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Fashion week is officially over but I still have so many photos to post! One of my favorite events of the week was a Style Swap hosted by the lovely Tricia Cromwell of Trust in Tricia, an independent wardrobe consulting agency.
After years of helping clients find their own personal style, Tricia realized she had an opportunity. "It seemed so wasteful because one of my clients would toss items from her closet that I knew other clients of mine would love, so I started thinking of ways to bring these women and their respective styles together. Anything these ladies didn't swap with each other at the end of the night could then be donated to charity."
And that's exactly what she's done. In addition to her wardrobe consulting business, Tricia now offers "girls night in" Style Swap parties where guests will bring gently used clothing from their own closets to swap with friends. For the Style Swap she hosted at Julep Bar during Fashion Week, Tricia partnered with local non-profit Project Hope, an organization devoted to moving women and their families out of homelessness and into financial independence. I had the pleasure of talking to a few of the wonderful women who represent Project Hope and I know that they are always looking for volunteers who are eager to get involved - so if you would like to learn more please visit their website or email me!
In addition to getting some great swag (including the shoes above and an adorable top with cut-out shoulders), I also met Emily Worden, the owner of custom-designed bag company eThreads. Bags from eThreads are made with eco-friendly and re-purposed fabrics, and you can even send Emily old clothes or fabrics you no longer wear and she will turn them into a one-of-a-kind handbag for you or a friend! The bags are adorable and come in a variety of sizes and styles; I bought two clutches at the Style Swap from her pre-made Traveler's Collection that are perfect for a weekend make-up bag or to store jewelry! To learn more about Emily and her company, visit her website here.