April 22, 2015
April 16, 2015
Happy Earth Day! This year I’m partnering with Savers to talk about thrifting, one of the most fun ways to go green! Savers keeps 650 million pounds of reusable goods out of landfills each year, making them one of the largest textile recyclers in the world. When you donate and shop at thrift stores, you are helping reduce the amount of waste and not contributing to the impact of new product production.
Armed with a $100 gift certificate to Savers, I was challenged to see just how much I could find to spruce up my wardrobe. Talk about a shopping spree! From one thrift store outing I was able to put together 3 entire looks, including shoes (but minus some accessories).
Thrifted: Coach loafers, floral jumper, striped tank top
Thrifted: J Crew gingham dress, vintage oxford shoes
vintage bow tie: estate sale
Thrifted: Floral summer dress, Keds tennis shoes, silk hair scarf
Look 4 & 5
Thrifted: Flamingo blouse (new with tags!) & Hawaiian dress
necklace: estate sale
Now let’s talk about just how much $100 can buy you at the thrift store. When shopping most retail, I would have to choose between a single dress or pair of shoes, but at Savers I was able to get a whole new-to-me summer wardrobe. We’re talking:
*4 pairs of shoes
*4 vintage cocktail glasses
*1 vintage coffee mug
April is Earth Month, and it’s the perfect time to do some spring cleaning! Donate all the stuff that you no longer wear or use, and know that you are keeping those things out of landfills. In addition, each of your donations contributes to Savers partnerships with a non-profit in your community. Go ahead and reward yourself with some shopping while you’re there ;)
April 9, 2015
Last week I filled in at the office I used to work at, and while I still stand by NOTHING being better than working from home, it was fun to have an excuse to get dressed each day. There’s really not a dress code for the design department there, so that means I could have fun dressing up, without the pressure of looking super “business-y” (which is not my forte.).
vintage dress: gift
shoes: Swedish Hasbeens
This vintage dress was a gift from a friend (hi Adrienne!) a few years ago, but I realized that I’ve never posted it on the blog before, and that needed to change.
Do you have a dress code where you work? What’s the worst uniform you’ve ever had to wear? Mine was definitely the tux shirt, bow-tie, & cummerbund I wore while working at Hollywood Video- the fanciest minimum wage look ever ;)
April 3, 2015
Summer’s coming quickly and my focus has turned from boots to bathing suits. Like most desert dwellers in the summer, if I’m not inside taking advantage of air conditioning, I’m in the water- so a lot of time is spent in swimsuits. I love how a one-piece not only works for swimming, but looks cute as a top when paired with skirts and shorts- perfect for summertime lounging.
I recently got this retro one piece from Red Dolly Swimwear. As much as I love vintage, I’ve never found a vintage suit that works for me, or that I’ve felt comfortable in. This is one thing that I totally prefer the vintage inspired- and Heather nails it! From high waisted bikinis to one pieces and matching headbands, in polka dots, stripes, and fun fruit prints- all with a more modern, comfortable fit.
Swimsuit: c/o Red Dolly Swimwear // skirt & hat: thrifted
These photos were taken right before dying my hair and are the only record of me as a (mostly) bleached blonde. I gotta say, that was as much of a change for me as the pink :) Between the pink hair and the pink bathing suit, you would’ve never guessed that I didn’t go near the color a few years ago. Proof that your tastes can always change if you let them!
Every summer deserves a new swimsuit, don’t you think? I vote for treating yourself to something handmade and supporting an Etsy artist! She’s even got your lil’ babes covered with the cutest line for kiddos too ;)
Follow Red Dolly Swimwear for cute photos, styling inspiration, and new products!
April 1, 2015
Well, after hours in the salon having my hair lightened, and another morning of my amazing mother-in-law meticulously applying the pink- I finally have the shade I was originally going for. It’s definitely new for me- I’ve never experimented outside the “natural colors” beyond a spell with streaks in the early 2000s. But what better time than when you work from home, right?
headband: c/o Salvage & Stone
skirt: Instagram sale
shoes: Swedish Hasbeens
Now let’s talk about this handmade headband from Salvage and Stone! During the warmer months (um, half the year…) my hair is up most days, and I’m always reaching for scarves to help change up the look. This one is perfect for me right now, because the neutrals balance out the pink, yet the mix of fabrics add a unique twist. The soft cotton jersey makes it extra comfortable, and it will be perfect for keeping the ol’ bangs out of the face during yoga or hiking too. Even better, Nicole makes the headbands and jewelry in her shop out of recycled materials. She is also a really talented artist and her blog is full of beautiful photography, so stop by and say hello and support a handmade artist!
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I made this Easter card to send to a few kiddos like our nephews, and thought I’d offer it here as a free download! You can print at home or take it to any office store like Staples. Just trim at the crop marks and fold in half. It fits perfectly in an A2 envelope or anything larger will work too :)
The ol’ fine print: Free for personal use only, but print as many as you like!