Join me for Party for Change this Saturday!

Join me Saturday night for Party for Change! As many of you know, I have a serious passion for the fashion, but I also have a deep rooted love for charities & helping others. To me, life is about giving back. I’m constantly thinking of ways to help my community and The Saint John’s Program for Real Change in Sacramento is one of my favorite charities. It helps formerly homeless mother’s and children get back on their feet with food, shelter, and a program that provides them with the tools to become self sustaining & empowered. The Saint John’s Program for Real Change will culminate its 30th anniversary this Sat in style with an elegant black tie/red sock soiree titled Party for Change, featuring cuisine by renowned celebrity chef Michael Chiarello, owner of Napa Valley’s critically acclaimed Bottega and San Francisco’s latest hot spot Coqueta.

The Party for Change will be held on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, from 6 – 11 p.m. at the Sacramento Executive Jet Center. Tables and tickets on sale now and available at . I hope you will join me Saturday night for this wonderfully inspiring event. People helping people is what it’s all about. So many of us have gone through tough times and it through the love and support of family and sometimes perfect strangers that we are able to rise above & flourish. Lets do our part. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me. heart emoticon Phoebe aka The Dress Fiend

Pictures from last year’s event.


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To thy own self be true

The idea of getting back to the authentic self has been heavy on my mind this last month. As humans, we get so caught up with the world around us that we forget sometimes to check in on the most important thing: ourselves.

I am a bonafide people pleaser, who at times, has wanted so badly to make others happy that I lost track of my very own happiness. I became a chameleon molding to what ever I felt you wanted me to be. This meant that each time I changed color to match my surroundings, I lost a little bit of myself more and more till eventually I felt completely empty.

Looking back at some of my destructive behaviors, I now realize that a large part of the destructiveness was because of my unwillingness to dig deeply and find out why I was hurting to begin with. I’ve spent the last five years rebuilding my life and can say with certainty that I am on the right path to self discovery and living a rich and authentic ‘Phoebe.’

During my journey to finding the real me, I was lucky enough to find something that made me shine. Fashion is one element to many in my self discovery journey, but it is a big one. Fashion, style, and being creative has helped me mold into who I want to be, not what I think the world wants me to be. Once I stopped caring, I felt a freedom I had never felt before. That freedom was peace of mind knowing that for the first time in my life I was listening to my heart.

One of my favorite sayings is ‘To thy own self be true.’ There is nothing more empowering than knowing who you are, having confidence, and sharing that with the world around you – it’s truly a gift.

Today, what gift are you sharing with the world? I would love to hear from you :)

My gift today is paying gratitude to Julie Johnson of Third Wheel Photo for taking these wonderful photos. She has such a creative eye and I loved her positive attitude and energy. My other gift is the continuation of my love for thrifting and sharing that with the world. Thrift has so many positive layers to it from being affordable, unique one of a kind pieces, to knowing that for every thrift piece you pick up is one less article of clothing in the landfill. That’s some feel good fashion right there!


Free People romper and J.Crew espadrilles from Crossroads Trading Company ($18 & $25, the shoes were new!) and the necklace is hand beaded from Guatemala.








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Unlock the gate to your future

“She who unlocks the gate, lets go of the past to make room for the future… What are you waiting for?”

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I’ve been thinking a lot about my life lately and the past. Being hard on myself has been a struggle since I was a little girl. This past year has been a major year of work, reflection, and growth for me.  Letting go of old thinking, learning to forgive myself, and  being honest with myself has been so freeing.

I’m grateful today that I get to be creative with my clothing, share it with the world, and hopefully inspire others to feel good about themselves, too. I’m grateful that my eyes are open to appreciate all that I have, not all that I don’t have. Here’s to unlocking the gate to move into a brighter, more authentic future.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone and thank you for reading.

A big thanks to Julie Johnson of Third Wheel Photography. She’s and incredibly talented young girl with such a passion for photography!


Theory dress, J.crew purse & heels from Crossroads Trading Company / $18, originally over $300, shoes $15, & purse $45, originally over $200

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Embracing the skin you’re in

This Dress Fiend has a propensity to buy and only wear dresses, which is fine because they make me happy and I feel comfortable in them. But, in the past year, I’ve really wanted to think outside the fashionable box and start incorporating more casual looks.

One thing I NEVER wear are short shorts! It’s something I’ve felt uncomfortable with for as long as I can remember. Something has been shifting in me as of late, and embracing my legs has become one of them. These legs have gotten me through countless hours of yoga and numerous half marathons. So why is it that I’m so embarrassed by them? Because I have some cellulite? Really??? It’s so stupid right? Like, who cares?!

This summer season I say to heck with my insecurity and have decided that I want to wear shorts and embrace the skin I’m in. Well, maybe not short shorts yet, but I’m getting there!

