Closet Building, Inspiration Station, Uncategorized

Jan 3: Thrifted Professional Tops

While home for the holidays, I am happy to report that I found some professional tops at local Goodwill stores, so I can continue on my impromptu “thrifted professional wear” series with a small thrifting haul.

My first top is a black layered short-sleeve blouse. It’s a sweater vest base with a polyester bow neckline and blousy sleeves. I’m admittedly a huge sucker for blouses with bows at the neckline and tops with layered appearances – so this find was a definite treasure!

Speaking of tie and bow neck blouses it this steal! Small town Goodwills are exceptionally great for finding designer pieces at affordable prices. This top is Michael Kors – but I managed to snag it for a whopping $3 with no stains. In addition to this amazing deal, I love the opportunity for a pop of color. I have a pair of heels which feature a similar color, and I’d definitely pair them together!

Continuing with our designer brand steals (another $3 piece) is this Calvin Klein blouse is a nice neutral taupe. It’s a neutral color I don’t often find, so I was more than happy to put it in my cart! I look forward to pairing this with a patterned jacket or suit as a neutral top while more interesting than a basic white shirt.

Last, but certainly not least, it a black short-sleeved top. Featuring a peplum at the waist and an exposed statement gold zipper on the back, I can wait to pair this with either a slacks for work or a fitted skirt for a night out! This is also an ideal top for wearing a statement necklace!

That’s all for my Goodwill professional tops haul. I’m looking forward to sharing some professional outfit pairings (and maybe some more professional wear hauls..?) in the coming weeks!

❤ Zeebs

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Dec. 27: Thrifted Professional Wear from Phoenix

This week is a short post/haul on the professional wear I found in Phoenix before leaving (safely and with negative COVID test results) for the holidays. Using the tips from last week’s post, I had small – but very – successful trip to a Phoenix Goodwill.

My first step was to search the matching suit section, which was admittedly a bust. (There was a Calvin Klein suit, but it was a size smaller than what I normally wear and couldn’t try it on with COVID restrictions). So, in following my steps, I moved on to the dress section where I hit the jackpot with two gorgeous finds.

My first find was a Calvin Klein white professional dress. It hits at knee length and is made of a beautifully textured fabric. It passed the inspection(s) for flaws with flying colors – not surprising considering it was new with tags! This find was 12.99 before my student discount – but the retail price was $100!

white Calvin Klein dress

My second find is just as beautiful. It’s a classic professional “LBD.” It features a neckline that has a narrow v-neckline which leads to a slight “collar” effect on the sides. I love this neckline as a petite person because v-necks tend to be more flattering in giving an elongated look, but the shape of the neckline allows for the v-neck effect without being too low of a neckline. The classic black color, as mentioned in my last post, also lends itself to being easier to mix and match with other separates to give an appearance of a matching set!

The next section I hit was the blazer/jacket rack. This is where I found my last piece for this post – a long black blazer. This blazer hits at thigh length which looks especially fantastic with professional dresses. The classic color and long style help to make the use of separates a purposeful choice, rather than that I bought a bunch of separates from a thrift store. (Note there should be no shame in thrifting for separates to make your professional wardrobe, but law is a more “conservative” profession – so the more it looks like I have matching sets, the better off I’ll be.)

To top it all off, the blazer passed the fabric matching test with the black dress. The shades of black are almost identical – same with the stitching of the fabric itself. The lack of embellishments on the dresses also meant that I didn’t need to attempt to match the buttons on the jacket with any dress accents. What a keeper!

Thanks for stopping by this week. I’ve been hitting the Goodwills back home – so hopefully in the near future I’ll be able to show some more professional thrifted finds soon!

In the meantime – stay safe and healthy!

❤ Zeebs

Closet Building, Inspiration Station, OOTD Posts, Uncategorized

Oct. 18: OOTD and Thrift Finds

…it’s still too hot to wear pants…

…SO…

I thought I would do an OOTD post and show the two shirts I got at the thrift store today!

My outfit of the day was my thrifted sundress you’ve seen before from my thrift haul series! It’s been a life saver for me here in Phoenix, considering we have three-digit highs some days (Fall weather, I miss you…). I paired it with my white sneakers and my rose gold colored watch. I also wore my “default jewelry” of my class ring and faux pearl earrings.

Now the exciting new stuff. I admittedly was hoping that I would find more bralettes and dresses, but can you really have too many comfy tees? My first tee is more versatile, featuring white and tan stripes, a super soft fabric, and a flattering deeper neckline.

