Top 4 Favorite Online Clothing Stores!

    We’re going to stray a little from the usual content once again, and move back to fashion! I was thinking how there are literally so many places to buy clothes online. Some are great, some… not so much. I wanted to compile a list of my favorite places to shop for clothes online, in case anyone was itching for a new wardrobe! 

4. I’ll start off with my favorite place that costs a little more than I want to spend most of the time. One of my absolute favorite aesthetics is vintage. I’m not picky. I like the 20s-70s, generally but have been known to dabble outside of those decades. My all time favorite category on their site is the fit and flare dresses. They’re just way too classic!

3. Another vintage online shop and also fairly pricey; Unique Vintage. I got my 1920s Flapper Dress from them and the quality was amazing. The dress was on sale from 50-ish to 27. I think I got a steal. I don’t plan to venture too far from their Clearance page, just because they are fairly pricey. They’re slightly more attainable than ModCloth, and their swing dresses are to die for.

2. A very recent favorite of mine that has proven to be absolutely phenomenal, aside from (what I consider) excessive shipping. Logically, I know that it comes from individuals and not a giant warehouse, but I don’t like shipping, okay? Im talking about a site and app that’s essentially an online thrift shop: Posh Mark. I’ve done a somewhat considerable amount of shopping there since finding it. Since they don’t have a usual “stock”, I’ll just show some of my loot!

1. I’m an avid thrift-shopper when it comes to my clothes, and on my other favorites follows the lead of Posh Mark, I’m talking about Thredup. Primarily, I use their services for their curated goody boxes, honestly. One flat shipping fee and I get to try them on? Perfection. I’ve gotten two so far, and I show no signs of stopping with these deliveries. 

   That’s about all I’m able to come up with for today’s post, since I literally don’t shop online all that much. Most of my shopping is done in person with some exceptions! I’m definitely planning some Beauty related content, and I have a few ‘What’s New?” posts to prepare, as well as a trip to Atlanta later this month! This big huzzah in May is happening no matter what, because you know what? I need it. Big, big things coming even though I died on the inside recently and haven’t been motivated. 

Tag; Step into Spring!

    Hey guys, so here’s another instance of me inviting myself to a party that I wasn’t invited to. I really like tags, probably because I kind of had my start on DeviantArt back about a decade ago, when there were so many people doing tags in their posts. That’s not strictly blogging, but I do recall doing so. many. tags. 

     I know that I’ve been quiet this week, I don’t have a reason or excuse other than I just… had no energy. No matter how many coffees I drink to cheer myself up, I still feel lackluster. I’m wondering if the prospect of braving these 49 days to my big trip has me feeling down. It’s really likely.

     Today’s post is another Question and Answer style post, this one in a valiant effort to remind myself that it’s spring. I welcome you guys to take part too on the platform of your choice!

1. What 3 colours remind you most of Spring?

      For me, it’s definitely baby yellow, pastel purple and soft pink. I remember growing up and eating peeps with the rest of the children after hunting for multiple pastel plastic eggs. There’s something so innately spring about pastels to me. 

2. What is the first thing you’d add to your wardrobe in Spring?

      I’m really partial to flowy bohemian style skirts and loose peasant tops for the spring. I tend to start dressing more for casual festivals then everyday life once the weather permits. 

3. What is the first wardrobe item you ditch in Spring?

     I do away with bulkier coats in favor of cardigans and colorful pull-overs. Sadly, I end up pushing any items featuring fuzzy faux fur to the back of my closet in favor of booties that are more season appropriate.

4. What are your ultimate Spring nude and Spring bright lipsticks?
    
    Please don’t judge me too harshly for this one, but I really like the Kylie Lip Kit in Apricot for my springy pink. It’s so soft and almost like a ‘grown-up’ version of the iridescent pinks I wore as a teen. I also favor more rose gold tones for my nudes, my favorite is one I don’t even know the name of.

5. What is your top Spring fragrance?

     You mean people change scents for the season? My favorite scent ever is vanilla. But if I had to pick a spring scent, it would be light and floral. Floral isn’t my usual scent, so I sadly don’t have any to use as an example for this one!

