Special Features: Brooke Hagel Fashion Illustrator

Fashion illustrator, Brooke Hagel recently spotlighted some of her work for us on her blog Fabulous Doodles. We truly loved working with Brooke for the past few weeks, where she provided us with custom artwork for our website and interiors.


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Brooke currently resides in New York City, where she graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology. As a fashion design major with an art specialization, Brooke has worked in various related industries as a wardrobe stylist for television and theatre, an art director, and product design specialist.

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Recognizing her passion for fashion and drawing, Brooke opened an online boutique, Brooklit, on Etsy a few years ago where she started selling some of her artwork.  She offers various customizable cards, bookmarks, magnets, pocket mirrors, and much more!

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Keep up with Brooke’s illustrations by following her on Twitter @Brooklit.

Press: Juli B Style Award

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We are proud to announce our 2nd place win for the Juli B. Style Award in the Shopping Services category.  The contest, sponsored by Juli B., was decided by online voters last fall.  Juli B. is  an online city-based magazine by Modern Luxury Media.  Click here to view the 2010 Juli B. Style Award winners.

Thank you to everyone who voted for us! Although we didn't snag 1st place, we are happy with our runner-up position.

Please feel free to stop by and visit our new website shopedropoff.com or our brand new location at 2117 North Halsted Street!

Press: Eco-Friendly Event “Dwell on Design”

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Second City Style reported on eDrop-Off founder Corri McFadden's participation in the eco-event Dwell on Design, California's largest design event. Corri will be the sole provider of clothing, shoes and accessories for eBay's collaboration with ecofabulous.com and founder Zem Joaquin's styling of her featured show house.  The event will be held this weekend, June 25-27th, in Los Angeles at the LA Convention Center.

Stylish Tips: Closet Cleaning

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Cut out the closet clutter!  Don't put off organizing your closet until the next spring cleaning; there are many ways to help you get organized now, rather than letting the mess accumulate to worry about later.  We've broken the process down into three steps to help you get started.

1. Go through your wardrobe frequently. Knowing what's already in your closet will make it easier for you to get dressed and shop more effectively.  You will be able to get rid of things you do not want instead of letting it sit there, making a larger mess you'll have to tackle later.

2. Be conscious of what you're buying and ultimately stuffing into your closet. By not buying things you don't need, you'll save money and avoid finding items in the back of your closet six months later with tags still attached.

3. If you do not wear something, but still feel attached to it, ask yourself why? If it was a piece you loved and it no longer fits, get it tailored! If you paid a high price for it, consider consigning it. Consignment is a great option for selling clothes because it will help determine the value of your merchandise, and make you some money to make purchases in the future. 

Let the experts at eDrop-Off consign your designer items through our eBay boutique.  We reach a worldwide audience to help find the highest paying buyer for your items.  All you have to do is drop off the items into or store, or schedule a free nationwide pickup service; then just wait for your check!

On Sale Now: Hermes Constance Bag

The Hermes Constance hand bag is spotlighted in the June/July Issue of Harper’s Bazaar, properly titled The Return of the Lady.  The classic square-shaped hand bag, with signature H clasp and versitile strap, was released in 1969 and famously worn by Jackie O. 

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eDrop-Off has a fabulous Brown Crocodile Hermes Constance Bag on sale now in the eBay boutique.  Hurry though, because the auction closes at 4 PM on June 11.


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In that same issue of Harper's Bazaar, we also loved the It Bags Updated article regarding the modernization of some of fashion's best selling hand bags.  Starting off with the famous Hermes 'Kelly' bag, seen carried by both Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, will be debuting the 'Kelly Relax' a slouchier version of the classic structured bag.


The article wraps up with our second favorite handbag revision, the 10th anniversary edition of the Balenciaga carryall.  The new bag will be released with a cowhide and animal print variation.

 
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Events: I Do Chicago Ties The Knot

When you think of a bridal gowns, do brown, blue, green, red, and black come to mind? Well, these colors were all used in designing bridal gowns prior the nineteenth century. That being said, over time, wedding traditions have undergone a metamorphic transformation into what we know them as today.

Wedding celebrations are planned with history and tradition in mind, and the new “I Do! Chicago Ties the Knot” costume exhibit at the Chicago History Museum explores the fashion behind them. Using 150 years of historical bridal gowns, the exhibit showcases how Chicago retailers had a hand in shaping the wedding industry into what we know today.

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Corri and Nicole were invited to a private viewing of the exhibit as well as a sophisticated bridal inspired luncheon. The luncheon was decorated to emulate a fabulous wedding reception; incorporating Christian Lacroix designed water bottles, elaborate table centerpieces, and food which tasted as wonderfully as it was displayed.


