Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Meet Amy!

We are so excited to introduce Amy, our longtime volunteer that came to us through Madison College!  She works every Wednesday from 6-8pm (come see her!) and she brings a love of fashion!  We always know that the store will look impeccable the next day when we open because she's such a perfectionist at closing down shop.  Anyways, here's Amy Lang...

Full name: Amy Lang
Reason for working/volunteering at UpShift: I'm starting a new career in the fashion industry.  I'm new enough into it that I'm not sure exactly how I'll fit in just yet.

Favorite thing about UpShift: The upbeat atmosphere!  It's great to be in a place surrounded by such positive vibes!

Favorite memory of UpShift: I haven't been working there as long as most of the others, so I'm sure I'll have more to pick from in the future, but I love working the stylist events with all of the fun involved.

Favorite item from UpShift: I don't have a picture of the striped clingy dress and the Aeropostal jacket with zippers I wear with it, but the combo gets me compliments wherever I go!

Your personal style is: Versatile.  I transition from being a fashion diva, to an x-ray instructor, to a mom on the go, to a gym rat sometimes all in one day!

Your style icon is: Betsy Johnson and Gwen Stefani are two of the designers whose styles I like.

Something the UpShift world may not know about you: I like to play the bass guitar. A hobby I started a couple years ago.

Your favorite song or band: Wow! Too many to name! I love '80s music probably the most, but pride myself on having many musical tastes just as I have many fashion tastes.

Drink of choice: Margarita on the rocks, no salt, please!

Ideal vacation or favorite place you've traveled: I loved going to the Washington DC area last summer. I've always wanted to go to New York City though.  I'm a city girl!

Where else do you work or volunteer: I'm an x-ray tech and instructor at U.W. Veterinary Care

Favorite places to hang out in Madison: Princeton Club East and Knuckledown Saloon as well as my second home of St. Paul it is Natural Sound Studio?

If you could share one piece of fashion advice it would be: Be yourself!  The world is big enough and wonderful enough for everyone to each have their own style.  They broke the mold a long time ago. To some people, clothes are just clothes--something they have to wear everyday to keep or to keep from being arrested! LOL!  I feel clothes are an extension of a person's personality and individuality.  To me, they're a tool you can use to help yourself feel and look powerful, sexy, fun, strong, confident, or beautiful--however you want to look at any particular time

Monday, April 27, 2015

Newest Items

Busy weekend, hundreds of new items. Check it out:

Friday, April 24, 2015

Evolution at UpShift

We are lucky to hear from all our customers on their journey toward being the best version of themselves!  It's an evolution that starts with small steps.  This video shows how to best make little tweaks that will lead to big changes.

Take your favorite basic items and make them really pop with little changes!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Newest Items!

We got in hundreds of new items over the weekend!  Check out the best of the best:

Monday, April 20, 2015

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: