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No New Clothes for 365 Days

I did a bit of Black Friday shopping this past November and I grabbed some awesome finds……it was this that helped spur me towards an ultimate challenge for myself – 365 Days with no new clothes. From November 24th, 2017 to November 23rd, 2018 I have put a rule in place that I cannot buy any new clothes, shoes or accessories. This limits me to only buying consignment, thrift, and finding new ways to style what’s already in my closet. This challenge has three big goals to come out of this challenge with: 1. Save money, 2. Unleash creativity, and 3. Build discipline. I’ll be sharing outfits that I build through my thrifty finds and some thoughts on how I’m recreating and defining my look from what’s already in my closet too. There’s only one little loophole – I can be gifted new items – so my classic heels came as Christmas gifts this year…could improve some bargaining skills through this too – wink.

I’m kicking off my challenge with some fabulous finds from Swap.com. This is one of my favorite places to shop consignment. Keep in fashion while pinching pennies. Swap.com has 2.5 Million unique items needing a home and adds thousands more every day. Use promo code DO5THINGS at checkout between 1/8 – 1/31 for 40% off orders for new customers, plus free shipping if order is over $10. Some exclusions may apply.

Winter Looks With Swap.com

Banana Republic ‘Rain or Shine’ Tee ($3.50) paired with distressed jeans, a cozy beanie, and wine-colored booties

Banana Republic Grey Pencil Skirt ($4.00) paired with a flowy white blouse and cobalt blue suede heels for a pop

Banana Republic Cashmere Blend Sweater ($4.50) paired with green jeggings, casual booties, a crystal necklace and a leopard print clutch

J. Crew Sequin Tank ($5.50) paired with fitted mini skirt, suede jacket, and strappy heels

 Banana Republic Asymmetrical Tube Top ($4.50) and Banana Republic Linen Blazer ($5.00) paired with bootcut jeans, chic black layered necklaces, and a vegan leather clutch

J. Crew Textured Pencil Skirt ($6.50) paired with fitted turtleneck, black pearls, and classic black pumps

Banana Republic Open Weave Sweater ($5.00) paired with white skinny jeans, an artsy bronze necklace, and brown equestrian boots

Black Arden B. Tube Top ($4.50) paired with striped pencil skirt, black cardigan, and classic nude pumps

Want more ideas? Check out my How to Build Your Fall Fashion For Less Than $20

Old Navy Mint Sweater ($4.00) and Faux Fur Scarf ($3.00) paired with bootcut jeans, leopard print belt, and wide brimmed hat

 

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How to Build Your Fall Style for Less Than $20

I love building my wardrobe with the turn of a season, Fall being one of my favorite seasons to expand. I love boots, sweaters, blazers, and heels. With Swap.com you can expand your wardrobe without spending a lot of money. Shopping at consignment shops is a great way to get new pieces for your closet without shelling out the new price tag dough. I was able to find several wonderful pieces in great condition, all for under $20!

All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive payments for leads/sales. For more information please reference my disclosure page. Photo Credit: Anthony Machcinski. Check out more of his work here – Photos by Anthony Machcinski

Purple Jean Shorts $2.30 – Aerie Sweater $5.00

Mint Green Old Navy Sweater $4.00 – Faux Fur Scarf $3.00

Banana Republic Linen Blazer $5.00 – Long Sleeve Tissue Tee $3.80

There are so many great finds at Swap.com. From sweaters to dresses to shoes and accessories, you can build a full outfit all for just bucks! Shop today and get free shipping with special discount code UGETFREESHIP at checkout.

P.S. Special shout-out to my awesome blog photographer Anthony Machcinski. We shot these photos in a short time frame trying to catch the last of the sun and I absolutely love them! It is such an awesome experience to be able to work with a photographer with an eye for the artistic look I always like to capture in my blog photos! Please be sure to check out more of his work here: Photos by Anthony Machcinski His work is beautiful and each photo has a story behind it.

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Workout Wear Wishlist

I am a workout wear fanatic…anyone else? If I’m not in work clothes for the office, nine out of ten times you’ll find me in workout gear. I find it comfortable, I feel confident and good in it and it totally fits my active lifestyle.

My Fall Picks from Reebok:

Long Legging (Running Tights) $75 – I love the sleek design of these and they look ultra comfortable for a nice fall trail run

Workout Ready Supremium 2.0 1/4 Zip Sweatshirt $40 – Fitted so it moves with you during your workout

Cake Today Tank $25 – Because we work to get what we want…like we go to the gym so we can eat cake

Wool Long Sleeve Shirt $60 – Layer up with this staple for a cool day run

Elements Marble Sweatpant $40 – I love these to throw on for a lifting day at the gym

Hero Strong Bra $55 – High support for any sport or work out

Padded Vest $85 – Warm but still gives you the freedom to move as you need to

Floatride Run Sneaker $150 – I am absolutely in love with these sneakers, lightweight but with just the right amount of cushion for a comfortable run and super snazzy style

 

 

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How I Used Beauty To Create Freedom To Be With My Family: Interview with Amber, Owner of Youniquely Yours

Amber and I have been friends for several years. We spent part of our careers together in a very fast paced and stressful environment where we turned to each other to keep each other going. But this wasn’t a sustainable routine that was building the lives of our dreams. Many nights we would speak and share how drained we felt from the very long days. 