My second thrifted find is a more uniquely patterned shirt. Part of the major appeal of thrift stores, to me, are these fun patterned tees. This one I’m especially happy to have found since it matches the October/Halloween season.

Meet my tropical skull tee! It’s a men’s medium crew neck tee (a vast majority of the best patterned tees are in the men’s section, in my opinion) with cuffed sleeves, a breast pocket I will never use, and a super fun tropical and skull themed print.

The pattern somewhat limits this shirt to a more casual setting, but I think it’ll look great with my red or purple pants featured in my summer thrift haul series and a pair of converse sneakers. It’ll also look great with denim shorts in these toasty times!

As always, thanks for stopping by! Can’t wait to see you next week!

❤ Zeebs

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Oct. 11: Thrifting Lingerie

Yeah, I know that probably sounds a little weird, but hear me out. When I had the opportunity to go thrifting in Phoenix, I was super excited. I still am! A lot of thrift stores are MUCH larger than back home – which means more categories of stuff to sift through, including a lingerie section.

I have and still do spend quite a pretty penny on quality bras that fit well. So, I’ll admit, when it comes to the rest of my lingerie or pajamas, I can be a bit of a penny pincher. Thanks to a local Goodwill, I can now thrift cute lingerie or pajama pieces for a low price. Of my first round of exploring this section, I found two cute bralettes for only $3 apiece.

Bralettes usually run at a minimum of $15/16 dollars, and easily increase to the $25/30 price point at some locations. With COVID-19, buying bralettes also runs more of a risk since I’m more busty. Since I typically order lingerie on clearance (and thus can’t return them), the last thing I want is to order multiple bralettes online only to try them on and have them not fit!

Now, you might be thinking “Isn’t that unsanitary to buy lingerie from a thrift store?” I mean, t shirts and dresses, sure – but lingerie? First, one of the bralettes I purchased still had its tags, and I’m fairly certain tagged clothing items are quite clean. Second, our breasts can change size relatively quickly when our weight fluctuates (something definitely exaggerated by COVID) – so how many items have you given away because your size changed before you could get good use out of your clothes? Probably decently often. Like other clothing items, a simple wash and bralettes, bras, nightgowns, or pajamas will be ready for you to love them!

Thank you for stopping by. I know my posts have been quite short lately. School does have to come first, but I love stopping by to write a little about finds and tips! As always, stay happy, healthy, and safe!

Announcement: on a side note, do we like the formatting of no “drop caps” at the beginning of the paragraph? Just testing it out. If you have a significant preference either way, let me know!

❤ Zeebs

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Oct. 4 – Fall Outfit Inspiration

Now that October is here, it’s cooling down a little for most. (Sadly, Phoenix is still sporting over 100 degree highs…) So… I thought I would show some photos of fall outfit inspiration.

One of my most consistent fashion inspiration is Miss Louie (@missejlouie on IG). Her simple and tailored looks are easy to emulate or a base for some funky style exploration!

The first outfit reflects more of what I will be wearing this fall, since I’m not quite acclimated to the Phoenix weather. The wedges mix a summery vibe with a more fall color palette when paired with the darker sundress. More delicate jewelry let’s the dress and shoes shine in that perfect summer/fall transition.

The second outfit is a vibe I am here for this fall. The mix of more “casual” with more “dressy” elements creates a nice dynamic outfit, even if it’s a monochromatic black/white/gray palette like done here! While it is certainly to warm for me to rock a blanket scarf right now, I will definitely be busting out my wide leg black trousers and rock the same color palette!

The mixing of casual and dressy is also evident in my other outfit inspiration photos for this fall!

I love the graphic tee and heeled booties paired together, which both of these above outfits do! I’m definitely going to have to get more graphic tees so that I can do this! I think these two outfits also show the range that this pairing can have. From cardigan to raw hemmed jeans, graphic tees and booties will coordinate!

These next (and last) two outfits are more dressy than the previous two. I am crazy about the pencil skirt with casual shoes! The difference in texture between the skirt and the cardigan also adds visual interest that I adore.

I am also truly envious of that super cute trench dress. One thing you can takeaway from this inspiration is that layering a turtleneck is a great way to transition into cooler weather! I have no idea when it’ll be cool enough for me to wear a turtleneck, but it’s still super cute!

I’m hoping that it’ll cool down soon and I can do some photo shoots for you guys with my thrift finds from this summer and here in Phoenix! Until that day comes, stay healthy and happy!

❤ Zeebs

Beauty, Uncategorized

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

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