Boyfriend Jeans Outfit of the Day

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a fashion post so why not now? I think the rest of the week and next Monday I will be posting just fashion…unless of course that changes. Okay now onto the outfit!

So, it’s a really mild day today, in fact, it’s pretty chilly out. I decided to where my new Lucky Brand boyfriend jeans that I am so in love with and a long sleeve black shirt. I also grabbed my new North Face rain coat and slid into my gray Zara sneakers. Obviously, I didn’t do it up with my outfit, but I LOVE this look because it’s still so chic yet comfortable.

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I didn’t realize how much I needed boyfriend jeans until I actually had them. I love how they can go with just about anything, including heels or a nice crop top.

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I also didn’t realize how essential a raincoat was until I didn’t have one for the last two years. Fun fact about me, I lose umbrellas like nobody’s business. I just purchased an umbrella about three weeks ago and I’m pretty sure it’s lost into oblivion.

I’ve worn this look so many times already and I just can’t get enough of it. I really am excited to change it up as it gets a little bit warmer. I’ll be sure to keep you guys in the loop when I do.

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ChelsiKay

 

Boyfriend Jeans Outfit of the Day

Madewell Muscle Tees!

When I truly like something I hold onto it and cherish it for as long as I can. I always try to do the same thing when I’m shopping. I try my best to find items that I truly love and will hold onto for as long as possible. With all the constantly changing trends and enticing fast fashion stores, this can be extremely difficult. This is why I really like shopping at Madewell and why it has become one of my go-to fashion stores.

Even though Madewell does tend to have pretty trendy items, there’s always this one section in the store that I feel that calls out to me. Okay technically it’s not a section but the items I’ve always grabbed are in the same vicinity to each other. It’s where they sell all of their basics – t-shirts, muscle tees, tanks, and even cropped tops.

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I think you all know I’ve got heart eye emojis for Madewell’s Whisper Cotton muscle tees. I’m pretty much obsessed with my light olive green one that I wear non-stop. So, I took it upon myself to buy two more…they were 2 for $30 so why not?

I purchased a white and a gray muscle tee. I love muscle tees, to begin with, but for some reason, I really love this style. I’m pretty sure I like it so much because it makes “the girls” look great (lol.)

Another reason is that these tees can go with pretty much anything and can also be layered. I foresee many outfit possibilities with these babies. I’d say this was a great purchase because I know that I’ll wear them without a second thought.

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Before I go, I’d like to reiterate for those who don’t know that I am still on my slow fashion journey and would like to have a slow wardrobe along with a capsule wardrobe. Every time I make a purchase I usually replace at least two items that I know I probably won’t wear again or as much.

That’s all for today and this week. Thanks for reading as always my lovely readers. Until next week.

ChelsiKay

Madewell Muscle Tees!

Adding to my Capsule

I know I know, I didn’t post my Friday post yesterday. I should seriously consider auto posting for when I’m out and about and don’t plan on being near a computer. Anyway, today I wanted to talk about American Eagle Outfitters. It’s not weird that I want to talk about this retailer, I promise.

I didn’t really shop at American Eagle as a teen because their clothes were pretty logo intensive then and I did not like that sort of style and still don’t. It wasn’t until a few years ago I happened upon their site and saw that they kind of changed their style to more everyday basics yet somewhat trendy style. This was around the time that I started doing a capsule wardrobe and shopped there for mainly t-shirts and jeans.

AE jeans are some of the best jeans on the market. This is coming from someone who has trouble finding jeans because of my somewhat abnormally long legs and the random tushy I have. Shopping for jeans is something I never ever want to go do but I know is necessary every few years or so. Sometimes I’m a 0 and sometimes I’m a 4. It always depends on the store and if their sizes don’t vary too much. American Eagle is one of those stores where I am the same size in every rise, fit, and wash. Ultimately, it’s as if American Eagle jeans are made for people with “abnormal” bodies…not for the super curvy, yet not for the waif either.

