Better Late Than Never

The day has come and gone and I didn’t mention it, but January 3rd was in important step in my blogging journey. On that day, a year ago, I published my first style post. After considering my long love of fashion and collecting vintage bags and garments, I decided to delve into style blogging. I have loved my journey!

My horizons have expanded because of that decision and the friends I have had the pleasure to meet along the way have been wonderful.

To celebrate, I have something I want to do; an idea that has been rolling around in my head for a few months. My photos are reminisces and have a common thread that is a hint of what I am about to start. See if you can figure it out. So lets get started on that trip down memory lane…

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This was the first style I posted-went with my sheep/alpaca persona. The camel toned wool jacket was one of my first finds at my local Salvation Army. Its label says Augustas and Made in the USA. It can be found on Hats Off to Alpacas post.

 

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The most favorite thing in this styling is my Dad’s hat for which I created a new silk band. Also high on my list is the bold stripped short jacket. The label states City Girl and made in the USA-another great find from my local Salvation Army. Styled for Michelle and my first Hats & Wraps posts: Coffee In Joplin With Michelle Wearing Dad’s Hat

 

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Two For Transition  demonstrated changing a basic look by switching a neural jacket out for a colorfully patterned one. The neutral silk/linen Asiatica jacket was purchased at a Kansas City consignment shop while the cotton bright Bandolino jacket was found at the Joplin Goodwill.

 

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Say hello to June! My emphasis here was the use of straw for Spring Has Finally Sprung and Its Time For Some Straw. My black Eric Javits straw bag was found on eBay and the patterned cotton apostrophe jacket was another great find at Joplin’s Goodwill.

 

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This outfit was pulled together for a style challenge put on by Sylvia of 40+ Style casual style challenge. I put all five days into one post titled 5 Days-6 Ways; Shopping My Closet. The top and skirt were both purchased from Goodwill.

 

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That was a hot day! I was going to a Kansas City bloggers event and went in all linen. The top has turned into one of my favorites and I found it a humane society thrift shop in Florida. When I visit my sister, we love hitting the vintage and thrift shops. Florida is a dream when it comes to 2nd loved item shopping. The blog post, A Crafting We Will Go,  really didn’t have to much to do with fashion but crafting.

 

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More hot days in summer-this time from my Instagram feed. We were checking out the new Kansas City streetcar line. For that trip, I wore my red skinny Madewell jeans from eBay (they didn’t fit the lady anymore) and a white top from Goodwill. My Eric Javits straw was also scored from eBay.

 

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This was one of my favorite looks for fall and I wore this to the Friday night Kansas City Fashion Week runway show. Of course the star of the shoe is my Amina Marie Millinery custom designed hat. I covered her grand opening of the studio in Open House at Amina Marie Millinery. The piece that is holding all the accessories together is a 90’s minimalist black crepe wool dress that I had found the previous spring at Salvation Army. I knew it could be a very important piece. This post was appropriately entitled Balancing Act.

 

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I’m jumping to December with my post One Things Connects To Another  in which I explained my mindset on styling. Both pieces were “new to me” items. The restyled grey dress was picked up at Goodwill and my faux fur collar Diane Von Furstenburg jacket is from Salvation Army.

 

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Another Instagram picture-this time a red Calvin Klein that came from Salvation Army but I paid a consignment shop price for it. It hung on the rack for a month, probably because of its price ($40). I doubt if this dress was ever worn and it’s a knockout.  I found the silk-like bolero the same day at Goodwill. The two were made for each other. I’m carrying a vintage Rodo of Italy. I have found my whole collection of Rodos on eBay.

 

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Another Instagram pic taken on one of the coldest day we had this winter and a day I was being the librarian at my school. The jacket is a Jones of New York that I picked up at Salvation Army the previous year. I’m also wearing one of my vintage Poodle themed silk scarfs that I find on eBay.

 

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I’m ending with one of my favorites, an Agostino tweed dress with a brown leather belt that I picked up at Act II, a Kansas City consignment shop that closed their doors last summer. I love this dress because I find so many ways to wear it. Repeat and Variation aptly describes my take on these looks.

