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September 7: Thrift Haul Part 3.5 (Final)

Welcome to the final part of my thrift haul series. I know that thrift haul’s aren’t as convenient as if I had bought new items from department stores, but I have had a blast! It’s my hope that by spreading them out in small doses, you will have had time to maybe peruse your own local stores for thrifted pieces you love to style. If you’ve managed to find trousers or dresses or tees, you’ll be able to style those new pieces with me as I show you how I pair my thrifted items.

My first piece is a bright yellow shirt. I normally avoid super bright colors, but one of the things about thrift stores is they are a relatively inexpensive way to experiment with your style and go out of your comfort zone. If you discover you don’t like it, simply donate it back!

Color is not the only way to experiment. My next piece is a style-experiment in texture. I almost never wear velvet, but I am a sucker for a V-neck tee. This shirt is a mauve-y velvet v-neck shirt I snagged from my town’s Goodwill. It’s definitely a little thick for the 110+ degree weather I’m in right now, but will be great as the temperatures start to decline a little!

Last, but certainly not least, is a ruffled shirt. I fin professional clothing can be ridiculously expensive new. So, if it’s not something that needs to be tailored perfectly (like a suit), I highly recommend buying from a thrift store. This shirt features a fun ruffle texture over the entire front, which will be dynamic under a blazer!

And that piece marks the end of my first thrift haul series. Please let me know what you thought (the good, the bad, and the ugly…well maybe not too ugly, I hope). Until next time, stay happy, healthy, and safe!

❤ Zeebs

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August 31: Thrift Haul, Part 3.0

Part 3.0 of this haul is the part 1 of my tops that I acquired this summer!

I nearly skipped out of my local thrift store with this first shirt! In northwest Ohio, I somehow lucked out in finding an Arizona State University tee shirt. With a crew neck and a “Fear The Fork” graphic, I will definitely be repping my school with this tee! College-themes apparel is common in college-town thrift stores. Why pay new if you can find it in a thrift store?

My second pick is a massive shirt, but too soft for me to not buy! It was a super large gray men’s v-neck shirt. If you’re like me and often prefer sleep shirts or nightgowns, I strongly recommend going to the thrift store! Super soft large T-shirts are on the racks waiting to be given a new home!

My last two picks are similar, so I will put them together. Thrift stores are a great place to get your everyday, plain shirts – both in the men’s and women’s sections of a thrift store. The price for these were both less than five dollars each. Considering that a t shirt new at most stores (if it’s good quality) it at least $10 or $15, getting these were a steal!

Next week I’ll be wrapping up my thrift haul series. Looking ahead, you’ll be seeing how I style these thrift pieces with each other and already existing pieces in my closet. There will also be a couple more “beauty” related posts coming your way. Until then, stay happy, healthy, and safe!

❤ Zeebs

Closet Building, Style Strategies

August 23: Thrift Haul, Part 2

Welcome to part two of my summer thrift haul! This is the part I’m probably most excited about as a whole.

My first dress is this colorful patterned trapeze-style dress. I am a sucker for 3/4-length sleeves. The elasticized sleeves allow for me to control the sleeve length, and there is a super unique cut out at the neckline. The cut-out elevated the dress, making the breezy nature seem even more styled and purposeful. This’ll look super cute with a jean-jacket once it cools down a little here in Arizona.

This second dress was a bit of a journey – but it definitely paid off! I found this dress with the tags still on and a pink stain around the top of the zipper. My judgement was (luckily) correct, and I was able to easily get the stain out with some stain-remover and a wash through the laundry. Unfortunately, it shrank slightly despite not having washed it in hot water or put it in the dryer. So, I ended up hemming the shell of the dress shorter than the lace portion, which I think makes the dress overall more flattering on my shape. The lace detailing is whimsical, and with how light it is, I definitely won’t overheat in this Phoenix weather!

Stay tuned for next week when we start looking at the tops I’ve found during my thrift trips! As always, stay safe, happy, and healthy!

