Expanding 2nd Love 1st Friday Linkup

Some of you may recall my last month’s 1st Friday post, at the end I threw out ideas about adding ways people could participate in the 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup. This has been on my mind for a while now: I’m sure there are many more ways to live the “slow fashion” life than just going to thrift stores.

Since that post, I participated in a month long Slow Fashion linkup on Instagram. Each day we had a “Slow Fashion” prompt that highlighted ideas that revolved around the slow fashion idea. I loved every day and with each daily prompt, I saw ways to incorporate new ideas into the 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup.

At this point, there will still be just one month long linkup. I will still open it up on the 1st Friday of the month and close on the last day. The blue button will be on every post I do for the month to make it easy to link up whenever you feel like it.

Entries are still welcome from everywhere: Instagram, blogs, Facebook, or just a photo from your computer.

My daughter Michelle, has always been my partner (she says in crime) in this slow fashion thing and we cooked up the original linkup together last year because of it.

So lets get started with new ways to link up to the Slow Fashion 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup. Its a mouthful, I know but that’s it until I come up with something better. So here are my new ideas for linking up. 


The number one Slow Fashion action will always be thrifting. Thrifting is one of the best shopping adventures I know. A good eye and a little patience will pay off. The feeling of scoring a great item at a thrift, well, those of you who thrift know what I’m talking about.

I still remember how exciting it was towards the end of December when I found my remarkable faux fur vintage jacket. In perfect shape, it was from a Tulsa boutique that closed its doors in the early 60s.

Consignment Shops

Consignment shops are good to explore, brick and mortar or online shops such as Poshmark, and The RealReal. There are several other online shops as well. Quite frankly, I like a few luxury items in my life. If I can get an $800 dress in perfect condition for $50, heck yea!

This photo is from last August. I’m carrying my “new to me” Louie Vuitton Alma bag which I found on The RealReal. Honestly, the only way for me to have a bag of this quality is to find one on the second hand market. My black jumpsuit is from Poshmark, another online consignment shop.

Supporting Makers in Your Own Country

Purchasing garments and accessories made in your own country or even better, locally, saves on the carbon footprint. If you have read this blog for a while, you know how I love my local Kansas City designers. Made in Kansas City–or with Made in the USA–are good things.

I know I am always showing designs by Kansas City designers. Well, this time it’s Saint Louis, MO. My air brushed silk skirt is by Michael Drummond. If you watch Project Runway, Michael was one of the designers for season 8. The black top in this photo is at least ten years old and made in the USA.

If you live in Britain and purchase something made in Britain, or you’re Canadian and get something made in Canada, or where ever, please share here on this American blog! I love learning about regional designers.

I Made My Clothes

Are you wearing something you made? Please linkup. That definitely answers the question, “Who Made Your Clothes”.

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Daughter Michelle was a guest blogger in April during Fashion Revolution Week.


Do you have something that was up-cycled? Re-purposing is another important slow fashion concept. Many designers are now taking older items and restyling them for resale. Those work too.

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I’m wearing a Kimono like top that I up-cycled from a thrifted maxi dress. I loved the print but hated the dress. Those shoes are some Gloria Vanderbilt heels from ’83. I still wear them once in a while.

Fair Trade

It has always been important for me to try and support women around the world to get a fair wage. There are companies and organizations I support that train women to have the opportunity to support their families. If anyone can incorporate these women’s products in your style, then this would be a great linkup to show-case their work.

My recycled leather clutch (50% recycled leather, 50% polyurethane) with 100% silk lining dyed with all natural, non-toxic dyes from Lions in Four. The clutch itself is manufactured in NYC. The lining is handmade by artisans in south India so no two pieces are alike. From Lions in Four, this clutch is one of my most used bags.
I was so happy that Michael and I got to talk to Sheila of Lions in Four.  As a creative who sews, knits, spins and dyes, I felt an immediate respect and connection for this foundation and brand. The fact that it is based in Kansas City makes it even more special.

