HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! Stay safe out there! Watch out for cars if you're trick or treating with kids, and set aside some money for a cab or uber if you're going to be enjoying different kinds of "spirits" besides ghosts!
Pencil skirts are never going out of fashion in our lifetime, and yet for being such a versatile piece, people insist on wearing them in the most expected way possible: with a blouse, or a button-up shirt. Yawn. Zzzzzz. Super boring, corporate, and entirely expected.
Here are a few other items you probably already own that also work well when paired with a pencil skirt! The pencil skirt is a wardrobe staple for a reason. I chose plain black, but if you venture out into other styles of pencil skirt, you'll open up so much more variety and take your whole look to a different, very not-boring, level. (I put some examples below the video). This video is about 14 minutes long, FYI.
Even though I do like to cheat and add things to my color palette, I don't really stray too often from the outlandish and bold colors I have grown to love. Here is my take on Fall florals! With some neon, because if it doesn't damage your retinas to look at it, is it REALLY even a color? If I decide to wear color, I wear COLOR.
It's Friday, which means it's time for another video!
And it's a product review. Those all seem to just cluster up for some reason. But this is a product I feel like the entire world is sleeping on. The Karity Lip Lock liquid lipstick. This is not to be confused with the video I did on a product called Lip Lock that is just a clear lipstick SEALANT from the DYT boutique, by the way. They're not affiliated with Karity, and aren't the same thing at all, as Karity Lip Lock is a lipcolor, and Lip Lock is something you put on OVER your lipcolor. (Though if you want to watch that video HERE, I included links on where to buy it CHEAP!)
But this is a product review that was actually put on the backburner for weeks and I finally went and recorded the video this morning (because one-take videos are how I roll, nothing highly edited and fake over here), but considering that this is a $6 product, I think you'll be glad to be introduced to it, if you haven't already heard of it. (Plus, I'm giving all my blog readers $5 off their first purchase)
I was already a fan of Karity's eyeshadow line (most of it was pretty good and pigmented, though I had issues with one or two colors that just sucked, but at $4 per piece, I'm not complaining TOO much, since out of all their colors, I only disliked two).
Anyway, here's the video of me test-driving the 4 colors I ordered, and showing how transfer resistant they are!
It's Thrifty Thursday and I want to share how refashioning an item to make it more your own style is a great way to save money! This is something I have been wanting to do a for a long time! I have had this beat up, damaged, water-stained leather passport wallet. I've had this since I was a teenager, and it has been with me EVERYWHERE, all over the world.
But, I wanted it to be more fun, instead of beat up and rugged, so I used Angelus leather paint in Gift Box Blue (you can get it HERE), and then used multiple coats of their high gloss finish (available HERE).
It was pretty easy to do. I use 100% acetone (aka cheap nail polish remover) to make sure that any finish still left on this leather was removed (honestly, this thing is so old and worn, I probably didn't have to worry about stripping this). Then I used 3 coats of paint, and 2 coats of the finish. It was a fast project, and a way for me to feel like I got something "new" without having to go out and buy something.
Have you had any success using leather paint? (You can check out the Manolos I painted HERE, and the backpack I painted HERE, a video on painting shoes HERE)
It just so happens that every subscription service I use has sent me shipments all at once, so I apologize that there is another post about a sub box, right after a video about a sub box. (Note: this subscription service is not paid for by myself. My husband bought me a year of this as a gift last Christmas. In case you think I might be cheating on my #NoBuy365 challenge! So I'll have one more Winter box and then my time is up).
Elizabeth & Clarke is one of my favorite subscription services and I've been with them since the freaking beginning, when they were just starting out (I remember their original $25 per shirt price point, or $60 for 3, it was THAT good before they realized it was basically stupid to give their shirts away that cheaply). I was there for their kickstarter when they launched their Unstaintable collection (I have a video HERE showing how amazing their Unstainable line is), and I'm still here, paying $60 per shirt (or 3 for $120) and STILL loving them. Okay, technically, my husband is paying that, but still. It's not like we really have different money according to the state of Washington.
Quick breakdown of their service is that once every 3 months, they release a small "collection" of shirts, and as a subscriber, I can pick which ones I want, and in what size. I can also pick from their classic Unstainable line as one of my shirts. You can pick 1, 2, or 3 shirts (you can switch out your subscription service for whatever amount you end up wanting. I switch out the number all the time, based on what the season's offerings are). They also have a separate SUITING subscription, with, well, women's workwear suiting separates, also Unstainable.
For the Fall 2018 collection, I opted for 3 shirts for $120, though I only picked 2 from the collection and picked from one of the Unstainable white button-downs to replace one of my inferior-and-definitely-stainable white button-downs.
