To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my all-time favorite stories. It has been awhile since I've read it or seen the movie. While I was listing to NPR the other day there was an interview about the new book called The Mockingbird Next Door - Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills. 

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I was really intrigued that Harper Lee and her sister, Alice, allowed Marja Mills to hang out with them for over a year and a half and then wrote this book about their reflections on life and such. Ms. Lee has never been partial to interviews and attention, so this is a really special happening. 

We, here at New To You, recently started to sell some of the tee shirts and jewelry from Out Of Print. This is an on-line shop and sells products that highlight books and authors, some in-print and some out-of-print from time gone by. Besides the fact that their products are really fun, the other great thing is that for every item they sell a book is donated to someone in need. They partner with Books for Africa and make this great sharing of literature happen!

One of the items I loved the most was the "Scout & Boo " necklace. When Scout, played by Mary Badam, in the movie says, "Hey, Boo", it always gives me goosebumps! At any rate, the necklace is of two feathers made out of brass with a plating of 14 kt gold. I think it is a charming and sweet tribute to a delightful book and fascinating characters. 

Is this cute or what? Their cards are made like old library book cards - I really like these. 

Is this cute or what? Their cards are made like old library book cards - I really like these. 

So, we have a couple of these necklaces in stock for you. I hope you like them as much as I do. The feathers would also be a great present for someone along with a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird. Hmmm, you could also just use the necklace to hang on your rear view mirror :)

Purple is such a cool combination of red and blue and varies in such delightful ways. It can be a soft, soothing hue or a bright, vivid statement reminiscent of royalty.

Rebecca Taylor dress in silk with floral lace racer back detail - this dress is brand new with tags - retail price $395.00 and we have it for only $109.50 - You could wear this to a day time wedding, for a first date, lunch at a trendy spot downtown or even to work. It is a good all-around fashionable winner.

Rebecca Taylor dress in silk with floral lace racer back detail - this dress is brand new with tags - retail price $395.00 and we have it for only $109.50 - You could wear this to a day time wedding, for a first date, lunch at a trendy spot downtown or even to work. It is a good all-around fashionable winner.

Jes Maharry necklace with sterling silver charm that dares to Dream. Her jewelry is so unique and is perfect for the person that loves to show their personal flair. $290.50

Jes Maharry necklace with sterling silver charm that dares to Dream. Her jewelry is so unique and is perfect for the person that loves to show their personal flair. $290.50

Patent Anyi Lu size 38 sandal wedge in cream, lime, and grey. These retail for around $395.00 and we have them for only $65.50 - they are not only stylish but look really comfortable

Patent Anyi Lu size 38 sandal wedge in cream, lime, and grey. These retail for around $395.00 and we have them for only $65.50 - they are not only stylish but look really comfortable

This cute resin trio is a simple and perfect accent to complete "the look" $13.50 They are easily stacked with other pieces - think wood bangles or just worn solo.

This cute resin trio is a simple and perfect accent to complete "the look" $13.50 They are easily stacked with other pieces - think wood bangles or just worn solo.

The fashion-savvy shopper knows where to go to find fantastic savings on clothing and accessories. Usually the person that is dedicated to shopping often is the one that finds the best deals on quality designer items. They are tirelessly taking quick peeks through the racks to find the little something, something that will make their outfit have a unique look. 

It always amazes me how much can be saved when you consignment shop. There are so many fantastic bargains available when you take the time to look. Too often people think they are shopping when they skim their eyes over the racks and the truth is that you are not actually seeing much of anything when you do that. In the malls many items are the same....ten items of the same color and style in different sizes; skimming, under those circumstances works; in consignment shopping, not so much. If you take the time you can find some really wonderful pieces for a fraction of their original cost. 

Here we have a lovely Milly silk halter top that retails for $235.00. This pretty top is available now at New To You, Inc. for only $49.50. Now THAT'S a real bargain.

Here we have a lovely Milly silk halter top that retails for $235.00. This pretty top is available now at New To You, Inc. for only $49.50. Now THAT'S a real bargain.



Mother's Day is a time we set aside to tell that special woman in our lives how much we care about her and appreciate the things she has done for us since we were born. 

 

I lost my mother to lung cancer about 25 years ago. One of the things I miss the most about my mother was when we would go shopping together. She always wanted me to try on things that she liked and really thought would look great on me. These items were usually what looked great on her but I would try them on to make her happy. "I don't really like it, Mom", says I. "I'll buy it for you", says she. And so it would go....my mother had excellent taste and really loved good quality fabrics and tailoring, we just didn't share the same style.

It was still a blast to shop with my mom - we used to go to The Bird Cage at Lord & Taylor or to Garfinckle's for lunch as a pick-me-up from shopping. I miss the joy of the one on one contact that we used to have when we would shop and dine together. My mother was taken from me way too soon. I would have loved for her to take my daughter, Arianne, shopping, I know they both would have taken pleasure in those interactions :)

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I have never know a greater joy than the birth of my daughter, Arianne; she is engaging and a constant delight. Arianne is now grown and my life has been immeasurably enriched by her grace and intelligence. I am proud to be her mother.

I wish joy to all mothers, grandmothers, & step-mothers out there. (Oh, and dads that are "mom", as well.)