Been in Your Closet For at Least Ten Years

This idea grew out of a couple of bloggers. Sue of High Heels in the Wilderness made a compelling argument for being frugal by buying a high quality garments (hers was a Max Mara jacket from ’02) and finding new ways to style them with each passing year.

Anna, of Mutton Years Style & I also talked to me about linking up with a jacket that had been in her closet for over ten years. In the end, Anna, Sue, and I think there are many ways to be frugal.

Me and my beloved Laura Ashley wool jacket. It has been the only navy jacket I’ve ever had. I got it in the winter of ’96 and even remember wearing it for the first time to one of Rachelle’s volley ball games. The crazy things we remember!

There is also a movement here in the states loosely termed Buy Me Once. Has anyone else heard of this type of movement? I believe a well-made and classic garment would be one of those “Buy Me Once”. I personally have two jacket I still enjoy wearing: an Laura Ashley jacket that I bought around ’96 and a jacket I made around ’85.

To qualify for this category, something has to have been in your closet for at least ten years and you restyle it maybe every couple years or so. Yes, this does encourage hanging on to certain things, but if you love it and wear it over the years, that is going green as far as I’m concerned.

I made my blue/grey jacket somewhere around ’84. I used camel as a contrast with the buttons, piped edging and the long fringed scarf in which I embroidered navy stylize wheat shafts. Rachelle was about three at the time and I found her with her little scissors and my unfinished scarf trying to help me. She decided that that messy fringe needed to go. I caught her just in time! There’s only one little chunk missing. Now it just makes me smile but I don’t think I was smiling when it happened!

Clothes Swapping With Friends, or in My Case, Daughters

Who says two can’t wear the same item. We do it all the time around here.

My collection of bags is to the girls like the Bank of Bravos is to Westeros. Sorry for the Game of Thrones reference, but if you have been following me on Instagram, you know that the girls and I spent a glorious four days in Dallas at Con of Thrones. This photo is from last fall’s Kansas City Fashion Week and all three clutches are mine. Oh, and Rachelle borrowed my gold belt too. 

You Have Been Entrusted With Something Special

You have a precious hand knitted sweater of your grandmother or something else that has been entrusted to you for safe keeping and you wear it. I need to thank Lea for this one (see comments below). I actually did something based on this idea in May for the #slowfashionchallenge but this idea entirely escaped me while I was putting together my list.

From #slowfashionchallenge Day 13-hand-me-down
Happy Mothers Day
This post is very appropriate for today, although it’s not my mother that I am talking about but my mother-in-law.
This isn’t currently the right season in Missouri for my vintage Pendleton 49er jacket but it is one of my most precious hand-me-downs. My mother-in-law, Leone, knew (as most my family) that the passion for fashion and fashion history was always strong with me. Leone made sure before she passed away that I had her own 49er. She also decided I needed her cat eye sunnies, which I agreed; I did and love them too!
#slowfashionchallenge, #slowfashion, #ethicalfashion, #vintagelove

At this moment, that is all the slow fashion ideas I can think of. If you have any suggestions, let me know. I am open to suggestions.

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

Michael gets credit for the photos of me and does a bit of editing from time to time.

Again, thanks for stopping by. Take care……..


It’s Time for the Linkup!

Now to the 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup. For inspiration, I’m again kicking it off with a collage of the wonderful slow fashion stylists that linked up last month.

Last Months Slow Fashion Stylists from the 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup.


I am sure you are already following these creative bloggers-if you have missed some one-here is their IG names and blog titles.

Starting from the top left and going clockwise:

It’s time for June’s Slow Fashion 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup which stays open until June 30th.


                                       New ideas-new logo!


To link up, Just click the blue button below and it will take you to a new page. Copy your URL, crop your photo and that is just about it.

Visit some of the other bloggers and above all else have some fun.


