Making Mommy Moves

Although I’ve been a Stay-at-home mom for five years, being home these days is just a weeeee bit more challenging; primarily, due to the fact that now I am home ALL day with my children.

No daycare.

No dropping them off with their grandparents.

No random fieldtrips or quick breaks to the store.

No off days.

From the time that we wake up and start our day up until bedtime, and even at bedtime it doesn’t stop! Cooking, changing diapers, doing housework , baby feedings, playtime, bible lessons, and with a 4 years old eager to learn it’s now homeschool! Whew! That is quite a bit. And did I fail to mention that some days I actually try to look cute with my thrifted outfits and makeup on? That quickly becomes a dream differed! #mommymoves for ya.

ALERT! ALERT! This post is not to blame Covid for my cabin fever-I wish I could take a real vacation and be on some other mommy moves type of stuff like, laying in the sun in a swimsuit lookin’ at dolphins!- type of stuff. This isn’t that kind of post.

This is a positive post 🙂 about how I brought school to my home by turning my dining room into my son’s kindergarten classroom! This is Making Mommy Moves.

I recently posted a picture on my Instagram of my dining room -turned- homeschool. It was a small undertaking but well worth the time, and I am very pleased with the outcome.

Before pic.

Here is how I accomplished my in-home classroom…

First things first, there was only one way to create the space for learning in my home— get rid of the dining room table. Where will we eat? No worries about that. We have a bar top in the kitchen and we eat there; although, my preference is to eat at a table. I grew up in a household where we had to eat at the dinner table. There was no eating all around the house. This is one of the traditions that I try to keep with my own family. I thrifted our dining table for a little under $130.00. It was a Havertys piece. It came with two middle inserts and six chairs! We purchased it in pretty decent condition and I had plans to refurbish it. It was what I’ll call one of those, ‘I can’t wait to be creative’ projects. Yeah, about that. I wasn’t sad about parting with it [the table] and freeing myself of the pressure to actually do with it what I had originally intended.

Gathering the supplies took a few days. I did have some items already from different projects and crafts from times past, but it wasn’t enough to give the classroom look that I was going for.

Items I had:

  • White board
  • My Daily Calendar for kids
  • Small desk (I cut the legs down to size)
  • Kids Choo-train storage box
  • a few posters
  • sitting stool

This was a good starting base, but let’s be real, Kindergarteners need color!!!!!! They gotta touch and feel and pull and tug and… well, you get the point. They need those things for learning. So I purchased:

  • Color bin storage boxes
  • Ten drawer stand
  • boarder kits
  • more letter and numbers
  • more poster boards
  • ‘Around the town’ floor mat
  • chair cushion (for my bum to sit on the floor for story time- getting older 😉 ).
  • art supplies / school supplies
  • small classroom toys

SALE! SALE! SALE!

I found majority of these items at Target in their $1, $2, $3 Clearance Section, and  Dollar Tree. I was able to gather what I needed for $143.26. Once I gathered pretty much everything I needed to start it was time to put it all together.

Front of room
Back of room

The next morning our son came downstairs in complete amazement! “Wow, mom! How did you do this?” He immediately started looking around, flipping through things, taking out toys, and scanning the walls. Every morning from then on he loves to run down the stairs and sit at his desk.


“What are we gonna’ learn, mom?”


The million dollar question. With all of this new learning equipment I’d better be teaching something, right?

Here is a little bit of background information about my teaching experience. When I was about 12 years old I would sit down with the girls [ages 3 and 4 at the time] who lived next door to us, and I would teach them. I did the same thing for my younger cousin. It was literally thee most random thing. I wanted them to know their alphabets and numbers. I was like, “YOU NEED TO LEARN THIS!” I was pretty forceful. (hand to face in shame here). Poor kids, I know they were traumatized. I didn’t know what I was doing; I just knew they needed to learn, and strangely enough I wanted to teach them. Mind you I was only 12 years old. Fast forward to my adult years I taught reading to the children at the church I was a member of. After I had my first child — our kindergarten son— I began to teach him. Seriously, he couldn’t have been no more than 3 months old before I started reading books to him. By the time he was 9 months it was flashcards and counting- all the basics: colors, numbers, alphabets, shapes, etc. By the time he was two years old he could count to 50 and read a lot of words. It blew me away. It was these experiences that I never knew would help me to understand a little bit about teaching children. I’m not formally trained to teach but, through my observations I have been able to grasp concepts of teaching children. Now, here I am years later putting into practice all those little experiences that seemed to add up to this great big moment of…….*drumroll please*…..homeschooling my children!! ((((Get excited with me!)))


