Monday, February 23, 2015

Modage Style Fashion Bus Tour

 


This weekend I was able to meet up with a few women that enjoy the art of thrifting as much as I do. Have you ever heard of Modage Style Fashion Bus Tour? Well if you haven’t, let me help you get your life and become exposed to everything that is related to thriftng. To learn more about the tours join the Facebook group. On this particular tour we were scheduled to visit 3 Goodwill stores, however, the weather had a mind of its own and we had to cut our visit to two locations. Nonetheless, the stores that we visited were exactly what me and my closet needed. I can’t believe that this was my first time thrifting this year.
Look its DC Goodwill Fashionista modeling her new bag!!!


Before we started the trip, Lerkia (the organizer) gave us the rundown of how everything would work and answered questions. She also showed us a few of her Style Maven items that were for sale and would go hand in hand on this thrifting adventure. I purchased one of her extra-large ‘Thrift Store Junkie’ totes, I wanted a sweatshirt but I had to make sure my fund$ were intact for whatever treasure I’d stumble upon. As we were heading out we were given the cutest Style Maven pins that allowed us to take an additional 10% off of our purchase. Lerkia also had us a light breakfast of muffins, cinnamon rolls, tea and juice to energize us to go from rack to rack!

Cinnamon rolls, bomb.com!!!


Our first tour stop was at the Goodwill in Dale City. I didn’t even know this location existed, but now I have a new location on my thrift radar. The staff was very welcoming and you could tell that they were looking forward to us visiting. Honestly all we needed was a camera and we’d have our own thrifters reality show. I guess customers noticed how large of a group we had because one of them reached out to Lerkia to get more info on the next Style Bus Tour. When I say that this location had all the goods, they had everything. Although I didn’t really go through the home section, I saw huge decorative mirrors, pianos, and cute picnic baskets. Did you all know that I am secretly addicted to picnic baskets? Now ya know lol! Although I’d known about this trip for a couple of weeks I didn’t necessarily have a plan on what I actually needed. Luckily the thrift Gods were on my side, I found some really cute items at a great price. Take a look below at some of the fun we had…

 
Lerkia with her fabulous thrifted bag
 
 
 
 
I had to snap a pic of this 'Cosby"' sweater since I wore a thrifted 'Cosby' sweater
 
I can't believe I didn't get this...

 
Our second stop was at the Goodwill in Anandale. I didn't get as many goods from here but some of the other ladies racked up. This location definitely had something for the entire family. They even had a few pair of shoes that were 50% off. Check out all of the fun we had below.
 

This was my buddy on the bus be sure to check her out here

Although I'm not a fan of red, I absolutely loved this picture
What cute luggage you have!!!
I could not imagine being a caterpillar daily, cute for someone but not me :-(
I sooo love this pic, it reminds me of thrifting with my mom

Can you believe that this beauty was $1000 (it even had authenticity papers)
This one came home with me...



 

I loved the headboard on this bed, sooo pretty
Such a cute blazer...

 

Look at all of the looks the Goodwill put together

 


 
Since the snow started coming down heavy we decided it was best to grab food and head back to DC. Honestly, all of that shopping had me tired and hungry.
 
 
I really enjoyed myself, the vibe was great and I left the tour feeling totally inspired about fashion, especially thrift store fashion. It's always good to meet up with people that share your same interest, I can't wait to do it again. In case you're interested in the pieces I got keep scrolling down!!!
 
 
Such a cute Ann Taylor blazer

I love this wool Gap wrap jacket

This nautical Banana Republic shirt is a classic

All black floor length dress

I love this pink and green tunic

Such a cute classy H&M dress

Did someone say pastel?

I love this grey cross body bag

I will be getting this skirt re-sized soon

Can you tell there's a print theme going on?

This is my favorite find of the day

Look at the details on this dress

This has to be an authentic handmade piece

More details

The leather basket bag was everything and so is my bracelet

 
Have you all gone thrifting lately, if so what was your favorite purchase?



