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Warming Up To Cold Weather: A Winter Style Guide Featured Story

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By Aarian, Buffalo Exchange HQ

Winter is coming. If you find yourself at a loss over what to wear to combat the dropping temperatures and increasingly gray days, fret not: Buffalo Exchange is here to help! During a trip to Buffalo Exchange Tucson, I styled four different outfits perfect for beating the winter style blues. Read ahead to see the looks I came up with, along with styling tips for replicating them in your own wardrobe!

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Lattice in Wonderland

For my first winter style look, I went with a timeless duo-chromatic color palette. I paired this gridded jumpsuit with a white turtleneck, topping the look off with the jacket du jour – a cropped trucker with contrast stitching. This jacket is the perfect layering piece because it provides warmth without bulk. To take my coordination to the next level, I finished the look with a mod-inspired handbag that has the same vertical split as the jumpsuit!

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Bright Trends Ahead: Our Favorite Spring 2019 Fashion Trends

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By Aarian Frye

After a dreary winter, we’re all excited to welcome back spring and with open (and bare!) arms. And I don’t know about you, but I’m even more excited for a new season of looks – and this is a big one! From bold colors and tie-dye to absolutely decade-dent trends from the 80s and early 2000s, I found tons of inspiration at Buffalo Exchange. Read ahead for my favorite spring 2019 fashion trends!

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Neon in the Afternoon

A departure from traditionally somber and subdued hues of winter, neon is everywhere this spring. The eighties revival has been trending on runways for the past two seasons and now we’re seeing it pop on the street. To incorporate the color du jour into your wardrobe, start small – a sweatshirt, belt bag or even acrylic accessories. Neon pairs perfectly with one of our other favorite 2019 fashion trends…

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Vacation? All We Ever Wanted!

If you’re anything like me, chances are that you were dreaming of a getaway to the tropics this winter. With the revival of retro vacation style, you can dress for a Caribbean cruise without leaving your zip code! If this dream look is a little bold for your taste, bring bright prints back down to earth with a midwash denim skirt and sporty sandals or chinos and canvas sneakers.

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Easy Ways to Save Money: Make Your Budget Resolutions a Reality in 2019!

By Savy Kroop, Buffalo Exchange HQ

It’s one thing to make a resolution to save more money, but actually doing it can be a whole different story. If I’m being honest, I’m definitely guilty of giving up on my New Year’s resolutions by February 1st (if not sooner…). So, to keep myself on track, I came up with some easy ways to save money and some tips and tricks for sticking to my budget!

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Write Down Your Budget

My first suggestion? Write down your budget. This might seem obvious, but being able to visualize your spending habits can be a wakeup call! If possible, share your goals with a close friend or family member – it’s always good to have someone who can hold you accountable, keep you honest and encourage you. For example, the last time I made a budget, I estimated $40 a week on eating out. My roommate just shook his head… we both knew it wasn’t true. If you’re looking for some easy ways to save money, it’s important to start out by being honest about your spending habits!

To get started, write your monthly income at the top and, below that, write down how much you’d like to save this month. Remember – any savings is good savings! Next, start listing out all your necessary expenses (groceries, rent, etc). You can distribute anything left over among your unnecessary expenses like shopping, eating out, going out with friends, health and beauty, and so on. The goal here is to end up at 0. If the amount is negative, cut down one or more of your “unnecessary” categories. At the end of the month, be sure to reevaluate – it can be hard to accurately budget at first, but you’ll soon get the hang of it!

Treat Yourself – at Home!

If you’re looking for easy ways to save money in the “going out” category, this is the resolution for you! I think we can all agree that treating yourself and spending time with your BFFs is important for self-care. However, going to the nail salon, getting brunch every Sunday or going out for fancy cocktails with friends can get expensive. I’m not saying to cut these things out of your life in 2019 – just choose to treat yourself at home every now and then! This year, I plan to organize weekly “treat yourself” nights with my close friends. And, since we all know that Sunday brunch is the best part of the week, I plan to organize weekly brunch potlucks!

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Easy Ways to Save Money on Clothes: Shop For Free!

Lastly, my absolute favorite thing to do at the beginning of the year is a wardrobe overhaul! I love to start fresh with my closet, but without spending a lot of money, so I clean out my closet and then head into Buffalo Exchange to trade in for some new-to-me finds. I always find a lot of pieces there that spark joy (thank you, Marie Kondo, for the tip!).

