1. Friday, April 18, 2014

    Consignment/Resale Shopping

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    Oh how I love darling little baby girl clothes. I could very easily spend a fortune buying my daughter cute new outfits & shoes (I’m obsessed with baby shoes. Even though she kicks them off in about two seconds!). She grows so quickly, and goes through about 2-3 outfits a day, so clothes are definitely a must. But I just can’t justify spending a fortune on clothes that will be spit up on, pooped on, and quickly outgrown. BUT, of course I still want her to look adorable. So, I meet in the middle and I buy most of her clothes at resale stores. This works well since the hubs and I are on a budget and trying to stick to our Dave Ramsey debt snowball. I have to be smart and budget- conscious. Trendy clothes at budget-friendly prices are a definite win in my book. 

    See that picture above? I bought all of those clothes for a total of $62.49. Thats: 6 pairs of shorts // 5 tops // 3 pairs of pants //1 romper // 1 dress 

    Most of the items looked brand new, maybe worn once or twice. And many of them still had tags on them. So baby gets several new outfits and mama doesn’t have to have buyer’s remorse. Score!

    Below I’ve listed a few tips for consignment shopping for your little one. 

    5 Tips For Consignment Shopping:

    1. Give yourself time. Good finds are out there, but they require the time & patience it takes to find them. 95% of the clothes at consignment stores may be outdated and not very cute. But gems do exist. Fabulous, stylish, cheap little gems.  Tap into your inner hunter-gatherer and scour those racks!
    2. Look up consignment shops in the nice, upscale areas on town. If I have the time, I drive the 20 minutes to the fancier neighborhood and find better brands and clothes. Most of which have never been worn and still have tags on, or are very gently used.
    3. Search out clothes from your favorite stores. I love the style of clothes at Baby Gap, Zara, H&M, Cotton On… So I search out those brands & styles specifically. Finding cute pieces at a more wallet-friendly price.
    4. Sign up for shop email lists to be the first to know what sales are happening. Sometimes they’ll even send you coupons! One time I went to a weekend 99 cent sale and got a whole bag of clothes for Eveleigh for $20. I got an email the week of the sale, and went the first night before everything was picked over. I scored big that night, even getting a Baby Gap peacoat for 99 Cents!
    5. Go alone. While as a mom this is challenging and not always feasible… It is easier to shop alone for obvious reasons. Fewer distractions = more focus. Plus, it’s good for you mamas to take a little hour to yourself here & there! 

    Happy Shopping! 

    photo 1       ^^Eveleigh in one of her new outfits!^^

  2. Friday, May 3, 2013

    Blah blah blah

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    Last Friday I was battling a particularly strong case of blahness. I was in this rut where my mood was “blah.” My clothes felt “blah.” My hair felt “blah.” These are the moments that I am most susceptible to impulsiveness (fighting the urge to go buy new clothes and/or chop off my hair). So I decided to fight these feelings by mixing things up. I threw on my husband’s glasses (which I have now officially adopted to be own. Thanks hubs!), tossed my hair up into a messy topknot, and put on some bold lipstick. Sometimes it’s just necessary to have a little fun & play around! Later that night Ryan and I went out to dinner with friends & went to a comedy show fundraiser. Made for a fun Friday night out. Laughter is the best medicine. :)

    Hope your Friday is wonderful. ♥

  3. Saturday, October 1, 2011

    This video has been making its way around the blogosphere, and I, too, wanted to share. I love how it shows how fashion has evolved through the years, but it does it in such a fun and inspiring way. Very well done, folks. 

     Have a beautiful weekend! Xo

  4. Thursday, September 22, 2011

    Lovely Looks

    Here are some looks that I am currently loving. The wavy hair, neutral colors, layers, and long satchels. ♥

  5. Friday, August 26, 2011

    Irresistible.

    Here are some pretty things that I would purchase if given the chance. (I have a thing for neutral tones… can you tell? ha.) I picked some fun pieces and some that would easily transition in the fall. Happy Shopping!

    1. Knit Scarf Forever 21 2. Leatherette Handbag Forever 21 3. Juice Couture Watch ASOS 4. Cream Mini Dress Modcloth 5. Blue Frill Dress ASOS 6. Free People Pullover Piperlime 7. Silk Button Down Blouse Piperlime

  6. Tuesday, July 12, 2011

    Drugstore Beauty Finds

    There are a lot of great affordable beauty products out there, it’s just about finding the right items. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite drugstore beauty products. My favorite part? They are all under $15! 

    1.     Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Bronzer & Blush - $12.99

    2.     L’Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in British Red - $5.99

    3.     Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion - $9.29

    4.     Maybelline Gel Liner – Black $7.99

    5.     Essie Nail Polish in Geranium $8.00

    6.     L’Oreal Extra-Volume Collagen Mascara in Blackest Black $7.99

    7.     St. Ives Apricot Scrub - $3.00

    8.     Olay Complete All Day Moisture with SPF 15 - $6.49

    9.     Physician’s Formula Conceal Rx - $8.99

    10.  Maybelline Expert Wear Quads – Sunlit Bronze - $4.99

  7. Friday, July 8, 2011

    Lovely Little Things

    Let’s go ahead and imagine we live in a dream world where we get to go shopping and buy lots of lovely little things. In this dream world, I would go ahead and purchase the above items. It would just be fabulous, wouldn’t it? So many pretty things. Ahhhhh. 

    Don’t wake me I plan on sleeping in… 

    You can find the items at the links below:

    1. Marc by Marc Jacobs Dress 2. Kimchi Blue Dress 3. Mark & James Wedges 4. J Crew Retro Swimsuit 5. J Crew Chambray Popover 6. Lace Dress, Forever 21 7. 70s Straw Hat, ASOS

  8. Wednesday, April 6, 2011

    Crush

                                                  [Top: H&M, Shorts: Forever 21, Shoes: Steve Madden}

      I finally got my closet organized after a few weeks of moving craziness. While doing so, I came across these shorts that I purchased about a month ago and never got the chance to wear. Friday night provided the perfect opportunity, and I was excited to get a little dressed up after days of working around the apartment. 

    Hope your week is off to a great start. ♥ 

  9. Thursday, March 31, 2011

    Pretty Things.

                                                                             [Free People]

    I’ve been feeling particularly uninspired with my wardrobe lately. I would love to go shopping, but with the recent move across the country that’s definitely not in the budget. So… I’ve been looking around for some different outfit inspiration. These are some of the outfits/pieces inspiring me. Now I shall go into my closet and play dress up. Pair things in new ways. Try things I wouldn’t normally try and see how it makes me feel. Just have fun. Because that’s when true creativity happens. When you stop trying and just have fun with it. 

                                                [Bloomingdale’s Dress; Diane Von Furstenberg Dress]

  10. Tuesday, February 22, 2011

    Neutrals

    [Embellished Mini Dress $107.58 ASOSCypress Dress $128 J CrewSoft Tank $54.50 Gap; Cypress; Suede Wedges $89.50 Gap]

    As much as I love bright colors for spring, I just love the elegance and timelessness of these neutral pieces. I believe my next two purchases will be a cream blouse and a pair of brown or nude wedges. 

    [Pleated Bow Blouse $78.00 Urban Outfitters; Lace Frock $44.99 ModCloth; Handbag $29.98 Aldo; Peasant Blouse $138 Anthropologie]

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