6. What do you add/drop from your skincare routine in Spring?

     My skincare routine is woefully inadequate, to be honest. I pretty much just moisturize in the morning then again at night after taking my makeup off. I try to remember to slap some moisturizer on my face when I don’t wear makeup, but more often than not, I forget.

7. Do you change your hair up in Spring?

    I change my hair up all the time! It doesn’t have to a seasonal thing. It’s just when I’m bored of what i have going on, which is what happened this time. I do notice that my current chop did take place right as the seasons were changing over. Hm. 

8. Are there any exciting beauty releases you’re waiting for this Spring?

    A few that I’m aware of right now! My favorites hail from Colour Pop, personally just for the affordability factor and their superb quality. I’m a little ashamed to admit that I did purchase (I think) 7 items from their Disney Villains collection. I ordered the palette along with Facilier’s set, then tacked on Ursula’s highlight and Cruella’s gloss

    The next one is also from Colour Pop and it’s their actual 2019 spring collection, I purchased the ‘your face is like sunshine‘ set because I have no self control, and really like the colors and the idea of getting lots of items for pretty cheap.     

    There is an honorable mention from MAC, that I haven’t purchased from. I’m lowkey proud that I haven’t gotten something from the Boom, Boom, Bloom collection, but I know it only because when I looked at it, the For the Frill of It gloss was sold out. 

9. What are your top 3 Spring nails shades?

    Definitely have to go with teal, rosy pink and champagne. Champagne is a perfect color for any season, in my humble opinion.

10. Who do you tag to do this post next?

     I did already kind of answer this question before we got started, since I don’t have any friends -sniff- that blog, I tag my lovely readers! If you do participate in this tag, please leave the link in the comments below!

9 Ways to Keep Yourself Up When Times Are Down

    Hey there, guys! Look at me, being on time and stuff!  If you guys follow the ol’ Tweet Machine, or even Instagram, you may have heard I’ve been cooped up in the Hospital. No biggie, as I’m bouncing back and will be released tomorrow. Most likely, by the time you read this, I’ll have been released and on my way to pick up the Riviera palette.

     This post is more a cathartic sort of thing, since I went in to edit the ThredUp videos and found that they not only look ridiculous, but they have no sound. And, of course, my current predicament. If you have never had an IV go bad in your wrist, I sincerely hope it stays that way. Typing is actually a little painful, but I’m determined to write this post. And this post, if you clicked in for the title, here are 9 ways to keep yourself cheered up when times, frankly, kind of suck. I’m really trying to push the whole ‘see the good’ thing after a literal lifetime of pessimism. So, let’s get to it!

  1. One of the big things for me right now, is online shopping. It’s horrible, yes. But, I’ve found some great things! Like these adorable Guess Booties, that I’ve legit been hunting for for months. Leave it to me to find them near the end of winter. These Steve Madden Booties, and the Jessica Rabbit x Ciate` collection. I can’t go out to shop, but dangit, that won’t stop me. Not to mention the bounty I’ve found on Reddit. Needless to say, there’s an absolutely asinine amount of reviews in my future.
  2. I’ve been thinking up a load of video ideas to start filming when I get out, and that’s kept me pretty distracted. These will hopefully have sound so that I can post them and stop looking like a big fat liar. I’ve been ‘working’ on videos for months, in between being sick and otherwise incapacitated; I will post these videos!

  3. Remember that you will feel so much better once released. This is more just a mantra, rather than something to do. But, I still find it super important.

  4. Get some quality gaming in!  No better time than your downtime to actively participate in some escapism. Pick your poison and go at it. Want to kill a bunch of things? Done. Want to raise a farm? Done. Go wild!

  5. Learn something new! It’s good to keep your head-parts active, especially when you don’t have much stimulation. Take this time to learn something or even do that schoolwork you’ve been putting off. DuoLingo is great for those of you wanting to dip your toes into new languages!

 6. Look at something pretty! I really like to pull up flickr and check out the amazing urban exploration photos people post in these sprawling French Château. I mean, I absolutely die of jealousy, but it’s still beautiful. Instagram is also pretty good for looking at pretty things, but I’m partial to Flickr. I mean look at this! How do people get this lucky?

  7. Draw or doodle! Generally it’s good to keep your hands and head occupied, but drawing also gives you a little bit of an escape. Draw people who are wearing something outlandish, animals, fantastic landscapes, whatever you can fathom. Maybe mindlessly doodle, it all helps. I mean, heck, you have time. I’m looking at you, me.

