Attending our first trade show, Hannah wore this vintage Coddington Sportswear fitted shift dress, circa late 1970's. While there, she received more compliments than we could count! With that said, this dress is now part of our permanent collection with the intention of recreating it one day. What do you think?
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2018 is here and it brings with it such an array of choices throughout the fashion industry that eco-stylist have the advantage of meeting all trending demands for sure! One that I'm most excited about is the return of color. Although there is something calm and kind about a neutral pallet, there is also something about the vibrancy of color splashed, blocked and draped throughout your capsule wardrobe.
When reviewing the spring fashions from shows across London, Paris and New York, color blocking was seen prominent with designers like Tom Ford, Carolina Herrera and Marc Jacobs.
But before you add even ONE more piece to your wardrobe, open your closet and pull out some color. Then pull out your color wheel and find the complimentary colors to those garments. Don't have one? Get one HERE.
Mix and match and work with what you have. Make an inventory list of you favorites and make note of colors you might want to add this season. Shop at Reckless Resale online or stop by your favorite charity shop and begin your own hunt. Whatever happens, it is going to be a colorful 2018!
Many thanks to Alissa Ackerman for nominating me for The Versatile Blogger Award. Alissa’s blog, Behind the Cloth, touched me deeply. She is around the same age as my daughters and her insight into why we make the retail choices we do, intrigued me. I started re-tweeting her insightful posts and one day she purchased from my resale store! I felt that an honor since she obviously takes careful consideration of her fashion choices. Thanks, Alissa!
Versatile blogger award?
Here’s a free fun fact about me outside the assigned seven: I love words. I love learning the etymology of a word, I love seeing how words have changed through generations and I love unique ways we use words. This is a challenge for me as I’m not necessarily an academic, so my dialogue should be casual and fun when I sometimes I get caught up on finding the perfect words to describe a product, activity, or service.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, versatile is defined as: “able to adapt or be adapted to many different functions or activities.” Being versatile is an important trait for bloggers to navigate a digital platform, create interesting content and be your own photographer. But the archaic definition of versatile is actually, “changeable; inconstant,” and THAT more closely describes my ability as a blogger. My life changes constantly with the demands of being a mother and wife. Our suburban life is often unstable and readily inconsistent.
So being nominated for this award is both an honor and a charge to keep my work versatile enough to meet the changeable circumstances thrown at us every day. Sharing these facts about myself as an author may help you better understand our "reckless" brand a little better.
I've always been a little Reckless! So here goes!
7 Facts about @gwenbielicki
Some are friends, some are online sellers I met at Poshfest, and some are more experienced bloggers that may choose not to participate, but they were an inspiration to me when I started blogging, so in salute, I nominate them today! I look forward to getting to know all of you better!
Thank you for the opportunity to grow together this coming year and may you find your own reckless spirit while exploring 7 things that make you, YOU!
For some reason, no one else wanted to join Hannah and me to see Les Miserables at the movie theater, Christmas 2012. Here we are after the show, all giggles, and grins and ready to march to "Do you hear the people sing?"
Pictured in one of my all-time favorite fashion finds, this uneven hem gray cardigan with Fair Isle trim. We've affectionately dubbed it my Grandpa sweater in honor of the big comfortable sweaters worn by my father. But in fact, it is part of my capsule wardrobe and will be until if falls apart.
I was recently nominated by Alissa Ackerman from Behind the Cloth for the Versatile Blogger Award. Her thought provoking posts on Behind the Cloth, dig into the reasons we make the choices we do when we dress. The award now obligates me to share 7 facts about myself and nominate other bloggers. As a new blogger for Reckless Resale, this is an honor. Thank you, Alissa!
Tomorrow the post will follow a video I've been working on to introduce the seven facts and begin our explorations into creating your own capsule wardrobe. But in the interim, my hope is that you be inspired by our #throwbackthursday pic from Christmas, long ago.
December to remember.
Every year, Fred and I explore the giving of Christmas in search of incorporating lasting memories into the lives of each other, our children, and our community. In the past, we’ve done a broad range of activities ranging from Christmas caroling, volunteering locally, and reducing our gift exchanges to three gifts each + one filled stocking.
This Christmas, 2017, may just go down as one of our most favorite. It began when Fred suggested that we attend an activity in place of exchanging physical gifts. We started with a couple of ideas that were grossly overpriced and a little impractical but quickly jumped a little out of our comfort zone and explored all seasonal activities throughout Chicago. We choose a few and excitedly printed them on the calendar.
What followed is what we’ve now dubbed “the December to Remember.” The idea evolved into choosing one activity for each of the Saturday’s in the month of December. So far, we have seen a live radio drama, a Christmas concert, toured local holiday light displays with dear friends and attended a Santa Pub Crawl with a “Twenty Something” group from the city. There were also new explorations in vegan dining, wine tasting and seafood, but I’ll leave those for another story.
This story is about exploring alternative gift giving and the joy and excitement it can bring to your home and relationship. We would like to encourage you to consider creating a new tradition through thoughtful gift giving whether you follow our example or come up with your own unique way to celebrate this special time of year.
May you be blessed and find healing and prosperity in the New Year!
Fred & Gwendolyn
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Had a woman today tell me she believes she is too old to wear a graphic tee shirt (she could not have been more that a few years older than myself). Wearing my own Talbots graphic tee, I just looked at her. She probably doesn't realize that we are only as old as we think we are. Wear what you love and makes you look lovely.
It's times like these I'm reminded of my dear Grandmother Verville; she couldn't wait to turn 100, because she just knew someone would throw her a party. Really, girls, we're never too old to party or wear a graphic tee!
Had some friends throw us some tickets to see Mellencamp at Ravinia Festival last night. I for one was feeling like a truck hit me full on, but I powered through and made it to the festival. After a forgotten picnic bag, squeezing in between blanket-to-blanket festival goers, waiting in line for food to replace our forgotten goodies, "No, don't want cheese on my vegan burger...," purchasing wine & wine glasses while having to bower a bottle opener from our "neighbors" on the blanket next to us; we managed to have a magical night. Nothing like grunging it up for "Hurts so Good."
But in the melee, I thought almost too late to have Fred snap a picture of my festival wear. Flare jeans were a must, concert black, knit tie dye duster (tied around waist), cross body bag with scarf tied on in case the Chicago weather turns cool, and military style hat to complete the look.
What did you wear to your last concert? Just curious.
And in case you missed the concert, here's some classic Mellencamp for you.
That train arrived right on time.
Author: Gwen Bielicki
stylist, designer, hostess, Posh Ambassador, aging gracelessly
Reckless Resale offers alternative apparel for women unafraid to break barriers and build communities.