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Sept. 27 – Shower Cap

I have both thin hair (less hairs per square inch) and fine hair (thinner individual hair strands). While I love how my hair is naturally soft and silky, one of the challenges of thin and fine hair is how quickly it will become oily. Now, I could wash it everyday, but it’s no secret that every day washes are not the best for hair health.

One of the best pieces of advice to follow is to simply not touch your hair, since the oils from your hands add to oil your scalp naturally produces. My shower cap is a friend that helps me with that.

Let me explain. So, one of the time I touch my hair the most often is after I shower. More specifically, is after it gets wet. When I come out of the shower with wet hair, I brush/comb it, towel it, and run my hands through unruly hands. That’s a lot of potential to add oil or stimulate more oil production.

Since I started using a shower cap on my second (or third) hair days, my hair doesn’t get wet on days I’m not shampooing. This means I’m not touching it nearly constantly until it would normally dry, helping me go longer between washes. The longer between washes, the healthier my hair becomes overall AND the less shampoo and conditioner I use. That means… you guessed it, less waste. I (naturally) recommend a durable, reusable shower cap over disposables. Please enjoy a picture I took before a shower earlier this week!

Yes, I know I look super cute. 😉 This shower cap is sadly not available on Amazon, but there are a multitude of very similar options on both Amazon and other retailers. I would personally recommend one with only elastic in the back. I think it makes for a better fit and lowers the chance of water seeping as/if you are washing your face in the shower.

To all my thin and fine haired beauties, hopefully a shower cap will be right for you! I know it’s worked wonders for me (Otherwise, why would I bother writing about it…?).

❤ Zeebs

Closet Building, Style Strategies

Sept. 13: Crop Tops from T-shirt

I’m not huge crop-top wearer, so I don’t have crop tops in my closet. But in this heat sometimes what you need is a little breeze on your tummy. So, for those of you looking to stay a little cooler, like crop tops, or want to branch out a little, here are my tips for making a crop top from a T-shirt.

First, there is always the hair-tie option. I found that the elastic option is best for super baggy t-shirts, simply gather the T-shirt, secure with a hair elastic, and tuck for a DIY crop.

It might take a few tries to get the tightness and length exactly where you want it, but you’ll be a master of a cinched-waist crop in no time.

But we don’t always have a hair elastic on us – so on to strategy number two. My second method is also, for me, way more stable than the first.

First, you’ll gather the shirt in front of you. Next turn the gathered piece 360 degrees, which will get you to your second image. Lastly, tuck it into your bra for a secured fit. I run the fabric right between the cups, and when you do that you might find you can see the gather fabric through the shirt. No problem! The little “tab” of fabric that sticks up – slide it snugly into the cup underneath your breast, and the bump from the fabric is no more, and is super secure!

Now, when you see a t-shirt styled as a crop top in future style posts, you’ll know how to do it, or simply follow your own crop-top making method (or style an existing or thrifted crop it it’s place)! As always, stay safe, happy, and healthy!

❤ 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

Closet Building, Real Talk, Style Strategies, Uncategorized

June 28: Sustainable Fashion Options

Sustainable practices are becoming more popular in the fashion industry. Since coming home for the summer, I’ve seen the H&M commercial focused on sustainability at least 15 times. However, in my experience, fast fashion companies often find a way to market themselves significantly more sustainable than they actually are (Look no further than Patriot Act’s episode titled The Ugly Truth of Fast Fashion, available on Netflix).

So, I wanted to take a moment to touch on sustainable options for looking your best. This does not need to be an all-or-nothing switch. I’ve bought a few fast fashion items for refreshing my wardrobe this summer. However, I’ve also bought approximately one thrifted item for every fast fashion piece. Making a slow transition is always better than nothing at all!

  1. Choose the more sustainable brand in the department store. Yes, for some of you out there, I know it is a shock that there are people who still shop at department stores, but stay with me. Most large department stores carry multiple brands. I have found that I sometimes like department stores for items that are more investment pieces (ex. bras, fancier dresses, professional clothing). If you know what stores you’ll be in, look online for what brands they carry. Take a little time to do research on those labels. If there are one or two brands that have substantial sustainable practices in place, choose those in the store or shop them online. (Brands are having increasingly better online shopping return policies, so you may be able to easily order multiple sizes and only keep the one that fits!)
  2. Resale apps. There are plenty of resale apps to choose from. One of the most well-known for fashion is Depop. These apps give you the chance to buy clothes from other users and sell clothes you no longer want for some extra cash!
  3. Thrift shopping. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Thrift shopping is one of the best ways to add sustainability into your closet. With the ability to try stuff on and the possibility of finding some one-of-a-kind pieces, thrift shopping is a world full of opportunity without breaking the bank. It’s important to make sure to check the quality of your items – some people give things away because of rips or loose threads, which you don’t want to discover after bringing home your haul!

