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One Graphic Tank; Many Ways

I love the Pinterest posts wherein people show us how to wear one item several different ways and incorporate lots of outfit ideas. I mentioned the thought to my personal stylist, AKA my eleven year old.

She immediately put all of her excess, (often) useful energy into the idea and put together several ways to wear my favorite graphic tank top. I would have chosen some others also but I was happy to let her be in charge. She loved bossing me around and telling me what to wear and how to pose.

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Graphic Tee:Wish

Denim Shirt: Wish

Leggings : ?

Shoes:: Platos Closet

Scarf: Goodwill

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Denim shirt; Wish

Purse: Goodwill

Shoes: Platos Closet

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Shirt: Wish

Skirt: Goodwill

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necklace: Washington DC Art Museum

shorts: Goodwill

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shoes: walmart

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Hat: Dollar Tree

Handbag: gifted

Boyfriend jeans: Zulily

Gingham shoes: walmart

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One Shirt; Three Ways

I got this yummy shirt in my last Stitch Fix . It’s extremely soft and exactly the right colors for fall. I hope you too enjoy seeing different ideas on how to style different articles of clothing, adding versatility to your closet. I kept the same pair of skinny jeans on in each photo, so you can see how easy it is to get different looks with different accessories.

Plaid scarf Styling tip- use a small clip to hold the bottoms of your scarf together because you know you’re too busy to keep readjusting the dang thing all day.

Black flats

Alternatively, black booties or knee high boots would add another dimension to this outfit.

Denim shirt

Nude flats

A statement necklace would add another layer to this, as well as leaving the scarf on. Brown booties or knee high brown boots would look great too!

Tan moto jacket

Tan booties

Keeping the scarf on or adding a statement necklace would bump this outfit up too. Higher boots would be an easy way to add interest.

What’s your favorite way to accessorize?

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Stitch Fix- An Honest Review

My Stitch Fix Referral page

Kut From The Kloth – Boylen Flap Pocket Button Down Shirt

First, I just love this plaid top. It’s not flannel, it’s a light enough weight I would wear it on a warm day. One of the great details is the pearlized snaps. It’s more fitted than a lot of my other clothes, which I’m starting to feel more comfortable in. Versatility means it can be worn with the sleeves rolled up or down.

PINK CLOVER – Stephany Elbow Patch Detail Knit Top

Oddly enough, I had been hoping to get something with elbow patches. I have velvet tunic with them and I just love that detail. This shirt is quite soft. It’s perfect for an autumn picnic or football game, or more realistically, schlepping kids to and from activities and lessons in the rain.

Edyson – Hampton Skinny Corduroy

The pants I’m wearing in all these photos are an incredibly soft corduroy. I was pleasantly surprised that they were a perfect fit, maybe even a tad in the large side, but I’m too old for anything to be uncomfortably tight. I never would have chosen a corduroy for myself, so I’m pleased to branch out and love these now!

MIX BY 41 HAWTHORN – Corinna Brushed Dolman Knit Top

The burgundy stripes in this dolman top are the perfect color for autumn. Additionally, this top goes with many items in my closet already, but it is my first dolman sleeved top. The fabric is delightfully comfortable. This shirt could easily be worn out to dinner or running errands.

MIX BY 41 HAWTHORN – Barona Brushed Knit Open Cardigan

This charcoal cardigan goes with practically everything in my closet. It’s really soft and the perfect length. The light weight fabric will make it a go to choice for layering when I don’t need to be too warm.

This is my third Fix, and honestly I wasn’t going to order again after my second. Even though I love the clothes, I have a really hard time with the price point.

Normally I shop at second hand stores or discount retailers, so there is a lot of sticker shock involved with Stitch fix. However, Stitch Fix sent me an email a while ago letting me know that I had a referral award that was about to expire. That, combined with the discount you receive when you keep all five items, essentially gave me two of these pieces for free.

My Stitch Fix Referral page

If you try a Fix through my referral page, you and I BOTH get a bonus!

