Reno Street Style: Abbey Macaluso

If there was one thing I wish Reno had more of, it’d be fashion bloggers…they are far a few between. Abbey Macaluso’s blog, Bows to Toes, is a rare find.

Abbey is a 20 year-old fashion enthusiast. She has a knack for finding and styling affordable looks from many different stores around town. Abbey supplements her blog with a fashion instagram; she posts her outfits there everyday. It’s a great spot to visit for inspiration and local deals.

Outfit 1: In this look Abbey paired a tie neck blouse with a white strapless shift dress for an effortlessly chic look. Paired with black tights and black booties, this outfit works just as well running around town as it does for the office.

Reno Street Style Abbey Macaluso

Tie Neck Blouse: Burlington Coat Factory | White Wool Dress: TJ Maxx | Black Tights: Ross | Black Wedge Booties: Target

Outfit 2: Abbey’s second look is casual and comfortable, perfect for transitional winter-to-spring weather. Layering a light sweater over a dress with tights is a great way to get wear out of your dresses year round and to battle inclement weather.

Reno Street Style Abbey Macaluso

Knit Sweater: H&M | Striped Summer Dress: Target | Black Tights: Kohl’s | Brown Leather Boots: Choice

Outfit 3: I love Abbey’s third look. The pastels and lace are perfect compliments to one another and look especially good with her stylish ombré hair. Leggings are a great way to stay warm and rock spring looks in not-so-spring weather.

Reno Street Style Abbey Macaluso

Lace Top: Forever 21 | Summer Dress: H&M | Grey Leggings: Forever 21 | Denim Flats: Forever 21 | Faded Denim Jacket: Old Navy

Which of Abbey’s three looks is your favorite? Share your thoughts below.

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Shop Local: Never Ender

Never Ender

When was the last time walking into a store made you happy? Just yesterday I got the warm fuzzies when I walked through the door of Never Ender. Sure, I love retail more than most, but it is seldom I feel such happiness when entering a store. I’m not sure if it was the small-time mom and pop feel or the quaint midtown brownstone that had me so giddy; whatever it was, I liked it…a lot.

Melanie Crane, Owner of Never Ender

Melanie Crane, Owner of Never Ender

In 2004 owner Melanie Crane’s daughter Amber Solorzano started Never Ender. She wanted to create a space where she could bring fashion and local art together. Built upon the fundamental notion of selling clothing, accessories and art by emerging artists and designers, its obvious Never Ender has never lost sight of its original vision.

When asked about her opinion on style in Reno, Melanie explained how Reno falls behind some of the trending tendencies that many of the larger cities exuberate—I couldn’t agree with her more. It’s not our fault though. We just don’t have that many trendy shopping options. The good news is we are acquiring more; the even better news…we have Never Ender.

Never EnderThe next time you are looking for something original or trendy, stop by Never Ender. They carry clothing from designers based out of Truckee, San Francisco and Los Angeles; many of the accessories are locally made and each month the store’s gallery features a different artist. Never Ender isn’t afraid to break the mold, and lucky for us, it has become a place people can visit to figure out what’s in.

Never EnderNever Ender is located at 119 Thoma Street. They are open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 6pm and Sunday from 11am to 5pm. When you stop by don’t forget to check out Gold Seam, a small vintage shop located at the back of the Thoma house. I highly recommend checking the store out. You’ll enjoy the superb customer service, and I doubt you’ll leave empty handed.

Check Never Ender out on Facebook or Twitter and share your thoughts about the store below!

Four Favorite Spring Trends

If you’ve been wondering how to liven up your wardrobe this spring, I’ve got you covered. You can go all-out or just mix in a few key pieces, either way, here are four trends you won’t want to miss out on.

1. Pastels

Pastels are all the rage this spring, and you can wear them in many different ways. I try to keep the other items I pair them with simple–think neutrals, a chambray, other pastels or even black. Denim is one of my favorite ways to wear this trend; it can be dressed up or down for a fresh and easy look.

