Some personalized stockings. Can you guess which stockings belongs to who? White stockings, with ornaments and a red bow added to add some colors. All pieces bought at JoAnn’s. Our son loves watching curious Gorgeous, so he got a monkey on his. Personally I love fashion, so I added some fashionable Christmas shoes, and my husband love the simplicity of Christmas, he loves snowmans.
Just got my Stiff Upper Lip (Lip Stain). Blown away! Loving it!! Not often I go bold with any lipsticks, but this one is a keeper! https://youniqeproducts.com/wardrobetakeover
I’m one that loves to tell a story that’s very detailed along with listening to stories from other people with all the details as well. Some say it’s a girl thing and others say…she talks too much, thinks too much, and my absolute fave…she’s got a very exaggerated mind! Haha. I’m not going to deny, I love a little drama and excitement in my stories but I still make sure that the truth is told. I’d like to say I have a creative spirit that comes out in conversations with people and of course…what I wear.
My outfit below is inspired by Victorian art back in the 1700s. I just love the details in their architecture and paintings which reminds me of this lovely cardigan and shoes I am wearing. As you can see the patterns in the shoes and cardigan does not match but the colors and texture of materials do. So it is okay to combine the two in an outfit. This is called pattern mixing which is a popular style of taste. If you want to try something new in your wardrobe try pattern mixing. Pay close attention to the details to see if it works out and blends together. You may start a heck of a trend with your creativity!
Floral Cardigan: $1 Quality Thrift Store
Metallic Gold Blouse: $0.50 The Thrift
Light Wash Jeans: $8 Old Navy
Vintage Flats: $2 Thrift Shop
Fringe Purse: $5 Goodwill (Hawaii)
Running from point A to point B seems like an easy thing to do but when your list of duties take up 10 hours of your life can make for a hectic and tiring day. Especially when it comes to your wardrobe.
WHEN IN DOUBT- BRING EXTRA!
As a once intern for an amazing young adults ministry, college student, barista, baby sister, and everything else in between, days get longer but time seems to run out when you look at the clock. At least for me it was. I have learned ALOT when it came to changing from one outfit to another on busier days than the norm. You know, the changing in the car ordeal or running into the nearest gas station with a huge purse (hoping the workers don’t think your stealing and crazy) holding layers upon layers of clothing that you can’t seem to get on in the car (maybe cause it’s super cold outside). I’ve become an expert “bring extra” lady almost EVERYWHERE that I go. I’ve become such an expert to where people already know I have extra food, pads, lotion, underwear, clothes, what ever- if not in my purse then it’s definitely in the back of my car.
Life is too short to worry about what to wear. So because I do have such a busy schedule – STILL, I make sure to bring extra layers of clothing to add to my attire or just a complete new and simple wardrobe for the next occasion or if I’m lucky my whole outfit I had on from 6 am to midnight fits perfectly to all events that day (Yes I do have 18 hour busy days! You probably have them too and you don’t even know it).
PLAN IT OUT!
Plan out your day. Yes, for what you’re going to wear! See maybe your day starts off with work, then personal errands, then coffee date with a friend. Wear something that is comfortable yet fitting for your workplace so that when you run errands you’re not over the top dressy and/or sweating through your clothes. No time to get home to change? No worries! Just pack a simple top to change up your wardrobe or just bring a cardigan with extra jewelry to add to your outfit! Those are just some examples! No one has to know but you. Time is precious and running late on your girlfriends or boyfriend all the time because you have to change is not very nice yall and can be kinda irritating! Haha!
REMEMBER, IT’S JUST AN OPTION
You’re probably thinking- man this blogger is a tyrant! Naw, I’m just trying to help make your super hectic busy days as simple as possible when it comes to choosing your clothes! If you do love the adrenaline rush of rushing home to change completely then run out the house and speed on down the freeway, then by all means do it! If you’re looking for an easy way out then take some notes.
2 LOOKS FOR SEVERAL OCCASIONS
My outfit on the left is my running errands, picking kids up from school, coming home to cook then run more errands look. No time to run home to change so in my car I had an extra cardigan, super cute heels, and my red lips for some meetings and a coffee date with a friend to swap into after all my running around – as you can see in the right picture! Not too shabby! Haha!
Jean Jacket- Gift
Grey Hoodie- $5 Plato’s Closet
Black Beanie: $4 Walmart
Vintage (Real Leather) Ankle Boots: $2 Quality Thrift Store
Grey Cardigan: Gift
Striped Tank Top (in both pics): $5 Burlington
Olive Army Styled Pants(in both pics): $1.98 Old Navy
Ankle Strap Heels: $20 Nine West
I used to think that only rich folks can have the super nice jackets that’ll last them for years. Not like the jackets that are made out of cheap material and just from wearing it twice the gold or silver tarnishes away and it’s still way over your budget? I think to myself, “Self, how in the world you done rub the gold off your jacket? Surely you don’t wear it inside out? Now I see why it was only $15.99” Lol. Story of my life.
