Thirty Days of Thrifting

Happy Monday, loves!

On my previous post, 10 Tips For Thrift Store Shopping, I shared some of my tips and tricks for thrift store shopping with you. With that in mind, I have been doing a little thinking lately. Environmental issues have always been important to me, and lately my interest in sustainable fashion has flared up (again)! I have had so much fun checking out my local thrift stores and consignment shops, and I have been thinking of a way that I can show my readers just how great thrift store outfits can be. So, I decided to create a thirty day challenge for myself! I will be posting thrift store find (both fashion pieces and home decor items) on my Instagram, Cute Teachings, for thirty days. Each outfit will have at least one thrift store find styled into it. I hope that this provides you with thrift store chic inspiration, and motivates you to shop sustainable! I created the hashtag #thritydaysofthrifting so please follow along and feel free to add to hashtag!

Thank you for reading, and stay tuned!

xxo, Jennifer

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WHAT I WORE: Pom Pom Fedora Hat

With summer just around the corner, I have been on the lookout for new clothes and accessories. With our move from Boston to California, I found that most of my clothing was for colder weather. And with all my new Cali friends telling me how hot The Valley can get, I have been wanting to revamp my wardrobe with some summer necessities. With that being said, I could not have been happier to from this pom pom fedora hat from ILYMIX! I love the detailing of the playful pom poms and the metallic tinsel on this hat. It makes this accessory unique, while still maintaining the ability to match with various outfits.


Tonight my boyfriend and I had a date night at a local Mexican restaurant. I chose to stick to the color pallet of my new hat, and build an outfit from there. I decided to embrace the California look by wearing shorts, a tank, and a long thin sweater. If there’s one thing I have learned about living in The Valley, it’s that it is hot during the day and cold at night. I wore my new hat with shorts from Express, one of my favorite purses from The Paper Store, and a tank top and sweater from a thrift store. I don’t know about you, but I love mixing the old with the new!


Since I was wearing high rise jean shorts, I used a hair elastic to tie a knot in my tank top. This simple styling turned my loose-fitting tank top into a crop top. As always, I love to add some bohemian flare to my outfit by accessorizing. I chose to wear gold jewelry since there is gold tinsel on my pom pom hat.


Pom Pom Fedora Hat: ILYMIX

Until next time,

xxo, Jennifer

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Greetings From…

They say “Home is where the heart is”, and I could not agree more. Currently, I am California dreaming with the mountains in view, and a clear blue sky overhead. But even though I am loving my new home in the West Coast, a piece of my heart will always be in the East Coast, where I was born and raised. I believe that everyone should step out of their comfort zone, and discover who they are by exploring the world. However, I also think that remembering where you came from can be incredibly grounding.

For twenty-four years, I lived in a small town just north of Boston. I grew up doing all the things New Englanders love to do…

~eating a healthy Sunday breakfast, consisting only of Dunkin Donuts

~going on road trips though out New England, that really don’t take that long at all

~eating all the seafood I could get my hands on

~apple picking in the fall

~attending sporting events (we really do have the best teams)


~visiting beach towns

(just to name a few things)

After attending college in Vermont, I fell in love with a boy and his dog, and quickly moved to Boston with them. We lived together in the city for three years. During that time, I discovered a new-found love for Boston. There are restaurants rich with culture, districts that radiate with history, and parks that provide plenty of nature. To this day, there is nothing like running along the Charles River with my GSD.

While I love my new home and creating new experiences, little memories tend to sneak up on me and remind me of my roots. I welcome these moments, and hold on to them tightly. Because of this, I carry with me objects that remind me of New England. This is exactly why I love my Greetings From Map tote. I found this Spartina 449 tote at The Paper Store, and could not be happier with this bag. This large tote is of great quality and holds all my daily essentials and more. It features a beautiful map illustrating the Northeastern Harbors with beaches, rolling waves, and sea creatures. The tote has splashes of white, blue, and orange – which is one of my favorite color combinations. This nautical bag is a great reminder that you can take the girl out of New England, but you can’t take New England out of the girl. Whether I’m on the West Coast or the East Coast, I am thankful for The Paper Store keeping me stylish, and reminding this New Englander turned Californian of where she came from.

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Side Note: I thought it was important to note that this Greetings From Map tote comes from a collection, and there are other locations featured. Spartina 449’s Greetings From Map collection features products that have illustrations of Northeastern HarborsTexasSea IslandsHawaiian IslandsSavannah, and Bay Dreams

Thank you for reading!

xxo, Jennifer

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