Three Lessons I’ve Learned About Hair: Lesson 3

Happy February! I don’t know about y’all, but I have my fingers crossed that the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow tomorrow …or does see his shadow… I can’t remember but whichever one gets me warmer weather stat!! Today wraps up my final post on my hair lessons and before I get started on it, let me go ahead and tell you that it’s going to freak some of you out. Please don’t let it. Just keep reading and hear me out. This is a conversation that I find myself having with people and I know some of you just are not going to have it, but here goes….

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My 3 day non-washed hair.

3- STOP WASHING YOUR HAIR!! I know, I know! Some of you are saying, “No way, I HAVE to wash my hair every day.” The truth is that it’s really bad for your hair to wash it every day. I promise! When you wash your hair with shampoo, it strips your hair of its natural oils. Now you’re thinking, “Duh, that’s what I want it to do.”. When the shampoo strips your hair of its natural oils, it replaces them with harsh chemical oil replacements, the chemicals are bad for your hair and it produces more oils to replace the ones you stripped. The more you wash and strip, the more oil it makes to compensate, the greasier your hair gets. It’s a bad cycle. Break the cycle! Start by looking at your shampoos ingredients. I use to be the girl that walked in the drug store and bought whatever was on sale and/or smelled the best. Big no,no! Pick a shampoo that is paraben and sulfate free. These are harsh chemicals that are bad for you. I can’t tell you more than that because I’m no expert, but google it. They’re bad. Next, check the ingredients for alcohol. Most shampoos contain some form of alcohol (even if it’s listed some other way), but make sure it’s at the end of the ingredients list. They are usually listed in order of prevalence, so if alcohol is listed third on your bottle, there’s a lot in your shampoo.

So, you have a new shampoo, now what? Start off small and wash your hair every other day. I’m not going to lie, it isn’t easy. It takes a while for your hair to adjust to this, but I promise it will adjust. Once your hair gets use to this, you can slowly go longer without washing, especially in winter months. I usually wash my hair about every four days or about twice a week. In summer, it’s more like three times a week. I know that grosses some of you out but my hair has never felt more healthy or been more manageable. You see, when you wash less, not only do your natural oils become more balanced but you are drying and styling less which helps keep hair healthy. You’ll have less split ends and breakage.

There are tricks you can do to help make the process easier. Dry shampoo works wonders. Spray your roots and let it sit for a minute. Then style your hair as usual. I like to spray it and then blow dry my hair upside down just long enough for my hair to get hot, then I let it cool upside down. This gives it lift and volume. Try different dry shampoos in travel sizes to see which one you like the best. I don’t have a favorite dry shampoo and usually have a can of whatever I happened to grab at the store. One of my favorite things to use is Fekkai Blow Out Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo. I love the smell and its light enough to just “refresh” my hair on days two or three. It’s not a very “thick” dry shampoo and I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re just starting off and are trying to control the oil. It’s great to just spray on and make your hair smell better. On day four or during the summer months I actually prefer to still use my trusty old baby powder. I really do like it better than any dry shampoo. I realize that it won’t work for brunettes and I’ve heard that cocoa powder works well, but I’ve never tried it.  Some other tips to help the process, is to wear your hair up or put some lose waves in it on days you didn’t wash it. When I was just starting, I would have clean straight hair on day one, maybe leave it for day two or put lose waves in it and then wear it up on day three. I also love a good hat! A hat looks stylish and no one has to know how terrible your hair looks underneath it. So, there you have it! If you missed lessons 1 and 2, you go back and catch them on the blog. Hope y’all have enjoyed my rambling about hair all week!

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Three Things I’ve Learned About Hair: Lesson 2

IMG_0283Welcome back! This is the second blog in a series of hair lessons that I have learned  over the years. Now, you may be thinking what does she know about hair? Let me tell you, I’m no expert. But, I have spent 39 years with some difficult hair. I just want others to not make the same mistakes I’ve made. I’ve survived the Big Bang/choke on hairspray stage in the late 80’s-early 90’s, the spiral perm stage of the same time period, the “Rachel” in the mid-90’s (mine did NOT look like hers), and the Dharma/Faith Hill short hair from the late 90’s/early 2000’s. That one was actually really cute, but growing it out, not so much.

