ALAMODEST Thanksgiving & Black Friday SALE: Buy 1 Get 1 50% OFF




Buy 1, get 1 50% off on any combination of items from my Etsy & Vinted stores! No limit. Discount is applied to the lower priced item. Free shipping on domestic orders on my Etsy store if you use coupon “ALAMODESHIP.” Free shipping on Vinted if you choose to pay through PayPal. PLUS 20% off TOTAL if you buy more than 2 items. Today and tomorrow only!

The only way you will get the BOGO50% is if you message me beforehand OR I can partially refund you after you purchase if you message me. Purchases must be made today (Thanksgiving) or tomorrow (black Friday) only.






Shop My Vinted Closet & Links à la Mode

vinted-alamodest shop

I recently signed up for a really neat app or website called Vinted, which is a service like Poshmark that lets you shop fellow fashionistas’ closets or swap with their items. A lot of the stuff I have on there I amassed from years past that do not necessarily reflect my style or my size. However, I’ve been using it to sell my personal clothes as well. Some of the things I have listed are practically to give away, because I just want to make room around the house! So if you find anything you see from my closet, just send me a reasonable offer. I will most likely accept!

Vinted is free to sign up for, and you get $10 free when you sign up. So with my $10, I bought a really cute 90s inspired circle skirt with sunflowers on it (only had to pay shipping)! I landed on this website, because I was looking for a popular place to sell used clothes that wasn’t eBay or that didn’t have to be vintage-only like Etsy.

If you’re looking for a place to sell your own clothes, I say give it a go… and don’t forget to follow me! I will most likely add something new everyday. It’s a really fun place to get to know other girls as well. I was very flattered when one of the girls who bought my blue velvet dress even started a whole thread on their forum about her purchase from me! It made my day.



They do take a cut of whatever you sell  of course, which is fair. Whatever I don’t sell on here for a while, I will most likely donate to Goodwill.

I also have an Etsy store where I sell vintage only clothes and accessories that you might like to see! I do not discourage haggling ;-)

Are you on Vinted/Etsy?


Thanks to Independent Fashion Bloggers for picking my link on their top posts last week! Below, you will find other fabulous posts to read.



Style Handbook

Do you ever feel like when you were born, everyone got the handbook to life but you? Ok, maybe not. But when it comes to style, there is no official handbook… but that doesn’t mean we all have to wander around clueless. This week is your guide to style, so pull up a chair, take a deep breath and realize, everything is going to be just fine.

Links a la Mode: October 9th

SPONSOR: Shopbop Natori, Weitzman shoes, Oak, Miista, Moschino, Sachin Babi, Natori, Hare Hart, R&B Standard Issue, AQ/AQ & Electric Love Army

Your Guide to: Cheap, Used, and Unique Holiday Dresses on the Web


Christmas and New Year’s are coming up, and it’s that time of the year to spend (time and money) on others instead of yourself. However, you don’t want your personal low budget to rain on your wanting to show how festive you are as a fashionista. What do you do? If your hands can knit or sew, you upcycle. If you have a good eye but not hands, you go thrifting. If you are any of these but don’t have the patience or time to make something or look through racks of old clothing, you turn online for vintage or unique dresses.

So, here you are! Your quick and easy guide to doing just that—buying used and affordable but unique dresses on the web!



Most of us still think that eBay has the best deals. That’s not always the case. When I used to sell on eBay, what I thought was just going to sell for double the price I started the auction for turned out to be way more valuable than I initially expected. On Etsy, there is no bidding. So if you and five others want the same item, it’s on a first come/serve basis. An Etsy seller will not want to jack up the price way more than what their item is selling for on average on eBay, because they know very well that Etsy doesn’t get as much exposure as eBay, so that they don’t want to risk having their items sit in their inventory for a long time.

A lot of Etsy sellers give out discount codes on their social networks too, which you don’t normally see on eBay. I personally think Etsy folks are kinder, so they’re more approachable in terms of haggling.

On Etsy, you can see how many people added the item as their favorite. The higher the number, the more exposure and interest it got. If you care about the buzz you generate from your holiday outfit, this number will help you decide if it will do just that once you have it on. Sometimes however a certain dress can be the loveliest thing you’ve ever laid your eyes on, but it didn’t get many favorites because barely anyone saw it on their search results.

etsy vintage winter holiday dresses

1- Velvet Peplum Peter Pan Collar Houndstooth Dress 1980s
2 – NAEEM KHAN Riazee Nights Saks Fifth Avenue Suzarila – 1980s
3 – Sitwell US Patent Skirt 1940s/1950s


Online rentals

Just like how men can rent suits and tuxes for a wedding, women can rent designer dresses online.  Rent the Runway is the real life version of Parks and Rec’s Tom Hannaford’s Rent a Swag, and you can find them and many other online rentals by doing a quick Google search. They have an app that you can download on your phone for on the go rental browsing.