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Finding lessons and a “curriculum” to teach with wasn’t difficult. The internet is helpful in providing worksheets, lessons, videos, and other cool activities to teach basically anyone nowadays. I utilized those avenues for creating lessons, but I also went too …you guessed it! The THRIFT STOOOORE! Ding Ding Ding. I found practically all of his curriculum books and workbooks at ATL Community Thrift! Writing. Reading. Science. Spanish, they had everything I needed in GREAT condition! I found many of his writing books unused at this store. I feel like I probably cleared their shelves of all learning material.

Check out my post about my shopping experience at ATLCT here .           I ♥ ATL Community Thrift!

Once I found the material to teach with it was a matter of taking time to come up with lessons and activities. I wanted to incorporate lessons and learning schedules that kind of mimicked a “regular” school day. Our schedule looks a little like this:

Our Daily Do’s are for repetition purposes, and then I add different activities to keep it interesting and fun (for us both). In the state of Georgia homeschooled kids have to be taught the core lessons: Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Reading/Writing. How the facilitator goes about this is completely on them as long as they meet the one hundred eighty hours of teaching requirements. This guideline gave me structure and flexibility for incorporating things I want my child to learn about, i.e., black history, financial literacy, God, and how to recognize and cultivate his gifts, talents, and learning ability.

How do I make the time¿¿¿

Listen. It’s a whole HASSLE! Balancing life is an everyday learning process. Everyday I have to practice balance, and having a family makes it stressful to achieve sometimes. I simply try to make sure I devote myself to that which is essential, and I try to be intentional when I do it- whatever it is. OH! and yes, I definitely have to pray! #prayersup. For real! Does it look good all the time? NOPE! Do I look good all the time doing it? NOPE!

In conclusion my friends, this is my story. How you accomplish your classroom look or learning area may look different from mine, and that is completely O.K! Just remember to do your best with what you have for the children you have, and be creative!

**Big shoutout to ATL Community Thrift for the YoungLife Teen Moms “I Make Mommy Moves” shirt (thrifted from their store); which, was a part of the inspiration for this post.** Click @atlcommunitythrift and @younglifeatlanta to check them out and follow!

Peace and Blessings.

Part 2: The Interview. Shopping with a Purpose at ATL Community Thrift w/ Shaundra Battle.

In spite of everything taking place surrounding COVID-19 here’s a bit of encouragement for ya: Positive things are still happening in the world! I was thrilled at the news of someone in my circle of friends tackling a new venture during this time, and I could not be more excited that it was the opening of a thrift store to which she was a part of. Not to mention, I looked forward to the occasion to leave behind all my Mommy To-Do’s and attend the grand opening.

After having such a pleasurable shopping experience, I had to sit down with Shaundra, the Marketing and Logistics Director of ATL Community Thrift to share that experience (click here to read about that ) and to interview her on the opening of the thrift store.

Check it out!

Shaundra, tell us a little about your job description.

I input and organize everyone’s information (staff and employees) in the various systems we use for our store. I have to ensure that we are on top of our legal responsibilities as well. All of the pickups and donations, I also schedule. As far as the marketing aspect of my job, I take care of updating all our social media platforms: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook. At the moment we’re working with a company that’s helping us with Google ads. Along with taking care of the background stuff, I do a little bit of everything.

Congratulations on the grand opening! I was in my own little world as I freely went browsing through the aisles with my doughnut before the big crowd came in! How was the opening from your perspective?

Once we opened everything went very well. We had a couple of hiccups but, that is to be expected with anything that’s brand new— kind of learning on the fly. The turnout was right on target. One of the things that we really wanted to do was open up on the weekend of the Fourth of July. We figured more people would be home and weren’t going to be traveling as much this summer as a result of the current health pandemic. Our goal was met and that was a great feeling.

How did ATL Community Thrift come into existence?

It was literally just an idea that someone tossed out. One of our regular donors suggested that Young Life, our nonprofit, consider another revenue of income in the event of an economic downturn. He said, “When money starts to change the first thing that tends to fall off is philanthropic work. People are going to slow up or stop giving because they now feel the need to keep their money stored away.” We needed to figure something out should people’s traditional way of giving and donating change. From that idea it has been a year in the making.

For the past year what has the process been like for you?

It was the journey of finding the right location. Heavily considering if we wanted to plant in the location of where our nonprofit serves or move outside of that area. Even in finding the right location we had to make sure it was zoned properly. Funny story about that: our initial location was lovely! It was an old Piccadilly. Technically it wasn’t zoned to be a thrift store and we spent a little bit of money amending the structure of the building not knowing that you can’t do that until you get your permits and so forth! We were like, “Oooooh, okay!” Lesson learned!

