Dear Tortured, Creative Soul: be stylish, be free

Thursday, February 18, 2016 0 No tags

Dear Tortured, Creative Soul: here's why you want to be stylish.

Photo of Stacy London for Into the Gloss.

Dear Tortured Creative Soul,

I used to be obsessed with the TLC show, What Not To Wear. I would still be obsessed if it weren’t currently off the air. But that’s a sad story for another day.

On that show, women of all ages, shapes, and sizes, were nominated by their goodhearted, better-dressed friends to be made over by the capable non-couple, Stacy London and Clinton Kelly.

One of the big life-lessons I learned from that show growing up was that it seemed there was a well-established trend among moms that their kids came before their appearance.

That was a common confession when Stacy probed them in her best-friend-but-also-a-shrink kind of way, as to how they had gotten into the habit of calling a shower the extent of their personal care routine.

“I’m just so busy taking care of my daughter. She comes first.” 

It should have been the theme song. And Stacy’s answer was always the same. She would hug that mom, look into her weepy, tired eyes, and say authoritatively:

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Thrifting Finds: tweed skirt 2 ways

Monday, February 15, 2016 0 , ,

Okay, I’ve talked a lot about my rules for thrifting a capsule wardrobe for 12 months, and some of my challenges so far, so I think it’s high time I start showing you some of the things I have found!

I’m happy with my success so far. At the beginning of this challenge, I was genuinely worried that I wouldn’t find enough pieces I liked to build a capsule wardrobe. I think it’s safe to say that’s a fear that won’t come to fruition.

First up, let’s talk about this Zara tweed skirt. I have always had a thing for tweed. It adds texture to any outfit, and as long as the cut is modern, I love a little tweed in my wardrobe!

This skirt practically jumped off the rack and into my cart a few weeks ago at the local Best Thrift Store, and I took it home with me for $6! I have a black and white tweed skirt from the LOFT that I’ve worn for years, and even though this black and gray one will serve a similar purpose, I decided to get it since my other skirt is such a staple in my capsule.

This skirt will go with pretty much anything, but here are two of the ways I will be wearing it:

Thrifting a capsule wardrobe: Zara skirt, jacket, and boots all thrifted!

Outfit details: Tweed skirt: thrifted/$6, Jacket: thrifted/$3, Boots: thrifted/$9, Purse: H&M, Earrings: Etsy/gift, Bracelet: flea market

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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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My Shop is Open!

Monday, November 30, 2015 0 No tags


Guess what! After all the vague references I have made to my “shop” and “project” over the past few months, I get to finally share what I’ve been working on: Carrot Top Paper Shop–a paper shop for kindred spirits of all ages!

It combines two of my very favorite things: literary heroines and paper. And seriously, I can’t get over how much fun I am having working on it.

When I was decorating Violet’s nursery, I searched the internet for literary themed art work, and couldn’t find what I was looking for anywhere! I decided to make my own literary heroine banner, and when it occurred to me that there might be other moms out there looking for the same thing, I was inspired to open up shop.

You can check out Carrot Top Paper Shop here, or via my “shop” link in the menu at the top of the page. If you love classic literature, strong heroines, and rainy afternoons at the library, I hope you love my shop!

I have plans for more products in the next few months, so this is just the beginning. If you would like to be the first to get updates (and discount codes!), you can sign up for my e-mail list here.

Literary Heroine Banner from Carrot Top Paper Shop. Perfect for nurseries and girls' rooms!

More pictures below:

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