Pastels

2.   Electric Color

You are likely to see shades of bright blue, hot pink, poppy red, and emerald green lining the store shelves this spring. At first they may seem a little intimidating, but that shouldn’t stop you from giving them a try. Depending on how you pair them, they can bring some real energy to your closet–I bet they’d even brighten your day. Try pairing any of these shades with white for an instantly chic look.

Electric Color

3.   Spring Leather

Leather generally makes you think cooler weather–I mean it does have a tendency to be hot, but that didn’t keep it away from the spring 2013 runways. Many designers are experimenting with faux styles that look real but are a little more animal-friendly. Go head-to-toe with this trend for a night on the town, or try pairing it with some basics for a sophisticated office look.

Spring Leather

4. Lace

I am a bit biased about lace because it is one of my favorite wardrobe staples, but I have seriously been seeing it everywhere. It adds a feminine touch to just about any look, plus it is delicate, comfortable and easy to wear. Try this trend by pairing a lace dress with some  sandals for a go-to casual weekend look.

Lace

What is your favorite trend this spring season? Share your comments below.

Reno Street Style: Amy Nguyen

Some people exude style naturally. It doesn’t matter what they put on…they look good wearing it. Take Amy Nguyen for example; she knows her style and sticks true to it everyday.

Amy is a 23 year-old hairstylist here in Reno. She works at Revelations A Salon, and style transcends everything she does. From the way she dresses, to her work at the salon, Amy is always on trend. Amy’s closet is full of eclectic finds from local Reno retail locations and thrift stores, plus a couple of really amazing out-of-town finds.

Outfit 1: Who said shorts were just for the summertime? If you pair them with tights, they work all year-long. This look works especially well on Amy’s slender frame. The striped top, black shorts and tights make for such a simple outfit, yet its so pulled together.

Reno Street Style Amy Nguyen

Sunglasses: Rock N Rose | Stripe Crop Top: American Apparel | High-Waist Black Shorts: American Apparel | Vintage Black Boots: Gold Seam Vintage at Never Ender

Outfit 2: This outfit is funky and original, and I am totally obsessed with it. I love how Amy topped off her stylish look with a trendy topknot; it adds the perfect amount of balance. Bonus points–her orange polka dot pants are from a local Reno shop called Gold Seam Vintage at Never Ender.

Reno Street Style Amy Nguyen

Black Top: Forever 21 | Necklace: Forever 21 | Polka Dot Pants: Gold Seam Vintage at Never Ender | Belt: Forever 21 | Vintage Black Boots: Gold Seam Vintage at Never Ender

Outfit 3: Amy’s final outfit is very rocker-chic. Her accessories really pull the look together, especially the suspender tights and fringe purse. Check out Ebay if you would like to score your own pair of awesome suspender tights.

Reno Street Style Amy Nguyen

Leopard Sweater: Buffalo Exchange | High-Waist Shorts: American Apparel | Suspender Tights: Ebay | Boots: Gold Seam Vintage at Never Ender | Fringe Purse: Ebay

Which of Amy’s three looks is your favorite? Share your thoughts below.

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Shop Local: Junkee Clothing Exchange

Junkee Clothing Exchange

When you first walk into Junkee Clothing Exchange it can be a bit overwhelming…every display is designed to be especially visually stimulating, there’s a rad compilation of eclectic tunes playing in the background, and you are sure to be greeted by at least three smiling employees. My experience Friday afternoon was no different. I had the opportunity to sit down with Jessica Schneider, owner of Junkee, and pick her brain about style in Reno.

When asked about her perception of Reno style, Jessica was extremely insightful. You see she has this theory about style in the Biggest Little City…She thinks that we are currently a little lost but trying to find our way. For many decades after our town’s inception, we knew we were a gaming town; for the first time in history our economy isn’t dependent upon the casinos, and it has us confused. We are in desperate need of a reinvention, but what image are we trying to create for ourselves? This theory brings up many underlying issues, but what I’m interested in is how it explains our style. ­

Jessica Schneider, Owner of Junkee Clothing Exchange

Jessica Schneider, Owner of Junkee Clothing Exchange

It wasn’t until recently that Reno started acquiring a more varied shopping selection, and with the larger selection there has been a shift in style…for the better. This is in great thanks to shops like Junkee. Jessica started out as an interior designer in the area and found great success until the economy tanked. In January 2008, she felt the urge to create a recession proof business and by May 2008 Junkee was up and running.

