Thanks to my thrifting adventures, I get to explore differeing prints and cuts that are not your mainstream “fast fashion.”
For instance I scored this Asian inspired red top. I love it due to its unique closure. Easy to style and very versatile in any weather.
Today I paired it with dark green harem pants. At first I was confused on the simple yet complicated closures that at first, I didn’t buy it but after making my second trip to the store I decided to take it as a way to challenge my own style.
I’m so glad I did because I look so unique. I can’t help but get the “flip back look.” Especially with every stride giving off a peak of bare leg. Yes, I might be walking Christmas ornament but girl, I’m definitely serving it today!
I had to throw away a beautiful color blocked wrap all because of a frayed portion caused by a small snag. Sure, I knowingly bought a piece that is mass produced for the fraction of the price. ….so do I admit it? Yes…yet again, I’ve been a willing victim of fast fashion.
How? It started with the sale, the hype and the “savings.” All this time, I knew the material is cheaply made just to meet my frugality fix even when I know its a matter of time until it gets damaged.
Sure enough after a few wash and wear, it finally did. The damaged material started small until it was unbearable noticeable.
My frugality kicked it by thinking, “I could patch it up” but the reality of the sheer material would only get worse even when patched.
Yet again, frugality kicked in by thinking, “I should keep it to copy the pattern” but I know all too well that I won’t make time to sew garments.
My thought process above are my internal battles to justify my spending habits. Overall even though I’m proud to say I’m cheap but in the end, its costing me more by having to pay replacements or tailored maintenance.
In the end, my thought process of limiting frugality to being “cheap” is wrong. I think it should be more towards “is it worth it” spending more for quality than quantity.
If that is the case, acknowledging is one thing but application is another.
Finally! I took the leap of pairing men’s loafers with a dress under a men’s shirt. You see, I envy ladies who can pull an androgyny look because I like it when the standard feminine look can be easily styled with masculine pieces. To me the end result looks unique with a hint of intrigue.
I love dressing up no matter the occassion or none occassion. For instance, this is my outfit as I went grocery shopping. I shop in long sleeves to keep me comfortable especially as I shop at the frozen section.
I have to admit, it took awhile for me to finally have the courage to pair men’s loafers with something that is not a pair of pants/shorts. For some reason, I finally did it! Its funny because I felt liberated because I pushed myself from my comfort zone.
Now its only a matter of time when I will finally pair men’s loafers with maxi dresses and/or summer dresses. Hmmmmm?
Baby steps love, baby steps…
Christmas is often advertised and popularized in cold related weather with Santa, snowman, Christmas trees, cozying up on warm beverages and bundling up for a “winter wonderland.”
Oddly enough, I longed to be in the cold during Christmas especially now of having celebrating it in a tropical island for the past 3 years now. It just doesn’t feel “Christmas” without the cold.
Truthfully, I longed wearing my grey wool men’s jacket, which I got compliments after being mistakenly thought of as a “peacoat.” I loved wearing my cashmere scarf or beanie, not to mention a pair of heavy duty boots! I treated gloves and earmuffs as my optional accessories only, since I loved wrapping my scarf as a head wrap making sure my ears were covered.
This year, I celebrated Christmas on a tropical island. To me it was not “Christmassy enough,” actually it scewed my ideal “winter wonderland” celebration. Its like sunbathing when I already have a tanned complection. To me it doesn’t add up but I ended up sunbathing anyway.
Now when it comes to what I consider “sunbathing,” its more deceitful since it consisted of me covered up in black booty shorts, T-shirt and a baseball cap underneath the shade of a coconut tree. Thankfully, I did not bother wearing sunscreen and I was out by the beach for 5 hours. As if that helps me with my “tan.”
I’m sure your Christmas celebrations made more sense than mine.
Blame the holidays for the excess gain weight but I see it as an oppurtunity to change my perspective in wearing clothes too small for my current size. Its so easy to body shame myself for it but why spend more money on clothes when I can repurpose it to fit my new bod!
At first, I was thinking of donating or giving clothes away but I can’t help losing so much of my wardrobe that I since loved wearing. I tried making money from it by selling through the local flea market with little to no return so my next best option is repurposing. My first project was a medium sized denim jacket. I managed to squeeze myself in it which looked ill fitting especially on my arms so what was my solution, cut off the arms! With a pair of sharp scissors it was an easy fix.
I paired it with a black body suit, over a flowy skirt with custom made black cowboy boots. Donned on my go-to makeup routine as I finished it off with a pair of fun tassled earrings.
I’m off with my day.
Comfort is key when it comes to travelling. My go-to is your typical sweats and sneakers but depending on the weather would determine how comfortable I want to be.
For instance during cold weather; my staple would be a heavy coat, scarf or beanie, gloves, a long sleeve top, pants and comfortable shoes. At this point, I don’t bother with booties no matter the heel height because I like it to be close toed shoes, with no hassle of taking it off or putting it on.
In hot weather, less is more but since I get cold easy inside the airplane I wear a T-shirt, a pair of sweatpants, sneakers, and a light jacket.
To complete my travelling in comfort, I make sure I packed light with only the essentials. This includes a backpack as my carry-on. Inside it would have my pair of noise cancelling headphones for long flights, snacks, and a book just to name a few. I only bring a laptop when I need it for school.
The duration of my trip and purpose determines how many checked luggage I bring. For a two week stay due to training, I managed to pack one medium sized luggage. As a typical pack rat, I consider that an accomplishment!
Alright there are times when I just want to explore ways to make a statement not relying on clothes but with my accessories instead. Be it the jewelry, shoes, bags/purses with or without make-up. I get it, I’m one to push my own boundaries and so far its a handbag.
For the record, I did mention on a previous post of mine that I hate having to carry something like a body bag, purse, hand bag or hand candy. Whatever you want to call it, I need my hands free.
However, I feel that alone is more reason why I had to push against my laziness and comfort zone to finally carry one. I figured the only way I do it is if I carry something that is interesting, eye catching but practical at the same time.
Lo and behold, I found her. Meet Stella, my hand bag. She’s made of sequins and stitched embroidery. Even though “Pink Email” is quite obvious on her, I think Stella suits her well.
How about you, what is your go to statement and do you name your accessories too?