Design on a Dime – NYC Charity Shop style

dievca looks at the Housing Works eShop  website once in awhile for a little inexpensive retail therapy.  You have to have time and an open mind, but something might gel.

$107.00 bought dievca:

  1. Pringle Argyle Cashmere Sweater in brown (vintage) $30
  2. Columbia Down Vest in brown (used) $17
  3. Plaid Converse Chuck Taylor Slip-Ons in brown (new) $25
  4. COS Basic 100% cotton t-shirt in grey $15 (new)
  5. COS Basic 100% cotton t-shirt in white $15 (new)
  6. Blue Q ‘Get the Hell Out of My Kitchen’ sock $5 (new) – a gift for a friend

she’ll match the first 4 items with:

  • MIH Jeans
  • Stand Studio Kala Faux Leather Overcoat in dark Green $515 on sale for $87.55
  • Tomas Maier Pony Hair Backpack
  • RE/done upcycled Blue Jean Mask

For a quirky, yet interesting combination in the City.  Master will be laughing at dievca’s Midwestern homage~

We really need to get out of COVID cozy and head back to Ladylike…

What is your Design on a Dime style?

(Let dievca know and she’ll post it!)


What the Customs Duty paid for~

  • Dries van Noten Teal Crocodile Derby’s $890 for $366 (now $240 – size 38 run more like an 8.5)
  • Dries van Noten Snakeskin Platform Sandals $885 for $646 (sold out elsewhere)
  • Laura Manoogian Brown Bow Pants $350 for $249 (Cheaper elsewhere, but the size was too large for dievca)

The Derby’s were too large, so they had to be returned. The pants will be worn in the Winter – they are a heavy knit.

The Sandals are being worn on this trip with:

  • Eddie Bauer White Jeans $80 for $55 
  • Dries van Noten Floral Tee Shirt  eBay $80

The customs re-imbursement bought:

 

  • Dries van Noten purple knit bra and briefs $220 for $114 and $280 for $109
  • Acne Studios Star Bag $250 for $98
  • Pearls Before Swine Simple Silver Ring Set $250 for $137

Now, before you pass judgement on the amount spent…remember that dievca sold items this month at Buffalo Exchange for $300, the RealReal for $1250, and has 6 items out to Decades in LA. Plus two items have sold on eBay during dievca’s travels = $200.

$1488 bought, $1750 sold + with more listed.

And if you are interested – Master thinks dievca’s machinations for reducing and rebuilding her closet are hilarious. 

“Diversity, dievca, Diversity”


A sense of release~

20210708_215600 When your body changes and you decide that half of the clothes you have kept on-hand are out of your realm of revisiting, it is depressing and frustrating. Add that one foot has grown a size because of breakage, so gorgeous shoes that no longer fit need to be weeded out.

You push yourself to rip through the closets and try-on EVERYTHING….

1st you sell to Buffalo Exchange and Crossroads (made $200) – the “better” load goes to The RealReal (photo of boxes for pick-up). High-end pieces to Vestiaire Collective or Decades. Leftovers and rags to Goodwill – and you find a place for those good condition bras at freethegirls.org. Who knows if they actually use the bras, but you are able to pack and send then out of your apartment – rather than looking at them in disgust because they are excellent quality and you cannot figure out what to do with them.

Release!

The closet now holds clothing you can wear IMMEDIATELY and pieces that you could wear in a pinch, shoes that don’t take 10 minutes to get on because of the foot issue.

And a few pieces you couldn’t let go of~

dievca has killed herself the past 10 days. 


Shopping the closet worked…

dievca didn’t look pregnant and received multiple compliments on the dress. Note – its been long enough since Melania Trump wore the Big Pink Dress (2017) and its still in style. Plus, it was the perfect choice for an outdoor event.

Wipe the sweat off that brow – whew!


In a Panic…

dievca has an outdoor event to attend. The 1st of its kind in a year +.

Even after the never-ending process of reducing her closet – she has a number of items available to wear – IF THEY FIT WELL.  Health and movement-wise, dievca is in pretty good shape.  Deep sleep (physical recovery sleep) and perimenopause-wise, her body shape has shifted – a belly has appeared.  Her closet hasn’t shifted to keep up with it because she wants to see what happens with menopause and HRT.

God, what to wear without looking pregnant.

