3 Tips to Keep You Sane While Thrifting

Monday, February 8, 2016 0 No tags

Thrifting your wardrobe: 3 super helpful shopping tips for thrifters!

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’ve been working on thrifting my capsule wardrobe, despite the fact that the blog has been quiet the past couple of months.

To be perfectly honest, I got pretty frustrated with this challenge a few weeks ago. After hitting up several thrift stores in a row, I suddenly had this feeling that I had no idea what my personal style was. I couldn’t tell if I was just being too picky, or if everything on the thrift store racks really was just garbage.

The problem was solved when I finally found a few things that spoke to me, and I couldn’t think of reasons to talk myself out of buying them (I was getting really good at that). It turns out, it just took a few “hits” after a lot of misses, to get back into a groove.

It was through this phase of frustration, however, that I was able learn a few important lessons about thrifting, and my personal style. If you find thrifting difficult, unsatisfying, or too-time consuming, maybe these tips will speak to you.

First, let me remind you why I chose to thrift a capsule wardrobe for 12 months in the first place: I want to develop a wardrobe outside of the confines of the latest trends. I want to be sure I’m not wearing things just because it’s what I see everyone else wearing. Not because there is anything wrong with that, but because I want a cohesive style that is truly me!  I want a wardrobe that fits my body perfectly, and is comfortable for my day-to-day life. And of course, the money-saving thing is helpful, too!

I hope to collect more thrifting tips as the months go by in my 12-month thrifting challenge, but right now, these are some helpful things I have learned so far. They help keep me sane, and will hopefully help you stay sane as well, should you choose to make a little more time for thrifting in your life.

So here they are: three tips to keep you sane while thrifting…

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Thrifting a Capsule Wardrobe: the rules of my style challenge

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 0 No tags

My 12-month style challenge: thrifting my way to a perfect capsule wardrobe. Click to read my rules!

So, I mentioned that I was in need of a change here on Jeneric Generation. And I briefly explained what my new direction would be–a year-long creative challenge: thrifting my way to a perfect capsule wardrobe.

What this means for JG:

It means posts on how I build my capsule wardrobe, outfit posts featuring my thrift shop finds (yikes!), and discussions on sources of inspiration and developing a strong sense of personal style. For an entire year.*

Yay! I’m excited.

The capsule wardrobe thing isn’t anything new in my life, and I have always enjoyed a good thrift store treasure hunt. But actually, I have never been fond of clothes shopping at thrift stores. If I feel so inclined, I’ll give a small section or two a quick browse, but I rarely used to purchase thrifted clothing. Instead, I stuck to the housewares and books sections of the store.

Thrift stores are rarely organized, and you have to dig through a ton of stuff before you find a gem. And after the long search, it’s hard to decipher whether or not what you have found is something you actually love, or just…the least gross thing you have found.

So, why a thrifted wardrobe?

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A New Direction: my year-long creative challenge

Monday, November 16, 2015 0 No tags

Jeneric Generation is taking things in a new direction for the next 12 months. I hope you will follow along on my kind of crazy style experiment!

Before I tell you what’s changing around here, I thought you might like to guess.

The following is a summary of the thought processes I have gone through in the past several months to get to my decision, which will serve as hints.

Please note that when these thoughts were going through my head, I didn’t see them as hints of what was to come. I saw them as mere moments of frustration all the way up until my light bulb- moment. Did I learn a very important lesson about the purpose of frustration in all of this? Why, yes. Yes I did.

Here are the seemingly unrelated thoughts that led to a concrete conclusion. See if you are smarter than me and can connect the dots:

  • After having a baby, I got tired of wearing ugly t-shirts and yoga pants really quickly. I wanted nothing more than to have my old wardrobe fit again.
  • I knew my body would change after having a baby, but I wasn’t ready to give up without a fight. If my body wasn’t going to return to pre-baby state, so be it. But it just performed an amazing feat, and I’d like to reward it for its efforts by taking really good care of it.
  • Taking good care of myself with the goal of being a better mom for Violet reminded me that my appearance plays a big part in how I feel about myself. And that means more than brushing my teeth and wearing workout clothes all day (and not always engaging in physical exercise).
  • We are a one-income family. I am so thankful I get to stay home with Violet, but it means we make lots of sacrifices. In practical terms: we have a tight budget to stick to.
  • In this season of tight-budgeting, I have tried a time or two to make myself believe that I really don’t care about what I wear, or at least, it’s not a big part of who I am. But that’s not true. I have always loved fashion, and while there is always something else to put our money toward, wearing clothes is a big part of life. They might as well not be ugly.
  • I love writing about style, but I don’t want to be a fashion blogger. I follow several fashion blogs, but the thought of becoming one myself sends me into a panic. Kind of like how I feel while shopping…
  • Shopping, and the world in general, makes us feel like I shouldn’t be content with what I have. And I hate that feeling.
  • I hate the battle inside me that wants things, but also wants to feel content all the time.
  • I believe that limitless options are limiting.
  • I have loved curating a capsule wardrobe over the past few years.
  • I have learned a whole lot about being content with less stuff in the past few years.
  • I hate feeling constricted. I hate feeling like a victim of my circumstances.
  • I believe in the importance of creativity in everyday life–even more so now that I have become a mom.
  • I want to keep writing Jeneric Generation, but I don’t want to feel like I have to write about being a mom all the time, or that I have to make my life as a stay-at-home-mom sound more interesting than it is.
  • I want my real life and my blog to work together seamlessly and effortlessly.
  • I want more creativity in my life, and not just in the form of writing!
  • After four years of blogging here on JG, I’m in the mood to switch things up. I am up for a new challenge because I want to see what it will teach me.
  • I am ready for a change.

So here’s my plan:

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All Things Wedding (past and present)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 0 No tags

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I don’t know if it is pregnancy hormones making me more sentimental or simply a desire to remind myself that I didn’t always have a pregnant bump to dress around, but I have been browsing our wedding photos a lot lately. I love reliving the happiness of that October day three-and-a-half years ago. I love thinking about our future kids looking through our photos and thinking that mom and dad looked so young.

For our wedding, I wore my mom’s dress from the 80s (slightly altered). I wasn’t planning on wearing it until I tried it on. After I tried it on, though, I knew I wouldn’t need to try on any other dress! With all the wedding options out there, sometimes I wonder if I would do anything differently today. But I don’t think I would. Of all the beautiful weddings we could have created, ours was perfect for us.

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