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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 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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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

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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