Before she goes digging deep – here is what she thinks will fit easily:

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Eliza Faulkner Cotton Sissy Dress

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Loup Charmant Hydrus Dress Cadmium Red

Faithful the Brand Sonja Dress

Faithfull the Brand Sonja Dress

Then there is the question of a matching mask~

Cross-fingers. dievca will let you know what she finally decides to wear.


Fashion vs. Styling: they are not the same.

What Is the Difference Between Style and Fashion? There is an overlap between style and fashion, but a good rule of thumb is that style relates to the individual, while fashion is more collective.

One Dapper Street Fashion vs Style

”Fashion” is tangible clothes, the ones you see in stores, in magazines, and on celebrities.
“Style” is intangible.
‘Style is how you take the fashion and interpret it into an outfit or look that makes you feel like you. It’s not all about the fashion or trends but rather accepting yourself, working with what flatters your figure, finding what tickles your fancy and wearing wearing what makes you confident.’Laurie Brucker, certified image consultant, personal stylist and speaker.

Why is dievca pondering this difference?
Fashion vs style 2she wants to determine the ratio of classic clothing vs. fads she needs in her closet to look unique.
she doesn’t want a uniform, but she doesn’t want too keep ten million pieces, either.
The Marie Kondo credo doesn’t make dievca feel comfortable – but the ’30 use’ rule seems to apply better.
Will you use an item approximately 30 times in your Life? If yes, keep it.

Is that enough to create dievca’s style using Whering?  Probably.


“Please Help…I am a BLACK BOOT addict”

(roll over or click photos for descriptions)
dievca needs to lighten her load and gain some room in the closet,
any advice will be carefully considered.

(Brown boots are next)


What came 1st? The Shoes or The Dance?

Do the shoes make you dance or does the dance call for the shoes?
(chicken and the egg issue…)

Some of dievca’s dancing shoes:


Spring/Summer Refashioned

With moving, dievca has combed her closets and taken items to resale (Buffalo Exchange), dropped items at Goodwill and Housing Works and listed items on eBay. Whew! if it sounds exhausting…it was exhausting~

And then Spring/Summer arrived…and dievca went into overdrive to refresh her closets. She bought 14 items and was thinking about the rest:

 

Is she going to keep it all? dievca is not sure – she has her receipts, but she got rid of 10 + items from her closet and is promising you all that she will remove 5 more, before she keeps anything.

Please note that she was holding on to Spring/Summer Clothes which were 7+ years old….a clear out and revamp was needed.

Did you need to do a clear out? Any suggestions of “keepers” for dievca?
Did you note there wasn’t much black? Those patent leather Puma shoes are navy….
(and if you want to know what she bought – just ask)


Emergency Closet Rip Apart…(when your closet doesn’t fail you)

Usually dievca does it better. she hasn’t been on it.  her planning for Presentation Outfits for Master has dropped while He is away and her outfit planning for events has been non-existent…

It all started with a panic attack for the last Gala of the year.  The dress dievca wanted to wear, a multicolored silk jersey Etro,  wasn’t found (and she still hasn’t found the damn dress….not happy).

After an irritated meltdown moment and two Alice + Olivia dresses being banished to the resale bag — dievca came up with an alternative of a Lanvin Silk Dress (Ete 2006) and black Charles Jourdan Heels, dressed down with brass accents:

Next panic attack — forgotten dinner for a High School Graduate. Fastest way to get there after work is on a bike, weather was “iffy”. Hot during the day and cooling off at night.

dievca’s Humanoid silk Ellen dress (2013) came to the rescue with the same brass jewelry (Hey, it was already together, in a bag, and easy to grab). J Crew Navy blue ribbed cashmere sweater for the cool restaurant, Barneys Sandals and Liebeskind Navy Leather Backpack for the ride…whew!


Two events down — two to go!
A wedding and a 60th Surprise Birthday Party.
dievca will be back with the plans for those two events.

Just incase you wanted to know what the underpinings looked like:
Black Cosabella Soire set for the Lanvin Dress
Navy Wolford Linea set with slip for the Humanoid Dress


dievca’s 30 wardrobe classics

People can argue what is important in a closet. dievca has been thinking about Classics. she found that these 30 items are the Classics she is willing to spend on because they are used time and time, again. What are your Classics? Did dievca miss any?