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Hair Ghost of the past!

I’ve dyed my hair myself and had to suck it up and go to my stylist with my tail tucked for her to fix the orange mess I made. I’ve gone to the mall for a quick trim when my stylist didn’t have time and left in tears with a free haircut because it was SO bad. Extra side lesson: NEVER GO TO THE MALL TO GET YOUR HAIR DONE!!! And now, lesson two:

2- Expensive products aren’t always better, but often times they are well worth the money. My hair is such a pain to wash and dry that I have always hated having to style it after all that, so often times throughout my life, my hair has been a large frizzy mess! I’ve also never been into super polished hair. I’ve always liked it a little unkept but still pretty. (Think Gisele Bundchen or Blake Lively in Gossip Girl. Perfectly unkept hair.)

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Still in search of the key to perfectly tousled, low maintenance, beautiful hair… 

The thing is I just wanted my hair to magically look like that without putting any effort into it. A little over a year ago, I started experimenting. I finally came to the conclusion that maybe I needed to up my game. Products have never been my thing because in the past I would go to CVS or Walgreens, grab something to try and end up with crunchy, limp or nasty hair. But, products have come a long way over the years. Tons of products come in travel sizes and it’s a great way to try new stuff without the commitment. I was constantly hitting up the travel products at the drug store, Target and Ulta. By doing this I discovered a few things.

IMG_0281 There are shampoos and conditioners for every type of hair! I started trying different types to manage frizz. (My main problem) I found some drug store shampoos that work pretty well, like L’Oréal Nutri-Gloss High Shine but my favorite is Redken Frizz Dismiss. It cost more than I had ever paid for shampoo and conditioner but it has been worth it. I buy the large pump bottles from Ulta when they go on sale for buy one, get one 1/2 off. And since I get the big bottles, I only have to buy a few times a year. I also discovered that my hair really needs a serum or oil to help tame the frizz. I run some through my hair while it’s wet and then more on the ends once it’s dry.  I like the serum by Garnier Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum for a less expensive drugstore option but my favorite is Hydrating Styling Cream by Moroccan Oil. Once again, more expensive, but worth it. And my absolute, hands down favorite upgrade is my T3 Featherweight Hair dryer. Trust me when I tell you that all hair dryers are NOT the same. I spent a good year playing with this dryer every time I went in Ulta but the price was crazy!! Who pays $200 for a hair dryer? But the reviews were amazing and it’s better for your hair (it doesn’t just blow hot air directly at your hair) and it cut drying time in half. Last March, I woke up in the middle of the night, flipped the tv to QVC for some random reason and there it was! My dream dryer on sale for $150 with 6 easy pays! It was just after my birthday, so I pulled the trigger as a gift to myself. Y’all, BEST PURCHASE EVER!!! Seriously!! You may be reading this and thinking I’m out of my mind, and I’m telling you that I will bring this dryer over for you to try. It cut my drying time in half!! My hair is smoother and straighter, even if I don’t use a serum and round brush. It feels lighter after I’ve dryed it. I even took it to my stylist to try on my hair just to make sure I wasn’t crazy. She agreed it was faster to dry and my hair was lighter and smoother. I’ve been letting my hair grow out and every time I have tried this in the past, I always given up and cut it because it’s just too unmanageable, but not anymore!!  Between my upgraded products and this dryer, it’s a totally new ball game. Don’t be afraid to try new products. Do some research. Read reviews. Find what works for you, even if it cost a little more. You might find it’s worth the extra money!

