5 Basics Every Girl Should Have in Her Closet

trendy trade clothing swap events 5 basics every girl should have in her closet

Us ladies love the latest fashions and trendy looks! But having those staple pieces that never go out of style is just as important to your wardrobe!

Check out our list of the 5 basics every girl should have in her closet:

Plain t-shirts

Having comfy, plain t-shirts is a necessity for any closet. With a plain t-shirt, the  possibilities are endless since you can either dress it up or down. Pair it with some shorts or jeans for an effortless look, or with some dress pants, a skirt and a statement necklace for a more put-together outfit.

The perfect pair of jeans

You can’t go wrong with a pair of good quality, perfectly fitting jeans. Since jeans last a long time and are the foundation of every day looks, it’s okay to splurge a little—as long as they are good quality and fit you like a glove!

Black pants

Black is the new black. Owning the always infamous little black dress and/or black dress pants is the perfect tool to have in your arsenal. Think parties, weddings, work, conferences… the list goes on. Don’t leave these essential black pieces out of your wardrobe!

Dresses

Having at least one great dress for day time, and one for a night on the town is a must! Once you have these pieces in your closet, you can add accessories to make it fit the any type of occasion – whether it’s brunch with the girls or a Monday at the office.

Bold blazer

A basic, solid colored blazer can complete an outfit. These are perfect for work attire with the black pants we mentioned above, or they can go with a t-shirt, shorts, maxis and jeans. Just make sure it fits properly! This basic piece is limitless when it comes to styling it!

With these pieces, you can mix and match them all to create a variety of different looks and get the most out of your closet – and budget!

Are you in need of these wardrobe basics? You can find them at our trendy trade events!

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trendy trade Phoenix Clothing Swap Event Preview

trendy trade Phoenix clothing swap event preview

Ready to spring clean those extra clothes right out of your closet? If so, we have a solution for turning those valuable items you have sitting around into something that you will love to wear.

Join us for the next trendy trade Phoenix clothing swap event coming up Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. All women are invited to attend. Plus, we help women in need by donating unclaimed items at the end of each event, so you can feel good about helping, all while having fun.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

It’s like going through the closet of all your friends and taking whatever you want home with you. You’ll want to bring a minimum of five items to trade. We accept stylish dry-cleaned or laundered clothing with no stains or signs of wear, including: pants, tops, jackets, sweaters, coats, dresses, skirts, purses, like-new shoes, belts, hats and other trendy accessories.

The number of items you bring is the number of items you get to also take home. So, bring five, take 5 or bring 20, take 20! For just a small admission fee, participants can walk away with ‘new-to-you’ clothing and accessories; some pieces even with the tags on it.

Unclaimed items at the end of each trendy trade Phoenix clothing swap event will benefit UMOM, a local organization that helps mothers and families become self-sufficient after hardship.

A LITTLE ABOUT THE VENUE

Trendy trade loves supporting women and also loves supporting local business, so we find it completely perfect that a woman owned local business will be the venue for the next trendy trade in the Phoenix area. Join us April 11, 2015 at D’Vine Gourmet, located at 4955 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler.

You will love D’Vine Gourmet, run by Tucson native Denise McCreery. McCreery and family established D’Vine Gourmet to share their love of food and wine and their culinary creations with others. During the event, you will have the opportunity to shop their gourmet treats and gifts, plus see their beautiful brand new location!

REGISTER IN ADVANCE TO SECURE YOUR PLACE IN THE SWAP

Trendy trade clothing swap events are open to the public and all women are invited to attend. Admission to swap an unlimited number of items is just $12. Register online in advance at the link below.

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SUPPORTING LOCAL WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS

Here is a sneak peek at the women run businesses featured at the next trendy trade Phoenix clothing swap event.

