Fall 2012 Fashion Trends, Trend Four: Florals

On the Runway Another carryover from spring, florals are a great pick for fall – especially pants.  Dolce & Gabbana had a strong showing of beautiful floral dresses.  I also loved Christopher Kane’s black-and-floral dress, which had a fun edgy feel to it. Source: vogue.com via Natalie on Pinterest Source: districtofchic.tumblr.com via Natalie on Pinterest … Continue reading

Fall 2012 Fashion Trends, Trend Three: Velvet

On the Runway Velvet has traditionally been a faithful standby for winter holidays, but the fabric will be big again this fall.  The plush textile definitely fits with the continuing theme of opulence.  Two fresh, favorite velvet looks:  Gucci’s bright green velvet gown with a deep-V and sexy leg slit, and L’Wren Scott’s deep red … Continue reading

Fall 2012 Fashion Trends, Day Two: Leather


On the Runway Leather continues to be a big trend on the runway.  Patent or shiny leather is especially in this season, such as Tommy Hilfiger’s lacquered shiny leather coat (in oxblood!) or J.W. Anderson’s glossy magenta ensemble. Other (less shiny) runway looks I love: See more inspiration on the Destination Thrift Runway Inspiration Pinboard! Ideas … Continue reading

Fall 2012 Fashion Trends, Day One: Oxblood Red

Throughout the rest of September, I’ll be profiling twelve trends for Fall 2012.  This post kicks off Day One of the 12 Days of Fall Fashion.  Check back every other day for the latest installment! On the Runway Oxblood red is the must-have color this fall.  The deep wine-colored hue graced several runways, on big … Continue reading

Thrifting Tips for Teachers

Teachers spent $1.3 billion on school supplies in the 2009-2010 school year, according to David Nagel in this well-cited article.  Breaking it down, that’s an average of $356 of teacher’s own money spent on supplies like paper, arts & crafts, pencils, glue, etc. & instructional materials like teaching aids.  That’s a lot of money!  Add … Continue reading

Photographers: How to Shop a Thrift Store

Thrifting Tips for Photographers

Meet Jennifer Parr, a freelance photographer who successfully made the switch from hobbyist to professional.  She’s always scouting out great deals for new equipment, but she also extends that bargain-hunting to thrift stores!  Thrift stores are a veritable treasure trove for budding & professional photographers.  Whether you are just starting out, a seasoned pro, or … Continue reading

Seven Benefits of Buying Secondhand Clothing

Buying secondhand clothing has several benefits over buying brand new. If you aren’t convinced, read these seven reasons why you should consider checking out secondhand clothing on your next shopping trip. Author’s Note:  This article originally appeared on Helium almost 4 years ago, but the reasons still ring true today.  This is a quick overview of the basics – … Continue reading

Natalie’s Five Basic Tips for Thrift Store Shopping

Looking to build your wardrobe on a budget?  Try shopping at a second-hand, thrift, or consignment store.  Here are five tips to help you maximize your shopping experience. Author’s Note:  This article originally appeared on Helium almost 4 years ago, but the tips still ring true today.  This is a quick overview of the basics … Continue reading