Three Things I’ve Learned About Hair: Lesson 1

IMG_0264I have started this post about four times over the past couple of months, but I stop every time. I just wasn’t sure what I wanted to write about exactly. But after having the same conversation recently with several different people, I was able to narrow it down. Brief history of my hair: it’s been a love/hate relationship my entire life. When I was little my mom kept it long and it was really pretty. And I hated it! I wanted it short and would beg her to cut it but that was not going to happen. My hair is REALLY thick, so it was/is a pain to wash, a bigger pain to dry and when I was little it was usually in a ponytail. It would hurt so bad by the end of the day, I wanted to cry. If you don’t know what I mean by that, let me educate you. Thick hair is heavy, so you will often see people with long think hair constantly putting it up and down. This is because the weight pulls it down and after it’s been up for a little while, it will start to hurt at the scalp. Leave it up long enough and it can bring you to tears when you take it down. No joke! I’ve been through a lot with my hair and I could fill up numerous blog post with stories, but I’ll spare you. Instead, I want to share with you what I think the three most important things that I’ve learned about my hair are, in three different blog post. So, here goes….

1- Don’t be afraid to try something new! But, please know that your stylist is not a miracle worker. Your hair is what it is. Mine is super thick, course and slightly wavy, so I will NEVER be able to pull off a cute little pixie. And y’all, I’ve always dreamed of a pixie! My stylist (love you, Steph, if you’re reading!) has the most gorgeous face and the cutest pixie cut. I’m so jealous, because I know it will never happen for me!! If you have curly hair, then you have to embrace that and find cuts and styles that work with your hair and face. Where to start? Do your homework. Pinterest is a great place to go. Just put in your hair type and what you are looking for. Always take your stylist a picture! They aren’t mind readers. Show them what you want and ask them if they think it will work for you. Also, ask how much styling is involved. If you’re going to have to pull out the flat iron or curling wand every day and you hate to do that (like me), then you better make sure the style is low maintenance. When it comes to color, I also say go for it! I’ve been light brunette, dark brunette, strawberry blonde and a few months ago had rose gold highlights put in. Keep in mind, again, that your stylist is not your fairy godmother. She can’t turn your dark brown hair to platinum blonde in one visit. Lastly, don’t freak out!! Please know that not every color or cut you choose is going to look good on you, but you can always change it back. If you experiment enough, eventually you’re going to do something that you immediately regret. (Me- every single time I cut bangs) But, that’s the great thing about hair! Color can be changed and hair grows!! Hair changes- Go for it!!

Holy Stressed Out Mama!!

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Holy stressed out mama!! For those of you that do not know my little monkeys personally, let me tell you that they are one strong willed bunch. I’m talking stubborn to the core. Each has his own way of stubbornness, but the youngest is about to do me in…. and he’s only four. Let me start by telling you that this child already knows how to wrap people around his little finger. He bats his eyes, he loves, cuddles and hugs and is known for saying some of the sweetest things, but….
He has never been a great sleeper. Ever since he was born, he has had a tendency to just want to be up in the middle of the night. And this is where mommy and her sweet baby butt heads. I LOVE sleep! I mean, seriously love sleep. I am not a morning person, nor am I a night person. I am a sleep person. #Pisces But back to my current problem child. He has gone through stages since infancy and he was to the point of being ok once he fell asleep (It would take a little while and he was going to get up once or twice). Lately, he wants no part of going to bed. For the past two weeks we put him in bed between 7:30-8:00 and it is 10:00 -10:30 (or later) before he actually goes to sleep. Now, this wouldn’t be a problem if he was just in his bed singing songs or something. Oh, no. It’s a full on party. He is up messing with the middle child so he can’t sleep, playing Nerf gun wars, plundering through his oldest brothers room after he is asleep, or using all my good purple shampoo that I left in their bathroom for a “science experiment”. The past two weeks have been so draining. It’s not like I can relax or get anything done because until he falls asleep, I have to constantly keep putting him back to bed. Ya’ll, I even got up one morning to find that he had helped himself to leftover pizza and some Mountain Dew from the kitchen (after I had fallen asleep). Yep, sleeping with pizza crust in his bed. Not only is it difficult to get him in the bed, it is hell trying to get him out of it. This morning I’m pretty sure I almost pulled his arm out of socket trying to get him out of the floor while he was kicking and screaming. Then he knocked an end table and sent a lamp flying to the floor. The oldest two haven’t made it to school on time in two weeks and I’m pretty sure the school is about to contact me about that. Help me, Lord!