Online consignment shops

I think this is one of the coolest things I’ve found the past year—online consigning. is the example I’m going to use for our cheap, used, and unique holiday dresses guide, but they are many others out there as well. You can either sell them your clothes for an agreed price upfront or you can get a higher cut by having them consigned. Most online consignment stores send you a shipping label electronically, and all you have to do is to wrap up your items in a box with that prepaid label.

The awesome thing about online consigning is that you can share your items to your social networks. Your circle of friends combined with their customer base make a good pool of potential buyers for your gently used clothing!

littlethingsiedresses My favorite dresses from Little Things’ website

  divider Where do you find cheap, used, and unique holiday/non-holiday dresses?


* For fancy holiday lingerie gifts for someone special, here’s a 25% OFF code (SHOP NOW) from me for Christine Lingerie

* The giveaway for  printed text tights ends 12/20!



My Previous Jobs Side by Side on a Typical Day

alamodest2-kaplan If you haven’t read my previous job-related post on my career change success, I highly recommend it, especially if you’re thinking of switching jobs! Below I have a chart showing what my typical day looks like from each of my previous jobs, juxtaposed with my current job (which I love the most)!

Time JOB #1: Full-time employee graphic/web designer (family business) JOB #2: Freelance web/  graphic designer JOB #3: Buy & sell vintage, blogging
7 am Get up, Breakfast Sleep in Sleep in
8-11 am Work Sleep in Get up, breakfast, walk outside, work
12-1 pm Lunch Work Lunch, TV
2-5 pm Work Lunch, TV, Work Work
6-8pm Work, Dinner Work, TV Work Out, Shop, Dinner, TV
9-11pm Work Dinner, work, TV Work, TV
12-2am Work, talk to Rob, sleep Work, TV, sleep Sleep

bulletstar Job #1: Employee

Before I got married, I was working for my parents in a family printing business. In a way, didn’t we all used to work for our parents? My parents have always owned businesses, and they raised my siblings and me to have an entrepreneurial mindset. Family life eventually became intertwined with business, so I decided I was going to keep that one separate and go into full time IT.

bulletstar Job #2: Freelance Web/graphic designer (The IT job)


It was great to be able to set my own hours doing freelance for the first time ever (unlike the previous job), but I became very heavily invested in each job I took on. I spoke directly to each client and had he or she describe to me their goals, and I did my best to make them happen. My job was a combination of facets both technical and artsy, so keep that in mind when you’re going into the web or graphic design field. You need to work with the client and not just make what you think looks good to you. The problem with involving yourself with art is that it can be very subjective, and you can run into problems with nuanced perspectives.

From the above chart, you’ll see that I used to work up until I went to sleep. That wasn’t good for me or my husband, because I often took the work with me to bed. If you can pull an all nighter to finish a job or at least be organized about your time, then freelancing is no problem!

bulletstar Job #3: Buy & sell vintage / blogging (business)

I was blogging all throughout my freelance work, too, but I only started to make extra cash from it when I started a store. I don’t think the revenue from blogging was correlated with setting up a store. It just reached that momentum around the same time as I started a business with my husband. We started a business together after he got laid off from work, unfortunately—and fortunately! With our business, we have the fortune of setting our own hours as well. However, because we absolutely loved our new job, we started to get up earlier than we did when I was freelancing to start our day! Our relationship as a married couple also only got better, because now we get to spend all our time together. To some, that would maybe aggravate problems. To us, it alleviates them! Our job is perfect for needy couples.

How to Realistically Transition Vs Day Dreaming About It

You need to be properly educated in the field you’re going into. Switching careers is not like switching majors. You will suffer real life consequences such as paying fines or getting sued if you don’t follow guidelines. If you’re going to be setting up a business, you need a business license and a permit—and you’ll know all of this and more by  just taking basic business classes. Same goes with IT. Working with the Internet doesn’t mean you don’t get to follow offline rules. There are plenty of accessible classes that you can sign up for, so you don’t miss out on any details. Remember, the real lessons come when you start working!


Have you switched jobs? How has it changed you?


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