Anyway, I recently went on their site again and noticed the style has changed a bit once again. They still have their Soft & Sexy line, but also added a new line that I am really here for. The line is called “Don’t Ask Why” and it features slightly sexy, edgy and somewhat trendy clothing. Think, off the shoulder, lace up necklines, bomber jackets and an homage to Yeezy maybe?

Of course, I bought some things and plan on buying a couple of more items from there for the warmer months. I’m forever in a bind when it comes to clothes and Summer and I think American Eagle is my answer!

Is AE slow fashion? Not really, but it isn’t fast fashion either. There happens to be some retailers out there who fall right in the middle. Are their practices ethical? Well, I’m still searching for that but AE has a page about a better world which doesn’t exactly include “100% ETHICAL” or anything of the sort. However, they’re leaning more towards sustainability, which is a step in the right direction.

It helps to have a retailer to shop at that’s not super expensive and also pretty stylish. I can’t say the same for some slow retailers out there. I actually really love the idea of shopping somewhere that’s priced somewhere in the middle ($30-$150.)

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So I said all of that to say that I’ve added American Eagle Outfitters to my slow fashion shopping list, especially for the Summer months. If I buy anything else from AE, I’ll be sure to post about in my next capsule update! Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

Adding to my Capsule

Slow Fashion Challenge: Update

I broke a rule…well, really I bent a rule. My slow fashion challenge is going so much better than I expected, but nobody is perfect. I purchased some fast fashion items not too long ago. I didn’t exactly do it on purpose, though. Here are some of my offenses.

The first incident happened when I was going to a birthday party at an 80’s, 90’s club. I purchased this cheap dress off of Amazon which actually was in my parameters as far as the challenge went. I am allowed to purchase fast fashion for themed parties and technically it was a themed club. However, I also went to H&M for some tights and thigh high socks that same week. It was supposed to complete the outfit and what sense would it make to spend an arm and a leg on tights and socks? I also forgot to bring some earrings so I ended up buying some at H&M while I was already there. Two (three?) offenses in one week…I am out of control I know.

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The second incident happened a few weeks ago after my dentist appointment. I failed to mention it in my blog post about my relaxed outfit. That belt…is from H&M as well. Again…I couldn’t justify spending more than $10 on a belt that I tie around myself! I mean I really could have just gotten some thick black shoe strings and tied that around my waist but I wasn’t really thinking. I blame the excessive lidocaine.

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However, I have done so well in this challenge. This is one of the first times that I have ever been this committed to something like this. I am worried about when it starts to get warmer, though. I tend to buy seasonal clothing in the summer simply because it is hot. I will really have to restrain myself from purchasing that cute flowy dress from Forever 21 because I know there’s going to be one I just have to have.

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The only recommendation I have for myself is to either wear clothes that I already own for the summer months or try my hand at sewing my own flowy dresses and shorts. Of course, I can purchase from slow fashion stores as well as Target, but I tend to be a little more lenient with my purchases when summer comes around. Hopefully, I can keep up with my challenge because I am really enjoying it and loving how my wardrobe is changing into great quality pieces.

Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

Slow Fashion Challenge: Update

I’m So Wild about Cashmere

Happy New Year everybody! I hope everyone had a blast bringing the in the new year with their loved ones.

Remember when I shared the gifts I got for Christmas in Blogmas Day 25: What I Got For Christmas? Well, I’ve had my nose in the book Parisian Street Style: A Guide to Effortless Chic. The book did happen to get pretty snobby the more I got into it, but it was still a pretty great read.

One thing that caught my attention in the book was owning a cashmere pullover or sweater. Now I love a nice soft cashmere scarf and never really thought about having a sweater made of cashmere.

