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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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