Thrift Tips: Look At Things Differently

Do you ever see those transformation outfits that girls create from their thrift store finds? They buy these pieces, cut and stitch, and make them look totally different! Well kudos to those thrifty divas, because I can’t sow, though I wish that I could (anyone want to volunteer to teach me?).

For those of you who are like me, and aren’t that crafty, I have a simple thrift tips for you! When thrifting, it helps to look at things differently. For example, the other day I saw this floral vest. But the thing is, it isn’t a floral vest, it’s a button up dress. Instead of wearing it as a dress, I decided to unbutton it and make it into a long vest. There was no cutting or stitching to transform this piece!

Thanks for reading!

xo, Jennifer

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What to Wear: Day Date at the Beach

Hey, loves! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend, and that your week is off to a great start. I was super excited for this past weekend because my boyfriend and I planned a day trip to Santa Barbara! We woke up early, cooked breakfast together, and then packed a picnic for us and our fur baby.

Since the weather was only in the seventies yesterday, I wanted to share with you my beach OOTD! For summer the typical beach look is a cute bathing suit and a fun cover up. But what do you wear when you’re just there to walk along the beach, browse the shops, and munch on delicious seafood? I chose to wear a crop top, comfortable shorts, and a lite weight sweater for our day date. For these California “June gloom” days, it’s important to layer. State Street (one of the main shopping areas in Santa Barbara) can get pretty warm because you’re walking in the sun. But drive ten minutes to the coast and it will get windy real fast. And of course, you can never go wrong with a pair of white Keds. Trust me, if you’re heading to a beach town like Santa Barbara, you do not want to wear sandals. There are so many cute shops, and delicious places to eat, you’ll lose track of time while walking around (like I did), and your feet will be sore from all the exploring. Remember, the goal is to be cute but comfortable.

How do you like to dress for a day date at the beach?

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Until next time, thank you for reading!

xxo, Jennifer

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Lovewell Brand

IMG_1466Good afternoon, loves! I am currently up in Maine with the family that I nanny for, but I just had to share with you one of my new favorite brands for necklaces! If you have been following along with me then you may have seen one of these necklaces in a few of my previous posts. I received the bottom necklace in this stack from The Paper Store a few months back and instantly fell in love! The colors in this genuine shell bead bar neckalce are stunning! The hues of pink, beige and off-white stand out in this elegant and unique piece.

I ended up wearing the Oval Shell Bar Midi Necklace (bottom necklace in stack) so much that I knew I had to look into this company called Lovewell. (That is one of the great things about The Paper Store, it can open you up to a whole new world of brands! Whether those brands are local, big or small. It’s fabulous!) I did my research and, from what I found, I fell more in love with the Lovewell Brand. I knew that I needed to support this local business!

The co-founders of Lovewell are three sisters from Wakefield, MA named Renee, Natalie and Angela. They mirrored Lovewell after the idea that the three of them are very similar and nothing alike all at the same time. Each sister has their own individual style that identifies with their line of jewelry. According to their “Our Story” page on the Lovewell website:

Angela’s line is Boho. Her style is filled with embroidery, layering and mix-matching patterns and textures. Natalie’s line is Moto-Rock. She is a rockstar in her own right, donning leather, crop tops, and combat boots while performing and everyday. Renee’s line is Classic. Her closet is filled with classic essentials- black dresses, fitted jeans,  and cotton-knit tees.

By having these three lines of jewelry, they created a consistent look across all designs, with each individual necklace having its own identity and feel. Having my own sister, I really loved how they did this! My love for supporting local businesses really flared up here. My sister and I share similarities but have didn’t styles as well, so their bio felt very relatable to me.

As for the brand, Lovewell is a line that provides handmade bead-bar necklaces. What I love about this jewelry is the simplicity and creativity of each necklace. Lovewell creates beautiful pieces, without going over the top. Because of this, the necklaces are meant to be layered with each other, with other necklaces you may love, or even worn alone. They are complimentary, yet elegant all on their own. And since their necklaces are designed within three lines that fit the sisters’ individual styles-Boho, Moto-Rock and Classic-there is a little something for everyone.

Lovewell is a local, family-founded brand that provides beautiful jewelry, at an affordable price. What could possibly be better than that? Head on over to their website, and let the necklace stacking begin!FullSizeRender (31) FullSizeRender (30) FullSizeRender (29) FullSizeRender (28) IMG_1427 FullSizeRender (27)

OUTFIT DETAILS

Oval Shell Bar Midi Necklace: Lovewell (received from The Paper Store). Unfortunately this necklace is currently sold out. A similar necklace is the Blush Pearl Bar. It is adorable! The middle necklace that I am wearing is the Quartz Pebble Bar. It is made from Made with genuine Rose Quartz stones. The top necklace that I am wearing is the Boho Naked Collar.

Blue Jogger Pants: The Paper Store (only available in select stores). Champion Sneaker: Keds (purchased at DSW). White Basic V-Neck: H&M. A similar top from H&M can be found here.

Thank you so much for reading!

xxo, Jennifer

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