Tuesday, February 10, 2015

On Tuesdays We Target... Edition II

It seems like forever since I've posted a Target Tuesday post, but trust and believe I have been there sooo many times. Today I'll be sharing a few of the cute finds that I saw at my local Target. 

Such a cute shirt that can be dressed up or dressed down. Right now I'd purchase it oversized and wear it to the gym because I totally need to get my workout on.

Can you say ready for Spring? I was super excited to see my favorite colors right besides each other. Perfect dresses to wear to work or out to brunch.

There are just certain aisles that I have to visit like all of them!!! I always get my life in the candle aisle. Now my preference is Bath and Body Works but sometimes those are too strong, Targets candles provide a happy medium. Right now I'm obsessed with blood oranges so I was happy to see this scent. It was a perfect spring scent and although I didn't purchase it, I will be adding it to my future candles list. The other candle, Glacial Water Mint reminds me of my favorite Stress relief body wash. This is totally a candle that you want around you to create a in-home spa. Perfect candle to help clear your mind while taking a bubble bath.

Such a cute picture which describes me best. Have you visited Target this week and if so, what caught your eye?




Thursday, February 5, 2015

Wait, Who Doesn't Want A Discount?


One of my favorite words is discount, which is prettymuch synonymous with sale in my opinion. Just let it be known that your girl loves a sale or a discount, whatever you want to call reduced pricing (that’s not stolen lol)I am totally that person that receives a compliment and immediately states how much of a discount I received. Trust me; I am always excited about the items I’ve found on sale. Discounts and sales are the main reason why I can continue to shop at some of my favorite retailers. On Christmas, I was able to score a pair of Sam Edelman boots from Piperlime for less than $30 (with shipping). Want to know my secretson getting discounts? Keep reading and I’ll share my 3 tips on how you can get an amazing discount at almost any place you shop!

         1. Subscribe to the company’s e-mail listing
I always shake my head in disbelief when I offer the loyalty program at my job and customers don’t take it. I know it’s a personal choice but most loyalty programs/e-mail listings are absolutely free. I didn’t realize how protective people are about their e-mail addresses until I had to start asking for them in my line of workBy subscribing to the company’s e-mail, you get first dibs at discounts. There are honestly a few companies’ e-mails that I literally wake up and look forward to receiving. The boots I mentioned earlier was because of an e-mail that offered an additional 60% off of sale items. This past weekend, I was looking for a pair of black work pants and the store was advertising 30% off regular prices, but I knew that I could get them cheaperLuckily for me, Ichecked my e-mail and was able to get 50% off of 3 regular priced itemsBefore I pay full price for anything, I always check my e-mail to see if there’s an additional discount
**Bonus**
If you are leery about providing your personal e-mail to retailers, create an e-mail account strictly for discounts so that your personal e-mail isn’t inundated. To make it easier use these fun e-mail address:
Yournamelovesasale@
Yournameloves2shop@
Barganistayourname@
Anysalesforyourname@
 
2. Follow Your Favorite Companies on Twitter/Instagram/Yelp
Because I love Yelp, I usually check-in anytime I visit a restaurant. You didn’t just think that discounts end with clothing did you? Often times checking into a restaurant deals pop up and you can choose to use it immediately or save it for later. One meal for $16 became two for $24, ever since then I always check in. also can’t tell you how many times I’ve come across a flash sale by following companies on different social media platforms. There range anywhere from an additional percentage off to free shipping just by using a code that they only give out on Twitter/Instagram. Over the weekend I really wanted to check out this new donut spot in my neighborhood. Something told me to tweet and say that I was excited to finally try them. Because I’m a bit nosey, I read through their feed and saw that if you song a particular song you’d receive a free house donut. You know I got my free donutpictured on previous blog post)
 
3. Ask
I know you’re thinking, really, ask for a discount. I too thought in the same manner. But there is a good book that I’ve read that says ask and you shall receive, lol. Nonetheless, some companies aren’t allowed to advertise certain sales, if you don’t subscribe to their e-mails or follow them on social media, how else would you know. Even if there isn’t a sale or discount currently going on they may share offers that are coming down the pipeline.
 
