There must be a million moms rejoicing ever since Pinterest came along. The network is constantly overflowing with secret home remedies to better the lives of people everywhere. Like the average pinner, I have my fair share of tricks pinned on my ‘Clever’ board. One I found recently, though, will probably end up in my top 5 best kept secrets for the home.
Have an old sweater that you’ve been meaning to throw to the curb but just cannot seem to part with? It’s been plagued with those little, white fuzzies for a while and it’s almost not wearable; but grandma got it for you the Christmas before last and you love it. There is hope. All you need is a razor. Glide the thing over the sweater until every one of those white little balls is gone. It works. I’ve done it twice; both times I was extremely happy I came across that ‘pin.’
This is an excellent tip for college students or recent grads on a budget. Sweaters are expensive! And if you’re residing in the Midwest, you’re going to need a lot of them to endure the sub-zero temperatures. Fix up the old ones! They will be good as new.
Like a little black dress, I have a little black blazer. (It’s not THAT little, but I’m trying to be poetic.) It’s one of those wardrobe staples that, I’d argue, every woman should have whether she’s a working woman or a homemaker. It’s versatile, neutral, and gives a touch of refinement to any outfit. Here are a few ways I like to wear my little black blazer:
The blazer to the right can be found here. AND All of the pieces in these looks are under $50. Mhhm. That’s right.
1. Dress It Down – If you go with a black blazer, get funky with a pair of colored skinnies! Throw on a fun patterned shirt underneath and your comfiest pair of gladiators. Funky, fresh and totally date appropriate.
2. Can You Say Job Interview? – Blazers can be a great staple in a working lady’s wardrobe. Instead of a Hillary Clinton pantsuit, try pairing your blazer with a pencil skirt and some simple but personal accessories.
3. A Little Girly – I’m not totally a dress kinda girl. BUT, I do have a few super comfy floral dresses that I’m always trying to find ways to add some edge to. The floral is feminine, fun and maybe a little flirty. That black blazer will add just the right amount of edge and structure.
These are just a few ideas. Instagram or Tweet a picture of your best blazer get up. Hashtag #BBBBlazer.
I am short. I didn’t hit 5 feet tall until my eighteenth birthday (True story). Although I am a member of the petite band of ladies, I have never been one of those small people who is constantly wearing massive heals to gain an extra inch or two. Just not how I roll. Also, I like when my feet don’t hate me at the end of the day. Shout out though, to those short, sassy ladies who can rock a three inch heel on a daily basis. I applaud you. But I will not join you.
Since I am not of the heel wearing persuasion, I have come to love, collect and appreciate a great pair of flats. I literally wear flats 90% of the week. And, because I am a collector, trust me, I have a pair for every outfit.
Here are a few things I look for when in the market for a pair of those dainty non-heeled shoes:
1. Price – Obviously. I’ll be the first one to admit that those gigantic bins of mass produced, multi-colored plastic flats at Forever 21 are tempting. I have given into that ten dollar temptation more times than I’d care to admit. But, if you want a great pair of flats that are going to last more than one season, you’re going to need to up your budget a little.
Not anything crazy, I’m talking $30 minimum. Now, if you really want to invest, there are flats around $60 to $100 dollars that, I hear, are far more comfortable and durable. I have a pair of cream colored Steve Madden’s that retail at $60 but I got them at TJ Maxx for $20. That’s. How I. Roll.
2. Practicality – When you’re trying a pair of flats on, ask yourself if you can see yourself wearing them everyday. Would they go with anything or just that one top you bought yesterday? If the answer is the second, walk away. I’m serious. Obviously this does force you to stick with neutral colors, but that’s not to say a great pop color flat won’t work with just as many outfits. (I have an awesome pair of bright red flats that are great with everything from my little black dress to dark wash jeans.)
3. Comfort – When you’re trying a potential pair on, if your first reaction is “Oh! These are so comfortable!” You’re golden. If your reaction is “Oh. They’re a little tight. But they’re SO cute!” Walk away. I’m serious.
Below are a few gems I’ve come across recently. Happy flat hunting!
You’re a senior in college. You’re almost there. You’ve spent the last three years of your life trying to build a resume or portfolio that you hope one day will do your skills justice when seen on paper. You’ve lived off Ramen and PB and J’s for what seems like a lifetime. But it was all worth it; in one short year, you will be able to call yourself a college grad. You’ll be ready to conquer the world.
You head to your closet searching for an outfit suitable for a business class presentation. Contemplative, you stand there thinking what you could pull together to make yourself look the best of the best.
After all, you will be marked down if you don’t appear professional.
The rompers, cut-off’s, and sweats staring back at you have treated you well over the past few years, but now they simply won’t suffice.
You manage to pull together an outfit compiled of an Old Navy business-like dress, tights, and heels, but the thought of how you are going to pull together an impressive, business-attire wardrobe in the next six months is more than unsettling.
This scene is all too familiar. We work and we work and we work. Most of us go to college right out of highs school. I’m not sure about you, but I didn’t have a full-blown professional wardrobe built by the age of 18.
I thought, and I Google’d, and I talked to my roommates; I decided to head up to Goodwill to see what they had. Admittedly, I thought it would be a total bust, but to my surprise I found a couple key pieces that could work as foundation in building my professional look.
Goodwill tends to have a stigma around it. It’s cheap, it’s gross, and it’s dirty. Whatever someone may think, the reality is you can find Ralph Lauren, Coach, and other designer names for nearly nothing.
I’d highly recommend taking a trip if you’re on a strict and tight budget. Going to a store like that however can be daunting and taxing so here a couple tips to better the experience.
1) Have a list. Jot down the key pieces you are looking for. Walking into a store that organizes its clothing by color can be overwhelming. Stay focused.
2) Be in the mood to shop. This may sound petty, but if you’re not willing to really look, take your time, and sift through some racks, go out another day.
3) And please, do yourself a favor and do not ‘shop until you drop.