5 Things You Can Do With Your Consignment Money

Because consignment stores take a percentage of whatever sells in order to cover the costs of what it takes to run a business, realistically consigning your clothing won't make you rich. However, it will supply you with extra pocket money that you wouldn't have had otherwise. Why not treat yourself with the extra cash, or spend it on something you normally wouldn't? Here are some ideas of what to do with the consignment money you earn: 

  1. Turn it right back around and use it towards a purchase at the store you're consigning with. Part of the fun of consigning your old clothes is making room in your closet for fresh new additions, right? Getting rid of a handful of things you don't wear anymore and putting back in one new thing that you love is a great way to keep your closet fresh and minimal.
  2. Use it to take yourself on a self-care date, whatever that means for you... Take yourself out for coffee, go to the movies, get a manicure or pedicure, go soaking at a spa, etc. 
  3. Save it up and splurge on that special piece of jewelry you've been eyeing but are having a hard time justifying buying for yourself. It will feel special and well earned if you wait and pay for it with money made from consignment. 
  4. Buy yourself a bouquet of flowers or a cute potted plant next time you're at the grocery store. It's the little things that create beauty in every day life that induce happiness and spark creativity.  
  5. Donate it to a local charity or non-profit organization. Being selfless and doing something to help other's in need can bring the greatest and purest joy. 

5 Reasons Shopping Consignment & Resale Will Be Your New Favorite Past Time

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  1. It feels like a treasure hunt every time. You never know what you're going to find when you step foot in a consignment or resale shop. There's a good chance that there are no duplicates of any one item in that particular shop, and if you find something that is your style, your size, and fits like a glove, it feels like you were meant to have it. It makes shopping a much more personal and gratifying experience. 
  2. Your wallet will thank you. Consignment and resale shops price their items at a small percentage of what they would cost new. You can still get your shopping fix and make fresh additions to your wardrobe while spending a fraction of what you would spend shopping new.
  3. Buying previously owned clothing is more eco friendly and sustainable. Did you know that the average American throws away 70 pounds of clothing annually? The fashion industry is one of the world's largest polluters, due to the fast fashion crisis and societal pressure to stay on trend with whatever is currently fashionable. By becoming a conscious consumer and shopping consignment and resale you are contributing to the recycling process and helping build a solution to the problem.
  4. Shopping at consignment and resale stores means supporting local small businesses. Rather than supporting big name corporations, your money is going into the local economy and helping small businesses survive and thrive. 
  5. If you bring in your own clothes for consignment, you can use your earnings toward purchases. You can get rid of clothes you don't wear in a sustainable way while keeping your own closet updated on a budget by making purchases when your items sell. Some consignment stores will even give you a better percentage on your earnings if you choose to use it as trade instead of cash.

10 Tips for Finding the Best Consignment Treasures

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Finding unique consignment scores is both thrilling and satisfying. Here are 10 tips to finding the best consignment treasures and deals consistently:

  1. Browse your favorite consignment shops often and get to know what shops you have in your area. Having a good local neighborhood consignment store means you can pop in whenever you're passing by to see what's new. 
  2. After you've established a knowledge of the shops in your local vicinity, venture out once in a while to new places in new areas to keep things fresh and see what else is out there. 
  3. Learn when shops mark things down and what their sale practices are. Some shops automatically discount things after they've been in the shop for a certain amount of time, some shops do seasonal sales, and some do random sporadic sales throughout the year. 
  4. Don't be afraid to ask what shop keepers are pricing behind the counter. If they're able to price it quickly, you may score something before it's even been put out on the sales floor. 
  5. Browse through the "go-back" rack that's usually located by the fitting room from what people have already tried on that day. It's like shopping through a section of the shop specially curated by the people who shop there. 
  6. Ask the people working there what's new in the shop or what their current favorite things are. Sometimes it helps to have a fresh pair of eyes show you things in case you missed anything. 
  7. If you're on the hunt for something in particular but don't see anything on the racks or shelves matching the description in your head, ask whoever's working for help looking: chances are you missed something on the racks, or there could be something just right that recently came in and hasn't been priced yet.
  8. Even if you really like something, don't settle for it if it's not quite right. There's a good chance that if you're iffy about something before you've even left the store, you'll never end up wearing it once you get it home. 
  9. If you find something that you absolutely love or that you've been looking for forever but it just doesn't fit quite right, there's a good chance that you can get it tailored to fit you perfectly, and at a very fair price. 
  10. If there's something you've been trying to find in your consignment excursions for a while but aren't having any luck, see if any shops in your area will keep there eye out for whatever it is you're looking for and can give you a call if it comes in. Many places are happy to work with you to help you find what you're after. 
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5 Consignment Items That Just Don't Sell Anymore

It's become apparent, in the last year or two especially, that certain items absolutely do not move for us in the shop. This is due to many factors, including evolving trends, preferences of our local community, etc. We've compiled a list of things that haven't budged off the shelves for a while and that we always end up having to donate or return to consignors. 