No refunds, huh?

(Laughing) None! Once we found the second location we had learned a few things from our first go ’round, and along with that we had to consider the comps for that area: demographics, income, competitors, churches, etc. Hiring the right team of people! Very lengthy process at times.

As the Marketing and Logistics Director, what has been your individual experience in opening this thrift store?

My experience has been delightful! very eye-opening! My job title says to me, “this is your lane.” In the past I struggled with delegating different tasks to people and trusting them to complete it. Now, I understand that everybody has a role, and this (marketing and logistics) is my role, and that has made this a great experience for me. This has permeated through so many areas of my life—being able to say to people, “This task is for you. I’m gonna do my job. Are you gonna do yours? Okay. Now let’s circle back at the end of the week!”

Many people don’t know about the nonprofit that is behind ATL Community Thrift. What is YoungLife?

YoungLife is a non profit Christian organization that works with adolescents in the hopes of introducing them to Christ and helping them to grow in the Christian faith; specifically, in the YoungLife Atlanta area we also want to set them up to thrive and be (become) successful citizens by focusing on taking them from a life of poverty to a life of prosperity. This is first done upon our introduction to the students in the schools we are partnered with. When we first meet the students, we ask them one question: If you were to have kids, would you want your kids to grow up the exact same way that you are growing up?

Wow! That is a powerful question!

Exactly! My boss, Genaro [aka “G”] was the first person I heard ask that question. And 10 times out of 10 not a single hand goes up! Then we ask them what they are doing right now to make sure that doesn’t happen. After that, we begin walking with them to develop that plan. Starting with graduating from high school. Graduating free from addiction. Without a record. Without having kids (if possible). If they already have kids, we want them to graduate without having any more kids.

On the ATL Community Thrift website it states that 100% of the net proceeds go to support YoungLife Atlanta. The hope is that these proceeds will help to fund…

The different activities we have. Like, Club. Which is the big activity that happens in the schools that involves food, games, and tons of interactive ways of presenting the gospel message to our students. Also, Camp. We take the kids to camp every summer. There is a middle school camp, a high school camp, and camp for teen moms. Camp typically costs a lot of money, and the kids we service sometimes can’t afford it, but we chop down the cost by fundraising so that the kids are only paying a small portion of that cost. There are also different extensions of YoungLife: WyldLife Middle School. YoungLife High School. CollegeLife, and YoungLives for teen moms. The proceeds from the store will go towards funding all of those areas.

When you talk about the proceeds from the thrift store going into funding YoungLife, it really is the definition of ‘shopping with a purpose.’

I love that idea. People are going to shop anyway, so if you know an item you purchase at our thrift store is going to help fund an activity for a student on YoungLife that, by the way, has the ability to be impactful in that kid’s life, hey! why not?

What can customers expect to find at ATL Community Thrift.

E-vuh-rey-thing! (Everything). Shoes, clothes, accessories, home and office furniture. Luggage. Bikes. Handcrafted items. Electronics. We had someone to purchase a VCR on opening day.

What is the most interesting thing that you all have sold since opening? A Nambé Bowl. Have you ever heard of that?

Uh, no. A Nambé Bowl? What is it?

Actually, I didn’t know what it was myself, but I learned something new when a customer came in the store and purchased it. It’s a type of serveware made by this company. They sell their items mostly in high-end stores like Neiman Marcus, Saks, and Van Mauer. It’s also in museums!

Were you surprised at the overwhelming amount of donations that you all received? YES! People call every day to schedule pickups. I think I scheduled 3 pickups just today.

How do you all keep the storage room from becoming overrun with items so that you can actually sort through the donations and get quality items?

All of our donations are on trailers, and we’ll sort through one trailer at a time. If we are looking for something specific, we’ll bring out what we need. Apparently, our TV’s were priced so well that we sold them all over the weekend! Now we are looking for more TV’s to put out on the floor. Sometimes we receive things that are obviously trash and broken which makes it easier to discard.

I think people sometimes intentionally give away trash. (Laughing). Some people do use us as their personal trash service.

Have you shopped at the thrift store yourself? YES!

What did you get?! I purchased a few pairs of earrings.

Are you going to be that employee spending your paycheck back into the company?

No! No! No! I’m trying not to. I have to keep myself on a leash. Knowing me, I’ll end up buying back the stuff that I really didn’t want to give away. I’m not going to let myself buy too much.

What makes you the most proud about ATL Community Thrift?

