Getting "real" with The RealReal: An Online Luxury Consignment

Why Shop Luxury Consignment

Consignment is a great deal for their customers and the seller because they both are able to save money. Millions of consignment items are sold each year through hundreds of retailers for consumers to enjoy popular items that are on trend and gently used. You can find a local consignment shop with many popular items, but online purchases with major retailers like the RealReal have become a cool new way to shop for cool trends and hard to find clothing items, shoes, or accessories. Their online store gives you an opportunity to shop when you want, from the comforts of your home, and many forms of payment are accepted.

Why Customers Are Choosing RealReal

The RealReal is a leader in luxury consignment. They're able to keep low prices on all the great items you'll pay more for at a department store. All of their items are authentic and there is a seller to back each brand. You can enjoy popular brands like Hermes, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci to name a few. Each item is backed with a complete customer service warranty. Their items give you the luxury of feeling comfortable about returning a piece that doesn't fit.

First-time customers have the opportunity to take part in promotional offers for free shipping. They also offer a referral program for additional savings opportunities. That's right; introduce your friends and family to RealReal and save. Also make sure to subscribe to their free monthly newsletter to find out about new items. They make filling up your shopping cart fun and similar to your experience at a regular retailer store. Browse their list of items, place it in your shopping cart, apply any promotional codes, and then checkout with many forms of payment accepted directly on their site.

Visit the RealReal and upgrade your basic wardrobe with luxury consignment today.


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Do You Have These Essential Summer Outfits?

Summer is a lot of people's favorite time of year and with good reason! It's the time of year when the sun finally comes out, and you get to enjoy spending some time outdoors. Whether you're the type, to go hiking on the weekends, or if you'd rather spend your time with friends drinking cocktails in the garden, summer really is amazing. Of course, it does bring with it the problem that you've suddenly got a whole new wardrobe to think about. After all, those chunky sweatshirts and scarves aren't going to be much use to you when the temperatures gets up into the mid-eighties.

To help you survive the summer, here are a few essential outfits that you need to have in your wardrobe.

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One-piece bathing suit

Sure, bikinis might have ruled the waves for the last few years, but one-piece bathing suits are making a serious comeback! There's nothing quite like the wonderfully classy vintage style that they bring. Whether you're spending the day at the beach, or you're just lounging by the pool, you'll be able to enjoy a little Hollywood glamor.

The perfect beach dress

A day at the beach is the perfect way to spend a hot and sunny day, but if you're not dressed for the occasion then it can be a totally miserable experience! Women's summer beach dresses are the perfect choice for not only looking good but staying comfy when you're playing in the sand. Not only that but if you wear your one-piece underneath then you can whip off the dress without any trouble and go diving into the water!

Classy evening wear

Of course, the summer isn't all days at the beach and lounging in the sun. If you're out on a classy night on the town, then you want to be able to look good without sweating through your best cocktail dress. Take advantage of the weather and show a little skin. Whether it's a long dress with a slit that brings a little bit of sexiness and style, or you want to bring some fun to your evening with a little black dress, there are plenty of options for how you can stay classy while also staying cool when you’re out on the town.

Staying cool at work

One of the toughest places to stay cool while looking good is at work. After all, if you're spending all day in smart clothes and a blazer then unless you spend all day under the A/C, you're going to end up roasting alive! Make sure that you have something like a lightweight shirt and a pencil skirt that gives you room to move and breathe without sacrificing a sense of professionalism and class.

 

With these few simple outfits, you should be able to stay cool and comfortable while looking good all summer long. And don't you worry, when the seasons change your chunky sweaters and your boyfriend’s hoodie will be right there waiting for you!


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QUEEN PEN x Queen of the South

This post is sponsored by USA Network and Queen of the South, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Anyone who knows me knows that I am a hustler and I learned to develop a tough skin really early on in life because the neighborhoods that I grew up in, did not start off as the prettiest. I had to learn to be resilient, book smart and street smart, fight for what it was that I wanted and never take "NO" for an answer. 

Although my environment was a tad bit rough, I wouldn't change it for the world because it has made me a fighter and appreciate how far I have gotten in life without sacrificing my morals or beliefs for anyone.