Which is your favorite item?

boots: my own from Zulily

Pup bum: my mini schnauzer

Three year old: self styled

Photos: by my 10 year old. He did an amazing job!

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Tips for Finding the Best Thrifting Deals

I am always looking for a bargain and for quicker, easier ways of doing things. If you are too, this thrifting haul example and tips for finding the best deals fast is for you!

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Hoodies for my 11 year old

I asked her how many she thought she needed, and she vehemently responded, “ALL of them!”

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Tees for her to wear and also with which to make Pinterest crafts.

Ah! The freedom to use my sewing scissors and cut things with abandon!

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Pants and leggings. The black ones are to cut off and wear under her skirts. Sometimes the staffers catch a brand which resells well, such as Justice or Pink, and mark it up quite a bit, but often you can find them for the standard price, like I did today.

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Summer skirts. On Poshmark and ThredUp, all of these go for at least $10. Know the brands you want, and whether or not you’ve found a good deal. If you’re unsure, look it up in store.

Dress for almost 3 year old. It’s actually a 24 month size-don’t be afraid to try things on. And once we tried it on, I couldn’t talk her into taking it off again.

Pro tip: just roll with it. I only bought her this because sometimes it’s easier to fork over $2.88 than listen to the incessant whining.

A few items for me. I’m thinking of making the capris into Bermudas. Only buy things to alter if you’re actually going to do it! The top is actually Motherhood maternity, but for $.44, I don’t really care!

Wear a skirt while you shop and it’s easy to just try something on in right there in the aisle.

A couple of skirts for 13 year old.

I also got a pair of Keens for 9 year old. They were the most expensive item at $8.88.

The total cost: $89 and change!

Total time spent: Under an hour.

Kids along: Three

I discovered thrifting in my 20s, when I went into a store I didn’t realize was consignment, and found my favorite Express sweater for less than 1/3 of what I had paid for it. That was lightbulb moment for me.

Why pay mall prices when you can get the exact same thing second hand and way cheaper?

With some experience under my belt buying for my own wardrobe and some house wares, I found thrifting to be a freeing way of life, especially once I quit teaching and more and more kids came along.

Now, homeschooling six kids on one income, I have to be frugal and fast. Here are some more of my best tips:

Go with as few of kids as possible

The more kids you have along the less able you are to think.

Try to take the kids who you are shopping for with you.

I bought some Keens for Cadrian today which he doesn’t really love because he’d prefer to wear socks and tennis shoes!

Really kid? Are you sure you’re mine?!

If I would have had him with me, I would have known he didn’t like them–and wouldn’t you know, shoes aren’t returnable. I can resell them or save them for Denton.

Keep a running list of needs

On the side of my fridge, I write down the things I’m on the lookout for. This includes when I realize someone has outgrown shoes and what size they need, or that they need a white shirt for this event. Or if I saw a cute DIY on YouTube, I’ll write down the items I want to watch for.

Set a time limit.

I usually go thrifting when my boys are in tutoring. That gives me about 50 minutes to choose items and pay. The time limit makes me make quick decisions and I’m less likely to buy something I only like (versus love) unless it’s $.44.

Go often.

I go to the same Goodwill a couple times a month. Sometimes I buy very little, sometimes I find a lot that will work. The inventory is always changing and different colored items are on sale or clearance.

Know the return policy.

I buy things too for my kids who might not be with me that I can return just in case they don’t love it. (I didn’t realize that shoes weren’t returnable until today! See how important that tip is!!)

It’s sometimes easier to not have them with me, have them try stuff on at home, and return it if it doesn’t work. I’m usually ok with donating it back too if I miss the return deadline, since most kid’s clothes are only $2.88.

Know the deals.

At Goodwill, they have a color of tag that is cheaper that day. Today for instance, anything with pink or yellow tags were 2 for $.88. Sometimes it’s “only” half off, but you still want to pay attention to the signage.

Go early.

