Top 4 Favorite Online Clothing Stores!

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. 

20 Pixie Cuts That Might Make You Give The Look a Shot!

     Hey guys! Today’s a little bit of a different sort of post, because I’m sitting here just kind of staring at the screen fantasizing about tomorrow; I’m making a change. It’s time, right? Anyway, I wanted to share some of the hairstyles I’ve found since I set my appointment to spur me to action. It’s something I’ve been thinking about and with it being tax season, I figure why not now? In an unrelated note, you guys know any places to get good wigs?

       I’ve been scrolling endlessly on pinterest all week, drooling over so many stunning pixie cuts, that it only makes me more confused. Does anyone else never know what they want when they go to the salon? I just kind of get a vague idea and then forget it by the time I sit down. 

     I wanted to kind of share where I’m at right now- as far as ideas for what sort of pixie I’m going to be getting, since I’m so on the fence I’m sure someone else is too. Right? 

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      I’m a strange mix of nervous and excited for tomorrow- while I have all of these options that I’m kind of drawing from, I’m still a little lost. I think I’ve settled on about what I’m after stylistically, in my pixie cut and I guess I’m just hoping it looks as cute as I think it’ll be. Let me know which pixie is your favorite, and if you got the itch to take the plunge too!

 

20 Ways to Show Yourself Love on Valentine’s Day

       Hey guys, the day draws nearer! I know I’m not doing anything huge here for the ol’ commercial holiday, but that’s not the same for everyone. Couples and those who are not in a relationship, can both enjoy this holiday! This post is one for the latter! Even though this is a hugely romanticized “holiday”, it doesn’t mean the same things to us all. And in fact, some may find things generally done on V-Day as cliche and corny.

      While I’m not disagreeing with you, hypothetical new friend, I do think it can be fun and slightly cathartic to indulge yourself in the bright colors and saccharin sweetness of the day. I used to take myself out for the day, so I figured I’d share my favorite self care activities for the occasion!

 

In honor of SweetHearts that are not with us this year, due to Nekko shutting down shop.

 

  1. Youtube and Coffee – My favorite way to do this self care thing! 
  2. De-Stress with some Yoga
  3. Soak up the sun
  4. Watch cartoons
  5. Take a bubble bath
  6. Treat yourself to candy
  7. Start a new craft 
  8. Connect with a friend
  9. People watch at the mall
  10. Go to a new store and try things on that are outside of your comfort zone
  11. Make cocoa and watch documentaries
  12. Binge on Disney Movies
  13. Write out your stress
  14.  Doodle!
  15. Go thrifting
  16. Take yourself out for lunch
  17. Visit an arcade
  18. Take a ride with the windows down and the music up
    1. Seriously, this is so incredible. Last year I drove three hours for a speech, and even though I was stressed, there was something so freeing about just feeling the wind in hair. I was almost giddy by the time I got there and there were no nerves.
  19. Go downtown!
  20. Take the day off and play video games!

      Despite Valentine’s Day being called “Singles Awareness Day” by some, there’s nothing wrong with being single. Sometimes being alone is fun. Who doesn’t enjoy blaring the music while alone in the car? Singing alone in the shower? As I’ve gotten a little older, I’ve begun really valuing and enjoying my own company. Dinner alone? Bring it. Solo Arcade? Done. Lone Festival enjoying a lovely view on the Ferris wheel with no interruptions? Yes, please.

    I know, It can feel odd at first to go to lunch and hog a booth to yourself, but trust me. No one is looking, no one is making any judgements. 

So, go forth my lone venturers and treat yourself! Heck, one thing I didn’t put on the list because it’s technically for the day after Valentines’, is two words: clearance candy. How’s that for some self care?

Lacking the Holiday Spirit? Try these three small things to capture it again!

     Hey guys, and welcome to day 9 on our countdown! You guys may notice a change in format going forward- I realized that I did the countdown thing for Halloween and after some thought, countdowns are boring. That’s the absolute last thing I want to be, which I think that’s something we may have in common. I’ve been trying to think of what kind of post to write for today, and it hit me that I could share some ideas for those of you who are in my boat and trying to fall in love with the season again.

     The holidays when I was growing up, meant something so much more different to me. It was a time of childhood wonder and awe, waiting up for Santa, waking up to see presents that weren’t there before. We also had these huge parties where relatives from all over the South would meet and bring dishes and desserts. My family home was always spectacularly decorated and had this fantastic tree that was surrounded by presents of all sizes and colors for the children.

      Sadly, as it goes, we all grow up. As I grew, my childhood wonder became jaded and cynical and somewhere along the way the wonder was lost. Santa who? Recently, I find that I’m trying to recapture my previous fervent love of the holidays, so here’s the few ideas that have worked for me!

1. Find a Mission

This one may not apply to everyone in the way it does to me. I’ll be honest, before having this blog… I didn’t care about the holidays. The child I used to be was somewhere in the annals of my past gathering dust. But, since having this site and deciding on a steady post schedule and the occasional holiday ‘event’, I find that I care more. 

