ONE little MOMMA: March 2014

Learning To Be Content + New Product

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I am learning a lot lately about why my one little word for the year is 'content'. Contentment is kind of like patience in that you have to go through experiences that make you feel very discontent in order to learn to apply it. This year, my dreams for my business are growing at a far faster rate than I can implement. My designs and my plans are building and building but my hours to attend to them are not! Every day I chip away at them, but some days it just feels like such SLOW progress! Thank you for your patience and support of our earrings, of our cuffs, and of our belts. I have SO much more I want to offer, but I'm just not able to yet. I start feeling really anxious whenever I start thinking too much, but I am really seeing that this is a time to learn to be content. I need to try to be content in what I can do and what I am doing, while also being content with God's timing. I'm really trying to have faith that my ideas and hopes will be carried out when it is the right time as long as I keep working and doing my best. 


Of course I can't get too down about our progress because I have a few new products that are in the shop this week - one of which has been a LONG time coming! I have been wanting to sell girl's braided leather belts for years and my genius husband has finally been able to work on them. We don't have all of the sizes available yet, but we do have 6-12 months in Brown and London Tan in stock. This is officially my favorite leather belt we sell! I would love to see this beauty around a chambray shirt-dress and leggings or through the loops of some baby denim. If the braided isn't your style, we also have the simple girl's leather belt below available in all brown and black colors as well. 


This year we are discontinuing all of our vegan leather girl's belts, but as I have been going through inventory, I did find these vegan leather tan scalloped girl's belts that were never listed. They are the perfect faux leather brown belt for all ages - baby to toddler. They will be available until they are sold out. I love the scalloped edge!


If you follow on Instagram or Facebook you saw the surprise spring sale this weekend. To celebrate the new belts in the shop today, I've extended the 20% off discount through the end of the day today! Get 20% off of your purchase* with the code SPRINGSURPRISE.

*Excludes growth charts


Thanks so much for your patience and support. Tomorrow I've got my first video tutorial to share so be sure to come check out my amazing movie making skills! (Or not-skills.)

Have an awesome Monday!

Where To Shop From a Thrifty Style Blogger

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Where to shop from a thrifty style blogger- list of stores and what to look for to find the right thing at the right price.

I have always loved to shop; I think most of us women do. In high school, I spent all of my extra money doing it, and I'll still pick shopping over most things if I get free time. Growing up, we didn't have a lot of extra money. I started thrifting when I was in junior high because I realized it was a way to stretch what spending money I did have, and as a bonus, it was also a way to find really unique and cool items for my wardrobe. Now that I am married and work a little from home, I do have a more money to spend on clothing, shoes, or accessories, but my thrifty habits have carried over. I am a style blogger who loves to thrift but also is just thrifty with how I spend. Read on to find out where I shop. I think you'll find I don't spend a lot or shop at places that are very different from you.

Where to shop from a thrifty style blogger- list of stores and what to look for to find the right thing at the right price.

Savers
Savers thrift store is where I shop the most. I shop at the one closest to my home and I stop in every other week. There are several reasons why I shop at Savers over other thrift stores in my area. One is that they are open until 9 pm, which makes it easy to stop in after the kids are in bed if I want to get out of the house. They also carry really nice items. They are expensive for a thrift store standards, but I never shop there without donating something on my way in and getting a coupon. You get a 20% off coupon every time you donate. I also am a Club Member, which means I get 25% off every Tuesday and special emails about sales. About 4-5 holidays a year, all clothing and shoes in the store are 50% off. Those are my favorite days to shop. I shop for myself, my husband, and my kids there.  I love that I never know what I will find, and it will always be unique. You can read my tips for shopping at thrift stores here and here.


Where to shop from a thrifty style blogger- list of stores and what to look for to find the right thing at the right price.


All from Savers

Where to shop from a thrifty style blogger- list of stores and what to look for to find the right thing at the right price.
All from Savers

Target
As a mom, I often shop at the stores that are closest to me out of convenience. Target and TJ Maxx both fit that bill. I am not a crazy Target shopper. I probably go there once a month, and while I'm there I will check the shoe, accessories, and clothing clearance. I know how often things go on sale at Target, so I almost never buy things full price. Target is a place for me to pick up a cute basic sweater or a new scarf on sale. They also have on trend or ahead of the trend boots and shoes for a good price. If you are looking for a shoe knock-off then Target is the place. I love checking out their hats as well. This year, I bought almost everything for our family photos at Target. It was an inexpensive way to find coordinating items that were on trend. I always use my Red Debit card and my Cartwheel app when I shop.

Where to shop from a thrifty style blogger- list of stores and what to look for to find the right thing at the right price.

Where to shop from a thrifty style blogger- list of stores and what to look for to find the right thing at the right price.
Sweater: Target
Pants: TJ Maxx
Shoes: Target

TJ Maxx
TJ Maxx is another local store that I frequent once a month. I love their on trend selection and prices. I usually shop the sale rack, but even the full price items are affordable. My favorite items to buy there are black ponte knit pants, trendy blouses and Lucky Brand denim. Their shoe department is also really fun to shop. The shoes are good quality but often still expensive. I will buy them on clearance for the right price. My world changed when I recently found that you can shop TJ Maxx online. I was able to find the strappy flats below and my camo pants both online when my store didn't have my size. I have been really impressed with their online selection.

Where to shop from a thrifty style blogger- list of stores and what to look for to find the right thing at the right price.
Tee: Everlane
Pants: TJ Maxx

Where to shop from a thrifty style blogger- list of stores and what to look for to find the right thing at the right price.



Pants: Lucky Brand (TJ Maxx)
Shoes: TJ Maxx


Forever 21
When I am at the mall, I will always go into Forever 21. I also shop them online. I love their cheap and edgy jewelry, their hats, and their enormous selection of on trend clothing for the right price. You can find any trend there. You do have to be wary of things that are too trendy - there are many ways to go wrong. And usually you have to go up a size or two because honestly, their clothes aren't sized for women. BUT I can always find interesting and fun pieces to add to my wardrobe for at least one season. The quality is low, but you can't beat the prices. The ability to find the right look for the right price makes this one of my favorite stores.

Where to shop from a thrifty style blogger- list of stores and what to look for to find the right thing at the right price.
Sweater: F21
Shirt: F21
Pants: GAP
Shoes: Target

GAP
I have shopped at GAP for longer than I can remember. While some seasons I love their collections more than others, I will always hit up the sale rack. I love when there is an extra 30% off of sale prices, and I also buy their jeans frequently. I have a GAP credit card that earns rewards so I will always use it to pay when I buy from GAP or Old Navy and the rewards do add up.

Where to shop from a thrifty style blogger- list of stores and what to look for to find the right thing at the right price.
Sweater: Old Navy
Scarf: Just Dawnelle
Pants: GAP
Shoes: Thrifted

Old Navy is another place I always stop in while at the mall. It always has good sales, and I will buy basics like cardigans, sweaters, flip flops, sandals and long shorts there. I never buy their jeans unless I am pregnant. I do shop their maternity section often when I am expecting.

Instagram
Instagram shopping is something that I have started doing in the last year. I have found some amazing things, but it is hit or miss. I do have a separate IG account for selling and shopping on IG so that I can follow shops that I like on that account rather than clog my personal feed. I started shopping on Instagram just by searching the hashtag #shopmycloset. You will get thousands of results, but the first ones are the newest items listed. I just browse for pictures that look good or look like my style, and then I will click over to that shop. It is pretty easy to spot the good items and the nicer shops. It is a little addictive at first because you can do it anytime, anywhere. All it takes to purchase something is to leave your Paypal email. You can also make offers and sometimes get a lower price by a dollar or two or order multiple items for a discount.


Where to shop from a thrifty style blogger- list of stores and what to look for to find the right thing at the right price.
Shirt: Thrifted
Skirt: Thrifted
Bag: Garage Sale
Shoes: IG shop

The Rack is pretty far from where we live, but I would love to shop there more often. I love to buy shoes for myself and my kids there. I have also found a few shirts and blouses there for great prices. My husband often has good luck there as well.

I haven't shopped a lot on Zulily, but I recently purchased two pairs of shoes there that I love. Once you order an item ,you get free shipping on any other order you place that week, so that's nice. They will sometimes have brands like TOMs for sale, and that is when I purchase from them. I don't look at their site often because there are so many things to look at. I don't find it shopper friendly and there are more ways to go wrong than right with what they have to offer.

eBay
While I love affordable items, there are some things that are just such high quality that they are worth it. For example, I own several pairs of Frye boots because they are amazing. If I am looking for something that is expensive and high quality, I'll scour eBay for them for a few weeks. High quality items are great to buy second hand because they still have a lot of life left in them.

Sierra Trading Post
This is one of my husband's favorite places to shop, and I browse there occasionally too. They often have high end shoes, boots, and coats for a great price. You can find almost anything and usually use a coupon too.

Downeast Basics
I buy most of my basic white under-tees here. Unfortunately, I feel like the sizing changes all the time, but they are the cheapest long under-tanks and under-tees that I have found.

Jane.com
I don't subscribe to a lot of deal sites because it makes it too easy to shop from my phone, but I do love Very Jane. I'll order trendy items from them if I know it is a good deal.