  1. Currently a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology (with an emphasis in Neuropsychology)
  2. Former Jr. research scientist in Cardiovascular Medicine and the Human Genome Project
  3. Behavioral Therapist in communication, cognitive and behavioral disorders
  4. Co-Author of a book in Clinical Psychology
  5. Fitness/Nutrition business owner
  6. Professional dancer and model
  7. National Honor Society member

.... and the list goes on. 

I say this not to brag about accomplishments, but use it as a reminder to help others who look like me know that there is more to life than what your current situation or environment is providing for you.

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:: OUTFIT DETAILS ::

Dress: Neiman Marcus | Belt: Goodwill find | Pumps: Michael Kors |

Tote bag: Hermes | Sunglasses: Jimmy Choo


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One thing I love about a good series is relating to the main character because it allows me to naturally put myself into their shoes and become immersed in the show for hours. That is how I currently am feeling about the new series Queen of the South. Babyyyyy when I tell you Teresa is a BAD A** , I mean it, and I can definitely relate to her because I consider myself a bad a** too (as any woman should, WE ARE POWERFUL).

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Queen of the South tells the story of Teresa Mendoza who fled to America from Mexico after her boyfriend was suspected of murder. In addition, she teams up with someone from her past to help bring down the leader of a drug trafficking ring that has her on the run. In Season 2, we see Teresa start to come into her own as a Queen Pin by recognizing her power and potential.

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Tired of Mall Store Trends? Here's Your Alternative!

There’s nothing wrong with the mall. It’s where the vast majority of Americans do their shopping, after all, and there are many good reasons for doing so: everything is in the same place, its convenient and there are always ongoing sales.

But let’s be honest, if you are into style and great clothing, the mall often lets you down. It might be great for the basics, but ultimately, no one wants to dress in tired, repetitive clothes that look exactly the same as everyone else’s.

The good news is that there has never been a better time for American fashionistas to find alternatives, and we’re going to take a look at some of those different options - so read on to find out more.

 Imports

Thanks to the Internet, we all have the power to buy from anywhere in the world these days. That means you aren’t restricted to local trends and fashions - you can tap into the styles of any country or city on the globe. Yes, it will cost you a little more in delivery and - possibly - import taxes. But if you love those Japanese denim jeans, it can often be cheaper to buy them directly from an online store in Tokyo and ship them over than it would be to buy the same pair from your local independent clothing store.

 

Boutiques

Independent stores give you an opportunity to find clothes that you might not find anywhere else.  If you want to expand your wardrobe, so it includes unique pieces, it’s one of your best and most accessible options. There are online clothing boutiques, and you’ll find real world independents in the trendy areas of every town and city in the country. They are worth supporting, too - most local boutiques rely heavily on a loyal following from their communities.

 

Thrift and vintage stores

My absolute FAV.....

Want to get more bang for your buck? Then head to your local thrift or retro store and start developing relationships with the owners and store staff. You can often spend hours looking in thrift and charity stores without finding anything nice at all, but if you start talking to the staff, you’ll find they will be happy to keep some of the good stuff for you. And here’s another top tip - head out to charity stores in the wealthier areas of your town or city. Some of the clothes and accessories that people hand over are incredible, and you can pick them up for next to nothing.

 

Get busy

Of course, there is another way to improve your current wardrobe without visiting a clothing store at all. If you can get handy with a needle and thread, why not start customizing your current gear? There is plenty of inspiration and tutorials online and in books, so get reading, learn how to customize, and you will be able to imprint your unique style on any item of clothing you currently own.

 

Do you have any tips to add? Let us know about them in the comments section below!


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East African Gal

So it's supposedly Spring in the L.A. area, however, it does not feel like it at all. It has been more cooler and cloudy days than sunny and warm days. Hey, I am NOT complaining! As a Midwest gal (St. Louis to be exact), I am use to experiencing all 4 seasons and what TRUE Spring feels like (of course with more rain). But I did not expect L.A. to be this cool.

