy — pets are allowed!

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Meaux the pup, who enjoys treats at NO Fleas Market on his daily walk. It’s the highlight of Meaux’s walk!

Below are my “looks” I scored from NO Fleas and a couple of bonus adventures/looks at Peaches Records — a few doors down from NO Fleas on Magazine Street, and some Saints “black & gold” I wore about town. I hope you enjoy this post and have a Happy New Year! Last night I toasted to thrift shopping with purpose, impacting real change in 2018, and giving back to my community and the causes for which I am passionate.

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Off the shoulder, striped top, $5.99, benefiting the LASPCA, directly. This look was perfect for a holiday after party at The Jackalope South Shore in Austin, TX. Photo credit: Jennifer LaRoux

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Off the shoulder, striped top, $5.99, benefiting the LASPCA, directly. This look was perfect for a holiday after party at The Jackalope South Shore in Austin, TX. Photo credit: Jennifer LaRoux

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Off the shoulder, striped top, $5.99, benefiting the LASPCA, directly. This look was perfect for a holiday after party at The Jackalope South Shore in Austin, TX. Photo credit: Jennifer LaRoux

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Coral Lacoste sweater, $5.99, benefiting Animal Rescue NO. This coral sweater is warm and colorful, and it can even carry into a spring look, when the weather is still a little cool. Did I mention, I love Lacoste?

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Coral Lacoste sweater, $5.99, benefiting Animal Rescue NO. This coral sweater is warm and colorful, and it can even carry into a spring look, when the weather is still a little cool. Did I mention, I love Lacoste?

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Coral Lacoste sweater, $5.99, benefiting Animal Rescue NO. This coral sweater is warm and colorful, and it can even carry into a spring look, when the weather is still a little cool. Did I mention, I love Lacoste?

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Vintage baby doll dress with a bow, $10.99, benefiting Animal Rescue NO. This blue-gray dress is the cutest winter look for hanging out by the pool at Kitty Cohen’s in Austin, TX. The dress even has a bow, just like a Christmas gift!

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Vintage baby doll dress with a bow, $10.99, benefiting Animal Rescue NO. This blue-gray dress is the cutest winter look for hanging out by the pool at Kitty Cohen’s in Austin, TX. The dress even has a bow, just like a Christmas gift!

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Vintage baby doll dress with a bow, $10.99, benefiting Animal Rescue NO. This blue-gray dress is the cutest winter look for hanging out by the pool at Kitty Cohen’s in Austin, TX. The dress even has a bow, just like a Christmas gift!

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Little black dress with shoulder pads, $6.99, benefiting LASPCA, directly. This is my warm and wintery sweater dress. The shoulder pads give it shape, structure, and accentuates curves.

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Little black dress with shoulder pads, $6.99, benefiting LASPCA, directly. This is my warm and wintery sweater dress. The shoulder pads give it shape, structure, and accentuates curves.

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Little black dress with shoulder pads, $6.99, benefiting LASPCA, directly. This is my warm and wintery sweater dress. The shoulder pads give it shape, structure, and accentuates curves.

Hanging out on Magazine Street, after shopping at NO Fleas, brought some exciting surprises. Just a few doors down is Peaches records, a shop that has it all. It’s an old luncheonette turned record and gift shop, run by the lovely Shirani Rea and her furry sidekick, Sir Winston Pepperbottoms. Shirani showed me true Southern hospitality. Peaches carries a large collection of music, hosts events, sells unique gifts like Cash Money Records apparel, Prince candles, Dolly Parton magnets, and more. Here we are kickin’ it!

And not be be forgotten, my New Orleans trip included a Saints game! On Saints game day in New Orleans, you’ve got to sport some black & gold about town. Here are a few of my looks for pregame, during, and the after party. Yeah, the Saints won. Looking forward to the playoffs. NFC South Champs, WHO DAT!

