Shopping Feature – Second Glance



I lived in Corvallis Oregon for a year while my husband finished his graduate degree.  With in the first couple days of moving there I started passing out resumes – I was bored out of my mind.  When I walked into Second Glance the sales associate was extremely friendly and promised she would pass my resume along.  Sure enough later that day Nancy called me and asked me to come in for an interview.  I was hired on the spot and started that weekend.  I enjoyed working for Second Glance but I loved the shopping even more!

A Brief History

Nancy has done a phenomenal job and has created her own empire in Corvallis consisting of three consignment shops – The Main Shop, The Annex and The Alley.  She opened Second Glance’s Main Shop over 30 years ago.  The Main Shop is 1600 square feet with a large shopping area and beautiful front window displays.  This shop caters to all women and carries everything from fabulous shoes and hand bags to premium denim and the perfect necklace to complete an outfit.  The Annex has been open for just over five years and is geared toward teens and college students.  Here you can find that fabulous Betsey Johnson dress for prom, the perfect accessory for a night out or a great pair of Hudson premium denim jeans.  The final location opened two years ago, The Alley.  I spent a great deal of time at this location outfitting my husband.  Nancy know exactly what gentlemen in Corvallis need – game day wear, casual wear, a nice slick suit and above all else beer to take the edge off of shopping.  That’s right, you can enjoy a beer, watch the game (or Saturday morning cartoons) while you update your wardrobe.  All of these locations offer styling assistance and just recently they hired an in house tailor – how convenient is that?

“She announced that she was going to create her own business.
She was going to ‘play in a big closet everyday.’
But it wasn’t going to be thrifty. It was going to be classic, savvy, and chic.
Her revolving closet would be fashionable and sustainable.”

– excerpt from The Second Glance Story

The Main Shop

The main shop is laid out with an open floor plan, one large room and three fitting rooms.  This is the largest of the three shops.  It carries sizes that range from extra small up through extra large.  They accept clothing that is in excellent condition and there is no appointment necessary to consign items.  All of the shops are open seven days a week making it convent for all schedules – how awesome is that?!  A few of the best selling designers and brand at The Main Shop include : Eilen Fisher, Tory Burch, Boden, Not Your Daughters Jeans, Kate Spade and Caslon.  You are always greeted with a smile (sometimes even champagne).   The employees at the shop are very knowledgable and up to date with fashion trends.

The Annex

The best part of Second Glance – it is a family business & the manager of The Annex is Nancy’s daughter Jessica.  The Annex is a smaller floor plan but has the perfect amount of room for their inventory.  The first section when you walk in you find a rack of new arrivals, seasonal items and a wall of shoes – does it get much better than that?!.  As you make your way through the shop you find a large rack of very well priced premium denim, the sale area, and off to the side a rack of gorgeous prom gowns.  Turn the corner and you are in the fitting room area.  Four fitting rooms with the perfect amount of lighting and seating for those joining the shoppers.  A few of the must have brands are : Sever for All Mankind, Betsey Johnson, BCBG, Coach and True Religion.

The Alley

The Alley has a very different floor plan from the other two shops.  It consist of multiple rooms all housing different fashion selections.  When you first walk in you are greeted by a large bison head – Shamus.  Off to the right you find a large screen television, leather chairs, a rack of shoes, button-downs and seasonal items.  In the main area there are racks of jeans & slacks and best of all italian style new (not consigned) beautiful suits from the Prive line.  Walk towards the back of the shop and you find two spacious fitting rooms and sports coats.  The decor of this shop is undeniably masculine – a mix of a hunting lodge and sports bar, the perfect place to hang out and update your wardrobe.  Oh, and did I mention – Macklemore stopped in and approves.

401886_385317118181720_867176534_n-1But shit, it was ninety-nine cents!


(and yes they do ship)


Since my opinion may be slightly biased I included a few customer reviews of the shop.

“This place is absolutely glorious! This is the real deal consignment store. You can tell that the owner and employees go through each of the pieces of clothing dutifully before they decide what to sell.”    – Stephanie K.

 “I’ve been a loyal customer of Nancy’s for years and have watched her business grow from one to two shops.  Just this evening I bought a cute white jacket.  Let’s face it – in this economy every penny counts and at Second Glance you can look good and save $ at the same time (my husband likes that).”  – Kathleen H.

“I’ve gone in feeling tired and dumpy but Nancy doesn’t let you stay that way for long. Her enthusiasm and VERVE are infectious and I always leave with more than I came in to get”. – Cynthia S.

Tutorial : Epic Eyebrows

Epic Eyebrows

I love strong eyebrows.  They are the mantelpiece of the face.

My eyebrows are part of my personality.  When I have a conversation half of speaking is done with my mouth, the other half is done with my brows.  If you have never noticed that watch next time, I hear it’s quite entertaining!  This is why I make sure to always pay attention to my brows when doing my make up.  This tutorial will help you achieve a strong thick brow look.

There are a couple of things you will need, all listed at the top of the image.  All of these items can be purchased at Target – the brand ELF makes cheap brushes that get the job done.  As far as eyebrow maintenance I suggest threading.  I waxed for years, my mother is a fabulous esthetician.  She waxed my brows since I was in middle school and when I moved away from home I was forced to put the fate of my brows into stranger’s hands.  I found that threading gives me more of a defined shape and keeps my brows thicker – I LOVE thick brows.  Also, it’s said that waxing takes elasticity out of your skin because of the pulling.  With threading this is not an issue.

Still need some inspiration?

Do some research – look online at different brow shapes and see what shape works best with your face.  I have a very arched brow, you may have straighter brow, or brows that turn upwards.  Whatever your brow shape, work it!  If you have questions feel free to contact me.   I’ll try my best to help you figure out your shape and how to define that brow!

PS.  Please pardon my curlers, they are part of the morning routine. 🙂

Birthday Girl!

Birthday Girl!

Today I turn 24

This past year has been incredible. I moved from Oregon (missing you west coasters!) back to the east coast to the lovely town of Alexandria, VA.  I started a new job, my photography & graphic design picked up and best of all I started this blog!

 Today I pulled out my favorite dress, my special occasion only dress. (Can you say over the top?! – Loving it!)  I feel like a princess cupcake in it!  I accessorized with simple pearl jewelry and a gold polish keeping it neutral & easy to change outfits from day to night.  I love the headband and choose to wear it down on my forehead giving me a vintage Gatsby look.   Here’s to an exciting new year!  Keep an eye out for a new fun post coming up later this week! 

Fashion Feature – Allison

Fashion Feature - Allison

Fashion Feature Allison

I met Allison last year when I moved to Oregon – It was friendship at first site.  I’ve seen her mix a masculine tuxedo jumper with platform heels and chunky sweaters with mini skirts.  Her personality is as diverse as the clothing she wears.  She is open minded, loyal, intelligent and has an amazing sense of humor.  Keep it up Miss Allison, you are an inspiration!

Crimson Valentine

Crimson Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day!

This is my inner Joan outfit (from mad men).  I do not usually wear fitted clothing on my lower half, however it is Valentine’s Day so why not!  I go over the top with this outfit – Red polish, bow, lipstick and of course those lovely peep toes!  I add a belt to make it a bit more casual and emphasize my waist.  I work all day and this outfit is perfect – classy, professional yet just a touch of sexy – Oh lala! 

My plan on spending the evening with my incredible husband and perfect pup.  We are cooking a fun dinner together and watching the next season of House of Cards (we are going into full binge mode.)  How ever you choose to spend your evening I hope it’s a fabulous one.