Feel free to check out a previous post, Shopping, Tips for the Sale Season, for tips on inexpensive shopping. Despite these tips being written for larger sales at big stores, they apply to thrifting and apps like Depop.

❤ Zeebs

Closet Building, OOTD Posts, Style Strategies

June 21: Styling My New Black Skirt

As I mentioned last week, this week I have two outfits with my new black skirt! The first is a casual option: the new skirt with a plain pink V-neck, gray waffle knit cardigan, and a pair of white sneakers.

The shirt adds a pop of color, while the cardigan adds some light coverage and texture. You could substitute the cardigan for a denim jacket or utility-inspired piece (be it a vest or jacket).

The second look is more dressy, featuring a patterned blouse, substituting the tie belt, and metallic heeled sandals. Adding a cardigan and opting for a flat would make this combination perfect for a business casual environment. Swapping the blouse for a more colorful one could make it perfect for a brunch or date.

Even if this skirt isn’t your cup of tea, a black skirt can be a strong and versatile staple in your closet. If you don’t have one, it may be something to consider! You could also opt for any solid color skirt in a versatile silhouette and length, be it nude, gray, olive green, or red! Black is simply a classic and good starting point for those less confident or more understated in their style choices.

Next week I’ll be revealing another wardrobe update! So stay tuned!

❤ Zeebs

Closet Building, Uncategorized

June 14: Wardrobe Refresh – Black Skirt

The first piece to update my wardrobe this summer is this black skirt from Asos. With a flattering silhouette, a tie belt, and pockets – this skirt is everything I could want!

One of the best features of this skirt is the tie belt. The fabric belt is not sewn onto the skirt, so you can remove it. Since it also has belt loops, you are easily able to replace it with one of your existing belts!

In trying out a few preliminary pairings (AKA racing to try on new cute clothes), this is a skirt that works great in both casual and slightly dressy situations. I am also happy to report that the skirt is NOT see though, but remains lightweight and breezy. I do also think that it could hide a small “food baby” if you wanted to wear this skirt out to lunch or dinner in the future. (Right now, be safe!) Looking forward, I think this skirt could certainly prove to be a wardrobe staple in my closet!

Fit wise, it should be noted that at 5’2″, this skirt hits a few inches above the knee when I wear it high-waisted. If you would want to wear it high-waisted, I don’t think I would recommend this skirt for someone with long legs. The length would obviously change when wearing it lower.

Stay tuned for next week, where I will post two ways that I would style this skirt. In the mean time, stay happy and healthy!

❤ Zeebs

Announcements, Uncategorized

June 7: Back With An Upgrade

I think we can all agree that this has shaped up to be a crazy year. I certainly wasn’t planning on being away from this as long as I was. This blog has always been fun to write! One of the major challenges, though, was getting pictures for blog posts. I managed to have photo shoots with a friend at the camera last summer and fall. However, with school picking up and the pandemic, maintaining those shoots became exceedingly difficult. I am happy to report, however, that I recently got a new upgrade.

TADA! I purchased a tripod for my iPhone, meaning I can now do my own photo shoots at any time, making it easier to get content out to you! With this new addition, I will be resuming my one post a week routine, starting with some new updates I added to my wardrobe for when I go to Phoenix, Arizona in August!

I look forward to seeing you all weekly again! If there is any type of content you want to see, put it in the comments!

❤ Zeebs

Announcements, Inspiration Station

Feb 9: Next in Fashion Inspiration – Episode 4

The new Netflix show Next in Fashion was released not long ago, and (of course) I binged it! I wanted to share some of my inspiration from the fourth episode, Streetwear! I’m generally more polished in my style, so I wanted to show inspiration that contrasted with my usual aesthetic. Hopefully I can create looks off of these and show them to you when the weather gets warmer! (There is currently a foot of snow outside, and its a little chilly.)

Taken from Netflix’s Next in Fashion, Episode 4

The first outfit I was struck by was this over-sized sweatshirt cinched with a thick, corset-like belt action. (Please forgive the picture quality. I, for the life, of me, could not get these pictures to screenshot, so I took them with my phone.) Over-sized sweatshirts are super comfy, and a thick belt lets you wear them without losing your waistline. One great thing (of many) in this look is that the shoe pairings are nearly limitless. For a more casual look, you can pair it with sneakers or an ankle boot or a heel or thigh high boots!

The next was the layering in this lovely ensemble! Tops over a maxi dress look great, and a jacket on top provides even more interest. I also loved the bold layering and boots paired with the more subdued color palette. Also am in love with both the beanie and brimmed hat! This is an outfit inspiration I will definitely jump on when it gets warmer. A maxi dress offers more cover than most dresses, and that with the layering will help you stay warm if there’s a cool breeze on an early spring day. Like the previous outfit, the shoe options are vast, though the utilitarian vibe of both the shoes and jacket are a nice contrast to the sexy slit in the dress. A good variation might be a leather jacket (a trend for 2020) and a pump.