This was all inspired by a  good friend of mine, Kelly, who the other day talked about her leg insecurities. She spoke of not caring anymore and embracing her legs and shorts. She inspired me to embrace my body, be comfortable in my skin, and think outside the box of insecurities that have had a hold on me for years. This may only be a romper, but it’s a start :)

Do any of you have body insecurities and what do you do to face or overcome them?


Madewell romper/ Crossroads Trading Company/ $16


NEW J.Crew purse!/Freestyle Clothing Exchange/$40 (originally $168)

Shoes given to me by my sweet friend Corri

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It’s a jungle out there

It’s been a long time since I’ve sat at my laptop and put fingers to words. It’s been a rough couple of months, which I will delve into in a later post. But, along the way I’ve realized that one thing that manages to bring light and love into my life is fashion and writing. So here I am taking the baby steps getting back to what makes me truly happy.

Last week an adorable photographer by the name of Julie (Third Wheel Photography) reached out and wanted to shoot. We had a fun little session in old town Roseville and would you believe we found our very own jungle in the heart of the suburbs? It must have been fashion synchronicity as my Asos crop top had a jungle print on it! Honestly, if you open your creative eyes enough, you’ll find the most amazing back drops to make your photos stand out.

A big thanks to Third Wheel Photography for these lovely photos! Can’t wait to work with your talented self again :)


Asos top top/from Crossroads Trading Company/20% at $8

Vintage high waist skirt/Freestyle Clothing Exchange/$12 (it was new with tags on! I mean, how is it possible to find new vintage? I was a happy happy vintage loving girl

Manolo Blahnik heels/Crossroads Trading Company/$15!

J.Crew necklace/Crossroads Trading Company/$12

This outfit is a great example of finding designer looks for less. Crossroads Trading Company has never let me down when it comes to designer. I should know, I’ve been shopping at the store for 21 years!

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Spring essentials: My top picks for the season!

If I said my top spring essential was a dress you would say, ‘Duh, Phoebe!’ So, I decided to mix it up a bit and share some essentials that are slightly off the beaten path for the dress fiend in me.

One spring essential that will probably be a favorite of mine till I hit the grave is a classically beautiful silk scarf that I use as a head scarf in the warmer months. Two reasons I love the head scarf: 1.) It hides my gross sweaty hair when warm (my hair is naturally curly and can get a little cra) and 2.) It’s the best trick in the book for looking super put together in minutes.

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Yes, everyone and their mom knows I am obsessed with dresses, but this season something else has me equally obsessed: The Romper!

The romper is seriously one of the most comfortable things you can put on and is uber stylish as well. This white lace one from Thrift Town is A-mazing! ($3.99)

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As for shoes, my favorite spring shoe is the espadrille!  And you can’t forget about the statement purse. This brown leather J.Crew one if my fav! ($40 from Freestyle Clothing Exchange thrift $40, was originally $168)


I hope everyone is having a nice spring so far! What are YOUR favorite accessories this season?


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Saying Goodbye to the Crocker Art Museum

I’ve spent the past 4 years at an institution that I have admired and loved since I was a child. It had always, in the back of my mind, been a dream of mine to work at the Crocker. Something about the Museum always felt magical to me and I wanted some of that magic in my life.

From as early as I can remember, art has played a pivotal role in my life. You can even go as far to say that during certain phases in my life, it quit literally saved my life. There is something about the emotion in a photograph, the abstract forms in a painting, to the the beautiful marble sculpture that nearly brings you to tears. Creativity in all forms excites me more than anything and I feel gratefully lucky to have been surrounded by such beautiful art for the past 4 years. There wasn’t a day that went by where I didn’t smile looking at art or admiring others appreciating it. It simply made my heart sing.

As much as I love the Museum, I knew it was time to say my goodbyes. I had been toying around with the idea of looking for something new for a while and when the opportunity fell into my lap for a new job, I took the leap. I’ve learned that it’s best to leave on a high note and I most definitely left the Museum on one. There isn’t a single negative thing I can say about that place. I just knew it was time to move onto bigger opportunities with room for growth.

So, as I sit here this Tuesday evening one week after my departure, I am filled with overwhelming joy and gratitude for a place that allowed me to blossom into the woman I always wanted to become. I came to the Museum broken after going through something pretty traumatic. The Museum, over time, turned my creative switch back on and molded me back to that bubbly, artistic, creative, fashionista.

Thank you to everyone that I worked with over the years. Each one of you played such an important role in my life. I will never forget what an impact the Museum had on me and how supportive everyone was of my fashion endeavors. Art is life, and the Museum and its art definitely brought me back…

As a going away party my co-workers threw me a Breakfast at Tiffany’s themed party. I mean, come on! How wonderful is that? I adore Audrey Hepburn :)

Pictures from my going away party. You know I had to wear my fanciest vintage frock for my last day! And one of my co-workers even got me a 1953 Life magazine all about Audrey Hepburn. I will honestly cherish this forever.

