Sunday, July 3, 2016

Yellow Skirt and Stripes

I spotted this H&M skirt at Goodwill Akron one night when I was hosting a Thrift Night Out and I hesitated to buy it.  Ever since I purged my home and closet, I've really trying to avoid buying trendy pieces. At $4 and a whole lot of "yes! buy it!" from my sister via text, I decided I'd give it a shot. The fact that I hesitate over something that's $4 may sound bizarre to some, but thrifting can easily lead to overbuying and I've been down that road many times. $4 here, $1 there and before you know it you have a closet full of items you can only wear once or twice. Needless to say, I was happy with my purchase and already got to wear this three different ways, which is my rule for clothing.

This look was my third attempt at getting ready one day for work. (I've been late-night binge watching The Office on Netflix).  I originally was going to wear just the sleeveless shirt and skirt but felt like I was showing too much skin and needed something to balance it out. I threw on my thrifted jean jacket on my way out and felt so much comfortable. Love when an entire thrifted outfit comes together!

Denim Jacket | Thrifted | $5 Village Discount Outlet | Shop Similar Denim Jacket
Shirt | Thrifted | $4 | Village Discount Outlet
Skirt | Thrifted | $4 | Goodwill Akron Shop Similar Skirt
Shoes | Thrifted | $2 | Goodwill Akron on State Rd. 
Purse | Old Navy | $10 | Shop Similar Fringe Purse

DIY: Travel Board

When we were in Nashville at the Biscuit House, we spotted a map covered with push pins as a way for customers to identify where they were visiting from. I loved this idea and thought it would be cool to do a similar project at home identifying all of the places we've traveled, especially since with my husband being on the road touring so much. I found a cork board at Goodwill Akron for $1, measured it,  and made sure to order a map that fit perfectly. We had so much fun pinning the map. We counted 68 pins between the both of us. Can't wait for the next adventure!

Shop similar world map andcork board.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Denim shirt three ways

Shirt $2, Skirt $1

My obsession with denim shirts started about six years ago when I found the perfect GAP denim button down at Goodwill. I quickly realized how incredibly versatile they are. They are also easy to wear and never go out of style.It's easy to find chambray shirts at my local Goodwill because they sort their shirts by style and color so you'll find that all the denim shirts are organized on a rack next to each other. I simply head to either the long sleeve or sleeveless shirt section,  then look for the denim shirts.
Shirt $2, Skirt $5, Shoes $2
I like to keep three denim shirts on hand, and at less than $5 a shirt, that's totally doable. I keep one loose boyfriend style for casual wear, one fitted shirt to wear with full skirts or pencil skirts for work, and one vintage sleeveless shirt.

There's tons of inspiration online for denim shirts. I thrifted each of these denim shirts from Goodwill anywhere from $1 to $2. These are just three of dozens of ways I wear my chambrays!

Shirt $2, Jeans $13, Shoes $10

I like to think of chambray as a neutral. If I'm wearing something loud or bold, I tone it tone with a denim shirt. I love pairing denim with denim. I will sometimes wear it open, layered with a graphic tee for relaxed weekend look.

Be sure to add a denim shirt to your thrift wish list this June as part of the 12 Months of Thrifting Challenge. This challenge is designed to help you build a thrifted wardrobe, month by month. Share your finds using the tag #12MonthsofThrifting on social media.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

City Spotlight: Things to do in Nashville

We recently traveled to Nashville for our one year wedding anniversary and had a great time. Between the music, food, and history there's a lot to explore.  We stayed downtown right in the middle of all of the action. As much as the touristy stuff gets old, I recommend staying downtown. It's central to everything and a short Uber ride to the quiet neighborhoods. Here's a round up of our favorite and not so favorite places:

Food & Music: 


Broadway  is a must see for every tourist. It's an entire stretch of bars, restaurants and shops. We went to Rippy's. I  had the pulled chicken and my husband had the catfish. It was pretty standard and the live music was decent. We only needed to experience Broadway once.

