#Swaplulus

 Swap Lulu's San Francisco

Last Thursday I finally got to experience my first swapping event with Swap Lulu’s – a clothing swapping event hosted by The Swapaholics and sponsored by online boutique Lulu’s. Being the shopaholic that I am, this was the ultimate shopping experience without spending a lot of dough.

The swap was held at the Madrone Studios in the Mission. Upon check-in I dropped off a bag of my unwanted clothes and was given a swap tote bag for later use. While we waited for the actual swap to start, I headed upstairs to the blogger/press party where we were greeted with some tasty bites from Pretzel Crisps, refreshing drinks from Neuro, and of course some vino too! Here I got to catch up with my favorite blogger friends as well as mingling with some new ones… and yes, this room was filled with nothing but stylish ladies!

Margot (MSB Chic), Laura (On The Racks), Michelle (FVNCY)

Blogger friends: Margot (MSB Chic), Laura (On The Racks), Michelle (FVNCY)

Lulu's also threw in a surprise for the bloggers with a rack of new clothes for us to grab!

Lulu’s also threw in a surprise for the bloggers with a rack of new clothes for us to grab! There were definitely more bloggers at the event than the pieces hung here, so you can imagine the crazy madness when it was time for us to grab our favorite piece! See below to see who got what.

The stylish ladies from Lulu's.

The stylish ladies from Lulu’s.

Maria from Kitties + Couture

Maria from Kitties + Couture

Elizabeth (Mission:Closet), Michelle (Fvncy), Santina (Style by Santina)

Elizabeth (Mission:Closet), Michelle (Fvncy), Santina (Style by Santina)

Laura (On The Racks), Amber (Amber's Notebook), Natalie (Like Fresh Laundry)

Laura (On The Racks), Amber (Amber’s Notebook), Natalie (Like Fresh Laundry)

My grab from the Lulu's rack! / Margot (MSB Chic)

My grab from the Lulu’s rack! / Margot (MSB Chic)

Meghan from Boutiques.com...loving her idea of attaching a brooch to the necklace.

Meghan from Boutiques.com…loving her idea of attaching a brooch to the necklace.

Some silly pics with Amber while waiting in line before the swap.

Some silly pics with Amber while waiting in line before the swap. (Did you see her SF Giants phone cover? GO Giants!!!)

Inside the swap (photo via SwapLulu's)

Inside the swap (photo via SwapLulu’s)

Here are my picks from the swap

Here are my picks from the swap… among my favorites are a preppy cashmere sweater from Saks Fifth Avenue, an 80’s jean jacket, a cropped blazer with lace in nude, and a J.Crew summer tote, which Eli from Thrifteye had picked out at first but decided to give it to me because she thought I would wear it more than her. She is too sweet!!! This is why I love my blogger friends!!!

I totally rocked this Lulu's vest

And this past weekend, I totally rocked this Lulu’s vest at the Treasure Island Flea, which I’ll be posting more pictures of it soon. :)

I had such a blast at the swap! There were so many stylish bloggers/people there I wish I had a chance to meet everyone. If you were at the party and we didn’t get to say hi, please drop me a line here, Facebook, or Twitter. I’d love to get connected and hopefully see you at the next swap.

At last, thank you so much to all the hard working ladies from The Swapaholics and Lulu’s for putting together such an amazing event! It felt a little overwhelming at first with the whole swapping scene; some of those ladies there were serious pros and walked away with stacks of clothes. But I think with just like everything else, it gets better with practice.

Though what I love most about this event was that all the left over clothes at the end got donated to Goodwill  to raise money for funding job training, empowerment and youth programs. I have a soft spot for giving back to the community and knowing this made me felt just fine if I had walked out the swap with nothing in my hand. :)