Halloween Ready: Modcloth

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It’s finally October and I thought it would be a great idea to share with you some awesome Halloween-themed finds from my favorite online shops! This week’s shop is ModCloth. This quirky, retro and vintage-inspired online store is my absolute favorite because they carry novelty prints, dresses with odd cuts and colorful items to decorate your home. They are known for their simple, yet fun dresses, so why not start off this post with a dress?

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Spirit in the Fright Dress

$90

“Pumpkins, kittens, and cobwebs – oh my! Part of our ModCloth namesake label, this adorably printed dress proves there’s nothing to be afraid of, with a precious scaredy cat motif atop its rich amethyst base. Cute and cottony, this V-neck frock is full of frightful delight!”

This purple dress has scaredy cats all over it, even some kitty ghosts! The price is a little steep for an unlined dress with no pockets but… kittehs! Reviews say armholes are a bit big but a black cardigan would look great with it.

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Here Candy, Candy Tee

$30

“Ever eat so much candy you felt like you might turn into the sweet stuff? Well, the kitty that’s screen printed on this black tee – an exclusive to ModCloth – must have done just that! Sport this seasonal scoop neck this fall, or rock it any ol’ time you want to exude your signature quirk!”

Look cute while running errands with this tee! It’s perfect for fall and it’ll look great with these:

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Favorite Favor Earrings

$13

“As far as you’re concerned, autumn is the sweetest time of year – because you get to wear these candy corn earrings! Colorblocked in white, orange, and yellow, these studs take the shape of your favorite fall-time treat and add a kernel of cuteness to your day.”

Candy corn has never been my favorite Halloween treat but you gotta admit it’s the most iconic one. Wear these to add some fun to your everyday outfit. I’m sure someone will ask where you got them!

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$30

“Before you head out to your favorite haunts, you zip your wallet, phone, and lip gloss into this adorably bat-shaped bag! Its black, vegan faux-leather construction, slender removable strap, and handy back pocket make it a charming companion on your nocturnal adventures. Sling this purse over the shoulder of your khaki trench, velvety A-line shift, and dramatic, spike-embellished heels for a playful look with a vampy touch!”

This batacular bag is just big enough to carry the essentials: phone, cards and some cash. Perfect for parties and concerts!

Need more outfit inspirtation? Check this out for ideas:

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Blue Hues and Color Psychology

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I’ve been fascinated by Color Psychology since my sophomore year of college when I took the class that changed my life: Costume Design. For our final project we had to read a play and design two-three costume changes per character. We all had to seek inspiration from somewhere but I decided to go with Color Psychology.

Out of all the colors of the rainbow, blue is the one that catches my eye the most. It inspires trust, honesty and loyalty. It’s the most liked color of all, probably because it’s safe and non-threatening. It was the perfect color for the innocent character of the play, a 15 year old girl.

Although I’ve never been a fan of how blue looks on me, this peacock print dress by Retrolicious caught my eye as soon as I saw it hit the ModCloth site. Cotton and pockets. It couldn’t be anymore perfect. As usual, I couldn’t afford it. Luckily, someone was selling three of them on the Facebook clothing swap group for $20–shipped!

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How do you think colors affect purchases? Was I inclined to buy the dress because of its color?

Photos by Da.Art Photography

Outfit of the Day: Second-hand Finds

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Skirts are a must for summer in Puerto Rico and I love to wear my fruit print shirts and dresses during this time. This season was made to wear cotton clothing with bright, bold colors. I’m also a firm believer in thrifting and upcycleing. I love being able to put on something that used to be in someone else’s closet. It makes me wonder how the person styled it and where they wore it to. That’s why I enjoy searching for used clothes on eBay and even Instagram! I save a few bucks as well, so that’s a plus!

I found this watermelon tank top on eBay for $10.. The quality is not so great but it looked perfect paired with my Bea and Dot green skirt. I got it in a swap and sell group for about $12. The shoes? Got them for $10!

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This “Grass is Greenest” skirt has become my favorite. It’s fullness gives it just the right amount of retro flair. I’ve become addicted to low heels. I find them incredibly versatile and they can dress up the most casual outfit.