Sak Saum Representative Audrey Heine Sak Saum serves the exploited and vulnerable of Cambodia. Though no two stories are alike, the outcome of trafficking and abject poverty is the same: brokenness, hopelessness, shame and life-crushing despair. Sak Saum works to end this devastating cycle by restoring dignity and transforming lives. They believe in seeing people set free through love so they can be empowered for their future. trendy trade is proud to support Sak Saum’ through showcasing their mission and products at our events. For more information about Audrey’s involvement with Sak Saum, please check out our blog here: A Life Repurposed: Audrey’s Story – Part 1A Life Repurposed: Audrey’s Story – Part 2

Denise McCreery of D’Vine Gourmet D’Vine Gourmet was established by the McCreery family to share their love of food, wine and their unique culinary creations with others. D’Vine Gourmet’s beautiful new location boasts their gift shop, wine cellar and commercial kitchen all under one roof. Come see the treats as they are being made! D’Vine Gourmet is also the venue for our next trendy trade Phoenix clothing swap event and can be found at 4955 S. Alma School Road, Chandler next to the Good Egg. Their hours are Monday – Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-2pm. Visit them online at http://stores.dvinegourmet.com/.

D'Vine Gourmet trendy trade clothing swap event at D'Vine Gourmet   D'Vine Gourmet, Chandler AZ

Veronica Shaw and Karen Cummings, Co-Founders VISION Marketing & Consulting VISION’s mission is to contribute to the continued success of small businesses, primarily within the healthcare & wellness industries, by becoming an integral part of their business and collaborating to implement tailored, affordable and effective inbound marketing solutions. VISION Marketing & Consulting was created with the client in mind and knows how overwhelming and intimidating marketing may seem at times – so they’ll help to make it simple. With their healthcare marketing services, they’ll do all the hard work and you can reap the rewards! VISION provides small businesses in the Phoenix-metropolitan area with simplified, effective marketing solutions to help grow your business. They make the extra effort to listen and learn what makes a business unique in order to present a customized and effective plan of attack. They are passionate about marketing and excited to see their efforts take small businesses to the next level. For more information or to contact them, please visit their website at: http://www.visionmarketingaz.com/

Lilli Spano and Laurie McPhie will be in attendance with a special offer from Jenny Craig. Join Now For Free + $50 in Food Savings. (Disclaimer: *Plus the cost of food. Plus the cost of shipping, if applicable. Monthly fees of $39 apply. $50 food discounts to be used in $10 increments for each weekly food purchase of $90 US/$95 CAN. Valid at participating centers, Jenny Craig Anywhere, and jennycraig.com. New members only. Program enrollment required. No cash value. Offer ends on 5/29/15. Not valid with any other offers or discounts. Restrictions apply.)

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3 Easy Steps for a Quick Spring Closet Clean

3 easy steps for a quick spring closet clean trendy trade clothing swap events

With spring officially here and two trendy trade clothing swap events quickly approaching in San Diego and Phoenix, now is the perfect time to tackle that closet. It can be one of the most dreaded times of year – spring cleaning and having to face all those daunting tasks you’ve been putting off the rest of the year. Outside, birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and inside, cobwebs come down and closets come under attack this time of year.

With just a few easy tips, we hope to help you breakdown this task so it is a little less overwhelming and actually more rewarding. Go through each step, one at a time, and when you’re done, you’ll find space in your closet for all your new favorite finds you are sure to bring home with you from the next trendy trade clothing swap event.

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Step 1: Purge

This doesn’t take long and, in fact, should be done quickly. Start at one end of your closet and work your way across and then top to bottom, looking for items that are completely worn out and not usable. If beyond repair, these items should go directly into your recycle pile.

Step 2: Filter

Here is where you will be slightly more attentive to what you are getting rid of. In the same pattern as before, across and then top to bottom, filter out items that are still in good condition, but no longer fit. This is where painful realism comes into play. Too big or too small? These items should go directly into your swapping pile. If an item has sentimental value, store it, but free up the space in your closet.

Step 3: Match

With the work you’ve completed so far, the items left in your closet should be usable items that fit you well. Double check what you’ve done by “closet shopping” and putting together outfits for yourself in advance of needing to wear them. This will also help you take inventory of what items you need to complete an outfit or look. Then, be on the lookout for those items at the next trendy trade clothing swap event.

