Recently my computer crashed which has forced me to use my old laptop for work. With doing so I had the chance to take a stroll down memory lane! The treasury of photos! Horrible hair styles, bad shoe choices, odd outfits, the comparing of weight or how youthful you might have been, and most importantly the exact memory associated with the very moment that picture was taken. With all these lovely factors in mind there is one thing that has never changed for me, the people in those photos. My friends. The people that love me unconditionally, that accept my faults, support my decisions, won't shy away from telling me the honest truth, and ultimately care about our friendship. Even though I would love to go through and show all the weird outfits, and to be honest just the horrible pictures of us growing up (I might save it for a later post!) I'm not. These are just a few individuals (and others not shown, you know who you are!) that I can say in 10 years we are still going to plan trips to get away, arrange nights to watch old movies and eat, shop, and reminisce on old times. Forever.
Today's outfit consisted of a $3.00 thrifted shirt, a pair of beautiful turn of the century wool pants ( also thrifted), wide brim hat and sandals from H&M. I added some purple beauty products and completed the look with a silver choker from my grandma and my favorite Nixon watch my bf gave me.
I have shared with you how much I love to thrift so I think it will be cool to start posting weekly outfits consisting entirely of thrifted pieces (well maybe minus the shoes ;) )
What do you think?
Thanks for reading-Cheers!
I wanted to share a bit today on one of my favorite pass times, thrifting!
My love of thrifting began as sort of a silly way to pass time. Friends and I would pursue the aisles after class gathering up armfuls of silly things to try on. We would laugh at the 80s jumpsuits, wrap multiple belts around our waists, and throw sweater after sweater over our heads. It wasn't until a few years later when my grandmother passed that I began my love affair with vintage and clothing from the past. When she passed she left a closet FULL of vintage goodies..score!
It wasn't long after that, that I put two and two together and realized the best place to add more to my collection was at my local thrift store! I would spend the next few years growing my collection by spending hours pursuing the aisles, finding and learning little tricks/secrets along the way. Those years were what eventually gave me the inventory to start a shop. Nicole and I no longer have to spend hours thrifting for vintage to sell in our shop, but you can bet your lucky stars we still stop at every thrift joint we pass. We consider it a stress reliever, treasure hunt, and still to this day..a silly way to pass time with a friend :)
So now onto what this post is really, really about...the tips and tricks! Here we go :)
Before you even leave the car there are some things to remember.
1. No handbags! You want you hands free!!! Shoulder bags, backpacks(some thrift spots don't allow these) or pockets only!
2. Bring cash, lots of places have a minimum for card usage or don't accept them at all.
3. Wear something that you can try things on over, some shops don't have dressing rooms.
4. Also, come with energy/a full belly. You will be less likely to miss what I like to call thrifting gold.
Now that you're ready to go..
5. Immediately check the daily specials board. You can often find items with specific color tags half off and certain pieces of clothing discounted. Some days even offer seniors or students additional discounts.
6. Get a cart if they offer one.
7. I usually head towards the sections I have least interest in first, that way my energy is at full force and I can really dig.
8. Dig, and dig, and DIG!!
9. Don't stick to just the woman's section. Some of my best finds have been sourced from the men and children's areas. Things can be cut and hemmed if too big ;)
10. If something looks amazing on you but has a spot or a funny smell, don't be discouraged. There are lots of tutorials on how to get smells and spots out, a needle and thread can really come in handy as well. (Nicole has to help me here, my sewing is..well hideous)
11. Check return policies, some shops have lovely return policies. You can take your goodies home and try them on properly and if they don't work..back they go!
12. Did I already say DIGGGGGG and dig??
13. My last little tip is to think outside the box. Honestly when you are paying $1.50 for something you really can't afford not to be a bit gutsy. Some of my most favorite items have looked terrible on the rack and amazing while worn. Remember that cart you picked up in the beginning? It should be filled to the top! That big old grandpa sweater you found in the men's section, how cute is it with slim fitting leather pants and boots?
See that picture above? That's what I like to call thrift gold. A simple, minimalistic, white jacket from afar, which if nothing else is amazing in it's own right, but the kicker..turns out it's an early 1990's DKNY, one of the most comfy things to ever be created. It also happens to be for sale in our shop :)
Happy Shopping! -Gina
Recently Gina and I found this lovely Vintage Hippie Flower Power dress and I honestly don't want to give it up!!!! Its perfect for a summer picnic, funky enough to wear to your favorite music festival, and easy enough to slip into for a last minute evening dinner!
Obsessed with the details!! Its the type of print that doesn't require many accessories!!
Each side of the dress has a diamond shaped cape . This is perfect when you don't want a dress that's hugging your pumpkin spice pancake breakfast!
How awesome are all these cozy coats? There is nothing better than throwing on a beautiful piece of outerwear to really complete your look!