I wore a plain white top with the skirt just to be able to wear a polka dot head scarf for a shoot. If the scarf didn’t have a print, I would’ve worn the exact same outfit again because I love the quirkiness fruit prints have. I was, however, able to use my watermelon purse, which I found on eBay for $25. ModCloth is currently selling a similar one called Forever Fruitful Bag

I found the red scarf at a thrift shop in San Juan called Electroshock. I believe it cost just a buck.

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You don’t need to go broke in order to look great! Just be patient and search, search, search! I bet you’ll have fun in the process and discover online thrift shops! You may make friends as well!

Photos by Da.Art Photography

Heart and Solar System Dress

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As an odd print collector, I constantly search for eye-catching skirts and dresses. When I’m on a tight budget, I always check clothing swap groups before actually looking through pages and pages of items on a website. One of a girl’s ISOs (in search of) was this beautiful space print dress by Fervour, sold exclusively at ModCloth.

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Heart and Solar System Dress, $75
Currently available in XS

I was sad to discover it was sold out and if restocked, it would sell for $75. As a Fashion Design student I know that a simple unlined, cotton dress should sell for a lot less. I told myself that constantly, trying to convince myself not to buy it if someone returned it in my size. I decided to post it as an ISO item to one of the swap groups just in case someone wanted to get rid of theirs (yeah, right) and a few weeks later, a girl told me someone had returned a small one. I bought it. Yolo, people, yolo.  (Too 2013?)

I waited the two weeks it usually takes for a ModCloth package to get to my house and was heartbroken when I pulled this out of the bag:

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The Way I Galaxy It Dress, $42 (50 % off)

This dress was being sold for $85 when I got it.  I thought about keeping it but the material and the fact that it’s lined made me sweat without even trying it on. I did try it on eventually but the only thing that came to mind was “meh.”  A return. I remember chatting with customer service and how nice the lady was.  I asked her if the company was planning on restocking it and I felt a punch to my chest as she said no. I told the girl from the swap group about the situation and she was just as sad as I was because she’s been looking for the same dress but in a different size.

Before I could forget about the dress, I saw a message from her saying a small one had been returned again. I didn’t get excited, but I bought it hoping I wouldn’t receive the wrong one again. I wonder if the mailman found it odd when I didn’t grin as soon as I saw him approaching my house with a package from ModCloth.  I opened it and even though it was finally the right dress, I was expecting the worst, as if it had to have some sort of flaw. Well, it does.

CONS

  • The dress is too short for my liking. The hem hits 3 inches above my knee. I did see pictures prior to purchasing but I thought it would be longer on me considering I’m only 5’03” tall.
  • Runs small in bust area. I’m only a B cup and I had a major armpit-boob issue.

PROS

  • Breathable fabric.
  • Has pockets. Yay!

The story does not end here. I searched for the brand, Fervour, on eBay and voila, a medium Heart and Solar System Dress was listed at only $30. It had the option to start a bidding war but it had 7 watchers so I didn’t want to risk it. I’m happy to say that I now own a Heart and Solar System Dress that doesn’t give me armpit-boob. I returned the small one and saved $40.  Yay for used clothing!

Now please enjoy these pictures of my sexy self wearing the sexy dress.

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Want to know a little secret? I was told this dress *might* be getting restocked around August but you didn’t hear it from me! 😉

Clothing Swap & Sell Groups!

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“Sell, trash or donate?” I asked myself this simple question while cleaning out my closet. It seemed like a smart idea knowing I’d eventually move. The date has been pushed back a year but that didn’t change the fact that I had too much stuff in my closet.  Stuff I didn’t even wear anymore. As I pushed and pulled hangers I tried to remember when was the last time I had worn whatever it was I was holding in my hands. If I couldn’t remember the outing, the garment was going in a bag.  If it was in good condition I’d either sell or donate it. When it was time to sell, I didn’t know where to go.

I’m done with eBay. Almost done, at least. I just think it’s such a hassle to post a listing, and then there are the fees. (Student budget, yo!) Another thing that annoyed me was the issue with the pictures. Usually online pics aren’t allowed so having to set up a tripod and change multiple times wasn’t appealing. I did it once and the process took an entire day. No kidding. I figured stock photos were best and pictures of flaws of the actual item could be provided upon request. Easy.

