Productive Summer OOTD

Elleword - Productive Summer OOTD

Yesterday I got lots of work done for a new video based class that I’m going to teach on Skillshare as a way to make passive income. It’s the first of many! I recorded myself working as well as an intro and conclusive video. Now all that’s left are the voiceovers. I hope to finish those before my interview today for a part time marketing assistant gig.

I wore a thrifted Rue 21 peach colored top with lace netting on the shoulders. My skater skirt is from my lounge and fitness thrift haul. I felt so flirty and cute in this. I wore brown wedge shoes (not shown) as Brandon and I hit the Salvation Army to buy supplies for the camping trip I’m chaperoning next week.

Gone on any thrift shops lately? I’d love to see what you bought. Leave me a link or comments below.

Have courage,
Elle | Elleword  | Tweets  |  InstaElle

Elleword - my thrifted peach shirt looked great with this skater skirt. You don't have to spend lots of money to look good.

Thrift it Clique Relaxed July 4th OOTD


To keep up with the Thrift it Clique’s OOTD posts, I put together this simple Independence Day inspired outfit. This white v-neck tee was bought for fun dance that I did with a group of girls and women at a basketball last month. Underneath the t-shirt, I wore a royal blue camisole and finished my patriotic look with my thrifted red jeans.

This year, my husband and I are taking it easy for Independence Day. This morning, we loaded Justice (woof) up with his travel backpack and took a long walk around the neighborhood.We had to pause about a block away from home so Justice could rest his paws. He’s pretty stocky (and furry) so we have to be conscious of when he’s getting tired and take a break.

After that, we camped out in front of our laptops. I watched episodes of Tiny Toons and sketched up a four panel comic as Brandon laughed at pranksters on Youtube. We’re planning on spending the rest of our time swimming and snacking. Sigh, this is the life!

Have courage,
Elle | Elleword  | Tweets  |  InstaElle

Elleword - my red white and blue ootd for July 4th, 2016

Summer OOTD + Update

Elleword - Green Maxie OOTD

Summer is here and I’m loving every moment of it! My husband and I went swimming twice this past weekend and I’ve taken up doing morning yoga and walking Justice (woof) in the evenings. I love that it’s still warm after sunset! My friend and her bestie just moved into our complex so I’m looking forward to visiting them this week!

Today’s another day ‘at the office’ as I edit images, prep blogs, post on social media and write up paid blog postings. After stretching this morning, I felt really loose and calm. To boost my mood, I decided to wear my thrifted green maxi dress ($2 I believe) and a necklace that I bought from Charming Charlie a year ago. I’m spending most of the day at home, hence my bare feet. This dress is really soft, flowy and comfortable. I can do anything in a maxi!

Elleword - my rosy necklace went perfect with this thrifted maxie dress. So comfy!

Check out my fellow Thrift It Clique ladies to see what their summer style looks like!
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Once I finish up work for the day, I’m going to start prepping for Brandon’s birthday tomorrow! We are going to have some family over, eat and play a few games. He said he just wanted to chill which means I’ll be spending the day cleaning up our place and getting ready for guests to arrive! In between that, I hope to record a few videos for my Youtube channel. Working on my own has me so inspired!

Have courage,

Elle | Elleword  | Tweets  |  InstaElle

 

 

Thrift It Clique: Summer Style + Chilling at Nae’s House

Elleword - I made these yummy wheat pancakes myself :) Love the heart shaped strawberries!

The Thrift It Clique has come together once again for a collaborative style post, this time on summer style. I thought it over for awhile and decided to wear something that reflected my new lifestyle as full-time creative entrepreneur. Since I work from home, I like to be comfortable unless I’m going out. Plus, it’s like 500 degrees outside. I’ll be wearing light colored fabric, as usual, and showing a bit more leg this season.

In other news, Brandon went out of town for five days for work so I decided to take a trip to Nae’s house. Justice (woof) and I packed up our gear and hopped into her car to hit the road. It was nice to work away from the apartment and spend time with my sister and nephew and brother-in-love. Seems like we’ve all been pretty busy lately. Justy and I went home the next day and I got to work on this week’s busy work for my company.