     I want to experience the holidays in a  new way and share them with you guys! While it isn’t possible for me to do it exactly in the ways that I want right now, I’m using our first holidays together to get ideas for next time or the time after that. Life, and evidently the holidays is a learning process. 

     You may not have a website that you’re compelled to keep posting on, but maybe the idea of having a story to share will be motivation enough to at least give a hint of that spark back.

     Try

  • Bullet Journaling
    • Make holiday themed cover pages to perk yourself up
    • Create weekly or monthly themes!
    • This can be an extremely creative outlet if you want it to be!
  • Scrapbooking
    • Invest in a fujiffilm Instax and snap pictures to hold for years to come
    • Decorate the pages in bright, festive colors
  • Go the virtual alley
    • use Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter or Instagram to share your holiday story or get inspiration
    • Pinterest can practically drown you in holiday inspo when you’re in need!

2.Revisit Tradition

    Holidays have things associated with them and or good reason. Visiting some of the tried-and-true symbols of the season can rekindle that spark! One thing that perks me up every year is peppermint everything. It’s such a refreshing and reinvigorating flavor that gives me life. I look forward to Peppermint Mocha every year. 

     One other thing I’m not too big on but that I have to try every year, is Gingerbread. Either take the time to fail at building a house or just get straight to the end and eat the poor homeless thing. I don’t like gingerbread, but it’s like Cranberry Sauce at Thanksgiving. I have to have some. 

Despite not tasting too great, these little guys make great treats!

Aside from those, I love Hot Cocoa to take me back. Cocoa is a thing that I’ve always had a softspot for. Just sprinkle in some marshmallows, festive sugar sprinkles and maybe some whipped cream and you have the perfect nostalgic treat.

3. Location, location, location

    It’s no secret that atmosphere is everything- our environment can influence our entire outlook and even our mental health. It makes sense that our decor and bring the cheer. Try to surround yourself with things that remind you of the holidays. Last year I set to work making stockings for my fiance and our animals (yeah, I’m that person) and it really made me perk up. Something about doing something productive to prepare for Christmas jump-starting my festive spirit.

    Try to drive around and check out Christmas decorations, or attend a light event at a botanical garden. Just seeing beautiful things can sometimes elicit those feelings!

We hope to attend Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens, to share with everyone here!

     Seeing beautiful and cheerful things can kind of force us to feel the things we remember from long ago- I mean, just looking at the lights up above makes me happy. I’m getting so excited to go check it out myself!

    I hope you found these ideas at least a little bit helpful, if you’re like me and lost touch with your inner-child. If these ideas work for you, or you’ve found other ones that worked for you, share those below! 

7 Costume Ideas for THE BEST holiday EVER.

     Hey guys! Are you scared yet? Excited? HYPED? Halloween is almost upon us, and I hope you guys have your costumes ready (share them with us on Instagram @java_and_jeans!) because here at the JnJ household we (I’m) 100% ready. If you’re not ready, check out these 7 costume ideas!

      I’m doing to be doing this in countdown fashion with my my favorite coming in at the end, so let’s get right to it, shall we?

7. Marshal Lee (Adventure Time)

Image result for marshall lee debutI don’t know about you, but I love cartoons. One of the -somewhat- newer ones that’s dear to my heart is Adventure Time. I love Marceline, and ̶S̶i̶m̶o̶n̶ The Ice King- their entire backstory is like a Tsunami of feels. Fun Fact: One my cats is named Marceline in honor of my favorite character. But, I couldn’t just be Marceline for Halloween, could I? 

      Marshal Lee is the Ice King’s genderbend of Marceline featured in Fionna and Cake. This bad boy won my heart with his “bad little boy” song and his mischievous voice. I did just chop my hair off, so there’s no more fitting costume to open this list, than with Marshal Lee. 

    Thankfully, I actually owned most of this already. I did have to sub in my black converse since I couldn’t find any red ones that were in budget. I don’t recall where I got the jeans, but the shirt came from Lizard Thicket and is featured in my What’s New post!

This guy would make a super easy, sort of low-key costume for those of us on a budget!

 

6. Apocalypse Wendy (Gravity Falls)

     earthling GIFAnother new-ish cartoon that I had avoided getting into, for some reason, is Gravity Falls. If you haven’t seen it, I do highly recommend it for those who are fans of cartoons in general and enjoy shows that poke fun at reality (.Gifanny is my favorite of these jokes). It’s got a little darkness to it and lightens it nicely with some hijinks that make it an overall great show.

      But, this isn’t a review, is it? for this costume, I did have to buy a wig, and a shirt… and boots. Apocalypse Wendy is a great follow-up to Adventure Time’s bad-boy. She can fight, drop-kick tiny ‘psychics’ with pompadors and is a great big-sister sort of character.

     The moment I saw her take on Weirdmageddon I knew I wanted to feature her here! Wendy in general would make a super easy Halloween costume. All you would need are brown boots, white tank, well-loved jeans, flannel green shirt and a flannel head scarf. Easy Peasy!

5. PB (Adventure Time)

Image result for princess bubblegum      I know, I know- another Adventure time costume idea. I’ve been obsessed with AT for a while now and I love Peebs- what’s better brains or beauty? With the genius ruler of Oo you don’t have to choose. She’s smart, mature and has an adorable design. She’s also relatable to those who had to grow up and take on too much too fast.

