Fall in Love

So it has been a while I know. I have been quite the micro-blogger lately on Instagram. I didn’t quite know what that was until @blogwithkim shared that concept one day. Anyway, I wanted to take the time to brag on my newest Goodwill find. A cozy, wrap cardigan that is sure to be in heavy rotation this season. When the weather people hinted that cooler weather was coming, I headed right to my happy place, my local Triad Goodwill. When I tell you that they have an abundance of sweaters, jackets and everything you need to stay warm, I am not over exaggerating. This lovely cardigan caught my eye because of the price, color, style and the thickness of it.

I paired this “3.59 BCBSGeneration cardigan with jeans, a tank and some booties. I am a girly, girl so I added a pearl brooch to the shawl neckline just to have some bling.

Plus I think I am slightly addicted to cardigans. For various reasons but I will name just a few:

*They can be worn in every season.

*They protect you for the sub-artic cold of your work air conditioner, that comes on when it’s cold instead of when it is hot.

*They are versatile and universally flattering if worn correctly.

*They are super comfy.

*They keep you looking “put together” (I hate when people say that) But basically gives you a more polished and complete look (like a blazer, but that is for another post).

Find sweaters and cardigans in colors  that enhance your beautiful skin and that will be easy to pair with other things in your closet.  I was going to link some retail cardigans for you all to chase down but then I said nah, I am challenging them to go thrifting. Save some of those coins for travel or to pay back student loans (I have a slew of them, HELP). Many people share with me that it’s hard for them to have a successful thrifting adventure. That is probably because you are trying to focus on the entire store on your first visit. That can be quite overwhelming. So head straight to the sweaters. Most places have them sorted by color and some even by size. Whether for work, casual wear, or date night, I am convinced that you will find something. Every piece will be unique which is what I absolutely love.

Fall is the time in which couples get all cute and cozy and take lubby dubby pics and stuff. Fireplaces start burning and people start confessing their love for one another. I think it is awesome. I love, love. Even when the kind of love that you desire isn’t quite there yet, it still feels amazing to know that you have friends and family who love and adore you. That unconditional love that no matter what you have done, they still love you despite all that. This Fall season, fall in love with yourself. That is the best love that you can have. When you have that kind of love, it is easy for others around you to love you. Even when they don’t you’re OK because you have that self love that can’t be taken away.

Thanks for stopping by. Share your sweater/cardigan thrift find with me on IG. I can’t wait to see what you find.

xo, Eve

 

 

 

 

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Lace and Florals-Simple and Classy

So I jumped on to do a quick blog on my look from yesterday.  I was feeling blah and wanted to brighten up my mood a bit. The first two outfits I grabbed from my closet were a NO. I happened to see this black lace dress that I found at Goodwill last year and only worn once to a wedding. However, I didn’t think it was appropriate for me to wear to church (just me, but people can wear what they want to where they want) but I still wanted to make it work.

        Thrifted LBD Express Brand-Goodwill

So being the fashionista that I am, I remembered my pretty floral kimono that I purchased from Poshmark. Poshmark is basically an online consignment shop. I consider it an online thrifting adventure. I’ve worn this kimono several times with several looks and it always works. So why not try it with a pretty LBD.

   Kimono-Poshmark; Swimwear-Gifted; Beach bag Francesca’s

Lace, stripes, and florals have become my go to prints for the summer.  Alone or mixing and matching them together, they always seem to work. Today I tied the kimono over the dress and created a look that I was comfortable with enough to wear to church. A client gifted me with some pin on accessories for my birthday, so I closed the cleveage area with the pearl pin

To complete the look, I added some simple accessories from Paparazzi Accessories  which can be be found on my website Eve’s Paparazzi. Looking great doesn’t have to break the bank. Select versatile pieces that can be worn together or as separates. Maximize what’s in your closet before heading to the stores to grab a piece you may already own!

As always thanks for stopping by!!

xo, Eve

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Trendy vs. Tacky

Qui, is a mother of one amazing son, Liam and an awesome friend and fashion trendsetter. She is actually the story behind my thrifting addiction and my go to for style advice. This chic can take something one would see on the racks as outdated and boring and create an original look to die for. Very humble yet outspoken when she needs to be and I can’t wait to see how God uses her very soon. So look out for more blogging pieces from her.

Reminders of Do’s and Don’ts in the New Year

2016 was a very trendy year for fashion. We saw history repeat itself with some of our favorite styles from the 70’s and 80’s, i.e; chokers, velvets/velour, go-go boots, wide leg denim, skater dresses, etc. But at the same time, we quickly became tired of seeing those same looks over and over and over again. This my friend is the true definition of a wonderful trend gone tacky. We are often side-tracked by what is currently in vs. what is/isn’t for us. For example; our InstaGram (IG) boutiques are a great platform to showcase the latest fashion, but have you noticed the models? BOY, I would spend my whole check for one of those waist lines, however, I am fully aware that the latex, midi, no shelf-bra having dress is TOTALLY not for me, no way around it, I would look like Humpty Dumpty. This is where the true meaning of “Knowing Yourself” should resonate with you. Ask yourself “Is the elasticity in my boobs good enough to withstand a top/dress with no support?” or “Is this dress undergarment worthy, or would I have to go Free Willy?” Don’t set yourself up for the disappointment after you’ve ordered these expensive pieces, patiently awaited your shipping confirmation, and tracked your package all the way to your front door, only to try the clothes on and look like Humpty Dumpty like me.

