Joining the thrifting bandwagon.

Ever since I gained weight I had to purge my closet of clothes I would rather not work into getting back into. I admit my body is changing and will continue to change but how do I do it on a budget? I say, Thrifting!

Blame it on my me binging on Youtube videos about Thrifting and sure enough I got hooked. Even during my vacation my daughter and I went thrifting, now I have several outfits at a fraction of the cost!

Since I started here’s a few tips I learned:

1. Wear clothes that you can either pull in and out off or easily layer with, just in case the thrift shop does not have a changing room or is too crowded that there’s a long line to it.

2. Leave your inhibitions outside before heading in the store, in case you have to do tip number 1 in plain site. No shame here.

3. Try on anything and disregard sizing. Ladies, I cannot emphasize that enough. I would have missed out on a beautiful lingerie piece just because I thought the size “Small” would not fit. I’m so glad I went against the sizing.

4. When I mentioned try on anything, it meant going against gender and age group. Ladies, don’t dismiss out on the mens section and kids section. Why limit yourself, as long as it fits to your comfort level. I say why not?

5. Don’t dismiss the shoes either. Yes there is the “ick factor” but with just a little bit of deodorizing or cleaning, you’re all set.

6. Accessorize! Don’t forget to look at the belts, scarves, purses or hats. I scored a red scarf that blends well with a top that I could not wait to show off.

7. Cross over to other cultural patterns, cuts and designs. Take a risk and broaden up your fashion wardrobe. Let your wardrobe be a conversation starter.

8. Need ideas for a halloween costume? Thrifting has you covered from clothes to props, just use your imagination.

9. Browse through their home furnishings section. Its usually filled with an eclectic sort of furniture, lamps, paintings, mirrors and figurines.

10. Bring cash just in case the store only accepts cash (ie. garage sales, flea markets).

 

Styling in comfort but still in your style.

During my trip, I didn’t want to lose myself in ugly layers of clothes just to stay comfortable and warm. Therefore, I made it a point to only pack essential clothing but at the same time pack light.

In doing so, I had to get creative with ways to dress warm in cold weather.

Here’s my alternatives;

1. Instead of your usual beanie hats, use a scarf. It can be a head cover, a wind breaker and a hair control in those cold and windy weather. (Ladies with long hair can relate).

2. You can still wear a knee length dress but layer on knee length socks! Why should you stop wearing a dress in the cold.

Not into long socks wear, then use leggings underneath your dress.

3. Running shoes should not be the default walking shoes. Wear short heeled boots, mocassins, cowboy boots or hiking boots even. Bring a separate pair if you must.

4. Reversible jackets can give you two different styles and looks. Most are of lightweight material and come in different colors, patterns to suit your style.

5. If you can trade or swap clothes with whoever is travelling or vacationing with you, why not! My daughter and I happen to like each others style and she mostly fit my clothes, so we have traded jackets and she likes trying out some of my accessories.

6. Worse case scenario, buy new clothes from your trip. Its another reason why packing light is key here. How else are you going to make room with all the shopping you will be doing.

Other than that…Happy vacationing/staycationing and I hope you enjoy your summer!

 

 

Eeeek!!!! I got my first gray hair!

This morning, I was busy doing my normal routine but I took a double take as I stared at the mirror. Staring back at me is a reminder of my dwindling youth, a single strand of gray hair. Just my luck to see one, a month before I turn another year older.

I heard rumors of plucking it would only make it spread more gray hairs or something to those lines so I kept the strand, hid it in between locks of hair. As if “drowning” it in more hair would make it go away. Silly!

Truth be told I have virgin hair, meaning I never had it chemically treated to a different shade of color from my natural hair tone of black. I blame and thank my mom for it because she emphasizes natural beauty to be the most beautiful. Of course hearing it initially when I was as a teenager did not make sense just because everyone else is doing it besides me.

I have to say that the older I get, her beliefs does ring true. Plus, it saves me a LOT of money so cheers to you mom!

Belated Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Celebrating Christmas semi-sunbathing!?!

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.”

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I’m sure your Christmas celebrations made more sense than mine.

Repurposing to fit my new body.

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.20181228_141953

I’m off with my day.

Goal: Working out through the holidays.

‘Tis the season to workout for a reason.

Easier said than done! Like everyone else I make up excuses such as the  weather being gloomy, I woke up too late or I’m too tired. Bottom line is: my only excuse should be when the gym is closed due to the holiday season.

Did I overcome my excuses? Not really, in fact my gym partner and I finally went today after 4 days of non-gym days. With more days being missed, the more creative the excuses. For instance, my gym partner worked late so we missed on going, I was not feeling well enough (maybe due to all the junk food I ate) so we missed out again, on and on the excuses went.

Sure, I could always work out on my own or why rely on the gym work hours when I can workout at home! I have a set of exercise bands and a workout CD from when I did the 21 Day Fix Challenge, in which I gained a pound! (I was told I gained muscle weight and not fat…..uhhhh, sure why not!)

Of course, I could just watch what I eat. Meaning, I would watch my food as I place it inside my mouth. (That’s my take of “watching what I eat.”)

So tell me, what excuses do you use?

 

 

Desperate measures calls for makeup!

My mom always said “Being natural is always the best form of beauty.” Well, no matter how much I agree with her my facial acne continues to affect my interactions with anyone I come in contact with. Especially at work where I am constantly engaging with junior and high ranking individuals. Unfortunately, everyday that goes by, my mom’s mantra slowly diminishes as I desperately find facial routines that match my skin type before resorting to makeup as my last resort.

Due to instant gratification, I eventually I was drawn to the quick fix of makeup but due to me being a novice at it. My last resort ended up in binge watching Youtube tutorial videos of makeup gurus and drag queens do their makeup. Craziness! …but it was entertaining and yes I was that desperate.

Thankfully my practical side kicked in because this is where I admitted that, I needed to get the help of a local beauty sales rep named Norma. She was bossy and knowledgeable yet patient enough to show me a basic makeup routine. She made sure of basing it on my skin’s needs. Overall, she basically took me under her wing and in small baby steps, slowly transform an ugly duckling to a fledling in training. Granted, it was time consuming and expensive but I’m sure it has paid itself off. 20181218_215445

Thank you Ms. Norma!