Thrifty Diaries: Goodwill in JP

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Literally just grabbed this shot from that day’s Insta story because I felt so good in this green sweater.

Hi friends! I wanted to start this week off by sharing some of my thrifting journey with y’all. I started thrifting a couple months ago after feeling super inspired by some of my fellow fashion bloggers I follow on Instagram (hey, hey, Kelly from Hello Robinson Style). My approach is pretty simple: browse, try-on, pose, and leave either with the few items that stole my heart OR full-heart-but-empty-hands. One of my favorite parts of thrifting is how many things I’ve tried on and then bought that I probably wouldn’t otherwise if I went to the mall. I love that the prices are good (if you stick to your local Goodwill) and oftentimes I find like-new stuff right off the bat. It’s crazy what people throw away (but, I get it since I’ve definitely thrown away brand new things, I’m ashamed to say).

I found three amazing items last week and I decided to not only style them, but share some footage from my initial try-on session. Bare with me, Instagram stories are HARD.

Pretty much a die-hard fan of my new blue blazer because the print is amazing. In addition to the green cardigan and blue blazer, I also pulled a chiffon long-sleeve blouse that looks amazing tied over a pair of boyfriend jeans. I’m saving the best for last (trust me!). I’ll style it this week and share it with y’all then!

Beating the Sunday Blues

I know this is a fashion blog predominantly, but I consider myself first and foremost a writer. I love finding inspiration for both how I dress and how I write in images. Below are a few images & quotes that I have found inspiring in the last few weeks and wanted to share with you all in case you’re in need of anything to brighten the blues of another weekend coming to an end.

Where I Shop: BaubleBar

OK, confession: I just love everything BaubleBar. I am so excited to share a few of my favorite pieces with you below. I think each piece is a great investment (although at a great price) to carry you through all summer long.

Fit for a Wedding Celebration

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I actually have never been to a wedding or a wedding celebration in my adult life which seems kind of weird! It definitely is proving a challenge as I have both a celebration and a ceremony to attend in the next few weeks. I finally put together my outfit (with the help of my lovely lady) and I’m super stoked to wear it this weekend. Here’s what I’m planning on wearing and why:

I love this Sleeveless Swing Dress from LOFT. It’s literally the perfect canvas to start with. Personally, I think I could’ve stuck to a non-plus size dress, but I decided to checkout the plus size line since I haven’t really and it tends to be where I find the best fitting clothes (hello big bust). I love the small button closure in the back and the loose, but not unshapely fit of the dress itself. I think this dress would be perfect for a lot of occasions. An LBD is a classic wardrobe staple, after all!

I decided to throw on a bright purple 3/4 sleeve cardigan to add that pop of color. Unfortunately, I actually thrifted the cardigan I plan on wearing. It’s from Talbots, I think. But this is a like option that would give you the same effect.

For accessories I purchased this BaubleBar necklace for the occasion, but I know I’ll be wearing it throughout the summer (maybe even to the wedding ceremony in July), these earrings from LOFT, and these summer sandals I absolutely swear by.

My favorite part of this whole outfit is my brand new The Sis Kiss clutch. I totally styled my entire outfit around there Fiona Clutch. I just love the colors, the uniqueness of the pattern, and I just think it is perfect for any kind of celebration.

All in all I think this will be a comfortable outfit for Sunday and one I’ll, most importantly, feel confident in!

Interview with Reagan Rowland

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Reagan with her boys.

I’m pretty easy to please; I love simple cuts, gold jewelry, and long drawn out dinners. Henri Lou Designs is accomplishing one of those things and killing at it. I stumbled across her beautiful gold necklace–the Lil Perfect Necklace–thanks to another fashion blogger, but it wasn’t until I interviewed Reagan Rowland, the brains and beauty behind the line, that I truly fell in love. I think, reading our interview, you will too!

HKS: How did you get started in the business?
RR: Click here and scroll down to meet the designer.

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The Lil Perfect necklace I mention above

As Reagan walked around the shop, she was drawn to the brass-o-rings that are used on snaffle bits for horses.

~ From Meet The Designer on Reagan’s website

HKS: Does your job effect what you wear?
RR: You could say that! I work from home, so it could be a lounge pants kinda day or a sundress kinda day.

HKS: What is one item in your wardrobe you can’t live without?
RR: Anything Splendid. Oh eek! Just one?! My Birkenstocks.

HKS: How has your styled evolved over the years?
RR: Honestly? Not at all. I’ve always been a cute, comfy kind of gal.