Our mission–you can’t beat it with a stick. We do what we say we are going to do. Growing up I always heard “word is my bond” and for me it was like, what does that even mean? But to be a part of an organization that I helped to build from the ground up I know we can truly say “our word is our bond”. This [the mission statement] isn’t just something we painted on the wall; it is the whole driving force behind why we do what we do. It’s the reason I (we) get up in the mornings and put on our uniform, and do our marketing, and make phone calls, and make fliers. Knowing that what we are doing is going to make a difference in the life of one child. That’s what makes me proud of ATL Community Thrift.

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My interview with Shaundra was such a joy 🙂 . There was so much laughter and animation in our conversation. The things that I learned while speaking with her gave new meaning to being a patron of their store. Turns out I wasn’t just escaping my Mommy To-Do list to go thrifting, but unbeknownst to me I was shopping with a purpose!

You can ‘Shop With A Purpose’ too! Just STAY CONNECTED.

Visit the store at: 1355 East-West Connector Suite 415, Austell, Ga. 30106 (Don’t forget to mention that you read the interview on the blog).

Donate. Drop Off locations:

Store: 1355 East-West Connector Suite 415, Austell, Ga. 30106

Donation POD:

Hours of Operation: Tues- Sat 11am- 6pm.

North Creek Office Park. (Right behind Church Of The Apostles). 3715 Northside Parkway Atlanta, Ga. 30327

Email: donations@atl-ct.com to schedule pickups for items that cannot fit in personal vehicles.

Website: atlcommunitythrift.com

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Twitter: atlcommthrift

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YoungLife: Instagram @ylatlanta_tv

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PEACE

Part I: The Experience. Thrifting at ATLCommunityTHRIFT

Before entering ATL Community Thrift [ATLCT from here on out] I was greeted with a Krispy Kreme Doughnut by a dear friend of mine. Doughnuts and thrifting? I’m•here•for•it!

The grand opening was wonderful a Thrfiters’ dream come true.  I took notice of so many aspects of the store to which I wanted to share.  This was my experience at ATLCT….

In the dress section.

The Store.

Getting oriented inside of the store wasn’t troubling at all.  When you enter the store, hanging from the ceiling and up on the walls is signage of each section.  The store wasn’t overwhelming in size to where one couldn’t walk through it in it’s entirety within an hour.  I probably went back around the store about two to three times.  It’s big enough to comfortably house a good selection of inventory in all areas: garments, shoes, housewares, luggage, office furniture, home furniture, household items, and more.

The Atmosphere.

Call me a prude, but the older I get the more I find that I am always looking for places of quietness.  Although I could hear the music —old-school jams—playing from the back of the store, I was EXTREMELY grateful my thoughts weren’t drowned out by it blaring over the speakers.  A few times I caught myself singing aloud and givin’ the floor my best foot shuffle.

Now, take a deep breath in….exhale out. Ahhhh….the beloved thrift store smell.

Sometimes with donated items coming from soooooo many environments in all kinds of conditions, thrift stores can tend to take on different smells; which, is to be expected. But I’m more prone to shop when I’m not leery of making a purchase because the smell in the store has sent my imagination into thinking that I am purchasing something that clearly smells like cat.  In short, at ATLCT the air was free and clear of such odors. *Round of applause here.*

The Inventory.

I kept my focus on what I was specifically looking for— something out of the dress, jewelry, and handbag section.  With such a vast inventory and a 10% Off Coupon at a NEW thrift store! it would have been too easy for me to stray from my shopping list.

There were large quantities of shoes that had been donated by a shoe vendor.  I picked up several pairs and was very pleased at their appearance.  It was obvious that the store wasn’t just putting ratty, funky, clearly over-worn shoes out for sale.

The housewares were categorized and easy to access.  Nothing worse than not being able to pick up a glass item because there are about 20 other glass items stacked either on top of it or around it!  There was also tons of lamps to choose from!  Books ( I ♥ books), there were lots of books also categorized according to subject.  I didn’t spend much time looking through the furniture or electronics, but from what I could see there were donated pieces that I would have purchased had I needed them.  I really do enjoy thrifting, but I’m not your hoarder-thrifter.  I steer away from the “purchase just because” mentality.  99.9 percent of the time I need a reason for pretty much everything I thrift.  A few furniture pieces that were extremely nice was almost worth reconsidering my do not purchase just because rule.

