Friday, June 11, 2021

Currently Loving .232

Happy Friday! I hope you've had a great week! I have been keeping busy with summer camp prep, blogging, and being a mom taxi. I've also gotten to spend some one on one time with oldest daughter while my youngest has been at reading camp. I've even gotten Julianna to work out with me while we have been home together. She's quite competitive!

Today, I'm sharing my weekly roundup of what I'm Currently Loving! I am loving so much right now because dressing for spring and summer is the best. I thrive in warm weather!

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Which of this week's picks is your favorite?!

1. B E L T  B A G | Now that we are getting out and about again, I really love having a belt bag for going places and running errands. Belt bags are perfect for thrifting!

2. H E A D B A N D | How many headbands is too many?! I have quite the growing collection but thankfully my girls (especially my oldest daughter) love them too! I can't stand when my hair is in my face so this is a perfect solution. This one is a great neutral to match all of your summer looks!

3. T O P | I always love a good black top! Throw it on with denim and you have a instantly put together look. The ruffle detail is so pretty on this one!

4. O V E R A L L S | I rediscovered my overall shorts this week and I had forgotten how comfortable they are. I sized up one size in mine for a relaxed fit!

5. G O L D  S A N D A L S | I bought these $20 sandals recently and I've already worn them a few times. I can verify that they are super comfortable! The gold strappy style goes with everything. I love pairing them with skirts and dresses!

6. A N I M A L  P R I N T  S A N D A L S | How fun are these animal print sandals?! They look so comfy, too! They would make any summer outfit complete!

7. E A R R I N G S | Almost all of my jewelry is from Madewell but it's such great quality for the price. All of my Madewell pieces have held up so well and still look just as good as they did when I got them. I need to add this pair of earrings to my collection!

8. D R E S S | A gingham dress is such a classic! I absolutely love this one but I actually still own a super similar one that I bought four years ago (that you can see below). You just can't go wrong with black and white gingham! I also still own the bag and shoes, too. 

Thanks for visiting! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Instagram Roundup .219

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Hey y'all! This is my third blog post this week! Can you even believe it?! Well, I can't. This is the first Instagram Roundup that I have shared since November of 2020. I can totally blame virtual learning on my lack of blog posts as well. I said it was lack of creativity or inspiration but virtual learning definitely cut into my blogging time. I typically work on my blog post while my girls are at school and before I go into work but my girls spent more time learning at home than at school this year. I am really hoping to keep this blogging momentum up because I really do love this space. Did you know that I have been blogging here since 2009?! That seems like a lifetime ago. I started this blog as a way to document my pregnancy with my oldest daughter and here we are in 2021! This blog has also had quite a few different names but it's been With Style & Grace since 2015. 

Today, I'm sharing an Instagram Roundup with some of my recent outfits. There's been a whole lot of looks since November but these are some of my personal favorites from the last month. As you will be able to tell right away, I have been loving dresses! Almost every time I've gotten dressed in the past month, I have thrown on a dress. I love an instant outfit and a dress is just that... it makes you instantly feel put together! I have added a few gorgeous dresses to my collection recently and they are making getting dressed even more fun.

Which of these looks is your favorite?!

Thanks so much for visiting! Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Thrifting 101

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Happy Wednesday! I'm back for the second day in a row with a post! A question I get asked commonly is how I find such good stuff at the thrift store?! Well, today I'm going to take you to my "thrifting 101" class to share 15 of my personal tips and tricks for having success at thrift stores. I have been thrifting since I was a little girl so I'm basically a professional at this point, lol. 

I love thrifting so much! I love the thrill of the hunt and never knowing what kind of treasure you might find is just so much fun! I focus most of my time on hunting for home decor items, either for myself or to resell in my Instagram shop. I absolutely love having a space that is full of treasures that I have collected throughout the years. My favorite items in my home are pieces that I have thrifted! I have also been asked how I avoid having a cluttered home since I go thrifting all of the time and my answer is that I get rid of stuff. If it's not serving our home anymore, it's got to go! Bring something in, take something out. 

I also get at least 50% of my kids clothing from thrift stores. I have had really great luck finding items for them and now that they are older, they have gotten really good at spotting great pieces, too! Also, like I mentioned yesterday, I have gotten back into thrifting clothing for myself as well. I am being super selective about pieces that I add to my closet by focusing on quality, fit, style, and uniqueness. I love finding one of kind, vintage pieces!

Ok, now for some of my tips and tricks for maximizing your thrifting experience...

1. Go often! To find the best stuff you have to go thrifting on a regular basis so that you don't miss out on any great finds. I'm pretty lucky and my favorite thrift store is less than five minutes away from my house. I always go at least once a week but sometimes I go three or four times in one week depending on my schedule. My store restocks multiple times a day so there's always something new to find.