Thanks for stopping by, and if you’ve seen the show, let me know what outfits you were inspired by either in this episode or any of the others!

Announcement: Forgive my inconsistent posting, I’ll be doing more inspiration posts in the coming weeks. But alas, school must come first! (And hopefully my new laptop won’t die like my old one… rest in peace.) I was recently accepted to law school, and I definitely don’t want to slip in my last semester of undergrad!

❤ Zeebs

Style Strategies

Jan 20: Predicted Trends for 2020 – I’m On Board!

Last week I did trends that I will be avoiding in 2020. This week: trends that I love!

Leather: Leather is a texture I am 100% on board for. With a variety of price ranges, types, colors, and item styles, anyone can find a leather clothing item for them! Of course, the classic route is a black moto-style jacket. But with leather as a potential big trend for 2020, expect a variety of leather options!

Tailored: Now this “tailored” trend is expressing itself in several ways in the 2020 forecast. The most popular I have seen is a nicely structured and fitted blazer. Tailored looks are more likely to flatter frames than over-sized looks, especially on petite persons like myself! Tailored pieces can prove to balance out over-sized pieces in the same outfit. (Think over-sized jacket with a camisole and skinny jeans.)

Feminine: Another trend that is more general, more “feminine” fabrics and styles seem to be predicted as 2020 trends. This includes satin, corsets, and crochet items! If you aren’t the most “girly” person out there, you can try mixing one element of this feminine trend with a more menswear inspired piece, or vice versa. This might be a satin trench coat or pairing a corset-structured top with a pair of converse.

Looking at these trends definitely makes me excited for the year ahead! Let me know in the comments what trends you are looking forward to in 2020!

❤ Zeebs

Style Strategies

Jan 12: Predicted Trends for 2020 – Trends I’m Avoiding

Every year, there are some trends that look like they will stay around the whole year. Here are three trends that I, personally, will be avoiding for the start of the new decade!

Bermuda shorts: I’m on the petite size. And cutting off my leg line by having shorts that end at my knee is, I find, not flattering for my body type. If you have thin, long legs, this trend might be amazing for you – but I can promise it won’t be for me at the start of this new decade.

Visible “bras”: I put bra in quotes because most of these bras or more decorative than supportive. I am on the bustier side, and any of you bustier ladies that visit here can probably empathize the need for some structural support throughout the day. Any time I leave the house and/or am rather active, you best believe that I will be wearing a bra with some substance!

“Eco-conscious”: I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but a large number of “eco-conscious” lines are MISLEADING (and that’s putting it nicely). If you do decide to shop from “green” fashion lines and stores, make sure you check the guidelines or ethics page to find out what a store deems an “eco-conscious” item. Instead of shopping the “eco” fashion lines from stores like H&M, Forever 21, and other fast fashion companies, take a trip to your local thrift store. As a general rule, items from thrift stores are better quality brands for equal or lesser prices than a fast fashion store.

I hope your year has gotten off to a great start! As always, feel free to shoot me a message, feedback, or pics of your own outfit inspiration!

❤ Zeebs

Announcements

Jan 1, 2020: Announcement – New Year, New Organization

If you take a dive into the blog posts menu for Zeebstyle, you’ll notice that it has been reorganized (and a long time coming in my opinion)! It took me longer than I expected with school, applications, and the holidays – but it is here to start off 2020!

Don’t get me wrong, I liked the alliteration of Fashion Fridays and Selfie Sundays. But, I didn’t have any hard rules onto what types of information or topics went into each category. Whenever I wanted to go back and look at old posts, I had to take a guess on what was wear. If I had to guess where stuff was – that meant you would definitely be doing the same thing! Soooooooo, the new breakdown was born:

Announcements: Relatively self-explanatory, I should say. However, all posts that have announcements within them will be included – not just posts dedicated to announcements.

Beauty: I don’t imagine there will be a ton of these, but I felt beauty posts (only one post right now) deserved its own section.

Closet Building: These will be posts that involve me building my closet or tips to help you build yours!

Inspiration Station: A category which I hope will become robust over the next year. This will be the place I showcase other people’s style on the blog!

OOTD: Where I shall put lookbook/OOTD related posts.

Real Talk: Talking about topics related to style. This may include body image, Photoshop, or any current events related to style.

Style Strategies: Tips and tricks to how I shop, build my outfits, etc.

Hopefully, these categories will be useful as Zeebstyle grows! If you have any questions or feedback related to the new organization, please let me know!

I look forward to a year full of style!