  1. Bootcut denim and trousers
  2. Many heels, especially kitten heels and square or pointed toe heels 
  3. Ruffled skirts 
  4. Two piece women's work suits
  5. Certain handbag styles, including hobo style bags and designer bags with signature print 

Because we have limited room for inventory, we are trying to streamline and curate our selection more and more. When we say no to some of your consignment items, please don't take it personally: we have to take in clothes according to what we see selling so we can keep things rotating and avoid stagnancy. 

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Consignment VS Selling Your Own Clothes

Consignment is just one of the many avenues available to sell your clothing; you also have the option of selling your clothes on your own. As with anything else, there are pros and cons to this:

Pros: 
You get to control the amount you price your items for, and you will keep a bigger profit of what sells. 

Cons:
It can be extremely time consuming. Be prepared to take a lot of photos and list a lot of detailed information about the items you're selling. You will have to print shipping labels and package up items when they sell, which means you will need to stay stocked in shipping supplies and will have to make trips to the post office. 

 

The benefit of consignment is that it takes away the time and energy necessary to make sales on your own. Even though your profit won't be as big from your sales since consignment stores will take a bigger percentage of what things sell for, you don't have to deal with the hassle of selling your own clothes. It all comes down to what kind of time you have on your hands, whether or not you want to control the price something sells for, and what kind of money you're looking to make on your items.  

 

Here are 5 sites and apps where you can sell your own clothes, and a little bit about how they work: 

  1. Craigslist
    By selling through Craigslist, you get to keep 100% of the profits. Selling through Craigslist requires coordinating with people via phone or email and meeting up with people in person to exchange money for whatever it is you're selling. 
  2. Facebook Marketplace 
    Basically the Facebook version of Craigslist, but instead of being anonymous, the items are linked to your social media. As with Craigslist, it's up to you to coordinate payment for and delivery of your items: Facebook Marketplace doesn't facilitate these things.   
  3. eBay
    When you sell things on eBay, they take a small listing fee (but only after 50 items are listed) and a percentage of the final sale price depending on the item you're selling. eBay allows both auction style selling and concrete prices for your items. They generate a prepaid shipping label for you when something sells.
  4. Poshmark
    Selling on Poshmark is fairly easy. However, successfully and consistently making sales can require a bit of effort on your part: your things will sell better if you acquire followers and "share" other people's items to your followers. Poshmark keeps 20% of whatever an item sells for. Shipping labels are generated quickly and easily, and the buyer pays for shipping. 
  5. Mercari
    Similar to Poshmark with a slightly different style. Mercari allows for easy messaging between buyers and sellers. They take 10% of your sales, and it is up to you how you ship: you can choose to ship on your own or get a prepaid shipping label, and you can either choose to pay for shipping or have your buyer pay for it. 

How We Price Your Consignment Items

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We don't just randomly choose a price to stick on your clothing when we price your consignment items. That being said, we also don't have a specific algorithm that we abide by when choosing what we put on a price tag. Here are the main things we pay attention to when we price your items: 

  1. The quality, condition and age of the item 
  2. The brand and approximately what it would have retailed for new 
  3. The style of the item 

When we don't have solid knowledge of a brand or where it retails, we look it up to get an idea of where it sells, for how much, how current it is, and whether or not that particular brand tends to go on sale a lot. 

The main thing we keep in mind when pricing clothes is how much an item will realistically sell for at our shop according to the customer base we have, the season it's selling in, and what we've seen similar things sell for in the past.

 

What To Expect When You Consign With Us

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Clearing out your closet can be a daunting task, but a necessary one to keep your wardrobe feeling fresh. Your closet should be filled with things that make you feel good about getting dressed for your day in the morning. If you're not using it, consign it: there's no point in holding on to items of clothing that you'll stare at every day but never wear again. 

