Mixed prints & Shabby Apple giveaway winner

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F21 tee/Anthro shifting buttons skirt, sparked agate collar/Clarks sky pocomo wedges

While drafting this post I had to do some investigative work on finding out the name of this skirt. It’s an oldie but a long-standing goodie, and as I looked over previous posts I realized that I’ve owned this buttoned midi for about 3 years. Now in my world? That’s a really long time for owning something because I feel like in the last few years my personal style preference has been all over the map. One time I’m all about lace, next thing you know lace is out and stripes are in (until I got the stripes & clover tee and it was all over). It’s this shifting process of staying tuned in to fashion, seasons, lifestyle, new style icons, budget, forgotten budget(!), and sometimes it’s really fun because I feel like I’m always evolving, and other times it can feel exhausting and end up confusing me even more on honing down my exact style. I’ve realized with time that it’s not fun trying to fit a circle into a square, and the thought of coming up with one descriptor for identifying how I dress myself everyday is (insert yawn) particularly boring in my book. I feel like with clothing I have a chance to reinvent myself everyday, express my mood and my levels of creativity. Sure, there are times when I’d love to be able to roll in to work with distressed jeans or try out my new jumpsuit, but that’s my current reality and I have to follow certain guidelines each morning as I stare at my closet.

Then again, clothes shouldn’t be such a head-scratcher, right? Does it really take 30 minutes to figure out how to dress oneself for the day (well been there and done that so no judgement here)? I guess what I’m getting at in this circuitous sort of way is that clothes are just that, clothes. And while some take them seriously and judge based on labels and price tags, what always worked for me is deciphering whether they still bring out the best physically and emotionally. Regardless of how long I’ve owned something or how I’ve worn it. Lately I’ve found myself going through my closet more critically, pulling out pieces that no longer fit my current version, and shopping more strategically for pieces that can multi-function if you will. By narrowing down the amount of items I own also helps to keep them in mind as I’m out shopping, cause it’s quite embarrasing to bring home an item only to realize that it goes with nothing in my closet, not to mention lifestyle. I’ve noticed that these small changes in my shopping habits have lead to wearing these new items multiple times, reaching for them often, and always feeling good in them. And the other great thing has been highlighting those “oldies” that have stood multiple closet purges as great examples on the importance of purchasing, timeless, quality goods.

And in other news, the winner of the Shabby Apple giveaway is Kristin, from Lovely Apidae!!!

Goggles

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6 J crew blythe blouse in polka dot, toothpick cords/Gap sweater/Madewell the zipcode boot/Firmoo c/o glasses

For the longest time I never thought glasses were cool, okay? I don’t know, it seemed as if everyone that wore them wasn’t happy with the additional accessory, plus, it exuded nerd alert. I kept noticing among friends that contact lenses were the preferred option for camouflaging imperfect vision and the goal was to stay clear from glasses. Then, in the last few years of so, glasses have become a way for people to express their individuality and style. Plenty of new and chic, thick frames came on to the scene and for the first time ever, I found myself wanting a pair! Seeing Jenna Lyons rocking them time and time again didn’t help matters either. I felt left out for having a 20/20 vision and instead wanted to sport the trend along with everyone else.

Well, the friendly folks at Firmoo offered me the chance to jump on board with the trend and sent over a pair of non-prescribed frames (I picked the #SD2312 pair).  They came swiftly in the mail a quick few days after placing my order. I found myself overly excited about opening up the package and exploring a new way of reinventing my appearance. Now I’m not an expert on glasses by any means, except for the occasional trips to Lens Crafters as Dr. Love searches for his favored pair. The frames were sturdy, I loved the enclosed case, and once on, I felt a *tad* bit smarter 🙂

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So, in the event that you’re on the market for either a new pair of legit prescription glasses, or want to take the shortcut like I did and dazzle yourself with a non-prescribed pair, you should check out Firmoo. They have what’s called the First Pair Free Program, where you can receive a free pair and only pay for shipping. They also offer a virtual try-on system where you can try on frames by uploading your own photo. I enjoyed that I could go back to explore other non-prescription options at an inexpensive cost, plus, they also offer sunglasses.

Thanks Firmoo for stepping up my nerd game!