What’s New; Let’s Go Down to the Thicket

Hey guys! This last weekend didn’t go quite as I had planned, but it’s okay, because I still got some content for you! I had planned to attend an opening a couple hours away, but due to the continuing joblessness, we opted to stay close to home. I gathered a little content over the weekend, first up is the Lizard Thicket, where they graciously hosted me and allowed me to try on some of the newest ensembles in their inventory.

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!

Boutique Debut; Oh, So Charming (Oaks)

        Hey guys! It’s definitely been a long week, especially with all the running from the weekend robbing my poor little feet of sweet relaxation. Though they may ache and complain, I have no regrets! Especially with this first fashion related post from last weekend. This post is dedicated to my favorite outfit that I had to pass on, sadly, due to cost, and the breadth of the shopping I did this weekend. RIP at Charming Oaks toasty knit tank and navy skirt. I’ll never forget you.

     Before we dive into the outfits that I was able to find, let’s take a look at the aesthetic and an honorable mention. Their aesthetic feels like hospitality. It’s got a very welcoming feel in all of the warm colors and even the layout is open and inviting. When you walk in, you see this huge layout of racks and clothes of all kinds of colors. They have this adorable aesthetic lighting in the back that has the shop name, Charming Oaks, which was the only picture I thought I was going to get with all the rain outside.

 

      In true JaJ fashion,  I did that thing where I went to a shop and picked at least one outfit to take home with me. I say at least one, because I did choose two items from one particular shop, which I’ll be showing you in an upcoming post! I’m seriously so upset that I could only pick one outfit from Charming Oaks, but I’ll definitely be back once I gather my resources back up! I’m coming for you, Charming Oaks. Be ready. I know I am. 🙂

     I’ll start at item number one that I tried on, just because it’s visible in my other pictures. I found this adorable red polka-dot summery dress on the clearance rack. In fact, all of my finds are from the clearance racks. I’m boujee on a budget, what can I say? This dress was way too cute for 5 dollars, and just my size. The fabric was breathable and light, perfect for the summer. I can’t wait for the warmer weather so I can pair this with some simple wedges and an anklet. Maybe a straw hat?

Charming Oaks Red Summer Dress
Pardon my mismatches socks- I think my house doesn’t want my socks to match because they KEEP disappearing.

      My second outfit was my favorite. I loved the little cardigan-thing, and the toasty knit tank that confuses me on what season it would be for. It would be far too hot for the summer, but would be great for the cooler weather if you wanted to just have it peek out of a plunging neck. I paired these items with a high-waisted navy skirt and felt so chic. I feel like would be great with some navy pumps, or shoot, even my tried-and-true hightops that I absolutely swear by. This would have been a great outfit for our trip coming up, too. Cold weather be damned. I do think I’ll return to Charming Oaks for this outfit, or one like it.

Charming oak knit tank and navy skirt

       I had few items that didn’t work out due to sizing issues, and these shorts were very nearly among their number. With an adorable bird patterned romper, and a sweater dress that I almost cried when I found it didn’t fit. This next outfit might be tied with the above, actually. As I look at it, I like it more and more. The loose-fitting olive green, drapey tank and black shorts combo is another one that begs for converse. Or, gold flats, would be a marvelous choice too! At first, I flat-out didn’t like this one. I generally stay away from really loose things, because they tend to make me look boxy. Boxy isn’t sexy, guys. I don’t like boxy. Like, give me a nice silhouette, c’mon.

Charming Oaks black shorts and olive tank

       You can literally see my doubt. I have a whole, “Do I like this?” thing going on. If I had been able to find a pair of black shorts that were just a little more my size,I would have absolutely bought this outfit. 

      My general concensus of Charming Oaks is that I’m thrilled with my experience there. My debit card had issues, but that was no fault at all of the lovely and understanding ladies that manned the counter. I was absolutely obsessed with that Valentines day shrug in the slideshow way up above. I certainly have plans to return for some serious retail therapy! 

     

My take on Snow White in the 1950s

  Guys. GUYS! I’m so excited, I’ve been looking forward to our first Halloween together since the first month this blog got off the ground! Today I’d like to focus more on the enjoyment of Halloween than making a big splash, because I know you guys are probably out having a ball. I may have blown my cover a little bit on the first post in this series. I got super excited about Snow White. Before we get to that, quick announcement:

    On November 8th I’m going to be tweeting up a storm at a ritzy Fashion Show, so be sure to follow us on twitter over there on the sidebar. You’ll see the wonderful festivities there first! With that in mind, I’m taking today fairly easy, fashionwise. 

   I decided to work off of the aforementioned first post in this series and borrow that Snow White idea. I just had to do a different decade with it, and I’m obsessed with the 50s… So, obviously, I had to take that route! After a couple of roadblocks, I literally almost gave up my 1950s Snow White idea, but I’m so thankful for the great deals I landed that made this happen!

 


     I found a super cute rockabilly dress on dresshead.com, and immediately thought that it might work. I just needed a cardigan, and luck was with me! The perfect cardigan was waiting for me at Clothes Mentor! It would have been perfect with an iron on patch, but I was unable to find one that I liked. A little down, but not to be thwarted, I put together this costume with some more help from Clothes Mentor, where I found those heels in the perfect red. The best part is that the shoes are actually a style that was worn in the 50s, and I think they’d suit Snow White just fine! Besides, I had to get red from somewhere!

    This costume walked that line between obvious costume and everyday-wear. In fact, I can see myself wearing this in the future when I just want to feel cute. It’s nicely toned down and appropriate for just wearing whenever! Guys, I have to admit, I had so much fun putting this costume together and wearing it! I had a petticoat just lying around and gathered the accessories that you can see below! I was so proud to be recognized as Snow White without my prompting. It just feels so cool to dress up and be recognized as the character, doesn’t it?

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I made a little collage to showcase some of the accesories! . . #halloween2018 #details #acsessories #jewelry #costume #columbusga

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     I made a little collage, if you follow it over to Instagram, you can check out the jewelry store that supplied my broach and pearls! I want to apologize to the vendor that provided my gorgeous ring, I misplaced the card somehow. The moment I find it, I’m going to add a link here and on the post!

    I tried to veer more towards a 50’s thing for the makeup- I kept the eyes simple, and threw on a red lip. Of course, since they’re my Holy Grail lash right now, I added my Eylure Accents #005 to add to that really dark lash look that Snow White had in the fairy tale. I think if I could do it differently, I would have gotten a brighter blush rather than my usual peach. I do think it came out well though! You can also check out the makeup look in that collage above and on the FOTD archive over on instagram.

     I was hoping to find some festivities in town tonight to tell you about here, but as it is Wednesday… there wasn’t really anything. So I did retire home early.

    I hope you guys enjoyed our first Halloween together, I know I had loads of fun! Let me know in the comments what you’d like to see next year! I’m totally open to suggestions, or shoot an email to contact@javaandjeans.com!