(the photos are of pieces in dievca’s closet,  win or lose — she’s doing a closet revamp!)

Trench Coat

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Burberry Cashmere/Wool Trench Coat

Club Monanco Jane Trench Taylor Swift

Club Monanco Jane Trench

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Irish & Ink Perfect Cotton Twill Trench Coat

Fancy Coat

Rob erto Cavalli Wool Cashmere Beaded Coat

Roberto Cavalli Wool

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Beaded Cashmere Coat

Leather Jacket

Golden Goose Leather Jacket

Golden Goose Leather Jacket

Gap Navy Leather Moto Jacket

Gap Navy Leather Moto Jacket

Puffer Jacket

 

Marmot Morning Frost Coat

Marmot Morning Frost Coat

Patagonia Womens Down Sweater Jacket - Chartreuse

Patagonia Womens Down Sweater Jacket – Chartreuse

Button Down Shirt

Thomas Pink

Thomas Pink white button down french cuffs

Dolce & Gabbana Striped Multi Color Long Sleeved Shirt

Dolce & Gabbana Striped Multi Color Long Sleeved Shirt

Stripped Tee

Agnes b. White/Black Australie T-shirt

Agnes b. White/Black Australie T-shirt

 

Marco de Vincenzo Rainbow Stripe Top

Marco de Vincenzo Rainbow Stripe Top

Biondo Beverly Hills Shawl Collar Top

Biondo Beverly Hills Shawl Collar Top

Chunky Sweater

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Nili Lotan GiGi Navy Cashmere Sweater

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Master’s Belstaff Littlehurst Grey Wool Cashmere Sweater

Fitted Turtleneck

Black Mock Turtleneck

Black Mock Turtleneck

Forever Fashion Grey Turtleneck

Forever Fashion Grey Turtleneck

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Opening Ceremony Sheer Turtleneck Blouse

A-Line Skirt

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Maeve Hillcrest Grey Wool Skirt

michael kors-black leather A line skirt

Michael Kors Black Leather A Line Skirt

Lacoste Navy Sweater Knit Skirt

Lacoste Navy Sweater Knit Skirt

Perfect Fitting Jeans

Point Sur High Rise Stacker Jeans J Crew

Point Sur High Rise Stacker Jeans J Crew

NYDJ Flare Leg Stretch Jeans

NYDJ Flare Leg Stretch Jeans

J Brand Allegiance Tailored High- Rise

J Brand Allegiance Tailored High- Rise

Wide-leg Trousers

Cartonnier Anthropologie Black Wide Leg Pants

Cartonnier Anthropologie Black Wide Leg Pants

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Rag & Bone Herringbone Wide Leg Trousers

Black Booties

Rag & Bone Moto Boots

Rag & Bone Moto Boots

Durango Boot 11 inch Harness Crossroads Boots Womens

Durango Boot 11 inch Harness Crossroads Boots Womens

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ACNE studios black crackle pistol boots

Work Flats

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Lanvin Ballet Flat with Chains

Walkable Heels

Vivienne Westwood Ankle Cuff Heels

Vivienne Westwood Ankle Cuff Heels

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Charles Jourdan Black Heels

Proenza Schouler Grey Leather Pumps

Proenza Schouler Grey Leather Pumps

Repetto 'Baya' T-Bar pumps $269

Repetto ‘Baya’ T-Bar pumps

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Manolo Blahnik Classic Black Pumps

Red Tango Shoes

Red Tango Shoes

Heeled Sandal

Marina Rinaldi Blue Suede Sandals

Marina Rinaldi Teal Suede Sandals

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b. Brian Atwood Gold Cassie Sandal

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GretaFlora Nina Tango Shoe

Sneakers

Nike Womens Free-5.0 TR Fit 4 PrintScarlet Bodega WordPress

Nike Womens Free-5.0 TR Fit 4 PrintScarlet Bodega WordPress

Converse Chuck Taylors Raffia Weave Rebel Teal

Converse Chuck Taylors Raffia Weave Rebel Teal

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Adidas Stan Smith python sneakers

Tote Bag

Reed-Krakoff- Signature tote

Reed-Krakoff- Signature tote

Baggu Leather Shopping Tote

Baggu Leather Shopping Tote

Weekender Bag

Jeremy Scott Longchamp Keyboard Bag

Jeremy Scott Longchamp Keyboard Bag

Nike Swim backpack laser crimson

Nike Swim backpack laser crimson

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Master’s Vintage leather Duffle

