ClosetRaid Swap!

ClosetRaid Swap 1

Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend a swap hosted by two lovely ladies: Kimberlee of I Have a Degree in This and Jennifer of ClosetRaid.  I’d been meaning to do some spring cleaning, but kept putting it off because it can be such a pain!  However, this swap was the perfect excuse to finally get it done and gave me just the push I needed.  Even better, GoodwillRoom to Grow and WGirls were also at the event to collect donations, meaning I could get rid of swap items and donations in one fell swoop!  I spent several hours the Friday before the swap going through all of my clothes (at least all of the ones I have with me here in NYC!).  When I was all done, I had one huge Ikea bag full of donations and one large shopping tote full of swap items.  You should have see me trying to maneuver all of that stuff- it was hard!  But, after a little bit of struggle and a short cab ride, I finally made it to the venue.

When I arrived, I checked in at the registration table and dropped off all my stuff.  The amazing volunteers then added my donations to the appropriate piles as well as arranged my swap items in the designated swapping area.  Depending on how many items you brought to swap, you received the equivalent number of poker chips (up to a maximum of 10). You then used the poker chips as your currency for the swap (i.e., 1 poker chip = 1 swap item to take home).

After I’d signed in, I soon spotted the co-hostess Kimberlee and a bunch of other bloggers from The Bloggers’ Collective.  It is always great to hang out and chat with these ladies because they are such a fun and friendly bunch! While we waited for the swap to begin, we nibbled on some of the delicious snacks that were set out, including sweet treats from the Guiltless Baker, and sipped on some bubbly provided by Domaine Carneros.  Vendors like Peppermint Chic and Nydia Charles had tables where you could browse and purchase their pretty jewelry.  They also had set up a projector screen where you could live tweet about the event and see what other people were saying- isn’t that such a neat idea?

Sherlly and Lindsay

Tessa and Chris

After a little while, it was time for the swapping to begin!  When Jennifer said we could all start swapping, it got a little bit crazy!  I was toward the back of the group and spent a little time looking, but then decided to hang back so I could catch some snaps of people in action.

After the first round, we all huddled to take a look at what each of us had picked up.  There were also fitting rooms where you could try on clothing that you liked.  I picked up a sequin top in the first round, but then I put it back because I didn’t think it would fit properly.  While we were waiting for round two, we returned to snacking and sipping champagne.  It was nice to be able to relax a little bit after the madness!

Nicole

During round two of the swap, I scored some pretty nail polish and an awesome coat from Zara that will come in handy during the colder months.  I almost passed over it because I thought it was in the men’s section, but I’m glad I took a second look!

I find that swapping is a really great way to add some fresh items to your closet without breaking the bank! Although I wish I had unlimited funds to spend, that’s simply not the case!  That’s why I really appreciate events like the ClosetRaid Swap, where I can pick up new-to-me items for free!  Also, I love that nothing went to waste, since items that were not swapped by the end were also donated to the organizations that I mentioned earlier.  Plus, it’s always fun to hang out with other bloggers in real life and this event gave me the opportunity to do just that! Thanks again to Kimberlee and Jennifer for such a wonderful event!

The ladies of The Bloggers’ Collective (image via ClosetRaid)

For all my US readers out there- hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!
Tell me: Do you have any fun plans for the long weekend? 

California Dreamin’

California Dreamin'

Dresses L to R: Francesca’s Dove Wings Dress, Lulu’s Striped Dress, Ruche Pleated Dress

Sunglasses L to R: StyleMint Rodeo, Fred Flare Red Leopard Ramona, H&M Turquoise

Purses L to R: Melie Bianco Allie Messenger Bag, Le Lapin D’Or Monique Crossbody, Forever 21 Crossbody

Sandals L to R: Modcloth Colorblock Sandal, Topshop Hatty Bow Sandal, Tobi Dolce Vita Archer

Lately, I’ve had California on the brain and the reason is that I’m going home to CA in a little over two weeks to visit my family!  To say that I’m so excited, would be an understatement!  I haven’t really taken any time off yet this year and I haven’t seen my family since Christmas, so I really cannot wait.  I’m looking forward to not waking up to an alarm, lazy days spent with the family, and the warm weather.  Since my hometown is smack in the middle of the desert, it does get really hot in the summer (often it’s over 100 degrees)!  That means that when it comes to my outfits I’ll be keeping it simple in order to stay cool.  I plan on packing several breezy dresses like the ones above, my sunglasses, lots of sandals so my feet can breathe, and a small crossbody purse so that I don’t get weighed down.  I’ll be referring to this post, since I only plan to take a carry-on, and I might just update my packing tutorial afterwards!

Tell me: Are you planning to take a vacation this summer?

Madewell Style Sessions

Madewell Style Sessions 2

As I mentioned on Friday, Alex and I attended a shopping event at Madewell last week.  These styling sessions were taking place all around the country on the same night and Alex and I went to the one on 5th Avenue, which was hosted by Keiko Lynn.  The atmosphere was really fun because a DJ was spinning good music and there were sweet treats and cocktails for us to enjoy as we browsed the store!  You could also talk to the hostess, Keiko, if you had any styling questions.  I tried on one outfit that I really liked, but decided to be a good girl and not spend any money!

Did you have a good weekend? On Friday evening, my friend Phoebe invited some people over for dinner at her place, where she made pizzas for us from scratch!  Then on Saturday, I went to the Closet Raid Swap hosted by Kimberlee, which I think was a huge success (full post to come later!).  Saturday ended up being quite the day because after the swap, I went to Central Park to soak up the sun with some friends, ran home really quickly to change, and then went to my friend’s birthday party.  Then I spent most of yesterday catching up on sleep and tidying up my room (the place was a bit of a disaster after I cleaned my closet on Friday).  All in all, a full and fun weekend! :)

Lay All Your Link Love on Me

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How has everyone’s week been?  The first half of the week was pretty hectic for me, but then things settled down a bit.  Also, yesterday, I attended a fun event at Madewell with Alex- I’ll post some of the snaps I took on Monday!  In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to share some of the links that caught my eye this week :)

1. Has Blogging Lost Its Community?: IFB wrote a really interesting article about how the community sense in blogging has changed from what it used to be five years ago.  Many bloggers have noticed a gradual decline in comments, while there’s been an increase in interactions on other social networks such as Facebook or Twitter.  There’s a really great discussion going on in the comments too (I even added my two cents!).

2. Instagram Camera: Even though this idea was originally a joke, I would totally buy one of these if they actually decided to manufacture them!

3. Industry of One:  This cool website showcases young professionals in various industries and what they wear during the work week.  According to their site, their goal is to “document the relationship between one’s line of work + walk of life.”  I really enjoyed reading the interviews- the people they profile have really interesting stories to tell.

4. Cannes Film Festival: Doesn’t Eva Longoria just look stunning?  Take a look at this slideshow to see what she and other stars have been wearing on the red carpet at Cannes.

5. H&M Floral Pants on Citizen Couture: I’m sure you’ve seen these floral pants everywhere, but here’s some more inspiration on how to wear them.  I love seeing how one item of clothing can be styled so differently!

Tell me: What do you have planned for the weekend?

On Saturday, I’m attending a swap that is co-hosted by ClosetRaid and Kimberlee and I cannot wait!  This is exactly the push I need to go through my closet, so on Friday evening I plan to do some serious spring cleaning.  I hope to finally donate and/or swap all the clothes I’ve been meaning to get rid of, so I can have a bit more space in my closet.  It’s also my friend’s birthday on Saturday, so a few of us will be gathering to celebrate!  Hope you all have a lovely weekend and see you back here Monday :)