For this OOTD I decided to wear a tan cami underneath a thrifted loose graphic tee that reminds me of lineart from a sketchbook. To finish things off I added my polka dotted beige shorts, also thrifted, originally from J Crew. You can’t see my shoes because I’m not actually wearing shoes, hahah. It’s summer time and I guess I feel much freer without shoes and socks on my feet. Though I wouldn’t suggest walking outside barefoot. The ground is hotter than the air! Speaking of, don’t forget to protect your dog’s feet from being scorched by the ground. Keep them in the grass and dirt or else they could get injured.

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Thrift Fitness & Lounge Haul

Elleword - this is the first hoodie that I've had since college. I love it!

Two weeks ago, I made a bee line for my favorite thrift store. It was Wednesday, or as I like to call it, the Thrift Shopper’s Dream Day because all of the clothes were half off. I wasn’t sure what I’d find but I was excited to see what they had to offer. Needless to say, I wasn’t disappointed. I found five formal gowns to add to my studio wardrobe inventory for my portrait clients. They ranged from $6 to $1! Once I scooped up the dresses, I started looking for items for my own wardrobe.

 

Elleword - I found lots of cute pink items at the thrift store this week, most of it was fitness and lounge wear.

Most of the items that I found were fitness and lounge wear. I was especially thrilled to have found fitness shorts and skorts since I usually have to roll up my sweat pants to workout in the summer. The gold shorts that I found are made of very lightweight fabric and look something I imagine a sexy boxer would wear, lol. I also found a thin screen printed hoodie that is perfect for wearing around the house and outside when it gets a little nippy (or for protection against the sun). I found a great pair of spiderman printed joggers in the men’s section along with a StarWars t-shirt (my first sci-fi paraphernalia!).

My favorite finds from that trip was a pink trench style rain coat (a surprise gift for my Mom), a pink polka dotted skirt with a beige stripe at the bottom and a pink waist-lentgh blazer with black lace in the back. I can’t wait to take it for a spin at my next networking opportunity! I also plan to wear it for other occasions like church, dates and client consultations! I’ll be starting up my daily OOTD and weekly capsules again and these pink numbers are sure to make a few appearances.

After this trip to the thrift store, I’m down to 13 slots left in my 100 item curated wardrobe. Once I reach 100, I’ll create a visual library to help me keep track of what I’ve worn and give me ideas for new combinations. What have you been wearing lately? Find any treasures at your local thrift store that you absolutely love? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Have courage,

Elle | Elleword  | Tweets  |  InstaElle

Look Ma, New Clothes!


As mentioned in my summer wardrobe capsules post, I’ve got 20 slots in my closet available before I meet my 100 max limit of items in my closet. To get a jump on this, my mom and I went thrift shopping at the Salvation Army this past Wednesday. Wednesday is like gold mine day because all of the clothes, purses and shoes are 50% off!! With that in mind, we combed every inch of the ladies section and came out with some amazing finds!! Here’s what I bought.

It’s getting hotter outside and almost time for me to whip out my shorts (proceeds to walk and jog a few miles to tighten up thighs). I love shorts but I don’t want them all to look the same and be made from the same materials. That’s why I love these three pairs. For one, they are all originally from JCrew. I’ve never owned anything from that store previously, considering how pricey everything is and how I’m spoiled by thrift store prices. Secondly, they each cost me $1.50, that’s all! Score!! I can’t tell which one of these I love most. The polka dots, the nautical pattern or the mint green? How can a girl decide.

Next up is this off white lace sleeveless dress. I’m not sure from where it originated, but I know I’ll be wearing it pretty often! Lace is making more appearances in my closet lately, got me feeling “pretty, oh so pretty. I feel pretty and witty and gay!” Ok, enough singing. back to the dress. The only con are the little spike embellishments on the collar. I’m not crazy about spikes on my clothes so I’ve got to get those removed or find out how to remove them myself without ripping the lace. YouTube here I come!

This comfy and perfectly fitted Disney sweatshirt hails from Forever 21 but I bought it for $2 at the thrift store. I’m a lover of Disney and Studio Ghibli so I couldn’t pass this up. The cool thing about this sweater is that with the right pieces, I can dress it up for a chic OOTD or just toss on a pair of jeans for the effortless look.