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Now this ain’t my first rodeo. My oldest has never been a great sleeper either, but I learned how to help him very early in his life. Consistent bedtime routines and wind down time helped the oldest, but it does NOTHING for the youngest. We have tried it all including crying, pleading, bribery and spanking. I’m convinced nothing short of locking him in his room or strapping him to the bed is going to help. However, I have ordered a couple of things that I’m going to try. Thanks to Amazon, I have Good Sleep essential oil on the way and a bottle of Zarbee’s Natural Children’s Sleep with Melatonin Supplement. (P.S.-their cough syrup and some peppermint oil in the diffuser works wonders for nighttime coughing) So, that’s it. My last ditch effort to get the party animal to sleep at a reasonable time so he isn’t such a beast in the morning. I’ll let you know if we make any progress. Has anyone else ever dealt with this and have a miracle remedy? I’m totally open for suggestions.
XO-
One Stressed Out and Tired Mother.

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A Green Saturday

What a crazy week we had! We had the excitement of getting a little snow, then the disappointment of getting some but it not sticking. Then when we had almost given up hope, we got a little more snow and it stuck! The boys had a good time playing in the light dusting we got, like true southern kids that rarely see snow.

Today all signs of snow are gone. It’s a beautiful sunny weekend day and I am ready for spring. I know I have a month or two before that actually happens, so I decided to add a little green to the house. This is easy to do and can give you a little happiness until the days are warmer.

I started with some little planters that I recently got from a friend (thanks, Jill!) You can find little planters like these for a few dollars at yard sales or around $10-$20 at antique stores. I already have some stashed around the house to hold random things like wine corks or vacation seashells. You can also grab some tiny pots at the store or use old things around the house, like an old coffee cup. Get creative!

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Aren’t they cute?

Next, make a visit to any gardening center and pick up some small plants. I grabbed these from Wal-Mart and they were $3-$4 a piece.

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I added a few rocks to the bottom of each planter for drainage when watering since the planters don’t have drainage holes. Then,  some potting soil and the plants.

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Instant spring green in the middle of winter. Now, if I can just manage to keep these babies alive…. Happy Saturday!!

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A Neutral Wardrobe

Do you all ever wake up in the middle of the night, start thinking about random things and then come to some sort of realization? Well, it happened to me last night. One of the kids woke me up around 2AM and I couldn’t get back to sleep, so naturally I do one of three things at this time. I watch Law and Order: SVU, design rooms in my head, or design outfits in my head. (What can I say? I’m a creative Pisces with a love for Benson and Stabler.)  Last night I started thinking about clothes, while watching SVU (multitasking) and randomly decided to grab my phone and start a new Pinterest board with neutral outfits. I found a few new things to pin and then decided to go through my regular fashion board to move some neutral outfits over to the new board. That’s when it hit me, I really love neutral clothes. Now, this is something I already knew about myself but looking at just how many neutral outfits I had already pinned, it just hit me that I REALLY love neutral clothes.

What Makes a Neutral Wardrobe?

1. Obviously, neutral colored clothes. A neutral wardrobe is made up of clothes that are white, black, camel, grey, navy, chambray, and any stripe pattern made of those colors. Ok, I may have made the stripe thing up just now, but I think stripes are always a good idea.

2. Denim, Denim, and more Denim! Give me all the denim: light wash, medium wash, dark wash, destroyed, flared, straight, skinny, and boyfriend. Denim can be worn with anything and take you from weekend wear to work wear (think dark trouser jeans).

3. Another key thing to having a great neutral wardrobe is finding flattering pieces that work for you. A neutral wardrobe is made up of timeless pieces that fit well. It really is better to pay more money for a great pair of jeans that fit you well, even if you have to have them professionally hemmed, than to keep wasting money on jeans you either end up hating or only wearing for a season.

