Since going natural, my hair is showing more signs of being salt and pepper (in back) but still contains a large splash of the golden blond that I've worn since high school. Have you considered what happens when your hair color changes in the middle of your favorite fashion season? In this case, fall fashion?
Well, it means that the warm shades of brown, tan, and camel just don't look the same as they used to, because I had been clinging to a color and style no longer suited for my life style.
So, when packing recently for a trip, I attempted to fill my suitcase with new colors in shades of gray, denim, and ruby red. I'd have to say the new colors are proving to be more complimentary that I'd every anticipated. This pic was snapped by my husband as we waited for a crossing parade. The oversize black glasses were a fun balance for my now very short hair and the colors complimented my skin tone well.
Finding the right shade to compliment your skin and hair can do more to elevate confidence than any of the latest trends.
Shop your own closet first for colors that compliment, then consider adding more as you build your own collection. Many resale shops divide their tops by color to get you started.
Whether a young woman on the go or aging graceless like me, we would love to support you on your color journey. Hashtag us at #recklessresale if posting pics of your fall fashion color story, we love to support creatives of any style!
Oh, and all those colors I can no longer wear? They are for sale this season in our Poshshop along with many other pretty warm colors to compliment this season.
Receive $5 off your first purchase anywhere on Poshmark when you sign up with code NELYS, and happy poshing.
Have you ever looked at a garment three different times and think it has no value, but there's something that just captures your imagination? I found this cute top (or maybe it found me) at a chic resale shop in Rochester, Michigan during my last visit to Troy.
This air-brushed, tie dye, oversized, obscure print (is it floral, is abstract?), must be a one of a kind top find did just that for me. The super soft fabric and ladies cut in this super print just kept me returning to the hanger from where it was displayed.
Upon research, the brand and designer is Marika Charles, a company from upstate New York that creates their own prints on natural fibers. Just the kind of brand RR loves to promote! So, it returned with me to our studio in Midlothian.
My next challenge was how to style it? Like our vintage items, I like to demonstrate how to style difficult prints like this one, but holding it up to our boutique closet I realized I had not planned for what to match this with.
The print alone is striking. But a great print, especially one of this size, would look even better framed with the right accessories. And its light weight natural fibers will breath nicely under the layers. On searching our fall collection, I tried several combinations but didn't give up. Something had to match.
After mixing colors of similar hue and fabrics of similar weights, I found a color combination I love! The Cabi Safari Jacket in sage green, a crepe blanket scarf in soft peach, and a bracelet in the same golden yellow popping out from the print and silver belt buckle closure for added texture.
When you come across a difficult print in your closet, don't give up mixing and matching fabrics, textures and even additional prints until you find a combination that pops for you!
Always shop your closet first, and Reckless Resale second!
Be reckless, wreck less.
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 skinny crop jeans 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.
Little finds from our farmers market and garden!
It's been one year since we released the brand name, Reckless Resale. What started as needing a good side hustle, became a creative opportunity to pursue our eco centered life style. Using our skills from theater and costuming combined with our thrifty mid-West, South Suburban resources, we knew we could provide a quality and unique product online.
Enter Poshmark. A super simple, ultra social, fashion only platform for selling and buying the fashions we collect and curate.
We had an early celebration of these accomplishments with acstyled photo shoot with Hannah and Becca and newly introduced to RR, Niara.
We'll share more of our pretty pics as we move toward our fall launch in September and looking forward to another year of working with Posh and selling online. Shop with us on Poshmark or on Facebook!
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Model: Becca Morello: @beccamorello
Model & Makeup: Hannah Bielicki @hannah_Bielicki
Model: Niara K Gadlin @niara____
Photographer: Sharon Dickey @wildthings98
Stylist: Gwen Bielicki @gwenbielicki
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When someone uses the phrase “aging gracefully” I usually cringe. Knowing my limitations and recognizing as Elaine Benes admitted in the “Jackie O” episode of Seinfeld “I don’t have grace, I don’t want grace, I don’t even say grace.” (Actually, we do say grace, we’re not ungrateful, just klutzy.) But having grace? Gaaaagh!
Two years ago it was my dear husband’s time to celebrate this passage. Since that time, I’ve watched him transform from a cool confident state of mind into a man determined to embrace aging with faith, friends and family. Together we decided to engage in living as organically as possible within the boundaries of our responsibilities. Turns out, turning 50 is not as fearful as I thought, in fact, it’s proving to be quite liberating.
Where my husband has turned into a silver fox with his lengthening platinum hair, mine is growing in sporadically with more wisps around the ears and brow than I once found comfortable. I originally began coloring my hair when a young clerk offered me a senior discount at the ripe old age of 39! Now, ten years later, I’ve grown weary of coloring my hair and want to apply the organic life style to the way I style my hair. But I’ve got a secret weapon with a hair stylist that understands my desires and fears. She recently blended in my growing roots with silver highlights giving me the confidence to keep moving forward together, me and the hubby can go gray together.