A friend of mine told me about a PUG (Pinup Girl Clothing) Swap and Sell group. Although I didn’t plan on selling the few PUG items I own, I decided to join. I quickly learned that the group has rules and a list of other brands that are allowed. Some of my items were on the brand list but I though it’d be best to see how it goes down first.

Here’s what a listing may look like:

NWT (New, with tags) Hell Bunny Vixen dress, size small. Would like to trade for the cherry print Zooey top, size medium or sell for $50 shipped. Comes from a pet friendly and smoke-free home.

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The seller would then have to wait for a potential buyer or swapper to comment. Questions regarding condition, measurements or potential offers are discussed in the comment section or privately, via direct message.

The process seemed simple enough but I wondered if there were any ModCloth swap and sell groups, since most of my items were purchased on their site and not all of the brands they sell were allowed on this particular group. After asking around, I found out there’s a clothing swap group which allows pretty much any brand, but mainly focuses on ModCloth items. Purrfect!

Girls from the US, Canada, Australia (and now Puerto Rico!) post their Pinterest swap and sell boards and hope for the best! If someone is interested in an item, they’ll respond commenting which item they’re lusting after along with a link to their board and hope the other person would like to swap for one of their items. Worst case scenario, they have nothing in the style the other is looking for and no swap will happen… BUT! Most of the times, the person is willing to sell at a great price. I’ve swapped three times so far and I’m now waiting for a fourth swap from Canada. Here are some of the items that are now having a party with my other skirts and dresses in my closet:

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Once Upon a Maritime Skirt, ModCloth

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Cutest of the Fruit Dress, ModCloth

You all know how much I love quirky prints!

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Jolly Green Client Dress, ModCloth

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Hell Bunny Vixen Dress, ModCloth by Hell Bunny

I’m sure it had a very a very “Mod” name but I can’t find it, unfortunately.

Here are some of my favorite clothing swap and sell groups on Facebook:

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Clothing Swap Group

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Forever 21 Swap/Sell

Jeffrey Campbell Swap Sell and Buy Group

Ooh La La!  Vintage Swap and Sell Shop

Hell Bunny Clothing Buy, Swap & Sell

Clothing swap and sell groups are a great option if you’re short on cash, like me! Most items in my closet are second hand, a gift or were or super sale.  Remember to be a saavy shopper.

Always read the rules before posting! You don’t want to get banned after being accepted! Did I miss any? Know about other swap/sell groups? Please share!

Happy selling and swapping!

BAIT Footwear, Miss L Fire and Irregular Choice — Up to 70% off!

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You read correctly.  Expensive shoes for super cheap!  Get your hands on these beauties before it’s too late!

It’s ModCloth’s Now or Never sale and it’s their best one yet!  If you’re like me and love novelty fashion, you won’t let these babies get away!

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Q & A with Cat Carney!

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I was looking through ModCloth’s vintage collection, Jingle Belles, when I first saw the lovely Cat Carney.  Something about the hat she was wearing caught my eye and then I actually looked at her.  I almost thought out loud Jeez!  This girl is so pretty!  After much googleing and reading, I found her Instagram account.  I now get a frequent dose of cuteness thanks to her.  This sweet girl agreed to do an interview via e-mail.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t interview her face to face, but I sure hope I get to do it in the near future.

How and when did you start modeling?  How old are you?  You look so young!

My modeling adventure kicked off in the summer of 2011. With my sister as chief photographer, I had, at fourteen, my first real photo shoot in my backyard. After careful review, I sent the snaps along to Pittsburgh/Cleveland agency The Talent Group, who successively called me in for an Open Call and offered an exclusive contract. I was first invited to meet with NYC agencies that winter. The trip was very successful, but I vowed to remain in school instead of working overseas like the agencies suggested. Scouted at 17 by Real Model Scout, I am now signed with the fabulous APM Models New York!

Who are your style icons and why?

Jean Shrimpton, one of the world’s first supermodels, and Taylor Swift are, in my opinion, the personifications of the true feminine style. The delicate shift dresses and chic berets that were so often seen on ‘60’s model Shrimpton now make appearances in my own wardrobe. Combine these pieces with the effortlessly sophisticated looks of T-Swift (flowered frocks, fabulous hats, and the elegant handbag), and my ladylike style is complete! I admire these two ladies for embracing girly fashion, yet adding their own unique twists.