4. Accessories are where you switch it up! I love accessories!!! (Hello, Stella & Dot stylist) You can own the same pair of jeans and white button down for years but constantly make it different with jewelry, scarves, shoes and bags. It’s like a blank canvas for your accessories. It’s better it invest money in the core pieces and then buy new accessories that change with the seasons.

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Why a Neutral Wardrobe?

  1.  Duh?? Everything goes with everything!! I don’t know about ya’ll, but I don’t have time in the morning to try and put together some amazing outfit before I go to work. I have to get myself and three kids out the door before the sun is up. Having a neutral wardrobe means that it all goes together. Black pants, khaki pants, and olive green pants go well with shirts that are white, black, grey and navy. Plus, I have always hated having an outfit in my closet that only goes with itself. I can only wear it every few weeks or so, because (gasp) people might notice that I’m wearing the same thing over and over. A woman’s worst nightmare- right?

2.  Which leads me to my second point, you can switch things up constantly.  Since it all goes together, you can stretch your wardrobe further. You can be creative and give the illusion that you have a lot more clothes than what you actually have. I’ll demonstrate this shortly. (Keep reading and scrolling)

3. A neutral wardrobe is timeless and classic. Of course you can add more fashionable pieces from time to time, but a good chambray shirt will be a great wardrobe staple today and five years from now. A great black blazer never goes out of style. A grey Patagonia Better Sweater will still be the same design ten years from now. A camel colored coat, well, you get the point.

4. Hey, It works for Jennifer Aniston! Don’t believe me? Look up Jennifer Aniston style on Pinterest and you will notice how put together, yet relaxed she always looks in neutral pieces. If its good enough for Rachel Green, its good enough for me.

Where to Start?

Not sure where to start. A few key pieces to begin investing in are: Denim, and not just jeans. Get a great denim dress. J. Crew, Gap, and Madewell always have some. They can be worn any season by changing up accessories and shoes. A chambray button down shirt goes with EVERYTHING!! Also a crisp, white button down shirt does too. Again, you can grab one at J.Crew, Gap, Madewell, or Old Navy. A good tee shirt in white, black and grey. I love Madewell’s tees. They are super comfy! As for me, I think I will continue to develop a great neutral wardrobe. I plan on cleaning out and editing my closet. (Don’t worry, I’ll still have pops of color) I just plan of investing more on good quality clothing that will last for years instead of clothes that I’ll be tired of after wearing a couple of times.

To prove my point to you, I grabbed 6 items out of my closet and started putting together outfits by switching pieces and accessories.

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1. Caslon Rounded V-neck tee, Nordstrom. $25 2. Rockaway Wash Skinny Jeans, J.Crew Factory. $47.50 (on sale) 3. Textured Bell Sleeve Sweater, Loft. $29.75 (on sale) 4. Chambray Shirt, J. Crew Factory. $41.50 (on sale) 5. Striped Boatneck T-shirt, J. Crew. $29.50 6. Excursion Quilted Down Vest, J. Crew. $89.99 (on sale)

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This and That

Happy Tuesday!! I don’t know about y’all, but it took all of last week for us to get back on track. This week feels much better and we are running smoother as a household. Now that Christmas is over, I’m totally ready for spring. I’m anxiously waiting for my new Stella & Dot spring samples. I can not wait for them to get here!! Every season it just gets better and better. I’m thinking about hosting my own trunk show at the end of the month to show off the new pieces and sell off some of my retired pieces (for half off). If any of you would be interested in stopping by and checking it out, let me know.

I got in part of my Loft order from the major sale that is going on. P.S. -It is still happening with an additional 60%-70% off sale items. This tee is going to be perfect for spring. They only have XS left in the Iced Lavender color. I sized up to a medium since the reviews said the sleeves run small and I’m glad I did. There is still so many cute things left for great prices. Go check it out!!