To start, really try to pinpoint your style – reflect on what you see yourself wearing for the new year and, once you have a clear idea, begin going through every item in your closet (yes, I said EVERY item). Begin sorting items into three categories: keep, sell and donate. Try only holding on to items that you truly love. Like Marie Kondo would say, “Keep only those things that speak to your heart”. Once you’re done, you’re ready to head to your local Buffalo Exchange!

You really can’t beat the prices of shopping secondhand, especially if you sell your closet cleanout and put the trade you receive towards your new-to-you finds. Talk about easy ways to save money (not to mention fun!). Phew! Finally, a New Year’s budget resolution that I won’t have any trouble keeping. If you don’t live near a Buffalo Exchange, you can always try the Sell By Mail program. Just request a bag online, fill it up and mail it for free via UPS. Well, that’s it from me – I’m off to plan a “treat yourself” Sunday brunch for me and my friends. Happy budgeting!

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Happy New Year and Thank You for a Fantastic 2018!

As 2018 comes to a close, we’re thinking about our hopes and resolutions for 2019, but we’re also thinking about all the great things that happened over the past year. We’d like to say thank you to all who have made our success possible. Best wishes and Happy New Year to all of our wonderful Buffalos – customers and employees alike! We couldn’t do it without you. Cheers to a fantastic 2019!

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With 2019 on the horizon, we’re always looking to expand our Buffalo family. If you love fashion, people and working hard while having fun, make it your New Year’s resolution to join our herd! Apply in-store or online today. Happy New Year!

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Tokens for Bags® Charities

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Every six months, we support new local charities through our Tokens for Bags® program. Instead of giving out bags, we give customers the opportunity to donate five cents (the cost of the bag) to a charity of their choice. Since 1994, we have raised over $778,660 for thousands of local nonprofit organizations through our Tokens for Bags® program, saving 15.5 million bags from polluting the environment.

Find your local Buffalo Exchange below and check out the charities you can give back to.

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Menswear Winter Style Guide: Tips for Layering Up and Staying Warm

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By Aarian, Buffalo Exchange HQ

When it comes to dressing stylishly for winter, it can be a challenge. Amidst the doldrums of gray skies and freezing temperatures, you may find it easier to throw on whatever’s laying on your floor, plus a large puffy jacket and call it a day. No longer, my dudes! I enlisted the help of my boyfriend Dylan (read: cajoled him thoroughly) to show how you can put together a variety of warm winter looks with some smart layering and just a few key pieces. Of course, we shopped at Buffalo Exchange Tucson for the best deals. Read ahead to find out how to style menswear in dropping temperatures without dropping major coin!

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Winter Layering Guide: How to Layer Clothes for Cold Weather

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By Savy Kroop, Buffalo Exchange HQ

One of the best things about winter is getting to wear your favorite pieces ALL AT ONCE! Wondering how to layer your clothing so you can keep your warm-weather wardrobe staples going strong even when the temperatures drop below freezing? We’re here with a handy guide to show you how to style your summertime favorites with long-sleeve T-shirts, sweaters and jackets so that you can stay warm all winter. Read ahead for three simple ways to layer up and take on the cold!

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T-Shirt Weather All Year Round

My absolute favorite thing to wear any time of the year is a T-shirt, especially a vintage one! My closet is filled with unique tees, so instead of packing them away for winter, I just keep cozy by throwing on a long-sleeve shirt underneath. When looking at how to layer clothes for winter, I like to play with proportions, so I paired this combo with a jumpsuit from my summer wardrobe and a warm thigh-length plaid jacket.

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One Piece, Three Ways: Holiday Party Looks to Take You Through The Season

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By Aarian, Buffalo Exchange HQ

What’s up, winter Buffaloes! During the last few weeks of December, it’s likely that you’ll receive a slew of invitations to holiday parties, kickbacks and soirees alike.  It’s also likely that, after years of attending such engagements, you’re at a loss for something to wear that doesn’t make you feel like you’re living your own personal Groundhog Day – and all without breaking the bank.  To combat this closet conundrum, I set out to Buffalo Exchange Tucson with one of my holiday wardrobe staples in hand (a navy blazer!)  to style three holiday party looks. Keep reading for style secrets and plenty of sequins!