Tumi 92380 Alpha Bravo Deluxe LEATHER Lejeune Backpack

Master’s Tumi Alpha Bravo Deluxe LEATHER Lejeune Backpack

Going Out Clutch

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Lulu Guinness Sputnik Clutch

Marlo Grey Leather Purse

Marlo Grey Leather Purse

Hugo Boss Metallic Gold Leather Rectangular Box Clutch

Hugo Boss Metallic Gold Leather Rectangular Box Clutch

JALDA Brown Croc "Original" Clutch

JALDA Brown Croc “Original” Clutch

Hayden Harnett Disney Tron Clutch

Hayden Harnett Disney Tron Clutch

Hayden Harnett Optimist Pessimist Bardot Clutch 2

Hayden Harnett Optimist Pessimist Bardot Clutch

Hayden Harnett Optimist Pessimist Bardot Clutch

 

 

Perfect Wallet

Reed Krakoff Black Patent Leather Stitched Wallet

Reed Krakoff Black Patent Leather Stitched Wallet

comme des garcons Wallet

comme des garcons Wallet

comme des garcons Coin Purse

comme des garcons Coin Purse

Wool Scarf

Saint Laurent Paisley Scarf

Saint Laurent Paisley Scarf

Cashmere Knit Scarf Black

Cashmere Knit Scarf Black

Hat

San Diego Hat Co. Trapper

San Diego Hat Co. Trapper

Tracy Watts Black Hat

Tracy Watts Black Fedora

Tracy Watts Black Leather Newsboy

Tracy Watts Black Leather Newsboy

Tracy Watts Fedora

Tracy Watts Fedora

Sunglasses

Tom Ford Sunglasses Violet/Blue

Tom Ford Sunglasses Violet/Blue

Illesteva Blue Leonard Silver lenses

Illesteva Blue Leonard Silver lenses

Giorgio Armani Sunglasses

Giorgio Armani Sunglasses

Chloe Sunglasses 2147

Chloe Sunglasses 2147

Everyday Watch

Tag Heuer Formula 1 vintage watch

Tag Heuer Formula 1 vintage watch

Uniform 152 Series Watch

Uniform 152 Series Watch

Zadig & Voltaire Watch

Zadig & Voltaire Watch

Staple Earrings

14K Gold Oval Hoop

14K Gold Oval Hoop

Luv AJ Ring of Fire Stud Earrings $33

Luv AJ Ring of Fire Stud Earrings

Silver Studs

Silver Studs

Vanessa Mooney ball and chain earrings

Vanessa Mooney ball and chain earrings

Black Sterling Oxidized Crystal Earrings - CaptiveLove Etsy

Black Sterling Oxidized Crystal Earrings – CaptiveLove Etsy

Statement Ring

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& other stories cuff ring

Anne Sportun 18K Peridot

Anne Sportun 18K Peridot

Jade Ring

Jade Ring

Midwest Alchemy Pearl Copper Ring

Midwest Alchemy Pearl Copper Ring

Any Occasion Dress

Joe Fresh™ for JCPenney Sleeveless Cowlneck Dress Navy

Joe Fresh™ for JCPenney Sleeveless Cowlneck Dress Navy

Zac Posen 'Bouquet' Belted Jersey Dress Nordstrom

Zac Posen ‘Bouquet’ Belted Jersey Dress

collectif_caterina_polkadot_dress_navy_front 40's swing dress

Collectif Caterina Polka Dot Navy 1940’s Swing Dress

Little Black Dress

Adam black wool shawl collar dress

Adam black wool shawl collar dress

Norma Kamali Sweatheart Flair Dress black

Norma Kamali Sweatheart Flair Dress black

Norma Kamali Turtleneck Dress

Norma Kamali Turtleneck Dress

Tracy Reese Checkered Lace Godet Dress

Tracy Reese Checkered Lace Godet Dress

Office Dress

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Rebecca Taylor Snakeskin Dress

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Rebecca Taylor black/blue v-neck tweed fringe dress

 

Classic Suit

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Lanvin Suit

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Rebecca Taylor Stretch Tweed Jacket and Dress