Our consignment process is straightforward and easy. Here is how the process works: 

  1. Bring your items in to the shop either on hangers or gently folded in bags or bins. 
  2. Shop around while we go through your things. This part will only take 10-20 minutes max. We take in items based on season, brand, quality, condition and what we have a customer base for at our shop.  
  3. After we're done going through your clothes and have determined that we will take some or all of your clothing on consignment, we will have you fill out a consignment contract. 
  4. You will get an inventory link emailed to you, through which you will be able to set up an account with our consignment software and see your items in our system.
  5. Your items hang out on our racks and shelves for 90 days, waiting to sell. 
  6. On the 10th of every month, we make out a check for you for your previous month's sales. Your check gets filed at the shop until you're able to come pick it up: you can either pick up monthly or wait to pick up all of your checks at once after their 90 day consignment period. 
  7. After your items officially "expire" in the shop, you can either come in and pick up your items or have them donated to the St. John's Clothing Closet. (This is pre-decided by you in your consignment contract.) If you had opted to come pick them up, you have 7 days to do so, otherwise they will be donated. 
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Behind The Scenes At The Shop

It's a daily whirl wind here at the shop in the best of ways: there is certainly never a lack of things to do when it comes to keeping a small business up and running. Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes? Here are some of the many things we tend to throughout the day: 

  1. Responding to shop emails, social media messages, texts and voicemails. Lots of them. In order to not get buried in the many inquiries we get daily, it's a constant housekeeping activity. 
  2. Organizing daily mini photo shoots to capture new arrivals and putting together content for social media, newsletters, blog posts, etc. 
  3. Constantly organizing racks, jewelry, shoes, etc. and running go backs throughout the day 
  4. Taking in consignment, entering it into the system, pricing, tagging, and getting all that inventory out onto the sales floor
  5. Pulling expired items and either donating them or gathering them to be picked up by the consignors who want them back 
  6. Packaging and mailing items that sell over social media 
  7. Planning and brainstorming for future shop parties and events 
  8. Trying not to get too off track from gushing over whatever cute animal or child that happens to be at the shop
  9. Sporadic dance parties 
  10. And so on and so forth: never a dull moment! 
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The Top 5 Things Consignment Stores Look For

1. Handbags & Mini Backpacks. Bags with a timeless, classic look are best sellers. Crossbody, tote, doctor, and bucket styles are the most sought after, as well as leather or canvas mini backpacks.                    

2. Booties. Ankle boots are very popular right now in many different shapes and sizes. Flat heel, chunk heel and wedges sell the best.  

3. Jackets. Moto, denim, trench and field jackets are all well loved and never go out of style. 

4. Denim. Skinny jeans and boyfriend jeans are currently the denim styles that sell the best, especially with a mid to high rise waist.  

5. Dresses. Both classic, simply styled dresses and more bohemian vibe dresses do well. Shift, swing, fit & flare, tunics and maxi dresses are all well loved styles. 

Top 10 Consignment Shops in the Portland Area

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Portland is a mecca for consignment and resale shopping. It's always a treasure hunt setting foot into any of these 10 favorite's around the city. 

In alphabetical order:

  1. Artifact on SE Division
  2. Button on N Interstate
  3. Consign Couture in St John's & Lake Oswego 
  4. Half Pint on N Mississippi
  5. Here We Go Again on NE Broadway & John's Landing
  6. Modo on Alberta & E Burnside
  7. Seams to Fit in Nob Hill
  8. Silver Lining in Sellwood
  9. Village Merchants on SE Division
  10. What's Upstairs on NW 23rd

New Location In Downtown Lake Oswego

It's been the plan all along to open more stores but deciding where almost killed me. I am so thrilled to find a space that is in downtown Lake Oswego that is by a hair and nail salon with great parking! It is 1600 Sq. Feet which means its almost 2 times the size of our St. Johns location. We plan to have a special area for locally made jewelry and a few other things that will be different just for Lake Oswego. The light in the space is beautiful. There will be new lighting fixtures installed and all the paint will be redone in the next month. Hoping for an open date in March but it could be April! Thank you to everyone for your support the last 7 years - excited to take what I've learned and create a whole new space!

 

Local Jewelry Designers We Love + Carry

When clothes and shoes don't fit, jewelry always does. The designers we've chosen to carry at Consign Couture are not only talented at their craft but the women behind making the actual pieces are all incredible women. Every one of these ladies I think the world of personally and professionally. We've grown together in this business ownership gig, and the shop would not be the same without them. Each designer below has a link to their online shop if you want to see more of their designs. 

 


Chapter Jewelry: Made by Erica Brotzman 

" I design pieces that are defined by contours, delicacy and negative space, for versatility that can link day to night, the present to the future, and one chapter to the next. This is jewelry for every story."