My shoe collection consisted mostly of tennis shoes for a while. It’s usually difficult for me to find any shoe that fits at the thrift store but this time, I lucked out. Must have been because I brought my mom along. She’s a good luck charm! I don’t include shoes and accessories in my 100 item count but they do have a huge impact on my OOTDs. (Maybe I should have a max limit on how many pairs of shoes I have too. ) The beige wedges and flat sandals caught my eye immediately! They are so comfy and perfectly neutral. I’ll be able to wear these babies whenever I like with anything in my closet. That’s the best kind of shoe, don’t you agree? The third pair of peep toe heels are for my sis Gernae. Mom and I figured she’d look great in these and she said she was in need of a wardrobe makeover. Shoes are a great place to start. They can make or break an outfit.

Lastly, these bags were too beautiful to leave on the shelves. When I saw the blue one, I immediately felt inspired to draw or watch my favorite movies. When you see an item that inspires you, you buy it! I couldn’t believe it hadn’t already been scooped up but I’m not complaining! The white and beige bag made me feel like I had more money than what’s in my bank account, lol. It’s classy, cleanly designed and spacious. These bags cost me $12 – $15 dollars each.

So there you have it, I was able to add nine things to my repertoire and fill 5 slots. Can’t wait to bust out these babies this summer! What are you wearing this summer? Leave a comment and I’ll holler back (lol).

Have courage,

Have courage,

Elle | Elleword  | Tweets  |  InstaElle

Found Fashion Friday’s at the Grove


This weekend, I went the to Grove for the Dallasites101 anniversary party. I didn’t get to meet Lily and Kara, the co-founders, but I did manage to run into Becca from Beckley Co.  Once I arrived, I called up Gernae (twin sis) and found my way to her table. My brother in love was also there, decked out in KC Royals t-shirts. Both of them looked like they were in good spirits. Maybe it was because of the music DJ Blake was playing. He did an awesome job of mixing 90’s rap with today’s pop music. After a short while, I walked over to the Vita Coco stand with Nae and asked them about the benefits of coconut water.

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Love this jacket! Both items are thrift finds
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Nah and Danio 🙂
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Our coconut water drinks
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The Coco Vita stand
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DJ Blake
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Jazmine from Poopouri
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Jazmine’s Texas bracelets from the Haute Wheels mobile boutique

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A group of stylish friends

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Here’s my ootd!

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The ladies told us that it was 3x as hydrating as water and naturally enriched with vitamins and electrolytes. We’re always looking for reasons to try something new so we grabbed one of each flavor: lemonade, pineapple and cafe latte. I didn’t get to try the pineapple but between the latte and lemonade flavors, I like the latte best. The flavor was a little strange at first but after shaking it up and giving it another try, I started to like it more. It was almost chocolatey. I wonder what coconut water tastes like by itself.

A volleyball game was underway as I walked around getting footage for my vlog. I wanted to lounge in a hammock but they were all occupied so I started searching the crowd for great outfits. It didn’t take long. 🙂 The first person I talked to was Jazmine, SEO manager for Poopourri. She was really kind and even invited me to a Bible study on Tuesday nights. We exchanged information and business cards and she let me take a picture of her for my blog. Poopourri traps odor under the surface of toilet water. In other words, you won’t stink up the place when you take a restroom break. I’ve got to give some of that a try.

We wrapped things up by taking some pics on the Photo Bus and then headed our separate ways. I’m looking forward to seeing what other events I can get into this spring. Speaking of that, I’m throwing an event! It’s called the Spring Fling Meet and Eat. I’ll be meeting up with ladies to network, snack on picnic brunch and give out some photo/pose tips. Hope to see ya there!

Have courage,
Elle

 

Weekday Capsules are Back for the Summer

Elleword summer weekday capsules start May 9th!

So I’ve been auditing my closet again. Now that the seasons have changed and my company is in full swing, it’s time to try some new things with my wardrobe. After evaluating my closet with the Kon Marie method, I narrowed down the items that I wear out the house to 80 (shoes not included). After my no shopping experiment, I realized that I’d outgrown some of my clothes and needed a refresher. I didn’t quite make it a year but I learned a lot about my personal stye. Now that I have two trash bags full of clothes to donate, I’m looking forward to new outfit possibilities. My plan is to keep my number of items at 100 or less. With 20 slots open, I can’t wait to go shopping!

