Freaky Friday: My Mother’s Day Styling Challenge

By Aarian Frye, Buffalo Exchange HQ

There are many things I love about my mother, from her sense of humor to her generous spirit. If I had to choose one of my favorites things about her, it’s that she’s never been risk-adverse. She’s braver than I am by a long shot, and doesn’t back down from a challenge… unless the challenge is allowing me – her one and only daughter (Hi, Mom!) – to dress her in outfits outside of her comfort zone. However, she agreed when I added in this one important caveat: my mom could dress me as well *cue ominous lightning strike*.  Read ahead for our Freaky Friday  of an afternoon shopping session at Buffalo Exchange Tucson to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Check, Please

Buffalo Exchange, Tucson, Mother's Day, Gingham Skirt

First, my mom picks out this checkered skirt and off-the-shoulder blouse for me – good job, Mom! This actually looks like a lot of the things I already own. My only hang up is the silhouette of the skirt – I don’t find the knee-length bell shape to be particularly flattering on me. This would be an ideal look for a Mother’s Day brunch, though, and I could definitely see myself wearing this outfit beyond the Buffalo Exchange dressing rooms!

The Clash

Buffalo Exchange, Tucson, Mother's Day, Blue blouse and floral jeans

“Oh, Aarian, no,” is my mother’s response to this striped ruffle blouse and floral jeans. Oops. Guess my mom is not much of a pattern clasher. Nonetheless, she tries them on – and doesn’t totally hate it! This is a huge victory in my eyes. If you’re also hesitant about mixing patterns, I recommend keeping the color scheme soft and simple, like we did here.

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Spotlight on Timeless Style: Meet Albuquerque Customer Maxine Pozega

By Buffalo Exchange Albuquerque

Maxine Pozega is a long-time Buffalo Exchange customer, first becoming an avid shopper when the Albuquerque store opened over 20 years ago. As a young woman, Maxine had dreams of becoming a fashion designer. She has always had a passion for clothing and often makes her own embellishments and alterations to her unique vintage wardrobe. Maxine also loves finding beads and semi-precious stones to re-string into custom pieces . At 82 years young, Maxine is a bold spirit with a timeless style – follow along as we get to know her a little better!

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South Florida Style: Meet Journalist Christian Portilla

By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ; Photos  by Debbie A Photography

We sat down with longtime Buffalo Exchange shopper and journalist Christian Portilla to talk about her personal style and her life in South Florida. She writes freelance for the Miami Herald and Miami New Times and runs her own website, RoamFreeWrites.com. Find out why she loves shopping resale and her favorite spots to visit in Hollywood, Florida!

Buffalo Exchange Hollywood Florida Christian Portilla 90s outfit

What do you love about Florida – and Hollywood in particular?

The Hispanic community has played an essential role in my development as a human and a professional. Miami is unique: you can’t get a Cuban coffee – or “colada”, as we call it – for 75 cents anywhere else and we have the best “pastelitos” and “croquetas” in the world. In Hollywood, local shops and small businesses are really starting to take to the area and build community. I’m excited to see how it continues to grow. Hollywood also has an amazing beach that’s my go to spot to catch some waves.

Do you have any other favorite spots to visit in the Hollywood area?

Besides Buffalo Exchange and the beach, Hollywood is home to the Yellow Green Farmers Market. Many of us Miamians drive up to visit. It’s only open Saturday and Sunday, but they have incredible finds and lots of vegan options for people like me who eat a plant-based diet.

Buffalo Exchange Hollywood Florida Christian Portilla 80s Blazer

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Wear What You Like: Profile of Alfred Banks

By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ

We talk with New Orleans rapper Alfred Banks (aka @UnderDogCentral) about his River Kings 2 Tour of “The Beautiful” (happening now!), his music career and his take on personal style. Banks loves shopping at resale stores like Buffalo Exchange because it gives him the freedom to build his style from the ground up.

Buffalo Exchange Alfred Banks

What do you like about shopping resale and Buffalo Exchange in particular?