2. There is usually a "best day" to go. For many of my thrift stores it's Mondays. A lot of people make donations on Saturdays and often the new stuff isn't put out until at least Monday. I have the least luck finding great items on Saturdays because that's when most people are out shopping at thrift stores.

3. There are certain times of the year to be sure to shop. I always go the last couple of weeks of December. Everyone is cleaning out their home for tax deductions. I've found amazing clothes, toys, home decor, and more! Also, spring is a great time to shop at thrift stores. Particularly around March when most people are doing their "spring cleaning." Their trash is your treasure.

4. Shop for the whole family! I find amazing clothes for the girls at thrift stores! Their entire outfits above were thrifted. We have found such cute things at the thrift store!

5. Look out of season. This especially works well for children because kids clothes don't ever really go "out of style" plus I try to buy classic pieces for my girls. I buy summer clothes in the winter and winter clothes in the summer. I've had such great luck with this! I bought so many gorgeous summer dresses for the girls this past winter. I've also found great coats in the heat of the summer.

6. Find out if your local thrift store has a customer savings program. For example, Goodwill has a Preferred Customer program. For $15 per year, you can save 10% every time you purchase donated goods! It will pay for itself in no time if you shop regularly. There's also certain days where your savings double and you get 20% off!

7. See if your thrift store runs any sales. Many thrift stores will discount certain color tags or items that have been in store for an extended period of time. I love a good sale!

8. Have something in mind that you are looking for to focus your search. It can be really overwhelming to enter a thrift store if you aren't used to digging through stuff to find a bargain. Focus on jeans if that's what you need or a certain item that you need for your home.

9. This one might seem silly but I have found it to be a helpful reminder: look up and look down. I have found some of the best items when I looked up at the very top shelves and when I've squatted down to see what's on the very bottom shelves. There are treasures hidden everywhere!

10. Sizing is so different from brand to brand so don't be afraid to try on a large if you typically wear a small. I've found some really great items by giving an item that wasn't my size a chance. The top in the picture above is 2-3 sizes bigger than what I normally wear but it fits me perfectly in this style!

11. Most people say they don't have the patience to go through all of the stuff so here's a trick I use. I look at the fabric. You can tell a lot about the quality of an item by just looking at the fabric. I don't bother even looking at anything that looks worn out, faded, or the fabric doesn't look like it's of good quality. Josh makes fun of me for this one, but I also just go down the aisle and touch the fabric to see if it's good quality. Good quality = good feeling fabric!

12. Look everywhere! I've found women's clothing in the men's and children's sections of the stores.

13. Check out the racks and carts of stuff that hasn't been put out yet. I always find amazing stuff there because no one has looked through it yet. My local thrift store always has these racks and carts out. The staff at my store never mind if go through them.

14. Styling your thrifted items is the fun part. I love mixing my thrifted items with items that I've found at regular retail stores. You can make a thrifted item work with the latest trends but more importantly it's such a budget friendly way to fill gaps in your wardrobe. If you know you need a pair of shorts or a black dress, key an eye out for those items to get them secondhand.

15. Being patient is essential. You won't find a ton of stuff that works for you or that you love every single time but don't get discouraged. A piece or two at a time is fantastic and sometimes I leave with nothing. Don't buy it if you don't love it because it will just hang in your closet and end up back at the Goodwill in a few months. Sometimes it's so tempting to buy it because it's cheap but if you don't love it then leave it!

Do you have any other great thrifting tips?! Be sure to share them with me if you do and thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Thrift Style .01

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Hey y'all! I am so excited for today's post. This blog hasn't gotten much of my attention in the past year or so. I've mostly only put the time into my Friday posts and I guess there are lots of reasons for that. The top two reasons are that this past year has been crazy (for us all) and I really haven't been super inspired to share much more that what I've been Currently Loving. But, I am feeling a spark of creativity and inspiration again. I have always been a thrift store lover, even when I was a little girl. I was a pro at finding the best goodies while thrifting! I actually started my "fashion blogging" journey by sharing thrifted outfits. I took photos of my thrift style (including maternity outfits and really terrible lighting) and shared them here on the blog:

I have been taking outfit photos for over 10 years! I didn't start sharing outfits on Instagram until about 2012ish but creating outfits has always been a passion of mine. Dress up was always my favorite as a little girl! After I had Olivia, I was living in pajamas and lounge wear... having a newborn and a 26 month old had something to do with that. But, I wanted to start creating outfits again so I hit the thrift store to get some pieces that fit my body (on a budget). Sharing my thrifted style daily eventually led me to monetizing my outfits through affiliate linking. Over time I stopped shopping for my clothes at thrift stores so that I could link exactly what I wearing. Somewhere within that time, I got caught up in always wanting new things and having an overwhelming amount of stuff in my closet. Social media and the ability to monetize my outfits had me shopping too much, especially buying trendy/inexpensive pieces that wouldn't last more than a season. 