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Tee- Loft $12. Jeans- Mossimo, Target $29 Shoes- Qupid, Amazon (last season) Necklace and Rings- My Stella & Dot shop

 

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Loft -Seamed Tee (sold out this color)
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You can order these jeans from Target online and get them in short, regular or tall!
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Aven Layering Necklace $89
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Brier Sparkle Ring $29
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Signature Engravable Ring $59

http://www.stelladot.com/lindsayjcollar

Kicking Off the New Year!

Happy New Year! I’m a little late writing my New Year’s post, but I’ve been under a blanket trying to keep warm for most of this week. What a brutal start to a new year! The temperature hasn’t gotten higher than the mid 30’s this week, my kid still needs dental work after paying mega bucks in December, there is a strange light that keeps coming on in my car that I’m guessing a mechanic should look at (not just me, the manual and google), and the washing machine leaves a puddle every time we run it for the past few weeks. I would play the lottery, but I’m currently too broke to buy a ticket. However, I woke up this morning, my family is healthy, and we have a warm place to call home, so I refuse to sweat the small stuff. (I’ll just complain about it on my blog. Ha!)
Most of the blogs that I read have already wrapped up 2017 and explained how they changed and what they are looking forward to in 2018. Most of them asked their readers what they wanted to see more of this year. Well, as far as this blog is concerned, I have no idea where it’s going or what my goals are. I’m definitely not going to ask you what you want to see more of this year for fear that no one would answer me and I would feel like a big blogging failure. I just enjoy writing about family, fashion and home decorating and I hope that it may inspire someone out there. So for now, it’s going to remain a little hobby that I do when I can and when inspiration strikes. I do have some pretty big personal mile stones in 2018. This will be the year that I turn the big 4-0…..I have to pause for a minute and just let that soak in. Frankly, I have no idea how I got here! Wasn’t I just in my 20’s a couple of years ago??? I guess when you spend most of your 30’s having babies it’s just all a big blur. This will also be the year that I (hopefully) graduate with a degree in Elementary Education after student teaching this fall. And what will probably make me shed the most tears this year, is that my sweet Samuel will start school in the fall. I can handle 40 and I can handle insecurities about being in the classroom, but the thought of watching my baby walk down the hall at school and into a 4K classroom, makes me want to ball my eyes out. For real! I’m having heart palpitations right now, just thinking about it. He’s just a little bit spoiled rotten.
Enough reflection for now, let’s talk SALES!! And right now, Loft is having a big one. All sale items are 60% off with no code needed. Ya’ll, I love Loft. It has some really great pieces that are work wear appropriate but also look great with jeans on the weekend. It can sometimes be difficult to find clothes that aren’t too young looking or too old looking, especially when it comes to work wear. I have put together two looks for you with a couple of items I purchased back in December and you can get them a lot cheaper than I did! When I checked this morning, there were still a few sizes left in each of them, but if not there are so many other great things still up for grabs.

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I love a fair isle sweater and this one in lemon yellow can brighten a dreary winter day. Sale price is $27.
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I kept my jewelry simple with this adorable sweater and these Stella & Dot Luxe Sparkle Studs in blue (but they’re more of a lavender) $24.
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I’m a complete sucker for a simple white blouse and jeans and I couldn’t pass this one up!! It’s called the Vintage Romance Blouse and the sale price is $23.
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This is the sweetest shirt! Just look at the details!! And it looks great with these Stella & Dot Pave’ Arabesque Earrings. $59

I picked up this Seamed Long Sleeve Tee today in both of these colors. I think they will be great spring colors, will look amazing with some of the new Stella & Dot spring line (coming out tomorrow!!!) and for $11.95 a piece, why would I not grab them both?!?

Where to Shop

Sweater and Blouse:  www.loft.com

All jewelry:  www.stelladot.com/lindsayjcollar

Previously Loved Clothing

I hope y’all are having a great Christmas season. We are just about ready for it at our house. I have one last gift to buy and some wrapping to do, but other than that, we are just waiting for Santa!