HKS: Do you have different styles during the weekday vs. the weekend?
RR: I do. I work from home during the week, so I step it up a notch on the weekend’s.

HKS: Has your business influenced your style at all?
RR: Oh sure. The jewels come before the clothes as opposed to the usual [way to get dressed]: the outfit and then accessorizing.

HKS: What are 3 items every woman needs in her wardrobe?
RR: Birkenstocks (of course), a maxi dress, and some denim cutoffs.

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Reagan with her beautiful, bestselling handbags

*All photos courtesy of Reagan

Style Quotes

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I have a few favorite quotes that I apply to getting dressed in the morning and I wanted to share them with you all here. I have to say, quite a few of them apply to more than just getting dressed, but when you think about it getting dressed is a pivotal moment in your day don’t you think? What you wear is what people see first when they meet you, it can add or take away from your personal comfort and based on what you’re wearing your confidence can either lead or take a backseat. When getting dressed with these below words in mine, I’m guaranteed confidence and comfort for free.

I always feel that if you’re gonna be uncomfortable and unhappy in something, just because you think it’s in or it’s chic, I would advise you to be happy rather than well-dressed. It’s better to be happy.” — Iris Apfel

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” — Rachel Zoe

“I don’t believe in fashion. I believe in costume. Life is too short to be same person every day.” — Stephanie Perkins

“Clothes have nothing until someone lives in them.” — Marc Jacobs

 

Mother’s Day & Why I Love My Mama

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Baby Haley & my mama!

My mama was always a style icon of sorts for me. I feel like we have a very stylish family. All the women in my life definitely take pride in how they dress. I have specific memories of raiding my mother’s closet from a very young age. I loved going through a jewelry box she had kept from college and asking her questions about all the particular pieces. I also loved stealing her handbags as a got older and playing dress-up in her fancier duds.

One of my favorite parts of being a girl was getting to go on shopping trips with my mom. I love that we have similar taste when it comes to both clothing and bags and frequently nowadays I send her links to things I’m thinking of purchasing to get her approval. The one thing she taught me from a very early age, and the thing I hold onto most now is this, if you’re happy with how you look, that’s all  that matters. I hope today you get to spend the day with your mama or any and all the special ladies in your life who have helped you grow (both fashionably and otherwise). Happy Mother’s Day mama’s. Thank you for being you.

In case you need some seriously last minute gifts here is what I would suggest:

  • A gift card to her favorite mani/pedi spa
  • Taking her out to dinner and picking up the bill
  • A simple, but sweet card in the mail 
  • A phone call (those tend to mean a lot even more so than a gift)

Where I Like To Shop: T.J. Max

Hi friends! I decided to do a second post for “Where I Like To Shop” this week. T.J. Max is one of my favorite stores and I’m almost sure it’s one of yours. I was a skeptical Maxinista for quite some time, until I started to score big. The other day, I felt a calling (a fashion calling if you will), and went into my local T.J. Max, only to leave slightly heavier than when I came in. I ended up finding the perfect summer bag on a $200 discount with a wallet to match.

I could find my exact bag or wallet online, but I decided to pull together a few options reminiscent of my scored. I’m a fan of classic Kate Spade and these pink totes all feel perfect for summer. I did pick up a matching wallet, and added a few similar ones above. I’m a little particular when it comes to having things match!

I feel like having a classic bag in your wardrobe is something every woman should aim for. Investing in something that literally takes you day-to-night and also makes you happy to look at is important. I love that my new bag has a zipper (so I don’t have to worry as much when I’m traveling with it) and is plenty roomy for a water bottle, book, and planner (my top 3 items I have on me for anytime I leave my house). I also love that the color is such a fun pop! It feels both a little unusual and pretty unique.

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A tiny peek inside my bag (I definitely have a thing for pink)

I also picked up an off-the-shoulder top by Hester & Orchard with the cutest pom poms and immediately wore it to dinner that very same night. I also love T.J. Max’s home goods — I mean I could spend hours in their mug and candle sections (and I definitely have come close).

I love the special items I picked up the other day and I’d love to hear from you! Have you scored anything big or small at your local T.J. Max?

You Have This in The Bag

One of my favorite parts of going out at night is bringing a smaller bag! I’m a big fan of downsizing, when it comes to a night out on the town. Recently, I was looking for a cheap, but chic clutch for a wedding celebration this month and found the perfect one on The Sis Kiss, but that search inspired me to pull together some of my favorites for summer for you guys right here.