I made a necklace with beads gifted to me by my mom and my mother-in-law! Jewelry making is one of my hobbies. I love to make simple strands of beads, and I love to work with stones. These beads are tiger’s eye and lava. I love their metaphysical properties.
“These potent tumbled tiger’s eye stones bring wisdom, courage, protection, discernment, and the ability to see ahead. It is your companion in difficult moments – a stone to be consulted for wisdom and direction, much like the goddess Athena was in ancient times. Because of their powerful balancing properties, they are a benefit to those suffering from anxiety.” –Sage Goddess
“Lava stones are a gift from Mother Nature herself – a source of grounding and soothing, a bridge between us and the embrace of the earth. Lava stones resonate with both Earth and Fire, and thus bring forth combined energies of stability, peace, warmth, and passion.” –Sage Goddess
I found the most amazing pair of boots at my local Seeds of Hope thrift store! I got this pair of Nine West Boots for $4, during a 1/2 off shoes sale! These amazing suede boots retail for approximately $70!
A couple of quick tips for buying boots at the thrift store!
Wipe the interior with antibacterial wipes. For extra measure, use some Gold Bond inside the boots as well. Sanitation is key!
Make sure to look at the tread on the boots, and the condition of the zipper.
This past weekend, Ben and I went to Fargo. Knowing that I wouldn’t have time to change before the car ride, I decided to wear something comfy, yet work appropriate. I came up with this simple outfit -a white button-up shirt with black leggings, a pair of boots, and a cozy scarf. I think it worked well.I especially like the mint and peach scarf-it’s a fun color pairing.
It was nice to get away for the weekend. Ben had some work to do in the Fargo design studio, so we headed over for a couple days. We also went to the Fargo-Moorhead Com-icon (more on that later). It was lovely to spend time with Ben, especially with no distractions. I think we both needed the relaxation and fun. 🙂
I also want to show off my latest makeup routine! I am love with my Clinique chubby stick! Lipstick tends to dry my lips out and make them look thinner, but this lip crayon helps my lips look naturally full. I love the sheer, barely there color. I also like my eyeliner, made by Just For Redheads. I plan on buying one of their mascaras and reviewing it later on!
Covergirl Outlast Stay 3-in-1 Foundation in Classic Ivory: $9.47
Clinique Chubby Stick Lip Balm in Super Strawberry: $17
CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara in Black Brown $6.94
Mirabella Blue Color Duo in Blissful: $34
JFR Mineral Eye Crayon in Penny: free gift with purchase ($16.99 retail)
Since it was 20 degrees outside, I did wear a coat most of the time. 🙂 This pink pea-coat is one of my favorite pieces in my outerwear wardrobe. It’s made by Monoreno, a clothing brand that you can find on Shoptique and Zulily. One thing I love about thrift shopping is that I am introduced to brands I’ve never heard of.
Isn’t the design studio lovely? It’s a perfect place for a blog picture, if I do say so myself. 🙂
My Outfit Deconstructed:
White Button-Up Shirt -Part of $1 Bag, thrifted (Van Huesen Studio/JC Penny)
Black Jeggings : Part of $1 Bag, thrifted (Mossimo/Target)
Sigh. I have a problem with smashing sunglasses. So here is another pair, this time in mint green. I had actually looked all over down-town for sunglasses, and couldn’t find any. Apparently it’s the wrong time of year for sun wear…. But, thankfully, Wal-Mart always has sunglasses on hand. I was so excited when I found this cute pair sitting in the $5 section! I love to wear green whenever I possibly can. 🙂
Also, I promised to show some clothing from my yard sale post, so here is that pair of skinny jeans! They are so comfy, and so fun to wear. My button up is pretty simple, but it keeps the focus on the mint. 🙂 And alas, the grass decided to swallow my flats, but I assure you that they are leopard print. If you read my blog often, you’ve probably seen this pair of flats 8000 times.
My outfit deconstructed:
Mint Sunglasses: $5, New (Wal-Mart)
Navy Button Up Shirt: $2.50, Thrifted (Converse)
Mint Skinny Jeans: $.75, Yard sale’d (YMI)
Leopard Print flats: $9.99, “New”- bought in 2012 (Payless)
I love the mystery and intrigue that comes with thrift shopping -I never know what I am going to find! This can be both a blessing and a curse. If I’m not careful, I will end up with a wardrobe full of super cool, super random clothing. If I can’t mix and match my wardrobe easily, I feel like I have nothing to wear. Thankfully there are ways to combat this.
One way that I make sure to keep my thrift shopping in check is to shop with a wish list. When I look for specific items at thrift stores, it helps me be more discerning, and buy what will really benefit my wardrobe. Also, I am more likely to find amazing things when I am consciously looking for them.
A few tips:
Keep your list under 10 items. This will make thrift shopping with a wish list less daunting.
Think about colors -and neutrals -that can enhance your wardrobe. Right now I am looking for more green and more navy.
Look for “filler” items. These are the so-called boring clothing staples that can stretch your wardrobe -like white button up shirts, black t-shirts, etc.
Think about occasion pieces. Do you need more work clothes, more dresses, or more casual clothing?
Silhouettes are another great way to shop. I tend to buy a-line skirts, so I make a conscious effort to look for other silhouettes, such as pencil skirts or maxi-skirts.
This wish list tip is one of the key components of my thrift shopping strategy. Let me know if you take a thrifting wish list on one of your thrift shopping adventures!
Finding the Seeds of Hope website is a bit difficult, so I created a basic information page for all those looking for this awesome thrift store. I plan on writing a future post about why I love Seeds of Hope so much. ❤
I did a lot of fun things this summer, and wrote a recap about all of that fun. Some of my adventures included a wedding in California, sanding a dining room set, a colonial-themed 4th of July party, and more. 🙂