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, Style Strategies

Dec. 20: Back with Guide to Thrifting Professional Wear

Hello! My finals are over and I am back home safely for the holiday season, so now we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming! This week will be some of my tips to successfully thrift for professional clothing!

If you’ve been around for any length of time, you know I love to thrift any and every type of clothing. Professional wear included. Shopping for professional wear often requires more care and effort than shopping for your casual clothes – logical considering it takes more effort when buying professional gear new!

Tip one for shopping for professional gear is to start with the matching suit section. I start here because sometimes you can score a matching base before hitting the separates (which we will discuss more about in later steps). With professional wear, take EXTRA care to inspect the clothes. I sometimes go over pieces four or five times for imperfections. The last thing you want is for a coworker (or boss) to notice a flaw before you do!

Tip two is to hit the dress section. Do not underestimate the power of a professional dress. They are handy on hot days and can easily pair with a cardigan instead of a super professional blazer. Lucky finds can also be suitable for a date night, brunch, or cocktails.

Tip three is to head to the jackets and blazer section next. If you found a matching suit, you might skip this section altogether, but I find matching suits in my size, in a style I enjoy, a nice pattern, a nice color, and a comfortable fabric can be a Herculean task. When looking at the blazer section (assuming you didn’t find a suit), be sure to prioritize colors that are easy to match with other separates. Black is the most reliable color to shoot for, though a true navy and a charcoal grey are also easy to find in other separates. If you found professional dresses, don’t be afraid to pick a bolder colored contrasting jacket to pair with the dress, especially if it’s a more “casual” professional work environment! Don’t forget your garment inspections

Next: the bottoms. Take your matching suit(s) and/or blazer(s) with you, because it’s matching time. This is perhaps the step which takes the most effort. With your blazer or suit in tow, sift through the racks to find pants or skirts which match the fabric of your recent discoveries. You’ll want to do side-by-sides to compare fabrics – down to the very style the fabrics were woven. I also recommend avoiding bottoms which feature shiny visible buttons or embellishments. That only means there will be another element to match – and chances are they won’t match (otherwise they would’ve put it in the suit section).

Last: the cardigans and sweaters. Cardigans and sweaters are perhaps the easiest section. This means a higher likelihood for success. Placing this section last can give you a pick-me-up if your thrifting trip wasn’t a resounding success like you hoped. It’s also an opportunity to find some fun colors and patterns that would compliment any professional clothing you found earlier.

I didn’t mention shoes in this guide yet because I personally do not thrift for professional shoes – as they usually entail the shoes that you don’t wear a full sock with (pumps, flats, etc.). If you want to thrift for professional shoes, I highly recommend going for flats or wedges. I’ve looked at heels before while thrifting, and find a higher likelihood of the heels to be overall unstable or too high for a professional environment.

Looking into the future you’ll be seeing professional clothes I’ve found thrifting, and a look and a “haul” from clothes I received as gifts this holiday season!

❤ Zeebs

Inspiration Station, OOTD Posts, Style Strategies

Nov 15: Styling a Velvet Shirt

This is going to be a really quick post – I hope these quick outfit inspiration posts have been a source of inspiration for you! I know I’ll definitely be coming back to these posts on days I don’t know what to wear.

This week is a quick styling of a velvet shirt. Velvet is a texture I normally stay away from. Some cheaper velvets are just an uncomfortable texture. Velvet was also just outside of my comfort zone in general, which was compounded by the fact that many colored velvets were in tones that didn’t match what I normally wear. However, my thrifted V-neck velvet tee was a change of pace that I am currently loving for casual outfits. While I styled these with a tee, you could swap it out with a camisole or more blouse shape.

My first outfit paired my velvet tee with one of my all time favorite clothing pieces: my utility jacket. (Seriously, if you don’t have one, I highly recommend.) This shirt is a looser fit, so the cinch/waist drawstring detail of the jacket helps to add some waist definition. I paired this with my “mom jeans” and my Adidas sneakers to round out the casual feel. This is a fairly easy look to replicate. I find it helpful to stick to your more common silhouettes or favorite pieces when you are working in a garment that is outside of your comfort zone.

Speaking of using your more familiar silhouettes, I busted out my favorite purple pants for my next outfit. The skinny fit of the jeans and the tighter fit of the jacket add a tailored feel to the looser shirt. While I could have paired it with sneakers, I loved the idea of complimenting the sheen of the velvet with metallic flats.