*click here www. atlcommunitythrift.com for more of their inventory.*

The Employees

From the moment I walked into the store I was on a mission, and with no time to waste I QUICKLY darted to the section where I saw purses hanging.  In my haste I could still hear employees sporadically call out “Good Morning. Welcome to ATL Community Thrift. Let us know if we can assist you with anything.”  Some of the employees seemed to be finishing up a few last minute To-Do’s, but they weren’t so engulfed in their duties to stop what they were doing and come over to greet me.  Being acknowledged entering into the store was the next thing (after my doughnut, of course) that I remember about my shopping experience.
I was so busy fingering through the racks that I almost hadn’t noticed the female employee asking if I needed assistance.  She took a look over my items and wanted to ensure that I could fit everything before leaving the store.  Many stores were no longer allowing customers to try on their clothes due to COVID-19.  We held up each item individually to determine what I could and could not fit.  I put back the blouse because the young lady suggested that it may be a bit snug over my bust area. LOL. I knew she was correct, but I was hoping to get away with my extra small top. What? It was cute. 😊 As you can see, the employees are helpful and attentive.

Pricing of Items.

Everything was appropriately priced for the kind of thrift store it is.  It’s not your ‘off the beaten path’ store where majority of everything you find is under five dollars with the exception of furniture and electronics.  This store is located in a nice area in Austell, Ga., surrounded by other nice plazas.  I was able to get 10 items for $75.00 before my 10% Off Coupon was applied. Satisfied customer? Uh, YEAH!

A look at my purchases

St Gillian Silk Vintage Dress- $8.99
Floor length Cover-up – $8.99
Low riding hip jeans in new condition- $7.99
Neiman Marcus Tote (new) – $7.99

Not pictured :

  • Shimmery green skirt (BRAND NEW) with original tag priced at $90.00. Purchased for $6.99. Gonna do a separate post on this skirt.
  • 3 necklaces: 5.00 each, a pair of earrings $2.00, and a ring $4.00

You guys,

I give ATL Community Thrift a rating of …..5 stars!

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and because I had such an amazing time at the opening that I had to sit down with Shaundra, thee Marketing and Logistics Director of ATL Community Thrift to share my experience, and to interview her! Part 2: The Interview. Shopping with a Purpose at ATL Community Thrift w/ Shaundra Battle.

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PEACE

Easing into summer

The summer is approaching… well, really it’s here and as I’ve mentioned in my Instagram post it’s HOT in Atlanta! I love hot weather, I really do. I never mind being in the sun for long periods of time and summertime makes me extremely happy. It’s the season of the year when hopefully you get to reappear out of your winter hibernation slump refreshed and ready to enjoy life again. Take a vacation. Wear those cute summery outfits that have been lingering in the bottom of your drawers under all of that heavy winter stuff. Hangout a bit longer. Create summer memories- good ones, people.

Speaking of those summer pieces in the bottom of the drawer; I pulled out my summer trunk from the attic last week. It brought a little grin to my face when I held up a top from last summer. I suppose it was the sentiments of reminiscing about last summer: what I was wearing. What I was doing. The big smile came when I realized that, yes! I can still fit this! Take that winter fat! 

The one thing that has been constant in my past few summers is my straw fedora. The one I received after the passing of my grandfather. Check out my blog His Fedora  to read the story behind it. It’s breathable, lite, and wearable with many outfits. Also I can- if I choose too- add feathers or broaches to the ribbon to give it it’s own style.

I decided to pair my fedora this go’ round with a tunic top and my favorite jeans. The top I purchased at a thrift store (can’t recall which one). I saw it in a retail store but I didn’t purchase it. When I saw it at the thrift store…of course. 🙂

Thrifting can be beneficial in allowing you to try clothing and styles that you’d typically pass up any other day.

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These tops were very popular about 3 years ago. Many women still wear these because you can wear them with pants, shorts, dresses (I’ve seen), and also as swimsuit cover ups.

Let’s talk about me ‘In Those Jeans’, Ginuwine.  That was for all of my year 2000 club folks. (LOL)!  Jeans: Old? Yes. Over worn? Yes. Washed out? Extremely! Name brand? Nope. Nothing special about these jeans except that they fit perfectly. I love when I don’t have to wear a belt with jeans. These particular ones don’t slide down to where I’m having to tug on a belt loop every minute- so annoying, right? Get yourself some of those jeans.

I’d like to draw your eyes toward my favorite pair of earrings in the pic above. These colorful babies- oh gosh, love love them! The colors remind me so much of the Indian culture with all of the colors in their fabrics and jewelry. I thought these earrings perfect for ‘sorta kinda’ adding a little dress up to this outfit.

My shoulder strap drawstring purse I thrifted from a vintage jewelry vendor at a hair salon. It’s big enough for my wallet and small travel hygiene items, aaaannnd hellooo its GREEN! My favorite color. Couldn’t just not get it.

This little feather necklace I purchased from J’ Mari Glamwear Collection. She sells $5.00 Paparazzi Jewelry.  I’ll be doing a post on my other paparazzi collection soon, so check back for that; especially, if you want some nice accessories for only $5.00! I’ll give her contact information and website for easy ordering.