  8. Relish in doing nothing- how often is it that you get to just do nothing? With the daily grind and weekends spent with extreme wanderlust, not very often. Take this downtime to breathe. It’s not all good, but hey, it’s not all bad, either.

  9. Make something! I can’t do this right now because I don’t have my scarf that I’m working on with me, but like I said earlier, it’s a great idea to keep your hands busy and your mind occupied to help time pass. Crochet, Knitting, Crossstitch, Embroidery… these are all great to do if you find yourself in a similar situation. And my goodness, how I’d love to work on my scarf.

 

       There’s my 9 things to help you keep optimistic and okay when times are less than ideal. And let’s face it, times aren’t always ideal, so you may need to bookmark this for when times go on the decline again. Because, this life is a rollercoaster of highs and lows and you kind of have to adjust to be able to handle both as they come.

       I know I’m not your real mom, but try not to take the mobility for granted. The ability to just go, whenever is great. And, coincidentally greatly missed when you’re not able to do it. And beyond that, take time to take care of yourself! You guys are amazing, and I thank each and every one of you for joining me for today’s post. I’ll see you guys on Monday!

 

 

Sweet Sentimentality; 3 Valentines Dates for Long Term Couples

     Hey guys! I know, I know, I’m late today too! I’m pleased to report that I’m finally able to speak, and I’m feeling good. Since I’m feeling better, I’m starting to really feel Valentines day. I was thinking earlier about places I would love to be other than work on this temperate February day. I started thinking about where I how I would love to celebrate our third Valentine’s day with my better half. I really can’t even believe it’s been that long.

       Really, why should the courtship stop just because you say “I do”, or even just a “Yes”? Make your fellas, or ladies, feel desired and treat them to an idea from this post!  I know how tight things can be while waiting for those long-lost taxes, so I’ll be keeping this one fairly budget friendly! And guys, these ideas are great if it’s not Valentine’s Day too!

Valentines Coffee

Coffee Date in a Neighboring Town!

      You know it wouldn’t be JnJ without me throwing coffee at you! This one is one that’s good for pretty much everyone… and if coffee isn’t your forte, most coffeehouses serve tea. It’s really fun to see what different types of flavors different shops will come out with to commemorate the day!

      Pick a nice window seat and put your phones away. Spend some time rediscovering each other and just chatting. Pretend it’s a first date (without the awkward silence!). Bonus points if you try new drinks, because, why not. After coffee, take some time to wander around the surrounding area or maybe decide on dinner. Take this time to de-stress and laugh together. You can even harken back to an important event in your shared history… like the place you got engaged.

     I suppose, this one doesn’t have to be out of town. If you have a favorite local haunt, feel free to visit it instead!

Hometown Hotel Date

      This is one of my all-time favorite dates! Depending on what place you decide to choose for your lodgings, it can either be budget or a ritzy. My favorite part of pretty much every vacation, is the hotel bed. The pillows are always so extravagantly fluffy, like I’m burying my face in a sheep. Anyone else love hotel beds?

      The other thing I love about vacation, is learning about a new town. This particular idea is literally so fun. Just pick a place and pretend you’re from out of town. Try to look at your town with new eyes. Take advantage of any attractions, events or restaurants that are either not seen or rarely visited.

      Last time we did this, we went to Cracker Barrel, because for whatever reason I only eat there when I’m in another city or state. It sold the illusion for me!

Valentine's Meal

The Great Bake

       So far out of this list, this is the one I’m considering for our valentines day. I really like the idea of preparing a nice meal together, tag-teaming the prep work and everything. There’s something that strikes me as so romantic about that! A million bonus points if you add some candles and some home-made (or just mixed) drinks. We really like making Cucumber Mint Lemonade, which is what we had on our first Anniversary.

    If that sounds up your alley, our recipe is super simple! 

  1. Throw some Milos Lemonade (or whatever brand you like) into a beverage dispenser like you’d find at Walmart.
  2. Chop one or two cucumbers and throw’em in the lemonade 
  3. Add fresh mint to taste
  4. Let it sit in the fridge for a couple hours to let the flavor develop

       It goes great in a wine glass and makes me feel so sophisticated, with the added bonus of reminding me of our early days!