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I began looking for places to buy one and oh my those prices can be steep. One of the things I told myself was to not get so shocked by the price of something. I can always save my money or sell something of mine. There’s always a reason for the high prices whether it’s because of the name or the textile. In the case of cashmere, the price is higher because of the textile. Cashmere comes from the underbelly (or neck) of a Cashmere Goat. So, automatically cashmere anything will be more expensive.

Luckily, when I was searching for a sweater, pretty much every store was having a 50% off after Christmas sale. How convenient! What would normally be a $150 purchase was only $84 after sales tax. That’s still up there, but I’ll take the reduced price over full price any day.

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Instead of purchasing online, I decided to go to the store since the item is so specific. I could get a feel for it and see if it’s actually 100% cashmere and not rough or itchy. I initially wanted a dark blue one, but they sold out of that color so I settled for the gray. I have an abundance of gray sweaters at this point but at least I’m consistent.

Tips & Tricks for Cashmere

  1. Spot clean if stains are present
  2. For deep cleaning – dry clean or soak in tepid water with lanolin soap or baby shampoo for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with cool water and gently squeeze (do not wring) out water. Fold into a towel and press out excess water and lay flat on a dry towel to air dry. Reshape if necessary
  3. Avoid wearing in rainy weather, but lay flat or hang to dry if it becomes exposed to water. Reshape if necessary
  4. Air out if garment starts to smell
  5. Purchase cashmere (or any wool) after Christmas or off-season for a decent price

Needless to say, I’m yet again very happy with my purchase. I just bought it on New Year’s Eve and I can’t seem to stay away from it. The sweater is soft, warm and cozy. If taken care of correctly, this sweater should last me a few if not several falls and winters. I’ve given my cashmere scarves the love they deserve over the last three years and they’re still holding on.

I purchased my cashmere sweater from Bloomingdales and will most likely purchase another one in the summer months. I hope this was a good post to start off 2017 because I had no clue what to write about today. I decided on this topic because it was something that made me happy these last few days. Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

I’m So Wild about Cashmere

Blogmas Day 13: Done with Fast Fashion

Today, I was supposed to have this nice, pretty, and glamorous post about Holiday Party Outfits. Clearly, that did not happen and that is because of me, Forever 21 and the wrong address. This might be a long post FYI.

My old address was still connected to my Forever 21 account, but it definitely wasn’t set as the default. Once, I realized that the package was going to be delivered to my old address, it had already begun shipping. I quickly called my old apartment building at their leasing office and attempted to intercept the package. The person I got in touch with yesterday said that they would happily intercept it and I could pick it up the next day. I call today to make sure my package is there and ready to pick up and get a different person and a different story. Turns out the person living in my old apartment had already signed for the pickup and hasn’t tried to return it to the front desk or anything.

After that nonsense, I attempted to reach out to customer service which includes a ton of phone numbers on their site. Surprise, I get put on hold and decided to leave an email instead. I don’t really expect to hear anything back, but I’m holding out hope! I know that this is partially my fault and I say my fault because I’ve had plenty of packages delivered to my current address from Forever 21 up until now. Somehow my default address got changed, but I should have really paid attention to all of my details when I was ordering. Oh, and guess what was in the package, holiday party clothing for Blogmas and for a party I’m going to on Saturday!

So that’s my story…pretty sad huh? This was the absolute last straw I’ve had with fast fashion. I know it took some time, but I am officially done. In most of the fashion stores I’ve still been shopping at, I get attitude from the employees and let’s be real….horrible quality clothing.

With all of that being said, I am going to be shopping at slow fashion stores, both online and in stores. It will be more expensive, but it will be completely worth it. The quality of the clothing will most likely be better and last years longer than any fast fashion clothing. I’ve been attempting to make this transition for about a year now, but always got stuck on the price of better quality clothing. I’m not saying I’ll be dropping hundreds of dollars on one item, but I will be paying quite a bit more than I was before. In the long run, it is worth it as well as much more sustainable.