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Saressa Designs: Made by Rachel Hughes 

"Classic and modern are beautifully balanced with each piece from Saressa Designs. Self-taught designer Rachel Hughes creates a striking line of handcrafted jewelry that is trendsetting and timeless, making adornment effortless for her customers."

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Kirsten Elise: Made by Kirsten Landau

"Don't let anyone tell you that you aren't rad as fuck" 

One of a kind jewelry made with gem stones, vintage chain, and bones.

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Ayumi Angel: Made by Ayumi Angel 

"The philosophy behind the collections is that fashion should be simple and easy. The inspiration behind the designs are the minimalist aesthetic found in Asia where Ayumi lived and traveled extensively"

 

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Ann Revere Lavenda Collection: Made by Allie Philips

"Ann Revere Jewelry is named after my wonderful grandparents, Edna Ann & Paul Revere. They will always be my greatest inspiration to follow my heart and pursue my passion."

 

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Morgen Barrett Designs: Made by Morgen Barrett

" I have a love and passion for drama and art and decided that I would use my talent to create dramatic designs through jewelry. In the last 6 years, I have improved my talent and have created my own style through my unique designs."

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A Tea Leaf: Made by Alissa Thiele 

"Today, A Tea Leaf jewelry is still inspired by nature and exploring the Pacific Northwest as well as vintage touches. As a "one woman shop", I do it all: from concept to creation to packaging and shipping. It all happens from A Tea Leaf HQ (my apartment)."

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Brighton Place: Made by Dani Collette 

"I started this shop to share my creations with those who have a love for the unique and handmade. Watch as I create everything from functional work and jewelry to fine art that will be shared with those who have an appreciation for the beautiful and unique. 

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You can't go wrong with supporting any of these designers in the shop or with them directly. 

Grace

Grace applied to work at my friends bakery, Posies, a little over a year ago. When my friends saw her resume and noticed she had been a fashion designer in LA she sent me the resume. I met Grace and it was a great interview. I was worried she was overqualified for a shopgirl/etc position so I waited a little over a week to schedule the follow up. I knew I couldn't let her go. After working with her the first day seeing her get excited at the smallest things (like I do) being super random I knew she was going to fit right in.

As she ends her time here at Consign Couture on a regular basis in 2 weekends I have to explain some of what she did for my business. She listened and supported my daily challenges in running a small business, she allowed me to take meetings and develop my passions in working on my book, collaborating with other consignment shop owners, creating my shopping tours, explore growth options, spend time with my family, do more closet edits and she always cared about everything I did like it was hers too. Being next to her made me a better person because she was a walking talking living example of my favorite quote: "how you do anything is how you do everything". Grace is also a walking example of why anyone can be touched by gods love and grace. Even if you are not religious she embodies the most beautiful example of a perfectly un-perfect disciple of god. 

Where is Grace going? She's staying in the Portland area and hopes to have more time not working at CC to develop her own clothing line for women. When she is ready to show some of her inital prototypes I will be her biggest cheerleader. We will announce how you can follow her and support her very soon.  I know all of the regulars at the shop can't wait to see what she does next and we will all be behind you following your passions and dreams!

I will miss when she texts me a warning when she is microwaving chicken "chicken time" (because I hate the smell of chicken).

Love you Grace thank you for a year of service!

Portland Shopping Tours Maiden Voyage

You know those jobs you've always dreamed of having but they sound silly? I've secretly always wanted to be a tour guide. Any vacation i've ever taken I always sign up for a local tour and always find it the best way to get to know any city you're in. This last weekend one of my dreams came true when I took 24 amazing ladies around Portland. 

The day began with pastries and coffee from Posies Bakery while perusing Consign Couture.  We boarded the bus and off to our first stop What's Upstairs on NW 23rd. Rachel, the owner, went above and beyond in getting swag bags together for the ladies full of amazing samples from stores on 23rd. 45 minutes of shopping later we were settled in for a catered lunch at The Society Hotel complete with Underwood Rosè, Avacado Toast, seasonal fruit and salad with a side of a beautiful roooftop view of downtown Portland and a history lesson from Jessie Burke one of the hotels partners.  

Following lunch we shopped Consigning Women in the Pearl District, and finished the day at Button in Kenton. On the ride back to Consign Couture we played a round of "Show & Tell" showcasing our favorite finds of the day. 

I think the best part of this first tour was the community of women who were full of joy all day. Mother's and daughter's, old friends and new friends were all made. There is nothing I enjoy more than connecting like minded positive women!

