We’re scooping out trends for fall!
Step 1 Browse fashion magazines & websites
Slip dresses, long duster jackets, pant suits, chunky blocked heels…. I just don’t know. Runway pics are extreme. There are elbow length leather gloves and furry shoes…why?
Step 2 Nordstrom
We have found time and time again Nordstrom style is usually spot on with Best Bib and Tucker customer style. The 90’s & 70’s trends from the runway are there but it’s toned down and more approachable. Seeing lots of fringe.
Step 3 Watch what BBT customers are buying
Denim is definitely trending. Jeans have been flying off the racks the last couple weeks. HS students are shopping for skinnies but our fashion trend setting college students and 30-somethings are experimenting with flares and wide legs and distressed denim.
Long cardigans & crossbody bags have been going out as quick as they come in.
Get it Now
Fall pieces are starting to hit the sales floor as summer clearance items sell. It’s a great time to score a deal AND get the first look at what’s new. The shop officially switches to fall over Labor Day weekend.
We are now accepting fall and winter consignments (and homecoming dresses) —> How to Consign
Have you heard? Ohio has joined the list of states that offer a weekend of tax free shopping for back to school!
The “holiday” runs Friday, August 7th through Sunday, August 9th and includes clothing and school supplies.
Have we mentioned we have clothing at Best Bib? Like awesome clothing for back to school?
Have we mentioned Tax Free Weekend also falls during our annual Summer Clearance? Wait, What?
Yep, 40% off plus you don’t have to pay tax— can you hear the music playing too?
The state of Ohio has a list of items that are included (see list here) but basically it’s most of Best Bib. Noted exceptions are purses, jewelry, and items over $75.
In addition to falling during our clearance, August 8th is also the Second Saturday of the month. That means Historic Downtown Hartville will be full of fun! The theme is Get Out & Play with a concert in the square, food trucks, an I spy game for adults called Quail Quest (play to win gift certificates to downtown shops), and tons of games for the kids outside of each shop.
Chocolate St. will be closed but our parking lot is OPEN! You can enter and park in our lot off of 619 (by the train station) or off of 43 by turning down Mill St.
Traditional and polished but still fun, we’re loving the salmon and navy color combo for this month.
The name Navy Blue originates from the color of British Royal naval uniforms. Navy easily goes nautical; in a stripe there’s no denying it. Put it on a cardigan and you can go ahead and start daydreaming of a day on the yacht. Recommended for Monday’s when the weekend seems oh so far away.
Works for a day out shopping or add jewelry for dinner out. Here we kept shorts and all accessories in navy with a big pop of salmon in the top. Color blocking at it’s simplest is oh so effective.
Looking to layer on another color? This vibrant teal looks amazing.
Is this a combo you would wear? Try it and post a pic on our Facebook page.
Summer always turns my mind to far off places with my wardrobe following right along.
I haven’t been on a boat in years but that doesn’t stop me from rocking nautical stripes.
Or maybe you’re more of a city girl…
And remember that wherever you wander and how far you roam there’s no place like home…
3 Ways to Feed the Travel Bug from Home
1. Usually drive? Get out the bikes or walk your neighborhood. Life is friendlier on foot. People wave at you and call out friendly greetings. Yield to pedestrians is real- and empowering.
2. Create a summer bucket list. One year our family tried a different ice cream shop each week! There are so many places just a hop and a skip away that we’ve never been too. Who says wanderlust has to include an epic journey. This year’s list includes Beech Creek gardens in Alliance, checking out the eagle’s nest at Walborn Reservoir, and tracking down a cannoli from Retz’s Laconi’s II Restaurant in Cuyahoga Falls (A daughter of one of the Ninni’s is co-owner and the craving for their pastry is real).
Northeast Ohio Family Fun is a great site for events but also ongoing activities
3. Read about it. I know it sounds cliche but you really can explore the world through books. Plus curling up with a good read is a great activity for a rainy day. Did you know 21 out of the 30 days in June had rain? Yikes!
Anyone see Jimmy Fallon’s Jerry Seinfeld impression on the Tonight Show this week? He was talking about Uber and getting into a stranger’s car—was an exact repeat of me during our Chicago trip this past weekend. We used Airbnb to rent an apartment and used Uber to get around the city— “make me sleep in a stranger’s house and ride in a stranger’s car”. I warmed up to the apartment idea. How couldn’t I with this city retreat in the backyard.
Plus it was a great way to spend time with family as this was an Ohio-Iowa midway Chicago meet up weekend. Sometimes you just need a relaxing night at “home” enjoying each other’s company.
Em, mom, and I also picked out some great accessories for the shop while we were there!
And for a family photo update- Pictures are back!
If you read last week’s post you know we have been working on outfits for family photos. We were struggling a bit with how to combine family members who wear a neutral colors and those that actually like to wear color.
Here is the color pallet we picked out:
For Christmas we gave my mom (Barb) a family photo session for when my sister and her husband visit in May. Well May is here which means photo time is upon us. What are we wearing is the question of the day. Make that a question with LOTS of question marks (and maybe an exclamation point or two depending on when you talk to me).
Deciding what to wear has turned into a bit of a style analysis. This outfit should reflect my personality— it’s going to hang on the wall for a long time. In our last family photo I was 5 years old and in a denim jumper. I know I’m probably over thinking it (hence my family photo list of goals below) and making it more stressful than it needs to be BUT…
– Coordinate without being “matchy”
I think the trick here is to work with a color pallet and make sure everyone isn’t wearing the same color top.