Brickyard Buffalo
This is another of my favorite deal sites. You can always find something you love, and the girls that run it are so talented. I've ordered clothing, accessories, and home items from them. Often the best stuff sells out, so following them on IG is a great way to stay updated.

6pm
I mostly shop here for my boys' shoes, but I'll look for myself sometimes too. You can find running shoes and a lot of other items for a great deal.

Amazon
If I am looking for a really generic item, I will check Amazon. I was looking for a leopard scarf last year and searched Amazon on a whim. I found one from China for only $2 shipped! It's usually worth a try. I buy beauty products from Amazon frequently because of Amazon Prime.

MY OWN CLOSET
If I have an item in mind that I want but can't find, I often make it or alter something that is similar. I make graphic tees all the time out of old tees that I don't wear anymore. I also thrift skirts that are too large and take them in. I cut the bottoms off my jeans if they are too long and I want a raw edge. Recently, I have tried my hand at distressing jeans and tearing intentional holes in them. I've sewn the ends of a fur stole together to make a fur scarf. I don't let what the stores are selling stop me from getting the look that I want, and sometimes that means making it myself. 

Where to shop from a thrifty style blogger- list of stores and what to look for to find the right thing at the right price.
Shirt: Made by me
Pants: Thrifted
Shoes: Thrifted

Obviously, I shop at more stores than these, but these are all my go-to places. I don't let where something is sold matter as much as it being the right thing. Recently, I bought a black baseball cap at Michaels craft store because it was less than $2 and it looked exactly like what I wanted. I always have my eye out when I shop anywhere. You never know when you will find just the right thing at a garage sale, the grocery store, or even Walmart.

What stores do you love to find a good deal at? I'd love to hear where you shop! 

Everyday Style: Seasonal Style Rules

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Brown tee, serape scarf and lace up sandals
Shirt: c/o Dana Leigh Apparel
Pants: Lucky Brand
Shoes: Thrifted

Black baseball cap, sweatshirt, dark denim and TOMS
Hat: Micheal's Crafts
Shirt: Hane's Men's V-Neck Tee
Sweatshirt: Thrifted (Old Navy)
Pants: Lucky Brand
Shoes: TOMS

Utility vest, gray tee, black skinny jeans and strappy flat sandals
Vest: DIY here
Shirt: Thrifted (Target)
Pants: c/o Liverpool Jeans
Shoes: GAP
Cuff: F21
Earrings: ONE little MOMMA

Jean jacket, graphic tee, camo pants, and sandals
Jacket: Thrifted (A&F)
Shirt: Old Navy
Pants: TJ Maxx online
Shoes: Zulily

Graphic tee, cardigan, green jeans and TOMS
Shirt: DIY here
Cardigan: Target
Pants: Anthropologie
Shoes: TOMS
Earrings: ONE little MOMMA

I'm a day early with Everyday Style this week. Twice a month, I post outfits from my Instagram feed that are my 'everyday style.' These are oufits that I wear daily, and sharing a round of up them here gives me a chance to share more style ideas and momma-friendly outfit ideas with you. I was hoping to have a post about where I shop ready to go today, but I wanted to do it justice and it just wasn't done. I'll have it ready to go tomorrow. As you can see in many of these pics, I have started wearing sandals. It honestly hasn't been very warm here, but wearing layers with sandals makes me feel like spring. And I don't mind the cold feet. 

Have you started wearing sandals yet? Do you set rules about when items can be worn in the year? Check out other recent Everyday Style posts here and here

Now, I'd love your help! I want to find better photo editing apps for these outfits. I need a basic app that lightens photos and will allow me to mess with the contrast of the photos. Any suggestions? Thanks so much! 

What I Wore - Crocheted Skirt and Neutrals

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Pair white and cream with nude accessories for a fresh Spring look

Pair white and cream with nude accessories for a fresh Spring look

Pair white and cream with nude accessories for a fresh Spring look

Pair white and cream with nude accessories for a fresh Spring look

Pair white and cream with nude accessories for a fresh Spring look

I love to wear neutrals. If all else fails when choosing an outfit, I will pair neutrals together and I know that I will feel and look good. Mainly I tend to stick with grays, blacks, and browns, but I love the cream and white focus that is trending this spring. It's not exactly kid-friendly, but it is so beautiful and fresh. When I chose this skirt from Shop Wild Souls I thought it was a lace skirt, which is something I have always wanted. But I was thrilled when it arrived I found that it was actually a cream skirt with a crocheted overlay. The boho vibe and the crocheted texture are so gorgeous. I can't wait to pair it with a denim jacket or chambray, but I first paired it with white and nude accessories. Truth be told, I paired it with a similar white sweater originally, but then I dumped Diet Coke down my front while getting the kids out the door for church. So a white tee it was. Obviously this will not be my everyday outfit, but it was great for a few hours at church. I can see this skirt getting a lot more use in the future, including on Easter Sunday. I'm thinking this skirt is perfect for that occasion as well.