As I start hunting for new closet candy, I’ll be posting weekday capsules. Starting next week, I’ll pull up to seven items from my closet to wear for five days. I’ll take a break and have free fashion weekends where I wear whatever I like. Any time I get new clothes, I’ll post them for you all to view. I’m also planning on getting three pairs of sandals for the summer and two more pairs of wedge heels. I’ll be set on shoes for a while on shoes after that. I’m going to share my weekday capsules from May 9th until September 2nd.

Who out there is making wardrobe capsules for the summer? I’d love to read about it. Leave a comment and link to your favorite fashion capsule blog. If you’re a Dallas local, I’d love it if you’d come to my Spring Fling Meet and Eat on May 21st.

Have courage,
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Thrift It Clique: Pantones and Petals


This past week, I got together with my friends from the Thrift It Clique to cover our monthly OOTD meetup. This month’s theme was centered around Rose Quartz and Serenity, this year’s official Pantone colors. If you look around any store or outlet mall, these colors are all over the place. This year is unique because there are two chosen colors instead of the usual one. Pantone’s selection of it’s yearly hue impacts the entire fashion and product industry! I’m especially happy because Rose Quartz falls perfectly in line with my signature style color scheme.

Any who, I met up with the ladies at the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden to take some pics in our threads before the sun got too high in the sky. As usual, we all were in good spirits as we strolled through path after path of gorgeous flowers and displays. By the time we wrapped things up, we had plenty of pics taken and went our separate ways. Here is what I wore. This multi-toned dress was a clearance item at Charming Charlie’s. It is very comfortable and and chic at the same time. I plan to experiment with this dress and other items in my wardrobe to figure out how many unique looks I can come up with. The shoes were bought from Target a year ago but they are a regular staple on the shelves.

Before I go, I want to invite any Dallas locals reading this to my Spring Fling Meet and Eat on May 21st. This will be two hours of networking, snacking and learning a thing or two about getting better photographs of yourself. Be sure to bring a picnic brunch, blanket and business cards. I’ll be giving away a few prizes as well. There is no fee to participate. You only need to pay admission into the arboretum.

thriftarbor14Be sure to read up on what the rest of the clique wore. Kendra, Addie and Brittany have written up their own #Thriftitclique posts on their blogs. Go follow them!

Have courage,
Elle

 

Fashion Revolution: #HAULTERNATIVE


This past weekend, my friend Addie and I hosted our own Fashion Revolution event. I showed up around 2pm to help set up the backdrop and go over our itinerary. Addie pulled out a cute tray of cookies and sustainable glass jugs reminiscent of the ones used for milk in the 40’s. After our two guests arrived, we got down to business.

Addie explained the meaning behind Fashion Revolution. To sum things up, it’s a movement dedicated to exposing dangerous working conditions and the large amount of waste produced in the fashion industry. On April 24th, 2013, the Rana Plaza complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This left 1134 dead and 2500 others wounded. This sparked the start of Fashion Revolution. People wanted to challenge clothing distributors to take an active part in facilitating better care of the individuals who make the clothes that we wear everyday. People flipped their clothes inside out, tagged the maker of the garment, and posted the image with the hashtag #whomademyclothes. The impact of this year’s participation was phenomenal but we still have a ways to go.

After Addie’s presentation, I explained the basics of a capsule wardrobe and how one can start taking the steps to consolidate their closet. Most people have tons of clothes that they never wear. These clothes were bought on impulse or kept long after they were relevant. I encouraged our guests to define their signature style and then do a purge of the items that don’t fit the bill. After that, we started our frock swap! A frock swap is when a group gets together and brings gently worn items that they no longer wear. Everyone in the group gets an opportunity to swap their items with those of someone else in the group and goes home with new clothes for their closet. The cool thing about frock swaps is that they don’t require money, they are environmentally friendly and are a great way to make friends. I came to the swap with four items and left with 5 (couldn’t resist a bag!).

After the swap, we had some fun in front of our thrifty photo booth before chatting with each other. It was a great first run. I’m looking forward to facilitating more frock swaps in the future!

Have courage,
Elle