I can never do this because of homeschool, but the color of the day is pretty picked over by 2 pm when I can go.

What are some of your favorite tips for getting the best deals?

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Stylish Mom on the Go

I don’t consider myself to be a super-chic mom, but, just like you, I am a busy mom on the go, who likes to look the best I can! I like ideas of how to be frugally fashionable, so I share my photos of my weekly fashion “uniform”. Find out why I love it, and what each outfit is perfect for in the never ending daily of mom life.

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Hat: Husband’s

Dress: Casa Lee via Goodwill

This is the perfect outfit to wear to church,  do some errands, (how do I always end up doing errands on Sundays?!), hang out with your two year old while the rest of the family goes to 11 year old’s play,  go out to dinner with some dear friends, stay out too late having too much fun, but feel so relaxed and happy by then end of the night it’s totally worth it.

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Shirt: Banana Republic via Goodwill (similar)

Skirt: Tangerine Trek Skort via Goodwill

Sweater: Wish (similar)

This outfit is perfect for trying to do your best. Forgetting to take your usual outfit photo and doing it in the bathroom before you head off to bed is part of that.

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Sweater: Land’s End via handmedown

Tank top: Walmart via thrifted

Shorts: New York and Company via Goodwill

This outfit is perfect for feeling like you’re constantly failing and reassuring yourself that you’re doing your best and trying to listen to your own positive advice. It’s perfect for having a Hard Day.

Sleepshirt: Zulily

This outfit is perfect for sleeping. I actually wore athleisure pants and a tank this day but forgot to take a picture.

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Shirt: Stitch Fix

Skirt: Goodwill

Shoes: FitFlops via Amazon

This outfit is perfect for exploring and discovering and resting. It’s also good for running around like a crazy person to fit in a massage. It’s also excellent for being perfectly contradictory.

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Shirt:  Eddie Bauer via Goodwill (similar)

Necklace: Target (similar)

Basic jeggings

Boots: Goodwill (similar)

Two year old: homemade

Trashed kitchen: Two year old (and her siblings) (and likely their mother)

This outfit is perfect for doing so many things including  picking up groceries and organizing bins and going shopping with Thirteen and trying to install “easy to install” tile and really wanting to give up and go to bed but you’ve made plans with your bestie to go out and have some Her time. It’s perfect for having a couple of drinks and a scrumptious dinner and then sitting at her house and feeling wonderfully relaxed for the first time in forever.

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This outfit is perfect for putting on after spending the morning exercising and watching YouTube in your pajamas and seriously wanting to stay at home but get talked into heading to the mall and interacting with as few people as possible and then spend the rest of the evening hiding lounging in your room.

Headband: I cut off the bottom of the dress because it was awkwardly long.

Sweater: Wish

Dress: Goodwill

Belt: Amazon

Boots: Goodwill

 

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What I Wore Weekly- Spring Mom Outfits

You’re a busy real life mom. I am too. I share with you relatable   outfits and wearable, stylish fashion so you can feel put together while you’re wiping noses and tables and feeling wiped out. It’s a challenge to be fashionable on a budget, but I can help you with that!

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Sweater: hand me down

Crochet Vest: Goodwill

Support your local farmers shirt: Zulily You can find one like it HERE

Jeans: Zulily

Gold Skechers: Purchased at Ross and you can get yours here

This outfit is perfect for hanging out with your 13 year old all day in Des Moines and finding out she was an alternate for qualifying for Nationals at the state level of National History Day!

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Hat: Dollar Tree similar HERE

Shirt: Goodwill

Skirt: Land’s End via Goodwill (I cut five inches off the bottom as it was an awkward length. I just left the hem raw. If you like an item but it has something wrong with it, see if you can alter it easily.)

Shoes: FitFlops available HERE

This is the perfect outfit in which to wake up with another headache and try to do your best and get the basics done and with a pretty good attitude even though you’re seriously not feeling it. It’s also good for standing in some weeds at the side of the road because it makes a cool photo.