The next Portland Shopping Tour will be 5/27 more details to come as we get the shops on board!

You can sign up here: THE NEXT TOUR

Special Thanks: 

Jade Shebelski Social Media Content Creator for the day

Meg Nanna Event Photography 

 CC Barber Event Assistant 

Want To Be a Consign Couture UP Fashion Ambassador?

What Are We Looking For: 

Are you active in social media? 

Do you have an interest in clothing & styling? 

Do you have a small bio as to why you would represent our local boutique well to other UP students? 

Would you be willing to post 2 times weekly wearing clothing from consign couture and tagging our store on Instagram and Facebook?

Do you have a creative collaborative approach to projects?

Do you have a solution based attitude? 

If chosen you will receive:

Store credit monthly allowance

A standing % off all items in the shop 

How to apply: 

Name *
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Closet Clean Out With Tamara

Before Shot

Before Shot

One of the things i've done most of my life is clean and organize closets. Before I opened my shop I started organizing my friends closets and personal shopping and that was the perfect mixture of passions to open a consignment shop in 2011. I think I instinctively enjoyed color coding and making my own closet a fun place since I was little and my mom was and is a borderline mild hoarder (she's gotten a lot better!) Because of my upbringing I am a compulsive declutter. I've been in heaven the last 5 years with the minimalist and konmari methods going viral. I also love shopping and constantly evolving my personal style based on my travels and how I am feeling. 

I offer in home consignment pick ups and closet clean outs as add on services for my business but I also teach classes to declutter your closet. 

Here's what you need to pre-detox your closet: 

  • 6 bins/boxes

  • Full length mirror

  • Good music & morale support

  • Wine & snacks

Label your boxes or bins

  • Donate

  • Consign

  • Keepsakes

  • Trial Separation

  • Get Tailored

  • Off season storage

I made a highlight video this weekend doing a mini closet clean out with one of my clients with the filming thanks to Megan Nanna.  You can see some of the before closet photos where her closet seems not too cluttered. We touched every item and discussed if it worked for her current life, style and if she felt confident in it and after 4 hours we removed TWELVE trash bags of stuff. Amazing. My approach is not to force anyone to let go of things I just ask questions. 

After chatting with Teri post closet clean out she told me that she acquired the bulk of her excess "stuff" when she transitioned from the East coast to Portland 5 years ago. She realized she didn't know how to adjust to the PNW style and just continued to acquire instead of really identifying her own personal style and buying with confidence. 

My general rule of thumb is after a closet clean out to really sit with what you are missing and what you need and keep notes. After 2 weeks you can start shopping again with more confidence. 

A video with Tamara and Teri showing some of the process of what a normal closet clean out looks like. At the end her husband Ryan comes in and she had to explain she wasn't leaving him. (haha). 

Sorting process

Sorting process

This is not even all that we removed from Teri's closet. Most being donated to GHM ministries!

This is not even all that we removed from Teri's closet. Most being donated to GHM ministries!

A quick after photo

A quick after photo

Now the process of shopping can be fun again now that Teri has a better idea of what she really needs. Not to mention all the space (physical & mental) she has now!

Thank you Meg for filming and photos. Thank you Teri and Ryan for letting me raid your home and allowing me to drink your good pink bubbles. 

The Last Two Years

The past two years I've had more personal growth than any other time period of my life. No matter what you may be facing I have found that the hardest things in life really do promote a new lens on life. I have gained an appreciation for all I have, a gratitude, and an understanding of life that fills me with more compassion, understanding and a deep sense of self.  

I want to thank Meg Nanna for the beautiful photos she did for The Women's Expo Magazine. about a week ago. I've been photographing as part of what I do my entire career and I have actually never had my own lifestyle shoot. She made me walk the talk I help others see for themselves. 

48 Hours in Phoenix

In the last year I've been to Phoenix 3 times. A place i never thought i'd fall in love with but it really has become one of my favorite place to have a long weekend trip! Its so true if you know a local and find the best spots any city can be refreshing. One of the main draws here are my dear friends who live here Adam and Hayfa. I met them when they lived in Portland but they are both from Phoenix. I had to share my favorite spots (all food spots guided by Hayfa) for those of you who can find cheap airfare to Phoenix and want to enjoy it like a local. If you're willing to fly frontier you can find $78 RT tickets often from PDX - PHX! You can't bring luggage when you fly Frontier -- so I always recommend Southwest. 