Junkee Clothing Exchange

Jessica knew that in a diminishing economy people were no longer going to be able to run to the mall and spend $300 on a pair of jeans.  In that sense her business plan was genius. The whole buy, sell and trade game was new to Reno, and it took off with a mighty force. Since she opened her doors, several have tried to imitate her concept but none have succeeded.  Junkee has taken on a life of its own that I don’t think any in this area will ever be able to replicate.

Junkee Clothing Exchange is a 15,000 square foot one-stop shop for vintage inspired clothing, costumes, accessories, furniture and antiques. The buying counter, which operates Monday through Saturday from 12-4pm, keeps the store up-to-date. The clothing is always reasonably priced, and their selection changes everyday. If you sell to Junkee, they will pay you on the spot or give you the option to double your money in store credit…which is awesome.

Junkee Clothing Exchange

Junkee is open 7 days a week from 11am to 7pm and they are located at 960 South Virginia Street; if you haven’t already, check them out, I promise you won’t be disappointed. I encourage you to head over to Facebook and Twitter and follow Junkee Clothing Exchange; you’ll want to be in the know when it comes to this homegrown Reno business!

Wardrobe Essentials Part II

After reading a recent article in the NY Times, ‘The Rise of the Well-Dressed Man’, I am as convinced as ever that today’s men are stylish.  But just incase you need a nudge in the right direction I have narrowed down a list of ten male items, in follow-up to my previous post, Wardrobe Essentials Part I.

10 Wardrobe Essentials

1. Every man’s closet should be built upon a strong suit. I personally think a tailored grey suit is ideal. Grey is a neutral color, which works well in a plethora of different situations. The single most important thing when it comes to purchasing a suit is making sure that you follow your purchase up with a trip to the tailor. Depending on where you purchase the suit, a fitting is more than likely included. Suits are also awesome because you have the option to wear the pieces as separates.

2. A nice pair of khakis is another a must for all men. Khakis are great because they can easily be dressed up or down. Fit is also very important with khakis. A good, slim fit will help you avoid looking sloppy.

3. Next is a pair of jeans. As I mentioned in my previous post, you’ll typically only need to adjust the hem with denim, as more expensive designers tend to sew a longer inseam. Many times men get lucky here—men’s pants are generally sold with several different inseam options straight off the rack.

4. The classic white button down is just as much a necessity for men as it is for women. Don’t worry about dropping the big bucks on this staple; it’s not likely to last forever.

5. In addition to the white button down, you’ll want to make sure that you also have a colored button-up on hand in order to add some personality to the other wise neutral essentials.

6. I think that every man should own a pair of classic sneakers. Even if you only wear them to run errands in around town, you’ll want to make sure you have something to compliment the casual elements of your wardrobe.

7. Every man should own a nice pair of leather shoes. Black or brown are both suitable, but black is the safer choice. If you are going for a more fashion forward look however, pair brown leather with your grey suit.

8. I also think that all men should own a slim-fit black V-neck. A black V-neck can be paired with jeans for a casual look, or it can even be paired with a suit for a more sophisticated casual look.

9. You should also consider investing in a high quality black skinny tie. The skinny tie has re-circulated in recent times, and in my opinion has replaced the regular larger width tie. It gives a more streamlined look, and will instantly make you look more distinguished.

10. Finally, I think that all men, especially those in business, should wear an expensive-looking watch. I know we have modern technology and many would rather check their phone than their wrist, but nothing can replace the look of this classic accessory.

Below you’ll see several different outfit options compiled from my essential wardrobe list.

Wardrobe Essentials Outfit Ideas

I’d love to know how you would style these wardrobe staples; share your comments below.