wardrobe remix: drew ailes

Happy Friday birdies!

What better way to kick your weekend off right than a wardrobe remix?

This stylish fellow is my pal Drew. During the day Drew hooks veterans up with affordable housing. In his off-hours, he busies himself with his band, writing, working on his sure-to-be-great ushertainer character, Mr. Vegas, and basically, being awesome and awesomely funny. Also, he thrifts. And wears more polyester than anyone I’ve ever known.

Disclaimer: Most of my other pics of Drew involve exposed belly and him yelling at passing cars, so this somewhat stiff, staid option will have to do.

Me: 1. First off, where’d you get all your outfit elements?

Drew: I got everything but socks and shoes from Unique Thrift Store in Crystal, probably while hungover and filled with hot dogs or White Castle from the night before. The shoes I bought from a JC Penny in Brooklyn Park where I got the floor pair and got an employee discount. Because they are high-end shoes made by the luxurious brand, Dockers, I have had to mangle the heel and yank out cardboard on the left shoe. The shoes are also made in Bangladesh, which I am angry about but lack the political insight to know precisely why. I have no idea where my socks came from. They may be stolen.

Me: Where would you wear this outfit?

Drew: I wore this outfit to work where people already think I am weird. Aside from that, this outfit would be best worn when you have to go pick your girlfriend up at her job at a daycare and you know you’ll have to talk to her boss (who suspects your girlfriend smokes weed). She will think you both are artists and excuse a lot of inexcusable behavior.

Me: What’s your favorite thrift store in the Twin Cities? Why?

Drew: I buy most of my shit from Unique, who don’t wash their clothes and I don’t either before wearing them. I have to sneeze a lot for a few wears and sometimes I hang the clothes outside. Sometimes you find cool things in the pockets like Burger King receipts from the ’80s or snotty/bloodied handkerchiefs with initials on them. Otherwise in Uptown, I’ll buy shoes and ties from Tatters and I’m really trying to talk myself into buying something from Corner Store.

Me: What trends are you hating right now? Loving?

Drew: I don’t care what most people are wearing because most people are boring. I do hate needless accessories like functionless scarves or belts that don’t do anything—fake “grandma & grandpa” glasses fall in this category, too. If you spent $150 getting them matched to your prescription, then it’s a little better.

I am stoked that everyone is getting tons of tattoos because pretty soon, no one will be able to feel cool or unique anymore. I also like any trends involving women that show skin or make them look silly, unless I’m driving. I totaled a car once after getting distracted by a girl. I have also totaled my life before after getting distracted by a girl.

Me: Any tips for successful thrifting?

Drew: If you’re a guy and you have the patience to dig through racks, get good at glancing at collars and finding distinct patterns. All I really want to wear is a bunch of flamboyant, attention-seeking garbage, so that’s typically not too hard for me. Also lower your standards in life. Buy shit with stains (unless they’re sweat stains) and holes on it, because it doesn’t matter. Check every button up shirt for missing buttons. Make sure you have friends who are girls who will fix and mend stuff for you, unless you’re actually a considerate and intelligent person and can learn how to sew yourself.

Me: How do you keep your look fresh and memorable?

Drew: Rip-off stereotypes, mainstream or off-beat. Dress like a ’70s detective or like you’re taking your daughter to prom. People like shit that they can recognize and they will giggle and be impressed if you can do it well. If you’re wearing something that clashes, wear something else that clashes with all of that. Hurt people with how you look. Be confident and quietly insist to yourself that you know what you’re doing and people will loudly compliment you as they assume you operate on a higher plane.

Me: What’s your favorite classic rock album.

Drew: Pink Floyd’s “A Saucerful of Secrets”

Me: What are you excited about this spring?

Drew: Quantum Leaping and crashing a car shaped like a swordfish into a Cloud Cult audience.

Okay, Cloud Cult fans, consider yourself warned.

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Do you all have lovely weekends planned? I sure hope so! I’ve been knocked flat this week by a double ear/sinus infection, so I’m hoping to catch up on lots of things, namely tidying up the house, grocery shopping, pretty-thing making (perhaps maybe this?) and sleep. Anyway, until next time…



P.S. Happy birthday brother!

I love you like duh!

wardrobe remix: Annie D’Souza

Happy Friday y’all!

I’m proud to present you with my first outfit profile. My goal with these is to introduce you to thrifty Twincy residents with unique styles that are complemented with thrift-store finds. Truth be told, I’m kind of a lazy dresser by nature, but I’ve learned a lot by seeing how other people, more motivated than me, put their ensembles together. Hopefully these posts will provide you with some creative inspiration, too.

Anyway, let’s get on with it, shall we?

The stylish lady pictured is Annie D’Souza, who, when she’s not trotting off to India or flash mobbing at the Vancouver Olympics, runs a blog about fashion, music and food. And writes. And does yoga. And while we may not have the same opinions on music (see below), we definitely share the view that thrifting= awesome.

Outfit Details

’80s silk blouse: Savers on Lake Street
Skirt: clothing swap
Frye wedge heels: clothing swap
Belt: ValuThrift in East St. Paul
Red purse by Francesco Biasia: My Sister’s Closet on Grand Ave.
Necklace: Rewind Vintage
Serpent earrings and ring: estate sale
Bracelet: garage sale

Me: Where would you wear this outfit?
Annie: A downtown happy hour where I pretend that I don’t work from home in my pajamas all day.

Me: What’s your favorite thrift store in town? Why?
Annie: I love Rewind Vintage, especially for jewelry, purses and belts. I always leave with something that I convince myself I need. I also like digging through the big places like Savers, Value Village and ValuThrift because you never know when a pair of designer jeans or a smart vintage dress is going to pop up for $9.99!

Me: What trends are you hating right now? Which ones are you loving?
Annie: I hate fake glasses. Why?! Just, why? And, although I’m scared to admit this, I kind of like shoulder pads.

Me: Any tips for successful thrifting?
Annie: Don’t rush it. You never know what you will find (or won’t find), so have patience and a free afternoon. It’s also nice to go with a friend whose style differs from yours so that you won’t be drawn to exactly the same things.

Me:  What’s your favorite classic rock album?
Annie: I’m not a fan of classic rock (High Plains Thrifter heresy, I know). I have been rocking a lot of classic ’60s bossa nova and French folk lately. For me, Astrud Gilberto and Françoise Hardy are musical and style icons.

Me: What are your favorite springtime activities?
Annie: The St. Paul Farmer’s Market, fish tacos at Sea Salt, garage sales…the concert calendars start to pick up in the spring too!

photos: louisa marion photography

Well, there you have it! Many thanks to Annie for playing along and Louisa for snapping the pics.

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I would love, love, love to hear from you!


I hope the fleeting hours of the work week go quickly and easily for y’all. Anyone have fun Easter-weekend plans? I’m going to try to: not go overboard on these, play with the should-I-buy-this camera, thrift Saturday morning (working on my big bro’s b-day present), have Ashley over for coffee, not have petty arguments with my mom and maybe, if I can kick this stupid cold, head down to First Avenue to see this band tomorrow (Hint: They’re not Spoon!).