The symmetrical appearance of the necklace and the neckline on my top was a subtle coordination. I think depending on the top and its neckline you should try to keep your jewelry with the same contour. In this case I chose to do that. I could have gone with a long hanging necklace which would have been fine also because helps to draw the eyes downward versus keeping the accessories in one location around the ears and neck.

Let me know your thoughts on this look and your favorite summertime must-haves, and what makes you ease into summer! For me it’s my fedora. 🙂

 

Top- $5.99 or so

Jeans- $6- $8

Purse- $5.00 (Hair Salon Vintage Jewelry Vendor)

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Peace!

DanaL

Stay Golden.

When thrifting I tend to head straight toward the dress section. Dresses for me is a garment that I dont have to overthink as far as pairing. Dresses are an easy #thrifted item to put on and take off with minimal effort of styling. Sometimes when I simply want to put on pants and a tshirt I’m bummed at all of my dresses 🤦🏾‍♀️- I have sooo many dresses! Well, when I purchased these futia pants I picked up a futia lace top to pair with them, but if you know me then you know I dont always like to match.

I purchased these Steve Madden heals on sale at a department store. The dark colors and flowery pattern with the rose gold really made me think versatility. Seriously, the number of things that could go with these shoes or not (see last line in paragraph above) is innumerable!

Some time after purchasing those shoes I thrifted my Golden Girls ‘Stay Golden’ tshirt. I mean the Golden Girls, classic TV show that I grew up watching. Why not have a tshirt?

Put this outfit on yesterday and I loved how everything fit together for my style:

Colors. Casual. Cute.

So, you dont have to leave the thrift store with all of your pieces being the same style, or overly dressy, or too casual…, nor do all of your pieces have to be from 1950- I’m just saying, my little thrifters.

Check out my photos below and tell me what you think!

Accessories

I wanted my accessories to match a color in my shoes. This styling still keeps things coordinated. That’s the balanced person in me. Can’t be too crooked. Can’t be too straight. These rose gold earrings and choker, oh my gosh, too cute! And they were thrifted on separate occasions!–Get outta here.– SHE SHOOTS…SHE SCOOORES!

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Happy Thrifting!

The Halter Reveal

For all those wondering and waiting, this is what I did with the halter…

Tadaaaaah!!! I made it into a skirt!

I took the time to recreate something unwanted and unbecoming and made it into what I wanted. How cool, right?

It took time, and I’m still working on perfecting some areas in the waistband, buuut it is preeeetty much complete.

As you can see the bottom hasn’t changed. I merely did away with the halter-cut away with it 😂, added a silk-like fabric to match the silk on the tulle, and Whalah! 🧚🏾‍♀️ Easy as fairy dust. Yeah right.

This peice can easily be dressed up with a nice top and some heels, or you can dress it down with a playful T-shirt/tanktop and cute flats, ooorrrr you can really jazz it up with a sequins top or jacket and some funky stockings/ tights. Very versatile, I’ll say. Well worth the hold [for 9 years] and the time it took to remake.

Would I do it again? Great question. As a beginning sewer, no!

There were so many things that I did not know and had no previous knowledge of that I had to learn on the spot and do on the spot, and my teacher- my teacher! she did not let up on me at all.

Overall, it was worth it. My very first sewing project. Now I have another reason to be proud of this piece.

Back of dress

Halter portion which was replaced with silk waistband.

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DanaL

1st Post Of The Year! (w/ photos)

Let’s pretend that my intentions of posting regularly hasn’t fallen short. I mean, can we just pretend for a moment that I’ve been doing a great job (two thumbs up) with blogging about wonderful thrift finds? Come on, humor me a little.

In all sincerity thank you for hanging in there with me.

Now, for my 1st post of the year!

What I’m going to show you wasn’t a “thrift” find, but I did get this piece on sale 9 years ago! And guess what? I’ve never worn it! Nope, never. I mention in my Welcome Fall post that I have several pieces in my closet that I’ve never worn and have held on to, because I may have not had something to pair it with. Sometimes I envision what I want a completed outfit to look like around the focus piece. Often times I don’t have the other item(s) to complete the look, and I’ll end up holding on to it (whatever it is) until I have what I’m looking for.

My mother still has things from the 90’s in her closet. So, I get it. I understand it, and I Get It From My Mama. There really is something to pulling some thing out of your closet that you’ve kept in pristine condition for years. It’s the sentimental aspect of it and something to be proud of.

The back story of this piece that I’m going to show you is that:

I purchased it 9 years ago.

Have never worn it.