❤ Zeebs

Closet Building, Real Talk, Uncategorized

Shopping: Tips for the Sale Season

Thanksgiving and Black Friday are right around the corner, meaning a LOT of clothing is going to be on sale. While this is a great time to buy investment and staple pieces, we should be careful! Below are some tips when doing your winter and general sale shopping!

  1. If it doesn’t fit, don’t buy it. ESPECIALLY if it is too small for you. I find that items that are too big can sometimes work as “over-sized” pieces (like a cozy cardigan or denim jacket), but too small often means it will be uncomfortable. If it’s uncomfortable, you most likely won’t wear it… and nobody wants to waste their money on pieces they won’t wear!
  2. In sale and clearance racks, take extra time to look for flaws. I can’t tell you how many times I found something I loved, but didn’t realize a missed stitch or stain until I purchased it, went home, and even removed the tags! While you should always inspect your clothing, I find it is significantly more likely to find flaws in garments that are on sale or clearance.
  3. Think practically. What do you need, and – more importantly – what kinds of things do you not need. If you have already found a dark green sweater for the winter, maybe you don’t need to buy that olive green sweater. As best you can, it’s best to buy a variety of things to ensure maximum efficiency of your money and closet space!
  4. Most importantly, only buy what you love. There is the temptation to say “I don’t love it, but it’s only $5.” But, if you were to do that four times and you never wore those pieces, that’s $20 you could’ve saved to spend on a piece you love later. Stay strong and wait for the pieces that you love! Furthermore, it’s all about joy. If there is a piece you adore that maybe isn’t the most practical, that’s okay. First and foremost, you should buy clothing that puts a smile on your face and makes you stand a little taller!

Happy Holidays!

❤ Zeebs

Announcements, Beauty, OOTD Posts, Uncategorized

Make-up: A Strong Lip

You may have noticed that my make-up in most of my photos is fairly neutral. Today, I wanted to show off a strong lip for you guys!

When doing a strong lip color, I like to keep my eyes understated. The point of make-up is to enhance your features. A strong lipstick highlights the beauty of your lips by drawing attention. Keeping the eyes neutral keeps the attention on the lips and keeps a balance to the overall look.

A strong lip doesn’t have to be the bright red or matte like I used here. A shiny colored gloss in tints of orange or purple can achieve a similar effect. Don’t be afraid to play around with different colors!

Tip: When I use a color, I make sure it contrasts somewhat strongly with whatever top I am wearing to avoid a costume or themed feel. But if that’s you, go for it! Make-up is meant to enhance you and reflect your personality. Have fun with it!

Announcement: I know I haven’t been posting the past couple of weeks, but that doesn’t mean work hasn’t been happening behind the scenes! I’ll be unveiling some new content and organization on the site soon. Stay tuned!

❤ Zeebs

Closet Building, OOTD Posts, Uncategorized

Sept. 29: Haul and OOTD

This past Friday, I went to the mall with some friends and picked up some new pieces I wanted to share with you! And, I wore them all today (because who can stay away from wearing their new stuff right away?) featured as my outfit of the day!

OOTD with THIGH HIGHS!!!

What you CAN see in the photo aboce is my new pair of thigh high boots from DSW. I was lucky enough to score them on clearance. Originally $100, I bought them for a steal at around $30. Woo! I like the taupe color and lack of a heel which makes them a more casual, every day shoe. I’ll definitely be wearing these to see if I might want to buy a heeled pair in the future. I am contemplating doing a lookbook post with these. Comment if you would be interested.

In my excitement for scarf season, which is finally upon us (on some days…)! I loved this scarf which has a trendy plaid and a hounds-tooth pattern with quintessential fall-color, mustard yellow. Mixed with white and brown, the scarf provides an earthy, snuggly feel which will be great in the fall weather.

Below is a selfie I took in an attempt to show my new hoops! Hoops are going to be a hot trend in fall 2019 into winter. With so many styles and sizes to choose from, you can buy a fun, funky pair or a more versatile pair to last for seasons to come. I liked the tortoise print of these because we don’t see pattern as often in earrings (as much as say sparkle or color). The neutral tones make it a more multi-use pair that I’ll have fun wearing for any occasion!

Me attempting to have good lighting but NOT squint.

Looking ahead: Be prepared to (hopefully) see more OOTDs and lookbooks in the fall. Without the oppressive heat, it’ll be far more fun to put together a plethora of looks to provide some inspiration!

Thanks again for stopping by!

❤ Zeebs

Announcements, Real Talk, Style Strategies

Sept. 22: Re-purposing Project Completed!

I am super stoked to say that I finished my project of re-purposing my statement necklace. Twice it had snapped in the middle, but I loved it so much I couldn’t let it go completely!

So… I took apart the necklace until I had just the beads. Then, I used chains I already had to create these two beauties down below!!

