Friday, May 18, 2012

SNEAK PEAK: Pieces Styled

With the swap just two days away, we figured we'd give you ladies a sneak peak of some of the items! Below our friend, Cortney and our lovely swap coordinator, Rachel, modeled some of their favorite pieces.

For Cortney's look she styled a vintage leather turquoise skirt, a cotton peach top with an embellished front, a basic skinny yellow belt, and her own mint shoes. While those shoes are hers, we have the exact shoes in coral.

Rachel paired this lovely cotton Urban Outfitters skirt with her own basic tee. We love this look because it's simple and comfortable for summer. Rachel used the red in the flowers to match a top to bring more color and depth to the look! We have a plethora of tops just like this and basic cotton skirts for summer.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Swap Styling

330 clothing swap styling basics

It's five days and counting until the day of the swap! We're hoping that you girls are as excited as we are! Expect a lot of unique pieces that you will have to have in your closet! Worried about how to work your new, cute pieces into your wardrobe?
Don't worry! There will be a booth for alterations(so you can make that amazing skirt you just found fit your waist) and a styling station to show you how to work your new things into your closet with some classic pieces.

Pictured above is a group of classic pieces of clothing that I believe should be staples in every ones wardrobe! The majority of them are great items for year round, but a few I believe will be especially great for this summer season! Most of these items will be present at the styling station to help make your future outfits more of a reality before you commit to a piece you are unsure about.

At the station expect the classics, such as: a pair of denim jeans, a blazer, a basic white and black tee, a black and white striped top, a black pencil skirt, and a pair of black and brown shoes. Each of these items can be switched in and out of almost every outfit you can make, so that right there is already a few outfits in itself. The brown and black shoes are just a couple classics I will be bringing, but I will encourage you to use your imagination for what shoes you can pair with any outfit.

As for the rest of the items I am choosing especially for your summer wardrobe are: a pair of denim shorts to pair with most tops and jackets, a floral scarf to add color and pattern to any outfit( the floral doesn't have to be a scarf, you can play around with other floral accessories like belts and shoes), a bright colored blouse and skirt, as well as a bright colored hand bag to summer-up your wardrobe. Also expect an assortment of belts to help show you different silhouettes for your new clothes.

The styling station will be there to help you enhance the amzing things that you find at the swap, but dont forget about everything else this coming Sunday has to offer! Get excited for a few amazing vendors and services provided by the MC, and dont forget about the treats provided for you by Earth Fair and your gift bags!

Fives days left! Get excited and we look forward to seeing all of you!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

sponsors + local supporting businesses

Over the past month you may have noticed our side bars on this page begin to grow. We are so thrilled and thankful to be supported by some amazing companies in just our first year and can't wait for all of you to reap the rewards! What exactly do these side bar lists mean to you? 

Let me break it down for you...

(Click the logos to the left for more information on the business)

Studio MC
One of the most renowned salons in the country (seriously) will be providing special mini- spa treatments for all of you to enjoy among other surprises! Not to mention the beautiful space they loaned us for the swap!

Goodwill of Greater Akron
One of our favorite places to thrift, this is of course where all of the remaining clothing and funds will be donated to. Every participant will be walking away with a special Goodwill gift!

Earth Fare
For those of you who don't yet know about Earth Fare, check it out! A great new healthy supermarket that will be filling swappers tummies with something yummy after swapping!

Pretzel Crisps
What girl doesn't love Pretzel Crisps? So delicious and surprisingly low calorie too! There will be a great raffle to win, and something for everyone too!

Local Supporting Businesses
(Click the logos to the right for more information on the business)

Included in your attendance, each swapper will receive 2 complimentary raffle tickets that you can play where you'd like. You have the opportunity to win the following amazing prizes...

Exclusive Gift from our favorite local boutique, Noto

One of five gift certificates from our go-to comfort food joint, The Lockview

One of two gift certificates to the notorious local chain, Rocknes 

Gift certificate to amazing the amazing Thai spot, Cilantro

Prize Package from (my personal favorite place to get a spray tan) Sinfully Good

Prize Package from Starbucks

Prize Package from our sponsor Pretzel Crisps

and more...

Each swapper will also receive a special gift from Today's Bride

What sponsor or raffle are you most excited about?

Monday, April 30, 2012

A Sneak Peak..

It was great to meet some of you at MC on Friday! The first drop-off was a big success! 

About a month ago I moved into a house that has this lovely attic space - perfect for swap clothes sorting! Tomorrow night, the swap team will have our first clothes organizing party .. we can't wait! 

I was anxious to get started, so got a little head start on the sorting :

I got some pretty ribbon to separate the clothes:

I decided to utilize any extra space to fold & organize - even the TV stand!

We still have a lot to go through:

There were some really great items dropped off on Friday, you ladies have been very generous!

Don't forget, if you know anyone who wants to attend the swap, the last day to sign up is this Thursday, May 3rd. The next drop off date is this Friday, May 4th at my house here in Highland Square (you'll get directions when you confirm). You can also arrange another pick-up or drop-off if you need to - get in touch with us:

Can't wait to get the swap team together tomorrow to go through the rest of the clothes!

-Rachel (For the Birds)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Did you know...?

That in addition to swapping, treats, local vendors, and mini spa treatments that we'll also have on-site alterations and a styling station.

If something doesn't fit, for a small fee, you'll be able to hem or take in an item so that it fits your body perfectly! More reasons why you should definitely bring cash!

Jessie a retail manager and future fashion school graduate, will be setting up shop to help YOU style any item that you might not know how to fit into your wardrobe.

This way, we can guarantee that you'll not only find items you love, but that they also fit perfectly and you know exactly how to incorporate them into your wardrobe!

We also have some special surprises and giveaways for each time slot!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Shop Blogger Closets : Rachel from For the Birds

Hello! I'm Rachel from For the Birds and I am so excited to be part of this awesome Swap & Shop event! I think it's such a fun idea and I've really loved collaborating with the other girls to pull it all together. With the first drop-off day coming up on April 27th, it's time to start thinking about what you want to swap.

The other day I decided to get real with myself and do a big closet clean-out. On my blog I wrote about my tough love tips for an organized closet if you think you need some tough love yourself.

After you've gone through your closet and decided what you want to keep, decide what is "swap-worthy". A good rule I heard from someone at our last swap meeting is : if you would lend it to a friend, it's swap-worthy. Old workout clothes, stained or torn clothes should be donated to a charitable organization such as Goodwill.

Here are some of the items I'll be swapping in May:

I have two short skirts that are so cute. One is an awesome Lauren Conrad skirt with a tie-bow on the side and black lace on the bottom. The other is an amazing colorful NOTO skirt that I really love. However, I had to get really honest with myself - I'm not a short skirt girl. I always end up feeling uncomfortable in them.

This is an Ann Taylor Loft skirt that I also love, but it just doesn't fit me correctly. Your gain!

This is a DKNY dress I've only worn a handful of times. I really like it but I'm bored with it now.. again, your gain :)

Thanks for checking out my little preview, I can't wait to see your items for the swap!
-Rachel (

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Shop Blogger Closets!

Hilary of the Young and the Naive is also a member of the swap! Her blog is equal parts beautiful photography, delicious food, and casual yet classy outfits. Her style is effortless and seemingly made effortless by the staple pieces she filters into her wardrobe.

Check out her blog for more looks and take a peak at what styles we'll be seeing at the swap. the Young and the Naive