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About Magpie Style

Magpie Style is all about offering you accessible, everyday style that shines!

When I was in first grade, I fell in love with a denim jumper that had a huge apple on the front. As the years evolved so did my taste in clothing. I’m hopelessly impractical when it comes to the things I love–anything vintage, glittery, jeweled or shiny. But, that’s not the life I live.

After 20 years of writing and editing business and real estate magazines, I founded Magpie Style, a blog dedicated to helping you find your individual style. I want to provide outfit inspiration, tips for snagging a designer deal on eBay, accessory how-tos and more.

My Style. I’m a work-from-home mom of two children–a teenage son and an elementary school-age daughter! So, I know what it’s like to get dressed in the morning in a rush. And, while I do try hard to put it together, many mornings you’ll see me in my yoga pants and a tee shirt dropping the kids off at school. That’s life!

But, when I look polished, it puts pep in my step. My personal style is all about mixing high to mid-priced designer (mostly bought on eBay) with affordable pieces from popular stores such as Target, J Crew, Anthropologie, Banana Republic, Zara and sometimes H&M.

I like classics with a twist and a little boho or rocker chic thrown in! I truly believe that some clothing items are worth the investment. However, I don’t think you have to spend a fortune to look good. I’m an expert eBay-er, thrifter, and I rarely ever buy anything full price. I resell things I don’t use on eBay and use that money to fund my clothing purchases. It’s all about smart budgeting and knowing your personal style.

My Favorite Designers: Diane Von Furstenberg, Alice + Olivia, Theory, Paris Gordon, Parker, Vince, Thakoon, Helmut Lang, Cynthia Steffe, Amanda Uprichard, Rebecca Taylor, Lanvin (best for window shopping), Bottega Veneta (I will own one of these purses someday), Nanette Lepore (love the jackets and tops), Citizens of Humanity (my fav jeans.)

My Favorite Stores: Any outlet store: Off 5th, Nordstrom Rack, Neiman’s Last Call, JCrew, Anthropologie, Target, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic and eBay. Locally, I love Zou Zou Boutique and Sophie & Trey.

I have an odd attraction to boots, leather jackets, brooches, sequins and all things pretty! I love thrift stores, antique shops and antique flea markets. And, I love to travel.

I would love to hear from you. Please email me at Tracey@traceyvelt.com with your fashion questions, suggestions or just to say ‘Hi’!