❤ Zeebs

Closet Building, Style Strategies, Uncategorized

August 16: Thrift Haul, Part 1 – Bottoms

Time for my first thrift haul series! (Yay!)

First I’ll be starting you off with the bottoms I got at the thrift store the past couple of months. Bottoms have doubtless been the hardest for me to find during the pandemic. If you thrift frequently, like myself, you may have found that many thrift stores have closed dressing rooms. Meaning you can’t try before you buy your pants!

Never fear, I have a trick for you: simply bring a pair of pants that fit! You can compare the size of the waist band, inseam, and how high-waisted the bottoms are if you bring a pair of pants (or shorts) from home that fit you perfectly!

Now… onto the haul portion of this post! I snagged two pairs of light trousers and one skirt this summer. I’ve really been seeking trousers that aren’t too dressy to wear casually – and I’m happy to say that I found them!

These berry-colored trousers have cuffed hems and zipper-detailed (fake) pockets, which add a casual vibe to my first pair of new pants. The have a skinny fit, making them ideal to pair with a t-shirt or a loose blouse. I’m personally excited to style these with my white Converse and a graphic tee for an elevated casual look!

Purple trousers

My second pair of trousers is a similar fit, though lacking the more casual details of the red pair. I would probably pair this with a bolder top or unique color pairing to let these shine. I have a pair of metallic sandals that would look fabulous with this pair of pants!

Last, but certainly not least, is my new casual skirt! With real (and large) pockets in both front and bag, this light, neutral colored skirt will make the perfect foundation for a casual ensemble on a hot day. I will be wearing this skirt high-waisted, and it flares out in a way that I know will hide any bloating/self-conscious feelings on an off-day. This skirt would look great styled with a bright colored shoe!

Stay tuned for more garments I snagged from my local thrift stores! In the mean time, stay healthy, safe, and happy!

❤ Zeebs

Announcements, Beauty

August 9: Soap Bags and Announcement

Having good skin days with few or no breakouts boosts my confidence as much as a great hair day or a perfect ensemble. So, I decided to continue the beauty theme from last week! This week is about a way to be more plastic free in your skin care: soap bags.

I have been using these sisal soap bags for the past few months (actually, I’m only on my second one after several months), which come in a small cardboard box as a set of four:

Natural Sisal Soap Bag packaging

The product is somewhat self explanatory. It’s just a little bag made with natural fiber. To use: simply insert your desired bar soap, pull a drawstring tight, and enjoy the lather!

Empty fiber soap bag

Why use these bags instead of a loofa, you may ask? I find that loofas don’t lather super well with bar soap, and the older I get the less I like loading up a loofa with liquid soap from a bottle. After all, a plastic bottle can only be recycled so many times – and that’s if it doesn’t end up in the landfill from a contaminated batch of recycling. My sisal bags simply give the same lather (and exfoliating scrubby goodness) as a loofa – with less plastic waste.

Full soap bag

So, why not just use bar soap? Maybe it’s just me (and I don’t think it is), bar soap becomes a massive pain when the bar becomes tiny. The sisal bag keeps the bar contained and not slippery! When your first bar of soap becomes small, or is used up entirely, simply slip in another bar of soap and you are good to go!

Hopefully you’ve been enjoying the slight tangent from my usual content! Clothes are great, but a boost from good beauty habits/products is irreplaceable.

Announcement: Starting after this post, I will be posting pre-written/scheduled posts that will be released on Sundays for the next few weeks. This is because I will be moving to (and adjusting to) Phoenix and my first semester of law school. Until then, stay healthy and happy!

❤ Zeebs

Beauty, Real Talk

August 2: Reusable Make-Up Remover

I don’t generally write about beauty content on this blog, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to talk about my reusable make-up eraser.

I can’t remember the last time I dressed to the nines without putting on make-up. However… that means at the end of the day (or night) you’ll need to take it off – or risk mascara stains on your pillow.