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Street style at the Midtown Farmer’s Market

Last Saturday I had the privilege of photographing passerbys at the local Midtown Farmer’s Market located at 20th & J street. The street style was calm and relaxed, perfect for the 75 degree weather day. No one was extra flashy, but everyone still managed to exude a unique style.

I was most impressed by how adorable the youngins were! No joke, this adorable little baby had on a cuter dress than most people at the market. I mean, why don’t they have this in my size?! imageAnd when I walked by a rambunctious group of boys and noticed one of them wearing a tie I immediately stopped and asked to take his pic. His Momma told me he dresses himself, now that is going to be imageone fashionable lad when he grows up. And look how adorable this little guy is eating his strawberry from the Farmer’s Market? image

Lastly, I couldn’t help but notice how beautiful this Momma was with her baby. I absolutely loved her dress with the natural earth and sky tones. She radiated beauty. image


As as for the adults, there was definitely a diverse range of ensembles. From unique hair, casual wear, piercings, vintage inspired frocks, to my favorite: stripes! Over all, I had a blast walking around the market checking out all of the amazing produce and getting to know all of the wonderful and unique Midtowners! Check out the rest of my pictures below and make sure to head on over to the market today!

This post is in collaboration with Getta Clue and Unseen Heroes for the Mistown Farmers Market. For specific info on fresh produce and fresh style, please visit:










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When life starts to pass you by, hop on & enjoy the ride!

I’ve been having an extraordinary amount of Ah Ha moments lately. One in which was the realization that if I don’t hop on the train (life) passing by, I might very well miss my chance.

I’m a firm believer that each one of us has our very own journey and purpose on this planet. I’ve had some incredible things happening lately that I can’t wait to share about soon.  It’s all because I put in the hard work, put my trust in something greater than myself, and made the conscious decision to hop on that joy ride…

I had a blast at the Sacramento Antique Faire this past Sunday and wore one of my mother’s incredible creations. It’s a beautiful silk linen blend jumper. Look at the back detail!image And mom wouldn’t be mom without cementing her creations with a lovely detail. The clasp on top is made from blue lapis, amazing right?! The head scarf is from the Alameada Antique Faire, which is the first Saturday of the month. Make sure to check it out next month, it never disappoints.

What do you guys have going on in your life right now that feels life changing? I would love to hear about it!

Until next time…










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The Fabulous Thrift Tour 2/21/2015

“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut” ~ Dr. Seuss

imageTwo weeks ago marked the 4th Fabulous Thrift Tour I’ve hosted. I still pinch myself sometimes when I think about how lucky I am to be living and breathing what I love: Thrift, fashion, and promoting self confidence through clothing.

I can proudly say that I walk around these days with my eyes and heart wide open.  My eyes were not only open this past Thrift Tour, but they were beaming with excitement. A kind of excitement that couldn’t wait to meet all 50 fabulous and amazing passengers of the thrift tour, a kind of happiness that couldn’t wait to teach and share my love for thrift, and a kind of happiness that couldn’t wait to hear personal stories from some who also found themselves again through fashion. It was quite simply a magical day and I am so happy that my eyes were open to see all of the amazing energy that flowed.

Thank you to everyone that attended the Thrift Tour and I’m looking forward to seeing some of you again for the next Thrift Tour on 4/25/2014! (More details to come)

The Thrift Tour on 2/21/2015 would not have been possible without the help from the City of Roseville’s Utility Exploration Center. Not only did we teach people how fun it was to thrift, but we also taught them how important it is to recycle clothes and the positive impact thrifting has on the environment! Thank you so much to Rachel Tooker and Brett Salmi of the Utility Exploration Center! I’d also like to thank Monica from Sei Bella Boutique Consignment. Monica you are simply amazing and I am so grateful to know you. You went above and beyond! And Peg’s Glorified Ham & Eggs! They donated the fabulous lunches. And I can’t forget the stores who participated of course!: The Discovery Shop thrift store, Crossroads Trading Company, Sei Bella Boutique Consignment, and Threads Clothing Exchange

Also, a warm and gracious thank you to these amazing people who were kind enough to donate their time and gift cards for the raffle prizes:

1.) Nikki from Baker & a Black Cat Bakery. Best cupcakes ever!

2.) Everlasting Gifts ~ 1950 Douglas Blvd, Roseville, CA

3.) Sunrise Natural Foods ~ 1950 Douglas Blvd, Roseville, CA

4.) West Coast Nutrition ~ 1950 Douglas Blvd, Roseville, CA

5.) Noel Flynn Gallery and Frame ~ 225 Vernon Street, Roseville, CA

6.) Lucca Restaurant ~ 1615 J street, Sacramento, CA

Here are some pictures from our fun filled day of shopping :)


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