– Select colors that will look good on all of us
You’d think this would be easy enough. But existing wardrobes are tricky to blend. Notice I’m only showing mom’s and my typical wardrobe. Emily’s wardrobe is varied enough to blend with anything and lets face it the guys will go get a polo for what ever pallet we choose.
– Keep it casual
We have the formal wedding photos and now need something that looks like we do on any day (albeit slightly cleaned up from gardening and I promise to put on some make up). We talked about what we wear on a daily basis, what pieces in our wardrobe we love and why, and what is most figure flattering.
– Select colors that will work outdoors (Sippo Lake is the chosen location)
Tricky because we haven’t been there and aren’t sure what background options we have. Anyone frequent that park and have suggestions?
– Select colors that will look good hanging in our houses.
Not a huge concern but it helped us narrow down colors we liked.
Yesterday we picked a general pallet of EARTH TONES. I decided I want to wear a maxi skirt. I wear them a lot- it’s feminine and functional without being frilly or lacy. I found an oregano green colored one that I think will work. I have a lot of prints in my wardrobe- stripes, florals, etc that I love BUT think it will be too bold for a photo. I want to blend not be the one your eyes go to first. So maybe a pattern under a jacket or cardigan???
This has been cathartic, thanks for reading along with my first world problem. Will keep you posted on what we come up with!
Have family picture suggestions or tips? Leave us a comment below or tell us on our Facebook page.
Celebrate Local Artists
We’re kicking May off with our 2nd Annual celebration of our handmade artists! Join us this week and show your support for local artists.
10% off all handmade, enter to win a $25 BBT gift certificate, and take home a gift with your purchase—lovingly made by the BBT crew- and they smell great!
Happy Mother’s Day
Thank you thank you thank you—three times isn’t nearly enough!— to all the mom’s out there.
We have great gift ideas in our Handmade Market and Chicago accessories, neat handbags, and of course the gift of shopping with a BBT gift certificate.
Reminder that we are accepting summer items through May 30th. Have questions about consigning? Check out How to Consign, send us a message, or call the shop at 330-877-3308.
First up is a Flea for All in June. Vendor and musician registration is now open! More Info
Mom and I are consignment, resale, and thrift shopping mavens. And while my main motivation is to build a wardrobe with quality pieces at a price my frugal self can tolerate, it’s awesome to know my closet is good for the environment.
Both Sides of Consignment are Green
The landfill should be the last option for your clothing. Our closet clean-outs go in this order:
Take the pieces in excellent condition to BBT
Even my second hand shopping/picky shopper self has a basket of items to bring to the shop each season. The hardest part is cleaning out the closet. Click here to learn more about consigning at BBT.
Upcycle what we can
This means harvesting interesting buttons and fabrics to use in craft projects and using old t-shirts for rags. You’ll even find tights with runs cut into strips and used to tie up our tomato vines in the garden.
Send other wearable items to the thrift shop
Note: have items that are unwearable (ie that top I snipped the lace off to use in a craft project)? Place it in a bag marked “salvage” before donating.
The greenest clothing you can buy is second hand. It’s locally sourced, requires no additional manufacturing, and keeps like new items out of the trash. At Best Bib we look for quality pieces. Fast fashion/disposable clothing just don’t last. The well made pieces we select for our shop hold up through many wears and washes.
Upcycling in our Handmade Market
Many of our ridiculously talented artists are master repurposers!
It’s time for What to Wear Wednesday! Spring is trench coat season and oh how I love a great trench.
If you are like me you zip out of the house in the morning and don’t think to tie your belt until you are driving down the road wondering what that sound is—-oh my belt is caught in the door and flapping around outside—-happens more than I care to admit. So my spring goal is to think of fun ways to tie it so I save my pretty coat from road rash. I came up with 6 ways that should take less than 30 seconds of my morning routine.
1) Double Knot
Coat’s on belt is knotted twice. Works great if belt is thin or you are slim. I find a double knot too bulky for my liking but in a pinch it will do.
Cute! A bow can soften a utilitarian style of jacket. This works best when belts are extra long as creating the bow will take extra fabric. Just tie it like you tie your shoes.
3) Buckle & Tuck
Does your belt have a buckle? Try actually buckling it- novel concept! That long remaining end can be tucked in once or twice so it doesn’t get in the way.
4) Back Bow
Some mornings there is no time for buttoning. I’m thinking of hanging the coat in the closet with this tie already done, slip my arms in and out the door I go. The trick to this one is to tie it when the coat is off, preferably laying flat AND upside down. Tying bows upside down means the ends will end on the bottom.
5) Back Neck Tie
Same concept as above, for when you’re feeling less girly. See how to tie the neck tie below.
6) 4 in Hand Tie
FAVORITE ALERT! This one is my go to- quick, lays flat, easy to undo, and just a little different than a simple knot.
And because I love you so much…here’s how to tie it.
Step 1– Start with one end longer than the other.
Step 2– Wrap the long end around the short end.
Step 3- Repeat step 2
Step 4– Tuck that same “long” end in the space between the knot and the coat from the bottom to the top.
Step 5– Finish by tucking the “long” end in the wrap you made in step 3. Pull the ” short” end to tighten.