I am proud to present this week’s Twin Cities Tuesdays featured blogger, Beth Kondrick of The Fashionable Adventures of Bethie the Boo. I love how Beth mixes old and new pieces to create one of a kind looks every day.
City: Columbia Heights
Style: Classic preppy, slightly vintage
A: I take a lot more risks than I did before. I have found many new ways to work with what I have by remixing my wardrobe and trying new combinations. I have also found a love of vintage items and have learned how to work those in while keeping with current trends as well. I have tried things that a couple of years ago I used to resist, like skinny jeans or maxi skirts, and found that I really like them quite a bit! So if anything I feel trendier!
Q: I’ve been more conscious of my shopping habits since starting my blog, limiting myself to a few quality pieces. What qualities do you consider when shopping for new pieces?
A: The first thing I think of is “what I am going to wear this with?” If I can list at least a couple of different ways to wear an item than I feel it is worth the investment. If I can think of a single thing in my closet that the item will work with then it is not something that I need to have!
Q: I’m all about transitional pieces. What pieces do you transition throughout your wardrobe?
A: I’ve found so many uses for dresses as skirts – it extends the life of the dress and gives me so many other ways to wear them. It’s my current favorite thing to do. Beyond that, I have several key pieces I feel work through all seasons and are a “must have” in your closet – a denim blazer, a decent black skirt, a simple cardigan in classic colors like brown or gray, a white blouse.
Q: What shops and boutiques do you often visit in the Twin Cities?
A: There are a number of consignment/second hand shops that I love that help me stay current on trends without breaking my bank – b. (a resale shop), Rewind, Hill Valley Vintage, and Clothes Mentor come to mind. I love shopping the annual 4th of July sale at Cliche in Minneapolis, they always have fun and unique items. I haven’t shopped much at Primp yet, but I’ve been impressed with the things I’ve seen them have and how affordable it seems.
Q: What’s your favorite season for fashion?
A: Fall is my favorite season and I think it’s my favorite season to dress for – I love to layer and I find myself doing quite a bit of layering as we transition to colder weather. Sweaters are one of my favorite articles of clothing and I really got into wearing colorful tights last year with skirts. I hope that trend will be popular again this year!