Something Old, Something New

Style Evolution - Throwback Thursday

Like many of you who are on social media, we oftentimes are reminded of what we’ve posted years ago in the form Facebook Memories. Personally I love that feature, not only does it post photos that you may have taken but those status’s that you’ve posted on a specific date as well. It’s a nice little flashback in time. Recently I logged into my Facebook account, and saw that I posted the picture below one day in June 2013…

I thought to myself, gosh I haven’t worn that t-shirt dress in years (literally since 2013), and that’s a super cute and comfy piece. Plus it’s actually one of the few designer pieces I own. I was one of the few to get the limited edition piece when Target did a Designer Collaboration with Prabal Gurung. I wanted to get my hands on this dress, and style it up again soon. Looking at the photo I knew that I would never wear this exact outfit again because a) I absolutely can’t walk in heels this high anymore, and b) although I found the t-shirt dress, but I had no ideal where that denim vest was. But this lead me to think, would I want to wear this look exactly as I wore it almost 7 years ago?

My style has evolved so much since back then. Literally night and day. I remember talking to one of my tutors from London College of Style and she saying to just wait until I could dress for the life and job that I wanted, and not the conservative corporate job that I had been working for almost a decade. Things definitely became more relaxed and expressive…organically thankfully. I traded in my suits and heels; for more unique vintage, and brogues and sneakers.

outfit details - dress: Prabal Gurung x Target; windbreaker and earrings: vintage; shoes: Adidas

I think it’s a great idea to exercise your Something Old, Something New magic and create new looks from old pieces in your wardrobe. It’s a great way to gage just how much your style has evolved over the years. Yes there are some things that I wouldn’t dare wear currently, and I really wished I would have been more selective and not as trend focused back then. However, I can say that I have learned from my past, and now I tend to either buy vintage or go with the classics.

Lastly, I want to add that as many of you know I am now a solopreneur with many endeavors that I manage daily. One of those businesses is SOSNUTHRIFT and because I want this business to be a huge success, I have pledged to become a walking billboard for the company. There is never a time that I leave home without wearing something from my brand. My personal style is a conversation starter and free promotion for Something Old, Something New. So back then I may have wore this dress very understyle and sort of plain, now a days it’s unhired for me to not be proudly sporting my very own brand in some form or fashion.

A Check In...Hiya Friends!!!!

Hey guys, I hope you are still out there. It has been a while, and I just wanted to come back and check in. I have been busy, busy working on a few things that will propel my brand. We are attempting to take SOSNU beyond the Blog, and become a full service fashion consulting company.

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As many of you know, a few years ago I left corporate America, and moved to London on a quest to start a new career in fashion. After taking a short fashion course, I was blessed with an opportunity to take a position at InStyle UK. Since then I have been working as a freelance editorial stylist and commissioned fashion writer.

Some of you all may remember the Buy it Off My Back campaign that I launched here on the blog a few years ago. Well from that sparked the idea of starting a online thrift and vintage store, SOSNUTHRIFT. This project has become all consuming. We literally are shipping dozens of orders weekly, and looking to shift into bundle and bulk sales. So if you have a small store and is looking to stock up on new pieces look us up.

Let’s think of a few more updates that I could share. Oh yea, I’ve written a booklet. It will be available on Amazon in a few weeks. I can’t disclose particulars right now, but I will say that it’s about styling. The process has been hard, but to see an actual proof of your very own book is so rewarding. Be on the look out for a pre-order form on the site or via email newsletter.

Copenhagen Fashion Week AW 2019

I don’t really do fashion week recaps because that can become quite overwhelming, plus that’s not what we’re doing over here on SOSNU. However, Copenhagen is my favorite city that I have yet to visit, and I loveeeee the fun and quirky designs that the Danes produce. So each season I highlight my favorite designers and take a closer look at their collections. I have been working really hard to create my “reason why” and to be invited to the shows in the Fall. Wish me luck. Hopefully in September I am reporting fashion highlights live from Denmark’s capital city.

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Baum und Pferdgarten is one of Copenhagen’s most popular fashion brands, and that’s not very surprising that it has lasted 20 years. The Baum und Pfer girl is the carefree, effortlessly cool girl around town…quite relatable wouldn’t you say? However, this season their collection wasn’t one of my favorites. Yes there was beautiful furs and outerwear in nice prints, and I loved the layering techniques and usage of accessories. However, I didn’t see the collection as being very cohesive. It was very hard for me to identify parallel themes and inspirations from piece to piece. I had to do a bit of digging to get narrative of what the designers were specifically inspired by.

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The byline for the Stine Goya collection this season should have been, “for the carefree woman that loves to let loose”. The designer used her platform to shine an even brighter light on sustainability by using upcycled fabrics and vibrant embellishments, even going as far as using digitally crafted prints to create this season. Despite not having an ordinary RTW runway show, I thought it was really cool how dancers gave a beautiful dance performance wearing glamorous, eco-friendly costumes.

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Ganni is a brand we all know and love, but is it a brand that we all identify with? With this collection the designers wanted to show a collection that presented a different perception of the beautiful blonde Ganni girl. All grown up that girl is now a sophisticated woman. Inspired by photos of deserts, cityscapes, fields and wilderness the name of this collection is “Life on Earth”, the new Ganni woman is a nomadic wanderer. I could easily see myself and my group of friends wearing these pieces. The trench coats, full length puffers, silks, rich colors and abstract prints scored mega points with me, not to mention the brand is taking awareness of their carbon footprint through sustainable practices hit high notes in my book.

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Although this collection may appear to be aesthetically similar to collections in the past, Cecilie Bahnsen actually had intentions to introduce more mystery and darkness for AW 2019. The color palette veered from the whimsical white baby doll dresses and sandals to white and black baby doll dresses styled with combat boots?!?! No, but in the designers defense the variances are settle, but present.

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This collection literally screamed refinement, luxe and effortless sophistication. The By Marlene Birger woman is who I aspire to be when I grow up. She has it all - the career, the family and the beautiful wardrobe. Although the designer didn’t shy away from the use of color and prints, it was done in a subtle and almost minimalist way.