OH YOU BETTER BELIEVE SEQUINS IN SEATTLE WILL BE THERE

GLITTER SALE AT GOODWILL THIS SATURDAY!

This is the only holiday that Sequins in Seattle officially recognizes.

I went last year and it was a raucous good time! Good to hear that this year they’ve removed the need to stand in line. Instead: GOODWILL HAS TURNED HELLA WEB 2.0!!!!

THEY’RE USING A #GLITTERSALE HASHTAG ON TWITTER TO NOTIFY YOU WHEN YOU CAN ENTER THE SALE!!!

That’s really good news because look at some of the glitz that will be there this year!

Here are some tips from the Goodwill blog:

The Glitter Sale is coming up!  Be ready when our doors open Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. with these useful tips.

  1. This year we are doing things a little differently to make waiting outside the Glitter Sale more enjoyable!  This year everyone in line will be getting a lanyard with a number on it.  Your number is your admission to the Glitter Sale – when your number is called, you may enter the sale any time thereafter.
  • Once you have your lanyard you no longer have to wait in line.  You may shop the regular Goodwill store, grab coffee, visit the food trucks outside, or just move about until your number is called.
  • Once inside the Glitter Sale, your number is also your admittance to the jewelry counter.  Please listen for your number to be called before approaching the counter.  (We do this so that each person can be helped by a personal shopper behind the jewelry counter.)
  • Numbers will be announced over the store PA system, via text alerts, on Twitter through the#GlitterSale hashtag, and on a board by the Glitter Sale door.  Sign up for text alerts by texting “goodwill123” to 91011.
  • If you shop in the main Goodwill store before entering the Glitter Sale, we recommend purchasing these items and putting them in your car before shopping the Glitter Sale.  However, if necessary you can pay for these items inside the Glitter Sale.
  1. Racks will be restocked throughout the weekend, so don’t worry if you’re not the first through the door!
  2. Outfits from the blog and the Glitter Gala fashion show will be on specially marked racks.
  3. Pick up a blue mesh shopping bag when you arrive; shopping carts are not allowed.
  4. Glitter Sale items are returnable within 7 days of purchase with original tag and receipt.
  5. Wear a leotard or swimsuit to try on clothes; there are no dressing rooms.
  6. Bring a friend who will give you honest feedback – shoppers will vastly outnumber the mirrors!

Of course I will be there covering the event and elbowing the hell out of everyone.

GIVE ME GAUDY OR GIVE ME DEATH.

What about you? Have you been to the Glitter Sale? You have any tips or tricks?

Mother of the Groom

I recently was married on Guemes Island to my lovely wife Amber Kai. On our invitations we added a postscript that indicated folks should ‘dress inappropriately’. Luckily, my side of the family took this as a free license to dress as their true selves. 

One of the highlights for me was the color craftsmanship my mother put into her attire for my very special day.

What you may not be able to pick up from this photo is the necklace that she’s wearing. It is made up of large chunky beads and SHRINKY DINKS that my sister and I made for her circa 4th grade. For those out of the loop, Shrinky Dinksare a "children’s toy/activity kit consisting of large flexible sheets which, when heated in an oven, shrink to small hard plates without altering their color or shape. They reached the height of their popularity in the 1980s.“ 

Now this is some serious ‘Haute couture’.

Fashion Inspirations

This list is by no means complete, but I’ve started a Pinterest for Fashion Inspirations that at least starts to peck away at those folks who’ve 
piqued my interest in the glamour arts. I will continue to update there (and feel free to add your own!)

Balki from Perfect Strangers is a key player. Especially in regards to vests, which have become my goto accessory. 

Early on in my career I was highly influenced by the fashion work of Rodney Dangerfield, particularly in his ‘Caddy Shack’ era. While I find a lot of his artistry a little dated for the modern era, I still feel his bold textiles and matching attitude had a definite impact on my own work. 

Hollywood from ‘Mannequin’. His glasses blew my mind. 

Seriously, who cares about Angela (or HER PARENTS FOR THAT MATTER. UG, BORING) It was always all about Ricky and Rayanne!

Parker Lewis. 

Duckie

Muammar Gaddafi, late ruler of Libya.

And of course, THE GOLDEN GIRLS

But as I stand back and look at all these folks, dressed to the nines – it’s so clear to see pop culture seeping into all of my pores. Is it really all about these 80’s/90’s icons, or is there a more organic root to my style guide?

When I really sit with it for a minute, the purest inspiration actually comes from those who have grown up around me. And none is more powerful of a figure than my very own younger sister, who has always been a fabulously wild dresser and (particularly back in the day) was able to accomplish massive fashion feats without flinching. 