The best part of these are their prices! Most are a $100 and under and ALL are under $180!
We of course added a few vintage options that we currently have in our shop :)
Stay warm and cozy friends! Cheers- Gina!
You know how throughout the day you snap cell phone pictures here and there? You know, maybe a sunset, a pair of shoes, or even a quick outfit snap? Well, mine and Nicole's phones are chock full of said pics! We decided that this would be the perfect platform to share--Enjoy!
Hello everyone!!!! Just in case you need to switch up costumes for all your parties, here's one that won't break your pocket book! All you need are a few household items! Happy Ween!!!!
Tea Bag Costume
1 1/5- 2 yard of white tool (purchased 2 yards from Joann's Fabric for all of $2.00 dollars!)
9''x 5'' piece of cardboard (white would be best)
1 bag of Moss
5 Safety pens
1 white piece of paper (only if you don't have white cardboard)
Fine point black sharpie pen
Fine point black sharpie marker
1 needle point needle for threading string
Big glue stick
Random brown and green leaves from outside
Tis the season for parties galore. There's one this Friday, next Friday, and the Friday after next. Here is an easy recipe that is perfect to take on the go. It's healthy (minus the chips..but hey, live a little) and vegetarian, score!
First step is to chop, chop, chop the cilantro, onion, and garlic.
In a large skillet, heat up a few swirls of olive oil. When the oil is heated add your onions, sugar, salt and pepper.
Next, add the garlic and cilantro. BE CAREFUL not to burn the garlic (about a minute) When the garlic is heated pour in your two cans of beans and squeeze in your 4 lime wedges.
When your bean mixture is heated you can begin transferring the mixture to a food processor. I use the Magic Bullet. You might need to work in batches. A few pulses and you will be set!
Your bean dip is done :) You can add cheddar cheese or cojita cheese if you please.
Next up, heat the vegetable oil in a deep sauteing pan until its nice a hot. In the mean time cut your tortilla into quarters. When your oil is heated, add four pieces of tortilla at a time flipping once or twice. I like mine to be golden brown, but you can adjust your consistency to your liking.
Now, grab a cold one, get comfy and enjoy!
We are extremely happy to announce the new addition to Rax Clothing!!! We have collected goodies for quite some time now and can't wait to share our vintage meets modern...home edition! Introducing Rax Home!
Baggy jeans that didn't make my booty look hideous.
Baggy jeans that didn't make my booty look hideous and ALSO didn't cost tons.
Those were my requirements while on my quest for the perfect pair of baggy jeans. I didn't have to look much further than Forever21 for mine..Please due go down a size if you buy this pair as these stretched up at least a size. They were under $30 too!
The pair below are from Gap.com. I love how baggy they are! Also, they are $30!!
If you haven't already checked out the website boohoo.com you probably should head on over! These are $45 and qualify for free US shipping :)
Thanks for reading and stay comfy in whatever pair you decide!
We are mad for plaid! Yesss, mad!! There is just something so classic and happy about plaid. It will always remind me of back to school shopping, cozy sheets, and my 90s crushes. Here are a few of our favorites in our shop.
The classic flannel.. Pair it with..
- Boyfriend jeans
- Your waist ;)!
Feeling a bit more fancy, try this beauty..Pair it with..
- A black hat
- Jean/leather jacket
Okay, so if dresses and flannels aren't your thing ;) you could always sport a plaid skirt..Pairs well with..
- Crop tops
- Leather backpacks
Whatever you decide to wear, remember to stay warm and cozy! Cheers!
Alongside our love for vintage fashion, magazines, and a good cocktail Gina and I are also suckers for old diners and bars that have been around for ages. On our search to find coffee we stumbled across this gem in Santa Clarita. Welcome to Way Station Coffee Shop
Today I'm sharing a sweet, cut to the chase DIY project. It's perfect for a last minute gift or to do in front of the TV while watching Harry Potter<----that's what I did!
Behold.....Crystal topped bottle stoppers!
This project almost needs no instructions it's so simple!
The first step is painting your cork, I went ahead and put on two coats to make it nice and solid. You can use any color you would like, but I chose white. Once your paint is dry add a drop of super glue to the center and apply your largest piece, that way the rest is just filling in empty spaces with your other rocks/stones. I used a pair of tweezers to get into all the little nooks and crannies that the stones leave around each other. My last step is usually applying extra glue to any loose stones.
VOILA!! That's it! Finished, done, complete!!!
Hopefully you have fun with this, now time to pop a bottle and use that new cork! ;) ;) Cheers!
P.S! Post your results on Instagram under #raxclothing, we would love to see them!