The thing is, I’ve never found make-up remover/cleaning wipes that I’ve liked. Some are too oily and cause breakouts. Some, even when you shut the package, dry out by the end of the package. Some are just way to pricey. And, at the end of one use… you’re throwing them away. The good news is, there’s a reusable method to save you money and reduce waste. Yay!

A shot of my (regretfully dirty) well-loved make-up eraser.

I turn to my make-up eraser. I’ve had mine for over two years now, and by some miracle it’s still white after I wash it. You simply wet the cloth, then wipe over your makeup to remove whatever cosmetics you’re wearing. With more stubborn cosmetics, like mascara or some types of eyeliner, I hold the wet cloth over the area for about ten seconds. Then I can generally wipe away the make-up with no problems.

Two textures on the make-up eraser. (Please excuse the bad lighting and cleanliness.)

My make-up eraser has two different textures. The shorter texture is for make-up removal, while the longer side is for “exfoliating.” Being real with you, it just feels nice and fluffy. I like using it as a final pass to pick up any stray powder or the like after more vigorous wiping on the shorter side.

After a bit, the cloth will become quite dirty. Simply run it through the laundry (I air-dry mine.) and it’ll be good as new! (Well, good as new only lasts for so long…) Since mine is still going strong after over two years of use, I can’t imagine how many make-up cleansing wipes I will be saving from the landfill (and money still in my wallet) when it’s time to get a new one.

Make-Up Remover Cloth, available on Amazon

There are a multitude of options available on Amazon and other retailers. Since Amazon is likely the most convenient for people who read this, I included a screenshot (pictured above) of one that comes in several color options, including orange, yellow, black, and seafoam green.

If you decide to get one for yourself, I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments! As always, stay safe, and stay healthy!

❤ Zeebs

Inspiration Station, OOTD Posts

July 26: Instagram Outfit Inspiration

Today I’m bringing you four OOTD posts that I found inspiring on Instagram – and all of which tie into switching into my warmer climate wardrobe!

First is a post is from @girlthrifted, who is rocking a lovely straw hat and wedge sandals. Since Arizona is one of the sunniest places in the United States, I love finding cute OOTD posts that have a straw hat (or any larger brimmed hat)!

Second is from @zuzu.reinhard, wearing a bright crop and a wide leg patterned pant. While I’m not a huge crop fan for myself, I can easily swap out the crop for a regular tee.

Third, with two outfits, is an OOTD post from @scandimuses. Both outfits are an effortless mix of casual and tailored pieces, which I love! You’ll likely see the influence of these outfits in a future post here on Zeebstyle, so stay tuned!

Hopefully you find these OOTD posts as inspiring as I did. Stay tuned! And, as always, stay safe, and stay healthy!

❤ Zeebs

Closet Building, OOTD Posts, Real Talk, Style Strategies

July 19: OOTD for Thrifting

I love buying clothes at the thrift store – especially since my local Goodwill is one of the most inexpensive thrift stores I’ve ever been in!

Shopping for clothes in a thrift store is a lot like shopping in a mall – you should be smart about your outfit to get the best result. The best type of outfit, I find, it one that is fitted (to your comfort level) on both the top and the bottom.

Thrifting OOTD

I go for a fitting tank or V-neck tee and a pair of slim or straight fit jeans (or something similar). It’s comfortable, easy (and fast) to change in and out of, and – most importantly, give me the most flexibility when trying on thrifted clothing.

Very seldom do I find both a pair of pants and a shirt that fit when I go thrifting. When I’m in the dressing room, I find it harder to get an idea of how the garment sits if I’m not fully clothed – so I avoid dresses when thrifting for clothes.