I’ve heard a lot of people say that there are no rules in fashion. And there could very well not be any, however, I do feel there are boundaries and too much of anything can be too much. There’s so much more that could go into this blog piece but you have heard it all before. With 2017 vastly approaching, let’s all challenge ourselves to dig deep and find our own true individual sense of style. Recognize what fits your personality and mildly incorporate the newest trends into your wardrobe/ensemble. While it is so easy to purchase a piece or even the whole outfit based off of what you’ve seen on someone else, think about whether this fits you as a person, does it work best for your body type, can you pull it off with confidence, etc. Once you have defined your own sense of style and owned it, others will have no choice but to embrace it. Remember the truest style is not on you, it’s in you.

Wishing you all a Happy and Stylish New Year,

Xo….Qui

 

 

 

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7 Reasons You Need A Wardrobe Revamp

 

7 Reasons You Need A Wardrobe Revamp

I’ve never loved the word “makeover”. It sounds like there is something inherently wrong with a person. But sometimes, our wardrobe needs a major overhaul. You may need some new pieces; a good closet edit; or maybe both. Here’s how to know if your wardrobe is in need of some revamping.

 

1. You wake up and feel like you have nothing to wear.

The most common complaint I hear from friends or my social media followers is, “I have a lot of stuff but nothing to wear.”This happens when one only shop sales or buys one piece at a time. If you do this you either lack in basics, or you buy the same basics over and again. Decide which category you fall in and focus on buying what you need to balance out your wardrobe.  If this sounds like you, you might benefit from a closet consultation (Yep, I can do those) and personal shopping appointment (coming soon).

2. You are always shopping.

If you are always shopping, you likely have too many things. You could have a closet full of great items but lack direction and core pieces. Next time you are about to make a purchase, only buy the item if you can wear it three different ways. You’ll get more value out of your wardrobe, and always have something to wear. Trust me, I can wear the same piece several times a week and you may never know!

3. You never get rid of anything.

Do you hold onto things because you will fit into them again, or you’re hoping they will come back in style? Think of it this way: if a style comes back, there are modern modifications made to it that will make your original piece look dated. If you are on a weight loss journey, you can hang on to some pieces if they are modern and in good condition. I encourage you to place them in a different closet, so you don’t have to look at them every day. The difference you’ll feel when you have a clean and organized wardrobe is amazing. You will see outfit combinations you never considered before, and you’ll easily see where you need to fill in with a few new pieces.

Keep in mind, this is real life and not reality T.V.  Real life calls for patience and a plan and shopping on a budget unless you are racking in the bucks and even then a budget isn’t a bad idea. You may not be able to buy everything you need in one shopping trip.  That’s ok!  The most important take away is to clear out what you have, get a clear sense of what you need, and when you shop, only bring in useful items that you love. Oh, and don’t forget my favorite thing to do, thrift shop! Don’t spend over budget when you don’t have to.

4. You always feel over or under dressed.

This is a sure fire sign that your lifestyle has changed but your clothes have not. If you feel like your clothes aren’t meeting your needs, it may be time for a wardrobe makeover. Start to look for where the holes are and create a list of what you need. Only shop off the list. You’ll begin to build a wardrobe that looks and feels like who you are for where you are in your life. I revamp my closet almost weekly. I no longer care about quantity but more about quality and getting the most bang for my bucks. I am always feeling like my style is changing. So that’s when I do a closet purge and either sell my clothes on https://poshmark.com/closet/ontheeve  or hand them over to my daughters or friends.

5. It takes you more than 15 minutes to get dressed.

If it is difficult to get dressed, your closet may be in need of an edit. Too many options will overwhelm you, and it will be difficult to see what you have. What’s great about an edit is that you may not need to shop, by getting rid of what you don’t need you may end up with some great new outfits. I don’t know how many times I have said, “I got rid of so much and now I have more to wear!” And it is not a cliché, it’s the truth.

6. You and your daughter shop in the same department.

Retailers organize departments and stores based on demographics. Since you and your daughter are different demographics, one of you is going to have to find another place to shop. It’s great that you can still fit into junior sizes, but they are for young women with young women bodies in styles less than appropriate for your lifestyle. If you’re shopping in stores not appropriate for your needs, you likely have many pieces you like, but they don’t feel quite right, either in fit or style. My 19 year-old daughter will check me in a second whenever she feels like I am shopping outside of my demographics. My 13 year-old is even worse. I will be glad to get away with distressed jeans in her eyes (insert eye roll). Lol!! So it’s ok to shop with your kids, just don’t buy the same clothes! Ha!

7. THRIFT, THRIFT, THRIFT…….I don’t know how much louder I can scream that! Thrifting is the best way to get some of those essential pieces and stay within your budget. I know it’s hard for some. You can’t take the smell, the clutter, the noisey kids but if you can get pass that with much practice, you will thank me! My closet goal is to be as close to 100% thrifted as possible. I find pieces that I can interchange daily, whether I am dressing up or casually dressed! Check me out on IG @onthe_eve for some of my thrifted looks!

That’s all for now! Thank you for reading! Don’t forget to subscribe so you can get more good reads when they are posted!!

xo, Eve

 

 

 

 

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