Not sure if many of you know, but I moved to the L.A. area from Atlanta last August to start my Doctorate program in Clinical and Neuropsychology (YAY!!) and I have just finished my first year. I could not be more proud of myself, for being able to accomplish my dream of getting into a doctoral program. The journey was long, but it was well worth it. This was the FIRST and ONLY school that I applied to and voila, ya girl got in! With that being said, I literally uprooted my life across the country and went that came a yard sale and everything went from furniture to most of my clothes. Needless to say, this year has been heavily focused on school, my clinical internship and work, so there has been NO TIME to go shopping.

.... and that's where this lovely outfit comes in. 

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This lovely creation happens to be 2 different dresses that I conveniently turned into a top and a pencil skirt ensemble. Desperate times call for desperate measure right? However, this is what makes fashion so beautiful, when you can create unique looks that look amazing.

African print anything is ALWAYS in season because it is so versatile and comes in an assortment of color patterns and it always makes me feel good when I can give an ode to the other half of my heritage. As always, black never goes out of style and I love how this dress converted very easily into a top and the cut outs add for a sexy and playful look. 

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:: OUTFIT DETAILS::

TOP: Guess | SKIRT: Vintage find | CLUTCH: TJ Maxx | SHOES: Traffic Shoe


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How To Lighten Up Your Wardrobe For Summer

As the days get longer and warmer; monochrome and dark colors within your wardrobe have less of an appeal. However, it can sometimes be difficult to incorporate brighter and lighter hues into your everyday attire. If you have a large collection of winter neutrals and darker shades; you’re in luck, as these are versatile colors that can be paired with pretty much any other shade! So it’s time to open your wardrobe doors and make some room for vivid brights and pale pastels.

 

Classic Pieces

Just because you’re adding an influx of lighter clothing into your wardrobe for summer, doesn’t mean that you have to buy throw-away fashion that will only last you until autumn. Investing in new clothes is always an opportunity to think carefully about what you’re missing in your closet, and, more importantly, what you’ll continue to wear when the days begin to get colder again. Classic cut silhouettes, in pale shades, like a crisp shirt or elegant blouse, will lighten up a darker pair of skinny jeans, and if the fit is perfect for your body, you’ll be able to wear it all year round.

The same goes for jeans, skirts, and trousers; keep the cut of the clothing classic, and ensure it flatters your body, then consider the color of each garment. Pastel blues, light taupes, and even white, are beautiful shades that will lift your wardrobe from cloudy to sunshine in no time. Pale colors are also easy to pair with an array of hues, prints, and patterns and can become staple parts of your closet.

 

Statement Items

Statement items are often a way to have fun with fashion. If you’ve seen a color trend or print in all the latest glossy magazines; accessorizing is the perfect way to add that influence into your wardrobe. Don’t shy away from brighter shades because you feel they won’t go with anything; remember you have that neutral and monochrome palette in your closet already, and it’s waiting for that yellow tee you’ve been dreaming about or those teal heels.

If you feel like taking baby-steps into summer; jewelry is another route into introducing hot-weather colors to your look. Adding watery, aqua hues with a Roman glass pendant or ice cream pastels with a few bangles are just a couple of examples of how to lighten up your outfit and rock a trend at the same time. Start layering pieces together in the mirror, and see what works for you.

 

Subtle Shades

If you know what you like when it comes to your style choices, and don’t feel like adding a hot-pink summer dress into the mix, then great news; you don’t have to! Maybe you could add a hot-pink nail color instead, or a fuchsia lip. There are plenty of subtle ways to add that pop of summer to your favorite clothes and ensembles, and it’s so much fun experimenting to see what works. Check out Pinterest for some bright lip color inspiration.

Also, remember you don’t have to go bright with color; just lift and lighten some of the items that are hanging on the wardrobe rail. If you have a favorite style of jeans, simply try them in a lighter shade of denim; the same goes for tops and accessories too. Don’t buy pieces just because they’re on-trend; invest in fashion that will make you feel and look great, but, try the mint-green color instead of the charcoal option.


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Summer Shopping on a Budget

I love the fact that summer is within our reach. After all, it means all the hot new clothes are making their appearance on the shop floor, and it definitely calls for a shopping trip in the very near future. But the trouble is that we might not have the biggest budget at the moment. After all, booking vacations and festivals can take a lot out of funds. However, there are some ways you can still enjoy a shopping trip for your summer wardrobe. In fact, here is how you can do some summer clothes shopping on a budget.

