1. Modern Denim Looks for Spring

    We love denim. Seriously, what could be easier than slipping into a pair of your favorite skinnies when you’ve got to be out the door in five minutes? They’ve become our morning-noon-and-night, seven-days-a-week essential.

    So we’re excited about the resurgence in denim this spring and this season’s crop of fresh new looks. Talk about rebirth. Everything about this wave of denim shouts “Spring!” to us and we don’t know about you, but we are so ready to move on from winter. Like, adios to all those layers.

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    Spring denim brings COLOR back into your closet – lots of pink, yellow, green and pastels – and pretty floral prints that no one would dare call “old lady-ish.” Lots of rips and frayed bottoms will help you channel your chic inner rocker and wide legged looks offset all those skinny jeans you’ve been wearing all winter (see above). We’ve seen all sorts of embellishments on denim – patchwork, lattice and embroidery – calling to mind jeans of bygone days. Denim’s even making its mark this season on lots of cute SHOES and bags.

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    Our Creative Director, Lisa Eisler, loves the denim-on-denim look but advises mixing washes, putting a darker, slimmer one on the bottom and keeping the lighter look on top for a pretty silhouette. She’s also liking a billowy, off-the-shoulder denim top paired with a slimmer cut bottom and one of the high-waisted jeans paired with a tucked-in blouse. One of this season’s ubiquitous trenches would show off a floral pant and your skinnies would be perfect paired with a fitted military jacket.

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    All this ripping and fraying’s not going to be around forever, so Lisa says it’s not a look she’d counsel making a big investment on. Want to breathe some new life into an older pair of jeans? Why not give them a little rip or fray yourself?

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    Wherever you live, including our very own Los Angeles, just go have fun and Happy Spring!

    "Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them."  - Marc Jacobs

      

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  2. Making March Matter With Children's Hospital Los Angeles

    Making March Matter With Children's Hospital Los Angeles

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    When we started thinking about a company name, no one word really fit the bill for our new business approach that seamlessly weaves resale and philanthropy throughout every part of the company.  So we made up a word – combining Luxury and philAnthropy – and instantly knew it said everything, no explanation needed

    LuxAnthropy is proud to partner with charities in the categories of Health; Human Services; Arts, Culture and Humanities; and Education, and help raise funds for each partner charity year-round.

    Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and their “Make March Matter” campaign is very near and dear to our hearts.  As one of the largest children’s non-profit hospitals in the country, CHLA is based in LuxAnthropy’s hometown of Los Angeles.  A premiere teaching hospital and research hub, Children's Hospital LA treats all children – regardless of race, gender, pre-existing conditions and insurance and immigration status – and provides special programs and education for parents and siblings to ensure the entire family receives the support they need.

    Children's Hospital LA also tackles more than just medical needs, with programs for homeless youth, college prep programs for inner city kids, transgender youth advocacy, intervention for children who are suspected to have been abused or neglected and so much more.

    One of the things we love most about Children's Hospital LA is the people who work there and their incredible passion for what they do. Walking around the hospital, you instantly know this is a very special place, that’s devoted to children and providing them with optimum care.

    We think they truly are the “good guys” and encourage sellers to support our city and to help Make March Matter for children. 

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    One of those kids at Children's Hospital LA is Viviana, a typical 6-year-old who landed in her local emergency room in 2011 when a pencil she was trying to hold kept slipping through her fingers. She’d been experiencing persistent nausea and leg cramping and by the time she arrived at the hospital she required an emergency blood transfusion and a biopsy confirmed she had leukemia.

    Viviana began her chemotherapy treatments at Children's Hospital LA as an out patient but was admitted after three weeks when she had slipped into a coma as a reaction to the life saving drugs. In the months ahead, she would develop pancreatitis, contract a fungal infection and need to learn how to walk again. But Viviana showed her CHLA team that she was a fighter and was discharged eight months after being admitted.

    Viviana continued out-patient chemotherapy and in the end underwent treatment for three years until all traces of leukemia were gone. Today, her mom describes her as a typical preteen and the seventh grader has been cancer-free for over two years.

