29/365 Quiet Morning


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29/365 Quiet Morning

Just sipping and thinking. It was cold today so I laid some tights under these thrift store jeans that I distressed myself with a seam ripper. I may have to change the times/order that I do things in the evening. This current routine doesn’t quite feel right…

4/365 Thrift Shopping Saturday


Today I tried on almost 15 items and only managed to find one thing at the thrift store. However, it was a sweet find! When Brandon and I walked into the store, I saw this love lounge chair right away. So we took advantage and got a shot of me in the chair for today’s pic. What do you think of my casual OOTD? I distressed the jeans myself, though you can’t really see them up close, lol. 4:365-2018-Elleword-thrift-shopping-saturday.jpg

I found $9 Express Jeans Today!

Elleword - my thrift store finds for the day. Express brand jeans and a New York & Company tank.

Today I went thrift shopping and found some great pants by Express for only $8.99 😀 I also found an awesome oversized pink polka dotted shirt that I might resize for myself with my sewing machine. This gradient top is New York & Company. This all came out to just under $20. Not bad!

Elleword - this thrift store was huge but they had no dressing room! What the heck?

Elleword - my thrift store finds for the day. Express brand jeans and a New York & Company tank.

The chefs at the coffee shop experienced with Dragon fruit and bacon today and I got to try a free sample. It was pretty interesting, flavor wise. The fruit kinda tastes like kiwi 🙂

Elleword - eating pink dragon fruit with bacon at XO Coffee in downtown Plano, TX

That’s all for now 🙂

Have courage,
Elle | Elleword  | Tweets  |  InstaElle

 

Thirsty Thursday


In case you were wondering, I’m thirsty for more out of life haha. My phone died midday so I hardly captured any moments from the day, sorry. But I did manage to get a few before the battery bit the dust. First, here’s my OOTD.

Elleword - My gifted sweater from New York & Company paired with a thrifted vintage denim skirt and Bean Pole bag. I love these gold coach shoes!
This skirt is so comfy!

 

To get the day started, I hit the library and the library in search of some language books to help me study up on my Japanese and French. Yea, I’m learning a few languages all at once, trying to jump start my brain, hahah. I feel it’s working. I’ve linked up with some language exchange partners who will help me practice what I’ve learned on Skype and FaceTime. Until I get a decent grasp on the languages, I’m mostly helping them with English right now hahah.

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I also scored an intern recently! Her name is Sakura. She’s a friend of mine and talented makeup artist trying to find out what direction she wants to take with her career. I’m hoping that spending time with me will help her learn a few things and find the inspiration she needs. We went out and captured a mixed use space to help the owners start a photography residency program. It’s so open and bright and empty. Perfect for a photographer or videographer who needs a simple spot to work a few hours a week without paying an arm and a leg in studio fees. Once we finished working, we grabbed some food. These sandwiches were delicious!

The pulled chicken sandwiches we had for lunch at XO Coffee in Plano, TX

That’s all for today,

Have courage,
Elle | Elleword  | Tweets  |  InstaElle

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

Adventures in Marriage: The Case of the Missing Glass

Elleword - Brandon and I enjoying the view at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Vegas

Have you ever had the feeling that something has gone MIA? Let’s say it’s not a cherished electronic or puppy but something of the practical nature. Well that my friends is what this adventure is all about.

Some of the things we use everyday were wedding gifts from our family. Included in this list are plenty of dishes and glasses. My favorite glasses were a set of short squarish drinking glasses that looked reminiscent of those you see distinguished gentlemen filling with Brandy in old movies. Of course, instead of whiskey, I usually filled my glasses with a mix of lemon and cranberry juice. As part of our agreed chore schedule, I take care of the meals and my benevolent husband takes care of the dishes. A few years later, that’s when the mystery began.

I would go to grab one of my favorite glasses and notice that there were less of them in the cabinet than usual. After only seeing three, I started looking around the kitchen – the sink, beneath the counter, my husband’s desk – but those sweet little treasures were nowhere to be found. It wasn’t until a few months ago when I heard the last glass shattering in the sink that I realized where my beloved chalices had disappeared to. While Brandon was keeping up his side of our chore wheel, he was having trouble keeping a good grip on some of our dishes. Drinking glasses gave him the most grief and, one by one, my goblets bit the dust.

Elleword - My replacement glasses from the thrift store

 

 

Of course, there was no need to be upset, it’s just a little glass in the scope of our matrimonial journey together. But let’s be honest, I missed my little cups. So I did what any thoughtful wife would do in this situation. I bought replacements! The new glasses have spiral designs at the base and best of all, they only cost me $1 each (thank you Salvation Army!). I wouldn’t be the thrift loving gal you all know me to be without adding a a pair of taller glasses with a geometrical design similar to the kind you see in crystal drink ware. They were $3 total. Do I expect these new editions to our pantry to last forever? Not unless I buy a friction grip for Brandon or vow to handle all glass sanitation from now on.

Case closed.

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

 

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

 

One Week after Quitting my Job OOTD


I left the corporate world to focus solely on my company and personal endeavors. It’s only been seven days but some pretty amazing things have already happened!

Savor Dallas Garden Party

Tonight I’ll be attending the Savor Dallas Garden party, curtesy of Fun City Stuff DFW. They are calling this event a ‘mega happy hour’ that includes art, food and wine. This is the first of several events that will be put on by Savor Dallas this week.

Fun City Stuff is the go-to source for fun events happening in North Texas. They also run contexts and give reviews of these events via their website. I’ve been given the privilege of blogging my experience at Savor Dallas tonight! I’m so geeked, this is the first time I’ll be guest posting on a popular site for locals. I can’t wait to share the results with you! Aside from blogging, I’m going to vlog my experience for my Youtube Channel so stay tuned!

Meanwhile, I found this beautiful strapless dress that I turned into a skirt for today’s ootd. It was only 1.50 at the thrift store! After refashioning it and paring it with a thrifted top that I already own, I came up with this little number.

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This may be my favorite ootd yet! What do you think of this one? Are you gals attending any parties this weekend?

Have courage,
Elle