Stick to accessories which you can mix and match

Summer is a great time for accessories. After all, we love to wear sunglasses, oversized bright bags, and cute jewelry during the sunshine months. However, when we haven’t got much to spend, it’s a good idea to get some accessories which we can mix and match with our outfits. That way, we don’t have to spend a ton of money on a load of different accessories.

For example, go for some cute black sunglasses which are suitable to wear with a load of different outfits. That way, you can just put them on whether it’s with casual or formal wear. Also, you might want to go for some simple black and gold jewelry. That way, they can be worn with a range of different colored outfits to add some character. And the gold jewelry will look fantastic when you work on your tan during summer. Don’t forget an anklet too which is a must-have in the summer months.

 

Get some coupons for your summer purchases

Before you go on your shopping trip, you need to look to see if there are any deals going on at your favorite stores. After all, you don’t want to end up buying a new pair of shorts at one store to find they are cheaper elsewhere. If you want to get a wealth of new dresses and summery tops while you are limited to dollars, you should look to see if you can get some coupons. That way, you can reduce the cost of your summer purchases. If you would rather shop online, you can even get codes you can use online like a tillys promo code. That way, you can get new clothes for summer for a cheap rate.

 

Opt for one pair of sandals and flip flops

It’s easy to go mad when it comes to summer shoes. After all, there are more cute shoes around which are perfect for summer. But the truth is you only need a couple of summer shoes that you will practically live in during the summer months. After all, if you go for sandals in a neutral or a black color, they are bound to go with everything, and a pair of funky flip flops will also be perfect to take you from summer days to night. Remember that you don’t have to spend a small fortune on shoes. Look around to find a good deal on a pair which are cheap but still good quality.

 

..... And remember to get a few maxi dresses. After all, they are fab for taking you from day to night during the summer.


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Casual Cutie


:: OUTFIT DEETS ::

CARDIGAN: LIZ & BEE | TANK: FOREVER 21 | SHORTS: Lucky Brand  |

HEELS: TRAFFIC SHOE | PURSE: LOUIS VUITTON


Yes Ladies... It's getting warm out and it's time to show off your BEST (assets). For me that is definitely my legs, so daisy dukes all Summer '16! This outfit is the perfect definition of a girls day out for shopping, brunch or late afternoon drinks. It is very comfortable and casual yet stylish. The simplicity of the denim shorts and white beater put the focal point on the sleeveless cardigan and the shoes add a very subtle feminine touch to finish off the look. 


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From Day to Night: The Ultimate Summer Outfit Explained!

Summer is a great season to style. It can be as easy or as complex as you want to it to be, but each outfit can look flawless with very minimal effort. The key to a great summer look is remembering the weather. It can be hot and humid as well as surprise you with unforeseen rain showers, so it’s vital you dress for the weather you have. But this doesn’t mean you have to be boring with your choices. I thought I would explain the ultimate summer outfit that can take your look from day to night without any need for a change.

 

A Maxi Dress Can Take You From Day To Night

The ultimate summer “go to” item is the maxi dress. It works for all body shapes and heights. It’s the most versatile dress you can wear. It can be dressed up or down and have many different styles. It can be quite fitting and body hugging if you want it to be, or it can have a much looser fitting. How you style it can depend on where you are going, but it doesn’t take much to transform this basic into something special.

Flats Look Great In Summer

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Accompanying your maxi dress could be a great flat shoe. Many people shy away from flats because they find heels much more flattering. But in summer, you can give your feet a break as a flat shoe is just as stylish with summer fashion. Especially with a maxi dress. You can wear a sandal that has some embellishment on it, or something more simple and plain. The main thing to think about in summer is that the heat can make your feet swell. So it’s vital that you stay comfortable.

Statement Jewelry Will Transform Your Look

A statement piece of jewelry can make your look so different. It’s as simple as adding a colorful necklace to a plain maxi dress, and your whole look is instantly transformed. Considering pieces from brands like Diwah would be recommended. The more colorful and bright the jewelry the better the look can go. You can take this time to be more adventurous with your choices.

