Goodwill Hunting

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Fashion treasure hunting has a strong Northwest Tucson contender in Goodwill’s GoodThreads Boutique on Oracle. I finally checked out the location earlier this week after my friend, Katie, found a cute cow print purse there. I didn’t have such luck, but I almost bought a pair of brand new, gray boots from a Cole Haan/Sharapova collab–I can’t buy any more boots, it’s an addiction!

Styled very similar to a Buffalo Exchange store, GoodThreads sells the higher-quality goods that people throw out on a Marie Kondo whim. From cowboy boots to belts, wall posters to evening gowns and purses, this boutique has clusters of items stuffed in all corners that are worthy of a new home. If you saw the dire climate change news this week, we should no longer scoff at buying used goods, especially fashion. Hey, and there’s a 50% off sale this Saturday, May 18!

One word of caution: the Coach bags there seemed authentic, but the Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Fendi bags the store was selling looked pretty fake or dragged-by-a-car-for-a-mile-damaged. 

Duchess Dupe

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If you loved the white coat dress that beautiful Meghan Markle wore to present Baby Archie, you can find a similar style—all sizes available—on Rue La La (www.ruelala.com) right now! It’s the Why Dress Coatdress and it costs only $49, though it’s Final Sale so you’ll need to guess your size correctly. Nothing like a little duchess style to spice up your royal wardrobe!

Met Gala’s Campiest Looks

In a night that saw Lady Gaga change outfits four times, Katy Perry dress like a chandelier and Jared Leto bring his own head as a purse, here are my fave looks from the 2019 Met Gala, otherwise known as the Super Bowl of Fashion:

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About Last Night in Stylish T-town

Tucson felt a little more New York hip last night at Fashionarte 2019. The Tucson Museum of Art drew some stylish crowds at a VIP reception that precedes a May 4 runway show by talented Pima Community College design students. I tried my best to blend in with fake eyelashes that may or may not have made me look like a man in drag —still not sure.

The fashion installations from Desert Vintage and Gadabout were beautiful, as you can see from the pictures above. The bags from Posh were a huge hit (shameless plug) and I saw my friend’s daughter, the stunning blonde in green, who was modeling outfits from Nicholas K–which is as Kanyesque and haute as I’ve ever seen a line in T-town. And while the cocktails were tiny with huge prices, the bartender gave me a freebie because I named the Depeche Mode song the DJ was playing!

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Fashion Arte 2019

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You have to jump on these fashion events when they happen! Fashionarte 2019 – Pima Community College’s Fashion Design and Clothing Department is holding a VIP Reception tomorrow night, May 1 from 6-8 p.m. at the Tucson Museum of Art. Posh Boutique will be there, along with a Nicholas K trunk show, fashion installations by Gadabout in partnership with Desert Vintage. What other stylish event is going on in T-town on a Wednesday night?

A runway show will follow on May 4 at the Fox Tucson Theatre in downtown, featuring designs from Pima students and other local emerging designers. You can’t say that Tucson is fashion-starved if you don’t support these kind of efforts right?

A Poncho is Your Summer Travel BFF

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As you prepare for your summer trips and adventures this year, do yourself a huge favor and buy a light poncho. The poncho is supremely better than a wrap or a scarf because it doesn’t come unraveled as you walk through the airport. It slips off your neck through security and it’s so cozy when you are trying to sleep during long arctic-air conditioned flights. Here in town, it’s hit or miss on where to find them, but my bet is on Nordstrom Rack to start, then Dillard’s. Online, you can find cheap options on Amazon and Thredup.com.

CVS Beauty Haul = Happiness

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Sometimes, you need only visit your corner CVS store to find a satisfying beauty haul.

“Haul” is a word that comes from YouTube and is when young influencers are sent hundreds of products to try, earn millions of dollars in endorsements and enjoy over-the-top Coachella accommodations while not earning a college degree.

So, when I’m killing time and musing over why my journalism degree doesn’t garner such luxuries, I find myself wandering the aisles of this drugstore, searching for happiness in a cheap beauty product. Some recent finds:

Differin Gel – my dermatologist recently told me about this retinoid acne gel, which used to only be available by prescription. It’s pretty awesome and works! ($15/$30)

Violet Flower Hand Mask – not sure about the “intense moisture” it provides but the gloves are cool and the violet scent is so luxurious, totally worth the $4.99 price tag. Korean beauty products – they know their stuff.

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay – my youngest teen and her product-knowledgeable best friend love this stuff! ($9)

ARDEN Magnetic Lashes – can’t WAIT to try these! ($13.99)

Beauty 360 Rose & Pearl Brightening Mask Pods – I really hope these work well. They are really pink and pretty. They also come in a pack of 2 and include a cover so you can re-use them! I like a product that leaves me prepared. ($4.39)