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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Product Review: REKS Optics

REKS Optics

Good morning, loves! It’s almost the weekend and the weather is beginning to heat up, both on the west coast and the east coast. With that in mind, I wanted to share with you my absolute favorite brand of sunglasses: REKS Optics.

REKS Optics has everything that you could want in a pair of sunglasses! They are completely customizable, so you can design a pair that fits your unique style. How cool is that?! Here are some of your options…

Frame: SeafarerRoundAviatorWrap AroundSport, and Sling-Blade. I prefer the round frames, but it all depends on the shape of your face and your style.

Lenses: Solux (lightweight and shatter resistant), Lumolux (polarized to resist glare), and Chromalux  (darker in sun, lighter in shade). I love the lumolux lenses because they are polarized.

Colors for Shades and Lenses: There are multiple colors available. I prefer to match my frames with my lenses, but you can mix and match depending on the style.

And best of all, REKS Optics are UNBREAKABLE!! Yes, I just typed that. These sunglasses bend, but don’t break! Which is absolutely amazing. These durable, yet stylish, sunglasses are perfect for when I teach, travel, or just for everyday use. I can say this with confidence because when Alejandro and I moved to California, I simply threw these sunnies in the front pocket of my suitcase…AND THEY WERE FINE! And we all know how the airport can treat our luggage.

Finally, REKS Optics are also affordable, with prices ranging from $30-$60! What more could you ask for?

**When purchasing REKS Optics sunglasses, make sure to enter code CUTETEACHINGS for my exclusive offer!**

REKS Optics sunnies

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REKS Optics sunglasses

unbreakable sunnies

summer time

My Sunglasses (above): Round Lumolux with gray frame and smoke lenses

summer time

My Sunglasses (above): Round Lumolux with blue metallic frames and blue mirror lenses

pool time

pool accessories

Thank you for reading!
xxo,

Jennifer

 

This post was created in collaboration with REKS Optics. I was provided complimentary sunglasses in exchange for review purposes. All content and opinions expressed are my own. Thanks for supporting those who support cuteteachings.com!

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How To Style a Casual LBD

LBD

Hello, loves! Today I wanted to talk about a staple item in every girl’s closet, the trusty little black dress (or LBD). The LBD makes it’s mark by being the safety net in your closet. Have an event and you don’t know what to wear? Your LBD will be right there waiting for you, like a great BFF. But just because your LBD is (most often) a safe bet, does not mean that it needs to be a boring outfit.

Yesterday was a beautiful spring day, here in California! After our morning jog, my boyfriend and I attended church and then went on a double date for brunch. It was an all around beautiful Sunday! But that morning, I found myself in one of those tricky styling situations. I wanted to be dressed up enough for church, but casual enough for a meal with friends. That’s when my LBD came to mind! I grabbed my little black dress, made from cotton, and began to style it.

The key to styling a casual look with your LBD is to embellish. A LBD is just a plain black dress, until you make it your own. So add some flare! Personally, I love anything and everything bohemian, so I added my necklace from Nigeria and some large beaded hoop earrings. Adding your favorite jewelry will really help represent your true style.

Next, I love wearing black with cognac. I think that the black really makes the cognac pop! So I threw on my favorite gladiator sandals and matched them with my purse. These two pieces, along with my jewelry and denim jacket, brightened up my outfit and made it great for Spring. I wore my denim jacket because I love to layer, and wanted to take away from how tight the dress was. Finally, I threw on my REKS Optics sunnies, and was ready to go!

So make sure to stay true to you when you’re styling your LBD casual look. The key is to feel comfy and confident!

spring LBD

Cali girl

LBD spring outfit

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LBD ootd

xxo, Jennifer

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