Weekly Round Up (September 19-24)

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I am starting a new blog post series, called the Weekly Round-Up. This way you can find all the posts in one spot. I think this will be great for my readers who don’t have time to check my blog every day. ❤

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Blog Post # 1: Sunset At The Oregon Coast -The beauty of Yachats, Oregon

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Blog Post #2: My Rocks And Wellness Package -The rocks and goodies I received in the mail from Athena Perrakis

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Blog Post #3: Book Review: Looking Fly on A Dime -Pretty much the best thrifting book ever!

 

 

Book Review: Looking Fly On A Dime

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I stumbled across Looking Fly On A Dime while looking for thrifting books on Amazon. I fell shamelessly, head over heels in love!

This is the best book I have read on thrift shopping. I love Patrice’s story about how she became a thrifting magician. The author is both relatable and gets to the point quickly, which makes for a good read.

The tips and strategies are simple and easy to implement, and a few caught me by surprise. Some of the tips include:

  • How to maximize quick trips to the thrift store
  • How to get the most out of in-depth thrift shopping
  • How to avoid buyer’s remorse and build your wardrobe
  • And even tips for sanitation 🙂

Looking Fly On A Dime is well worth its cost, and I’d recommend it for anyone who is wanting to polish up their thrift-shopping skills. 🙂

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Disclaimer: I am not being compensated for this post in any shape or form. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

Blogger Spotlight: Refashionista

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Here is one of my thrift-shopping, treasure-hunting heroes! Her name is Jillian Owens, and she is the blogger at Refashionista. While thrifting blogs are great, I love the added twist of looking at an outfit differently and transforming it with a needle and thread.

Jillian Owens created a Dress A Day challenge, where for 365 days, she refashioned a dress every single day. That is just amazing to me! A whole year seems too intimidating to me right now, but I plan on doing a mini-version, and refashion one outfit a day for a month.

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Refashionista is one of my biggest blog inspirations. Every time I read a blog post, I start looking at my own clothing to see how to modify and change it. I love this quote by Jillian –it sums up exactly how I feel about thrifting, refashioning and the relationship with our clothing:

“We just go to a store and idly flick through racks of almost identical-looking clothing, try it on, purchase it, wear it and discard it. Refashioning is a radically self-reliant and involved process that makes you actually think about what you’re wearing in a more meaningful way.”

Here are 3 of my favorite blog posts at Refashionista:

1. Wanna Be Wednesday: Ressica Edition

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I love to see how she creates celebrity and fashion designer look-a-likes from clothing that has seen better days. Even if an outfit is ugly at the thrift store, it can experience a beautiful rebirth!

2. Finding Fashion Inspiration with the Refashionista 

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Jillian Owens is also a featured blogger at the The Good Life blog, owned by Goodwill. I love how she talks about finding sources of inspiration for our wardrobes. Inspiration can be found in all sorts of places!

3. Viva Las Vegas Dress

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This refashion post is right up my alley. I adore sparkly evening dresses, but have no excuse to wear them. And even worse -I love vintage so much that I often choose “grandma” clothing. I love how she refashioned it into a more modern, wearable dress. It could be fun to make shirts /tunics as well!

In short, Refashionista is awesome! What do you think of me doing the 1 month challenge? 🙂

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Disclaimer: I am not being compensation in any shape or form for this post. My opinions are my own.

 

 

How To: Not Rip Your Tights and Pantyhose

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Have you ever experienced the aggravation of ripping your hose or stockings? I used to joke that pantyhose were disposable because I always trashed them by the second wear. Keeping hosiery intact and in shape seemed to be a complete myth.

I started looking into compression hose, since I sit 8 hours a day as a receptionist (it helps improve blood circulation in the legs and feet). But when I looked at the price, I gasped. $30-$60!!! I decided there had to be a way to protect such an expensive pair of hosiery. Well, I did my research online and found a couple of great tips.

Use Rubber Gloves!

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When I first discovered this tip, it sounded ridiculous. Why would I wear rubber gloves to put on my tights? Well, apparently they will prevent those awful runs and snags. Sounds good to me!

Because the hosiery has such a delicate weave, your fingernails -or even the skin on your fingers- can rip it. This is especially true for compression hosiery, as it is much tighter and harder to put on. I have seen “donning gloves” that you can buy on Amazon, such as this pair of Sigvaris Donning Gloves. You can try regular rubber gloves as well.

Wash Those Tights Right!