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In fact, today I waltzed (because I’m always waltzing) into Madewell and walked out with a 100% merino wool sweater – only $50 with their 25% sale going on. The employees were polite and helpful and the quality of the clothing is stunning. For once, I have no regrets about my purchase and didn’t feel like I was settling. I will be returning back to Madewell to get a couple of other pieces for the coming New Year.

I’m so sorry if this was so long, but I really wanted my Holiday Outfit post to be up this week and it didn’t work out at all. I hope this was a good read too. Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

 

 

Blogmas Day 13: Done with Fast Fashion

ChelsiKay’s Gift Guide Pt 1

It’s finally that time of year where it gets nice and chilly out! Every year you probably say that you’re going to start Christmas early right? Then two weeks after Thanksgiving, you realize that it might as well be Christmas and you’ve put off any shopping. Personally, I shop or make things early because I get so excited about giving gifts to my friends and family!

Mostly, I think people put off shopping because they don’t really know what to get for a family or friend. Other reasons include, not being able to afford gifts as well as just being too busy to go to the mall/store. Let’s be real though, if you’re too busy you most likely (not always) can afford gifts and if you’re on a budget you probably aren’t terribly busy. Maybe, just maybe you are actually both.

In the past, I’ve gotten some really questionable gifts and it had nothing to do with any of the reasons above. In fact, the person who gave me those strange gifts just didn’t know me that well and that’s okay. Maybe you’re just becoming friends with that person and you know you’ll probably stay friends – just ask them for what they would want or what they like.

Ok now let’s just jump into the gift guide! I’m going to be dividing this into two parts: part one for the giver of the gift and part two for the receiver of the gift. You’ll see what I mean below.

 

For the Busy Bee

So there’s plenty of websites where you can get gifts; the main ones being Amazon, Nordstrom Rack, and HauteLook. I prefer Amazon because the shipping is usually pretty quick and if I do happen to wait until last minute then I can at least track it down to the exact second. Pre wrapped gift sets are a busy person’s best friend. Pretty much any store has a set of something: perfume, cologne, lotion, makeup, kitchenware, you name it! These gifts are also good for someone who is just notorious for doing everything last minute.

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Uncommon Goods Wine Tool Set

For the Penny Pincher 

 

I bet you thought I was going to say, just make something right? Of course that’s always an option even if you can afford gifts, but there are plenty of inexpensive gifts out there. Word Market, Francesca’s, Target, and TJMaxx all have some really great sections where you can get your hands on some interesting gifts.

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World Market Pumkin Spice Candle

 

For the Indecisive Individual 

I consider myself a very indecisive shopper probably due to my being a semi minimalist as well as kind of cheap. I also really want the receiver to absolutely love their gift. So what do you do in this predicament? Make a gift basket! Gift baskets are so much fun to make and they always end up being perfectly curated for the person. I once gave a friend who loved to bake, a gift basket full of cake mix, measuring spoons, and a baker’s cookbook. Another year, I accumulated makeup and makeup accessories over the course of a couple of weeks and put together a makeup gift bag for my friend’s birthday. Gift baskets and bags are a great way to buy little inexpensive paraphernalia and create one big special gift!

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For the “Salty” Shopper

So, not everybody likes to shop and I happen to fall in this category too. Shopping near or during holiday season is hell and so is shopping during peak mall hours. If you too fall in this category, I recommend shopping before holiday season or shopping around the time a store opens. Online shops are even better if you just really hate going into stores. For this group, I suggest shopping at specialty gift stores such as Things Remembered, Hallmark, Papyrus, and even Starbucks. The gifts in these stores can be wrapped or pre wrapped. The gifts can also be personalized and let’s be real there’s no such thing as too many mugs or Starbucks cups!

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I hope this was a great read and a thorough shoppers gift guide. I also hope this makes it just that much easier to go shopping during the holiday season! My part two will be up next week, don’t miss it!

ChelsiKay

ChelsiKay’s Gift Guide Pt 1