I can’t wait to show you outfits modelling these two new handmade pieces. And, since I have leftover beads, you could very well be seeing more re-purposed pieces here on Zeebstyle!

Announcement: Now that the semester is in full swing, I am going to cut down to only one post per week minimum rather than two. It’ll come out on either Friday or Sunday so that I can keep “Fashion Fridays” and “Selfie Sundays.”

❤ Zeebs

Real Talk, Style Strategies, Uncategorized

Sept. 8 Part 2: Fit and Re-purposing

One of my “absolutes” in my style is that if it doesn’t fit, it either needs to go or has to change. Sometimes we love pieces and don’t want to get rid of them or we desperately want to try and make them fit. I understand – I’ve been guilty of that, myself. However, the more into style I get, the more I realize that clothes that don’t fit 1) often don’t make you feel confident and/or 2) they aren’t flattering. We all deserve clothes that flatter our bodies and make us feel confident. Nothing less.

There is a tool to save some of those items though, and that’s a tailor! Being petite, I face the “struggle” of finding many items of clothing that are too long to flatter my frame. Fortunately, I often shop at stores which have petite sizing. But, I am not afraid of a tailor! Clothes we buy in stores might NOT be made to fit your body right off the rack. (If they do, more power to you.) If the waist is too large or that leg too long, a tailor can easily hem and alter clothes to have them fit perfectly!

Of course, then we also have clothes that have outlived their use. We change shape and our lives take us on new paths. Our wardrobe should evolve with us. I firmly believe in reusing, re-purposing, etc. clothing items that no longer serve us well. You can drop them off at a thrift store or sell them on apps like Depop for a little extra cash.

Recently, one of my favorite statement necklaces of all time broke (R.I.P.). Whenever I wore it, I felt feminine and funky. (Notice those are two of my style adjectives?) Even though it no longer works, that doesn’t mean the life of the piece has to be over. I’ve taken the beads apart and am stoked to be refashioning them into a new piece of jewelry. I’ll definitely be showing it to you when my project is complete!

Thanks for swinging by and giving this post a read. I appreciate you so so much!!

❤ Zeebs

Closet Building, Real Talk, Style Strategies, Uncategorized

Sept. 8 Part 1: My Style Adjectives

I had the opportunity to help raid a friend’s closet and help them brainstorm outfit ideas. It was a blast, and it also got me thinking about how I put my outfits together. I mentioned in a past post that a dynamic outfit often pairs pieces that captures multiple aspects of my personality. Below is a list of my current style “adjectives” that I use. When I shop for pieces, I look for traits in the piece that hint at one of my style adjectives so that when I pair them with other items, the ensemble speaks to me as an individual.

  1. Funky
  2. Aggressive/Edgy
  3. Hipster
  4. Feminine
  5. Casual
  6. Preppy
  7. Sophisticated

❤ Zeebs

Closet Building, Style Strategies, Uncategorized

Aug. 30: “Basics” You Don’t Need – Blue Jeans

Yep. I said it. Blue jeans are NOT an essential piece of clothing to have in your regular wardrobe. By regular wardrobe, I mean day-to-day wear. I have blue jeans for doing outdoor work, camping, etc. However, I don’t wear blue jeans day to day.

I avoid blue jeans for a couple of reasons. If I wear a navy cardigan, blazer, top, etc, I often feel too much like a crayon unintentionally. In contrast, when I do a monochromatic grey look with grey jeans, it looks more deliberate. Overall, I find colored denim – even in neutral colors – looks more deliberate.

Second reason – double blue denim is a combo I rarely like to rock. I only feel confident in double denim when the colors or washes are significantly different. With my light denim jacket, I can easily pair it with colored denim and feel confident walking out the door.

As always, if you love blue jeans – rock them! If not, there are a plethora of colored denims out there! If jeans aren’t in your day-to-day wardrobe, chinos, slim cut cargos, or trousers are always sleek pant options.

Look out for a look book of colored denim when the weather cools down a little more!

❤ Zeebs

Real Talk, Uncategorized

Aug. 18: Body Insecurity and Weight Gain, Meet Style.

Body insecurity is something, like many other people, I have struggled with in varying amounts over the course of my life. (Yep, we’re gettin’ real today, folks.) When I was in my senior year of high school, my body confidence was probably at its all time high (for that far in my life). My waist was small, my chest was filling out, and my body was toned from martial arts practice. I felt confident in pretty much anything I wore and was physically comfortable wearing.

Everything sort of filled out in college. My shoulders and hips and waist got wider, even under the usual walking to class and eating less in the warmer months of the year. (People often eat more in the winter, hence why I was “eating less” in the summer to early autumn.) It was discouraging when I would try on clothes that I loved and they no longer fit. There were days where all I could think about was my fear of continuously gaining weight. Spoiler alert: I didn’t continuously gain weight.