 

Don’t Forget The Other Accessories

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While on the subject of accessories, try and not forget the other important features. Things like a decent bag and a great pair of shades would be a good place to start. Sunglass shopping can be difficult, so try and pick a pair when you are with someone who can give you an honest opinion. You may find that you end up picking a style that doesn't suit you.

Natural Makeup Will Always Be A Winner

Finally, summer is the perfect time to rock a natural makeup look. This means wearing a BB Cream instead of a heavy foundation. It might mean adding a bit of bronzer to your cheeks to give yourself a natural glow. A flick of mascara and a bit of lip gloss and you are good to go.


I hope this has inspired you to create your ultimate summer look.


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Stylish cheats I'll be using for my summer wardrobe

So...you want to look chic every day, but you don’t have the time and money to consistently update your wardrobe? This is a problem that many busy, independent women face. The rich and famous get around this issue by hiring assistants and personal stylists. But do the rest of us do? We cheat! Yes, we use many sneaky ways to look fantastic within our budget, and fast!

Summer is nearly here, and I’m sure you fashionistas have started drooling over many beautiful outfits in stores and online. Here are some of the cheats I will be using to create a stylish summer wardrobe. I hope you find them helpful!


RE-USE YOUR SUMMER STAPLES


Yes, there are plenty of new summer trends that we are all desperate to indulge in, but that doesn’t mean we have to invest in an entire new wardrobe for the new season! You probably have a number of summer wardrobe staples that unless they are way past it, you can use again this year.

Such garments include denim shorts, plain t-shirts and vest tops. They may just need a bit of freshening up in the washing machine and an iron to make them look as good as new. And even items that aren’t considered summer “staples”,  for example, maxi dresses, are just as stylish as they were last year.

Some of my staple pieces.......    Vest:  Goodwill find (cut up and bleached) /  Boyfriend Tee:  Target /  Shorts:  American Eagle /  Flats:  Halston /  Cuff:  Goodwill find    Note: These items do not go together, just for visual purposes

Some of my staple pieces.......

Vest: Goodwill find (cut up and bleached) / Boyfriend Tee: Target / Shorts: American Eagle / Flats: Halston / Cuff: Goodwill find

Note: These items do not go together, just for visual purposes

INVEST IN ACCESSORIES

Getting a new summer wardrobe costs time and money. However, if you reduce your shopping list so that it includes mostly accessories, you can still achieve a stylish look for less. I think accessories make an outfit. They can turn a simple ensemble into something really fab! Some of the biggest summer accessory trends for this year include statement cuffs, aviators and 70s style floppy hats. Floral totes and downsized purses are also in style, and if you are particularly thrifty you may be able to find these handbags on sale online. Use your trendy accessories to dress up your summer wardrobe staples.

Pink Chain bag:  Mark by Avon /  Wedge Heels:  Boutique Find /  Yellow Chain Crossbody:  Urban Expressions /  Heels:  Bakers Shoes /  Cuff:  Goodwill find  

Pink Chain bag: Mark by Avon / Wedge Heels: Boutique Find / Yellow Chain Crossbody: Urban Expressions / Heels: Bakers Shoes / Cuff: Goodwill find  

CONCENTRATE ON SHOES

Shoes aren’t exactly the most affordable part of your wardrobe but if you find a great deal on a stunning pair or two, they can work like magic on your wardrobe. Imagine a plain white summer dress with a pair of eye-popping heels. Yes, it’s simple, but sometimes those outfits are the most stylish. With so many online stores, it’s much easier to find items that are within your budget. So use your lunch break and down time after work to scour the web for a few pairs of beautiful summer footwear that can spruce up your summer wardrobe.

 

GO THRIFT SHOPPING

Not only can you find beautiful and unique items in second-hand shops, but shopping in these stores is also kind to your purse. Go in there with an open mind as you are unlikely to find what you are looking for if you have a strict agenda. Most of all, have fun trying different things on and experimenting with new styles, colours and patterns.

 

I hope that these cheats help you to create a stylish summer wardrobe like they have helped me! Have fun!