If you could live in any decade, which would you choose and why?

Sometimes, I daydream of experiencing a day in the 1920’s. Perhaps this is because I just finished reading The Great Gatsby, but, nevertheless, the turbulent lifestyle of the 20’s is one I would be curious to take part in. The manner of dress was simply irresistible, what with the intricate detailing of ladies’ gowns and dignified structure of men’s snazzy suits. New York City in the 20’s was nothing short of dramatic, and a day in the Big Apple during this time would have been unforgettable. If I were to need a getaway from the frenetic hustle and bustle in 1920’s America, a lazy vacation in Paris would have done the trick.

What’s your signature style?

As previously mentioned, feminine fashions are dominant in my wardrobe. On a casual weekend out, you may see me donning a fitted patterned or floral frock, paired with oxford-heeled shoes or Mary Jane flats. That being said, I also feel quite stylin’ in my model fashions: dark skinny jeans, fitted t-shirt or black turtleneck, leather jacket, and booties.

What was the best part of modeling for ModCloth?

My year spent with ModCloth helped sculpt me into the model and young woman I am today. It’s difficult to classify one certain tenet of the Mod experience as my favorite, as each shoot, outfit, team member, and model has handed me unforgettable memories. However, I must say that the vintage shoots (ex: the holiday Jingle ‘Belles’ vintage collection) were always a highlight. Showcasing one-of-a-kind retro pieces through larger-than-than hair and makeup, sets, and styling was incredibly valuable as a model and vintage-lover.

If you could change anything about the Fashion Industry, what would it be?

I think all body-shaming, specifically on social media, needs to simply stop. Whether a model be ram-rod straight or plus size, he/she is incredibly unique and beautiful; each and every body shape should be shown in a positive light. As a caveat to that statement, I also believe that all models have a responsibility to their bodies to be healthy.

Have you ever had any negative experiences as a model?

Thankfully, all of my experiences in my career, thus far, have been positive. This past year, when making final NYC contract decisions, I made sure to sign with the agency that I knew was the perfect fit for me. With the guidance of APM, my scout, and my family, I know my career will continue to be one that is not only incredibly exciting, but also safe.

What has been your most rewarding experience as a model?

Each and every moment I spent in NYC this past summer was incredibly rewarding. The bookings and shoots I have taken part in for three years have been leading up to work in the nation’s fashion capital, and I am awaiting my NYC move next summer!

How do you get through a bad day?

I’ve noticed that a great workout can very much lift low spirits. A brisk walk outside is calming for me, as I’ve always felt at peace while one with nature.

What do you do in your spare time?

In my free time, I have been meticulously studying NYC and subway maps (HopStop is truly fabulous), and checking out NYC apartment profiles. Curling up with an enchanting read is always enjoyable!

Coffee or tea?

Does an occasional glass of Diet Coke count?

What does a day in your shoes look like?

When I’m not on set, I usually awaken at about 5:30 A.M., have a healthy breakfast (go oatmeal!), work diligently on my classes and schoolwork for the majority of the day, exercise for one hour, and relax in the evenings with some YouTubing or watching of House Hunters! Days spent on-set are fast-paced, with early call times, hour-long shoots, and a casting or two. Weekends are vital for me, as I utilize them to catch up on any missed schoolwork and/or spend quality time with my family.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

In ten years from now, I envision myself living in a large metropolis, such as New York City, Paris, or Dublin, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications under my belt. My career goal, besides modeling, is to write/edit for a fashion magazine or work as a public relations specialist. I also dream of making a purchase of a rose pink moped, the perfect mobile vehicle to scoot around busy city streets!

How do you stay confident?

I believe that the truest way to stay confident is to surround yourself with positive people, maintain positivity in your own life, and make time for your family and close friends. Not only does my family ground me, but they also cement my confidence as a model and young woman.

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What is your definition of a strong, classy woman?

A genuine, kind, determined, resolute, and hardworking woman is one who exudes class, in my opinion. A woman who is acutely aware of what she wants and will not stop working until she is living her dream life, pushing through all obstacles, is the epitome of strength.

Want more Cat Carney?  You can follow Cat on Instagram here or click here to check out her Pinterest board!