One day, a conversation between a couple of local bloggers errupted on Twitter about how awesome it would be to do a city-wide clothing swap in Portland. As it turned out, another couple of local bloggers had already scheduled a date to sit down and talk about that very same thing. Once those worlds collided, it only seemed fair that everyone would get to play. We had our first official meeting that week, and now look at us.
If you want to know more about the criminal masterminds behind our very first (but hopefully soon to be reoccurring) Portland clothing swap, or maybe want to send us some harassing emails about how we stole your idea, here are the goods:
Ashley Jordan runs the blog Sweet William, a fashion diary documenting her challenge of wearing a different outfit everyday while trying to not buy anything new. It is all about being creative, fashion-forward, while on a very small budget.
Laura Duplissis of Sweeter Salt is a Portland-based food and fashion blogger who chronicles healthy recipes and approachable fashion. Sweeter salt is a metaphor for the good things in life, sprinkled over everything in moderation.
Laura Serino is co-founder of Fore Front Fashion – Portland’s very own street style blog. She and photographer Nate Philbrick first got the idea for the blog after moving here from the midcoast (she by way of NYC) and quickly realized that Mainers really do have style. Lots of it.
Kate Sullivan Jones pretty much looks like a rock star all the time, and writes about it sometimes on her blog Sweet Disorder. She also makes smart and beautiful jewelry out of vintage bits that she sells on Etsy.
Alexandra Munier is kind of all over the place. She mostly writes for her aptly titled blog about having no money in our fine state, Broke207. But sometimes she writes about being bloated on her diet blog Being Bess Marvin, or travel at Part Time Vagabond, or budget fashion at the Goodwill of Northern New England Blog, or local coupons and deals at Coupon Evolution. Usually she looks like a hobo, and is constantly awed by the incredible style of her swap compatriots.
One of the very first things that we talked about at our meeting is that we wanted our swap to benefit a local charity (aren’t we all just Miss American contestants?), and have been extremely lucky to have hooked up with Goodwill of Northern New England. Not only are the leftover goods headed back their way, but all profits from ticket sales are as well. We especially want to thank honorary swap team member Michelle Smith, the very amazing GWNNE Communications Manager (and all around sassy and stylish lass), for all her help and support. Without their involvement, this swap would probably still be slowly percolating over cocktails and cheez balls at the Armory.
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