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Dress: actually a nightgown a friend gave me because her more abundant boobage kept escaping–I don’t have that problem, unfortunately. And who can tell it’s meant to be a nightgown anyway? This is another way to save money. (Also it was literally because I just didn’t bother to get dressed)

lace vest: Goodwill

Hat: Goodwill

Shoes: NEW Old Navy via Goodwill

Necklace: Target

This is the perfect outfit in which to have a migraine and not want to get up but you have to get up and sit very still until you’re forced to do something and then just throw on some accessories because you have to take people places and people are coming over but thankfully by then you feel better and can enjoy your friend and kids’ friends and the first party of the year and dancing in the rain. But seriously, people, I wore a nightgown all day.

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Cardigan: Wish

Shirt: hand-me-down

Skirt: Old Navy via Goodwill

Shoes: Like, 15 year old Skechers, seriously, these have lasted for freeking ever

Necklace: hand-me-down

Earrings: Shortline Design

This is the perfect outfit in which to get a bit of business done, have some friends over and run here and there, and go to the chiro and acupuncturist finally and fall asleep and for sure drool, and then realize you don’t have enough time to run home and change at least your shoes and fix your hair (which is left over from the day before!) because you get to help host the Bloom! Event with the Quad City Mom’s Blog, but you just smile and act like you meant to do it all along. And when you get home, it’s perfect for hiding in the car in the garage because you just don’t want to talk to your people but of course they are waiting up for you, and hug them but you can’t sleep and feel sad.

 

Silk Vintage Scarf: Thrifted from Life’s Little Treasures

Sweater: Hand-me-down

Sloth dress: Amazon

Jeggings: Sam’s Club

Converse: eBay

Earrings: Iowa hand made by Shortline Design

You can see another way I styled this dress here.

This is the perfect outfit in which to wake up with ANOTHER headache and not even want to face the day but you do it anyway and you are glad because you get to serve with your family and your CC (other) community and move a lot of rocks and hang out with your kids who are your favorite people and have lunch at a park and sit in the van ALONE while the boys are in tutoring because the two year old fell asleep and take them to Walmart because even though you did the pick up thing, you forgot several things and buy a new amazing mop that you’re in love with, but also that the kids want to use all the time, so that’s a win, and an incredible carpet cleaning gadget that is way less than the ridiculous heavy Kirby you spent a lot of money on a long time ago but works way better and actually gets all the stains out in the worst of the carpet (which you hate but that’s another story) and to think you’re going to sit and relax at the end of a long day, one in which your husband is not only working late, but he’s in another state and then when you take the dog outside, you see that the COWS ARE OUT so then you spend the rest of the evening chasing stupid bovines and you fall asleep on the couch and sleep there all night because it was a hard day; but at least you got your steps in.

This is also the perfect outfit to wear for most of the next day until the mail comes and you get your new tee shirt, so you change so you can put it on.

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Five year old took this picture.

Shirt: IOWA by the Iowa City Mom’s Blog  I hate when clothes are too small so I ordered it a little big, but this particular style was WAY too big, but I got to put four tiny rubber bands on the inside and kind of blouse it and it looked awesome.

Shorts: Levi’s via Goodwill (I bought these last spring, but ended up gaining a lot of grief/stress weight, and they were too small and I could never wear them, however, I actually took the tags off today!)

Sandals: American Eagle via Goodwill

Necklace: Etsy, gift from a friend/doula client

Earrings: Shortline Design

I bought both these shorts and sandals last spring when I was putting together a summer capsule wardrobe on a tight budget: you can read about that here.

This is the perfect outfit in which to build chain reactions with your boy and spruce up the kitchen a bit and give baths to horribly dirty people, and clean all the things over and over because seriously as soon as you put away those towels somehow they’re out again when you walk back into that room, and really want to see your friends but decide you need a quiet night in even more and that’s hard and it’s perfect in which to be sad and cry because a year ago today was when your beloved mother-in-law went into intensive care for a couple of weeks and then got better and then suddenly we lost her. Life is hard without her. Spring is always hard for me, but it’s especially hard without her, her experience, her understanding, her having been through so many spring plantings and farm crises and survived, her help and assurance.  It’s hard without her.