Weight gain in your late teens and early twenties has a lot more to do with less exercise or that high calorie dining hall food. Birth control, mental health struggles, eating too little (screwing up your metabolism), and genetics can all contribute to weight gain. Even then, a little weight gain doesn’t mean it’s bad. What’s far more important is having healthy habits.

But the weight gain does mean my body changed shape. And that can be a difficult adjustment in a world where the beauty industry doesn’t articulate that body shapes and sizes change have different highlights at every stage of life. Those highlights, regardless of trends or body messaging, will always be beautiful.

What I love about clothing, fashion, style, etc. is that we can use it to celebrate what we love about ourselves. Our clothes give us the power to highlight those legs you worked hard in the gym for or that butt that your mama gave you. Our clothes can help us feel sexy or powerful or ethereal. Personal style gives us the opportunity to celebrate in place of conforming.

Thank you so so much for stopping by and giving my blog a read! Leave a comment or send me a message. I would love to chat with you! 🙂

❤ Zeebs

Fashion Friday

Fashion Friday, Aug. 16: A “Basic” You Don’t Need – The Button Down Shirt

I don’t know who started the idea that a white button down shirt is a closet essential, but I’m here to tell you that under no circumstances is is necessary in a wardrobe.

When I started to get more into clothes, I watched “closet essential” videos on YouTube to learn what basic are important and must haves in a wardrobe, especially if you want to build your closet from the ground up. So many channels swore by the white button down as a key piece in any outfit aiming for a sense of professionalism or sophistication. And they aren’t wrong: a white button down can be used to add a flair of class.

That DOESN’T mean it’s necessary. In fact, for some people (like myself) its best to avoid them all together. I am a more busty and curvaceous person, which I have embraced. What I didn’t know a few years ago is that when you are curvier, some pieces of clothing in outlet stores will not be your friend. This includes the button front shirt. In a world when going up in size can be a source of shame or embarrassment (which is thankfully changing), button front shirts can be a menace. Unless cut to accommodate a bust, button front shirts will often pucker and distort around the center buttons instead of the fabric itself stretching. This means if you are bustier and a shirt fits you in the waist, it’s likely that the shirt will be stretching around the girls. To get a shirt to fit your chest, you may have to go up multiple sizes. If you struggle with body image, seeing those size numbers go up might be more demoralizing than that shirt is worth.

By no means am I saying if you are busty you can’t wear a button down shirt. You can! However, it is extremely important to remember that the number on the tag is arbitrary, and buying a larger size to accommodate your breasts and then going to a tailor to make the garment fit properly all around is probably your best bet.

Any white blouse can serve as a great alternative! My favorite white blouse is one that you saw in my most recent OOTD post. (Check it out!) Being sleeveless, blousy, and featuring a bow accent, I don’t have to worry about feeling restricted or looking unprofessional. The blousing (often not in a white button down) hides any excess tummy I might have that day or feel self-conscious about (We all have those days.). The v-neck helps to elongate the body with a sense of verticality, and the bow adds a classy, feminine detail! I feel oodles more confident in this top than I ever had in a button front shirt.

Thanks for swinging by and giving a read!

❤ Zeebs

Selfie Sundays

Selfie Sunday, Aug. 11: OOTD – Mixing Metallics

Hello hello! Today is another outfit of the day. The theme: don’t be afraid to mix metallics! Remember: all metallics are neutrals, so you can mix them however you want! I love pairing my gold clutch/wristlet with my bronze colored flats. I added a rose gold watch with a gold bangle, and metallic earrings to add more metallic fun! since I wanted to focus on the metallic mixing, I kept the top and skirt neutral. Though, if you take a close look, you’ll see the buttons on my skirt are also metallic! The white blouse has a bow which adds a little interest without trying to be the star of the show!

Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to leave a comment, like, or send me outfit inspiration!

❤ Zeebs

Closet Building, Style Strategies, Uncategorized

Aug. 4: New Booties!

Say hello to the new booties in my closet! With a 2.5 inch block heel and made by Dr. Scholl’s, these booties are stylish and comfortable! I ordered mine in a size 7. I always size a half size down when ordering heels, as I like a slightly tighter fit. I’m sure it would have fit if I ordered a 7.5.

Screenshot from DSW. (Link at bottom of post.)

The color is only slightly darker in real life than on the website. The lighting in my photo made the shoes appear slightly darker on camera. I love that the front of this bootie is lower in the front than in the back. Being petite, one of the last things I want to do is cut off my ankle or shorten the appearance of my legs. These allow your ankles to be seen while still enjoying the look of a bootie! This stone color provides an interesting neutral to mix among fellow neutrals and fun colors. I went for the faux crocodile texture to add more interest, as is right on trend for this summer and fall. These shoes also come in a leopard print and in black if this color/texture isn’t quite your style!

