Meet you March judge! Analisa Chase lives by the motto, “style is personality, and personality is style!” She is a contributor to Cityblis and is a fashion blogger. This entrepreneur and mother of two is a lover of all things fashionable whether new or old. Her blog, The Fashion CHASE focuses on fashion, style, beauty and being unique. Her specialty is in pairing second-hand items with high-end buys to create a clean a fashionable look.
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Keren Charles is an award-winning fashion blogger, personal shopper and thrifting expert. Born on the beautiful island of Trinidad, she grew up in New Orleans and evacuated to Atlanta due to Hurricane Katrina, she now calls Atlanta her home. She is very passionate about thrifting and credits her mother for teaching her the art of thrifting. Keren has over 20 years experience as a thrifter and has been featured on CNN, FOX, ABC and named the Best Fashion Thrifter by Tastemaker Magazine in 2013.
She is also the founder of Thrifting Atlanta, a group composed of die-hard thrifters, thrifting newbies and resale business owners. Through their monthly thrift & brunch series, quarterly bus tours, pop-up shops and annual Thrifting Atlanta Fashion Week, they are able to spread their love of thrifting in the city they affectionately call home: ATLANTA!
To learn more about Keren, her thrift tips and style inspiration, read her blog Two Stylish Kays; download her Thrifting Atlanta Guide; follow her thrifting adventures on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and using hashtag #twostylishkays.
Christina Zeigler, also known as Phillydiva, is a mother of two children, an upcoming stylist and a veteran beauty and fashion vlogger. She is affiliated with top beauty and fashion companies such as Style Haul, Elevate Styles, Shoedazzle, Chicnova, Romwe, and SheInside, and has been published and featured in Natural Nuances, Naturally Curly, Hair Remixed TV, Lady Like Boutique, Elite Beauty2, La La Knows Best, African Exports Blog, and Madamenoire. Christina has also worked with companies such as MakeMeChic.com, Easy Pickens, Milani & Jordana Cosmetics, and 10DollarMall.com. Her style includes finding iconic vintage pieces and pairing them with current trendy pieces.
Over the years Christina has learned quickly that you don’t have to spend a million bucks to look like a million bucks. She is currently a fanatical thrifter and loves shopping for secondhand pieces.
Samantha Davis is a passionate thrifter with more than ten years experience buying 85 percent of her wardrobe secondhand. She has appeared as a vintage and thrift expert on Arise TV, NY 1, The Nate Berkus Show and as a host for Heydays Vintage TV. She was featured in the 2010 book Wearable Vintage Fashion and is a frequent guest writer for fashion publications both online and in print.
She founded Sammy Davis Vintage in 2009 to share the soul-inspiring benefits of wearing secondhand and vintage styles from the past. She works as a consultant for eBay and coaches vintage sellers on how to market their finds to a digital audience.
This thrift evangelist loves anything with sequins or from the 1960s. Her mission is to help women feel their very best in all matters of living, both external and internal.
You can learn more about her platform for self-love through her accessories line, Lipstick Affirmations. Shop the line’s debut product, THE AFFIRMATION TOTE on Etsy and visit hash tag #lipstickaffirmations on Instagram to see Samantha’s social media campaign for self-love through the power of affirmation writing.
Akil McLeod is a 23 year old Academic Advisor for the Educational Opportunity Program at Buffalo State College. Hence the name, the Dapper Advisor. Akil has been featured on several online publications such as the Details Network, The Daily Fashion Project, TSBmen.com, BuffaloDandy.com, Buffalo.com, TheBengalBuzz.com, and BSCRUNWAY. He has also collaborated with the Trinity Place Department Store and Frank & Oak.
Akil’s interest in menswear began when he started his first internship in Graduate School. Since he was the youngest person in all of his courses he quickly realized that the way someone dresses says a lot about them. So in order to be taken seriously, he thought: why not dress for the role that he was aspiring for? However, since he was operating on a college budget, shopping second hand was his best option. As a result of his affinity for menswear, he created the blog, Dapper Days and Ratchet Nights, as a platform to inspire other young male professionals to dress for their body, lifestyle, and career.