A year ago, Amber discovered she was pregnant with two beautiful, identical twin girls. This was her aha moment in life. She took the road to becoming a stay-at-home wife and mother. Now, I’ve known Amber for a bit, and let me tell you, she is a driver and a go-getter and I am absolutely am inspired by her. She is an amazing mother, wife, friend, and an all around beautiful person. We sat and spoke of her desires to find something she could do that would give her the flexibility of staying home but also something that she felt was of her own. Amber had started using Younique Beauty Products and she spoke so highly of them, it was as this had come to her at the perfect moment and place. It was such a natural process watching her start and build her business with Younique. I was really excited when I got the opportunity to chat with her about her success. (And bonus she shared some awesome Make-Up looks with us!)

Me: What are your favorite things about being an entrepreneur and running your own business? 

Amber: My favorite thing is being able to work from where I want and when I want, having the freedom to put my family first.

Me: What makes you so passionate about what you do? 

Amber: I love the products myself! I would not sell something I didn’t try, use and did not love. The products are naturally based, hypoallergenic, and are not tested on animals. Those are huge deals! Also, there’s Younique Foundation-a retreat for underage, sexually abused woman. The cause itself inspires me. With each purchase you are not just getting amazing makeup and skincare products, but you have the ability to change lives. Whether it’s a customer helping them feel more confident or someone who needs to get back on their feet.

Me: What was your biggest fear or challenge when you were getting started?

Amber: Failure! Not being good at it. I have never been the most outspoken or most forward person. I do not like having all eyes on me.

Me: But you’re doing awesome! I absolutely adore how you market your business and how you engage with everyone. You also always thank every customer every time they make a purchase and that is the sweetest, amazing customer service!

Me: And for a fun one, how did you celebrate your first business win? 

Amber: Dinner was on me! My treat since my husband is the bread winner in the family on regular basis.

Amber’s Top 4 Make-Up Looks

“Moodstruck Mineral Pigment for a Fun Look” 

FACE- Touch Glorious Face Primer, Touch Mineral Liquid Foundation in “Organza” and Moodstruck Mineral Pigment Pressed Blusher in “Sophisticated”
EYES- Moodstruck Mineral Eye Primer, Moodstruck Addiction Shadow Palette 5 , “Vindictive” (on lid), Moodstruck Addiction Shadow Palette 4, “Tender” (on crease and brow bone), Moodstruck Precision Liquid Eyeliner in “Perfect” (on top) and Moodstruck Mineral Pigment Powder in “Dignified” applied wet with Royalty Rose Water Toning Spritz to intensify color (under eye), Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara
BROWS- Moodstruck Precision Brow Liner and Moodstruck Precision Brow Gel over top to seal (both in medium)
LIPS- Moodstruck Precision Pencil Lip Liner in “Pouty” (full lip)

“Pretty Bold Nudes”

FACE- Touch Glorious Face Primer, Touch Mineral Liquid Foundation in “Organza” and Touch Mineral Pressed Powder in “Velour”
EYES- Moodstruck Addiction Shadow Palette 5, “Vindictive” (on lid) with overlay of “Suspicious” (on lid and crease), Moodstruck Addiction Palette 1, “Elated” (on brow bone), Moodstruck Precision Pencil Eyeliner in “Perfect” (on top and bottom) and Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara
BROWS- Moodstruck Precision Brow Liner and Moodstruck Precision Brow Gel over top to seal (both in medium)
LIPS- Moodstruck Precision Pencil Lip Liner in “Plush” (full lip)

 

“Everybody Loves A Red Lip”

FACE- Touch Glorious Face Primer, Mineral Touch Liquid Foundation and Concealer both in “Organza”, Moodstruck Mineral Pressed Blusher in “Sweet”, Mineral Pressed Powder in “Velour” with Touch a la mode Cream to Powder Luminizer in “Benevolent” (highlighting bridge of nose, top of cheek/below eye, temples, chin and cupid’s bow)
EYES- Moodstruck Minerals Eye Primer, Moodstruck Addiction Shadow Palette 1, “Sincere” (on lid), “Chipper” (on crease) and Touch a la mode Cream to Powder Luminizer in “Benevolent” (on brow bone), Moonstruck Precision Pencil Eye Liner in “Perfect” (on top and bottom) and Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara
BROWS- Moodstruck Precision Brow Gel (in medium)
LIPS- Moodstruck Lip Exfoliator (applied and wiped off), Touch Glorious Face Primer, and Moodstruck Mineral Stiff Upper Lip Lip Stain in “Sultry” (full lip – 2 coats-let dry in between)
“That Natural Look”
FACE- Touch Glorious Face Primer, Mineral Touch Liquid Foundation and Concealer both in “Organza”, Moodstruck Mineral Pressed Blusher in “Sweet”, Mineral Pressed Powder in “Velour” with Touch a la mode Cream to Powder Luminizer in “Benevolent” (highlighting bridge of nose, top of cheek/below eye, temples, chin and cupid’s bow) and the Sculpting Trio to contour (not necessary)
EYES- Moodstruck Minerals Eye Primer, Moodstruck Addiction Palette 3, “Smitten” (on lid), Moodstruck Addiction Palette 1, “Elated”   (on brow bone) and Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara
BROWS- Moodstruck Precision Brow Gel (in medium)
LIPS- Lip Bonbons Tinted Lip Balm in “Red Velvet Cake” (full lips)
As a Younique Products Presenter, Amber finds absolute joy in being able to help you find the Younique products that are the perfect match for you. Check out more of Amber’s great looks and get to know her at her Facebook Page – Youniquely Yours by Amber or visit her website to get your products to copy her looks or create your own great looks!