Plus Size by Fashion Bug – Blue/Black Sleeveless – Size 2X

Plus Size Fashion

Plus Size Dressing Fun

Who says plus size has to be boring? With brilliant colors and patterns, you can dress with style and pizazz!

This lovely sleeveless top has an eye-catching geometric print.  The perfect addition to your favorite jacket or sweater. The black detailing at the neckline draws the eye upward. Generous sleeve opening for comfort. Easy wear, easy care.

COLOR: Black / Ocean / Teal / Aegean (See color chart.)

FABRIC: Unknown

CARE:  Machine wash. Gentle cycle. Tumble dry on low.

MANUFACTURED IN: Philippines

MEASUREMENTS

  • Chest: 54″
  • Shoulder: 17″
  • Waist:  48″
  • Hip:  56″
  • Length (From back neckline.): 29″
  • Sleeve Length: Sleeveless
  • Sleeve Width (opening at hem): 26″

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Christmas Shopping Getting Too Expensive? Try Thriftmas Shopping.

Christmas Shopping Magic

Christmas Shopping Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank

I was doing some research online as I strive to be the master of my own web presence. Sometimes I run across something that just jumps out at me. This morning I encountered the term “thriftmas”. Genius!

Moving on past the fact that this is a prime example of the commercialization of Christmas — well that boat sailed long ago — the word had a powerful impact on me as the owner of a resale boutique.

Christmas Shopping Magic

What if Christmas shopping could be less stressful?  What if you could buy beautiful gifts and still have money left to treat your family to a memorable event during the holidays?

You can! Thriftmas shopping is the answer. Give the gift of fashion that your friends and family will truly appreciate. They’ll think you spent a fortune, unless you come clean and tell them where they can go to find more beautiful clothing at a price they can afford too. In other words, share the love.

Shop with confidence. reFresh Boutique is accepting returns for store credit through January 6, 2017. (Receipt required.) And gift certificates are always a treat.

 

What Color Was That? — Color Names and Their Subtle Nuances

Color Names Reds

You may have realized at this point that I am starting an online store. Hang in there. I figure at this rate I’ll have 50 items by year’s end. Just kidding. As I continue to work, I am discovering ways to make the process faster and easier. There is one aspect that was a hurdle for me — until this morning.

Color Names

Computer monitors are different, and matching colors perfectly between the real item and the photographed version is tricky at best. I rely heavily on the name of the color, but until now have been limited to such colorful (no pun intended) descriptions as light, medium and dark. I’m a writer, right? I should be able to do better.

My mornings generally start with of marketing research and studying every aspect of running reFresh Boutique. This morning found me doing the happy dance when, while searching for something altogether different, I stumbled across a wonderfully executed image of color blocks with color names. Thank you, True Blue, Me & You: DIY’s for Creatives.

So when you’re looking for the perfect word to describe a color give these a try.

Color Names WhitesColor Names YellowsColor Names RedsColor Names BluesColor Names Greens/BrownsColor Names Greys / Blacks

Belldini – Turquoise Short Sleeve Sweater

Short Sleeve Sweater by belldini

Belldini – Turquoise Short Sleeve Sweater with Beaded Zipper – Size Small – Like New

Short sleeve sweater with a ribbed detail that extends from hem to waist. The color is a medium turquoise. The most intriguing feature is the beaded zipper. Yes! The beads on the front are actually the zipper.

Short Sleeve Sweater by belldini


MEASUREMENTS

Chest: 32″

Shoulder: 14 1/2″

Waist:  30″

Hip:  30″ (Ribbed and stretches. But over stretching will adversely affect the look.

Length (From back neckline.): 22″

Sleeve Length:  N/A  Short


Note:  Colors. Monitors vary widely, so there may be some variation in color. The color is best noted in the description. 

Price Comparison: Based upon a percentage of original retail.

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Made in Italy – Cream Eyelet and Lace Blouse – Size Small – Gently Used

Cotton eyelet blouse, made in Italy

Made in Italy

Just the thought conjures up visions of sleek sports cars, shoes custom designed to fit very pointy feet, and elegant clothing.

This lovely blouse was purchased by a mother for her daughter while on a trip to Italy. She scoured the boutiques until she found just what she wanted with the “made in Italy” tag. The delicate cream color makes it suitable for all seasons and is ideal alone or under a jacket or sweater.

Cotton eyelet blouse, made in Italy

Features cap sleeves with delicate lace trim on sleeves and hem.

FABRIC: Although not labeled, I suspect it is cotton.

CARE:  Hand wash separately in cold water. Lay flat to dry. Do not twist or ring.

MANUFACTURED IN: Italy

MEASUREMENTS

Chest: 36″

Shoulder: 16″

Waist:  30″

Hip:  36″

Length (From back neckline.): 23″

Sleeve Length: Cap Sleeves

Note:  Colors. Monitors vary widely, so there may be some variation in color. The color is best noted in the description. 

Price comparison is based upon a percentage of the new, retail price.

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Nearly 100 New Women’s Clothing Items Added in the Past Two Days

Women's Clothing with Style

Women’s Clothing in Sizes Most of us Wear

We recently received a gorgeous collection in sizes 14 – 1X that includes party/evening dresses as well as casual tops, skirts, jackets and pants. These gowns above are just an sample.