Something happens to our eyebrows when we age, as least it did for me. Back in college, I had eyebrows to rival Brooke Shields but as I aged, and they continued to grow unruly, I submitted to removing (plucking) any offensive or wayward growing brow hairs. Eventually, my brow line became so thin and adding brown liner looked worse and worse (like painting clown lines across my forehead). Now, I’m in the patient process of letting them grow. As difficult as it was to get started and succumb to the pressure not to pull stray growth, I left them alone. Organically, they began to grow into a defined brow line.
Why do I bother sharing these observations? Because it’s the type of personal editing we all face. Think about all the re-edits you’ve undertaken over your lifetime (young or old). We can’t edit our age, but we can always edit our choices. And the wisest choices are those that help us live an authentic and organic lifestyle. I have no intention of meeting the conventions of aging within a market that places unrealistic expectations on beauty. Are you in a similar place? Let’s journey this transition together, as gracelessly as possible.
Finding a purpose can be motivating.
I love my family; they motivate me to be a better person.
I love my neighbors and friends; they motivate me to learn more about my community and help our neighborhood stay safe and beautiful.
I love my city; it's energizing activities and beautiful skyline remind me of the capabilities of men and women to develop, create and innovate.
I love the Lord; He constantly reminds me in his Word that I was created for a special purpose.
But sometimes the physical difficulties I face overwhelm all of these exceptional motivators. Finding a purpose within my work at Reckless Resale has been the motivating factor I need to keep working, exploring and loving without the insecurities that accompany poor health and business ownership.
When you see our brand name splashed across you soc media, remember it's all about the wReckage. Resale and Vintage clothing are not landfill fodder, the're not wrecked or ruined because of their age, apparent wear or possible damage. Most likely the wear has polished or softened the fabric and tarnished buckles and zippers giving them a antique and wise appearance. Resale and Vintage clothing have an important role in a circular economy that benefits everyone.
Similarly, I am not wrecked because of my age, my wear or damage. I am wRecked and wReckless and ready to keep moving in a world where being sedentary can be an easy escape from reality. But it can also become a life ending existence.
What motivates you? Leave me a comment or connect with me on Instagram or Twitter. Together, we can really make some wReckage!
Originally published on Story Behind the Cloth as part of their Valentine Self-love party, February 10, 2018.
We like labels. Colorfully embroidered, easy to read, descriptive, labels. Labels can identify manufacturer, origin, fiber content, and, care instructions.
Yet, even when a label is clearly printed with all FTC required elements, can it define the product's quality or value? A wise consumer will be more likely to purchase a product if familiar with a brand they recognize on the label. A valuable brand recognized for its quality.
We often label and define each other and ourselves by perceived identifiable terms:
But do these terms truly describe our environmental, social, intellectual, and sensual needs? Self-Love is providing adequate care to maintain the quality of our content.
Could you create a label that fully describes your content? Would you be able to list all your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs? You can imagine the lengthy list of instructions the label would require.
Our parentage (manufacturer) and place of birth (origin) may be out of our control, but the nurture we received at our origin has a strong influence on our mental and emotional needs.
Self-love gives us the knowledge and strength needed to value ourselves no matter our gender, nationality, occupation, status, or age. When we recognize ourselves as beautiful, intellectual, loving, artistic (fill in your own content here), we are empowering ourselves with what the Greeks called, Philautia.
Philautia is self-love in its healthiest form. It shares the philosophy of “self-compassion” which is the deep understanding that only once you have the strength to love yourself and feel comfortable in your own skin, will you be able to provide love to others. As Aristotle put it, “All friendly feelings for others are an extension of a man’s feelings for himself.”
You cannot share what you do not have. If you do not love yourself, you cannot love anyone else either. The only way to truly be happy is to find that unconditional love for yourself. This self-love naturally affords you with increased confidence, poise, and self-assurance.
Practicing self-love naturally assists you with defining your own personal style, labeled by YOU! Here are some simple steps to help you create a personal style that deserves your own label:
Honestly identify your needs.
Attentively identify the styles that make you look and feel amazing.
When my active, intuitive, and ambitious daughter was in the 4th grade, she entered a music contest. After working to prepare her for the competition, her teacher confessed to having trouble relating to her.
“Well, you know, your daughter is gregarious.” He said.
Despite being a word nerd, I hadn't heard that word used in this context (about a child).
“I’m sorry, what do you mean by that?” I asked.
“You know, she’s very outspoken and likes to be the center of attention.” He said.
As a young mother, I was not sure what to do with that. But I recognized it as his label, not mine, not her fathers, and certainly not hers.
“Well, perhaps she was graced with those qualities for a reason?” I responded.
We never used that word again, nor allowed her teacher to use it.
Many years later, that same girl would take me to visit the ancient British monument at Stonehenge and encourage me to love myself through a, particularly difficult time. She returned the self-love she was allowed to own as a child.
This article is dedicated to her and her loving husband on this, February 10, 2018, their 6th Wedding Anniversary. Without their love and dedication, I may have been lost after that visit to Stonehenge. But with her encouragement, I regained the ability to love myself again and found the confidence I needed to repair relationships, develop my own fashion business, and share my personal style with the world on my mission to wreck, less.
Now, it’s your turn. What's your label going to say?
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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?
Shop more of our hot vintage in our Poshshop.
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!
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Author: Gwen Bielicki
curvy girl stylist, Posh Ambassador, aging gracelessly
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