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 with men’s loafers.

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?20190101_154724

Baby steps love, baby steps…

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.

Airport friendly go-to wear.

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.20181213_233613

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!

 

 

South Korean street style!

Having the chance to visit Korea for 2 weeks, I figured to blog about it without coming off creepy. With it is my chance to check out their own unique street wear.

1. Most prefer comfort over fashion, for instance my Western idea of cold weather gear does not include overall puffy jackets in drabby colors of black and gray.20181208_110843

2. The K-Pop influence is more so outside of South Korea, meaning its more popular outside than the general public. I expected locals to have an array of colored hair but it was not the case.

3. Street wear depends on age group. For instance, the older generation are more practical than the younger ones. The only disparity I noticed are a small percentage of women/girls who wore stilletos even in -13 degree weather. While another wore a pair of “booty shorts” in the same weather.

4. The wearing of face masks in South Korea is not commonly used. I ended up wearing one just to blend in and I noticed that it helped as a wind breaker for your cheecks. I’m sure there’s more purpose behind it but at that time, it  saved my cheecks from cracking.

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Until my next blog…

What is your fashion motivation?

What do I mean by fashion motivation? Tell me what drives your fashion style. Below are mine;

1. Weight changes (gains or losses) you know the see-saw effect so every so often that I end up having to get rid of clothes and buying more. Its expensive but I get to shop so I’m not complaining much.

2. SALES (Year end sales, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, closures….) and holiday driven discounts a.k.a my weakness and endless money traps.

3. Rewards Cards and any points driven programs that provide discounts. For instance I got a pair of gym shorts for less than my earned rewards card of $10! It was such a steal!

4. Watching thrifting Youtube videos inspires me to try outfits I would never have considered owning. For instance, I love seeing the prints and textures. It makes me appreciate the changing seasons since each has their own way of dressing for it.

5. Movies! Weird…but ever since I watched Bohemian Rhapsody, I start eyeing the most outlandish jackets and leotards worn by Freddie Mercury in a different light.

6. The thrill of just window shopping! Again, weird… but the fact the I get to touch an outfit/item make internal struggle if its a need or want then be able to leave without making a purchase is liberating!