It cost me $14.99 from a BOGO for 1 cent.

and lastly, It use to be a halter dress. Yes, a very ugly unbecoming loose fitting halter dress. The bottom portion of the dress was what I loved. The top!? Oh dear. Just poorly made. Check out the photos below.

The back of the dress.

The halter portion of the dress.

Now, to the eye this thing is cute-and it was, but once I put it on…THAT was the kicker! As you can probably tell the halter wasn’t supportive; where’s The Wire in this thing? 😉 (Shout out to Wood Harris). It didn’t fit the bossom or back. It wasn’t snug in any place. The halter, instead of falling under the breast it fell in the middle! The length stopped in an awkward place above the knees. There were just soooo many things off about this dress. But I didn’t want to give it away because I was so attached to the tulle fabric and the silk ribbon and the ruffles and all the girly things about it.

Full length of dress.

I should have tried on the dress so that you could see exactly what I’m talking, but I was so over haven’t done anything with it in so long that I just wanted to take a few photos and just stuff the thing in my sewing bag.

Welllll my dear friends, I have FINALLY given this halter a new reason for existence.

Drumroll please🥁……………..

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DanaL

NATURAL HAIR (product feature w/ pics!)

Back this summer I was looking to add to my hair product stock. The few products that I do own suffices for my hair regime. I have Blue Magic which is a classic–a must have to remind me of the days of my youth, Sulfer 8, Indian Hemp, and Paul Mitchells’ Generic Line Leave-In Conditioner. That’s it. Years ago I stopped ‘oooh’ing’ and ‘aww’ing’ over the counsel given to me by popular YouTuber’s about the latest trend in Natural Hair products. For one, those products cost! Five different kinds of name brand natural hair products adds up! Two, everything does not make your hair grow faster. Sorry ladies. hashtag Truth. Once I realized that growing natural hair is about care (how you treat the hair) first, and thennnnn care mixed with the right products, I began to simply focus on caring for my hair.

And so back this summer, as I was saying, I wanted to add something to my current stock, but I didn’t want anything on the market at WalMart. I wanted plain ol’ natural. It wasn’t shortly after searching the internet for my local natural product makers that a friend of mine introduced me to JB Naturals. I was grateful that my search was cut short by my friend’s recommendation.

After I got the chance to speak with Keisha, the Florida based owner of JB Naturals, I went to her website JB Naturals to check out her products. Obviously I was super excited to see that she has an ALL NATURAL line of hair care products! I ordered three of her products:

•Growth Oil,

•Leave-In Conditioner,

•Aloe Revitalizer Spray (see website for pic).

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I committed to using the products for 60 days! I know, right? 60 days?? Geeez! I felt that was sufficient time to really see the product work for my hair, and it was worth every week!

Here is how I used the product:

The first 30 days: I used the growth oil almost daily on my scalp. I massaged my scalp for penetration and circulation. When I’d do my two-strand twist I’d use the oil on my twist along with the conditioner. I used the Aloe Revitalizer spray to mist my strands after a few days before repeating the method above. After 30 days I changed up my regimen and appreciated the product more using this method:

Lightly damped my hair using the Aloe Revitalizer. Then I put a small amount of Leave-In on my strands and combed through using my fingers. Then I added a small amount of growth oil to my strands. This go’round I got the idea to use the Aloe Spray after a scalp massage because the aloe and oil in the spray cooled and calmed my scalp. This method was the best method for my 4C type hair be-cause this way allowed my hair to receive the nutrients needed without over doing it.

After completing my 60 days I went to get my hair blown out professionally to reeeally see how the product took to my hair shaft (the portion that grows out the scalp, which is really dead hair). My hair was shiny and it also appeared fuller. I could also see that my hair had grown due to the fact that some of the shorter strands of my hair had caught up to the longer strands.

Nooooow, do you see why trying a product for 60 days is necessary? I allowed myself room to really test the products and try different methods for applications.

After using JB Naturals I definitely am a FAN people! (LOL)

Here are my stars:

∗1. It’s a virgin. Straight up untouched by chemicals!

*2. A little went a long way! The Growth Oil especially can keep the scalp oiled for 2 to 3 days (depending on the scalp’s and hair’s need for moisture). The Leave-In Conditioner was great for conditioning my ends regularly and I only needed a lil’bit.

*3. My hair was more manageable and shiny.

*4. The products have a wonderful smell that’s not overwhelming.

*5. The pictures below are reason enough for my 5 STARS!

Pics of my hair August 1st 2018

Pics of my hair October 11th 2018

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Pic 1 (my apologies it’s so blurry)- My hair blown after my wash and condition. I can see that I had some fill in and I can tell that it grew, but I also see where it was due for a trim.

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Pic 2- After It was trimmed about 1.25 inches all over.