For me, the hunt of finding something so cool among the shelves of a resale store like Buffalo Exchange really excites me. Putting an outfit together from a complete blank canvas is awesome.

How did you get started shopping at Buffalo?

I’ve always lived close to Buffalo Exchange down here in NOLA, so one day in 2007, I just decided to walk in and see what you guys had. Ten years later, I still walk in all the time.

You’ve travelled all over the US. What’s your favorite Buffalo you’ve shopped at?

My favorite Buffalo has to be here in NOLA. The one in Austin is really cool, but nothing compares to my hometown.

What’s been your favorite Buffalo find recently?

Recently, I found a pair of High Top K-Swiss Midcourts and they are so dope. Awesome color way and super comfy.

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Exploring Your Originality: Vintage Style with Lauren

By Buffalo Exchange Phoenix

Buffalo Exchange Phoenix sits down with longtime Buffalo Exchange customer Lauren to talk about her vintage style and how she keeps her wardrobe fresh. Her best style advice? “Be YOU!”

How would you describe your personal style?

Buffalo Exchange customer Phoenix

I draw a lot from 1930s and 1940s vintage. I also love the 50s Traci Lords “bad girl” feel, so I’m always on the lookout for tight, black clothing that leans more towards Victorian Gothic.

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Never Grow Old: The Power of Resale Shopping

By Buffalo Exchange Ventura

­­Buffalo Exchange Ventura customer Johnathan Whalen is a truly remarkable man. At the age of 85, he’s still evolving his personal style and trying out fun new things. He even participated in Peace Corps just a few years back! We sat down with him to find out what he loves about resale shopping and where he gets his style inspiration from.

What are you looking to add to your wardrobe?

I wish I could think of things that I need, but I can’t. I have beautiful suits from years ago – even tuxedos. I have more shoes than Imelda Marcos. I am always looking for a new challenge, though. I just bring out a garment that I have at home and look for something I can complement it with.

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Buffalo Exchange Fullerton Customer Profile of Pinup Style Stars

Customers of Buffalo Exchange: Pinup Style Stars

By Buffalo Exchange Fullerton

Meet Fullerton’s famous twins, Jen and Christine! These pinup style stars are taking Orange County by storm with their creative mix of vintage and contemporary fashions. This fall, they were both featured by Pinup Girl Clothing and Christine’s artwork was used by Vance Clothing.

We truly admire these twins for their drive to be themselves and work together to achieve their fashion dreams! Even though these ladies are similar in looks, their hair and style sets them apart. Christine likes to keep her hair long and pin-curled, while Jen opts for a short pixie cut. They often stop by Buffalo Exchange Fullerton to shop and show off their latest outfits. Recently, we took the opportunity to find out more about their pinup style inspiration.

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Embracing Individuality: Hannah Gill Talks Fashion and Music

By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ

Hannah Gill has a powerful, sultry voice that is wise beyond its 19 years and her band, Hannah Gill and The Hours, has a nostalgic feel that we just can’t get enough of. Following the release of their EP, The Water, she and her band have been touring the country, playing in cities across the US and hitting up Buffalo Exchanges along the way. We gave Hannah a $200 shopping spree to see what she could do and talked to her about fashion, music and her band.

How did you get started singing?

I was always singing during my younger years, but I really got started back in middle school. I used to refuse to join choir because I didn’t sound like the high sopranos. My voice was low, so I thought that meant it was bad. It wasn’t until 7th or 8th grade that I heard people like Amy Winehouse on the radio and they changed my whole perception of what a female voice is supposed to sound like. That’s when I really began to own it.

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Eco-friendly Fashionista

By Gneiss Hobbs and Joe Carrel, Buffalo Exchange HQ

She’s an environmental scientist, but she’s also a clothing connoisseur. Find out how the two go hand in hand and meet the woman behind the eco-friendly fashion/beauty/lifestyle website Sustainable Daisy.

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