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Chillin’ in Jackson Square with stripes, my gold Converse sneakers, and a vintage Saints windbreaker. Photo credit: Adrian Romo

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Chillin’ in Jackson Square with stripes, my gold Converse sneakers, and a vintage Saints windbreaker. Photo credit: Adrian Romo

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Chillin’ in Jackson Square with stripes, my gold Converse sneakers, and a vintage Saints windbreaker. Photo credit: Adrian Romo

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My victory look, a gold jacket and gold heels. Ready to celebrate in the Quarter. Photo credit: Adrian Romo

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My victory look, a gold jacket and gold heels. Ready to celebrate in the Quarter. Photo credit: Adrian Romo

Football Femme

Hello everyone! It’s Fall and football season is in full swing. This week my team, The New Orleans Saints had their sixth straight win and are leading the NFC South. Now let’s not talk about that too much, as I’m superstitious and this post is not entirely about the Saints. Let’s talk about sporty style. “Football Femme”, in particular. Since my team is doing well, I’m inspired to share with you four looks that can be mixed and matched in several ways. These looks can work with any team’s wear/colors and most importantly, they prove that football fashion can be form-fitting, fun, femme, and frugal.

My first find this season, is this vintage Locker Line jacket. I love a good NFL jacket, ever since my boo let me wear his Starter jacket back in 1994. I searched for a Saints jacket online and finally found this one from a seller on eBay. It was originally $50, however I offered $30, which is what I ended up paying. Just goes to show you that you that you can find a great deal when thrift shopping online. I love that this jacket can be paired with jeans, dresses, skirts, and even shorts.

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Locker Line Saints Jacket – $30 eBay

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Accessorize with hoops earrings, leggings, beanies, boots, and skirts.

Below, I’ve styled the jacket with two different skirts to dress is up and dress it down. One look says “Fashion Forward Fan” and the other says “Let’s Tailgate!” And guess what, cutoff mini skirts are back.

My next look is called “The Faith”. It’s called this because you’ve got to have faith in your team and my girlfriend, Faith inspired this look. It’s a tee and scarf combo that she always pulls off perfectly. The tee is from a New Orleans boutique called Fleurty Girl. Not all football fashion has to be from Academy or a sporting goods store. Search out local boutiques that design their own tees. That way, you’re shopping locally, you’ll have a unique design, and most likely a ladies fit to choose from.

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Fleurty Girl Tee – $25, paired with embellished gold earrings, fringe boots, black and gold scarf, and jeans. Shop Fleurty Girl Here

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And now for a fun and casual style that screams “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” or “Let the good times roll!”, if you’re unfamiliar. I find that jerseys are hard to pull off. Most are ill-fitting on a curvy girl like me. I decided to try my hand at shopping the boys section at Goodwill and found this treasure. My $5 Marques Colston jersey is roomie and comfy enough to cheer on my team, yet snugs my curves like a fitted tee. Remember, jerseys can get pricey, so check the thrift shops and children’s sections regularly.

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Colston Jersey – $5 at Goodwill paired with knee high socks, chucks, that cut off denim skirt, and some ornate gold hoops.

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Oh, and don’t forget your favorite Nola coozie for the tailgate! This one is from Domilise’s Po-Boy & Bar, hehe! Have some fun with your hair too. Do a  “Sporty Spice” high pony.

And now for my last look of the post. Pro-Tip: you don’t have to buy official NFL gear, clothes adorned with logos, or baggy sportswear to rep for the home team. Just buy stylish clothing, in your team’s colors, at your favorite stores. Easy peasy, and you’ll be the trendsetter at the game. Every team has great colors that can be accented with gold or silver accessories. Here’s what I came up with at Boubie’s Boutique in Austin.

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Black Jacket with Gold Zipper and Snaps – $8 at Boubie’s Boutique

 

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I paired this jacket with high-waisted jeans, gold hoops, boots, and some shimmery leg warmers to accent the look.

To recap, repping for your favorite team doesn’t have to be a tee with jeans. But if it is, make it a snazzy design from a boutique! Your look doesn’t have to be purchased in a sporting goods store or from the men’s jersey section. Look in thrift shops, second hand online shops, and make an affordable but fair offer. Don’t forget to mix it up. These four looks can easily be six or eight with some accessory changes. Last of all, have fun with your look. Get hyped! Show your team spirit in your style and swagger. And get to a game!

Since I’m talking about getting hyped, I’ll leave you with this treat. A little Black and Gold  to get us fans psyched for Sunday. WHO DAT!