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Pic 3- Before getting ready for bed I put rollers in it then wrapped it. Can you see the ‘fullness thereof’! (LOLOLOL).

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

Don’t forget to check out, like, repost, contact JB Naturals on:

Instagram: @jb_naturals

Facebook: @JB Naturals

Web page: http://www.jbnaturalshairproducts.com

-Dana

Welcome Fall

Summer use to be my favorite time of  the year, but now I am a Fall lover! Fall is sooo beautiful. The leaves changing. The hot chocolate. All the Pumkin Spice that you can ever get in any and everything! I mean seriously, it’s kind of gotten out of hand. How much Pumpkin Spice para can you accumulate? I bet you there is crayon that smells like Pumpkin Spice. Kids just be snackin’ on crayons in class (LOL)!!

I digressed. my apologies.

The number one reason I love fall is because the weather is nearly perfect. It’s not unbearably hot outside. It’s cooling down as we’re saying goodbye to summer without directly rushing into winter.  That makes for a wonderful opportunity to get in that last summer itch of wearing certain items without having to pull out the storage bins and swap them for heavy winter clothes. The remedy, layering! Yes, put on and take off while still keeping in step with the changing weather.  Another plus is that your makeup keeps a nice finish without that mucky feeling from the summer heat nor will it dry out from the harsh cold weather.

The morning I wore this outfit it started out cloudy and slightly cool, and I got a we bit excited about the changing weather and  I was able to get away with a little layering-just for a little while, with emphases on little.  Long enough to be cute for breakfast and take my photos. The heat quickly climbed up afterwards, but that’s Fall doing it’s thing, changing.

Check out how I chose keep in step with the changing weather on this day.

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Believe it or not I’ve had this vest for 8 years. First time wearing it on this day. I got this vest on sale at Wet Seals when they had their BOGO for a penny. This vest was apart of their Urban Vibe line they introduced around 2010 in an effort to expand their design to the more punk rock style.  I love that this vest is of the boyfriend trend: baggy and loose fitting male inspired clothing, but still able to be made feminine by your other clothing items that you pair with that look.

This vest was great for my early breakfast and I could easily take it off once it started to get hot outside. Shorts are still wearable for a while until they’re not. At least not without leggings under them. We live in that time now where fashion almost has no boundaries. I just wore white after labor day. And nobody had better looked at me sideways 🙂 LMBO!

 

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Switching it up for a summer/fall look.

Quick story about the purse. I saw this purse about 4 to 5 years ago at Target. Fell in love with the burgundy color but at the time this purse was about $44.00. I probably didn’t have the money then, so I settled for the grey one just like it which was on sale. Praise be that I came across this purse at Goodwill. Scroll down to see how much I got it for!

 

 

The Accessories

These cobalt blue earrings wrapped in gold wiring also brought out the color and pattern in my shirt. Initially trying the shirt on it was very dark which I think  had something to do with the dark bottoms that I had on at the time. These earrings and the necklace really gave this shirt a lift. So, remember that your dark colors can always be lifted with accessories that are of lighter colors. Also if you wear a patterned shirt as I have on here, you can wear accessories that focus on one of the colors in the shirt which also help to bring out that particular color.

Cute, right?

I accomplished two things with this look: Keeping it casual yet cute, and showcasing my summer shorts with a transitional piece, the vest.

Let me know what you think!

Check back for my NATURAL HAIR Product BLOG FEATURE!!

Vest @ Wet Seals BOGO for ¢1.

Shirt@ Thrift store, $4-$5

Purse@ Goodwill, $4.23

Earrings @ Thrift store, $2.00

Necklace @ Goodwill, $5.00

Been a long time, I should’na left you…

Howdy! I’ve missed you guys!! It’s been about three months since I’ve posted. YOWZERS!! Where does the time go? I remember reading blogs and watching YouTubers explain why they had been offline for so long. It was always: “life got in the way,” “haven’t had time,” “been so busy…” YadahYadah, right?  I use to think to myself you ain’t got that much going on (blank stare) as I continued watching their videos anxiously waiting for them to close their traps and get to the fun part. Life has a funny way of sometimes allowing you to experience similar things that you once challenged, and nooooow I totally get it!  Life really does happen to us all sometimes creating delays in our work and hobbies. So, as with me, life was just happening to a sistah, oh yes, and (I almost forgot) I’ve been reading this book which has been impactful in my thrifting so much so that I haven’t thrifted for clothes since July!  Definitely have to share that book and my experience with you all in a future post.

Well, it’s fall now, so lets move forward into this season together, again 🙂

A new post is coming soon! Like today or tomorrow? Yes!