May 24, 2015

Vintage Shopping Tip: Secondhand Stink

Gross, but all-too-often a reality: a stinky pit in the new-to-you secondhand top purchased from a favorite thrift store, vintage shop or scored at a clothing swap.

An otherwise amazing shirt I bought recently from a San Francisco consignment shop shocked me the first time I wore it when I noticed, suddenly and without warning, that there was a serious and foreign stench coming from my armpit region. I took the shirt off, stuck my nose in the offending area and almost passed out. At first, I thought I had created this horrific smell. How, I wondered, did I get to this point in life without realizing that I have terrible, awful body odor with a power I suspect could instantaneously strike a man bald, fuel engines and stop birds in mid-flight, all at once?

A few more moments of pondering and gagging, and I was able to see the situation for what it was: I was a victim of secondhand stink. No wonder the previous owner had rid herself of the shirt. It was downright offensive.

Still, a great shirt. But problematically, dry clean only. Not to be deterred, I headed for the cleaners, thinking they would save me from this olfactory hell. No dice. Dry cleaning, as I learned when I picked up the shirt and buried my nose in the armpit only to once again have my nostrils singed with a smell somewhere in the realm of hot chilies and death, may clean and excellently pollute the air, but it does not remove horrific odors.

Next, the Internet. Among the advice I found for removing b.o. from dry clean-only apparel was the semi-helpful (a solution of vinegar and water) and the very unhelpful (try wearing deodorant in the future). But far down in a post on one site I ran across was an unusual suggestion: try pet odor spray. You know, the kind of spray most of us dog owners have on hand to combat the literal shit and vomit storms that inevitably accompany life with (wo)man’s best friend.

After soaking the shirt in Woolite and soaking in vinegar to no avail, I brought out the pet spray. I’d hesitated at first because I was a) unsure of the effects it might have on fussy fabric and b) frankly, just didn’t want the smell I associate with cleaning up dog shit to be on my clothes.

But it worked. It worked like a flower-scented dream. The brand I used: Simple Solution.

And in the end, it was.

Fashion Design Internship in Oakland

The fashion internship opportunities keep rolling in. Here’s a current fashion design internship with an Oakland brand and boutique. Details below. Get in touch with the Brownstone Boutique directly if you’re interested.

Brownstone Boutique is a new Bay Area women’s shopping destination who is looking for a talented fashion design intern to assist us in our store …

This is the perfect opportunity for a current design student who wants to utilize their craft and get more experience working with upcoming fashion brand.

Must be skilled in constructing quality garments and alterations!

Position available immediately.

Please contact us directly for more details:
3843 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619

Feel free to also visit our Facebook page for more info:

Intern for Q the Stylist

Looking for a summer fashion internship? This opportunity from Katie Quinn of Q the Stylist came across my desk this week. If you’re interested, follow up directly using the contact information below.
Q the Stylist
Intern Position Description
Office Duties
  • managing and writing and updating blog posts, Facebook posts, and tweets
  • answer emails
  • schedule clients
  • research designers for potential collaborations and managing initial introductions via email
  • implementing marketing strategies for clients, boutiques, and designers
  • tracking potential clients and collaborations
  • updating website gallery with tear sheets and new editorials (experience with WordPress Platform and/or HTML is preferred)
Duties related to Photo-shoots
  • picking up pulls
  • dropping off pulls
  • exhibiting a professional demeanor when dealing with stores and designers
  • assisting on set with set-up and break-down
  • keeping the set organized and clothes in perfect condition
  • Undergraduate: Must have completed at least 1 year of college
  • 2-3 writing submissions
  • having a phone with email is MUST
  • having a car is a plus
  • must be available 15-40 hours a week
Please send your resume, with 2-3 (2 long or 3 short) writing submissions to  In your cover letter/email, please include your available start date and how many hours you are available on a weekly basis, and answer the following questions (there are no right answers):
1.  Name 5 of your favorite designers.
2.  Pick 1 of the 5 from above and tell me why they are one of your favorite.
3.  Name 5 celebrities or musicians whose style you admire.
4.  Pick 1 of the 5 from above and tell me why they are one of your favorite.

Join Me at Fashion Blogging 101

In just under two weeks, I’ll be leading a Fashion Blogging 101 workshop at San Francisco’s Renaissance Center for Entrepreneurship. If you’re interested in learning more about the many ways fashion blogging may benefit your business, fashion label or just enhance your otherwise stylish existence, please come join me for the evening.

Other than learning about fashion blogging, the workshop will be a chance to network with other local fashion business owners and entrepreneurs.

While much of the workshop will focus on fashion blogging, other topics that will be touched upon include reaching the media, social media and marketing your brand in general – all things that dovetail with fashion blogging.

Hope to see you there!

Designers: L.A. Marketing Opportunity at Gotham House

Local designers looking for an opp to showcase their work on the Hollywood celeb circuit, this came in this week from the folks at Gotham House. Submissions for the Emmy Awards event are due by June 17. Read on for the details and contact information.

Gotham House Begins Search For the Hottest Designers


Invitation only Hollywood showroom opens the floodgates to up and coming designers for selective participation in a two month long event.

Los Angeles, June 1st, 2011 – As Hollywood prepares for another whirlwind award show and fall television season, the Gotham House plans to be the one stop shop for celebrities, stylists, prop masters, trendsetters and press. In the two months prior to the Primetime emmy Awards®, the Gotham House Red Carpet Showroom will serve as an invitation only, high-end space designated for the A-list to come, prepare for the show, shop, and get pampered.

With an impressive background in event production, film and television production, entertainment marketing and product placement, Gotham City Films, LLC will combine their avenues of expertise to create a venue where celebrities can browse and enjoy everything from red carpet attire and jewelry to sneakers and the latest tech-gadgets. Overall, the Gotham House will act as an exclusive department store to showcase all things new, fun, hip and glamorous.

This is not a gifting suite, but a fashion-lifestyle driven program to assist attendees in becoming camera ready, and for stylists, costume designers, costumers and prop masters to find great items to use in their day-to-day projects. As such a comprehensive event, the Gotham House will be able to provide participating brands with an unparalleled level of exposure. Such full-scale product placement creates an unprecedented platform for designers to directly reach the upper echelon of Hollywood society.

Throughout the two months, the Gotham house will also play host to a series of full-scale productions and cocktail parties for celebrities, trendsetters, members of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, costume designers and members of the press. As the guests are applauded for their outstanding achievements, they will also have the ability to browse the showroom and familiarize themselves with the products available from Gotham House.

In the creation of this event, the Gotham House has opened their doors for “it” new labels to participate in the show. Gotham House is delighted to bring in fresh talent ready for instant publicity and media attention. While the brands will be displayed in the company of many household names, this opportunity is aimed specifically at labels of the highest caliber and design quality. The Gotham House reserves the right for extreme selectivity, therefore only the most competitive are encouraged to apply.

To receive more information about the Gotham House a visit

Deadline for Submissions: June 17, 2011
*Please note that product samples may be requested as part of the approval process


Kat Pepka or Beth Beasley