It’s More Fun Buying Used Clothes…

 

 

A pink fringe skirt. A white feather and lace dress. White snow boots and a vintage leather jacket.

They are all things I have bought used this past year in Tucson and online, and all of them garnered more compliments than my new clothes. In fact, I now have more fun buying used clothes than new. TheRealReal founder, Julie Wainwright, said it best when she commented last year, “People don’t care if their clothes are new anymore.”

It’s also one thing Tucson does really well! This desert city is a hub not only of edgy, but luxury resale fashion. After working at the stylish Posh Boutique for three years, I won’t buy a new designer bag again. Like ever. If I need a ski sweater or sweet cowboy boots, I will head to Buffalo Exchange. When my kids want to go thrifting, they sell and buy at Plato’s Closet. And when I’m looking for other fashionable treasures I can’t find in T-town, I’m obsessed with ThredUp, an online resale marketplace.

Considering Australia is on fire largely because of climate change and our global glut of retail fashion is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gases, buying resale and recycling our own clothing is something to seriously think about in 2020. I mean, the royals do it!

 

 

 

Need Wildcat Gifts? Check out these sites..

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Attention Wildcat Nation: if you need unique Arizona gifts for your loved ones this year and haven’t had time to drive down to campus or to the other shops in T-town, one new place to check out is Zazzle! This site offers ornaments, shoes, Wildcat ribbon and gift bags, to name a few! This is a cool site! Several years ago, I created and ordered a T-shirt through this site that said “I Can’t Help Everyone in Tucson” for a dear friend!

If you need an Arizona whiskey decanter (everyone needs one with our record!), tree skirt or shoes, check out Fanatics.com! And finally, if you really love products featuring vintage images of Wilbur and Wilma, click on Vintage Brand.

Bear Down and Happy Holidays!

Some Hostess Gifts They Really Want

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I’m lucky to have some amazing women in my life who are Hostesses with the Mostests and it’s fun to be creative when thanking them! I really struggle with getting thank you notes off, but I love finding cool hostess gifts! So, besides wine, which is easy and loved by most, here are a few other hostess gift ideas (all can be bought in T-town!!) that might make everyone a little more merry!

For the candle lover: I mean, you really can’t beat the Housewives of Tucson candle at Pear Tree House! The cutest idea! Also, Embellish carries some pretty jeweled candles and I personally love the Tyler candles (Texas-made, y’all!) at Paloma Art Gallery.

For the chocoholic: The dark chocolate peppermint bark at William’s Sonoma is decadent and apparently sells out every year, according to the salespeople. Monsoon Chocolate–look them up on Instagram–has a cafe near downtown and makes beautiful artisan bars and truffles–some with mesquite!

For the makeup maven: Sephora’s gift sets are the best. There’s one with like 20 mascaras for less than $50. They also have skin care and self care-themed sets. Or, seriously, just browse the sample lane and put together a whole bunch! Bluemercury has Nars Christmas crackers, but Jo Malone (Tucson Dillard’s) has the most beautifully packaged versions. (and if not in store, can be bought online)

For the foodie: One of the best gifts I ever received was a jar of Pink Himalayan salt from Williams Sonoma. It’s my new favorite way to season salmon and it lasts forever. Couple it with a good olive oil and you’re done!

 

Time to Shine

Holidays scream for metallics. You never see more gold, silver and jewel tone dresses in the stores than during the winter holidays. Here are some of my favorite ways to go full metal:

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Wildcat Uggs at Target

Though it’s Cyber Monday, one of the coolest gifts I found requires you to get in your car and drive to the Target at Grant and Tanque Verde. Just look at these Wildcat Uggs!! (Not the real brand, just similar) Now, run on out and grab them today for $26, because the stock is running low. Finally, some creativity when it comes to Wildcat apparel! And who cares that we lost our last football game against our arch rival, finished at the very bottom of the Pac-12 South and won’t be seeing the Rose Bowl for yet another year. Certainly not this girl who loves football and dreams of a winning season every year. Nope, not me!

Let’s Beat ASU!

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Every year, I have high hopes that Arizona will finally make it to the Rose Bowl and every year, I am sad because we just can’t seem to GET THERE! But one day we will, and until then I will continue to watch our games with 8 pm and 9 pm kickoffs that no one on the East Coast will ever see! Let’s make this season a success by beating the Sun Devils. PLEASE!

Jason Wu at Kohl’s, Yes…Kohl’s

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So, as much as we all understand that Tucson is often an online shopping town, there are surprises that do happen in T-Town! And, while escaping The Home Depot–which always overwhelms this non-tool girl–I discovered that global women’s designer Jason Wu has a limited-time capsule collection at Kohl’s and it is not bad!

Wu, winner of the Swarovski Award for Womenswear at the CFDA Fashion Awards, has created some stunning jumpsuits and dresses, just in time for the holiday season. Seriously, worth a trip to your nearest Kohl’s! While there, you can also look at the fun new looks by Rock & Republic and Elle. Also, Kohl’s UA section (or should I say UArizona) offers some unique things you can’t always find other places.