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“I Do” showcases forty-five dresses, accessories, corsets, men’s attire, and—after June 24—the winning dress of the FashioNext. Some of our favorite pieces from the exhibit included this 1950s orange taffeta dress by Arnold Isaacs (below center) who has also dressed several first ladies.

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Also pictured above, is a contemporary gown from 2003 designed by Cat Chow which is made entirely out of one long zipper (left); and 2 dresses from the 1920s designed by a downtown Chicago couture salon.  They are made of silk, satin, chiffon, and hundreds of glass beads carfully placed together.

Special Features: Jimmy Choo Trainers

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The famous high heel shoe brand, Jimmy Choo, is releasing a capsule collection of luxurious high and low-top sneakers in their Trainers Collection. As quoted, “even sparkling starlets need to take a breather from their stilettos every once in a while” but never compromise style. These exquisitely designed sneakers incorporate suede, exotic snakeskin, and gold hardware; which fit perfectly with the Jimmy Choo style.

Jimmy Choo Trainers are ideal from running errands around town, or for stylishly laid-back weekends.  Pair these sneakers with denim, shorts, leggings, and other work-out wear; grab your favorite zipper hoodie and get going!

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[A selection of high and low-top sneakers from Jimmy Choo Trainers, starting at $465, available Fall 2010]

On Sale Now: Eugenia Kim for Target Hats

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eDrop Off currently has 2 Eugenia Kim for Target hats on sale right now.  One is black with black jeweled trim around the crown and the other is tan with woven black detail. It features royal blue grosgrain trim at the crown with a green parrot accent and black grosgrain trim around the brim.  They have never been worn and still have their tags attached.  These items com in a set of two (2), with a starting price of $18.99!

Click here to read more about Eugenia Kim and her capsule collection, Eugenia Kim for Target.

View the Eugenia Kim for Target hats on sale now in our eBay store.  This auction will close on Monday, May 24 at 1 pm CT.

Events: Tails in the City

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Last week eDrop-off Owner Corri McFadden attended the 6th Annual Tails in the City Anniversary Party, where they launched a Doggie Model Search Contest.  The winner gets a chance to appear in a national ad campaign for Scooter's Friends, a feature on Tails in the City, an exclusive poster, one night stay at Affinia Chicago for dog and owner, a Tails in the City gift certificate, a Bobbi Panter Gift Basket, and a Stella & Chewy's gift basket. 

Corri's very own Harley had his photo taken for the contest!  Vote for Harley to win on the Tails in the City blog.  Anyone can vote, but the poll ends Friday, May 21, 2010.

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[Vote for Harley #23]

Stylish Tips: Eco Friendly Products

The benefit to buying and selling your designer items through eBay is that it reduces your ecological footprint.  It also doesn’t require any additional factory production and there is dramatically less paper use involved with online purchasing.  Recycling has never been so stylish!  Here are some additional ways to be eco-friendly in 2010 and reduce your personal ecological footprint.

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Re-useable Shopping Bags

Each year retailers spend over 4 billion dollars on single use bags, which is considered a packaging expense and later gets filtered down to consumers.  In addition to that, plastic bags add 8 billion pounds to our landfills each year.  Try using one of these stylish re-useable bags from Envirosax; They hold hold up to 44 lbs and they come in a variety of designs.  The best part is that you can roll them up to fit in almost any sized hand bag.

CFL bulbs

CLF blubs are a bit more costly than traditional light bulbs, but they last up to nine times as long. In fact, if every U.S. family replaced one regular light bulb with a CFL, it would eliminate 90 billion pounds of greenhouse gases. That’s the same as taking 7.5 million cars off the road. CFL bulbs fit into all the same sockets as incandescent bulbs, meaning you can put them in your walk-in closet or that swanky new lamp you just bought.

Wash Clothes in Cold Water

Washing clothes in cold water saves $3 billion in energy costs annually. In addition to that, it’s great for your clothes! It helps maintain their shape and color longer. If you have some tough stains you’re trying to get out, try buying a cold water detergent that activates in the icy water.

Use Natural Cleaning products

Non-natural cleaning products are bad for you and the environment. They contain harmful chemicals which are harmful to breathe in and do not get filtered from landfills; which end up creating toxic waste. Brands like Seventh Generation even make laundry detergent which is free of dyes and perfumes, which is gentler on your clothing.

Un-plug Electronics

Before you leave the house, unplug your cell phone changer, hair straighter, and any other electronics which are not being used. Even though they are off, they continuously drain electricity when they are plugged in. Instead of lighting an entire room, only focus the light where you need it. This will not only save energy, but also create a more relaxed ambience.