 
Now that you have 3 easy ways to find and take advantage of a discount let me know what you’ve purchased.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Pamper Me Sunday

Instead of watching the Super Bowl (while eating delicious buffalo chicken dip) I spent my evening pampering myself. Working two jobs is tiring at times, so I decided to just relax after work today. I even made a healthy dinner, although I would have preferred an assortment of appetizers. 

My pampering session started off with a nice lush bath. I ended up using Lord of Misrule which is a spicy herbal blend of patchouli and black pepper oil. I was recommended it during the long Holiday hours I recently had in December. I must say, it did help to relax my aches a bit, and it turned the water my two favorite colors; pink and green!!! 



Afterwards, I decided to tackle my pores and did a Nose Pore Strip that I picked up from Forever 21. I've heard good things about Boscia Pore Purifying Black Strips but I decided to save some coins and go with a less expensive option. This product was pretty easy to use and after about 15 minutes I slowly pulled it off and saw that my pores were less noticeable and looked nice and clean. Don't sleep on Forever 21 beauty products!!! 



Since my part time job requires me to stand, I knew I had to take care of my feet. Last year I did a foot exfoliating mask which worked amazing by removing all of the dead skin from my feet and heels. Lord knows my heels were screaming for help lol. Can you believe that this foot mask also came from from Forever 21? I swear that section around the cash wrap gets me every time. This packaging was a bit different than the packaging I had last year, and so were the instructions. I hope the results end up being the same because my feet felt brand new!!! 



To finish up this pampering session, I tamed this mane of mine. I found a new moisturizer/styler that I think will become a staple of mine. I was actually shocked at how well it worked since my hair hates olive oil, but this here is a keeper!!! 






My pampering session ended up being a success. A night of relaxation, healthy dinner with a cute dessert, what more could a girl ask for...well there's always more lol. How did you all spend your Super Bowl Sunday? 


Saturday, January 10, 2015

10

10 days in to January and I think that by now I should have come up with a few goals to work on. I understand the importance of writing my goals out as well as making a specific plan to achieve them. Luckily, my job introduced an S.M.A.R.T way of goal planning that I’m able to incorporate in my personal life. Below I’ll share 10 of the goals that I’m working on this year. 

1. Read More Books (at least one per month)
2. Work Out On A Regular Basis (I really want to get into Yoga)
3. Work On My Relationship With God/Attend, Join, and Become Active In a Church
4. Blog On A Regular Basis (try to attend at least one conference, for free *fingers crossed*)
5. Take More Pictures With My DSLR (and try to upgrade it by the end of the year)
6. Go On More Adventures (try and get in at least 2/3 trips)
7. Work On Getting A Professional Certification In Something
8. Stop Procrastinating!!!
9. Get a better job that I actually love and make more money
10. Become More Financially Fit (save more)

Have you set any goals for 2015? If so, what were they?

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year


Happy New Year everyone!!! How excited and thankful I am to be able to see another year. I look forward to everything that God has in store for me in 2015. In regard to any resolutions, I'm thinking about my goals now and writing those down so that I can create some sort of action plan to achieve them. However, the picture above does provide a good description of a few things that I'd like to work on. What are you resolving to do in the new year?

In case you're not following me on Instagram (which you should) here are a few pics of my friends and I celebrating the New Year.

My selfie stick was the highlight of the night.

Serving a lil face!!!

Gotta have some money in your hand when the New Year comes in #Superstitious

One of my Besties that actually threw the party.

I was super excited that this entire outfit came out of my closet and I didn't spend any money on a new fit. Check out the deets:
*Sequin Shirt-thrifted
*Faux Leather Bomber-old but purchased from Target
*Cut out Knee Jeans-H&M
*Clutch-The Limited
*Pointy Gold Stilettos-very old from college (do the math, lol)