6th Annual Clothing Swap [VIDEO]

For the last few years, My friend Kirsten and I have been making little videos to help promote the swap. We are self-taught hacks (obvi), but we love the creative challenge of creating a video. This year’s video was directly inspired by Daria Werbowy for Equipment Spring 2015. Hope y’all like it.

Below is a link to the Facebook event page for the swap. Join the event and invite your friends! The swap is a super fun community event and a great opportunity to find a fabulous addition to your wardrobe, but please remember this is a clothes drive for Goodwill. #GiveMoreThanYouGet

Speaking of hashtags — There is one more week until the Swap. Why not share what you are bringing to the swap on social media with the hashtag #PortSwap. Then after the swap share what you got at the swap. I know, right. #sofun

6th Annual Women’s (and Men’s!) Clothing Swap
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
Portsmouth Public Library
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-427-1540

I founded the swap in 2009 but since then I’ve switched to working part-time. I am no longer the person that actually organizes the swap. I am more like a retired chairman on the board. The swap is now run by the uber-talented Stacia Oparowski and the promotion is handled by Laura Horwood-Benton.

Hope to see you at the Swap! xo jam

Vintage Mobile Home For Sale – Kittery, Maine

kittery mobile home

Nice older mobile home on it own lot. Level yard, 2 car garage, paved driveway, town water, in town location. Click on image to be taken to listing on Beangroup.com.

The vintage mobile home (above)  is for sale in Kittery, Maine. What an awesome opportunity for affordable small living close to downtown Portsmouth. Whoever buys this better post before and after pictures. There is a ton of great inspiration online for how to remodel a vintage mobile home. Click on the images below to be taken to examples on MobileHomeLiving.org

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Spring 2015 Style Inspiration

My Spring 2015 Style Inspiration – Head to Toe.

I like my hair long but it’s always getting in my way. It gets caught in my coat zipper or creeps into my mouth. I’d like to try wearing braids in a decorative but also utilitarian way.  I like this style below because it is unusual and if worn in the right way could work for an older woman like myself. Also, I think braids could allow me to skip a day of shampooing. They might look even cuter when they are a little messy.

braided-up-doJane Eyre / Carine ThevenauHolly Hunter in Piano

I’m not big on jewelry. I literally wore the same earrings for like 10 years. I lost the back to one and basically haven’t worn earrings since. I might get a pair of these minimalist earrings by Erica Weiner.  “These hoop earrings have no posts to spike you and no backs to lose, — wear them day in and day out, to bed, and in the shower.” I’ll probably end up wearing these for like the next ten years.  

earringsErica Weiner

I’ll continue to wear white button-down shirts for work. A nicely pressed white button-down always feels right.

J Crew has me thinking that I should add a classic white polo to my wardrobe. It won’t be easy to find one I like. Polo shirts made for women are too body conscious and too short for my taste. I’ll look at secondhand x-tra small men’s polo shirts and/or J Crew polo shirts for boys. Size 16 might fit.

tops-workPlumo / Husband Catalog

It’s easy to find black dress pants at Goodwill and Savers. Ones with pleats might be good. I’ll hem them too short so they will look odd in a good way. I’m starting to think that “odd in a good way” should be my blog tagline. Midi skirts are my favorite. I found a great Eileen Fisher skirt and black wrap dress at Wear House. They will be my staples. I know this looks winter-y but Spring in New England just means you don’t have to wear a coat, mittens and a hat. :)

black-work-bottomsLa Garçonne Moderne / Need Supply

On my days off I’ll wear black t-shirts with black jeans or a super soft chambray shirt with vintage blue jeans. Everlane has a great looking black t-shirt. I like their mission too.

day-off-wear-2015Heist / Magic Surrounds

I’d like to add a minimalist style cross body fanny pack to my wardrobe. Something that will hold my phone and wallet and not much else. I absolutely love these Christina Fisher bum bags but at $430 they are way way out of my price range. I will search Etsy and local thrift stores for a fanny pack that might work in a similar way.

cf-bagsChristina Fisher

A word about sweatshirts. Love. Death by Elocution says it best, “Baggy sweatshirts, all day errrday.”

gray sweatshirtvia Death by Elocution

The Utopia sweatshirt by Carleen is beyond. It is a “perfectly-worn vintage heather grey sweatshirt with a hand crocheted panel sewn to the front” You can choose your own word (must be 7 letters or less).

Car-Slow-Fvia Mr. Larkin

I love shoes but I can’t get too creative with them. I work on my feet so I must wear supportive comfortable shoes. These Naot shoes have served me well.

naotNaot on Zappos

For days off I’d like to wear a fun athletic slide. Maybe with a sock to make it look ….say it with me…. “odd in a good way.” This image below is from Ryan Roche’s Instagram account. I love her style. You should follow her.

ryan roche instagramRyan Roche

all for now
xo jam