Spring madness 

Spring is finally in the air! Well I think so. Who knows it could still snow right? Anyway, I’m excited about spring because it’s one of my favorite seasons. Flowers are blossoming, birds are chirping, and the air is a little warmer. What I most excited about is spring fashion. 

I must say I’m a neutral/dark kinda girl. It’s either fade to black or white as white. I have learned to throw in some color for other’s sanity, but I could really stick to neturals for the rest of my life and be fine. 

I was clicking through my apps looking for spring inspiration and I like what I am seeing. The hues, the cuts- it may really push me out of my comfort zone….

Zara: 

 
Hardcore hippie meets the sound of music?

H&M: 

 

Super soft goddess. 

Amazon: 


Street chic. 
Hey spring!

-Jay 🖖🏾

Thrift joy

I never thought that I would be one of those people that have legit hobbies that they stick to. There’s just so much going on that I don’t take enough time for myself. Well, thankfully that has started to change.

Last year when we were starting the process of buying a home, I also started to look for what I wanted inside of a home. In other words, Pinterest became my best friend and window shopping was finally in my vocabulary. I also stumbled upon a store like no other- Goodwill. It includes a variety of clothing, furniture, and nick nacks from the 00, 90s, sometimes even the 80s. I love the fact that on any given day I can walk into the store and not know what I’m going to find…

The other day, I found these sleeveless shirts. 


Clearly camouflage is back in and you can’t go wrong with a ball shirt (duh). Oh, but I also found these beauties too (I didn’t get them, but they go with theme I’m working towards). 

         
Sometimes it’s not about what you do, but how you do it. I love the Goodwill simply because there’s a thrill when you don’t know what to expect. We have a unpretentious mutual relationship that leaves both us both very fortunate. Plus, with everything else going on, sometimes the mind just needs time to wander and see unordinary things.  

Here are some tips to help you get the most out of thrifting:

  1. Arrive early or close to closing. You’ll see better, untouched items at these times giving you the opportunity to find more ideal goods. 
  2. Plan to spend a few hours at the store to find items that others may have missed. There “trash” could definitely be your treasure. (In the wares section alone I could spend a hour or two.)
  3. Do not enter the store with an agenda. You never know what they’re going to have. They don’t keep an inventory of the same product to replenish when it sells out. Once it’s gone it’s gone!
  4. Don’t limit your vision to one area. Try to walk the entire store to get a good view of it all. Sometimes I walk back through areas I already visited just in case I missed something. 
  5. Shop frequently because they’re always getting stuff!

Cheers to thrifting!

-Jay 🖖🏾

Shopping Woes

It’s that time of year again. My daughter has outgrown, dogged, and misplaced half of her clothes and shoes. Her uniforms look like they were used for the Battle at Gettysburg and I can’t take it. So I called myself going to look for a few things to carry her over until summer and guess how fun that was (insert sarcastic smirk here). 

The closet mall to us is Springfield Mall so that is where we went. My go to stores for her are Crazy 8, Target, and Gap. I didn’t have too many issues finding clothing for her, but when it came to shoes nothing. We tried all the above mentioned shoes, in addition to Journeys for Kids and the shoe factory. We found a really cool pair of denim type Vans, but of course the sizes didn’t suit her. Apparently she wears a 1 and 1/2!

After spending almost 3hrs in the mall and not leaving with what I wanted I am annoyed and disappointed. This is why I shop online, anyway. All the store clerks kept saying, “We don’t have your size, but we’ll ship them to your home for free.” Nooooo…how about you carry more sizes in store. For the sake of the American economy!

This rant is brought to you by an angry consumer quickly losing faith in the future of store fronts.