Saturday, November 4, 2017

The Velvet Trend

Happy Saturday edition of Thrift Thursday! I’ve been fighting a sinus infection so getting ready for pictures has just not happened, but I finally sucked it up and got dressed and out on the town yesterday. The perfect weather and having a new outfit gave me a little boost to overcome this cold.

When you can match the latest trends on a thrift budget it’s better than and ice cream cone on a hot day. I’m obsessed with the velvet movement. Soft, glistening, luxurious fabric…I mean come on it’s pretty awesome.

I found this velvet blazer at my local thrift store for $3! For this look I went all out velvet. Blazer, purse, shoes, and even thought of matching my awesome velvet maternity pants with it, but I edited and ended up finishing the look with skinny jeans.

  • Blazer – $3 (thrift store on 50% off day)
  • Maternity Skinny Jeans – $38 (sale at Motherhood Maternity Outlet)
  • Maternity Top – $15 (sale & coupon Macy’s)
  • Boots – $24.99 (Marshals)
  • Purse – $0 (gift from mom)

If you missed my latest post about how to find maternity fashion on a budget, check out this post! It has a bunch of great tips and tricks on saving money while building your maternity wardrobe.

Of course you don’t have to be pregnant to enjoy this beautiful trend! Incorporating this fabulous material into your wardrobe gives your look a glam effect. It can also be a great way to wear the hottest fall trend colors! What do you think?

Shop The Post:

Velvet Blazers

Velvet Dresses

Velvet Shoes

Monday, October 30, 2017

How to Create a Maternity Closet on a Budget

Women normally need a good maternity wardrobe from about 4 months into their pregnancy to a month post-pregnancy. That’s a long time not to have enough pieces you can rock. But I also understand the huge commitment and hesitation of spending tons of money for new specific items.

So, here are my tips on how to incorporate your current closet while finding ways to save on maternity additions.

Evaluate Your Closet and Make it Last
  • First thing I did when I needed a little more breathing room was look for items that fit comfortably while also hiding my slightly growing belly until I was ready to share our news. For work I was able to wear loose blouses and leave a pant button open. There are also such great belly band options to make your pants last, I’ve just never invested in one because my thighs and hips seem to grow with my belly so I have to go up a pant size anyways.
  • Sweaters, wraps, stretchy tops and skirts, or drawstring pants that are already in your closet are fabulous for your first and into second trimester. For example at 21 weeks I’m wearing a non-maternity sweater dress with leggings and boots.
  • From my first pregnancy, even though babies will be born in completely different seasons, I was able to pull and incorporate the maternity clothes I had saved. Save everything! I was able to have jeans, work tops, summer dresses that I will pair with leggings for a fall look, and some workout pants and tanks.
Where/How To Buy Retail
  • You’ll be surprised at how many options you will have a more budget-friendly retailers like Old Navy, Target, Walmart, Zulily, and even Amazon. These retailers have a huge selection and enable you to buy more pieces for less.
  • Specialty shops like Motherhood Maternity and A Pea in a Pod are expensive, but by finding a factory outlet in your area let’s you wear their fabulous pieces on a budget. For this pregnancy I found two great patterned pants that I can dress-up for work or dress-down for weekends that were only $13 each on clearance. Our outlet also offers additional coupons via a coupon book, so don’t forget to ask the mall’s customer service!
  • Watch for department store sales. Macy’s was having an amazing maternity sale right at the beginning of my pregnancy. I went through and picked everything I loved that was on super clearance and with my mom’s additional coupon I was able to get about 10 pieces for around $150.  It was a wonderful birthday gift and actually made me super excited to start my belly bump journey again.
Buy/Rent Pre-owned Maternity Clothes
  • It wouldn’t be a post without me mentioning pre-owned clothing. There are just so many options for buying used maternity looks. Here are some places to look:
    • Thrift Store
    • Consignment Stores
    • Yard/Garage Sales
    • Craigslist, FreeCycle, FaceBook groups, and other online selling groups
    • ThredUP
  • Renting is also now a fabulous option for those special occasions during your pregnancy. Some options include Le Tote, Mine for Nine, and Borrow For Your Bump.
Friend Connections/Swaps
  • Having a friend almost identical in size is the best! One of my best friends has gotten through both of her pregnancies and breastfeeding phases without having to purchase much at all because her dear friend (even being across the country) sends her all her maternity/nursing clothes for her to use. Having this option is fabulous especially if you are having kids about a year apart.
  • Reach out to your friend network and see if anyone can lend you items or if you can buy them off them. This is a great way to recycle and also a way for them to feel great about cleaning out their closet.
  • If you have a lot of preggo friends, hosting a clothes swap is a fabulous way to get new looks throughout your pregnancy without spending a penny!