 

You are judged by the purse you carry, I know, it's a harsh world, but it's true. Purses and shoes appear to say a lot about your attention to detail as opposed to "I just threw this on". Sometimes we get so used to doing things every day that we neglect to really see ourselves and the image that is projected by our appearance. 

I am surprised when I see a purse that has a handle that literally is shredding with threads hanging off in great heaps. It looks absolutely dreadful and conveys nothing but a complete disregard of attention to detail. I know that we are all rushing about trying to accomplish so much each and every day but STOP,  take a breath look at what you are carrying around with you. Buying yourself a new handbag can be a lovely action of self-esteem. 

 

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AuthorChristina Novak

When New To You was featured on the NBC Today show in 2006 I was asked to come up with some shopping on consignment tips. It can be a lot of fun if you try following a few of these rules.

1. Take a friend, but never one that wears your size - unless your style is completely different. You don't want any hard feelings if you are both reaching for the same treasured item.

2. Establish a rapport with the sales associates, someone whose sense of style and taste you appreciate and they will guide you. Make sure you give some information over to the associate so they can understand your personal style and desire for the honest feedback. 

3. Sizes are inconsistent; so make sure you take a peek at the items above and below "your" size. The fit of a garment is most important to looking your best. 

4. Think out of the box. Try on things you would never think of trying on. Be brave! You just might surprise yourself when you keep an open mind by finding something that flatters you when you least expect it to. Some garments look much better on the hanger than on the body and the reverse is true too. A dress can be fantastic on the hanger but when you try it on, Oh, boy, it just looks dreadful.

5. If you have a fabulous skirt that matches nothing in your wardrobe, make sure to bring it along with you so you can create an outfit. Trying to remember a color is a bit iffy, so just take the guess work out of the problem by carrying it with you. Also, proportion is really important when wearing two items together that were not made to got with each other.

6. Trust yourself!! You know in your gut when you look great in something.

7. If you are unsure about the best shapes for your body type, we suggest you find the What Not To Wear books, originally by Trinny and Susannah, and also by Stacy and Clinton. The books are filled with wonderful advice about accentuating the positive and detracting from the negative.

8. Don't feel that you have to purchase anything. Have some fun, try things on or just window shop. You will love the variety of colors and styles available, with the added bonus of not looking like everyone else. Express yourself.

9.  Keep your lipstick on your lips and your foundation on your face. Be considerate and shield the clothing you are trying on.

10. When shopping with children, why not bring a book along for them to read? Time does not weigh so heavily on children when their minds are occupied.

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AuthorChristina Novak

I love consignment shopping; not only can you find the one-of-a-kind item that you dreamed of having but you can also totally find the latest fashions, so that you are able to replicate today's looks.

We get in so many items that are from department stores with the tags on them that are now discounted to incredible savings of 30 - 75 % off of original retail prices. 

We are the designer, bargain-hunters paradise because we have in so many quality, brand name dresses, jeans, skirts, blouses, and, of course, shoes. Are you a Gucci lover? If so, we have a gorgeous pair of champagne Gucci heels in size 38 for only $275.50 that retailed for $660.00!! Brand new with the box. I know!!!  It's exciting.......that is only the tip of the iceberg. Rebecca Taylor tops, Rachel Pally dresses, J Brand jeans are just a few of the latest designer finds at New To You, Inc.

Come in and see what savings you can dig up. It is worth the time and effort to pop into Falls Church City to see what treasures you can hunt for. 

The added bonus is we will give you an honest style assessment. We never just say you look great in something unless it is TRUE.

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So many times I am stuck in the rut of wearing the same outfits day in and day out. My friend Patti always inspires me to be a bit more color forward because she just adores wearing bright, popping color. The color blue is the best color in the world!!! It's no use arguing because facts are facts.  I can easily wear this little fellows blues and blacks and not feel too conspicuous. Black leggings, blue top and easily finished off with a black necklace and boots or....

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So here I have my  own J. Crew leggings, a YSL tote - available at New To You, J. Crew flats - available at New To You, my own royal blue ruffle silk blouse. 

 

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Why is the concept of clean so difficult to grasp?Clean (defined) - free from dirt, marks and stains. We say the same patter to everyone that asks about consigning; items must be current-style, designer label, in excellent condition  and recently cleaned. I often hear the comment "I only wore once", as if this somehow exonerates having the item(s) washed or dry cleaned. If you goes to a hotel and the bellboy shows you to your room and the bed is unmade; do you want him to tell you, "Oh, don't worry,  they were only here for an hour so." It certainly is interesting when people become indignant and swear that they have not worn the item and suggest that maybe their maid wore their clothes when they're not looking. Right.... Preparing items for resale can be time consuming, and, yes, sometimes you have to pay to have something cleaned but it's only right and proper to do so.

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I am usually not a big fan of jewelry marriages. I like items in their pure state but this little bracelet intrigues me quite a lot. Most likely it is because of my lifelong fascination with gems stones, rocks, semi-precious stones and pearls. In this number, we have a repousse white multi-floral plastic oval set in sterling silver which has been taken from another piece of jewelry. It has a 925 stamp on the back, as well as, a large initial M. There are four strands of different beads - faceted, unfaceted, ovals, rounds etc. All in various stripes, as well as, mottled colorings that look like agates, jasper, labradorite, and some other beads. I have no idea what they all are - just a really charming mixture.

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