Now, if I am wearing looser clothes, I run into a similar problem trying on looser pieces. For example, instead of my tank top I wear a blouse. I go to Goodwill and find a beautiful pair of wide leg trousers. When I try them on, I’m wearing a big breezy blouse on top, meaning I can’t see how the pants sit best with a tighter-fitting shirt (which is how I would actually wear them). The only way I can get an idea of the fit is look without a shirt – which gives me no idea of how the pants look with a tucked-in shirt – or I wear my big blouse and feel like I’m swimming in clothes – which does not do much for feeling confident. And how often do we buy things we aren’t confident in? The answer should be never.

That just sounds like a mess, doesn’t it? Well, I avoid that altogether by wearing a fitted shirt so I can see those wide-leg trousers in all of their glory – and follow the same rule for my bottoms.

Thank you for listening to my small tangent on my thought process for my thrifting outfit choice. If you want to do more thrift shopping, I recommend following this same idea to increase your chance of success!

Feel free to leave your thrifting tips in the comments! I’ll see you next week! Until then, stay safe, and stay healthy!

❤ Zeebs

Real Talk

July 12: Body Positivity and Respect Reminder

Since we are in summer, and some people are going out to beaches, swimming, walks, and the like (hopefully in a SAFE way), I though it was important to take a day to post some reminders.

First, you are always “summer body” ready or “bikini body” ready. Size does not matter. In addition, make sure you wear a swimsuit that is your size, regardless of what that number may be. As Stacy London has said – if you don’t like that you’re a 12, take a Sharpie and cross out the one. Boom! You’re a 2. Clothes that are your size will flatter your body the MOST and give you more confidence.

Second, do not – I repeat: DO NOT – make comments about aspects of a person’s body or appearance. (Unless maybe if they have something stuck in their teeth – I know I would appreciate knowing that.) This includes:

  • Scars, including self-harm scars
  • Cellulite
  • Stretch marks
  • Excess or loose skin
  • Tummy rolls (or in any other location)
  • Weight gained OR weight lost
  • Skin conditions
  • Acne
  • Darker skin in underarms, inner thighs, etc.
  • Hijabs (ex. asking “Isn’t it hot wearing that?)
  • …the list continues*

Thank you for joining me in my little PSA for summer weather! See you next week!

❤ Zeebs

*credit to @jack_hack101 on Instagram, as I would not have come up with everything on this list as easily (if at all) with just my own brain

Closet Building, Uncategorized

July 5: Wardrobe Refresh – Pink Linen Blazer

It is no secret to my friends that I enjoy dressing slightly nicer than you average casual. I also have more than my fair share of blazers. Which is why… I got another blazer for my wardrobe refresh.

Despite my many blazers, I had yet to own a 100% linen blazer. Usually, I would avoid blazers on hotter days, knowing I could wear them almost daily when the temperatures fell in autumn.

Since that same temperature drop won’t be happening in Arizona, I thought that this linen piece would become a well-loved piece of my wardrobe. Linen is an absolute staple fabrics for hotter climates, being lightweight and breathable. The color is not overly bold, so it will be versatile to mix with other light blouses and tees.

For those looking to buy a piece that is similar (or maybe the exact same), you’ll need to embrace the wrinkle. Linen is a fabric that can and will wrinkle seconds after steaming or ironing. Secondly, this specific blazer will fit best more over-sized and breezy. It’s not a stretchy piece, so trying to go for a fitted or tailored look

When pairing it, you might find it best to pair it with a non-linen top for a texture contrast. As I am not yet fully confident embracing the wrinkly nature of 100% linen, it also helps me feel more polished – the wrinkle free top showing that my linen wrinkles are a choice and not a haphazard moment.

I would also suggest a more tailored top or pant with this type of loose fitting linen blazer, though not skin tight (If you’re wearing linen, you’re probably trying to stay cool.) Another option would be a loose fitting dress and opting for a belt to define the waist.

I look forward to showing you outfits with this blazer this summer and as I adjust to the warm climate of Arizona this fall. In the meantime, stay safe, and stay healthy!

❤ Zeebs