With all the Christmas shopping and a couple of trips to the pediatric dentist for one of the boys, my purse only has some change jingling around in it. This got me thinking about ways to add a little cash back in my wallet. One of my favorite ways to do that is to clean out my closet. I love selling my clothes on second hand websites. The only thing you need to do is snap a picture and list it. I like to use the app Poshmark. If you have not tried it, you should check it out. I’ve been buying and selling clothes on there for a few years now. You can find some great items, that still have a lot of wear in them for cheaper than new prices.

The app makes it easy to sell your clothes. Like I said, you snap a few pictures, fill out some quick info about the item (size, brand, original price, listing price, etc) and post it to your “closet”. People can view your clothes, “follow” your closet, and purchase with the click of a button. Poshmark sends you an email when something sells with a pre-paid shipping label. You simply box up the item and send it on its way. Most “Poshers” wrap the item in cute tissue paper and send a written thank you note.

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Up for grabs in my closet- this J.Crew dress. New without the tags.
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Along with a ton of other items from sizes XS- M, I have listed this geometric pattern coat from Old Navy, size M

It’s fun to shop on the app too. Let’s say you just got a new job and need some dress pants. You go to the app and type “dress pants” into the search bar along with your size and all kinds of options will pop up. You can also shop by store or designer. (Example, J. Crew or Lily Pulitzer.) Another great thing about the app is can find designer items for cheaper prices. Have you been eyeing a Tory Burch bag, but don’t want to pay the department store price? You can find one cheaper on Poshmark. Just make sure that it’s the real deal. You can ask sellers questions and bargain with the “offer” button.  Once your item arrives, you inspect it and then go on the app to “accept” the item. This is important! Once I ordered several items from one seller (you get a discount for doing this with most sellers) and I briefly looked at everything and “accepted” the items. Several days later I actually inspected the items and found that one of the dresses had a hidden stain on it that hasn’t come out and another dress was badly worn in several places and completely unwearable. Lesson learned- check your items well!! All in all I’ve had great experiences on this app.

Here are a couple of my more recent finds on Poshmark.

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Here is a Vineyard Vines button down for $15 with jeans, booties, and my favorite Covet by Stella&Dot bag.
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This Loft sweater was $13 and here I styled it with a pair of wine colored cords and my Lucky Brand booties.

You can download the Poshmark app to your phone or tablet. You don’t have to sell to shop or shop to sell. And check out my closet @ljcollar

Happy Shopping/Selling!!

 

 

 

Christmas OCD

Today is the day we get our Christmas tree every year. The children have tried to make me feel bad all week for being the ONLY people without a tree. We wait until this weekend for two reasons. One, we are usually out of town for Thanksgiving and two, we get a live tree and I prefer it not be dead Christmas morning.

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Getting and decorating the Christmas tree can be a little stressful. For some people putting lights on the tree is their biggest headache, but for me, and many other mamas out their, it’s letting the children decorate the tree. I can handle the lights, I can handle the constant questions and the little hands wanting to grab at decorations. But watching them put ornaments on the tree drives me nuts!! I breathe in and out and hand them the ornaments and try desperately to not look at the spots on the tree that have ten ornaments in one small place or the large places at top that have absolutely nothing. I fight the urge to snatch the decorations right out of their hands and place them where I want them. I want them evenly spaced! I want them somewhat color coordinated! I want them actually on a branch and not just hanging on by a prayer, waiting for a small gust of wind to come by and knock them to the floor!! But, I keep my OCD in check every year. Watching just how happy they are makes it tolerable. They love picking out all the ornaments they’ve made through out the years and hanging it on “their side” of the tree. Plus, I know that when they go to bed, I’ll rearrange it the way I want.

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I’ve also been looking for a tree topper for years. I just couldn’t find something that didn’t cost a fortune and looked like it belonged on our tree. I finally found one!  I hope I love it as much as I think I will when it arrives in a few days. I found it online at Target and it’s by Hearth and Hand by Joanna Gaines.

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I also grabbed this little cutie by Joanna’s line while I was Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping. It came in already and is SO adorable!! Im not exactly sure where the boys placed it on the tree. I’ll have to find it later….

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