Do you dare wear white and cream? What are your secrets for staying clean???


Tee: TJ Maxx
Skirt: c/o Shop Wild Souls
Shoes: Sofft
Earrings: ONE little MOMMA
Clutch: Thrifted



Stitch Fix - How It Worked For Me

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For quite a while now, I have been intrigued with the company Stitch Fix. I have seen other bloggers post about the service and from what I knew, it sounded pretty dreamy. If you are unfamiliar with it, Stitch Fix is a company that employs personal stylists to work with and shop for you. After you fill out an initial style survey, your stylist will send you a box of clothing and accessories that should fit your size, your style, and hopefully your budget. This service is definitely ideal for busy women who don't have time to shop and also want style help.

When Stitch Fix contacted me a few weeks ago and asked if I was interested in trying out a 'fix', I was interested but hesitant. I love to shop and styling myself is my hobby, so I wasn't sure I was interested in hiring someone else to style me. But the more I thought about it, I decided to give it a go. I genuinely wanted to try it to see if they could match my personal style and to find out if it was a service I could recommend to you. Plus who doesn't love getting a box full of clothes in the mail to try on?!? While Stitch Fix did send me a coupon code to waive the styling fee, they did not sponsor this post or give me any of the clothing that was sent.

Stitch Fix Review- How this fun styling service works and worked for me!

At first I was skeptical that anyone could match my style, but after taking the initial survey I definitely felt more confident. As you sign up, you take a pretty intense questionnaire that asks you everything from how you like your shirts and pants to fit to what kind of clothes you wear most often to giving feedback on outfits they have compiled. It also asks what kind of clothing you would like your stylist to focus the most on and how much you like to spend on specific articles of clothing or accessories. I said I liked my tops to fit loose and my bottoms to fit slim. I also spend as little as possible on all clothing types and wanted the stylist to focus on casual wear - not skirts or office attire.

Stitch Fix Review- How this fun styling service works and worked for me!

After the survey, I scheduled my 'fix' and waited. My box came two days early, which was fun, and I was excited to open it. I wasn't initially over the moon about it, but I was happy with it and the items grew on me as I examined them. I was sent three tops, a pair of jeans, and a handbag. I felt like the items all went together well and also fit my style. One of the tops and the bag surprised me, but I felt like maybe they would push me out of my comfort zone in a good way. Included in the box was a note from my stylist and two suggested ways to style each item (see above). I've styled all of the items below and honestly seeing myself in the clothing in photos was helpful in deciding what to keep or send back.

Aztec sweater, dark denim, gladiator sandals
 Sweater: Stitch Fix
Jeans: Stitch Fix
Shoes: Zulily
Earrings: ONE little MOMMA

Boho blouse, dark denim, wedge sandals
Shirt: Stitch Fix
Jeans: Stitch Fix
Shoes: Thrifted (Target)
Earrings and Cuff: ONE little MOMMA 

Striped cardigan, dark denim, strappy sandals
Cardigan: Stitch Fix
Pants: Stitch Fix
Cuff and Earrings: ONE little MOMMA
Shoes: Zuilly 

After trying all of the items on I decided to only keep one item, the gray and orange tribal print sweater. I wanted to love the jeans but they just weren't flattering enough for the price. The handbag didn't fit my lifestyle, although I loved it, and the other two tops weren't me enough to hold onto. All of the items were more expensive than I normally spend, but I realize that Stitch Fix can't compete with thrifting. :)

Short angled ombre, leather earrings, aztec sweater

After deciding what to keep, I headed back to Stitch Fix's website to pay for the item, give the stylist feedback about the items, and schedule my next fix. When you sign up for Stitch Fix, you pay an up-front $20 styling fee, but you get to put that toward any items that you decide to keep. If you keep none of the items, then you lose it. Also included in the box is a prepaid envelope to ship the other items back. It was so easy to slip the rejects back in the envelope and send them back!

I definitely thought there were a lot of good things about Stitch Fix. First, I loved how easy it was. Half of the battle with ordering online is returning things, and Stitch Fix made the returning part almost irrelevant. Also, my stylist really did a good job of picking out clothes that looked good on me and that I could easily wear. I loved the variety of what came, and it was fun to try on new clothes at home rather than dragging my kids with me to the store or trying to escape while my hubby is home. It was hard not to keep it all just because I already had them in hand at home and I was ready to wear my new things!