Over the last few years, I have definitely reigned in the amount of items that I purchase and have sought quality over quantity. I have been more intentional about filling wardrobe gaps instead of just mindlessly spending money on items that I don't need. But, I think somewhere along the way I lost of some my own personal creativity that I put to use when I used to exclusively shop at thrift stores for my outfits. A couple of weeks ago, I spotted a vintage top at my local Goodwill and I loved it. But, I didn't buy it that day. I thought about it that night and decided if it was still there the next day, I would get it. It was there and I'm so glad that I went back for it! Something about purchasing that top lit some inspiration inside of me to start thrifting clothing again. Thrifting clothes this time around is definitely going to be different for me. I used to be consumed with the brand something was back when I used to thrift my clothes. Now, I'm more interested in quality, fit, style, whether it fits a wardrobe gap, and if I can make it work with other items in my current wardrobe. 

Now, that I've shared the behind the scenes of this thrift style journey, let's get to some outfits! Some of the items are thrifted in these looks and some of them are not. I really love this balance of mixing vintage with new and thrifted with pieces I didn't find at a thrift store. 

I thrifted this chambray dress for $2! I had a chambray dress on my wish list and this one is perfect. I love the fit and the style! I paired it with gold strappy sandals and a straw tote for a fun spring look.

I have been wanting to try a jumpsuit like this for awhile after seeing something super similar from Madewell. But, I wasn't willing to spend a lot of money on something that I wasn't sure I would like. I found this Lee one, my size + new with tags, for $5 at the Goodwill! It retails for $138 and it's still available online. I was so excited to find this piece! It's so cute paired with sandals and I'm planning to style it with white sneakers or mules, too.

The last look is the top that rekindled my love for thrifting clothing again. This top is definitely from the 90s and I love the pleats! Just a reminder that don't worry about what size an item is when you are thrifting. This top is 2-3 sizes larger than what I typically wear but it fits just like I want it to. I paired it with denim cut offs and my vintage Dooney and Bourke bag for an easy weekend look.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Friday, June 4, 2021

Currently Loving .231

Happy Friday! I hope you've had a great week! I have been confused all week on what day it was. I typically work on this post on Thursday so that it goes up automatically on Friday but I didn't even know what it was, lol. So today's post was created and posted on Friday morning when I was pleasantly surprised to realize that it was indeed Friday. This week was also my last week of my regular work schedule until the fall so I probably won't know what day it is for the next few months!

Today, I'm sharing my weekly roundup of what I'm Currently Loving! I rounded up this week's picks really fast because they are items that I have saved throughout the past week as I was browsing online. I am currently living in shorts, comfy shoes, and layered jewels!

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Which of this week's picks is your favorite?!

1. J E A N  S H O R T S | I am currently really loving jean shorts that have a longer length. This mid thigh length is my favorite because you feel covered but can still stay cool in the summer heat. I recently thrifted a pair of jeans from the thrift store and cut them to make them a similar length as these. The wash and distressing on this pair is so cute!

2. E A R R I N G S | I love all things rattan, especially in my home decor. When I go thrifting, rattan is the very first thing that catches my eye! When my girls saw these earrings, they immediately thought that they were absolutely perfect for me. I'm loving them!

3. T O P | Peplum tops are back! I used to love wearing them maybe 7 or 8 years ago but I haven't really seen many in recent years. But, I have so many recently and I am really loving them! They are perfect for a pair of high waisted jean shorts for a an easy, summer look. The print on this one is so pretty and it's currently 30% off!

4. S W I M S U I T | A $12 swimsuit that's actually good quality and flattering?! Yes, it's true! I ordered this one on a whim and was pleasantly surprised at how great it is. I found the fit to be true to my typical swimsuit size.

5. S A N D A L S | Now that I'm 35, the most important thing about shoes is that they are comfortable! I cannot handle shoes that hurt my feet anymore. Comfort is key! I have recently became a big fan of Birkenstocks and this pair of Teva sandals caught my eye. I like have the option of a strap on the back. I've heard great things about the comfort of Tevas!

6. P A J A M A S | How darling are these pajamas?! I love the feminine details! Pajama sets are my very favorite and I think I need to add this one to my summer rotation.

7. B I K E  S H O R T S | I literally wake up every morning and put on a pair of bike shorts + a workout tank. Whether I get a workout in or I'm just doing stuff around the house, I love wearing bike shorts! The longer length makes them great for working out but they are also great for an athleisure look. I am loving this $12 pair of leopard print ones that I just found. Adding to cart!

8. N E C K L A C E | Layering dainty gold necklaces is my favorite right now. I need to add this cute little locket necklace to my collection! It would be so perfect for layering.

Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you have a great weekend!

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