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Kara Sewell: Look Ma! I Only Spent $8

(Photo: Kara Sewell, FOX19 NOW) (Photo: Kara Sewell, FOX19 NOW)
(Photo: Kara Sewell, FOX19 NOW) (Photo: Kara Sewell, FOX19 NOW)
(Photo: Kara Sewell, FOX19 NOW) (Photo: Kara Sewell, FOX19 NOW)

I’ve been told, “You must have a big closet!” And while I would love to scream YES, that’s just not the case.

The truth is I share a closet with a man who has a dozen pair of jeans…jeans! I own three pair of jeans for the record.

Being that I’m on television every day, it’s not lost on me that wearing the same outfit over and over could appear dull. But buying new clothes all the time is also expensive like blink a few times to make sure I’m seeing the numbers correctly. The trick is mixing pieces with jewelry to make it look like I own a lot of clothes when in actuality my side of the closet is smaller than my spouse.

Recently FOX19 NOW had ‘Portaluca’ on our morning show; it’s a nonprofit resale shop that specializes in designer and higher end clothing.

‘Portaluca’ opened to the public as 4th Street Boutique in 2002; it’s the first in over 128 Dress for Success affiliates worldwide to have an earned income venture.  The proceeds support Dress for Success Cincinnati’s services to disadvantaged women. And let me tell you, their clothes are stylish!

Tuesday, Meteorologist Catherine Bodak and I decided to have a girl’s shopping day; it’s a great excuse to have wine with lunch and spend time together outside of work. Logan, the store’s fashion designer was kind enough to pull items he thought we might like. Let’s get real here; I am hard to shop for; I only wear certain colors and styles and I typically only trust my mom’s opinion. I’ve been doing TV news for nearly a decade and one thing I’ve learned is that what looks good in person does not always flatter on camera. My advice, stick to solid colors (I break my own rules a lot) don’t wear anything too blousy (it makes you look pregnant) and only wear one large piece of jewelry (if you like that sort of thing).

Logan did an excellent job picking out suits, sweaters and dresses. In the end Catherine found an Armani suit jacket for $30 and I bought a Tory Burch sweater for $8!

‘Portaluca’ is one of those clothing stores where you need to go often because you may come out empty handed many times but there will be those occasions you hit the jackpot. 

The store is organized, clean and well-staffed so it’s easy to look through clothing and shoes without feeling overwhelmed. They have plenty of dressing rooms and specials periodically. I swear I’m not being paid to write all this but shopping and giving back seems like a win-win to me.

The boutique has two locations, downtown and College Hill. The downtown location is at 209 West 4th Street between Elm and Plum on the ground floor of the Textile Building. The boutique is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Thursday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The College Hill boutique opened its doors in 2011 in the College Hill Business District at 5838 Hamilton Ave. The boutique is open to the public Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Donations can also be dropped off during business hours.

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