I am soooooo looinkg forward to showing you how I style these in the future! Right now, it’s a little too hot to wear jeans or jackets, so I’ll be revealing some outfit inspiration when the weather cools down some!

❤ Zeebs

Link: https://www.dsw.com/en/us/product/dr.-scholls-all-my-life-bootie/468882?activeColor=021

Closet Building, Style Strategies, Uncategorized

Jul 28: Clothes Reflect You

Clothes reflect who you are – for better or for worse. While some people think this is unfair (and sometimes it can be), it’s often proven to be true. Wearing a suit can give an air of professionalism, refinement, or even sloppy. It depends on how you wear it. A pink suit can say femininity and polished. A suit that is multiple sizes too big or small will give the impression that you don’t know your size and aren’t as put together as if the suit were the proper size and tailored. 

The beauty of clothes is that it provides an opportunity to express your personality to the world and invite them. People make judgments, which means your clothes can lead people to make positive judgments about you.  Don’t ignore aspects of your personality, as it can be reflected in how you wear clothes. If you are a tomboy, a ruffled floral dress may not be you. If you wear it and feel that it doesn’t represent you – it will show!

To me, it’s important that I express as many facets to my personality and my emotions as possible. An idea on achieving a wardrobe which portrays you is to make a list of adjectives to describe you. Then, go through your closet and match clothing and accessories to those adjectives. Your denim jacket can say casual if covered in patches or feminine and delicate if it features crochet or lace detailing. Your favorite leopard print pump can speak to an outgoing, bold, or aggressive aspect of your persona. Mixing pieces with different vibes that speak to you will create a dynamic and stylish outfit.

That’s my little PSA for the day! Thanks for swinging by!

❤ Zeebs

Style Strategies

Jul 21: Bra Power

Alright, ladies! Today we’re discussing a tool close to our hearts – literally! Bras are a powerful wardrobe tool. I should start by saying bras are not a requirement. If you really don’t want to wear a bra, then don’t! Feeling comfortable in your own skin is more important. That being said, bras do serve a purpose. One, if you have larger breasts, they offer support. Two, some garments are meant to be worn with bras; it won’t look the same if you aren’t wearing one. Three, if it’s sheer, it can become inappropriate to wear with no bra. Four, bras can change your proportion. Raising the girls up can reveal how small your waist is and lengthen your proportion making you look longer and leaner overall. Five, it can make you feel and look a little extra sexy!

Unfortunately, most women wear the wrong size bra and do not care for them properly. When we don’t take care of clothes or wear the wrong size, we can shrink the lifespan of our bras. And who wants that? Bras are expensive enough as is!

But let’s be real: bras, just like blouses or pants, are an investment. You will get what you pay for and how we treat them. When in the middle of puberty and you’re body is changing more than at other times in your life, it makes sense to buy less expensive bras… you won’t (or weren’t) wear them that long. Bras should be hand washed (or with a garment bag for the wash) and air dried. If you do machine wash…still air dry!!!

Sizing: sizing is important! Most women wear the wrong size. The wrong size often means not being comfortable. It’s recommended that you go and get fitted for a bra at least once per year and to have at least two or three bras in your current size. If you gain or lose even as little as five pounds, your bra size can change! 

An important note: the letter in your bra size does NOT equal how big or small your breasts are. It’s a common misconception. The letter indicates how many inches larger around your breasts are from your rib cage where the bra band sits. An “A” means a one inch difference. A “B” means a two inch difference, and so on. 

For a substantial amount of time in high school, I thought that because I was petite that my breasts were always going to be small and in an A cup. Come my senior year, I grew out of my bra. I couldn’t wait to get out of my bra at the end of the day, and I would have red marks where my bra sat. My breasts were spilling out. I needed a bra fitting…

So I went to Dillard’s (a department store for those who aren’t familiar) to get my first professional bra fitting. Before the session, I was wearing a 32A. Post bra fitting, I was wearing a 30D! I was wearing both the wrong band size and cup size, making me feel uncomfortable everyday. Trying on the new bras, I never knew they could be so comfy. I felt so great, I SKIPPED out of the store and could not stop smiling. I have made sure to keep getting bra fittings when necessary, which keeps me supported and comfortable!

Bra Recap:

  • Get sized professionally at least once per year. 
  • Letter does NOT equal size. Letter means proportion compared to your band size. 
  • A change in as little as 5 to 10 lbs. Can alter your bra size. 
  • Have at least three bras to rotate. This gives your bras time to relax and take a break. 
  • Hand washing bras strongly recommended (but I know that not everyone has the time to hand wash their bras). 
  • Air dry!