     Let me know if you guys have gone on any of these dates, and what you thought! I’m hoping to be able to drag my lovely Fiance` on an adventure to celebrate the occasion, personally. I’m so excited for our third Valentine’s Day together, and I’m hoping for many more! 

      Also, share your own Budget Friendly Valentine’s datenight ideas below!

 

 

 

 

The Year of Positivity; 50 Things That Make Me Happy!

     

     Happy new year, guys! In our previous post, I explored the Blog’s trajectory as well as my own. One of my goals was to inject my life and thought patterns with positivity and try to find the confidence that I have hidden somewhere. This is another slight deviation from our usual content, but I hope you’ll forgive me. I’ve been fighting with some software that would let me record with my DSLR because I have a video planned, but so far, I’m losing.

    That in mind, I’m going to challenge myself to think of 50 things that make me happy! Do I even like fifty things? Let’s find out!

 

  1. Dressing Java in ridiculous outfits
  2. Finding good deals
  3. Good skin days
  4. Adventures to new places
  5. My cats climbing on me
  6. My loving fiance`
  7. Approaching Halloween
  8. Dressing up in swishy skirts
  9. Comfortable shoes
  10. Compliments- spread the love!
  11. When the lighting is perfect for photos and I actually have my camera
  12. My friends acting like friends- I’m not hard to please
  13. Apple bottom jeans – No joke, this was my ringtone for ages and I still giggle at it.
  14. When peppermint comes back in style
  15. A nice cup of my favorite coffee
  16. a nice cup of a new coffee
  17. Animal Crossing
  18. Catching a Shiny in Pokemon
  19. Emails about amazing deals- I have a problem with shopping :p
  20. The perfect temperature to hang out in front of the fire with cocoa
  21. Bad horror movies
  22. Lilo and Stitch- except for the parts that make me cry
  23. TJ Maxx/Marshalls
  24. Wandering around the mall
  25. Making plans to go on a trip
  26. Finding a new Boutique to check out
  27. Nostalgic music from high school
  28. J-Pop/K-pop (I love Chieko Kawabe and Kotani Kinya, and have for years)
  29. Drawing people’s awesome outfits that I see out and about
  30. Occasionally watching Anime- mostly ones I watched a long time ago.
  31. Talking to my best friends who live in Florida, even though it just makes me miss them more.
  32. Nachos absolutely loaded up with cheese.
  33. Relaxing in the tub with music and my DS/Switch
  34. Writing here on the blog!- I still can’t believe I’ve been doing this as long as I have and I’m still so happy to have this outlet, and my beautiful readers!
  35. Gathering content- I love feeling productive.
  36. Studying something I’m interested in- right now I’m really into learning languages!
  37. How happy random dogs get when they see me, and beg for pets.
  38. Shopping for Java. I’m totally that person when I’m not makeup hunting.
  39. Thrift Shopping and finding treasure!
  40. Flower Crowns!
  41. A nice daiquiri on the right occasion, with Malibu!
  42. Seeking out landmarks and small-town attractions
  43. Brick buildings and old architecture
  44. “Haunted” places or any place creepy- call it morbid fascination?
  45. Airplanes!- I love being above the clouds, and looking at the patchwork below! I’m totally cool until we get over water.
  46. Cheesecake- seriously. Euphoria.
  47. New video games
  48. Summer Break from College
  49. Days off from work- more time to play!
  50.  Any and every fair/festival! Even the bad ones are photogenic 🙂

      I’m honestly not sure if this is a tag, but if it is, I tag you! Let’s spread some positivity this year and foster contentment and confidence. If you do make your own list, leave a link below and I’ll feature your post here! 

     Quick aside as we wind this post down, I know we’ve deviated from our coffee roots and boutique reviews. I do want to give you a heads up that I have plans spanning the next few weeks to gather a few What’s New posts, Debuts, Coffee Abroad, Subscription box reviews, and a few more themed posts as we lead on up to Valentine’s Day. Times got pretty rough for us here as we moved and I started a new job, but I’m trying to get back on my feet and fully into the swing of things!

    I hope all of you are having a great 2019, and have many more amazing days ahead of you!