Our hope is that these few easy closet cleaning tips will help you make the most of what you already have and then also give you a head start on filtering through your closet so you have a bag ready to go when you attend your next trendy trade clothing swap event.

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trendy trade: Bring This, Not That

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Scrounging around in your closet to fill your bag for the next trendy trade clothing swap event? We have some tips for you! There is a fine line between what to bring or not to bring to a trendy trade clothing swap event. We want to help give some guidelines so that when you are cleaning out your closet (spring cleaning closet tips coming next week!) you will have a better idea of the items allowed into the trade.

Think about it this way: if you wouldn’t give it to a sister or a friend, then likely the ladies at the swap or the women in our community that we donate to at the end of each event also won’t be interested.

We accept up-to-date items that are dry cleaned or laundered with no stains or signs of wear. Items that will be excluded are: dirty, worn, stained, logo wear, intimate apparel, outdated clothing, outdated jewelry or outdated accessories. If you’re bringing shoes, make sure they are in “like-new” condition. (In some instances, we are able to help fill a need for women in our community for intimate apparel, however, we ask that these items still have the tags on them and be unworn.)

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To demonstrate, we’ve dug deep into our closets to show you which items are swap-worthy and which aren’t.

Bring this (up-to-date) | Not that (outdated) – Just to clarify, vintage (pictured below, left) is timeless and will be accepted into the swap as there is a huge demand for this style right now

Bring this not that trendy trade clothing swap events vintage

Bring this (graphics / designs ok) | Not that (no logo wear or t-shirts)

Bring this, not that trendy trade clothing swap events no logo wear

Bring this (clean, dry-cleaned) | Not that (no stains or holes)

bring this not that trendy trade clothing swap events no holes

Bring this (like-new items) | Not that (no signs of wear)

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trendy trade San Diego Clothing Swap Event Preview

trendy trade San Diego clothing swap events

Sunshine and swaying palm trees set the stage for the next trendy trade clothing swap event coming to San Diego soon! You won’t want to miss out so be sure to scroll down to find out how to get your tickets today. Space is limited and the event is open to all women. Plus, when you register online by March 16, you’ll receive a bonus pick!

Join us for the next trendy trade San Diego clothing swap event coming up Sunday, March 29, 2015. You can do some good while having fun as unclaimed items at the end of each event go directly to helping local women in need.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Bring a minimum of five items to trade to participate in the event. We accept up-to-date and dry-cleaned or laundered clothing with no stains or signs of wear, including: pants, tops, jackets, sweaters, coats, dresses, skirts, purses, like-new shoes, belts, hats and other trendy accessories.

The number of items you bring is the number of items you get to also take home, so it’s like going through the closet of all your friends and taking whatever you want home with you. Bring five, take five or bring 20, take 20! For just a small admission fee, participants can walk away with ‘new-to-you’ clothing and accessories. Typically, items show-up that even still have the tags on them. You never know what treasures you will get to walk away with at a trendy trade clothing swap event.

Unclaimed items at the end of each trendy trade San Diego clothing swap event will benefit local women in need through the San Diego Rescue Mission. SDRM exists to help the homeless and poor create better lives for themselves as well as build a better community for all. To find out more about San Diego Rescue Mission, you may visit their website at sdrescue.org.

ABOUT THE VENUE

Marina Village Conference Center & Marina, located at 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109, is the backdrop for the next trendy trade San Diego clothing swap event. You’ll find us in suite D6. Parking is in the lot out front and it is free. Just look for the trendy trade signs.

REGISTER IN ADVANCE TO SECURE A SPOT IN THIS EVENT

Trendy trade clothing swap events are open to the public and all women are invited to attend. To ensure that you have a place in the swap, get your ticket in advance. (City regulations prevent sales at the door.) Admission to swap an unlimited number of items is just $15. Register online in advance here.

ARRIVE EARLY FOR RAFFLES AND PRIZES

Local women business owners will be giving away raffles and prizes at the beginning of this trendy trade San Diego clothing swap event, so be sure to arrive early to get in on the action. Here is a sneak peek at the women owned businesses featured at the next trendy trade San Diego clothing swap event.

