stop and smell the roses

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Sometimes I forget the wonderful splendors around me because I’m busy rushing from one place to another, taking care of errands, going to work, going to the grocery store, blah blah blah. But, I’ve been working on being more mindful of taking a breath. This week, my husband and I took another trip to the local gardens and, sigh, it’s just such a beautiful place. It really makes me happy to stop and smell the roses. What about you, readers? What things of beauty are you seeing in the world around you? Leave a comment below!

Top: Rosegal ($12)

Jeans: Articles of Society via Nordstrom Rack ($36 marked down from approx $68)

Shoes: Crocs ($40 marked down from $60) (seriously, I wasn’t joking. I’m not paid by Crocs, I swear, but I wear them whenever I’m going to be on my feet for long periods of time/walking miles on end).

Fashion Huntress coupon alert! You can find other oversized blouses here. Interested in the top in this post? Summer sales ongoing, all from 33% off. Use code RGEN for another 10% off! Time for a new outfit! Surprise code: RGEN

nifty thrifty

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Y’all, this Plenty by Tracy Reese dress was a dollar. $1.The blazer? $2. They retail $250 together, but cost me $3. Yep. Thrifting is one of my most favorite hobbies, and while I do also shop at big box retailers, I find thrifting to be the most rewarding. Never tried? Want to do more of it? Check out my list below!

Reasons why I thrift:

1) It’s good for the environment! Clothes in a landfills is a real problem across the world.

2) It gives back! A lot of thrift stores benefit local communities, give jobs to people in the community, and often recycle clothes they don’t sell.

3) It’s affordable! $1 dress above. Enough said.

4) Hunting for deals is a joy in (my) life! Finding a gem while thrifting is just a happy thing.

Thrifting doesn’t make your heart sing? No problem! Check out this handy dandy chart to see what you can do with your old clothes.

 

Dress: Plenty by Tracy Reese via thrift ($1, retails for approx $130)

Shoes: Sam Edelman ($50 marked down from $150)

Blazer: Express via Thrift ($2, retails for $120)

charming chambray

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This gorgeous backdrop is from our last trip to New Orleans a couple of months ago; New Orleans is full of wonderfully kind people, fabulous food, a vivid culture, and so much more. I feel grateful that my travels have led me there twice, and I can’t wait to go back. Also, shout-out to the hubs for sparing me the trouble of my tripod and remote his photos are always so much more fabulous than my own! Happy weekend, readers!

Top: thrift ($2)

Eyelet skirt: Banana Republic ($5 marked down from approx $110)

Shoes: Crocs ($40 marked down from $60) (when I travel, I never take them off)

fun fact! (leave yours too!)

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Every once in a while it occurs to me that many people know me via my blog, but not much more! I would love love love it if you left a random fact about you in the comments below; there are so many of you that I know via your blogs as well, and I love our virtual community! So, to kick off the random fact party, I’ll share a few! I’ll spare the I ❤ fashion fact, because you all already know that.

I love to read. When I was a kid, my parents read to us nightly and always brought us on trips to the library and the bookstore, which I think created a strong love of books in me. Used bookstores and libraries are probably some of my most favorite places on Earth.

I love label makers. I will label just about anything and everything. My closet is full of labeled bins 🙂 It just makes life easier when you can find whatever you need, whenever you want, right?!

I didn’t always like dogs. When I was a kid, I LOVED animals and learning about them. (You can ask any member of my family about my ongoing love of whales.) When I met my to-be husband, he mentioned he wanted to get a dog. I was so stressed out, I couldn’t imagine caring for a dog. HA! I love our dog to bits now, and will now approach any dog imaginable on the street like a total creep. “CAN I PET YOUR DOG?!”

Dress: c/o Sammydress ($16)

Leave a random fact below- should you so choose! I would love to hear about you, readers!

zaful review

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Alrighty, this week was my first foray into online abroad shopping and I’m here to tell you about it! I’ve read a lot of reviews regarding “fast fashion” and abroad markets; frankly, the reviews were completely mixed. Some reviews were great, others were terrible. So, I’m going to speak from my perspective knowing that it’s just that- my experience alone.

I was approached by Zaful to review their clothing in exchange for an honest review; I am not being financially compensated for this post nor through an affiliate program, so these opinions truly are my own! Okay, so the website has a LOT of items for sale. A. Lot. That being said, I found the best way to approach the website was to type in a keyword search like “fit and flare dress” (my favorite shape), and then review what items came up. Simply paging through all the items for sale is impossible; there’s just too much. That all being said, the negative feedback I read online was “slow delivery” and “wrong sizing.” The response from Zaful was “read the sizes” and “check the delivery times.” Alrighty. I did just that. I read the sizes (they vary from item to item) and I planned for a longer shipping time than an item coming to me from the US. These items go through customs, so yes, the shipping takes longer. That all being said, I got exactly what I ordered, in the two week time frame, and the sizes were all accurate. My honest opinion is that this was pretty straightforward and I really like the dress; the quality is what you would expect from a shop like Zara, H&M, etc. I hope that if you choose to order, you have the same experience that I did.  I’d love any feedback in the comments section, if you have any!

 

Dress: Midi dress c/o Zaful ($15, I ordered “light blue” but there’s four color options!)

Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless ($15 marked down from $35)

Coupon alert: for Fashion Huntress readers interested in this dress, rompers, midi dresses, midi long sleeve dresses and short sleeve dresses or any other Zaful  items, you can use the code ZFEN01 for 10% off!

free fallin’

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Phew! It’s been a bit since my last post, but I needed a break to regroup and focus on one task over another! Most recent evidence of this is when I was trying to do a million things at once, and literally fell while crossing the street. …oh. my. Not only did I lose a little dignity, but I also managed to bruise and scrape a knee, wrist, and shoulder! As my dear friend pointed out (while helping to lift me up), ‘the universe is saying to SLOW DOWN!’ True. Story.  So, I’m slowing down a bit.

In the meantime, I’m also experimenting with new photo formats! Feel free to offer any feedback below!

Dress: Victoria Beckham for Target ($10 marked down from $36)

Blazer: thrift ($5)

Shoes: Lula Townsend at DSW ($12 marked down from $79)

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I’m also wanting to try out the Zaful website, so I would love to hear if you’ve ordered from Zaful in the past!  I’ve had my eye on the trendier picks for the season, like the backless lace dresses  and the halter dresses . There’s also some off the shoulder picks, and some fab embroidered picks! Let me know your Zaful thoughts!

NOLA hurrah – part 1

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Y’all (southern style), I am overdue for a post! I apologize for the delay; I was on vacation with my hubs and am now back to work and life! Thanks to lots of sunshine and warmth, I managed to snag some great photos and will post them over the course of the next few posts. I miss the sun, food, people, culture, music, and everything else already! But, everything’s not lost, I’ve got the memories and photos to share…

Dress: Voom via Thred Up ($7 retails for $100)

Shoes: Crocs (seriously, magical for walking 10+miles a day)  ($40 marked down from $60)