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What I Wore Weekly-Stay at Home Mom Style

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hoodie: Birth Boot Camp

basic grey leggings

Shoes: Skechers via Ross

This is the perfect outfit in which to sleep in the top half-because you can’t get the sweatshirt off over the straws you used to make your hair awesome, work out, hang out, go out (well technically to the shops, but it sounded better) and eat out ( and by out, I mean at home, but whatever 🙂 )

I feel like curly hair is fancy. I felt dressy in my hoodie.

You’ll notice that I’m baring some skin here–it was 35 degrees today and if frostbite on my ankles is what it takes to end this always-winter-but-never-Christmas Narnia situation Iowa is poorly imitating, then by golly I’ll do it. This thinking is in no way logical.

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jacket: Sam’s Club

Shirt: Old Navy via Goodwill

Sweater like joggers: Ross

Converse: Ross

This is the perfect outfit in which to get the thing done all morning, fall asleep reading to the two year old in the afternoon, and then set out with the idea of working during Eleven’s play practice but only watch clothing hauls on YouTube instead.

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Sweater: Ross

Sloth Dress: Amazon

Basic grey leggings

Skechers: Ross

Necklace and Earrings: Noonday

This is the perfect outfit in which to endure ANOTHER April snow, cope with all the last minute changes to the last day of Classical Conversations, be completely overwhelmed and touched out and need space and still not completely check out of life.

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Earrings: Noonday

Necklace: gift from some doula clients-the wooden piece in the middle is how big a newborn baby’s tummy is after a week. The smaller beads are how big it is at 1 and 3 days.

Basic white tee

Shirt: Old Navy via Goodwill

Boyfriend jacket which is actually my husband’s jacket: Goodwill

Super soft leggings: Aldi

Boots: Younkers

Attached children: Boy was made in the Caribbean, the other two are farm fresh

This is the perfect outfit in which to get in 10,000 steps by noon, clean up all the messes-like when the little girls had permission to play with moon sand OUTSIDE, but then I found them in the kitchen, or when I was doing grocery shopping online and they both traipsed through the house with muddy boots on, and by clean up I mean make them do it which is infinitely harder, force people to go for walks and be outside and enjoy the beautiful sunny weather, and spend some hard won time alone sitting in the van, reading a terrific home design book.

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Hair: styled by sleeping

hoodie: Zulily

jeans: Zulily

Shoes: Walmart (chosen by Brielle)

This is the perfect outfit in which to be trapped in a van with your kids/hoodlums for far too many hours, clean the kitchen far too many times, listen to far too much yelling, and have a cozy at home date night watching a far too creepy of a movie.

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Earrings: Goodwill

Shirt: AB Studio via Goodwill

vest: TEK Gear via hand-me down from friend

Boyfriend Jeans: Zulily

Velvet Boots: Target

This outfit is perfect for doing a zero dollar kitchen update aka taking some cabinet doors off, taking a daughter to play practice, taking sons out for a lunch date and to do some woodworking, taking time to tickle the tiny daughters and play, taking a different daughter and sons to a Classical Conversations year end celebration, and taking time to rest and read.

I love frugal fashion! What would you like to see and read more of?

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Stay-at-Home Mom Style – Spring

Sweatshirt: Iowa State

Pants: these are so old I have no ide

Shoes: KSwiss from COLLEGE era y’all!

I’m not one to quit on a garment just because it has a little age to it.

This is the perfect outfit in which to spend all day in the rain and in the garage doing an amazing DIY patio update and painting all the things.

