I've been wanting to host a closet swap for a really long time. I literally have so many clothes that I've hoarded over the years simply because I'm emotionally attached and feel like they deserve a better home than the racks of Goodwill. When my dear friend Melody mentioned that she's hosted several closet swaps of her own, I had to get in on the next one. Thus, we collectively planned to co-host a Fall closet swap. Check out the recap video!
I'm sure I've said this before, but I literally only know how to do the most. It's a blessing and a curse. The blessing is in the fact that any Aquia/The Faux Fancy production is sure to be Instagramable and the curse is that I have a tendency to overdo it. This time, however, I think I found a happy medium.
For those who don't know, the concept of a closet swap is simple: invite a bunch of girls to clean out their closets and bring gently-loved clothing, accessories, shoes, etc. and go shopping... for free.
We nailed down a Sunday afternoon which warranted my favorite meal...brunch.
First things first: mimosas. Because I don't do brunch without them. I set up a cute (if I do say so myself) little mimosa bar featuring three juice options (watermelon was a hit) and garnishes including sugar cubes, raspberries, blueberries and rosemary. What's cuter than a mimosa spruced up with rosemary? Nothing, that's what. The lightbox is my favorite little decor piece and is by Heidi Swapp. You can purchase one here.
Because this was meant to be a social event, and sit-down brunch wasn't feasible, I thought mini-everything would make a lot of sense. On the menu was mini chicken and waffles, mini pancakes, mini egg fritattas, mini muffins, fruit skewers, smoked salmon on cucumber rounds, and a cheese board. Everything was the perfect serving size and allowed everyone to be mobile while they indulged. I'll have another post later featuring a mini brunch buffet.
After everyone ate and mingled, we started the swap. To keep things fair, everyone drew numbers which indicated the order you were to shop. The first three went to the racks first and got first dibs on the items. The rule was you couldn't try anything on. You simply picked 5 things you loved and walked away. Then the next group of 3 went. While others were shopping, you were permitted to try things on. Once everyone went through one round, you were able to put any items that you didn't want or didn't fit back. Then we started the process over again -- this time in reverse (last girls went first).
It was a great time and we had a lot of awesome pieces. I scored 6-7 items not including a couple pieces of jewelry. Anything left unswapped was bagged up and donated to a local charity. So not only did we shop for free 99, we also paid it forward. #win
We had the most awesome venue thanks to Melody. Her good friend is a phenomenal photographer and has an even more phenomenal photography studio. It had the best natural light for a photowhore like myself and more space than we knew what to do with.
I love this dress for a couple of reasons, but the main one is because it includes this matching necktie/choker. You can shop it for under $20 here. Don't worry, it's still 90º in Texas.
All in all, it was a really great time. We plan to host another one next season. If you're in the Dallas area, we'd love to swap with you!
Now, while I never claim to be a fashion blogger, my dear friend and co-host Melody is a great one. So for more photos of the swap party and how to stay fabulous on a budget, check out Blingaholic88.com.