Wednesday, October 18, 2017

celebrating halloween with value village

halloween is just around the corner;
it seemingly sneaks up on me each year.
costume planning (and shopping) is one 
of my favorite fall traditions. 

i may or may not want to admit how 
much time i recently spent browsing 'costume ideas' 
on pinterest during the month of october 
(my halloween board can be found here). 
blogs provide a great deal of inspiration, too.
 between pre-packaged and DIY costumes, 
a girl has a lot of options. 
disclosure: value village graciously provided me with a gift card
to purchase my costume. as per usual, all opinions are my own!

as september came to an end (and the weather
changed (or drastically cooled off)), pumpkins,
apple cider, and halloween costumes
were on my mind. i began asking friends and coworkers
for costume suggestions, but struggled to come
up with something original. i dressed as wendy darling
from the disney movie, peter pan, 
last year. my costume was entirely thrifted!

this year, i was eager to visit my local 
value village for a bit of halloween prep.
i had a few costume ideas in mind, 
but i find it helpful to begin your halloween thrifting
adventure with an open mind. after all, you 
never know what your local thrift store will have
in stock. additionally, i take a cursory
glance at my closet: do i have accessories
or a specific item i can style as part of a costume?
ears, a new makeup tutorial, or wig
are potential examples.

i tend to avoid the ready-made,
packaged costumes, as they lack originality. 
the costume 'section' can be helpful when thrift 
shopping, but can appear picked over. 
my strategy? walk the store. 
look at everything. consult pinterest as 
you find clothing, shoes, or accessories that 
can be used to create a costume. and
 most of all, have fun!

halloween is an wonderful holiday. 
celebrating all things spooky + costumes and 
candy galore?! that requires fun, laughter, and creativity.
can you guess my costume? sandy from
'grease' meets 1950s pinup girl. a bandana, 
high-waisted bottoms, and a glass bottle of coke
were essential. i had so much fun putting
this look together!

when browsing the racks at value village,
i was hoping to find high-waisted 
shorts and a gingham or polka dot shirt. 
unfortunately, i was unable to find shorts
but fell in love with this polka dot top. i also
stumbled upon this gem of a jacket on
my way to the shoe section. i purchased it
to wear IRL (in real life), but it seemingly goes
well with my costume, too! 
the finishing touches were a sleek pair of
heels, a bracelet, bandana, and loose curls.

t-shirt, bracelet, heels, and faux fur jacket: c/o value village.
leggings: american apparel, bandana: fred meyer

you can see previous halloween posts on my
blog here and here. i absolutely love celebrating
halloween (any excuse to dress up and eat chocolate, 
right?). do you have any fun plans this year?
what is your costume? if you haven't begun
planning, make sure to visit your neighborhood 
value village for costume ideas and essentials!

Friday, October 13, 2017

weekends were made for rompin' around

weekends were made for wearing rompers
(and ripped jeans, and cropped tops, and leggings,
and pretty much everything else you want to
 but can't wear to the office), right?

whether spring, summer, or fall, rompers are one
of my favorite styles. as they weather changes, 
adding a pair tights, ankle boots, and an
 oversized sweater can make rompers 
seasonally appropriate; rompers with long sleeves 
are a great cool-weather alternative, too!
my office requires business professional attire
monday through thursday, but blue denim can be
worn on friday (sadly, my super ripped jeans are not
acceptable, despite trying to sneakily wear them on
one or more occasions). rompers are another no-go,
which means i am drawn to these items first when
heading out on the weekends. who doesn't 
love a romper for brunch or ripped jeans and
flannel while running errands?

this weekend, sleep is a top priority!
work, school, babysitting, and adjusting
to the change in weather kept this girl particularly
busy. that, and attempting to unpack in order to get settled
in my new home; i have been a nomad for the past
several weeks, bouncing back and forth 
between different houses while my new, permanent 
home was being worked on. alas, it is just
about ready!
do you have any fun plans this weekend?
if the weather cooperates, i am hoping to also
take photos for my blog, go for a walk with a girlfriend,
and stop by a local pumpkin patch (oh the photo
opportunities at the pumpkin patch!).

romper: nordstrom (old; similar here), rings: forever 21,
purse and wedges: thrifted (via seattle goodwill)

i have a slight confession. amidst moving, i 
packed up the majority of my shoes, purses, and other
accessories and put them in my storage unit. 
when putting together an outfit for this planned
photo shoot, i didn't have much in the way of
end-of-summer or fall attire. i thought
this romper would be fun to style, and i challenged
myself to thrift pieces to wear with it for less
than $30. as you likely know, $30 can go
a long way when thrift or consignment shopping.

unfortunately, the brand has worn off my 
adorable fringe bag, but the cost of the purse
and my franco sarto sandals was $25!
thrifting for the win!

Monday, October 9, 2017

protesting cold weather attire

^^^ 'protesting' may be a bit harsh,
but as stated in this post, i am not ready to
box up my summer attire! ^^^

is anyone else wishing for another day (or week)
of summer-like weather?
disclosure: asa of lace and pearls jewelry graciously gifted me the
necklace i am wearing in today's photos. i am thrilled to support my talented friend
and business owner! as per usual, all opinions are my own.

this summer, i fully embraced all things ruffled, as 
well as the prominent one-shoulder trend.
both are fun, flirty, and incredibly easy to wear!
i picked up this ruffled, one-shoulder dress
towards the end of summer at the boutique evereve and
was fortunate to be able to wear it a few times.

despite cooler temperatures, i plan
to style this dress with my denim jacket and
tan mules or brown ankle booties.
how do you typically style and transition your summer
favorites (after summer, of course)?
a one-shoulder dress requires chic accessories!
my white fringe bag, delicate rings, and a gold,
necklace complete this look. the necklace i am wearing 
is designed and handmade by one of my dear
 friends and fellow blogger asa of lace and pearls.
asa dreamed of designing jewelry for the past several years and 
is getting ready to launch her collection (including
necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and later, rings).
 you can follow along and
see other gorgeous handmade pieces here!
it is no secret that i am a sunshin lovin'
girl at heart. however, in preparation for fall, 
i decided to say goodbye to my color-treated (and very dry)
blonde hair! this weekend, i had my stylist,
sharell katelynn tone and trim my hair. we previously
toned it at the end of august (a light brown) 
and added warmer, darker tones this time. i could
not be happier with the results!

and now, i fear it is time to dig out my rain
boots, cozy sweaters, and other fall attire. the weather
has officially taken a turn in seattle. while
i hope to continue styling some of my favorite summer 
pieces, my flannel and oversized sweaters are 
calling out to me!

dress: evereve, purse: tj maxx, flats: nine west, 
necklace: c/o lace and pearly jewelry, rings: forever 21

i hope you have a wonderful week.
please keep your fingers crossed for warm(er) 
and dry weather!