Nicole here!!! Its been several years now that I've gone the extra mile to eat, fresh, healthy meals. Believe me NOT always!...ask anyone that knows me well and they will tell you I love, I mean LOVE sugar! In my perfect calorie free world I would eat sugar for breakfast, lunch, all recommended daily snacks, and dinner! lol I will share some of my favorites in future posts! Promise! Today I wanted to share one of my healthier recipes, STUFFED TURKEY (or quinoa for all the vegetarians out there!) BELL PEPPERS! Enjoy!
Stuffed (turkey or quinoa) Bell Peppers // Makes 6 Peppers
1 large onion
1 Tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
4 medium to large tomatoes, diced
1 (15oz) can black beans, rinsed, drained
1/4 cups water
1 cup sharp cheddar, grated
6 medium to large peppers, ribs removed
1 zucchini, diced
Handful or cilantro, minced
1/4 cup of feta cheese
Garlic salt and pepper
Heat oil saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion, celery, and jalapeno for about 5 minutes, until soft, then add garlic and cook for an additional minute. Stir in tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes until most of the liquid is evaporated. Add zucchini.
Stir in black beans, (if using quinoa), and 1/4 cups water. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 20 minutes or until quinoa is ready. In a separate medium saucepan heat olive oil, add turkey, and season with garlic salt and pepper. Remove turkey from heat when almost fully cooked. Add turkey to mixture, stir in feta cheese, and add cilantro.
Preheat over to 350 degrees F pour reserved liquid from tomatoes in the bottom of your baking dish.
Fill bottom of peppers with a pinch of grated cheese, then mixture and place in baking dish. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. If desired take peppers out 10 minutes before done and top off with additional grated cheese! I love cheese so I stack it on! ENJOY!
Yesterday I journeyed down the road to Ventura, where Nicole and her family recently moved. The main point of the trip was to shoot some product for our website AND to visit her new place. She moved into a beautiful little home from the 60s or 70s complete with beautiful wood floors and a nice big back yard for her pup, Annie, to run around in. Since yesterday we spent all day shooting goodies for our shop, we decided today was to be spent a little differently. We began the morning with coffee and a simple avocado on toast breakfast that, although simple, was amazing. After filling up on toast we decided that we would pay the farmers market a visit before heading into town to thrift..
Prepare for color overload....
After browsing and sampling some goodies we headed home to get ready and then out to begin our day thrifting. It's really nice going with a partner..you cover more ground that way, and see things that each other might have missed.
UUUMMMM how good is that sign??! I saw this little beacon of light.. ;) from across the store and swooped it up before anybody else had the chance! We are servicing it and adding it to the shop soon.
Another find were these little overalls. They are so perfect and slouchy, I had to turn them into my outfit of the day. Similar styles available in our vintage shop section. I also need to give this hat a rest....but my roots are too bad ;D Cheers!
Today is the first day of fall, so I decided to wear plaid. It really seemed appropriate..While the calender says fall, the weather says 100 degrees summer heat... I'll be waiting patiently, of course while watching Hocus Pocus, for the day I can wear something a bit more cozy. Cheers!
Here are a few of our favorite vintage pieces in our shop right now.
This little vintage 70s dress is a perfect addition to any spring/summer wardrobe. Wear it to sip champagne with your buddies or to visit the boardwalk. Platforms and a floppy hat make lovely additions to the outfit.
How cute, how cute, how cute? Logan looks great in this 90s high waist skirt. Flowers and denim...what more could ask for? We have it paired with a crop top but it would also look great with a perfectly worn graphic band tee.
Last but not least are these vintage Ditto's bell bottoms. Not only comfortable but quite flattering around the booty area. They have spandex so that can definitely move and groove. Paired with band tees, crop tops, long tops, short tops-pretty much any top they look great. Visit our SHOPVINTAGE section to buy these goodies. Cheers!
We all know how Mondays sit with most people, but over here at Rax Clothing we don't really mind them. We usually like to begin the week going over some of our favorite pieces we have in our shop and putting together dreamy outfit ideas. This first piece is such a beautiful suede, high-waist, midi skirt. Midi skirts drive me wild(Gina) and suede midi skirts from the 70s drive me even wilder! Beside crop tops, this little beauty would look perfect with a grungy worn band tee.
Next up is this little dress of perfection. The colors, pattern, materials, and cut are all drool worthy. This little number just so happens to be one of Nicole and mine favorite pieces we've ever had. You can almost still picture the previous owner spinning away with Stevie Nicks belting out "Rhiannon" in the back ground. Just throw on a kimono or velvety fringe wrap to complete the look.
Last but definitely not least is this perfect vintage top from Mexico. It's the sweetest thing even and pair perfectly with bells, cutoffs, and just about anything else. Since Spring and Summer are right around the corner, we say start stockin' up on brightly colored pieces now!
We hope you all have a beautiful Monday and if you feel like shopping check out these pieces in our Shop Vintage. Cheers :)