41 thoughts on “Expanding 2nd Love 1st Friday Linkup

  1. I always enjoy your posts Terri. You have a wonderful eye for fashion and style. I love your faux fur coat and your hand tailored jacket but my favourite is your up cycled kimono dress. The colours are stunning. You and your daughters look like you just stepped out of a magazine. Beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Brigid.

      I was going with my gut and heart on this one. I decided to tailor the linkup with an all rounded approach to being “a conscience shopper”. I haven’t put anything on here that I and don’t do. I look at it as a Slow Fashion forest with many different types of trees. I’m sure that there are a lot more ideas and I hope that everyone will share.

      There are probably a few things in here that not everyone is going to agree with. I figure that we need a little bipartisanship (sorely lacking at this moment in my country) and the linkup needed to be more inclusive and I’m happy with it.

      The big question is if others like it and will linkup. Only time will tell.

      Terri xox

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    1. I’m used to it. Thirty=five years after the fact, my little sister finally admitted to me that she would raid my closet after I left for school. I always suspected by the condition my clothes were in at times. But it took years before she finally ‘fessed up!

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    1. Well, I guess I’m pretty easy going on that one, as long as I know they have them. I will admit thought, Rachelle has had one of my gold clutches so long, I don’t know if I’m ever going to get it back! Thanks for linking up and I hope one day, I can see some of your Mom’s creations on here as I’ve opened up the “going green” ways to more that thrifting.


  2. Great post, Terri! You know I am right with you on supporting all these endeavors. Well, right now I can’t have anything more than three years old since I’ve lost 93 lbs. in the last 3 years! 🙂 But, I do believe in hanging on to beautiful, quality pieces!

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    1. Thanks Ronnie,

      I know you had reached an amazing goal with your weight but you style such amazing creative thrifts, you will always have something to share with us.

      I thought I needed to open the party up to other ideas and have broader take on “Slow Fashion”. There are many who don’t thrift like us but do other “green conscience” things that I just felt a need to be more inclusive.

      Did you notice that I was wearing some Gloria Vanderbilt black pumps that I’ve had since the early 80s? Talk about hanging onto something forever! But I have just always loved those shoes.

      Terri xox


    1. Thank you,
      I just want a very well rounded and inclusive view when it comes to my slow fashion and the linkup. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

      Terri xox


  3. Fabulous post! Recently I was given a few jackets to give away by an elderly lady I know and decided instead to see if they could be restyled to fit me, and yes, they can!!! One is a gorgeous black cashmere made in France (she lived in Europe for many years) and I’m thrilled to bits. They may not have been in my closet for 10 years, but were in hers for 20 🙂
    This is new to me but inspiring nonetheless. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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  4. Your slow fashion linkup has been such fun, I’ve enjoyed seeing all the posts.
    I love your ideas for the blog link up, it’s a good reminder of the different ways to be mindful of what we wear.
    This month’s link up looks great as ever, as someone who has spent much of the month in overalls or working, I’ve been a bit under inspired this month but I’d love to contribute to your new style link up, so I’ll have to think of something.
    I absolutely love your mustard and black outfit, you’re rocking a different shade of yellow this week. xxx

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    1. But job well done for your month’s toil!

      Thanks for the positive words about the linkup. I starting feeling about a couple of months ago that I needed do something with it and I hope people respond. Only time will tell. The #slowfashionchallenge regrammed me today so we’ll see if anyone comes over.

      The palazzo pants are a Vogue pattern that i made almost a couple of years ago. They go with everything. That silk blouse was one of the first 2nd hand Escada things I bought from eBay around ’06. It spent a few years not being worn but it finally found a home with those pants. Terri xox


  5. Great post Terri. As you know from previous conversations, I wear 2nd Loved by ME throughout each and every week as I believe in holding on to things you can fall in love with all over again. I have likened my wardrobe to my personal private charity shop. I stopped linking to your 2nd Loved because I didn’t want to waste your time, most of what I wear is my own but just re-found, so I felt a bit like a cuckoo in the nest! I’m not sure if you mean these now fall into your 2nd Loved. Can you clarify? I’m probably missing something! Hugs my dear, x

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    1. Mary, The linkup has a much broader Slow Fashion outlook now. I know that you, like me, have some things that has been in your closet for years and that is a valuable slow fashion thing; buy something that you love so much that you can wear it over and over again; frugal at its best.