     This costume may take a little more hunting for the perfect things. You could probably make her crown, or you can get it for a fair $12 from etsy. The dress may be found at a thrift shop (which you guys know I swear by thrift shops!) or it’s stocked at Hot Topic, Ebay and Amazon! Wigs on Ebay are fairly affordable, too thankfully. 

     This costume may be done cheaper if you go with her in her White Lab Coat, with her hair up. The coat will give you a way to get out of hunting down a long pink dress, with the coat buttoned up at least half-way you can throw on a long pink maxi skirt!

     I wanted to include just easily attainable costumes in this list, and this one gets up to about 60 dollars. So it’s not too bad, but definitely not the cheapest one on this list.

4. Belle (Disney)

Image result for belle animated My favorite princess was always Belle- she had a thirst for adventure and a disdain for routine and mundanity. She speaks to me on a spiritual level.

     This costume may be a little easier to obtain than the previous one! You could even give it a modern spin with an overall dress, or just plain overalls with a peasant long-sleeved top. If you go the dress route, feel free to throw on a simple waist apron. 

     The last two things you’d need is a sky blue ribbon and some burgundy flats, maybe carry a thick book if you want to, or better yet, a book bag. They used to have that bag at Target, I wasn’t lucky enough to get one for myself at the time! I may have to grab one from the Wondrous Web Market that is Amazon!

3. Connie (Steven Universe)

 Image result for connie steven universe     This was one show I was determined not to get into for the longest time. The art style was out of my wheelhouse and simplistic. But at the urging of my fiance`, I did end up watching it. Guys, I wasn’t ready. It made me feel so many things- like frustration over the romantic situation between Connie and    Steven. Just tell her!

      I’ve been drawing a load of pictures of Connie and Pearl. But all in all, I thought that Connie would be the easier of the two to work with. This costume would be pretty simple. You’d need either a full-on one piece dress in two tones, or what I recommend, an off-white boat neck top tucked into a high waised sea foam skirt. It would be no trouble to hot glue a sea foam ribbon to the shirt to be accurate.

     After that, yellow knee-high socks and coral boots (orange, may also work). If you want to be true to canon, the last little bit would be a long black full-bodied wig (about 20 off ebay) A full-bodied black bob, if you want to be later-seasons Connie.

     This one makes me want to reconsider my personal costume, honestly. 

2. Misty (Pokemon)

   Image result for misty pokemonWhen I was a kid, I remember when Pokemon came out. I quickly jumped on collecting all of the colorful and nicely drawn cards. I had no idea how to play, so I just kind of played by my own rules. That’s what the characters did anyway, they didn’t follow the TCG rules, they just shouted at their creatures to attack whenever. 

     I used to love the show. I loved Brock’s obsession with Joy and Jenny, I loved Misty’s bond with Togepi and the way Ash and Pikachu were so in sync. When I was younger, I always wanted to cosplay as Misty, but could never find the shoes.

     Even now, I’m a little hesitant to include her in this list due to the shoes. To pull off a Misty costume, it’d be great to already have red hair. If you don’t have that already, a wig can be purchased at your local Halloween store or Ebay for 15-20 dollars. The rest of the costume is just a yellow tank, jean shorts, red suspenders and converse, or a comparable red hi-top. 

    If you were to go with converse, this would be the most pricey one on the list. Though, if you have most of the stuff for this, it could be a super simple last minute costume.

1. Snow White (Disney)     

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I used to be really, really into Disney and, like most 90’s Kids, I grew up on it. Disney showed me that true love can conquer anything and that all things are possible if you can imagine it, and just believe. Snow White taught me not to take things from strangers and that if you’re in a bad situation, there are people who’ll help.

     Nothing can really overcome her purity, she’s a kind soul with a generous and compassionate heart who finds true love despite her Evil Step-Mother’s best efforts. Though I did always wonder why she didn’t just kill Snow, rather than curse her to sleep for ever and run the chance of her getting True love’s kiss. 

     Like, she made a curse… shouldn’t she know what would break it? Seriously- get your act together. But, if Snow hadn’t gotten that kiss from Charming, we wouldn’t have this iconic costume! When I lopped all of my hair off, I was hit by inspiration. 

   Snow White may be a classic costume idea based off of her recognizability and style. You could theoretically do just about anything in this color scheme and be recognizable as Snow White. This could be a fun, easy costume for someone who wants to play with an icon! You could go with a yellow poodle skirt, red tank and blue cardigan and play up a fifties vibe, or  bring her to more modern times!

     Alrighty guys, I’ll leave you with those ideas! I’m really taken with a couple of them and I hope you are too! These should be accessible for us budget fashionistas and Halloween lovers! If you do any of these or have any ideas you would have loved to see, leave a comment for us down below or tag us on instagram @java_and_jeans to show off your ideas!

     Check back tomorrow for another post! Also, I’ll be hosting 2 movies on October 30, for Halloween Eve on Rabb.it! Join us for a night of popcorn and getting into the Halloween Spirit!