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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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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!

This post contains affiliate links, which help me keep my kids stocked with books and food, clicking through is good for me, at no cost to you!

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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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