Must Visit Stores

Art

My Favorite Spots to Eat: all places found because Hayfa knows what I like 

Lastly, If you can swing it go to Sedona! One of the most beautiful places in the US. (2.5 hours from Phoenix) and eat at  http://chocolatree.com/ and pay $9 for the most amazing drink you will ever have called the "warm on" (shown in photos below with a heart) 

Have Fun!

 

 

New Arrivals At The Society Hotel: Chloe + Jade

These crazy girls have been a part of my life for nearly 5 years now. They grew up in Bellingham, WA and their moms were pregnant together nearly 24 years ago. I met Chloe one day when she was shopping and knew I wanted her to work in the shop. About a year later when I was living out of state for a while; Chloe introduced me to Jade and the 2 girls managed the shop together perfectly. They have been a blessing to my life and business and its been so fun watching them grow as women. Their friendship is one that I’ve never seen anything like.

Here’s a little Q + A with the girls after our shoot at The Society Hotel

 


What are you up to now?

Chloe: I've been a part of the Oblation Papers & Press team for about two years now, and recently became the manager of the digital design department. The position is time consuming, but I love the people I work with, and am getting good experience while finishing my graphic design degree at Portland State University.

Jade:

I am currently in my 4th term of massage school at East West College of the Healing Arts, and will be able to get my license in the Spring of 2017. I work a few days a week at a cute little restaurant, and of course at the beloved Consign Couture on Saturdays because Tamara can't get rid of me! I spend any free time I have hanging out with loved ones, taking dance classes, cooking, reading, netflix-ing and being outside.

What is your favorite thing to do in Portland together?

Chloe: Jade will forever be my favorite person to dance with. The amount of energy bottled up in that tiny human is amazing, so dancing at a concert, random club or bar will always be a good time when she's around. I also love when we can plan date nights, and treat ourselves to dinner and drinks at new restaurants around town. It doesn't happen often since our schedules often clash, but that what makes the time even more special. *cheese*

Jade:

We like to eat good food, drink good drinks, hike in the lovely surrounding areas of Portland, have fun nights out, and cozy nights in! Basically no matter what I'm doing with Chloe I have a good time.

What is your favorite thing you've ever gotten at cc?

Chloe: The first item that comes to mind is this Pendleton Portland Collection poncho sweater. It came in one dreary day, and I immediately knew I couldn't live without it. Soft wool. Black. Large and boxy. Yes.

Jade: It's going to sound lame but my best loved and most worn thing I've ever gotten at CC is a pair of amazing high waisted Lululemon leggings that I have literally been able to make work for every activity in my life. School? Yes. Work? Yes. Dance class? Yes. Hiking? Yes. Lounging? Yes. Going out? Yes, I'm pretty sure I've worn them to go out too.

What is a memory that sticks out from the times you worked at cc?

Chloe: Either the memory of how I got hired -- trying on clothes in the dressing room, and having Tamara hire me upon our first meeting, or the days when Jade and I were the only two working and would be able to organize the shop, collaborate on social media together and host cold, Winter events in the shop.

Jade: I loved the day when Tamara decided we needed to drag the teal couch out to the backyard to take photos. I had just put on stiletto heels when she got the idea, and instead of asking me to take them off and help her, she said "Oh, I'll just carry you out to the couch." I ended up taking the shoes off and helping her anyways, but I truly do not doubt that she would have moved that couch out to the back yard by herself and then carried me too! Too funny.

What would you say is your superpower?

Chloe: Always a tough question. I think I'm relatively good at remaining level headed even in stressful situations. Whether it's work related, or a friend is in emotion need I like to think that I can keep calm throughout any situation, listen to whoever is in need, and keep a positive attitude.

Jade:

I have an annoyingly good memory (only annoying because I expect everyone else to have the same memory capacity, which just isn't so,) and I have a knack for remembering small details.

 


Clothing Details: Top to Bottom

Dress w/ gold: Vintage (4)

Dress (black) Vera Wang (6)

Beaded Black Top by J. Crew (S)

Legging/Pants by J. Crew (Olive/0)

Black Silk Top, Nike Hoodie & Portland Top (sold on the shoot)

Loafers by Dr. Martian (6)

Chunky Sweater (M/)

Tassle Necklace by Le Jardin

gold Earrings By Kirsten Elise

Wrap Top by DVF (0-4)

Pleated Skirt Pins & Needles (4)

Black Heels by Topshop (6.5)

Black Coat by Laundry (10)

Tweed Skirt by St. John (M)

Silver Dress by BCBG (2)