❤ Zeebs

Fashion Friday, Style Strategies

Jul 12: Patterns

Hello again! Last Friday I discussed the ways you can use color in an outfit. Continuing the “What Not to Wear” theme, next I’m going to cover patterns and ways to mix them for maximum outfit interest. 

Patterns will naturally draw the eye to them. When it comes to outfits, it is best to put bold, bright, big, or busy (what alliteration!) patterns where you want the emphasis. If you have great legs, consider wearing a polka dot (or any other patterned) skirt to draw there. 

If you’re feeling brave, mix patterns to create even more of a statement! This is something I love to do on a regular basis! Mixing patterns can give fresh life to patterned clothes you always wear the same way. There are several ways to mix patterns and have them still feeling cohesive. 

  1. Use a common color.
  2. Have one geometric and one busy or abstract
  3. Size difference. 
  4. Subtle “patterns.”

These four can be used separately or together cohesively. If you have a thick striped black and white shirt and a midi skirt with a small floral pattern, you would be using ways 2 and 3 of mixing patterns. The stripes (geometric) and flowers (busy/abstract) don’t compete with each other as the same shirt and a pant with large polka dots would. 

The outfit I have modeled below (also featuring a hat I love) shows the first three ways in action. The shirt is a large floral print, while the pants have a smaller polka dot. Both garments have the color white in common. This may not be to everyone’s taste, but you can’t deny it makes a statement!

You may have noticed that the fourth suggestion has the word “patterns” in quotes. That’s because some patterns can be used as if they weren’t patterned at all! As a general rule, if a pattern looks like a solid from far away, it acts more as a neutral. The best example of this is the pinstripe. A subtle pinstripe pattern on a garment often looks like a solid colored piece from far away. Using these subtle patterns can be a great way to get you more comfortable with mixing patterns!

My example is my striped t-shirt dress with my denim jacket from Kohl’s (not sponsored, they’re just killing the clothing game this year in my opinion). The denim jacket’s pinstripe is white, which I think adds an air of lightness to the jacket. It also follows suggestion 1: using a common color! You’ll notice that this outfit isn’t nearly as bold as the previous ensemble, but the pinstripe on the jacket adds more interest than if it was a solid light wash.

Hopefully this blog post and these outfits are able to give you some new ideas and inspiration! Feel free to send me pics of your own outfits to zeebstyle@gmail.com with your name, social media handle, or blog. I’m always searching for new sources of inspiration and would be delighted to know the lovely hearts, souls, and minds reading my posts! I can’t thank you enough for your support.

❤ Zeebs

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Sept. 20: The Epilady – Sustainable Hair Removal

Beauty break! Hair removal is perhaps one of the least sustainable beauty practices I can think of right now. Unless you want to use the permanent laser hair removal, hair removal lies in two camps: shave or pluck.

Shaving has come a long way, but razors don’t last forever and are made mostly of plastic. Plucking hairs manually by tweezers is not the most accurate and is very time consuming. Plucking hairs out my waxing is fast, but you generally throw away your wax/waxing pads. Threading is in the medium, but I don’t think I’ve seen a lot of people thread their own eyebrows, and professionals are not using reusing threads on customers.

But, my beautiful people, there is one hair removal device I would recommend. I call it the epilator! This isn’t the most popular beauty device, but if you are someone who likes to remove/shave body hair, this is a more sustainable route!

I’ve had my epilator for SEVERAL years. (I would show a picture if it wasn’t so… well-used.) I have thrown nothing away in my time of using it (except for some body hair). It works like several sets of electric tweezers which rotate to pluck hairs.

Zoom in of epilator head from an epilator listed on Amazon.

Major con – it does hurt the first few (or several) times (it depends on the area). But it gets better the more you use it. It will hurt more in the beginning if you have only shaved or been only shaving for an extended period of time. If you are used to waxing or plucking, the sensation will be about the same.

Minor con, it does take more time than waxing, but I wouldn’t say the time difference is substantial once you are in the habit. The first use(s) will take longer as you get used to the sensation and work through the large number of hairs from shaving stubble, but you’ll become a pro in no time!

If you do buy this, please keep in mind that minor bleeding is normal if it is your first time using this or waxing. This is because if hairs have not been pulled before (or it’s been a very long time), it’ll resist being pulled out. This is nothing to be alarmed about. Just keep the area clean and remember it’ll stop within the next few uses – if not after the first use.

It is also a financial investment. However, considering I’ve had mine for years and it hasn’t needed replacing yet… I definitely would’ve spent way more for the same work done with razors or waxing. And more would be in the landfill.

If you can afford it, I definitely recommend it! Thanks for taking this little detour beauty break with me! Sustainable beauty alternatives are many, and the industry is only growing!

As always, thanks for stopping by. I look forward to seeing you next week. Stay happy, healthy, and safe!

❤ Zeebs

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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