We spent a morning in Tinley Park, IL this weekend where we visited our favorite farmer's market and I tested out this vintage Union made polyester shirt with short sleeves, button-down, retro plaid top in Millennial Pink and gray. Pairing it with our Luxe Denim Slim Fits and my red summer sandals gave the ensemble the pop it needed to work. Added a pair of retro sunglasses and a straw market bag and it worked. I loved the texture of the soft fabric so smooth to the tough, but it was just a little too small so it's now getting ready to get its picture taken and added to our Poshshop.
Designer, Beth Dreyer, from Fabulous Fleece and More has a square at the Tinely Park Farmers Market. I fell in love with her cotton pillowcases in cute designs and have been purchasing and testing several of her products this summer. Now, she is collaborating with Reckless Resale on the design of our own market bag! She shared a prototype with us this weekend and we gave it a debut at Mariano's. Because it's in development, I can't give you all the dets except that it contains a divider that helps keep things separate without having to carry a second bag. I personally like this feature and something I've not seen this in this style bag.
Beth has been a small business owner for years and counts emotional compensation as a social reward of selling in small communities. The depth of that wisdom is something I'd like to attract to Reckless Resale. We're on a journey here and are meeting some amazing people along the way. It's going to be a walk to remember. We'll keep you posted on the development and arrival of our new bags this fall! Until then, stay colorful!
Little finds from our farmers market and garden!
Stone Wash Slim Fit Jeans
The blue, medium wash fabric of these Luxe Denim slim fit jeans offer ultimate comfort and a gentle compression throughout for a luxurious look and feel. The exclusive fabric has 4-way stretch and 24/7 recovery, giving you a perfect fit every time.
We recycled exactly what was offered by our township refuse pickup service. But we knew we were overdue for breaking our habits on plastic bag usage. But in August of 2016, after an over rushed shopping trip, we were forced to examine our shopping habits and adopt cleaner habits, asap!
Despite our attempt to bring a canvas bag or ask for "paper" at the checkout (both of which we did) was a mute gesture toward eliminating the problems of plastics in our water. Unpacking our market bags, we looked at the plastic wrapped cucumbers, and every item we had selected placed in separate produce bags. All completely unnecessary, as most of these vegetables over-ripen when placed in plastic.
We are working on solutions for these problems like creating smaller market bags for easier transport, in recycled and/or waterproof fabrics, with a variety of styles. Hang with us as we work to bring more options to our community.
Check out more about International Plastic Bag Free Day for more ideas on how to make a difference today!
In search of some strong images to launch the Reckless Resale brand on Friday, August 4th, I scheduled a fashion/style shoot with photographer, Sharon Dickey, last weekend. Modeling for me was a professional model from the Chicago area, Becca Morello, and new, upcoming model, Hannah Bielicki.
We met at New Wave Coffee shop in Logan Square and set out on our scheduled course of action. My original plan of shooting in three different locations was nixed immediately when the photographer discovered an abandoned lot next to our first stop. Powerful street art, graffiti splattered EL bridge, barbed wire topped fences and even the skyline of Chicago became the backdrop for my urban vintage inspired style shoot. Here are a couple of sneak peaks:
Denim is hot this season. Becca's Denim & Co stone washed dark blue denim coat is belted with a wide black leather belt with silver medallion clasp; she wears a matching denim page boy hat. Her functional Guess cross body purse keeps her belongings safe when traveling the city. She stands under the train; perhaps waiting for the next stop, or ducking out of the warm autumn sun. But where ever she's headed, she looks on trend. Model: Becca Morello
The classic Bad Ass black leather jacket. Covered in zippers, this Mossimo black leather jacket is perfect for securing all belongings. Her Guess cross body purse is on trend and its gold metal strap adds to her look that "I'm in control" persona. Her Kill City black and gray animal print top makes this a perfect addition for layering under her jacket. Model: Hannah Bielicki
Photographer, Sharon Dickey, did an amazing job of capturing the desired mood of my urban vintage concept. Her transforming style of photography has the ability to naturally express power through light and color.
Reckless Resale Urban Vintage Style/Fashion Shoot
Date: July 29, 2017
Location: Logan Square, Chicago, IL
Stylist: Gwendolyn Bielicki
Photographer: Sharon Dickey
Models: Becca Morello, Hannah Bielicki
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After learning about the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh on April 24, 2013 killed over 1,100 garment workers and injured more than 2,000, this is a question that now sits foremost in my mind. While I was rearing my children and educating them on the importance of citizenship and care for the environment, the thought of workers in far away factories slaving to make the clothes they needed to dress for the formal did not cross my mind. I was thrifty; shopped at consignment and resale shops 90% of the time. But we were still mass-consumers, turning our wardrobes over as fast as the seasons changed (which in Chicago, is sometimes daily!).
Just as it is important to know from where our food is grown, so too is it to know how our clothing is being produced. Culturally, we've treated fashion like a consumable product and our landfills are now bearing the burden.
So I challenge you to consider becoming your own "eco-stylist." When shopping, consider this new list of questions to ask yourself before a purchase:
Sign the #GoTransparent: Demand to Know Who Made Your Clothes petition to start making an impact today!
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Sculptures made from recycled automobile tires, by Chakaia Booker evoke hopful images in the parks around Michigan Avenue, Chicago. I don't think I'll be able to make my own clothes out of rubber, but sourcing from resale shops, I someday hope to produce a line of unique clothing. In the mean time, inspiration from an amazing female artist like this encourages me onward. Let's do this.
I read in an article yesterday, that Rush Street, State Street and Michigan Avenue are recognized as the cities most fashionable places to shop. All beautiful locations, yet I find myself drawn more to the streets in and around our city's neighborhoods. Resale and consignment shops that sell vintage clothing and pre-loved clothing. These are the places where I've felt the most alive.
On our cities north side in the village graphic artists have taken to the streets. The walls, buildings and sometimes windows in and around Galerie F in Chicago are decorated with the most amazing street art.
This, above all the white walled minimalist craze with clear bottles decorated with leafless branches inspires my sense of fashion more than anything. It restores color to where color is sometimes hidden in alleys, behind buildings, or as in the case of my childhood hometown, Detroit, it covers abandoned buildings. I must have this color, all the colors. And as in the case of Rebel Nell jewelry designers, you can turn these colors into jewelry.
Gwen Bielicki - vintage style addict, aging gracelessly
Alternative apparel rescued and restyled for reckless women of all sizes.
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