I am not a party thrower. Growing up, I hated parties, I hated having big birthdays, and I definitely got stressed out over the thought of people coming over to my home.
Even though I’m still that way, somewhat, I have come to realize that in order to build a community and do things I love, I’m going to have to suck it up and throw an event from time to time.
So, to celebrate my love of hand me downs and shopping, I decided to host a clothing swap.
For those of you wondering, a clothing swap is when you get a group of friends with similar, yet tastefully different, styles together to trade out clothes they no longer want. Essentially, you make a pop-up, currency-free Plato’s Closet (but without the disappointing clothing rejection).
Sound like fun? Well if you love clothes like me, here’s how you make it happen.
It’s the eve of all hallowed’s eve. Is that a thing? Well, we’re going to make it one.
In order to get into the Halloween mindset, take a listen to Rosetint’s spooky, Halloween themed playlist of dirty-lofi, cult songs, and jams to pump you up for your actual Halloween eve, watch some Youtube videos made by friends, and take in the vintage vibes of Halloween’s past (and even some made new).
“Oh this is a great idea, I can stick with that forever!”
Then a month goes by, and I find something problematic with the idea. Edit. Edit. Edit.
Though that’s what I love to do. If you stripped away the local politics and human resource management aspects of editing as a career, I would gladly say that editing my college newspaper was my favorite job.
My latest round of edits to Rose Tint flopped. “Let’s make it submission based!” Great idea, except I don’t have an engaged readership yet.
I’m not a big mall shopper, for one, I hate the heckling from center aisle cart salesmen, the prices, and the focus of waste and consumerism, but my niece is having her second birthday and she loves earrings, so off to Claire’s I went to find some stick on baby earrings.
While there, I made a stop into a southern-based store which I can best describe as a women’s only, southern version of Urban Outfitters. I really like the shop, I’m not sure where they source their clothing from, so I’m not going to endorse them or anything yet, but the shop has cool style.
While casually window shopping, I saw a rack called “Vintage Renewal”…I took a look. T-shirts. T-shirts as far as the eye can see. T-shirts I’ve probably passed in the thrift store. Airbrush tees, beach tees, University of Alabama tees. They had them, and they were cut up. And they were $30.
I have not forgotten my promise to write almost every day. Honestly, in the past two days, I’ve written more for myself than I have in a very long. It’s invigorating and empowering.
As I write, I remind myself that I want to keep Rosetint. I love this concept I created, and I want to keep it forever as my experimental platform. It has evolved with me all through college and I don’t want to let it go.
But do I want it to my “platform” *cough cough* my career?
I’ve been absent from the blogging world for about a month now.
While I love writing, updating my site, and tech, I do love simply living more.
This break has allowed me travel, spend time with friends, family and pick up new talents and be more creative. I’d say I’m happier.