Barbara Maisonet runs YOU Choose Life & Business Coaching. She works with top-notch managers and individuals committed to creating a work/life balance, gain clarity on purpose & direction, and have more fun and more freedom on a daily basis. For more information, visit her website at: www.youchooselifecoaching.com/

Nicole Wright with Promise Organix will be a featured woman business owner at the next trendy trade San Diego clothing swap event! Join us, along with Nicole as she showcases her unique skin care line and products. We are excited to have her joining us and hope you find her products helpful and a good fit for your lifestyle. It might just be what you’re looking for.

Rosita McLaurin is a San Diego realtor who will listen, advise and guide rather than push. She is committed to helping her clients every step of the way.

Emalyn will also be joining us with her fabulous spa-like body wraps! Don’t miss it and come pamper yourself!

Paula Shoemaker with Flowers in Balloom makes unique, handcrafted flowers made from balloons! The balloon flowers are made in an array of colors, shades and patterns that range from the realistic to the surrealistic, and from the identical to the whimsical. Each flower is tastefully and creatively embellished with rhinestones, embroidery, beads, stones, pearls, sequins, fur and various other materials. And, since every flower is made by hand, no two flowers are alike, which makes Flowers in Balloom a one-of-a-kind floral creation! Flowers in Balloom can be used to decorate hair, hats, clothing, gift packages, and in many other ways!

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A Life Repurposed: Audrey’s Story – Part 2

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Read Part 1 of our story: A Life Repurposed: Audrey’s Story here

Audrey wondered, “Is there a purpose in all this?” With just she and a friend going, the perceived safety of being in a large group was gone, and her curiosity piqued for what might be ahead. So, off she went to Cambodia on a trip that would change her life. There was more for Audrey ahead than simply a chance to help for a week. She came back with an idea on how to create something new and extend her reach beyond her own hands, and into ours and also into the hands of each and every woman who attends a trendy trade clothing swap event this year.

Audrey spent a majority of her time with Sak Saum (meaning dignity in the native language,) an organization that helps the exploited and vulnerable of Cambodia. They believe in seeing people set free through love so they can be empowered for their future. Sak Saum’s programs include housing, meals, childcare, education and work training. Women are taught skills to enable them to make a living and the products of their work are exquisite handmade items.

Take the story of Mary. This precious woman came to Sak Saum without the ability to see. Unable to do the work in the current curriculum, a position was created that she could do— it was created special, just for her. Someone who had previously been treated as if she had no value; Mary now has a beautiful purpose, unique and special to her and her alone, as she custom creates painted fabrics that are one-of-a-kind and then turned into purses. A life repurposed, repurposes the fabric – all of it ending in something beautiful.

Audrey has pioneered a partnership between Sak Saum and trendy trade clothing swap events, and we are excited to share that beginning this year, you will be seeing these items for sale at our trendy trade clothing swap events; also giving you the opportunity to directly support Sak Saum’s mission by purchasing these items.

Rather than just treating the trip as a once in a lifetime experience, Audrey came back purposefully as an advocate for Sak Saum’s mission and connecting women at trendy trade clothing swap events with a way to help fellow women globally. Trendy trade clothing swap events is proud to support Audrey in her endeavor and we are honored to have been able to witness this idea come to life.

What’s beautiful about this is seeing Audrey’s life repurposed simply because she saw a place where she could help in her own unique way. As she works to support other women whose lives are being transformed in Cambodia, she is undergoing a transformation herself. Audrey says, “Since finding my purpose for the next phase of my life I have become bold and I might even say daring. I am so far out of my comfort zone that I don’t even have anything to compare where I am going to. At 45 years old, I find myself adventurous, doing things I have never done. I have confidence and my everyday movements are with determined purpose. Time is fleeting, and this new sense of excited wonder is so amazing that I don’t want to waste one moment.”

Please join us in encouraging and supporting Audrey and Sak Saum in the year ahead. To purchase these items, visit us at any trendy trade clothing swap event in 2015. Or, buy online at saksaum.com.

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