The only complaints that I have (which aren't really complaints) are the cost and that I think I could have found things myself that I loved more. I have heard from several people that it takes a few boxes before your stylist really hones in on what you love and what works on you so I may try again. Plus I admit that styling myself is kind of my job and I doubt anyone could do it better than me. I realize that most people aren't that way!

I think if it fits in your budget, Stitch Fix is a great service to try out. If you need styling help, this is a great way to hire a personal stylist and get clothing in your closet that is good quality, fits you, and matches your style. Especially if you don't have time to find or figure those things out on your own time!

If you want to try it out you can sign up here. (Yes, this is my referral link and I will get credit if you sign up. But, if you are going to try it, I'd love for you to show Stitch Fix I sent ya by using my link.)

So thoughts? Interested in trying it? Have you tried it? I'd love to hear from you!

KC Fashion Week - What It's Like

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KC Fashion Week- What It's Like

Last weekend I headed down to Kansas City Fashion Week with a fellow blogger and friend Angela. Although I love fashion and trends, I honestly never pay attention to runways or fashion weeks. I have recently started watching Project Runway, but other than that, I don't know a lot about that world. Angela happened to be the perfect companion because she majored in fashion design and almost competed on Project Runway herself! She was able to answer my questions all night and I really learned a lot!

KC Fashion Week- What It's Like

We both had press passes, so I knew that the night was going to be great! I felt official and no matter how out of my element I felt, the pass meant that I belonged. After we arrived, we were taken backstage to the hair and makeup area. The models were all getting ready and there were tables full of makeup, hair products and Red Bull (which I thought was funny!). Ulta Beauty sponsored the backstage area and handed out amazing gift bags to each of the bloggers. I really enjoyed talking with them and the stylists backstage. I found out that each designer has their own salon and makeup artists to work on the models showing their clothes. Most of the hair stylists had worked a full day at the salon and then come to work all night, but were excited for the change of pace.

KC Fashion Week- What It's Like

We left the backstage area to find our seats and take in the rest of the venue. Our seats were on the front row, which really felt glamorous. The runway was much longer than I expected it to be, but it was beautifully set up. While we waited for the show to begin, we took photos in a photo booth together and met other bloggers. Angela knew quite a few bloggers from attending Go Blog Social last year, but I met everyone for the first time. Who knew there were other bloggers in Kansas City? I do think that the blogging community here is pretty small, but it is fun to think about it growing and being one of the early starters.

KC Fashion Week- What It's Like

The show started at 8:00pm and I was seriously already exhausted by the time it started! All of the excitement and talking had worn this momma out. I grabbed a Diet Coke and pulled out my camera as the models started walking out. There were seven designers, which seemed like a lot, but they ranged from college student level to local designers to nationally known designers. Each collection was very different and some spoke to me more than others.

KC Fashion Week- What It's Like
Lauren Bander

KC Fashion Week- What It's Like
 Koko Clemence

KC Fashion Week- What It's Like

BYWHITNEY- Whitney Rorah

KC Fashion Week- What It's Like
 House of Cochon

KC Fashion Week- What It's Like
 Laura Kathleen

I was most surprised at and curious about the runway models. Angela told me the models are from modeling agencies around the city. I also found out each model only wears one look for the night which I had wondered about. I had also previously wondered why runway models all look so different and sometimes aren't the most striking or obviously beautiful models in the industry. (I'm not saying the models that night weren't pretty - they were! But in general I have had this thought.) Well now that I have attended a runway show, I know why. While I was watching the show I was looking only at the clothes - how they fit, how they were made, what they were made out of, etc. The clothes were all I wanted to look at. The models that were distracting in how they walked or how they looked bothered me. The best models were the ones that literally appeared to be walking mannequins. It shocked me. 

KC Fashion Week- What It's Like

All in all I think KC Fashion week met and exceeded my expectations. While I don't really feel like I found out about any up and coming trends by attending the show, I did learn a lot! I experienced a side of the city and life that I have never seen. I met a lot of talented ladies and found out that I did fit right in. My shoes were just the right shoes to wear and so was the rest of my outfit. Not once did I feel out of place or insecure. I felt like myself but not at home. I was so glad to leave the loud music and the intensity of the evening and come home to my family. I wouldn't trade my day job - er - life as a momma for any of that. I'm so glad that I am able to blog and get out to things like KCFW because they are really good for me. I had a night off and indulged my passions and creativity and it was wonderful!

KC Fashion Week- What It's Like

KC Fashion Week- What It's Like