I had a goal for this season and for this coming spring to not spend a whole lot of money on clothes. I desired to have some jackets stored away just for fun and cause all my other jackets were “rubbing off” haha. And what do you know, it costs money! So I prayed to God for quality jackets that’ll last a long time along with special deals. I only wanted to spend $20, IF POSSIBLE, UNDER $20! I know crazy right?!
So my prayers were answered and I was able to get this beautiful coral jacket about 3 months ago for only $8 (tag still on it-never been worn) from Salvation Army. Did I mention it’s by Dana Buchman? She’s a well known fashion designer for upscale wear. You migh’tve seen her line at JCPennys and/or Kohl’s. The red polka dotted bomber jacket is from Quality Thrift Store for only $6-slightly used-still in the best condition designed by a well known athletic designer back in the 80s.
These jackets are great for the chilly spring nights and daily duties for fall! I am so excited to style them and have them for a good while since they are both made out of quality material! Make sure to tuned for my blog post featuring that super cute polka dotted jacket!
Fall has to be one of my favorite seasons to get extra creative especially with my wardrobe. Found this sweater dress at the Thrift Store in Tulsa, OK. Got a great deal on this vintage piece for only $3. This dress doesn’t really look like a sweater dress but what makes it a sweater dress is how the designer made the wrists, neckline, and hemline out of sweater material. As you can see in the picture, I will be making some adjustments for a more modern look.
Since the dress stops just above the ankle – super awkward (lol)-I went ahead and took ALOT of inches off making a more v-shaped hemline at the front and back instead of your normal straight hemline (just to make it fun and different). I love the padding at the shoulders and length of the arms so I kept it!
Take a look at my fall granny dress gone hipster outfit:
I added a plum – burgundy colored scarf and tights to give this outfit a pop and fall feel. I always find every way to wear dresses in this cold season, always. Haha.
Floral Printed Sweater Dress: $3 Thrift Shop
Wool Scarf: $2 Goodwill
Tights: $4 Walmart
High Booties: $6 Target
We all come from different walks of life. We all are formed differently yet so uniquely amazing. Not only do we have a specific purpose in this life but WE also have SPECIFIC features/looks that others may not have which ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL! This maybe a hard thought to take in but it’s time we believe in it, wear it, and walk in it.
I’ve had several conversations with girls regarding their looks and a majority of these beauties would change their outward appearance. The same girls in that majority based their appearance on how much they don’t measure up to other women, how much they don’t have or wish they can have. Basically spinning the comparison wheel. Its time we stop focusing on what we don’t have and embrace our lovely features created by God Himself.
There is a reason why you are sculptured the way that you are. If we all looked alike or had the same body type then this world would be boring and purposeless. The entertainment industry is broadcasting the way we should look by dominating commercials, movies, shows, and fashion lines so that we can follow along with what they think is right for us when in reality it is all false. There is not a specific category for beauty. That goes for size, ethnicity, how you were raised, what kind of clothing you wear, etc. It’s not only a way for them to make alot of money in this business but an even greater way for us to let the enemy run our minds on how we should look.
I’ve struggled with insecurity for a long time. There was a time when I didn’t even know I struggled with it, I was just prideful. I finally came to a point in my life, a couple years ago, where I truly love what I see in the mirror- when I felt free and comfortable in my own skin. Now things happened in those couple years where I gained some weight. I didn’t like that so I had to change my mind set, my eating habits and work out more. Not because I hated myself but because I want to remain healthy for the rest or my life. Though I wasn’t insecure about how I looked I still wanted to flaunt in my old clothes so gaining more weight was not an option (cause money was tight to buy new clothes lol).
Sometimes we get into this mindset of needing to get skinny because we want to be more beautiful when we already are. It all comes down to how you take care of yourself. If you decide to eat a tub of ice cream then run over to get some Mickey D’s later then it will be harder for you to lose weight or like what you see in the mirror. Lets say you’re super fit. If you’re constantly checking yourself out in the mirror after EVERY hard workout then always finding fault on your body EVERY TIME then you will never love yourself- you will ALWAYS find something wrong cause you will never be good enough or look good enough I should say. STOP IT! There’s nothing wrong with working out alot but if we live life this way then we will lose our identity. How can we see beauty if we don’t believe we are beautiful? I’m not saying to be conceited for the rest of your life but if God created us in His image with such thought, detail, care, and LOVE then we should love who we are. I mean, it’s in our DNA.
Beauty starts from within and naturally works its way out. I understand how hard it is to truly accept and love what we see in the mirror. When we make God the center of our looks, shopping, eating habits, etc. (by prayer and reading your bible) then we can make better choices for our lives and become more like Him. Believe that beauty is already in you then it’ll shine on its own! If God and the right people can help me then I believe it can and will happen for you! It’s time to take your life back from the world’s system and place it into the hands of God. Watch your look-your life-your everything transform for the better.
P.S. Darling, don’t you ever forget…you’re beautiful.
Vintage Top: $7 JC Pennys
Tribal Skirt Wrap:$1 Thrift Shop
Double Strap High Heel Wedge:$7 Good Will
African Beaded Necklace:$7 Target
Fedora: Gift from Target: $15