Biscuit Love Brunch. This place should be an absolute must on your list. If there's a line around the building, wait it out. We weren't as creative with our selections (I blame the heat). I got the veggie grits (grits, eggs, and kale) and he got the steak and eggs, but they were still delicious. The menu is fantastic and the bonuts (biscuit donut) are incredible. The coffee was great too.

Station Inn: we're big bluegrass and old school country fans, which is probably why we didn't hang around Broadway as much as most tourists do. Station Inn in the Gulch is awesome. It's a little hole in the wall place with some of the best bands we've ever heard. We loved this place so much we went twice in a three day trip. Highly recommend this place.

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Both the Station Inn and Biscuit Love are in The Gulch, a quiet and developing neighborhood near downtown. We walked from downtown, but most people were surprised that we did. While you're in this neighborhood, stop by the What Lifts You mural and take a picture!

The Frothy Monkey surprised us. We ended up here because the places we had in mind were either closed or had a two hour wait. The place is relaxed and tasty! The baked brie and the shrimp and grits (pictured above) will knock your socks off!

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East Nashville is an artsy neighborhood with shops and restaurants. It's a $6 uber ride from downtown. We went there on a Monday and Tuesday afternoon and it was a ghost town. I guess it gets really busy on the weekends. We went to The Family Wash and I was pretty disappointed. It got tons of great reviews but it was nothing to write home about. I ordered some spicy egg breakfast and my husband ordered the catfish. Not to mention,  the coffee was awful.

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Instead, head to Nashville Biscuit House in East Nashville. Another hole in the wall, these biscuits were the best I had in Nashville. Loved this place. After inhaling two egg and cheese biscuits,  we walked along the main road and discovered the most adorable bubble gum pink wall. Of course, photos were taken.

 The line was constantly out the door at Puckett's so I had pretty high expectations for this place, but the food was pretty average. However, our waiter was incredibly friendly and the place has a cool vibe. Although the BBQ chicken was just average, the mac & cheese was delicious.  The live band they had that night was pretty bad, so we went straight to Station Inn afterwards.

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On our last afternoon, I set out to explore on my own while my husband slept off his BBQ ribs. I took an uber to Five Daughters Bakery and indulged in their 100 layer donuts. This place is a must not only for their delicious pastries but for many photo opportunities. If you love neon signs, pastel colored murals, and donuts as much as I do, you're in heaven. 
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While you're here, take a short walk up the road to visit vintage and local shops. Although they can't compete with Ohio's prices, I loved the vintage scene in Nashville. Lots of bolo ties, bold dresses, boots, and tuxedo shirts.

This is just a handful of the places we visited on our trip. It's a great place to explore so keep your options open! 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Beach Waves

Guys, I'm not kidding when I tell you this is easy. I'm really not that creative with my hair. Half the time I have no idea what I'm doing. Ever since I chopped my hair off this past winter, it's been much more manageable so I've been open to new ideas. Thanks to YouTube and beauty bloggers I finally figured out how to add a little movement to my hair with subtle waves, but still have a long way to go before I can do braids or anything that takes more than 10 minutes. My hair is extremely fine and straight, so a few beachy waves helps to add a little volume. Here's what I do:

  1. I wash my hair with Wella Enrich Shampoo & Conditioner
  2. Spray a little It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In spray 
  3. Dry my hair with Legacy Lite blow dryer. Here's a similar Lite Dryer on Amazon. 
  4. Part my hair down the middle and use a 2" wand barrel. Here's a wand barrel set similar to mine. I separate my hair into small sections and wrap it around the wand only once away from my face for a subtle wave. 
  5. Once I'm finished waving, I apply a small amount of Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Hair Cream throughout the tips of my hair for a beachy look. 
  6. I flip my hair over, and switch my part from the middle to the side to achieve a loose look. 
That's it! It's super simple and perfect for those who are like me and really have no idea what they are doing with their hair.