Tunic: Zulily

Necklaces : Target and Noonday

Velvet leggings:Target

Boots: Target

This is the perfect outfit in which to premiere as a greeter and usher. I’m a terrific greeter but my ushing was rather clumsy. It’s also perfect in which to take your daughters and friends out to eat and endure the snow and freezing April temperatures, take the girls to A Wrinkle In Time, and write all evening while watching Murder on the Orient Express, while the oldests wrap your hair around 89 straws.

Dress: Goodwill in DC!

leggings: Ross

Shoes: Younkers

Pup: Snuggles and Cuddles

This is the perfect outfit in which to start off optimistic that it’s going to be as lovely as the day before but quickly realize that you’re going to freeze, and supervise the cleaning of the patio and deck and balance bank accounts (well, try to) and babysit three more kids and hope they don’t die and have a bonfire and go out with friends and drink and talk and talk and talk.

Top: Old Navy via Goodwill

pants: PINK via Goodwill

Shoes: Converse via Ross

This is the perfect outfit to wear to babysit and end up with 10 kids including a baby who you get to wear and whose head you get to smell and kiss and know that you know that you know you are done with babies but you are so happy you get to love on friendbabies and to make an actual lunch that almost every body eats, and to buy new chairs at Theisen’s which don’t fit in the car and be late for picking up your Wal-mart grocery order and they have to page people to unlock it but you don’t even care because you just want your Kix!

dress: Garage Sale

Hairbow: chosen and loaned by five year old

practical shoes: Danskos

This is the perfect outfit to wear for Classical Conversations Costume Day and just generally enjoy yourself immensely and not even get irritated when your daughter loses her shoe in the creek and your son wades in over his ankles to retrieve it, or when the two year old refuses to come to the van and you have to chase her across the park but you catch her because you wear the practical shoes.

Sweater: New York and Company via Goodwill

Puffer Vest: Goodwill

pants: Sam’s Club

Boots: Goodwill

This is the perfect outfit in which to stalk and photograph ducks and coots aaaaaaand do some other stuff.

Top: New York and Company cia Goodwill

Puffer Vest: Goodwill

Blanket Scarf: Amazon

Joggers: Zulily

Converse: Ross

This is the perfect outfit in which to get a lot of house work done and school work done and be the best Monday-er in the history of Monday, and also get carried away at the library book sale and also get a manicure and ALSO even make a proper farm wife supper.

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Outfits of the Week: Stay-at-Home Mom Style

What a crazy week! I wore more than these few outfits, I just didn’t get a lot of pictures taken. I didn’t even get a photo of my Easter style.  Although, I have been known to wear the same thing for several days in a row (#SAHMlife), so I guess my wearing the same outfit for an entire week is not out of the realm of possibility.

Base Top: Goodwill

Asymmetrical Jacket: StitchFix

Leggings: Aldi

Boots: Goodwill

This is the perfect outfit to wear to a local coffee shop and work on your blog and then for some reason get a blistering headache and then go home and straight to bed and feel better when you wake up and then get a weird, incredibly painful attack of heartburn which lasted almost all night (although I wasn’t wearing the boots by that point and my hair was pretty tangled).

Top: Ross

Jeans: Four Seasons

Boots: Goodwill

This is the perfect outfit to wear for all the homeschooling and laundry doing and slip on the kitchen floor and nearly kill yourself a few times because of the ridiculous slick bottomed boots, and do a quick tutorial for a friend, settle sibling spats (all day, every day) and stop by and pick up the purse you left at a restaurant on date night, and do a Director Proof for a Memory Master for Classical Conversations, hold an Informational Meeting and be told “I just LOVE stylish people!! (and have the internal reaction of WHAT?! ME?! and look around because she must be talking about someone else, and go to your friend-daughters’ plays, and out for raspberry lemon ice.

