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Trash to Treasure

A good bargain never goes out of style. It’s even more fashionable when it’s free! That’s why this past summer we dished our insider tips on one of our favorite pastimes—thrifting! (Check out Thrifting 101.) Ever since, we’ve become even bigger fans of swapping. Trade in your old threads for new closet additions at little to no cost. There are so many ways to try it—on the web, at the store, or among trendy girlfriends. Here’s how . . .

ONLINE

The major perk of swapping online is the opportunity to swap clothes even when they’re out of season. There’s someone on the other side of the globe waiting to swap their designer trench coat for your gently-worn sundress. The downside is that you have to take the time to photograph the actual item. Remember, presentation and lighting is key! We recommend adding personal flair: Attach cute ribbons with the price tag, display on a vintage mannequin, and definitely photograph against a solid (preferably white) background. The more you put into presentation, the more value it adds to your listed item.

Sites to try . . .

I-ELLA.com
On this invitation-only marketplace, you can post your closet and buy, sell, swap, rent, or lend with other style mavens. The system lets you offer one, two, or three items per swap (ideal for trading multiple accessories for a dress). I-ELLA also partners with fashion savvy celebs who auction off items from their own closet (75% of proceeds goes to a foundation of the celebrity's choice). What’s not to love?! The huge bonus: 10% of every transaction goes to the user’s charity choice.

Swapstyle.com
Browse the website, and, if anything catches your eye, contact the owner to organize a swap. Next, you both mail your items to one another and, once they arrive, you each leave the other a token on the website to let others know that they are trustworthy. You can even swap cosmetics and entertainment items (DVDs, books, cameras)! And it’s all free. You simply pay shipping fees.

Dignswap.com
All swap, no sell, this site makes it simple to search by category. You can filter your finds by type of clothing or accessory, brand or size. There’s 99 cent charge to evaluate your account for each swap. Users manage their own shipping policies.

IN STORE

One way to surpass any sort of service or shipping fees is to go directly to a thrift store. You usually get a better deal for swapping your items. For instance, most thrift stores will offer you a higher value in store credit than in cash. NYC’s Beacon’s Closet gives 35% cash or 55% store credit of the very price tag that they put on your items. The disadvantage of in-store swapping is that some stores are super selective. Most places only take items that are wearable for that season, so you may have to rethink your Spring cleaning strategy. In other words, when you’re replacing your summer tanks with Fall sweaters, put aside unwanted sweaters for your next thrift store trip. Store your unwanted summer pieces for a thrift run during warmer months. Visit TheThriftShopper.com, a national thrift store directory for a shop near you.

In Person

Make it social. Websites like Clothesswap.meetup.com let you search by city or zip code for local clothing swap gatherings. It’s free, and you can also arrange for a swap between your personal groups. Or you can organize a swapping party on your own and invite your girlfriends. Get disposable champagne flutes, or cheap ones from the dollar store, and a few bottles of champagne---or even ask your guests to bring a bottle. Skip the hors d'ourves to avoid unwanted soiling of clothes. Create a chic e-vite at a website like cocodot.com (the more official it looks, the more quality items friends will bring).

Happy Swapping!

-Audra E. Lord

ap.meetup.com let you search by city or zip code for local clothing swap gatherings. It’s free, and you can also arrange for a swap between your personal groups. Or you can organize a swapping party on your own and invite your girlfriends. Get disposable champagne flutes, or cheap ones from the dollar store, and a few bottles of champagne---or even ask your guests to bring a bottle. Skip the hors d'ourves to avoid unwanted soiling of clothes. Create a chic e-vite at a website like cocodot.com (the more official it looks, the more quality items friends will bring).

Happy Swapping!

-Audra E. Lord

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Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

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Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.

 

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