Andrew and I spent a Sunday date with Studio Escape for a day of Zen painting.
I asked and you voted to see the products I am currently using on my face now that I am turning 30. This post is not sponsored, these two products I simply saw results after use.
Legitimate results that my man actually started using them as well.
It’s my first thrifting haul of 2018.
I haven’t been shopping in what feels like forever, Andrew and I have been very strict with our finances lately. So this haul was long overdue!!
Read on to find out what I purchased, and how much it cost!
Do you crate your dog?
The benefits of crating mean’t we bought one the day we bought our new family member.
But they really are hideous…see how i incorporated Ares’ crate into our small condo.
I haven’t been thrift shopping in a good minute…ever since my ‘gold mine’ was shut down, I haven’t wanted to search out a new place to thrift. Then a friend of mine introduced me to a new spot called Plato’s Closet…and I’M BACK!
Here is my first haul and my first thrifted outfit of 2017
The unsung hero behind my many photos is my man. He begrudgingly is there to make sure I get a post worthy shot.
For his 30th year I wanted to show him some extra love and do something special. Usually we don’t do gifts, but this year was momentous so….
So..What are you going to be when you grow up?
Such an innocent question…that suddenly becomes very real at the end of high school.
The age-old rhetoric is spewed: that success = University.
Yes University Graduates do in the long run make more financially.
But the path to success isn’t as simple as making it to University.
Shopping for Value in your Wardrobe
Here are a few things to think about before you purchase an item.
1. The second opinion test
Everyone shops with a buddy. You need someone to look at you in a different perspective.
Whether it is to comfort your insecurities.
Or maybe to bring you down to earth- to let you know maybe that style makes you chunkier than you really are.
Even if you don’t have someone to come with you today- people have even taken to the internet with the “dressing room selfies” to get that needed second opinion.
Make sure your shopping buddy can be honest though- or you might go home with something that makes your waist look bigger, your butt fatter, or legs stubbier. Whatever the body phenonomen you deal with is!
2. Three outfit rule
Nobody knows your wardrobe like you do- so if you can’t think of 3 outfits with the new item it could be a sign that:
you’re a little love blind.
You’ll take that piece home and it’ll sit in your closet with the tags on.
When I buy something I can not wait to wear it the next chance i get- and that’s because I already have outfits in mind before I leave the store!
3. Am I buying a trend or good style?
I don’t buy trends- and when I have…I often regretted it.
After a while that trend fades and I’m stuck with a pair of pleather leggings that gather dust in my closet.
It’s not that pleather leggings are a bad trend- I mean there is a reason I bought them…Look at those amazing outfits above!
They just don’t fit well with my specific style and the rest of my wardrobe.
Fashion fades- good style is forever.
Sometimes I get asked where I got items that I bought over 5 years ago
That’s because (1) I try and take care of my clothing, and (2) good style is always worth buying
does it make sense yet?
You want a piece forever…not until a new season trend comes along.
Exclaimer: If a trend fits your style- Go crazy!
If it goes with the rest of your wardrobe:
It will no longer make your outfit look dated when the trend is gone- instead it will look like that is just your style eternally.
4. How much would you pay for this item?
Ok… it’s passed the second opinion test.
You’re excited about three new outfits you have to wear.
And… you know you’ll love this piece for a long time.
Now is the moment of truth- How much would you pay for this article of clothing?
Fill in the blank…
Don’t look at the tags- just be honest.
I often do this game with my man when I’m not quite sure about an item…I ask him:
“How much would you pay for this?”
If the price is on or under his answer- this article definitely adds value to my wardrobe.
If it’s over- maybe I should hold out for something better or an upcoming sale.
What’s interesting is… I never regret leaving these items behind- I never have that dreaded “I wish I just took it home”
You know why? Because that piece wasn’t worth it!
Only get pieces that pass these four tests because then you know you’re buying value!
Great style is melded through a long process of accumulating great pieces that all go together.
Using these four rules before buying will help your wallet stay fuller and your closet more cohesive.
I am publicly making myself accountable:
by letting you my readers and followers aware of my fitness journey.
I am now accountable to GET STARTED.
How my fitness journey started.
Before i started my fitness journey (on the left). I was completely satisfied with my appearance- i could rock any weight. It was not until I randomly calculated my BMI that I realized I had creeped-up on an unhealthy weight for my age, gender, and height.
This hit me hard.
I had always thought of myself as a curvy woman, and I embraced that. But i officially crossed the line from curvy to overweight. With a new perspective, I realized how many clothes i was holding onto that I no longer fit into. If i wasn’t thinking that i would eventually wear these clothes again, why was i holding onto them?
It was time for a change!
Just like that…I made changes. I bought a video work out program called P90x- the thought of a gym intimated me. I had never been to one before, did not know how to use any of the machines. And the thought of struggling in front of everyone was frankly an embarrassing thought. This was between me and myself, and it was going to be a battle i was going to win by myself… in the comfort of my own living room.
With dietary changes, and a workout routine. I successfully toned my body to the right picture- Losing 30 pounds.
I had not been that trimmed since i started high-school. Basically when the weight gain started.
Fitness Journey Now
Now a year later. I have fallen off my fitness lifestyle and have gained 15 of those pounds back. The new clothes i had purchased to celebrate my new body range from “no longer fitting- to VERY snug.”
I’ve hit my second epiphany moment: Enough is Enough.
No more winter hibernation with a sedentary lifestyle in-front of the couch with junk food. That is not the life i want to live. I enjoy hiking, i enjoy going for night-time walks, i enjoy the euphoria you feel after a good sweat. When i workout I am more confident, I am happier, I sleep better, and i feel more energized during the day without coffee!
I am officially kicking myself in the butt; and saying “wtf girl?”
If those aren’t great enough reasons to live a healthy-active-lifestyle, what more is it going to take?!
So I’m starting over. Not from the beginning. But from a minor setback.
and I’m going to take you along with me this time.
I am cutting out the junk. No more pop, junk food like my ultimate comfort food chips and dip, no more fast-food stops.
Cooking and preparing healthy meals everyday- Not only for me but for my household.
Starting P90x again. It is a three month video program. I would definitely recommend it to anyone, at any fitness level!
I dont want to set a goal weight- I dont want to fixate on a number. Instead my goal is going to be: to become more toned. Ensuring that my clothes fit again. Whatever weight that happens at.
Me day 1 of my fitness journey.