It’s always fun to get in a supply of beautiful women’s clothing at reFresh Boutique. The flurry to sort, clean, steam and price is a Zen process for me. I am a tactile person and embrace colors and their effect upon us — blue and greens and the calmness they imbue, reds and oranges for their warmth and energy. You’ll find a wide array of colors and styles in a range of sizes from 0 – 3X.

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BCBG MaxAzria Navy & Fuschia Wrap Dress – Size Small – Like New

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Wrap yourself up in silky elegance with this geometric patterned wrap dress by BCBG MaxAzria. Knee length and long sleeves give you the coverage you want. Contrast in navy blue at shoulder and hem. Slight gathering at the point where the wrap ties. Easy to wear and easy to care for.

FABRIC:  93% Polyester, 7% Spandex

CARE: Machine wash, cold, gentle cycle. Hang to dry. Cool iron if needed or stam.

MANUFACTURED IN: China

MEASUREMENTS

Chest: 34″

Shoulder: 16″

Waist: 32″

Hips: 38″

Length (From back neckline.): 41″

Sleeve Length: 21″

Note: Measurements are exact and do not account for ease. For example: if a jacket has a chest measurement of 40″, your chest measurement should be around 38″ to allow for proper fit and ease of movement. Length measurements, such as sleeve length and length of garment do not require adjustments for ease.

Note:  Colors. Monitors vary widely, so there may be some variation in color. The color is best noted in the description. 

Quality: All reFresh Boutique products are carefully curated for quality and condition. However, used clothing is not new clothing. We classify the clothing three different ways.

  • Like New/With Tags:  Tags remain on the clothing and to our knowledge have not been worn.
  • Like New:  Tags are not present, but the garment appears to be in excellent condition with no visible signs of wear.
  • Gently Used: Garment is in very good condition: stain free, hole-free, buttons and zippers in working order. With proper care, the garment has a long useful life ahead of it.

Price Comparison: Based upon a percentage of original retail.

BCBG MaxAzria Gold Cocktail Dress – Size 6 – Gently Used

Cocktail Dress by BCBG MaxAzria

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Perfectly golden. Perfectly you. BCBG MaxAzria is quality and style you can count on. The dress is shot through with golden metallic threads that lend it that festive quality you want for special occasions.

Petite Sophisticate Black Jeweled Cocktail Dress – Size 0 – Gently Used

Cocktail Dress

Petite Sophisticate Black Jeweled Cocktail Dress

Knee length, sleeveless with a v-neckline, studded with beads. Beading also on the back neckline. The nipped-in waistline accentuates a woman’s figure. The quintessential little black dress.


Chest: 32″

Shoulder: 13″

Waist: 28″

Hips: 34″

Length (From back neckline.): 34″

Sleeve Length: N/A”

Note: Measurements are exact and do not account for ease. For example: if a jacket has a chest measurement of 40″, your chest measurement should be around 38″ to allow for proper fit and ease of movement. Length measurements, such as sleeve length and length of garment do not require adjustments for ease.


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Dry Cleaning Costs Set Your Teeth on Edge? Tips from the Girlfriend Corner

Tips That Save You Money and Time

Tips you can use.
Let’s face it. Some things are just meant to be dry cleaned.

Everyday I see people cringe with regret when they see that dreaded Dry Clean Only label. They sigh and put the desired item back on the rack. These are tips I use time at reFresh.

Dry cleaning is an expensive and inconvenient necessity, it’s true. But, it isn’t necessary every time.

I make use of two different products here at the boutique Dryel and Woolite Dryer Sheets. The Dryel Starter Kit  is about $10 at Walmart.com and includes the dryer bag, four cleaning cloths and one booster spray.

I think the steaming bag is a critical part of the process, but I favor the scent of the WooliteSo, I start with the Dryel Kit then switch to using the Dryel booster spray and bag with the Woolite Dryer Sheets

 

 

 

 

Tips to Protect Your Dry Cleanable Clothing

  • Act Fast – Don’t let stains and spills sit. Take care of them as soon as possible. Test your fabric in a hidden area to see if it is color safe. You’ll know it is safe when no color comes off on a clean, damp, white cloth. If your fabric is color safe, clean up any spills with a damp cloth before putting the garment away to be cleaned.
  • Deodorant – Deodorant is a big problem with dry cleanables and many fabrics. Avoid white stick deodorants on your evening dresses as they will leave a white, waxy film that is nearly impossible to remove without professional dry cleaning. I’ve found that Secret spray deodorant does a great job for controlling wetness, which of itself can stain your gowns. It is clear and won’t mark your clothing. Be aware that some spray deodorants will discolor your clothing over time, leaving an unpleasant yellow stain that renders them unsaleable. So, if you notice that yellow staining on your clothing, look to a change of deodorant. I’ve had some success in removing white deodorant stains with a wet cloth and gentle rubbing prior to dry cleaning in the dryer.

Have tips you’d like to share? Just email me at shoprefresh@gmail.com.

Featured Image Photography:  http://www.deviantart.com/art/wet-cat-84066216