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Sequins for a Soiree: A Casually Glam Holiday Party Look

For my first look, I wanted to create a holiday party outfit that looks put-together without feeling overthought. I found exactly what I was searching for with this fully sequined midi dress. Featuring a front vent and fluted hem, this dress is one-of-a-kind and certain to grab the attention of your fellow party-goers.  With the addition of my boucle blazer and dove gray velvet mules, I brought a lot of texture into the mix, making this fabulous dress more relaxed. Wear this look to a family dinner or office fete; in this copper number, the world is your oyster, my pretty penny!Full Story

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DIY Holiday Sweaters: Snow Globe Edition

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By Savy Kroop, Buffalo Exchange HQ

Looking for the most festive sweater of all to rock this rock this holiday season? Stop into your local Buffalo Exchange for tons of cute and kitschy options. If you’re feeling a little crafty, though, try DIY-ing one of your own holiday sweaters. This snow globe sweater is unlike anything you can buy and will surely bring holiday cheer! For added fun, get a group of your friends together and make it into a craft night party.

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What You’ll Need to DIY Your Snow Globe Holiday Sweaters

To start off, you’ll need to find the sweater you want to use as your base. Choose one from your closet that you’re no longer wearing or stop by Buffalo Exchange to pick one up – I found this cute gray sweater with pearl detailing at my local Buffalo and all of my crafting supplies at the dollar store. I spent under $20 on this project and only took about 30 minutes to complete! I don’t know about you, but I think I’ll be DIY-ing my own holiday sweaters from now on.

Supplies:

  • Sweater
  • Clear plastic bowl
  • Plush snowman (or any other festive toy – i.e. reindeer or an elf)
  • Tinsel
  • Fake snow
  • Snowflake stickers
  • Glitter
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Marker

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All That Glitters: How to Make Your Holiday Looks Shine This Season

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By Savannah, Buffalo Exchange HQ

Hallmark channel holiday movies, peppermint bark and a jam-packed calendar full of parties with family, friends and coworkers can only mean one thing – it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Not sure what to wear? Try on sequins, glitter lurex or liquid metallics. After all, silver and gold are always in style this time of year.

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Meet Our Charities: Ocean Defender’s Alliance

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By Emma, Buffalo Exchange HQ

 

One of the things that makes Buffalo Exchange unique is our stores’ ongoing support of local charities through our Tokens for Bags® program. Instead of giving out plastic bags, we give out charity tokens with each purchase. These give our customers the chance to support a range of local non-profits that help out animals, individuals in the local community and the environment each time they shop. What can we say? Giving back is important to us! Since starting the program in 1994, we’ve kept over 15.4 million plastic bags out of the environment and raised more than $774,365 for thousands of local non-profits.

 

At Buffalo Exchange Costa Mesa, one of the many charities we’re supporting this year is the Ocean Defenders Alliance (ODA). Since it was founded in 2000, ODA has worked hard to protect ocean wildlife and their habitats from abandoned fishing gear, pollution and more.

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A Community Effort

Protecting our oceans takes a village and no one understands that better than the Ocean Defenders Alliance. Not only do they keep an eye on regular commercial fishing locations that tend to accumulate abandoned gear, but they also have a large network of divers and community supporters who notify them when they find cast-off gear and improperly sunken vessels. This allows them to devote more of their time to actually cleaning up debris!

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Cleaning Up Our Seas

Using their custom-outfitted vessels, ODA regularly heads out into the ocean to take care of business. Their divers work to free sea life and collect debris. They recycle anything they can and properly dispose of everything else. While they’re out on the water, ODA also works with the California Department of Fish and Game, the Coast Guard and many other agencies to maximize their efforts.

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Education and Outreach

ODA’s job isn’t over when they make it back to land, though. When the organization isn’t out actively cleaning up the ocean, they’re reaching out in any way possible to educate people on the repercussions that man-made pollution has on our oceans and the ways we can make a positive difference. They go to schools, clubs, conferences and anywhere they think they can make an impact.

 

Since they started, the Ocean Defenders Alliance has removed tens of thousands of pounds of man-made debris from the ocean, all while doing whatever they can to prevent it from winding up there in the first place. We are proud to support ODA in their efforts to take care of our oceans. When you shop at Buffalo Exchange Costa Mesa through the end of the year, you can help make a difference for the Ocean Defenders Alliance just by placing your token in their charity box. Stop in to shop for a cause!