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This is such an exciting time! Feel and look beautiful from the inside out and your mama glow will be just radiant!

Let me know if any of these tips work for your maternity fashion.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Budget Finds {under $50}

Happy first day of summer!

This summer is going to be jam-packed with events and as exhausted we are going to be, I cannot wait to share some incredible memories with friends and family. So to start off my summer I’ve created a list of my summer budget finds under $50 because even as a fru-GAL (see what I did there haha) everyone need a fabulous wardrobe and beauty essesetials for summer fun!

Summer Accessories

Accessories are EVERYTHING for summer. It’s the perfect time to rock fun earrings, colorful big bags, fabulous sandals, and funky sungalsses.

Summer Closet Essentials

I think my summer motto will be “Yoga + Iced Coffee”, so of course a fun tee needed to be included on my list! And I’m loving the deep plunge white swimsuit…can we say HOT?!? I’m super easy for summer as shorts aren’t my thing, so my go-to look is a t-shirt and yoga pants or long flowy dresses.

Summer Makeup Favorites

My summer skincare routine is simple and I try to use the best products for makeup routine. If you have not heard of or used Tarte Cosmetics, they are absolutely amazing. I wear their BB Cream and Clay Finishing Powder every day and it’s the perfect amount of coverage but lightweight and keeps my skin healthy. Their bronzer and self-tanner are perfect to get a fabulous glow without the harmful efffects of the sun. Every product I’ve used from them has exceeded expectations, so I hope you give them a try!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Bright Yellow Dress

Hope everyone had a fabulous Mother’s Day! Willie and Hartley really made my day special and gave me a fabulous gift of renovating my stairs with iron balusters and stain. This was a MUCH bigger job then we thought, because of coarse our luck…the wooden balusters are screwed in from the bottom!?! No one on any of the YouTube videos had this issue, obviously, projects are much easier on a 3 minute video then in reality. I also am now painfully sanding white paint off one of the newels because I ended up hating my first design choice <sigh>. But I am hoping it’s all worth it and can’t wait to share all the photos and detailed explanation of how we transformed our boring oak stairs.

How fun is this BRIGHT yellow dress?!?! I love the scalloped edges details and pockets. It was the perfect dress to wear on Virginia’s first 90 degree day of 2017. I found this dress at the thrift store for $9.99 and paired it with my $6 nude thrifted heels and this fabulous cross body floral cross body purse from Target for $29.99.

I also have super exciting news on the fashion side of my blog! I got accepted into RewardStlye, so it’s given me the motivation and enthusiasm to really highlight incorporating my thrift looks with store brands. You’ll want to download the LIKEtoKNOW.it App to play along! Fashion bloggers, I have a new found respect to all your perfectly styled photoshoots. It’s HARD. I forgot my camera, I was hot and sweaty from standing in the carpool line, the sun was setting and we had about 5 minutes to get some shots after both working and visiting the hospital to meet our cousin’s new baby. Yes they aren’t the best, but I am learning and ready to set out on this new fashion adventure!

Happy Thrift Thursday and summer weather!