Last, but certainly not least, is another casual look. I love the color play between the pink of the shirt and the navy and green in the flannel. The black jeans and white sneakers provide a contrast, but the neutral tones let the color play be more center-stage. I would add a black belt and partially roll up the flannel’s sleeves before rushing out the door to run some errands!

Thanks for stopping by! I look forward to seeing you again soon!

❤ Zeebs

Inspiration Station, OOTD Posts

Nov. 1: Styling a Funky Printed Tee

Did I almost completely forget to write a post today? Yes. Blame law school, and here I am.

Moving onto the outfits! Graphic tees are easily one of the most effortless ways to express your personality in an outfit. However, patterned tees are a bolder way to do the same. I was so pumped to find a tee printed with PUFFINS. Today I’ll be using it to show how a bold printed tee works in a variety of outfits.

My first ensemble is one of the more casual options. The red-orange color of the shirt pops against the olive color of the jacket. “Mom” jeans and chunkier sneakers add to the casual feel. I also love how the white shoe picks up on the white in the tee!

My second outfit feeds (again) on my inspiration of the tee and heeled bootie pairing. The mom jeans also add to the “dressy and casual” contrast. A loose neutral cardigan lets the bold color of the tee shine and still remain cozy!

Third, another casual outfit. This time we’re mixing our denims. Black jeans and a lighter patterned denim jacket add even more casual dimension to the puffin shirt. I decided to add darker gray converse to keep the casual feel and not contrast too much from the black jeans. That way, the contrast of the shirt next to the pants remains the focus of the outfit.

Last, but certainly not least, is a paring with a blazer! The black blazer is not too abrasive against the orange toned shirt, in my opinion, because it plays off of the black within the pattern. The blazer also has scrunched sleeved to add a more casual feel. The gray chino pant plays a similar role as the blazer, showing that the outfit was created around the playful statement shirt. Lastly, white (albeit dirty) converse round out the outfit and remains cohesive with the shirt’s color palette.

Thanks for stopping by! I loved getting back into styling outfits – even if I’m not modelling them. This definitely saves me some major time, so I’m able to still post and do all of my homework!

I can’t wait to see you next week! In the meantime, as always, stay happy and healthy!

❤ Zeebs

Inspiration Station, OOTD Posts, Style Strategies

Oct. 25: Styling Thrifted Purple Trousers

Well, as you could guess, I’m still too toasty to wear my jeans. However, I don’t want to wait any longer to show how I would (will, eventually…) style my thrifted finds. So, instead of on my person, they’ll be displayed Pinterest/gallery style! This week, it’s my purple trousers I thrifted this summer!

Apologies for the weird color appearances in these photos. Something about the color and fabric make it almost impossible to get an accurate color on my iPhone camera. The truest color is around the waistband of the pants in the photo above!

The first ensemble is inspired by the “graphic tee and booties” look I have adored seeing on social media this fall. For the picture, I simply placed a white v-neck tee: plain tees also work, and you wouldn’t be able to see a graphic in this photo with the jean jacket anyway. I love this jacket because it is tailored and offers a subtle pattern for more interest than a plain denim jacket. The taupe booties add some texture for more interest.

This second look is probably the outfit I will be most likely to be able to wear here in Arizona. It’s simply a light, patterned, voluminous blouse which I would French-tuck (Thank you, Tan France.) into the trousers. Then, I would throw on a pair of white sneakers (or slip-ons) and head out the door. Light but definitely looks put together!

Third is an almost business casual outfit. The printed blouse adds most of the interest in the outfit, but I also love the color play between the blush pink of the blazer and the eggplant color of the pants. The loafer/slip-ons continue the vibe of a “casual business casual” that I love. Considering the lightness of all of the fabrics, this is another outfit I should be able to wear soon!

The last ensemble could be worn with either my white Converse or taupe booties – depending on how fancy I felt or how far I was walking. It mimics the color play of the last outfit with the pink tee. I topped it with a tan-colored cardigan which has a little bit of fuzzy texture (though you can’t see it in the photo). If nothin else, the cardigan is meant to protect you from the very aggressive air conditioning. This is definitely a blank slate outfit that could be worn with a scarf if you’re in a colder climate or a statement necklace if you are still having 80 degree highs – like myself.

I hope you enjoyed these little outfit inspirations! I’m definitely missing the chilly fall weather of the Midwest and Northeast. Let me know if we like the gallery style more – I think it’ll be far easier to get more outfits per post this way!

❤ 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

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

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

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