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How you wash your pantyhose is key to keeping them in good shape. 🙂

If you’ve ever had your hose stretched waaay long, it’s because they were not placed in a lingerie bag. Lingerie bags are typically made of mesh, and help protect hosiery, as well as other intimates. This Whitmore Mesh Hosiery Wash Bag at Amazon is a good, cheap option. 🙂

Also: Make sure to set the washing machine cycle to delicate, and on warm to cool water..

Another tip: Also, don’t send them through the dryer! Use a paper towel to soak up excess water, and then hang to dry.

Hopefully these tips will save you some stress, frustration and some money as well. 🙂

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Disclaimer: I am not being compensated in any shape or form for this post. All opinions are my own.

The Best Layering Tee Ever!

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I found a new shirt, and well, I am in love! I went to my sister-in-law Katie’s wedding back in July, which was lovely, by the way. 🙂 There, my mom-in-law, Patty, introduced me to the best layering shirt ever!

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My awesome sister-in-law Lizzie and me! (I look super tan because I covered myself in Sally Hansen’s pantyhose in a bottle.)

It was a matching purple to go with my brides-matron dress, as the neckline was too low. I asked her where she got them, and she said Wal-Mart. I was floored. So naturally, I headed over to Wal-Mart and bought several more in different colors!

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I am telling you, these are the best shirts ever! If you have ever worn a Down East wonder tee before, well, these shirts are even better. When I find something, cheap, flattering and completely modest, I feel the need to tell everyone!

  • First and foremost, these shirts have perfect coverage. Down East shirts always seem to have  necklines and sleeves that don’t quite… cover all the way. With these on the other hand, I don’t have to worry at all about modesty!
  • They are way cheaper than Down East –$2.97, as opposed to $12.97!
  • I also love the fit so much more. The shirts are a little thinner, and the drape is much more flattering.
  • They breathe way better too, which was a major complaint that I had about Down East wonder tees. They felt stiff, claustrophobic, and way too hot for a summer day. These Wal-Mart shirts, on the other hand, are perfect for hot weather.
  • I’ve washed my shirts a few times already, and they have washed well so far. I have not seen any major shrinkage or stretching/warping (although I wouldn’t recommend a heavy duty wash cycle or super high heat for drying).
  • At least at the Wal-Mart in Mandan, there is a whole wall of these shirts, in lots of colors.

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These shirts are perfect for me, as I like simple and sweet shirts. I love the solid colors, and that they are great for layering or standalone wearing. And since I’ve been looking to expand my summer wardrobe, I feel happy that I found a great daily wardrobe staple. 🙂

My Love for Kate Spade

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One of my favorite brands is Kate Spade. I love that their purses are bright, cheerful, whimsical, while still being lady-like. I recently was able to try on one of their perfumes, Walk on Air. I went to my local Herberger’s store here in Bismarck, and had a wonderful time trying out different perfumes. I loved Walk On Air, because it was light and airy -not cloying like a lot of perfumes. It was also simple, which I like. I like cheerful and simple in my personal style. 🙂

I have been in love with the Kate Spade handbag for a long time, and with the brand itself. I feel like I really connect with the Kate Spade image, values and success story, which isn’t true for most brands I encounter. It’s just… me. It seems to capture the essence of my blog’s previous name, Colorful Glamour.

I adore the concept of passing on family heirlooms, and one day I plan to pass down a beautiful Kate Spate handbag -one that is classic, colorful and speaks a little of my store. As for my future bottle of Walk On Air, I plan to use every drop. 🙂

If you want to read this brand’s awesome back story, go ahead and check it out –Kate Spade’s Shiny, Sparkly Success Story.

Little Loves

This week I found some amazing things and couldn’t wait to share them with you!

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Cat Eye Sunglasses

My last pair of sunglasses met an unfortunate demise when I sat on them at a bonfire night… So, I needed a replacement. I found these really cute cat eye sunglasses made by Aero at the Seeds of Hope thrift store –for $1! I think they are super cute. 🙂

Contemporary Swing Jazz

I found myself in a bit of a music rut and started looking for a new genre of music to listen to. Yesterday I stumbled across some modern renditions of 1930’s-1950’s swing jazz songs, and I fell in love! I love the bands Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Two Man Gentleman Band, and Royal Crown Revue. I particularly like “Why Me” by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. 🙂

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Naan Crisps

I love Indian food. One of my favorite parts of an Indian dish is the naan –a beyond delicious flatbread. As I meandered around Wal-Mart, I stumbled across some naan crisps, and snagged a bag right up! They go great with my hummus. 🙂

I have a bunch of posts lined up for this week, including my recent trip to Canada! So stay tuned for more. 🙂

Spring Is Here!

