Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Stylist event -April 2015

Stylist event is here!  This Sunday, April 19th 2-4pm. $10 swap fee with complimentary wine and limitless cute items!

We pulled some items that are our Stylist Picks.  Enjoy!

White dress pant in cotton
Silk dress top
Cotton white halter maxi
Wedding season calls for a little grey dress
White cotton summer frock
Taupe bustier 
Cream shell top with tear drop pearls
Cream crochet detail tank top
Linen wide leg dress trouser
Chiffon dress top in taupe

And now to put it all together in real live, neutral outfits:

Casual outfit - cotton dress with safari coat and sandals
Night out - white trouser with bustier and blazer
Office - linen trouser with crochet top, cardigan, and flats

Monday, April 13, 2015

Meet Carissa!

Carissa came to us almost a year ago as a volunteer model for our Johnson Street dance.  She asked if she could start volunteering and hit the ground running!  Carissa is one of our hardest workers and takes so much pride in her work as well as picking out new, amazing duds for her own closet as well as customers.  There isn't enough I can say about her and what she brings to UpShift!  I also love how straight forward she is with her answers to our interview:

Full Name: Carissa B Beaverson:

Reason for working at UpShift:  It’s the multiple friendships and wonderful experiences, I have gained through volunteering at UpShift.

My favorite thing about UpShift: The fact the every item in the store is recycled from the mannequins to the garbage cans.

Favorite item: Currently a pair of Sandals.

Personal Style: I have a jeans and tee- shirt type of style. I’m transitioning to a more feminine style. I'm trying more dresses, bright colors and skirts.  

Style Icon: My family members throughout the years.

Favorite band: My favorite band is Incubus.

My favorite drink: A good strawberry lemonade.

My ideal vacation: Morro Bay/ Pismo beach in California.

Fashion advice: Don’t let society tell you what to wear.  If you want to show skin do it. If you want to cover yourself from head to toe. Do it!!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

7 easy shorts outfits

We're pulling out all our shorts that are stored in back stock!  In this short video I show you how to put together 7 different outfits based around different length and styles and shorts.  Enjoy!

Video not your thing?  Scroll down and see some great pics!

High waist - wear with tucked in tank and crop top

White - wear with washed out monochromatic tones

Linen - wear wrinkled with a boho type outfit

Dressy - longer are great for the office with chiffon and pumps

Railroad stripes - wear with crisp white

Casual cutoffs - wear with boxy tee shirt and boyfriend sweater

Plaid - add lots of color and a denim shirt

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

How To: Pattern Mixing

We get asked style advice daily, but the one that gets asked the most is, "how do I best mix prints and patterns"?

Simple answer:  anything goes as long as you take risk and most importantly the colors meld together.  Seems easy, right?  Well, not everyone understands the art of mixing patterns.

This short video will make it clear through seven different outfits that mix all prints and patterns.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Amazing New Event!

We have an all day amazing event coming up Sunday, April 12th from 12-6pm!  We will be pulling out all our shorts from back stock.  There is literally hundreds of new shorts to choose from and we'll be having a $5 off swap fee!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Friday, April 3, 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Spring Clean Out

It was the perfect morning to clean out my closet (rainy and gloomy).  I always have a rotating basket for the boutique....stuff that I love, but will not add to my closet until I absolutely discard old items, making room for all the new stuff (hanger for a hanger).

Below is the progression of my clean out along with my favorite new items!  Video at the end of full swap.

Basket of new items from UpShift

New items ready for hanging

Below are my favorite new items!

Awesome video: watch it.

2 for 1 Preview

It's our 2fer today, Thursday April 2nd.  Bring a friend and she swaps for FREE!  I pulled key trends that are available at our event today 12-8pm.

Video not your thing?  Scroll down for trend pics:

Monday, March 30, 2015

Meet Chelsea!

This gal is amazing!  She started out as our #1 customer back in the "basement" days and would show up to swap with her mom along with her bubbly personality. Once we moved to our new location she offered to volunteer to help us out (our first ever volunteer, which lead to our amazing volunteer program). Chelsea became part-time staff a year ago this March and continues to be the hard-working, bubbly gal we love (as do our customers)!

Full Name: Chelsea Freeman
Reason for working at UpShift: I love clothes and having a variety of options in my closet.  Working at UpShift allows me to fuel my passion for clothes while being cost effective.

Favorite thing about UpShift: Unlike most stores UpShift appeals to such a wide customer base because we carry all styles.  I also like how customers and myself can try different styles "risk free" with almost no cost.  UpShift encourages trying new things in your life and we start the trend with clothes.

Favorite memory at UpShift: The first time I went to UpShift it was during the "basement" days when it was located in Lindsay's basement.  My friend and I were like, "Umm, what is this place" as we approached the house.  Every time I work at the boutique now i look around and see how far it's come.  It's pretty cool to reflect back!

Favorite item from the store: There have been so many!  I love the purses I find, sweater dresses, and sheer shirts!

Personal style: my style reflects my life routine.  I've been known to have 3 outfit changes in one day.  Something really fun I've adopted is a "weekly theme" for my clothes.  Each week I pick a theme such as animal prints, sparkles, rosy posy pink and cozy sweaters, etc. All my work outfits reflect the theme.  My co-workers have enjoyed seeing all the UpShift inspired fashions I come up with.  I mainly dress for occasions and activities.  I can be found in anything from a dress to yoga pants, it truly depends on the adventures of my day.

Style icon: no one:)  I just do my own thing.  I enjoy looking at displays in the stores to get ideas.

Something the UpShift world doesn't know about you:  I hate being rushed.  I'm pretty particular on how I do things in my life, for example I only like soda from the just tastes better.  I also like the apartment clean before leaving for a weekend.  I also love decorating my fireplace mantel for every holiday.

Favorite song or band: Anything country!

Drink of choice: Sweet tea lemonade, both as an Arnold Palmer or hard cider.

Ideal vacation: I dream of going on one of the those all inclusive trips where all my drinks and food is covered, the kind you see advertised on TV.  Do they exist??!!  But in reality anywhere with my boyfriend that has great food and allows us to unplug from our busy lives and phones!

Where else do you work:  I work at a public high school serving students with special needs and a fast food restaurant rocking the drive through window.

Favorite places to hang out in Madison: Downtown, restaurants, The Terrace, shops, garage sales, and in my neighborhood taking walks.

One piece of fashion advice: Have fun with clothes!  Lots of people are afraid of fashion style and clothes for a variety of reasons.  Every day is a chance to play "dress up" and if you don't completely love the look you can do something different the next day.  It's really hard not to get down on ourselves for our appearance and body or circumstances when everywhere we go we're being put down.  UpShift exists to lift our customers up and encourage everyone to embrace their unique style.  It's okay to love clothes, it's okay to want to redo your closet, it's okay to wear something a few times and swap it back.  The awesome part of UpShift is it allows the passion for fashion to be done in a cost and environmentally friendly manner.  Don't be afraid, jump in and find out how fun clothes and swapping can be!

2 for 1 - Next awesome event

First Thursday of each month,
Bring a friend and she shops for FREE!

Thursday, April 2nd 12-8pm

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015

Newest items 3.27

Preview of newest items:

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring Launch 2015

We took everything out of the store this past Sunday and refilled all the hangers with all new inventory for spring!  Literally, we have turned over the entire store to bring you all new items!

Available Friday, March 27th 12-8pm (we've never done a full day event, first time!)
$5 off swap fee
Complimentary wine as always!

Sneak peek: