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).

 

Meet Stella, my hand bag…

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?

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!

 

 

My pantsuit choice for a themed holiday party.

Alright, I raved about pantsuit wear so I decided to check out the local retail store (men’s wear section) for a checkered pantsuit. It worked out well since it goes with this year’s holiday theme of “The Great Gatsby.” I was drawn to the checkered look because I saw one online and it looked amazing. Unfortunately, my search started with numerous online sites that either do not ship to my location or I could not get a response when asked for more details especially when I don’t have the luxury to try it on. Besides, I don’t want to end up second guessing myself and hope for the best.

Fortunately, I managed to find one locally. Its not the checkered look I was aiming for but its a pantsuit that I cannot wait to showcase. What drew me to this suit was first it was on sale and you know by now that I’m not shy when it comes to bargains. Second it was red with enough pattern to make it more interesting instead of plain boring. Thankfully, I was lucky enough to have found the jacket in small with a matching 32W size pants.

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Another reason why I ignore the size because what matters most is the fit and comfort. Therefore, I plead to girls out there to not get bothered if your size increases or continue to increase. Vendors have their ways of sizing so try not to get bothered by a number.

Close up on the funky pattern.

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Overall, its how you carry yourself that matters. If what you wear brings confidence in you, it should not matter if you wear a sizeable pantsuit or not because at the end of the day, you better strut it girl!

 

Styling men’s cargo shorts/pants…

Cargo shorts or pants is such a staple in men’s wear that I just started incorporating it as part of my wardrobe. Typical girl/women’s fashion would not dare get caught wearing cargos but why not? It is such a practical pair to have, first of because of its pockets! I love the way how versatile a pair of cargos can carry not only a wallet but tools as well. Granted, I do not have hobbies that require tool carrying but the fact of having readily available pockets is always a great option to have. This means if I do not have to carry a purse, that’s a bonus for me.

Second, cargo shorts come in a variety of colors and designs that should make it more appealing to wear no matter ones gender. I for one own a pair of cargo shorts with camouflage in woodland pattern. I love styling it with a pair of black booties and a simple top. For accessories, I often pair it with silver hooped earrings and finished off with a thin oversized sweater jacket that hits just above my knee. In this way the cargo shorts merely peeks out every time I walk.

 

Other times, I do wear the cargo shorts in plain site as a statement piece with a simple top on a pair of either loafers or slides. Sometimes, yours truly likes to dress up in a more rugged look but only with a hint of femininity thanks to accessories such as statement earrings, bold sunglasses with a pop of red lipstick!

Overall, cargo shorts/pants is a unique piece for girls to wear that I enjoy pushing the envelope. For instance, cargos does not have to be casual, you can help glamorize it with a pair of heels topped with a fancy looking top. Of course accessorize as necessary, and if you want to push it even further add a surprise teaser by spritzing on a men’s fragrance. Bold move, bold statement.

You’re welcome!

 

 

Opting for a pantsuit instead of gowns/dresses

Wearing costumes has always been fun for me, from Halloween to any themed party. I noticed the same trends for women and girls alike wanting to be someone or something sexy. For me I get bored of the same thing so last year’s holiday party I opted to wear a custom made pin striped pantsuit with wine colored high heels. Sure enough, I was one of three women in trouser outfits while the rest came in dresses/gowns. This year is no different with the theme being “The Great Gatsby” I was eyeing a checkered suit to go with my black rimmed glasses and black loafers.

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Accessorizing it with either a fedora or newspaper boy cap. Another option was to wear a short bob wig or fix my hair in the 1920’s style, fashioning it with my mimosa scented pomade. Unfortunately, I can’t fit in my custom made pantsuit so I am still on the hunt for a secondhand pantsuit. I will try the local thrift shops such as The Salvation Army but I am still open to ordering online, any suggestions?

Wish me luck!