 

Have you noticed a common thread running through these styles? They all have what I call “2nd loved” items. For what ever reason, these pieces landed in a thrift or consignment shop, eBay or in the case of my Dad’s old hat, was a handed down item. Do I dress only in 2nd loved items? Of course not, but I don’t have a  problem incorporating these great finds within the whole context of my style, which also includes local designer originals, small boutiques and the likes such as Kohl’s and TJ Maxx.

I love the hunt of these 2nd loved items; going through racks of cheap and fast fashion to find that one shining gem. This wasn’t always the case. My mindset was changed four years ago upon reading Elizabeth L. Kline’s book. Over Dressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion. This book impacted me enough to write an article about it HERE.

This leads me to my next project. I am going to have a link up every first Friday for those who enjoy, like me, adding 2nd loved items here and there. I now have a page devoted to the 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup (see above in the tabs). The initial 1st Friday will be April 7th and I am so looking forward to getting this thing rolling.

Every 1st Friday, I will have a post to kick off the link up and I hope you will join me.  Below is a some of the information about linkup. I also have more information on the my linkup page that you can access at the top of my blog.

The 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup

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Why 1st Friday?

Around these parts (the Kansas City area), 1st Friday is an important date. It is the day of art and culture. The center of the KC arts scene, the Crossroads art district, is vibrant with new shows in the galleries, artists’ meetups and just a great camaraderie of art lovers. Styling is an art form in my point of view, so it was just natural a MeadowTree Style event would have to be on a first Friday.

Who can link up?

Any post on a blog, Instagram, Facebook or the like can linkup to this style celebration. If you can copy and paste an URL in the Linky box, you are good to go! The post doesn’t have to be current; if you have something good-link up!

Do I have to have a whole 2nd Loved outfit for the linkup?

No, just one item will do, be it a hat, skirt, pants or a piece of jewelry. I believe in mixing it up as far as items in a look. Just one item in your style is all you need, be it from, a thrift shop, eBay, consignment shop, vintage boutique or something a friend gave you because they didn’t want it anymore.

When you do post, I would appreciate a description about your 2nd Loved item (or items), what type of shop you found it and what drew you to it. Tell as much or as little as you want.

When does the Linkup start?

2nd Loved 1st Friday linkup will start 12 a.m. on the first Friday of each month.

How long will the Linkup last?

The 2nd Loved 1st Friday is a once in a month affair and will stay open all month and you can link up anytime during the month. Every 1st Friday I will have a new post to kick the party off and am looking forward to seeing you then.

Until next time, Happy Styling!

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All photo credits have been given in the original posts.

I link up with some great blogs every week. To see who they are go HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17 thoughts on “Better Late Than Never

    1. Thanks for noticing Patti, aI have three goals: to wear 2nd loved. Make things myself and wear local designers. Other things come across my path but those are the three important ones.

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  1. Congretulations! What a fun idea for a linkup! Now I really have to search in my closet! We are going to the UK in April and I am planning to do my first thrift store visit there! I know in which store already! I the Netherlands we don t have many nice thrift stores.

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    1. the UK will be a great place to shop for 2nd loved things. I see great styles coming from the bloggers there based on their brilliant finds. Good luck with your treasure hunt and have fun!

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  2. What great outfits you’ve found – love that tweed dress and the fabulous red Calvin Klein. And such a good idea to start a link-up on thrifting and second-hand. I’ll be there! It’ll be fun x

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    1. Thank you Penny. This is something I have been thinking about for a long time because I just feel that there are a lot of us who enjoy this hunt and thrill gotten from finding something great this way. I don’t think I have seen this type of link up anywhere and thought it would be worth a try. Of course, I went through the usual, what if I throw a party and no one comes, but if you don’t try you will never know. If you have friends that believe the way we do, please let them know about this. Take care-Terri

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  3. Congratulations Terri on your blogiversary! You have a wonderful sense of style and I love all the outfits and hats you have shared. It’s fun to look back over the past year and celebrate your accomplishments! Thank you, as always, for participating in Hat Attack!

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