Jacket: My MIL’s closet

Sweater: Goodwill

Necklace: Noonday

Pants: Sam’s Club

Boots: Younkers

This is the perfect outfit in which to completely go off the cuff while leading an orchestra unit for your Classical Conversations community because there must have been some sort of miscommunication with the people you had lined up, to talk with many many people all day long and get asked repetitively for play dates and sleepovers and field many complaints about why do we have so many friends who only have girls and cancel your chiropractor appointment which you really need because you can’t figure out how to make it work with the things the kids have going on and realize even though you kind of resent it, you actually are putting other people first, which isn’t easy, but nevertheless, you’re proud of yourself.

Shirt: Goodwill (I cut small holes and laced up a ribbon, and sewed it at the bottom)

Basic leggings

Shoes: Ross

This is the perfect outfit in which to assist with all the music (piano lessons for two kids, orchestra, cello for one), spend some one on one time with my sweet Baby A, try a new coffee shop with your Handsome Husband, and go out to eat for delicious food you didn’t have to cook.

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Psuedo Stitch Fix or Creating a Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe on a Shoestring

I have been needing to update my spring and summer wardrobe in the worst way. I still have maternity clothes mixed in there-which is not necessarily a bad thing, they are so darn comfortable! But I know that many of my pieces are heading into the frump zone, which I hate. When I dress well, I feel well. When I feel pretty (and comfortable!) in my outfit, I feel happier. 
While I was searching for “trendy spring looks for moms” on Pinterest. I found this amazing blogger at Now THAT I Can Do, Mama!  She has a great attitude and a loving heart. She also offers eBooks you can buy, and previews for free, of looks with her capsule wardrobe, and best of all, tips on how to be chic AND cheap!
Spring and Summer Capsule Wardrobe
Her capsule wardrobe was incredibly useful as a shopping guide when I was at Goodwill today. She also offers a printable shopping list on her website if you prefer. I was pretty excited to find many of the pieces she suggested! Because I like bolder colors, I changed the suggested palette to plum (because, purple!), orange and aqua, along with the gray, navy, and white. 
T-strap sandals in pink, fashion sandals in silver

I loved that I found two pairs of sandals! I have been wearing a lot of flip-flops in summers past, pretty much my summer shoe staple, so I needed to get some dressier options.

Neutral shorts, Color shorts
Navy and white swing dress, Chambray dress

I found these white and aqua shorts that fit me! And looked good! which is was a blessing, because my bottom and most bottoms don’t get along. I loved this dress! I know she said a gray swing dress, but this one looked good, and has great pockets. Plus, I looked up the brand, and it’s from Macy’s. I don’t ever shop at Macy’s, so now I’m feeling all cool and stuff. I found this chambray dress/tunic instead of a shirt, and all the children in the dressing room said, “oooh! Cute!” I am ordering a couple of belts off amazon to hopefully anchor the outfit.

paisley vest, striped stretchy ‘blazer’

I didn’t find a crochet vest, and I’m not even sure I really like crochet vests, but I did score this awesome paisley number. It’s nice and flowy and will look great with my new white shorts. This ‘blazer’ was actually a shirt that I cut up the middle to make a cardigan.

fitted striped tee, slouchy tee

This striped tee shirt was originally long sleeved, but I cut them off. The slouchy tee has the blouson style that is really flattering for the extra fluff around my middle.

tunic top, fitted tank, one shoulder tank

I love the bright colors in this tunic top, and it matches my aqua shorts amazingly. The fitted tank looks great under almost everything I bought. The one shoulder tank is my daring purchase. It’s not something I would normally get, but the colors were perfect; it has that blouson style I love, and it’s on trend right now. If I don’t wear it often, I’m only out $3.88.

slouchy tank, bonus dressy tank, dressy top

And my final three pieces: the tank is a really soft jersey knit, but looks dressier because of its buttons and pockets. the teal tank is just gorgeous, and the purple shirt is stretchy and dressy.

I spent a total of $52 on this haul. I just love thrift shopping! Now I feel that I can definitely splurge (well, my definition of splurge) on some of the accessories. As an added bonus, I already have a lot of items that will go with these pieces, so I’m looking forward to some warmer temperatures so I can actually try them out!

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