    Her mom says, “We always felt a sense of calm [at CHLA] because we knew everything was going to be OK.”  Click here to read Viviana’s full story.

    You can help Make March Matter and ensure that kids like Viviana – and the more than 528,000 patients Children's Hospital LA sees annually – get the very best care.

    Simply visit LuxAnthropy.com where you can buy and sell new and gently-used designer and select contemporary brands, all while supporting incredibly worthy causes, including CHLA. For every item purchased on LuxAnthropy, a minimum of 5 percent of the final purchase price will be donated to the seller’s designated partner charity. And LuxAnthropy makes a donation as well. 

    Happy March! Whatever you do, Make March Matter!

    MWAH!

    J & L

     

     

     

     

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  3. Thoughts on Style: You Be You

    Great style isn’t just for the rich and famous, says LuxAnthropy co-founder and creative director Lisa Eisler. Anyone can be fabulous, regardless of what’s in her wallet. 

    “You can’t buy style,” says our fashion leader, who loves the bloggers and street style stars who mix high and low fashion pieces to create their personal looks.

    At LuxAnthropy, we want to make great style available to everyone. We have access to some of the most amazing closets in locations all over the country – including Hollywood insiders, designers and stylists. We’ve carefully selected each piece and have created the ultimate collection for you.

    For every item purchased on LuxAnthropy, a minimum of 5% of the final purchase price will be donated to one of our partner charities whose mission aligns with our company’s core values. 

    So when you use LuxAnthropy to update your wardrobe, you’re also supporting some of our amazing charity partners like Children’s Hospital Los Angeles – who are dedicated to building healthier futures for children. And if that wasn’t enough of an incentive, giving items a new life is a great way to recycle new and gently-used pieces, and in a small way cuts down on waste. It’s like a little hug to the planet.

    When it comes to fashion, Lisa thinks the key is finding what works for you and not just following the crowd. “Being stylish doesn't mean running out and buying something you saw your favorite celebrity wearing. Individuality feels so much better than imitation.”

    Lisa spent over 20 years as a stylist and costume designer and loves that fashion is so much more accessible today. Fashionistas can scoop up designer looks from retail chains and thanks to the Internet, take advantage of the booming resale market. 

    Here’s a few more of Lisa’s rules for finding your personal style:

    Be realistic.

    Buy what works for your life and makes you feel good. If you’re on your feet all day running around for work, maybe those 5-inch heels aren’t the most practical splurge. Perhaps this pair of Stella McCartney sneaks for Adidas would be more your speed?

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    Just be you.

    Gwen Stefani rocked this Dora Abodi bomber jacket on The Voice and you can too, just remember to be yourself and enjoy the moment.

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    Individual style is eternal.

    While we love trends at LuxAnthropy -- and our team makes sure there are plenty of trendy pieces, like this Dolce & Gabanna bustier dress, to choose from -- Lisa suggests incorporating only a handful of trend items into your looks each season. “Just don’t let trends eclipse your overall individual style. It’s supposed to be all about you,” she says.

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    Be a ruthless editor.

    When it comes to editing your closet, Lisa says you need to be brutal. “If you haven’t worn it in about six months to a year, get rid of it,” she says and suggests that we think about all those dresses hanging in our closet still with tags on them. As a busy working mom with 5-year-old and 7 month-old girls, Lisa knows it can be a struggle to get back into our skinny jeans post-baby. Purge that closet, sell those items while supporting an amazing charity, and then treat yourself to things that make you feel good.  

    If you’ve got an emotional attachment to something that’s taking up precious closet space, box it up and put it in storage. If you pull it out a year later and forgot you even owned it, consider selling it and buying something you’ve had your eye on, like this Tibi hot pink strapless dress or these fabulous Current/Elliott Ankle Skinny black brocade jeans?

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    Most of all, have fun and let LuxAnthropy.com help you buy, sell and give.

    “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” – Yves Saint Laurent

    MWAH,

    L & J

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