Getting this FabFitFun box was a complete nightmare, guys.
I was already demoted to the second round of shipments, but STILL had to contact customer service not once, but TWICE before they finally bothered to even print off a shipping label. So I started off already super freaking pissed by the time I even got to check out the items.
Was it worth it?
Yes, in spite of how long it took. Basically, I *might* get another box from them instead of cancelling the whole thing, because they do seem apologetic (and my love can definitely be bought with free stuff, which they are offering a lot of for the next box), but I'm still peeved by this whole experience. Not a great first impression of their customer service. Plus, my tote bag smells like burning tires. That's the smell I finally decided on. Imagine a dump yard was set on fire. And that's how my Vince Camuto bag smells. But it's a really great bag. It's almost worth the smell. How do I get rid of that smell? Incense? Oils? An exorcism?
Anyway, if you want to try this service ($49.99 for a box, and there is one box every 3 months, or $179.99 for a whole year), I do think it's fun to receive a box full full of high quality goodies (and you do get to customize some of the contents), but not at all full price. You can use mine or anyone else's referral link for a $10 discount off the price (HERE), or I can send out some FREE starter boxes (you only pay shipping) to anyone who fills out my Contact Me form above my banner... but know that the value of the box is exaggerated. They claimed the box above is $350+ retail. LOL, according to WHO? What do they think the retail price is on things like bath salts and a French press? I will say that for the price of $39.99 (which is how much it'll cost with a referral code), it was a good deal, as long as you're fine with only picking out SOME of the items. For some people, that loss of control is a deal breaker, but if you're okay with a small element of surprise, this really wasn't that bad. Once I get the smell out of my tote bag that is. (Seriously, I like that tote enough to deal with figuring out how to remove the smells from it, even though I know brown is not one of my T4 colors. I'm rebellious like that though).
Have an amazing weekend everyone! I'll see you on Monday!
***UPDATE: IT SOLD OUT AGAIN***
For those of you who didn't get a chance to snag this amazing belt before it went out of stock when I shared it back in May... it's back! Okay, really, it's coming back on October 19th, but you can go ahead and order it right now HERE to guarantee you get one! Also, the price went down to a mere $7.99! Plus free Prime shipping! *angelic chorus*
The short review: It works super great but smells like buttholes.
I'm back from taking a short but necessary hiatus from the blog due to family emergency, but I'm back and ready to move forward! I've had one of the worst weeks of my life and I took time off to just be with my kids and focus on what matters most and get myself grounded again. It's been very rough and heavy, dealing with the shock of finding out that my brother was hiding a massive opiate addiction for who knows how long (he was immediately kicked out of my home after I was informed by the EMTs/Paramedics).
All of that drama is coming to a close now, and I hope my brother spends a lot of time in prison, as cruel as that sounds. Maybe he can get clean behind bars.
In all of this stress, I've busied myself with home improvement projects and shuffling around furniture and figure out what items to sell or donate. A downsize/purge feels so wonderfully therapeutic right now!
And in all of this, there was a good thing that happened... I finally managed to get in touch with my estranged sister. I wanted to warn her, just in case our younger brother decided to try to move in with her, so that she knew exactly what the situation was (he is a liar and won't be honest about addiction), and it's unfortunate that it took family tragedy to close the 10 year gap between us. Yes, we haven't spoken in a decade (long story with a lot of hurt feelings), but we were able to discuss our families, share some photos, and how we both agree out little brother needs to spend some time in prison, that none of us should be trying to help him avoid legal consequences. It is relieving to know I'm not being heartless here. (My sister, for those of you are in the DYT community, is a Type 2 and if SHE is advocating for tough love, you know it's serious!)
Anyway, I'm ready to heal myself and my family, as we were all very impacted by this.
The first part of my self-care is, and always has been, just getting out of bed and putting on clothes. Not going to lie, I spent a lot of the past week in freaking pajamas and stretchy pants, and just eating whatever I could microwave if I even ate at all (I did cook for the kids, but just had zero appetite myself), and I probably nervously drank about 87 cups of tea and coffee this past week. I had home improvement projects to keep my nervous, anxiety-ridden energy occupied at least. Does anyone else do that? Dive in to a bunch of projects just to be DOING something when you feel like you can't DO things to help or change a situation? So you just find SOMETHING you can help or change? (Just saying, my laundry room is totally redone and unrecognizable now.)
Tracy is a sometimes-working software engineer, all-the-time mother and wife, long-distance runner, biracial, shoe-loving, multi-lingual, world traveling, wannabe fashionista who drinks entirely too much coffee. She lives in the Seattle area and enjoys making babies and judging people.
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