Emma Grady is a personal stylist and award-winning fashion writer working in New York City. She publishes Past Fashion Future - “Classic Style, Timeless Fashion”, an internationally-acclaimed and highly syndicated style website that triumphs vintage fashion and timeless trends.
Emma’s writing covers a range of topics, from fashion and beauty to culture and celebrity interviews; her feature articles have appeared in print and online publications such as FOAM Magazine, Coco Eco Magazine, SIX Magazine, and Hearst’s TheDailyGreen.com. Emma previously worked as a fashion writer at Discovery Communications’ TreeHugger.com and PlanetGreen.com, where she authored more than 1,000 articles published to the web.
Known for her elegant and vintage-inspired style, Emma’s been dubbed the “Jackie O of sustainable fashion” and the “master of vintage shopping” by the media.
Her style expertise has been featured across notable web and print publications, from Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) to Marie Claire (South Africa), and her syndicated multimedia content has appeared in numerous media outlets, including MSN, The Huffington Post, Trend Hunter, Yahoo, AOL, Stylist, Forbes.com, Daily Candy, and Current TV.
The team at Thrift Store Runway is at it again… we are pleased to announce that the judge(s) for the August cycle will be… US! The staff here at Thrift Store Runway will choose this month’s winners. We are very excited!
Just a reminder that the Labor Day holiday is Monday. Our offices will be closed. Please be patient with us if you do not see your August entry posted right away. Rest assured, all entries submitted before the August deadline (assuming they meet the requirements) will be included in the August cycle.
If you are hitting the stores this weekend, happy hunting!
Rachel Trampel graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism in 2010 and now works as a marketing copywriter full time at an engineering firm in Minneapolis. Rachel is the founder and voice behind Rachel’s Lookbook, a personal style blog sharing thoughts, ideas and concepts of fashion, style and professional work wear. Rachel is passionate about thrifting and likes to share her thrifting finds and tips on her blog.
Welcome to Thrift Store Runway Rachel! We’re thrilled to have you as our judge this month. Have fun with your picks!
We are very honored to have the incredibly stylish Mr. Grant Harris, of Image Granted, as our judge for the lovely month of June.
Mr. Harris is the founder of Image Granted, LLC, a Washington, DC based image consulting company dedicated to solving the complex image, style, and fashion issues of today’s professional man. Image Granted helps individual and corporate clients attract, attain, and retain their best image through value-based products and services. Your image…Granted!
Mr. Harris is respected by industry authorities as the definitive source for men’s style and fashion in DC and is an integral part of the fashion community both in the US and overseas. Image Granted has been featured in several international publications such as the Wall Street Journal, TIME magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, CNN, AOL, Men’s Health and others. Mr. Harris is also a regular contributor to several men’s lifestyle resources. Check out Image Granted on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.
Mr. Harris has spoken at and hosted a number of high profile events, such as J. Crew Men’s Style & Substance 2010, the National Black MBA Association Annual Conference 2012, and the Microsoft Men’s Grooming Event 2011. Additionally, Mr. Harris is a contributor for Men’s Flair, and a style editor for Primer Magazine and The Black Man Can.
Fun news this month: we have a tag team judging duo on deck to make the picks this month. Please join me in welcoming the team behind Electrogent:
Electrogent is the soon-to-be husband and wife team of Andrew and Maria. The tandem writes articles for their male interest, grooming, and lifestyle website. Andrew is also the grooming correspondent for men’s style website, Dappered, where he regularly gives introductory grooming articles for guys on a budget. Maria, through her love of giving unsolicited advice, often gives guys girl advice through her article series, “The Better Half.”
Andrew and Maria reside in Texas, where they are antiquing enthusiasts with a passion for items that are both fun and creepy at the same time. Their home looks like Sherlock Holmes and Jules Verne just had a dinner party, and they like it that way.
Andrew holds a (tied) world record for fastest time to start and stop a stopwatch, and Maria saw Chuck Close at an art gallery once, but was too scared to say hi.
Welcome aboard Andrew and Maria! We can’t wait to see your selections!
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