The TEll// By Thrift & Tell
Welcome to THE TELL//BY THRIFT & TELL: a celebration of fashionable women who dress as smart as they shop.
This week’s guest on THE TELL// is Allegra Fanjul Garcia-Velez of Very Allegra: jewelry designer and style blogger. Allegra has impeccable taste: mixing high and low pieces seamlessly to create a Florida chic meets Southampton vibe. In true T&T form, she makes Zara look like Zimmerman simply by layering beautiful accessories with pieces from her own jewelry collection. Warning: seeing Allegra’s life in warm, sunny Florida will make you want to move immediately- especially in this freezing weather. Maybe she’ll take us all in as squatters! It’s worth an ask!
//Your style in 3 words: Changing, classic, me.
//Staple Outfit: Jeans/denim shorts, clean white tee, Chanel or Gucci flats, and a Very Allegra Necklace.
//Style Icon(s): Oliva Palermo is my absolute FAVORITE.
//Your First Big Purchase: Louis Vuitton Takashi Murakami white multicolor pouchette - bought after my first few jewelry shows in 8th grade.
//Do You Still Have It? Yes! I probably should sell it but figured my future daughter can use it one day….
//Best Fashion Advice You Ever Received: Wear what you like.
//Types of clothing you invest in: The classics - jeans, tees, black or navy dresses.
//Types of clothing you save on: Trendy pieces.
//Brands That Will Stand the Test of Time: Chanel & Hermes
//Favorite High Street Brands: Levi’s
//Favorite High-Low Brands to Mix: Zara!!
//Favorite Places to Shop Consignment: Thrift and Tell’s Instagram
//Favorite Places to Consign Your Own Closet: The Real Real, Tradesy, Poshmark, Meraci
//Currently Collecting Dust in the Back of your Closet: Winter coats (I live in Florida.)
//Best investment you ever made in your style: Feeling confident in whatever I wear.
//Style Choice From Your Past That Haunts You: hmmm all of high school?
//“It seemed like a good idea at the time” a.k.a Purchase you most regret: Some of my Louboutins that are so uncomfortable.
//Closet From Which You Would Like to Borrow: Oliva Palermo
//Last Time You Splurged? Sunday! haha!
//Currently Saving Your Pennies For: More Chanel - always!
//A Deal for the History Books/Your T&T Personal Best: Joanna Ortiz gown I just got and it was 80% off.
//Advice to someone looking to define their own style: My husband usually says, “I don’t really get those shoes” and "I respond that’s okay, they make me happy."
//Trend you wish would go way? The chunky old sneaker trend.
//You feel great. What are you wearing? Depends! Could be jeans and a tee to a gown. But when I really like my outfit, I feel fabulous.
//Occasions when you splurge: Holidays typically! I usually like to splurge more on gifts for others than myself.
//Occasions when you save: When I find a good deal!
//Most prized possession: Some of my grandmother’s jewelry she left me.
//Home Decor Style: Classic, lots of blues, whites, greys with a touch of beachy.
//Go-to for unique items, whether it be clothing, accessories, home or art: Not necessarily unique, but I love Shopbop and that’s my shopping go-to site.
//Your fashion motto: If you love it, wear it (with confidence.)
//Your life motto: Stop caring what other people think and be yourself. (Easier said than done sometimes.)
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//A woman should invest in- herself. //You’re never too old to— love fashion. //A woman can never have too much— jewelry. //Bury me in- something fabulous. // True or False: More is More- True. //Fashion is- trends set by others. //Style: how you make clothes you.
//Music: Whatever playlist my husband makes…
//Print: Where the Crawdads Sing - lovedddd this book
//Food: Lots of veggies!
//Drink: Matcha in the a.m. & red wine
//Film: Favorite movie of all time - The Devil Wears Prada
//TV: Riverdale & Dirty John
//Instagram Handle: @ThriftandTell
//Designer: Golden Goose
Allegra Fanjul Garcia-Velez is a jewelry designer and fashion lover from South Florida. She started making jewelry when she was little and her desire to share it with the world has grown everyday. Ever since she sold her first plastic beaded bracelet at age eleven, her passion for making and designing jewelry has fueled her creativity. Her jewelry has been in several stores in Florida and is available for purchase here on Veryallegra.com.
Her favorite jewelry and accessories are statement pieces. She believes that you do not need expensive designer clothes to always look fabulous. She is a frequent shopper of stores like Forever 21 & Zara. She believes an inexpensive piece from Forever 21 can look like a Zimmerman dress as long as you know how to pair it with the right accessories & self-confidence. She is always mixing her Louboutins with Zara dresses or more expensive Elizabeth & James tanks with H&M shorts and Steven by Steve Madden ankle boots.
A common question she is always asked when it comes to her one-of-a-kind jewelry designs is “how do I put it all together like you do?” or “I just don’t think I could ever pull that off.” These are the individuals who gave her the inspiration to start this blog. The idea is to show you what she would wear with different pieces of her jewelry collections for different occasions. The site is named “very allegra” because these are the clothes and memories that inspire and guide not only her day-to-day style, but also her fabulous jewelry.
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