In one of the most amazing displays of bravado, we have this 6th grade look – minimalist, yes – but powerful and contemplative, like a haiku. Still powerful after all these years.

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New In The Shop – HOT PANTS

These are vintage baby hot pants that are sparkly and are sure to dazzle. Really small size with no tag. Must have for any toddler not quite yet ready for a tiara! Check them out in the etsy store!

UPDATE!!!!

I’m just now noticing that there is a hole in the back. Maybe these were used for pet pants at one time? Maybe your baby has a tail? Either way they are sure to make a splash!

The Perils of Fashion Blogging

I bet you think it soooooo easy to write a style guide for the EveryMan, but in truth, there are a ton of undocumented pitfalls awaiting those who have the gift of thrift. While happening upon things like this decaying doll may be a tad bit disgusting, there are far worse items to uncover while digging through other people’s trash. One of the workers at the Bins recently told me that someone once found a HUMAN SKULL beneath a pile of clothes. While I’ve never incurred that ultimate of misfortunes, I have found used pregnancy tests. 

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And this bird thing in a frying pan.

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And just this weekend, something sealed in a biohazard bag. 

Look, I’m not trying to discourage you from going out and rooting around in giant piles of blankets, jackets, unpaired shoes, and treasures galore!!! In fact, quite the opposite. 

But if you want to go on this journey with me – see yourself go from frumpy to fabulous – it is imperative you understand that FASHION is all about RISK

Clear?

Soft Launch of the Sequins In Seattle Etsy Shop

I’m perplexed. Folks must have been pretty reserved about my “Elk Sweater That Maybe, Just Maybe Was Used In A Popular Macklemore Video" because it didn’t end up attracting any bids on Ebay. Maybe it’s because nobody uses Ebay anymore anyway? The new hotness is on Etsy.com, right? 

So here is the announcement of my new Sequins In Seattle Etsy Store. I’ve severely downgraded the price of the Elk sweater to $150 (what a steal). And I have big hopes of adding more items that Sequins In Seattles fans will love to acquire for their collections. 

I really came to this realization after passing on some items at the the bins this weekend. There was this great handmade t-shirt that I found that I didn’t think I could pull off myself, but that now in retrospect I realize would have made a great addition to someone’s wardrobe.

Look at the detail on this hand-crafted shirt! At first I wasn’t sure what a Spardan was, but I turned the tee over and all was made clear. Oh, right, THOSE Spardans!

I don’t plan on using the etsy site for clothing only. Fashion extends beyond the realm of body adornment – fashion permeates all facets of our lives. Wouldn’t you have liked to add this item to your home? 

I find so many things at the thrift store that would be perfect prominently displayed on a mantlepiece (not my own). I love that my new etsy store will give these high-end items a chance at a new life. Happy shopping!

Hide & Go Seek

I’ve finally found the cure-all for those days I’m feeling frumpy and utterly down and out about my wardrobe. One would think you just need to go down to the shopping center and pickup a darling new silk scarf or shiny bracelet to perk up an otherwise drab ensemble. But the little secret I have to share with you is guaranteed to lift your spirits and WON’T COST A DIME.

What’s the trick?

Well, just yesterday afternoon, as I was socializing with fellow ‘street fashion’ bloggers (see previous post), I walked by this woman in her early 20’s holding a clipboard and sporting a bright pink vest. Before I could avert my eyes and scamper to the other side of the sidewalk in passive aggressive ‘la la la can’t hear you’ aversion she said “Hey look at you! You’ve got great style!”. I quickened my pace and looked back only when I felt I had achieved a safe distance. I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw someone else hooked into her speech.

When the fear had faded, I paused a moment and felt the positive words begin to sink into me. “You’ve got great style!”, “You’ve got great style!”, “You’ve got great style!”… The phrase echoed over and over again inside my mind and a warm fuzzy tingled from head to toe. Then it hit me!

This same exchange happens to me so many times and I always take it for granted. These young folks working various causes are out there every day on the street corner looking for charity, and meanwhile, all of us needing a little ego boost could be gaming this whole enterprise for free compliments and fashion encouragement!

I’m telling you folks, there is a huge source of positive vibes right here ready for the taking! Here’s a testimonial from a friend who tried it:

“Wow! Thanks for your help! I went and tried your methods and a dude pointed out my muted tones and said that they made me ‘look like a rad caring person’. ”

See! If you want a quick way to feel good about what you just haphazardly threw on in the morning, take a stroll downtown past the brightly colored folks with clipboards and make sure to strike a few poses in case they miss you the first time. This is a tried and true free alternative to just adding more accessories to your wardrobe.

P.S. Not guaranteed to work with Lyndon LaRouche tablers. Mileage may vary.