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Hallelujah! Spring has finally made it to Bismarck! While I am grateful for the reprieve this winter, I love to see everything turn green and come alive. The trees have started blooming around our apartment complex and they smell amazing. I looked outside, saw the sunset and knew I had to take some pictures. Ben, my awesome husband and camera man, was happy to help me out. 🙂

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Today’s outfit was a bit more “new” than usual… if you can call it that. 🙂 I bought my flats back in 2012, and they are still going strong! I like the get the most wear out of my clothes as possible.  I bought the shorts on clearance last year at Old Navy, and I love how comfy they are. I bought the necklace last week -it was 75% off at One World Boutique. So, I’m not exactly showcasing my thrifting skills today. That said, my outfit still comes out to a pretty low price.

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Green Shirt: Part of $1 Digger Bag, Thrifted (Maurices)
  • Shorts: $6, New (Old Navy)
  • Leopard Print Flats: $10, New -back in 2012! (Payless Shoes)
  • Green and Gold Necklace: $3, New (One World Boutique)

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I had to take a picture by my awesome car. I got her last year after my Suzuki Sidekick had a heart attack. She’s a little Ford Escape, and I love how I can spot this car from two parking lots away. A vibrant car deserves a vibrant name, so I call her Saffron. 🙂

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The sunset really was beautiful and I’m glad I got out to enjoy the lovely weather. It never manages to amaze me just how magical spring is. Even when I see the same trees and the same flowers each year, they still manage to take my breath away.

(Note: These pictures were taken on May 6th. It took me a while to actually share them here at Dana Maye.)

Celebration Time, Come On!

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North Dakota is having a heat stroke! This winter has been unbelievably mild. I love it. I decided to celebrate by pulling out my awesome new pants! That, and going on a fun walk with my sister Heather. It really is just beautiful out today. It’s 61 degrees out – total t-shirt weather! I stopped by this lovely house and thought it would be a fun place for a photo shoot. It reminds me of Ben. 🙂 (He works in construction).

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But let me tell you about these pants. As usual, I found them at the Digger Room at the Seeds of Hope thrift shop. I saw this glorious pair of pants strewn across a pile of clothes, and snatched them up immediately. Apparently they were too loud and crazy for the average digger, but not for me! They remind me of seventies disco, and the ocean. Of course, I also love the color. I have so much blue, green, teal and turquoise in my closet. I think it makes up most of my wardrobe these days.

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My awesome sister Heather and I on a cook out in 2010.

Ben said they remind him of a pair of pants I used to wear back in the day. I think I can see a resemblance. These jeans had a really fun bleach splatter to them. What can I say? I like pants with a personality. 🙂

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I also love this necklace! I found it at Boehm for $3! I went with my awesome sister-in-law Lizzie when we went to visit her in Boise recently. When I walked into Boehm, I fell in love. The clothes were so fun and cute.  I managed to find this delicate little necklace on the jewelry clearance rack. It has gold and crystal disco balls on it. I think it’s very fitting for this outfit. 🙂

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My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Navy T-shirt -Part of $1 Digger Bag, thrifted (Velvet)
  • Gold Necklace -$3, new (Boehm)
  • My Super Duper Fancy Pants – Part of $1 Digger Bag, thrifted (Express)
  • Black Sneakers -$50, new (New Balance)

And that’s my blog post for today. What do you think?

 

 

 

2016 Colors of the Year

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Every year, I get excited to find out what the new color of the year is. I especially loved 2013, when emerald was the color of the year. I sure stocked up on my green that year. 🙂

This year Pantone decided to release two colors at the same time: serenity and rose quartz. I think the colors are darling! If done wrong, it can definitely just look like baby colors. But when done right, I think the pastel colors look both fun and relaxing. I definitely plan on wearing this combination some time this year. I’m thinking a blue button up shirt with a pink necklace.

You might be wondering what Pantone is. This company created the Pantone Matching System, a universal language for color. Basically, they aim to give every shade in the world a name. Each year they release a color of the year (or in this case two), and a set of colors for the spring/summer, fall and winter seasons. I think Pantone is pretty nifty!

The Pantone color releases may not seem very relevant to every day life, but in large part they determine trends and colors in every thing from fashion and beauty to paint and furniture to advertising, marketing and graphic design. So much of what we buy as consumers is determined by Pantone.

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Typically each season Pantone releases a set of 10 colors. You should keep an eye out for these colors this spring and summer! I’m particularly excited about the peach echo and green flash. I might be able to find a green bathing suit this year. 🙂

I love color. I think it has the power to elevate our moods, and bring positive energy into the room. Color is a form of celebration, and I intend to celebrate this year!