      The problem is with me keeping “2nd Loved” in the title. May was crazy and i just didn’t have time to think (or didn’t want to) about a new official title or logo. I am getting on that as we speak. I have basically rebranded the linkup and it needs a new image. As soon as I get it done, the old logo will be gone and the linkup will have its new one.

      So yes, link up! In my photos this week you will see shoes and a coat that have had from the 80s and my Laura Ashley jacket from the 90s. Thrifting is now just one tree in this Slow Fashion forest!

      P.S. I took a photo of a quilt that I saw on Tuesday in an art show that I need to send you-when you see it you will know why.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by and commenting Shelbee. Hey, posts are welcome from anywhere. With the exception of one, all my photos for this post are from Instagram. And the way IG is set up anymore sometimes its hard to see each others feed-so link up all the IG you want. This party does last all month!


  6. Love this post. When I first started blogging I did a fairly lengthy piece on shopping second hand so this fits right in to my sentiments. You can get so much more quality (and bang for your buck) if you’re creative about how/where you buy (or trade or borrow). I still have some articles of clothing from my youth a long time ago and you can see the care with which they were made. Thank you for helping us think, and shop, outside the big box!

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    1. Thanks Linda, I’ve read enough of your blog to know the “green” force is strong with you. Thanks for linking up. I hope this new take on the linkup will open options up for everyone and we can see some unique ideas as far as ethical and ‘going green” fashion. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we will now see more regional clothing and accessory designers.


    1. Thank you, he has such a different aesthetic when it comes to design. I so appreciate his design view point that I like supporting him as much as I can. This is my third piece that I’ve gotten from him.


  7. Great ideas for expanding slow fashion Terri! Your outfits prove that we can look fabulous in second-hand clothes and proud of it! Doing good for our world while having fun with fashion. In these disposable times, we need to buy quality things and take care of them. My daughter and I share clothes too — that’s coming up in my next post. Jean has hosted clothing exchanges and I plan to have one too. She sells clothing made in the USA and jewellery made by local artisans in her eco boutique in Seattle.

    Thank you for hosting! 🙂


      1. Will do! Jean’s eco boutique is all about fair-trade, eco-friendly and ethical fashion. She’s a thrift shopper too and hosts regular Clothing Exchange parties for her friends. 🙂

        The eyelet skirt in my post is about 15 years old, which qualifies for your expanding slow fashion idea! 🙂

        Slow is the way to go!

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  8. So many fantastic sophisticated outfits in one post, Terri. You and your friends that you swapped clothes with, look beyond fabulous. Goes to show that age is JUST A NUMBER!!

    The first Sunday of each month I co-host a linkup with 2 friends so please join this month’s “The Sunday Showcase” (linked below) and welcome by each Thursday for my style linkup. Thanks and Happy June, Ada. =)


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    1. Thank you Ada, for you wonderful comments for my ideas on slow and ethical fashion. I will remember your linkups because I do want to get out the word of all the new ways everyone can link up using mindful fashion.


    1. Jess, I am happy that you like my ideas for expanding the slow fashion linkup. I know you have a superb eye when you purchase 2nd hand and always enjoy seeing what your latest choices are.
      Terri xox


  9. Wonderful post, Terri, expanding on all the ways we can make a smaller footprint on the earth. Your creative sewing and up-cycling skills have brought fabulous pieces into your closet! I’m linking up in a thrifted blouse and jumpsuit, thanks for the opportunity, xox


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    1. That so cool, Emma. When my mom was alive, our tastes were very different and she was a very different size than I was. My oldest daughter and I can trade clothes but its mainly the shoes and bags hat we share.


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